Livonia PTSA Council Courier
May 2020 - Appreciation All Around!
Thank You's In Abundance!
Council Newsletter Chair
Please Say Hello to the LPTSA Council Executive Board for the 2020-2021 School Year!
Vote to Change Unit Dues
Last month, units were presented with a motion to change the fifty cent dues per member to Council in favor of a flat fee of $125 to be paid each Fall. President Kellie Dummer sent each unit a survey about this motion in order to obtain feedback. Most units were in favor of the change, however, there was some discussion about schools that have a much lower student population. Council has taken all feedback into consideration and at our meeting on Wednesday May 20th the following motion was approved:
All Livonia PTA/PTSA units (with the exception of Niji-Iro Elementary PTA and Jackson Center PTA) will pay a membership fee of $100 to LPTSA Council by October 28th of each year.
Niji-Iro Elementary PTA and Jackson Center PTA will pay a membership fee of $75 to LPTSA Council by October 28th of each year.
It is our hope that this will make membership dues a much easier item of business for all units. Council will be updating our Bylaws to reflect this change. Each unit should also update their bylaws with regard to this change as well.
PTA Shout Out!
This month's shout out goes out to the LPS teaching staff for all the hard work they have done in helping students and families navigate the new adventure of online learning. While we know it can be challenging at times, you have worked together with your fellow teaching staff as well as our LPS leaders to give each student the best education they can receive during this unprecedented time. You have even gone above and beyond for your students who are moving on to their next school building. Like 4th grade teacher Becky Barwikowski from Cleveland Elementary(pictured left), who made all Cleveland 4th graders personalized t-shirts and goodie bags and then delivered them personally to her students! It just goes to show how committed the teachers are to their students. Thank you all for everything you do and are continuing to do. We appreciate you all!
Council Newsletter Chair
Important Information for MI PTA Dues
Due in June: Submit your MI PTA $40 dues by June 1st.
**On May 13th MI PTA offered an extension of this deadline to October 1, 2020. However, Council STRONGLY encourages you to submit these dues by the original due date of June 1st if you are able to do so.
Remitting Unit Dues can be done one of two ways:
By check to:
PO Box 510535
Livonia, MI 48151
MemberHub Store https://bit.ly/2WRtLXb - Selecting PTA Unit Dues
In either remitting method, please include your
PTA Unit Name
6-digit State ID number
1st place - Kennedy Elementary with 7275 points. $125 gift card
2nd place - Webster Elementary with 4800 points. $100 gift card
3rd place - Buchanan Elementary with 4100 points. $75 gift card
4th place - Cleveland Elementary with 3850 points. $50 gift card
5th place - Churchill High School with 3800 points. $50 gift card
Our Units Get Creative!
Staff/Teacher Appreciation Week!
Buchanan Elementary PTA
Churchill High School PTSA
Holmes Middle School PTA
Kennedy Elementary PTA
Webster Elementary School PTA
Webster PTA sent a note to staff thanking them for everything they do, especially during this time. In that note, there were two features:
1) A choice of an Amazon, Target or Teachers Pay Teachers gift card.
2) A "lesson plan" similar to what their staff shares with families, but it was all about self care for themselves. The note acknowledged how much they are all dealing with and gave them easy, quick things they can do for themselves in such a stressful time.
They also updated their cover photo on Facebook thanking the staff!
Lastly, they involved families by creating two virtual Zoom backgrounds that students could use that week during their virtual meetings. The PTA also collected student photos to make the video below!
Reflections Chairpersons Needed!
We are beginning to assemble our team of unit chairs for next year's Reflections program. Any LPS school with a PTA unit in good standing may participate in Reflections. We just need someone to coordinate the efforts at your school. My goal is to have every school participating next year.
I posted a video that tells a little about what the Reflections chairperson does. Please share this with your units and start having discussions with your volunteers that might be a good fit. I already know that a few of this year's chairs are either aging out of the district or their current school, or they are taking on different volunteer opportunities next year. So we'll need a few new volunteers.
Livonia PTSA Council Reflections Chair
MI PTA Recognition Program Submissions Extended
Celebrate your accomplishments! These awards give recognition for outstanding efforts by our local PTAs and councils. Applying for these awards helps local PTAs and councils benchmark their efforts while also building an awareness of the Michigan PTA mission and focus.
Remember, any officer of a unit can submit for one of these awards. So don't wait for the president to give the unit a shout out, you can do it!!
For more information visit: https://www.michiganpta.org/awards.html
Officer Training Workshop Cancelled
LPS Continues Food Curbside Program
THANK YOU to the coordinators and LPS staff/volunteers for making this program a reality. The program runs every Tuesday from 11 am - 1 pm at Franklin High School and Stevenson High School. Please continue to share this information with your school families.
Important Dates for the 2019 - 2020 Year!
* Indicates change ** Indicates update
6/17 LPTSA Council Executive Board Meeting | 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. | TBD
**7/15 Council Audit Party | 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. | TBD
**7/25 - 7/26 MI PTA Convention | CANCELED | May be Virtual
** LPTSA Officer Training Workshop | TBD | TBD
Have You Joined Us On Facebook?
If you are a PTA officer or committee chair, please make sure to join our page for important information, discussions, and more! A lot of great info is shared on this closed group page. It's also a great way to network with other units, share ideas, and ask for help.
The Livonia PTSA Council is a group of 19 local PTA/PTSA Units within the Livonia Public Schools District. The Council is organized under the authority of the Michigan PTA for the purpose of promoting conferences, communications, leadership development and coordination of the efforts of the local units.
Interested in joining Council? There are chair opportunities available! Contact President Kellie Dummer at firstname.lastname@example.org