Livonia PTSA Council Courier

News for April 20, 2015

Livonia PTSA Council Elections~

We would like to thank our 2014-2015 officers for a year of service to PTA:
President: Julie Thompson
1st VP: John Grzebik
2nd VP: Stacey Dogonski
Treasurer: Debbie Pline
Recording Secretary: Karen Werden
Corresponding Secretary: Allison Johnson

Congratulations to our incoming 2015-2016 Board who was elected April 15:
President: Julie Thompson
1st VP: Karen Werden
2nd VP: Stacey Dogonski
Treasurer: Debbie Pline
Recording Secretary: John Grzebik
Corresponding Secretary: Joy Ellis

Finally, thank you to our Nominations Committee: John Grzebik, Allison Johnson and Debbie Pline.

Has your unit held elections yet?

If you have held elections, you can submit your officer (and committee chair) names and contact information for the 2015 - 2016 Council Directory. Simply follow this link to submit information online:

REMEMBER - to submit your new officer information (Annual Unit Dues) to the Michigan PTA office by JUNE 1! (Send a copy to the Livonia PTSA Council too!) The form can be found here:


We look forward to seeing you TOMORROW - Tuesday April 21 at Stevenson High School for our annual Youth Making a Difference celebration! The program begins at 6:00 pm.

Franklin High School PTSA in the spotlight!

Franklin High School PTSA sponsored another successful voter registration drive during the lunch hour Tuesday March 31. Organized by Membership Chair Ny Derry, and assisted by Livonia City Clerk Susan Hoff, this second voter registration drive successfully registered several Livonia and Westland students to vote. Great job Franklin PTSA and thank you Ny!
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#AutismUniquelyYou - Celebrating the Uniqueness in All of Us

Autism Awareness Month

Nearly a quarter century ago, the Autism Society launched a nationwide effort to promote autism awareness, inclusion and self-determination for all, and assure that each person with ASD is provided the opportunity to achieve the highest possible quality of life. This year we want to go beyond simply promoting autism awareness to encouraging friends and collaborators to become partners in movement toward acceptance and appreciation.
#AutismUniquelyYOU – Celebrating the Uniqueness in Us All!
Be unique, be you! #AutismUniquelyYou is a month-long social media campaign celebrating self-identity and acceptance and appreciation for how each of us does our part to make the world a better place for autism. It’s a simple concept – hand painting for a cause and raising awareness for the Autism Society. The campaign encourages people to paint their hands, make a video or take a picture of a unique product, share it on social media, urge others to do the same!

Is encouraging a healthy lifestyle important to your school?

Healthy Lifestyles Energy Balance 101 Grant

National PTA’s Healthy Lifestyles Grants provide local PTAs with tools to use in partnering with schools and engaging families in improving awareness of energy balance. Energy balance is simply finding a balance between the calories we consume each day through what we eat and drink and the calories we burn though physical activity.


Local PTAs will:

  • Use the Energy Balance Enrichment Zone curricula to educate families on the importance of energy balance, good nutrition and physical activity in achieving an active, healthy lifestyle
  • Empower families to partner with schools to advocate for and support the implementation of healthy changes around nutrition and physical activity
  • Provide families with tools to create an environment at home that supports the positive changes at school

Funding Available

National PTA will award Healthy Lifestyles Grants of $2,000 to 25 local PTAs for grades K-5. Title 1 schools are strongly encouraged to apply.

Grant Terms

Grant funding must be spent between October 1, 2015 and April 30, 2016.

How to Apply

Review the Request for Proposals for additional information about funding requirements, selection criteria, eligibility, key dates and specific application components, then apply online.


Email or call (703)518-1258.

Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation is the proud sponsor of National PTA’s Healthy Lifestyles Grants, which through its 275+ members and partners, seeks to significantly reduce childhood obesity rates.


The Livonia PTSA Council Reflections team is working on opportunities for your students to start work on next years program! Write Wednesday April 29 on your calendar and plan for your student to attend! Contact our outstanding Reflections Chairs, Ny or Cyndi for more information (contact info below.)

For those who entered this year, the Michigan PTA will be presenting their Awards Reception HERE IN LIVONIA at Johnson Upper Elementary on Saturday May 2.

Register to attend the MI PTA Reflections awards here:
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Legislative Updates

The Michigan PTA adopted the following two Resolutions at the Michigan PTA convention:

·Support for Proposition 1


You can find the text of the resolutions at the Michigan PTA website:

Additionally, you can view a short video presentation by Livonia Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Randy Liepa about how Proposal 1 will affect Livonia Public Schools here:

Please remember to vote May 5!

Coming up:



28 Membership due

29 LPTSA Council Reflections Workshop @ Riley Upper Elementary


2 Michigan PTA Reflections Awards at Johnson Upper Elementary
4 Michigan PTA President's Conference call (log in to MI PTA website for details)

5 - Reminder - No School (Rescheduled day off - originally April 29) Remember to VOTE!

25 - Reminder - No School (Memorial Day)

27 LPTSA Council Officer Training at Frost Middle School

28 Membership due

1 Annual Unit Dues due to MI PTA
11 - LPS Last day of school

15 - LPTSA Council annual Audit Party

8 - MI PTA Summer Leadership Academy @ Edsel Ford HS, Dearborn

For more information about the Michigan PTA, click here:

For more information about the National PTA, click here:

About us

The Livonia PTSA Council is a group of 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.