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Josie Landry is a Ward 3 trustee for the Louis Riel School Division.
The beginning of 2022 has kept students, staff and families in the Louis Riel School Division busy, especially with navigating various stages of the pandemic. The LRSD board of trustees worked to reconfigure wards for the upcoming election this fall and, alongside the LRSD’s senior leadership team, has been diligently preparing the budget for the 2022-2023 school year.
Schools across the division have been ensuring that students are receiving a quality education despite the challenges presented by COVID-19. I would like to take this opportunity to highlight a few initiatives at schools in Ward 3.
At École Julie-Riel, the annual holiday store went on as planned before students headed home for winter break. The school raised over $1,200 to support Agape Table, Toy Mountain, Riel-Evate and Manitoba Harvest. Students had the opportunity to purchase gifts for their family members for $1 per item. The parent association committee and community members had the opportunity to share in the children’s wonder and joy as they purchased precious gifts thanks to the grateful donations and volunteers who gave up time to assist. This was a true example of giving and sharing with those less fortunate.
Grade 2 and 3 students in Ms. Best’s class at Samuel Burland School recently worked collaboratively on a land acknowledgement. One of the school’s goals is to build knowledge and understanding around reconciliation and residential schools. Students are exploring the 94 Calls to Action published by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. As part of this learning, Ms. Best’s class explored the LRSD’s land acknowledgement.
École Julie-Riel’s annual holiday store raised over $1,200 to support Agape Table, Toy Mountain, Riel-Evate and Manitoba Harvest.
The 2020-2021 school year was unlike any other in the Louis Riel School Division (LRSD).
We started off the year with students and staff learning in brick-and-mortar schools. We were also pleased to offer the Learning from Home School/L’École Apprendre-chez-soi for those who needed to learn from home and worked with the Manitoba Remote Learning Centre to provide online learning resources to students across the province.
As COVID-19 cases increased throughout the province of Manitoba and in Winnipeg, schools were mandated to move to critical status this past spring, which sent most students home to learn.
Through this unpredictable year of challenge, LRSD staff have been working tirelessly to provide students the best possible education through trying times while keeping them safe by following all public health protocols and guidelines. Physical distancing requirements were met by using all available spaces in schools and other locations kindly provided by community organizations. Tents were rented to use for outdoor activities in the winter months. Limited access to schools was permitted, necessary sanitizing and protective equipment were provided, and masks were worn by students and staff.
Students and staff in the Louis Riel School Division managed to meet all the challenges they faced in the 2020-21 school year.
Happy New Year everyone! Best wishes for 2021.
Louis Riel School Division staff were very busy during 2020, continuing to provide quality education to students during the pandemic and I commend all staff for their tremendous efforts. Whether learning was taking place at school or online, it was definitely happening.
To give you a glimpse of what has been going on in LRSD, I start with Samuel Burland School. Principal Ross Cathers said staff and students embraced Project Joy, with students in all classrooms making ornaments to share with personal care homes, including Golden Links Lodge. Students used some of their ornaments to decorate the fence and path near the school. In keeping with their spirit of generosity, Samuel Burland also collected for Harvest Manitoba, the Christmas Cheer Board and Main Street Project.
Principal Lyette Carriere informed me that École Julie-Riel focused on well-being in their lessons and activities. Students took part in a Healthy Hunger Hot Lunch program twice a month, ordering from restaurants such as KFC and Subway. Funds raised during spirit week were donated to Harvest Manitoba, with many parents purchasing clothing with the school logo, and EJR students also participated in Project Joy.
Supplied photo by Laurie Ryz
Laurie Ryz, principal at Victor H. L. Wyatt school, snapped this photo of a deer while on one of the school’s outdoor education walks.
I hope you are all doing well during these trying times.
Although schools have been closed during the COVID-19 pandemic, learning is still in progress. I would like to commend all Louis Riel School Division staff for working diligently to keep students supplied with learning materials and connecting with them. I also would like to commend parents and caregivers in their efforts to home school their children while juggling work commitments.
To highlight some of the things that are happening in our division, I will start with Nelson McIntyre Collegiate’s Junior Achievement program, led by Adriano Magnifico.
Student entrepreneurs have been busy working from home making environmentally sustainable ‘Joeys,’ which are reusable fabric bags, which house mesh bags for putting produce in when shopping. Each Joey is handcrafted by students using a detailed problem-solving process involving sewing machines, power tools and drill presses. The Joey Team proudly donated $2,000 from its proceeds to the Children’s Hospital Foundation to fund epilepsy research.
A photo collage of items created with recycled items at home by Michelle Didyk’s École Sage Creek School ‘Super Kids’.
For the past five years, I have been honoured to be one of the three trustees representing Ward 3 in the Louis Riel School Division.
This ward encompasses the area south of Bishop Grandin Boulevard and between the Red and Seine rivers. I have visited all the schools in LRSD and attended several events, meeting many dedicated staff, learners and families. I have also had the pleasure of witnessing the graduation of many learners and continue to wish them well as they pursue their goals.
I’d like to share some news about what is happening in Ward 3.
Nicholas Kelly, principal of Darwin School, told me that Darwin has been learning about the Creation of Hope, which is a community outreach program serving vulnerable children in the Mbooni region of Kenya, and the school has helped raise $1,000 through various fundraising activities to support the program. In June, Darwin teamed up with Dr. D. W. Penner School and Minnetonka School for a Walk for Water to raise awareness of the great work being done in Kenya. In September, Eric Walters, Canadian author and founder of Creation of Hope will be visiting Darwin, Dr. D. W. Penner, Minnetonka, Hastings and Victor H. L. Wyatt schools to talk about additional fundraising ideas.
A participant in the LRSD Aspire program enjoys meeting a cuddly friend.