Livonia PTSA Council Courier

News for November 2015

URGENT - Pending legislation update:

Open Letter to Michigan PTA Members from the President

Dear Michigan PTA Members;

Michigan PTA has consistently advocated for gun free zones, gun safety and school safety and our positions have not changed. SB 442 attempts to address what has been described as a loophole in the current law which allows for the open carry of firearms in schools. We believe this legislation will not solve the problem, nor benefit the children in Michigan.

SB442 would allow the concealed carrying of guns in our schools and on school property. This bill addresses a gap in the current law, which allows licensed individuals to openly carry weapons in public schools. Individuals who possess a concealed weapon license, under the current law, may openly carry guns in our schools. SB442 would forbid the open carrying of guns in schools while allowing appropriately licensed individuals to carry concealed weapons.

Proponents of this bill contend that this legislation is an acceptable compromise. We believe this view is short-sighted, and may limit the ability to enact better legislation on this issue in the future. Furthermore,

Carrying concealed weapons allows potential threats to our children to enter our schools unseen and unknown.

It invalidates the security protocols already in place in our schools, designed to address known threats.

It gives a shooter the opportunity to enter our schools, without being recognized as a potential threat.

Denies school districts local control in determining what is best for their school community

This bill has passed out of committee, and is sure to move quickly. We urge our members to contact their legislators and the governor’s office. Ask them to not support SB 442, and if it is passed, that Governor Snyder veto it.

Please share this information with your schools and your communities at large. If you have questions, please feel free to contact me at or join our conference call on this issue:

Tuesday, November 3 at 7:00 - 7:30 p.m.
To join in the phone conversation, call 1-605-477-3000. Use access code 1032704#.

As members of the largest child advocacy association in our nation, it is our responsibility to speak out on issues affecting our children. Please join me in speaking up for every child with one voice.

Best Regards,

Ruthann Jaquette, President
Michigan PTA

Advocacy Day 2015

Your Michigan PTA traveled to Lansing to advocate for MI students on Thursday October 22. PTA members from Livonia were also in attendance. Your PTA membership speaks in Livonia, Lansing and Washington D.C.

It's been a busy October for PTA in Livonia!

Many of our PTA Units hosted events last month. There were Fun(d) Runs, Walk a Thons, Car shows and Fall Festivals all over the district! Here are some pictures of the fantastic events that our PTA Units held:

Cleveland Elementary PTA Walk a Thon 2015

Cleveland Elementary PTA held a Walk a Thon fundraiser on Oct 9th. The kids raised almost $8,800 for the school.

Cleveland Elementary PTA Halloween Activity Night

Cooper Upper Elementary PTA Fall Festival

FHS PTSA holds second annual Voter Registration Drive with Livonia City Clerk's office!

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Garfield Elementary PTA Fall Festival:

Grant Elementary PTA Fall Festival:

Kennedy Elementary PTA Chili Cook Off

Kennedy Elementary PTA Family Fit & Fun Night - Oct 28, 2015


Saturday is the 39th Annual Frost Holiday Craft Show!

Saturday, November 7th

10:00am - 4:00pm

Please come and support Frost PTSA and visit the show! Lunch available for purchase, Bake Sale Fundraiser, and door prizes raffled hourly.

Entry is $3.

Please tell your friends and family...See you there!

SlingShot Screening Promoted by Team 3832

The Livonia Warriors FIRST Robotics team is showing the documentary film Slingshot on Friday November 13, 7PM at Stevenson High School. In addition to this film the Warriors will serve concessions and have a gift basket raffle. We also are inviting colleges to come and we will have a little mini college faire.

Movie presentation of SlingShot

SlingShot focuses on FIRST founder, noted inventor Dean Kamen, his fascinating life, and his 15-year quest to solve the world's water crisis. A technological genius with a provocative worldview, Kamen is an inspiration for future scientists. His inventions help people in need and ease suffering. SlingShot is about an indomitable man who just might have enough passion and innovative thinking to create a solution for a crisis affecting billions.

Kamen lives in a house with secret passages, a closet full of denim clothes and a helicopter garage. His latest passion: the SlingShot water purification system created to obliterate half of human illness on the planet. Kamen reminisces about improving home dialysis technology and choosing to forego parenthood while lamenting he has only one lifetime for inventing.

SlingShot is both an inspirational character study and a look at Kamen’s vapor compression distiller from its earliest development through recent trials in rural Ghana and beyond.

