PTA membership FAQs

Why do we have PTA?

  • We want Jie Ming to prosper.

  • We want our kids to thrive.

  • We want to build community within our parent/caregiver group.

  • We want to build rapport with our administrative team.

  • We want to centralize our efforts to maximize efficiency.

  • We want to raise funds to support our teachers, students, and school.

  • We want to provide enrichment opportunities and materials to our community.

What is a PTA?

  • PTA stands for “Parent Teacher Association.”

  • PTAs began as advocacy groups to promote education and family welfare.

  • The PTA has a national leadership team as well state-level leaders.

  • Local PTA units “roll up” under the state organization to gain 501c3 (non-profit) status.

Who can attend PTA meetings?

Anybody can attend Jie Ming PTA meetings. They are open to the public. We have monthly meetings of our general membership. There are also regular committee and executive board meetings. Meeting dates and times are posted on our calendar.

What are the benefits of being a PTA member?

  • Membership allows you to vote on PTA decisions.

  • Membership ensures timely information about upcoming news and events.

  • Membership builds connections with parents/caregivers working to support the Jie Ming school community.

Is being a PTA member a big commitment?

It's as much a commitment as you want it to be. Your time, energy, and ideas are always appreciated.

How do I become a member?

Become a member here. Our bylaws require a membership fee, set at $10. If this makes you uncomfortable, please reach out to We will work this out no problem.

How have we raised funds in the past?

  • School events, like festivals and silent auctions

  • Give to the Max, an annual fundraiser for Minnesota non-profits

  • Corporate programs like Box Tops for Education and Amazon Smile

  • The Lands End "Preferred School" program for the purchase of school uniforms

  • Student programs such as read-a-thons