April 2018 Newsletter

Post date: Apr 8, 2018 3:34:21 PM


Check out our April 2018 Newsletter. This month: Annual Planning, Read-a-thon, Yearbook, Discovery Club, recruiting new families to Jie Ming and more...


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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.

Order Spirit Wear today


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.



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.