Friday, March 27, 2015

Time Really Flies

Hi folks, Jon Wennstrom here!  This week, we celebrated the 13th birthday for my oldest daughter.  It's hard to believe that I am now the parent of a teenager.  It seems like just yesterday she was born.  I'm sure you have all had the feeling of "where did the time go?".  I guess that's our reminder to cherish each moment with our children.  I feel truly blessed not only for the experiences I enjoy with my daughters, but also that I get to be a part of your child's life as well.  Together, we can help fill their elementary years with memories of fun and learning!

The Value of Time (3 minute video)

March is Reading Month
Thank you Mayor Kirksey for being our special guest reader!

Congratulations to our Students of the Month
Habit 4: Think Win-Win


Wednesday, April 1: Camp Out and Read in the Gym!!  Students can read in tents in the gym.
                                  PTA Meeting at 6:30 pm (Pizza and Childcare provided)

Thursday, April 2: Reading Awards Distributed to top Readers
                              Report Cards go home

Friday, April 3: No School (Spring Break Begins)

Monday, April 13: School Resumes


Alisa Djakovic - English Language Paraprofessional

This is my second year in Livonia Public Schools. I have a Bachelors degree in Psychology from Michigan State University and am certified to teach English as second language. Currently, I am working toward a dual Masters degree in Clinical Mental Health and School Counseling at Oakland University. I was born in Bosnia and Hercegovina and moved to Germany when I was 1 year old due to a genocide occurring in my home country. My family and I moved to the U.S. when I was six years old and we have been here ever since. I speak German and Bosnian/Serbian. 

My favorite thing about Rosedale is the diverse cultures that I see and hear about regularly from the many multicultural students I work with. Our student body is comprised  of students that come from a least a dozen countries around the world. They are all so unique and bright in their own way and I enjoy spending time getting to know each of them. Mostly, I enjoy encouraging them to express and be proud of their cultures!! 

Although I'm quite time limited these days, two things I like to do outside of school is exercise and go to the movie theater. I run at the gym and do various weight work. It's a great stress reliever! Since childhood, going to the movies has always been an adventure to me. To this day, I become so immersed in the film, I feel like I'm actually in it! It's like a little escape. :) 

Elissa Mugianis - English Langauge Paraprofessional

I was born and raised in Detroit, and grew up speaking both Greek and English in the home.  My educational background consists of a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Anthropology from Kalamazoo College, a master’s from Eastern Michigan University, and the completion of an ESL infused teacher-training program at St. Petersburg College in Florida.  I have done great deal of international travel, studied the Spanish language and culture in Spain, and lived for 3 years on the Greek Islands of Paros and Ikaria.  Prior to entering the field of education, I worked in small businesses and non-profit organizations.  My life partner Noel is a visual artist from Cuba.

I was hired in Livonia Public schools in October of 2014, and work at 5 schools. There are many wonderful things about Rosedale, but my favorite aspect of the school is the students; I always look forward to seeing each group I have, and take great pleasure in supporting their educational journeys. 

When away from work I enjoy spending time with my beautiful 3-year-old niece Amora, and keeping myself informed of social justice issues and global politics. 

Did you know that Rosedale provides math support for students in a variety of ways? Qualifying 3rd and 4th grade students can participate in a before school math club Monday through Thursday with our Title I paraprofessionals.  In addition, we have Churchill student volunteers come over to work with struggling students from all grades in math skills.  The students love the extra help and look forward to their small group time.  Great things are happening at Rosedale!

Friday, March 20, 2015

And the survey says...

Hi folks, Jon Wennstrom here! As part of the new teacher evaluation process, all students are surveyed each year to get feedback on how they feel in their classroom and their relationships with their teachers.  I'm proud to say that the surveys indicate that our students are extremely satisfied with their teachers and are happy at school.  We also conduct school climate surveys every other year to determine if students are feeling safe at school, on the bus, and at recess.  Again, out results have been very positive!  Our student surveys are just another way that we give students a voice and allow for them to be a part of our ongoing improvement process.  The students have spoken and they are happy!

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PTA President, Rebecca Woloszyn and "Golden Apple" recipient, Mrs. Broccardo being recognized at the LPS board of education meeting!

A big Thank You to Mrs. Oquist, Director of Elementary Education, for being our guest reader at Rosedale this week!


Tuesday, March 24: Spring Pictures
Wednesday, March 25: Magic of Books Assembly
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)

Wednesday, April 1: Camp Out and Read Day (Reading Tents in the Gym!)
                                  PTA Meeting 6:30 pm in the Library (Pizza and Child Care Provided)
Thursday, April 2: Reading Awards Assembly
Friday, April 3: No School (Spring Break Begins)

Monday, April 13: School Resumes

Ms. Lisa Brooks - Breakfast Cook

I have worked for LPS for one year as a breakfast cook, but have lived in Livonia all my life. I went to Churchill High School and my parents were both educators in Wayne-Westland school district. 

