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December Newsletter 2017

posted Dec 3, 2017, 5:43 PM by Joe Waln   [ 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 

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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 Joe Waln   [ 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 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

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 

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

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 Joe Waln   [ 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. 

September 2017 Newsletter

posted Sep 12, 2017, 5:31 AM by Joe Waln   [ updated Sep 12, 2017, 5:31 AM ]

Check out the Jie Ming PTA newsletter for September. It has:
  • Events calendar 
  • PTA meeting information
  • Volunteer needs
  • and much more

May 2017 Newsletter

posted May 22, 2017, 5:40 PM by Joe Waln   [ updated May 22, 2017, 5:43 PM ]

Check out our May Newsletter.

April 2017 Newsletter

posted May 22, 2017, 5:40 PM by Joe Waln   [ updated May 22, 2017, 5:42 PM ]

Check out our April Newsletter.

March 2017 Newsletter

posted Apr 2, 2017, 5:29 PM by Joe Waln   [ updated Apr 2, 2017, 5:29 PM ]

Check out the Jie Ming PTA newsletter for March. 

February 2017 Newsletter

posted Apr 2, 2017, 5:27 PM by Joe Waln   [ updated Apr 2, 2017, 5:28 PM ]

Check out the Jie Ming PTA Newsletter for February.

Read-A-Thon FUNdraiser!

posted Feb 20, 2017, 6:36 PM by Joe Waln   [ updated Feb 20, 2017, 6:41 PM ]

Mark your calendars and stock up on some books, it is time for Jie Ming's amazing FUNdraiser.  
Dates:  March 2nd - March 12th
Fundraising Goal this year is $6,000.  As most of you know, we will soon be moving to our own building and are in need of Chinese language books for our library.  In addition to books, the money raised will be used for supplemental STEAM curriculum.

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