Livonia PTSA Council Courier

February 2020 - What Time Is It? It's Nominations Time!


It's the end of February which means most, if not all, of our units have begun their nominations process for their 2020-2021 Boards. We know there's a lot of work involved in this: knowing your bylaws, forming a nominations committee, and finding (or persuading) suitable candidates (cake helps, haha). Most importantly, it's about forming a board that works as a team and is committed to not only the students and school they represent, but to the position they accept and are voted into. As most of us know, we don't get paid to be the awesome volunteers that we are. The hours can be long, the events can be many, and often it is a thankless job, but the difference we're making for the students and the schools is what it's all about!

If you have questions about the nominations process or need any assistance, utilize your Council Liaison. They are always there to help you with any questions you might have! The upcoming workshop in March is a good tool to utilize as well!

Good Luck to you all, and we look forward to seeing old faces, new faces, and most importantly, happy faces!

What is Parliamentary Procedure ?

The Livonia, Farmington, and Northville PTSA Councils are hosting this workshop. This workshop is for PTA board members who need a better understanding of Parliamentary Procedures, a high level explanation of Robert's Rules and how they should be implemented during a PTA meeting. Michigan PTA's Sue Bellows will be the facilitator.

Join us Wednesday, March 18th at
Stevenson High School - 33500 Six Mile Rd, Livonia
6:30 PM in the Library

As an official RSVP please use this link by March 11th:

(Council will be having our executive board meeting from 6-6:30PM before the workshop.)

Founder's Day Celebration

On Wednesday February 12th we gathered at Vis Ta Tech Center to celebrate all things PTA! "PTA Prom" as Webster President Chris Chmura called it, is a gathering we all look forward to! It's always a great time mingling with all LPS units, leaders, staff, volunteers, and students. This event is always exceptional and this year was no different thanks to Debbie Pline and her commitee. As the Founder's Day Committee Chair, Debbie puts A LOT of hard work and effort into making it an enjoyable experience for all! Thank You Debbie, Mandy, and Sara!!

A special congratulations to all of the staff, volunteers, and students from each school who were nominated to receive awards for being shining stars in their PTA!

Of course, let's not forget those centerpieces! Wow! Every year the centerpieces get better and the competition becomes more fierce! The Reflections theme "Look Within" definitely inspired some amazing pieces! It's incredible to see the creativity of our units! Great job to all!

Until next year (and more cake),

Andrea Malenfant

Council Newsletter Chair

Youth Making A Difference

The Youth Making a Difference participation deadline is fast approaching! We will need the number of participants from each school by Feb 28th. If your school is not participating, please let us know. This will give us time to have certificates & invites printed. I’m working on getting emails out to those schools who told us their chairpersons & principals.

Debbie Pline & myself are chairing Youth Making a Difference this year. Forms were emailed by Kellie Dummer to all PTA Presidents & Vice-Presidents. The forms are also on MemberHub under files. Please reach out to me with your school name & number of participants or email me at

Nikki Watson

Council YMAD Chair

MemberHub Community Give Backs

Member hub is starting a new passive fundraising platform that they are piloting in Region D & F of Michigan. They have asked the units in our council to be involved since all our units have functioning MH stores and great participation. It is basically like Groupon but the offers will be on your already existing MH store page, they will be for local businesses and your PTA will receive a percentage of sales of each offer purchased through your store. FREE MONEY!! The great news is Member Hub will be doing all the "sales" work to get these local businesses to participate.

This website will give you more information about the program.

If you have not already, please let me know whether your unit would be interested in participating in this trial run. (If we don't have enough units who want to participate they will move onto another council.)

If you have questions please let me know. This is a great opportunity for our PTA's!


Kellie Dummer

Council President

PTA Shout Out!

This month's PTA Shout Out goes out to the Kennedy PTA Board!

Kennedy PTA hosted their "Hearts Aglow" dance on Thursday February 20th. Their Board really took Council's Inclusion Workshop to heart and made this event inclusive for all! This event was FREE for everyone, with FREE snacks (including allergy friendly snacks), FREE glow bracelets and necklaces, FREE face painting that glowed in the dark, and a FREE inflatable photo booth! How cool! They also offered a "Quiet Room" for students and families who needed some quiet time or who preferred the quiet, but still wanted to be part of the fun. The Quiet Room included tables covered in butcher paper with coloring supplies, coloring sheets, and more! President Sara Bennett stated "Several parents were thanking us for having a quiet/chill out room!"

Way to go Kennedy for really stepping up to the plate and providing a great example of how events can be inclusive for all!

Andrea Malenfant

Council Newsletter Chair

Council loves to see the incredible things that units are doing. And we're pretty sure other units may get inspired by seeing what others are doing as well! If your unit is interested in a PTA Shout Out, invite me or any other Council Members to your PTA/School Facebook pages. You may just get a shout out for one of your events! And remember, you can also submit articles to the newsletter!

