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MIMS International Festival

The MIMS International Festival is coming up May 5, 2023.

The event will include International Festival, MIMS Got Talent, and Kids’ Marketplace. We’ll also invite incoming students and their families to get to know MIMS. We’ll have food plates and clubs at MIMS are invited to provide additional food or drinks as fundraisers (contact festivals@mimspto.org to reserve space).

If you are interested in hosting a table for a country, or signing up for auditions for MIMS Got Talent, please sign up! We’ll have information on Kids’ Marketplace and volunteer opportunities soon.



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Thank you to the 2023 MIMS CNY Sponsors

Year of the Rabbit Presenting Sponsors ($5,000+)

Dragon Sponsors ($1,000+)

Phoenix Sponsors ($500+)

Gold ($300+)

Silver ($150+)

  • Asia Society
  • Brice Family
  • Cedar Yu
  • Cornerstone Construction
  • Fuji Tea
  • Hungry’s
  • Jennifer Tang
  • Main Street Theater 
  • Martha Harrer
  • Mohr Family
  • Nick Palmer & Viola Caretti
  • Nurture Pediatrics
  • Rodney Jackson
  • Ruan Family
  • Ryde
  • Spa 146
  • The Houston Dynamo
  • The Houston Rockets
  • The Houston Texans
  • West U Wellness
  • Wonderwild
  • Young Leong 


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MIMS Chinese New Year Festival – Join us!

Join us for the MIMS Chinese New Year (MIMS CNY) festival on 4 February 2023 from 10 am until 3 pm, with food, inflatables, climbing wall, petting zoo, performances, and more!

What to expect at MIMS CNY Festival

  • 8 Inflatables, including 3 for small kids, 2 great obstacle courses, and more
  • Petting zoo
  • Train ride
  • Rock wall
  • Mechanical bull
  • Performances from the Dragon Dance team, MIMS Choir and Dance Clubs, Chinese classes, Dance of Asian America, Lion dancers, and more
  • 5+ great Houston food trucks
  • Bake sale
  • Chinese food
  • Bubble tea
  • and more….

Your next steps for MIMS CNY Festival

  1. Pre-order CNY t-shirts are available through 27 January. There will be some available next week and at CNY, but if you want to be SURE to get your size, you want to pre-order. @Doris has done her usual amazing job – they’re gorgeous. They ARE approved for everyday wear at MIMS. Available in kids’ sizes (12$) and adults’ sizes ($15).
  2. All other pre-order items (combo package, pre-order tickets, pre-order wristbands) are on sale through January 31.
  3. PTO will be at school on Feb 1-3 to distribute wristbands, tickets, and t-shirts that were pre-sold and sell additional. You can also pick these items up at CNY Festival.

 

Read more for parking, volunteering, sponsorships, and ongoing details.
Check out the store to purchase t-shirts and tickets.


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Winter Wonderland Fun Run is coming!

It’s Boosterthon time! That’s our second largest fundraiser of the year. This year, our goal is to raise about $50k total – enough to pay the event’s expenses and to put $35k toward raising enough for a new floor for our gym. 
Our Winter Wonderland Fun runs are scheduled for December 2 and it’s TIME to register your kiddos for fundraising & prizes. If every student raises just $50, we will make our key goal of $35,000. That goal will get us about halfway to buying the new gym floor that our school needs.
 
Please take 5 minutes to register on http://myBooster.com, upload your kid’s photo, and share a link and/or video through your social media or email. If your kids were at MIMS the last time, it’s SUPER easy because it remembers who donated to them previously.
 
Right now we have not quite 10% of our students registered – let’s move that needle and get the kids registered to run and win! Please register to make them eligible for prizes and to help our school raise the funds for our new gym floor.
Go to https://mybooster.com/ today – we can do SO MUCH BETTER than 10% of our families supporting our school.
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Thank you to our fall auction donors.

