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!

Friday, February 24, 2017

Learning and Growing

Hi folks, Jon Wennstrom here! This sure was a hard post to write after sending out the notice last week. For those of you who may not have heard, I will be assuming the position of principal at Buchanan Elementary here in Livonia Public Schools for the 2017-2018 school year. I will certainly miss the staff, students and parents from Rosedale and you have my promise that my heart and head will be here with our community through the end of the school year. Although change is hard (especially when you have grown to love a community like I have with Rosedale), change is necessary for learning and growing. I've worked in several different classrooms and several different schools in the past 22 years and I have learned from each experience and grown from each change. So, although I will miss this community, I'm embracing change with a spirit of adventure and new learning. It's what I ask of our students each and every day, so how could I do any less than that? Thank you for helping me learn and grow Rosedale community!



UPCOMING EVENTS AT ROSEDALE

Monday, February 27: Student of the Month Assembly & March is Reading Month Kick Off!
                                   After School Spanish Club
Wednesday, March 1: Students dismissed at 12:10 pm (Teacher training in the afternoon)
Thursday, March 2: PTA Meeting at 6:30 pm (Pizza and childcare provided)

Wednesday, March 8: Parent Information Night for incoming Kindergarten Families 6:00-7:00 pm
Friday, March 10: Students dismissed at 12:10 (End of 2nd Trimester)

Friday, March 17: Report Cards go Home

PTA POINTS
  • The last day to order pizza kits is March 1st. Return your order form to school, or place an order online at www.PizzaKit.com using Fundraiser ID #326257. Orders need to be picked up on March 8th. Online orders can also be shipped to any address for an additional fee. Email Lynn with questions about this fundraiser at Lrenberg66@gmail.com
  •  It's Nominations time for the 2017-2018 Rosedale PTA Executive Board. Nomination forms will be sent home in your student's communication folder and forms will be in the school Lobby. Please send in your completed form or place completed form in the nominations box in the school Lobby. Deadline is April 13th, 2017.


Did you know that our theme this year for March is Reading Month is "Reading is out of this World"? There will be space themed activities all month long and of course contests and prizes. We will kick off the theme on Monday with a video in the gym and wrap up with a week opportunity to read in a room that will decorated in a space theme! A calendar of events will be coming home so you can keep track of the fun with your child. Great things are happening at Rosedale!

Friday, February 17, 2017

Shadow a Student Challenge

Hi folks, Jon Wennstrom here! You may remember that last year, I participated in the "Shadow a Student" challenge with a third grade student. This year, I joined a second grade classroom and followed a student named Jack. Jack is new to our school this year and it was a great chance to get to know him and also to see what it's like to be a student again. I got to do math problems, I participated in art class, and I got to play at recess with the kids. It was great to see how nice the students are to one another (and me) and it was exciting to participate in their activities. A question that is often asked of educators is "Would you want to be a student in your own school?".  Well, I can tell you after a second time of shadowing a student, my answer is a profound "YES!".

It was fun to be back in second grade!!

UPCOMING EVENTS AT ROSEDALE

Monday, February 20: No School for President's Day!
Friday, February 24: PTA Popcorn Sales 50 cents a bag

Monday, February 27: Student of the Month & March is Reading Month Kick Off Assemblies!
Wednesday, March 1: Students dismissed at 12:10 pm (Teacher Training in the afternoon)
Thursday, March 2: Vision Testing from Wayne County for grades K, 1, and 3
                                 PTA Meeting at 6:30 pm

Friday, March 10: Students dismissed at 12:10 (End of Marking Period)

Thursday, March 16: Spring Pictures from Lifetouch

MEET THE LPS STAFF
Margaret Streffon - Transportation Supervisor 

My official title is Transportation supervisor. I grew up in Livonia, and am a graduate of LPS. My husband and I still live in the district, and my daughter is an LPS graduate as well.  I have worked in the district for 34 years, starting as a bus driver in 1982, then moving into the office as a dispatcher in 2006, then to an assistant supervisor in 2008. I have been the supervisor since the fall of 2014. 

