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May Newsletter 2018

posted May 9, 2018, 9:07 PM by Joe Waln   [ updated May 9, 2018, 9:24 PM ]

Check out our March 2018 Newsletter. This month: Chinese New Year, Read-a-thon, Yearbook, Highland Park Middle School pathway, recruiting new families to Jie Ming and more...
email us: info@jiemingpta.org   
EVENTS CALENDAR
May 10  6p Board meeting (PTA) 
May 17 5p Kindergarten Roundup 
6p PTA Meeting
6p China Night
May 185p to 8p Spring Festival
May 28Memorial Day (no school) 
May ?Help pack up classrooms 
Jun 71p End of School Performance
Jun 8Last day of school 
Aug 1313th - 17th Immersion camp
Aug ?Help setup classrooms
Aug  30?Back to school night 
Sep 4First day of school (except Kinder) 

Do you want these and other events on your google or outlook calendar? View/subscribe to digital calendars:

FUND RAISING
Boxtops for Education
Keep sending your box tops to school. 
Have your child put the Box Tops in the plastic containers in their classrooms labeled Box Tops. 
Also, you can multiply the rate of impact from the same product purchases by downloading the free app.  Search "Box Tops" at the Google Play or Apple App Store.  Thanks for your support of this program to benefit our students! 
- Tim Kidder 
Amazon shopper? 
Up to 2.5% of all your purchases can go to Jie Ming PTA. 
  1. Go to konstella.com/amazon
  2. Set Jie Ming Mandarin Academy as your charity for smile.amazon.com
Amazon smile will donate 0.5% of your purchase to Jie Ming PTA. Konstella will donate another 2%, but you have to use the Konstella link. Bookmark it today!

Spirit Wear
Spirit wear can be purchased at PTA events and on the PTA website. On Fridays ONLY, Spirit wear can be worn in place of the school uniform. Youth and adult sizes available. 

NEWS & EVENTS
Jie Ming Spring Festival
Spring is finally here.  Come out and celebrate spring at Jie Ming's Spring Carnival on Friday, May 18th, 5PM- 8PM.
  • $5/child admission include: Unlimited turns at GAGA ball pit, Giant Obstacle course, Animal Obstacle course for young ones, Bounce House.
  • Hang out / meet new friends / set playdates for the summer.
  • Check out the food trucks! Grab some yummy concessions!

 
New PTA Officer Elected
The Jie Ming PTA is governed by a board. The PTA members elected officers for the 2018-19 school year. They are: 

President: Adam Jass
Vice President: Dara Ayodele
Secretary: Leah Young
Treasurer: Georgie Slade

The new officers will be installed at the May 17th PTA meeting. A big thank you to Adam, Dara, Leah, and Georgie taking on these leadership positions. Thank you as well to our out-going officers: Ming Chen and Joe Waln.

Moving out...help neededImage result for boxes images
Boxes have been ordered. Starting the week of May 14, teachers will begin packing up their classrooms in preparation for the move to Homecroft. Look for a volunteer signup for parents to assist with the packing up of classrooms (or contact Principal Johnson directly).

Moving in...help needed
Homecroft will be renovated over the summer. Teachers will not have an opportunity to move into their new classrooms until the end of August. Look for a volunteer signup for parents to assist with unpacking and classroom setup. 

Homecroft update
Becca Pryse is looking to schedule another Homecroft site visit so parents can visit the school before the end of the school year and renovations begin. She also hopes to recruit volunteers who will host play dates at the Homecroft playground over the summer, perhaps one a month. Contact Becca if you are interested in helping. 
Next PTA General Meeting
When: Thursday, May 17, at 6p
Where: Jie Ming Cafeteria 
Topic: 2018-19 Planning, Officer Installation, China Night (face time with sister school)

Planning is underway for our move to Homecroft next year. At our May meeting, we'll build on the brainstorming session in March by prioritizing the initiatives that people are most passionate about pursuing. Everyone is welcome to participate in the discussion.

PTA Planning Discussions
At the March PTA meeting parents and staff brainstormed programming ideas for our young and growing program. View the complete list of ideas generated at the March meeting

At the May 17th PTA meeting we will review and select the ideas that have the most support and identifying people who are willing to help make them happen. 

Discovery Club
With the shift to a 9:30am start time in the fall of 2018, many Jie Ming families are wondering how they will manage before and after school logistics. Discovery Club is one option for before and/or after school care for Jie Ming students. 

For 2018-19, Discovery Club plans to accommodate Jie Ming students at the Highland Elementary site. This is based on the assumption that there will not be enough Jie Ming families to justify a separate Discovery Club site at the Homecroft building. We would need approximately 45 students to sign up for before and after school care for Discovery Club to consider starting new site at Homecroft.  

So, if you are planning to use Discovery Club next year, please register soon so program organizers can plan accordingly. Having before and after school care on-site will bring parents into our new school on a daily basis, which will make our community stronger. 

Missing clothes... 
Please take a moment to go through your child's school clothes and check tags to make sure they  haven't acquired something from a classmate. A few parents have noticed items like sweaters at school have gone missing. 

Yearbooks are here! 
Teachers will distribute them this week.  Forgot to order one?   A limited supply will be available for purchase at the Spring Carnival.  Contact yearbook@jiemingpta.org with questions.

Mandarin Immersion Camp 
Camp will be August 13-17 this year at Expo. There are links on the school webpage to sign-up for camp (8:30a to 3p) and extended-day care (3p to 5p) on the school website. 

