Thursday, May 25, 2017

Brave The Shave

Hi folks, Jon Wennstrom here! If you've been to Rosedale in the last week, you may have noticed something missing...like my hair! Well it will certainly be cooler during the summer months, I had a bigger motive in shaving my head. Recently, I was approached to participate in the St. Baldrick's "Brave the Shave" event, where participants pledge to shave their heads to raise money for pediatric cancer research. Knowing that this year, one of the honored children was the son of a Rosedale teacher, I couldn't refuse. On Sunday, I joined dozens of other people who said goodbye to their hair in the hopes that no child will ever have do the same. Our Rosedale students do so many service projects during the year, I felt that I needed to step up and practice what I preach. My hair won't stay short for long, but the memories I made during the event will stay with me a long time.

Kellen Weakley was our honored child and our celebrator shaver! 

UPCOMING EVENTS AT ROSEDALE

Monday, May 29: No School for Memorial Day
Thursday, June 1: Kindergarten Round Up
Friday, June 2: Spring Fling/Basket Raffle 6:00-8:00 pm 

Thursday, June 8: Field Day!

Thursday, June 15: Students dismissed at 12:10 pm
Friday, June 16: All School Assembly at 10:00 am
                         4th Grade Clap Out at 11:35 am
                         Students dismissed at 12:10 pm (Summer Vacation Begins)

MEET THE LPS STAFF
Jennifer Keatts - Principal of Grant Elementary 
Hello LPS Families,

I am thrilled to be a new member of the Livonia Public Schools family.  While this is my first year as principal of Grant, this is my 5th year as an elementary principal.  I have spent my 15 years in education as a lower elementary teacher, reading specialist, literacy coach, intervention specialist and now principal. I have worked with many students and teachers in grades K - 8.   

When I am not at school, you can find my husband, Rob and I on the sidelines of soccer fields with our 10 year old daughter,  Katelyn and our almost 6 year old son, Brady.  We have officially come to the point where their social calendars are busier than ours.   Our kids keep us laughing and up to date on all things popular in 4th grade in kindergarten.

When I arrived at Grant this year, we were just opening our doors after the renovation.  There were certainly some changes this year.  Next school year we are very excited to watch our community grow with the addition of the center students from Buchanan Elementary.  My goal for the next school year is to lead a unified school and capitalize on the strengths of all of our students.  We will continually learn from each other.

If I had to summarize Grant in 5 words I would choose the following:

Great community supporting all students.  

Wishing you all a wonderful end to the school year and a wonderful summer ahead.

PTA POINTS 
  • Spring fling is coming June 2nd (6-8) and we need your help to make it happen. Without help from volunteers, this fun-filled night will have to be reduced, or even cancelled! Please go to the sign-up genius if you can volunteer 30 minutes of your time.


Did you know that Rosedale loves our volunteers? Every year, we have a "Volunteer Tea" to honor all those people who work behind the scenes and do so much for students and staff. From room parents, to party planners, to event coordinators, our volunteers do so many things to help our students have a special experience at Rosedale. This year our theme was "You are the Stars" and we turned our library into a red carpet extravaganza. Because of our volunteers...Great things are happening at Rosedale! 



Friday, May 19, 2017

Arts,Beats,Eats & Books

Hi folks, Jon Wennstrom here! Last week, we held our annual Arts, Beats, Eats & Books event! This was my 6th one at Rosedale and I feel like it gets bigger and better every year. I'm so impressed with our student performances in music and art and the book fair and ice cream desserts from PTA gave it all a very festive feel! These are the moments that our students and parents remember for many years and where memories are made. I hope all of our students are making good memories at Rosedale and I'm grateful to all the staff and volunteers who made the event such a big success!


UPCOMING EVENTS AT ROSEDALE

Wednesday, May 24: Volunteer Tea in the Library 2:45-3:45 pm
Friday, May 26: PTA Popcorn Friday (50 cents a bag)

Monday, May 29: No School for Memorial Day
Thursday, June 1: Kindergarten Round Up 
Friday, June 2: Spring Fling/Basket Raffle 6:00-8:00 pm

MEET THE LPS STAFF
Sheila O'Kane - Principal of Hayes Elementary

I have four wonderful adult children, Erica, Leah, Sara and AJ. I also have a grandson named Ian, who is the center of my universe. I have a fun loving 5 month old German Short-haired Pointer named Greta that keeps me very busy! I do anything outdoors, from kayaking and mountain biking in the summer to snowmobiling and ice fishing in the winter. I treasure my position at Hayes Elementary as principal because of it's amazing staff and wonderful children. 

My goal this year was to get acclimated, but next year I hope to provide more support for student learning. It's hard to choose only five words to describe LPS or Hayes. 

I have found LPS to be a collaborative and supportive district and Hayes Elementary to be the same. I find Hayes to also be dedicated, generous and above all, HAPPY!

PTA POINTS
  • The PTA would like to thank all the volunteers who helped during our Arts, Beats, Eats & Books event!! 
  • We would like to thank Masri Orthodontics for their very generous ice cream donation at our Ice cream social.

