Uniform Assistance Requests and Donations

Please consider donating to this year’s PTO uniform fund! This money will be used to help families who require assistance with purchasing uniforms, until October 1. Any funds remaining after October 1 will be transferred to this year’s MIMS PTO Capital Campaign.

Donate HERE

Uniform Assistance 2021-2022

Let us know if you need assistance purchasing uniforms for your child this upcoming school year. Please fill the form out ONCE PER CHILD.
  • Parent's name
  • Email address you'd like us to use to contact you
  • Please enter a number from 1 to 15.
  • Let us know if you have any additional concerns, and we'll get back to you ASAP!

 

School Store is OPEN

The school store is OPEN for purchasing MIMS spirit wear! All of our shirts meet the dress code requirements for students to wear to school.

Place your orders by August 11. Items will be available for pickup on the first and second days of school (August 23 and 24), from 8:30-10:30am.

Thank you to 20-21 Volunteers and Donors

Good afternoon, parents, guardians, teachers and staff,

First, I want to send a very sincere thank you to all of you for your support for the 2020-2021 school year. It has been an honor serving as PTO Board President and appreciate everyone’s grace, willingness to step in and patience with all of us as we navigated unforeseen experiences together. I appreciate that we had very high attendance at all of our meetings this year. As a parent working full time from home while my students were also at home most of the year, I understand that trying to fit lunch break meetings into packed Zoom meetings or rounds at the hospital or tests for your students was not always easy. As we put a close on this year, I wanted to let you know what your donations helped to support this year and what the PTO Board put in place to support our families, students and staff this year.

This was not a big fundraising year, which we knew it would not be, and we put the donations you have contributed this year and in years past to good use. Our focus going into the year was supporting our teachers through these challenging times and stepping in to help families and students who needed extra support as well.

Some of what we were able to do with your donations this year:

  • Teacher appreciation: we provided 5 lunches, pies at Thanksgiving, a couple of sweet treats and several gifts to teachers and staff throughout the year. We also helped fund their end of year party at Main Event.
  • Teacher supports: we purchased headphones to support teachers’ virtual classrooms and provided gift cards to teachers and staff who had unexpected income loss during the pandemic and paid for training for several teachers
  • Family support: we purchased gift cards to support families who had unexpected income loss during the pandemic
  • Student support: we purchased iChinese reader for all students to improve access to online Mandarin resources for our school and funded over 150 hours of Mandarin tutoring
  • Living Tree: we funded Living Tree and were able to get the old favorite communication platform off the ground and running again
  • SPARK Park: we contributed to Phase II of our amazing Spark Park!

Next year will be another year of new beginnings as we learn to navigate the challenges of returning together, reimagine what our events and time together will be post-pandemic and rebuild our savings to ensure we have everything we need to serve our school. YOU CAN STILL DONATE to help support the activities next year and moving forward. And don’t forget to use corporate match and Amazon smile to support us. That brought in over $8,000 for MIMS this year. The new PTO Board will begin in July and be on the lookout for play dates, meet ups, spirit nights, and opportunities to connect this summer.

Big thanks to my partners on the PTO Board: Caroline Long, Felicia Ziegler, Eboni Butler, Janine McClenny, Jose Gonzales, Libby Ingrassia Bergman, Nick Palmer, Shavaun Rose, and Kris O’Brien. I couldn’t have done it without the many, many hours of volunteer time this group committed. Also a big thank you to all of the parents who stepped in and stepped up as room parents.

And a HUGE thank you to all of YOU who supported us this year with financial donations including*:

  • Nhi Le/ Dream Dinners
  • Lemongrass
  • Poke Burri-Lifting Noodles Ramen
  • Chris Miguel and Wendy Fong
  • Happy Valley Restaurant
  • Vietopia
  • Tom N Tom’s Coffee
  • Tracy Penn/ Salis Soapery
  • Elizabeth and Christopher Vu
  • Anna Wu
  • Barbara Lo
  • Addison Yim
  • Andy Chen
  • Angie Joe
  • Becky Cao
  • Beth Jenkins
  • Brian Thibeaux
  • Brooke Bornick
  • Carmen Fitzpatrick
  • Caroline Moore
  • Carrie Andrade
  • Cedar Yu
  • Chris Lau
  • Christine Kelly
  • David Tran
  • Debbie Romero
  • Doris Huang
  • Dr. Caroline Long
  • Dutch Quigley
  • Ed Lai
  • Eda Morita
  • Edgardo Melendez
  • Elaine Chac
  • Emily Shaffer
  • Emily Tein Johnson
  • Eric Chiang
  • Eric Xu
  • Felicia and Fernando Ziegler
  • Flora Lai
  • Frank Lin
  • Gulnara Satybaeva
  • Hattie Stennett
  • Helen Ang
  • Hui Li
  • Huong Nguyen
  • Jana Mims
  • Janet Pate
  • Jawching Liu
  • Jennie Chung
  • Jennifer Effendy
  • Jennifer Tellepsen
  • Jerry Yang
  • Jing Li
  • Joy Mora
  • Ju family
  • Jun Gu
  • Jun Zhang
  • Karyn Ullman Taibel
  • Kate Huggins
  • Katherine Boone
  • Katherine Luong
  • Kelly Opot
  • Kim Koenig
  • Kimberly Tran
  • Konnie Haynes-Welsh
  • Kris O Brien
  • Kristine Kuhl
  • Leah Freshwater
  • Leah Ramirez
  • Leeyean Wong
  • Libby Ingrassia Bergman
  • Liliana Rueda
  • Lily Hsu
  • Lily Mello
  • Lisha Xie
  • Lucille Palma
  • Margaret Pinkston
  • Martha Harrer
  • Mayra Senem
  • Megan Harper
  • Meghan Spicer
  • Melanie Mohr
  • Melissa Fantuzzo
  • Melissa Thibaut
  • Michelle Thompson
  • Ming Lu
  • Mofei Chang
  • Natalie Garza
  • Nick Palmer
  • Nuttapone Paoinchantara
  • Nychole Kasper
  • Pam Silk
  • Patrinia Baksmaty
  • Phuong Kuo
  • Qinglong Miao
  • Rachel Markworth
  • Ryan K G Johnson
  • Sandra Lozano
  • Sandy Nguyen
  • Sandy Wang
  • Sophia Chacon
  • Stella Gideon
  • Suwanna Dasna
  • Tatiana Ruiz
  • Tho Mei
  • Vicki Chu
  • Wayna Lim
  • Wei Wang
  • Wei Xiong
  • Wendy Chung
  • William Blake Gnemi
  • Van Hou
  • Yarely Bravo
  • Yumin Oh
  • students Zoey Ding, Grace Liu, Emma Pham, Emma Koo, and Natalya Jaurez Archundia from their math Cookie Stand Project

*we know some of you donated cash, supplies, to your class, through your company and tons of volunteer time. This is not exhaustive and thank you to EVERYONE for your efforts

Peace,

Kelly Sowards Opot

PTO Board Elections for 2021-2022

Meet the nominees for the 21-22 Board

Learn more about the nominees below and by joining the MIMS PTO general meeting on Friday, April 16. If you need to understand what each role does, you can refer to the bylaws and this recent post.

Elections will take place April 16 online.

Got questions for the nominees? Send to [email protected] and [email protected].

 

Nick Palmer

Libby Ingrassia

Caroline Long

Melanie Mohr

Eboni Butler

Janine McClenny

Kris O’Brien

PTO Meeting – April 16 – UPDATED meeting info

Please join us for the April PTO meeting, April 16 at 12 noon, via Zoom.

Updated meeting info:

Via Zoom Meeting ID: 864 5948 7746

Passcode: 635559

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86459487746?pwd=cWdSUE9RMkpEa1VPVlo1MVV5Uk90UT09

Review the April meeting agenda – if you have questions or comments, contact PTO President Kelly Opot.

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Review the minutes from the March meeting.

Got Questions about CBE & AP Tests? Get Answers.

Have questions about whether your 6th or 7th grader should take the Credit by Exam (CBE) test?

Check out these FAQs. CBE Test Pros and Cons v2.docx

Should your Chinese immersion 8th grader take the Chinese AP test at the end of 8th grade?

Take a look at this document that discusses if it’s right for your child. AP Test Pros and Cons v3.docx

2021-2022 School Supplies

You can order your 2021-2022 school supplies from 1stDay – the store should remain open through July and supplies will be delivered directly to the teachers in the fall.

Order 2021-2022 School supplies today.

As a reminder, this is an at-cost ordering opportunity geared toward making your life and the teachers’ lives easier. PTO does not take a cut of this sale. The additional items that 1st Day has for sale beyond the school supplies (tshirts, etc) are NOT affiliated with MIMS.

