Updates from Nhi: Links for kids

Here’s a post from our PTO president, Nhi Le, to help you all while we’re here at home. As you know, HISD has currently extended the district-wide closure through April 10. During that time, look for updates from HISD and from Principal Ying and begin getting access to HISD at HOME. Wishing you all health and safety at this time.

From Nhi:

Just wanted to share information I was given. Hopefully will help families with kids during this time…
Please share to families with young kids: Since many kids are/will be home from school,  sharing an awesome list of ideas from a parent who homeschools.

Online resources:
– BrainPop
– Curiosity Stream
– Tynker
– Outschool
– Udemy
– iReady
– Beast Academy (Math)
– Khan Academy
– Creative Bug
– Discovery Education

YouTube Channels:
– Crash Course Kids
– Science Channel
– SciShow Kids
– National  Geographic Kids
– Free School
– Geography Focus
– TheBrainScoop
– SciShow
– Kids Learning Tube
– Geeek Gurl Diaries
– Mike Likes Science
– Science Max
– SoulPancake

Lots of board games, library books (and Kindle), tinkering/upcycling with household junk, etc.
Some resources to help with kids at home:

*Scholastic has created a free learn-from-home site with 20+ days of learning and activities.


*Pretend to travel the world..Go on a virtual tour of these 12 famous museums.


*This is the awesome free curriculum that we use. Everything from preschool activities to 12th grade is here!


*List of thinking games by grade: https://allinonehomeschool.com/thinking/

**More awesome free learning websites that we like to use**


















Please feel free to share this with anyone who you think may benefit from this.


Volunteer Opportunity: MIMS Library

The MIMS admin team is asking for parent help to take inventory of our library. Here is the sign up genius link for library help.

Spirit Nights: Come eat & support MIMS

Mondays in March have some upcoming Spirit Nights to raise funds for MIMS students.

March 9: Support your MIMS 5th graders for their Camp Olympia trip by eating at (or ordering To Go from) Skeeter’s Mesquite on March 9. Print the flier and hand it to your server if dining in, or to the cashier when picking up a to go order to get 20% back for MIMS.

March 23: Support your MIMS 5th graders for their Camp Olympia trip by eating at (or ordering To Go from) Betsy’s in Evelyn’s Park on March 23. Don’t forget to take the flier with you to present when you pay.


March 2: Support your MIMS 5th graders for their Camp Olympia trip by eating at (or ordering To Go from) Los Tios on March 2.  Enjoy Fiesta Night and Los Tios will donate 20% for all food ordered for dine-in or to go. Please print the  attached flier and give to your server or when picking up your order.

HISD Closed Feb. 28

All #HISD schools & offices are closed Friday (2/28) due to a major water main break. To ensure the safety of students and staff, maintenance will be inspecting all impacted facilities across the district to make sure systems are functioning properly. Schools & offices scheduled to reopen on Monday (3/2).

Spirit Night: Come to Cabo Bob’s

Invite everyone you know to eat at Cabo Bob’s on February 25 for a MIMS Spirit Night. It’s easy – you order to eat in or take out, tell the folks at Cabo Bob’s you’re there for MIMS, and enjoy the meal. Then Cabo Bob’s shares 15% of the take with MIMS PTO for our kids!

Check for other upcoming spirit nights on the PTO calendar, including a few to support your MIMS 5th graders’ trip to Camp Olympia: March 2 at Los Tios, March 9 at Skeeter’s Mesquite, and March 23 at Betsy’s.

Committee Update: Upload Photos for Yearbook

Online yearbook sales have now concluded, but there will be some yearbooks for sale in May ($40, cash only at that time). Look for the books to be delivered in mid- to late-May.

In the meantime, we are still working on our book and we want YOUR help! Please upload or email photos of your student and their classmates and friends at school events. In addition, if you are the sponsor of a club, activity, or sport, please share the successes and experiences your group has had so far this year. Won a competition? Attended an exciting event? Sold a lot of books or cookies? If students and families at MIMS participated in it, we want to KNOW and cover it so that you can remember it.

