Friday, April 21, 2017

Mindfulness

Hi folks, Jon Wennstrom here! This month, our Rosedale students are learning about "Mindfulness". This is a pretty tricky concept for elementary students to learn...even most adults struggle with this. Being mindful means focusing on what is happening right here and now and truly being in the moment. To help illustrate this point, we used a lot of quotes, short videos and other tools during our Celebrate Monday assemblies. But I think one of the simplest ways we showed mindfulness was from the familiar Winnie the Pooh. The picture and caption below was shown to our students and is a great reminder to live in the moment through mindfulness!


UPCOMING EVENTS AT ROSEDALE

Monday, April 24: After School Spanish
Tuesday, April 25: 2nd Grade Talking Zoo Program!
                          Youth Making a Difference Ceremony (grades 2-4) Franklin High School 6:00 pm
Wednesday, April 26: Administrative Professionals Day!
Friday, April 28: PTA Popcorn Sales (50 cents a bag)

Thursday, May 4: After School Science
                             PTA Meeting (Board Elections) 6:30 pm (Pizza & Childcare Provided)

Thursday, May 11: Rosedale Skate Night at Riverside Arena 6:00-8:00 pm

Wednesday, May 17: ARTS,BEATS,EATS & BOOKS 6:00-8:00 pm (all grades will have a musical performance in the gym, artwork will be displayed from all classes, a book fair will be held in the library, and the PTA will be serving ice cream!)


MEET THE LPS STAFF
Mike Daraskavich - Principal of Cleveland Elementary 

Hi, my name is Mike Daraskavich and I am the principal of Cleveland Elementary School. I have been the principal at Cleveland for the last 10 years and beginning next year I will embark on an exciting journey as the next Principal of Randolph Elementary School. Before becoming an administrator I had the pleasure of serving the Kennedy community as a second through sixth grade teacher. I loved teaching and still do. That is why I love what I do every day as an administrator. I get to serve the Cleveland Community and work with 475 students to make sure that they have the best possible education, love school, and love learning.

On a personal note, I have an amazing wife who teaches here in Livonia at Cooper and three beautiful daughters. My family is the center of my universe and I could not be more fortunate to have a supporting wife and three tremendous girls. My girls are 10, 8, and 4. They keep us on our toes but never get away with anything having a teacher and a principal for parents. I always tell them there is not anything they can try that I have not seen. As a family we have many interests that usually involve something active or outdoors. We do everything together and enjoy being active and adventurous.

I have many goals both personally and professionally that drive me each day. I always want to be the very best father, husband, and support to my school and community. I am a very caring and passionate person. Time is always my battle. I only wish there was enough hours in the day to support everyone to the best of my abilities. Next year I take on a tremendous opportunity as I will welcome the Cass and Garfield Communities to Randolph Elementary. My number one goal is to build a community and school that everyone is proud of. I want the new Randolph to be a place that students, staff, and families can’t wait to come back the next day. Randolph will be a community school and everyone will have input and feel a part of the tremendous community that we create.

If I had to pick 5 words to describe LPS I would choose: Relationships, Community, Family, Hardworking, and Collaborative. 


PTA POINTS
  • May 1 - May 5 is Teacher (staff) appreciation week!
  • May 4 is our last PTA Meeting and Election of New Board Officers 6:30 pm
  • May 11 is our final Riverside Skate Night 6:00-8:00 pm!
  • May 17 is our Arts,Beats, Eats, and Books Events. The PTA will be serving Ice Cream in the Court Yard! 

Did you know in the upcoming weeks and months you may notice some play structures being removed from the playground at our school.  An assessment was conducted on all the playgrounds in the district to determine the condition of our structures.  This assessment called for some structures to be removed this spring. Please know, as part of the initial planning process for the 2013 bond, the District has set aside funds for playground equipment and updates for k-4 and 5-6 elementary buildings. To that end, a committee has been established to research new designs, equipment, and equity for the playgrounds in LPS. We look forward to sharing more information with you as this process gets underway. Great things are happening at Rosedale!


Safety First on the Playground! 

