MLCCC Newsletter (2016-02-04)

Dear Parents,

An early Happy New Year to everyone!! May the Year of the Monkey bring your family much happiness and good fortune. 祝大家猴年里幸福平安,万事如意!!

Our Chinese New Year Gala is this coming Sunday February 7, 1pm-5pm, right at GVHS!! In addition to the usual great performances by our community and fun traditional games, we have wonderful vendors this year, including:
    - King’s Village Restaurant 虹成餐厅 is back again with traditional Chinese food;
    - East Star Restaurant with Chinese take-out combos that include egg rolls (so Sunday
dinner is all set with authentic Chinese food or American Chinese takeout without trekking to anywhere else!);
    - Lots of merchandise from Hometown China store and our school, sold at a discount;
    - Silent auction (where one can usually get a good deal off the retail price) of autographed sports merchandise (donated by 76ers and Eagles) and theater tickets (donated by People’s Light theater);
    - A few hundred free small drinks donated by Wawa.

Our Gala Sponsors:
We would like to take this opportunity to thank the following sponsors for helping to make our gala possible:
Analytica, Inc.
A-Plus Dental Care
Asian Food & Business Expo 2016
C2 Education
Simon Cao - Agent at State Farm
Delaware Valley Tennis Academy
Terence Farrell - Chester County Commissioner
Fox Rothschild LLC
Herr Foods Inc.
Hometown China
Susan Klinger & Xiaohong Chen - Agents at Farmers Insurance
Dr. Weiguo Li - Family Medicine
Dr. Xiaobin Li - Family Medicine
Nature Soy, Inc.
Penn Medicine
People’s Light Performing Arts Theater
Philadelphia 76ers
Philadelphia Eagles
Lin Qiu - Family and Cosmetic Dentistry
Grace Tian - Realtor at Realty Mark Associates
Wawa, Inc.
Wegmans Food Markets, Inc.
West Chester University
Rui Yang - Realtor at Keller Williams
Pin Yao - Financial Advisor at Prudential
Wei Yong - Financial Advisor at Transamerica

Food Donation and Volunteering:
Many thanks to those who have signed up for volunteering or donating! We still need more hands and more food/snacks! (We may have enough drinks because of Wawa’s donation and parents who have already signed up to bring water, etc.) Please help so that we can run the show fair smoothly, so our little ones have plenty of varieties to choose from with their red envelope school dollars.

So far we have hot dogs, chips, cookies, soda, juice, water. Both cash and school dollars will be accepted at the PTO food station. King’s Village food and East Star boxed lunches will be cash only.

The donated food/snack can be either homemade or store bought, can be salty or sweet, ideally in individual snack size/pack. Please label your food donation with your name, for future recognition purposes, and remember to take back your leftovers and containers at the end of the gala.

We really appreciate the parents and teenagers who have offered to volunteer at our Gala. We need MORE! Our community’s biggest event cannot run smoothly without all of your help. So loan us a hand, we’re counting on you!

We especially need middle or high school students who can supervise our Culture Fair’s craft and game tables in the cafeteria from preferably 2:15pm. Even though the Culture Fair officially starts at 3pm, many young kids start trying to play the stations at around 2:15pm. The tasks are very simple. Even 1 hour of assistance from 2:15-3:15 is extremely helpful. Teachers and parents are also needed to supervise the stations after the Show is over and everyone moves into the cafeteria.

Below are various logistics/details of our Gala. Please read carefully.
1pm-3pm: Performance Show in Auditorium
3pm-5pm: Culture Fair in Cafeteria

Arriving at GVHS:
Regardless of your usual class time, if you are performing on stage, follow your teacher's directions on when to arrive at GVHS. For example, even if you normally come to GVHS for a 3pm class, your teacher may ask you to arrive at 12:30pm this Sunday for a short rehearsal before the show. GVHS will be open by then. Admin will be there already.

Where to Sit in the Auditorium:
Children should sit with their parents and are their parents’ responsibility. Our teachers’ responsibility is to bring the class onto the stage and supervise their performance. We will have signs in auditorium for the Chinese classes who will performace. Please follow the sign to sit with your children.

Dropping off Food Donation:
The food drop off tables will be right outside the cafeteria, very visible. If you are bringing food to the Gala, please
- bring in any necessary serving utensils;
- mark your food with your name for future recognition;
- take back your containers and any unsold leftovers at the end of the day.
Thank you for your donation!!

Safety and Security:
Parents, please keep track of your children. Because this is a free, open-to-all event, we are expecting lots of people and have hired a police officer to patrol the grounds. Hence there will be a police car near the main entrance. This hiring is purely a precaution. We have never had a safety/security issue at our Gala before nor do we have any reason to expect an incident. We're just being safety-conscious. In addition to the officer, we will also have parents patrolling the grounds as well. Please help us with safety by being vigilant and alert all the time. If you notice anything unusual, please let either the officer or the Admin know.

Start Time:
We are aiming to start on time at 1pm. Please be seated by then.

Performance Order:
The attached program list attached program list shows the performance order.

Ascending the Stage:
About 2-3 acts before your child's act, please follow your teacher's instruction to line up for going onto the stage. To avoid disturbing the ongoing performance, please leave the auditorium from the back door. Stage entrance is outside the auditorium room on the right hand side if you're facing the stage.

Supervising Game Stations:
Each game station will be clearly marked as to which station it is. The station volunteer sign-up sheet will also be posted so you can confirm which station you have volunteered to supervise. Thank you for your help!

Saturday Night 6pm-9pm Preparation at GVHS:
If anyone can help with decorating the stage and the cafeteria on Saturday night, that would be superb!! We will have free pizza and drinks.

Last but not least, let's have a blast and ring in the Year of the Monkey!!! Happy New Year Everyone!!!

Looking forward to seeing you!

Best Regards,

Li, Xia - Principal
Julia Chou - Director of Operations and Communications
Sherry Wang - PTO President
MLCCC Chinese Weekend School
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