February 2018 Newsletter

Check out our February 2018 Newsletter. This month: Chinese New Year, Read-a-thon, Yearbook, Highland Park Middle School pathway, recruiting new families to Jie Ming and more...

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Boxtops for Education

Keep sending your box tops to school. The next deadline for our winter collection is February 15th. 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 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!


Chinese New Year Performance

Volunteers Needed

Jie Ming's Chinese New Year Celebration is our biggest event of the year. We will need dozens of volunteers the day of the performance to pull it off. Signup today!

Volunteer Signup

Event Details

When: Feb 9, 6p to 7:30p

Where: Highland High School

What: Singing, dancing, cuteness

Student Dropoff

Students need to be at Highland between 4:30p and 5:00p to get into their costumes. You can help make the evening go smoothly by:

  • Feed your child(ren) beforehand
  • Dress them in clothes they can wear underneath the costume.

Have questions?

Email or call Hue Soo cny@jiemingpta.org

MOA CNY Celebration

Jie Ming will host a paper crafts table at the Mall of America Chinese New Year Celebration this year. We need volunteers who are willing to staff the Jie Ming table for 1.5 to 2 hours on Saturday February 17 and Sunday February 18th from noon to 5p. Sign up here to volunteer.

Read-a-thon coming in March

Mark you calendar to for the March 2nd - March 11th - Read-a-thon FUNdraiser. We hope to get all of our kids reading and having fun with books this week and raise money for our Jie Ming school library next year. Our library budget at Homecroft will be tight and we want to raise at least $9,000 this year to help.

You can help by donating new and/or gently used kids books and helping your kids collect donations for reading time.

More information will be sent home right after our Chinese New Year performance.

- Joanne Cryer, PTA Fundraising Chair


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

Highland Park Middle School

Representatives from Highland Park Middle School gave a presentation at the January 25th PTA meeting regarding the pathway for Jie Ming students to continue their Mandarin immersion experience in 6th grade and beyond. There are opportunities to tour and shadow current students on February 6th at 7:30 and 9:45am. Sign up at: https://www.spps.org/domain/6710.


Next PTA General Meeting

When: Thursday, March 8, at 6p

Where: Jie Ming Cafeteria

Topic: TBD

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

Recruiting New Families

School choice season is upon us. A larger student body means more resources are allocated to our school. You can help.

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.

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.

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.