MIMS Lunar New Year Celebration – This week!

Lunar New Year is the most important holiday on the Chinese calendar.  Each year, MIMS PTO hosts a festival to celebrate with our families and to raise money for the school.

This year, join us on February 19th for performances from students, a dragon dance and a lion dance, a martial arts exhibition, great food, inflatables or other fun children’s activities, and more.

2022 – Year of the Tiger

In 2022, join the MIMS’ CNY festival on 19 February 2022 from 10 am until 2 pm,  with food, inflatables, climbing wall, dunk tank, performances, and more! All activities will be outside and we ask that you wear your masks if not actively eating or drinking.

 Inflatables, Performances, & Activities

This year’s festival will include a climbing wall, a dunk tank, inflatables for all ages, such as an obstacle course and hungry hippos, free crafts, and plenty of free games activities. Plus, don’t miss singing and dancing performances by our students, our MIMS Dragon Dance team, and stay to the very end for a lion Dance by the Lavang Lion Dance Team. Full performance schedule is available (see below).

Silent Auction & Raffle

Come ready to bid on some high-value items in our silent auction, such as camps and spa treatments.

We’ve also got some great raffle prizes, including themed baskets, book packs, and an arboretum membership.


All great festivals have great FOOD and this event is no exception! Food trucks include Churrascos, Nola Po Boys, Foreign Policy, and more. PLUS, 3 dessert trucks, food from Lemongrass, and drinks from Coffee-Q, among others.

Purchase tickets, t-shirts, wristbands, and raffle tickets.

T-shirts, tickets, wristbands, and combo packs will be available for pickup at MIMS on Feb. 16, 17, or 18 after school, the 18th before school, and at the festival on the 19th. You can buy all your items online OR in person at these times.


Parking will be limited – consider using a ride-share! Drop-off points are on Yorktown and McCulloch.

If you do drive, please plan to park on Yorktown, Hidalgo, or McCulloch, but be kind to the neighbors and don’t take up all the neighborhood streets. Also, don’t park on Alabama, ok?! Some parking will be available at nearby hotels and parking structures – more on that soon.

MIMS parking will NOT be available, but you can use St. George’s parking as available.

Volunteers Needed

Want to be part of the fun?! We have many volunteer opportunities. All MIMS families should plan to give at least one hour – sign up here. You can also contact [email protected] to get involved.


Sponsorships available – please contact fundraising chairs Viola Caretti or Lisa Barrow for additional details. Online payment at https://bit.ly/CNYsponsor

Sponsorship Levels

  •   Year of the Tiger Presenting Sponsor – $5,000+
  •   Dragon – $1,000
  •   Phoenix – $500
  •   Gold – $300
  •   Silver – $150

Silver ($150+)

Family or business recognized by name on our website in a static banner that will remain up through the end of the 21-22 school year.

Gold ($300+)

All of the above, and the static banner will include a link to the business. 

Family or business name and/or logo will be included in any printed promotional materials related to the event.

Phoenix ($500+)

All of the above, and advertising materials provided by the donor (business cards, flyers, brochures, etc.) will be included in all materials distributed related to the event.

Dragon ($1000+)

All of the above, and a business will get a dedicated promotional post on our website. Families or individuals can opt for a dedicated post on a charity of their choosing (subject to approval by both MIMS PTO and the charity).

Option to have a dedicated booth space at the event to distribute promotional materials, and interact with MIMS families directly.

Tiger Presenting Sponsor ($5,000+)

All of the above, and family or business name and/or logo will be printed on a banner to be displayed in front of the school along West Alabama Street. The banner will remain up until the end of the 2021-2022 academic year.

Option to have a dedicated booth space at the event to distribute promotional materials, and interact with MIMS families directly.

More about MIMS – Check our new video

Did your child just get offered a seat for Mandarin Immersion Magnet School (MIMS)? Our PTO and the families at our school look forward to having you join the school and be part of our MIMS family. Get to know us a little better with this new video or n join us for our 2022 Lunar New Year Festival! Hope to see you soon.

Drive-in Movie: Encanto (in Mandarin)

Join MIMS families for a drive-in movie. We’re showing Encanto (in Mandarin) on 11 February.

Gates open at 6:30 pm; movie begins at 7 pm.

Buy tickets in advance – parking is limited. We have a maximum of 50 spots for cars, including 4 VIP spots. We are allowing walk-up spots as well  – bring your own chairs!

Buy tickets today – limited parking!

  • $20 Pre-sale price per car – $25 per car on the day of the event – $5 for walk-up (per person)
  • Want to avoid standing in line for concessions? Pre-purchase concession combo pack for $5 (includes a bottle of water, popcorn, and assorted mini-chocolates)


Black History Month

February is Black History Month! Join us in celebrating the achievements and paying tribute to the struggles of African Americans. You can visit the link below to learn more. From the National Museum of African American History and Culture, to the Library of Congress, to the National Park Service, there are so many great resources and (virtual) events this month for the whole family!


PTO Meeting – Feb. 4

Join us for the monthly MIMS PTO meeting at 12 noon on Friday, Feb. 4 – meeting held on Zoom.

Draft agenda is available – send email to [email protected] if you have items to add to the agenda.

MIMS PTO is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.


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Year of the Tiger: CNY Presale

MIMS’ Chinese New Year Festival is ON for
19 February 2022!

Start making your plans to join the fun. More details and updates coming soon.

Food, inflatables, climbing wall, dunk tank, performances, and more! All activities will be outside and we ask that you wear your masks if not actively eating or drinking.

Start now with pre-sales (extended through Feb. 7) and volunteering!

Want to be part of the fun?! We’ll be posting volunteer opportunities soon, but you can also contact [email protected] to get involved.


With many thanks to Doris for our t-shirt and poster design.

Spirit Day: Tapester’s Grill

Support MIMS and enjoy some great food!

Join us on Tuesday, February 8 and Wednesday, February 9 at Tapester’s Grill for Spirit Night! Mention you’re with MIMS and a portion of your dine-in, drive-thru, or to-go order will go directly to MIMS’ PTO. Feel free to place an order ahead of time and pick it up at the drive-thru. Tapester’s Grill is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner from 8:30 am to 8:00 pm!

To check out their menu and place an order, please click here (http://www.tapestersgrill.com/).

Tapester’s Grill, 4520 Beechnut St., Houston, TX 77096

Date Change: PTO Meeting

This month’s PTO meeting is being moved to Friday, January 14.

As usual, the meeting will be at 12 noon via Zoom.

Meeting ID: 912 0928 9735 Passcode: 522192

If you have any questions or concerns that you’d like added to the agenda, please let us know.

PTO Meeting – Friday, Dec 3

The next PTO membership meeting is Friday, December 3 at 12 noon, via Zoom.

The draft agenda is here: Agenda Dec MIMS PTO Membership Meeting (1)
If you have changes or additions, please let us know. The final agenda will be posted on Friday.

One of the major items for the agenda is the review of the bylaws update undertaken by the Bylaws Committee. You may want to review the proposed updates before Friday’s meeting: MIMS PTO BYLAWS – 11_7_21 update for review

Winter Spirit Week

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.)