Jie Ming PTA Newsletter

November 2019

Happy November! I've been enjoying meeting new families in the past few weeks when I've been at the school. It's wonderful to see our community grow!

We have a few exciting things happening in November. I hope you have purchased your tickets to the Silent Auction & Great Gathering (available here) - I'll see you there! Last year was such a special treat, with delicious food and drink, fun conversations around meaningful auction items, and all of it supporting our school.

We will also be gearing up for Minnesota's annual giving day - Give to the Max Day on November 14. I hope you'll join me in spreading the word about the good work we do, to encourage others to give financially to the PTA.

And of course, I hope to see you at our PTA meeting on November 14 as well. (by the way, we are working on test-driving an option for people to attend the meeting remotely! stay tuned)

Start getting those kids bundled up for the cold :)

Adam Jass, PTA President, president@jiemingpta.org

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

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Upcoming Events

11/7 Executive Board meeting

11/9 Great Gatherings and Silent Auction

11/12-11/15 School Conferences

11/14 General PTA meeting

12/5 Executive Board Meeting

12/6 Movie Night (tentative)

12/12 General PTA meeting

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Next PTA Meeting

When: Thursday, November 14 from 6-7 PM

Where: Jie Ming Cafeteria

Bring your ideas and passion, and enjoy some snacks! Childcare is provided.

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New Page: Volunteer Needs

Check out our new page on the Jie Ming PTA website: Volunteer Needs. This page will be updated as new volunteer needs arise. Bookmark it and check back when you have an urge to serve!

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Great Gathering and Silent Auction

The time is rapidly nearing for our 2nd annual Great Gathering and Silent Auction. Here are your action items:

1. Purchase your tickets today! $15 now, $20 at the door. jie-ming-pta.yapsody.com. Childcare tickets are $10, and are going fast! Kids will have a sitter on-site, with pizza and a movie.

2. We need silent auction items! Visit your favorite restaurant or theater or sports team and donate gift cards or tickets to the auction! We also need baskets and Great Gathering experiences. The more variety, the more fun everyone has at the event, and the more we can support our school. Contact Maggie Mau or Jeremy Johnson on Konstella by Thursday November 7th if you are able to donate something.

3. Visit Midway Liquor or give them a call at 651-644-7900 and purchase wine at 20% off and beer at 10% off to support the wine and beer raffle! Even better - you can leave the wine and beer in the store and we will pick up the day of the event!

4. Sign up for a Volunteer Shift! Many hands make light work! Pick a short shift and enjoy the rest of your evening to help make this event a great success! Peruse the opportunities here

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Box Tops for Education - now ONLINE

Box Tops for Education, the wonderful easy funding source for schools, is moving online! With an even easier process (no more clipping, forgetting them at home, etc!), let's make this a helpful funding stream for Jie Ming. Go here for links to the app: https://www.boxtops4education.com/ Then start scanning those receipts!

Reach out to Marsha Trainer, our Box Tops Coordinator at Jie Ming, with questions: marshatrainer@gmail.com

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Order Spirit Wear for Winter

Our Spirit Wear store is stocked for winter with great holiday gift ideas for friends and family. Show off your Jie Ming pride with a beanie, sweater, or even mug for hot cocoa. Free shipping on orders over $50. Students can wear spirit wear every Friday.

Order Spirit Wear here

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Are You a PTA Member Yet? We Need You!

Want to help us out a lot, but only have 5 minutes? Become a PTA member! Check out all the reasons and benefits here.

We currently have 31 members out of a school with over 300 families. Membership costs only $10 (easily paid online on Konstella!), enables you to have a voice in the decisions of the PTA, and keeps our PTA strong into the future. Take a moment and join today (last year we had over 50 members, and there are more families at our school now - let's try to get to 70!)

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Chinese New Year - still looking for more planning committee members

The Chinese New Year celebration is one of Jie Ming's oldest traditions. With whole-school participation, all the children and staff work super hard for months to put on awesome performances for all of us to enjoy. Click on the image above to view last year's performance. The Chinese New Year Committee puts together the logistics, costumes, program, volunteers, and much more to make this community building event spectacular! We need a large planning team to make it happen. Questions? Ready to dive in? You can join on Konstella or email us at info@jiemingpta.org.

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Thank You Library Volunteers!

We asked and you DELIVERED! Thank you for responding to our call for librarian help last month. More people offered to help than were able to be plugged into our schedule, and there is no better situation than that. Special thanks to the librarians that will be helping on an ongoing basis: Kristen C., A Platt, Michelle Z., Julie M., Kay W., Karina M., Yoko C., and Mollie K.

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Reminder: Wear Your Uniform!

At our last PTA meeting, Principal Johnson expressed an ongoing concern of uniform standards slipping among the students. Let's all be part of the solution and ensure our kids are following the uniform guidelines: https://www.spps.org/domain/3973. The uniforms exist to show spirit and respect for our school and to promote a positive learning environment.

Our current uniform is actually very flexible - we don't have to purchase specific sets of clothing from approved uniform vendors. That flexibility may go away if there isn't improvement in adherence to the uniform policy.

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Volunteer Spotlight

This is a recurring section where we highlight volunteers that are making our school and PTA tick. This month we are celebrating Rebecca Tsai, mother of Lydia in Kindergarten. Rebecca is new to Jie Ming (yay Kindergarten families!) and decided to step right up and help out. She co-chaired the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival and was instrumental in the success of that event. Here is what she had to say about her involvement:

What is your favorite thing to experience while volunteering?

When my daughter started kindergarten this year, I knew I wanted to volunteer in some way. So I was excited to learn that volunteers were needed to help plan the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival. So far this is my only volunteer experience with Jie Ming, but it was fun and rewarding to see the planning through from start to finish. The best part was seeing the excitement on the faces of all the kids and families enjoying the festival!

What keeps you coming back?

What keeps me coming back as a volunteer is supporting all the kids in the Jie Ming community. My daughter is gaining so much from being a part of Jie Ming, and I'm glad to give back however I can.

What is your favorite Jie Ming experience?

The Moon Festival was so much fun to experience after seeing all that went into the planning. Outside of that experience, seeing how much my daughter learns every day is so exciting. I love to hear the new Chinese phrases and songs she brings home each day.

If you see Rebecca around the school, make sure to thank her! Who will it be next time? Could it be you? If you have a suggested volunteer to highlight, email Adam at president@jiemingpta.org!

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November Meet-Up is Canceled - see you in December!

Enjoy the Thanksgiving weekend! Come hang out at our meetup in December, details to follow.

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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!

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.

Amazon shopper?

Up to 2% of all your purchases can go to Jie Ming PTA.

  1. Set Jie Ming Mandarin Academy as your charity for smile.amazon.com
  2. Whenever you shop on Amazon, type smile.amazon.com into the browser, and all your purchases will qualify!

Compostable Materials 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 Zero-Waste Materials page, or on the form.

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

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!