Gōng xĭ fā cái! It’s time to get ready for Chinese New Year!


We received over 120 entries for the Chinese New Year artwork contest.  Congratulations to all of the students who submitted artwork. Each entry showed a lot of work, skill, time, and creativity making selection difficult.

Judging was conducted by art teacher Yu-Chia Chen, playbill creator/parent Sean McFarland, YACA Volunteer Coordinator and student artwork decorations creator Renee Cosgrove, and last year’s program art winners Elijah Kirris and Zach Pikus.

The winners are:

Decorations – Berkeley Lin (5), Ian Chao (5), Juliana Tong (3), Lilly Liao (4), Mingmay Thomsen (4)

Zipper pull – Ariel Kirris (K)

Additional program art – Cecilia Shatto (5), Alexandra Rimbu (7), Caitlin Igel (8)

Program Cover – Kaelyn Chen (8)
View the 2018 CNY Winner’s Art.

ART CONTEST Yinghua students of all ages are invited to enter the art contest for work to be featured on the program book and other materials. Art work must relate to the 2018 Chinese New Year theme: 中国新年艺术作品比赛 | The auspicious dog welcomes a new year brimming with hope for a fulfilling and prosperous future. Entries are due in the school office by 9 a.m. on Monday, December 4, 2017. Submit one of these cover forms with your entry.

Performances Yinghua Academy’s 2018 Chinese New Year (CNY) morning and afternoon performances take place on Saturday, February 24, 2018, at Bethel University in Benson Great Hall, St. Paul, Minnesota.

VOLUNTEERS As we prepare for CNY, there are hundreds of tasks to be accomplished by volunteers. (Remember, you must have a valid background check on file with the school in order to volunteer.) Current Volunteer Opportunities.

Dumplings and Special New Year Foods Dumplings, shaped like traditional Chinese gold ingots, are a symbol of New Year prosperity and eating them invites good fortune. Students will have a chance to sample dumplings at school and a schedule will be posted here.

If your child has food sensitivities, please read 2017 Chinese New Year Food Information. Updated 2018 food information will be posted here as well. Notify your child’s homeroom teacher if sampling any of the described CNY foods poses a problem for your child. Many foods have special meanings–read Chinese New Year Foods.

TICKETS Ticket sales begin January 19, 2018, for Yinghua’s Chinese New Year performances at Bethel University on Saturday, February 24, 2018.

Tickets are $7 each. *Some discounts apply for tickets purchased by phone. You must have a ticket to attend. Per Bethel Box Office procedures, all sales are final and no refunds are available. Please limit your ticket reservations to three (3) tickets per family, if possible. The Hall seats 1,500–if every performer has four guests, we will not have enough seats! **New this year is a childcare option for Yinghua siblings.

There are two performances. Different casts perform at morning and afternoon shows. Know which show you want to attend before you place your ticket order!


CNY DVD ORDERS 2018 Performance DVDs will be available for order via the school’s online store at Choose the a.m. or p.m. performance for $15 each, or order a combo pack (both performances) for $20. Deadline for orders is February 26, 2018.

DROP OFF AND PICK UP ON 2/24 Drop off your student at the circle drive in front of Benson Great Hall. Times are staggered to accommodate traffic. Staff and volunteers escort students to rooms. You do not need to get out of the car for drop off; however, if you wish to escort your child in, park in the West Parking Lot.  Drop off and pick up locations and times will be posted here.

Bethel University floor plans will be posted here.

  • Floor 1
  • Floor 2
  • Floor 3
  • Floor 4

Backpack Flyers, to be sent home in backpacks on 2/14/18 will be posted here.

Questions, contact Wynee Igel at