Wednesday, June 10, 2015


Hi folks, Jon Wennstrom here! As we begin our summer vacation, I want to thank all of you for your support and cooperation this year in making it a fun learning experience for our students.  From fun evening events to interactive learning projects, from skating nights to music concerts, it has been an outstanding year!  I know as a child, I loved the chance to play sports, visit friends, and sleep in during the summer months. I'm sure your child is looking forward to many of these same things.  I wish you all a safe and healthy summer vacation and I look forward to seeing your child when we return in the fall!

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Friday, June 11: Last Day of School!
                          4th Grade "Clap Out" at 11:45 am
                          All Students dismissed at 12:10 

Tuesday, September 8: School Resumes!

Thursday, September 15: Open House 6:00-7:00 & Curriculum Night 7:00-8:00 pm

Loretta  Zimes - School Social Worker
Hi! My name is Loretta Zimes. I am the School Social Worker at Rosedale Elementary. I service a total of five elementary schools within Livonia Public Schools (e.g., Rosedale, Grant, Hayes, Roosevelt, and Cleveland). I am thrilled to be part of the Rosedale community.  I graduated with my master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Michigan. I have worked as a social worker (for the past 33 years) in various settings and with a variety of age groups. I have been at Livonia Public Schools for the past 16 years. I am happily married to my husband Jim; we have three boys, Kyle age 23 who is in his last year in Chemical Engineering at Michigan State, Kevin age 21 who is in Computer/Business Management at Wayne State, and Michael age 17 who recently graduated from high school. We also have a Labrador retriever named Coco (I can’t forget her) 

My favorite thing about Rosedale is its sense of community along with the wonderful people. The students and parents are great. The teachers will go out of their way to help students succeed. The teachers and support staff are truly engaged in the student’s academic life and in their emotional well- being. Mr. Wennstrom leads by example, his door is always open and he is continuously looking forward to help struggling learners. Rosedale is a great school for so many reasons.

When I am not at work, I like to read a good book or watch a movie. I also love politics and current events, therefore I try and stay on top of what is going on in the world. We can’t forget Coco, she’s turning six in October. Coco is a dock dog, she will run the length of the dock, jump in the air to catch a ball or stick. She loves the water and playing catch. Coco will place the ball in your open hand after fetching the ball. She will never deny a walk either
Amy Barringer - School Psychologist 
My name is Amy Barringer and I am the school psychologist at Rosedale. I have worked as a school psychologist for 9 years. I worked in elementary and middle schools in Detroit Public Schools for 7 years before coming to Livonia Schools. I live in Novi with my husband and our dog. 

My favorite things about Rosedale include the excellent leadership of Mr. Wennstrom, the welcoming and efficient main office staff, the high quality and dedication of the teachers, and the diversity of the students. I have worked in many different buildings, and I can say with confidence that Rosedale is one of the best!

When I am not at work, I love to travel, cook, shop, read and nap. I spend a lot of time outside walking and training my dog.
Jonathon Wennstrom - Principal
I grew up near Ludington on Lake Michigan, so I spent most of my summers in the water! I went to college at Western Michigan University and was an elementary teacher in Cadillac. While teaching, I also coached the varsity wrestling team and directed a couple of high school musicals. I later became the principal in the same building I taught in.  I moved to southeast Michigan about eight years ago and was an elementary principal in Warren before coming to Livonia Public Schools.  I've been at LPS for just over three years and absolutely love it!!  My wife Stacy works for the Journal of Preventative Medicine at U of M and my daughters Marina and Mira are going into 8th and 6th grades.

My favorite thing about Rosedale?  The incredible, talented, and dedicated staff!!!  It's so nice to work with a group of professionals that work tirelessly to make sure each child is successful.  

Outside of school, I love to play guitar, travel, read and spend time with my family. From time to time I perform community theater at Barefoot Productions in Plymouth. I also collect comic books (surprise:) and have every Superman comic published since 1972.  

Did you know that Rosedale will be welcoming two new preschool classrooms in the fall?  We are pleased to have the Great Start Readiness Program (formerly at Perrinville) come to our building. As a former GSRP coordinator, I am thrilled to have this wonderful program in our school.  Welcome GSRP!!!  Great things are happening at Rosedale!

Friday, June 5, 2015

Sharpen the Saw

Hi folks, Jon Wennstrom here! This month we are wrapping up our 7 Habits at school and we are learning how to "Sharpen the Saw".  This is a great habit to practice during the summer months.  Students have been reminded that sharpening the saw is much more than just getting rest and relaxation.  It's about improving ourselves by eating healthy, being well rested, exercising our body and our brain.  It's about reading good books and spending time with loved ones.  This summer, be sure to "Sharpen your saw" by taking care of yourself and doing things to improve both physically and emotionally.  Make sharpening the saw a family activity!


Monday, June 8: Field Day! 

Wednesday, June 10: 4th Grade Picnic

Thursday, June 11: Last Day for Students 12:10 Dismissal 

Wednesday, June 17: Report Cards mailed home


Jennifer Libtow - Lunch/Recess Supervisor

Hello, I am Mrs. Libtow and the kids call me Mrs. Jennifer.  I am a lunch helper and am married to Mr. Joe. We have a daughter named Madeline and she is 12 years old. I also work for Livonia Public Schools as a custodian at Cass and Buchanan Elementary buildings. 

My favorite thing about Rosedale is seeing the kids everyday and helping them. The staff is very nice and I get to work with my husband too!

When I am not working I like to cook, bake, and spend time with my family and play games. 

Theresa Garangher - Lunch/Recess Supervisor

My name is Theresa Gehringer.  I am a former noon monitor.  I started volunteering at Rosedale 8 years ago when my daughter attended here.  Since then I have been working with Mrs. Merchant in the classroom giving her support. 

I am an Assistant General Manager at Bob Evans on ford road in Canton.  I have worked in restaurant management for 30 years.  I am a recent breast cancer survivor.

On my off time I enjoy spending time with my daughter, Valarie.  I also enjoy going to movies.

Did you know that all Rosedale teachers participate in curriculum committees in addition to their classroom duties?  Each teacher serves one or more of the following committees: Math, Literacy, and School Improvement.  Many teachers also serve on district committees like Science, Social Studies, and Teacher Leader Committees.  Our teachers really go above and beyond.  Great things are happening at Rosedale!