MIMS families, teachers, and PTO are so grateful to our fall donors. These companies and families donated to our fall auction. Combined with our sociables, the fall fundraising efforts raised almost $25k. These fundssupported our $18k donation to the Spark Park at MIMS – allowing us to complete the Spark II. The funds also go towards buying teachers new speakers, new microphones for the cafeteria, and subscriptions to the tools your teachers request for their classrooms. Thank you all for your work and contributions!

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Trunk or Treat + Movie Night

PumpkinCelebrate Hallowe’en with MIMS with a Trunk or Treat, followed by a MIMS Movie Night (showing Hocus Pocus). Everyone: bring your kids in costume to Trunk or Treat!

Trunk or Treat

Parents, sign up to host a “trunk.” You’ll decorate your trunk, provide candy or treats, and the kids will come walk through!

We’ll have one prize for a best decorated trunk. Please remember this is a family-friendly event. Keep your trunk PG and if it’s scary, please notify us so we can position your car appropriately.

Sign up here to reserve your Trunk or Treat spot.
Can’t bring your car? You can for sure sign up to share candy!

Trunk or Treat runs from 6-7, if you’re hosting a trunk, you can start parking around 5:30 pm.

Movie Night

We’ll be showing Hocus Pocus (Rated PG), starting at 7:30 pm.

Tickets for $20 if you purchase in advance. $25 at the door. $5 for walk-up tickets.

Parking

If you host a trunk and are also going to movie night, request your reserved spot!

If you are just attending Trunk or Treat, please park on the street or in St George’s lot.

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What’s up this week? Sept. 6-10

Hi all – Especially until we have our new platform, I’ll try to put everything I can up here on the PTO website. Please share with your MIMS friends!

What’s in this message

Scroll down to read about the following topics:

    • Mid Autumn Festival
    • Communications
    • Sociables & Auction Items
    • PTO Meetings
    • Drop-off, Pick-up, and You
    • Grandparents Lunch
    • Volunteers
    • Directory
    • Spirit Wear
    • China Trip

Plan for Mid Autumn Festival

Mid Autumn Festival is Friday, 9 September, from 6-8 pm. Pre-order food tickets for a fried rice or lo mein (vegetarian) box with a bottle of water ($5 per ticket).

Events at Mid Autumn Festival

  • Hear the Mid Autumn story & watch performances
  • Grandparents’ story table
  • Pet the rabbit
  • Arts & crafts
  • Connect with other MIMS families
  • Enjoy moon cakes
  • Pick up your spirit wear pre-orders
  • Meet the MIMS Clubs, including Robotics Club, Garden Club, and more…

Communications

LivingTree is gone, but we’re working to get Bloomz up as soon as we can. In the meantime, look for announcements here on the MIMS PTO website, on the MIMS website, and in emails from Mr. Ying.

What can you do? Make sure your info with HISD and the school is accurate and up to date.

Sociables & Auction Items

It’s time to decide what sociables you can host! Please submit your sociables by 17 September. If you have any auction items or ideas for auction items, you can submit those as well or contact our Community Fundraising Chair.

You’ll be able to BUY those sociables and bid on those auction items at our Fall Fundraising Festival on 30 September at King’s Bierhaus. We’ll gather from 7-11 pm to celebrate Oktoberfest and have some fun. The event is intended for adults, but the location is a restaurant, so kids can come if necessary.

Please pre-order a ticket so we know how many to expect – $10 buys your ticket, including a beer or a couple of soft drinks!

PTO Meeting

Here are the notes from last PTO meeting – official minutes are coming soon.

Next meeting is October 7 at noon, via Zoom.

If you have requests for topics or speakers for our next PTO meetings, let us know.

Drop-off, Pick-up, and You

So many of you have been doing a GREAT job at drop-off and pick-up. Thank you. And thanks for the volunteers who have supported the school and parents by helping with drop-off and pick-up procedures. For those who might need a little reminder, here are some key points.

