Week of Oct 19: Updates

MIMS U: Sign up to teach a class today

Do you or someone you know have skills you can share? We are looking for parent, staff, and teacher volunteers to host online classes for our new MIMS U fundraiser. Cooking, gardening, sewing, mahjong, coding, building, yoga, winemaking are just a few ideas. Be creative! If you can do it, please teach it. Classes can last a single session or continue over multiple sessions. You design your course.

Join us for MIMS U. Create classes through Nov. 13. Classes can start as early as the first week of November.

MIMS Movie Night: Buy tickets or a sponsorship

MIMS Drive-In Movie Night, showing Monster House on Friday, October 30. Park at 6:30 p.m.; Movie begins at 7 pm. $20 per car. First come – first served up to 50 cars. Sponsorships available for $50.

PTO Meeting: Minutes & Next meeting

Minutes are now available from the October 16 PTO meeting.

Next PTO meeting is set for November 13 – save the date!

Teacher Service Days

No class for students on October 21 or November 3.

MIMS Family Directory

Please sign up today for the MIMS family directory! We’ll try to have the directory ready by the end of the month, but we can only include the people we have – so join today!

MIMS Yard Sign

MIMS yard signs are still for sale! We’ll be selling and delivering on Thursday & Friday, October 22 & 23, both before and after school. Buy online today to support your students!

MIMS Drive-in Movie Night: Monster House

Join us for the MIMS Drive-In Movie Night, showing Monster House! Socially distanced fun plus fundraising for our school!

About the movie

No adults believe three youths’ assertion that a neighboring residence is a living creature that means them harm. With Halloween approaching, the trio must find a way to destroy the structure before innocent trick-or-treaters meet ghastly ends.

Movie details

Join us on Friday, October 30. Park at 6:30 p.m.; Movie begins at 7.

Cost is $20 per car.

First come – first served up to 50 cars. You should get a receipt when you purchase – bring your receipt to show at the gate.

Sponsor the movie

You can also sponsor the movie night! For a $50 sponsorship, we’ll put your company or organization’s name, logo, and flyer up on the big screen.

PTO Meeting on Friday, Oct. 9

PTO meeting minutes

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Reminder that our PTO meeting is at noon, Friday, Oct. 9

Topic: PTO general meeting – October
Time: Oct 16, 2020 12:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
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Meeting ID: 899 0921 8658
Passcode: 5524
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Minutes from previous meeting are at About -> PTO Executive Board -> Meeting Minutes

MIMS ROLL N GO SPIRIT NIGHT


MIMS ROLL N GO SPIRIT NIGHT AT DREAM DINNERS
Buy 3 easy-to-make prepped meals for 3 people at a cost of $50. For every order, MIMS’ PTO will get $10.
Use the link to order your dinners between now and midnight, Sunday, October 11.

(Families who want larger meals email Nhi Le directly: nhi.phan@dreamdinners.com.)

Contactless pick up is Friday, October 16 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Drop off a container with your name and your orders will be ready to go. List your preferred pick up time in the comments section.
Thank you for supporting our PTO!

Happy Mid-Autumn Festival

As you read in our PTO email (sent by Mr. Ying), we are working to have a virtual Mid-Autumn fest on our MIMS PTO YouTube Channel!

Our presentation is brought to you with support from Mr. Ying and 6th grader Evan Graham.

What is Mid-Autumn Festival and how do we celebrate?

We’ve attached activities and where to find Mooncakes in Houston. You can also read up on other stories that are sometimes told around the Mid-Autumn Festival.

First, learn the story of Hou-Yi and Chang’e: Hou-Yi-Short-Story-Chinese & Hou-Yi-Short-Story-English

Next, buy some mooncakes to celebrate. The whole family can share by slicing them into pieces: Where to buy Mooncakes in Houston

Then, build a paper paper lantern as a celebratory activity: Paper-Lantern

Finally, enjoy some fun with a Word-Search and Coloring-Pages.

During all this, join us when the pre-recorded video will go “live” Thursday, October 1 at 7 PM. You and your family will be able to go back and visit it any time.

