Livonia PTSA Council Courier

December 2019 - Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays To All!

It's December! How did we get here so quickly? 2020 is literally right around the corner! We know a lot of you have been busy with holiday shops, gingerbread house building, gathering gifts for staff, and so much more! This month is a time to reflect on what a wonderful community we have within LPS and how special it truly is! I always say, "It takes a village . . . and a PTA!"

So Happy Holidays to all the units, staff, and LPS leaders! We hope you enjoy your well deserved break! We'll see you in 2020!!

A Letter From The Council President

In 2019 I really started to focus on self-care. Kind of a buzz word these days but to me it entailed adding mediation to my day. Of course, like all of us I am busy so I didn't do it everyday, I didn't do it at the same time everyday but I included it when I could and I really loved it. One of the things I have learned through mediation is the value of gratitude. I am grateful for having the time to volunteer in PTA, both at the council level and the school level. I am grateful for all of you, who volunteer your time to PTA and to your schools. Know that you are appreciated and thanked, even if nobody says it to your face. Make sure to take time this holiday season to feel gratitude and to practice self care even when you are so busy running the holiday shop, waiting for parents to pick up their fundraiser orders, going to another class party or trying to fill out Founders Day nominee forms. Have a great winter break and smile!!

Kellie Dummer

Livonia PTSA Council President

Membership Is Important!

We know you've heard it a thousand times, "Why should I become a member?" "What are the perks of being a member?"

We know that some people will base their decision on becoming a member by how you answer those questions. It seems that these days, people always want something in return. Some units offer incentives like FREE admission for all events, reduced admission, free t-shirts, free ANYTHING! The list goes on and on! What some people can easily forget is that they are getting a voice for their children! PTA is the LARGEST and LOUDEST voice advocating for not only their student, but ALL students. By becoming a member, they are a part of something that brings so much to their child's school! We are a voice that will never stop fighting for what's best for all children.

Have you ever thought, "What would our school be like if there was no PTA?" Scary to think about isn't it? So please, encourage membership as much as you can. Send home reminders, post on your Facebook, Twitter, etc. The video below is a great explanation of why PTA is important. Feel free to share it on your pages.

Why PTA Is Important To Me

PTA Shout Out!

Last week I had the pleasure of volunteering to help with Hayes' Holiday Shop. They were low on volunteers and were looking for help. I'm no stranger to Holiday Shops, but their PTA had a nice organized system for their shop. Every student was personally attended to, from shopping to wrapping. It's always fun to see what elementary students will pick out for their family members. I mean, who wouldn't want soda pop putty? Right?

I have to share a great experience I had with a student while I was there. A 3rd grade student told me right off the bat their her little brother has Autism and that "it wasn't a bad thing, that he just learns differently", and that I probably wouldn't understand. I then shared with her that my son is also on the Autism Spectrum, and she quickly announced that we were now best friends! She was so happy to have someone who understood her choices for her brother, and I was happy to make a new friend!

So, I would like to give a PTA Shout Out to the Hayes PTA Board for continuing to push through their Holiday Shop even with fewer volunteers then expected. Giving those students an opportunity to shop for their families brought them such joy! THAT is a wonderful example of what a PTA does.

Thank you for allowing me to volunteer and help and for gaining a new best friend!

Andrea Malenfant

LPTSA Council Newsletter Chair

Council loves to see the incredible things that units are doing. And we're pretty sure other units may get inspired by seeing what others are doing as well! I'd love to give some more shout outs! Make it a monthly thing if possible. If your unit is interested in a PTA Shout Out, invite me or any other Council Members to your PTA/School Facebook pages. You may just get a shout out for one of your events! And remember, you can also submit articles to the newsletter!

Michigan PTA Membership Challenge

Congratulations to our 5 LPS units for qualifying for Michigan PTA's October/November membership challenge: BATTER UP, SINGLE! Terrific Teachers & Super Support Staff in PTA/PTSA ! The challenge was to gain at least 15 certified teachers and/or support staff as members of your unit between August and November 28th.

Coolidge PTA

Churchill PTSA

Holmes PTSA

Kennedy PTA

Niji-Iro PTSA

Well done! Keep up the good work!

