Friday, October 30, 2015

Traditions

Hi folks, Jon Wennstrom here! This week, we celebrated one of our school traditions of Trunk or Treat.  It's a fun event that brings in the whole family and helps us make some home-school connections.  It also reminds me of the many other traditions that families may have at this time of the year.  Traditions may include going to the cider mill, doing a hay ride, carving pumpkins, or visiting a corn maze.  The great thing about traditions is that it builds continuity and structure for our students.  More importantly, traditions often create fond memories that can last a lifetime.  I hope you and your family had a chance to join us for our Trunk or Treat event and also enjoy some traditions of your own.
A frightfully good time at Trunk or Treat! 

UPCOMING EVENTS AT ROSEDALE

Monday, November 2: Student of the Month Assembly (Responsibility)
Tuesday, November 3: No School for Students (PTA Election Day Bake Sale)
Thursday, November 5: Title I Parent Information Meeting 6:00 pm
                                       PTA Meeting 6:30 pm
Friday, November 6: Bring in $2 or 2 Canned Food Items and you may bring in a stuffed animal to school!

Monday, November 9: Report Cards go home
Wednesday, November 11: Parent-Teacher Conferences in the evening
Thursday, November 12: No School for Students / Parent-Teacher Conferences day & evening
                                         Skate Night at Riverside Arena 6:00-8:00 pm
Friday, November 13: No School

MEET THE ROSEDALE STAFF

Alena Zabawski - Title I Paraprofessional 

Hello! My name is Alena Zabawski!  I graduated from the University of Michigan-Dearborn with the certification to be elementary teacher in 2014.  I am excited to be at Rosedale for my second year in Livonia Public Schools!  I am a Title 1 Parpro, where I provide extra reading support to first, second, and third graders.  In addition, I help conduct the math club in the morning for third and fourth graders.  Outside of school, I enjoy camping and spending time with my boyfriend, who is also a teacher in Livonia Public Schools.  I also enjoy being involved with my Polish heritage by creating Polish crafts, like a szopka, and being a Polish folk dancer.

The goal for this year is to make my time with the students to be interacting and engaging.  I want these students to feel confident by practicing their decoding strategies while reading or talking about word study.  I am using the ipad during word study and having students leave with an “exit” word.

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


PTA POINTS
  • A big THANK YOU to all the parents and teachers who volunteered to make our Trunk or Treat event such a huge success!!
  • Way to go Rosedale families. We made $361.70 on Box Tops ... that's over 3,500 box tops collected! Also please keep collecting, the next deadline will be in the spring.
  • Interested in joining our group?  Contact our membership chair, Cara Williams at cara_23_@hotmail.com

Did you know Livonia Public Schools has a common climate goal for all schools? Our goal is that "All students will experience a positive, safe, and welcoming environment, where both students and adults respect and value one another." That's a pretty awesome goal to have both in school and out of school.  Our staff along with many other schools are in the process of implementing this goal and making it a reality every day for our students. Great things are happening at Rosedale!

Friday, October 23, 2015

A Haircut

Hi folks, Jon Wennstrom here!  This week, I got a haircut. Hardly big news...or so I thought until I walked into the kindergarten and first grade classrooms.  Students suddenly stopped their lessons and began to point in shocked amazement.  "You got a haircut!" they shouted.  I couldn't deny it, they were right:)  I soon began to realize how observant our students were and how closely they watched me.  Then I began to think about what an awesome responsibility that is.  If they watched my hair growth that closely, certainly they must watch my behavior and tone. With all those eyes on me, am I being the role model at all times that they need?  Am I living the Three to Be and the 7 Habits that I try to instill in them?  I think so, but it was a good reminder that students (and all children) do as we do and not as we say. It made me think that I need to be, at all times, what I expect our students to be and to be an inspiration for them and someone they can look up to. As parents, your children look to you first to see what kind of adults they want to grow up to be. Let's all remember that students notice much more than just our haircuts...they notice everything.

2nd Grade will be conducting another Goodfellow's Canned Food Drive for Youth Making a Difference! 

