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 festivals@mimspto.org.

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.

February Spirit Night: Happy Valley

It’s your chance to find a new-to-you restaurant, remember an old favorite, or just choose to support both a local business and our MIMS PTO: that’s right, it’s Spirit Night!

Join us Friday, Feb. 19 through Sunday, Feb. 28 in the Dun Huang Plaza, 9889 Bellaire Blvd., Suite 306, Houston, 77036. They offer authentic Chinese cuisine.
(Happy Valley is in the back wing of the Dun Huang Shopping Plaza. The large sign above the restaurant says Qin’s Noodle Kitchen. The sign on the door says Happy Valley.)
Note: Happy Valley restaurant is offering take out only. No indoor seating is available at this time.

Donate CNY Cookies to MIMS teachers and staff

Want to help our MIMS teachers and staff feel appreciated as we celebrate the Chinese New Year? MIMS PTO will purchase hand-decorated cookies for everyone and deliver to the school and you can help:

Use the signup genius to sign up for a teacher or member of the MIMS staff, then pay $10 for each set of cookies.

As always, all CNY details are updated regularly on the CNY page.

You can pay for all CNY drive-in tickets, raffle tickets, t-shirts, sponsorships, and other donations at our MIMS PTO store.

Buy your CNY t-shirts

They’re on the way, our annual MIMS Chinese New Year celebration t-shirts!MIMS 2021 Chinese New Year - Year of the Metal Ox

Place your pre-order now to guarantee a shirt — and then wear them during the CNY drive-in and virtual celebrations.

T-shirts are available in adult unisex sizes (S-XL $17, 2XL $18), adult women’s cut (S-XL $17, 2XL $18), and youth sizes (XS-XL $12).

Sign up for CNY Portraits

MIMS 2021 Chinese New Year - Year of the Metal OxBring your kids or the whole family for Chinese New Year portraits at MIMS.

Our own talented PTO Historian photographer, Janine McClenny, will take photos on a Chinese New Year “stage” on Saturday, February 6th. You’ll get up to 5 photos sent digitally for $25.

Minted MIMS Fundraiser

Raise money for MIMS PTO by buying your holiday cards and gifts at Minted.com. They have cards, gifts, puzzles, totes, art, and much more!

Use FUNDRAISEMIMS as the code to save 20%. 15% of your order comes to MIMS!

Happy Year of the Ox – Celebrate CNY with your MIMS family

MIMS 2021 Chinese New Year - Year of the Metal OxPlease join the MIMS family to celebrate Chinese New Year: Year of the Metal Ox.

The CNY program will begin at 7pm on Saturday, February 20th, both online and drive-in movie style in the MIMS parking lot (7 pm to allow for sufficient darkness to see the screens).

Grab bag pickup will run from 2:30-5:30 pm at the front of the school. Parking for the “Drive In” will open at 6:30 pm.  Slots for the drive-in are limited to 50.

We welcome families and businesses, especially MIMS family businesses, to donate prizes for the raffle, and/or become a sponsor.

To volunteer for the event or for more information, please contact Nick Palmer. To join the CNY committee, join any of the twice-weekly meetings.

For full details and updates, check the CNY page.

PTO Meeting – Jan. 15

Happy New Year! We’d love to see you at our first PTO general meeting of 2021!

Thinking about Chinese New Year? Wondering what updates the admin team has for us? Want to ask a question or share an idea? Curious how you missed out on the last Spirit Night? Hoping to support Black History Month? Join us – all will be revealed!

Get your 20-21 yearbook

This year’s yearbook is being produced by Mr. Gonzales and a team of students. Here are your steps to take and where to get more information.

Buy an ad online by Jan. 17.

You can buy an ad to support your student for various sizes (1/8, 1/4, 1/2, full) and various prices.

Upload photos by March 12.

Got some great photos of your students and their friends at school-related activities? Have pictures of your virtual learning setup? Share them today – we consider all photos you submit for inclusion in the yearbook! You can upload them online or get the app for Apple or Android.

Our school’s project number is 021844.

Buy a book online by May 1.

Books will be sold online in the Balfour store for $37.

Still looking for 2019-2020 yearbook? Get more information on the Yearbook page.

Buy Tickets Now: Drive-in Movie Night, Dec. 18

Buy tickets today for the next MIMS Drive-in Movie Night on December 18.

Not only have we upgraded our screens to increase both brightness and size, but we’re showing a double feature, with an early show for the younger crowd and a later show for the older kids.

The Grinch – Buy Tickets

At 6 pm (parking opens at 5:30), join us for the 2018 animated The Grinch.

Home Alone – Buy Tickets

At 8 pm (parking opens at 7:30), we’ll show a Mandarin version of Home Alone, with English subtitles.

Cost is $25 per car per movie. To stay for both movies, purchase both tickets. 

Light concessions will be available. Bathrooms will also be available.

Thanks for the pies, MIMS families!

Thank you again, MIMS parents for your support! We had a successful Thanksgiving staff appreciation event! You donated 75 pies and shared many kind words of appreciation to our teachers and staff.
To keep things transparent, we would like to provide details of our donations and expenses.
We got a total of $1,200 donations from parents.
We spent $1,071.75 for 75 pies from Central Market, including a delivery fee of $22.50.
The rest of $128.25 went to the PTO fund for the next staff appreciation event, which will be sometime this month!

Roll & Go Spirit Night: Poke Burri

Dine at Poke Burri — the newest, hottest entry into the Houston fusion scene — from Saturday, Dec. 5 through Saturday, Dec. 12 and they will donate a percentage of our sales to MIMS PTO.

This offer applies to all dine in and carry out meals.

Drop your receipt in the MIMS container up front or tell wait staff your are with MIMS when they bring food to your car. The more you dine, the more we benefit. Delivery excluded. Check out their website: https://www.pokeburri.com/locations/poke-burri-houston

Giving Thanks, Giving Pies!

Thanksgiving is fast approaching! We would like to take this opportunity to show our thanks to all the hardworking teachers and staff at MIMS, who help create such a nurturing learning environment for our children even during this pandemic.

To make things simple and safe for the obvious reasons, we are asking parents to only make money donations. The fund will be used to buy delicious pies for the upcoming holiday.

Our sign-up genius includes a list of all the teachers and staff in MIMS. Our goal is to give a pie to everyone. and to include at least one note of thanks with each pie.

Step 1: Use the Sign-up genius to ensure that we cover at least one pie and one note for each staff member.

Step 2: To donate for your pie, use the direct link for our $15 fixed amount. Then either drop a hand-written note at the school or email to info@mimspto.org with the subject link: Giving Thanks, Giving Pies and include the name of your teacher or staff member. We’ll print out the emails and get them to the staff with the pies next week.

Step 3: Please consider making a donation! We have a fixed amount of $15 and all money will be used for pies or other teacher appreciation efforts. You can donate to more than one name at a time!