Thursday, May 25, 2017

Brave The Shave

Hi folks, Jon Wennstrom here! If you've been to Rosedale in the last week, you may have noticed something my hair! Well it will certainly be cooler during the summer months, I had a bigger motive in shaving my head. Recently, I was approached to participate in the St. Baldrick's "Brave the Shave" event, where participants pledge to shave their heads to raise money for pediatric cancer research. Knowing that this year, one of the honored children was the son of a Rosedale teacher, I couldn't refuse. On Sunday, I joined dozens of other people who said goodbye to their hair in the hopes that no child will ever have do the same. Our Rosedale students do so many service projects during the year, I felt that I needed to step up and practice what I preach. My hair won't stay short for long, but the memories I made during the event will stay with me a long time.

Kellen Weakley was our honored child and our celebrity shaver! 


Monday, May 29: No School for Memorial Day
Thursday, June 1: Kindergarten Round Up
Friday, June 2: Spring Fling/Basket Raffle 6:00-8:00 pm 

Thursday, June 8: Field Day!

Thursday, June 15: Students dismissed at 12:10 pm
Friday, June 16: All School Assembly at 10:00 am
                         4th Grade Clap Out at 11:35 am
                         Students dismissed at 12:10 pm (Summer Vacation Begins)

Jennifer Keatts - Principal of Grant Elementary 
Hello LPS Families,

I am thrilled to be a new member of the Livonia Public Schools family.  While this is my first year as principal of Grant, this is my 5th year as an elementary principal.  I have spent my 15 years in education as a lower elementary teacher, reading specialist, literacy coach, intervention specialist and now principal. I have worked with many students and teachers in grades K - 8.   

When I am not at school, you can find my husband, Rob and I on the sidelines of soccer fields with our 10 year old daughter,  Katelyn and our almost 6 year old son, Brady.  We have officially come to the point where their social calendars are busier than ours.   Our kids keep us laughing and up to date on all things popular in 4th grade in kindergarten.

When I arrived at Grant this year, we were just opening our doors after the renovation.  There were certainly some changes this year.  Next school year we are very excited to watch our community grow with the addition of the center students from Buchanan Elementary.  My goal for the next school year is to lead a unified school and capitalize on the strengths of all of our students.  We will continually learn from each other.

If I had to summarize Grant in 5 words I would choose the following:

Great community supporting all students.  

Wishing you all a wonderful end to the school year and a wonderful summer ahead.

  • Spring fling is coming June 2nd (6-8) and we need your help to make it happen. Without help from volunteers, this fun-filled night will have to be reduced, or even cancelled! Please go to the sign-up genius if you can volunteer 30 minutes of your time.

Did you know that Rosedale loves our volunteers? Every year, we have a "Volunteer Tea" to honor all those people who work behind the scenes and do so much for students and staff. From room parents, to party planners, to event coordinators, our volunteers do so many things to help our students have a special experience at Rosedale. This year our theme was "You are the Stars" and we turned our library into a red carpet extravaganza. Because of our volunteers...Great things are happening at Rosedale! 

Friday, May 19, 2017

Arts,Beats,Eats & Books

Hi folks, Jon Wennstrom here! Last week, we held our annual Arts, Beats, Eats & Books event! This was my 6th one at Rosedale and I feel like it gets bigger and better every year. I'm so impressed with our student performances in music and art and the book fair and ice cream desserts from PTA gave it all a very festive feel! These are the moments that our students and parents remember for many years and where memories are made. I hope all of our students are making good memories at Rosedale and I'm grateful to all the staff and volunteers who made the event such a big success!