A goal I have for this year is to hire and train enough staff to fully support the district with the upcoming school closures. 

Five words I would use to describe the district are empowering, supportive, exciting, inspiring, and committed.

PTA POINTS
  • Thank you to all our volunteers for making the Daddy Daughter Dance such a wonderful night for all the couples!
  • Thank you for all your support for the 4th graders Youth Making a Difference MDA project. Your support makes a difference in people's lives!
  • February 24th- Popcorn Friday
  • February 25th- Last day to turn in your box tops!
  • February 27th- Spanish Club

  • Congratulations to Joe Libtow and Maria Ackerman for their Distinguished Service awards at the Livonia PTSA Founder's Day banquet. Thank you for everything thing you do!!
  • Students brought home information last week about our annual Pizza Kit fundraiser. Orders are due by March 1st, and need to be picked up on March 8th. This is a great way to stock up on quick dinners for your family, while earning money for the school! Please contact Lynn with any questions at Lrenberg66@gmail.com

Did you know that two members of our Rosedale community were honored at this year's PTA Founder's Day Banquet? Mr. Joe Libtow and Mrs. Maria Ackerman were both given "Shining Star" awards for their dedication and commitment to Rosedale. It's the dedication of our staff and our volunteers that makes our school and our district such a great place to be. Great things are happening at Rosedale! 



Thursday, February 9, 2017

Mileage Club

Hi folks, Jon Wennstrom here! In our efforts to help keep our Rosedale students active and healthy, we have started an optional activity each week for our kids to participate in.  Each Tuesday (3rd & 4th) and Thursday (K-2), students may go to the field where cones will placed allowing students to record the number of laps they run or walk. Students may save up markers with the goal of getting to 13.1 miles (half marathon) by the end of the year. This program, The Mileage Club, is being headed up by Ms. Larabell and it promises to be a fun activity for Rosedale students!


UPCOMING EVENTS AT ROSEDALE

Tuesday, February 14: Happy Valentine's Day! Lifetouch will be taking "candid shots" for the
                                     yearbook.
Thursday, February 16: 100th Day of School (100 Ties will be on display in the office)
Friday, February 17: Special Popcorn sales for Muscular Dystrophy Association $1.00

Monday, February 20: No School for Presidents' Day

Monday, February 27: Student of the Month Assembly & Kick Off for March is Reading Month!

MEET THE ROSEDALE STAFF
Angie Sutton - Front Office Secretary

I am married with 4 children...Andrew is 22 and just got married, Ashley is 20, Nathan is 15, and Danielle is 13. I am from Indiana.  I have been in the Rosedale Community for quite sometime.  I volunteered daily and have been on the PTA board in different position's over the past 15 years. I enjoy decorating cakes and spending time with my family!

I am doing a long term sub job as secretary.  I have been subbing for Diane when I was needed for the past few years. I love helping the students and parents and getting to know each of them.  I am excited to be a part of the Rosedale Community 

My goal for this year is to eat healthier, and plan a trip to New York City to visit my sister. 


The five words I would use to describe Rosedale is Welcoming, Friendly, Awesome, Enthusiastic, Exciting

PTA POINTS 
  • PTA Founder's Day Awards Banquet 2/15/17
  • Special PTA Popcorn sale to raise money for MDA $1.00 per bag 2/17/17
  • PTA Popcorn sale 50 cents a bag 2/4/17
  • After School Spanish Club 2/27/17
  • It's nomination time for the 2017-2018 Board! Information will be coming soon!

Did you know that our 4th Grade classrooms are focusing on Muscular Dystrophy for their Youth Making a Difference project? They have partnered with Mrs. Guerriero, our PE teacher, who has arranged for an educational assembly for our students and activities as well. Coin collection jars are in each room and our PTA has generously agreed to sponsor a special popcorn sale on Friday, February 17 with proceeds going to MDA. Great things are happening at Rosedale!