Livonia PTSA Council Courier

October 2020 - How Do You "Boo"?

Happy Halloween!

Almost a month of face to face learning has happened and it seems that everyone is finding their groove again. While many students are happy to be back in the buildings, many are also happy to be learning at home through Livonia Virtual. The fact that we were given options for our children's learning is truly a blessing. Thank you LPS!

Now that most of you have had your 1st and probably 2nd meetings completed, we hope that running your PTA/PTSA virtually is becoming a little easier. Holding meetings in a virtual setting is definitely different and can pose its challenges, but I see units handling it well. It seems meeting attendance is higher for some units as a virtual option is easier on some parents and their schedules. This is a great opportunity to get to know these new faces and get them involved in the PTA. Greeting all your attendees before your meetings start is a simple yet great way to acknowledge people and make them feel welcome. Remember that in a virtual setting you are literally up close and personal with everyone in attendance!

Also, try to keep your families engaged on your social media pages or via email blasts. Membership is crucial this year and your members need to know that your unit is still there for them and for the students. Whether it's school updates, virtual events, or even just a general fun post, let your families know that you are there!

Have a great Halloween,

Andrea Malenfant

Council Newsletter Chair

PTA Shout Out!

This month's shout out goes to Churchill PTSA, Frost PTSA, and Emerson PTSA for already uploading event photos to the Founder's Day photo album! We provided the link in last month's newsletter and these units already started submitting! Thank you and keep those pictures coming!

SOA Deadline Fast Approaching!

With the Standards of Affiliation deadline fast approaching, the Michigan PTA has provided a resource checklist to help you track the requirements and their deadlines. The Standards of Affiliation help units remain current with all IRS, state, insurance, and PTA requirements. We recommend you download this checklist below and keep it in your binders for reference.

Completing the Standards of Affiliation by the December 1st deadline ensures you will receive your Letter of Good Standing and that you will retain your status as a functional PTA/PTSA. If you have any questions or need any help, please contact your council liaison.

Riley PTA Knows How To "Boo"!

Riley PTA has been busy! Like many units we are having to think "outside the box" for events and family engagement. We gifted all our staff with "survival bags" filled with a box of Kleenex, a disposable mask, Kind bar, Post-It notes, a box of pencils and hand sanitizer. Things we felt they could use in their classroom and personally. We have a PTA Membership drive happening on the 5th & 6th and Livonia Virtual classes with the most memberships will win a supply basket from the PTA!

Since we were unable to host our usual Trunk or Treat this year, we still wanted to do something fun for our students. We had a virtual decorated/carved pumpkin contest. Parents sent in pictures that were posted in our Facebook group. The picture with the most likes won an Amazon gift card.

We decided to "Boo" our students! $5 Boo Bags & $10 Spooky Sacks filled with treats and trinkets were available for purchase by families. They could also purchase for other siblings. The PTA board safely delivered these bags to each home, whether you live in or out of district. We sold over 350 bags! We want to give a huge thank you to all our families for their support and for joining us for some Halloween fun!

Nikki Watson

Riley PTA President

Frost's Back To School Happenings!

Frost PTSA moms and kiddos met up the day before school to decorate the walkways with chalk for the teachers! We treated the staff to a hot dog cart on the teacher work day before face to face began. On the first day of face to face, we gave staff a break with a k-cup and biscotti. We love our Frost Falcon staff!!

Crystal Frank

Frost PTSA President

What's Happening At Churchill!

Check out some of the happenings the past month from the Churchill PTSA!:

* We spruced up the staff entrance tables with table coverings, mum plants and some individually packaged snacks.

* We decorated the main entrance with festive balloons and streamers for Charger Stroll to help welcome our incoming 9th graders and students new to Churchill.

* At the Charger Stroll, we held an earring and keychain fundraiser from the Earring Boutique - a local, mom-owned company.

* We invited the Cookies and Cream Food Truck to visit Churchill on Oct. 2. The first hour was for staff and then the community was invited to enjoy yummy ice cream.

We'd love to hear what your Unit is doing! Please considering sharing in the next newsletter.

