November 2018 Newsletter

Check out our November 2018 Newsletter. This month's focus: Jie Ming Fundraiser and Social Gathering on Saturday, November 17 from 7-9 PM

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Join us for Jie Ming PTA's first Fundraiser and Social Gathering at Film North from 7 - 9 PM on Saturday, November 17, 2018.

Enjoy appetizers, drinks, silent auction, raffle and more! Purchase your tickets in advance (they go up by $5 at the door) here. See the flyer for more details and silent auction examples here.



11/1 -- Board meeting (Thu)

11/8 -- PTA meeting (Thu)

11/15 -- Give to the Max Day

11/17 -- Jie Ming Fundraiser and Social Gathering

11/25 -- Monthly meetup - Treasure Island Community Playground Meetup

12/6 -- Bring your parent/guardian to school day

12/7 -- Movie Night @ Jie Ming

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It is time to get to know one another and the Jie Ming Spirit Committee is here to make that happen. Join us for casual Meetups all year on the last Sunday of the month from 4pm to 7pm. Low pressure, extremely fun and a great way to get to know families from all grades. Keep an eye on Konstella and Facebook for reminders and more event details.

Nov 25 – Treasure Island Community Playground Meetup

--No meetups in December--

Jan 27 – Sledding at Como Meetup

Feb 24 – Winter Hike Meetup (location TBD)

Mar 31 – Lake Monster Pub Meetup

Apr 28 – Spring Exploration Meetup (location TBD)

May 25 – Family Picnic – Jie Ming playground


When: Thursday, Nov 8, at 6pm

Where: Jie Ming Cafeteria

Topic: Volunteer needs

At our November meeting we will be discussing volunteer needs and brainstorming ways to support the school. Come with your ideas! Snacks and free childcare are provided, as always.


During School - 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 with questions.


Did you know that some children love their yearbooks so much that they take them to bed at night? Would you like to have a hand in putting together the central memento of your child's school years?

Putting together the yearbook requires (1) taking, collecting, and organizing photos, (2) coordinating with student groups, teachers, and the administration, (3) designing the cover and super fun pages, and (4) Marketing via fliers, posters, Konstella, and social media. If you would like to help with any of these important tasks, we would love to benefit from your skills and enthusiasm! All levels of involvement welcome. Please contact me if you are interested.

Greg Wachman, Head of Yearbook Committee,

STEAM Volunteers

Dr. Bonnie Laabs, our amazing STEAM specialist, is looking for some help with STEAM projects for our kids. Here are some opportunities:

  • Helping to plan and organize our own STEAM Fair in May
  • Putting together take-home STEAM activities
  • Supporting sustainability / greenhouse / recycling / compost (in connection with Zero Waste committee)

Please contact Dr. Laabs if you are interested:


Thank you to all who came to the Mid Autumn Moon Festival! Not only did we create a fun space for families and friends to connect and experience this cultural holiday, but we raised close to $2,000 to support our teachers and students.

And a big thank you to all the parent volunteers that made this event possible. Without volunteers, we wouldn't have cool events like this. For those who volunteered, please take 5 minutes to fill out our feedback survey here.

Want to help next year? Email me at or contact me on Konstella.

Hue Soo


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!


Lend your voice and perspective as a parent to Principal Bobbie Johnson. She is looking for a parent representative to sit in on SCIP (school continuous improvement plan) meetings throughout the year. Commitment is to attend a meeting once a month, typically the third Tuesday in the morning.

Principal Johnson is also looking for help as Jie Ming applies to be an Apple Distinguished School. You can help write the application and share creative ideas to use technology in the classroom.

Contact Bobbie Johnson if you are interested.


Next spring we will have the pleasure of hosting around 20 student teachers from China as they study at Jie Ming for a month. If you have a spare room or two and can offer your home for a student teacher, please email and we will put your name on the list to follow-up later as we get more information.


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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. Order Spirit Wear today



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

Parent Facebook group

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.

PTA Website

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

PTA Membership

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!

Committee Reports

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

- 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 of them. 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.

Chinese Sister School

For info, contact Nila Hines on Konstella or email

FUNdraising / Grants

We are busy planning our 1st Annual Jie Ming Fundraiser and Social Gathering on 11/17. Hope to see everyone there! Don't forget your tickets, purchase here. Also, Give to the Max Day is November 15. Take a moment to support our PTA with a direct contribution. We have an easy link on our website, here.

Want to help? Message Joanne Cryer on Konstella, or

Health and Wellness

Looking for volunteer support to move ahead with exciting programs for our kids like the Boks before-school exercise program.

Also, the Health and Wellness Committee recently heard back from Parks and Recs that they are aiming to resurface the Homecroft Playground due to the increased usage in 2019. To discuss the options and details, the Jie Ming Play area is now on the agenda with Parks and Rec for Tuesday, January 15th at 6:30 PM Highland Park Community Center, 1978 Ford Pkwy. The meeting is with the Highland District Council, as an advocacy group for the community, and can help us with support. It's thanks to parents like you that pushed the issue that we have this opportunity to fix the playground surface sooner!

Want to help? Contact Tim Kidder on Konstella or email


For info, contact Becca Pryse on Konstella or email

Mid-Autumn Moon Festival

See our blurb above.

Movie Nights

The PTA puts on two Movie Nights per year where your child can enjoy dinner and a movie at the school, while you can take a night off! Contact Janice Roller on Konstella if you'd like to help. The first movie night is December 7. See the event on Konstella for more details.

School Supplies Bundling

We are figuring out a way to simplify the purchase of school supplies. Each year parents take their list of supplies and do the school supply scavenger hunt. The hope for this committee is to leverage our collective purchasing power to buy supplies at reduced cost and significantly reduce the number of supplies that individual families have to purchase. If you are interested in helping with this initiative, message Georgie Slade or Joe Waln on Konstella.


We are charged with maintaining the different digital platforms and tools available to our school community. This includes Konstella, the Facebook group, PTA website, school website, and a G Suite (Google) account. The goal is to make it easier for parents and teachers to interact in meaningful ways. If you enjoy playing with these sorts of tools, message Joe Waln on Konstella.


The Spirit Committee is responsible for raising the roof on School Spirit! This committee is responsible for the communication, promotion and visibility of school both within the walls of the institution and the surrounding communities. We hope to help engage and support positive behavior and activities with the students and their families to promote a spirit of belonging and inclusivity. Ways to engage:

  • Co-host Family Meetups at parks and other public locations
  • Help with ordering and managing of Spirit Wear T-shirts and swag
  • Write press releases and pitch stories for publicity and promotion
  • Help design flyers and posters
  • Help with communication plans and the promotion of school activities for heightened awareness

Commitment: 5 to 10 hours a month (or as needed). Contact Lily Shaw on Konstella or email

Spring Carnival

Is an awesome celebration at the end of the year for our students, organized entirely by parents. Contact Janice Roller on Konstella if you'd like to help plan it this year!


See our blurb above.

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.