May 2018 Newsletter

Check out our May 2018 Newsletter. This month: Spring Festival, Moving, New Officers, Yearbook, recruiting new families to Jie Ming and more...

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May 10 6p Board meeting (PTA)

May 17 5p Kindergarten Roundup

6p PTA Meeting

6p China Night

May 18 5p to 8p Spring Festival

May 28 Memorial Day (no school)

May ? Help pack up classrooms

Jun 7 1p End of School Performance

Jun 8 Last day of school

Aug 13 13th - 17th Immersion camp

Aug ? Help setup classrooms

Aug 30 Back to school night

Sep 4 First day of school (except Kinder)

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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!

- Tim Kidder

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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.

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Jie Ming Spring Festival

Spring is finally here. Come out and celebrate spring at Jie Ming's Spring Carnival on Friday, May 18th, 5PM- 8PM.

  • $5/child admission include: Unlimited turns at GAGA ball pit, Giant Obstacle course, Animal Obstacle course for young ones, Bounce House.
  • Hang out / meet new friends / set playdates for the summer.
  • Check out the food trucks! Grab some yummy concessions!

Moving needed

At the May 17th 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.

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Boxes have been ordered. Starting the week of May 14, teachers will begin packing up their classrooms in preparation for the move to Homecroft. Look for a volunteer signup for parents to assist with the packing up of classrooms (or contact Principal Johnson directly).

Moving needed

Homecroft will be renovated over the summer. Teachers will not have an opportunity to move into their new classrooms until the end of August. Look for a volunteer signup for parents to assist with unpacking and classroom setup.

Homecroft update

Becca Pryse is looking to schedule another Homecroft site visit so parents can visit the school before the end of the school year and renovations begin. She also hopes to recruit volunteers who will host play dates at the Homecroft playground over the summer, perhaps one a month. Contact Becca if you are interested in helping.

Yearbooks are here!

Teachers will distribute them this week. Forgot to order one? A limited supply will be available for purchase at the Spring Carnival. Contact with questions.

Mandarin Immersion Camp

Camp will be August 13-17 this year at Expo. There are links on the school webpage to sign-up for camp (8:30a to 3p) and extended-day care (3p to 5p) on the school website.

Next PTA General Meeting

When: Thursday, May 17, at 6p

Where: Jie Ming Cafeteria

Topic: 2018-19 Planning, Officer Installation, China Night (face time with sister school)

Planning is underway for our move to Homecroft next year. At our May 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 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.

volunteer signup here

New PTA Officer Elected

The Jie Ming PTA is governed by a board. The PTA members elected officers for the 2018-19 school year. They are:

President: Adam Jass

Vice President: Dara Ayodele

Secretary: Leah Young

Treasurer: Georgie Slade

The new officers will be installed at the May 17th PTA meeting. A big thank you to Adam, Dara, Leah, and Georgie taking on these leadership positions. Thank you as well to our out-going officers: Ming Chen and Joe Waln.

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.

Missing clothes...

Please take a moment to go through your child's school clothes and check tags to make sure they haven't acquired something from a classmate. A few parents have noticed items like sweaters at school have gone missing.