April Newsletter 2018

posted Apr 8, 2018, 8:34 AM by Joe Waln   [ updated May 9, 2018, 7:57 PM ]


http://www.treering.com/purchase?Passcode=1015039302923731
Check out our March 2018 Newsletter. This month: Chinese New Year, Read-a-thon, Yearbook, Highland Park Middle School pathway, recruiting new families to Jie Ming and more...
email us: info@jiemingpta.org   

EVENTS CALENDAR
Apr 2-6Spring Break 
Apr 12 Board meeting (PTA) 
Apr 19PTA Meeting
May 9STEAM Night 
May 10  Board meeting (PTA) 
May 17PTA Meeting
May 18Spring Festival
Jun 7End of School Performance

Do you want these and other events on your google or outlook calendar? View/subscribe to digital calendars:

FUND RAISING
Boxtops for Education
Keep sending your box tops to school. 
Have your child put the Box Tops in the plastic containers in their classrooms labeled Box Tops. 
Also, you can multiply the rate of impact from the same product purchases by downloading the free app.  Search "Box Tops" at the Google Play or Apple App Store.  Thanks for your support of this program to benefit our students! 
- Tricia Lawrence & Tim Kidder 
Amazon shopper? 
Up to 2.5% of all your purchases can go to Jie Ming PTA. 
  1. Go to konstella.com/amazon
  2. Set Jie Ming Mandarin Academy as your charity for smile.amazon.com
Amazon smile will donate 0.5% of your purchase to Jie Ming PTA. Konstella will donate another 2%, but you have to use the Konstella link. Bookmark it today!

Spirit Wear
Spirit wear can be purchased at PTA events and on the PTA website. On Fridays ONLY, Spirit wear can be worn in place of the school uniform. Youth and adult sizes available. 

NEWS & EVENTS
PTA Planning Discussions
At the March PTA meeting parents and staff brainstormed programming ideas for our young and growing program. View the complete list of ideas generated at the March meeting

Have we missed anything? 
Here is your chance to chime in. Help use prioritize programming ideas by responding to this survey. Responses due by Tuesday 4/17/2018. Three survey respondents will be selected in a drawing for a free spirit wear item of their choice. 

At the April 19th PTA meeting we will review and select the ideas that have the most support and identifying people who are willing to help make them happen. 

Read-a-thon FUNdraiser

Congratulations to everyone who participated in the read-a-thon this year. Together we raised over $10,000 for our new library. Thank you to those who donated and gift cards for prizes. 


Teacher Grants & Wawayaya

One of the most exciting programs sponsored by the PTA this year have been grant funds for teachers. We allocated $4000 to fund teacher lead initiatives. These funds have been used to purchase book bags are for all Kindergarten classrooms. It is also funding the school wide subscription to Wawayaya, a digital library of Chinese books grouped by reading level. You should have received Wawayaya login information from your child's teacher at conferences. If not, please contact your child's teacher so you can take advantage of this resource.

Zero Waste Coordinator
As many of you know, Michael Stoick has been a champion of zero waste events at Jie Ming these past few years. We are excited to announce that he is poised to take it a step further. Michael is in discussion with the school district to make Jie Ming a zero waste pilot program. If you would like to know more about zero-waste recycling and what it means to be a zero-waste pilot school please reach out to Michael on Konstella. Helping hands and ideas are always welcome. 

Spring Festival
On the evening of May 18th, the Jie Ming community will come together to celebrate another great year. Join us for a family gathering with food, face paint, bounce houses, and more. Contact Janice Roller on Konstella if you are available to help with the planning of the event.  

Yearbooks!
http://www.treering.com/purchase?Passcode=1015039302923731
It’s yearbook time! 
Deadline to purchase / customize your pages has been extended to April 20th. Get started: 

Next PTA General Meeting
When: Thursday, April 19, at 6p
Where: Jie Ming Cafeteria 
Topic: 2018-19 Planning, Officer Elections

Planning is underway for our move to Homecroft next year. At our April meeting, we'll build on the brainstorming session in March by prioritizing the initiatives that people are most passionate about pursuing. Everyone is welcome to participate in the discussion.

PTA Officer Elections
The Jie Ming PTA is governed by a board. Each spring PTA members elect a slate of officers for the next school year (president, vice president, secretary & treasurer). Descriptions of officer duties are available here

Election process
  • March 8 - Nominations
  • April 19 - Election of officers
  • May 17 - Installation of officers
If you are interested in serving on the PTA executive board as an officer or otherwise, please email info@jiemingpta.org

We would love to have your help!

Discovery Club
With the shift to a 9:30am start time in the fall of 2018, many Jie Ming families are wondering how they will manage before and after school logistics. Discovery Club is one option for before and/or after school care for Jie Ming students. 

For 2018-19, Discovery Club plans to accommodate Jie Ming students at the Highland Elementary site. This is based on the assumption that there will not be enough Jie Ming families to justify a separate Discovery Club site at the Homecroft building. We would need approximately 45 students to sign up for before and after school care for Discovery Club to consider starting new site at Homecroft.  

So, if you are planning to use Discovery Club next year, please register soon so program organizers can plan accordingly. Having before and after school care on-site will bring parents into our new school on a daily basis, which will make our community stronger. 