  1. School hours are 8:30 to 4 pm. The doors open at 8:15 in the morning.
  2. Do not pull into or park in the teachers’ parking lot. It is reserved until after 5 pm.
  3. If you drive through the line, make sure your kids have everything they need and can get in or out of the car seats on their own. If this ISN’T the case, park and walk up to the Dragon Door.
  4. If you drive through the line, please don’t be distracted – pay attention, stay close to the car in front of you, stay to the right in first part of the line so those who want to park can drive to the left.
  5. Do NOT drop off until you get to the drop off point in the map above. Don’t drop on Alabama or in the first or second part of the lot. It’s not safe.
  6. If you need to park, use Yorktown, McCullough, or the spots in the middle of the main lot.  Don’t park in the first section of the lot. Park close to the other cars so more folks can fit.

And most vitally: Be kind, please. One of our parents got screamed and yelled at for reminding someone they were dropping off in the wrong place. That’s not cool and it’s not how you’d want your kids to be treated or to treat others. We’re all running late, feeling stressed, and worried about getting where we need to be – don’t be the one hurting other people.

Grandparents Lunch

Grandparents lunch is this week – September 9 – read on for details!

  1. Please RSVP for Grandparents Day (September 9th). The grandparent MUST sign up in Sign Up Genius.
    • We can only accommodate TWO family members (grandparents, mom and dad, uncle, and aunts, etc.) PER student.
    • Each participant must sign up for EACH student. If you have two children in MIMS and would like to have lunch with each child, you must sign up twice.
  2. Please keep in mind that lunches are limited to 30 minutes and guests should arrive 20-30 minutes before lunch to sign in.
  3. All participants must check-in at the Dragon door.
  4. We are recruiting parent volunteers for Grandparents day. Please reach out to Ms. H.Liu (hliu@houstonisd.org) for more information. VIPS approved only; please register to assist if you aren’t already on Ms. Liu’s list.
  5. Lunch times:
  • Prek – 10:45 to 11:15
  • Kinder – 10:35 to 11:05
  • 1st – 10:30 to 11:00
  • 2nd 11:30 to 12:00
  • 3rd – 11:10 to 11:40
  • 4th and 5th – 11:45 to 12:15
  • Middle School – 12:25 to 12:55

Volunteers Needed!

We LOVE our volunteers. Already this year, you’ve made folks very happy by helping direct traffic before and after school, by helping with spirit wear, and supporting Tuesday folders.

Here are some specific needs you can support right now – sign up and we’ll connect you!

  • Help plan Spark Park 2 ribbon cutting in November
  • Help with community fundraising or Spark Park fundraising or corporate fundraising
  • Sign up to help with Mid Autumn Festival
  • Diversity & Heritage committee needs a chair
  • Help with the boosterthon fun run
  • And many more opportunities

MIMS Directory

I still have my MIMS Directory from my first year at MIMS. We haven’t done one in recent years, but lots of folks have requested one. We’re working on it! If you want to be in the MIMS directory, please submit your info ASAP.  We’d like to have this ready for October, but only if you submit your info! We won’t do the work if we don’t have a minimum of 200 families in the directory.

Spirit Wear

The spirit wear items you pre-ordered have been delivered. If you didn’t pick them up on 2 September,  you can get them on 9 September, before or after school or at the Mid Autumn Festival. Contact Middle School VP Emily Shaffer if you have questions about spirit wear.

If you have uniform items (shirts, pants, shorts, skirts) that no longer fit but are in GOOD condition, you can bring those and drop them in the used uniform bin near the front office. These items will be available for trade! You can also trade qi pao (Chinese dress). Contact Caroline Long if you have questions about used uniforms or want to volunteer to help with the swap table at Mid Autumn Festival.

China Trip 2024

Join Ms. Xia in the meeting on 13 September at 6 pm on Zoom. See meeting details and register for the meeting here: https://bit.ly/3QXKx1W. Registration is mandatory, so don’t wait!

Ms. Xia will provide you more information regarding the trip details, itinerary, pricing, and scholarship opportunities! (your child can actually go to China with us for FREE!!!) Please register!

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Let’s Communicate Better!

Hi families –

Just a quick update for you on our communications options.