My favorite thing about Rosedale are the kids and the staff.  Everyone is very helpful and very kind to work for and I like working with Mr. Wennstrom.  

I like to travel, I love dogs, and I love to bake when I have have free time. 

Mrs. Tammy Jed - Lead Lunch Cook

I have worked in the LPS food service for over 10 years. I received my Serve Safe certificate and settled down in Rosedale four years as the kitchen manager. I live in Livonia with my husband Keith and we have five daughters who all graduated from Stevenson High School. We have a cute lab/chow mix named Chuckie who loves to chase the deer and roam our property by the creek.

My favorite thing about Rosedale is the caring staff and children who love to help each other and also me in the lunch room. The safeties and volunteers are so good with the younger children and it shows with the hugs they receive from them. They are reliable and eager to help me with setting up and taking down daily.

My favorite pastimes have recently changed with my daughters graduating. I am not longer a soccer/track mom. Now the days are more relaxing with time spent with family, traveling, movies, and nights by the fire pit. But not for long, as my two grandsons have started kindergarten and will soon have scouts, sports, and cheer! 

Mrs. Mary Pyzik - Lunch Cook

This is my fourth year working in Food Service at Rosedale. Initially, I worked for a short time at Johnson and Churchill. I have been married to my husband Mike for 26 years. We are blessed with three wonderful children - Steven who recently graduated from MSU and lives in Boston, Nick who is attending Western Michigan University and Julia who is in 5th grade. We have a schnauzer named Casey and a goldfish that my daughter named Kevin. 

My favorite things about Rosedale are seeing the students' smiling faces as they select a favorite lunch item, the caring and nurturing school environment, and our dedicated staff and involved parents. 

In my spare time, I enjoy gardening, cooking, exercising, taking trips, and attending my children's activities.  Their activities include volleyball, rowing, track, and Girl Scouts. Music can always be heard in our home with family members playing the piano, flute, guitar, and drums! My husband and I love watching old movies and TV shows with my daughter. 

Did you know that Rosedale Elementary offers a daily choice for students of two healthy entrees?  There is also a full salad bar with lots of healthy options.  We are working to provide healthy and tasty food for all students.  We also provide a breakfast program for students before school each day. Great things are happening at Rosedale! 

Friday, March 13, 2015

The Golden Apple

Hi folks, Jon Wennstrom here! One of the ways our district recognizes outstanding volunteers is through a Golden Apple award.  This award is for service above and beyond the normal call of duty.  This month, we are pleased to announce that Mrs. Broccardo, a dedicated Rosedale/Johnson volunteer will be receiving this special award.  Mrs. Broccardo started volunteering at our school when her son started kindergarten.  He just celebrated his 50th birthday! For the past 45 years, teachers and students have had the pleasure of seeing "Mrs. B" in the hallways and classrooms as a volunteer.  She will receive her award at the March 16 Board Meeting at 7:00 pm and the meeting is open to the public.  We are lucky to have such a dedicated and caring volunteer!

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Monday, March 16: Presentation of Golden Apple Award to Mrs. Broccardo and Recognition of Rosedale PTA board at the School Board Meeting at Central Office 7:00 pm
Friday, March 20: Reading Prize = S'more Snack (Bring a stuffed animal to read with )

Tuesday, March 24: Spring Pictures
Wednesday, March 25: Magic of Books Assembly
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)

March is Reading Month
A big thank you to Mrs. Alles, LPS Curriculum Director, for being a 3rd Grade guest reader!


Ms. Larabell - Kindergarten Teacher

Hello,I am Jenna Larabell. I have been teaching for about three years.  I have subbed in LPS for two of the three years.  I have mainly taught at the kindergarten and first grade levels.   I have just been hired by LPS to be a full time teacher in the district. I was born and raised here in Livonia.  I graduated from Stevenson High School then attended Grand Valley State University.  At GVSU I majored in Integrated Science, Elementary Education.  I am now currently working towards my master at Eastern Michigan University in Early Childhood Education. 

One of my favorite things about Rosedale is the supportive staff.  I started this year as a long term substitute and had support from every direction.  Another is the families.  I have been welcomed into the school and have had a chance to get to know many of you.

Outside of school I like to exercise and read.  I work out a few times a week and love being outdoors.  I also love to read.  I always have a book going and read every day.  My favorite books are Defending Jacob and Gone Girl.            

Mrs. Jouppi - Speech Therapist

My name is Sandy Jouppi and I am the Speech Pathologist at Rosedale Elementary.  I received my Graduate and Undergraduate degrees in Speech and Language Pathology from Eastern Michigan University. My husband Joe and I live in Canton with our two wonderful children.  Luke is 13 and starting high school next year and Shelby is 10 and going to middle school next year. I feel like I blinked and now I will no longer have a child in Elementary school.

