2019-05-03 Noticias de ISLA y ISLA PTO

September 29, 2019

Emily Smith

Administrative Assistant

Field Day

Field day is around the corner! It will be held on Tuesday, May 21st and in case it rains that day, Thursday 23rd will be the alternative date.  Sr. Diaz needs volunteers to make this day run successfully. If you are able to help, please contact Kris Bilardi (ktvedt@gmail.com). There will be morning activities (for grades 1st to 6th) from 9:45 to 11:45 am and afternoon activities (all grades) from 1:00 to 3:00 pm.

This will be a non-uniform day. Children should wear athletic and comfortable clothes and sneakers (no flip-flops). Also remember to pack a water bottle and sunscreen in your child's backpack.

Student Agency

La Gran Fair opened its doors for business this Thursday and Friday as ISLA fourth graders put on their entrepreneur hats, rolled up their sleeves and got to business, literally. Their current unit of inquiry is called, “Show me the money”. Student agency comes alive in this unit of inquiry as teachers take the back seat and let the students fly as they direct, drive and build a strong sense of self-efficacy. Where voice, choice, and ownership are interwoven in every step of this dynamic process.  This year’s businesses include Luces! Camara! Squish!, Naco Games, Deportes Mundiales, and Super Spa Jr. A portion of the proceeds will go to help fund next year’s Wolf Ridge trip and to Feed My Starving Children.

You are cordially invited to:


Monday, May 28th, 2019

Stop by anytime from 4-9 to enjoy a beer and time with the ISLA Community!

*20% of all proceeds from the night go to ISLA PTO

8 8th Ave N
Hopkins 55343

Calendar of Events

May 4 – Fiesta de la Primavera, 6:30 pm Plymouth Creek Center
May 7 – Last 6th Grade Math Class
May 14 – PTO Meeting, 6:30 pm
May 17 – Movie Night at ISLA, 7 pm
May 20 – 4th Grade Music Program, 2 pm
May 20 – Roller Garden end of year party, 6-8
May 21 – Field Day
May 21 – ISLA Board Meeting, 6:30 pm
           **Board Elections**
May 23 – Host Family Meeting, 7 pm
May 24 – 1st Grade Music Program, 2 pm
May 27 – Memorial Day, no school
May 28 – 2nd Grade Music Program, 2 pm
May 28 – Fundraiser at LTD Brewing, 4-9 pm
May 30 – 6th Grade Exhibition, 6:30 pm
May 31 – 3rd Grade Music Program, 2 pm
June 5 – 6th Grade Music Program, 6:30 pm
June 6 – Kinder Music Program & Graduation,9:30 am
June 6 – 5th Grade Music Program, 6:30 pm
June 7 – 6th Grade Graduation, 2 pm

Please Vote!

Election for ISLA’s Board of Directors will take place on May 21, 2019. Biographies of the candidates can be found on the school website at https://www.isla.school/board/board-candidates

Voting can be done in the office from 8:45 am – 4:30 pm or at the beginning of the Board’s meeting at 6:30 pm in the Media Center.

PTO Board Elections

Election for PTO Board members for the 2019/2020 school year will take place at the next general meeting on May 14th,2019.  We are looking for interested candidates to step up and fill the following positions:

  • PTO Communications/Secretary
  • PTO LA Coordinator(s)

Please contact Ginnie Pollen at PTOchair@isla-academy.org if you are interested in serving on the PTO board in either of these capacities or on any of the following committees.

  • Fundraising
  • Social events
  • Room parent
  • Fiesta de la Primavera
  • Yearbook


Let's shower our wonderful ISLA staff with appreciation and special treatment throughout Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week (May 6-10th).  There are a few specific things needed to pull off these efforts. Parent & Student involvement encouraged and Spanish is not required to volunteer. 

Don't see a fit on the signup? Parents and students are also encouraged to send in thank you notes, pictures, letters, and drawings to ISLA staff throughout the week.

Help the PTO pull of an outstanding week of special surprises for ISLA’s outstanding group of teachers and staff! Sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0D4FA4A62AA1FF2-teacher

Thank you!

Spring Music Programs

The spring music program dates have been set.  You will receive more information about these programs as the time gets closer.