Reflections Award Ceremony

We had a terrific time celebrating the accomplishments of our Reflections artists. Thank you to all who attended our awards ceremony. And an even bigger thank you to our team of fantastic volunteers who helped make this year's program a success! We announced next year's theme at the end of the ceremony. Time for your young artists to reflect on the theme of "I Matter Because..."

We are also looking for a volunteer to join us on council to become a Reflections co-chair. Now that I have two years under my belt, I've got the processes figured out. But I could really use someone to help make the magic happen. The Reflections "season" starts over the summer, as we work to get our team of unit chairs in place and fully trained. The first couple months of the school year are spent helping to promote the program. November is when things really get fun, because the entries roll in. That's when my part of the process really ramps up, as I prepare everything for the judges. There's a bit of a breather in December, as the judges are doing their thing. But then by the end of December, it's full steam ahead until the awards ceremony in January. This job includes things like recruiting volunteers, fielding questions from those volunteers, creating flyers and promotional materials, checking the entries for rules violations, prepping the entries for judging, data entry, number crunching when the scores come in, planning the awards ceremony, making the program & PowerPoint for the ceremony, and lining up volunteers for the ceremony. You wouldn't have to be involved in all of the steps. We could talk about which parts of the process match up with your skills and your availability. I actually enjoy all of it. I would just like a partner to help lighten the load. If this sounds like something you would like to join me in, please let me know.

Debbie Yates
Reflections Council Chair

The Elephant In The Room

Did you know there are ZERO business memberships enrolled in Michigan Unit PTA/PTSA's?

This is something Michigan PTA wants to quickly change! Here are some of their recommendations for boosting business memberships:

  • Solicit businesses for items to use for member drawings
  • Ask businesses to provide discounts to PTA members
  • Let the business community know what the PTA has done for children and schools
  • Offer free advertising via your website, events, and other social media in exchange for their membership
  • Display signage for business to put into their windows indicating that they are PTA members of "ABC Unit"
  • Provide business information in PTA directories whether online or print
  • For PTA's with t-shirts, display the name/logo of the business on the back.

For members

  • Patronize the businesses who have PTA memberships
  • Enroll in community events and set up a table about your PTA/PTSA

Here is the link to access the business membership form:

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The Importance Of A Movie License

It was big PTA news, and it got people talking. . . the need for a Public Performance License or "Movie License" is the real deal my friends!

A PTA in Berkley, California was fined $250 by the Disney corporation for showing "The Lion King" at their 'Parents' Night Out' event. This PTA did not purchase a "movie license" claiming they were unaware that they needed to do so. How Disney became aware of the showing is unclear, however, this story goes to show that IT CAN happen!

About 25,000 schools nationwide have licenses that allow them to show movies, and if you show movies at your events, you should be one of them! Most companies offer a one time viewing fee of $250 dollars or you can opt to purchase an annual license which costs a little over $500.

If you have any questions regarding the purchase of a movie license for your unit and school you can reach out to your Council Liaison or email President Kellie Dummer.

Air Time Fundraising Opportunities And More!

Dominque Marshall from Air Time Trampoline Park is interested in discussing fundraisers, assemblies, field trips, etc with our units. They also have a program where they give out jump passes to students who have the equivalent of "straight A's" per card marking for any school in Livonia!

If you are interested, please contact Dominque by email at

Get Your PEP On!

The PEP Program is underway! Your PEP guide has all the important dates!

Due in March: Attend Council's Parlimentary Workshop and Submit your Council dues by the 28th

Save The Date!

Council's Officer Training Workshop will be on Wednesday May 20th at Churchill High School from 6pm - 8pm. This is important for ALL unit officers, not just new ones! There is always new information to be gained and it's a great opportunity for asking questions! Mark your calendars!

Important Dates for the 2019 - 2020 Year!

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**3/18 LPTSA Council Executive Board Meeting | 6:00 - 6:30 p.m. | Stevenson High School Library

**3/18 Workshop - What is Parliamentary Procedure? | 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. | Stevenson High School Library

4/15 LPTSA Council Executive Board Meeting | 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. | BOE - Conference Room A

4/15 LPTSA General Membership Meeting - Elections | 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. | BOE - Room A

4/16 Youth Making A Difference Ceremony | 6:00 p.m. | Churchill High School

5/20 LPTSA Council Officer Training | 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. | Churchill High School Library

6/17 LPTSA Council Executive Board Meeting | 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. | TBD

7/15 Council Audit Party | 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. | BOE Board Room - Basement

Have You Joined Us On Facebook?

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

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 Kellie Dummer at