Mr. Ying's Weekly Updates
This Week at MIMS…
PLEDGING OPENS IN ONE WEEK!
Help us reach our fundraising goal: $25,000
Parent Action Steps:
1. Register your student(s) on FUNRUN.COM on 11/12.
2. Reach out to sponsors by sharing your pledge link.
3. All pledges and payments are made online.*
4. Cheer on your students at the FUN Event on 12/6.
Run & Done Collections
• EASY for everyone! Sponsors pledge and pay online, saving our volunteers 50+ hours and helping our school collect more pledges faster.
• Sponsors can either make a pledge per lap or a flat donation. If they make a pledge per lap, their credit card is charged after the Event.
*Cash and check payments are still accepted. Must be turned in according to school policy. Your student will still get credit for the pledge or donation.
MIMS, we have an astronaut
The Eagle will land in the cafeteria at 2:15pm and will come speak to the middle school students about his experiences as an astronaut emphasizing the STEM path for a career at NASA.
News from HISD:
METRO is offering HISD students from kindergarten through 12th grade the opportunity to register and receive a discounted METRO Student Q® fare card on campus. The discounted METRO Student Q® fare card allows students to ride all METRO services for 50 percent off the regular fare when they use the Student METRO Q® fare card. METRO Local bus and light-rail service costs just 60 cents each way. (NOTE: Park & Ride service cost will vary). There is no cost to receive the Student METRO Q® fare card. If your family has a signed form on file at MIMS indicating whether want your child to receive a METRO Student Q® Fare Card then, this form (in English and Spanish) will also be accessible to schools on the HISD Web Portal. Signed forms from parents should be returned to the school by November 15, 2019 and filed, prior to METRO visiting the campus.
Student Shout outs
Asher Lo – won 2nd place in Calligraphy contest
Cambry Gerardi – won 2nd place overall in Chinese Bridge
Staff Shout outs
Ms. Mcgahey for leading teachers in an interim coordinator role. Thank you for your leadership
Sergeant Brown for supporting our school during election day. We thank you for keeping us safe.
Below you will find upcoming events that you and your family can participate together here at MIMS. Have a wonderful week!
Our PSAT has been rescheduled to Wednesday Nov 13. Thank you, parents for your patience and understanding.
Thanksgiving lunch with our families - please bring exact change ($5). This is a cash only event.
Parents that applied GT testing for their child should have received an email from me last week regarding the testing dates (Nov 18-21). Please contact Ms. YaLing Lin (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have not received her email.
This Week at MIMS…
This Tuesday is election day. Please see the following for our election plan.
• All procedures are in effect on Nov 5th only
• School hours remain the same – 8:05 AM to 3:50 PM
• Teachers and staff – please park in the side parking lot close to Yorktown st.
• Morning arrival – All students will come in the building through the Dragon door. Please drop off your child near the Dragon door
• Our parking spaces will be limited on this day
• For drop off/pick up, parents can still can drive around the parking lot as usual but expect heavy traffic
• Dismissal – follow normal procedure
• After school program staff come in the building through the dragon door
• After school programs operate as normal
• HISD police is on “Close Patrol” and will frequently stop by our campus on election day
Employees of the Month!
Congratulations to Mr. Doucet and Mr. Lupe. They are being recognized for their outstanding achievements, commitment and dedication by the HISD Facilities Department. We love you and appreciate everything you do every single day!
Special Thank You
Thank you, Ms. Nissa for coordinating meetings, decorating the campus, hosting magnet tours, taking pictures, and sharing your time and love with students and staff. We appreciate you!
Our PSAT has been rescheduled to Wednesday Nov 13. Thank you, parents for your patience and understanding.
Reserved Parking for Teachers and Staff
Parents, this is a friendly reminder. Please avoid parking in the reserved parking spots. Teachers have voiced that seeing reserved parking taken by unknown vehicle adds unnecessary stress in the morning. Please help our teachers by not parking in reserved parking. Thank you!