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Calendars

Hi folks, Jon Wennstrom here! This is the time of year that principals and teachers pull out their calendars and start plugging in all the dates of upcoming events and hope that they all fit before the last day of school. With state testing, district assessments, and field trips, it can be a challenge to keep our schedules straight. It's times like this that we need to be sure to make time for the things that are most important: family, self-care, and down time. We need to remember that those things that get scheduled are the things that get done. Make sure your schedule reflects your priorities. Spring is a busy time, but it doesn't have to be a hectic time. Make sure your calendar has some fun things listed as well!


UPCOMING EVENTS AT ROSEDALE

Thursday, April 20: PTA Mother-Son event at Zap Zone 6:00-8:00 pm

Monday, April 24: After School Spanish 
Tuesday, April 25: 2nd Grade Talking Zoo presentations
                              Youth Making a Difference Ceremony at Franklin High School 6:00-8:00 pm
Friday, April 28: PTA Popcorn (50 cents a bag)

Tuesday, May 4: Final PTA meeting of the school year and elections of new officers 6:30 pm
Wednesday, May 10: Volunteer Tea at 2:45 pm (more information to come)
Wednesday, May 17: Arts, Beats, Eats & Books 6:00-8:00 pm


MEET THE LPS STAFF
Tammy Spangler-Timm  Principal of Randolph Elementary

Hello Rosedale Community! My name is Tammy Spangler-Timm and I am the principal of Randolph Elementary School. This is my fifth year at Randolph. Prior to this I was a Co-Principal at Cooper Upper Elementary and, as some of you may remember, I was also the principal at Rosedale for 5 wonderful years! I have worked in LPS schools for 12 years now. Prior to moving to the Detroit metro area, I was an administrator in the Alpena Public Schools district. While there I was a teacher in K-1st , 4th and 5th grades. During my 5th year as a classroom teacher I was asked to coordinate a 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant encompassing a wide range of educational programs from pre-school through high school and even adult learners. The oldest student I worked with was 83 and an inspiration to all who knew him!

When I reflect back on my years as an elementary student, I remember those caring, passionate and inspiring teachers who made me feel as though they believed in me and the potential I had to be successful at school and in life. This is why I truly love being with students in pre-K through 4th grades. Although it can be challenging, it’s always possible to do small things and yet make a positive and lasting impression on our youngest learners.  I also totally enjoy being immersed in a learning environment and the fact that I did not begin my teaching career until the age of 39 attests to my passion for lifelong learning and, most especially, for literacy. I have strong convictions about the power of reading and writing and the profound ways that it can make a positive difference in our lives!

My husband, Mark, and I have four boys.  We are also the proud grandparents of Ashlyn (age 4) and Cameron (age 2).  Although my heart has been happiest during the 23 years I have spent as an educator, I plan to retire this Spring so that I can spend more time with my family (especially my adorable grandchildren), explore by traveling more, and, of course, spend lots of carefree hours reading and writing!

My Five Words: Joyful, Empathy, Excellence, Perseverance, & Inspiration!

PTA POINTS
  • Congratulations and Thank you to our nominees for the 2017-2018 PTA Executive Board. We still have the Treasurer and Corresponding Secretary positions to fill. If you are interested and would like more information  please contact Carol Engle at carolstanbury@aol.com
  • Our final PTA Meeting and Election Night will be on Thursday, May 4. 
Thank you to our fabulous Popcorn volunteers!!


Did you know that the Livonia Rotary Club has an annual Easter Egg Hunt each year? It's a free event for ALL families held at Rotary Park on 6 Mile Road. This year's event will be held on Saturday, April 15 with free registration starting at 10:30 am and the egg hunt at noon. Children and families collect plastic eggs from the park and then turn them in at the redemption tables for bags of candy!  The Easter Bunny will also be there take pictures with the children. As a Rotarian, it's one of my favorite events to volunteer at each year. It's a fun event for the whole family. Great things are happening at Rosedale and in Livonia! 

Thursday, March 30, 2017

RIF

Hi folks, Jon Wennstrom here! When I was a kid, there was a program called Reading is Fundamental or RIF for short. It was a program that promoted reading, gave away books to schools, and held art prize contests for students (I won second place one year:). As much as I agree that reading is fundamental, I think the bigger idea is that READING IS FUN!!  We really work hard during March is Reading Month with all our themes, activities, and contests to instill a love of reading that will last the entire year through. When reading is fun and not just something we have to do for school, then students are more engaged and become life-long readers and learners!

