Livonia PTSA Council Courier

News for November 17

What's the big deal about COMPLIANCE anyway?

Did you remember to send your information to the Michigan PTA, with copies to Livonia PTSA Council?
  • Unit Dues & officer information (due June 1)
  • Audit
  • Budget
  • 990 (due Nov 15)
  • 25 Members (due Dec 1)
  • Up to date BYLAWS (review/approve every three years)

So, why do we collect that information EVERY year? The Michigan PTA MUST collect that information in order to maintain their IRS charitable organization standing - and yours!

The Livonia PTSA Council requires copies as a backup. If something is lost, we have a copy. We can confirm that you sent your information. Sometimes things are misplaced during transition from one board to another. We're your backup.

We can also identify if there might be a problem - when information is missing or incomplete. We'd rather be able to identify a potential problem, and save you a phone call (or several) with the IRS.

If you have questions or concerns, CONTACT YOUR LIAISON!

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It's time to finish up those Reflections entries so that they can be turned in to Council this week. Drop off location is at Niji Iro Elementary - 36611 Curtis (between Levan and Newburgh) on the following dates and times:
Wednesday November 19 from 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Thursday November 20 from 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Please contact Cyndi Pierzynski with any questions at
Special thanks to Niji Iro principal Karen Young for accommodating our Reflections collection!
Have you tried the DONATION METHOD BAKE SALE yet? Do you believe that you can make more money with less work? We have the proof - as seen in the results above. By asking for donations rather than pricing your baked goods, Units have seen profits nearly double. There is less work (no anxiety in having to price items) and people tend to donate more than what a volunteer would normally price items. It does take some faith and courage, but the results seem to indicate this is the way to go. Make sure to let people know WHO you are, WHY you are fundraising and HOW you will spend the money raised!
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Thanksgiving Buffet at the Patriot Inn

Did you know that Franklin High School is home to the Patriot Inn? Join the Livonia PTSA Council for lunch at the Patriot Inn's Thanksgiving Buffet, Thursday November 20. Lunch is served from 10:40 am - 12:10 pm. Cost is $8.50/person.
RSVP to Chef Christine at to reserve your seat today!

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Sylvan Learning Center Livonia offer to PTA members

Exclusive Offer: 50% Off a Student Assessment
Our Sylvan Insight™ Assessments help your members discover their children’s strengths and needs in the classroom. (It retails for $195, so you’re saving nearly $100.) Plus, for every student who takes an assessment at our center, we’ll donate $10 to your PTA.

For more information about Sylvan Learning Centers:
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FOUNDERS DAY 2015 - Save the Date!

Founders Day information that you need to know:
Who - all PTA members
What - Founders Day 2015
Where - Schoolcraft College, VisTaTech Center
When - Wednesday February 11, 2015 Doors open at 5:00, Dinner at 6:00
Cost - $25 person
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Leader in Me workshop has been rescheduled FOR JANUARY 24, 2015

ATTENTION - ANOTHER DATE CHANGE, due to a conflict with the Blessings in a Backpack fundraiser. We will see you in January, please bowl on November 22 - for a good cause!

Join the Livonia PTSA Council for a presentation by Dr. Terry Taylor, Cooper Upper Elementary Principal and Leader in Me pro for an informative workshop all about the Leader In Me program.

Saturday January 24, 2015

9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Cooper Upper Elementary

This workshop is geared to new Leader in Me families, but all are welcome to attend. Dr. Taylor will go over the program and explain the way it works, both at school and at home. Please RSVP using the following link:

Coming Up:

19 & 20 Reflections entries due to Council
20 Franklin Patriot Inn Thanksgiving lunch $8/person

5 Council Bowling Party at Woodland Lanes for Unit officers
10 @11 am & 3 pm Cookies with the Patriot Inn
12 @ 11 am & 3 pm Cookies with the Patriot Inn

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.