Thursday, March 24, 2016

Read Like a Pirate!

Hi folks, Jon Wennstrom here! This month, we have had many adventures in reading with our "Treasure a Good Book" theme! We have found pirate booty, gone on treasure hunts through the school, read below the decks, and finally dressed like pirates and read in a pirate ship!  Our teachers started the year with a pirate theme and we have kept that theme going for our students.  We hope your child enjoyed the fun activities and more importantly, we hope that sparked a love of reading for our students.  As Walt Disney stated, "There is more treasure in books than in all the Pirate's Loot on Treasure Island"!
Treasure a Good Book! 


Friday, March 25: No School - Spring Break Begins!

Monday, April 4: School Resumes
Tuesday, April 5: Spring Photos in the Morning
                             Red Wings Assembly
Wednesday, April 6: Student of the Month & Reading Awards Assembly
Thursday, April 7: PTA Meeting 6:30 pm

Friday, April 15: No School for Students / Teacher Work Day

Friday, April 22: Report Cards go home

Tammy Jedd - Rosedale Lunch Cook
I have worked in the LPS food service for over 10 years. I received my Serve Safe certificate and settled down in Rosedale four years as the kitchen manager. I live in Livonia with my husband Keith and we have five daughters who all graduated from Stevenson High School. We have a cute lab/chow mix named Chuckie who loves to chase the deer and roam our property by the creek.

My favorite thing about Rosedale is the caring staff and children who love to help each other and also me in the lunch room. The safeties and volunteers are so good with the younger children and it shows with the hugs they receive from them. They are reliable and eager to help me with setting up and taking down daily.

My favorite pastimes have recently changed with my daughters graduating. I am not longer a soccer/track mom. Now the days are more relaxing with time spent with family, traveling, movies, and nights by the fire pit. But not for long, as my two grandsons have started kindergarten and will soon have scouts, sports, and cheer! 
  • Next PTA Meeting will be Thursday, April 7 at 6:30 pm (Pizza and Child Care Provided)
  • Mother-Son Event will be on Wednesday, April 27 at Zap Zone in Canton
  • Arts,Beats,Eats&Books (Ice Cream Social) will be held Wednesday, May 4 6:00-8:00 pm
Did you know that Super Duper Cooper the Reading Dog visited our school this month? Here is some information about Cooper! Super Duper Cooper is a Shetland Sheepdog and a certified therapy dog with Therapy Dogs International. This is his fifth school year volunteering for LPS.  In May of 2015 he earned the Tail Waggin' Tutor award with Therapy Dogs International, which represents 100 reading visits.  He has logged over 300 hours helping students with their reading and other coursework. He also makes smiles and provides stress relief while at work in the schools.  Cooper is also an agility champion and has traveled the country for many competitions, including six national events.    He enjoyed his visit at Rosedale for March is Reading month and he definitely agrees that books are a treasure! Great things are happening at Rosedale! 

Friday, March 18, 2016

Spring Fever

Hi folks, Jon Wennstrom here! Spring break is almost upon us and our students and staff are ready to enjoy some spring weather next week. I know many of our families will be spending time together and perhaps going on trips. Wherever you are spending your spring break, I hope it's a happy time and that some good memories are made! We have a fun week planned for our March is Reading Month activities through Thursday, March 24, leading up to spring break and then we look forward to seeing the students when they return on Monday, April 4.  Remind your child to keep reading even after reading month has ended!

Congratulations to our 4th Grade students for their awesome presentations at the Living Wax Museum! 


Wednesday, March 23: 4th Grade Students will visit Johnson for orientation in the morning
Thursday, March 24: Dress Like a Pirate activities in the gym all day
Friday, March 25: No School - Spring Break begins!

Monday, April 4: School Resumes
Wednesday, April 6: Student of the Month & Reading Month Awards Assembly
Thursday, April 7: PTA Meeting 6:30 pm

Elissa Mugianis - English Language Learner Paraprofessional
I am originally from Detroit, have an undergraduate degree from Kalamazoo College and a master’s degree from Eastern Michigan University. I was also trained and certified to teach ESL (K-12) in the State of Florida. I am fluent in Greek and conversant in Spanish.  I work part-time for Livonia Public Schools; I also care for my four-year-old niece, and promote my life partner Noel’s artwork.  Noel came to the US from Cuba, and it is our hope to one day live there.  

In addition to facilitating computer programs which aid in academic language and comprehension skills, it is my professional goal to emphasize the importance of achieving and maintaining bilingualism by encouraging the use of home/heritage languages and cultural pride.   

Five words that I would like used when describing the ELL classroom are: patience, warmth, welcoming, encouraging, and supportive. 

  • Popcorn will be on sale Thursday, March 24 for 50 cents a bag!
  • The next PTA meeting will be Thursday, April 7 at 6:30 pm (Pizza & Childcare provided)
  • The Mother-Son event will be on Wednesday, April 27 at Zap Zone! 

Did you know that Rosedale partners with the Rotary Club for our Early Literacy Volunteer (ELVs) Program? Students from across the school are partnered with our community volunteers to read with. All volunteers go through a background check and a detailed training program headed up by Mrs. Jakubowski.  It sure makes a positive difference for our students. Great things are happening at Rosedale! 

