Livonia PTSA Council Courier

News for September 2016 - BACK TO SCHOOL!!

Welcome back!!

Are you excited to kick off the 2016-2017 school year? We are - and we're excited to be working with YOU!

Please take some time to check out the PTA resources that are available to you:
Livonia PTSA Council website
Michigan PTA website
National PTA website
PTA toolkit online
LPS website

Is there anything we've missed? Something you want to see? Contact your LIAISON to let them know!

Livonia PTSA Council Directory

The Livonia PTSA Council provides a Directory to all of our Units to share contact information for officers and committee chairs. Please follow the link below to fill out a short form to submit your name, position and contact information. This directory is strictly for PTA use, and will not be shared with any outside groups.

If you have any questions, you can contact Directory Chair Tytti Newton at

PEP points will be awarded if your Unit provides complete contact information.

Save these DATES!

Third Annual Dads Chili Cook Off is set! This is our fun way to get our Dads out and competing for PTA honor, glory and heartburn! Grant PTA and Churchill PTSA have won - will one of your Dads and your PTA Unit be next? Start working on those recipes and be prepared to compete on

Saturday January 14, 2017!

Founders Day is a reminder of the substantial role that PTA has played locally, regionally, and nationally in supporting parent involvement and working on behalf of all children and families. It’s a time to reflect and take pride in our many accomplishments, and to renew our commitment to be a powerful voice for all children, a relevant resource for parents, and a strong advocate for public education.

FOUNDERS DAY 2017 is set:

Wednesday February 15, 2017 at Vis Ta Tech Center

Write these dates down!!!

8/24 Executive Board Meeting | 6:00 -8:00 p.m. | Conference Room A

8/24 LPS Education Foundation Bounce Back to School | 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. | Churchill High School

9/19 & Annual Meet & Greet | 6:00 – 6:30 p.m. | Conference Room A

9/19 General Membership Meeting | 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. | Conference Room A

10/19 Candidates Forum | 7:00 p.m. | LPS Board Meeting Room (downstairs)

10/? MI PTA Advocacy Day |

11/16 Executive Board Meeting | 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. | Frost Middle School

11/16 Workshop | 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. | Frost Middle School


12/2 Livonia PTSA Council Bowling Party | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. | Woodland Lanes

1/12 Reflections Ceremony | 6:45 – 8:00 p.m. | Stevenson HS Auditorium – (TENTATIVE location due to renovations)

1/14 LPTSA Council Chili Cook off | 11:00 -2:00 p.m. | Franklin High School Cafeteria

1/18 Executive Board Meeting | 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. | Kennedy Elementary School

1/18 Workshop |7:00-8:00 p.m. | Kennedy Elementary School

2/15 Founders Day | 6:00 – 9:00 | VisTa Tech Center, SCC

3/15 Executive Board Meeting | 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. | Garfield Elementary School

3/15 Workshop | 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. | Garfield Elementary School

4/18 Youth Making a Difference Celebration | 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. | Franklin High School

4/19 Executive Board Meeting | 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. | TBD

4/19 General Membership Meeting & Elections | 7:00 – 7:30 p.m. | TBD

5/24 Officer Training Workshop | 6:00 – 8:30 p.m. | Location TBD

6/21 Executive Board Meeting | 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. | Conference Room A (subject to change)

6/? National PTA Convention | Location TBD

7/19/2017 2017 Audit Party | 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. | Board Room, BOE office (downstairs)

2016-2017 Calendars and planning your PTA year:

As your Unit plans for next year, please keep in mind the following suggestions for meeting dates (this is really helpful for those with students in multiple schools to avoid meeting/event conflicts!)

K-4 Elementary - set your meetings for the FIRST WEEK of the month
5-6 Elementary - set your meetings for the SECOND WEEK of the month
Middle School - set your meetings for the THIRD WEEK of the month
High School - set your meetings for the FOURTH WEEK of the month

Council will continue to meet the THIRD WEDNESDAY of the month.

PLEASE Submit your calendar to to be added to the Council calendar (which can be found here:

Things we learned at Michigan PTA Summer Leadership Academy:

Masterworks Works!

Masterworks is a Livonia PTA Council-sponsored program, which brings art appreciation to all the K-6 schools in LPS. Perhaps you remember “the picture lady” coming to your classroom when you were in school. Every few weeks, a crate of famous artwork is delivered to the school. Your PTA just needs to provide volunteers who are willing to take a few of the pictures to a classroom, and share them with the children. The volunteers may choose to do a project with the kids, which is related to the pictures. Knowledge of art history is NOT required; we can review the pictures with the volunteers when each new crate arrives.

