Mr. Ying's Weekly Updates

  • Weekly Updates - January 21st, 2020

     

    Dear parents,

     

    Chinese New Year rehearsals officially begin this week during their Chinese classes!  One minute of practice is worth an hour on stage!  Please help your child become successful during their presentation by practicing at home.  Students will begin practicing their CNY performances on stage during Chinese classes. 

     

    Thursday, 1/23

     

    Classroom Chinese Yew Year parties will take place this coming Thursday during the day. Please coordinate with your child’s teachers for celebration times and details.

     

    Friday, 1/24

     

    HISD is sponsoring a Build your own Asian Bowl menu celebrating Chinese New Year. There will be a choice of General Tso or Mandarin Chicken, with rice or noodles. Price is free for all students and $4.00 for parents.  Come join the fun!

     

    Friday, 1/24

     

    School store is this Friday during lunch. Parents please keep in mind that if you are coming to have lunch with your child, this is the one day out of the entire month that they get to spend the MIMS dollars that they have earned. 

     

    Worried about college? Preparation is key to unlocking a bright future. Which is why The Houston Hispanic Forum (HHF) is hosting its 34th annual Career and Education Day on Saturday, February 8, 2020, from 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. at the George R. Brown Convention Center. All students grades 6-12 and their parents are invited to attend. The event is free, and lunch will be provided.

     

    At HHF Career and Education Day, participants will:

     

    • Attend high-impact sessions on prospective careers and career fields (STEM, Arts & Humanities, Business Industry, Public Service, and Multidisciplinary Studies).
    • Visit with both local and national college representatives.
    • Receive hands-on financial aid assistance.

    In addition, HHF is requesting that students pre-register for the event online at https://bit.ly/2ssZTVD. To ease this process, students can register on the bus prior to the event using their cell phones.

     

    We hope to see many MIMS students represented! See you there!

     

    Please check the following information regarding the USA Toyota Dream Car Contest artwork submission.

     

    *   If you prefer to mail your child(ren)’s work(s) by yourself, please note the postmark deadline is January 31.

    *  If you would like to let MIMS mail it/them out for you, please turn the completed pack (entry form taped onto the back of artwork) in to art teacher before January 24.

     

    Thank you so much for supporting our students’ art education! 

     

    One of the greatest experiences a child may have while at MIMS is the opportunity form their childhood through a complete cultural immersion. This summer MIMS students will be offered the opportunity of a lifetime; to study abroad in main land China! 

     

    Students will study Mandarin Chinese language, experience traditional art forms through learning Chinese calligraphy and paper cutting, participate in cultural activities such as conducting a formal tea ceremony, and visit points of interest and sites of natural beauty in China, including the Great Wall of China near Beijing.

     

    HISD students who will be 9th-12th graders in an HISD high school in SY20-21, who want to learn Chinese language and culture in an intensive setting, and who will be recommended highly by their teachers. You do not have to be enrolled in Chinese class to apply.

     

    We highly encourage you to come to our informational session coming soon to find out more! Attached here is a flyer with more information and contact numbers for all those who are interested! We hope to see you there! 

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  • Weekly Updates - January 13th, 2020

     

    Dear Parents,

    I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend.  Please see below for this week’s newsletter.

     

     

    Morning Assembly Recap

     

     

    This week we sang ????-??? (Happy New Year) in the morning.

    We learned ????,????, a thousand miles begin with a single step.

    Idiom of the day ????, it means you gain new understanding, new insight as you review old materials.

     

     

    Reserved Parking Spots

     

     

    Parents, please be respectful of the reserved parking spots by not parking your vehicle there.  Our teachers have reserved parking so that they don’t have to spend extra time finding parking spaces in the morning.  Our generous donors donated thousands of dollars to improve our school, to help us provide the highest quality education to our students.  We thank their generosity and show our appreciation by dedicating parking spaces for them.  Once again, please do not park your vehicle at any reserved parking spot.

     

     

    Used Book Exchange Fair

     

     

    A parent came to me with a brilliant idea of starting a used book exchange fair.  I am so excited about this idea I want to put it out there.  I will work out the details with our staff and parent volunteers.  Stay tuned for more information.

     

     

    Morning Drop Off

     

     

    1. If you wish to walk your child to the front door in the morning, please park your car in the designated parking area; not in the fire lane. 
    2. If you wish to drop off your child and have them walk to the front door by themselves, please use the drop off lane and NOT drive through the parking lot area.  You CANNOT drop off your child in the parking lot area because it is UNSAFE.
    3. If you are in the drop off lane, please stay in the car – do not exit the car because it’ll delay morning drop off. 

