Livonia PTSA Council Courier

News for October 2016

National Standards for Family-School Partnerships

PTA’s National Standards for Family-School Partnerships

Standard 1: Welcoming all families into the school community—Families are active participants in the life of the school, and feel welcomed, valued, and connected to each other, to school staff, and to what students are learning and doing in class.

Standard 2: Communicating effectively—Families and school staff engage in regular, two-way, meaningful communication about student learning.

Standard 3: Supporting student success—Families and school staff continuously collaborate to support students’ learning and healthy development both at home and at school, and have regular opportunities to strengthen their knowledge and skills to do so effectively.

Standard 4: Speaking up for every child—Families are empowered to be advocates for their own and other children, to ensure that students are treated fairly and have access to learning opportunities that will support their success.

Standard 5: Sharing power—Families and school staff are equal partners in decisions that affect children and families and together inform, influence, and create policies, practices, and programs.

Standard 6: Collaborating with community—Families and school staff collaborate with community members to connect students, families, and staff to expanded learning opportunities, community services, and civic participation.

Go to the National PTA website for more information and resources to build family-school partnerships.

Walk a Thon news

On Friday October 7th, Cleveland Elementary held their annual Walk-A-Thon which raises money for their PTA, and is their largest fundraiser of the year! The students walked laps around the school, through bubbles being blown by machines and parent volunteers, in their assigned grade color to create a rainbow effect! With 218 students turning in donations, over $9300 was raised for the PTA! Prizes were awarded to the highest earner and second highest earner of EACH grade, as well as a raffled prize for any student who met the suggested goal. We are extremely proud of our students and grateful for the amazing support from our staff and parents! Cleveland Rocks!

Frost PTSA 40th Annual CRAFT SHOW

Frost Middle School celebrates their 40th Craft Show on Saturday, November 5. We invite you to browse the award winning crafters, take a break for lunch at the Craft Show Cafe' and take home delicious treats from our very large bake sale.

Doors open at 10am and stay open until 4pm. Admission is $3 and includes a chance to win a $25 gift certificate in the hourly raffle.

We offer you a variety of crafters with many items to please just about everyone on your shopping list. Be sure to pick something up for you too :) One-stop Holiday shopping on Saturday, November 5!

We even take care of you in our parking lot. We hire Livonia's fine Police Department to keep the parking lot orderly, allowing you to focus on your shopping needs.

The show is our big fundraiser for the year - we hope to see on November 5 and appreciate your support. Please share with your schools. Help us set record crowds for our 40th!

Fall Star Viewing Party - Niji-Iro PTA style!

It was a party that was out of this world!
Niji-Iro Families met in the gym for a brief presentation followed by an evening of stargazing, led by physics professor and first grade parent Jesse Mason. Mr. Mason lead the night as students and families discovered the fall night sky.
Moon pies, popcorn and drinks were available for sale for a nominal fee.

It looks like everyone had a great night!

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Did you miss the Livonia School Board Candidates Forum?

The Livonia PTSA Council was able to participate in the League of Women Voters candidates forum in September. A link to footage of the Candidates Forum for Livonia School Board held back on September 29th, 2016 can be found below. The forum was presented to showcase the candidates running for these respective positions for the November 8th, 2016 Election. Moderator was Paula Bowman of the LWV.

Sponsored by The League of Women Voters of Northwest Wayne County, which serves the communities of Canton, Garden City, Livonia, Northville, Plymouth, Redford, Sumpter Township, Van Buren Township, Wayne and Westland, Michigan. For more non-partisan candidate and election information or to join the League of Women Voters, visit their website at: or call 734-421-4420.

To view the forum, follow this link:

Rules for PTA Units regarding elections

Have you wondered about what you can do as a PTA during election season? Please refer to the following graphics, provided by the National PTA to find out what you can and can not do when election season comes around:

As a PTA Unit (or officer) - you MAY NOT endorse any candidate for office.

If you would like more information, please head to this website:
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News from National PTA

Juvenile Justice Bill Passes Through U.S. House of Representatives

The U.S. House of Representatives voted 382–29 to pass the Supporting Youth Opportunity and Preventing Delinquency Act (H.R. 5963) last week. Endorsed by National PTA, this bill would reauthorize the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA) and improve the nation's juvenile justice system. Specifically, the bill would improve the current law to:

  • Incorporate more family and community-based services and alternatives to incarceration
  • Keep detained youth separate from adults while they are awaiting trial

Learn more about the bill.

Upcoming PEP deadlines:

The following information is due to Council for PEP points:
November 1 - Submit your Policies & Procedures OR Standing Rules to Council
November 15 - Submit proof of your 990 to MI PTA AND to Council

Please EMAIL your information to

You can always submit a Newsletter article for PEP points - email

Check your PEP standing here:

Coming up:

17 - LPS BOE meeting @ BOE offices


8 - Election Day - LPS NO SCHOOL
14 - LPS BOE meeting @ BOE offices
16 - Livonia PTSA Council EB meeting @ Frost Middle School 6 pm
- Livonia PTSA Council workshop @ Frost Middle School 7 pm
16/17 - Livonia PTSA Council Reflections entries due
23-25 - Thanksgiving Break - LPS NO SCHOOL

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About us

The Livonia PTSA Council is a group of 24 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.

The Mission of PTA

The overall purpose of PTA is to be:

  • A powerful voice for all children;
  • A relevant resource for families and communities, and
  • A strong advocate for the education and well-being of every child