Originally delivered on 8/31/2023 9:51 pm

SUBJECT: September Newsletter

September Newsletter - 2023
President's Message

Hello everyone,

I hope you all had a great first week of school. I want to extend a heartfelt thank you to all the teachers, administrators, and parent volunteers who played a crucial role in ensuring a smooth drop-off and dismissal process during the first week of school. A special shout-out goes to our VP of Middle School, Ms. Emily Shaffer, for her dedicated efforts in managing traffic control over the past two years.

We have an exciting and busy couple of months ahead of us. We will be gearing up for the Mid- Autumn Festival on September 29th, reaching out for Sociable contributions, and planning an array of activities for our MIMS families. Our parent-led clubs are also getting ready for a year filled with enriching learning opportunities. Stay tuned for announcements on how to join via Bloomz.

In addition, we’re excited to kick off the month with our fundraising endeavors. Our biggest goal for this year is to make a significant improvement by installing a shade structure over the Spark Park.This initiative holds immense importance as it aims to create a safe and enjoyable environment for all the children to play while being protected from the sun’s rays. Your support in our fundraising efforts will play a pivotal role in bringing this project to fruition and enhancing the well-being of our children. Keep an eye out for our inaugural Moon Gala, taking place at the beautiful rooftop of The POST HTX, set against the stunning backdrop of the Houston skyline. Stay tuned for more details in the next few weeks!

Our Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) is a close-knit group who thrives on the support of parent volunteers and are always on the lookout for others to contribute to the wonderful initiatives we have planned.

Please check out our website for upcoming events, volunteer opportunities, and ways to give back. Have a safe school year, everyone!

Quynh Vora

Emily Shaffer: VP Middle School

In this month's newsletter, we are shining the spotlight on one of our dedicated PTO board members, Emily Shaffer, who serves as our Vice President of Middle School. Emily is a remarkable individual with a passion for education and a strong commitment to our school community. When she's not actively involved in PTO activities, Emily enjoys indulging in her favorite pastimes. She is an avid reader and loves coffee. However, spending quality time with her loving family is her passion. Emily is a proud parent of two MIMS students, Madeline (5th grade) and Maxine (8th grade). As a dedicated mother, Emily understands the importance of fostering a nurturing and supportive environment for all students. Emily's educational background is equally impressive. She holds a PhD in Biochemistry and Cell Biology, which has given her a strong foundation in biology and is currently a stay-at-home mom. We are incredibly fortunate to have Emily as a valuable member of our PTO board. Her dedication, knowledge, and passion for education make her an invaluable asset to our school. Please join us in expressing our gratitude to Emily for her outstanding contributions to our community.


SDMC Representatives: Frank Lin (2023-2025) and Angie Joe (2023-2024)

No School September 4th & 25th
Upcoming Events
Join Cub Scout Night

Wednesday, September 6


Fu Fri Yay

Friday, September 8

French Riviera Bakery

8:30 am

Open House

Thursday, September 14


MIMS Spirit Day Bowling Social

Hosted by: MIMS PTO

Attention all MIMS Students! Beat the heat and come out to our first Spirit Day event!

We're going bowling! Invite your classmates.

Date of Event: 09/16/2023 @ 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Location: Del Mar Lanes, 3020 Mangum Rd., Houston, TX 77092

Cost: $30 per bowler (includes shoes, 2 hours of bowling, drinks and snacks)

Option: If you would like to reserve your own lane for family and non-MIMS students, you can purchase a private lane for $180. This accommodates 6 bowlers during our 2 hour block. Each lane reservation comes with it's own drinks/pizza/snacks.

Purchase HERE!

Questions? Contact Eric Chiang - communityfundraising@mimspto.org

Teacher Appreciation

Mooncakes & Boba

September 21

Click on PHOTO to DONATE and sponsor mooncakes for our teachers and staff. Boba sponsored by MIMS PTO.

You can also sign up HERE to bring Mooncakes that you purchase and bring to the school. 

Thank you for celebrating our wonderful teachers and staff!

MIMS PTO Happy Hour

Friday, September 22

Karbach Brewery


Mid-Autumn Festival
Join us for a Spectacular Mid-Autumn Festival

The Mid-Autumn Festival is the most celebrated event in Chinese culture next to the Chinese New Year. Under the fullest moon of the year, the Mid-Autumn Festival, which is rich in tradition and folklore, celebrates families and friends gathering, as well as the bountiful harvest. 