If you prefer, you can use this list to purchase the supplies in stores yourself: School Supplies 21-22

This week: PTO Meeting on March 12

Please make plans to attend our next PTO meeting on March 12 at 12 noon.

Topic: PTO Meeting for March
Time: Mar 12, 2021 12:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 857 8201 8139 Passcode: 938131

Agenda will include updates on PTO board nominations, CNY final updates, and more.

See the (updated!) draft agenda here and let Kelly Opot know if you have agenda items.

Minutes from the February meeting are available to review.

MIMS 2021 CNY Celebration Video

With many thanks to

  • all the teachers and students who planned, taught, learned, practiced, and performed;
  • all the parents and volunteers who organized, filmed, and edited;
  • the MIMS families who came together to donate, volunteer, celebrate, and support;
  • and to Nick Palmer our awesome CNY Chair for 2020-2021,

the full Chinese New Year video – expanded and extended to include late-breaking video and missing footage – is now available.

PTO News: Week of March 1 & Raffle Winners

Quick updates from the PTO for week of March 1

  • PTO Board nominations are now open for 2021-2022 school year. Nominate by April 2.
  • Raffle tickets were drawn for the CNY raffle! Check below to see if you were a winner!
  • Drive-in Movie night is THIS Saturday, 6 March, showing Kung Fu Panda and Shaolin Soccer in Mandarin. Buy tickets now!
  • Mark your calendar for the next PTO meeting on March 12.

Raffle Tickets

It’s time to see if you’re a winner! If you have a winning ticket, email a photo to [email protected] to claim. If you’re not a winner today, keep your tickets – we will redraw prizes that have not been claimed next week at movie night.

Grand Prize
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First Prize
Claimed

Second Prize
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Big Screen TV
770855

Chopstick and Napkin Set
770392

Custom Cookies from Sweet Crafts by LilyRu
770370

Exploding Kittens
770873

Hongbao
735717
735505
735778
770232
770668
735509
770032
735072
770919
770587
770569
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Congrats to all the winners and thank you again to the donors and volunteers!

Drive-in Movie Night: Kung Fu Panda & Shaolin Soccer (Both in Mandarin)

MIMS Drive-in Movie Night: Kung Fu Panda & Shaolin Soccer (Both in Mandarin)

Join us Saturday, March 6 for a MIMS drive-in movie night showing Kung Fu Panda beginning at 6:30 pm and Shaolin Soccer beginning at 8:20 pm.

Both movies will be in Mandarin with English subtitles. Gates open at 6 pm. Tickets are $25 per car per show. Click link below to buy tickets now.

PTO Board Elections: Nominate now for 21-22 Board

Nominations are now open for the 2021-2022 MIMS PTO board.

Elections will take place on April 16, from 7:30a-6:30p.

Nominations are open for all PTO board positions and SDMC rep and are due by April 2 at 6 pm CT.

PTO board positions and requirements are listed in the MIMS PTO bylaws.

If you want to run or have a nominee, send to [email protected] the following information: name, position you’re running for, bio, photo, kids name/grade 

The candidate list will be formalized and posted to LivingTree, the MIMS PTO website, linked on Fb, and sent by Mr. Ying.

MIMS CNY Rescheduled to Feb. 27

With the weeklong school closure, and all the power and water outages our families have been dealing with, the PTO has rescheduled the MIMS CNY celebration to Feb. 27.

As Kelly said on LT, we want to honor the work that our teachers and students have put in and all of the goodies that we have gathered to celebrate in this very unconventional school year for MIMS students and families. For those that have purchased the CNY cookies for teachers we will be delivering those on Monday, February 22 when teachers are back in school.

That means there’s still time to buy a tshirt or a raffle ticket, make plans to join the “drive-in” style celebration or view the Lion dance, or raise your hand to volunteer.

Volunteer for CNY

We’d love to have your help in preparing for a distanced-but-fun Chinese New Year celebration. With our scaled back events this year, there aren’t TOO many requests, but we’d really love your participation! If you have other ideas, questions, donations, or raffle items, please contact CNY Chair Nick Palmer at [email protected].

Sign Up!

February PTO Meeting – Feb. 12

Reminder that our February PTO meeting is this week, Feb. 12 at 12 pm via Zoom. Hope you can join us to hear all about the plans for a safe and distanced, but still fun!, Chinese New Year celebration and get an updated on Living Tree at MIMS!

How to join the call

Agenda and Minutes

Draft agenda is available here – please let Libby or Kelly know if you have questions or other items to add to the agenda.

Minutes from the January meeting are available to review in advance.