Read-a-thon FUNdraiser

posted Mar 1, 2018, 8:58 PM by Adam Jass   [ updated Mar 1, 2018, 8:58 PM ]


What:  4th Annual Jie Ming Readathon FUNdraiser
When:  Saturday, March 3rd – Sunday, March 11th, 2018
Who: All Jie Ming Students
Description:  What is a Read a thon FUNdraiser, you ask?  

It’s a great event to help challenge our kids to do a little extra reading, have them help to raise much needed money for our school and earn some pretty cool prizes.  How does it work?  All the kids have to do is READ and, if possible, ask friends and family to sponsor his/her reading.  Last year we raised over $7,000 and our goal this year is to raise $8,000.00.  This money will be used to help purchase books for our new school library.  
In addition to supporting our kids through monetary reading sponsorship, we are asking families and friends to help this event by donating the following:
  • New or gently used children’s books (English Language and Chinese Language books are welcome) – these books will be used as prizes for the kids that participate
  • Starting Monday, March 5th, please look for a donation bins/boxes in your child's classroom.
  • $10 Barnes and Nobel Gift cards – watch for a Konstella sign up announcement
This is a wonderful way to help instill a love for reading and raise much need money for our new school library.

March Newsletter

posted Feb 28, 2018, 10:45 PM by Adam Jass   [ updated Mar 1, 2018, 9:37 PM ]


Check out our March 2018 Newsletter. This month: Chinese New Year, Read-a-thon, Yearbook, Highland Park Middle School pathway, recruiting new families to Jie Ming and more...
email us: info@jiemingpta.org   

EVENTS CALENDAR
Mar 1Board meeting (PTA) 
Mar 3-11Read-a-thon FUNdraiser
Mar 8PTA Meeting
Mar 16Movie Night
Apr 2-6Spring Break 
Apr 12 Board meeting (PTA) 
Apr 19PTA Meeting
May 9STEAM Night 
May 17PTA Meeting
May/JunSpring Carnival
Jun 7End of School Performance

Do you want these and other events on your google or outlook calendar? View/subscribe to digital calendars:

FUND RAISING
Boxtops for Education
Keep sending your box tops to school.
Have your child put the Box Tops in the plastic containers in their classrooms labeled Box Tops. 
Also, you can multiply the rate of impact from the same product purchases by downloading the free app.  Search "Box Tops" at the Google Play or Apple App Store.  Thanks for your support of this program to benefit our students! 
- Tricia Lawrence & Tim Kidder 
Amazon shopper? 
Up to 2.5% of all your purchases can go to Jie Ming PTA. 
  1. Go to konstella.com/amazon
  2. Set Jie Ming Mandarin Academy as your charity for smile.amazon.com
Amazon smile will donate 0.5% of your purchase to Jie Ming PTA. Konstella will donate another 2%, but you have to use the Konstella link. Bookmark it today!

Spirit Wear
Spirit wear can be purchased at PTA events and on the PTA website. On Fridays ONLY, Spirit wear can be worn in place of the school uniform. Youth and adult sizes available. 

NEWS & EVENTS
PTA Officer Elections
The Jie Ming PTA is governed by a board. Each spring PTA members elect a slate of officers for the next school year (president, vice president, secretary & treasurer). Descriptions of officer duties are available here

Election process
  • March 8 - Nominations
  • April 19 - Election of officers
  • May 17 - Installation of officers
If you are interested in serving on the PTA executive board as an officer or otherwise, please email info@jiemingpta.org

We would love to have your help!

Read-a-thon FUNdraiser

When:  Saturday, March 3rd – Sunday, March 11th

Who: All Jie Ming Students

Description:  What is a Read-a-thon FUNdraiser, you ask?  


It’s a great event to help challenge our kids to do a little extra reading, have them help to raise much needed money for our school and earn some pretty cool prizes. How does it work? All the kids have to do is READ and, if possible, ask friends and family to sponsor his/her reading. Last year we raised over $7,000 and our goal this year is to raise $8,000.00. This money will be used to help purchase books for our new school library.

In addition to supporting our kids through monetary reading sponsorship, we are asking families and friends to help this event by donating the following:
  • New or gently used children’s books (English Language and Chinese Language books are welcome) – these books will be used as prizes for the kids that participate
  • Starting Monday, March 5th, please look for a donation bins/boxes in your child's classroom.
  • $10 Barnes and Nobel Gift cards – watch for a Konstella sign up announcement
This is a wonderful way to help instill a love for reading and raise much need money for our new school library.
 
Chinese New Year Performance
A huge thank you to everyone who helped make the Chinese New Year performance a tremendous event. Thank you to the many parent volunteers who helped plan and run the event. Thank you to the teachers for organizing the hours of practice needed to prepare the performance. And thank you to the students for sharing their their talents and enthusiasm on stage.  
Movie Night
Please join us for movie night, Friday March 16
* Doors open at 5:30 Movie starts at 6:00
* $10/per person includes movie, slice of pizza, fruit, chips or pretzels and bottle of water
* $2/extra slices of pizza 
* Wear your pajamas and bring blanket and favorite stuffed animal.
* Parents can make this a date night or stay for family night.