UPCOMING EVENTS AT ROSEDALE

Friday, October 30: PTA Trunk or Treat Event 6:00-8:00 pm. If you are interested in volunteering or decorating your car, please contact Lynn Renberg at Lrenberg66@gmail.com 

Tuesday, November 3: No School (Check out the Election Day Bake Sale by PTA)
Thursday, November 5: Title I Parent Meeting 6:00 - 6:30 pm
                                       PTA Meeting 6:30 pm

Wednesday, November 11: Parent-Teacher Conferences in the evening
Thursday, November 12: No School for Students / Parent-Teacher Conferences in day and evening
                                         Roller Skating at Riverside Arena 6:00-8:00 pm
Friday, November 13: No School


MEET THE ROSEDALE STAFF
Mrs. Limberg - Resource Room Teacher

Hello Rosedale Community! My name is Shannon Limberg. I am the Resource Room Teacher at Rosedale Elementary. This is my fifth year at Rosedale and my 12th year teaching.  My prior teaching experiences in Livonia have been at Cass Elementary and Riley Upper Elementary.  I have a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Elementary Education from Western Michigan University, a Master’s of Special Education with an endorsement in Learning Disabilities from Wayne State and a Master’s of Reading and certified Reading Specialist from Madonna University. I am married to my husband Dan and we have a 5 month old son named Kruze. We also have a Siberian Husky named Nika (Neeka). Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, traveling, decorating, gardening, and boating on Lake St. Clair. Over the summer, we traveled by boat to Lexington, Michigan with our son and 4 other boats. It was beautiful.

One of my goals this year is to incorporate technology into my classroom lessons. I love using my computer and interactive whiteboard to demonstrate and model lessons for my auditory and visual learners. I also have a school iPad and two student computers that I use for additional educational resources and games.

Five words I used to describe my classroom are FUN, supportive, innovative, engaging and caring.


PTA POINTS
  • Congratulations to Mrs. Benson's class and Mrs. Casucci's class for winning their Pizza Parties for the walk-a-thon pledges! 
  • Please contact Lynn Renberg at Lrenberg66@gmail.com if you can volunteer to help with the Trunk or Treat event!
  • We are still signing people up for PTA memberships. Please contact Cara Williams at cara_23_@hotmail.com for more information.

Did you know that Rosedale is a Targeted Title I school?  That means we receive federal money to offer remediation serves for students struggling in our core academic areas. Our primary targets are reading and math interventions. We will be hosting a parent information meeting on Thursday, November 5 at 6:00 pm, prior to our PTA meeting to share out what programs we have and answer any questions parents may have about Title I.  Great things are happening at Rosedale!



Friday, October 16, 2015

What are you Reading?

Hi folks, Jon Wennstrom here! One of our goals this year is to promote literacy (specifically reading for pleasure) with all of our students. In addition to the many ways teachers are encouraging reading in their classrooms, I've started something new with our morning announcements. Each morning, our student announcers share out what book they are currently reading (or have just finished reading).  It's a great way to start conversations about reading for pleasure. We are also looking into having students write book reviews to help generate interest for other students looking for engaging books. The research shows that the more students read the more they achieve. So, don't forget to ask your child at home, "What are you reading?" At Rosedale we are working toward igniting that love of reading and hoping that will last a lifetime!

Congratulations to Elizabeth, our student Principal for the Day!

UPCOMING EVENTS AT ROSEDALE

Friday, October 30: PTA Trunk or Treat Event 6:00-8:00 pm. If you are interested in volunteering or decorating your car, please contact Lynn Renberg at Lrenberg66@gmail.com 

Tuesday, November 3: Election Day - No School (Check out our PTA Bake sale if you can!)
Thursday, November 5: Title I Parent Informational Night 6:00-6:30 pm
                                       PTA Meeting 6:30 pm

Wednesday, November 11: Parent-Teacher Conferences in the evening
Thursday, November 12: No School for Students / Parent-Teacher Conferences day and evening
Friday, November 13: No School

MEET THE ROSEDALE STAFF

Mrs. Collins-Robison - Elementary Support Teacher
Hello Rosedale community. My name is Denise Collins-Robison (Mrs. Robison around school) and I’m the EST (Elementary Support Teacher) here. This is my 9th year at Rosedale and I still love it! I can’t imagine another school or role in which I’d rather serve. I truly believe that we have a very unique and special TEAM here with our skilled, dedicated, caring staff; diverse and eager students; and supportive, involved PTA and families.