     

    Thank you all for your understanding and for keeping all of our precious children safe.

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  • Weekly Updates - January 6th, 2020

     

    Dear Parents,

    Happy New Year!  I hope everyone had a wonderful winter break.  Please see below for this week’s newsletter. 

     

    Bookfair – shout out

     

    I want to give a special shout-out to Ms. Sandra Lozano and Ms. Kimberly Buchholtz for their volunteer work.  They both put in long hours each day and helped us set up as well as manage our MIMS bookfair.  Thank you both for giving us your precious time!

    Also, thank you, parents for supporting our bookfair.  We sold over $10,000 worth of books!  Every time I passed by the library, I saw many students buying books.  What a great way to promote literacy and encourage reading! 

     

    A Successful Story

     

    Tamblyn Lonergan is the first student to complete the Chinese immersion program in the Alpine School District and she is so glad that she committed to learning the language.  While we may all relate that the Chinese language is quite difficult to learn, we all certainly understand that being fluent in Chinese truly opens so many doors and future opportunities. Keep in mind that we will have an immersion trip this Summer to help solidify our MIMS learning. Please be on the lookout for Summer camp posters coming soon to the campus.  Read about her story here.

     

    Morning Drop Off

     

    1. If you wish to walk your child to the front door in the morning, please park your car in the designated parking area; not in the fire lane. 
    2. If you wish to drop off your child and have them walk to the front door by themselves, please use the drop off lane and NOT drive through the parking lot area.  You CANNOT drop off your child in the parking lot area because it is UNSAFE.
    3. If you are in the drop off lane, please stay in the car – do not exit the car because it’ll delay morning drop off. 

     

    Thank you all for your understanding and keeping all of our precious children safe.

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  • Weekly Updates - December 16th, 2019

     

    Dear Parents,

     

    I hope everyone had a relaxing weekend.  Please see the following for this week’s newsletter. 

     

     

    Houston Livestock Rodeo Art Contest

     

    Our students have been working hard on Houston Livestock Rodeo Art contest since November. We are learning the transparent & opaque watercolor, oil/soft pastel and color pencil painting techniques through this animal projects. We will be working on Toyota Dream Car contest after the winter break. Students will learn the one & two perspective drawing skills through this international contest. Please encourage your child(ren) to embrace those exciting challenges while taking their artistic journey!

     

     

    MIMS Participates in UIL Competition

     

    We have many students participated this past Saturday’s UIL meet at Carnegie Vanguard High School.  We competed in Number Sense, Creative Writing, Spelling, Chess Puzzles, and Listening.  Thank you, parents and Ms. Simpson for supporting our students at the UIL meet. 

    Elementary UIL students

     

    Bookfair – now until Tuesday, 12/17/19

     

    Last chance to purchase books from bookfair.  Now is a good time to buy story books because the last day for bookfair is Tuesday.  Don’t miss your chance to get those books for holiday gifts.  Mr. Ying’s personal recommendation – The Art of Racing in the Rain.  It’s a story about a race car driver’s struggle with his family life through the lenses of his family dog, Enzo.  Special thank you to Mrs. Lozano, Mrs. Buchholtz, and everyone who volunteered at the bookfair.

     

    Teacher Appreciation Lunch – Chinese Food Competition

     

    Parents, on behalf of MIMS staff and teachers, thank you for the delicious lunch.  We enjoyed all the food and deserts.  Also, congratulations to the parents of Arthur Chen and Hubert Tan for making the winning dishes.  The winning dishes are: #7- "Pork Tripe/Ear & Beef with Chili Sauce" and #17 -"Sweet and sour pork ribs.”  Arthur and Hubert will have lunch with Mr. Ying as winning prize. 

    One of the winning dishes - pork tripe/ear and beef with chili sauce

    Another winning dish - sweet and sour pork ribs

    Ms. Zhang with a plate of good food!

     

    Morning Drop Off

     

    1. If you wish to walk your child to the front door in the morning, please park your car in the designated parking area; not in the fire lane. 
    2. If you wish to drop off your child and have them walk to the front door by themselves, please use the drop off lane and NOT drive through the park lot area.  You CANNOT drop off your child in the parking lot area because it is UNSAFE.
    3. If you are in the drop off lane, please stay in the car – do not exit the car because it’ll delay morning drop off. 