- Churchill PTSA

Current PEP Standings

I bet you're curious as to where your unit is ranked with their ever growing PEP points. The chart below will show you exactly where you currently stand. Want to boost your PEP points? That's easy! Simply complete all of your SOA, email PEP, and you'll have at least 1500 points! Some other easy ways are making sure you invite your unit's liaison every month to your meetings and Cc PEP, write an article for this amazing newsletter and Cc PEP, achieve and exceed last year's membership numbers, and more. Be sure to Cc PEP,, on all your submissions and emails and your numbers will continue to grow! Any questions, please email PEP.

Happy PEP-ing!

Sara Bennett and Melissa Kachaturoff

LPTSA Council PEP Co-Chairs

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Let's Talk About P.E.P.!

PEP. . . what does it stand for? "PTA/PTSA Excellence Program"! And it's currently underway! Remember, in order to receive PEP points, you must send the required documentation to the PEP email:

For example, if you are inviting your liaison via email to your PTA meetings, make sure you Cc the PEP address!

Due this month:

1.) Council flat fee membership dues are due by this Wednesday, October 28th. (500 Points)

(Download the Remittance form below)

2.) Monthly membership dues to MI PTA are due on October 28th as well. How do you remit? The easiest way is to use MemberHub. Use the Admin Console>PTA>State Payment and send it digitally right now! Or by check sent to MI PTA.

3.) SOA Requirement: File the appropriate IRS form 990 (by mail or at ) by November 15th and upload to Memberhub (100 points)

Founder's Day Photo Album Is Now Open!

Once again, Mandy the Magnificent has created another photo album for this year's Founder's Day celebration. While the status of how we'll celebrate is still unknown, we still want those photos of all your efforts and events! Please make sure that you label each photo with your unit AND what event it is PLEASE!!!!!!!! Thank you!

Founder's Day photo album link:

Leading A Virtual PTA

All of our units have had to run their PTA/PTSA's virtually during the Pandemic. While we know that this can/has been a challenge, National PTA has tools and ideas that can help you lead your PTA/PTSA virtually. Check out their resources with the link below.

There's Still Time For The MI PTA Membership Challenge!

The DEADLINE for this opportunity has been extended to Friday, October 30, 2020!

Which Michigan PTA/PTSA unit wants a chance to earn $250?

Is it YOUR Unit?! The deadline for the Early Bird Membership Challenge Grant 2020/2021

will be here soon!

CRITERIA: Your Local Unit must have 50% of its total membership from July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2020, for entry.

Submit via the following link


Contact, Brian L. Johnson, Michigan PTA Vice President for Membership

Advocacy Updates

The National PTA Legislative Committee wants to hear from you!

Hello PTA leaders,

As we develop the next Public Policy Agenda please take a moment to complete the survey below no later than Nov 5, 2020. We look forward to everyone’s input! Thank you!

- National PTA

Important Dates for the 2020 - 2021 Year!

Please note that these dates and times could be subject to change due to COVID - 19 regulations. We will inform all units of any updates or changes as soon as possible.


TBD - Memberhub Training | TBD | TBD

11/18 - LPTSA Council EB Meeting | 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm | BOE

TBD - Council Meet and Greet | TBD | TBD

TBD - Council Workshop | TBD | TBD


1/20 - LPTSA Council EB Meeting | 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm | BOE

TBD - Council Workshop

TBD - Chili Cook-Off

1/21 - Reflections Celebration | TBD | TBD

2/10 - Founder's Day | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm | Schoolcraft VistaTech Center

3/17 - LPTSA Council EB Meeting | 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm | BOE

TBD - Council Workshop

4/21 - LPTSA Council EB Meeting | 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm | BOE

4/21 - LPTSA Council Gen. Membership Meeting (Elections) | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm | Unit members attend virtually

TBD - YMAD Celebration

5/19 - Officer Training | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm | TBD

6/16 - LPTSA Council EB Meeting | 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm | TBD

TBD - Audit Party | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm | TBD

8/7 - 8/8 - Michigan PTA 103rd Annual Convention | Henry Ford College

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 information is shared on this closed group page. It's also a great way to network with other units, share ideas, and ask for help.

Getting Connected to MI PTA or National PTA

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About us...

The Livonia PTSA Council is a group of 22 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 Mandy Gerstenbrand at