This looks very different than how our school usually celebrates but we’re determined to do all we can, and we hope it gets your wheels turning on how we can create more online engagement opportunities and fundraising for our school together.

Thanks to our new PTO President (Kelly) and CNY Chair (Nick) for organizing!

School re-opening FAQ

Wanted to share some of the re-opening information we have gotten from admin and HISD. If you have additional questions or comments, Mr. Ying has requested that you contact him directly.

As you may know from Mr. Ying or HISD emails, you have until Monday, 9/28, to update your plans for the second six-week period that starts on October 19.

 

Hispanic Heritage Month Celebrations

We’re in the midst of Hispanic Heritage Month, celebrated from September 15 – October 15. The Hispanic Heritage Month Committee has been working hard to bring activities, links, and videos for all students and our entire MIMS community.

Interview with Karina Gonzalez

As part of Hispanic Heritage Month, the MIMS committee  has a video interview with the Houston Ballet prima ballerina and soloist and Hispanic icon Ms. Karina Gonzalez. The interview will be aired this Thursday September 24th at 9 am on Microsoft Teams and will be hosted by Mr. Ying in order to facilitate communication to all MIMS students.

And while we don’t have the papel picado from a year ago, we do have a list of interesting links and videos to enjoy at home.

Hispanic Heritage Month: Links & Activities for elementary students

2nd to 5th grade

  • Special exhibition at Houston Museum of Fine Arts. It is free for kids 12 and under https://www.mfah.org/exhibitions/glory-of-spain-treasures-hispanic-society-museum-library
  • How to dance salsa (kids class) https://youtu.be/F758q-jifJI
  • Hispanic countries, their geographic location and flag) https://youtu.be/tH49ap2d1d4 (please turn the music off, just watch the video)

Pre-k to 1st grade

Hispanic Heritage Month: Links & Activities for middle school students

The links below are appropriate for middle school students. They are short and  include aspects of history, social studies and literature. Below them, there will be some pdf files with crosswords that students can use to practice some Spanish words.

Hispanic Heritage Month: Links & Activities for MIMS community (students, parents, teachers, staff)

  • LATINO ICONS (interviews to 18 latino super stars)
    https://g.co/arts/C4caoQvAt6Yayeqb6
  • LATINO FOOD (chocolate and tamales from Argentina to Mexico-including link to recipes).
    https://artsandculture.google.com/exhibit/celebrating-our-latinidad/zQKSWNxtJTrTKQ

Thanks to the Hispanic Heritage Month Committee

With many thanks for these links and resources to MIMS Hispanic Heritage Month Committee members including Liliana Rueda, Sandra Lozano, Verónica Velázquez, Sophia Chacón, and Tatiana Ruiz.

Introducing your 2020-2021 PTO Board Members

We had 194 PTO Members vote for the MIMS 2020-2021 PTO Board.  Thanks so much to those who participated.

Presenting your new MIMS PTO Board

  • President:  Kelly Opot
  • Vice President Elementary:  Felicia Ziegler
  • Vice President Middle School:  Caroline Long
  • Parliamentarian:  Eboni Butler
  • Secretary:  Libby Ingrassia
  • Historian:  Janine McClenny
  • Treasurer:  Jose Gonzalez
  • Corporate Fundraising:  Shavaun Rose
  • Community Fundraising:  Kris O’Brien
  • Chinese New Year Chair:  Nick Palmer
  • SDMC Representative:  Matthew Yang

Congratulations to our new Board members!!!!!  We appreciate all of you who ran.  Volunteering doesn’t just stop here; many of you checked off committees that you’d like to be involved in.  You will be contacted soon by someone on the Board.  Also, remember that anyone can attend SDMC meetings and we encourage you to do so.  Our Reps are our Liaisons, but your voice makes a difference too!

What’s on at MIMS this week? Through Sept. 18

MIMS Open House – Sept. 15

MIMS (virtual) Open House is scheduled Tuesday, September 15, from 2:30-4:15 pm. Access via these links from admin. There should be two sessions for each link, one at 2:30 and one at 3:15.