Your RSVP is needed so we can have enough food. http://evite.me/1vXPsMD4MV

REMINDERS
Yearbooks!
http://www.treering.com/purchase?Passcode=1015039302923731
It’s yearbook time! Purchase your yearbook for the 2017/18 school year and customize your optional personal pages by April 2, 2018. Get started: http://www.treering.com/purchase?Passcode=1015039302923731

Next PTA General Meeting
When: Thursday, March 8, at 6p
Where: Jie Ming Cafeteria 
Topic: 2018-19 Planning, Officer Nominations 
Planning is underway for our move to Homecroft next year. At our March meeting, we'll facilitate small group discussions about what ideas, hopes, and concerns parents and teachers have for next year. Everyone is welcome to participate in the discussion.
  • what types of extra-curricular activities would we like our kids to have at the school?
  • how do different parents plan to handle the 9:30a start time?
  • what has gone well this year? 
  • what could we do better next year? 
  • other?
Recruiting New Families 
School choice season is upon us. A larger student body means more resources are allocated to our school. You can help.
Share your testimonial
How did you choose Jie Ming? 
What about Jie Ming makes it a great school for your child? 
Your parent testimonial is a powerful way to help us market our program to prospective parents. Please take a few minutes to share why you love Jie Ming. Email your story to Lily Shaw at stories@jiemingpta.org.

PTA Membership
Being a PTA member is an easy way to connect with parents and teachers and support our school. Dues are only $10, with no obligations. 

February Newsletter 2018

posted Feb 5, 2018, 7:31 AM by Adam Jass   [ updated Feb 5, 2018, 8:17 PM ]

Check out our February 2018 Newsletter. This month: Chinese New Year, Read-a-thon, Yearbook, Highland Park Middle School pathway, recruiting new families to Jie Ming and more...
email us: info@jiemingpta.org   

EVENTS CALENDAR
Feb 16p Board meeting (PTA) 
Feb 29a Open House (new families)
Feb 6HPMS Tour / shado 
Feb 9Chinese New Year Performance
Feb 17-18MOA Chinese New Year Celeb.
Mar 1Board meeting (PTA) 
Mar 2-9Read-a-thon fund raiser
Mar 8PTA Meeting
Mar 16Movie Night
Apr 2-6Spring Break 
Apr 12 Board meeting (PTA) 
Apr 19PTA Meeting
May 9STEAM Night 
May 17PTA Meeting
May/JunSpring Carnival
Jun 7End of School Performance

Do you want these and other events on your google or outlook calendar? View/subscribe to digital calendars:

FUND RAISING
Boxtops for Education
Keep sending your box tops to school. The next deadline for our winter collection is
February 15th
Have your child put the Box Tops in the plastic containers in their classrooms labeled Box Tops. 
Also, you can multiply the rate of impact from the same product purchases by downloading the free app.  Search "Box Tops" at the Google Play or Apple App Store.  Thanks for your support of this program to benefit our students! 
- Tricia Lawrence & Tim Kidder 
Amazon shopper? 
Up to 2.5% of all your purchases can go to Jie Ming PTA. 
  1. Go to konstella.com/amazon
  2. Set Jie Ming Mandarin Academy as your charity for smile.amazon.com
Amazon smilewill donate 0.5% of your purchase to Jie Ming PTA. Konstella will donate another 2%, but you have to use the Konstella link. Bookmark it today!

NEWS & EVENTS
Chinese New Year Performance
Volunteers Needed
Jie Ming's Chinese New Year Celebration is our biggest event of the year. We will need dozens of volunteers the day of the performance to pull it off. Signup today! 

Event Details
When: Feb 9, 6p to 7:30p
Where: Highland High School
What: Singing, dancing, cuteness

Student Dropoff 
Students need to be at Highland between 4:30p and 5:00p to get into their costumes. You can help make the evening go smoothly by: 
  • Feed your child(ren) beforehand
  • Dress them in clothes they can wear underneath the costume.  
Have questions? 
Email or call Hue Soo cny@jiemingpta.org

MOA CNY Celebration
Jie Ming will host a paper crafts table at the Mall of America Chinese New Year Celebration this year. We need volunteers who are willing to staff the Jie Ming table for 1.5 to 2 hours on Saturday February 17 and Sunday February 18th from noon to 5p. Sign up here to volunteer.  

Read-a-thon coming in March
Mark you calendar to for the March 2nd - March 11th - Read-a-thon FUNdraiser.  We hope to get all of our kids reading and having fun with books this week and  raise money for our Jie Ming school library next year. Our library budget at Homecroft will be tight and we want to raise at least $9,000 this year to help.  

You can help by donating new and/or gently used kids books and helping your kids collect donations for reading time.

More information will be sent home right after our Chinese New Year performance.
- Joanne Cryer, PTA Fundraising Chair 

Yearbooks!
Save this year's memories with a yearbook for only $13.05. Big improvements this year with a new vendor:
  • More pages! 36 versus 24 last year
  • 2 custom pages for your book alone - upload your own photos and memories
  • Better quality book!
Follow this link to easily order online: https://www.treering.com/validate?PassCode=1015039302923731

Highland Park Middle School
Representatives from Highland Park Middle School gave a presentation at the January 25th PTA meeting regarding the pathway for Jie Ming students to continue their Mandarin immersion experience in 6th grade and beyond. There are opportunities to tour and shadow current students on February 6th at 7:30 and 9:45am. Sign up at:  https://www.spps.org/domain/6710
REMINDERS
Next PTA General Meeting
When: Thursday, March 8, at 6p
Where: Jie Ming Cafeteria 
Topic: TBD

Spirit Wear
Spirit wear can be purchased at PTA events and on the PTA website. On Fridays ONLY, Spirit wear can be worn in place of the school uniform. Youth and adult sizes available. 
Recruiting New Families 
School choice season is upon us. A larger student body means more resources are allocated to our school. You can help.
Share your testimonial
How did you choose Jie Ming? 
What about Jie Ming makes it a great school for your child? 
Your parent testimonial is a powerful way to help us market our program to prospective parents. Please take a few minutes to share why you love Jie Ming. Email your story to Lily Shaw at stories@jiemingpta.org.

