October 2018 Newsletter

Check out our October 2018 Newsletter. This month's focus: Mid Autumn Festival, being a PTA member, Konstella, committee options.

email us: info@jiemingpta.org


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


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.



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.

PTA Website

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!

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!


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.

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 smile will 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!

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


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: bonnie.laabs@spps.org

Committee Reports

Chinese New Year

contact Hue Soo on Konstella or email info@jiemingpta.org

Chinese Sister School

contact Nila Hines on Konstella or email info@jiemingpta.org

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 joanne.cryer@live.com

Health and Wellness

contact Tim Kidder on Konstella or email info@jiemingpta.org


contact Becca Pryse on Konstella or email info@jiemingpta.org

Mid-Autumn Moon Festival

contact Hue Soo on Konstella or email info@jiemingpta.org

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.

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 info@jiemingpta.org

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!


contact Greg Wachmann on Konstella or email info@jiemingpta.org

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.