Reading is "Out of this World!" 

UPCOMING EVENTS AT ROSEDALE

Monday, April 3- Friday, April 7: SPRING BREAK

Monday, April 10: School resumes
Tuesday, April 11: After School Science (grades 2-4)
Thursday, April 13: PTA Meeting at 6:30 pm (Nominations Night)
Friday, April 14: No School

Thursday, April 20: Mother-Son Event at Zap Zone!!

Monday, April 24: After School Spanish
Friday, April 28: PTA Popcorn Sales

Congratulations to our top three readers!!
1) Atharv  2) Logan  3) Vighnesh 

MEET THE LPS STAFF 
William Green - Principal of Roosevelt Elementary

My name is William Green and I am the principal of Roosevelt Elementary School.  The 2015-2016 school year was my first year as principal of Roosevelt Elementary School.  Prior to that I spent 10 years as principal at Garfield Elementary School.  My undergraduate work in teaching was completed at Madonna University with a major in History.  A few years later I completed my Master's Degree in Educational Leadership at Wayne State University.  Since that time I have taken many additional college classes, participated in a variety of leadership workshops, and continue to work on my craft by teaching a class at Madonna University. This is my twenty-second year with the Livonia Public Schools. I have served as a third, fifth, and sixth grade teacher.  In addition, I served for two years as a teacher leader and as mentioned above principal of Garfield Elementary School.

My wife Margaret and I have three wonderful children.  They are all products of Livonia Public Schools.   Luke is a sophomore at University of Michigan-Dearborn, Jackie is a senior in High School who will be attending Madonna University in the fall and Drew is a sophomore in high school.  Margaret and I both grew up in Livonia and are proud alumni of the Livonia Public Schools' school system. My wife, father, mother and niece are all either current or former educators. I reside in the city of Livonia as do a majority of my family members. It goes without saying I am deeply invested in our community and care deeply about it continuing to be a great place to raise children.  Our family enjoys traveling to the west side of our beautiful state and also participating in a variety of recreational activities with golfing as our family favorite.

My personal goal this year is to get in shape and my professional goal is to help staff FOCUS on our priorities and never lose sight of the five words below that I believe define learning at Roosevelt Elementary and Livonia Public Schools.

Five Words: Tradition, Relationships, Excellence, Perseverance, Fun!

PTA POINTS 
  • Rosedale PTA needs you!  Please consider running for the PTA Executive Board 2017/2018.  Nominations for the Board are being accepted through April 13th.For more information, please contact Carol Engle carolenglepta@gmail.com, Krissy Bisinger krice269@gmail, or Lynn Renberg lrenberg66@gmail
  • SAVE THE DATE!!!!! 4/20/17 is the 2nd Annual Mother/Son Night at Zap Zone!!! Registration flyers will be sent home soon!

Did you know that each month our "Student of the Month" awards focus on the character elements adopted by Livonia Public Schools? All schools incorporate these elements or traits into their school culture. At Rosedale, we use them for our monthly themes, weekly quotes, and daily announcements. It's great to see the students being able to explain what the elements are, but it's even better to watch them put them into action each day. Great things are happening at Rosedale! 

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Bringing History to Life

Hi folks, Jon Wennstrom here! This week our fourth grade students gave presentations during the "Living Wax Museum". This was the culminating event for weeks of reading, researching, and preparing. One of the many things that I love about this activity is that the students get to pick who they research and they decide what they put into their presentation. Yes, they have a guideline and format to follow, but they also have a lot of choice and freedom. It's learning activities like this that students remember for many years. My guess is that most of these students will be able to tell about their historical figure for the rest of their lives. I'm so happy that our Rosedale students have opportunities for activities and events like this and I was proud to see so many family members here for the event as well. Thanks to our fourth grade team for bringing history to life for our students!


UPCOMING EVENTS AT ROSEDALE 

Monday, March 27: After School Spanish
Friday, March 31: 4th Grade students to Johnson in the morning
                              March is Reading Month Awards Assembly in the afternoon
                              Skate Night at Riverside Arena 6:00-8:00 pm

Monday, April 3 - Friday, April 7: Spring Break!