Uniform Policy
When warmth trumps fashion it is easy to let uniform requirements slip. A gentle reminder to make sure you child's outerwear in the classroom (shirt, sweater, sweatshirt) has a Jie Ming logo on it. Alternatively, kids can wear a long sleeve undershirt. Help our teachers by keeping your child in uniform. Full uniform policy is available here.

PTA Membership
Being a PTA member is an easy way to connect with parents and teachers and support our school. Dues are only $10, with no obligations. 

January Newsletter 2018

posted Jan 3, 2018, 8:45 PM by Adam Jass   [ updated Jan 6, 2018, 7:35 PM ]

The Jie Ming PTA Newsletter contains details about our next meeting, an events calendar, and information on how to get involved in the school community. Contact us: info@jiemingpta.org   

EVENTS CALENDAR
Jan 46p Board meeting (PTA) 
Jan 116p Highland Middle School Open House 
Jan 20 School Choice Fair 
Jan 256p PTA Meeting (date change) 
Feb 16p Board meeting (PTA) 
Feb 29a Open House (new families)
Feb 9Chinese New Year Performance
Feb 17-18Mall of America Chinese New Year Celebration
Mar 1Board meeting (PTA) 
Mar 2-9Read-a-thon fund raiser
Mar 8PTA Meeting
Mar 16Movie Night
Apr 19PTA Meeting
May 9STEAM Night 
May 17PTA Meeting
May/JunSpring Carnival
Jun 7End of School Performance

Do you want these and other events on your google or outlook calendar? View/subscribe to digital calendars:

FUND RAISING
Boxtops for Education
Jie Ming families turned in 653 boxtops, raising $65.30 for the school. The PTA will submit another batch at the end of January. Keep sending them to school. 

Have your child put the Box Tops in the plastic containers in their classrooms labeled Box Tops. Thanks for your support of this program to benefit our students! Tricia Lawrence & Tim Kidder
Amazon shopper? 
Up to 2.5% of all your purchases can go to Jie Ming PTA. 
  1. Go to konstella.com/amazon
  2. Set Jie Ming Mandarin Academy as your charity for smile.amazon.com
Amazon smilewill donate 0.5% of your purchase to Jie Ming PTA. Konstella will donate another 2%, but you have to use the Konstella link. Bookmark it today!

NEWS & EVENTS
Next PTA General Meeting
When: Thursday, January 25, at 6p
Where: Jie Ming Cafeteria 
Topic: Highland Park Middle School Mandarin Immersion Program

Our next PTA meeting will focus on how the first year has been for Jie Ming alums at Highland Park Middle School.  Staff, parents, and students will be at our meeting to talk about how the year is going and answer questions.

Recruiting New Families 
School choice season is upon us. A larger student body means more resources are allocated to our school. You can help.
  • Tell friends about Jie Ming. 
  • Invite them to the school choice fair.  
  • Volunteer at the school choice fair. 
  • Invite people to the Jie Ming open house (Feb 2).
  • Write a letter to the editor
    letters@pioneerpress.com 
    letters@myvillager.com
  • Post on neighborhood social media groups.

Middle School Open House 
Highland Park Middle School is the pathway for continuing with Mandarin immersion within SPPS district. Last fall  our first class of Jie Ming students made the transition to HPMS. Families considering HPMS for 6th grade are encouraged to attend Showcase night on January 11th from 6p to 8p. 

Chinese New Year Performance
The Chinese New Year Committee will have a kickoff meeting Saturday December 9, at 1pm at Merriam Park Library. The kids and teachers are already practicing their performance. The CNY Committee will be busy coordinating costumes, programs, food and other logistics. It takes a big team to make this event happen. If you can help, please go to
 Konstella. If you want to help (without joining the committee), please email or call Hue Soo cny@jiemingpta.org
REMINDERS
Share your testimonial
How did you choose Jie Ming? 
What about Jie Ming makes it a great school for your child? 
Your parent testimonial is a powerful way to help us market our program to prospective parents. Please take a few minutes to share why you love Jie Ming. Email your story to Lily Shaw at stories@jiemingpta.org.

PTA Membership
Being a PTA member is an easy way to connect with parents and teachers and support our school. Dues are only $10, with no obligations. 
Spirit Wear
Spirit wear can be purchased at PTA events and on the PTA website. On Fridays ONLY, Spirit wear can be worn in place of the school uniform. Youth and adult sizes available. 

Yearbooks!
Save this year's memories with a yearbook for only $13.05. Big improvements this year with a new vendor:
  • More pages! 36 versus 24 last year
  • 2 custom pages for your book alone - upload your own photos and memories
  • Better quality book!
Follow this link to easily order online: https://www.treering.com/validate?PassCode=1015039302923731

Uniform Policy
When warmth trumps fashion it is easy to let uniform requirements slip. A gentle reminder to make sure you child's outerwear in the classroom (shirt, sweater, sweatshirt) has a Jie Ming logo on it. Alternatively, kids can wear a long sleeve undershirt. Help our teachers by keeping your child in uniform. Full uniform policy is available here.

