Saturday, December 10, 2016

Continuous Learning

Hi folks, Jon Wennstrom here! Last week, I attended the MEMSPA conference (Michigan Elementary & Middle School Principals Association). It's a time to connect with other principals, learn from national speakers, and also to present to others. As an educator, I feel it's important to model for my staff and students the importance of continuous learning. This can be done through professional reading, taking classes or attending conferences. We are never done learning and hopefully our students learn this and apply to their lives as well. In what ways do you continue your learning either professionally or personally? Make sure to share with your child the importance of continuous learning!


Monday, December 12: Celebrate Monday Assembly for all students!
Friday, December 16: PTA Popcorn Sales 50 cents a bag (limit 2)

Monday, December 19: Student of the Month Assembly (Empathy)
Tuesday, December 20: Holiday Shop for students (volunteers needed)
Wednesday, December 21: Holiday Shop for students (volunteers needed)
Friday, December 23: Students dismissed at 12:10 pm (winter break begins)

Monday, January 9: School Resumes
Thursday, January 12: Parent Title I Meeting 6:00 pm
                                  PTA Meeting 6:30 pm

Christine Fankell - Curriculum Coordinator for English Language Arts & Social Studies
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I'm from Iowa and a graduate of the University of Iowa and Iowa Writer's Workshop. Being a writer is a big part of who I am as an educator. Some of my most satisfying moments shared with students have been through poetry writing. I keep the poems my students write and hold them dear!

I have a 27 year career at Livonia Public Schools. I have taught grades 3rd-6th at Cass, Webster, and Hoover. I am currently the district K-12 Curriculum Coordinator for English language arts and social studies.That means that I now spend most of my time with teachers and other administrators planning for initiatives that support teaching and learning.

When I'm not working, I enjoy biking, gardening, knitting, and time with my family. I'm fortunate to have a daughter (Mackenzie) who lives with her husband only a mile away and also a son (Will) who has chosen to live in Grand Haven - a great place to visit! My grown-up children continue to be a big part of my life.

My goal for this year is to support K-6 teachers with teaching and assessing our district's Priority Standards. I have been enjoying working closely with our district Literacy Leaders to pilot a new report card that is based on these standards. It's challenging work that will have a positive impact on student learning!

Five words that describe LPS - welcoming, innovative, enlightening, stimulating, inspiring

  • PTA popcorn sales on Friday, December 16: 50 cents a bag (may purchase 2)
  • Holiday Shop on Tuesday, December 20 & Wednesday, December 21 (volunteers needed!)
  • Next PTA Meeting will be Thursday, January 12 at 6:30 following the Parent Title I meeting

Did you know that Rosedale will be providing collections in our lobby to support the LPS Food Pantry, located in Franklin High School? The pantry is a service project that allows special education students the opportunity for work experience and also support Livonia families in need. While the pantry provides food items, it also provides many other care items like shampoo, deodorant, dental care products, and other hygiene products. Our collection bins will be for can and bottle returns for funding and also for non-food items like those listed above. A flyer will be sent out to our families as well. We are excited to join this worthy cause. Great things are happening at Rosedale!