     

    Parking in the Bus Lot/Teacher Parking Lot

     

    Parents, please DO NOT park in the teacher’s parking lot (the one by Yorktown street) during dismissal because you can create an unsafe traffic situation.  When you drive in that parking lot, depending on which entrance you take, you are either driving in between the school busses, or coming in against traffic, either way this creates an unsafe traffic situation.  Please pick up your child in the designated pick up lane. 

     

     

    PTO General Meeting – Friday, 1/10/20

     

    Parents, the next PTO general meeting is Friday, 1/10/20 after we come back from the Winter Break.  Please join us in the cafeteria at 8:45 AM. 

     

    Winter Holiday

     

    This year the Winter Holiday begins on Friday, 12/20/19, for students.  School will resume on Monday, 1/6/20.  Thank you, parents for all your support. I wish everyone a very memorable, healthy, joyous, and fruitful holiday season. May all your dreams come true and your hearts be full of happiness and love! Merry Christmas!

    Nutcrackers with a tinsel Christmas tree

    NJHS-GradeSheetForm 121619.pdf 

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  • Weekly Updates - December 9th, 2019

     

     

    Dear Parents,

     

    Thanks for your feedback.  With your suggestions in mind, I have switched our newsletter back to simple text format for easy reading/accessibility on various electronic devices. 

     

     

    MIMS Chess Team Took 1st Place!

     

    Congratulations to MIMS Chess Team for winning 1st place in the chess competition on Saturday, 12/7/19.  Over five hundred players attended the competition from all parts of the city.  Twenty-one young MIMS chess masters represented our school and won first place in team competition in addition to many individual winnings.  Special thanks to coach Gu, and coach Damon for your superior coaching and leadership.

    MIMS Chess Team 19-20

    Some of MIMS chess team members with the first place trophy

     

     

    PTO General Meeting – Friday, 12/13/19

     

    Parents, PTO general meeting is this Friday, 12/13/19.  Please join us in the cafeteria at 8:45 AM. 

     

     

    Runoff Election – Saturday, 12/14/19

     

    Our school will be open for the runoff election on Saturday, 12/14/19.  We will set up the polling stations in the cafeteria.  We will block off the hallway to stop voters from coming in to the main building.  Thanks to Mr. Doucet, he will keep the building open until the end of the election day.

     

     

    Parking in the Bus Lot/Teacher Parking Lot

    Parents, please DO NOT park in the teacher’s parking lot (the one by Yorktown street) during morning arrival, and dismissal. Unauthorized parking in that area creates unsafe traffic situations. When you drive in that parking lot, you are either driving in between the school busses, or coming in against traffic. Both scenarios create an unsafe traffic situation.  Please pick up your child in the designated pick up lane if you are picking them up via automobile.

     

     

    We Are On TV!

     

    HISD media department was on campus recording holiday messages.  Be on the lookout for some familiar faces on HISD TV! 

    HISD TV filming a middle school student

    HISD Vaping Prevention Week 

    ASP - After School Program 

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  • November 24th, 2019 - This Week at MIMS…

     

    Boosterthon Huddle

     


    Parents, we need your support with Boosterthon. Help us reach our $25000 goal for teacher support and a school communication app for next year!
    You can do this on your phone by logging all pledges on funrun.com

     


    Top School in Houston!

     


    Parents, we are proud to announce that among the 1400 schools across the Houston area, MIMS is rated one of the top schools in Houston!
    #9 for Top 10 Houston Elementary Schools and
    #6 for Top 10 Houston Middle Schools
    For more information: https://texasschoolguide.org/houston/

     


    5th Grade Parent Tour

     


    Friendly reminder that all 5th grade parents who missed the last tour are welcome to tour on Monday, 12/2/19. Also, the parents at St. George will join in our MIMS tour to see our middle school. All families are welcome to join the 5th and 6th-8th grade school tours. The tours will begin promptly at 9:30 AM and 5:00 PM in the hopes of accommodating most schedules. We kindly ask all visitors to check-in at the front office.

     


    PTO General Meeting

     


    Our next PTO general meeting is on Friday, 12/6/19 at 9:00 AM. Please join us!

     


    Have a Safe Relaxed Holiday

     

    Dear Parents,

     

         I really appreciate you and am grateful for our teamwork to not only support our students, but also our teachers and staff. I really value parent involvement and know that it takes all of us working together for the success of our school. We have the most amazing group of dedicated parents who tirelessly volunteer their time, day after day, all for making our school a better place. Thank you!
         MIMS has done so well in the past because of your hardwork. MIMS has so much potential because of your commitment to make it the best. From the bottom of my heart, I truly want to thank you all for what we, the entire community have accomplished thus far and together we look forward to more success. I wish you all a safe and relaxed Thanksgiving holiday.

