Category Archives: Volunteering

Adopt the IKE Garden for a Week!

IKE is looking for family volunteers to care for the school’s garden in the courtyard for a week from May through September.   Pick a week on the online signup at www.mysignup.com/ikexxveggiegarden .   Then, water, weed, harvest and record your work in the Garden Journal in the courtyard.   Simple!

Contact Vicky White at vicky_white@hopkinsschools.org for more information.

Seeking Parent Advisory Committee Members

Dear XinXing Parents,

The XinXing Core Leadership Team has been working with the XinXing Steering Committee to restructure our communication system to provide for more parent involvement in the long-range planning work for the XinXing program. We have attached a copy of the document explaining the roles and responsibilities of the three primary groups working to develop an exceptional Chinese immersion program: The XinXing Core Leadership Team, the XinXing Parent Advisory Committee and its parent sub-committees, and the Bei Dou Xing Parent Group. The XinXing Steering Committee will be dissolved as soon as the Parent Advisory Committee is formed.

We are now seeking applications for the XinXing Parent Advisory Committee for the 2010-2012 school years. We invite you to read through the attached description. If you are interested in being considered for membership on the XinXing Parent Advisory Committee, please complete the attached application and submit it to Principal Terri Sigüenza no later than Monday, December 6. If you are interested in working on one of the Parent Advisory Committee sub-committees, those will be open to all interested parents. Look for information on those in the coming months. Thanks to all of you for your support for our program!

Sincerely,

The XinXing Core Leadership Team

Terri Sigüenza, Molly Wieland and Zhining Chin

2010-2012 Application for the XinXing Parent Advisory Committee

Description of Roles and Responsibilities:  XinXing Academy Core Leadership Team / Parent Advisory Committee / Bei Dou Xing Parent Group

Parent Advisory Committee Roles and Responsibilities

Description of Roles and Responsibilities 

XinXing Academy Core Leadership Team / Parent Advisory Committee / Bei Dou Xing

XinXing Academy has three primary groups working to create and sustain an exceptional Chinese immersion program:

  • XinXing Core Leadership Team
  • XinXing Parent Advisory Committee
  • Bei Dou Xing XinXing Parent Group

The XinXing Core Leadership Team

The XinXing Core Leadership Team is responsible for creating and executing the strategic vision for the K-12 XinXing Academy program. Principal Terri Sigüenza is the leader of the Team. The Core Leadership Team works with District leaders, Eisenhower/XinXing staff, parents and outside experts to develop and shape an exceptional Chinese immersion program. The primary responsibilities of the Core Leadership team are as follows:

  • Lead long-range planning work for the K-12 immersion program with input from District leaders, Eisenhower/XinXing staff, parents and outside experts. Present recommendations to and seek support from the superintendent, Cabinet, and School Board to ensure alignment with the District’s strategic plan.
  • Advise Principal Terri Sigüenza on issues related to the day-to-day operation of the program, as needed. As leader of the program, Principal Sigüenza will identify issues that require the input of the Core Leadership Team and will work with the Team to anticipate and respond to issues and develop systems for addressing these issues in the future.
  • Oversee development and implementation of core curriculum that meets Hopkins District and State standards.
  • Monitor students’ academic progress and achievement in both Mandarin and English, as appropriate for each grade level.
  • Recruit and select teachers and staff and provide for ongoing staff development that meets the changing needs of the staff.
  • Identify key integration points for the XinXing Academy and Eisenhower regular education programs in order to promote the “one school – two programs” community of learners at Eisenhower Elementary.
  • Collaborate with CARLA and the Confucius Institute at the University of Minnesota and other Mandarin immersion programs locally and nationally to inform program development that is based on research and best practice.
  • Manage grants to advance the strategic vision of the XinXing program
  • Partner with our sister school in Nanjing, China to increase opportunities for cultural and linguistic enrichment for our students.

The XinXing Core Leadership Team is comprised of full-time Hopkins School District faculty and staff:

  • Terri Siguenza, Principal of Eisenhower/XinXing
  • Molly Wieland, XinXing Curriculum Coordinator and FLAP Grant Project Director
  • Zhining Chin, Hopkins Public Schools’ Assessment Coordinator and Chinese language and culture expert

The Leadership Team works with District leaders, Eisenhower/XinXing staff, parents and outside experts, as needed. This year, Rosemary Lawrence has joined our group as coordinator of the Confucius Classroom Grant

Parent Advisory Committee

The mission of the Parent Advisory Committee is to advise the XinXing Core Leadership Team as it develops and implements a strategic plan for the XinXing Chinese immersion program now and into the future. The Parent Advisory Committee seeks input from the larger XinXing parent group and represents parents in the strategic planning and implementation process for XinXing Academy.

