Livonia PTSA Council Courier

October 5, 2015

Welcome back!

September is gone(!) and we're in our second month back to school! Fun(d) Runs, Walk a thons and fundraisers are well under way and many of our Units have their first large event coming up. It's great to be back to work with you!

PTA officers - let us know about your meetings, events and fundraisers and we will help to promote them for you!
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Airtime hosts Livonia PTSA Council's first meeting of 2015-2016!

Thank you to Airtime Trampoline & Game Park for hosting us at our first PTSA meeting of the year. We approved our 2015-2016 Budget and learned about fundraising opportunities. Ask your PTA Unit about having an Airtime night!

If you are looking for something fun to do with the kids on Tuesday November 3, Election Day (No school day!) you can head to Airtime between 2 - 6 pm and your visit will support Cooper Upper Elementary PTA!

Next PTSA Council meeting

Is scheduled for MONDAY OCTOBER 5
Annual LPS & Council MEET & GREET

5:45 - 6:30 pm

Livonia Public Schools Board of Education Office

Conference Room A

15125 Farmington Road

You are invited to join us:

· for PTA announcements and recognitions

· to meet LPS central office staff and elected officials

· to find out who/how to work with LPS staff

· to network with other PTA officers

National PTA summer reading program winner

Please join us in congratulating Garfield Elementary PTA President Julie Spence for winning the National PTA Family Reading Challenge!

ALEXANDRIA, Va., (Aug. 25, 2015)—National PTA® has named Julie Spence, president of Garfield Elementary School PTA in Livonia, Mich., the grand-prize winner of its PTA Family Reading Challenge, a campaign that encouraged families to keep learning alive during summer break and make joyful memories by reading great books together. Spence was selected from among thousands of participants for sharing the most compelling photos and messages demonstrating why reading together is a fun and treasured family activity.

Read more here:

Michigan PTA Advocacy Day

The Power of You! Join Michigan PTA on October 22nd in Lansing and give the power of individual action a voice. Advocacy Day 2015 will focus on the topic of Student Data Privacy as well as other timely issues impacting children and families. Experts and legislators will be on hand to give attendees up to date information on what’s happen in our state as well as nationally. Don’t miss this opportunity the first 100 members to register attend free of charge. Register today at

Let's see if Livonia can't send the largest group! Register today! This event is open to ALL PTA members!

A message from Michigan PTA President Ruthann Jaquette

An invitation from Michigan PTA President Ruthann Jaquette ...
I want to take a moment to personally invite you each to join us in Lansing on October 22nd for Advocacy Day. Our overall theme for the 2015-2016 year is: The Power of You. PTA’s advocacy work is grounded in the power of individual action and we want to give that power a voice. Advocacy Day 2015 will focus on the topic of Student Data Privacy as well as other timely issues impacting children and families. Experts and legislators will be on hand to give attendees up to date information on what’s happening in our state as well as nationally, answer your questions, and hear your concerns. Don’t miss this opportunity!

The first 100 members to register attend free of charge.
I want to personally thank Microsoft for their sponsorship that allows us to offer free registration to our members. I look forward to meeting each of you in person on October 22nd. Thank you for everything you do every day on behalf of our children and families.

Have you heard of the FHS Patriot Inn?

Hospitality Management, a course offered by the Livonia Career Technical Center, is housed at Franklin High School, operating as the Patriot Inn:

Students will participate in the operation of the Patriot Inn restaurant and will apply the basic skills learned in the classroom. All students will be rotated through the various stations in the restaurant, which will follow as closely as possible the operation of the table service restaurants found in the food service industry.

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 Oktoberfest on Thursday October 22. You can drop in for lunch between the hours of 10:30 am - 12:30 pm. Cost is $9/person. Please RSVP to 734-744-2655 x47184
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Kiwanis Early Risers of Livonia partners with Livonia Elementary PTAs

Kiwanis Club of Livonia
Shoe Drive Contest
October 1 – November 30

One of our participating PTA Units will win a project worth $1,000 for their school!
The winning school can choose from one of the following:
•A full day “Sciencepalooza” in-school field trip by the Michigan Science Center or another local science museum
•A hard-to-get-because-he-is-so-expensive author for March Is Reading Month
•Materials to start a school garden
•PTSA Council Choice (with approval by Kiwanis board)
•School staff choice (with approval by Kiwanis board)

You can help any of the participating elementary PTAs by dropping off shoes (rubber banded together in pairs):
Buchanan Elementary
Cooper Upper Elementary
Hoover Elementary
Johnson Upper Elementary
Randolph Elementary

All kinds of adult and child shoes are acceptable including flip-flops, slippers, cleats, water shoes, etc. If it goes on a foot, it qualifies.
The contest is weight-based. The school with the highest weight of shoes per number of students ratio wins.

