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Bei Dou Xing Board Elections

The elections for the 2013-2014 BeiDouXing board will be on May 20. Open positions are Vice President, Treasurer and Classroom Liaison, all are three year terms. Positions are open to anyone who wants to get involved.

Click here for more information or to fill out an application.  Applications are due April 8 and voting will take place at the BeiDouXing member meeting on Monday May 20, 2013.


12-10-2012 Parent Meeting

Did you miss the Bei Dou Xing Parent Meeting?  Diane Schimelpfenig shared updates about secondary planning (junior high) for the Chinese immersion program. Nik Lightfoot discussed teacher tenure and longevity in immersion schools.  And Kimberly Ruthenbeck presented information about the 8th grade cultural expeerience.  Check out the notes:  Meeting Minutes: 12/10/2012 AND Cultural Experience Update

Want to view notes from past meetings?  Check out the meeting notes archive.

Dining Out for BeiDouXing at Applebee’s

You have to eat, right?  So why not kill two birds and support Hopkins Chinese Immersion at the same time.

BDX fundraising dinner details:

  • Applebees in Knollwood Mall
  • Tuesday November 13
  • 4pm to close

Applebees will donate 15% to Bei Dou Xing, supporting the general fund.  You must present the flyer to receive the donation, so click here to print it out.

Scholastic and China Sprout Book Fairs

Both the Scholastic and China Sprout Book Fairs will be held in the Eisenhower Media Center during the upcoming fall parent-teacher conferences on:

  • Thursday, November 1st from noon to 8:00pm
  • Friday, November 2nd from 8:00am to 4:00pm

The Eisenhower + XinXing PTO and BeiDouXing are looking for volunteers — choose the day and 2-hour shift that you would like to help out, follow this link to sign up.

We appreciate your support in whatever form it takes! Remember – both book fairs benefit the school library.


2012-2013 Classroom Fees and Contributions

As a result of parent requests, a one-time activity fee and contribution is collected at the start of each school year to reduce the number of times that money is collected in the classroom. There are two options for submitting your payment:

Payments are due September 28th. If you have any questions or problems with the online payment option, e-mail

A description of the various activiy fees and contributions is provided below.

Note: Field trip costs will be collected separately by the teachers during the school year. These requests will be sent home with the child’s permission slips.

CLASSROOM FEES – Mandatory for each student:

These are fees that are collected as requested by teachers. These fees include:

  • Classroom Party and Activities money – used by grade level teachers throughout the year for parties and classroom events
  • Time for Kids magazine subscription – required for 3rd through 5th grade English classes
  • Student Planner – required for 5th grade students


The contributions to the classroom include:

  • Longevity silent auction classroom project – supports the BeiDouXing silent auction event
  • PTO silent auction classroom project – supports the PTO silent auction event
  • Teacher Appreciation – contribution toward the teacher and staff appreciation gifts from the XinXing children at holiday time and at the end of the year.

The contribution amounts listed are suggested amounts, but feel free to include whatever amount you feel comfortable contributing.


Many parents have approached us and asked about making direct donations to BeiDouXing to help support the cost of our programs. Your Direct Donation is an easy way to contribute, and to ensure that we can provide the programs that make XinXing Academy such a great place for our children to learn and grow. Bei Dou Xing provides funds for XinXing classroom and curriculum enhancement, community building, and vital cultural support.

Please note that your employer may offer a matching program and this is a great way to contribute additional funds to the school. BeiDouXing is a registered 501(c)3 charitable organization, so your Direct Donation may be tax deductible. Please check with your tax advisor for details. A receipt for your Direct Donation amount will be mailed to you for tax purposes.

Host Families Needed for 2012-13

We are pleased to welcome two new Chinese Guest volunteer teachers next year!

One more host family is needed ASAP! The teacher needs a place to call “home” beginning mid to late August. We ask families to host for half a school year. If you are interested in hosting, please e-mail Mary Fabian at