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Virtual Learning

If you have enrolled your child in virtual learning, please be advised that Givins/Shaw does not receive information from the virtual classroom, teacher, school or principal to which your child has been assigned. As you may have heard, in the past few weeks, there has been an increased demand for virtual learning and the TDSB continues to organize the classes based on the new requests. Our understanding is that families will be contacted by the teachers of the virtual classes prior to the first day next Tuesday, September 22, but Givins/Shaw will not be contacted.

TDSB Student Health Pass

Please click here for a pdf copy of the student health pass and accompanying COVID screening questions. At Givins/Shaw, we will ask for parents to include the signed and dated paper Health Pass in the student's knapsack each day. Parents are to ask their children the COVID screening questions and, if the child does not have any symptoms, sign and date the form and send it to school in the child's backpack. As per TDSB guidelines, if your child displays one of the symptoms, we ask you to keep the child at home. If your child starts to display symptoms while at school, they will be asked to stay in our wellness room and parents will be contacted to come and pick the child up and follow appropriate next steps as outlined by Toronto Public Health.

Drop off and Pick Up Locations for Givins/Shaw Students and Families for the 2020/21 School Year

For the 2020/21 school year, the Grade 1 - 6 students will be given set outdoor locations at which they are to meet their teacher and classmates in the morning. Kindergarten teachers will be informing their respective families of the kindergarten entrance and exit procedures.

In order to keep the number of students in manageable numbers, the students will start their day outside at their assigned locations. The Period 1 (first period of the day) teachers will start the school day with the class outside and then move inside intermittently so the hallways and staircases are not as crowded. The Period 6 teachers (final period of the day) will bring the students outside, in a similar fashion, to the same location, for dismissal.

You will see on the attached map (please click here ) that students will also be given a specific entrance and exit pathway to get to and from their class' location. We ask that parents drop the students off from the sidewalk closest to the assigned entrance at the beginning of the day (8:20 a.m.) and be on the sidewalk in the same location for dismissal (2:45 p.m.).

Teachers will be explaning all of this clearly to the students next week and please feel free to contact me with any questions.


Letter for the Givins/Shaw Community Regarding the Staggered Start dates and School Hours

Please click here for a letter to the Givins/Shaw community regarding some information about the start of the school year.


Information Regarding the Staggered Entry Schedule for the Week of September 14 - 18

As a K - 6 school, will expect our Senior Kindergarten  and Grade 6 students on Tuesday, September 15. 

On Wednesday, September 16 we will have our Junior Kindergarten students, Senior Kindergartens,Grade 1s, Grade 5's and Grade 6's.

The first day for all our students will be on Thursday, September 17.


Information Regarding the Parent Registration Survey for the 2020/21 School Year

On Wednesday, August 26, parents of students within the TDSB, for whom the TDSB has an email address, will receive an email regarding registering their child for the 2020/21 school year. For parents of students in an elementary school, the choice to parents is to either enrol their child for in-school learning five days a week, or to continue with remote learning from home five days a week. The forms are to be completed online by Saturday, August 29.  Please go to the following link on the TDSB website for the most up to date information.

Preparing Your Children for Returning to School in September

Please click here for some information regarding the wearing of masks and social distancing that you may find helpful as you prepare your child for the coming school year. Please click here for a list of materials that we would encourage our students to have with them in their backpacks this year.

Welcoming Teachers Marta Domingos Aleixo and Noel Greaves to the Givins/Shaw Staff

For those who were with us at Givins/Shaw for the 2019/20 school year, you will recall that Ms. Antra Brammanis retired and Ms. Elsa Camargo Gutierrez was assigned to Alexander Muir Gladstone JMS. Due to those vacancies on our staff, last week we were able to interview and hire two new teachers to our Givins/Shaw team.

Ms. Marta Domingos Aleixo will be joining Givins/Shaw during the afternoons this coming year as a Primary Resource Teacher. Ms. Domingos Aleixo has worked as an occasional teacher in several locations around the TDSB and has a very strong background in special education as well as a wealth of other qualifications which will make her a terrific fit at G/S.

Mr. Noel Greaves will be teaching the Grade 1 / 2 students in Room 17. Mr. Greaves’ educational background includes a focus on dramatic arts, music, and environmental education. Mr. Greaves also has strong mathematics qualifications and is quite familiar with our community having recently completed teaching positions at Charles G. Fraser and Niagara Street.

We welcome Ms. Domingos Aleixo and Mr. Greaves to Givins/Shaw and we know that they are excited to be joining us this year.


A Message from Ms. Marsha Metter Announcing her Retirement

Dear Givins/Shaw Community:

Please see the message below from Marsha Metter regarding her retirement as of the end of August.

Anyone who has been forutnate enough to have Ms. Metter teach their children will apprecaite just how much we have all gained from her knowledge, dedication, and collaborative nature.

In speaking with Marsha, I know that this was not an easy decision for her by any means but it was made for all the right reasons.

We wish Marsha and her family all the best and we know we will see her again soon.

Thanks and congratulations Ms. Metter.



Dear Parents and Students,


2020 has been a year like no other! As a class we learned, studied, sang, played, laughed, felt sadness,

distance, confusion, reconnection, adjusted to google classroom and learned how to handle and survive so many 'new normals'!

Parents you became teachers, cheerleaders, creative family planners while working from home. The demands on you and your time has never been more constant and stressful as now!

I have walked the halls of Givins/Shaw for almost 27 years! I've taught so many children from grade 2-8.

There have been some challenges and struggles along the way.

What I remember and reflect on the most, is the joy!

My passion for teaching and the love and caring I have for my students is why I have been teaching for such a long time.

I will be retiring at the end of this summer. This decision did not come easily. I will miss you all deeply!

I leave my teaching career on a high note, having had such a fantastic group of students and parents!

My dear students, always remember to strive to do your best. Remember to be kind to yourself and to others.

A few kind words can mean more than you can imagine, especially now!


Wishing all of you Good luck and the very best!


With love and gratitude,


Marsha Metter


June letter to the Givins/Shaw Community

The 2019/20 end of school year letter to the Givins/Shaw community.

June Report Card and Kindergarten Communication of Learning Distribution

This year, for nearly all of our Givins/Shaw families, June report cards and Kindergarten Communication of Learning documents will be sent to you via email from the Toronto District School Board.

Families for whom the TDSB does not have an email address will receive a hard copy of the child’s report in the mail.

According to the TDSB, the emailed reports are to be distributed between June 22 – June 26 and we are hopeful that the paper versions will arrive in the mail in a similar time frame.


TDSB's Integrated Equity Framework

More information about the TDSB's proposed Integrated Equity Framework and recent response to it by Director John Malloy.

Givins/Shaw Anaphylaxis Plan

At Givins/Shaw we pride ourselves in providing a safe and inclusive environment for all of our students. In our school we have children with life-threatening food allergies. Our Caring and Safe Schools Committee (which consists of Givins/Shaw staff and parents) has worked diligently to create our school's Anaphylaxis Plan which has been designed so that all of our students can fully engage in all aspects of school life. We have shared this plan with our staff and are pleased to make it available for our community. Please click here for a copy of our Anaphylaxis Plan.

Notice the tab on the website (to your left) Technology. Information on this topic will be posted here including the original letter that was distributed, the budget/what the school would like to purchase, photo examples of students and teachers using technology in the classroom.  

Please click here for responses to some frequently asked questions about our technology plan.

Givins/Shaw Technology Plan Fund-Raising Initiative

Please click here for a letter from Principal Taylor and the chairs of our School Council regarding the fund-raising initiative for our school's technology plan.