Jie Ming PTA Newsletter

Dec 2018 / Jan 2019

Happy holiday season, Jie Ming families! With half the school year in the books and winter break upon us, we can look back at what we've accomplished and what we have ahead. I'm grateful for all the energy, ideas, and service from and for our families--they are what makes our school strong, even through this transition to our new building. In this newsletter, we have things to celebrate, things to ask, and an exciting new service available.

Happy December / January!

Adam, PTA President

Questions / comments? email us: info@jiemingpta.org

UPCOMING EVENTS

12/21 - 1/1/2019 -- Winter Break (no school)

1/12 -- PTA board meeting (Sat)

1/12 -- School Choice Fair (Sat)

1/19 -- PTA meeting (Sat) - all are welcome!

1/24 -- Jie Ming Open House

1/27 – Sledding at Como Meetup

2/8 -- Chinese New Year (Fri)

2/24 – Winter Hike Meetup (location TBD)

early March: Read-a-Thon Fundraiser

Do you want events on your Google or Outlook calendar? View/subscribe to digital calendars:

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NEXT PTA MEETING - Saturday

***Saturday meeting***

When: Saturday, Jan 19, at 10 am

Where: Highland Park Library Community Room

Topic: A visit from Councilmember Chris Tolbert

Have trouble making it to weekday evening PTA meetings? Please join us for January's meeting on Saturday, 1/19, at 10am, at the Highland Park Library Community Room. We'd love to see new faces! We'll be hosting a conversation with St. Paul City Councilmember Chris Tolbert, who represents Ward 3, home to Jie Ming. Come prepared with questions, or send them in advance to leahcyoung@gmail.com.

There will not be childcare provided at this meeting, but there will be doughnuts. (And your kids can hang out at the library!)

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WE NEED YOUR INPUT! PLEASE TAKE THIS QUICK CHINESE NEW YEAR SURVEY

The Chinese New Year is a special holiday to celebrate family, community, and culture. At Jie Ming, it is our biggest event of the year, with fabulous performances by every student in every grade.

With the later school end time, we would like to make some adjustments to the timing of this year's Chinese New Year event. We are also considering a social gathering with food before the event.

We need your input on these decisions! Please fill out this 2-minute survey by December 24. Thank you!

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VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: SCHOOL CHOICE FAIR

What better way to show your love for Jie Ming than sharing your experiences with prospective families at St. Paul Public Schools' School Choice Fair (Sat., 1/12, 9:30am-2pm, at the Saint Paul RiverCentre)? Families of incoming students attend the fair to explore their options and hear from parents like you. Sign up for a 1.5 hour slot on Konstella.

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FUNDRAISER AND SOCIAL GATHERING RESULTS

Thank you to all the families that attended our 1st annual Silent Auction and Social Gathering. It was an amazing event. Preliminary figures show that we were not only able to meet our $4,000 goal, but we exceeded it. We raised over $6,000!

Several of the events that were up for auction still have openings. Check them out in Fundraising.

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COMPOSTABLE EVERYTHING SERVICE AVAILABLE

Our school is working hard to be a Zero Waste school. As part of this initiative, our Zero Waste Committee is partnering with Macalester Plymouth United Church on the Compostable Everything program. The PTA provides these materials for free to teachers and for school events.

What does this mean for you? You can use this form to order compostable materials for your own events and use! More details are available on the form.

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PLAYGROUND UPDATE & NEW RECESS EQUIPMENT

Our school's playground needs resurfacing. Our Health and Wellness Committee has been working hard to make this happen, and they will have time with the Highland District Council to determine their support and make the case that this is urgently needed for 2019. Jie Ming parentsare welcome to attend this meeting on Tuesday, January 15 from 6:30 - 9:00 pm at the Highland Park Community Center. Voice your support!

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NEW RECESS EQUIPMENT PURCHASED BY PTA

The PTA recently purchased new equipment for our students to use in gym and recess. Your support makes this possible!

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VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT

Each newsletter we will highlight an awesome volunteer from our community. It takes a village!

In this newsletter, we are highlighting the great service of Hue Soo. Hue is a well-known face at many events. She helps plan and coordinate the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival and Chinese New Year. We are also grateful for her time and ideas on the Executive Board. Whenever a helping hand is needed, she's there, from face-painting to loading up extra materials after an event. Thank you for all you do for Jie Ming, Hue!

Help thank Hue for her service by giving some of your time and energy to volunteering at the Chinese New Year event. See Konstella for details.

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HOST FAMILIES NEEDED

Next spring we may have the pleasure of hosting about 20 student teachers from China as they study at Jie Ming for a month. Whether they can come will depend on if they can secure a visa. If you have a spare room or two and can offer your home for a student teacher, please email info@jiemingpta.org and we will put your name on the list to follow up later as we get more information.