Wednesday, May 24: Volunteer Tea in the Library 2:45-3:45 pm
Friday, May 26: PTA Popcorn Friday (50 cents a bag)

Monday, May 29: No School for Memorial Day
Thursday, June 1: Kindergarten Round Up 
Friday, June 2: Spring Fling/Basket Raffle 6:00-8:00 pm

Sheila O'Kane - Principal of Hayes Elementary

I have four wonderful adult children, Erica, Leah, Sara and AJ. I also have a grandson named Ian, who is the center of my universe. I have a fun loving 5 month old German Short-haired Pointer named Greta that keeps me very busy! I do anything outdoors, from kayaking and mountain biking in the summer to snowmobiling and ice fishing in the winter. I treasure my position at Hayes Elementary as principal because of it's amazing staff and wonderful children. 

My goal this year was to get acclimated, but next year I hope to provide more support for student learning. It's hard to choose only five words to describe LPS or Hayes. 

I have found LPS to be a collaborative and supportive district and Hayes Elementary to be the same. I find Hayes to also be dedicated, generous and above all, HAPPY!

  • The PTA would like to thank all the volunteers who helped during our Arts, Beats, Eats & Books event!! 
  • We would like to thank Masri Orthodontics for their very generous ice cream donation at our Ice cream social.

Did you know that Rosedale has a reading program called ELVs? (Early Literacy Volunteers) The program is coordinated by Tracey Jakubowski and partners up trained adults from the community (Like the Livonia Rotary Club) and matches them with students for additional reading time each week. All participants go through a background check and training process prior to starting at the school. Our students love their time with their ELVs and we recently had our end of the year celebration party. Great things are happening at Rosedale! 

Thursday, May 11, 2017

The Power of YET

Hi folks, Jon Wennstrom here! This week, our staff discussed the topic of Growth Mindset and the power of the word YET. In a Growth Mindset model, it is assumed that success in a project depends on one's effort and work and not on their "natural ability". We focused on our language as we talk with students who may say things like "I'm not good at math" or "I'm not good at art". By adding the word "yet" to those sentences, we are showing that with hard work and determination we CAN be good at any area we wish. When we have a Growth Mindset we are taking control of our goals and taking steps toward achieving them. That's something that can help students and adults! 

photo credit: Edutopia


Wednesday, May 17: Arts,Beats,Eats & Books event 6:00-8:00 pm (All students should report to their classrooms 15 minutes prior to their performance times - see flyer for performance times)

Monday, May 22: After School Spanish
Wednesday, May 24: Volunteer Tea in the Library 2:45-3:45 pm
Friday, May 26: PTA Popcorn Friday

Monday, May 29: No School for Memorial Day
Thursday, June 1: Kindergarten Round Up
Friday, June 2: Spring Fling/Basket Raffle 6:00-8:00 pm

Laura Carino - Principal of Buchanan Elementary
I am the proud mom of 3 awesome kiddos, Carter (age 10), Catelyn (age 8), and Courtney, (age 5). I am happily married to my husband, Chris, for the past 13 (well almost, as of Memorial Day weekend) years! Carter keeps us very busy being on a swim team and the girls are active in gymnastics. It seems like we are always running somewhere with one of them! We built our home 3 years ago in South Lyon and have a cat and 2 guinea pigs. When I'm not at work, I enjoy being outside, running, swimming in our pool, and just spending time with my family.

I have been the principal of Buchanan Elementary for the past 4 years! I truly believe that I have the best job in the world and love watching the amazing teaching and learning happening in each classroom. Prior to coming to Buchanan, I was the lead teacher at an elementary school in Ann Arbor. Next year, I will be transitioning to the 5/6 world and starting on my new professional journey as principal of Cooper Upper Elementary School. Although I will miss Buchanan, I am very eager to begin building relationships with the students, staff, and families at Cooper next year.

One of my professional goals for next year is to learn what makes the kids, staff, and parents/guardians most proud about Cooper so we can honor traditions and celebrate successes. I also hope to learn more about a few local doctoral programs and potentially enroll in one to further my own education.

5 words that represent Buchanan include: Excellence, Opportunity, Innovation, Commitment, and Passion.

