Friday, April 24, 2015

Making a Difference

Hi folks, Jon Wennstrom here! This week we recognized students who participated in Youth Making a Difference or YMAD.  This program, coordinated at our building by Tara Consolino, does a great job of getting students involved in service projects.  We had building wide projects, grade level projects, classroom projects, and even individual projects.  When we teach students at a young age that they CAN make a difference, then we are preparing a new generation of citizens who are involved, informed, and most importantly who take action to make the world a better place!

Speaking of service projects, our students participated in a playground clean up for Earth Day! 

If you see Mrs. Hill, be sure to thank her for all she does for our school and students.  Happy Secretaries Day Mrs. Hill! 

2nd Grade had a "Wild" success with their annual Talking Zoo program.  Great job kids!


Thursday, April 30: Student of the Month Assembly (Seek First to Understand)
Friday, May 1: 4th Grade "Wax Museum" in the afternoon

Tuesday, May 5: No Students (Election Day and Teacher Training)
Wednesday, May 6: Arts, Beats, and Eats (Ice Cream Social) 6:00-8:00 pm (see flyer)
Thursday, May 7: PTA Meeting (Officer Elections) 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

Rebecca Woloszyn - PTA President

I was born in Pusan, South Korea; adopted and spent my childhood in Warren and Lansing, MI. I received my Bachelors of Science Degree in Psychology from Michigan State University and was fortunate to do a work/study program through Lansing Community College in Otsu, Japan for a year as a student and then another year as a Student Supervisor. Go Green! I am a single mother of 1 child, Azaria who is currently a 3rd grader at Rosedale. I work as an IT Lead Recruiter full time from home and have been in recruiting for the past 12 years. I absolutely love being able to find people jobs and I get to talk to a variety of people every day! My daughter and I have been a part of the Rosedale family for the past 4 years. This is my second year on Rosedale's Executive Board for the PTA; last year I was the 2nd Vice President and this year I currently serve as President.

My favorite thing about Rosedale has to be all the different people that I have been able to meet while being here. I love that we are such a diverse school and there's such great kids here at the school! I get a kick out of being able to volunteer and meeting so many of the students.

When I am not at Rosedale or doing things for the PTA,  I love being able to spend time with my daughter Azaria. We're two pretty adventurous people so we've been able to travel a bit and try some new things. I also love taking my spinning (cycling) class 3 times a week up at the Livonia Rec Center. There's a good group of folks in each one of my classes and a great way to relieve stress!

Rhonda Simko - PTA 1st Vice President

Hi, my name is Rhonda Simko. I have a business degree and culinary degree. I'm vice president of the P.T.A. I also work as lunch mom for the kindergarten through grade two.I have  two adopted children .  The first son, Tommy is now in 5 th grade at Johnson. My second son, James is in Mrs. Merchants 1 st class. 

I love spending my days at Rosedale helping out teachers and decorating the halls of the school. I had a wonderful chance to come to Rosedale with a special needs child. Mr. Wennstrom took my son in and he excelled into a very smart child. I'm very grateful to know Mr.Wennstrom in my lifetime. 

Some of my hobbies are scrapbooking, gardening, and cleaning.  I'm grateful to work with the students and staff at Rosedale and I know they will be very successful adults someday.

Did you know that our YMAD programs raised money for cancer research, collected canned food for Goodfellows, and provided care bags and letters for veterans?  Our projects ranged from local to global and provided real benefits to the Livonia community and beyond.  We should be proud of our students.  Great things are happening at Rosedale!

Friday, April 17, 2015

Service Above Self

Hi folks, Jon Wennstrom here!  As a member of the Livonia Rotary Club, I have the opportunity to serve our community in a variety of ways.  Our club has a motto of "Service Above Self" and our members work for global projects like polio eradication and clean water to local projects like Rotary Park.  Most recently, I had the chance to volunteer with my daughters at the Easter Egg Hunt in Rotary Park.  It was a great chance to make a lot of children happy and I even saw several Rosedale families at the event.  More importantly, it was a chance to give back to the community and to model for my children the benefits of community service.  I knew it was a success when I heard my daughters say, "That was fun working the kids!".  Who knows, maybe they will become educators and feel that joy every day like I do when they grow up!