  • Sports
  • Clubs (Robotics, Chess, Running, Garden, etc.)
  • Competitions (UIL, Chess, Robotics, Chinese language, Name that Book, etc.)
  • Class field trips and parties
  • Chinese New Year festival and other school festivals
  • First day, grandparents day
  • Black history month events, Hispanic Heritage month events
  • Scouts
  • 100 day projects, Valentine’s day, Go Texan day…
  • Boosterthon fun run

We try to cover all the students and all the events but to do that, we need your contributions. Email write-ups and photos to yearbook@mimspto.org. Upload photos online or get the app for Apple or Android. (Our school’s project number is 021844.) If you want to volunteer to help with yearbook, let us know (yearbook@mimspto.org).

Volunteer: Staff Appreciation lunch

Our February PTO staff appreciation lunch is scheduled on 2/21 (Friday). In honor of Black History Month, our lunch will feature African American culinary delights for the first time! Some amazing parents worked hard on the menu and catering options, but we are still looking for more food donations and more volunteers to help on that day.

Please see the signup sheet for details. Nonperishable items can be dropped off in the community room in advance. For perishable food, please drop off on 2/21 before 10:30AM because the first group starts their lunch at 11AM. If you donate a dish, please specify its ingredients, or whether it’s vegetarian, dairy-free, or contains any tree nuts.


Thank you for signing up! It is only with your generous donations and volunteering to set up, serve or/and clean up that we can make PTO lunches possible. Our teachers and staff will truly appreciate it!

Volunteer: Black History Month

Black History Month

In observance of Black History Month, the committee is inviting our MIMS Family to celebrate with us by reading books to the students (Grades PK-2nd) during their scheduled library time.

We welcome ALL members of our MIMS family to participate (parents, Aunts, grandparents, etc).

….BUT, you must be VIPS Approved!!!

We have books in the library for you to choose from OR you may bring one of your favorite Black History Books to read.

Thank you in advance for your support in helping us share our rich culture!


Thank you to the CNY Sponsors!

Thank you so much to the businesses and families who are sponsoring our Chinese New Year festival.

  • The Welsh Family & ConocoPhillips
  • The Reuben Family
  • Adam Ramji of Ramji Law Group, Personal Injury Attorneys
  • Melinda Quijas and Hanh Tran of Hanh Gallery
  • Lo Bros + Fam
  • The Cusick Family
  • Paloma and Araceli Santamarina
  • Park’s Family
  • The Quigley Family
  • The Gerardi Family
  • Lemke Orthodontics
  • Miya Liao
  • Rodney Jackson Realty
  • The Silk Family
  • The Tellepsen Family
  • Eleanor & George Trombetta

Pick up your CNY Pre-Orders: Updated

Update: PTO has extended this opportunity through FRIDAY, January 31 (morning and afternoon). 

The MIMS PTO will be at school (near the school entrance) January 28-30 (T-Th) during drop-off and pick-up (7-9 am and 3:30-6 pm) to deliver your pre-ordered tickets, wristbands, and t-shirts.

We will have additional tickets, wristbands, and t-shirts available for sale for full price.

  • Adult T-shirt – $17
  • Child T-shirt – $12
  • Tickets – $1/ticket
  • Wristband – $30
  • Raffle tickets – $5 each or 3 for $12

If you are not able to pick up your items then, you may also pick them up at the CNY festival beginning at 10 am on Saturday, Feb. 1.

MIMS Chinese New Year: Volunteer! & other updates

MIMS Chinese New Year festival is coming up on February 1 – that’s only TWO weeks away! Remember to invite your friends, family, and community.

Tickets & Wristbands

You can still buy discounted wristbands and tickets, as well as pre-order your t-shirts. Read more here or go directly to the store to order. Those will be available to pick up T-Th, Jan. 28-30, from 7-9 am and 3:30-6 pm.

Donate to and Sponsor the MIMS Chinese New Year Festival

It’s not too late to donate or ask for sponsorships. You can read more about how to do that  and get the forms or contact the MIMS PTO fundraising team with ideas.

Would your club or organization like a table? Contact Kelly Opot.

Volunteer for the MIMS Chinese New Year Festival

Now it’s time to start volunteering your time and energy to make this the best year yet. We still have a few positions open for lead volunteers. If you’re interested in that, please contact Amanda Chambers, our CNY festival lead, directly. You can also use the Sign-Up Geniuses below to help out.

