Livonia PTSA Council Courier

News for December 2015

Chili Cook Off is coming

Who: The Livonia PTSA Council

What: 2nd Annual PTA Dads Chili Cook-Off

Where: Franklin High School

When: January 16, 2016 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Why: To get Dads, Grandpas, Uncles to join and support their favorite PTAs, earn money for their favorite schools, and have a great time while doing it. Male LPS teachers &/or administrative staff are welcome too!!

A $5 admission gets you refreshments and unlimited chili samples from all of our entrants (while supplies last). ). There will also be hot dogs and baked goods for sale courtesy of the Franklin HS Patriot Inn.

The 1st place “Dad” will take home a “Dadcentric” prize package, a $500 Art Program grant (from The Livonia Kiwanis Early Risers) for their favorite Livonia Public School, and bragging rights for 365 days.

Potential Entries: All entrants MUST be male and a member of their local PTA. If you are not a member yet, there is still time to join. The entry fee is $10 per chili. Chili must be brought to the event in a crockpot, ready to eat. Feel free to dress up your table to wow the judges. Extra awards will include people’s choice, best dressed table, & hottest chili!

Entry fee is only $10 per chili so sign up now!

Rules and entry forms may be found on our website:

Kiwanis Shoe Drive RESULTS ARE IN!!!

Congratulations to all participating schools who worked so hard and showed such enthusiasm. The winning school with an amazing pounds per student ratio of 8.17 is Randolph Elementary. Randolph families collected 114 bags of shoes. The team of 30+ students made posters, spoke to each class, filled and labeled the bags, and helped us load every bag into our vehicles.

I would like to give special recognition to the students at Garfield who personally called me to request pickups (I think I'm going to save those voicemails for a long time,) the students at Riley who gave up their playground time to fill bags, and the PTA at Hoover who took advantage of their Walk-a-thon to collect twenty bags-worth of shoes before any other school had collected even one.

Thank you again to everyone who participated in this shoe drive. You have made it more successful than anyone in our club could have hoped. Working with the parents, staff and students has been truly enjoyable.

Kathi Withun

The Livonia PTSA Council would like to congratulate Randolph Elementary for winning the contest and we'd like to thank all of our participating schools. You did a fantastic job and we are so proud of your hard work.

We would also like to thank the Livonia Kiwanis Early Risers Club for being so generous. We are so grateful to have such a wonderful partner in the community!

Here are the numbers:

  • In 8 weeks, your elementary schools have collected 12,075 pairs of shoes, weighing in at 12,211 pounds. That's 6.1 tons of stuff not going into a landfill.
  • Together, these 7 schools have 3,289 students. So on average, the family of each student donated 3.71 pairs of shoes.
  • At $0.40/pound, you have raised $4,884.40 for our club to split between the elimination of maternal/neonatal tetanus and Michigan children's hospital programs.
  • Final LPS numbers are not in yet because one of the high schools seems to have misplaced some of their bags. With what we have collected to date from them, LPS as a whole has donated 12,476 pairs of shoes at 12,623 pounds.
  • That's $5,049.20.
  • When we started this project, we had 100 bags to work with. I gave each of your schools 10 bags, a couple of boxes and some rubber bands. There are two schools who were each able to fill more than 100 bags, together earning more than $2,300.

The Kiwanis Club of Livonia Early Risers was chartered in 1981. Two of our charter members are still active today. Our club's focus, and the focus of our 600,000 members worldwide, is changing the world by serving children, one child and one community at a time. If you or someone you know would like to help us make a difference in the lives of children, here and around the world, please send us an email. It's really a lot of fun!

Cards for military heroes with Garfield Elementary

Garfield Elementary PTA would like to invite the LPS community to join them for an evening of card making to thank our military personnel. Please RSVP to Garfield PTA President Julie Spence at
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Reflections 2015 - Let your imagination fly....

Please join us in thanking our Council Reflections chairs - Cyndi Pierzynski and Ny Derry! Thanks to their hard work, Livonia PTSA Council accepted over 120 entries in this years Reflections competition (they are projecting a total of 150 entries!) That's fantastic news!

