Livonia PTSA Council Courier
March 2020 - What Just Happened?
We Can Do This
As I sit here typing this opening to the newsletter, my mind is still trying to comprehend all that has happened this last week. COVID-19 has completely stalled us. Schools are closed, restaurants are closed, no school events or meetings, and no play dates. Our normal day to day routines are currently non-existent as we practice social distancing and for many, trying to "home school" our children. I'll admit, I was pretty scared in the beginning. I struggled between worrying too much and not worrying enough. But then I began to see the amazing work being done by our district, seeing units coming up with fun things for their students to enjoy, and families helping those who needed it most. With all this, I began to say, "It's gonna be ok."
It's important to stay positive during this time, especially for our children. They may not be able to go places or see their teachers and friends in person, but we live in a technological world! They can face time family and friends, do virtual tours of fun places, watch funny videos, and still do some learning online. They can also play outside in their backyards or go for a walk/bike ride with mom and dad! There is so much potential for learning and doing new things as a family! We all know what we need to do to keep our families healthy and safe, so I won't preach to the choir. But I will say that I am forever grateful to be part of a district and community that is always willing to help one another and that puts our students first. WE CAN DO THIS!
Council Newsletter Chair
Livonia Pride At Its Finest!
LPS Curbside Food Assistance Program
LPS Student Home Resources
"As we plan for the weeks that our schools will be closed following Governor Whitmer’s announcement, there are many opportunities for students to continue their learning at home. Knowing that the rich instruction that your child receives at school cannot be replicated with an on-line experience, these resources and activities simply provide opportunities for you and your child to engage in learning around reading, thinking and problem solving. The links below are organized into content areas. There are no requirements from the district or teachers for students to complete any of these activities. There will be no collection of work, grading or rewarding of any activities." - LPS
https://www.smore.com/knuex - Post High School Students LTP and Garfield
https://www.smore.com/fxcdt - High school Ninth - Twelfth Grade
https://www.smore.com/jgphf - Middle School Seventh and Eighth Grade
https://www.smore.com/4n0he - Upper Elementary Fifth and Sixth Grade
https://www.smore.com/txfgh - Elementary Kindergarten - Fourth Grade
https://www.smore.com/1m0s9 - Preschool and Young 5's General and Special Education
National PTA COVID - 19 Information
National PTA has a page dedicated to information and resources for families regarding COVID -19. It addresses a lot of frequently asked questions as well as talking to your children about the Coronavirus. There is also great information regarding home learning, legislative acts, and more. You can access it at:
Click on the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information tab
Michigan PTA Resources
PTA Shout Out!
This Month's PTA Shout Out most certainly has to go to our LPS leaders! This last week was rapidly changing with new developments thrown into the mix almost every passing day! LPS not only addressed things swiftly, but also made A LOT of things happen! They answered many of the questions that parents had and compiled resources for families to utilize during the school closure. They were also able to create a food assistance program for ALL LPS students! They have continued to keep families updated as information comes and will continue to do so.These men and women have worked diligently and tirelessly to make sure our families have everything they need during this time of closure and uncertainty. I know a lot of families appreciate everything they have done! We can't thank you enough!
I'd also like to give a shout out to the units that are hosting fun, online things for their students. Like Buchanan's "Story Time With Mr. Wennstrom" or Webster's daily videos from different staff members. Just to name a couple. Keeping our families engaged and informed is a huge part of what we do and if you can make it fun, that's even better! If your unit is also doing things like this during the school closure then you get a SHOUT OUT too!
Lastly, we know all units have been dealing with parent concerns and fears, answering a bazillion questions (or directing them to the appropriate source when you don't know the answer), canceling all the events you had planned, and making sure all important information has been relayed on your social media pages. YOU ALL deserve a Shout Out!
Council Newsletter Chair
Who Wants A Shout Out?
LPTSA Council Nominations For The 2020-2021 Executive Board
Unit Membership Fees At A Flat Rate
At Council's Executive Board meeting on Wednesday March 18th, a motion was made to change the way unit membership fees are paid to Council. The new change would mean that units would pay one "flat fee" each fall to Council for their memberships instead of monthly payments. The rational for this motion is to stabilize income for council, reduce the paperwork, check writing and mailing of checks to the council's membership chair (ie saving time for each unit membership person, treasurer, and saving on postage) and reduce the workload for our council membership chair and treasurer.
Keep in mind that dues to Michigan PTA ($5.50 per member) will still need to be paid monthly.
Council wants your feedback on this. Please share this survey with everyone on your board so they can respond. Survey Link:
An Unexpected Art Contest
Having students home for the next few weeks is the perfect opportunity to talk to them about Reflections! It's never too early to get started on a submission for next year's contest. Our Reflections Chair Debbie Yates has created a fantastic video to explain Reflections and it showcases some entries for inspiration. We encourage you to share it on your school/PTA pages.
Important Dates for the 2019 - 2020 Year!
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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.
The Livonia PTSA Council is a group of 19 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 firstname.lastname@example.org