I’m a Social Worker by education, experience and heart, graduating from Michigan State (Go Spartans!) with Bachelors’ in SW and Psychology, and Masters’ in Clinical and School SW. Prior to joining Rosedale, I worked for 25+ years in Mental Health and Substance Abuse settings with children and families, taught at Wayne State and Schoolcraft College, and lead Prevention and Parenting education programs in Livonia and W/W schools. This varied SW and education experience has been a great help to me in my EST dual role, as I provide both behavioral, social and emotional support to our students and their families, as well as academic interventions to our eager Kindergarten learners. It’s always so interesting! I also lead and am dedicated to our Rosedale PBS / Positive Behavior Support program, which for the past 2 years has merged our 3 BE’s with the 7 Habits concepts.

I’m a Livonia native, LPS graduate, and my husband Dave and I live in Livonia too. Our 2 young adult sons, Jacob (soon to graduate EMU) and Colton (2nd year at Schoolcraft) are Churchill graduates, so I feel a special pride and commitment to our LPS community. In my spare time, I enjoy getting outside to walk, bike ride and garden; staying in to read and do crafts; spending time with family and friends, and vacationing up north.

Although I’m more a people person than “techie”, one of my goals this year is to find ways to merge our great new Bond enhanced technology with our PBS / 7 Habits program.  The 5 words I chose to describe my EST role this year are: Caring, Supportive, Fun, Safe and Inspiring.

PTA POINTS
  • Box Tops and Campbell Soup labels fall deadline is October 23.
  • Please contact Lynn Renberg at Lrenberg66@gmail.com if you are interested in volunteering for the Trunk or Treat event on Friday, October 30.
  • If you are interested in joining our fabulous PTA please contact Cara Williams at cara_23_@hotmail.com


Did you know that our teachers are working on Content Integration? They are taking subject matter like reading, writing, and science and blending them together during lessons.  A science project may include reading for a research project and then writing to show how the experiment was carried out. It's a way of teaching all our subjects in a way that is meaningful and connected to real-world experiences for all our students. Great things are happening at Rosedale!



Friday, October 9, 2015

Say Cheese!

Hi folks, Jon Wennstrom here! It's that time of year again...Picture time!  On Monday, our Rosedale students will get dressed up, fix their hair, and show off those fabulous smiles. Picture day is a special occasion at the school, because it captures a moment in time that parents can treasure for years to come. As a parent, I love to look back on my daughters' pictures and see how they have grown and matured through the years. It's also fun to see the memories that are captured in the yearbook as well. The older I get, the quicker the school years seem to go by. Picture day is a chance to freeze that moment in time and capture a memory of each school year. I hope your child has a fun picture day and that every day is a chance to make happy memories at school!

Congratulations for our Students of the Month for the theme of RESPECT!

UPCOMING EVENTS AT ROSEDALE

Monday, October 12: Picture Day in the morning
Tuesday, October 13: No School for Students (Professional Development for Teachers)

Friday, October 30: PTA Trunk or Treat Event 6:00-8:00 pm. If you are interested in volunteering or decorating your car, please contact Lynn Renberg at Lrenberg66@gmail.com 

Tuesday, November 3: No School (Election Day)
Thursday, November 5: PTA Meeting 6:30 pm in Library

MEET THE ROSEDALE STAFF

Ms. Robertson - First Grade Teacher
My name is Rachel Robertson and this is my second year teaching at Rosedale. Last year I was a kindergarten teacher at Rosedale and I am lucky enough to have moved up to be a First Grade teacher now!  I started teaching almost 20 years ago where I taught in Dearborn Heights. I have also worked as a Title I reading Interventionist in Livonia. I absolutely love teaching younger students and watching them grow! I have an Early Childhood degree and Master's Degree in education from U of M- Dearborn. It is a joy to be in the classroom and I think I learn as much from my kiddos as they learn from me!

I live in Livonia with my 2 children and our dog Coda Bear. Jake is a 9th grader and Grace is a 5th grader. Both of my children attended Rosedale so I have been a part of the Rosedale family for many years! We love to travel around Michigan and visit family all over the United States. We are a sports-loving family so we spend much of our time watching and playing football, baseball, soccer, and volleyball. In our free time we love bike riding, bonfires and family time. I am a very lucky Mom!

