2019-09-20 Noticias de ISLA y ISLA PTO

September 7, 2021

Emily Smith

Administrative Assistant
ISLA Students celebrate the United Nations International Day of Peace

Extra-curricular Activities    

ISLA will have the following sessions for the upcoming year:    Registerhere for fall session
Fall: week of October 7 to December 13  (Young Rembrandts and chess club begin September 25 and 26)
Winter: Week of January 13 to March 27
Spring: Week of April 13 to May 14

Explore,create, collaborate! Drama classes (10 sessions - $80)

Grades 5-6
Max. 20 students

Have you ever wished to step out of the box and onto the stage? In this class students will learn the basicsof acting and creating their own scenography. Creating together is a great way to develop friendships, work as a team, build communication skills and confidence. At the end of the course students will be able to perform a play as a final work. The course will be available for 5th and 6th grades.


¡QUÉ EL RITMO NO PARE!/Dance (10 sessions - $80)

Grades 1-6
Max. 20 students

We are looking forward to meet you!! You cannot miss this opportunity.  You are welcome to join our fun lessons lead by two cheerful Spaniards who are so excited to dance with all of you. This workshop is based on Latin rhythms such as Zumba, merengue,bachata, salsa, etc. Dancing is an aerobic form of exercise which has a lot of physical benefits. It helps in the child's development and to improve some of these relevant aspects: coordination, mood, the range of motion because it actually uses the body as an instrument of expression and communication.Students will be able to feel confident in a comfortable atmosphere and to perform at the end of the term a small choreography where parents are invited! Our classes run from 1st grade to 6th grade (we will split groups depending on the age). VAMOS A BAILAR!!!!    

MinecraftEDU (9 sessions - $72)    

Grades 1- 2
Max. 8 students

MinecraftEDU is a specialized version of Minecraft for educational environments that incorporates IB principles. These activities promote teamwork, friendship, and creativity through true edutainment.

Photography101 (8 sessions - $64)                                    

Grades 5-6
Max. 15 students

In this workshop, students will have the opportunity to get to know more about photography. They will learn how to capture the best angles,light, and environment. As we explore the world of expressing ourselves through the lens of digital imagery students will be able to distinguish two essential parts about the art of taking photos; first, artistry and second, technique.Together, we will plan an exhibition of our best photographs and a final project.    

Cross-stitch(8 sessions - $64)

Grades 2-6
Max. 15 students

Who loves to do crafts! In this class students will be able to design beautiful paintings using threads of different colors on a plastic mesh.Together we will develop our aesthetic sense as well as creativity,concentration and hand-eye coordination. Learning how to cross-stitch is a great way to release stress and relax. "A stitch in time saves nine"so don't hesitate to sign up!


Young Rembrandts Drawing Class

Grades K-6
Max. 20 students

Enjoy learning the technics of drawing with Mr Bob. Class begins on September 25 and goes through December 11. This is a 10 week session for only $109. Classes start at 3:35 and end at 4:35 pm. Please pick up your child promptly. Register at Young Rembrandts: https://bit.ly/yrwest

Chess Club – Twin Cities Chess Club (10 sessions – $80)

Grades K – 6
Minimum 6 students – Maximum 20 students

This class begins on Thursday, September 26th and goes through December 12th. Want to amaze your friends and impress your opponents? Want to increase your IQ while having fun playing chess and compete for various prizes? Learn from Twin Cities Chess Club instructors who have years of experience.Competitive Chess tournaments are scheduled once a year and students can play for real chess trophies! All levels are welcome. We have a great instructor for this class but he is not a Spanish speaker.


The PTO will be sponsoring 4 extracurricular scholarships this term.  If you wish to be entered in the lottery for a scholarship please follow the link below. Students are eligible for 1 scholarship per year.  Forms need to be submitted before 8:00 am on 9/27/19.  The lottery will take place on 9/27/19 and you will be notified via email that day if your student is awarded a scholarship.

*If you are completing this form go ahead and also sign your student(s) up for the extracurricular activity they are interested in.  You will be notified if they are not selected and have the option to withdraw your registration at that time if you wish.  We will not be holding any spots for scholarships.


Curriculum Night/State of the School Event

Thursday, September 26th, 6:30-8:30pm is curriculum night and our State of the School Event.  This is an event for PARENTS/GUARDIANS only.  You will learn about the themes your child will explore this year, teacher expectations, homework, routines and more.   Each grade level will conduct two identical presentations, allowing those with children in more than one grade level to attend both presentations. We will begin with an all-school presentation in the multi-purpose room at 6:30 pm.  This will be a time to introduce all ISLA staff.  
Presentations will take place in the classroom. We hope to see you then!