May 20 – 4th grade, 2 pm
May 24 – 1st grade, 2 pm          
May 28 – 2nd grade, 2 pm
May 31 – 3rd grade, 2 pm
June 5 – 6th grade, 6:30 pm
June 6 – Kinder, 9:30 am
June 6 – 5th grade, 6:30 pm


Considering hosting an LA in the future? Join us to learn more about getting involved, what it takes to host and the many reasons why it’s a great opportunity for your family.

We’re sure you have questions and we’d like to answer them!

Thursday, May 23rd, 2019
7-8 pm
ISLA Library

RSVPs aren’t necessary, but nice so we can plan accordingly. Please contact Kim Gelperin at kimgelp@gmail.com to RSVP.

Already know you want to host for the 2019-20 school year? Please contact us now so we can put you on the list! KimGelperin kimgelp@gmail.com or Meggin Gregory megginoleson@yahoo.com want to hear from you!

Note: Attending the meeting isn’t a commitment to hosting! ;)  But, it’s a great idea if you’re thinking about being a host family anytime in the future.


Box Tops are going digital!  

As of this June, you will start to see the new digital Box Tops and with that will be a brand new app with which you will simply be able to scan your store receipt, find participating products and instantly add Box Tops to ISLA’s earnings online!  Parents will be able to see the school’s earnings through the app at any time. This should serve as a great motivator as each one of us will be able to see the earning grow firsthand. We will keep you posted once the new app is available.

In the meantime….  Please continue bringing in your clipped Box Tops. All Box Tops will continue to be accepted until their expiration date.  If you happen to spot the new digital Box Top icon on packages before the new app is available, you can download the current Box Tops Bonus app, select the bonus offer and scan your receipt. Thanks parents and let’s earn extra $$ for our great school!


Has your child outgrown a few of their uniform pieces? Donate clothes on May 6-7. Drop off spot will be labeled with “Uniform Donation” in front entry. Any questions, contact volunteer@isla-academy.org.

Uniforms ready for a refresh? Pick up & refresh uniform items at the PTO meeting on May 14. All families are welcome and clothing donations are not required to participate. Any questions, contact volunteer@isla-academy.org.


Looking for more easy ways to help support the great work that the PTO does for our kids and their school? Here are two great options!

:  You can find your child’s things easily in the lost andfound by marking them with bright, durable, Mabel’s Labels. Go to https://campaigns.mabelslabels.com/ and click on Select your School/Organization and choose International Spanish Language Academy.  A portion of your purchase will support the PTO.

Shop at Amazon? You can have a portion of your purchase donated to the PTO!  Go to https://smile.amazon.com/ and search for International Spanish Language Academy.  Then just make sure to bookmark AmazonSmile and use it for your entire Amazon shopping needs.



Day time volunteers are needed for classroom exploration and library support. Spanish is not required. Have you considered volunteering? Sign up for a shift on the sign ups below and give it a try! Still not sure? E-mail us your questions - Sarah and Julia at volunteer@isla-academy.org

Exploration - We need your help! April and May spots remain open for everygrade level! April dates listed by grade level below. Volunteer time is 12:50-2:50 pm.

  • Kinder - 5/10
  • First - 5/24
  • 2nd - 5/14, 5/30
  • 3rd - 5/16
  • 4th - 5/6
  • 5th - 5/7, 5/20
  • 6th - 5/9, 5/21

Description: You will be assisting the students participate in the projects and other hands on activities that Sra Maldonado has set up. Volunteer in your child’s class. The sign up identifies the grade and rotating exploration day, with 2 volunteers needed per day for grades K-2,and 1 volunteer needed per day for grades 3-6: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0D4FA4A62AA1FF2-exploration

Library - We still have a need for volunteers to assist classes during library time. Spanish is not required.Thank you for considering! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0d4fa4a62aa1ff2-library


Go to the Volunteer Interest Form to learn about more ways to get involved: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0d4fa4a62aa1ff2-volunteer

Questions about Volunteering? Contact us at volunteer@isla-academy.org

Busing for the 2019-20 School Year

It is time to start preparing for the next school year.  Every year families need to sign up to receive busing from the Hopkins School District.  Families can complete the Transportation Request Form and return it to the ISLA office, or you can click on this link to complete this information online.