Livonia PTSA Council Courier

May 2020 - Appreciation All Around!

Thank You's In Abundance!

May is always a huge month for PTA/PTSA units. Staff/Teacher Appreciation Week is something we plan for months in advance! So much time and energy is put into making it the BEST WEEK EVER! But then...COVID - 19 (Sigh). So, instead of saying "Oh well, there's really no way to do this", a lot of our units stepped up and said "OH YES WE CAN!" Once again, LPS units shined and did what they do best. . .they made it happen! While many couldn't celebrate the way they wanted to, I have a feeling this year's SAW/TAW week will definitely be a memorable one! From lawn signs, to handmade signs, videos, goodie baskets, treats, home deliveries, and so much more, our units came up with the most unique ways to honor and show appreciation to teachers and staff! Council wanted to spotlight these efforts because so many of them were unique and creative. Great job to our units for really giving it your all to give teachers and staff a week of well deserved appreciation and thanks!

Andrea Malenfant

Council Newsletter Chair

Please Say Hello to the LPTSA Council Executive Board for the 2020-2021 School Year!

Council held elections for the 2020-2021 Executive Board via Zoom on Wednesday May 20th. Thank you to all the unit representatives who attended and voted!

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!

Andrea Malenfant

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 - Selecting PTA Unit Dues

In either remitting method, please include your

  • PTA Unit Name

  • 6-digit State ID number

PEP Winners!

We have wrapped up PEP for this school year! We are proud to announce the top 5 winners this year. Each winning unit will receive a gift card of their choosing in the denomination listed. President Kellie Dummer will contact the President of each winning unit! Thank you for participating and working hard to be the best unit you can be! Congratulations to the top 5:

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!

Normally this is a week of spoiling and pampering school staff. Lunches, massages, treats, and more! However, with not being in school, our units had to get creative in showing their teachers and staff the Appreciation they deserve. Council wanted to spotlight their amazing efforts! Check it out!

Buchanan Elementary PTA

For Staff Appreciation, Buchanan PTA created a "Self-Care Syllabus" for the staff, sent each staff member a $25 Amazon gift card, and hand-delivered gift bags that included a "Teacher Strong" t-shirt and treats!

Churchill High School PTSA

CHS PTSA created a video of many of their students honoring their staff!
CHS Staff Appreciation 2020

Coolidge Elementary PTA

Coolidge PTA surprised their staff with personalized cookie boxes!

Cooper Upper Elementary PTA

Cooper PTA made a special delivery to staff that included a lawn sign and a "Teacher Survival Kit"!

Emerson Middle School PTSA

Emerson PTSA created a personalized Facebook Frame for students and families to use to show their appreciation for their teachers and staff!

Franklin High School PTSA

Franklin PTSA had students create signs and videos thanking the staff. They had a wonderful response!

Hayes Elementary PTA

Hayes PTA was hard at work setting up some fun activities for their staff! They put up a fun fence sign and delivered staff goodie baskets! They also set up virtual mock elections, quarantine edition!

Holmes Middle School PTA

Holmes PTA created a fantastic video of students and families thanking their staff!
Holmes Staff Appreciation

Johnson Upper Elementary PTA

Johnson PTA celebrated their teachers and staff with lawn signs!

Kennedy Elementary PTA

Kennedy PTA surprised their teachers and staff with personalized lawn signs and purchased a new Keurig machine for the staff for their Fall return!

Riley Upper Elementary PTA

Riley PTA created a list of ways students and families could show their appreciation for their teachers and staff. It was a great way for all to be involved!

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!

2020 Webster Staff Appreciation

Reflections Chairpersons Needed!

Call for Reflections Chairpersons
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.

Recruiting video:

Debbie Yates

Livonia PTSA Council Reflections Chair

YMAD Video

While we couldn't celebrate the students who participated in Youth Making a Difference like we normally would, YMAD Council Chairpersons Debbie Pline and Nikki Watson collected photos of the student's projects and created a video for all the familes and students to see. What a great way to honor those students and the great work they did!
Youth Making A Difference Slide Show

MI PTA Recognition Program Submissions Extended

The deadline for the Michigan PTA Recognition Program submissions has now been extended to June 1, 2020.

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:

Officer Training Workshop Cancelled

The Council's Officer Training Workshop was scheduled for Wednesday May 20th at Churchill High School from 6pm - 8pm. Due to the current situation council has decided to cancel this event. It will be rescheduled for some time in the summer. We will inform all units as soon as we have a confirmed date and location.

LPS Continues Food Curbside Program

Since the beginning of this crisis, LPS has provided meals for children through the LPS Curbside Meals Program. On April 21st they distributed 20,180 meals to families in need!
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.

About us...

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