Monday, April 10: School Resumes
Thursday, April 13: PTA Meeting in the Library 6:30 pm (Nominations)
Friday, April 14: No School 

Meet the LPS Staff

Julie Linn - Principal of Hoover Elementary

I enjoy leading our Hoover Rocket staff and students on their educational journey. This is my 7th year as the principal at Hoover Elementary School. I worked as a Teacher of the Speech and Language Impaired in LPS for 14 years at a variety of schools.

I have been married to my husband Jeff for 20 years. We have two children Griffin (13 yrs) and Sydney (9 yrs). We enjoy cheering for MSU, watching our children participate in sports and spending time with our animals. We have a small farm with Clydesdale horses, pigs, rabbits, turkeys and cats.

Five words that describe Hoover: Fun, Caring, Hard Working, Supportive, Dedicated.

PTA POINTS
  • Rosedale Spirit Wear is going on now thru March 31st. Order the NEW logo and colors for the whole family!! Visit the online store today by using the link below. Happy shopping!! http://stores.alleycatdesigns.com/RosedaleElementary 

  • SAVE THE DATE!!!!! 4/20/17 is the 2nd Annual Mother/Son Night at Zap Zone!!! Registration flyers will be sent home soon!
  • Rosedale PTA needs you!  Please consider running for the PTA Executive Board 2017/2018.  Nominations for the Board are being accepted through April 13th.For more information, please contact Carol Engle carolenglepta@gmail.com, Krissy Bisinger krice269@gmail, or Lynn Renberg lrenberg66@gmail
  • Congratulations to our top Pizza Kit fundraisers!! Autym D, Autumn B, Chloe L, Aubrey L, and our top seller, Jordan C.  These kids raised a lot of dough for Rosedale!!

Did you know that our 4th grade students raised money to help the Muscular Dystrophy Association for their "Youth Making a Difference" project? With the help of the PTA, Ms. Guerriero, and all the Rosedale students, they had a "Hop-a-Thon" to raise funds for this worthy cause. Last week, we were able to give a check to the MDA for over $2000!! It sure made me proud to see how hard the students worked on this project. Great things are happening at Rosedale! 





Thursday, March 16, 2017

Mr. Roboto

Hi folks, Jon Wennstrom here! Growing up, I was fascinated by robots. I loved books, movies, and anything that involved robots. This week, we had the opportunity to have the high school robotics team come into our school and give an assembly with the robots they had made. I quickly saw that our Rosedale students had the same fascination with robots that I  had as a child! In addition to the math and science that is required for the robotics team, the high school students talked about how they demonstrate the character traits like grit and confidence while working as a team. My hope is that the event sparked interest in some of our students to become future designers, builders, and engineers. We may have many future members of the high school robotics team right here in our own building!

Livonia Warriors Robotics Team visits Rosedale

UPCOMING EVENTS AT ROSEDALE

Tuesday, March 21: 4th Grade Living Wax Museum in the morning
Wednesday, March 22: Nuts About Science (grades 2-4)
Friday, March 24: Report Cards go Home

Monday, March 27: After School Spanish
Friday, March 31: 4th Grade students visit Johnson Elementary in the morning
                              March is Reading Month Awards Assembly in afternoon
                              Skate Night at Riverside Arena 6:00-8:00 pm

Monday, April 3 - Friday, April 7: Spring Break! 

Monday, April 10: School Resumes

MEET THE LPS STAFF
Larry Grezak - Principal of Coolidge Elementary School

After earning a business degree at the University of Detroit and working eight years in manufacturing, I decided that I needed a new career. In September of 2004, I quit my job and started attending Madonna University as a full time student. In 2006, I graduated with a language arts major and an elementary school minor. I completed my student teaching in the fourth grade level at Roosevelt Elementary School in Livonia. I have spent time teaching in the third, fourth, sixth, seventh, and eighth grades. In 2011, I completed my master's degree with a focus on learning disabilities.

During my time as Webster Elementary School's School Improvement Chairperson, I started to get more and more excited about the things that I could do to help the entire the school. I went back to school one more time and completed a K-12 Administrators program at Eastern Michigan University. In October of 2013, I was extremely happy to be named the newest principal of Coolidge Elementary School and to continue my career in education with Livonia Public Schools.