Responsibilities of the Parent Advisory Committee

  • The Parent Advisory Committee contributes to the strategic planning work of the Core Leadership Team. The Core Leadership Team will consult with district leaders and staff to develop a long-range planning framework for the K-12 immersion program that aligns with the District Strategic Plan. The Parent Advisory Committee will then work with the Core Leadership Team to refine and further develop the ideas and details of the plan, including assisting with research and seeking parent group input on the plan.
  • The Parent Advisory Committee members will lead sub-committees of XinXing parents to explore specific topics related to long-range planning for XinXing. The sub-committees will seek input from the larger parent group, gather information from immersion programs in Minnesota and elsewhere and bring their research and ideas back to the Parent Advisory Committee and Core Leadership Team.
  • The Parent Advisory Committee serves as a communication link between the Bei Dou Xing parent group and the XinXing Core Leadership Team, seeking input from the parent group to share with the Core Leadership Team and communicating updates on long-range planning work to the parent group.

Criteria for Membership on the XinXing Parent Advisory Committee

  • Grade-level representation (ideally, one representative from each XinXing grade level)
  • Background and experience as they relate to the mission and responsibilities of the Parent Advisory Committee
  • Ability to commit the appropriate amount of time to the work of the group (4-8 hours per month)
  • Ability to commit to a two-year term
  • Desire to lead sub-committees of XinXing parents on special topics (see below for examples)
  • Availability to meet with the Core Leadership Team approximately once every 6 weeks during the school day (we are not able to provide childcare for meeting times)

XinXing parents who are interested in applying for membership on the Parent Advisory Committee will need to complete an application for membership and submit it by the deadline. The members of the Core Leadership Team will review all applications and choose the members of the Parent Advisory Committee using the criteria listed above. Members of the former XinXing Steering Committee who are interested in being considered for membership on the Parent Advisory Committee will also need to complete an application for membership. Parent Advisory Committee terms will be for two school years. At the end of the term, the member may re-apply for one additional two-year term, but his/her application will be considered alongside those of other applicants. If a member is unable to complete his/her term, the parent group will be notified that there is an opening on the committee and applications will be accepted at that time for someone to fill-out the term.

Sub-Committees

As strategic planning progresses, the Core Leadership Team will work with the Parent Advisory Committee to identify specific topics that would benefit from parent group input. The Parent Advisory Committee will then ask one (or more) if its members to form and lead sub-committees to work on specific topics. The sub-committees will be open to all interested parents from the XinXing parent group. We welcome the participation of as many parents as possible on the sub-committee work. It is a great way to have a voice in the development of the program but does not require a large time commitment. The Core Leadership Team will work with the Parent Advisory Committee to determine topics for sub-committee work as long-range planning needs are identified. Here are some topics that we have identified thus-far as possible topics for sub-committee work:

  • Class of 2020 subgroup (parents from the pioneer XinXing class to pave the way by bringing issues and ideas to the table)
  • Program Design (looking at how special programming and opportunities that are available to students in grades 4-6 can be implemented in the immersion program)
  • Fostering a “2 Programs, 1 School” model for Ike/XinXing
  • Building the Media Center Collection in Chinese
  • Community Ed Offerings (after-school tutoring for XinXing students, Chinese language and Chinese culture classes)
  • Secondary Program Planning for XinXing students (7-12)
  • Transition from grade 6 to junior high
  • 8th grade experience in China (For example, what elements of the trip could be part of the curriculum in grades 6-7 to get students hooked in?)

Bei Dou Xing – XinXing Parent Group

Bei Dou Xing, which means Northern or Guiding star, is the name for the group of XinXing Academy parents and community members who are dedicated to the success of the Hopkins Chinese immersion program.

Mission

Our mission includes participating in activities and financially supporting activities that will enhance curriculum, build community and promote cultural awareness. Bei Dou Xing contributes to the success and continuance of the Chinese Immersion program in the Hopkins School District by raising money to support and organize programs/fundraisers such as the Lunar New Year festival, Silent Auction, Kindergarten Welcome Picnic, annual family picnic, Chinese themed classroom celebrations and New Year Performance by students. We also work in partnership with the Eisenhower PTO to support the educational and community experience throughout the entire school. As our program grows into middle and high school, Bei Dou Xing will be the umbrella over the entire program.

