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

Share recording with viewers:
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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.

MORE Delivery Updates: Yearbooks & CNY DVDs

Yearbook Update  & CNY DVD – Sept. 2

Final Yearbook delivery planned for Wednesday, 2 September from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at the Dragon and Phoenix Spark Park. Yearbooks that were pre-purchased for 2019-2020 will be available for pick up. We will have a few of those for sale as well – $40 cash; first come, first served.

CNY DVDs that were pre-purchased will be available as well.

School Supply Delivery

We will be receiving school supplies at the end of this week. There will be a parent reaching out to you on your grade’s individual Facebook pages and/or via email for distribution information. 

Because school is still closed, administration has advised us that we are unable to schedule a collective pick-up time on campus. We understand that this is not ideal but are trying our best to ensure that parents have access to the supplies they have paid for.

Please see below for the volunteer parent in charge of distributing supplies for each grade. You should receive information from them within the next week. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to PM Beryl or send email to secretary@mimspto.org.

Yearbook Delivery

The yearbook team is also affected by the fact that our campus is closed.

The yearbook team will be available for yearbook pickup on Saturday morning, 22 August, from 8-11 am at Grady Park (1700 Yorktown, 77056 at San Felipe). We’ll be on the southwest side, in the parking lot near the tennis courts.

Please wear masks and plan to be distanced. While we miss you and want to hang out, this delivery is just a fast drive-by pickup.

If you are unable to pick up on Saturday, you can do one of the following:

  • Have someone else pick up for you – be sure to have written permission that includes the student(s) name(s)
  • We’ll announce a second pick-up date in early September.
  • You can contact yearbook@mimspto.org and we’ll do our best to work things out with you.

We will have some additional yearbooks for sale. They are first come, first served for $40 cash only.

Thanks Margaret – Temporary Parliamentarian

Not that the board voted at our recent meeting to appoint Margaret Pinkston as a replacement parliamentarian until the PTO membership (you!) select a new one at our PTO elections. Thank you so much, Margaret for jumping in to support the board!

The PTO board parliamentarian position was vacant, as Derek Sirmans had left the role.

Bylaws state that PTO board can vote on a replacement for the remainder of the term (until we hold elections in September) with written notice to you all. Written notice is provided here and on Facebook.

Board Elections & PTO Meetings

PTO will hold board and SDMC elections for the 2020-2021 school year in September. We are also launching virtual PTO general meetings so that we can discuss what the PTO has planned, get your feedback, and keep supporting our students, teachers, and families.

You can read the official description of the PTO Board member positions in the current bylaws, and nothing here removes those responsibilities, but it helps to know the reality (or at least the hopes!), too. Here’s what the 19-20 board members have to say about our positions as you consider whether you’d like to nominate yourself or a friend, and who you’ll vote for in 20-21.

In a future post, we’ll include statements and bios for those running for the board in 20-21. Nominations remain open through 31 August by emailing parliamentarian@mimspto.org. Especially as we focus on building morale and supporting justice in our school and community, we hope to see more of you raise your hands to contribute!

Election Timeline

  • 21 August, 12 noon (online) – virtual PTO General meeting for all members – we’ll share/introduce the current nominees for the board and any other updates we have for the school year. Have agenda items? Send to President@mimspto.org and secretary@mimspto.org
  • 11 September 31 August – nominations close for PTO Board and SDMC positions. Please send nominations to parliamentarian@mimspto.org
  • 18 September, 12 noon (online)- virtual PTO General meeting for all members. We’ll share/introduce any additional nominees for the board and any other updates we have for the school year. Have agenda items? Send to President@mimspto.org and secretary@mimspto.org
  • 18-21 September – Voting online for all members for PTO Board and SDMC representative. Per our PTO Bylaws, each PTO member (parent, legal guardian, teacher, staff member) can vote once. (If you inadvertently vote more than once, your vote will not be counted.)

PTO Roles

President

The president is a non-voting member of the PTO board. The president coordinates the meetings and activities of the board, and runs both the board and general meetings. Any committee chairs that do not report to other board members report to the president. The president is the primary liaison to the school administration. The president leads and supports all activities of the PTO board by taking an active volunteer role at meetings, events, and tasks, and is expected to participate in a volunteer role at PTO-led school activities.

VP Elementary

The VP elementary is a voting member of the PTO board. The VP Elementary helps coordinate the elementary room parents and coordinates with elementary teachers. The VP Elementary supports all activities of the PTO board by taking an active volunteer role at meetings, events, and tasks, and is expected to participate in a volunteer role at PTO-led school activities.

VP Middle

The VP Middle is a voting member of the PTO board. The VP Middle helps coordinate the middle school grade reps and works with the middle school teachers. The VP Middle supports all activities of the PTO board by taking an active volunteer role at meetings, events, and tasks, and is expected to participate in a volunteer role at PTO-led school activities.

