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Principal, Playground & Popsicles at Roose

August 28, 2013

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Center Line Public Schools Parent Teacher Committee members, Ann Crippen, left, Jenny Lodeesen, Wendy Watters and Angie Costello dedicate the playground during the “Principal, Playground & Popsicles event Aug. 22 at Roose Elementary School in Warren.

WARREN — The evening of Aug. 22 gave the Roose Elementary School community the opportunity to cover the three “Ps.”

Students and parents checked out the new playground equipment pieces, met the school’s new principal, Shannon McBrady, and cooled off with refreshing popsicles during the school’s Principal, Playground & Popsicles event. Roose is part of Center Line Public Schools.

Through the school’s Parent Teacher Committee fundraising efforts, there was enough money to purchase three new playground pieces: a Four-Man Tykes of Steel play structure, a play builder’s unit and a Harry The Hippo piece. They fit in alongside the other equipment on the playground.

“This was a goal that has been talked about,” PTC Treasurer Wendy Watters said. “This is what our school needs. We had a busy summer with the installation. This is a gift to Roose Elementary School and the community.”

The PTC donated $11,000 for the new items. An additional $5,000 came from a Lowe’s grant. Watters said 9 Mile Rental also donated $300 and provided free delivery for the new equipment, and a parent moved the pea gravel as the project got underway.

Watters said she often brings her children to the school’s playground in the summer to play. The area was sparse with kids and parents this summer, but with the new equipment, she has noticed many more people coming to enjoy it.

“It brings out the community, which is something missing these days,” she said.

The other PTC officers for the 2013-14 school year are Ann Crippen, president; Jenni Briones, vice president; and Schelly Paterson, secretary.

Last Thursday evening gave students, staff and parents the opportunity to mingle before school begins Sept. 3. New Roose educators Noelle Perrin, Amber LaPerriere and Mary Binge were among them. This year, Perrin will teach third grade, LaPerriere will teach a first- and second-grade split, and Binge is the literacy coach. All three are excited about their new positions.

McBrady was an assistant principal for several years at Center Line High School and has made the move to principal at Roose. Terry Piper was named as interim CLHS assistant principal.

“I’m really excited. It’s a great school in this community,” McBrady said. “I heard it’s a really great staff.”

Superintendent Eve Kaltz, also at the event, said former Roose principal Sheila O’ Kane is taking up the same position at the district’s Early Childhood Center.

“One of the things she’s really trying to do is build capacity in the childhood groups,” Kaltz said. “We’d like to get every single preschooler in the boundary of our district.”

The ECC offers several programs, including early childhood special education, World of 4s, Head Start, a multiage preschool class and a 4-year-old preschool class. A Women, Infants and Children program also is housed in the building.

Kaltz said a number of classes are planned at the ECC, such as parenting courses and a sewing class. With summer vacation wrapping up and school beginning soon, Kaltz said it “is a great time of  year.”

Earlier in the day, the superintendent attended a sixth-grade orientation, which was held at CLHS. The sixth-graders are moving from the elementary school level to Wolfe Middle School.

“Those kids are just precious,” she said. “This is a whole new transition. They’re so full of hope and wonder. They’re anxious but, at the same time, they love the feeling of growing up. The middle school staff did an awesome job. They really helped to alleviate fears and answer questions.”

About the author

Staff Writer Maria Allard covers the school districts of Center Line, Fitzgerald, Van Dyke, Warren Consolidated and Warren Woods, and Macomb Community College for the Warren Weekly newspaper. She also covers northeast Detroit, the City of Harper Woods and the Harper Woods District Schools for the Advertiser Times newspaper, and the City of Grosse Pointe Woods and the Grosse Pointe Public Schools System for the Grosse Pointe Times newspaper. Allard has worked for C&G Newspapers since 1995, and has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Wayne State University.

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