Friday, January 29, 2016

A Galaxy Far, Far Away

Hi folks, Jon Wennstrom here! This week, Rosedale students had a very special visitor from a galaxy far, far away. If you are familiar with Star Wars, you would have recognized the familiar outfit of a storm trooper at our Youth Making a Difference assembly. At the assembly, one of our Rosedale parents, Eric Alexander, shared how he turned his passion for Star Wars and costume making into something that helps children and our community. Eric and his group, the 501st Legion, donate their time and talents to such charities as Make a Wish Foundation and visit our local Children's Hospital to brighten the lives of children. What a great example for our own Rosedale students. How are you using your time and talents to help others?

Youth Making a Difference Assembly

UPCOMING EVENTS AT ROSEDALE

Thursday, February 4: PTA Meeting 6:30 pm in the library
Friday, February 5: 4th Annual Daddy Daughter Dance (and dinner) 6:00-8:00 pm

Monday, February 15: No School 
Tuesday, February 16: No School for Students / Teacher Professional Development Day
Wednesday, February 17: School Resumes

MEET THE ROSEDALE STAFF
Lynn Merchant - Second Grade Teacher
 My name is Lynn Merchant and I am currently teaching second grade here at Rosdedale. I have been at Rosedale /Johnson my entire teaching career. I have spent the last 17 years teaching kindergarten, first and second grades. I have LOVED them all. I am also our building's Literacy Leader. I have a Bachelor of Science degree from Eastern Michigan University, with three minors in Science, Social Science, and English and a major in Elementary Education. I also have a Masters Degree in Reading. I truly have a passion for teaching reading and writing to young children, and love seeing their growth in this area.

 I am happily married to my fabulous husband Dan, and we have an amazing family. THEY are all the true loves of my life! I have 2 sons (Walt and David)  2 daughters(Sarah and Laura),1 wonderful son-in-law(Eric), and 2 grand-babies(Olivia and Alana)! They are all grown with successful careers, and some are scattered about the country...thankfully the babies are next door!! When I'm not at school my husband and I love to spend time with the babies, get together with friends, watch old movies and read. My husband I love to travel, so we do that quite a bit. We have family in Oregon and California, and we try to make yearly trips there.

My professional goals this year have included trying learn the "new" ropes in second grade .... they've changed since I last taught it 10 years ago! I am also incorporating more accelerated reader into my classroom. Finally, this second semester will be the added use of more tablet time in the classroom. 

Five words I would use to describe my classroom are: Fun, Giving, Busy, Journalistic, Exciting.


PTA POINTS
Clipping Box Tops is SWEET! A new 2 week box top competition starts Monday! Any student that brings one box top to school will receive a piece of candy! More details will be sent home on Monday. (limit one piece of candy per student)
  • The winners of the Boys vs Girls competition will be announced next week. Thank you for clipping box tops and helping Rosedale PTA!
  • Dessert donations for the Daddy Daughter Dance can be brought to the school on Friday, February 5.  Thank you for your generosity!
  • We look forward to seeing you at our next PTA meeting on February 4 at 6:30 pm!

Did you know we have a "Quote of the Week" at Rosedale? Every week a new inspirational quote is written on the office white board for people to read and that quote is read by a student during our morning announcements. Words can be inspirational and uplifting and we try to use them to encourage our students daily. Great things are happening at Rosedale! 

Friday, January 22, 2016

Data Driven

Hi folks, Jon Wennstrom here! One of the things we strive for at Rosedale is to base our decisions on data. That means we look at all available information when we determine who needs extra intervention, what that intervention will be, and if the intervention is working. To help us look at all three of these areas, we have scheduled "Data Dives" where we get our Achievement Team together and meet with every teacher on every child. This is an all day process that happens several times a year, but it really helps us improve learning for all students. Teachers often have good instincts about how best to help a student learn, but it's important to match our instincts with what the data tells us as well. I'm proud of the dedication our teachers show in finding ways to help students. Together, we are helping all students succeed!

3rd Grade students get a guitar demonstration as we discuss the science of sound waves!