Look for information regarding the Masterworks Kick-off to be arriving soon. Anyone who is interested in this program is invited to come. For more information about Masterworks, please contact Liz Jarvis (248-473-1548) or Karen Werden (248-615-1255) OR /

So what's PEP all about anyway?

Chances are, you've heard of the Livonia PTSA Council PEP program. Do you know what it is and why it's so important though?

PEP is the Livonia PTSA Council PTA Excellence Program. It was created to assist our Units in achieving and maintaining the Michigan PTA Standards of Affiliation. We thought we'd make it fun and add in a little bit of competition! Each Unit gets points for submitting required documents to the Michigan PTA and copies to Council.

We have added additional categories to encourage Units to network and to excel in all matters PTA! Check out the guidelines (and status!) of your Unit here:

email your PEP documents to

Liaison Assignments for 2016-2017!!

Here are the Council Liaison assignments for 2016-2017! Consider your liaison your PTA best friend! Contact them for all of your PTA questions and advice. If they don't have the answer, they can find it for you! (Is your Unit missing a Liaison?? Contact PTSA Council President Joanne Hayes ASAP!)

Buchanan | Robb Drzewicki |

Cass | Amanda Walworth |

Churchill | Karen Werden |

Cleveland | Julie Thompson |

Coolidge |

Cooper | Ny Derry |

Emerson | Ann White |

Franklin | Tytti Newton |

Frost | Kellie Dummer |

Garfield | Julie Thompson |

Grant | Kellie Dummer |

Hayes | Cyndi Pierzynski |

Holmes |

Hoover | Debbie Pline |

Jackson Ctr | Amanda Walworth |

Johnson |

Kennedy | Debbie Pline |

Niji-Iro |

Randolph | Robb Drzewicki |

Riley | Lynda Scheel |

Roosevelt | Joanne Hayes |

Rosedale | Joanne Hayes |

Stevenson | Joy Ellis |

Webster | Joy Ellis |

Reflections Update:

It's time to start your Reflections program! If you have any questions, you can check out the Reflections page on the Livonia PTSA Council website

Good luck and get those entries going! (PEP points are awarded for Reflections participation too~)
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Membership Resources

Reporting Your 2016-17 Members

There is a new Membership Roster that all Units must use to report your 2016-2017 members. It can be downloaded below or is available on the Monthly Membership Remittance page of the website. This spreadsheet must be completed and submitted for each month you have new members to report.

Please note: An individual e-mail address must be provided in order to receive a membership card. There will be significant delays to members receiving their membership cards if the new 2016-2017 Membership Roster spreadsheet is not used and submitted and/or if individual e-mail addresses are not provided.

Complete reporting instructions are available on the Monthly Membership Remittance page.

*REMEMBER* for Livonia PTSA Council dues, you only need to report the number of new members each month, with $.50 per member, nothing further.

Please contact Council Membership Chair Joy Ellis at if you have any questions regarding Membership.

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3rd Annual Beer-Tasting Event

The Livonia Jaycees are proud to present our 3rd annual beer-tasting event, "Brews for Backpacks," at One Under Banquet Hall on Friday, September 9, 2016. As in past years, there will be plenty of beers, ciders, and wines to sample, a delicious appetizer buffet, awesome raffles, and plenty of fun!

Tickets are $45/single ticket, $80/couples ticket, or $30/single DD ticket - includes event entrance, beer tasting tickets (excluded with DD tickets), an appetizer buffet, and a cash bar.

Please purchase your ticket ASAP at and check out our Facebook page ( for updates and the unveiling of the beers, ciders, and wines that will be featured!

Funds raised through this event will be donated to this year's event partner, "Blessings in a Backpack," a non-profit, volunteer-run organization that provides backpacks of non-parishable food to Livonia Public School students who are at-risk for hunger over the weekends. With every $100 raised, a backpack of weekend food can be sent home with a child for an entire year!

Grab a friend and a couple tickets! You won't want to miss this evening of fun in support of the fight against hunger in Livonia!

Educators/Parents - Be sure to specify what school you are representing upon purchasing your ticket. The school with the most participation will be rewarded with a teacher appreciation event!

Sponsorship Opportunities or Raffle Donations - Contact Janice Centers at

*This is not a PTA Sponsored event

Coming Up:

15- LPS BOE Meeting - BOE offices
24 - Livonia PTSA Council Meeting - BOE offices
- LPS ED Foundation Bounce Back To School - Churchill High School

6 - LPS 1st Day of School
19 - Livonia PTSA Council Meet & Greet @ LPS BOE offices
- LPS BOE Meeting @ BOE offices

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

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To access the PTA Tool Kit, click here:

Check out the PTA One Voice Blog here:

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