2020-01-24 Noticias de ISLA y ISLA PTO

September 7, 2021

Emily Smith

Administrative Assistant

Join the ISLA Board of Directors!

Looking for away to support the mission and shape the future of our amazing school? Join the ISLA Board of Directors!  The ISLA Election and Nominating Committee is seeking interested community members,teachers, and parents, grandparents, and guardians to fill several upcoming vacancies on the ISLA Board beginning June 30, 2020.  No previous experience is required, but we do have a specific need for individuals with expertise in education, marketing, or fundraising. The Board is responsible for overseeing the general operations of the school, implementing policies and procedures, and long-term strategic and financial planning.  In addition, there are a number of different committees on which Board members serve. Click here for descriptions of the various committees. The Board meets in the evening on the third Tuesday of each month.

If you are interested in seeking a Board seat, please submit a Statement of Interest (available here) to the Election and Nominating Committee by February 1.  Questions about Board service and the election process can be directed to Liz Crouse, Chair of the Election and Nominating Committee, at lcrouse@isla-academy.org. The election of Board Directors will occur in connection with ISLA’s annual meeting on May 19, 2020.

Sibling Enrollment

Make sure that your child receives the sibling enrollment priority they are entitled to at ISLA.  Submit an online student application for the sibling of a currently enrolled student by the sibling enrollment deadline of February 10, 2020 at 4:00 p.m.  Any student applications for a sibling received after the deadline will follow regular enrollment processes. To complete an online student application, go to the ISLA website. Click on the Explore tab and then the Enrollment tab. You will find the link for the 2020-21 student application in the upper right-hand side of the page.


Tuesday, January 28, 6:30 - 8:00 pm at ISLA

ISLA families are invited to a free parent discussion on the important topic of technology and our families.

Join a licensed parenting educator to discuss the latest information about children and technology and create a plan to make intentional decisions regarding the use of technology in your family.

Parent discussion will follow a brief update from the ISLA PTO board.

Free childcare is available for children 2 - 12, registration is required.  Childcare for children ages 2-5 will be provided by Hopkins Early Childhood staff, childcare for grades K-6 will be provided by Adventuras staff.

To register yourself and your children, please click here or call 952-988-5000.


Have your kids been growing and in need of a few items to get them through the last half of the school year?  The uniform exchange will be out and available at the community meeting Tuesday, January 28th.  You do not need to bring used items to take, however if you do donate items please be sure they are in clean and in good conditions (no tears, stains, etc.)


Los Idolos de ISLA

Calling all ISLA risk takers! Los Idolos de ISLA is coming soon! Mark your calendars for 

February 28th to share an afternoon full of homegrown talent and fun at ISLA’s 2020 talent show.  Tryouts will be held during ISLA Spirit week, February 10th -13th. More information will be sent out next week in the teachers’ newsletters, but for now start tapping into your creativity and brain brainstorm ideas of what kinds of talent you would like to share with the ISLA community. All performances and music must be in Spanish and no longer than two-to-three minutes.   

LA Ride Request

If you signed your child up for an after school activity,please consider taking an LA home after that class as well. It’s a great way to get to know them and get a glimpse at what’s happening at school!


Volunteer Needs

Immediate Need for Lunch Volunteers: January 30th & 7 open spots in February 


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

Invitations were emailed on January 22! Check your inbox for the official invitation! ­­ 

Buy Your Tickets by February 29 to receive the special ticket price of $55/person.  Starting March 1, ticket prices increase to $65/person.  

If you’re unable to attend, you can Send Your Regrets here.  Starting mid-February, we will check in with all families we haven’t heard from so send your RSVP soon! 

SEEKING: Great Gatherings

It's time to start planning your fabulous “Great Gatherings” for the Fiesta de la Primavera auction. Deadline for submissions is February 21, but events can be planned to occur through Fall 2020.  

Great Gatherings are one of the most popular auction items at Fiesta because our ISLA community always thinks of the most fun and creative events. These group gatherings can be open to all grade levels or specific grades and can include kids, families or adults only.

Some ideas from the past are:

  • Italian dinner at your home for ISLA parents
  • Family pool party at your home
  • Soccer night for ISLA families at a local park
  • Chef’s table at a favorite restaurant

To submit your Great Gathering idea, please complete this short Parent Donation Request Form. Questions? Contact Betsey Palmgren at Betseypalmgren@gmail.com or Merrie Sjogren at Merriesjogren@gmail.com.

