Thursday, September 3, 2015

A Rising Tide

Hi folks, Jon Wennstrom here! I hope all our Rosedale families had a great summer and are ready for the new school year.  I know I am! Each year before school starts, our teachers spend a week getting ready for our students by participating in professional development.  Some of it involves curriculum, some technology, and some of it is what we want to focus on as a staff.  This year, our building focus was bringing passion and excitement into our classroom lessons and we prepared for that by reading the book "Teach Like a Pirate!".  We are channeling the pirate traits of being fearless, enterprising, and will bring a sense of adventure to everything we do.   The Rosedale staff will be following the motto of "A rising tide lifts all boats!" as we all try to lift each other to excellence.  We will bring the spirit of excitement and new learning to each child and while you probably won't see parrots, treasure chests, or pirate costumes in the just might see a pirate eye patch from time to time:)

"A rising tide lifts all boats" - John F. Kennedy


Tuesday, September 8: First day for students (school starts at 8:54 am and dismisses at 12:10 pm)
Wednesday, September 9: First full day for students (school starts at 8:54 am and dismisses at 3:58 pm)
Thursday, September 11: PTA Meeting 6:30 pm in the Library Media Center

Tuesday, September 15: Open House from 6:00-7:00 pm / Curriculum Night 7:00-8:00 pm


Jonathon Wennstrom - Principal

Hi folks! This year marks my 20th year in education and I couldn't be more excited. I feel so at home with the Rosedale community and this staff is truly inspiring to work with. With high standards in curriculum, more tools for technology, and increased involvement from families, this is an incredible time to be an educator.  I feel like I learn from my colleagues and students constantly and each day is a new adventure!

One of my goals this year is to be more involved with educational policy at the state level.  I've joined a group called Michigan Educators' Voice Fellowship and will advocate for high standards as well as giving students, staff, and parents a voice in the policies that impact our schools.

I've asked each staff member to submit five words that they would like to describe their classroom environments this year.  Each week you will hear from a new staff member and see their five words.  My words this year are: Fun, Inspiring, Caring, Excellence, and Creative!

Did you know that Rosedale now has two preschool classrooms?  We have four half-day sections of the Great Start Readiness Program or GSRP.  We are so excited to have this program at our school and the staff have been a great addition to our Rosedale group!  Great things are happening at Rosedale!