Treasurer

The treasurer is a voting member of the PTO board. The treasurer reconciles bank and sales reports in addition to preparing and maintaining financial statements. The treasurer provides financial reports to the PTO board and financial review committee regularly and to the entire PTo at least twice per year. The treasurer supports all activities of the PTO board by taking an active volunteer role at meetings, events, and tasks, and is expected to participate in a volunteer role at PTO-led school activities.

Secretary

The secretary is a voting member of the board. The secretary takes minutes at both board and general PTO meetings and makes those available as appropriate, including sending to the financial review committee and administration members. The secretary works with the president and board members to build agendas for meetings and ensures that everyone knows when meetings are held. The secretary manages the website, Google master account, email addresses, and drives, and the overall calendar to support communication among and with the PTO. The secretary maintains the list of clubs and their parent leaders as well as committees and their chairs as selected by the board. The secretary maintains a list of motions that have passed, supports other board members in documenting their processes for transitions, and shares or posts as needed. The secretary supports all activities of the PTO board by taking an active volunteer role at meetings, events, and tasks, and is expected to participate in a volunteer role at PTO-led school activities.

Historian

The Historian is a voting member of the PTO board and documents all the activities of the PTO, often working with the yearbook committee to ensure full coverage of school activities. The historian supports all activities of the PTO board by taking an active volunteer role at meetings, events, and tasks, and is expected to participate in a volunteer role at PTO-led school activities.

Parliamentarian

The parliamentarian is a voting member of the board. The parliamentarian maintains the current version of the PTO bylaws and manages the process for any changes to the bylaws. The nomination committee chair reports to the parliamentarian and all board nominations go to the parliamentarian. The parliamentarian helps to keep order at meetings, based on the bylaws and Robert’s rules of order, and runs all election processes. The parliamentarian supports all activities of the PTO board by taking an active volunteer role at meetings, events, and tasks, and is expected to participate in a volunteer role at PTO-led school activities.

Chinese New Year Chair

The Chinese New Year Chair is a voting member of the board. The CNY chair’s primary task is to convene and lead the committee(s) to plan the Chinese New Year events. The committee chairs for other festivals report to the CNY Chair. The CNY chair supports all activities of the PTO board by taking an active volunteer role at meetings, events, and tasks, and is expected to participate in a volunteer role at PTO-led school activities.

Fundraising – Corporate

The corporate fundraising chair is a voting member of the PTO board. The corporate fundraising chair works closely with the community fundraising chair to recruit working parents and local businesses to invest in the school. The corporate fundraising chair works to develop sponsorship relationships for the school, especially for the annual Chinese New Year festival. The corporate fundraising chair supports all activities of the PTO board by taking an active volunteer role at meetings, events, and tasks, and is expected to participate in a volunteer role at PTO-led school activities.

Fundraising – Community

The community fundraising chair is a voting member of the PTO board. The community fundraising position works with parents to build school-based fundraising for students and families. The community fundraising position helps recruit and coordinate bidding for the annual sociables and other family- and teacher-based fundraising efforts. The community fundraising chair supports all activities of the PTO board by taking an active volunteer role at meetings, events, and tasks, and is expected to participate in a volunteer role at PTO-led school activities.

Note: Edited 8/18 to update deadline for nominations.

News from HISD: P-EBT & Uniforms

Sharing a few pieces of information from HISD in case any MIMS families missed them!

P-EBT Deadline Extended

All MIMS families are eligible for the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT). The deadline has been extended again, through 21 August. This benefits supports all those families who had been taking advantage of the free meals through HISD by giving a one-time benefit on a debit card for use in buying food. Read more about the benefit at the HISD site and access the application.

Uniform Policy

HISD has announced that no uniforms will be required this year for students. Students will still be expected to follow appropriate dress code guidelines set by our campus.

Tax Free Weekend

The Texas tax free weekend is coming up between 7-9 August 2020, both online and in person. The Texas Comptroller site has more details. Even if we don’t have to wear uniforms this year, you can also purchase school supplies, shoes, backpacks, and other items.

What we know about 20-21

What do we know about the 20-21 school year? The answer is… not much. But when we do, we’ll post it here. For now:

  1. HISD has released their 20-21 school calendar, although we don’t yet know everything that means for how we will do things.
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  2. Order your school supplies by July 1 to use our online store.
  3. Yearbook publishing (2019-2020 book) was delayed by quarantine but is now back on track. Yearbooks should be delivered to our school in early August for delivery.
  4. We plan to open uniform sales here on the PTO site in July.
  5. The 2019-2020 PTO board will continue to meet to address needs as they arise and to begin the 20-21 budget and planning process to hand off to the new board in the fall.  Our current plan, depending on what happens in this always-changing situation is:
  • You should complete your nominations for PTO board between now and August by emailing your interest to parliamentarian@mimspto.org
  • We hope to hold a general meeting in early August, where we will help new families understand the school, to update everyone on the plans for the year, and to introduce nominees for next year’s board.
  • We’ll follow that with a meeting in September where PTO members will all vote on your 20-21 board.

If you have a nomination for yourself or someone else for the PTO board, feedback, needs that we can help with, or ideas to share, please let us know. In the meantime, keep up with updates from the board via our website at http://mimspto.org.