Sunday, November 29, 2015

Winter Wonderland

Hi folks, Jon Wennstrom here! Like many of you, I grow weary of the snow at the end of winter. But from the first snowfall through Christmas, it really is beautiful to see. One of the great things about living in Michigan is the chance to experience all four seasons in their glory. Please remember that as long as the temperature permits, we go outside everyday for recess. Students need to be dressed appropriately with boots, hats, gloves and coats. We want to make sure our students can enjoy their time outside even during the winter months. Thanks for all your help!

First snowfall of the season


Monday, November 30: Student of the Month Assembly (Safety)

Please remember there will not be a December PTA meeting

Wednesday, December 16 & Thursday, December 17: Santa Secret Shop
Friday, December 18: Last Day of School before break
                                    Skate Night at Riverside Arena 6:00-8:00 pm

Monday, January 4: School Resumes

Sandy Jouppi - Speech Therapist
My name is Sandy Jouppi and I am the speech therapist at Rosedale.  I have worked at Rosedale for a long time and every year I beg the speech department heads to NOT switch me to another school.  Many speech therapists have their assignments changed each year and I feel so fortunate that they have always granted my request and I get to stay at my favorite school.

I am married with two children and live in Canton.  My daughter is 11 years old and in 6th grade.  My son is in 9th grade and  plays football for the Canton Chiefs.  I love watching Luke and Shelby play the sports that they love because I know it goes by so quickly and then they are grown up.  I have also started playing soccer myself and while it certainly doesn't look pretty, it is a lot of fun. We also like to travel as a family and have visited many states in our travel trailer.  Camping and hiking is our favorite thing to do. I also love dogs and volunteer for Waggin Tails.  If you are ever looking for a dog, let me know and I will find you one...or two:)

  • Please see the attached flyer for the Five Below Fundraiser
  • Please keep collecting box tops and Campbell's soup labels for spring collection

Did you know there is a difference between a snowstorm and a blizzard? A blizzard occurs when you can’t see for 1/4 mile, the winds are always 35 miles an hour or more, and the storm must last at least 3 hours to be classed as a blizzard. If any of these conditions are less, it is only a snowstorm. Let's hope we don't see any blizzards this season! Great things are happening at Rosedale! 

Friday, November 20, 2015

Giving Thanks!

Hi folks, Jon Wennstrom here! This week, families across the country will be giving thanks for all the blessings in their lives. I'd like to take this opportunity to give thanks for the incredible staff at Rosedale. It's such a pleasure to work in an environment where everyone is unified for a common goal...helping each child succeed! It's a place where ideas are shared, risks are taken to try new things, and people strive to make learning fun. At Rosedale, we work toward making students feel safe, valued, and excited about learning. And along the way, it becomes a fun place for adults too! This year, I'm thankful for many things, but the wonderful staff at Rosedale is right at the top of my list! Great things are happening at Rosedale!

Monday, November 23: Lifetouch Picture Retakes in the afternoon
Wednesday, November 25: No School
Thursday, November 26: HAPPY THANKSGIVING!
Friday, November 27: No School

Monday, November 30: Student of the Month Assembly (Safety)

Wednesday, December 16: Santa Secret Shop 
Thursday, December 17: Santa Secret Shop
Friday, December 18: PTA Skate Night at Riverside Arena 6:00-8:00 pm

Monday, December 21: Winter Break begins
Monday, January 4: School Resumes

Erin Krause - School Psychologist

Hello! My name is Erin Krause. I am thrilled to be a new member of the Rosedale Team, as the School Psychologist!  Not only am I new to Rosedale, but this is also my first year with Livonia Public Schools.  I also service Churchill High School and the Jackson Center Early Childhood Program.  Before joining LPS, I served as a school psychologist with the Detroit Public Schools for fifteen years.  I graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in Psychology (Go Green!), and I have a Master’s degree in School and Community Psychology from Wayne State University. I live in Royal Oak with my husband, our four-year old daughter, Makayla, and our five-year old “puppy,” Stoli.  I love spending as much time as possible with my family, going to the park, taking walks, and playing games.  I also enjoy cooking, reading, traveling, and cheering on my Spartans! 

One of my goals for the school year is to get to know each teacher on staff at Rosedale, so that I can become more familiar with their classes, routines, and teaching styles.  I hope to be a valuable resource for our teachers this year and the years to come!  I am assigned to Rosedale one day per week, so I share a room with our Title One paraprofessionals.  With their help, our room has become welcoming, friendly, caring, colorful, and inspiring!

  • Keep collecting those Box Tops and Campbell's Soup Labels!
  • We popped 186 bags of popcorn for students who brought in cans for Goodfellows!

Did you know the Oxford Dictionary has just declared the "word of the year" for 2015?  For the first time in history, it's not a word at all, but an emoji.  The winner is the "laugh till you cry" emoji.
While I don't expect this will become a part of our language arts curriculum, I thought it was a fun fact to share:)  Great things are happening at Rosedale! 

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Youth CAN Make a Difference!

