Thursday, April 27, 2017

Making a Difference

Hi folks, Jon Wennstrom here! This week, I had the pleasure to attend the Livonia Youth Making a Difference Ceremony. Each year, the district recognizes the service projects that students from across the district perform. At the event, there were poster boards on display showcasing the projects from our second, third, and fourth grade classrooms. Having the mayor and superintendent there showed the students how important this event was and how important service projects are. My hope is that our students find a love of service that will last a lifetime! Thank you to everyone who helped with a project and to those who model service through volunteering. Our students are watching and learning from you!


Thursday, May 4: Final PTA Meeting (Election Night) 6:30 pm (Pizza & Childcare Provided)

Friday, May 12: Yearbooks go home

Wednesday, May 17: Arts, Beats, Eats & Books 6:00 - 8:00 pm (ALL students will perform a music concert, artwork will be on display throughout the building, the PTA will be serving ice cream, and the library will be hosting a book fair)  Be watching for the flyer!!

Lora Boka - Principal of Webster Elementary
My name is Lora Boka and I have had the privilege of leading Webster Elementary for the last five years. I found my leadership role at Webster accidentally but have been forever changed by our school, it’s purpose and the students and staff that I get to partner with each day. I have an extensive background and experiences in Special Education and thought that my educational career would stay in this lane. My strong beliefs in individualization and advocacy make Webster the perfect match for my skill set. I earned my undergraduate degree in Special Education from Central Michigan University and my Master’s, Education Specialist and Special Education Director Certification from Wayne State University. I have been a proud Livonia Educator for 25 years. I met my husband of 21 years in the halls of Cooper Elementary!

I am a passionate educator but my role as a mother is my ultimate pride and joy. I am the proud mother of 3 pretty cool kids. I am a hockey mom and have raised two accomplished hockey players. Nicholas is currently a sophomore at the University of Michigan (#27 on defense for the Michigan Hockey Team) and has been drafted by the Minnesota Wild. Lucas is a senior in high school this year and lives in Windsor in order to play for the Windsor Spitfires of the OHL (#61 forward). His draft year is this year. Finally, our beautiful daughter Allison is in 8th grade and enjoys many activities and sports. Her most precious gift is her voice.

My personal goal this year is to be available to the students and staff that I serve. My professional goals include being collaborative and growing in my role as an instructional coach.

Five words that describe Webster: Caring, Challenging, Unique, Community and Perseverance

  • Final PTA Meeting Thursday, May 4 at 6:30 pm in the Rosedale Library
  • The PTA will be celebrating Teacher Appreciation with fun events during the week of May 8
  • PTA Popcorn will be on sale Friday, May 12 for 50 cents a bag

Did you know that our 2nd grade students recently had their "Talking Zoo" program? It's great way for students to learn research, writing, and speaking skills all in one project. I was amazed at dedication the students showed in learning about their animals and it was fun to see them in their costumes for the final performance. Thanks to the teachers, parents, and volunteers who made the event possible. Great things are happening at Rosedale! 

Friday, April 21, 2017


Hi folks, Jon Wennstrom here! This month, our Rosedale students are learning about "Mindfulness". This is a pretty tricky concept for elementary students to learn...even most adults struggle with this. Being mindful means focusing on what is happening right here and now and truly being in the moment. To help illustrate this point, we used a lot of quotes, short videos and other tools during our Celebrate Monday assemblies. But I think one of the simplest ways we showed mindfulness was from the familiar Winnie the Pooh. The picture and caption below was shown to our students and is a great reminder to live in the moment through mindfulness!


Monday, April 24: After School Spanish
Tuesday, April 25: 2nd Grade Talking Zoo Program!
                          Youth Making a Difference Ceremony (grades 2-4) Franklin High School 6:00 pm
Wednesday, April 26: Administrative Professionals Day!
Friday, April 28: PTA Popcorn Sales (50 cents a bag)

Thursday, May 4: After School Science
                             PTA Meeting (Board Elections) 6:30 pm (Pizza & Childcare Provided)

Thursday, May 11: Rosedale Skate Night at Riverside Arena 6:00-8:00 pm

Wednesday, May 17: ARTS,BEATS,EATS & BOOKS 6:00-8:00 pm (all grades will have a musical performance in the gym, artwork will be displayed from all classes, a book fair will be held in the library, and the PTA will be serving ice cream!)

Mike Daraskavich - Principal of Cleveland Elementary 

Hi, my name is Mike Daraskavich and I am the principal of Cleveland Elementary School. I have been the principal at Cleveland for the last 10 years and beginning next year I will embark on an exciting journey as the next Principal of Randolph Elementary School. Before becoming an administrator I had the pleasure of serving the Kennedy community as a second through sixth grade teacher. I loved teaching and still do. That is why I love what I do every day as an administrator. I get to serve the Cleveland Community and work with 475 students to make sure that they have the best possible education, love school, and love learning.

On a personal note, I have an amazing wife who teaches here in Livonia at Cooper and three beautiful daughters. My family is the center of my universe and I could not be more fortunate to have a supporting wife and three tremendous girls. My girls are 10, 8, and 4. They keep us on our toes but never get away with anything having a teacher and a principal for parents. I always tell them there is not anything they can try that I have not seen. As a family we have many interests that usually involve something active or outdoors. We do everything together and enjoy being active and adventurous.