Council's Leadership Round Table Workshop

The January Council Workshop has been rescheduled to Wednesday January 8th from 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. We encourage every unit to have at least one member from their board attend. At this workshop the focus will be about leading a group and succession planning. Please join us for this very important workshop.

PTA D.A.D.S. Chili Cook Off

The 6th Annual Chili Cook Off will be here before we know it! We encourage all units to have participants from their school! It's a good time to remind families about this great event! We recommend encouraging them to try out their recipes at upcoming family parties, potlucks, and holiday get togethers! Who better to try out recipes than family and friends! It also gives them time to tweak their recipes to perfection!

Remember, all Dads and Designated SuperStars (D.A.D.S.) who are members of their local unit are welcome to participate and enter their chili! Please be sure to stress this to families. All members are welcome to compete! The 1st place winner will receive a prize package and a $500 grant for their home school courtesy of the Livonia Kiwanis Early Risers!

Remember, DO Apparel will be making special Chili Cook Off T-shirts for those who register before January 7th! Please be sure to announce this as well! We can only guarantee shirts for those who register before the 7th. Flyers and entry forms were sent to all unit Presidents, so get them in!


We are proud of our LPS students who participated in Reflections this year. Our final total was 161 entries (yay!), and they are now being evaluated by our judges.

Please join us for our annual awards ceremony on Thursday, January 30th at Stevenson High School. The gallery reception will start at 6:30 p.m. and the awards ceremony will start at 7:00 p.m.

Debbie Yates

Council Reflections Chair

Founders Day Honoree Forms Needed! Final Reminder!

Founders Day will be held on February 12 at Schoolcraft's Vis Ta Tech Center.

Presidents, please be sure to submit the honoree forms prior to Christmas break (that's THIS FRIDAY!) to allow time for the printed program to be put together. This is your FINAL Reminder!

Remember to start brainstorming about those centerpieces using the Reflections theme "Look Within"! There are prizes!

We will follow the same format with each unit nominating one staff volunteer and one parent/grandparent/guardian volunteer to honor who has made an impact in their school through their work with PTA. Middle school and high school units will also nominate one student volunteer to be honored.

Debbie Pline, Founders Day Chairperson or 734-788-4009

Get Your PEP On!

The PEP Program is underway! Your PEP guide has all the important dates!

Due by January 7th: Submit Chili Cook Off Entries (for a guaranteed t-shirt)

Important Dates for the 2019 - 2020 Year!

* Indicates change ** Indicates update


*1/8 LPTSA Council Executive Board Meeting | 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. | BOE - Conference Room A

*1/8 Workshop - Leadership Round Table | 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. | BOE - Conference Room A

1/18 LPTSA Council Chili Cook Off | 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. | Franklin High School

1/30 Reflections Ceremony | 6:30 p.m. Gallery, 7:00 p.m. Ceremony| Stevenson High School

2/12 Founders Day | 6:00 p.m. | Vis Ta Tech Center

3/18 LPTSA Council Executive Board Meeting | 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. | TBD

3/18 Workshop - TBD | 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. | TBD

4/15 LPTSA Council Executive Board Meeting | 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. | BOE - Conference Room A

4/15 LPTSA General Membership Meeting - Elections | 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. | BOE - Room A

4/16 Youth Making A Difference Ceremony | 6:00 p.m. | Churchill High School

5/20 LPTSA Council Officer Training | 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. | Churchill High School Library

6/17 LPTSA Council Executive Board Meeting | 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. | TBD

7/15 Council Audit Party | 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. | BOE Board Room - Basement

The Founders Day Photo Album is Open!

Don't forget to submit photos! Mandy Gerstenbrand has already created the Founders Day album for your units to submit photos from your events as you go instead of trying to do it all at once! Thanks Mandy! You can submit them to

Please be sure to label your photos with your unit and the name of the event in each picture!

Have You Joined Us On Facebook?

If you are a PTA officer or committee chair, please make sure to join our page for important information, discussions, and more! A lot of great info is shared on this closed group page. It's also a great way to network with other units, share ideas, and ask for help.

About us...

The Livonia PTSA Council is a group of 22 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.

Interested in joining Council? There are chair opportunities available! Contact President Kellie Dummer at