2019-12-06 Noticias de ISLA y ISLA PTO

September 7, 2021

Emily Smith

Administrative Assistant

On Wednesday, December 4th, the 6th grade classes had a special guest speaker, Angel Cisneros, father of Ignacio in Sra. Seehafer's class. Mr. Cisneros is the head of logistics at The Sheridan Story, a local non-profit dedicated to filling the hunger gap for children in area schools.

Some students asked how they could contribute to the organization. Here is a link for upcoming volunteer opportunities. Note that there is a packing event this weekend.



 As parents, even when we do our best to keep our children healthy during the winter months, sometimes that just isn’t enough. Despite our best efforts, they catch colds and viruses that are getting passed around.

At ISLA this winter, we are seeing a lot of cases of strep throat, cold/cough and fevers. These are things that are easily passed from one person to another. It would be a good time to review again with your child good hand-washing practices and covering your cough/sneeze.Teachers have also been reminding students of this in the classroom, as well as doing extra cleaning in classrooms each day.

The best way to prevent the spread of illness in the classroom is to keep students home that are not feeling well. We know that it is not always convenient to keep students home when it seems they are starting to feel better. However, if they aren’t completely recovered, they continue to pass along germs to the other students. And the vicious cycle continues!

  • If your child has a temperature of 100°F or more, they should stay home. A fever indicates that the body is fighting off infection, which means that your child is vulnerable and likely contagious. Wait at least 24 hours after the fever has come down and stabilized without medication to consider sending your child back to school.
  • Vomiting and diarrhea are other good reasons to keep your child at home. These symptoms are difficult to deal with at school and show that the child is still capable of spreading infection to others. Additionally, in younger children, frequent episodes of diarrhea and vomiting may make appropriate hygiene difficult,increasing the risk of spreading the infection. Wait at least 24 hours after the last episode before considering a return to school.
  • If your little one is falling asleep at the table or acting particularly fatigued,they are unlikely to benefit from sitting in class all day. Sometimes it is a sign that their body needs some extra rest to help fight off a virus.
  • A persistent cough is likely to be disruptive in class. It is also one of the primary ways of spreading a viral infection. If your child has a severe sore throat and a lasting cough, keep them home until the cough is nearly gone or easily controlled.
  • Does your child look pale or tired? Do they seem irritable or disinterested in doing normal activities? Are you having a hard time getting your child to eat anything? These are all signs that more recovery time is needed at home.

Generally, it is safe to send students back to school after an illness if their fever has been controlled for 24 hours without medication; symptoms of vomiting, diarrhea or persistent cough are gone; if your child is looking and acting like they feel much better; and they have been on an antibiotic (for a bacterial infection) for 24 hours, as long as fever and other symptoms are gone. Once students return to school, they will be expected to go outside for recess. So please make sure they are well enough for that before they return and send along warm, appropriate gear for outdoor recess. We cannot keep students inside during recess time unless we have a physician note stating the reason and duration for keeping them inside.

To help prevent the spread of illness to other household and family members, avoid sharing towels, dishes and utensils with the sick person; limit close contact as much as possible; use antibacterial wipes to clean shared surfaces, such as doorknobs, light switches and sinks/faucets. Make sure everyone in the household gets extra rest and drinks extra fluids. Remind everyone to wash their hands frequently and cover their cough or sneeze. Sending students to school with a refillable water bottle will help them to stay hydrated, whether they are sick or not. Also sending along a healthy snack will help provide students with the needed nutrition to keep their bodies in good health.

Hope everyone stays healthy!


Want a place to get updates on what’s happening at the school, or are you looking for an open forum to ask questions?Join the ISLA Families group on Facebook. Check it out today!


Want to get to know the LA in your child’s classroom a bit more? Rides will be updated over the weekend, with new requests popping up regularly. Check this link anytime. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0D4FA4A62AA1FF2-isla6


See all of ISLA’scurrent volunteer sign-ups here: https://www.signupgenius.com/index.cfm?go=c.SignUpSearch&eid=0EC3CBD7F5CCFC67&cs=09B6BADC8FBF8B627B0A64745BB59BC9&sortby=l.title


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

Mabel’sLabels:  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.

AmazonSmile: Shop at Amazon?  You can have aportion 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.