Read-a-thon is coming ...
... in early March. Amazing prizes! Fame! Glory! Empowered readers devouring books around every corner. It is fabulous.  

December Newsletter 2017

posted Dec 3, 2017, 5:43 PM by Adam Jass   [ updated Dec 7, 2017, 3:06 PM by Joe Waln ]

The Jie Ming PTA Newsletter contains details about our next meeting, an events calendar, and information on how to get involved in the school community. Contact us: info@jiemingpta.org   

EVENTS CALENDAR
Dec 5 Bring Parents to School Day 
Dec 8 Movie Night 
Dec 9 Chinese New Year Committee Meeting 
Dec 18Box Tops Collection due date
Jan 4 Board meeting (PTA) 
Jan 16 PTA Meeting (date change)
Feb 1 Board meeting (PTA) 
Feb 9 Chinese New Year Performance
Mar 1 Board meeting (PTA) 
Mar 2-9 Read-a-thon fund raiser
Mar 8 PTA Meeting
Mar 16 Movie Night
Apr 19 PTA Meeting
May 9 STEAM Night 
May 17 PTA Meeting
May/Jun Spring Carnival
Jun 7 End of School Performance 

Do you want these and other events on your google or outlook calendar? View/subscribe to digital calendars:

Movie Night
December 8th will be Movie Night at Jie Ming from 5:30p to 8p. Drop off the kids or join them for a Friday night movie with their friends. Movie nights were a huge hit last year. RSVP here. We also need parent volunteers.

FUND RAISING
Boxtops for Education
Parents, teachers, and staff! Please continue to clip and save your Box Tops For Education from food and other products. Please send them to school with your child and have them put the Box Tops in the plastic containers in their classrooms labeled BoxTops. I plan to collect them again on Dec. 18, before school lets out for winter break. Thanks for your support of this program to benefit our students! Tricia Lawrence
Give to the Max Day 2017
We raised close to $3000 through Give to the Max Day. A huge thank you to everyone who donated to the help strengthen Jie Ming Mandarin Immersion Academy.  

Amazon shopper? 
Up to 2.5% of all your purchases can go to Jie Ming PTA. 
  1. Go to konstella.com/amazon
  2. Set Jie Ming Mandarin Academy as your charity for smile.amazon.com
Amazon smilewill donate 0.5% of your purchase to Jie Ming PTA. Konstella will donate another 2%, but you have to use the Konstella link. Bookmark it today!

NEWS & EVENTS
January PTA meeting 
Date change -- Tuesday January 16th
Our next PTA meeting will focus on how the first year has been for Jie Ming alums at Highland Park Middle School. The staff, parents and students will be at our meeting to talk about how the year is going and answer questions.

Can't make the January 16th meeting? 
Check out the open house with similar information at the middle school on Thursday January 11th 6-8pm. 

Chinese New Year Performance
Mark you calendars for February 9 for the Chinese New Year Performance.

The Chinese New Year Committee will have a kickoff meeting Saturday December 9, at 1pm at Merriam Park Library. The kids and teachers are already practicing their performance. The CNY Committee will be busy coordinating costumes, programs, food and other logistics. It takes a big team to make this event happen. If you can help, please go to Konstella. If you want to help (without joining the committee), please email or call Hue Soo cny@jiemingpta.org.

Yearbooks!
Save this year's memories with a yearbook for only $13.05. Big improvements this year with a new vendor:
  • More pages! 36 versus 24 last year
  • 2 custom pages for your book alone - upload your own photos and memories
  • Better quality book!
Follow this link to easily order online: https://www.treering.com/validate?PassCode=1015039302923731

Homecroft Move
As many of you know, Jie Ming will have a new home for the 2018-19 school year when we move to the Homecroft building located in the Highland Park area of Saint Paul.  This decision was made two years ago, and the move was delayed by one year because SPPS had to find a home for the RiverEast program which is currently in that building.  

We received an update from Rosemary Dolata, SPPS Facilities, at our last PTA meeting.  She is the point person for the physical building transition and moving; any programming and staffing and other resources are decided by others within the district. Notes from Rosemary's update are available herehttps://goo.gl/GsBgxF

If you would like to help Jie Ming prepare for the Homecroft move, please contact Becca Pryse homecroft@jiemingpta.org.  
REMINDERS
Next PTA General Meeting
When: Tue, January 16, at 6p 
Where: Jie Ming Cafeteria 
Topic: Highland Park Middle School Mandarin Immersion Program

Share your testimonial
How did you choose Jie Ming? 
What about Jie Ming makes it a great school for your child? 
Your parent testimonial is a powerful way to help us market our program to prospective parents. Please take a few minutes to share why you love Jie Ming. Email your story to Lily Shaw at stories@jiemingpta.org.

Are you on Konstella?
Join our private communication platform. Konstella enables you to stay informed about events, volunteer sign-up opportunities, announcements, and be a part of searchable class directories. Over two-thirds of our families are on Konstella. 