Mr. Ying’s Email
It came to my attention that some parents may not have my correct email address. My email address is email@example.com. If you sent me emails recently and have not received a response, please send your email again to the aforementioned address.
Reading to Therapy Dogs
We have started a new reading program for our first graders. Every Monday, Suzanne and her professionally trained therapy puppies will come visit our first graders to promote literacy and encourage students to read. The students get to spend 10-15 minutes reading to the dog.
School Climate Survey
This is the link to school climate survey. Please give us your feedback. This survey will be closed on Nov 8th. Thank you!
This week at MIMS:
Magnet Tour – Recruiting Students
We are recruiting students (one 8th grade and one 5th grade) to show off their Chinese presentation skills in magnet tour. If your child in interested in presenting, please send me an email (subject line: magnet tour presenter).
5th Grade Parent Tour
5th grade parents, we are planning a tour for you. We want to show you how great our middle school is. The tour will be in November. Stay tuned.
Report Card Went Home (ancillary delayed)
Report cards went home on Friday. Our prek and kinder ancillary grades are delayed, due to technical reasons. We will send home those grades later this week.
Chinese Speech Contest Application
We are still recruiting students to compete in this Chinese speech contest. If your child is interested, please reach out to their Chinese teacher for more information.
Our Grandparent Day was a huge success. We heard lots and lots of positive comments. Thank you for participating. Judging by its widespread popularity, we are already planning for more family lunch in the near future.
Our student council took the time and made plan for Red Ribbon Week. I’m moved by their initiative and effort and decided to extend Red Ribbon Week by two additional days. All students may wear team shirt to “Team up against drugs” on Tuesday, 10/29/19 and wear neon shirt because we are “Too bright for drugs” on Wednesday, 10/30/19. Please note that elementary school students may dress as their favorite character on Thursday, 10/31/19 for character parade.
Cambry has advanced to top 15 in the Chinese Bridge Competition! Please continue to support her by voting.
This is important. We had an intruder drill last Friday, 10/25/19, and one of our growth areas is that our parent volunteers did not participate in the drill. Parent volunteers, we love you and please be advised that in the future it is mandatory to participate in school drills. We will come up with a plan to teach volunteers what to do in the event of a drill.
School Climate Survey
This is the link to school climate survey. Please give us your feedback. Thank you!
I hope everyone had a good weekend. I missed the game, but I was excited to learn that the Astros are going to the finals. Go Astros! We have a long list of items in this week’s newsletter.
Email challenges: I want to personally apologize for not responding to your email in a timely manner. Recently, I have made some changes to the way I process emails, and from this point forward, I aim to respond all emails within 48 hours.
British International School of Houston field trip: It has been canceled. Our original intention was to simply expand 8th graders’ high school options. It appears the interests level to this trip is low; therefore, we have decided to cancel this trip.
Character Parade: The Character Parade will be back by popular demand. This year, the character parade is on Thursday, 10/31/19. All elementary students are invited to dress as their favorite book character. Please note that the character parade is reserved for elementary students only.
Students reading to therapy dogs: MIMS is partnering with a group of local volunteers to encourage students to read more. This Wednesday, some of our 1st graders will spend a few minutes to read to therapy dogs. All volunteers are VIPS approved and the therapy dogs are professionally trained and certified. Our neighbor, St. George has been offering this program for years, and I am very excited to bring it to MIMS.
Middle School Tour for 5th grade parents: We are actively planning a middle school tour for our 5th grade families. We are such great school and we have the numbers to show. The purpose of this tour is to talk about the great things that are currently happening in the middle school and our future plans. We don’t have a specific date yet, but the tour will be in November.
Bully Prevention week: Last week was HISD Bully Prevention Week. Each day we had a different theme, and I talked about it over morning announcement. Thursday’s theme was posting positive, kind message, and I must say I was touched by our students’ response. I took a few pictures of the board that was filled with kind, positive messages by the students, and that was only few hours after my announcement. As I was leaving this Friday, the two boards were full of kind notes. For that, I am so proud of our students.
