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March 24, 2017

3/27: CNY DVDs distributed via backpack
3/27: School Board meeting, 6 p.m.
3/28: Deadline to File to run for the School Board, 6 p.m.
3/28: "Siblings" event for 3rd graders who sign up
3/30: March Music Madness
3/30: 2017 School Board candidates announced
3/31: NO SCHOOL Staff Prof. Development
4/3: China Trip Meeting, 6-7 p.m.
4/6: YACA Social Hour, 3:30-5 p.m.
4/10: MCAs begin, grades 3-8
4/11-13: Book Fair
4/12-13: Conferences
4/21: Kindergarten Roundup for New Kindergarten Families, 9:15-10:45 a.m.

Included in this newsletter:
  • School Board--meeting change and how to run for the Board
  • Sign up for conferences!
  • Asia Society contest
  • Last Monday's assembly
  • Field Day Olympics
  • PE and Athletics Updates
  • Summer Camp at Yinghua (repeat listing)
  • 3rd grade "Siblings Event"
  • Hope for Haiti--goods collection
  • Free concert in St. Paul, 3/25, 2 p.m.
  • Spring Book Fair April 11-13
  • Online Scholastic book orders
  • Extended Care
  • "Screenagers" documentary
  • Kindness

School Board

The regular meeting of the School Board which was scheduled to take place on Monday, March 20, 2017, was rescheduled for Monday, March 27, 6 p.m. in the school library. 

If you are thinking about running for the School Board or are interested in learning more about committees of the School Board, please come to a board meeting. 

Click for information and to notify the Nominating Committee of your intent to stand for election to the School Board by Tuesday, March 28, 6 p.m.: Board Recruit Letter and Form. 

Sign up for conferences!

We invite you to sign up for a Spring 2017 conference with your child's teachers on Wednesday, April 12 (10 a.m. to 8 p.m.) or Thursday, April 13 (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
  • Kindergarten and 1st: Look for and click on your homeroom teacher's name to schedule a 20-minute conference. You may also sign up for a 10-minute appointment with your child's music and PE teacher. There are no art teacher conferences this term.
  • 2nd, 3rd and 4th: Look for and click on your homeroom teacher's name to schedule a 20-minute conference. You may also sign up for a 10-minute appointment with your child's English, music and PE teacher. There are no art teacher conferences this term.
  • 5th-8th grades: Sign up for 10-minute appointments with your child's Chinese, English, Math, Science, Social Studies, PE and Music teachers. There are no art teacher conferences this term. Ask your child for the small lavender worksheet with their teachers' names. 

Click this link to sign up:

After selecting the teacher or teachers, hit submit. Next, check your email for a message from Click the link to select times, and use a student's name to reserve slots. Keep track of your schedule--the system will not warn you of double-bookings! Scroll horizontally to locate and sign up for each teacher conference. Click submit. You will receive email confirmation.

If you have more than one child (siblings), select the names of all the teachers you want to meet with, then click the middle button "These are for more than one student." See below.

Then, follow the prompts on this screen:

Now through 5/31/17, in a contest sponsored by Asia Society, submit videos via social media telling why you're passionate about studying Mandarin, and why your friends should be too. Videos with the most likes are eligible to win two round-trip tickets to China. Click for information:

Monday's High Energy Dance Assembly

On Monday, March 20, students attended an assembly on the themes of respect, responsibility and perseverance. JLINE Dance Crew from New York performed a high energy program.
Yinghua Field Day Olympics is on 6/9/17. If you have heritage from a country other than the US, China or Taiwan, contact to get involved. Brainstorming meeting 3/27, 8:30 a.m.
Grades 4 through 8 are focusing on fitness testing, reaction time and brain growth challenges such as "fitness tic-tac-toe." Grades K through 3 are learning about scoops and Frisbees.

Yinghua Ninja Warriors: We have completed phase one of three of our "Ninja Warrior" course. Part of the course connects the lateral climbing wall to the pull up bar. The space between the wall and bar requires the use of upper body only. The course is not age-appropriate for everyone, but younger grades will be able to enjoy other additions. A big thanks to those of you who bought (donated) a hand hold!  Next week, Ms. Totall will write donors' names next to the holds.

