2020 Chinese New Year Performance
The following is the schedule for Chinese New Year celebration, Thursday 01/30/2020.
Marian Bergeson Elementary in the MPR except the Dragon dance.
7:45-8:00am - 5th graders do the dragon dance on the blacktop
8:05-8:35am - Kinder & 1st grade performance
8:45-9:15am - 2nd & 3rd graders performance
9:30-10:00am - 4th graders performance
10:30-11:00am - 5th graders performance
Newhart Middle School Chinese New Year celebration in the MPR:
9:45am - 10:30am and 10:50-11:45am
2020 MIP Gala
Save the date!!!
FoMIP 9th Annual Fundraising Gala
Shanghai Nights Roaring 20's theme
Music, Dancing, Silent and Live Auctions
When: February 22, 2020 @ 5:30pm
Where: The Hills Hotel in Laguna Hills
$100 General tickets after 12/15
Get your tickets here: `
Welcome Back Social
We had our annual MIP Welcome Social Event 2019 on August 30th! We were so glad to see returning MIP families and welcome new families in our program. We also had a chance to see the special performance by our very own students who participated in the Peking Opera this past summer. They were so adorable.
Beijing Opera Youth Performance
The first ever MIP Peking Opera performace presented by Sino Performing Arts Org on 7/27/19 was nothing short of amazing. Parents and children are thankful to the teachers who taught them well and understand the profound culture of the language they now considered their second (third to some).
They were featured in USChinapress, you can read it here.
China news, click here
Catch a glimpse of their performance here.
Here's an awesome video about the Peking Opera Summer Program and the kids, parents and teacher talked about their experience: here
New York Life Grant Program
A huge thanks to Kevin Hyunh and New York Life with their Volunteers for Good Team Grant Program. They raised $810 for FoMIP and contributed 8 hours of their own time with 5 agents to help at the MIP Gala.
MIP 5th Grade Gift to Bergeson
The current MIP 5th grade class has gifted two Buddy Benches and a mural to Bergeson! Over the past 6 years they have saved enough money to purchase the mural and benches.
The mural is designed by Paula Loh and painted by Laurel Abitbol, Astrid Sidarta, and Polly Cheng with stencil help from Phoebe Karr. Each student has placed their handprint and will have their name written on it.
The students’ wish is that the buddy benches will be a symbol of friendship and unity for the entire Bergeson community. The students wanted to give something back to Bergeson that will help bridge differences and bring the student body together in a positive way.
MIP Scholar Wins 3rd Place at Los Angeles Mandarin Poetry Competition
The Spring Academic Competition hosted by the Southern California Council of Chinese Schools successfully finished on May 19. A total of 716 students from 46 school throughout Southern California participated in the competition and 204 received awards.
We are excited to announce that Emilie Ong, Charlotte Benner, and Sydnee Farah represented MIP in the competition this year. Sydnee Farah from Ms. Loh's kindergarten class was awarded 3rd place in her category.
For more information about Mandarin language competitions, please see MIP parent Vicky Ong’s presentation.
MIP Middle School Trip to Bowers Museum
The MIP middle schoolers at Newhart took a field trip to the Bowers Museum on 5/31. They got a private tour of the Ancient China exhibit, which had various artifacts from different periods within Chinese history. This year's tour was given in English, but we are told that the museum will be hiring Mandarin-speaking docents in the near future! A big thank-you to Mrs. Endow for arranging the field trip, and to all the families who donated to the Friends of MIP annual fund!
Two MIP Scholar's Win 1st and 2nd at 15th Chinese Language Bridge Cup Contest in San Francisco!
Congratulations to MIP 1st graders Fiona Connolly and Alessandro Del Alamo who placed first and second in the Mandarin Poetry Recital Non-Native category! It was a highly competitive competition with over 1,200 students competing overall in different categories. The scholars were invited back to San Francisco for an award ceremony and reception at the San Francisco Consulate General of China that was hosted by Consul General Wang Donghua. We are proud of all those who participated!
Mandarin Immersion Program Featured on CCTV
China Central Television (CCTV) recently visited our MIP elementary and middle school sites for a program they did about the growing interest in Mandarin language learning in the U.S. Our scholars and teachers are truly amazing! To view the CCTV program please click here.
Dear MIP families, friends and sponsors,
The MIP Executive Board is excited to announce that we have met the 2019 fiscal year fundraising goal! On behalf of the the entire Board, we sincerely THANK every one of you for your continued support of the
MIP program. Thanks to your contributions, we are able to fund our budget for the 2019-2020 school year!
MIP Executive Board 2019-2020
Bergeson Elementary and Newhart Middle School
New Suggested Donation Amounts
The suggested donation amount for the current fundraising period which runs from
November 2018- October 2019:
$150 per Middle School Student
$400 per Elementary Student
*Based on 100% participation rate
2019-20 Annual Fund Dollars Raised as of
Oct 31, 2019: $140,150
We need to raise $0 by October 31, 2019
We meet our goal of $140,150!
Thank you for your continued support!
CUSD does not cover the full cost of the Mandarin Immersion Program. We rely on donations from families and sponsors to pay for:
6 Teacher Assistants
Technology (3rd grade Chromebooks, smartboards, etc.)
Mandarin library books
Cultural Opportunities, and more!
Check this list to see if your company might match your donation! corporate-match-directory.pdf
Please be aware that not all companies are listed..
Check with your employer.
01/16 - MIP Bergeson Elementary tour and Orientation
01/21 - MIP Bergeson Elementary tour and Orientation
01/25 - Outlest of San Clemente Performance
01/30 - MIP Chinese New Year Performance
02/06 - F0MIP Board Meeting, 6pm, Teacher's Lounge, Bergeson
2/22 - MIP Gala, The Hills Hotel
5/21 - MIP End of Year Social
2019-2020 Friends of MIP Executive Board
Welcome to both our new and returning board members:
Eric Chamberlain - President
Melody Brown - Vice President
Ingrid Feeny - Treasurer
Jen Pang - Middle School Liaison (New Position)
Megan Holland - Secretary
Amanda Yeung - Community Liaison
Lisa Yi - Outreach Director
Mary Jia - Financial Controller
Alex Welker - Communications/PR
Thanh Nguyen - Parliamentarian
Thank you to our outgoing board members for all of your hard work on behalf of the MIP Program:
Thanh Nguyen - President
Nancy Lu - Vice President
Jake Narey - Treasurer
Linh Hyunh - Financial Controller
Kristi Rowley - Secretary, June 2018-January 2019
Juintow Lin - Community Liaison
Czarin Chan-Lin - Outreach Director
Monika Pinto Connolly - Communications/PR
Wade Shepard - Parliamentarian
FoMIP Board Meetings are open to all parents.
A SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR GENEROUS SPONSORS FOR THEIR SUPPORT
John Fong Realty - SoCal Real Estate Services
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