After school club coaches: Parents, thank you for volunteering your precious time and offer clubs to our students. Since my last newsletter, I have had quite a few parents stepping up and offer clubs. I have approved all clubs that submitted proper application documents. If you are on the fence about sponsoring a club, feel free to reach out to me, and I will walk you through the process.
Grandparents Day: Our make-up Grandparents Day is Friday, 10/25/19. I apologize for not able to coordinate the Grandparents Day in September, but I’m hoping our grandparents would give me a second chance and come have lunch with us this coming Friday!
Cambry’s send-off pep rally: Our 8th grader, Cambry, is representing MIMS competing in China as we speak. We had a send-off party this past Wednesday. It was filled with love and joy. We wish Cambry the best of luck and bring home the trophy!
Chinese High Frequency Word Test: This is a friendly reminder. The testing window is 10/28 to 11/8.
Chinese speech competition: We are recruiting students for a Chinese speech competition. Please look for more information in tomorrow’s Tuesday folder. The organizer will come to our campus this Thursday for an info session from 4:15 to 5:00.
Red Ribbon Week: This week is Red Ribbon Week. We are raising awareness by having a different theme each day this week.
Monday, Oct. 21st: Wear Boots to “Kick-off” Red Ribbon Week
Tuesday, Oct. 22nd: Wear Crazy Socks to “Put a Sock” in Drugs
Wednesday, Oct. 23rd: Wear your favorite Team Shirt to “Be on a Drug-Free Team”
Thursday, Oct. 24th: Wear Red Day to support being Drug-Free
Friday, Oct. 25th: Dress as your favorite character to “Show good character by saying NO to Drugs!
School Climate Survey: Last but not least, we want to continue to do a good job for our students and parents. Please spend a few minutes to fill out the survey here to help us improve.
Chung Ying, Principal
I hope everyone enjoyed the gorgeous weather this past weekend. I ran 15 miles on Sunday and it felt great! Thanks to the cooler temperature, my heart rate stayed in the 130’s most of the time, and I also think that’s why I didn’t feel exhausted after my run. When I run in a warmer, more humid environment, my heart rate passes the 160’s and it’s really difficult to sustain a long run with such a rapid heart rate. Anyway, I hope you all enjoyed the lovely weekend.
I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to our parents who helped prepare for the Fall Festival and to all the families who attended our event as it was a great success! I hope everyone enjoyed MIMS Got Talent as it was another great show with your support and participation. Our silent auction was a success too and congratulations to those who won in the auction. Thank you all for purchasing “sociables” as they are a fantastic way to support our school and even more importantly, a great way for everyone to get together as a community. I am personally looking forward to participating in the “sociable” the best that I can this year. I also would like to give our parent volunteers a big shout-out! Thank you all for coordinating the Fall Festivals, the talent rehearsals, making arrangement for the auction, and “sociables,” etc. You are my unsung heroes. MIMS is great because we have your support.
Bully Prevention Week: October 14th – 18th is Bully Prevention Week. We are doing something special each day to raise awareness and bring attention to a growing epidemic of social isolation. Please see the attached flyer here for more details.
Send-Off Pep Rally: Wednesday, October 16, 2019, at 3:30pm. Cambry Gerardi, 8th grader at Mandarin Immersion Magnet School, will represent the South region of the Houston-based People’s Republic of China Consulate Office at the 12th International Chinese Bridge Competition. This year’s event will be held in Henan Province, China from October 18th-November 2nd. Cambry will compete against 200+ contestants from over 100 countries around the world in a televised competition similar to American Idol. Competition consists of three parts: a prepare speech in Mandarin, a quiz bowl, and Chinese culture talent show. HISD Confucius Institute is proud to provide support to Cambry as she prepares for the competition and will host our send-off event at MIMS.
Call for after-school club coaches: Parent coaches, WE WANT YOUR HELP! If you have coached after-school clubs before in any capacity, or if you are thinking about starting an after-school club, we want to hear from you! One way to expand our students’ academic horizons are to offer a variety of UIL clubs and after-school activities. We can never have too many clubs! By the way, I also would like to use this opportunity to thank all of our parent coaches and volunteers for sponsoring our clubs. Thank you for bringing these wonderful enrichment opportunities to our students.
