October 2018 Newsletter
10/3 -- Board meeting (Wed)
10/10 -- PTA meeting (Wed)
10/12 -- Mid-Autumn Moon Festival (Fri)
10/28 -- Meetup @ Bad Weather Pub
late Oct -- Curriculum Night
11/1 -- Board meeting (Thu)
11/8 -- PTA meeting (Thu)
12/7 -- Movie Night @ Jie Ming
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Dear Jie Ming Families! It is time to get to know one another and the Jie Ming Spirit Committee is here to make that happen. We are planning casual Meetups all year on the last Sunday of the month from 4pm to 7pm. These will be low pressure, extremely fun and a great way to get to know families from all grades. Please save the date for the whole year of meetups. Keep an eye on Konstella and Facebook as the dates get closer for reminders and more event details.
Oct 28 – Bad Weather Pub Meetup
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
NEXT PTA MEETING
When: Wednesday, Oct 10, at 6pm
Where: Jie Ming Cafeteria
Topic: Ways to be involved, electing members-at-large, approving budget
At our October meeting, we'll host a discussion around being involved. You'll have the opportunity to learn what projects are currently underway, and dream new improvements. Everyone is welcome to participate in the discussion.
Mid Autumn Moon Festival
When: Friday, October 12, 5:30 to 7:30 pm
Where: Jie Ming
Celebrate this traditional Chinese holiday with your child at Jie Ming! Make Chinese lanterns, do archery, sample moon cake, and watch a Lion Dance performance! Tickets for activities and meals/snacks are available night-of. Check out the full flyer here.
GET CONNECTED, STAY CONNECTED
The Jie Ming PTA hosts a service called Konstella. It is an on-line communication tool that allows parents to connect, make groups, see the PTA events calendar, and get the latest announcements. Most Jie Ming families are on Konstella. 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.
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. We've made major updates to make it more useful and relevant to you, check it out!
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!
Box Tops for Education
Clipping Box Tops is an easy way to earn cash for our school. We have a 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! You can multiply your impact by downloading a free app, just search "Box Tops".
Last April, we received $369.10 for Box Tops. This year, our goal is $500. Our 5th graders will be helping decide how best to use the money we collect.
More about our Box Tops program here.
Up to 2.5% of all your purchases can go to Jie Ming PTA.
SPECIAL CALL FOR 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: email@example.com
Chinese New Year
contact Hue Soo on Konstella or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Chinese Sister School
contact Nila Hines on Konstella or email email@example.com
FUNdraising / Grants
We have some exciting new events planned for this year. As our school continues to grow, so will funds needed to support our kids and teachers with supplemental materials and events. As we all know, the school's budget is very limited and barely covers daily operating expenses. Money raised by the PTA allows our teachers to offer additional programming (e.g. art and music residencies, field trip opportunities, etc.) to supplement curriculum.
Save The Date:
- Thursday, November 15th - Give to the Max day - a one day, on-line, opportunity to support your favorite charity (Jie Minge PTA).
- Saturday, November 17th - 1st Annual Fall Great Gathering FUNdraiser - an adult only fundraising event. Think great food, fun games, amazing silent auction items and a wonderful way to meet Jie Ming parents.
Want to help? Message Joanne Cryer on Konstella, or firstname.lastname@example.org
Health and Wellness
contact Tim Kidder on Konstella or email email@example.com
contact Becca Pryse on Konstella or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Mid-Autumn Moon Festival
contact Hue Soo on Konstella or email email@example.com
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.
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. The Spirit Committee hopes to help engage and support positive behavior and activities with the students and their families to promote a spirit of belonging and inclusivity so that all are welcome. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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!
contact Greg Wachmann on Konstella or email email@example.com
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.