Volunteering at Rotary Park!

The Youth Making a Difference (YMAD) Celebration will be held at Stevenson High School. If your student participated in an individual project, please arrive after to set up his or her display in Stevenson’s Cafeteria.

Tara Consolino will be setting up the rest of Rosedale Elementary School-wide and Classroom Projects between 4:30 and 5:30; please keep your eye out for these exciting displays! The plan for the YMAD Celebration is for the displays to be set up in the cafeteria. The auditorium will open their doors at 5:30 and at 6:15 Dr. Lieipa will speak briefly followed by Mayor Kirksey and then prepare to be dazzled by a magician as the finale.

Just to recap: this is a free event to celebrate the children in the Livonia Public Schools and how they have given back to the community during the year this year and get inspired for new projects for next year. Please join us for this incredible celebration!


Tuesday, April 21: YMAD Celebration at Stevenson High School
Wednesday, April 22: 2nd Grade "Talking Zoo" presentations in the gym
                                    Earth Day- All students will do a "Rosedale Clean Up" during the day
Thursday, April 23: 4th Grade Class Picture in the morning

Thursday, April 30:  Student of the Month Assembly (Seek First to Understand)
Friday, May 1: 4th Grade "Wax Museum" presentations in the gym

Tuesday, May 5: No Students (Teacher Work Day and Election Day)
Wednesday, May 6: Arts, Beats, Eats, and Books 6:00-8:00 pm (flyers will come home soon)
Thursday, May 7: PTA Meeting (Board Election Night) 6:30 pm
Friday, May 8: Skate Night at Riverside Arena 6:00-8:00 pm


Roxanne Foreman-Hoover - SACC
Over the last 16 years I have worked for Livonia Public Schools with the School Age Child Care program, four of which have been here at Rosedale.  In addition to my learnings in child care I am also a licensed hair stylist and have an applied science degree in management.  I have been married for 21 years to my best friend and husband Rob.

The feeling of a small community is one of my favorite things about Rosedale.  That in addition to helping children learn to become independent and make good choices gives me a great sense of accomplishment.  

My husband and I really enjoy reading, expanding our range of understanding and enjoying what life has to offer.  We spend a significant amount of time travelling across the US on our Harley and commuting to our second home in northern Michigan.

Beth Tosto - SACC

My name is Beth Tosto and I have been working for the SACC program for four years. I have been at Rosedale for over a year now. I have an Associate Degree from Schoolcraft college in Science. I am currently attending the University of Michigan-Dearborn for a Bachelors degree specializing in Children and Families. I was just recently married to my husband James this past September. We have a playful Boston terrier named Bentley.

My favorite part about Rosedale is the sense of community within the building and the students. The staff is so welcoming and helpful to our program. I also enjoy spending my mornings and afternoons with an amazing group of kids. It is so incredible to see them learn and grow more with each school year.

In my free time I enjoy running outdoors and my new found love for Yoga. I also like to do arts and crafts as well. I find it relaxing and fun to be able to express myself creatively.

Did you know that Rosedale offers a before and after school child care program for our families? The School Age Child Care program, or SACC, is open each morning at 7:00 am and after school until 6:00 pm.  Interested parents can call the school for more information at ext. 41130.  The program is run by a professional and friendly staff and allows students to stay in the familiar school setting. Great things are happening at Rosedale!

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Spring has Sprung!

Hi folks, Jon Wennstrom here!  I can't believe that spring break is upon us and we are beginning our final quarter of the school year.  Our students have been busy with our Reading Month activities and our online math assessments.  They are ready for some time off!  I would like to wish all of you a safe and happy Spring Break and I hope you can make some memories with your child.  I'm looking forward to seeing everyone when we return on April 13!

