Livonia PTSA Council Courier

March 2022

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Spring is Around the Corner!

Spring is always a great time for PTA/PTSA events! We are looking forward to the Transportation Appreciation Event the week of March 7. Thank you to all who donated and for sharing it with your units. Don't forget to submit articles for the unit spotlight (and CC PEP for points!).


Laura Ulaszek

Council Newsletter Chair

Slate of Officers for 2022-2023 Livonia PTSA Council Executive Board


The PTSA Council Nominating Committee is pleased to present the following slate of officers for the 2022-2023 Livonia PTSA Council Executive Board. Voting will take place at the April 20th general membership meeting!


President: Andrea Malenfant

1st Vice President: Sara Bennett

2nd Vice President: Mandy Gerstenbrand

Treasurer: Debbie Pline

Corresponding Secretary: Mike Testa

Recording Secretary: Kellie Dummer

Founders' Day Reminders:

1. RSVPs are due by March 7th. If you are mailing in your RSVP, please make sure to give USPS enough time to deliver before the 7th. Alternatively, you can drop it off at my house. If you have questions, please email me at kdummer@sbcglobal.net


2. Centerpieces – Please remember to make one centerpiece for each table you are filling. Please use the theme of Reflections: I Will Change the World By ... Remember this is a contest so the creators of top three centerpieces will win a gift card to a place of their choosing. You will also get 50 PEP points per centerpiece!!


Thanks!

Kellie Dummer

2021-22 Reflections

**ATTENTION REFLECTIONS CHAIRS**


We are happy to announce that the LPTSA Council's Reflections Ceremony will be taking place in April! Please mark your calendars for Tuesday, April 12th! It will be held at Franklin High School PAC. We are so excited to be able to hold this celebratory event once again! More details and invite information for your participating students will be coming soon! If you have any questions please feel free to contact us!


Debbie Yates and Andrea Malenfant

Livonia PTSA Council Reflections Co-Chairs

PEP – In the home stretch!

Happy March!

Afraid you can't boost your PEP score before the end of April? Never fear – there's still time! There are still lots of ways to increase your score in the next two months! Remember, the highest earning units at the end of April will be awarded a gift from Livonia PTSA Council.


Don't forget, every PTA/PTSA unit will receive PEP credit for joining us at Founders' Day and for creating a centerpiece. That's an easy 100 points per attendee and 50 points per centerpiece.


Please know that all PTA/PTSA units who are participating in YMAD, your PEP credit will be given after the March 1st deadline. Once our YMAD committee collects all those participating, that information will be given to PEP and proper credit will be given at that time.


Sara Bennett

Livonia PTSA Council PEP Chair


pep@livoniaptsacouncil.org

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Frost RoboFalcons headed to Worlds!

Frost's Robotics Team is heading to Houston, TX in April to compete in the Robotics World Championships and you can help them get there!


Please share this donations link with your units, families and friends: https://www.schoolpay.com/pay/for/Frost-Middle-School--Robotics-Donations/SejcOf1

Membership

It's that time of year when we start looking forward to those end of the year celebrations, festivities, events, etc. What better way to gain more members?! Maybe have an incentive for those who are members at these events. Are you looking for future board members for your slate? Make sure they are members of your PTA/PTSA. There's still time!


Please remember to send Michigan PTA their dues for all new members by the 28th of every month to remain in compliance.


Sara Bennett

Livonia PTSA Council Membership Chair

membership@livoniaptsacouncil.org

Council Advocacy Report

DECLINE TO SIGN


Recently you may have seen Let MI Kids Learn pop up on social media – this is related to a petition drive that is starting up. The Michigan PTA recommends that our members Decline to Sign the Let MI Kids Learn petition. The goal of this petition is to create a backdoor voucher system that would let donors receive tax credits from the School Aid Fund for up to $500 million dollars per year. This would not only violate the Michigan State Constitution, it would also take taxpayer dollars out of the School Aid Fund and give them to wealthy donors in the form of a tax credit for donations to nonprofits that benefit private schools.


The Michigan PTA has created a document to share with your membership on why this would hurt Michigan public school students, an explanation of their history and some talking points.


bit.ly/DeclineToSignInformation


Please share this information with your local unit.

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REGISTER FOR MICHIGAN PTA ADVOCACY DAY EVENTS


Advocacy Summit – Saturday, March 19. 2022

Meeting with Legislators – March 25 – April 11, 2022

Michigan PTA Advocacy Round-up – April 13, 2022

*These events will be held virtually.