Updated: Change to MIMS PTO bylaws

Update: Bylaws updated

The proposed changes discussed below were passed unanimously at the general meeting in February 2020. You can review the complete, updated bylaws on the website.

Proposed change to bylaws

Please review proposed updated bylaw language to hold elections earlier to help new officers transition more smoothly from the previous PTO board.

Proposed change is posted here and in the MIMS office. PTO members will vote on the proposed bylaw change at the February 2020 meeting.

If you have comments, questions, or concerns, please email the Parliamentarian.

You can review our full bylaws on the website.

MIMS Chinese New Year: Wristbands, Tickets & T-shirts

Can you believe that the MIMS Chinese New Year festival is just around the corner? This festival is our biggest fundraiser and biggest event of the year, so we hope you will all come out to enjoy, support, and volunteer to make it amazing. Plus: invite your friends – all are welcome!

PTO will be selling wristbands and tickets, as well as CNY t-shirts, online, at school the week before the event, and at the CNY festival.


Wristbands include unlimited access to the climbing rock wall, inflatables, and petting zoo.

  • Early bird price through January 10 – $20
  • Pre-sale January 11 – 26 – $25
  • Festival Day – $30


Purchase tickets for food, face painting, crafts, games, and dunking booth.

  • Tickets are 12 for $10 during early bird, through January 26
  • After early bird, tickets will be $1 per ticket

Other items

You can also pre-order t-shirts (children’s, unisex, or women’s sizes) or DVDs of the performances.

Updated 1/13/20: added t-shirt and DVD information

January & February Sociables Available

Upcoming Sociables for January and February

Welcome back!  If you’re looking for a fun way to start off the new year, we have spots available for the following sociables.  All sociables will remain open until they sell out or the day of the event and can be purchased at: https://qtego.net/qlink/mimspto.  

Item #124 – Dumplings! Dumplings! Dumplings! (Adults Only) – Saturday, January 11 – $55/Adult

Item #125 – Mediterranean Dinner (Adults Only) – Thursday, January 16 – $35/Adult

Item #127 – Winter Spectacular Ice Skating Sociable (Kids and Parents) – Monday, January 20 – $25/Person

Item #128 – MIMS Dragons Love Tacos for Pre-K – 3rd Grade (Kids Only) – Tuesday, January 21 – $15/Child

Item #161 – 5th-8th Grade Game-a-Palooza (Kids Only) – Friday, January 24 – $20/Child

Item #135 – Trail Hike in Memorial Park for 6th Grade and Up with Ms. Veneziale (Kids and Parents) – Saturday, February 8 – $25/Person

Item #137 – Tang Yuan (Sticky Rice Balls) With a Twist (Kids and Parents) – Saturday, February 22 – $50/Child and one Adult and $10/Additional Child

Item #138 – Men’s Poker Night (Dads Only) – Saturday, February 22 – $40/Dad

Item #139 – Central Texas-Style BBQ Dinner (Adults Only) – Sunday, February 23 – $50/person – Only a few spots remaining!

Item #141 – MIMS 3rd Annual Bagel Bolt Mile Kids Fun Run (Kids Only) – Saturday, February 29 – $30/Child – Only a few spots remaining!

Need a reminder on how to do Qtego? Here you go.

Chinese New Year: Sponsor & share the donation form

In recent years, Houston ISD has experienced major funding cuts, so funds raised from individual donations and business sponsorships are relied upon heavily to fund classroom supplies, access to e-learning programs, teacher appreciation events, and so much more.

The Chinese New Year Festival held at MIMS each year is a large fundraiser for our school. If you would like to sponsor this year’s festival at one of the attached levels or double your donation with an employer matching contribution, please let me know. Your donation will 100% directly benefit MIMS.

Donating is easy and tax-deductible. Donations can be made online at http://mimspto.org/ or by making a check payable to “MIMS PTO” and writing “2020 CNY” on the memo line. Checks may be hand delivered to a PTO Board Member or mailed to MIMS PTO, Attn: PTO Treasurer, 5445 W. Alabama, Houston, TX 77056. The MIMS PTO is a 501(c)(3) organization, and a receipt with Tax ID will be provided upon request.

Thank you in advance for your consideration!