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

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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.