Early Dismissal: This Friday, October 18, 2019, is an early dismissal day. School will dismiss at 1:15 PM. All students will eat lunch prior to leaving. Our after-school program will operate as usual and school busses will drop off students following their early dismissal bus schedule.
November 5th Election Day: MIMS has been chosen as a polling station in the upcoming November 5thelection day. The administration is actively working with The Harris County Election Office to create a plan for our school on election day. We are honored to be chosen as a polling station and we also recognize this as a great opportunity to promote MIMS and our unique programs to the community. I will continue to keep everyone posted as more information becomes available in the upcoming weeks.
Grandparents Day: I would like to invite grandparents to have lunch with our students on Friday, October 25, 2019. We accidentally overlooked Grandparents Day in September therefore we are scheduling a make-up day on October 25th. All grandparents are cordially invited to join students for lunch on Friday.
Chung Ying, Principal
I hope everyone had a great weekend. I want to start this update by saying, thank you for all you do. I also thank you for your continued support. I really value each one of you and really appreciate our parent volunteers for decorating our school with all of the flags, paper cutouts, and the bios of influential people – I have received many compliments about our main hallway; and I say all of that recognition goes to our volunteers! On behalf of the teachers and staff, I also want to thank you for the teacher appreciation lunch. Everyone I spoke to enjoyed the large variety of delicious food and desserts. I had so many plates that I had to run a few extra miles this weekend to burn off the tasty calories!
A few quick updates for this week:
GT testing: We are sending GT application form in the Tuesday folder. The deadline is December 6th. If you have any questions regarding GT application, please email Ms. Lin at firstname.lastname@example.org
Parent-led club visitors: At this time, we only allow the club sponsor(s) and coach(es) to the classroom. All parents (visitors) will have to wait outside the building for club dismissal.
Magnet tour: We had our first magnet tour last Thursday. We began the tour with a 30-min presentation, followed by a 30-min campus tour. It went very well. We had about 20 people joined us for the tour, and they were all very impressed by our program and students.
Outdoor lunch area: We are pouring concrete on Monday. We couldn’t do it last Friday because it rained the day before. It will take a few days for the concrete to settle for the next phase of the project. The construction should be fully completed by the end of this week.
Chinese High Frequency Word Test (HFW): We are giving three Chinese HFW tests this year. The first testing window is 10/28/19 to 11/8/19. The first test will cover about 30 high frequency words. I am still in the process of ironing out the details with the teachers.
Fall Holiday: This Wednesday, 10/9/19, is Fall Holiday. It is a student holiday, so there will be no school this Wednesday, October 9th.
Hispanic Heritage Performance: This week we continue to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month by inviting a guest speaker to our campus. Our guest speaker will be here on Friday, 10/11/19, to speak with the students about the importance of Hispanic Heritage from 8:15 to 8:35 AM.
Fall Festival: The Fall Festival is next Friday, 10/11/19, from 5:00 to 8:00 PM, and I want to personally invite you to join us on this day. Please come enjoy the talent show (MIMS Got Talent), bid on the silent auction items, and/or purchase “sociables.” This is a wonderful event for all families and an important fund-raising night for our school. We look forward to each of you joining us for the Fall Festival family event!
MIMS Got Talent rehearsal: We are rehearsing on Monday, 10/7/19, after school in the gym.
That’s it for this week’s update. Thank you for supporting our school, our teachers, and being part of the MIMS community.
Chung Ying, Principal
I hope everyone had a great weekend. My marathon training continues this week. I bought a pair of running shoes from a store that specializes in running gear. Not only were the shoes amazingly comfortable, but also the shopping process was quite interesting too. Actually, it was scientific, really. The sales clerk 3D-imaged my ankles and feet. She offered shoes based on the structure and dimensions of my feet to best support my running stride. Talk about evidence-based decision making!