I have many goals both personally and professionally that drive me each day. I always want to be the very best father, husband, and support to my school and community. I am a very caring and passionate person. Time is always my battle. I only wish there was enough hours in the day to support everyone to the best of my abilities. Next year I take on a tremendous opportunity as I will welcome the Cass and Garfield Communities to Randolph Elementary. My number one goal is to build a community and school that everyone is proud of. I want the new Randolph to be a place that students, staff, and families can’t wait to come back the next day. Randolph will be a community school and everyone will have input and feel a part of the tremendous community that we create.

If I had to pick 5 words to describe LPS I would choose: Relationships, Community, Family, Hardworking, and Collaborative. 

  • May 1 - May 5 is Teacher (staff) appreciation week!
  • May 4 is our last PTA Meeting and Election of New Board Officers 6:30 pm
  • May 11 is our final Riverside Skate Night 6:00-8:00 pm!
  • May 17 is our Arts,Beats, Eats, and Books Events. The PTA will be serving Ice Cream in the Court Yard! 

Did you know in the upcoming weeks and months you may notice some play structures being removed from the playground at our school.  An assessment was conducted on all the playgrounds in the district to determine the condition of our structures.  This assessment called for some structures to be removed this spring. Please know, as part of the initial planning process for the 2013 bond, the District has set aside funds for playground equipment and updates for k-4 and 5-6 elementary buildings. To that end, a committee has been established to research new designs, equipment, and equity for the playgrounds in LPS. We look forward to sharing more information with you as this process gets underway. Great things are happening at Rosedale!

Safety First on the Playground! 

Thursday, April 13, 2017


Hi folks, Jon Wennstrom here! This is the time of year that principals and teachers pull out their calendars and start plugging in all the dates of upcoming events and hope that they all fit before the last day of school. With state testing, district assessments, and field trips, it can be a challenge to keep our schedules straight. It's times like this that we need to be sure to make time for the things that are most important: family, self-care, and down time. We need to remember that those things that get scheduled are the things that get done. Make sure your schedule reflects your priorities. Spring is a busy time, but it doesn't have to be a hectic time. Make sure your calendar has some fun things listed as well!


Thursday, April 20: PTA Mother-Son event at Zap Zone 6:00-8:00 pm

Monday, April 24: After School Spanish 
Tuesday, April 25: 2nd Grade Talking Zoo presentations
                              Youth Making a Difference Ceremony at Franklin High School 6:00-8:00 pm
Friday, April 28: PTA Popcorn (50 cents a bag)

Tuesday, May 4: Final PTA meeting of the school year and elections of new officers 6:30 pm
Wednesday, May 10: Volunteer Tea at 2:45 pm (more information to come)
Wednesday, May 17: Arts, Beats, Eats & Books 6:00-8:00 pm

Tammy Spangler-Timm  Principal of Randolph Elementary

Hello Rosedale Community! My name is Tammy Spangler-Timm and I am the principal of Randolph Elementary School. This is my fifth year at Randolph. Prior to this I was a Co-Principal at Cooper Upper Elementary and, as some of you may remember, I was also the principal at Rosedale for 5 wonderful years! I have worked in LPS schools for 12 years now. Prior to moving to the Detroit metro area, I was an administrator in the Alpena Public Schools district. While there I was a teacher in K-1st , 4th and 5th grades. During my 5th year as a classroom teacher I was asked to coordinate a 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant encompassing a wide range of educational programs from pre-school through high school and even adult learners. The oldest student I worked with was 83 and an inspiration to all who knew him!

When I reflect back on my years as an elementary student, I remember those caring, passionate and inspiring teachers who made me feel as though they believed in me and the potential I had to be successful at school and in life. This is why I truly love being with students in pre-K through 4th grades. Although it can be challenging, it’s always possible to do small things and yet make a positive and lasting impression on our youngest learners.  I also totally enjoy being immersed in a learning environment and the fact that I did not begin my teaching career until the age of 39 attests to my passion for lifelong learning and, most especially, for literacy. I have strong convictions about the power of reading and writing and the profound ways that it can make a positive difference in our lives!

My husband, Mark, and I have four boys.  We are also the proud grandparents of Ashlyn (age 4) and Cameron (age 2).  Although my heart has been happiest during the 23 years I have spent as an educator, I plan to retire this Spring so that I can spend more time with my family (especially my adorable grandchildren), explore by traveling more, and, of course, spend lots of carefree hours reading and writing!

My Five Words: Joyful, Empathy, Excellence, Perseverance, & Inspiration!

  • Congratulations and Thank you to our nominees for the 2017-2018 PTA Executive Board. We still have the Treasurer and Corresponding Secretary positions to fill. If you are interested and would like more information  please contact Carol Engle at
  • Our final PTA Meeting and Election Night will be on Thursday, May 4. 
Thank you to our fabulous Popcorn volunteers!!

Did you know that the Livonia Rotary Club has an annual Easter Egg Hunt each year? It's a free event for ALL families held at Rotary Park on 6 Mile Road. This year's event will be held on Saturday, April 15 with free registration starting at 10:30 am and the egg hunt at noon. Children and families collect plastic eggs from the park and then turn them in at the redemption tables for bags of candy!  The Easter Bunny will also be there take pictures with the children. As a Rotarian, it's one of my favorite events to volunteer at each year. It's a fun event for the whole family. Great things are happening at Rosedale and in Livonia!