Structure

The Bei Dou Xing parent group is run by a Board and 4 committees: Fundraising, Communications, Room Parents, and Community Building. We welcome everyone who would like to participate.

Parent-Principal Communication Liaisons

The two Bei Dou Xing parent group leaders serve as a liaison between parents and the principal. They “take the temperature” of the parent group and bring issues related to the program to the principal. The principal will address those issues with school and district staff, as appropriate, and bring them to the Core Leadership Team for discussion and action as needed. Parents should continue to bring issues or specific problems with their child’s educational experience first to their child’s teacher, then to the principal, if further support is needed.

Event Planning

Event planning is done by committees within Bei Dou Xing. Those committees plan events, performances, and festivals with appropriate school staff representatives.

Parent Advisory Committee Application

2010-2012 Application for the XinXing Parent Advisory Committee

Please read the attached description of the roles and responsibilities of the Parent Advisory Committee. If you have questions about these, please contact Molly Wieland: molly_wieland@hopkins.k12.mn.us

Criteria for Membership on the XinXing Parent Advisory Committee

  • Grade-level representation (ideally, one representative from each XinXing grade level)
  • Background and experience as they relate to the mission and responsibilities of the Parent Advisory Committee
  • Ability to commit the appropriate amount of time to the work of the group (4-8 hours per month)
  • Ability to commit to a two-year term
  • Desire to lead sub-committees of XinXing parents on special topics (see the Parent Advisory Committee description on the following pages for examples)
  • Availability to meet with the Core Leadership Team approximately once every 6 weeks during the school day (we are not able to provide childcare for meeting times)

The members of the Core Leadership Team will review all applications and choose the members of the Parent Advisory Committee using the criteria listed above. Members of the former XinXing Steering Committee who are interested in being considered for membership on the Parent Advisory Committee will also need to complete an application for membership. Return your completed application to Principal Terri Sigüenza by December 6.

Please provide the following information:

  • Name:
  • Address:
  • Phone:
  • Email address:
  • Grade level(s) of your child/children in the XinXing program:
  • Why are you interested in serving on the XinXing Parent Advisory Committee?
  • What experience, education and skills do you have that will contribute to your success as an Advisory Committee member?
  • Are you able to commit the appropriate amount of time to the work of the group?
  • Are you able to commit to a two-year term?
  • Are you willing to lead sub-committees of XinXing parents on special topics, as needed?
  • Which special topics from the list on the attached Parent Advisory Committee description document are of greatest interest to you?
  • Are you available to meet with the Core Leadership Team approximately once every 6 weeks during the school day?

Interested in applying for membership on the Parent Advisory Committee?  Click here for a printable (pdf) version of the application.

Thank You XinXing Volunteers & Mary Fabian

A big gigantic Thank You to all our 2009 XinXing Volunteers and to Mary Fabian who seems to orchestrate it all!

Volunteers are an important part of the Bei Dou Xing Parent Group, and so a special thank you to all of the volunteers who donated their time and effort this year to making the events and the parent group at XinXing Academy a success. We look forward to working with everyone next year!

Thanks so much,
Mary Fabian, Kimberly Ruthenbeck, Sarah Bennet, Beth Ross and Wende Pemrick
Your Bei Dou Xing Board Members

Communications Committee:
Beth Ross – Chair
Betsy Rochon
Molly Moy
Patricia Lucas
Tracy Meyer

Community Building Committtee:
Molly Braun – Chair
Beth Ross
Jon Lee Orr
Marie Ouyang
Sarah Bennett

Fundraising Committee
Kimberly Ruthenbeck – Chair
Betsy Auth
Cindy Vlasak
Darcy Fan
Evelyn Lee Orr
Julie Reece
Kara Lovell
Mary Sellke

External Fundraising Committee
Jaime Dlugosch
Kindergarten Room Parents
Marie Ouyang
Abby Schrader
Amy Rich
Patricia Lucas

1st Grade Room Parents
Carla Kilianr
Connie Anderson
Ging Wiandt
Traci Meyer

2009-10 Buddy Family Coordinators
Marla Geary-Vane
Mary Sellke
Wende Pemrick

Family Picnic Parent Volunteers
Jon Swenson – Catering (Famous Dave’s)
Craig Bennett
Paul Fabian