Did you know that Rosedale has a reading program called ELVs? (Early Literacy Volunteers) The program is coordinated by Tracey Jakubowski and partners up trained adults from the community (Like the Livonia Rotary Club) and matches them with students for additional reading time each week. All participants go through a background check and training process prior to starting at the school. Our students love their time with their ELVs and we recently had our end of the year celebration party. Great things are happening at Rosedale! 

Thursday, May 11, 2017

The Power of YET

Hi folks, Jon Wennstrom here! This week, our staff discussed the topic of Growth Mindset and the power of the word YET. In a Growth Mindset model, it is assumed that success in a project depends on one's effort and work and not on their "natural ability". We focused on our language as we talk with students who may say things like "I'm not good at math" or "I'm not good at art". By adding the word "yet" to those sentences, we are showing that with hard work and determination we CAN be good at any area we wish. When we have a Growth Mindset we are taking control of our goals and taking steps toward achieving them. That's something that can help students and adults! 


photo credit: Edutopia

UPCOMING EVENTS

Wednesday, May 17: Arts,Beats,Eats & Books event 6:00-8:00 pm (All students should report to their classrooms 15 minutes prior to their performance times - see flyer for performance times)

Monday, May 22: After School Spanish
Wednesday, May 24: Volunteer Tea in the Library 2:45-3:45 pm
Friday, May 26: PTA Popcorn Friday

Monday, May 29: No School for Memorial Day
Thursday, June 1: Kindergarten Round Up
Friday, June 2: Spring Fling/Basket Raffle 6:00-8:00 pm

MEET THE LPS STAFF
Laura Carino - Principal of Buchanan Elementary
I am the proud mom of 3 awesome kiddos, Carter (age 10), Catelyn (age 8), and Courtney, (age 5). I am happily married to my husband, Chris, for the past 13 (well almost, as of Memorial Day weekend) years! Carter keeps us very busy being on a swim team and the girls are active in gymnastics. It seems like we are always running somewhere with one of them! We built our home 3 years ago in South Lyon and have a cat and 2 guinea pigs. When I'm not at work, I enjoy being outside, running, swimming in our pool, and just spending time with my family.

I have been the principal of Buchanan Elementary for the past 4 years! I truly believe that I have the best job in the world and love watching the amazing teaching and learning happening in each classroom. Prior to coming to Buchanan, I was the lead teacher at an elementary school in Ann Arbor. Next year, I will be transitioning to the 5/6 world and starting on my new professional journey as principal of Cooper Upper Elementary School. Although I will miss Buchanan, I am very eager to begin building relationships with the students, staff, and families at Cooper next year.

One of my professional goals for next year is to learn what makes the kids, staff, and parents/guardians most proud about Cooper so we can honor traditions and celebrate successes. I also hope to learn more about a few local doctoral programs and potentially enroll in one to further my own education.

5 words that represent Buchanan include: Excellence, Opportunity, Innovation, Commitment, and Passion.


PTA POINTS 
  • The PTA will be serving ice cream in the court yard during our Arts,Beats,Eats & Books event on Wednesday, May 17! 
  • With much gratitude and appreciation we would like to thank On The Border and Mangia's in Westland for providing lunches for our Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week. Because of their generosity we were able to provide wonderful lunches for our amazing staff at Rosedale!! THANK YOU!!

Did you know that Fidget Spinners are being restricted from the school? While they are fun devices and can keep children busy for hours (my own daughters have them), they can be a distraction to the learning environment. They also are causing many issues on the playgrounds with students fighting over lost devices. Unless your child has specific permission from their teacher, we are asking that all Fidget Spinners remain at home and not at school. Thank you for support and cooperation. Great things are happening at Rosedale!

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Teacher Appreciation

Hi folks, Jon Wennstrom here! This is the time of the year that we recognize educators through Teacher Appreciation activities. I know our PTA will be providing meals and other goodies for our teachers all week long. As a child, I didn't recognize how much work my teachers put in to make sure that I succeeded. As an adult, I understand and appreciate how hard our teachers work for students every day. When the school day ends, our teachers are still hard at work creating lessons and grading assignments. During the summer months, teachers continue to plan, read educational books and attend classes. I've always said that teaching is more than a profession, it is a calling. Thank you to our teachers and ALL the dedicated workers in our school. You are making a difference!


UPCOMING EVENTS AT ROSEDALE

Friday, May 12: PTA Popcorn Friday (50 cents a bag)
                          Yearbooks go home (Additional yearbooks will be on sale during the Arts, Beats, Eats & Books event)

Wednesday, May 17: Arts,Beats, Eats & Books 6:00-8:00 pm (All students will perform during their designated times - flyers go home this week)

Wednesday, May 24: Volunteer Tea in the Library 2:45-3:45 pm
Friday, May 26: PTA Popcorn Friday (50 cents a bag)

MEET THE LPS STAFF
Dr. Daniel Daniels - Principal of Kennedy Elementary
First and foremost, I am a mom to three amazing daughters.  My adopted daughter, Samantha is 24 years old and lives with her husband in Westland. My two younger daughters, Chloe (10) and Ava (8), keep me busy with dance, gymnastics, swimming and piano.  We reside in Canton and the girls attend Plymouth- Canton Schools. My immediate family all live close by and we weekly have big Italian dinners at my parents' home in Plymouth.  Something fun for me is that my sister is the Interventionist at Johnson Upper Elementary, so we share a love for LPS!

