Livonia PTSA Council Courier

News for June 2017

Livonia PTSA Council - End of the year Survey

As we come to the end the 2016-2017 School year, we'd appreciate your feedback to let us know how we as a Council served you. Please take a few minutes to fill out this short survey (it gets your Unit PEP Points!)

Frost PTSA Celebrates Bus Drivers During Staff Appreciation Week

When we think of all the activities a PTA sponsors throughout the year, the month of May and Staff Appreciation often come to mind. When preparing for Frost's Staff Appreciation, we think about activities to offer, when to host those activities, how to encourage parents to volunteer, and we make these plans with teachers, office staff, administration, custodial staff, lunchroom workers, and paraprofessionals in mind.

Unfortunately, many of us forget our bus drivers. We at Frost Middle School were also guilty of this oversight. Upon learning about an incident involving a broken bus window and the frenzy that it caused, we realized that our bus drivers, the dedicated people who we trust to drive our children to and from school safely, were completely overlooked as part of Staff Appreciation.

With an overwhelming response by parents to a sign up genius, and the generosity of Bill Carbott at Absopure; Donna at Better Made; Ed Buison at Biggby Coffee on Ann Arbor Road; Pam at Joe’s Produce, and Ann Kozlowski at Jet’s Pizza on 5 Mile, we were able to put together a wonderful treat bag for each of the 31 drivers and bus paraprofessionals who serve Frost.

A few of the board members took the filled bags to the transportation department and handed them to each of the drivers. This is certainly an activity that Frost would love to see continued, ideally district-wide. The drivers were incredibly appreciative, and they certainly deserve our thanks.

Dobski's Dogs

Is your Unit looking for a unique food option for your next event? Do you want to have someone else do the work, freeing up volunteers? Check out Dobski's Dogs:

Available for school parties, open houses, customer appreciation/employee appreciation. etc... We are licensed, insured and health department approved.

Typical pricing for a hot dog, chips and drink are $3.00 for the hot dog, $1 each for the chips and drink. I offer a package 1 hot dog, drink and a bag of chips for $4. I offer a meal, 2 hot dogs, a chip and drink is $6.00.

Typical condiments are ketchup, mustard, relish, onion. Additional condiments are available upon request, coke onions, sauerkraut, and a Chicago style dog at an additional cost.

Dobski's does give 10% back to the PTA.

I use all beef hot dogs, unless the customer requests something different. I can also do a chicken dog, veggie dog, and even a 1/4# all beef dog at an additional cost. I also have access to gluten free buns if the customer needs it at an additional cost of $1.00 per bun. Typical serving time is 2 hours.

Contact them at: or



Each PTA/PTSA Unit is required to perform an Audit annually. The Livonia PTSA Council makes it easy! In one night, we will provide instructions and assistance to get your Audit done! We even bring dinner.

The 2017 Audit Party is scheduled for WEDNESDAY, JULY 19 from 6 - 8 PM.

EACH UNIT should plan to send three PTA Members, with all of the financial records from the previous year. Instructions to prepare can be found here:

Sign up to attend here:

The following Units have auditors signed up to attend:
Buchanan (2)
Cleveland (4)
Cooper (4)
Franklin (1)
Frost (1)
Nii-Iro (1)
Riley (3)
Rosedale (1)

If you do NOT participate in the Audit party, Your Unit MUST inform Council when your Audit is scheduled, who will be completing the Audit AND you must submit a copy of your final/June bank statement with your completed Audit.

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.

Learn more about this summer's activities and sign up here:

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:

Questions? Contact

PTA Staff Appreciation Contest Winner Announced!

Congratulations to Grant PTA!

We have a winner in our staff appreciation photo contest! Grant Elementary PTA pulled out a win with 336 votes to Cleveland Elementary PTA's 325 votes!! Great job to all the PTA's for sharing, liking, and for celebrating the LPS staffs the way they should be celebrated! Grant will get a $100 gift card to a store of their choosing!
Happy Memorial Day Weekend!
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PEP has started for the 2017-2018 school year!

The PTA/PTSA Excellence Program — better known as PEP — provides PTA/PTSA units with a way to streamline unit requirements and provide a points system for units who complete the required tasks. PEP helps your unit stay in good standing and encourages unit growth and participation.

Questions? Email:

Awards will be presented at the end of the year to the highest achieving units.

Stay on top of your points by checking out the spreadsheet:

2017-2018 Livonia PTSA Council Officer's Directory

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:


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"

Note: Many of our Council Officers have Youngest/Only students who will be seniors in 2017-2018 and some no longer have students in LPS. We need to start training our replacements Now. Could it be you?

Michigan PTA 99th Annual Convention

When: Friday, July 14, 2017

Where: Lansing Community College - West Campus5708 Cornerstone Dr.
Lansing, Michigan 48917

Online registration closes July 10th.
You will be able to register on site in Lansing after that date -
just print and complete the registration form and bring it with you to Lansing Community College on July 14th!

Register Online Here:

Registration Pricing Information

Member Registration - $129.00 Member Onsite - $149.00

Non-Member Registration - $149.00 Non-Member Onsite - $169.00

Student Registration - $59.00 Student Onsite - $79.00

Convention T-Shirt Pricing

$15.00 - Sm, Med, Lg, xLg

$18.00 - 2x & 3x


Coming Up:

6 - Cass PTA Meeting & Coolidge PTA Meeting
8 - Cleveland PTA End of the Year Picnic
16 - LAST DAY OF SCHOOL!!! & Roosevelt PTA End of the Year Picnic
21 - Livonia PTSA Council EB meeting
22-25 - National PTA Convention (Las Vegas, NV)

14-15 MI PTA Convention (Lansing, MI)
19 - Livonia PTSA Council AUDIT PARTY


Click here for more information about the Michigan PTA

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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