Livonia PTSA Council Courier

News for September 2017 - Back To School!

Welcome Back!

We are so excited to get back to school and back to PTA! Livonia PTSA Council is here to support all PTA/PTSA Units in Livonia. Please contact us with your questions and suggestions. You will find Liaison, Program and Event info in the Newsletter, which is issued on the First day of each month.

Do you have an event or a program that you'd like to share? You can email articles to to be featured in a newsletter. Let us know what amazing things your Unit is doing!

Grant PTA Welcome Back BBQ

Last year, Grant Elementary PTA wanted to host a laid-back event for all students, families, and staff to give them an opportunity to catch-up with each other after summer break, and to introduce our new Principal. The event was exactly as we hoped it would be – we introduced our Principal, families mingled, children played, and everyone enjoyed themselves! Like any good neighborhood BBQ, we had more food than we could eat and a lot of laughter. The Welcome Back BBQ is a fun addition to the beginning of the year and something families requested we continue.

New this year we’re adding an activity for students that will kick-off a beautification project for the school! Attendees can paint a rock that will be displayed at the school in our rock garden – one of Grant’s 2017-2018 projects that demonstrates how each of us are unique, but together we’re a masterpiece.

Michigan PTA Centennial Celebration!

In 2018,

Michigan PTA Celebrates

100 Years of Advocating

on Behalf of Children

and Families

and Supporting Parent

Groups Across the State.

There are Membership contests and awards, and a special Business Membership available for Units to sell. See the form below for the Centennial Business Membership. Additional information is available at

*NOTE* Centennial Business Memberships are $100

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MI PTA offers Units a new database tool

Beginning in fall 2017, Michigan PTA will begin using MemberHub as a membership reporting tool. Units have been set up with their own Hub, and will use that for membership reporting. Cards will be immediately (and solely) available via email using this new system.

To view recorded webinars, you can check the Michigan PTA website here:

If you have issues with your hub, you can contact MemberHub support at:

Council is adding Hubs for officers, please contact your Liaison if you are an officer and have not been added to the Livonia PTSA Council MemberHub site.

Join us at our September 20 General Membership Meeting as we discuss MemberHub and have a presentation on the ways to use and incorporate it in your Unit.

Speaking of Liaisons...

Did you know that each PTA/PTSA Unit in Livonia is assigned a Liaison from Livonia PTSA Council? This is your new (or returning!) PTA best friend! Have a question? Not sure how to do something? Contact your liaison! We can't promise to have ALL of the answers, but we can find them! (If you invite your Liaison to your meetings, and copy , your Unit will get 100 PEP points - per invitation - not a blanket invite at the beginning of the year!!)

2017-2018 Liaison Assignments:

Buchanan |Robb Drzewicki |

Churchill |Julie Thompson |

Cleveland |Julie Thompson |

Coolidge |Lynda Scheel |

Cooper |Joanne Hayes |

Emerson |Liz Jarvis |

Franklin |Kellie Dummer |

Frost |Kellie Dummer |

Grant |Amanda Walworth |

Hayes |Julie Thompson |

Holmes |Joanne Hayes |

Hoover |Debbie Pline |

Jackson Ctr |Robb Drzewicki |

Johnson |Donna Blauet |

Kennedy |Debbie Pline |

Niji-Iro |Cyndi Pierzynski |

Randolph |Liz Jarvis |

Riley |Cyndi Pierzynski |

Roosevelt |Joanne Hayes |

Rosedale |Amanda Walworth |

Stevenson |Joy Ellis |

Webster |Joy Ellis |

Livonia PTSA Council Info you need to know

Did you know...

That each PTA/PTSA Unit in Livonia is represented at the Livonia PTSA Council? Each Unit is expected to send the President (or their alternate) to Livonia PTSA Council Meetings. You are not limited to one representative though! We welcome and encourage participation at the Council level - and workshops are open to EVERYONE! See you Sept 20th!

Audit Success!

One of the ways the Livonia PTSA Council supports our Units is by hosting our Annual Audit Party. This year, 22 Livonia Units were able to complete their Audits in ONE EVENING. Well done everyone! We're on our way to Achieving our Standards of Affiliation!

