Friday, December 11, 2015

That's a Wrap!

Hi folks, Jon Wennstrom here! It's hard to believe, but this is the last parent blog for the calendar year. 2015 has been a busy, productive, and fun year! Our entire staff read the book "Teach Like a Pirate" to help us make learning fun for all. Our students have worked on our Three to Be themes and are now starting to delve into our 7 Habits. Our PTA has already held some fun events for our Rosedale community and they have plenty more in store after the new year. Each year the moments seem to go by more quickly than the last, so be sure to enjoy those moments as you reflect on 2015 and I'm excited for the great things to come in 2016!

photo credit: mycity-web


Wednesday, December 16: Santa Secret Shop (all day)
Thursday, December 17: Santa Secret Shop (morning only)
Friday, December 18: Last Day of School for 2015! (No Skate Night)

Monday, January 4: School Resumes
Wednesday, January 6: Student of the Month Assembly (Be Proactive)
Thursday, January 7: PTA Meeting 6:30 pm
Friday, January 8: PTA Skate Night at Riverside Arena 6:00-8:00 pm

Jamey Masters - Art Teacher
Hello, I am Jamey Masters, Art teacher at Rosedale Elementary. I have been teaching Art for 18 years; all in Livonia and all at the K-4 level. I earned my Drawing degree and Art Education degree from the University of Toledo. And I earned my Elementary Education endorsement and a Masters in Educational Leadership from Eastern Michigan University. After growing up in Toledo, I moved to Michigan with my wife the same time I started teaching. We have a daughter who is a junior at Stevenson and a son who is in sixth grade at Riley. When I am not in school I am usually at the ice rink coaching my son’s hockey team. I have coached hockey for over 12 years. And in my down time I love listening to music and watching movies; especially all the old Godzilla movies!

One of my goals this year, besides meeting all the students, is to create excitement and confidence within the students at Rosedale when they come into the Art room. Many young artists get frustrated when they are unable to draw exactly what they see in their “head”. I want to demonstrate to them how to break their drawings down into manageable parts. This will also help them in the rest of their different types of artworks.

Five words that describe my classroom: inviting, creative, challenging, developing, and fun!!

  • Next PTA meeting will be Thursday, January 7 at 6:30 pm 

Did you know that the results for the M-Step are soon to be released?  We should receive them shortly and plan on sending them home when we return from break. As a reminder, M-Step is the state testing for students grades 3-11 that replaced the MEAP. Because this is a first time test, the data will NOT be used for school rankings and the test will be modified (and shortened) for the next round in the spring. Great things are happening at Rosedale!