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First Week of School Letter from Principal Taylor

Please click here for a letter from Principal Taylor regarding some helpful tips and reminders as we complete our first week of the school year.

Beginning of the School Year Letter from the Givins/Shaw School Council

Please click here for a letter from our incredible Givins/Shaw school council. We hope you become actively involved with our council as they do amazing work on behalf of all our students.

Welcome Back Givins/Shaw Letter from Principal Taylor

Please click here for a letter from Principal Taylor welcoming everyone to the coming school year.

Some Helpful Information to Start the 2021 / 22 School Year

Here is some helpful information for our Givins/Shaw families as they prepare for returning to the school building,

Tentative 2021/22 Classroom Assignments and School Organization

Please click here for the tentative classroom assignments and school organization for the 2021/22 school year.

2021/22 TDSB Elementary School Year Calendar

Please click here for the 2021/22 TDSB Elementary School Year Calendar. First day of school for 2021/22 is scheduled for September 9, 2021.

Drop off and Pick Up Locations for Givins/Shaw Students and Families for the 2021/22 School Year

For the 2021/22 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.

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 explaining all of this clearly to the students next week and please feel free to contact me with any questions. Please click here for the map of the drop off and pick up locations.

A Letter to the Givins/Shaw Community

Please click here for a June 2021 letter to the Givins/Shaw community from Principal Taylor. 


A Letter to TDSB Families from Ryan Bird, the Manager of Corporate and Social Media Relations for the TDSB

Dear Parents/Guardians,

This is a very important update about the status of in-person learning at the TDSB. Toronto Public Health (TPH), has just announced that all schools in Toronto, including those at the TDSB, will be closed to in-person learning as of Wednesday, April 7, 2021 and remain closed up to and including Sunday, April 18, 2021. This TPH order is being made under Section 22 of Ontario’s Health Protection and Promotion Act in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.

For the remainder of this week, students and staff will move to remote learning and the April Break scheduled for next week will continue as normal. Please note that, unlike the closure in January and February, this applies to all TDSB students in all TDSB schools. School-aged children will not be permitted to attend daycares located inside TDSB schools during the closure, however, pre-school-aged children will continue to be permitted to attend.

While we recognize that you may still have a number of questions, please know that we will share additional information once we receive it. In the meantime, we wanted to ensure you received this initial information as soon as possible. We know that this TPH order will impact our families in a number of different ways but we will do all that we can to support students and staff through this period. Teachers will be connecting with families about next steps on remote learning in the days ahead.

Thank you.

First Year of Kindergarten Registration for the 2021/22 School Year

On-line registration for students who will enter their first year of Kindergarten in the 2021/22 school year is now open (students currently in their Junior Kindergarten year need not apply as they are already registered).

Children born in 2017 may apply for Kindergarten to start in September 2021.

The application process is entirely online and the school will contact you at a later date to confirm registration.

Givins/Shaw PS is only open to families living in our school's area.

If you are unsure of which school is aligned with your address, please just go to, click on the 'Find Your School' icon, and follow the instructions.

The link for registering your child for their first year of Kindergarten for the 2021/22 school year is:

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.