Tom Parker

Tom Parker

Louis Riel School Division trustee report

Tom Parker is a Ward 4 trustee for the Louis Riel School Division.

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Regular programming resumes in LRSD

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Regular programming resumes in LRSD

Tom Parker 2 minute read Wednesday, May. 11, 2022

In the Louis Riel School Division, we are finally seeing a resurgence of regular programming, including in music and band.

As a result, many schools have arranged to have spring concerts and musicals. For example, Windsor Park Collegiate is presenting Mamma Mia! from May 10 to 12 and Nelson McIntyre Collegiate will present High School Musical on May 26 and 27. More information about what is happening in schools throughout LRSD is available on each of our school’s websites and their social media channels.

We also highlight what is happening in our schools at each of the public meetings of the LRSD board of trustees. Members of the public can attend these meetings virtually through Zoom.

Recent focuses of these meetings have included the proposed reconfigurations of schools and the ongoing work in diversity, equity, inclusion and anti-racism and Indigenous education.

Wednesday, May. 11, 2022

In the Louis Riel School Division, we are finally seeing a resurgence of regular programming, including in music and band.

As a result, many schools have arranged to have spring concerts and musicals. For example, Windsor Park Collegiate is presenting Mamma Mia! from May 10 to 12 and Nelson McIntyre Collegiate will present High School Musical on May 26 and 27. More information about what is happening in schools throughout LRSD is available on each of our school’s websites and their social media channels.

We also highlight what is happening in our schools at each of the public meetings of the LRSD board of trustees. Members of the public can attend these meetings virtually through Zoom.

Recent focuses of these meetings have included the proposed reconfigurations of schools and the ongoing work in diversity, equity, inclusion and anti-racism and Indigenous education.

LRSD PACs helped us stop Bill 64

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LRSD PACs helped us stop Bill 64

Tom Parker 3 minute read Monday, Sep. 27, 2021

Last year, I highlighted the time, effort, and support that parent advisory council (PAC) groups gave to enhance educational experiences within their community. This September, I would like to recognize their efforts in bringing support to keep parents/guardians informed about Bill 64.

Many PAC groups held virtual meetings with their communities to explain the ramifications of Bill 64. They contacted the Louis Riel School Division board of trustees for assistance, and Sandy Nemeth and Pamela Kolochuk were presenters at most events.

Louise Johnston, as chair of the board, worked with LRSD superintendent Christian Michalik and the division’s senior leadership team to organize a large virtual meeting with presentations that included parent voices, several Grade 9 students from Windsor Park Collegiate, and special guest Dr. John Wiens, who was able to bring his valuable knowledge as a principal, superintendent, and as a former dean of education at the University of Manitoba.

These events combined to create a community that understood the negative aspects of Bill 64. The steady flow of information passed on by the division, your PAC groups, and many individuals who used social media to spread their concerns about the bill eventually became a community effort to stop Bill 64.

Monday, Sep. 27, 2021

Last year, I highlighted the time, effort, and support that parent advisory council (PAC) groups gave to enhance educational experiences within their community. This September, I would like to recognize their efforts in bringing support to keep parents/guardians informed about Bill 64.

Many PAC groups held virtual meetings with their communities to explain the ramifications of Bill 64. They contacted the Louis Riel School Division board of trustees for assistance, and Sandy Nemeth and Pamela Kolochuk were presenters at most events.

Louise Johnston, as chair of the board, worked with LRSD superintendent Christian Michalik and the division’s senior leadership team to organize a large virtual meeting with presentations that included parent voices, several Grade 9 students from Windsor Park Collegiate, and special guest Dr. John Wiens, who was able to bring his valuable knowledge as a principal, superintendent, and as a former dean of education at the University of Manitoba.

These events combined to create a community that understood the negative aspects of Bill 64. The steady flow of information passed on by the division, your PAC groups, and many individuals who used social media to spread their concerns about the bill eventually became a community effort to stop Bill 64.

Thank you to the PAC-men and women

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Thank you to the PAC-men and women

Tom Parker — Louis Riel School Division trustee 3 minute read Wednesday, Mar. 17, 2021

Parent advisory councils (PAC) have proven that they can bring many positive contributions to their local schools and communities.

