Livonia PTSA Council Courier
News for June 2017
Livonia PTSA Council - End of the year Survey
Frost PTSA Celebrates Bus Drivers During Staff Appreciation Week
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.
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:
DON'T MISS THE 2017 ANNUAL AUDIT PARTY!!!!! Sign up NOW:
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: https://livoniaptsacouncil.files.wordpress.com/2012/10/livonia-ptsa-council-audit-report-form1.pdf
Sign up to attend here:
The following Units have auditors signed up to attend:
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: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScSEAjE9lj7kVKDfcaEQAHgRpZGx9V1nmDnNRMco5eTfXTnQQ/viewform
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 ELVS@livoniaptsacouncil.org
PTA Staff Appreciation Contest Winner Announced!
Cass PTA-Teachers all received a class picture with all the students names, the principal got a tree with a leaf for every student, the custodian got some new tools, and everyone enjoyed breakfast from The Patriot Inn.
Cleveland PTA took their staff "Back to the Beach" for Staff Appreciation Week! They were treated to a "Tidal Trail Mix Bar", a "Beachy Breakfast", Massages and then "Messages in a Bottle" from their students, a "Luau BBQ" made by one of our own PTA dads! They enjoyed an hour of free time to catch up while students watched a movie in the gym. They also had "Totally Tublar Treats", and goody bags filled with school supplies and other fun things. Even though the weather was gloomy outside, it was PARADISE inside!
Coolidge PTA - the Coolidge PTA showed their appreciation with staff lunches and presents all week.
Cooper PTA- Cooper staff were spoiled all week, starting with Matt & Mo's food truck on Monday, the always popular snack cart on Tuesday and Friday, a delicious breakfast to start their day Thursday and presents on Wednesday. On Wednesday, each staff member received an Entertainment Book, a homemade cookie and played a fun game where they won either lotto tickets or a gift card.
Franklin PTSA - Franklin staff was spoiled by cookie baskets, gift cards and food from The Patriot Inn. Students helped organize the events of the week and loved celebrating the staff.
FROST PTSA- "Unbelievable - Frost PTSA rocks this stuff like nobody else. Another spectacular week! We are so grateful, thank you!" - Principal Anthony Abbate
Congratulations to Grant PTA!
Happy Memorial Day Weekend!
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: PEP@livoniaptsacouncil.org
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: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1lqas6YjofqxQkdwtrph-Trsm2pg4kz0Wbo8PfcNSKaI/edit?usp=sharing
2017-2018 Livonia PTSA Council Officer's Directory
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
WOULD YOU LIKE TO SERVE AT THE PTSA COUNCIL LEVEL?
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"https://livoniaptsacouncil.org/resources/
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
AGENDA COMING SOON!
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
FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE NATIONAL PTA
To access the PTA Tool Kit, click here:
Check out the PTA One Voice Blog here: http://onevoice.pta.org/
Welcome to One Voice, the Official Blog of National PTA. A powerful voice for all children, PTA launched this blog as another platform for our leadership, ambassadors, staff and members to share the work they do on behalf of all children. You’ll read about dynamic programs happening at the local level, commentary on news and issues impacting the everyday realities of children, as well as live action from our conventions and events.
Check out the PTA Our Children Magazine here: http://ptaourchildren.org/
Our Children Magazine is the unique voice for parents.
Go to PTAOurChildren.org for:
- Tips to help parents best support your child’s academic success and well-being
- Relevant and timely stories about the successes and challenges of students, schools and families
- Inspiration from everyday heroes who work to make every child’s potential a reality
Want to contribute to Our Children? View our Editorial Calendar.
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