Louise Johnston

Louise Johnston

Louis Riel School Division trustee report

Louise Johnston is a Ward 1 trustee and chair of the Louis Riel School Division.

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Welcome back, LRSD students!

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Welcome back, LRSD students!

Louise Johnston 2 minute read Wednesday, Sep. 14, 2022

On behalf of the Louis Riel School Division board of trustees, I would like to extend a warm welcome back to all our wonderful students, staff and families, as well as sa pecial welcome to our youngest students starting their journey in public education and to our newly hired staff starting their exciting careers in LRSD.

We hope you enjoyed a wonderful summer and are feeling re-energized. The start of the school year brings so much excitement with the promise of new learning, connections and experiences.

The start of the 2022-2023 school year feels bittersweet for me, as it is my final year on the board after proudly serving as a trustee for more than 30 years. Despite my upcoming departure, I look forward to seeing what this school year brings and the positive change the LRSD community will continue to make on our world.

Our division has so much to celebrate. First and foremost, our amazing community! Even during challenging times, we have accomplished so much. Our students have continued to be engaged learners and we are accomplishing many of the goals we set together in the multi-year strategic plan.

Wednesday, Sep. 14, 2022

The start of a school year brings so much excitement with the promise of new learning, connections and experiences.

Nelson McIntyre’s Backyard Project

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Nelson McIntyre’s Backyard Project

Louise Johnston 3 minute read Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2021

It’s hard to believe it’s December 2021. Each of us in the Louis Riel School Division have adjusted and readjusted to the changes necessitated by the pandemic.

Our community has spent the last 20-plus months pushing through our limitations and discovering that our capabilities were far beyond what we thought possible. Many of our students are now back to a more regular learning routine alongside their peers, participating in sports, playing music, discovering their passions and so much more.

Education has a way of presenting new paths. The inspiration in teaching and learning has united us through the pandemic. Together, we found ways to be kind and supportive. Whether its through virtual or in-person classes, we continued to build and nurture relationships.

I am truly grateful to work alongside our staff, parents, guardians, and grandparents. Thank you for your voices, expertise, and commitment to creating an engaging learning space for our students to flourish through this challenging time.  

Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2021

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Blueprints for the Backyard Project at Nelson McIntyre Collegiate.

Cornerstone of St. Boniface to get major facelift

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Cornerstone of St. Boniface to get major facelift

Louise Johnston — Louis Riel School Division chair 2 minute read Thursday, Jun. 24, 2021

Get ready for a major renewal and renovation at Marion School.

The Louis Riel School Division is proud to announce the first steps toward the renewal and renovation of Marion School. The project will include improvement of the building envelope and windows as well as accessibility upgrades such as the addition of an elevator and modifications to the current entrance.

The proposed project will cost an estimated $3.5 million, with construction expected to commence in the summer of 2022.

Marion School is a kindergarten to Grade 8 elementary school in St. Boniface. It is home to a vibrant community of students and staff, including the LRSD Indigenous Learning Team, which serves all schools across the division.  

Thursday, Jun. 24, 2021

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An artist’s rendering of one of the canopy and facade options being considered for Marion School.

Volunteers raising volunteers

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Volunteers raising volunteers

Louise Johnston 2 minute read Monday, Nov. 23, 2020

The Louis Riel School Division is proud to have the Riel-Evate Endowment Fund committee. The endowment fund supports programs and initiatives in our community that directly benefit students and their families.

With the challenge of trying to develop promotional materials while working on ensuring every donation made goes directly to the fund, the committee recently put out a call for graphic arts and brochure design.

I am thrilled to report that two talented students from Windsor Park Collegiate, a Ward 1 high school, have stepped up to the challenge. Our student volunteers — Julia Beer, a Grade 7 student; and Akira Sakaki, who’s in Grade 12 — will work with the committee to develop and design a digital and printable brochure.

As active volunteers, we do not always think about the positive example we are providing for our children and their friends. Julia’s family is a great example of volunteers nurturing future volunteers. She grew up watching her mother, Sandra-Dee Beer, spend countless hours volunteering and showcasing her passion for the community.  

Monday, Nov. 23, 2020

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Grade 7 Windsor Park Collegiate student Julia Beer is a volunteer who will help design a new brochure for Louis Riel School Division’s Riel-Evate Endowment Fund.

Second French immersion site launched

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Second French immersion site launched

Louise Johnston — Louis Riel School Division Ward 1 Report 3 minute read Monday, Jun. 17, 2019

I am very pleased to represent Ward 1 as one of your Louis Riel School Division board trustees. I would like to thank Canstar Community News for providing myself and the LRSD this opportunity to connect with our community.

The division is proud to announce a second site for the Middle Years French Immersion Program that will be housed in Ward 1 at École Henri-Bergeron as of September 2019! École Julie-Riel continues to house the original site for the program. This is part of our ongoing commitment to identify and address the needs of our LRSD community. This will provide an opportunity for students both in the north and south end of LRSD a chance to access middle years French immersion learning!

The Middle Years French Immersion Program begins in Grade 4 after a student has had several years of primarily English-language instruction. Students learn all subjects in French, except for English Language Skills and will be spoken to and instructed in French each day.

“The Middle immersion program serves as a second entry point into the French immersion program, for those students who did not enter into the program at kindergarten or Grade 1,” says Sharad Srivastava, Directeur/Principal, École Henri-Bergeron. “We have seen a number of studies that suggest enhanced cognitive and linguistic growth as a person becomes bilingual, and we are thrilled to offer this additional chance for students to grow and succeed in both of our official languages.”

Monday, Jun. 17, 2019

I am very pleased to represent Ward 1 as one of your Louis Riel School Division board trustees. I would like to thank Canstar Community News for providing myself and the LRSD this opportunity to connect with our community.

The division is proud to announce a second site for the Middle Years French Immersion Program that will be housed in Ward 1 at École Henri-Bergeron as of September 2019! École Julie-Riel continues to house the original site for the program. This is part of our ongoing commitment to identify and address the needs of our LRSD community. This will provide an opportunity for students both in the north and south end of LRSD a chance to access middle years French immersion learning!

The Middle Years French Immersion Program begins in Grade 4 after a student has had several years of primarily English-language instruction. Students learn all subjects in French, except for English Language Skills and will be spoken to and instructed in French each day.

“The Middle immersion program serves as a second entry point into the French immersion program, for those students who did not enter into the program at kindergarten or Grade 1,” says Sharad Srivastava, Directeur/Principal, École Henri-Bergeron. “We have seen a number of studies that suggest enhanced cognitive and linguistic growth as a person becomes bilingual, and we are thrilled to offer this additional chance for students to grow and succeed in both of our official languages.”