Sign up to help take an LA to their destination and get to know them a bit during the car ride. It’s a quick and easy way to find out about different countries, and meet these young adults who have captured your children’s hearts while they are in school! Their phone numbers are included - as soon as you sign up to offer a ride, please text them a message with your name and the designated meeting place (be as specific as you can - Juan’s Dad with a baseball cap on standing outside the library, or Amelia’s Mom wearing red shirt out in the ISLA lobby, etc.) They will respond as soon as they are able. Remember, they aren’t allowed cell phones in classrooms, so please be patient. It’s a great way to get to know these amazing young adults! Rides and links will be updated weekly, so check back often!Thanks to Kati Kragtorp for organizing this SG!


  • 9/26/19 Curriculum Night/State of the School 6:30 -8:30 pm
  • 10/1 Parent Discussion sponsored by PTO at 6:30 pm;open to all parents, caregivers, teachers and staff
  • 11/1 - Dia de los Muertos family night 6:30-8:30 pm
  • 11/14 Give to the Max Day - encourage friends,family and colleagues to donate to ISLA PTO

Calendar of Events  

Sept. 26  State of the School/Curriculum Night, 6:30 pm
Sept. 26  School Pictures (K, 3 and 6 grades)
Sept. 27  School Pictures (1-2, 4-5 grades)
Oct. 1  PTO Community Meeting, 6:30 pm
(open to all parents, caregiver, teachers and staff)
Oct. 3  Late Start (2 hours)
Oct. 7  Picture Retakes
Oct. 15  ISLA Board Meeting, 6:30 pm
Oct. 16  Teacher Workshop, no school
Oct. 17-18  Education MN Workshop, no school
Nov. 1  Dia de los Muertos Family Night, 6:30 pm


6th grade classrooms are in need of Room Parents! Be part ofa successful final year at ISLA for our 6th graders. Unsure of the role? Let us know and we can provide additional details. You can have a co-room parent if you choose. Email volunteer@isla-academy.org to secure your spot or to get additional information.

Sixth grade - Sra. Seehafer
Sixth grade - Sra. Ashby


The ISLA PTO would like to help link our school families to parent education opportunities in the community. We will share those opportunities through this newsletter. If you have any recommendations or are aware of other opportunities in the community please forward to PTOchair@isla-academy.org to be added to the parent discussion roundup in the newsletter.


Library Volunteer Request

The ISLA library is seeking volunteers to work with ISLA's media specialist on a weekly or monthly basis to assist in the school library in a variety of ways. Spanish is not required for these volunteer roles.Opportunities available on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Are you unable to help out on a regular basis? We also need parent volunteers who are willing to work on special projects, just add your name to the 9/1 slot to be contacted for special requests.

These are some of the tasks that may be done by library volunteers:

  • Maintain the order of the book shelf, shelving books when they are returned
  • Help students locate and select books
  • Prepare new books to go out—tagging and stamping new books
  • Help with book repair—repairing damaged returned books

Thank you for your interest in helping our students in the library!



Picture Day Volunteers Needed

Fun volunteer opportunity! ISLA is looking for a few volunteers to help Thursday and Friday picture days run smoothly by organizing the kids before pictures, taking order forms and helping smooth collars, hair, etc. Spanish is not required for this volunteer role.

Spring Host Families Needed for LAs!

We are beginning to gather spring host families for our eight awesome Language Ambassadors (LAs). Spring host families would host from mid January to the end of the school year. This is a wonderful and enriching opportunity for your family - your children will love having an LA in the house!. All that is required is a separate bedroom and meals each day. Talk to families who have hosted in the past - you’ll realize this is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. If you are interested, or simply want more information, please contact KarenHeuiser - karenheuiser@yahoo.com.

Monthly Meet-Up

Do you wish you had a group of parents you could talk with to discuss the joys and challenges of raising your 3-9 year-old child? Do you want the parent discussion benefit of an ECFE class but cannot commit to a weekly session? Meet and connect once a month with other parents and dive deep into your hot parenting topics. This parent-only class will be led by a licensed parent educator. The full 1½ hours will be devoted to learning and sharing ideas and connecting with other parents during supportive group discussions.

Meet at Harley Hopkins Family Center - 125 Monroe Ave. S, Hopkins, MN 55343
Sibling care classroom offered forages 2-6.
Register on-line with following links:


September 26, October 24, November 21
Morning - 9:45-11:15 am
$15 for session


September 26, October 24, November 21
Evening 6:00-7:30 pm
$15 for session