Friday, February 27, 2015

A Penny Saved

Hi folks, Jon Wennstrom here! This month our students have been bringing in pennies and spare change to donate to the Children's Leukemia Lymphoma Society.  As our school-wide Youth Making a Difference project,  this project demonstrates to our students that with a little time and a little change, that they can make some very big contributions to an important cause.  This year we raised over $1,500 in change in a just a couple of weeks!  What a great way for our students to make a difference in someone's life.  Thanks to all who contributed! We will be featuring more updates about our Youth Making a Difference projects in April.


Thursday, March 5: PTA Meeting at 6:30 in the Library (Pizza and Childcare provided)
Friday, March 6: Reading Prize = Popcorn Snack

Friday, March 13: Reading Prize = Glow Sticks (Read with blanket forts)

Friday, March 20: Reading Prize = S'more Snack (Read with stuffed animal)

Tuesday, March 24: Spring Pictures
Wednesday, March 25: All School Assembly for "Magic of Reading"
Thursday, March 26: Student of the Month Assembly (Think Win-Win)
                                   Skate Night at Riverside Arena 6:00-8:00 pm
Friday, March 27: No School for Students (Teacher Work Day)

Congratulations to our Students of the Month!
Habit 3: Put First Things First


Mrs. Boggs - 3rd Grade Teacher

I earned my bachelors and masters degree from Eastern Michigan University.  I started my teaching career at Johnson/Rosedale in 1988. I have been here long enough that I am now getting children of my first students!!  Over the years I have met several families and our community is the BEST!

 My favorite thing about our school is that we are a very close staff and the one thing we all have in common is we care about our students.  A few of us have been teaching together for several years and have been through many changes.  We have been through 2 moves, 2 renovations, changes in administrators, new staff members, friends retiring, friends moving to different schools and numerous students coming and leaving.  Often people will ask me where our school is located because they have never heard of it.  Rosedale is like a hidden "treasure" in Livonia.  Our school is small but we are mighty!

In my spare time I like to spend time with my daughter Emilie and my granddaughter Rylie.  We love to travel, take walks, bike ride and enjoy nature.  I have been to 45 of the 50 states and the other 5 states are on my bucket list!!  I have also been to Europe 2 times, Virgin Islands, Bahamas, Aruba, Grand Cayman, Cancun, and Riviera Maya.  I would consider myself to be a little adventurous.  I have been in a hot air balloon, helicopter, float-plane and para-sailed.  I also sailed from Seattle up to Alaska in a small fishing vessel through the inside passage. I am proud to tell people I work for Livonia Public Schools but I LOVE to tell them I am a teacher at Rosedale Elementary School!!!

Ms. Guerriero - Physical Education Teacher

I am the physical education teacher here at Rosedale and Coolidge elementary.  This is my second year at Rosedale.  I have been teaching for over 25 years with Livonia and have taught at numerous schools in the district.  I received my undergraduate degree in physical education from Central Michigan University and my master’s degree from Wayne State University in elementary education.  I am truly blessed that I have had an opportunity to work with so many children in the area of health and fitness.

From the first day I walked into Rosedale school I knew I could call it home.  The warm welcome that I received from staff, parents, & students, I still feel it every day.   The enthusiasm that students have for participation in physical activity is amazing.  The support from the parents and community make Rosedale a great place to come to every Monday & Thursday.

My favorite things to do when I am not teaching are exercise related.  I have a passion for running, biking and golfing.  I have done numerous running & biking events, my biggest accomplishment was a half marathon.   I also enjoy going to Lions, Tigers and Red Wings games.  

Did you know that Rosedale has a 4th grade safety patrol that allows students to work in a variety of jobs?  Student jobs range from table monitors in the cafeteria, to door holders in the mornings, to bus line leaders in the gym.  Under the direction of Mr. Joe, our safety patrol students really help the adults in the school keep students safe and organized.  Great things are happening at Rosedale!