Spring Break is Friday, April 3 - Sunday, April 12

photo credit:
March is Reading Month
Students are "Camping Out to Read"!

Congratulations to two of our Rosedale students for Art Awards!
Elias Dibah created a gorgeous sunflower using metallic paint, cut and torn construction paper and multiple layers of tissue paper.  It was entered into the Michigan Art Education Association show and was chosen to be a part of the 2015 MAEA Statewide Elementary Art Show at the Grand Rapids Museum of Art.  In addition, Elias will be participating in an art workshop at the Kendall College of Art and Design and attend an award ceremony afterwards.

Sam Provalenko painted a beautiful Acrylic and Tempra painting that challenges the notion that only certain things are appropriate subject matter for artwork.  His piece focuses on the numbers 1 - 35 and is an incredible job of color mixing.  Sam's piece was one of only 15 Kindergarten through 12th grade artworks chosen from hundreds of pieces submitted for entry into the Michigan Department of Education Exhibit.  His painting will brighten the office of the Michigan State Superintendent in Lansing for one full year!  

Congratulations to these two fine and hardworking artists!


Friday, April 3 - Friday, April 10: No School as we celebrate Spring Break!

Monday, April 13: School Resumes
Thursday, April 23: 4th Grade Class Picture with Lifetouch
Monday, April 27: Testing Window Opens for 4th Grade M-Step Assessment (formerly MEAP)


Mrs. West -  Music Teacher

My name is Amy West and this year is my 5th year teaching music with LPS! I also teach at Webster & Cooper. My job is a blast because I get to make music with kids all day. I live in Farmington Hills with my husband Brandon, and 8-year old son, Calvin. Yes, I named him after the beloved Calvin and Hobbes comic strip. I am a graduate of Western Michigan University where I received my Bachelor of Music Education. My career began teaching music in Lansing, MI, then Cincinnati, OH. After that I taught music in Helena, Montana, and then moved back to my hometown of Farmington Hills! I own a private piano studio called Maplewood Music. 

Although I only teach Mrs. Robertson’s Kindergarten class at Rosedale, this school has made a very warm impression on me! Mr. Wenstrom is a wonderfully supportive principal and I enjoy working with him. Mrs. Robertson has been lovely to work with as well. I am enjoying the diverse population of adorable students in her class.

Traveling the great state of Michigan is one of my passions. My family loves to explore Michigan’s beauty through camping, hiking, and geocaching. I also love art! My son, Mother, and I are taking a ceramics class together right now and are enjoying making all sorts of interesting things! Finally, I love reading, especially books that have been made into a movie. I have yet to see a movie that was better than the book! Our family read-aloud book is currently “Wonder” by R.J. Palacio. So far, it is fantastic.

Mrs. Gordon - Art Teacher

I have been teaching Visual Arts in Livonia Public Schools for five years. I am currently teaching at Hoover, Cass and Rosedale Elementary Schools. I am pleased to be a part of the Rosedale family, even if only for one class. I have a great passion for the arts and enjoy creating my own artwork in my spare time. I also enjoy tending to my flower garden and spending time on the lake up north in the summer. I appreciate the time spent with my husband, Mike and our daughter, Victoria. Let’s not forget the cat, Bumper, my eighteen year old pal!

I am so happy to be able to share my knowledge, experience and enthusiasm for art with our students. Helping them develop their skills and express their creativity fills me with joy.  I am grateful to have this opportunity and love to see the wonderful ideas young people have to share.

Did you know that our PTA is looking for people to serve on our board for the 2015-2016 School Year?  For the month of April, there will be a "nomination box" along with a list of current nominees for positions in our front lobby.  Nominations will continue up until our May 7 meeting, when we will vote on future officers.  If you've considered getting involved in PTA, take a look at the positions and let us know if you're interested in serving.  Great things are happening at Rosedale and many of them are possible because of our partnership with PTA!