Sponsor a MIMS Student for Book Fair

As we head into this holiday season of giving thanks and gratitude, we know that many families are looking for ways to help others. Please consider sponsoring a MIMS student for our upcoming book fair, so that ALL of our students can experience the joy of picking out a brand new book to bring home.

Each $20 donation will be put into a eWallet, which will be printed and discreetly delivered to a student in need ahead of the book fair. Any unused funds will be donated to MIMS’ Scholastic account, which is used to fund various library and teacher needs.

You can donate through the PTO Spirit Store website, or HERE.

The Rustic Brush Spirit Night

MIMS parents had so much fun making and painting wooden trays, and then learning how to use them to make beautiful charcuterie spreads! A big thank you to Megan of The Rustic Brush Galleria and Gabby of Gabby’s Table for an awesome night out, and for donating a generous portion of the proceeds back to our school!

Help Beautify Our SPARK and Leave Your Mark!!

SPARK is a great place for kids to run around while the parents get to know each other. It is also the site for daily recess, birthday parties, Saturday PTO socials, and many community-building activities.

Our program at MIMS is 100% magnet, which means we come from all parts of Houston because of our shared goal to help our children learn Mandarin. We need our park to play and learn to connect—let’s work together to make the next Phase of our Dragon and Phoenix Park at MIMS a reality for our kids, school and community!

The MIMS PTO and the MIMS SPARK Committee are working together to ensure everyone has the opportunity to leave their mark in our MIMS Spark Park Phase 2.

Make your mark in phase 2

Here’s how you, your company, or your foundation can make a lasting impact on the Dragon and Phoenix Park at MIMS Phase 2:

Art on Seated Wall in Phase 2: Students at MIMS will create a unique community art project, famous in all Spark Parks. No monetary contribution is required. Still need volunteer artist to develop mural concept in Phase 2.

Purchase a Customized Tile: This tile is what you make it!! Individuals (friends, family, parents, etc.) can purchase their own tile which will be placed on a cement bench for the school. The general process works as follows:

  1. Select a tile size: 4.25” tile =$250 or 6” tile = $500 (Larger sizes available.)
  2. Purchase at the MIMS PTO Spirit Store by DEC. 6th 2021
  3. NEW Choose:
    • Receive a “Mad Potter Take-Home Kit” picked up at school on December 10th . You can complete at home and bring back to Mad Potter, or
    • Choose to do it at the store.
  4. Receive confirmation from PTO before going to store.
  5. All tiles must be completed and turned in by JAN 3rd 2022 at Mad Potter.

We need all tiles done by January 3rd , so we can complete the bench in time for CNY. Please Plan
accordingly! If you get busy, then we will have a student do it for you.

More ways to support SPARK

  • Underwriter Donations: Any amount is appreciated!  $10, $20, $100; however, you can receive underwriting acknowledgement on Phase 2 donor wall signage for all contributions of over $1000, $5000, $10,000, $25,000 or $50,000.
  • Underwriter Donation for Pavilion, Obstacle Courses, Benches, or Trees: Receive additional underwriting acknowledgement on a brick fence post, the tile wall, or a bench, for donations of $50,000, $25,000, and $10,000.  The Obstacle Courses and Pavilion could also be named, please contact Beth to discuss.
  • Volunteer Your Time: Even if you can’t donate monetarily, there are lots of ways you can help build our park for MIMS students! Contact Beth Jenkins to help with SPARK Fundraising at [email protected].

I’m interested, what are the next steps?

  1. Donations are needed to continue to develop the park. Matching corporate donations are a great way to boost impact.  Decide at which level you would like to give and find out if you can match.
  2. For Customized tile, pay on-line (via PTO Spirit store),or
  3. For all other donations write check or donate online at SPARK https://sparkpark.org/wordpress/donate/. Checks are preferred to save processing fees.

Please e-mail Beth Jenkins at [email protected] with questions or concerns.

Birthday Marquee

African American Artists in Texas

The Diversity & Heritage Month Committee would like to inform everyone of a free public event happening now through March 12, 2022: https://houstonlibrary.org/african-american-artists

“Spanning over six decades of cultural production, this exhibition presents paintings, drawings and prints of works by African Americans in Texas with a combination of portraiture, landscape and abstraction on display. In collaboration with the John L. Nau III Collection of Texas Art, this exhibition features works from Texan artists including John Willard Banks, John Biggers, Sedrick Huckaby, and Kermit Oliver, supplemented with special collection materials from the African American Library at the Gregory School.” (from HPL’s website.)


The Rustic Brush Spirit Event

Mid-Autumn Art Contest Results

Our Mid-Autumn art contest was such fun!

We owe a huge thank you to Ms. YuTing Chen for leading her middle school students through the process on a very tight timeline.

The students voted for the winning design, and we love the one they chose! Here is the winning student’s (adorable) completed painting:

We appreciate all of the students who participated in the contest, and will be distributing Mad Potter gift cards to the artists who created the top 4 designs ($50 for first place, $30 for second place, and $20 each for the students who tied for third place.) Thank you to our anonymous donor for providing these prizes, so that we could ensure all proceeds from the kit sales went directly to MIMS.

We would also like to thank the many parent and student volunteers who helped with tracing the design onto nearly 200 canvases, and assembling and distributing the kits!