HIGHLIGHT: Parent’s Annual Zen Night Out

Need inspiration for a great gathering idea? Here’s one that has already been submitted for this year!

Back by popular demand, please join ISLA parents for a fun-filled yoga experience! Can’t touch your toes or help but laugh when someone tells you to “just fold?” Then this is the perfect event for you!

We will meet for a one-hour introductory yoga class at UP YOGA in Minneapolis, share a glass a wine and then head to dinner nearby.   This gathering was really fun last year – so don’t miss it. Hey Moms, this is on Mother’s Day weekend, so it’s a perfect gift for yourself!

If you need a little encouragement, you can bring a friend. This event is open to teachers/staff/parents/grandparents/aunties/uncles/cousins/neighbors- All are welcome- just adults only!

Photo Courtesy of UP YOGA

$25/person includes yoga, drinks and snacks (and mat if you don’t have one). Dinner not included.

Saturday, May 9th, 2020

5:15pm - 7:00pm  (Class starts at 5:30pm)

4325 Nicollet Ave,Minneapolis, MN 55409

Contact Merrie Sjogren with any questions 612-308-9179


SEEKING: Wine, Beer and Spirit Donations

Every year, there is a highly anticipated auction item around the theme of Wall of Wine or Stock the Cellar plus a variation of a Wine Pull game.  These auction items and game are only possible with the generous donations of the ISLA community.

Have a favorite wine, beer or spirit? Have some extra bottles left over from the holiday season?Please consider donating a bottle or two to be used at Fiesta de la Primavera.  You can drop off these bottle(s) in the ISLA Office.  Or, if you’re not often at the school, please email us at fiesta@isla-academy.org to arrange a pick up.  

Would you rather just donate money to be used towards a group purchase?  The Fiesta team has established partnerships with local businesses to make a matching group purchase.  There are two ways to donate towards this group purchase:

  1. Credit Card: You can use the ‘Make a Donation’     feature on our auction website at https://www.accelevents.com/e/Fiesta2020.  Note: There is a credit card processing fee of 2.9%.
  2. Cash or Check: You can drop off a donation of cash or  check in the ISLA office.  Please clearly label the envelope ‘Fiesta – Group Purchase Donation.’

Please submit any donations by February 21.  In order to coordinate the auction items/games, the Fiesta team will complete a group purchase in late February.

List of Fiesta Related Links

Buy Your Tickets or Make a Donation: https://www.accelevents.com/e/Fiesta2020

Send Your Regrets: https://forms.gle/foCEi9Jdvhbp4f6K6

Submit a Parent Donation: https://forms.gle/UQ5sggLeGyvHA2ma8

Submit a Business Donation: https://forms.gle/fUF1ZbdWcU7K2yabA

Girls on the Run

Exciting news: Girls on the Run is coming to ISLA this spring! Girls on the Run is an after school program that uses the power of running to prepare 3rd - 5th grade girls for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living. Over the course of the 10-week, 20-lesson season, girls learn life-changing lessons about healthy friendships, teamwork, decision-making, self-respect and more, all while preparing to run a 5k. Open to all 3rd - 5th grade girls; no previous running experience required, and need-based financial aid is available. Lottery registration is open from Feb 1 - Feb 8! Our Spring 2020 season will be each Tuesday & Thursday 3:45 - 5:15 p.m. from March 19 - June 2, culminating with the Girls on the Run 5k on May 31. Space is limited so register early! The lottery will run on Feb 9 and you will find out at that time if your registration is confirmed or if you are placed on a wait list. Visit www.gotrtwincities.org or contact Julie Kamara at juliekamara@gmail.com for more information.

Team Tucker All Star Party

Buy tickets at www.PlayLaughLove.org

​Tucker Helstrom was a boy living in the Hopkins community and former ISLA student. He spent his short 9 ½ years playing sports, laughing with friends and family, and showing love to all, even after cancer forced the amputation of his leg. Tucker showed everyone how to live during his heroic battle with osteosarcoma. Now, his mother, family, and his “team” are continuing his legacy. Tucker, with his amazing strength and attitude, created an explosion. Team Tucker ensures more children Play, Laugh, and feel Love.