My wife was a long distance runner on our track team in college, and we have been happily married for almost 18 years. We have two wonderful boys who are ten and nine years old. Rece is in fourth grade and Brody is in third. Switching careers was one the best decisions that I have ever made.  I am grateful to have ended up in Livonia Public Schools and our Coolidge team is an amazing group of people to work with.  I feel very lucky.

Five words that describe Coolidge – Growth Mindset, High Character, Safe

PTA POINTS
  • Rosedale Spirit Wear is going on now thru March 31st. Order the NEW logo and colors for the whole family!! Visit the online store today by using the link below. Happy shopping!! http://stores.alleycatdesigns.com/RosedaleElementary

  • SAVE THE DATE!!!!! 4/20/17 is the 2nd Annual Mother/Son Night at Zap Zone!!! Registration flyers will be sent home soon!
  • Rosedale PTA needs you!  Please consider running for the PTA Executive Board 2017/2018.  Nominations for the Board are being accepted through April 13th.For more information, please contact Carol Engle carolenglepta@gmail.com, Krissy Bisinger krice269@gmail, or Lynn Renberg lrenberg66@gmail

Did you know that each year, all schools are required to publish an Annual Education Review? The AER is posted on our school website and gives the demographic and program information of our school and also includes current and previous testing results. It's a useful piece of information that we provide for all Rosedale families and our community. You can visit our school's AER by clicking in our "Quick Links" section on our Rosedale web page. Great things are happening at Rosedale! 

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Welcome to the Family

Hi folks, Jon Wennstrom here! This week, each of the elementary schools hosted a kindergarten parent information night. The purpose of the meeting is to give an overview to parents on our kindergarten programs, answer any questions they may have, and most importantly welcome them to the Livonia Public Schools family. One of my goals as principal is to make sure that every family and every child feels welcomed at school. This is why we invite folks into our buildings for informational meetings, PTA events, and awards assemblies. We don't want to just tell you about the great things happening at school, we want you to be a part of them! So, on behalf of all those in Livonia Public Schools to our incoming students and parents: Welcome to the family!
Photo Credit: Google Images

UPCOMING EVENTS AT ROSEDALE

Friday, March 17: Spring Pictures with Lifetouch and 4th Grade class picture

Tuesday, March 21: 4th Grade Living Wax Museum in the gym
Wednesday, March 22: Nuts About Science (grades 2-4)
Friday, March 24: Popcorn Friday
                              Report Cards Sent Home

Monday, March 27: After School Spanish
Friday, March 31: 4th Grade students visit Johnson Upper Elementary in the morning
                              March is Reading Month Awards Assembly in the afternoon
                              Skate Night at Riverside Arena 6:00-8:00 pm

April 3-7: Spring Break

Quote of the Week

MEET THE LPS STAFF
Theresa O'Brien - Chief Academic Officer

I am new to the role of Chief  Academic Officer after being a principal for the past 6.5 years at Cooper Upper Elementary and Hayes Elementary. Prior to being a principal I have taught in the district since student teaching in 1988, teaching all grades first through sixth. I have worked at Washington, Garfield, Roosevelt, and Cooper. I also worked in the Curriculum Department for four years as a Mathematics Facilitator.

On a personal level I am married to Andy and am the mom of two boys, Ian and Brady, who are in their 20’s. We live in Livonia with our 2 year old dog Boston.

 I am excited to begin my new role, but will miss being in a school and seeing teachers and students each day. A goal I have is to keep students at the center of decision making. I want to make sure we are thinking of the best ways to prepare them for work of the 21st century.


Livonia Public Schools has been a part of my life for over twenty years and the five words I would use to describe LPS: Inspiring, Positive Relationships, and Abundant Opportunities.

PTA POINTS
  • Thank you for those who worked really hard by supporting the Rosedale Little Caesars Pizza Kits Fundraiser. We had an amazing and very successful event that had a profit of $1,945.00!!!! AWESOME JOB!! The 2 classrooms that won a pizza party will be announced soon!
  • It's Nomination Time!!!   Please consider volunteering for a position on the 2017/2018 Rosedale PTA Executive Board.  All positions are open for nomination.  Nomination forms can be found in the school lobby and are due by April 13th.  Voting takes place on May 4th.  Please contact a member of the Nominating Committee for more information.  Carol Engle carolenglepta@gmail.com, Lynn Renberg lrenberg66@gmail, or Krissy Bisinger krice269@gmail.com
  • SAVE THE DATE mom's because it's your turn!! 4/20/17 is the 2nd Annual Mother/Son Night at Zap Zone!!! Registration flyers will be sent home soon!

