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

Friday, April 18
Good Friday - No classes

Monday, April 21
Easter Monday - No Classes

Wednesday, April 23, 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm at Fern Avenue School Gym
Talent Show
This is no garden variety talent show. wait a minute, yes it is! It's the Garden Public School Talent Show!!!! The event will be held in the gym at Fern Avenue Junior and Senior Public School - 128 Fern Avenue. Download the Talent Show poster (PDF. 238 KB)

Tuesday, April 29
Kindergarten Concert

Monday, May 5
Junior Concert

Tuesday, May 13
Junior Kindergarten Parent Info Night

Monday, May 19
Victoria Day - No classes

Saturday May 24
Annual Spring Fun Fair
Save this date! Mark your calendar and bring the whole family to this wildly popular event.

Tuesday, June 3
Nathan Noel Memorial

Wednesday, June 11, 6:00 pm
Potluck
Join us for the Spring season Garden Avenue Potluck. Everyone welcome! Bring a dish to share, including a list of ingredients (please, NO NUTS). Please bring your own plates and cutlery to help us work together as an "ECO" school.

Friday, June 6
PA Day - No classes

Thursday, June 12, 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
School Advisory Council Meeting

Friday, June 13, 9:00 am
Kinder Coffee

Friday, June 20
Grade 6 Graduation

Friday, June 27
Last Day of Classes

A list of past events is available


The School Day

Kindergarten

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.

Arrival

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?
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Spring 2011
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PHOTOS
2010-2011
May 28/11 Spring Fun Fair
Oct 29/10 Halloween Parade
Oct 21/10 Talent Show
Oct 05/10 Cross Country Meet

2009-2010
May 29/10 Spring Fun Fair
Oct 30/09 Halloween Parade
Oct 15/09 Puck's Farm Trip
Oct 6/09 Cross Country Meet

2008-2009
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

LINKS

People for Education
Tip Sheets
(in other languages)

Parents Ask
The Toronto District School Board's Community Support Staff - Building Bridges Program has compiled a list of answers for questions frequently asked by parents

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

Irene Atkinson
Toronto District School
Board Trustee

TDSB Parent Involvement Advisory Committee
(PIAC)