XinXing 6th graders enjoyed an immersion overnight experience at Concordia Language Village, funded in part by the Bei Dou Xing Cultural Fund. Read more and see photos on the Hopkins District website: https://www.hopkinsschools.org/schools/xinxing-academy/news/overnight-concordia-language-villages
On Friday, May 30th, Superintendent John Schultz made a surprise visit to the XinXing 6th grade. Read about it on the Hopkins District website: https://www.hopkinsschools.org/schools/xinxing-academy/news/surprise-visit
Consider joining the Bei Dou Xing Board of Directors! The following open board positions are due to be filled by July 2014.
- Communications- 3 year term- 2014 to 2017
- General Member- 2 year term-2014 to 2016
- K Representative – 1 year term with 1 yr option to extend
Positions are open to anyone who wants to get involved. Board roles and open positions will be discussed at the Bei Dou Xing member meeting on May 12, 2013. The due date for applications is June 1st (September 13th for K Rep).
BeiDouXing Board Applications:
- Kindergarten Rep: Mail-in (printable PDF) or Email (word doc). Applications are due September 13, 2014. Elections will be held at the fall Bei Dou Xing member meeting (date to be announced).
- All other positions: Mail-in (printable PDF) or Email (word doc). Applications are due June 1, 2014.
Looking for some ways to help your child retain their Chinese language skills over the summer? Here are a few ideas:
- Have your child watch a Chinese video a few times a week, even if your child doesn’t know everything they are saying it is good to be hearing the language. Video links are available on the Bei Dou Xing website by following this link.
- Play music with Chinese lyrics for your child to listen to while doing other things around the house. There are some good CDs for kids available online. Here are a couple examples that are available on Amazon.com: “50 Timeless Tunes: Traditional Chinese Children’s Songs” and “Learn Chinese by singing kids’ songs–The Ultimate Collection of Popular Children Songs’ Chinese Version”
- Have your child keep a Chinese journal daily, weekly or monthly. Tip: Take pictures of summertime activities or memories and put them in a box. At journal time have your child select a picture from the box to write about, you can tape the photo into their journal. This makes a fun memory book to look back on next summer.
- Visit a Chinese restaurant – strike up a conversation with the staff or look through the menu for familiar words
- Bring your shopping list to United Noodles or another Asian supermarket – browse the aisles and have your child listen in on the conversations around you to see if they know what is being said, look for familiar words on the packages, and pick up a few groceries while you’re there!
- Bring out the flashcards from school once a week or once a month.
- Let your child pick out a “just right” level Chinese book from the Hennepin County Library – several libraries have large Chinese sections, including Edina and Ridgedale. They also sometimes offer Chinese story time and other cultural activities (for example, Origami Fun on May 17th at Penn-Lake Library). Visit http://www.hclib.org/pub/events/ for more info.
- For kids in grades K-2, pull out the books that your child made in kindergarten and have them read a couple out loud to you each week.
- Find a classmate or two and make your own Chinese book club – have the kids read the book and get together to discuss it (it doesn’t even matter if they discuss the book as long as they speak some Chinese)
- Enroll in one of the XinXing enrichment classes through Hopkins Community Ed – in addition to Chinese immersion camps for each grade level there are summer courses offered on a variety of fun topics that will expose your child to Chinese culture and new interests. For more info go to https://hopkins.thatscommunityed.com/courses/youth-summer-camp-royal/xinxing-enrichment-1
The history and success of XinXing Academy was featured in the Spring/Summer edition of “Connect,” a magazine produced by the University of Minnesota. To read the article follow this link and scroll down to the “Building a Community” section: http://www.cehd.umn.edu/connect/2014/immersion.html
Performances from the XinXing 2014 Year of the Horse New Year Celebration are now available to view online:
Thank you to all of the volunteers, donors, attendees and members of the Bei Dou Xing community for making Saturday’s event a success! If you weren’t able to make it, you still have a chance to sign up for the few remaining openings in some of the experiences. You can also order photo books here through Sunday, May 4.
Follow this link to sign up (and pay via Paypal) for one or more of the following experiences:
Golden Valley Progressive Dinner 9 Openings Remain: May 17, $75/person – Join fellow parents while enjoying a meal at four different homes in Golden Valley. Hosted by the Burke, Hagen, Li and Ruthenbeck families.
Summer Solstice Games Only 4 Openings: June 21, $40/person – Come to the Sherwood Forest neighborhood for games, appetizers and drinks in honor of the Summer Solstice. Hosted by the O’Dell/Blatz, Bell, Finlay, Fish, Nguyen and Orr families.
Cave’ Vin More Spaces Added: June 12, $75/person – Partake in a four course meal including beverages at Cave Vin in South Minneapolis. Delicious food, beverages and fun parents! Hosted by Jeff & Nancy Litvack.
After School Fried Rice with Niu Loashi 7 Spaces Open: Monday, May 12, $15/student – Students will learn to make fried rice with Lin Niu. After cooking and enjoying their rice, they will receive a recipe to bring home!