Friday, October 21, 2016

Big Rocks

Hi folks, Jon Wennstrom here! Earlier this week, I was talking with a friend who was going through some major life issues. As we talked, I began to look at some of my "troubles" through a very different lens. The things that I thought of as issues, paled in comparison to what my friend was going through. I guess it's human nature to focus on problems or issues we may have, but sometimes we need to look around us to see how fortunate we really are and to make sure we are prioritizing the most important things in our life: Family, health, faith, and friends. As I was reflecting on things, I remembered the demonstration by Steven Covey of the "Big Rocks". I wanted to share this powerful video with our Rosedale community. I hope you find it as beneficial as I have.

Prioritizing our "Big Rocks" 


Wednesday, October 26: Students dismissed at 12:10 pm
                                        Parent Teacher Conferences 1:00-4:00 & 5:00-8:00 pm
Thursday, October 27: Students dismissed at 12:10 pm
                                    Parent Teacher Conferences 1:00-4:00 & 5:00-8:00 pm
Friday, October 28: Full Day for Students
                               Trunk or Treat event 6:00-8:00 pm (Volunteers still needed!)

Thursday, November 3: PTA Meeting 6:30 pm in the Library (Pizza & Childcare Provided)
Tuesday, November 8: No School for Students (Election Day) Teacher Professional Development

Alison Smith - Director of Finance

My name is Alison Smith and I am the Director of Finance for Livonia Public Schools.  As a Livonia Public Schools alumni and current Livonia resident, it’s my pleasure to serve the students, staff, Board of Education, and our community in this capacity. I’ve worked at Livonia Public Schools since 2012 and was just promoted to Director of Finance in September 2016.  I’m responsible for the implementation of policies providing for the accurate accounting, reporting, and control procedures for all District funds.  Some of our day-to-day business office operations include processing biweekly payroll, cutting weekly accounts payable checks, receiving and depositing payments, and preparing and monitoring the district’s operating budget.

2016 has been an exciting year for the Smith household.  My husband, Rod, and I just welcomed our first child, Brandon, into the world.  In addition to our baby boy, we have two furry family members: Cody, a golden retriever and Riley, a silky terrier.  We love going to walks and playing all sorts of games such as cards and board games.

My goal this year is to work closely with our building staff to learn how the business office can support the wonderful things happening with our students in our schools.

Five words that describe LPS: Positive, Community, Alive, Thoughtful, and Outstanding.

  • Students Fun Walk for Rosedale 2016 Results:   121 students contributed to our biggest PTA fundraiser for the year.  Our students raised $4,188.53 for their school.  All the funds will be used for programs and activities during this school year to benefit our Rosedale students!  Our top 8 fundraisers are Dylan W., Jacob S., Srihan D., Autym D., Eliza R., Layla A., Noah D., and Silas O.  Prizes were awarded to the children this past week during the Monday morning assembly.  The top 8 fundraisers won fantastic prizes.  All the contributors who brought in their donation by October 7 won a great raffle prize. Also, every Rosedale student in the school was given a special prize token and a Rosedale Fun Walk bookmark for participating in the event.  
  • The top earning classroom in the school is Ms. Robertson's First Grade class and the second top earning classroom is Mrs. Casucci's Fourth Grade class.  These two classrooms won a pizza party lunch.  Thank you to all the Rosedale students, families, teachers, staff, and community donors who helped to make our fundraiser a wonderful event.  We appreciate your continued support for our school!!
  • We still are in need of volunteers for our Trunk or Treat event on Friday, October 28. Please use the following link to sign up for a slot! Trunk or Treat Volunteer Link 

Did you know that all the money raised for our Fun Walk goes to support programs, materials,and opportunities for student learning? The PTA allows Rosedale students to go on field trips, bring in assemblies, and purchase materials like Scholastic Magazine for our students. Thanks to our top fund raisers and ALL students who participated in our Fun Walk. Great things are happening at Rosedale!
Our Top Fund Raisers!