The following are this week’s updates:
1. Club t-shirts. I am so excited to report that more and more parent-led clubs are starting. I can’t wait to visit the clubs and see all of the fun things you are doing after school with our students! If you plan to make club t-shirts, and you are welcome to, please make sure to send your design draft via email to my attention with the email subject line “Club T-shirt Design Approval” so I may approve it as quickly as possible. The administration just needs to look over the design to ensure alignment with our school theme.
2. Students arriving between 8:00 to 8:30. I have noticed that most students are doing three things during this time; some read or do some type of homework, some chat with friends, and others play cards or some type of game. There is a Chinese proverb that says “ ???????”, which means what we do in the morning sets the tone for how accomplished we will be for that day. I want our students to have the most productive learning day every day, and I envision that they will spend their morning time reading and/or doing school related work while they are here at school, even while waiting to be dismissed to class. Not to worry, we still have morning assembly each morning. I’m only referring to the wait time outside of assembly time. I welcome your support in this academic initiative with speaking to your children if you are able to reinforce our vision.
3. Outdoor lunch area under construction. When it rains, our outdoor lunch area pools with water; and the excess water enters the building and poses a safety concern. I want to thank Mr. Doucet and Mr. Lupe for their urgency in resolving this matter as soon as possible. I also want to thank Ms. Franklin for pushing this construction request forward. We are reconstructing the concreate area so that the rain water will naturally flow to the grass area and not pool by the double doors, thus preventing the water entering the hallways. The proposed timeline for the entire construction is two weeks. I will continue to update you on the status and announce when the outdoor lunch area is re-opened in the near future. Thank you all for your understanding and cooperation in avoiding this area until further notice.
4. Ms. Hill’s departure. As you may know, Ms. Hill no longer reports to MIMS as of 9/24/19; she has officially transferred to the Dyslexia department. With her leaving, we have to readjust our schedule. Previously, some parents came to me with concerns such as large class sizes, replacement classes for the technology class, and more Chinese enrichment, etc. Additionally, I observed first-hand the stress of the large class sizes on our teachers. We value your input and I am always available to hear any ideas and collaborate for the success of our school. Specifically, we are working together to revise the schedule. The schedule reconstruction is a large project – Ms. Colion has to carefully look at each middle schooler’s schedule and make sure it’s free of schedule conflicts, and then Ms. Connie has to enter these schedules one by one, all of which are labor intensive and time consuming. We ask for your continued patience and understanding during this time. I realize that you may wish to see immediate changes, and I do as well. Therefore, I have an interim plan for the time being. I authorized the addition of two substitute teachers to help with our current teaching load. The first substitute teacher will take over Ms. Hill’s class so that we will not displace students to other enrichment classes. Our top choice will be someone who is fluent in Chinese because I envision this sub teacher practicing Chinese language with students. The second sub teacher will be pushing in to those large-size classes and helping teachers manage students while delivering small group instruction at the core teachers’ discretion.
Overall, I would like to express my sincere gratitude for such a wonderful group of parents, staff, and students at MIMS. It truly is a blessing to be a part of this family.
Chung Ying, Principal
Weekly Updates - September 23rd, 2019
I hope everyone is doing well when you read this update. Last Thursday was an eventful day, but thankfully, everyone was safe at the end of the day. In times like this, I see people come together and help one another. I see the true spirit of a community. And I must say that I feel honored and privileged to be part of it.
Please see the following for this week’s update.
1. Early dismissal on Friday, 9/27/19 at 1:15 PM. This coming Friday is an early dismissal day. Our dismissal starts at 1:15 PM. Please note that:
a. After-school care begins at dismissal time
b. After-school enrichment programs begin at 4:15
c. If your child is attending parent-led club, please reach out to the club sponsor for club meeting time on early dismissal days
2. Generation Ready workshop. We canceled Friday’s (9/20/19) workshop due to weather recovery day. I will look into rescheduling it and get back with you when I have more information.