I love Rosedale!  The teachers are genuine, caring and dedicated to giving their students the best education possible.  Our volunteers are fabulous and I love seeing them around Rosedale making sure our school looks warm and inviting.  Of course, we can't forget the eager and excited to learn students!  Speech therapists are moved around every year in Livonia due to caseload numbers.  At the end of each year, I panic that they may move me from Rosedale.  When I fill out where I would like to be next year, my first choice is always Rosedale.  It is underlined and starred many times!  If they do decide to change my placement, I may just refuse to leave!  LOL!

I love camping and traveling.  My family and I found a great way to combine these two.  We have a travel trailer that we use all summer long.  We usually go on a two week trip somewhere in the U.S and try to see as many states as possible.  My kids are also involved in sports and I love watching them play soccer, football, baseball and basketball. 

Did you know that Rosedale has a partnership with the Rotary Club and Costco to provide Early Literacy Volunteers (or ELVs) with many of our students?  These dedicated volunteers are trained and scheduled by Mrs. Tracey Jakubowski who coordinates the ELVs program.  Our students look forward to their weekly visits from their reading partners. Great things are happening at Rosedale!

Friday, March 6, 2015

Camp Out and Read

Hi folks, Jon Wennstrom here!  As you are probably aware, March is Reading Month at our school, and we have a proud tradition of creating a fun theme with lots of activities each year to get students excited about reading.  Past themes have included Read Like a Rock Star and Read Like a Super Hero.  This year's theme is Camp Out and Read and is filled with fun prizes and activities and culminating with actual tents set up in our gym for students to visit and read in.  All of these fun activities are the results of creative thinking and a lot of work from our teachers and also the generous contributions of our PTA board!  This partnership allows for all the fun activities your children experience at Rosedale every March.  Like your child, I too am looking forward to the chance to Camp Out and Read this month!

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Friday, March 13: Reading Prize = Glow Stick (Bring a blanket to read with)
Monday, March 16: Rosedale Volunteer Recognition and PTA "Thank You" at the LPS Board Meeting at Central Office 7:00 pm
Friday, March 20: Reading Prize = S'more Snack (Bring a stuffed animal to read with)
Wednesday, March 25: Magic of Books Assembly
Thursday, March 26: Student of the Month Assembly (Think Win-Win)
                                   Skate Night at Riverside Arena 6:00-8:00 pm
Friday, March 30: Reading Prize = Mini Flashlight
Wednesday, April 1: Camp Out and Read Day = Reading Tents in the gym!
                                  PTA Meeting in the Library 6:30 pm (Pizza and Childcare provided)
Thursday, April 2: March is Reading Month Awards Assembly
Friday, April 3: Spring Break Begins!


Mrs. Madaus - 2nd Grade Teacher

Although I grew up in Wisconsin, Michigan has been my home for many years.  I’ve been teaching 27 years in Livonia, first at Grant and then at Johnson/ Rosedale, mostly 2nd grade but 1 year in a 2/3 split and several years in 3rd grade.  I received my Bachelor’s degree for the University of Wisconsin and my Master’s degree for Oakland University.  I’m married to Jim with 2 grown children, 1 son-in-law and 2 granddaughters.  We have a Golden Retriever named Harley, who is the basis for all kinds of classroom stories.

My favorite thing about Rosedale is that I feel that we’re the “village” for our kids. Our staff and community help and support each other for the good of all of our students. We’re small but I always think of “The Little Engine That Could” – that’s us! I think laughter and smiles make everything easier and Rosedale is the happy place to be!

I love to travel.  We travel back to Wisconsin to visit family, and since my children live out of state, we travel to visit Vicki, who lives near Buffalo, NY, and Scott who lives in Memphis, Tennessee.  I also enjoy weekend  car rides (Harley loves to go too). I also love to read.  Any child that’s had me as their teacher can tell you that.  I love good children’s literature. 

Mrs. Posh - Art Teacher

Hello! This is my second year as an art teacher at Rosedale.   I first got to know this building as a parent when my daughter Ava came as a Kindergartner and amazingly – now she is a 4th grader!   I am a product of the public schools system and a proud graduate of Cass Technical High School.   CT was followed by Wayne State and while at Wayne I studied abroad for a year in Manchester England.  Trying to pay back my ridiculous amount of travel debt, I took a break from collage and began worked for both the Detroit Auto Show and Thanksgiving Day Parade.   While I enjoyed working on big events, 17 years ago I decided to look toward smaller events and the rewarding (and exhausting!) world of education.

The thing I enjoy most about Rosedale (other than seeing my daughter every day!) is our diverse student population.   Many adults could learn about respectful and tolerance, watching our students interact with one another.

Ava, her Dad (Rob, a Detroit Fireman) and I love to travel, go to flea markets, watch 1960’s and 1970’s television and take care of our honey beehive.

Did you know that every year our PTA dedicates a portion of their budget each year to promote literacy at Rosedale? They fund our Reading Month theme activities, our leveled library to use with reading intervention groups, our Accelerated Reading program, Time for Kids and Scholastic magazines, and most recently the purchase of science classroom reading books.  Their support and partnership really helps our students succeed.  Great things are happening at Rosedale!