Weekly Updates - March 2nd, 2020

Weekly Updates - March 2nd, 2020

 

Dear Parents,

 

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

 

Morning Assembly Recap

 

Morning assembly is back!  This week we talked about the following:

 

We sang 划小船 (Row Row Row Your Boart)

 

一日不见,如隔三秋- A day gone by without him/her, seems like three autumns (years).

 

一箭双雕,一石二鸟,一举两得- Kill two birds with one stone; achieve two things with one stroke.

 

Information about testing

 

MIMS will be closed to all campus visitors on all STAAR testing dates to ensure a more secure testing environment.  This means, parents will not be allowed on campus in any capacity other than coming to the front desk to pick up or drop off their children or to the clinic in case of a medical issue regarding their children.  The parent center (R143) will also remain locked and inaccessible to parents on these days.

 

Closed Campus Testing Dates

 

Tuesday, April 7

Wednesday, April 8

Wednesday, May 6

Thursday, May 7

Friday, May  8

Tuesday,  May 12

Wednesday, May 13

Thursday, May 14

 

FAQ

 

Q: Can parents help teachers with the Tuesday folders?

A: Teachers will be responsible for handling their own Tuesday folders on Tuesday testing days or choose a non-testing day for the folders that week.

 

Q: Can parents help teachers?

A: Teachers will have to schedule all parent volunteers around the testing.

 

Q: Can parents schedule face to face teacher conferences?

A: All face to face conferences will have to be scheduled around testing.

 

Q: Can parents act as mystery readers in classrooms?

A: Teachers will have to schedule all parent volunteers around the testing.

 

Q: Can I still have lunch with my children if it’s their birthday?

A: If your children are not testing, you may pick them up and take them off campus for lunch.

 

Middle School Production – “Louder, I Can’t Hear You”

 

Middle school play, Louder, I can’t Hear You is rescheduled to Tuesday 3/3 and Thursday 3/5 from 6:00 to 6:45 PM.

 

Primary Election

 

This Tuesday, 3/3/20 is the Primary Election day. Please see the following for our election plan. 

 

  • All procedures are in effect on March 3rd only 
  • School hours remain the same – 8:05 AM to 3:50 PM
  • 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 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

 

Teacher of the Year

 

She is an exemplary educator.  Students of all backgrounds leave her class with more confidence, character, and knowledge than they realized was even possible upon entering her class.  Anyone can teach a “good student” but she can teach all students.  She interacts with her students on a personal level where she knows every student’s likes, dislikes, and most importantly, how to help them learn.  Her record speaks for itself and her effectiveness is often praised by parents.  Parents, it is my honor to announce the 2019-2020 Teacher of the Year, Ms. Ya Ling Lin

 

Yearbook:

 

Please continue to submit any photos you have of MIMS student activities for this year's yearbook. Chinese New Year festival and classroom celebrations, field trips, clubs, scouts, UIL and other competitions, sports, and anything else your MIMS students are doing with the school. Upload instructions are on the MIMS PTO website at http://mimspto.org/activities/pto-activities/yearbook/ or you can email photos to yearbook@mimspto.org. Yearbook sales have now closed but we will have some extra books for sale in May when the books arrive for distribution.

 

MIMS PTO Website:

 

If you have anything you want shared with the MIMS community, we recommend that you send an email to secretary@mimspto.org to have it placed on the MIMS PTO website (http://mimspto.org). We can share club and committee information, dates and events, and volunteer requests on the site. 

 

Want to share news of your student's club or team's success? We can do that! 

 

Want to request volunteers? We can do that!

 

Want to make sure your event is on the calendar? We can do that!

 

The board is committed to getting LivingTree up and working as soon as possible but until then, http://mimspto.org is our official means of communication. Most items are up within 24 hours of posting.

 

Protect Instructional Time

 

Parents, please refrain from requesting the front office to call your child in the middle of a class.  Requests such as checking if your child has lunch money, whether your child brought gym cloth, whether your child brought homework, etc., are non-emergency and should not be a reason to stop teacher from teaching.  Our front office staff has been instructed to refrain from calling the classroom unless it is an emergency. 

 

Funding lost due to absences

 

We had quite a few absences this past January.  This is likely the result of the flu season.  We need to continue to remind students to wash their hands frequently and keep their hands clean.  We will also tell students to sneeze into their elbow because that’ll keep the germs and bacteria contained on the cloth. 

 

Library

 

The library is back in business!  Students have been visiting the library and enjoy reading every chance they get!  I saw this reading corner the other day and thought to myself that I must share this with the parents!

 

students reading

 

Reserved Parking Spots

 

Parents, please be respectful of the reserved parking spots by not park 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 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.