Friday, May 1, 2015

Keeping in Step

Hi folks, Jon Wennstrom here!  As you are probably aware, the MEAP test has been replaced this year by a new state assessment called M-STEP.  The new test is on the computer instead of the booklets we used in the past and it's much more in depth than previous tests the students have taken.  Like all the schools in Michigan, this is our first time with the new assessment and we are learning as we go.  This year's results will not be used for our school rating as the state is still determining what the score indicators will be.  As always, I have told our students "Do your best, but don't stress!".  So far our students seem to be doing well and I wanted to make sure I kept parents informed on the new state testing procedures.

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Congratulations to our Students of the Month!
Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood

Great job 4th Grade on your Wax Museum presentations!!


Tuesday, May 5: No Students (Election Day/Professional Development Day)
Wednesday, May 6: Arts,Beats,Eats, & Books (Ice Cream Social) 6:00-8:00 pm
Thursday, May 7: PTA Meeting 6:30 pm
Friday, May 8: Skate Night at Riverside Arena 6:00-8:00 pm

Thursday, May 14: Kindergarten Round Up 9:00-12:00

Thursday, May 21: Volunteer Tea 2:30-3:30 pm

Monday, May 25: No School for Memorial Day
Friday, May 29: Spring Fling/Technology Basket Raffle 6:00-8:00 pm


Tara Consolino - 2nd Vice President

Howdy! I’m Ava’s Mom also known as Tara Consolino and I am the 2nd Vice President of the Rosedale Elementary PTA and Chair of the Youth Making a Difference (YMAD) Committee. My family joined the Rosedale Family last year when our daughter Ava Bristol was in First Grade with Mrs. Nadon and she has continued on to Second Grade this year with Mrs. Benson. Together with my husband “Fuzzy” and Ava, we live in the neighborhood behind Rosedale with our 3 cats Ariel, Bianca and Kira.

My favorite thing about Rosedale outside the exemplary teaching staff, support staff and principal is actually our PTA. There is a genuine feeling of camaraderie at PTA sponsored events and meetings that it’s just another extension of family.

Outside of Rosedale I am the Director of Behavioral Care at a local area hospital and also a psychotherapist. When I’m not working or volunteering, our family enjoys camping in all seasons, fishing, hiking, and science experiments or taking our cats on walks in their stroller through the neighborhood. Yes, you read that correctly.It is a pleasure to be a part of the Rosedale Community. Make it a great rest of the school year and here’s to making 2015-2016 equally as great, if not better!

Did you know that every classroom at Rosedale has a minimum of two iPads??  This was made possible through our Title I funds and the generous assistance of our Rosedale PTA!!  They just recently arrived and teachers have had some initial training on how to use them in the classrooms. There are some pretty cool apps that can be used for Reading, Writing, Math, Science, Art, and History!  I will be sharing out more about our new iPads in future updates. Great things are happening at Rosedale!