Livonia PTSA Council Courier

News for December 2016

3rd Annual PTA Dads Chili Cook Off

Who: The Livonia PTSA Council

What: 3rd Annual PTA Dads Chili Cook-Off

Where: Franklin High School

When: January 14, 2017 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).

The 1st place “Dad” will take home a “Dadcentric” prize package, a $500 health & wellness grant, courtesy of The Livonia Kiwanis Early Risers, for their favorite Livonia Public School, and bragging rights for 365 days.

Potential Entries: All entrants MUST be a “dad” and a member of their local PTA. If you are not a member yet, there is still time to join. Chili must be brought to the event in a crockpot, ready to eat. Please bring an extension cord. 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!

For any further questions, please contact Robb Drzewicki at - 248-719-0277

Cleveland PTA Parent's Night Out

On Friday November 18th, Cleveland Elementary hosted their first Parent's Night Out event! Parents dropped their student(s) off to the school and got to have some "Me" time for a couple hours! Students watched "Finding Dory" and were provided with popcorn, water, and fruit snacks. They brought blankets and pillows, and some even came in pajamas, to make the movie experience even more fun! Thank you to the Franklin High School students and adult volunteers who helped to make the evening a success! We can't wait for our next "Parent's Night Out" event! We bet the parents can't wait either!
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Become a School Wellness Champion

Did you know that National PTA offers resources for parents? Learn how to become a School Wellness Champion with USDA's Team Nutrition's Local School Wellness Policy Outreach Kit! The new customizable, digital toolkit includes a presentation and school flyers for parents, among other resources. Download the kit.

Tis the season to be generous - with a few rules:

In this season of giving, we all want to do our part to help those less fortunate in our communities. We encourage everyone to do what they can to make our communities better, but we caution each of you to do so within IRS rules. So, as you plan your activities this month, please be aware of the following rules that all PTA Units are subject to:

Charitable Class:

A charitable association, such as PTA, must be set up to benefit an indefinite class of individuals, not particular persons. However, the number of beneficiaries may be small as long as the benefited class is open and the identities of the beneficiaries are not specifically listed.

The group of individuals that may properly receive assistance from a charitable association is called a “charitable class.” A charitable class must be large or indefinite enough that providing aid to members of the class benefits the community as a whole. Because of this requirement, a tax-exempt disaster relief or emergency hardship organization cannot target and limit its assistance to specific individuals, such as a few persons injured in a particular fire. Similarly, donors cannot earmark contributions to a charitable association for a particular individual or family. When a disaster or emergency hardship occurs, a charitable association may help individuals who are needy or otherwise distressed because they are part of a general class or charitable beneficiaries. There are many PTAs that have a family or child in need that they would like to donate funds to. In this case, take your fundraising expertise outside of the PTA to ensure that your PTA does not work outside its mission to serve every child.

While disasters often bring out the best in people, they also bring out the worst in a few. Some agencies that claim to be working on behalf of disaster victims are really scam artists trying to raise money for themselves. Be sure to donate your funds to reputable, well-established agencies, such as the American Red Cross, to avoid falling victim to a swindle.

This information was taken from the PTA Treasurer's Quick Reference Guide to Finance, 2014 which can be found on our website, under Resources:

Livonia PTSA Council Officers Get - Together rescheduled

Due to the many PTA events going on this month, the Livonia PTSA Council voted at our November meeting to reschedule our Annual PTSA Officers get together to Friday January 6, 2017. Please watch for additional details as we get closer to that date!
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Announcing the new Michigan PTA "How To Series" for Officers and PTA Leaders!

The Michigan PTA has launched a new 'How To Series" to assist officers and local PTA leaders build and operate your local PTA meetings. Our first installment is a training on how to submit your monthly membership roster as well as make online unit dues. To learn more follow this link to view the training video.

Storytelling 101

When: Thursday, Dec. 15

Time: 1 p.m. EST

Register Now

Everyone loves a good story. The stories we tell provide inspiration, build relationships and create a sense of community. Every PTA member has a story about what brought them into the PTA family—or they have a story about how their PTA solved a problem, helped a family or improved children's education in their community.

We want to help you figure out how to tell your story and show you how sharing your story will help drive our mission to make every child's potential a reality by engaging families and communities to support all children's success.

Join us for Storytelling 101—a webinar that will help you find your voice and share your story. In this first of a three-part webinar series on storytelling, we will discuss:

  • Why You Should Tell Your Story
  • The Foundations of an Impactful Story
  • How You Can Use Your Story

Featured Speakers:

  • Anna King, National PTA Board of Directors Member
  • Dianna MacDonald, California State PTA President-Elect
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Michigan PTA to Deliver College Planning Solution

Greenville, SC: College Select, the leading global provider in college planning solutions and Michigan PTA, the leading voice in advocacy for children and families, announced today a partnership that will provide thousands of students with the tools and services needed to participate in post-secondary opportunities without limitations.

“As a parent, I realize what an overwhelming challenge planning for college can be," said Ruthann Jaquette, President of Michigan PTA. "Providing an easy to use tool for parents and students is exciting and Michigan PTA is proud to announce our new College Planning Center which provides all the resources needed to navigate through the college planning process located in one easy to use website. This new partnership with the experts from College Select enables parents and students the ability to research thousands of colleges or trade schools, explore finance options, research and apply for scholarships and so much more. Whether you are a student athlete or a dance major, Michigan PTA College Planning Center has collected all the information you will need to be successful."

Joseph Blaney, President of College Select commented, "Working with the Michigan PTA has been a wonderful experience as we both recognize the importance of offering our platform to the entire state. Students and families of Michigan, through the PTA, can now have access to all the tools and resources necessary for a successful transition from high school to college while saving time and money. Providing students with the latest technology in one central location to guide them through the process, will enable them to have more options, take control of their destiny and make the best decision possible to further their education.“

About College Select:
College Select's proven methodology to plan and save for college has never been easier. They automated the planning and placement process through the deployment of their College Planning Center™. This simple yet powerful platform puts students and families in control by providing high school organizations and guidance counselors with the ability to communicate in seconds with college administrators from virtually anywhere saving time and money.

About Michigan PTA:

Since 1918, the Michigan Parent Teacher Association (Michigan PTA), a chapter of the National PTA, has been a leading voice in advocacy for children and families in Michigan. Michigan PTA promotes local, regional and state efforts to focus on the education and well-being of all children in our state by working with families, educators, school boards, statewide associations and non-profit organizations, business and community leaders, the legislature, the State Board of Education and the Michigan Department of Education to ensure child-related concerns are being met.


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- Kennedy Cookies with Santa
5 - Roosevelt PTA meeting
6 - Cass PTA meeting
- Coolidge PTA meeting
7 - Kennedy PTA meeting & Family Fit Fun Night

19 - LPS BOE meeting @Career Technical Center
21 - Roosevelt PTA Sweets for Staff
26- January 6 LPS NO SCHOOL

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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