3. Climate survey. Your input and feedback matter to our school and to me. The following is a survey that’ll provide insight on how MIMS is doing as a school. My plan is to give this survey three times a year – Beginning of the year (BOY), Middle of the year (MOY), and End of the year (EOY). I’ll use the data to measure our progress. It will help MIMS improve as a school and ultimately make MIMS a better school for students. Please click here to take the survey.
Weekly Updates - September 16th, 2019
Hope everyone is having a good weekend. I ran just over 13 miles today. Some of you might be thinking, "Good work, Mr. Ying! I see you are increasing distance from last week’s 12-mile run." No, no, no, it’s 13 miles because I took a wrong turn….
Happy belated Mid-Autumn Festival! We had a great festival last Friday. Many families and friends came out. The two hours were filled with lots of arts and crafts, food tasting, and student performances. Parents, if you came to our festival, I want to thank you for making the time and I hope you enjoyed the event. I want to once again thank our PTO members, all parents, staff, and students who helped make this fun night possible. Towards the end of the festival, I witnessed something special and it touched my heart. I took a shot of it and posted on Twitter. Towards the end, I saw parents and students rolled up their sleeves and helped our staff clean up the cafeteria. That shows a sense of unity. That tells me our community is all about helping one another and making our school great.
The following is this week’s update.
1. Dress code. Starting last week, we started to enforce MIMS dress code. If your child is out of dress code, our front office ladies will call and ask you bring uniform to school. We understand that it might cause some inconvenience, but we need to make sure every student come to school in uniform. On that note, we are being understanding and flexible about hoodies. Students are allowed to wear hoodies as long as they don’t cover their head with the hoodie.
2. Schedule update.
a. For the 7thgraders who are on advance Chinese track, they WILL BE taking Chinese One. We apologize for the mix-up, and we are correcting this schedule issue as soon as we can.
b. Due to low enrollment, we might be losing our Technology teacher, Ms. Hill in the near future. Ms. Hill is also a certified Dyslexia teacher, and I’m looking into the possibility of having her assigned to MIMS for Dyslexia service.
c. One of my mid-term and long-term plans for MIMS is to strengthen student’s Chinese proficiency. Ms. Colion and I are looking into possibly adding more Chinese courses that focus on conversational Chinese to make up for the loss of Technology class.
d. In addition to conversational Chinese courses, it is also my vision to provide advance technology class, such as coding. I believe advance technology skills will give students an edge to become successful when they graduate. With that in mind, I want to ensure you that I’ll bring Technology class back to our campus the moment I can.
3. On Tuesday, 9/17/19, we are supporting the Houston Astros by wearing jeans and Astros attire. Your child may also wear t-shirt that has Astros’ color – navy blue and orange.
4. Also on Tuesday, our school is offering Parent University to all parents. We will be talking about understanding culture differences and the art of working with people who grew up in a different culture.
5. I am excited to inform you that we have started a new routine – daily morning announcement. Currently, our morning announcement is scheduled at 8:35. It is very brief; it’s only about 2 minutes. We use this time to celebrate the little successes that’s happening around the campus, talk about general reminders, and wish students and staff happy birthday. Similar to my weekly updates to parents, we want to utilize the morning announcement to communicate with the entire student body the important items that are pertaining to them.
Weekly Updates - September 9th, 2019
Hope everyone had a good weekend. I ran 12 miles on Sunday in preparation of my first, and maybe last, marathon race that’s coming up next January.
Here are some updates:
1. Communication. We are slowly migrating our communication onto school website. The teachers will post their weekly updates on their website, and I so will I. The goal is to provide an easy, readily accessible way to communicate with all parents.
2. Uniform policy. Today marks the beginning of 3rd week of school. We will start enforcing uniform policy. Please make sure your child(ren) wears school uniform.
3. ASP enrichment begins today, 9/9/19. The parent led clubs will begin next week.
Please be advised that due to short staffing, there will no admin on duty to monitor students in the afterschool program. Your child will be monitored/supervised by the ASP staff and/or the parents who are in charge of the club. The most significant difference of not having admin on duty during afterschool program is that the ASP staff won’t be able to let you in and out of the building for non-emergency situations.
