Livonia PTSA Council Courier

April/May 2019

Mark your Calendars

May 29th - LPTSA Council Officer Training 6 - 8 pm @ Churchill HS Library

July 17th - Council Audit Party 6-8 pm @ Board Office

Aug 3-4 - Michigan PTA 101st Annual Convention @ Farmington High School

Founders Day 2020 - February 12, 2020 (We like to plan ahead)

AWARDS - Deadline Extended to April 18th

Its not too late to apply for awards. Last year several Livonia units received awards. Emerson for Best Membership Campaign and Jon Wennstrom, the Buchanan Principal, received the Administrator of the Year! Below is the link to all the different awards being offered. Don't be afraid to toot your own horn, or the horn of your unit.

Here is a list of the awards- Deadline for all awards is April 18, 2019

Educator/Staff Member of the Year

Administrator of the Year

Council of the Year

Best Membership Campaign

MemberHub Super User

Unit Achievement Award

Healthy Lifestyle Award

Excellence in Communication

Best Male Involvement Award

PTA/PTSA Member of the Year

Shaton Berry Spirit of PTA Award

Brian Whitson Advocate of the Year Award

Youth Making A Difference- April 25th

All participating units should have received invites, a letter from the Superintendent, the certificates and gold seals. Look in your office or PTA mailbox for these -to pass out to your students.

Things to keep in mind:

* Decide how you want to represent your school with student poster-board projects at the celebration. The cafeteria at Churchill will be open and available after 4:30 on the 25th to set up/ decorate your table ( each unit gets ~ 1 cafeteria- sized table).

*The actual program will start in the PAC (auditorium) at 6:30 PM with the Mayor, Superintendent, followed by magician Ken Dumm

* Each unit is asked to provide 2 dozen cookies to share at the Refreshment Time following the program.

I will send another reminder the week of the Big Event.

Let me know if you have any questions or needs-


Karen Werden


Reflections State Winners!


The Michigan PTA has posted the Reflections winners for the state of Michigan, and nine Livonia students received awards at the state level! One of those nine will also be advancing to the national level of competition!

Congratulations to all of our students who are being recognized at the state level. Here is the list of Livonia winners.

Dance Choreography
High School
Award of Merit (3rd place)
Anna M, Heroes, Stevenson HS

Film Production
High School
Award of Merit (3rd place)
Terry M, Heroes Around Me, Stevenson HS

Film Production
Middle School
Award of Merit (3rd place)
Erica B, Trapped, Emerson MS

Film Production
Award of Excellence (2nd place)
Krish V, Two Men on a Bike Ride, Webster Elementary

Award of Merit (3rd place)
Vihana J, Real Heroes of My Life, Webster Elementary

High School
Honorable Mention (4th place)
Anna N, Marine Corps Memorial, Churchill HS

Visual Arts
High School
Outstanding Interpretation Award (1st place)
Natalie K, Help Me, Stevenson HS

Visual Arts
Middle School
Award of Excellence (2nd place)
Colin W, Heroes Not Appreciated, Holmes MS

Visual Arts
Award of Merit (3rd place)
Mehdi A, Imam H, a Hero to All, Webster Elementary

The student who will be advancing to the national level of competition is Natalie Koelzer, for her visual arts entry, "Help Me."

Michigan PTA State Celebration

Friday, May 3rd, 2019

Livonia Stevenson High School

4:00 Set-up
5:30 Special Artist Ceremony
6:30 General Ceremony
8:30 Tear-down

Admission is free for honored artists, state level judges and volunteers helping at the event. For all others, admission is $5 each.

Fundraising Opportunity - Sock Concepts

Below is some information about a sock fundraiser. Its a fun way to raise some money and have students show some school spirit! Franklin HS and Churchill HS both sold these socks and it was a simple fundraiser to run and the product was great!

Thanks for our time. We make custom design socks and work with school PTAs/PTSAs to use socks as fundraising idea, and generate some excitement within their school communities.

Attached is a brochure that explains what we do. Attached are also pictures of a couple of sock designs and a sock order form the PTA used for its fundraiser.

If you are interested, below is the process to get a sock fundraiser going..

  1. I will need the school Logo and colors. For the logo, a jpeg, or any other form of picture image will work.
  2. Some ideas from your team on the sock designs they may be interested in.. has some examples
  3. I will make samples (typically 2 or 3 designs) (have attached example socks from another school)
  4. I will send pictures and actual samples to you (please give me 2 weeks for pictures and 3 weeks for samples). The samples can be used for advertising in the school.
  5. I will create an Order form (like attached). We can modify it to suit your requirements.
  6. Your team issues the forms and collect the orders (typically a 2 ~ 3 week process)
  7. You send me the final order (a consolidation of all the orders the you get)
  8. I deliver socks to you in 2 ~ 3 weeks (all socks are packed individually with size stickers)
  9. You pay me per the actual sales

So, overall its about a 6 to 8 week cycle…. from your initial interest, to sock delivery to the kids.

If you want to stock inventory (and sell on an ongoing basis), that removes the fundraising cycle, and we can get socks to you in 3 ~ 4 weeks.

Below is a table that shows pricing. The Buy price is your cost from me, no adders. I price based on your sale price (partnership approach).

Just to clarify… no minimums and no cost for samples or any other aspects. You pay me based on actual sales per the above table.

I am hoping you can plan a sock fundraiser either this Spring or maybe early next school year.

Thanks again for your interest and support. Please let me know if I am missing anything.

We will give 6 additional pairs of socks for free if the PTA plan for a sock fundraiser for next school year and let us know by May 31, 2019. They can use them as gifts for their School staff or within the PTA team as rewards.



Suresh Pannala

Ph: 6142827663


Membership Wrap Up

This is the time to wrap up your membership campaigns. If you have any new members that you haven't paid the state for or you haven't paid council for please do that by the end of April. Mandy posted a graphic on the Officers Forum Facebook page showing any units that still needed to pay for members. If you have any questions about that please contact her.

Mandy -

Possible Membership Dues Increase

Also, remember that National PTA is proposing a dues increase. If it passes at the convention in June this increase will be in affect for next year. Please stay up to date with information on this. It may be a time to discuss whether you need to increase your membership price before school is out. Remember, if your membership price is listed in your bylaws the only way to increase the price is by amending your bylaws. If you have any questions please let your liaison know. Here is the link for more information.

For more information about the Michigan PTA & National PTA:

Click here for more information about the Michigan PTA

Are you looking for PTA logo merch? Check out the Michigan PTA store here: Michigan PTA Online Store

Click here for more information about the National PTA Local PTA Leaders Guide-

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.