Livonia PTSA Council PEP Program

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


The Livonia PTSA Council provides each PTA Unit with a directory of each Unit's Officer and Committee Chair contact information. Don't miss out on being included! You can easily fill out your information online using this link:

Please fill out the form separately for EACH Unit you serve (if you serve at more than one Unit. It will allow you to submit multiple responses.)

PEP Points will be awarded when ALL ELECTED OFFICERS AND THE MEMBERSHIP CHAIR have responded.

Questions? Email:

2017-2018 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 (meeting AND event dates) to to be added to the Council calendar (which can be found here:

Write down these dates:

9/20 Executive Board Meeting | 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. | Conference Room A

9/20 General Membership Meeting | 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. | Conference Room A

10/16 Meet & Greet |6:00 - 6:30 p.m. | Conference Room A

10/17 MI PTA Advocacy Day | Lansing, MI

11/15 Executive Board Meeting | 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. | OPEN

11/15 Workshop - College Prep: It's Never Too Early | 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. | OPEN


12/2 LPTSA Council Chili Cook off | 11:00 -2:00 p.m. | Franklin High School Cafeteria

1/11 Reflections Ceremony | 6:45 – 8:00 p.m. |TBD

1/24 Executive Board Meeting | 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. | OPEN

1/24 Workshop-PTA Halftime Tailgate |7:00-8:00 p.m. | OPEN

2/21 Founders Day | 6:00 – 9:00 | VisTa Tech Center, SCC

3/13-15 National PTA Legislative Conference | Arlington, VA

3/21 Executive Board Meeting | 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. | OPEN

3/21 Workshop - Staff Appreciation Workshop | 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. | OPEN

4/18 Executive Board Meeting | 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. | Conference Room A

4/18 General Membership Meeting & Elections | 7:00 – 7:30 p.m. | Conference Room A

4/21 MI PTA Centennial Banquet | Lovett Hall, The Henry Ford, Dearborn, MI

4/24 Youth Making a Difference Celebration | 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. | Franklin High School


5/30 Executive Board Meeting | 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. | Conference Room A

5/30 Officer Training Workshop | 6:00 – 8:30 p.m. |Conference Room A

6/20 Executive Board Meeting | 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. | Conference Room A (subject to change)

7/25 Council Annual Audit Party | 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. | Board Meeting Room

6/21-24 National PTA Convention | New Orleans, LA

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

Save these dates...

Fourth 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, Churchill PTSA and Hoover PTA 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 December 2, 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 2018 is set:

Wednesday February 21, 2018, at Vis Ta Tech Center

2016 - 2017 End of Year Survey

If you participated in PTA last school year, we are still accepting feedback about how we, as a Council, did. You can take a short survey by clicking on the link below. We will award 100 PEP points for each completed survey (up to 1,000 per Unit).

Thank you!

Fundraising opportunity:

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Coming up:


5 - LPS First day of School

6 - Cleveland PTA Meeting

- SHS PTSA Meeting

8 - Niji Iro PTA Meeting

9 - MI PTA President's webinar

12 - Randolph PTA Meeting

13 - Grant PTA Meeting

- National PTA ESSA call

14 - Emerson PTSA Meeting

18 - LPS BOE Meeting

20- Livonia PTSA Council EB Meeting & GMM Meeting

- Holmes PTSA Meeting

25- FHS PTSA Meeting

26 - CHS PTSA Meeting

-Cooper PTA Meeting


4 - Cleveland PTA Meeting

- SHS PTSA Meeting

7 - MI PTA President's Webinar

9 - Grant PTA Meeting

10 - Randolph PTA Meeting

12 - Cleveland PTA Walk A Thon

16 - Livonia PTSA Council Meet & Greet & EB Meeting

- LPS BOE Meeting

17 - Cooper PTA Meeting

18 - Holmes PTSA Meeting

19 - Emerson PTSA Meeting

23 - FHS PTSA Meeting

24 - CHS PTSA Meeting

26 - Cleveland PTA Halloween Activity Night


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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