Friday, November 13 7:00PM - 9:00PM

at Stevenson High School Auditorium
33500 Six Mile Rd, Livonia, MI, 48152
$10.00 General

Who doesn't like to go out to eat every now and then?

Why not choose a restaurant that will give back to one of our PTA Units! Here is a handy list of generous restaurants that will donate to our Livonia PTAs, listed by date. Please thank them for supporting PTA!

The Patriot Inn is open for lunch - and more!

The Patriot Inn restaurant will begin lunch hours Tuesday - Friday, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm beginning the week of October 27.

Plan to join them for a Thanksgiving Buffet on Friday November 13. You can drop in for lunch between the hours of 10:30 am - 12:30 pm. Cost is $10/person. Please RSVP to 734-744-2655 x47184

Thanksgiving dinner made easy!

Does the thought of Thanksgiving Dinner make you break out in a cold sweat? Do you dread all of the work that goes into preparing dinner? Let the Patriot Inn take away the stress that comes with Thanksgiving Dinner and let them do the work for you! See the flyers below for more information on how the Patriot Inn staff and students can make your Thanksgiving Dinner a breeze!

Contact Chris Bednarczyk for more information or to place your order (no later than Monday November 16!) at OR 734-744-2655 x47184
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It's Hockey Season - support CHS PTSA while having fun at the game!

The Churchill PTSA would like to announce an exciting event for students, staff, family, and friends. The Churchill PTSA is participating in a hockey game fund raising event on Saturday November 21st at the USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth.

Game tickets cost only $10 of which $5 will be donated back to the PTSA! We need to sell at least 50 tickets to get this great deal so gather your friends and family and join us for an exciting night out.

Follow the directions on the flyer pictured below to purchase your tickets now and join us for a fun night. If you have any questions feel free to contact Kim Gardner at 734-427-9619.

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Cookies with the Patriot Inn!

It's back for a second year! The Patriot Inn is inviting PTA officers for an afternoon of cookie baking right before the holidays! There is no cost to participate and this is first come, first served - so sign up now. Bakers just need to show up ready to bake. The Patriot Inn students will do all of the prep work for you! Each baker will leave with several dozen tasty cookies ready to eat. Sign up here:

Fraud - Protect your Unit

Nobody likes to talk about fraud. It's uncomfortable and it won't happen in our Unit anyway, right?

By following established PTA procedures, you will protect your Unit and your officers from loss associated with fraud and theft:
  • Pay all bills by check, never cash
  • Require two signatures for all checks (never sign a check made out to yourself!)
  • Never sign a blank check, pre-sign a check or a check made out to 'cash'
  • Your Treasurer should always present a monthly report with a check register
  • Require receipts for reimbursement
  • Always use cash counting sheets and have two people count cash/checks
  • NEVER take money home and deposit money into your PTA account immediately
  • Read your Insurance Policy and follow the rules for bonding!

More information on PTA policies can be found here:

If you have questions, please contact your liaison!

Coming up:

3 - NO SCHOOL - ELECTION DAY - Cooper fundraiser at Airtime Trampoline & Game Park

4 - Cass, Cleveland, Hoover & Randolph PTA meeting

5 - Rosedale PTA meeting

6 - Webster PTA meeting, Coolidge PTA Fall Festival

9 - Franklin PTSA meeting

10 - Grant, Hayes & Riley PTA meeting

12 - Emerson PTSA meeting

17 - Churchill & Stevenson PTSA meeting, Coolidge & Cooper PTA meeting

18 - Livonia PTSA Council meeting & workshop @ FHS Patriot Inn,

Frost & Holmes PTSA meeting, Jackson Center & Johnson PTA meeting

19 - Buchanan PTA meeting

20 - Kennedy PTA meeting, Cass & Niji-Iro PTA movie night, Johnson Fall Festival

21 - CHS PTSA Hockey Game @ USA Hockey Arena

25-27 - LPS Thanksgiving recess - NO SCHOOL

28 - PTA Membership due

30 - Randolph PTA meeting


4 - Livonia PTSA Council officer's bowling party

For more information about the Michigan PTA, click here:

For more information about the National PTA, click here:

About us:

The Livonia PTSA Council provides support and guidance to local PTA/PTSA units within the Livonia Public Schools District. Council promotes conferences, communications, leadership development and coordination of the efforts of the local units.