2019-05-10 Noticias de ISLA y ISLA PTO

September 29, 2019

Emily Smith

Administrative Assistant

            The Exhibition  


Sixth-graders are putting together the final pieces of a year-long collaborative inquiry process called the Exhibition. The Exhibition is a culminating project that takes place in the final year of the Primary Years Program. It is now time for the students, after being a part of an IB world school since kindergarten, to create their own unit of inquiry.  

The students use all that they have learned throughout their years at ISLA to engage in in-depth research of real-world global challenges.  This requires that each student, working collaboratively with with others, demonstrates engagement with the essential elements of the IB program: knowledge, concepts, skills,attitudes and action.  During this process the students identify,investigate and offer solutions to real-life issues or problems.  

The students use the United Nations 17 Goals for Sustainable Development as a platform to choose what issues are most important them. By framing the unit of inquiry around the transdisciplinary theme “Sharing the Planet” students develop an understanding that they are members of a global community that need to take responsibility for taking care of our shared resources, to work together to find ways to resolve conflict and to live in peace. It is a dynamic  process that inspires everyone to be change makers in their communities.   

This year’s Exhibition will be presented to the ISLA community on Thursday, May 30 at 6:30. The Exhibition represents a significant event in the life of a PYP school and student. We look forward to sharing this experience with our ISLA community!

Thank you to the ISLA community! We feel so appreciated!

From the Teachers & Staff of ISLA

Volunteer Appreciation

Thank you to our wonderful volunteers!  Come enjoy a special time just to celebrate all you have done for us.

Calendar of Events

May 14 – PTO Meeting, 6:30 pm *Elections*
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

PTO Meeting

Join us for The PTO General Meeting on Tuesday, May 14th at 6:30 pm in the ISLA library.  We will be reviewing the 2019-2020 budget,holding elections and celebrating a great 2018-2019 year!  Childcare will be provided.  Please follow link to help us prepare for childcare needs.


We still have positions open on the board and committees. Your involvement is critical to the success of the programs the PTO supports at ISLA!

ISLA Board Elections

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.


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
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.

Field Day

Do you remember YOUR Field Day?  This year, ISLA will be celebrating this fun event on May 21st (rain day is May 23rd). Be part of the action,relive your youth, and sign up to help Sr. Diaz and the PTO serve food or manage the activities.  

Dress in athletic clothes with and bring a water bottle!  

To join in on the fun, click here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0D4FA4A62AA1FF2-isla3

Student Dress for Field Day
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. 

Rain Day Only (Alternate field day volunteer sign up):

Please note that the following link is for the rain date of May 23rd.  This event will NOT take place unless the currently scheduled Field Day on May 21st is rained out.  Volunteers may sign up now for both dates, but only one will take place.



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

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

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 at 6:30 pm.  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

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.



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! May and June spots remain open for every grade level! April dates listed by grade level below. Volunteer time is 12:50-2:50 pm.

  • Kinder - 5/23
  • First - 5/24
  • 2nd - 5/14, 5/30
  • 3rd - 5/16
  • 5th - 5/20, 6/5
  • 6th - 5/21

Description:  You will be assisting the students participating 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

Hello Families,

Just a few updates from the Media Center!

There were 58 reading records turned before and after World Book Day in April. The total number of minutes read was 10,746 minutes. Good work to all who participated, and let’s see if we can raise the number next year!!

Since we need to do a complete inventory in the library, I’m asking for all the books to be returned by May 31. Next week will be the last time classes will come to check out books, as well. Please look around your houses for the ISLA books! If you can’t find them, fine notices will also be sent out. Thanks so much for your help in bringing all our books back in!

Sra.Lisa Yepes


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 and found 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 Amazon Smile and use it for all your Amazon shopping needs.

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

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 first hand. 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!

Teacher Appreciation

Thanks to all those that contributed to the Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week! Some of the highlights:

  • Students wrote messages to create the Appreciation Garden with 800+ messages collected on 400+ flowers!
  • Students created flower bouquets and butterflies
  • Sidewalks were filled with drawings and messages of gratitude by students and parents
  • Notes of appreciation and treats were delivered throughout the week from parents and students
  • The PTO provided the staff with snacks, breakfast, and a catered lunch. And one lucky teacher won a massage!