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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR BREAKFAST AND LUNCH

Do you have some time free during the school day? Please consider helping with breakfast and lunch! We are very low on staff and parent volunteers are needed to keep the breakfast and lunch lines moving smoothly and to help sort breakfast items to make our school Zero Waste. See Konstella (click on Jie Ming, then Calendar). Many shifts are available, 1/2 hour each. Email info@jiemingpta.org with questions.

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Committee Reports

For more details on committee actions, see that Committee on Konstella, or email info@jiemingpta.org!

Chinese New Year

2019 is the Year of the Boar and the kids have started practicing their dances for the Chinese New Year performance on February 8th. We have about 100 more students than last year and we will be performing with the middle and high school immersion programs again this year. Our Chinese New Year Committee helps coordinate this important event. Please consider joining our committee. No matter how much time you have, we can use you! Below are descriptions of the subcommittees required to put this event together. Please visit Konstella and join the Chinese New Year Committee, or email info@jiemingpta.org.

- Hue, Chinese New Year Committee Chair

Artwork / Print: Create displays, flyers, postcards, invitations, CD artwork, setup of the school display. Print and display needed posters before the event.

Communication with Parents: Work with teachers to inform parents of event needs.

Costumes: work with dance teacher and classroom teachers to design, sew, repair, and organize costumes for students.

Decorations: Prepare, transport, and set up decorations.

Co- Chair / Facilities: Coordinate logistics of facilities day-of the event with staff on location.

Media: Arrange for videographers and help make DVDs of the performances. Work with teachers to get their performance quality songs. Prepare powerpoint slides to project information during the performance.

Refreshment / Food: Order needed refreshments. Arrange for transportation and setup. Organize, prepare, arrange for needed items for food serving: tables, disposables, waste handling, tables, etc. Lead volunteers to help serve and cleanup.

Volunteer: Recruit and coordinate volunteers from Jie Ming and Highland Park Communities . Work with teachers to understand their needs.

Zero Waste School

There are some easy, effective ways to combat waste in our school:

  • ColorCycle - recycle old markers in a bin in hallway next to Box Top collection. Learn more here
  • Trex - We are doing the Trex challenge in November! Help us by collecting plastic films and bags and recycling them at the designated bin at school. See what we're collecting here.
  • We're also working on getting signs and a bin to collect Crayons for Cancer. Learn more here.



No updates this month:

Chinese Sister School

FUNdraising / Grants

Health and Wellness

Homecroft

Mid-Autumn Moon Festival

Movie Nights

School Supplies Bundling

Technology

Spirit

Spring Carnival

Yearbook

Resources

WHAT / WHO IS THE PTA?

The Parent Teacher Association of Jie Ming is a community of passionate, involved parents and Jie Ming staff that want to make our school even better for our students. The PTA is involved and organizes many things throughout the year:

  • Events
    • Mid-Autumn Moon Festival
    • Chinese New Year performance
    • Spring Carnival
    • Meet-ups
    • Movie Nights
  • Fundraisers
    • Fundraiser and Silent Auction
    • Read-A-Thon
    • Box Tops for Education
  • Services
    • Classroom grants for materials that the school can't provide
    • Volunteer organizing
    • Tools for communication and collaboration including our Facebook group, Konstella, website, and regular meetings
    • Spirit Wear and branded items
    • Yearbook
    • Health and Wellness Initiatives
    • Zero Waste school initiative
    • Promotion of our school

Most importantly, we provide places and opportunities for all families to engage with each other. This helps us work together to find and implement the best solutions for our kids. It takes all of us to make this possible. Thank you for your energy, time, and support!

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Support Our School

BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION

Clipping Box Tops is an easy way to earn cash for our school with purchases you already make. Drop off your BoxTops in the marked collection tub on a table in the main entry hallway. Clip those pink Box Tops and send them to school with your student throughout the year, before their expiration date! You can multiply your impact from the same purchases by downloading the free app for Apple or Google.

We have raised $80 in the first 2 months this year. Since our goal is $500, we really would benefit from more parents using the apps to accelerate our earnings without even making any additional purchases. Thanks for helping our 5th graders lead this drive to raise money directly for the end of this school year!

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

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


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Get Connected, Stay Connected

Most Jie Ming families are on Konstella, using it to join groups and committees, create playdates, ask questions, and more. To join Jie Ming's Konstella site, click here

The PTA manages a closed parent group on Facebook that some parents use to share information with and pose questions to the larger Jie Ming parent community. Search for: Jie Míng Mandarin Immersion Academy and request to join.

The Jie Ming PTA website www.jiemingpta.org is a resource for parents. Think of it as the hub to connect you to everything else.

Being a PTA member is a simple way to show your support for the many parent volunteers that work hard to build a strong, vibrant school community. Become a member by clicking here today!


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