Saturday, March 12, 2016

21st Century Classrooms

Hi folks, Jon Wennstrom here! I often hear many different descriptions of what a 21st Century classroom looks like, but one thing that all descriptions include is technology. Children today are born into a world of technology and are often adept at using it before they walk into their first classroom. If we want our schools to be relevant and hold real-world experiences for our students, then we need to make sure they have access to technology in their learning environment. It's been said that technology can help give the quietest student a voice. I believe that and it's one of the reasons I recently took several teachers to the MACUL conference. We are learning new ways and gaining a better understanding of how we can use technology in meaningful ways in our school. Education will always be about relationships and effective teaching and learning, but technology provides us with additional tools to help enhance those opportunities for our staff and students. At Rosedale we will continue striving to have 21st Century classrooms and learning experiences for all our students!
Michigan Association for Computer Users in Learning


Thursday, March 17: 4th Grade Living Wax Museum presentations in the Gym (morning only)
Friday, March 18: PTA Popcorn Sales (50 cents)

Wednesday, March 23: 4th Grade students visit Johnson Upper Elementary for Orientation (morning only)
Thursday, March 24: PTA Popcorn Sales (50 cents)
                                 Pirate Activities in the Gym for March is Reading Month!
Friday, March 25: No School - Spring Break begins!

Monday, April 4: School Resumes
Thursday, April 7: PTA Meeting 6:30 pm 

Alisa Djakovic - Paraprofessional for English Language Learners 
This is my third year in the district. I have my Bachelors in Psychology from Michigan State University, an ELL certification and currently working on my Masters in Clinical Mental Health. I was born in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina and lived in Germany as a war refugee for 5 years. In childhood, my family and I moved to the states and have lived here ever since. Besides English, I speak Bosnian and German. I am a coffee enthusiast and enjoy exercising and long, aimless car rides with no final destination. :) 

My professional goal for the year is to increase reading comprehension and writing structure and fluency, especially with my 3rd and 4th grade students. I am also excited to work closely with new international students to get them better acclimated with the English language and schools in the states! 

Five words to describe my classroom: eclectic, accepting, focused, interesting and challenging

  • PTA popcorn will be on sale at the end of each week this month for 50 cents a bag!
  • Our next meeting will be on Thursday, April 7 at 6:30 pm
  • A Mother-Son Event will be held on Wednesday, March 27 at Zap Zone! 

Did you know that research shows that the more parents are involved with the school and partners with teachers, the more successful their children are? Our teachers use a variety of ways to communicate with parents including email, websites, Class Dojo, phone calls and of course parent conferences. Please be sure to keep in contact with your child's teacher and ask your child what they learn each day. Our families will soon have the opportunity to participate in a course for parents called "Love and Logic". It's a wonderful program for both educators and parents and I highly recommend that you check out the flyer that was emailed. Great things are happening at Rosedale! 

Sunday, March 6, 2016

In the shoes of a student

Hi folks, Jon Wennstrom here! This week I had the opportunity to "shadow" a student for the day. I turned in my phone and my keys in the morning and took a seat as a third grade student. I sat on the floor for reading time, used clay in art class, and got to be in a small group as we used iPads to review for a social studies test. By the end of the day, I was exhausted. The experience gave me a new appreciation for all that our students learn and do each day, but it also gave me a renewed appreciation for all our teachers do on a daily basis. We truly have an amazing school with great opportunities for our students. It was nice to spend a day back in the classroom and in the shoes of a student!

Isabelle and her shadow! 


Monday, March 7: Pizza Kits may be picked up between 4:00-6:00 pm
Wednesday, March 9: Parent Information Night for incoming Kindergarten students (adults only) 6:00-7:00 pm
Thursday, March 10: Skate Night at Riverside Arena 6:00-8:00 pm
Friday, March 11: Popcorn on sale for 50 cents

Thursday, March 17: 4th Grade Living Wax Museum
Friday, March 18: Popcorn on sale for 50 cents

Friday, March 25: No School (Spring Break begins)

Rita Hampton - Library Media Specialist (Long-Term Substitute)
I was born and raise in Inkster, located down the road from Rosedale. I graduated from Robichaud High School in Dearborn Heights. I am the oldest of 6 children and all of us have graduated from college. I say that because my father, who is no longer here, would be so proud.  He just wanted us to graduate from high school because he did not. My mom is still living in Inkster at 90 years old.

I graduated from EMU with a undergraduate degree in Secondary Education major in Political Science/Sociology and Military Science. Also from EMU I received my Masters in Popular American Culture with a concentration in American History. After 25 years of teaching I wanted to do something different.  I still wanted to be in the field of education but I wanted to work with teachers and more students.  It was the school librarian suggested to me that I become a Media Specialist. She said you can work with teachers to enhance their lessons and assist students in their research and library skills.  I resisted at first, thinking that all Librarians did was shelve books and said, "shhhh".I attended Wayne State University and graduated with a Masters Degree in Library Information Science.  It was the best 3 years of my learning life, this thing they call "librarianship". I decided that I wanted to do this, Librarian/ Teacher until the end.  I went to another level of becoming a passionate librarian when I took a class called, “Children and Youth Literature”. I was required to read 50 children books and 50 young adult books in one semester. It was then I begin to understanding the artistry of the written word and how to help others find the joy of reading and learning.

My Quote, “The library is a noisy place, different conversations on every shelf come on in and eavesdrop.”

  • Don't forget Popcorn Fridays for March is Reading Month (50 cents a bag)
  • This is the last year for Campbell's Soup label collection (keep bringing them in)
  • A mother-son event will be held on April 27 (More info to come)
Did you know that March is Reading Month? In addition to our school-wide theme of "Treasure a Good Book!" we have many reading activities including assemblies, guest readers, popcorn Fridays and so much more! Although we try to make reading fun all year long, we have an extra special fun time in March! Great things are happening at Rosedale!