02-07-2020 Noticias de ISLA y ISLA PTO

September 7, 2021

Emily Smith

Administrative Assistant

Join the ISLA Board of Directors!

Looking for away to support the mission and shape the future of our amazing school? Join the ISLA Board of Directors!  The ISLA Election and Nominating Committee is seeking interested community members,teachers, and parents, grandparents, and guardians to fill several upcoming vacancies on the ISLA Board beginning June 30, 2020.  No previous experience is required, but we do have a specific need for individuals with expertise in education, marketing, or fundraising. The Board is responsible for overseeing the general operations of the school, implementing policies and procedures, and long-term strategic and financial planning.  In addition, there are a number of different committees on which Board members serve. Click here for descriptions of the various committees. The Board meets in the evening on the third Tuesday of each month.

If you are interested in seeking a Board seat, please submit a Statement of Interest (available here) to the Election and Nominating Committee by February 21.  Questions about Board service and the election process can be directed to Liz Crouse, Chair of the Election and Nominating Committee, at lcrouse@isla-academy.org. The election of Board Directors will occur in connection with ISLA’s annual meeting on May 19, 2020.

ISLA Spirit Week is Next Week!

Please encourage your child(ren) to show their school pride the week of Feb 10- Feb 13. If students participate in the theme, they do not need to come to school in uniform.

This year our themes are:

Monday, Feb 10: Día RETRO: Dress up from any time period in history. Get inspired from any decade, century or fashion trend from the past. Groovy! (Concept: Change)

Tuesday, Feb 11: Día cómodo: Get comfy and wear your favorite sweatshirt, jammies or whichever clothes make you feel especially cozy! (Concept: Function)

Wednesday, Feb 12: Día de identidad secreta: Use your imagination and become anyone other than yourself. Create your own secret identity or dress up as your favorite character, teacher, friend or family member. It's the only day we won't say, "Be yourself!" Think of some clues and see if anyone can guess who you are! (Concept: Perspective)

Thursday, Feb 13: Día de ropa favorita: Wear your very favorite outfit or clothes. We will celebrate Friendship Day this day. Students may also choose to wear colors to represent this day: red, pink, white, purple. (Concept: Connection)

Show us your spirit for ISLA!

Sibling Enrollment

Make sure that your child receives the sibling enrollment priority they are entitled to at ISLA.  Submit an online student application for the sibling of a currently enrolled student by the sibling enrollment deadline of February 10, 2020 at 4:00 p.m.  Any student applications for a sibling received after the deadline will follow regular enrollment processes. To complete an online student application, go to the ISLA website. Click on the Explore tab and then the Enrollment tab. You will find the link for the 2020-21 student application in the upper right-hand side of the page.


Do you have pics from school,PTO events, or class parties?  Did you chaperone a field trip and take pictures?

ISLA's Yearbook now has an online platform to host pictures. Submitting photos has never been easier! You can submit pictures from your desktop, mobile phone, and even Google Photos!


Here's how to get started:

  • Start gathering your photos for the yearbook.Pictures MUST be a minimum of 500 kb.  
  • Create a Shutterfly account by following thissite URL:   https://islasyearbook.shutterfly.com/
  • ISLA Site name is ISLA's Yearbook.
  • Once registered, your account will be approved by ISLA Yearbook staff.  
  • Once approved, you can start uploading your pictures to the site.  Make sure you drop them in the correct folder which has already been set up for your class, e.g."Kindergarten, Sra. Patino"
  • Optional:  Download the free Share Sites iPhone App or Share Sites Google Play for Android App and share photos directly from your phone.

**Important: Pictures must be jpeg or jpg and all pictures must be an absolute minimum of 350 kb. Over500 kb is preferred to avoid blurry images.

Here is the Share Site information:

Site Name: ISLA's Yearbook
Site URL: https://islasyearbook.shutterfly.com/


We have some new openings - please consider helping out if you are able. It is a fun way to get more involved in the ISLA Community! If you signed your child up for an after school activity, please consider taking an LA home after that class as well. It’s a great way to get to know them and get a glimpse at what’s happening at school!



Immediate Need for Lunch Volunteers: 7 open spots in February


See all of ISLA’scurrent volunteer sign-ups here:


Buy Your Tickets by February 29 to receive the special ticket price of $55/person.  Starting March 1, ticket prices increase to$65/person.  Three weeks remaining to get your tickets at the special price.

If you’re unable to attend, you can Send Your Regrets here.  Starting mid-February, we will check in with all families we haven’t heard from so send your RSVP soon!

SEEKING: Baskets!!!

Hey Parents! Need help coming up with ideas for a donation to Fiesta? Don't worry - we came up with a list of basket ideas for you! Everyone LOVES bidding on baskets at the silent auction.

Just click here to choose your theme and then you provide the basket of your choice - easy.  You could create a basket on your own or you could recruit some friends to build the basket together.

This is a great way to support the fundraiser- thank you!

SEEKING: Great Gatherings

We are still collecting Great Gatherings from our fabulous families!  Deadline for submissions is February 21, but events can be planned to occur through Fall 2020.  

Great Gatherings are one of the most popular auction items at Fiesta because our ISLA community always thinks of the most fun and creative events. These group gatherings can be open to all grade levels or specific grades and can include kids, families or adults only.

To submit your Great Gathering idea, please complete this short Parent Donation Request Form. Questions? Contact Betsey Palmgren at Betseypalmgren@gmail.com or Merrie Sjogren at Merriesjogren@gmail.com.

HIGHLIGHT:It’s time to cheer for the Loons!

The ultimate Major League Soccer experience is coming soon to the Fiesta de La Primavera!

Attend a Minnesota United FC home game of your choice at the new Allianz Stadium in St. Paul. Unbelievable seats- 4 tickets-front row, center, right next to the opposing team’s box. You will be this close to the action!

 Tickets include access to the Field Club with free catered food from locally-renowned chefs and free drinks including wine, tap beer, and soda. As part of the Field Club experience you can even cheer the team as they walk out, including high-fives from the players! Value = $1,200.


Each year we seek out local businesses that will partners with us to deliver the best possible event! This year, Mac’s Liquor located at 8550 Excelsior Blvd in Hopkins is partnering with us to match our group buy of wine,spirits and beer!  Not only is this a generous donation but they are also offering 10% off now through the end of March if you mention ‘ISLA’ at the register. Feel free to not only show your gratitude to Mac’s Liquor for partnering with us but also score a nice discount.

If you're interested in becoming an event sponsor, please email us at fiesta@isla-academy.org. We are still seeking sponsors and still have some high visibility options available.

No School

There will be no school on Friday, February 14 due to a teacher's workshop. There will also be no school on Monday, February 17th in observance of President's Day. Please mark your calendars.

Calendar of Events

  • February 10, 4 pm, Student Application deadline for inclusion in the lottery.
  • February 13, Roller Garden PTO Winter Family Night, 6-8 pm
  • February 14, Teacher Workshop, no school
  • February 17, President's Day, no school
  • February 18, ISLA Board Meeting, 6:30 pm
  • February 19-21, 5th Grade at Wolf Ridge Environmental Center
  • February 27, Late Start, 2 hours