MIMS hosts a Mid-Autumn Festival every year as part of the tradition of celebrating the harvest, family gathering, and moon gazing. Also known as the Moon Festival or the Moon Cake Festival, it is celebrated on the 15th day of the eighth month in the traditional East Asian lunar calendar and focuses on the spirit of gratitude.  

The MIMS PTO invites our students, families, and friends to celebrate a fun evening of festivities! We have a fantastic lineup of food, games, and fun activities planned just for you and your family!

Shuffleboard - Monster Dentist - Skee Roll - Ping Pong & more!

Thai Food - Papa John's Pizza - Bake Sale - Popcorn 

Presale Tickets: Available from Sept 11 to Sept 22

 Price: Tickets (Games/Food/ Drinks)

$10-11 tickets 

($10 for 10 on day of event)

$30-35 tickets

$60-75 tickets

We can't wait to see you there!

MIMS 2023 Mid-Autumn Festival - Night Market

Friday, September 29, 2023

6pm - 9pm

5445 W. Alabama Street, Houston, TX 77056

Questions? Festivals@mimspto.org

Middle School News
UIL Cross Country

Starts September 11

M-W @5PM

Contact Ms. Taylor for physical and waiver forms


Help us make a difference!

Join us in this eco-friendly initiative! Green City Recycler is a fantastic text-to-recycling company that converts used clothing, shoes, and household items from the landfill. Let's work together to reduce textile waste and protect our environment. Drop off your items conveniently at the recycler located by the carpool lane at the front of the school. 

For more information visit Green City Recycler

Volunteer Opportunities

We love our volunteers and appreciate any amount of time you are able to give. Short on time? We also have opportunities for items to be donated to various events. To see a list of our current volunteer opportunities, click the link below.

Volunteer Now!
Fundraising Reminders
Sociable Ideas
  • Video Game Party (kids)
  • Lego Sociable (kids)
  • Holiday Cookie decorating (kids)
  • Dance Party (kids)
  • Yoga (adult or kids)
  • Craft Making (soap, candles, bath bombs etc.)
  • Mother/Daughter Tea
Be Creative!
  • Adult Dinner Night (Crawfish Boil/Mediterranean theme...etc)
  • Adult Painting Night
  • Adult Drink Night (Moms/Dads night out etc)
  • Themed Home Party
  • Holiday Themed party (kids)
  • Dad's Poker Night

Save the Date

You are cordially invited to our inaugural Moon Gala on Thursday, November 2nd at 6:30 pm at the POST HTX Houston.

 Contact fundraising@mimspto.org for inquiries.

This Week in Photos

Introducing our exceptional teacher spotlight for this edition of our PTO newsletter! With an impressive 35 years of teaching experience in HISD, Mrs. Butler has been an integral part of our school since its inception. Her love for the Mandarin program, which she has been an advocate for since its very beginning, sets her apart. Beyond her professional achievements, she is a proud parent to two accomplished daughters. One is pursuing her studies at Texas A&M University, while the other is embarking on a promising nursing career at West Virginia University. At home, she shares her love with two adorable dogs and a charming cat. In her free time, she enjoys playing tennis, cooking, reading, and watching K-dramas. We are fortunate to have such a remarkable teacher as part of our school community. Her dedication, expertise, and genuine love for her students make her an invaluable asset to our school. Join us in celebrating her achievements and thanking her for her continuing commitment to shaping young minds, while also keeping everyone entertained with her clever sense of humor and daily riddle. 

Today's Daily Riddle

If a teacher has 6 apples in one hand and 7 apples in her other hand, what does she have?


Looking Ahead
Friday, September 1
9:00a PTO General Meeting
Monday, September 4
HISD Holiday
Tuesday, September 5
4:30p PTO Executive Board Meeting
Wednesday, September 6
5:00p Cub Scout Night
Friday, September 8
8:30a Fu Fri Yay - French Riviera
Monday, September 11
4:30p Room Parent Orientation
Thursday, September 14
4:30p Open House & Clubs Fair
Friday, September 22
5:00p MIMS PTO Happy Hour- Karbach Brewery
Monday, September 25
HISD Holiday
Friday, September 29
6:00p Mid-Autumn Festival
Friday, October 6
9:00a PTO General Meeting
Quick Links
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Click here to pay and sign up for a birthday message. 

Contact for more info: marquee@mimspto.org




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