Friday, February 20, 2015

100 Days

Hi folks, Jon Wennstrom here! We are getting near a special event at school as we prepare to celebrate our 100th day! Over the years, I've collected a lot of fun ties to wear at school for the students' enjoyment.  That collection has led to a tradition of hanging 100 of my ties each year in the office for students to view.  Many classes come down to see what 100 ties really look like and I often share out stories of some of my favorite ties and where they came from (I've collected from many countries from around the world).  It's a fun event for the students and it gives me a few days of having an uncluttered closet:)  I hope your child has the opportunity to see the tie collection and has fun on our 100th day of school!

100 Ties for 100 Days!
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Congratulations to Rhonda Simko!  She was the recipient of this year's SHINING STAR award for her work as a parent volunteer. Thanks Mrs. Simko for all you do for Rosedale!


Tuesday, February 24: Pizza Kit Orders due
                                   100th Day of School (100 Ties will be on display in my office)
                                   Las Palapas Dine Out  11am-10pm (10% goes to Rosedale)
Friday, February 27: Student of the Month Assembly (First Things First)
                                Pizza Kits delivered

Thursday, March 5: PTA Meeting 6:30 pm in the Library

Tuesday, March 24: Spring Pictures
Thursday, March 26: Student of the Month Assembly
                                 Skate Night at Riverside Arena 6:00-8:00 pm
Friday, March 27: No School for Students (Teacher Work Day)


Mrs. Nadon - First Grade Teacher
I am a first grade teacher here at Rosedale. My husband Tim and I live in Plymouth with our two daughters Shaelie and Tessa.  Our daughters keep us very busy with swim lessons, Daisy Scouts, dance lessons and playing soccer in a local club. I have been fortunate enough to have spent the last 15 years teaching in Livonia. I completed my undergraduate degree at Western Michigan University and earned my Master’s Degrees from University of Michigan as a Reading Specialist.  I have had the pleasure of working with the wonderful staff at Roosevelt, Johnson, Cleveland and Rosedale.

The best part about Rosedale is the true beauty that is made up of so many cultures, so many caring people and warm personalities. All those qualities become intertwined to form threads that become tightly woven into an extraordinary beautifully crafted quilt that represents the best in all of us. It is an honor to be a part of something so pure.

Some of my favorite hobbies are reading, knitting, riding bikes, going for walks, and simple sewing projects. An interesting thing about me that you don’t know is how many countries I have traveled to in my 45 years- Canada, (Niagara Falls, Vancouver, Toronto, Collingwood, Guelph, Stratford), Scotland, England, Ireland, Belgium, Spain, Cayman Islands, Austria, Mexico, Dominican Republic, France, the Netherlands, Italy and Vienna. My favorite trip of all was a three week cruise to Alaska! I am excited to share my love of traveling with my daughters.

Mr. Murphy - Music Teacher
I started teaching in Livonia as part of the CAPA program which, at the time, included a marvelous accelerated instrumental music program. I eventually took over the band and orchestra program at Churchill High School and remained there for many years. Now, I am enjoying teaching our younger students and hopefully instilling in them a passion for music. I have the best job in the world!! I get to discuss, study, listen to, and make music every hour of every day! I am married to an extremely talented dance educator, Mary,  I have two children, Ian and Mallory and we have the cutest dog in the world, Buddy!

It is so nice to be part of the Rosedale community. Rosedale has an incredibly positive energy and I look forward each day to coming here to make music with all of our students. It's also nice to be reunited with the "past Johnson staff"...this year has been somewhat of a coming home for me.

When I'm not teaching music I am making music with friends. I love composing and recording music with friends and we are currently working on our 2nd CD of all original music (ask me how you can listen to some of it). Other interests include, travel, camping and COOKING! I love to cook!!! I am somewhat of a gourmet...I can easily spend an entire day preparing a meal, I love to cook and find it very relaxing. 