Hi folks, Jon Wennstrom here! For the past couple of years, our students have been taking on various service projects to help others. These projects help both our students and our community. From penny drives for cancer research, to Jump Rope for Heart, to helping veterans, our students have learned that even the youngest members of the community can make a difference.  Our most recent service projects at Rosedale have been the Goodfellow's canned food drive and the Blessings in a Backpack program. Both help our students and lend a helping hand to others. As a Rotarian involved in local and global service projects and as a principal, I am so proud of our students and staff for their dedicated efforts to help others. We are showing one service project at a time that Youth CAN Make a Difference!
 Blessings in a Backpack helpers!
Stuffed Animals for Goodfellow's Canned Food Drive!


Friday, November 20: Goodfellow's Canned Food Drive $2 or 2 canned food items = Bag of Popcorn

Monday, November 23: Picture Retakes in the afternoon
Wednesday, November 25: No School 
Thursday, November 26: Happy Thanksgiving! No School
Friday, November 27: No School 

Monday, November 30: School resumes 

Sarah Plum - PE Teacher

My name is Sarah Plum.  I am excited to be returning to Rosedale! This is my 17th year teaching in the district. I have taught PE and Health at every level, but the K-4 lower elementary school age group is my favorite. I graduated from The University of Michigan with degrees in Physical Education and Sports Management. I have a Master’s degree in Health Education from Wayne State University. I live in Ann Arbor with my two children, Emily and Jenson. We love to be active together playing outside, riding bikes, taking walks, going swimming, playing soccer. We also love to cook, play board games, and travel.

One of my goals for the school year is to share the fun work my students are doing in PE through my website and Twitter. I am @PEwithMsPlum. You can also find the link on my website under Social Media. I also strive to make my classroom  fun, energetic, adventurous, caring and healthy so that students develop a passion for being active and healthy and make it a daily habit in their lives now and in the future.

  • "Fall" in love with your PTA! All new members get local discounts & your child's name will be displayed on a leaf for everyone to admire!
  • Rosedale Spirit wear is available!  Make sure you get your order in!
  • Santa Shop will be going on December 16 & 17 for students to shop!

Did you know that our school provides many opportunities for students to participate in service learning projects?  All of the service projects listed above, plus many more classroom activities with our Youth Making a Difference program, help teach our students that all of us can make a difference in the world. Great things are happening at Rosedale! 

Friday, November 6, 2015


Hi folks, Jon Wennstrom here! This week we had our local election day and it got me thinking about what a great system of government we have. How fortunate we are to have a system that allows all adult citizens a chance to have a voice in our local, state, and national government. However, the key is exercising that right to vote and making the effort to have our voices heard. I was happy to see so many people in the school throughout the day, exercising their right to vote and shape our future. It's a great example to set for our children to show that we are involved, informed, and most importantly take action by casting our votes. It won't be too long before they will be following our example and voting themselves and shaping their future!



Tuesday, November 10: Report Cards sent home
                                      SCRIP orders due (next due date Dec. 9)
Wednesday, November 11: P/T Conferences in the evening
Thursday, November 12: No school for students - P/T Conferences day and evening
                                         Skate Night at Riverside Arena 6:00-8:00 pm
Friday, November 13: No School

Friday, November 20: Goodfellow's Canned Food Drive! Students who bring in $2 or 2 canned food items will receive a bag of popcorn.

Monday, November 23: Picture retakes in the afternoon.
Wednesday, November 25: Thanksgiving Break begins

Monday, November 30: School resumes

Meghan Hernandez - Title I Paraprofessional
Hello Rosedale Community! My name is Meghan Hernandez and I'm so excited to be back at Rosedale for a second year as a Title 1 Reading Interventionist and also to be running Rosedale's Math Club again. I grew up in Livonia and attended Livonia Schools, so I really love and care about the community. I graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Elementary Education. In my spare time, I love spending time with my husband Jeff and our sweet pup Moslee, who we absolutely adore. I also enjoy decorating our home, cooking and gardening.

My goal for this year is to enhance and build upon my lessons through technology by incorporating apps on my IPad that help students build their decoding skills. As an extra and fun challenge before students leave my room I have been giving them a challenging "Exit" word, that they need to use their decoding skills to figure out. They have been loving this!

The five words I choose to describe my classroom are: safe, fun, encouraging, supportive and triumphant!

  • We made over $250 on our Election Day bake sale :)
  • Have you signed up for conferences?! Make sure you do so you don't miss out on our newest PTA membership campaign called FALL in love with PTA!
  • Watch for Rosedale Elementary Spirit Wear sales during PTA conferences and order forms coming home soon. This year will feature Rosedale's 3 to BE pledge!

Did you know that using the blog format for updates allows me to track how many people read the posts and what type of device they use to read it?  The average weekly posts gets over 350 views and those views are broken down by 68% phones, 6% iPads, 23% desktop computer, and the rest on various mobile devices. It's amazing how technology allows us to communicate more effectively and efficiently.  Great things are happening at Rosedale!