To register:

https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_MmbTQnvRQqKVqO_Gz7DWbg


Please share this information with your local unit.




REMARKS BY DR. RICE REGARDING DIVERSRIY IN LITERACY, COMPREHENSIVENESS OF HISTORY INSTRUCTION, AND BOOK BANNING


The Michigan PTA shared the remarks made by State Superintendent, Dr. Michael Rice, at the State Board of Education Meeting on February 8, 2022.


https://drive.google.com/file/d/1YZ8u9Qy4jD-IKPpRyIK2T6e5HBVweomt/view?usp=sharing

Nominations for Your 2022-23 Executive Board

It's time to start thinking about your board for the 2022-23 school year. Please check your bylaws regarding nominations::


  • When does your committee needs to form? In many cases, it may be now.
  • How many people need to be on the committee?
  • Who is eligible to be nominated (do they need to be a current member)?
  • Usually the slate needs to be posted for 30 days. Check your bylaws to see the timeframe needed.
  • When do elections need to happen?

Photos needed for Founders' Day!

Founders' Day Photo Gallery Link

Below is the link for the album. Please make sure when you upload photos, they need to include your UNIT NAME and a short DESCRIPTION of the photo.

COUNCIL'S UNIT SPOTLIGHT

Kennedy Elementary

Birthday Grams


Last year, Kennedy PTA began selling birthday grams as an easy way for families to recognize students' birthdays. We sell the Birthday Grams for $5 through Memberhub. Each week, a volunteer makes the bags and delivers them to the school for distribution. One of our board members takes the information from Memberhub and inputs it into a Google spreadsheet that the board and Birthday Gram coordinator have access to, which makes it easy to keep track of. Last year, we even did door drop offs for virtual families. Each Birthday Gram includes novelty items, a ring pop, pencil, glow sticks, keychain, and bookmark. If you're looking for a new idea, give birthday grams a try!


Julie Turk, Kennedy PTA

Webster Elementary

Webster's PTA board members wanted to do something special for the entire school on Valentine's Day. This year we ordered suckers and attached a sweet little message and tied them up with some red ribbon. These were then passed out to all the students and staff to let them know how much they mean to us.


We are now actively finishing up our prep for March is Reading Month. We have two authors lined up to visit the students. Mary Morgan is a Michigan author who writes mystery books about our National Parks and the other author is Peter Denkelson who writes/speaks about overcoming adversity and living his best life no matter what cards he was given. Both of these authors were flexible when working with our Covid protocols such as small group presentations or presentations over Zoom. Along with the reading log prizes that we are handing out, we are also having a book exchange where students can leave with a "new to them" book to celebrate March is Reading Month.


Sarah Pelletier, Webster PTA

DATES FOR 2022! PUT THESE ON YOUR CALENDAR!

Please note that these dates and times could be subject to change due to any change in COVID-19 regulations. We will inform all units of any updates or changes as soon as possible.


2022


March - Bus Driver Appreciation Event

3/24 - Founders' Day Celebration | 6 p.m. | St. Mary's Cultural Center

4/12 - Reflections Celebration | 6 p.m. | Franklin High School

4/20 - LPTSA Council Executive Board Meeting | 6 - 7 p.m. | Central Office

4/20 - LPTSA Council General Meeting (Elections) | 7 - 8 p.m. | Central Office

TBD - YMAD Celebration | TBD | TBD

5/18 - LPTSA Council Officers Training | 6 - 8 p.m. | TBD

6/15 - LPTSA Council Executive Board Meeting | 6 - 7 p.m. | Central Office

7/20 - LPTSA Council Audit Party | 6 - 8 p.m. | Central Office

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Livonia PTSA Council Officers Forum Facebook Group

If you are a PTA/PTSA officer or committee chair, please make sure to join our group for important information, discussions, and more! A lot of great information is shared on this closed group page. It's also a great way to network with other units, share ideas, and ask for help.


https://www.facebook.com/groups/541318689333449/

Getting Connected to Michigan PTA and National PTA

Michigan PTA Website : https://www.michiganpta.org/

Michigan PTA Facebook Page : https://www.facebook.com/everychildonevoice


National PTA Website : https://www.pta.org/

National PTA Facebook Page : https://www.facebook.com/ParentTeacherAssociation

National PTA Blog: https://onevoice.pta.org/

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.

Interested in joining Council? There are chair opportunities available! Contact President Mandy Gerstenbrand at mandy.gerstenbrand@livoniaptsacouncil.org