Are you interested in STEM? Would you like to share your love of Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics with Livonia Middle School Students? We are half way through our first STEM Camp and would love to talk with you about expanding our camp for next year. We welcome new and returning Sponsors and Presenters. If you would like more information, or to find out how you can participate, please contact Livonia PTSA Council STEM chair Amanda Walworth at email@example.com
This week, our Middle School students learned about Chemistry and Genetics. They ended the week with a Chemistry demonstration at Madonna University presented by Maria Kuhn, from the Department of Physical & Applied Science.
LIVONIA PTSA COUNCIL STEM SUMMER CAMP
Our inaugural camp kicked off on July 11. The camp, which runs from July 11- August 5th is held at the Livonia Career and Technical Center. Applications were open to LPS students in grades 6-8 for the 2015-2016 school year.
We have 23 participants and 9 adult volunteers with backgrounds in engineering, chemical engineering, genetic counseling, Oracle programming, as well as district teachers. Livonia Warriors Robotics team members are assisting as mentors.
Week 1 Theme: May the Mass Times Acceleration Be with You – Physics and Engineering
Week 2 Theme: Forensic Files – Chemistry/Genetics
Week 3 Theme: 2b|!2b – Computer Science/Robots
Week 4 Theme: Circle of Life – Life Sciences
Thank you to our generous Camp sponsors:
Your 2016-2017 Back-To-School Kit Is Officially Live!
It’s that time of year again! The 2016-2017 National PTA Official Back-To-School Kit is finally here! As always, it’s jam-packed with tools, resources and info—all specially designed to help you run your PTA. It’s a one-stop click for everything you need to know.
For the second year, the kit is completely digital and mobile-friendly. This means you can view the website from your phone, tablet or other mobile devices. Having the Back-To-School Kit with you while you’re on the go is a big perk. We guarantee it will help you be more efficient and productive as a PTA leader.
Registration is a very simple process. Starting today, June 27, here is the process to get access to the kit:
Questions? For a Back-to-School Kit FAQ, log onto PTA.org/BTSKit or contact us at BackToSchool@PTA.org.
Dear PTA members,
We were saddened and disappointed to learn of the theft of funds from one of our PTSA Units by their former treasurer. We would like to address the issue and assure our members and officers that we are aware of what has happened and outline the steps that we are taking.
The PTA has many rules and procedures in place, and while some may seem to be cumbersome, they are there to safeguard officers, units and each group’s assets. We are focusing on training our officers and going over rules and procedures. We are discussing with our officers why they are in place and how they are meant to protect the group when followed properly. Money handling procedures and signs of fraud have been included in training at length, for ALL officers. We are committed to keeping an open dialog with our officers and members.
One of the major benefits of PTA is that we do have procedures and support in place and readily available. We take pride in the strength of our association and the resources that are available to us. We will learn and improve our procedures as a result of this incident.
We do not take these matters lightly, and we do hope to regain the trust of parents and staff members who have generously contributed not only to the Emerson PTSA, but to all PTA Units in Livonia over the years. Full restitution is expected and we will use this as a learning experience and a reminder that policies and rules are important and must be followed.
We are grateful for the support and participation of all of our members and we will continue our work. We have so much to be proud of here in Livonia and we have 24 outstanding, very active PTA units. We refuse to let this isolated incident detract us from our most important work – continuing to advocate for all of our nearly 15,000 students.
Please understand that we do not want to scare anyone away from taking on the role of PTA Treasurer, or from participating in or even joining their PTA. That is the last thing that we want. We are increasing our training efforts and requiring submission of additional documents and safeguards in order to protect our officers, our Units and our members. We appreciate your cooperation and understanding as we deal with this issue. If you have any concerns or questions, please do not hesitate to contact Julie Thompson or incoming PTSA Council President Joanne Hayes.
As a final reminder, we strongly suggest that each Unit send a group to the annual PTA Audit Party on July 20. Units that do not send a group are required to notify Council who is conducting their audit, with contact information for each participant. Units must use Council’s form and must submit a copy of their June PTA bank statement with their Audit. Completed audits must be submitted to Council no later than August 1, unless you contact Council to make special arrangements. Failure to follow this procedure will result in that Unit not being able to participate in the Reflections program, Founders Day, PEP and any other programs or contests that we offer.
We regret that we find it necessary to put these steps in place, but we must take money handling and PTA procedures seriously and feel that this is the best way to protect everyone.
2015-2016 Livonia PTSA Council President
2016-2017 Livonia PTSA Council President
Before you end your PTA year, make sure you have set your Unit up for success next year! Make sure that you:
- Send in your Annual Unit Dues form to the MI PTA (THESE ARE DUE JUNE 1), and send a copy to the Livonia PTSA Council too PLEASE NOTE – DUES HAVE INCREASED TO $40. DuesRenewal_Revised041916_Fillable_MIPTA
- Plan to attend the Livonia PTSA Council Officers Training Workshop on Wednesday May 25. Sign up here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1T9FWg0h64gFdKGsWw5T4-9w3u16cmu9L-EhqjXJl5Yw/viewform
- If your school is on the LPS Renovation schedule for the summer – check the PTA Record Retention Schedule before you go on a Spring Cleaning Frenzy! Find it here: PTA-Records-Retention-Schedule
- Send a group to the Livonia PTSA Council Annual Audit Party – sign up here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1jyspf7NTSOG4Qf9MTfQ1MTqdY58vT6AWFV0SMGn9J_U/viewform
- If your Unit can not attend, let us know who is on your Audit Committee, their contact information and when they will meet to conduct your audit. Send us a copy at PEP@livoniaptsacouncil.org
- Plan to attend the MI PTA SUMMER LEADERSHIP ACADEMY in Southfield, MI on Saturday August 6 – find more info here: https://michiganpta.site-ym.com/?page=SLA
- Take time to review your work this year and make notes for next year – what was successful? What needs to be done differently? What needs to be discontinued? Write it down now, before you forget!
- Have a great summer and come back ready to make a difference! Thanks for all that you do!