Did you know that one of the prizes that students can purchase with their positive behavior tickets is lunch with the principal?  Recently, I had the opportunity to spend my lunch time with 33 students (divided between the two lunch periods).  It was a fun time to catch up with students in the library and share out about the fun things happening at school and in their lives.  Great things are happening at Rosedale!

Friday, February 13, 2015

Presidents' Day

Hi folks, Jon Wennstrom here! As we celebrate Presidents' Day this weekend, it's a great time to remind our students that they can become anything they want if they dream big and work hard.  So many of our presidents have come from humble beginnings and serve as role models of what can happen when hard work, dedication and opportunity all come together.  How lucky we are to live in a country where we are free to pursue our dreams. Remind your child to dream big and maybe she or he will be one of our future presidents!

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Monday, February 16: No School (Presidents' Day)
Tuesday, February 16: No School for Students (Teacher Professional Development Day)
Friday, February 20: 100th Day of School

Tuesday, February 24: Pizza Kit Orders due
                                   PTA "Dine Out" at Las Palapas (10% goes back to Rosedale)
Thursday, February 26: Student of the Month Assembly (First Things First)
Friday, February 27: Pizza Kit Orders delivered
                                March is Reading Month Schedules go home (Camping Theme)

March 5: PTA meeting at 6:30 pm (Pizza and Childcare provided)

Rosedale's 3rd Annual Daddy Daughter Dance was a huge success thanks to our PTA and wonderful parent volunteers. It was a great evening!

Check out more pictures of the dance on our Rosedale Facebook page


Mrs. Casucci - 4th Grade Teacher
I have worked at Rosedale (and formerly Johnson) for 19 years!  I started as a 3rd grade teacher for the first sixteen years of my career.  Three years ago, I had the opportunity to “loop” with my entire class to 4th grade, which was an amazing experience.  I’ve been teaching 4th grade ever since, and I love it!  4th Graders are independent and proud to be the leaders and role models of our school.  I love watching them take on the extra responsibilities as they help out in the lower elementary classrooms, the lunchroom, and doing other jobs before and after school.  4th graders also welcome a challenge; I love being the one to give it to them, and watching how they rise to accept it.  

As I drive to work every day, I look forward to spending time with my Rosedale family…my co-workers and the Rosedale community.  I couldn’t ask for a more supportive and warm group of people to spend my days with!

When I’m not at Rosedale, you can find me with my family!  I have been married to Cass for almost 15 years, and we have two children, Charlie (12) and Will (10), who are the absolute joys of our lives.  As a family, we love to travel, go skiing, boating, and go to the movies.  Most of all, we love to dote on our adorable Goldendoodle, Apollo!   

Mrs. Szurek - Library Media Specialist
Mrs. Szurek is the Library Media Specialist at Rosedale, and this is her second year with Livonia Public Schools.  Previously, she was the Media Specialist at the high school level in another district for 6 years.  She received her Bachelor's in English Literature and her Master's in Library and Information Services both from the University of Michigan.  She and her husband, Scott, live in Ann Arbor.  She wanted to become a Media Specialist because libraries have always been her favorite place to go.

My favorite thing about being the Library Media Specialist at Rosedale is working with all of the students every single week.  It is such a pleasure to watch students grow from beginning readers in Kindergarten to media creators and researchers as 4th graders.  The students' passion for books and technology inspire me to continue expanding the library program with new and exciting things.  This year the 3rd and 4th grade students are beginning to use Google Apps and participate in classroom discussions in Google Classroom.  They are loving it and quickly becoming experts!

It probably comes as no surprise that my favorite pastime is reading.  I just simply love books, both physical and digital.  My husband and I enjoy trying out new restaurants and traveling to destinations to try new cuisines.  We lived in New Zealand for a year, and it was a wonderful cultural experience!

Did you know Rosedale students start every day with student led announcements? Each morning, fourth grade students lead the entire school in the pledge of allegiance and our "3 to be" pledge (respectful, responsible, and safe).  We also do an inspirational quote of the week.  Great things are happening at Rosedale!

