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.  

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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.

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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.