If you have pictures of your little artists painting their canvases or if they have finished paintings that they’d like to share, please send to [email protected]. We love seeing our students engaged in creative activities that support our school. Check out this masterpiece, painted by 1st grade student Aria.

And of course, thank you to all of the parents who purchased the kits! Your support of our students’ art enabled us to raise over $1800 for our school. We look forward to collaborating with Ms. Chen and her talented students again in the future!

SDMC Parent Rep 2021-2023

A big congratulations to our newly elected SDMC parent representative, Mounia Bensouda!

And a big thank you to everyone who voted. We apologize that there was no time for a Q&A session; our priority was filling the vacant spot in time for the upcoming SDMC meeting. Since the two SDMC parent reps serve alternating 2-year terms, we will have another election in the spring. When setting that timeline, we’ll be sure to allow time for everyone to get to know the nominees.

Be Healthy USA

We hope that everyone has enjoyed their Mid-Autumn Festival activities! Our auction will remain live until October 1, so be sure to go check out all of our great auction items and instabuys.

Today we want to thank our most generous sponsor, Be Healthy USA, who graciously donated over $2500 worth of masks and hand sanitizers to MIMS! With this donation, we were able to provide a free KF94 mask for every MIMS staff member. We also included a freebie in each Art Kit that we sold.

The KF94 masks that we received are the Korean equivalent of the US’s N95, or China’s KN95. Be Healthy USA sells both 2d (clamshell shape) and 3d (flaps that unfold at top and bottom) masks, so everyone can find a shape that feels comfortable for them. Both shapes offer great protection against COVID, fine dust particles, and whatever else you don’t want to breathe in. The masks also come in various sizes, colors, and prints. Whether you want a professional looking mask to wear to work, or your child wants an adorable mask covered in dinosaurs, Be Healthy USA has got your family covered and protected!

In addition to the single use KF94 masks, Be Healthy USA also sells reusable masks, Korean cosmetics, ginseng, heating and cooling mats, and golf wear. They import only premium products from South Korea, and then they ship them (free!) to anywhere in the US. Skin care enthusiasts will know that K-beauty is widely considered the absolute best, and I am so excited to check out their sheet masks.

We are so grateful for the support that Be Healthy USA has shown MIMS, and we hope that you will show them your support when you find yourself in need of high quality masks and other Korean goods!

Auction & Sociables Are OPEN!

Go HERE to access our auction! You can browse, register, bid on auction items, and sign up to attend sociables hosted by our own awesome MIMS families! If you’d like a registration link sent to your phone, text Midautumn (all one word) to 72727.

The auction will stay open for one week. Place your bids & make your purchases before 9pm on October 1.

We also need to give a HUGE thank you to the many individuals, families, and business who donated their time, money, and items to support our school! Our sponsors and donors include:

Dragon ($1000+): Be Healthy USA , The Dunphy Family, Vietopia

Phoenix ($500+): Trotter Family YMCA

Gold ($300+): The Post Oak Hotel, Familia Gonzalez, Magical Winter Lights, Premier Aesthetics Houston, Blossom Hotel Houston

Silver ($150+): Soccer Shots Houston, Local Foods Tanglewood, CedarYu, Martha Harrer, Timothy Contreras of Hungry’s, Sophia Wong & Asia Society, Young Leong, Dr. Caroline Long & West U Wellness, Rodney Jackson, Jemine Oakes & The Flora Culture, Nurture Pediatrics, Lily Mello & Houston Texans,

Other donors: Houston Museum of Natural Science, Houston Arboretum, The Mad Potter, Pinspiration Houston Heights,  Nothing Bundt Cake, Wei Liu, Jin Huang, Minjie Reuben & Baylor Aesthetics,  Houston Rockets, Mitch Shih, Southwell’s

SDMC Voting

Voting is open 9/23, 7am-midnight. Cast your vote here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfcUfYJSajR_2-3b1ONriCEpcg8eYz8cbnbv7QtwTTpe7gB2g/viewform

SDMC Nominees

Please see the below PDF with information about your SDMC Parent Representative nominees. As a reminder, voting will take place virtually this Thursday 9/23, from 7am-midnight. A link to vote will be posted on Living Tree and here on our website.

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Happy Mid-Autumn Festival!

If you’ve seen our posts about Art Kits, MIMS Got Talent, and our silent auction, you’ll know that Mid-Autumn Festival is almost here! For families who haven’t celebrated before, here are some resources to get you started:

  • Watch a Mid-Autumn movie:
    • “Over The Moon” is an animated film available on Netflix. It’s more Mid-Autumn adjacent than it is informative, but it’s a fun and cute way for our littlest learners to get excited about the holiday! (Rated PG)

Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage month happens from September 15- October 15. Our PTO’s Diversity & Heritage committee would like everyone to be aware that the Houston Public Library has a fun fiesta planned to kick off this year’s celebration! Please visit their website HERE for details and to register.

Kroger Community Rewards

We all love it when our routine purchases can help our school, so we’re bringing you another way to do that! The MIMS PTO is now signed up with Kroger’s Community Rewards program. To sign up, go to Kroger’s community rewards page, HERE. You’ll need to login, or create an account if you don’t have one. Then you can choose Mandarin Immersion Magnet School PTO as your non-profit of choice, either by typing in our name or our code: JI347. That’s it! Be sure to scan or swipe your shopper’s card each time you shop!