     


    Sincerely,
    Chung Ying

     

    one of MIMS memorial benches

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  • November 18th, 2019 - This Week at MIMS…

     

    Student Safety

     

    Dear MIMS community,

    A growing concern about student safety must be addressed. Staff parking is reserved for staff only even after school hours. Also, there is no parking available for parents in the bus zones. If you are here to visit the campus before, during, or after school, then please report to the front office to obtain a visitor’s pass. The Spark Park will be closed to the community in the morning. Once a child is on campus, it is imperative that all students proceed to their expected location. Parents wishing to pick up their child must follow our community procedure. Any unidentified adult or child on campus is a risk to all students’ safety. Student safety is our number one concern and we will take all necessary measures to ensure safety for all while on MIMS campus. Another letter will be sent out regarding this issue.

     

    Boosterthon

     

    Join us in celebrating our Boosterthon progress! We’re making steady progress in registrations and some have already begun to make some sales. Let’s work together to help fund passion projects for our beloved MIMS!

     

    Election Day (Sat, 12/14/19)

     

    We have been selected again as a polling station for the runoff election on December 14th from 7AM-7PM. We will set up voting booths in the cafeteria. The hallway leading to the main building will be closed to contain voter’s foot traffic.

     

    Thanksgiving Luncheon


    Wed, 11/20 – 2nd, Kinder, 5th, Pre-K, and SLL
    Thur, 11/21 – 3rd, 4th, 6th, 1st, 7th, and 8th grades


    Library Open on Wednesdays


    We have multiple parents and teachers expressing the need for students to access the library. Starting this Wednesday, 11/20/19 we are keeping the library open to all students during school hours on Wednesdays.


    Shout Outs


    Congratulations to all students who participated in UIL and won the Chinese speech competition! We would like for more students to sign-up for future competitions. Please reach out to your teacher for more information on an upcoming opportunity! As we all know, it’s not about winning but it is about the journey and wonderful experiences along the way. The spirit of competition promotes fellowship, learning, and fun! The more the merrier!

    Mr. Ying, Ms. Simpson, and Ms. Elaine Chac standing with UIL award recipients


    Magnet Application


    Do you know anyone who wants to join MIMS? Now is the time! Please encourage all interested families to contact our magnet coordinator to learn more about application process.

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  • November 11th, 2019 - 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!

     

    PSAT

     

    Our PSAT has been rescheduled to Wednesday Nov 13. Thank you, parents for your patience and understanding.

     

    MIMS- PTO

     

    Thanksgiving lunch with our families - please bring exact change ($5). This is a cash only event.

     

    GT testing

     

    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 (ylin1@houstonisd.org) if you have not received her email.

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  • November 4th, 2019 - This Week at MIMS…


    Election Plan


    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!

     

    Mr. Lupe and Mr. Doucet with certificates


    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!


    PSAT


    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 chung.ying@houstonisd.org. 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.

     

    1st graders reading to therapy dogs


    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!

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  • October 28th, 2019 - 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.

     

    Grandparent Day

    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.

     

    Student Council

    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

    Cambry has advanced to top 15 in the Chinese Bridge Competition! Please continue to support her by voting.

     

    Intruder Drill

    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!

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  • Weekly Updates - October 21st, 2019

     

    Dear Parents, 

    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. 

    MIMS students writing on whiteboard positive messages positive, kind messages

     

    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

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  • Weekly Updates - October 14th, 2019

     

    Dear Parents, 

    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

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  • Weekly Updates - October 7th, 2019

     

    Dear Parents, 

    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 ylin1@houstonisd.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 

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  • Weekly Updates - September 30th, 2019

     

    Dear Parents, 

    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. 

    Sincerely, 

    Chung Ying, Principal 

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  • Weekly Updates - September 23rd, 2019

     

    Dear Parents, 

    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.

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  • Weekly Updates - September 16th, 2019

     

    Dear Parents, 

    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.  

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  • Weekly Updates - September 9th, 2019



    Dear Parents,

     

    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.

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  • Weekly Updates - September 1st, 2019

    Dear Parents,

     

    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.

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  • Teacher Reassignment

     

    Dear Parents,

    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!

    Sincerely,

    Chung Ying

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  • Summer Update III

     

    Dear Parents,

    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.

    Sincerely,

    Chung Ying

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  • 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)

     

    8/22/19:

    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

    8/26/19:

    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.

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