UPCOMING EVENTS AT ROSEDALE

Wednesday, January 27: Youth Making a Difference Assembly for students
Thursday, January 28: Registration Forms due for Daddy Daughter Dance
Friday, January 29: No School for Students (Teacher Work Day/End of Semester)

Wednesday, February 3: Student of the Month Assembly
Thursday, February 4: PTA Meeting at 6:30 pm in the Library
Friday, February 5: Daddy Daughter Dance 6:00-8:00 pm

Monday, February 15: No School for President's Day
Tuesday, February 16: No School for Students / Teacher Professional Development Day

MEET THE ROSEDALE STAFF
Sherry Lynn Nadon - First Grade Teacher

My name is Sherry Lynn Nadon and I love teaching!  I have been teaching first grade for ten years and this is my 20th year of teaching. I attended Western Michigan University for my undergraduate studies and the University of Michigan for my graduate degree. I have been married to my loving husband, Tim for 15 years and we have two very active young little girls – Shaelie, 7 and Tessa, 5. When I am not busy teaching, I like to read, knit, travel, and spend time with my family.


My goal for this year is to help the children find their inner voice and find the confidence to express it. The 5 words that best describe my classroom are safe, cheerful, kind, fun, and flexible.


PTA POINTS
  • Box Tops Boys vs Girls Box Top Competition is going on now through January 28th. Boxes are in the lobby. Please help Rosedale PTA by sending in your box tops. They are a vital part of raising money to help support extracurricular activities at Rosedale, such as the Spring Fling, school assemblies and more! Every box top helps!
  • Daddy Daughter Dance:  Registrations are due by Thursday, January 28. The Dance will be Friday, February 5!
  • Interested in joining the PTA? Contact Cara Williams at cara_23_@hotmail.com


Did you know that all our classrooms utilize various technology resources to help make teaching and learning more interactive for our students? Each classroom has an interactive white board that teachers and students can use for videos, demonstrations, and even student work. Each room also has a minimum of one student computer and two iPads. In addition to classroom tools, students have access to the computer lab for research projects, computer coding, and additional instruction in reading and math. Great things are happening at Rosedale!

Friday, January 15, 2016

Practice what we Preach

Hi folks, Jon Wennstrom here! As we prepare to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, I was thinking of the fact that one of his most revered characteristics is that he practiced what he preached. He didn't just advocate for change, he made it happen. He didn't just talk about peace, he lived it. He didn't just have a dream, he helped mold it into reality. We look up to people who practice what they preach, because all too often it is rare for people to do so. I hope Rosedale will always be remembered by students and parents as a place where people practiced what they preached and lived out our beliefs that all students can learn and achieve their full potential!

Kindergarten students hear a story about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 

UPCOMING EVENTS AT ROSEDALE

Monday, January 18: No School for MLK Day
Wednesday, January 20: PTA Bob Evans dine out from 6:00-9:00 pm

Wednesday, January 27: Youth Making a Difference Assembly
Thursday, January 28: End of Card Marking and Semester
                                  Registrations due for Daddy Daughter Dance
Friday, January 29: No School for Students / Teacher Work Day

Wednesday, February 3: Student of the Month Assembly
Thursday, February 4: PTA Meeting 6:30 pm
Friday, February 5: Report Cards go Home
                              Daddy Daughter Dance 6:00-8:00 pm

MEET THE ROSEDALE STAFF
Jeanne Fuller - Kindergarten Teacher


My name is Jeanne Fuller and I have taught Kindergarten at Rosedale School for the past 5 years.  I am so happy to be a part of the Rosedale family and absolutely LOVE teaching Kindergarten!  This is my 20th year teaching.  I was a substitute teacher, a Title 1 Learning Interventionist, and a Kindergarten teacher in 2 other Livonia schools before I came to Rosedale,   I did both my undergraduate and graduate studies at Central Michigan University. I have been married to my wonderful husband, Scott for 33 years and have 3 beautiful children – Anthony, 32, who is married with 3 children and lives and works in Avon, Ohio; Melissa, 29 who travels around the U.S. implementing and monitoring a computer program at different regional offices for the company she works for: and Rachael, 24 who is attending Wayne State University Pharmacy School, works, and lives at home.  When I am not teaching, I enjoy spending weekends up north at our chalet or part of my summer at our family home in northern Minnesota.  I love sports, especially ice hockey and am a huge Boston Bruins fan.  I also love to cook, travel, spend time with my family, and visit with my grandchildren as much as I can. 

My goal this year is to work with my students to foster their independence and help them learn that it is OK to make mistakes as long as they learn from them.  Everything is a BIG problem to a 5 year old, so I want them to learn to take a deep breath, know it's not the end of the world, and work on figuring out a solution to their problem.