New Users – signup today! https://www.konstella.com/
click Find Your School

All Users – Login and associate your child with a classroom
https://www.konstella.com

PTA Membership
Being a PTA member is an easy way to connect with parents and teachers and support our school. Dues are only $10, with no obligations. 
Spirit Wear
Spirit wear can be purchased at PTA events and on the PTA website. On Fridays ONLY, Spirit wear can be worn in place of the school uniform. Youth and adult sizes available. 
RESOURCES
http://mandarinweekly.com/ 
A free, once–weekly e-mail newsletter for students and teachers of Mandarin Chinese.

Give to the Max Day 2017

posted Nov 4, 2017, 6:23 PM by Adam Jass   [ updated Dec 3, 2017, 5:41 PM ]

November's Give to the Max Day is upon us and we need your financial support to  supply our students with the means to succeed.  This is a wonderful opportunity for families, grandparents, aunts, uncles and friends to support your child(ren).  100% of the money donated is tax-deductible.  The PTA will use this money to help support our students and staff by providing funds for 
* supplemental classroom materials, 
* field trips/transportation, 
* art residencies, 
* classroom library materials, and 
* much more.  
November 16th is the actual Give to the Max Day, but our Give to the Max page is up and running now.  
https://givemn.org/organization/Jie-Ming-Academy-PTA
Please send this link to family and friends:  
https://givemn.org/organization/Jie-Ming-Academy-PTA

November Newsletter 2017

posted Oct 30, 2017, 8:46 AM by Hue Soo   [ updated Nov 4, 2017, 9:07 PM by Adam Jass ]

The Jie Ming PTA Newsletter contains details about our next meeting, an events calendar, and information on how to get involved in the school community. Contact us: info@jiemingpta.org   

EVENTS CALENDAR

Nov 2Board Meeting (PTA)
Nov 8Picture retakes
Nov 9 PTA Meeting
Nov 16Give to the Max fund raiser
Nov 17 No school 
Dec 5Bring Parents to School Day 
Dec 8Movie Night 
Jan 11PTA Meeting
Feb 9Chinese New Year Performance
Mar 2-9Read-a-thon fund raiser
Mar 8PTA Meeting
Mar 16Movie Night
Apr 19PTA Meeting
May 9STEAM Night 
May 17PTA Meeting
May/JunSpring Carnival
Jun 7End of School Performance 

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REMINDERS

Next PTA General Meeting
When: Thu, Nov 9, at 6p 
Where: Jie Ming Cafeteria 
Topic: Homecroft Move

Are you on Konstella?
Join our private communication platform. Konstella enables you to stay informed about events, volunteer sign-up opportunities, announcements, and be a part of searchable class directories. Over two-thirds of our families are on Konstella. 

New Users – signup today! https://www.konstella.com/
click Find Your School

All Users – Login and associate your child with a classroom
https://www.konstella.com

PTA Membership 
Being a PTA member is an easy way to connect with parents and teachers and support our school. Dues are only $10, with no obligations. 
PTA Executive Board
The PTA executive board consists of four officers, committee chairs, and member-at-large. A big thank you to all our board members for your dedication to the PTA. Check out the full list of board members on our website. 

Spirit Wear
Spirit wear can be purchased at PTA events and on the PTA website. On Fridays ONLY, Spirit wear can be worn in place of the school uniform. Youth and adult sizes available. 
RESOURCES
http://mandarinweekly.com/ 
A free, once–weekly e-mail newsletter for students and teachers of Mandarin Chinese.

NEWS & EVENTS

November PTA meeting
Our next PTA meeting will provide an update on plans for Jie Ming's move to the Homecroft facility. Representatives from the SPPS planning office will give a presentation on where they are in the planning process and take questions. 


If you would like to be involved in our preparations for the move, join the Homecroft Committee on Konstella, or contact Becca Pryse. 

Movie Night
December 8th will be Movie Night at Jie Ming from 5:30p to 8p. Drop off the kids or join them for a Friday night movie with their friends. Movie nights were a huge hit last year. RSVP here. We also need parent volunteers.

Chinese New Year Performance
Jie Ming will celebrate Chinese New Year on Friday evening, February 9th at Highland High School.  This is our biggest event of the year. Over the next few months the students will be preparing to delight friends and family with songs and dances.

The Chinese New Year Committee will be busy helping to coordinate the event.  Some of the tasks we have have been involved with include: 
* preparing costumes for students, 
* providing refreshments after the event, 
* organizing volunteers, 
* decorating the facility, and 
* working with the facility to ensure performance needs, 
* creating artwork,
* publicizing the event, 
* videotaping the performance. 

These are also tasks before the day of the event, so we need a team to make it happen.  Please go to Konstella and join our committee to help with the event planning/preparation.  If you want to help (without joining the committee), please email or call Hue Soo.

Mid-Autumn Moon Festival a Success
Thank you to everyone who volunteered and attended the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival on October 13th.  We had delicious food, fun activities, generous donations for our silent auction, and most importantly, community.  I only wish for it to have lasted longer.

A huge thank you to all of the families that donated to our Mid-Autumn Moon festival auction.  Due to your generous donations, we were able to raise over $1,900. 

If you haven't already responded to our feedback survey, please take a couple minutes share your thoughts so we can improve for next year at our school's new location!