4. Open house. Our open house is Tuesday, 9/10/19, from 5:00 to 7:00 for the middle school and Wednesday, 9/11/19, from 5:00 to 7:00 for the elementary school. We will make announcements every 20 minutes so that you can visit multiple classes.
5. Mid-Autumn Festival. Thanks to our PTO, MIMS is hosting Mid-Autumn Festival this Friday, 9/13/19 from 5:00 to 7:00. Please come join us for food tasting and watch our students perform.
6. Generation Ready – this is a really eye-opening workshop that make you rethink the way people interact from a brand-new perspective. I attended the workshop this past Saturday and was repeatedly amazed by the material presented to us. We are offering two more dates with morning, afternoon, and evening sessions to accommodate your busy schedule. Trust me, this free workshop is really worth your two hours. Sign up here.
7. Parent University. Tuesday, 9/17/19 from 5:00 to 6:30. We are going to talk about how to help your child study Chinese language, how to help your child prepare for high frequency tests, introduce to you some of the educational programs that we use.
8. Parent volunteer.
a. All parent volunteers have to be VIPS (volunteers in public schools) approved.
b. All volunteers have to be accompanied by the teacher inside the building (Except for making copies. See bullet d). Volunteers cannot work inside the classroom without a teacher’s presence.
c. For volunteer work such as decorating the classroom and bulletin boards, it has to occur during the teacher’s planning time.
d. For volunteers who make copies and lamination, the work is being done in the front office area. You do not have to be accompanied by a teacher or restricted by the planning periods.
9. Event calendar. The following is our school’s event calendar. You are welcome to sync this to your phone to receive automatic notifications.
Click here for the Google Calendar link to our school event calendar.
Weekly Updates - September 1st, 2019
I want to first give everyone my best wishes for you and your family on Labor Day when we honor all workers. In observance of Labor Day, MIMS will be closed Monday, 9/2/19.
The following are a few announcements for the week of 9/2/19.
1. Generation Ready
We are offering this fantastic workshop to all parents. It’s about understanding culture differences and building a harmonious community in a culturally diverse society. To accommodate everyone’s busy schedule, we offer this 2-hour workshop offered on:
a. Satruday, 9/7/19, 9:00 AM
b. Monday, 9/16/19 and Friday, 9/20/19, 9:00 AM, 1:00 PM, 6:00 PM
Please use this link to sign up.
2. Friday free dress
We are going to continue the tradition and welcome students to come to school in free dress. Please note that the basic dress code still applies – no vulgar language on shirt, no dresses that’s too revealing, ect.
3. Friday lunch with parents
We are going to continue to tradition and welcome parents to join students for lunch. However, with the number of students increasing each year, our cafeteria is running out of seats. Our short-term solution is to use some of the folding tables/chairs in conjunction with the outdoor seating area just outside of the cafeteria. The long-term solution is to add more cafeteria tables – it’s in the works, but it will take quite a while before new tables arrive.
4. Open House
a. 9/10/19, 5:00 to 7:00, 6th to 8th grade
b. 9/11/19, 5:00 to 7:00, prek to 5th grade
c. Teachers will talk about their policies and procedures, preferred way of communication,
5. Mid-Autumn Festival
Thanks to PTO, this year’s Mid-Autumn Festival is on Friday, 9/13/19 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM. We will pass out the flyers in Tuesday’s folder on 9/10/19.
6. First fire drill
We have successfully conducted our first fire drill. Our goal is to complete the drill in 5 minutes next time.
7. Main channel of communication
My goal is to migrate all official announcements to MIMS’ website. That means the principal’s weekly updates will be posted on MIMS’ website on a weekly basis and each teacher will post their weekly news/updates on MIMS’ website on a weekly basis.
Thank you for your continued support. I am reaching out this evening to include you in a major decision involving our teachers for the upcoming school year. Due to the recent change in enrollment, we experienced an increase in 3rd graders and a decrease in 4th graders, a couple of our teachers experienced reassignments to properly serve our students.