Friday, February 6, 2015

The Unexpected

Hi folks, Jon Wennstrom here! If your child is anything like my daughters, they were probably pretty excited last week when the schools announced a Snow Day...and then another!  My kids went wild with excitement.  The funny thing is that they love school and seeing their friends.  So I asked them, "why are you so excited not to go to school and see your friends?" There answer was so simple and profound.  "Because it was a surprise".  That was it!  Even I felt a little excited about the snow days and I love being at the school.  They summed it up perfectly, it was something out of the ordinary that makes life fun. I know we can't call snow days all the time to make kids happy, but we sure can do things that are fun and unexpected from time to time.  Make yourself a promise to do something fun and unexpected with your family soon and I'll do the same.  Kids get it, we adults need to get it too! :)
photo credit: Disney's Frozen

Rosedale has a newly renovated page on Facebook!
Click on one of these links to find our page and give us a "like"

Habit 2: Begin With the End in Mind


Monday, February 9: Pizza Kit Order Forms go home
Wednesday, February 11: PTSA Founder's Day Dinner at Schoolcraft College

Monday, February 16: No School
Tuesday, February 17: No School for Students - Teacher Professional Development Day

Wednesday, February 25: Pizza Kit Orders Due
Thursday, February 26: Student of the Month Assembly
Friday, February 27: Pizza Kits Delivered to the School
                                March is Reading Month Kick-Off Assembly

Mrs. Robertson - Kindergarten Teacher

I completed my undergraduate degree at University of Michigan- Dearborn and received my Master's in Education from U of M Ann Arbor. I began my teaching career in 1996 in Dearborn Heights where I taught third grade and then kindergarten. After staying home with my children for a few years I came to work in LPS as a Title I interventionist at Cooper Upper Elementary and then at Hayes Elementary. I was thrilled when I was hired as a kindergarten teacher here at Rosedale!  I have lived in the Rosedale community for 13 years and been a Rosedale parent for nine years! I served on the PTA board and headed multiple committees here over the years and have loved being a part of it all.

I live here in Livonia with my son Jacob, my daughter Grace and our spunky little dog Coda. During my free time I love to watch my children's sports activities. Jacob plays football and baseball and Grace plays soccer. I never miss a game!  I also love scrapbooking, bike rides,and traveling to visit family in Michigan and other states. 

I am so lucky to be a part of such a wonderful school community! Rosedale has been a big part of my family's life for such a long time and having the opportunity to work with such a hard-working and supportive staff has been amazing. Its such a friendly place where students are surrounded by people who really care!

Mrs. Limberg - Resource Room Teacher

I have been a Resource Room teacher for 11 years. Along the way, I have completed two Master’s Degrees in Learning Disabilities and Reading.  I have been teaching in Livonia Public Schools for 9 years and have had the pleasure to teach at Cass Elementary and Riley Upper Elementary.  

The best part about Rosedale Elementary is the nurturing and caring environment. I love seeing my students smile when they make academic and social/emotional gains. Being a teacher is the most rewarding career and I could not imagine doing anything else!

I have been married for 4 years to my best friend, Dan. We live in Northville and have a Siberian Husky named, Nika. As with any dog, she is spoiled rotten and acts more like a child than a dog! On my free time, I enjoy spending time with my friends and family. I have been an athlete my entire life. I started at the young age of 2, dancing and riding horses and then began riding competition Equestrian, travel soccer, and tennis. One day soon, I plan to rejoin my women’s soccer league. In the summer, you will find me on my boat traveling the water of Lake St. Clair. 

Did you know 90% of Rosedale teachers have a Master's Degree or higher in education? They also receive a minimum of five days each year of ongoing Professional Development to keep up with the latest research on education and technology training. Our staff is dedicated to the success of your child. Great things are happening at Rosedale!