MIMS PTO Meeting – Sept. 18

Join the MIMS PTO for a meeting to discuss elections and candidates, fundraising, upcoming dates, and plans for 20-21. September 18, 12 noon. Do you have questions you’d like addressed at the meeting – or questions you’d like the candidates to answer? Submit them by 17 September, 6 pm.

  • Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 872 0683 4489 Passcode: 5524
  • https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87206834489?pwd=MTNEQkJBUldCdlNjWEpWRkVXckRQZz09
  • Agenda

Deadline to submit questions for SDMC – Sept. 18

Parent SDMC rep Wendy Chung is accepting parent questions and comments to be brought to the SDMC through Sept. 18.

Vote for MIMS PTO Board – Sept. 18-21

The nominees for the MIMS PTO board for 20-21 are now available for you to peruse. You’ll also meet (most) of them at the PTO meeting on Sept. 18. Then it’s time to VOTE for your selections. The form will open online on Sept. 18 and be available through noon on Sept. 21.

Next week & Ongoing

Buy a MIMS Yard Sign

Support our students and show your school spirit by purchasing a MIMS Yard Sign! 18″x24″, full color, stake included, only $25. Pre-sale through October 1. Delivery will be October 2, 5-7 pm, at the MIMS parking lot.

Sign up for the MIMS Directory

PTO is building a new directory for MIMS. You must sign up to be in the directory and to receive the directory. Let secretary@mimspto.org know if you have questions.

Pick up: Yearbooks, DVDs, & Signs – Oct. 2

Pre-sold yearbooks, CNY DVDs, and MIMS Yard Signs will be available for pick up  on Oct. 2 from 5-7 pm at the MIMS parking lot. Purchase in advance to use credit card and to ensure you get a sign! Some additional yearbooks and signs may be available that day – cash only.

PowerSchool

HISD Connect (PowerSchool) went live on Monday, 8/31. This is the new tool for attendance and grades. Students have logins and there is a separate log in for parents. Many teachers have already sent an access code for each student from MIMS (or other HISD school they’re in); others will be sent in the coming days. There are additional instructions for access here:  parent portal instruction.PNG

Resources to help you get started this year

Parents and PTO are collecting resources to help you get started this year. Please let secretary@mimspto.org know if you have other questions or other resources to share.

PTO Board Elections – Sept. 18-21

Meet the nominees for the 20-21 Board

Learn more about the nominees below and by joining the MIMS PTO general meeting on Friday, September 18. If you need to understand what each role does, you can refer to the bylaws and this recent post. Elections will take place September 18-21 online. Got questions for the nominees? Send to parliamentarian@mimspto.org by 17 Sept. at 6 pm.

 

     

Buy a MIMS Yard Sign

We may not be at school, but we can still show our MIMS spirit… with a MIMS Yard Sign!

Buy a yard sign today for $25 to support your students and show your support.

Pre-sales through October 1. Delivery will be from 5-7 pm on October 2 at the MIMS parking lot. If additional signs are available, they may be purchased then, cash only.

Sign up now: MIMS Family Directory

MIMS PTO is building a new directory for MIMS families so that we can contact each other more easily.

You must sign up to be in the directory and to receive the directory. Note that the directory will be virtual and free: it’s not a fundraiser, just a service. But you must sign up!

Please complete the directory form as soon as possible so that we can create the directory as early as possible in the year!

Want to help? We’d love that! Just note that on our volunteer form.

Let secretary@mimspto.org know if you have questions.

SDMC – Got questions?

Do you have policy or process questions or concerns about MIMS? Please submit any questions or concerns to your SDMC representative by 11:59 pm Friday, September 18, if you would like them brought up at the first SDMC meeting for the year.

Email Wendy Chung with your questions, comments, and concerns.

What is SDMC?

Not sure what to bring to SDMC? SDMC stands for Shared Decision Making Committee and is established by Texas law and HISD policy. The members of the SDMC are parents, community members, teachers, staff, and area business representatives, who are convened by the MIMS Principal.