Thus, as the principal at MIMS, I was charged with making the difficult decision today of moving one of our 4th grade teachers to cover the increase of students in 3rd grade. As a result, the 4th graders will be on a three-way rotation in the 2019-2020 school year. However, the positive news it that despite this adjustment in the schedule, we were still able to honor our current small class size ratio so all of our students will receive equal instructional time from our amazing teachers!
Specifically, Ms. Xia will teach Chinese and Math, Ms. Marcus will teach Reading and Social Studies, and Mr. Silveira will teach Writing and Science. The teachers and I met this afternoon to collaborate on how to best serve our community. Together, we recreated the class schedules and rosters and remain excited to welcome your student on Monday, August 26, 2019! The only major change in the rosters is that we split Ms. He’s class three ways and distributed the students evenly to Ms. Xia, Ms. Marcus, and Mr. Silveira’s class.
I understand that you may have many questions about this change and the timing is not ideal. However, I wanted to be as transparent as possible with our community and communicate with everyone as quickly as possible as I realize we just hosted families for our Meet and Greet.
As always, my door is always open and I remain committed to providing your children the best education and experience at MIMS this school year! Thank you again for your understanding and have a wonderful weekend!
Summer Update III
I have received many emails concerning the 3rd grade Chinese teacher opening. We have been actively talking to applicants and have a couple candidates lined up for this position.
I have also received email messages stating that some parents did not receive my Summer Update email. The good news is that we have identified the culprit; it stems from the way parent information was stored in the system. Here is what we can do. Please inform those who haven’t received my email that when they have a chance, come to MIMS’ front office and update their email address. Some of the returning parents are not receiving emails either – we need to get their email updated as well.
Our Meet and Greet is coming up this Thursday, 8/22/19 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM and our teachers are very excited to meet you. Please be advised that MIMS is hosting a large professional development on that day with 175 participants, so parking will be a challenge. We will try to wrap up the training around 3:30 PM, and the traffic should improve pass 4:00 PM.
The attached is drop-off/pick-up instruction. I want to thank our PTO members to putting this document together and sharing with families new to MIMS.
Summer Update II
Dear Parents and Guardians,
My name is Chung Ying, the newly appointed school principal. I hope you all had a great summer. My summer went by in the blink of an eye because learning about our school feels like two jobs and a half.
First, I want to thank you for your patience. I know many parents were anxious about not receiving school updates during the summer. As my team and I are gaining more access to our system, we will provide updates more frequently. School Messenger offers a service to send emails to all parents at once. Our office staff and I did not have access to that feature until today, which is why I have not been able to communicate with you via email.
Below is a quick update on what’s happening in our school and other important information:
1. We are spending the next two weeks working with teachers on team building and professional development. Follow me on Twitter (@MIMS_Principal) for picture updates.
2. If you have recently moved, please update your address. Come to school next week during normal business hours, bring a copy of your utility bill or lease agreement, and we will be able to update your address. Please note that we need your current address to put you on the correct bus route.
3. Upcoming events (check the calendar on our website for most current updates)
Meet and Greet the Teachers and Staff 4:00 to 6:00 - Come on by to meet the wonderful teachers and staff here at MIMS. We will officially release the class rosters on the window. Note: MIMS will host an OPEN HOUSE where parents will be able to visit their child's classroom and hear from the teacher. Open House date TBD
First day of school – Traffic is usually heavy on the first day of school. We suggest you leave the house early.
4. If you wish to volunteer in our school, please go to HISD website, search for VIPS (volunteers in public schools), and sign up.
5. New parents:
a. Our school hours are 8:30 AM (doors open at 8:05) to 3:50 PM. We anticipate heavy traffic in the first few weeks of school.
b. For your convenience, I have attached the uniform policy in this email.
c. All students receive free breakfast and lunch in school.
d. Please do join us at the Meet and Greet on Thursday, 8/22/19 – our teachers are looking forward to meeting you.
6. Class roster – We will post class roster in our school on Wednesday, 8/21/19.