FUND RAISING

Give to the Max Day 2017
November's Give to the Max Day is upon us and we need your financial support to  supply our students with the means to succeed.  This is a wonderful opportunity for families, grandparents, aunts, uncles and friends to support your child(ren).  Our goal this year is to raise $8,000. 100% of the money donated is tax-deductible.  The PTA will use this money to help support our students and staff by providing funds for 
* supplemental classroom materials, 
* field trips/transportation, 
* art residencies, 
* classroom library materials, and 
* much more.  
November 16th is the actual Give to the Max Day, but our Give to the Max page is up and running now.  
https://givemn.org/organization/Jie-Ming-Academy-PTA
Please send this link to family and friends.
https://givemn.org/organization/Jie-Ming-Academy-PTA


Box Tops for Education 
Thank you to all who collected and sent their Box Tops For Education to school with their students! We just sorted, trimmed, counted, and mailed in 1094 box tops for a total of $109.40 for the school! Also, there were box tops sent in at the end of last school year for $128.50. The combined total that Jie Ming will receive in the December check from General Mills is $237.90! Keep sending those Box Tops in every month. Please make sure they're not expired, as GM can't accept those. 
Thank you!
Amazon shopper? 
Up to 2.5% of all your purchases can go to Jie Ming PTA. 
  1. Go to konstella.com/amazon
  2. Set Jie Ming Mandarin Academy as your charity for smile.amazon.com
Amazon smile will donate 0.5% of your purchase to Jie Ming PTA. Konstella will donate another 2%, but you have to use the Konstella link. Bookmark it today!

Minhua Chorus presents the Rhythm of the North Winds
https://www.facebook.com/events/375982889502174/
November 11 at 7pm at St. Catherine University. 
China is a large country. Thanks to the difference in history, geography and weather, southern and northern China have widely different cultures. In the south, rivers and lakes are everywhere, and the weather is warm. As a result, the southern culture is mild, supple, and gentle. Northern China, on the other hand, has vast prairies, deserts, and huge mountains, along with cold weather. Consequently, the northern culture is heavy, bold, and uninhibited. On November 11th, Minhua Chorus will present to you northern Chinese culture in songs and dances.

The performance will have both Chinese and English MC and subscriptions. For every ticket you buy ($12 each), $2 will be donated to Jie Ming PTA to support activities for Jie Ming students and parents. For tickets contact our PTA Secretary, Ming Chen. mingchen0312@gmail.com 

October Newsletter 2017

posted Oct 7, 2017, 7:32 PM by Adam Jass   [ updated Oct 29, 2017, 1:50 PM ]


  

The Jie Ming PTA Newsletter contains details about our next meeting, an events calendar, and information on how to get involved in the school community. Contact us: info@jiemingpta.org   
Reminders 
Next PTA General Meeting
When: Thu, Nov 9, at 6p 
Where: Jie Ming Cafeteria 
Topic: Homecroft Move

PTA Membership 
Being a PTA member is an easy way to connect with parents and teachers and support our school. Dues are only $10, with no obligations. Join today!


Events Calendar
Oct 5Board Meeting (PTA)
Oct 13   Mid-Autumn Moon Festival
Oct 26  Curriculum Night
Nov 2Board Meeting (PTA
Nov 9PTA Meeting
Nov 16Give to the Max fundraiser
Dec 5Bring Parents to School Day 
Dec 8Movie Night 
Jan 11PTA Meeting
Feb 9Chinese New Year Performance
Mar 2-9Read-a-thon fundraiser
Mar 8PTA Meeting
Mar 16Movie Night
Apr 19PTA Meeting
May 17PTA Meeting
May/JunSpring Carnival

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News
Mid-Autumn Moon Festival
Join us for our second Mid-Autumn Moon Festival at Jie Ming
Friday, October 13th
6:00pm to 8pm

We need your help… 
Food Preferences 
We are excited to offer several meal options at the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival. Help us plan by filling out this meal preference survey by Oct 9. 

Silent Auction, Great Gathering, and Material Donation:
Please complete the donation form and return it to school by Oct 9. 

Volunteers Needed 
We are looking forward to an evening of crafts, fun, and most importantly community. We have dedicated group planning the event, but we need volunteers at the event. Sign up using the link below. Invite others to sign up, as well. Many hands make light work. 

Konstella 
Connect with parents on our secure and private communication platform. Konstella enables you to stay informed about events, volunteer sign-up opportunities, announcements, and be a part of searchable class directories. Over two-thirds of our families are on Konstella. 

New Users – signup today!https://www.konstella.com/
click Find Your School

All Users – Login and associate your child with a classroom
https://www.konstella.com
box tops for education
Box Tops for Education 
Jie Ming collects Box Tops for Education from products that families buy at stores. The school earns 10 cents for every Box Top collected! 
Our next Box Tops submittal to General Mills is due in mid-October. Please send your Box Tops to school in a zipped baggie and have your child give them to his/her teacher.
Submission deadline: 10/13/17

Note: the Box Tops container by the front office for Hamline Elementary, is NOT Jie Ming.

Thank you for your time and help with this program. Any questions, please contact Tricia Lawrence.

Amazon shopper? 
Up to 2.5% of all your purchases can go to Jie Ming PTA. How does this work? 
  1. Go to smile.amazon.com and set Jie Ming Mandarin Academy as your charity. 
  2. Use this link to shop on Amazon http://www.konstella.com/amazon
Amazon smile will donate 0.5% of your purchase to Jie Ming PTA. Konstella will donate another 2%, but you have to use the Konstella link. Bookmark it today!

Curriculum Night
Curious what your kids are learning and how the curriculum builds from Kindergarten through 5th grade? Come to Curriculum Night on October 26th and find out. Bobbie and the teachers will show you how the system works. 

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