Friday, October 28, 2016

Parent Teacher Conferences

Hi folks, Jon Wennstrom here! I hate admitting this, but growing up I hated parent teacher conferences. I used to plead with my parent not to go. "I'm getting good grades aren't I?, Why bother then?" But it never worked, they always went. When they came back, it was always the same report. "Jon is a good student, but he is just too social. He never stops talking in class." Maybe part of the reason I went into education was because I can empathize with the students. As an adult, I'm very glad that my parents went to my conferences and set a good example for me. I would like to thank all the parents, grandparents, guardians, and other caring adults that came to conferences and take the time to check in on our Rosedale students. Together, we can help each child succeed!



Monday, October 31: Student of the Month Assembly (Responsibility)
                                   Halloween Parties in the rooms (check times with teachers)
Thursday, November 3: PTA Meeting in the Library (Pizza & Childcare provided)

Tuesday, November 8: No School for Students (Professional Development day for Teachers)
Friday, November 18: Family Fun night at Zap Zone (information coming soon)

Stacy Jenkins - Communications Administrator

My name is Stacy Jenkins and I am the Communications Administrator for the district. My main responsibilities include: Writing and sending district-wide messages to our families and writing feature articles from our schools, Handling all media requests,  and Managing the main sections of the district’s website, Running LPS social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram).

Prior to my current position, I was a journalist for 17 years. I graduated from Franklin High School and received my bachelor’s degree in journalism from Wayne State University. I worked as a reporter at several newspapers, including The Oakland Press and numerous editions in the Observer & Eccentric and Hometown Newspapers, where I also served as an editor for 10 years.  I started working for Livonia Public Schools four years ago, and I absolutely love my job! It’s very busy, but I love being “in the know” and I love informing. I am still able to do a lot of writing, which makes me very happy! In addition to newspaper writing, I was privileged to write a book for the Pine Lake Country Club in West Bloomfield, to commemorate the club’s 100th anniversary.

I am married to Dan and we have two children, Abby, age 17 and Evan, who is 11. They are students in Livonia Public Schools. It’s awesome to be a parent and an employee in the same district I’ve called home for my entire life!

A goal for this school year is to keep an open line of communication between our families and the district; to continue to be responsive and to offer the highest level of customer service to our parents. Our door is always open!

Five words to describe LPS would be: FAMILY of parents, staff, students!

  • We hope everyone had a great time at Trunk-or-Treat! Thank you very much to all of our Rosedale students, families, teachers, staff and volunteers! Also, we would like to thank everyone who donated candy and baked goods. We appreciate your continued support to our school.
  • PTA will be hosting a Bake Sale on Election Day (November 8) 
  • Next PTA Meeting is on Thursday, November 3 at 6:30 pm (Pizza & Childcare Provided)

Did you know that Rosedale often does fun events like Spirit Wear days? On Friday, we had our students and staff dress up to support their favorite sports team or Rosedale. It's one of the many ways that we try to make learning fun at school. Great things are happening at Rosedale!

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! 

Friday, October 14, 2016

Diving into the Data

Hi folks, Jon Wennstrom here! Three times a year, the entire Rosedale staff takes a day to "dive" into student data to see how they are performing and to be sure that struggling students get the intervention they need. It's very powerful to see teachers, paraprofessionals, support staff, and other experts all coming together to identify the needs of each child. I'm always amazed at how well our teachers know their students and how it's much more than just looking at data, but about looking at ways to help each and every child. I'm proud to work with such a dedicated group of educators. At Rosedale, we look beyond the data and look for ways to make each student successful!

We dive into the data several times a year! 


Wednesday, October 26: Students dismissed at 12:10 pm
                                        Parent-Teacher Conferences 1:00-4:00 pm & 5:00-8:00 pm
Thursday, October 27: Students dismissed at 12:10 pm
                                     Parent-Teacher Conferences 1:00-4:00 pm & 5:00-8:00 pm
Friday, October 28: Full Day of School for Students
                                Trunk or Treat event at the school 6:00-8:00 pm

Thursday, November 3: PTA Meeting 6:30 pm
Tuesday, November 8: No School for Students (Election Day)

  •  The results of the Fun Walk and the announcements of the top fund raisers and prizes will happen next week! Thanks to all who contributed. 

Did you know that there will be a county wide millage proposal on the November 8 ballot? The millage proposal would result in an increase of $385 funding per pupil. A town hall informational meeting was held this week to inform voters. If you were not able to make that meeting, you can find out more information at Wayne County Education Enhancement Millage. We want our LPS families to be informed about this important issue. Great things are happening at Rosedale! 

Friday, October 7, 2016

Walking for a Purpose

Hi folks, Jon Wennstrom here! Each year, Rosedale students participate in a Fun Walk. The walk has taken on many different forms throughout the years from "walk around the world" to "Rock n Roll" walking, but the purpose has always remained the raise funds to help provide programs and opportunities for our students. The PTA does a wonderful job of getting out flyers, organizing the event, and providing goodies for the students, but it's the parents and community members that make the donations necessary to make it a successful event. Once again, our PTA has organized a successful event and once again our Rosedale community have been generous with their giving. I'm proud of our students, staff, and community for all their work and helping our kids walk for a purpose!
Rosedale Fun Walk!! 


Wednesday, October 12: Lifetouch Picture Day in the morning
Thursday, October 13: Town Hall Meeting on County Millage Proposal at Franklin H.S. 6:30 pm

Wednesday, October 26: Students dismissed at 12:10 Parent Teacher Conferences 1:00-4:00/5:00-8:00 pm
Thursday, October 27: Students dismissed at 12:10 Parent Teacher Conferences 1:00-4:00/5:00-8:00 pm
Friday, October 28: Trunk or Treat event 6:00-8:00 pm

Jennifer Taiariol - Director of Student Services
My name is Jennifer Taiariol and I am the Director of Student Services for Livonia Public Schools.  I have been in the district for many years and have served as a school psychologist, program specialist, and coordinator.  My current responsibilities as Director include supervising programs and services for all children and young adults, birth to age 26 with disabilities.  Outside of LPS, I coach a special needs hockey team, the MORC Stars, and thoroughly enjoy my time working with some of our students on the ice.

My other role is that of wife to my husband, Dino and mom to my three sons Jake, Nick and Joey.  My boys are all graduates of South Lyon High School.  I have one in graduate school, one in community college and one who is currently working.  On weekends, I play hockey with a bunch of friends in a women’s recreational league in Brighton.

My goal this year is to make Student Services a Joyful place to work.  I read Joy, Inc. over the summer and have implemented some of the practices at Menlo Industries here in Student Services with the four Coordinators.  The purpose of our reorganization is to promote greater understanding of all needs of our students with disabilities across the district so we can better support our students, staff and families.

Five words that describe LPS: Family, Supportive, Integrity, First-Class, and Rewarding.

  • The Rosedale PTA Annual Fundraiser:  Students Fun Walk for Rosedale was a wonderful event.  Thank you very much to all our Rosedale students, families, teachers, staff, volunteers, and community donors!!  Your continued support matters to our school.
Did you know we just recognized our Students of the Month for the theme of "Safety"? One student from each classroom was selected to be honored and received a certificate and was recognized in front of the whole school. Their families were also invited to the event. We are proud of our winners! Great things are happening at Rosedale!

Our Students of the Month for "Safety"