Theater workshop for adults with disabilities

The Livonia Kiwanis will be sponsoring a 4th Wall Theater Workshop, which will be a singing, dancing, and acting clinic for children and adults with disabilities! It is free to all participants (as Kiwanis is covering the cost), and there are up to 25 spots available.

The official date is Thursday, October 15th from 6-8pm at the Stevenson High School Auditorium.

To RSVP, all that needs to be done is have an e-mail sent to

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PTA membership card update

2015-2016 Membership Cards + Online Payments

PTA Leaders,

In response to feedback from our members over the last few years and in keeping step with the times, we will be introducing an e-system for membership cards this year. No more membership cards jamming in the computer! No more running out of or requesting additional cards! No more returning unused cards! You will submit your new members online each month and we will take care of the rest.

Additionally, you will be able to submit payment for your members online!

We realize this is quite a change (maybe just for us old-timers) and on rather short notice. Our intent was to move to this new system next year, however, changes at National PTA that we received final details on last week made us revisit that timeline.

Historically, National PTA printed and provided membership cards to each of the states. This year that will not happen. States that choose to continue to use printed membership cards will need to absorb that cost.

In an effort to be good stewards of available funds and to maximize the portion of revenue we allocate to member services and programs, we decided to move to the membership card e-system sooner rather than later.

This escalated timeline means we have a bit more work to do before we can officially launch the new system. Watch for specific details on how the process will work by early September.

Also, we need to ask for your patience and cooperation. New systems rarely run perfectly and there are likely to be glitches. We intend to embrace the glitches and turn them into fixes!

Online payments and the e-membership card system are just two of the enhancements planned to make running your PTA/PTSA easier. Watch your e-mail and the Weekly Updates each Thursday for ongoing information.

Sandra York

Executive Director

National PTA Reflections Program

The PTA believes all children deserve a quality arts education and encourages students to pursue artistic expression through participation in its annual arts Reflections Program. The program offers students in preschool through grade 12 the opportunity to create works of art for fun and recognition. It celebrates the many skills of our students and encourages them to pursue artistic expression in a number of different ways including Film/Video Production, Dance Choreography, Musical Composition, Photography, Visual Arts and Literature.

For more information on the Livonia PTSA Council's involvement in the National PTA Reflections program, visit our website:

Entries will be due to Council before Thanksgiving break! Check out the guidelines and get creative!

Check out the Livonia PTSA Council Reflections channel on YouTube here:

NEW - Student Involvement Committee

Have you heard? The Livonia PTSA Council is working hard to round out our programs and find new ways to engage students in PTSA:

Students play a large part in PTSA! (They ARE the “S” in PTSA!) Join us in making your voice heard in PTSA. We have service volunteer opportunities, and opportunities to serve on PTSA boards.

If you are looking for student volunteers, this is the place to find them. Send us your “Help Wanted” ad and we will post it here.

To request Student Volunteers (Help Wanted):

Student Volunteers Sign Up here:

We currently have student volunteers needed for:
October 9 - Grant Elementary PTA Fall Festival
October 23 - Randolph Elementary PTA Fall Festival

Head to our website to check out the details and find contact information!

Staff Appreciation Contest winner announced!

Congratulations to Hayes Elementary PTA for winning the Council Staff Appreciation contest last May! They got the most "likes" on their picture that best represented their event that was posted to the Council Facebook page! They received a $100 Oriental Trading gift card as their prize. Thanks for sharing your celebration with us Hayes PTA and congratulations!

Coming up:

2 - Cass PTA Fun Run
5 - Randolph PTA meeting & Livonia PTSA Council Annual Meet & Greet,
6 - Grant, Niji Iro & Cass PTA meeting, Emerson PTSA meeting
7 - Kennedy PTA meeting
9 - Grant PTA Fall Festival & Webster PTA Walkathon
10 - Kennedy PTA craft & vendor fair
12 - Frost PTSA meeting,
13 - Franklin PTSA meeting
16 - Cass PTA Donuts with Dad, Niji Iro Fun(d) Run
19 - LPS BOE meeting
22 - MI PTA Advocacy Day, Lansing, MI
23 - Cooper & Randolph Fall Festival, Niji Iro Sports Day
27 - Churchill PTSA meeting
28 LPS Education Foundation Luncheon
30 Cass PTA Halloween Happening
28 - PTA Membership due

18 - Livonia PTSA Council workshop @ FHS Patriot Inn

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.