Livonia PTSA Council Courier

News for February 2017

Free Online PTA Webinar Series:

Michigan PTA is dedicated to offering as many educational and training opportunities as possible for our members throughout the state. We are so delighted to announce our new FREE webinar series that will begin next Monday February 6th. We will be scheduling several different webinars with various topics ranging from PTA best practices, fundraising ideas, advocacy topics and more. We will even present a webinar on how to you can use the webinar service to meet virtually with your committee members from the comfort of your own home!

Webinars are simply a seminar or meeting that is delivered via the internet and allow for audience participation including question and answer sessions. Every webinar can be recorded and uploaded to your website and Michigan PTA will be providing an archive of recorded webinars on in case you miss a live presentation and want to view it at your convenience.

To follow is our first webinar from Grom Social Network a social network platform designed for children 5-15 years of age.

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Directions to join the webinar:

To Attend online please use this link:

OR Call-in information: (641) 552-9227; Access code: 755145

To attend via audio only dial into the conference line. When prompted, enter the Access Code followed by the pound key.

If you are using Safari or Internet Explorer we recommend downloading the desktop app from for the best viewing experience.

While attending the webinar you can view the entire presentation via this link and listen to the presentation via the dial in number or using your computer's default sound/mic settings.

Please pass on to your elementary, middle and high school parents and families who may be interested in learning about safe social networking and to fundraising chairs to learn about discounts earned and other fundraising options with the Monthly Grom Club Program.

See you there!

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Michigan PTA Annual Convention has a new look!!!



  • General Sessions – Let your voice be heard through participation in the business of Michigan PTA.
  • Learn New Skills with Workshops and Table Talks – Convention workshops and table talks provide a great selection of hands-on learning and training opportunities. Get up-to-date information to strengthen your PTA.
  • Inspiring Keynote Speakers and Presenters – Hear from exciting and powerful keynote speakers who will motivate and inspire you!
  • Free Resources – Visit with Michigan PTA partners to gain ideas and information for programs for your school.
  • Volunteer- Learn how you can volunteer and work with Michigan PTA leadership and share your talents!
  • Networking – Link up with hundreds of others working on behalf of children and families to share best practices, resources and information.
  • Special Giveaway – Don’t miss the opportunity to win a cruise for two! A lucky PTA Volunteer will win this fantastic Caribbean cruise during the event – Remember you must be present to win!

Saturday March 25, 2017

Cornerstone Health + Technology High School

17351 Southfield Fwy.

Detroit, MI 48235

Time: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Early Bird Registration Now Open!

MICHIGAN PTA Scholarship

Deadline Extended to April 1, 2017

The Fran Anderson Michigan PTA Scholarship deadline has been extended to April 1, 2017! The scholarship was created as a way to recognize high school seniors who have demonstrated leadership and advocacy skills through participation in PTA. A minimum of one $1,000 scholarship is awarded each year and additional scholarships and/or scholarships of varying amounts are awarded based on available funds. Spread the word and let your high school seniors know about this fantastic opportunity!

ELIGIBILITY: High school students that plan to attend college in the fall of 2016 and are a member of a Michigan PTA/PTSA unit in good standing.



Founders Day is right around the corner!

We know that you have been waiting all year... and it's finally time for Founders' Day!

To RSVP or for questions, contact Founders Day Chair Debbie Pline at

From National PTA

Betsy DeVos Confirmed by Senate Committee

Members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee voted on Tuesday to move forward the nomination of Betsy DeVos, to be the next U.S. Secretary of Education, to the Senate floor for consideration. The HELP Committee voted to approve DeVos' nomination on a party-line vote of 12-11. The full Senate will vote on DeVos' nomination in the coming weeks.

National PTA has strong concerns regarding DeVos' nomination. In response, we have issued several statements and sent letters to members of congress in support of public education, reiterating our longstanding opposition to private school vouchers.

Read the letters to policymakers that National PTA signed on regarding the nomination of DeVos.

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National PTA recently released two new advocacy resources for PTA members. This year's edition of the Public Policy Agenda has been revamped, with a new layout and special focus on local PTA advocacy efforts and how every PTA advocate can affect public policy. The Public Policy Agenda is titled, " PTA Advocacy Changes Lives: Your Guide to Impacting Public Policy."

The second publication is the National PTA Legislative Checklist, which reflects National PTA's legislative requests for the 115th Congress. It will be given as a resource to members of Congress and their staff during meetings on Capitol Hill.

Want to learn more about these two documents?

Check out the Facebook Live featuring Shannon Sevier, vice president of advocacy for National PTA and Jacki Ball, director of government affairs for National PTA discussing the two new resources onNational PTA's Facebook Page.

2017 Livonia PTSA Council 3rd Annual Dad's Chili Cook Off!

Field Trip alert!

Is your school looking for an option for an end of the year field trip? Check out the Adventure Park flyer below:
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Coming up:


1-Cleveland PTA Meeting

- Kennedy PTA Meeting

- Kennedy PTA Science Fair

3-Niji Iro PTA Meeting

7-Cass PTA Meeting

-Coolidge PTA Meeting

9-Webster PTA Meeting

10-Cleveland PTA VIP Dance

13-LPS BOE Meeting



23-Cooper PTA Meeting

27-Franklin PTSA Meeting

28-Cleveland PTA Packzis for Pop day




15-LPTSA Council EB Meeting & Workshop @Garfield Elementary

20-LPS BOE Meeting

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Welcome to One Voice, the Official Blog of National PTA. A powerful voice for all children, PTA launched this blog as another platform for our leadership, ambassadors, staff and members to share the work they do on behalf of all children. You’ll read about dynamic programs happening at the local level, commentary on news and issues impacting the everyday realities of children, as well as live action from our conventions and events.

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  • Tips to help parents best support your child’s academic success and well-being
  • Relevant and timely stories about the successes and challenges of students, schools and families
  • Inspiration from everyday heroes who work to make every child’s potential a reality

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About us:

The Livonia PTSA Council is a group of 24 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.

The Mission of PTA

The overall purpose of PTA is to be:

  • A powerful voice for all children;
  • A relevant resource for families and communities, and
  • A strong advocate for the education and well-being of every child