We would also like to thank each PTA Reflections chairperson. These programs can't happen without your hard work and encouragement. Enjoy the upcoming break and we look forward to celebrating our Reflections Awards with you as soon as we get back:

Thursday January 7
6:00 - 8:00 pm
Stevenson High School

November Livonia PTSA Council Workshop at the Patriot Inn

Did you miss our last workshop? We had a fantastic presentation by the staff of the Patriot Inn. Chef Andy showed us some easy and exciting ways to shake up Thanksgiving side dishes. Did we mention there were delicious samples? Teacher Chris Bednarczyk explained how PTA units can hire the Patriot Inn to cater functions too. If you'd like information, please email Ms. B at

Joy Ellis won the Thanksgiving dinner prepared by the Patriot Inn students that Council raffled. She writes "It was delicious and much appreciated."
Make sure to write down March 16 for our next Workshop!
Thanks again to the Patriot Inn!

YMAD update

Due to changes in the building renovation schedule, we are no longer able to hold the YMAD Celebration at Stevenson on April 19th.

The 2016 YMAD Celebration will instead be held at Churchill High School on April 26th. Please pass this information on to your student participants.

Who doesn't like to go out to eat every now and then?

Why not choose a restaurant that will give back to one of our PTA Units! Here is a handy list of generous restaurants that will donate to our Livonia PTAs, listed by date. Please thank them for supporting PTA!

National PTA's "Get It Right" Campaign

News from the National PTA:

In partnership with the Learning First Alliance, the Get It Right: Common Sense on the Common Core campaign shares success stories and resources with educators, parents and community leaders across the country to help them better understand and implement the Common Core State Standards in their local schools.

National PTA launched its "Get it Right" campaign in June 2015 at its annual convention in Charlotte, NC, with a training for PTA leaders from 12 states. PTA leaders then went back to their states and completed work centered on educating parents on standards, assessments and advocacy skills needed to impact the successful implementation of college and career ready standards completing over 70 trainings.

The campaign was a great success! A special thank you goes to Johanna Bobenhouse, Hoang Bui, Janice Crutchfield, Deborah Demery, Nicole Fentem, Frances Frost, Maryalice Foisy, Sherry Holderith, Linda Kearschner, Jennifer Martinez, Brian Minsker, Cheryl Phipps, Sheila Ragland, Tandra Rutledge and LeAnn Wood.

We thank them for dedicating their time to this important work, making a difference in their states, and furthering PTA's mission of making every child's potential a reality.

Cookies with the Patriot Inn!

It's back for a second year! The Patriot Inn is inviting PTA officers for an afternoon of cookie baking right before the holidays! There is no cost to participate and this is first come, first served - so sign up now. Bakers just need to show up ready to bake. The Patriot Inn students will do all of the prep work for you! Each baker will leave with several dozen tasty cookies ready to eat. Sign up here:

HOLIDAY BUFFET with the Patriot Inn

WHEN: Thursday, December 17, 2015
WHERE: Patriot Inn
TIME: 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
COST: $9/person

Reservations are suggested: or 734744-2655 x 47184

Come and celebrate with our hot and cold appetizers and holiday treats.
Coming Up:


1 - Cass & Grant PTA meeting

4 - Livonia PTSA Council officer's bowling party

9 - Garfield PTA meeting, Grant Ornament exchange & bingo party

9, 10, 11 - PTA Cookies with the Patriot Inn

10 - Garfield PTA Cards for Military Heroes

11 - Randolph PTA meeting

15 - Churchill PTSA meeting

16 - Johnson & Kennedy PTA meeting

17 - Cooper PTA meeting


28 - PTA Membership due


7 - Livonia PTSA Council Reflections Ceremony @ Stevenson High School

16- Livonia PTSA Council 2nd Annual Chili Cook Off @ Franklin High School


20 - Livonia PTSA Council Executive Board Meeting

28 - PTA Membership due


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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.