I had the opportunity to teach two years in the outer banks of North Carolina before calling LPS my home...I have been honored to work in this district for 15 years. I spent my first four years at Taylor and Roosevelt Elementary, as a classroom teacher.  I then had the opportunity to coordinate and oversee the Elementary Language Arts Curriculum through Central Office.  After completing my Ph.D. that year, I received the principalship at Randolph Elementary. Randolph was my home for 5 years. From Randolph I landed at Kennedy! Kennedy has been my home for 5 years ,and it has been an amazing experience.  I have grown as a leader and educator in the halls of the Kennedy Stars!

My personal goal is to live a healthy lifestyle that involves healthy eating and fitness! I love to workout and exercise and my new favorite has been Cycle Bar in Northville.  My professional goal is to merge effectively and successfully the approximately 75 new Garfield students that will be attending Kennedy next year. 2017-2018 will be an exciting year as our school grows substantially in numbers and hearts!

Kennedy Five Words:  Leading, Learning, Growing, Loving, Supporting

PTA POINTS
  • Congratulations to our newly elected PTA executive board for the 2017-2018 school year!
President:  Krissy Bisinger
1st Vice President:  Rhonda Simko
2nd Vice President:  Cara Williams
Treasurer:  Dave Williams
Recording Secretary:  Kathy Spencer-Reister
Corresponding Secretary:  Judy Franklin

Did you know that ALL of our Rosedale students will be performing at our Arts,Beats,Eats & Books event?? Each grade level will perform a music showcase in the gym during their designated times. Also, artwork from ALL classrooms will be on display throughout the building. In addition, we will have our book fair and the PTA will be serving ice cream in the courtyard. It's guaranteed to be a fun night night for everyone. Great things are happening at Rosedale! 

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Making a Difference

Hi folks, Jon Wennstrom here! This week, I had the pleasure to attend the Livonia Youth Making a Difference Ceremony. Each year, the district recognizes the service projects that students from across the district perform. At the event, there were poster boards on display showcasing the projects from our second, third, and fourth grade classrooms. Having the mayor and superintendent there showed the students how important this event was and how important service projects are. My hope is that our students find a love of service that will last a lifetime! Thank you to everyone who helped with a project and to those who model service through volunteering. Our students are watching and learning from you!


UPCOMING EVENTS AT ROSEDALE

Thursday, May 4: Final PTA Meeting (Election Night) 6:30 pm (Pizza & Childcare Provided)

Friday, May 12: Yearbooks go home

Wednesday, May 17: Arts, Beats, Eats & Books 6:00 - 8:00 pm (ALL students will perform a music concert, artwork will be on display throughout the building, the PTA will be serving ice cream, and the library will be hosting a book fair)  Be watching for the flyer!!

MEET THE LPS STAFF
Lora Boka - Principal of Webster Elementary
My name is Lora Boka and I have had the privilege of leading Webster Elementary for the last five years. I found my leadership role at Webster accidentally but have been forever changed by our school, it’s purpose and the students and staff that I get to partner with each day. I have an extensive background and experiences in Special Education and thought that my educational career would stay in this lane. My strong beliefs in individualization and advocacy make Webster the perfect match for my skill set. I earned my undergraduate degree in Special Education from Central Michigan University and my Master’s, Education Specialist and Special Education Director Certification from Wayne State University. I have been a proud Livonia Educator for 25 years. I met my husband of 21 years in the halls of Cooper Elementary!

I am a passionate educator but my role as a mother is my ultimate pride and joy. I am the proud mother of 3 pretty cool kids. I am a hockey mom and have raised two accomplished hockey players. Nicholas is currently a sophomore at the University of Michigan (#27 on defense for the Michigan Hockey Team) and has been drafted by the Minnesota Wild. Lucas is a senior in high school this year and lives in Windsor in order to play for the Windsor Spitfires of the OHL (#61 forward). His draft year is this year. Finally, our beautiful daughter Allison is in 8th grade and enjoys many activities and sports. Her most precious gift is her voice.

My personal goal this year is to be available to the students and staff that I serve. My professional goals include being collaborative and growing in my role as an instructional coach.


Five words that describe Webster: Caring, Challenging, Unique, Community and Perseverance

PTA POINTS
  • Final PTA Meeting Thursday, May 4 at 6:30 pm in the Rosedale Library
  • The PTA will be celebrating Teacher Appreciation with fun events during the week of May 8
  • PTA Popcorn will be on sale Friday, May 12 for 50 cents a bag

Did you know that our 2nd grade students recently had their "Talking Zoo" program? It's great way for students to learn research, writing, and speaking skills all in one project. I was amazed at dedication the students showed in learning about their animals and it was fun to see them in their costumes for the final performance. Thanks to the teachers, parents, and volunteers who made the event possible. Great things are happening at Rosedale! 

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!