Wednesday, December 21, 2016


Hi folks, Jon Wennstrom here! As we prepare to start our winter break, I thought it would be a good time to recount my many blessings. I've been fortunate to be able to serve at Rosedale for the past five years with an incredible staff and dedicated volunteers. It's been a joy to work with our students and to have the support of our Rosedale parents. My family has been healthy and happy. I truly couldn't ask for more. During this holiday season, take a few moments to reflect on the blessings you have and know that our Rosedale community has been a blessing to me.

Students had a fun time at our sing-a-long! 


Friday, December 23: Students dismissed at 12:10 pm (Winter Break begins)

Monday, January 9: School Resumes
Thursday, January 12: Title I Parent Meeting 6:00 pm
                                     PTA Meeting 6:30 pm
Friday, January 13: Popcorn Friday

Monday, January 16: No School - Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Wednesday, January 19: After School Science

Tim Klan - Administrator for Information Technology
I have been working in the technology field for more than 23 years. I began my technology career in business, where I owned my own company that provided computer training and support to area businesses and local school districts.

In 1998, I accepted the position of Director of Technology for Garden City Public Schools, where I remained for 16 years. In March 2014, I was hired into my current position as Administrator of Information Technology with Livonia Public Schools.

As the Administrator of Information Technology, I am responsible for the overall planning, organization, and execution of all IT functions throughout the district. This includes directing all IT functions to meet staff and student requirements, as well as the development of new technical solutions. In addition, I also oversee the Pupil Accounting Department.
My wife Shelly has been a 1st grade teacher in Dearborn for 19 years. We have 2 boys Adam (12), and Noah (13) who are both currently in the MACAT program at Frost Middle School.
One of my goals for the next year is to revise our current system to improve communication and service for our staff and students.  This includes teaching our techs to update staff help desk requests more often as well as starting a Classroom Response Team (CRT) to try and address classroom technology issues more quickly.
5 Words to describe LPS: Dedicated, Caring, Outstanding, Professional, Focused

  • Thank you for all who volunteered for the Holiday Shop!!
  • The next PTA meeting is Thursday, January 12 at 6:30 pm (following Title I Meeting)
  • The next Skate Night at Riverside Arena will be January 26 from 6:00-8:00 pm 

Did you know that Rosedale will be giving away fantastic prizes during our parent Title I night? Prizes will include memberships for the Detroit Zoo, The Henry Ford Museum, and more. The event will also be catered by Manga's. We hope to see many of our parents there!  Childcare will be provided. Great things are happening at Rosedale! 

Thursday, December 15, 2016


Hi folks, Jon Wennstrom here! This month, our students are focusing on the theme of Empathy. Empathy can be a difficult concept for students, because it's not just feeling sorry for someone, it is about "Seeing through their eyes, listening with their ears, and feeling with their heart". We've talked about it and also watched a few videos as well. I've included a short video that is geared toward adults to show the difference between empathy and sympathy. I hope it's helpful for our Rosedale families!



Monday, December 19: Student of the Month Assembly
Tuesday, December 20: Holiday Shop
Wednesday, December 21: Holiday Shop
Friday, December 23: Students dismissed at 12:10 pm (Winter Break Begins)

Monday, January 9: School resumes
Thursday, January 12: Title I Parent Night 6:00 pm
                                     PTA Meeting 6:30 pm 
Friday, January 13: PTA Popcorn Sales (50 cents a bag)

Monday, January 16: No School for MLK Day

Ben Hillard - District Math & Science Coordinator
Hello Rosedale community! My name is Ben Hillard, and I am the Math & Science Curriculum Coordinator. Part of my responsibilities include coordinating materials and working with math and science teachers throughout the district to provide more meaningful instruction. I am in my second year in this role, and previously taught for 10 years in Livonia Public Schools. My teaching career took me through several elementary schools, including Randolph, Hayes, McKinley, and Webster. My wife, Gail, is also a teacher in Livonia Public Schools. She teaches third grade at Randolph Elementary. We have three children: Cole (8), Tate (6), and Charlotte (3). Between school and sports, we stay pretty busy at home.

One of my goals this year has been to communicate more effectively with teachers throughout the district. I’ve begun writing a short newsletter titled Math Minute to try to achieve this goal. As a longer term goal, I’d like to incorporate more authentic opportunities for critical thinking and problem solving into our science and math classrooms.

5 Words: Passionate, Dedicated, Determined, Committed, Community

  • Holiday Shop will be held Tuesday & Wednesday this week!
  • Next PTA meeting will be Thursday, January 12 at 6:30 pm (following Title I)
  • PTA popcorn sales will be held on Friday, January 13 (50 cents a bag)

Did you know that our students go outside for recess unless the wind chill is below 15 degrees? On those days we have recess in the classrooms. Most days we go outside and the students need their winter clothing (hats, gloves, winter coats, snow pants and boots). The fresh air and exercise is good for the health of our students. Thank you for making sure they are properly dressed. Great things are happening at Rosedale!

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! 

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Modeling the way

Hi folks, Jon Wennstrom here! As adults, we often hear about importance of being role models for children. Whether as a parent or as an educator, students watch we do and often imitate it. I was reminded of this earlier in the week. On Monday, I was greeting students as they got off the bus and I said, "Welcome back, it's Monday, my favorite day of the week." One of the students instantly replied with a smile, "It's my favorite day too!". Now, I'm pretty sure if I would have said that Monday was my least favorite day, someone would have said the same thing. It made me realize how powerful the words and attitudes we share are. That's one of the reasons we have our "Celebrate Monday" assemblies. It's a chance to start the week off on a positive note and model for our students a love of learning and excitement to be in school. Always remember that we are models for the children...let's make sure we are a positive one!
Congratulations to our Students of the Month (for Respect)


Tuesday, December 6: Lunch with the Principal (for those with tickets)
Friday, December 9: Roller Skating at Riverside Arena 6:00-8:00 pm

Tuesday, December 20: Holiday Shop 
Wednesday, December 21: Holiday Shop 
Friday, December 23: Students Dismissed at 12:10 pm (Winter Break begins)

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

Cindy Pierson - Federal Programs Coordinator

My name is Cindy Pierson. I began my career with Livonia in 1996 as a special education teacher at Cooper Elementary School. My current role with our district is the Federal Programs Coordinator. I am privileged to oversee Title I, English Language Learners and our McKinney Vento population.
I am married to Eric and we have two children, Max age 26, Jenna age 24 and our family favorite, our dog, Conner who is 13. In the fall, our daughter is getting married and we are very excited about our changing family.

A goal for this school year is to provide outreach to our Livonia families   concerning the special programs that we offer for our student population.

Five words to describe LPS would be: Supportive, Community, Heart-felt, Thoughtful and Excellence   

  • After School Science will be December 5 for grades 2-4
  • Riverside Arena Skate Night will be December 9 6:00-8:00 pm 
  • After School Spanish will be December 19 in the Library
  • The Holiday Shop will be Tuesday & Wednesday December 20& 21 (Volunteers Needed!)
  • Coming Soon - Rosedale Spirit Wear!! More information soon 

Did you know that Rosedale will be hosting it's annual Title Parent Information night in January? The meeting will be just before our next PTA Meeting on Thursday, January 12 at 6:00 pm. Dinner will be provided and we will share out the great things happening with our Title I staff and programs and how we support struggling learners. Those who attend will have the opportunity to win great prizes like gift cards and free passes to area attractions. More information will be coming out soon. Great things are happening at Rosedale!