Checking in with École Howden’s PAC


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This article was published 18/11/2019 (1294 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

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.

Supplied photo 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.

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.  

Trustee Louise Johnson and I recently attended a meeting with the École Howden PAC representatives who are in charge of their playground planning committee. Jocelyn Ratte and Crystal Strong are busy exploring all aspects of the details that go into the planning of such a venture. We were able to work together to make sure they could access all the assistance that was available from the division and supported their plan to involve other partners who could assist with the planning and financing of the project. They are well on their way to developing an important recreational space for students and the entire community to enjoy.

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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