The 5 words that best describe my classroom are ​fun, safe, happy, exciting, and problem solving.


PTA POINTS
  • Next meeting will be Thursday, February 4 at 6:30 pm in the Library
  • A PTA Calendar of Events will be coming home soon!
  • Interested in joining? Contact Cara Williams at cara_23_@hotmail.com

Did you know that every child at Rosedale gets a personalized birthday card and pencil on their birthday? They are mentioned during the morning announcements and get to come down to pick up the card and pencil. Those celebrating birthdays on weekends are recognized on Friday and those during the break either right before we leave or when we return. Birthdays are a BIG event for our students and we try to make it special. Great things are happening at Rosedale!




Friday, January 8, 2016

Keeping it positive!

Hi folks, Jon Wennstrom here! One of my goals for 2016 is to share positive messages as often as I can. One way that I plan on doing that is by making a positive phone call every day.  I've asked the teachers to help me by sending me names of students when they do something positive, make improvements, or give extra effort. So, if you get a phone call from the office, don't panic! It just might be one of my positive phone calls:) How are you keeping things positive in your life?

Congratulations to our Students of the Month! "Be Proactive"


UPCOMING EVENTS AT ROSEDALE

Monday, January 18: No School for MLK Day

Thursday, January 28: End of the Semester
Friday, January 29: No School for Students / Teacher Work Day

Wednesday, February 3: Student of the Month Assembly "Begin with the end in Mind"
Thursday, February 4: PTA Meeting at 6:30 pm
Friday, February 5: Daddy Daughter Dance 6:00-8:00 pm


MEET THE ROSEDALE STAFF
Jenna Larabell - Kindergarten Teacher

Hello! I am Jenna Larabell. I am a kindergarten teacher here at Rosedale. This is my second year as a teacher at Rosedale and my third year within the district. I have my bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and Integrated Science from Grand Valley State University. I am a semester away from my Masters in Early Childhood Education from Eastern Michigan University. In my free time, when I'm not doing work for my classroom or grad school, I like to exercise, shop, read, and spend time with my friends and family. I also like to travel and will be making a few trips to Minnesota this year for a friend’s wedding.

PTA POINTS
  • Rosedale received nearly $400 in Playground & PE supplies from Box Tops Collections!
  • A Bob Evans Dine Out has been scheduled on January 20th from 6:00-9:00 pm
  • If you are interested in joining our PTA, please contact Cara Williams at cara_23_@hotmail.com 

Did you know that out PTA purchased several extra Rosedale Spirit Wear shirts, so we can give them out at special events and assemblies? Before each assembly, we will draw a name in the office and some lucky child will receive a Rosedale t-shirt! We gave out our first shirt this week and we will continue to do so each month. Great things are happening at Rosedale! 

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Happy 2016!

Hi folks, Jon Wennstrom here! It's hard to believe, but 2016 is here! One of the great things about working in a school is that we get to have two fresh starts each year. The traditional fresh start at the beginning of each academic year and also the fresh start of a new calendar year with all its resolutions and plans for improvement. I think it's a wonderful opportunity for students and staff to try something new, give increased effort, and refocus on what they wish to accomplish this year. Like last year, I gave up resolutions for One Word to be my guiding principle throughout the year. This year, I selected the word "Gratitude". Let me start by saying how grateful I am to work at Rosedale and for all the support received from students, staff, and parents! What will your One Word be for this year?


UPCOMING EVENTS

Wednesday, January 6: Student of the Month Assembly for "Be Proactive"
Thursday, January 7: PTA Executive Committee 5:30 pm
                                LPS Reflections (Arts) Ceremony at Stevenson High School 7:00 pm
                                (Please note there will NOT be a general PTA meeting this month, due to the                                                Reflections Ceremony. The next PTA meeting will be Thursday, February 4)
Friday, January 8: PTA Skate Night at Riverside Arena 6:00-8:00 pm

Monday, January 18: No School for MLK Day

Thursday, January 28: End of the Marking Period (and Semester)
Friday, January 29: No School for students (Teacher Records Day)





Did you know that Livonia Public Schools has hired Andrea Oquist as our new superintendent? Not only has she been with LPS her entire career as a teacher, principal, and parent, her most recent position was as the Director of Elementary Programs. This makes her very familiar with our school and staff and how elementary schools operate. I know we at Rosedale along will all the other buildings throughout the district are thrilled to have her as our new superintendent. Great things are happening at Rosedale!