Spring Sports have started or will be starting in early April. There are a few spots left in Erin Thune's Sport Sampler for grades 1-3 on Tuesdays.  
The 2017 Chinese Immersion Summer Camp at Yinghua features drama, crafts, music and traditional games for students entering kindergarten through grade 6. We invite incoming kindergarten students and returning immersion students to learn Chinese folk tales in a language immersion environment.

This is a terrific introduction to our school for new kindergarteners, and current parents will love the opportunity to refresh language skills and connect with school friends. Questions:

3rd Grade "Siblings Event"

Sign up for the "Siblings Event" for 3rd graders after school on Tuesday, March 28. Parents of 3rd graders, your $5 registration fee covers snack and supervision at school from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Sign up here:  March 28, 3rd grade "Siblings Event" registration form.

Hope for Haiti

7th graders Sanna and Clare are coordinating "Hope for Haiti," March 27-April 10. The homeroom with the winning collection gets an out-of-uniform day! Click here to find out more: Hope for Haiti.

Yinghua teacher Hsin-Yin Min performs with Meadowlark Quartet in an all-French concert with music by Offenbach, Massenet, d'Indy and Saint-Saëns. This concert is free for students! Saturday, 3/25, 2 p.m. Cathedral of St. Paul, 239 Selby Avenue, St. Paul:

Spring Book Fair in the Cafeteria
April 11-13

The Spring Book Fair will be held in the school cafeteria on Tuesday, April 11, from 3-6 p.m., Wednesday, April 12 from 10 a.m.-8 p.m., and Thursday, April 13 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Stop by during conferences to stock your summer reading shelves!

You will also have a chance to purchase books from teachers' wish lists and donate them to homeroom and specialist teachers. What a great way to say thanks to our teachers for all their hard work this year. All purchases earn books for Yinghua.

We need parent volunteers on Monday, April 10, from 5-7 p.m. (set up day), and at various times on Tuesday through Thursday. Here’s the volunteer sign up link: Thanks for your support, and happy reading!

You can also order Scholastic books online!


Help Yinghua earn free books and supplies by placing an online Scholastic Book order. Yinghua will also host a live book fair at school in less than a month, but there's no reason not to do both. Sometimes the offerings in an online setting are different from the school fair selections.



How to Order Scholastic Books Online

  1. Go to
  2. Click on the orange box under “Parents.”
  3. Enter the class code: PLLF4.
  4. Set up your own Scholastic account (if you haven’t already).
  5. Once you’re signed in, the due date, 3/31/17,  will show up on the home page.
  6. You can click on any flyer of any grade OR enter the code from a flyer.
  7. Select books from the flyer by clicking on a picture of the book.
  8. Click on your cart (upper right-hand corner) to proceed to checkout and complete the order.
  9. Books will be delivered to Yinghua Academy once Ms. Nordvold submits the order (after the due date).
  10. Ms. Nordvold will give the books to your child’s ELA teacher.
  11. Your child will receive the books during English class.
Questions? Contact Ms. Nordvold by email:
Good news! We opened a second section of Mad Science® for kindergarten through grade 3 students on Tuesdays, beginning this coming Tuesday, March 28.  Here's more:

Join Mad Science® for after-school fun with interactive, hands-on activities that get you revved up about  science. Experience Science at Work in the Mad Science crime lab, movie effects studio and toy factory. Discover science working in nature through earthquakes and storms! Make science work for you as you manipulate magnetic forces. Learn about science working in your mouth and put it to the test–the Taste Test! Take home your Cartoon Creator, Personal Profile Kit, Yo-Yo, Sedimentary Stacker, Taste Test Kit, Magnet Lab and UV Sensitive Key chain.

Dates:  7 Tuesdays: March 28; April 4, 18, 25; May 2, 9, 16 (No class April 11).
Time4:15-5:00 p.m.
Cost: $170, including Aftercare before and after class, until 6:00.

The documentary Screenagers will be shown at Minnehaha Academy (Upper School) on 4/11, 6 p.m. This is a free, public showing followed by discussion. Parents may attend with children (10 and older). Click to reserve ticket.
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