The committee is responsible for planning and policies on the campus. For comparison, the PTO helps raise money and support the campus and students based on the policies set by the SDMC. Both groups represent the community and work to make school a success for our students.

What does SDMC Do?

Examples of areas that require SDMC involvement include the following, per HISD:

  • Implementing all pertinent campus-level planning processes
  • Developing recommendations for the school budget
  • Submitting recommendations for the school curriculum
  • Recommending changes in the school’s staffing patterns
  • Developing and approving the campus staff development plans
  • Developing, reviewing, and revising the School Improvement Plan (SIP) for the purpose of improving student performance for all student populations. After the principal approves the SIP, the SDMC will present the plan to the school-based professional staff for a vote of approval.
  • Reviewing and making recommendations regarding the school’s organizational structure
  • Establishing procedures to periodically obtain broad-based community, parent, and staff input.

More info on MIMS SDMC

Information on the MIMS SDMC, including members and minutes, can be found on the MIMS website.

edited to update deadline/date

Busy Week – What’s up at MIMS through Sept. 4

Virtual Meet & Greet – Sept. 3

Join MS Meeting as Parent or Student.pdf

For your convenience, the following are hyperlinks to the sessions.

Meet the Principal – Beginning at 1:00 – 1:25

Pre-Kindergarten Link– Beginning at 1:30, 1:50, and 2:10

Kindergarten Link– Beginning at 1:30, 1:50, and 2:10

1st Grade Link– Beginning at 1:30, 1:50, and 2:10

2nd Grade Link– Beginning at 1:30, 1:50, and 2:10

3rd Grade Link– Beginning at 1:30, 1:50, and 2:10

4th Grade Link– Beginning at 1:30, 1:50, and 2:10

5th Grade Link– Beginning at 1:30, 1:50, and 2:10

Middle School Link– Beginning at 1:30, 1:50, and 2:10

SLL Link– Beginning at 1:30, 1:50, and 2:10

Elementary Enrichment Teachers– Beginning at 1:30, 1:50, and 2:10

Middle School Elective Teachers– Beginning at 1:30, 1:50, and 2:10

Meet the New Assistant Principal– Q&A Open 1:30-2:30

School Material Distribution – Sept. 4

On Friday, September 4th from 2:00-5:00 MIMS will be distributing some school materials to all students from Kindergarten to 8th grade. For many grades, these include student workbooks for Math, Science, and Writing. If possible, please attempt to arrive in the following windows:

  • A-H Last Names- 2:00-3:00
  • I-Q Last Names- 3:00-4:00
  • R-Z Last Names- 4:00-5:00

Chromebook Distribution

Distribution from school was Sept. 2. If you haven’t submitted technology needs in this survey, please complete this survey now.  Currently, MIMS is only accepting requests via survey.

PowerSchool

HISD Connect (PowerSchool) went live on Monday, 8/31. This is the new tool for attendance and grades. We should receive an access code for each student from MIMS (or other HISD school they’re in) no later than 9/14.

Sign up for the MIMS Directory

PTO is building a new directory for MIMS. You must sign up to be in the directory and to receive the directory. Let secretary@mimspto.org know if you have questions.

Resources to help you get started this year

Parents and PTO are collecting resources to help you get started this year. Please let secretary@mimspto.org know if you have other questions or other resources to share.

Yearbook & CNY DVDs

We still have about 60 or so yearbooks that have not been picked up, as well as about 20 or so left for purchase. We’ll be setting a new date for pickup opportunities in next few weeks. Look for a post here. We’ll have CNY DVDs for pickup at that time as well if you pre-purchased.

August PTO Meeting – updated

Meeting minutes

Note: minutes are considered draft until they are approved at the next meeting

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Meeting recording

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First meeting of 20-21 is 21 August at 12 noon.

We will record if you can’t make it.

Check the agenda for how to join the call and what we’ll be discussing!

Got questions for the meeting? Ask in the chat during the meeting or email to us at info@mimspto.org or president@mimspto.org.

Updated 8/22 to add meeting minutes and recording.