Livonia PTSA Council Courier

News for April 2017

Where Does National PTA Stand on Public School Choice and Public Charter Schools?

National PTA believes that no one educational program is best for all children. Public school personnel and parents must address the different ways that children learn and how public school systems can provide the best education for all children.

Furthermore, National PTA acknowledges public charter schools as one of many avenues to improving student achievement. National PTA supports public charter schools provided the authorizing bodies and schools reflect the positions and principles of National PTA in charters granted and implemented.

Read the full position statements by National PTA on public school choice and public charter schools below.

Position Statement: Public School Choice

Position Statement: Public Charter Schools

What Can You Do as a PTA Advocate to Ensure Public Funds Go to Public Schools?

  1. Join the PTA Takes Action Network to get alerts on federal school voucher bills and other pieces of legislation important to students and families.

  2. Sign Up for the monthly PTA Takes Action E-Newsletter to receive updates on National PTA’s advocacy efforts and critical information on policy issues affecting families, children, education, schools and communities.

  3. Donate to support PTA’s advocacy work on behalf of public schools and make a difference in the education, health and welfare of all children and youth.
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Thank you to Garfield PTA for hosting our March PTSA Workshop.

We enjoyed networking and Tie-dyeing together!

Make sure to mark April 17 on your calendars for our next meeting - we will host a Meet and Greet with the Board of Education at the LPS Board of Education offices at

15125 Farmington Road (south of Five Mile Road.)

followed by our General Membership Meeting, where we will elect our 2017-2018 PTSA Council Executive Board.

FHS Combines workshop and PTA meeting

FHS PTSA decided to shake things up at their March PTSA Meeting by trying a shortened format for the business portion of the meeting, followed by a workshop - focused on Stress Relief and Pampering.

Guest presentations were offered by Mary Kay and Young Living Essential Oils.

Attendees were pampered with a Mary Kay Satin Hands treatment, and information from the Young Living Oils company.

If you'd like more information on the workshop, or contact information for any of the presentations, please contact FHS PTSA President, Ny Derry at

Next month's workshop will include a presentation from the Suicide Prevention Network - contact Ny if you'd like to attend and save a seat!

It's YMAD Time!

Please note the YMAD Spring Celebration date has been changed to Tues. April 25, 2016 at Franklin High School 6:00 - 8:00 pm.

Youth Making a Difference is a program that encourages and recognizes volunteer efforts by K-12 students. Some students visit senior citizens, help collect money for the Livonia Goodfellows, or rake leaves at their schools. Other activities include school or community projects. Livonia PTSA Council recognizes the efforts of these students at the annual Youth Making a Difference celebration.

STEM Summer Camp news

The STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) committee is new to Livonia PTSA Council in 2015. Our first project was a Maker Camp in the summer of 2016 for Middle School students. If you would like more information on the STEM committee, or if you would like to participate, please contact Committee Chair Amanda Walworth.

Plans are under way for the Summer 2017 STEM camp.

ELVs Sign Up is live

The ELVs (Early Literacy Volunteers) program provides reading tutoring over the summer months for elementary students in the Livonia Public Schools District.

This year’s 2017 program is currently taking registrations.

To sign up your student for summer reading help, click here:

If you would like to sign up to be an ELV volunteer, click here:

Livonia PTSA Council Annual Meeting & Election of Officers

Mark your calendar to attend the Livonia PTSA Council Annual Meeting - we will elect officers for the 2017-2018 Livonia PTSA Council Executive Board.

Slate of Officers for 2017-2018 Livonia PTSA Council Executive Board:

President - Joanne Hayes

1st Vice President - Julie Thompson

2nd Vice President - Debbie Pline

Treasurer - Kellie Dummer

Recording Secretary -

Corresponding Secretary - Amanda Walworth

We will also have our LPS Meet & Greet meeting with dinner, prior to our General Membership Meeting.

Officer Training Workshop

Join us Wednesday May 24 at Franklin High School from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. for our annual Officer Training Workshop. Learn the ins and outs of your new role - or get more in depth training if you're a returning officer. There is always something new to learn. This is also a great way to network and share ideas.

Dinner will be provided. PEP points will be awarded. This is something you DON'T want to miss!

We do need to know how many people to expect. Please register online by filling out the following google form:


Serving on the Executive Board requires good communication and organizational skills, a willingness to coordinate the business and activities of the association, cooperation with all members, the ability to offer leadership services when called upon, and the desire to make the schools a welcoming place where all students may enjoy the benefits of PTA/PTSA.

Committee Members may serve at the Council level without being voted on as formal members. This is a good way to try out Council and become familiar with our work.

Nominations season is upon us! If you would like to apply for a position on Council, you can find an application on our website, under the "Resources" tab. Scroll down to "Other forms and documents"

PTA Teacher Appreciation Week 2017

Teacher Appreciation Week is May 8-12, 2017. We can’t wait to #ThankATeacher with you!

This year’s theme is “Teachers Deliver.” And they do! Teachers deliver so much to our students—inspiration, motivation and, ultimately, their futures. From May 8-12, 2017, we would like to celebrate teachers and deliver our thanks and gratitude to them.

Teachers change the lives of millions of children every day, and their work and impact extends far beyond the boundaries of the classroom. Join us during PTA Teacher Appreciation Week to #ThankATeacher for all that they deliver to our nation’s children.

Find more PTA Teacher Appreciation Week resources here:

Coming Up:



11 - Cass PTA Meeting; Coolidge PTA Meeting; Cooper PTA Meeting; Webster PTA Meeting

12 - Cleveland PTA Meeting; Kennedy PTA Meeting

13- Frost PTSA Meeting


17- Livonia PTSA Council Meet & Greet, Executive Board & General Membership Meeting (Election of Officers)

18 - SHS PTSA Meeting

24 - FHS PTSA Meeting

25 - Livonia PTSA Council YMAD celebration; Churchill PTSA Meeting

28 - Niji Iro PTA Meeting


1-5 - Cass PTA, Cleveland PTA & Roosevelt PTA Staff Appreciation Week

2 - Cass PTA Meeting, Coolidge PTA Meeting

3 - Cleveland PTA Meeting, Kennedy PTA Meeting

8 - Roosevelt PTA Meeting

9 - Cleveland PTA Muffins with Moms

10 - Cass Elementary 50th Anniversary Celebration

11 - Webster PTA Meeting

12 - Cass PTA Muffins with Moms, Kennedy PTA Spring Fling

16 - Stevenson PTSA Meeting

17 - Cass PTA Art & Science Fair Extravaganza, Frost PTSA Meeting

22 - Franklin PTSA Meeting (elections)

23 - Cooper PTA Meeting

24 - LPTSA Council Officer Training


30 - Churchill PTSA Meeting


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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