They have assisted their schools by fundraising for many special projects such as playground equipment and outdoor learning centres. They’ve also raised funds for environmental upgrades such as native prairie grasses and trees, school/community events, and school information signs. Some of the money used has supported upgrades to school libraries, technical items, and other student learning supports.

PAC members are volunteers who are interested in their children’s education, but we all benefit from their hard work and passion that adds to the educational experience for all children. Parents with children in elementary schools tend to move on when their children change schools. Therefore, schools are always in need of new volunteers.

Please consider volunteering your time to assist in your child’s school. You will find it a positive experience. One of the important tasks of PACs is talking with their schools’ leadership groups and providing parental perspective. PACs also keep parents informed of divisional events and issues.

Wednesday, Mar. 17, 2021

Parent advisory councils (PAC) have proven that they can bring many positive contributions to their local schools and communities.

They have assisted their schools by fundraising for many special projects such as playground equipment and outdoor learning centres. They’ve also raised funds for environmental upgrades such as native prairie grasses and trees, school/community events, and school information signs. Some of the money used has supported upgrades to school libraries, technical items, and other student learning supports.

PAC members are volunteers who are interested in their children’s education, but we all benefit from their hard work and passion that adds to the educational experience for all children. Parents with children in elementary schools tend to move on when their children change schools. Therefore, schools are always in need of new volunteers.

Please consider volunteering your time to assist in your child’s school. You will find it a positive experience. One of the important tasks of PACs is talking with their schools’ leadership groups and providing parental perspective. PACs also keep parents informed of divisional events and issues.

Middle years learning camps are a hit

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Middle years learning camps are a hit

Tom Parker — Louis Riel School Division Trustee 3 minute read Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020

The Louis Riel School Division has offered summer programming for students for a number of years.

ASPIRE (Academic Summer Program including Recreation and Education) is well known and well-established and continues to assist students in grades 1 to 4 grow as learners throughout the summer months. Our high school summer learning academy offers repeater and non-repeater courses in an engaging and collaborative environment.

This year, LRSD introduced Summer Learning Academy middle years interest camps for students in grades 5 to 8. Based at Glenlawn Collegiate, it provides quality instruction and guided exploration in the areas of arts, crafts, drama, games, music and sports. The response has been overwhelming, with many students signing up for multiple camps through the month of July.

On July 16, I had an opportunity to visit with students and teachers involved in the program and it was so exciting to see a classroom of students interacting with their peers and teacher. You could feel the positive connections.

Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020

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LRSD’s Summer Learning Academy middle years interest camps for students in grades 5 to 8 have been enthusiastically received by students and parents alike.

Checking in with École Howden’s PAC

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Checking in with École Howden’s PAC

Tom Parker — Louis Riel School Division Ward 4 Report 2 minute read Monday, Nov. 18, 2019

There have been many positive things happening in our Louis Riel School Division (LRSD) that have kept us all busy and looking forward to a very interesting school year.

One of the most exciting recent events was the LRSD In Harmony with the United Way Choral Celebration Gala Concert held at the Centennial Concert Hall. The concert brought together nearly 500 students from across the division who get the opportunity to work with guest conductors to present a wonderful night of choral entertainment. The evening was a major success and the musical talent on display was amazing. I personally want to thank all of our great music teachers who do such a good job of organizing and preparing our students for the gala. I look forward to the divisional guitar concerts as well as band, and jazz band events later in the year. Music is definitely alive in LRSD.

Parent advisory councils (PAC) are very busy assisting with the organization of many school events and projects. Parents are important partners within their school community who often participate as volunteers for lunch programs, helping plan school events such as movie nights, concerts, and musicals, and organizing large-scale initiatives such as upgrading playground equipment or redesigning outdoor spaces.

They bring important perspective and insights not only to school administration but also to the LRSD board of trustees. We value their input during our annual budget development process and appreciated parent voice input as we crafted our multi-year strategic plan as well as our new vision, mission, value and motto statements.  

Monday, Nov. 18, 2019

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Crystal Strong (at left) and Domanie Schadek, parent volunteers at École Howden, are pictured outside the school. The school’s parent advisory council is developing a recreation space for students and the community.