Livonia PTSA Council Courier

News for October 20

End of the month - PTA wrap up!

Can you believe it's almost the end of October already? Most of our units have held their first (major) fundraiser and will have a big event complete by the end of this month. Take time to step back and evaluate what you've done and TAKE NOTES! It's easier to do now when it's fresh in your mind, rather than trying to remember what was done last year!

Livonia PTSA Council Fundraising Workshop

Wednesday, Nov. 5th, 6:30-8:30pm

28550 Ann Arbor Trail

Westland, MI

Join Council for a Fundraising workshop and roundtable discussion at Cooper Upper Elementary School. We will discuss fundraising strategies, rules and best practices. We will also have local fundraising opportunities available to review.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

HAVE YOU FILED YOUR 990???

Good Standing Requirements

With the end of October almost here, it's time to make sure you've turned in all of your required information to remain in GOOD STANDING. You must file your 990 form with the IRS by November 15, and send confirmation to the Michigan PTA and Council. If you have questions, please contact your liaison.

To remain in GOOD STANDING, you must send the following to the Michigan PTA, and Council:
  • Register Officer Names and contact information with the State & Council
  • Submit Unit Dues to the State, copy to Council (Due JUNE 1)
  • Submit Membership Dues to the State and Council by the 28th of the month (minimum of 25 members)
  • Submit a copy of the approved Annual Budget, Audit and 990 form, no later than December 1
  • Review and revise or approve Bylaws every three years
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News from the CLOTHING DEPOT

The Clothing Depot is a free clothing closet serving financially challenged students of Livonia Public Schools and sponsored by the Livonia PTSA Council. The Clothing Depot has identified specific needs and requests the following donations:
FOR BOYS:
Jeans, size 6-8, and men's sizes (for High School students)
Gently used boots, all sizes, through men's size 13

FOR GIRLS:
Toddler girl clothing, size 3T

The Clothing Depot can always use donations of new socks and underwear, or cash contributions. Please make checks out to the "Livonia PTSA Council Clothing Depot" a thank you will be sent to Units who who send the Clothing Depot a donation, to be used as a receipt.

For questions, or to schedule an appointment to visit the Clothing Depot, please call 734-744-2525 x25128. Hours are Tuesday and Thursday, 9 am - noon.

MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS!!!

Did you know that your PTA membership card can save you money? Scan our QR code to see which local businesses will give you a discount for showing them your current PTA card. Is there a business that you want to see on our list? Contact Council Public Relations Chair Robb Drzewicki to find out how to get them added to our list!

Please share this information with your members.
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ADVOCACY DAY

Join the Michigan PTA at the DoubleTree Detroit-Dearborn this Saturday for PTA Advocacy Day. For more information or to register: http://www.michiganpta.org/images/pdfs/events/mipta_advocacyday_rescheduled102514_regform2page.pdf

LEGISLATIVE UPDATES

Would you like to know more about what is happening in education? Keep up to date by subscribing to updates from Tri County Alliance http://tricountyalliance.org/

About Us

The Tri-County Alliance for Public Education is a coalition of education leaders committed to fighting for strong K-12 schools in Michigan. We work hand in hand with education leaders across the state to achieve one common goal: Ensuring all Michigan children have access to a quality public education.

To rebuild Michigan education after years of budget cuts, we urge policymakers to address these three core themes:

Restoring full and fair funding

The state has cut millions of dollars from our schools since 2010 —amounting to hundreds of dollars per student. This makes it harder for our kids to compete. It’s time to invest it in our future —our kids —and restore school funding cuts.

Tackling child poverty

Half of Michigan’s students live in poverty and more than 37,000 are homeless. When kids can’t feed themselves, properly stay warm in the winter or even find shelter, they cannot learn. Michigan must take a more aggressive approach to fighting poverty among our schoolchildren and we can no longer afford to ignore this problem.

Protecting local control

Lansing politicians are meddling in local school issues, making it harder for our teachers to teach and kids to learn. Education policy should be crafted by education experts, teachers, parents and those on the front lines of education.

Coming Up!

Coming up

OCTOBER
22 @ 6:00 p.m. Founders Day planning meeting @ Claddagh Irish Pub, Livonia
25 @ 9 a.m. - noon MI PTA Advocacy Day @ Double Tree Detroit Dearborn
31 - YMAD Beautification Contest deadline

NOVEMBER
4 - ELECTION DAY - go vote!
5 @ 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Council Fundraising Workshop @ Cooper Upper Elementary
12 @ 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. Livonia Education Foundation Lunch @ St. Mary's Cultural Center
19 & 20 Reflections entries due to Council
22 Leader In Me presentation at Cooper Upper Elementary

December
5 Council Bowling Party at Woodland Lanes for Unit officers

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