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Parent Handbook

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School Council


TDSB Notices

June 17:
TDSB Letter on Principal at Garden PS (PDF, 238 KB)
June 17:
TDSB Update on Report Cards (PDF, 163 KB)
March 26:
TDSB Boundary Change decision (PDF, 888 KB)
Read the January 26 update from the TDSB regarding the decision-making process for the Attendance Boundary Review:
Letter from Superintendent (PDF, 478 KB)
Review the presentation that was provided at the community meeting on September 30, 2014.
Boundary Change Presentation (PDF, 2MB)

School Notices

Principal's Letter on Retirement
Read Principal Martha Peterson's letter on retirement (PDF, 28KB).

School Events
Here's what's happening at Garden and in our community

Monday, September 7
Labour Day
No school.

Tuesday, September 8
Welcome to all students!
Classes begin on Tuesday.

A list of past events and notices is available

The School Day


Morning classes…………………9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Afternoon classes……………12:45 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Students enter the school 5 minutes before instruction begins. Kindergarten students are always dismissed at the same time daily. Please note that we never dismiss students into the care of someone other than the caregiver without written notification from the parent or caregiver prior to pick-up.

Grades 1 – 6

Entry bell....................... 8:55 a.m.
Class time........................ 9:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
Lunch............................. 11:45 a.m. to 12:44 p.m.
Entry bell........................ 12:44 p.m.
Class time...................... 12:45 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Dismissal....................... 3:30 p.m.
Remediation Dismissal..... 3:30 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.
Classroom closed............ 4:00 p.m.

Morning recess: 10:10 to 10:25 am
Afternoon recess: 2:05 to 2:20 pm

Grades 1, 2, 3 are the Primary grades; grades 4, 5, 6 are the Junior grades.


Teachers are on yard duty at 8:45 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Prior to these times, supervision is not provided. Unless arrangements have been made previously with the teacher, students are to remain in the schoolyard until regular bell and entrance times.
Students who leave for lunch should not return until teacher supervision is in place at at 12:30 p.m.

Our bell rings at 8:55 a.m. and 12:44 p.m. Students have 5 minutes to assemble and prepare for class, at which time attendance is taken.

Student Safety

The safety of our students remains our top priority. Our staff regularly speaks with students about how to stay safe. I again want to emphasize to students, staff and parents the importance of awareness and the need for extra care in even the most ordinary and everyday routines. You may wish to review the following street proofing strategies with your child:

  • Always walk with a buddy to and from school;
  • Always tell your parents where you are;
  • Never accept gifts from strangers;
  • When help is needed, go to the nearest store or school, the home of a friend or run towards a group of people or a parent with children;
  • Never approach or enter a stranger’s car; adults have no acceptable reason to offer a ride or to ask children for directions or assistance;
  • If a car is following you, change directions and run;
  • Say ‘NO’ if an adult wants you to do something you know is wrong;
  • Know your name, address and phone number;
  • Know that police officers are friends and can help you;
  • Know that a person in the neighbourhood, who you see habitually, is still a stranger and should be treated as a stranger;
Tell your parents or teacher whenever someone treats you or speaks to you in a way that makes you feel uncomfortable or unsafe. Trust your instincts.


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Looking for info on Ward 7?
A binder with Ward 7 meeting agendas, notes for discussion and meeting minutes has been placed in the school office for easy access to all. Come in and take a look!

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Spring 2011

View archived newsletters

May 28/11 Spring Fun Fair
Oct 29/10 Halloween Parade
Oct 21/10 Talent Show
Oct 05/10 Cross Country Meet

May 29/10 Spring Fun Fair
Oct 30/09 Halloween Parade
Oct 15/09 Puck's Farm Trip
Oct 6/09 Cross Country Meet

June 11/09
Potluck Dinner
May 21/09 TDSB Choral Project
May 09/09 Spring Fun Fair
Oct 31/08 Halloween Parade
Oct 16/08 Talent Show
Oct 08 Rock Circle
Sept 08 Terry Fox Run


Click here for
Garden Avenue School Activity Calendar 2013-2014
(PDF, 259 KB)

Click here for
TDSB School Year Calendar
This lists official TDSB PA days and holidays. All these dates are also listed in the School Activity Calendar above.


At Garden Avenue P.S., the teachers, students, and parents work together to provide a safe and caring learning environment where all students can maximize their potential.

We are committed to a school and workplace free from physical, verbal (oral or written) sexual or psychological abuse, bullying, discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, culture, religion, gender, language, disability, sexual orientation or any other attribute.

Garden Avenue Public School is situated between Parkside Drive and Roncesvalles Avenue, near St. Joseph's Hospital. The school was founded in 1957. Garden Avenue P.S. was known as Argentina P.S. between 1964 and 1982.

  • The school has an enrolment of about 250 with a majority who have English as their first language. About one-third of the students come from various cultural and language backgrounds.
  • Garden Avenue School offers Kindergarten to Grade 6 programs.
  • The school shares spaces with Sunnyside Garden Daycare which serves children between two-and-a-half and 12 years old.

More information about the school can be found on the Toronto District School website. Info includes Current School Profile with EQAO Assessment Results, Our Plans for Improvement and Optional Attendance Status.

Our principal profile - download the pdf.

Download it from the Ministry of Ontario website: Bullying: We Can All Help Stop It


People for Education
Tip Sheets
(in other languages)

Bill 157: What Parents
Need to Know
- read about it here.

Robin Pilkey
Toronto District School
Board Trustee

TDSB Parent Involvement Advisory Committee