  • The PTA will be serving ice cream in the court yard during our Arts,Beats,Eats & Books event on Wednesday, May 17! 
  • With much gratitude and appreciation we would like to thank On The Border and Mangia's in Westland for providing lunches for our Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week. Because of their generosity we were able to provide wonderful lunches for our amazing staff at Rosedale!! THANK YOU!!

Did you know that Fidget Spinners are being restricted from the school? While they are fun devices and can keep children busy for hours (my own daughters have them), they can be a distraction to the learning environment. They also are causing many issues on the playgrounds with students fighting over lost devices. Unless your child has specific permission from their teacher, we are asking that all Fidget Spinners remain at home and not at school. Thank you for support and cooperation. Great things are happening at Rosedale!

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Teacher Appreciation

Hi folks, Jon Wennstrom here! This is the time of the year that we recognize educators through Teacher Appreciation activities. I know our PTA will be providing meals and other goodies for our teachers all week long. As a child, I didn't recognize how much work my teachers put in to make sure that I succeeded. As an adult, I understand and appreciate how hard our teachers work for students every day. When the school day ends, our teachers are still hard at work creating lessons and grading assignments. During the summer months, teachers continue to plan, read educational books and attend classes. I've always said that teaching is more than a profession, it is a calling. Thank you to our teachers and ALL the dedicated workers in our school. You are making a difference!


Friday, May 12: PTA Popcorn Friday (50 cents a bag)
                          Yearbooks go home (Additional yearbooks will be on sale during the Arts, Beats, Eats & Books event)

Wednesday, May 17: Arts,Beats, Eats & Books 6:00-8:00 pm (All students will perform during their designated times - flyers go home this week)

Wednesday, May 24: Volunteer Tea in the Library 2:45-3:45 pm
Friday, May 26: PTA Popcorn Friday (50 cents a bag)

Dr. Daniel Daniels - Principal of Kennedy Elementary
First and foremost, I am a mom to three amazing daughters.  My adopted daughter, Samantha is 24 years old and lives with her husband in Westland. My two younger daughters, Chloe (10) and Ava (8), keep me busy with dance, gymnastics, swimming and piano.  We reside in Canton and the girls attend Plymouth- Canton Schools. My immediate family all live close by and we weekly have big Italian dinners at my parents' home in Plymouth.  Something fun for me is that my sister is the Interventionist at Johnson Upper Elementary, so we share a love for LPS!

I had the opportunity to teach two years in the outer banks of North Carolina before calling LPS my home...I have been honored to work in this district for 15 years. I spent my first four years at Taylor and Roosevelt Elementary, as a classroom teacher.  I then had the opportunity to coordinate and oversee the Elementary Language Arts Curriculum through Central Office.  After completing my Ph.D. that year, I received the principalship at Randolph Elementary. Randolph was my home for 5 years. From Randolph I landed at Kennedy! Kennedy has been my home for 5 years ,and it has been an amazing experience.  I have grown as a leader and educator in the halls of the Kennedy Stars!

My personal goal is to live a healthy lifestyle that involves healthy eating and fitness! I love to workout and exercise and my new favorite has been Cycle Bar in Northville.  My professional goal is to merge effectively and successfully the approximately 75 new Garfield students that will be attending Kennedy next year. 2017-2018 will be an exciting year as our school grows substantially in numbers and hearts!

Kennedy Five Words:  Leading, Learning, Growing, Loving, Supporting

  • Congratulations to our newly elected PTA executive board for the 2017-2018 school year!
President:  Krissy Bisinger
1st Vice President:  Rhonda Simko
2nd Vice President:  Cara Williams
Treasurer:  Dave Williams
Recording Secretary:  Kathy Spencer-Reister
Corresponding Secretary:  Judy Franklin

Did you know that ALL of our Rosedale students will be performing at our Arts,Beats,Eats & Books event?? Each grade level will perform a music showcase in the gym during their designated times. Also, artwork from ALL classrooms will be on display throughout the building. In addition, we will have our book fair and the PTA will be serving ice cream in the courtyard. It's guaranteed to be a fun night night for everyone. Great things are happening at Rosedale!