Right now, both PTO and MIMS Admin use LivingTree to do “push” communications (meaning those that email or text you). Unfortunately, LivingTree is no longer going to sell the product we use, so we have to move off this platform. Our new platform is called Bloomz. PTO has signed the contract and are working actively with the MIMS Admin team to get it rolled out and get us and you all trained on it.

Some of you are still getting posts from LivingTree, but I know not all are. Both MIMS Admin and MIMS PTO are doing our best to share the information other places. Please try to be patient while we continue to work on this issue. Here are some spots you can try – if you know something others don’t, SHARE!

  • If it comes from MIMS PTO, we’ll post the info here on our site. Always.
  • Mr. Pyles and MIMS Admin are posting their announcements to the MIMS website.
  • All MIMS families are welcome to request to join the unofficial Facebook group. Just make sure to answer the questions and the admin for the group will add you. NOTE: it’s *not* an official site of the school or the PTO.
  • Most grade levels have their own Facebook pages or WhatsApp groups – just ask around!
  • I know there’s an active WeChat group and we ask any parents who are part of that to share the information we share here or on LT or Fb to that as well.

We promise that as soon as possible, we’ll get Bloomz rolled out to you! Email info@mimspto.org if you have ongoing questions or comments.

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Start Submitting Your Sociables!

Now is the perfect time to start thinking about what sociable or sociables you want to host!  This a fun and great way to help raise funds for our school!

What is a Sociable?

A sociable is a party or event that you throw – by yourself or with a group, for adults or kids or both – just pick a theme any theme! You pay the costs and we sell the tickets at our Fall Fundraising Festival. The funds raised through ticket sales go to the PTO to help pay for things like the new gym floor that our school needs, water bottle fillers, Quizlet, other teacher supplies and subscriptions, and more.

Submit your sociables today!

Sociables are also one of the BEST ways to get to know other MIMS families – they’re so much fun! Here are some examples of sociables from years past:

  • Halloween Story Time – we had Mr. Ying come read a Halloween book in Chinese; we read one in English; we did Halloween crafts; we ate pumpkin food. We co-hosted this event with a teacher and held it right after school.
  • Songs & Soju – an awesome team of moms held a moms & teachers event where we ate and drank and sang karaoke
  • Dragons Love Tacos – we read the book, at dragon-themed food, made crafts, played dragons
  • Gymnastics – hosted at a gymnastics gym where the kids played and had snacks
  • Cookie decorating – lots of versions of this for kids, for adults, Christmas-themed
  • Crawfish boil
  • MIMS Mini- Mudder
  • Super Groovy 70’s Disco Party ( Adult Only)
  • Mother Daughter Tea
  • Mediterranean Dinner
  • Mixing It Up with Mini Chefs at Dream Dinners
  • Bollywood Social
  • 4th Grade Boys Video Game Party
  • Mixology for MOMS
  • Pre-K Holiday Books & Jammies
  • Gingerbread House Decorating
  • Just Dance Disco Party
  • End Of The Year Pool Party
  • Yoga
  • Tennis
  • and so many more!

Submit your sociables no later than September 17 – tickets will go on sale at the Fall Fundraising Festival and be on sale until all tickets are sold. The earlier you send in your item, the more time you have to advertise or promote your event and/or item!! If you have any questions, email communityfundraising@mimspto.org.

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Order MIMS Spirit Wear & Uniforms Today!

MIMS Spirt Wear and school uniform items are now available for pre-order.

MIMS will go back to enforcing dress code policy in 2022-2023. Purchase your MIMS – branded clothes, signs, and magnets now until August 13 at midnight.  Orders will be available for pick-up at MIMS on September 1st and 2nd.

During the pre-order period, you can add a MIMS magnet for 50% off!  PLUS: Don’t forget to add a Year of the Tiger t-shirt – these are uniform code approved and can be picked up at the Meet & Greet on August 17!

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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.

Food

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

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 festivals@mimspto.org to get involved.

Sponsorships

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.

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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)

 

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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 festivals@mimspto.org to get involved.

 

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

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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

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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.