Did you know in the upcoming weeks and months you may notice some play structures being removed from the playground at our school.  An assessment was conducted on all the playgrounds in the district to determine the condition of our structures.  This assessment called for some structures to be removed this spring. Please know, as part of the initial planning process for the 2013 bond, the District has set aside funds for playground equipment and updates for k-4 and 5-6 elementary buildings. To that end, a committee has been established to research new designs, equipment, and equity for the playgrounds in LPS. We look forward to sharing more information with you as this process gets underway. Great things are happening at Rosedale!


Photo Credit: Google Images

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Out of this World!

Hi folks, Jon Wennstrom here! This week, we kicked off our March is Reading Month theme of "Reading is out of this World". It's going to be a fun month filled with outer space themed activities, a visit from the high school robotics team, and even a sky dome planetarium! Our goal is to get students excited about reading and also to stimulate their love of science and technology. Who knows? Some of our Rosedale students may be the next group of astronauts into space. Be sure to check with your child about their reading goals and ask them to share the great activities they are doing this month. I'll be sure to post pictures as well!


UPCOMING EVENTS AT ROSEDALE

Friday, March 10: Students dismissed at 12:10 pm (Teacher Work Day)

Thursday, March 16: Spring Pictures! 
Friday, March 17: Report Cards go home

Tuesday, March 21: 4th Grade Living Wax Museum in the morning

Friday, March 31: 4th Grade students visit Johnson Upper Elementary in the morning

Monday, April 3 - Friday, April 7: SPRING BREAK

Don't forget to check the March is Reading Month Calendar to keep track of all the fun events this month!

MEET THE LPS STAFF
Keith McDonald - Assistant Director of Human Resources

I grew up in Canton and currently live there, as well.  I am married to Tara, who I met in grade school.  We have a very active two-year old named William who takes up all of my time when I am not at LPS.  My LPS career began in the winter of 2000 when I student taught at Churchill High School.  I was hired there the next fall.  I taught PE and science for seven years at Churchill before becoming the scheduling assistant principal.  After four years, I was transferred to Franklin where I was the business assistant principal for three years.  My next stop was back at Churchill where I was the principal for the last three years.  Now, I am on to my next career adventure as the Assistant Director of Human Resources.  I am excited to begin my new role, but will miss the everyday interaction with the kids. 

For the remainder of the year, I have two goals in mind.  First, I want to do everything I can to make the transition go smoothly for the students, parents, and staffs of the closing schools.  I also want to continue to work with the building level administrators and teachers as the wrap up the first year of the 5D+ evaluation system.  With evaluations come a lot of stress and concern.  I want to work to minimize that stress and focus on the professional growth potential the tool offers. 


When I think of LPS, I think both the staff and community.  These are the five words I would use to describe LPS:  caring, dedicated, supportive, integrity, and grit.  

PTA POINTS 
  • Popcorn Sales March 10 & March 24
  • After School Science March 22
  • After School Spanish March 27
  • Riverside Arena Skate Night March 31
  • Spirit Wear Sales are here!!! Going on now thru March 31st! Order the NEW logo and colors! Visit the online store by using the follow web address: 
  • It's Nomination Time!!!   Please consider volunteering for a position on the 2017/2018 Rosedale PTA Executive Board.  All positions are open for nomination.  Nomination forms can be found in the school lobby and are due by April 13th.  Voting takes place on May 4th.  Please contact a member of the Nominating Committee for more information.  Carol Engle carolenglepta@gmail.com, Lynn Renberg lrenberg66@gmail, or Krissy Bisinger krice269@gmail.com

Did you know that our Reading Month theme actually takes months of planning? It begins in the summer with our PTA budget meeting as they generously dedicate all the funds necessary to make it happen. Then our committee led by Mrs. Merchant & Mrs. Benson plan out all the activities and prizes and share and coordinate with staff. It's a lot of work, but it is worth it to see the joy on the students' faces as they experience the love of reading. Great things are happening at Rosedale!
Reading is out of this World!