Chinese New Year Festival Volunteers
Abby Schrader
Amanda Goodman
Amy Fish
Ann Henstrom
Aslam Mukhtiar
Bea Rothweiler
Beth Ross
Betsy Rochon
Brian Phillips
Cindy Moy
Cindy Vlasak
Clay or Melissa Sherman
Connie Anderson
Elaine Tremmel (Mary Sellke’s. Mom)
Helen Keuning
Jan Arvidson
Jay Ruthenbeck
Kathy Provenzano
Kimberly Ruthenbeck
Marla Geary-Vane
Mary Beth and Richard Scanlon
Mary Fabian
Mary Kenning and daughter
Mary Price
Mary Sellke
Milena Gebremeskel
Molly Wieland
Ron Clarke
Sarah Bennett
Sarah Dlugosch
Stuart and Alex Harris
Sue Brown (Mary Fabian’s Mom)
Susan Skrien
Traci Meyer
Wende Pemrick
Whitney Hanson
Zhining Chin

Plant Sale Volunteers
Aslam Mukhtiar
Betsy Auth
Cindy Vlasak
Julie Reece
Marla Geary-Vane
Molly Wieland

Kindergarten Parties Parent Volunteers
Amanda Goodman
Ann Henstrom
Cindy Moy
Cindy Vlasak
Darcy Fan
Dawn McClelland
Helen Keuning
Maria Castellanos
Marla Geary
Melissa Sherman
Susan Tomsche
Wende Pemrick

Kindergarten Como Zoo Chaperones
Abby Schrader
Ann Henstrom
Cindy Moy
Helen Keuning
Jennifer Mukhtiar
Jenny Bernstein
Josie Pettygrove
Julie Reece
Kathy Provenzano
Lina Kwee
Marla Geary
Mejken Thompson
Mike Ouyang
Mike Ouyang
Molly Braun
Patricia Lucas
Richard Scanlon
Steve Dybdahl
Susan Tomsche

1st Grade Party Volunteers
Bea Rothweiler
Brenda Weiler
Carla Kilian
Connie Anderson
Connie Perry
Ging Wiandt
Greg and Laurie Pazdernik
Kammy Tsang
Mary Sellke
Sarah Bennett
Traci Meyer
Whitney Hanson
Yanhua Wusands

CAAM Dance Theatre Chaperones
Beth Ross
Beth Warpmaeker
Betsy Rochon
Carla Kilian
Jack Zhang
Neil Derechin

Arboretum Chaperones
Beth Warpmaeker
Karen Parkinson
Maria Koulick
Traci Meyer
Vicki Luxton
Ward Arms and Lorie Regenold

Thursday Folder Volunteers
Abby Schrader
Amy Rich
Beth Ross
Brenda Weiler
Carla Kilian
Cindy Moy
Connie Anderson
Mary Fabian
Patricia Lucas
Wende Pemrick
Whitney Hanson

2009-10 Buddy Family Volunteers
Abby Schrader & Family
Amanda Goodman & Family
Amy Rich & Family
Beth Ross & Family
Betsy Rochon & Family
Betsy and Ron Clarke & Family
Betsy Auth & Family
Carla Kilian & Family
Cindy Vlasak & Family
Connie Perry & Family
Darcy Fan & Family
David and Noel Klein & Family
Deb Anderson & Family
Dee and Jack Zhang & Family
Diana Munger & Family
Evelyn Orr & Family
Ging Wiandt & Family
Helen and Tim Keuning & Family
Jennifer and Aslam Mukhtiar & Family
Josie Pettygrove & Family
Kara Lovell & Family
Kathy Provenzano & Family
Laura Gammill & Family
Lori Komoto & Family
Marie and Mike Ouyang & Family
Marla Geary & Family
Mary Fabian & Family
Mary Price & Family
Mary Sellke & Family
Mejken Thompson & Family
Mike and Cindy Moy & Family
Molly Braun & Family
Molly Wieland & Family
Neil and Bea Derechin-Rothweiler & Family
Rachael and Josh Cuta & Family
Sarah Bennett & Family
Sarah Dlugosch & Family
Sharon Yang & Family
Susan and Somsak Skrien-Chumklang & Family
Susan Tomsche & Family
Wende Pemrick & Family
Whitney Hanson & Family