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

UPCOMING EVENTS

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

MEET THE ROSEDALE STAFF
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!!

PTA POINTS
  • 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!

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Lifelong Learners

Hi folks, Jon Wennstrom here! One of our main goals at Rosedale is to create a culture that promotes lifelong learning. We don't just want to teach our students facts, but to develop a love of learning, engage their curiosity and spark their imaginations to dream and create something new. One of the ways we help develop this culture is to model for our students that we are never done learning. Our teachers attend professional development sessions throughout their careers and I remain active in professional learning organizations as well. One group that I serve with is MEMSPA (Michigan Elementary and Middle Schools Principal Association). I recently attended the state conference where I had the opportunity to connect with principals from around the state, share the great things we are doing in Livonia, and most importantly learn new ideas from international speakers, authors, and outstanding principals from around the state. I was inspired by my new learning and hope to pass that inspiration for learning to our staff and students. Great things are happening at Rosedale!


UPCOMING EVENTS AT ROSEDALE

Thursday, December 10: Scrip Orders due (information/order sheets will go home Monday)
Friday, December 11: Announcement of our Poster Winner for "Be Proactive"
                                  (Ask your child about our new 7 Habits monthly poster contest!)

Wednesday, December 16: Santa Secret Shop (all day)
Thursday, December 17: Santa Secret Shop (morning only)

Monday, December 21: Start of Winter Break

Monday, January 4: School Resumes
Thursday, January 5: PTA Meeting 6:30 pm
Friday, January 8: PTA Skate Night at Riverside Arena 6:00-8:00 pm

MEET THE ROSEDALE STAFF
Ruth Martin - Music Teacher

Hello, I am Ruth Martin the music teacher at Rosedale. I have had a long teaching career that started in Grand Rapids,Michigan then continued on to Tehran,Iran; Sao Paulo , Brazil and Livonia,Michigan.  Definitely I have sand in my shoes. Most of my teaching experiences has been K-6 with a few years of 7-12.  I earned my Bachelor's of Music Education at Olivet College,Kankakee, Illinois. My interests in teaching children music has led me to study Orff-Schulwerk and Education Through Music. " Education Through Music is the study of artful teaching and the process of learning through song and play.  ETM activities build the imaging system and symbolization process through the synergy of language, song, movement, and interactive play;  thereby, laying the foundation for the building of intelligence."

I grew up on a farm in Northern Ohio and have always been interested in travel.  My adopted son,Jason (16) and I live in Ypsilanti. We enjoy going to Education Through Music classes ,cooking together and travel. 

One of my goals is to develop a  deeper understanding of language through song lyrics .  When possible, I work with Occupational Therapists to help children integrate the different sensory systems that facilitate focus and learning.  Five words for describing my classroom are: inclusive,fun,active, joyful and engaging.

PTA POINTS
  • Keep collecting Box Tops and Campbell's Soup Labels for spring collection
  • Scrip Orders are due by December 10
  • Next meeting will be January 7 at 6:30 pm in the Rosedale Library

Did you know that our "specials" schedule (art, music, PE and library) are scheduled in a way to provide common planning time for teachers? This allows them to share ideas with grade level partners and plan lessons together. We also meet weekly before school to share ideas, learn information, and have training sessions on new topics. Our staff continues to learn and grow from each other. Great things are happening at Rosedale!