2019-05-17 Noticias de ISLA y ISLA PTO

September 29, 2019

Emily Smith

Administrative Assistant

Queridas Familias,

Every year, the last month of the school year is a bustling,exciting time; this May is no different, and great things are happening allaround the building.

  • For     example, earlier this month, the 4th graders finished their business unit with a lucrative fair, somehow convincing all of us to buy more bracelets,     play more games, and eat more treats than we expected to. They ended up with a profit of $ 1,917, and expressed their creative agency by allocating 40% of the profits toward reducing the costs for the 5th Grade school trip to Wolf Ridge next year, another 40% was donated to Feed my Starving Children, and the balance will be applied to their final field trip/party at Lone Lake.
  • Meanwhile, the 6th graders embarked on their exhibition projects and dove into their research in earnest, meeting with mentors, interviewing contacts, and how to apply research to creating action items relating to their United  Nations Sustainable Development Goal.
  • This month, at the Fiesta de La Primavera, the ISLA community raised over 50,000 dollars---Thank You!!  As most of you know, the funds raised from the Fiesta allow us to continue with our Language Ambassador program, and allow them to do their important work in the classroom and in the     community.
  • At ISLA we believe that students deserve respectful and inclusive learning environments that value students’ gender identity and gender expression. Toward that end, the board has been supportive of establishing a Gender Inclusion Policy to reflect that as well as address specific concerns which may arise in this context, and will be considering this policy at the next board meeting.





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.**

Urgent Message from the PTO Board:

ISLA is a truly amazing community in which our children are nurtured in mind and spirit to become critical and creative thinkers, and caring and informed global citizens.  From our amazing LA program to class parties, field trips, uniform exchange, lunch volunteers, Dia de los Muertos and the yearbook, so much of this would not exist without the contributions of our ISLA parents.  Your involvement is critical to the continued success of the programs the PTO supports at ISLA!  

We are currently in need of volunteers to fill these board positions:

PTO Communications/Secretary
PTO LA Coordinator(s)

We are also looking for help with the following committees:

Social Events
Room parents
Fiesta de la Primavera

We are most concerned that we currently do not have coordinators for our LA program next year. Our LA program is the pride of ISLA and touches our students’ lives in so many ways, but we need your help to keep it going.  This position can be shared to distribute the work and forms, procedures and support from previous LA coordinators will be available to help with the transition.  Please help keep this amazing program running!

For all of the positions listed above, support is available to help you learn the ropes.  You don’t need special skills, just a willingness to do your part.

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.  

Thank you for your support!


The ISLA PTO Board

p.s. Please check out this video to learn more about what the LA’s do in the classrooms and the amazing impact of the host family experience. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1hZ0X_UnbSSreoR9JGKoMKTaleEWzqDEz/view

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

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.



Student Dress for Field Day

Field Day 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. 

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!

ISLA's end of school year party, hosted by the PTO, is here!

 'Don't Be Square, Be there'. There are '867-5309' reasons to come. For one, your 'Girls Just Want to Have Fun'. So, grab your 'Boys of Summer', and 'Shout, Shout, Let it All Out'.  Have a 'Thriller' of a time. Nothing is going to stop ISLA from having a mini 'Holiday' at the Roller Garden!

Bring helmets if you want - every year "Another One Bites the Dust'.

'Don't Stop Believing'how much fun you and your entire family will have! 'Let the Good Times Roll'until the kids are ready to hit the pillow for 'Sweet Dreams'. 

Oh, and if the kids get 'Hungry like the Wolf', there is food service at the Roller Garden.

Admission and skate rental is FREE! Come out! We hope to see you there.


Back-To-School Supply Kits Are Available For Order Now!

Save time, skip the stores, and enjoy your summer by ordering your child’s school supplies NOW through Teacher Tailored School Supply Kits.

Each grade’s kit is custom designed by the ISLA teachers to include exactly what your child needs next year. Simply go online and order, and the kits will be delivered to your child’s ISLA classroom by Meet the Teacher Night in August.

For every kit ordered, money is earned for ISLA to support our programs and events.

Order now and you can relax all summer!


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School Account # 28056

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 attached Transportation Request Form and return it to the ISLA office, or you can click on this link to complete this information online.

Calendar of Events

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 – Field Day (Rain Date)
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

Spring Music Programs

The spring music program dates have been set.  You will receive more information about these programs from your child's teacher..

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

Great Gatherings: Still available!

Thank you for all of your support at the Fiesta! You can still support our LA program and attend a fun event.  Click here to see what is still available: https://mkt.com/isla-pto

You are cordially invited to:

Tuesday, May 28th, 2019

Stop by anytime from 4-10 pm to enjoy a beer and time with the ISLA Community! LTD is kid friendly so no need for a babysitter.  They even serve amazing root beer and rootbeer floats! You can also bring food from home or one of the local restaurants in Hopkins (Chipotle & Erberts & Gerberts is across the street).

*20% of all proceeds from the night go to ISLA PTO so bring your friends and family!

8 8th Ave N
Hopkins 55343

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. This week was the last time classes could check out books. 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!

Thank you,

Sra. Lisa Yepes


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.



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
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


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 AmazonSmile and use it for all your Amazon shopping needs.

The LA Program needs your help!

Our LA program is the pride of ISLA and touches our students’lives in so many ways, but we need your help to keep it going.  We’re looking for some enthusiastic volunteers to help coordinate the LA program for next year.  This position can be sharedto distribute the work and forms, procedures and support from previous LA coordinators will be available to help with the transition.  Please help keep this amazing program running!

Check out the video to learn more about what the LA’s do in the classrooms and the amazing impact of the host family experience. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1hZ0X_UnbSSreoR9JGKoMKTaleEWzqDEz/view