This year, each of our staff came up with "Five Words" to describe goals in our classrooms. I will spend my year working toward having a silly, fun, cool, safe and awesome classroom! I think we are doing a great job so far :-)


PTA POINTS
Congratulations to our students with the highest Walk-a-thon pledge amounts!
  • 1st Place with 40 pledges - Dylan W.
  • 2nd Place - Jacob S.
  • 3rd Place - Elizabeth S.
  • 4th Place - Nicholas M.
  • Winner of the K-2 Pizza Party - Mrs. Benson's Class
  • Winner of the 3rd & 4th Pizza Party - Mrs. Casucci's Class

Did you know that Lifetouch Picture company gives a lot back to our school?  In addition to providing quality photographs pictures and yearbooks for our students, they give our school a full range of complimentary items. They provide the birthday cards that are given out daily, the student of the month certificates, our visitor badges and stickers, and even posters for our hallways to help us display our 7 Habits! It sure is a great partnership and helps our Rosedale students. Great things are happening at Rosedale!

Friday, October 2, 2015

10,000

Hi folks, Jon Wennstrom here! This week, the parent blog passed 10,000 views.  That means, during the past 9 months we've had over 1,000 views per month!  That's exciting to me, because it means that our Rosedale community is really using this communication tool and staying informed about the many great things happening in our building. My goal when creating the blog was to communicate in a more dynamic way to families, share out important events, and utilize both video and photos of activities.  Each week also showcases one of our outstanding staff members and will now also include "PTA Points" to show the great activites our PTA members are coordinating. I hope you are enjoying the parent blog and I will continue to strive to make it interesting and relevant for all our Rosedale families.


 ROSEDALE'S ROCKIN' WALK-A-THON!!



UPCOMING EVENTS AT ROSEDALE

Monday, October 5: Student of the Month Assembly/Walk-a-Thon Awards given out

Monday, October 12: Lifetouch Picture Day in the morning
Tuesday, October 13: No School for Students (professional development for staff)

Friday, October 30: Trunk or Treat 6:00-8:00 pm


MEET THE ROSEDALE STAFF

Mrs. Berrelez - 4th Grade Teacher
My family at Lollapalooza in Chicago, waiting to see Paul McCartney.

My name is Sue Berrelez and I’m currently teaching 4th grade here at Rosedale.  I have been at Rosedale/Johnson my entire teaching career.  I have taught grades 1,2,3,4,and 6.  I have a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Elementary Education and a Masters in Reading from Eastern Michigan University. Some of you know that I grew up in this area and attended Nankin Mills Elementary School and graduated from Churchill High School.  I am married to my wonderful husband Bob and we have a daughter Sara (15), who is in the 10th grade.  We also have a dog named Casey who just turned 11, but he still makes us laugh everyday with the funny, quirky things he likes to do.  I enjoy spending time with my family.  I also love gardening and reading books.  This summer we went to Chicago to see Paul McCartney, we are big Beatles Fans!

One of my goals this year is to challenge my students (as well as myself) to read 40 books of various genres by the end of the school year.  I also want to learn how to incorporate the new interative whiteboard into my classroom lessons.

Five words that I chose to describe my classroom are:  Helpful/Supportive, Inviting, Challenging, Informative, Encouraging, Collaborative  (I had to be different, I needed 6 ! )



PTA POINTS
  • The PTA would like to give a big THANK YOU to Verizon for donating snacks and drinks and providing volunteers for our Walk-a-Thon
  • We would also like to thank all of our Rosedale volunteers who helped make this event possible!!
  • Finally, thank you to all who donated to our school fundraiser!  Money will be counted this weekend and awards will be given out Monday afternoon following our Student of the Month Assembly


Did you know that all Rosedale students will be taking a math and reading diagnostic on the computer?  The iReady diagnostic will be administered three times a year to show students' areas of strength and struggles.  While the diagnostic will not be used for grading purposes, they will be used to show student growth and help guide instruction.  Please check out the parent letter that was sent out in the email.  Great things are happening at Rosedale!