2020-02-28 Noticias de ISLA y ISLA PTO

September 7, 2021

Emily Smith

Administrative Assistant

Letter from the Director

“Spring is the time of plans and projects.”
 Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina

RE:  Property Search Update

Queridas Familias,  

I know that it is not spring yet, but the feeling is definitely in the air.  Last weekend there were sightings of Minnesotans in shorts, skiing in tank tops, and even some folks in flip flops in the grocery store.  But as you know--Old Man Winter has not breathed his last breath, so it is not yet time to put away the winter garb, which we are reminding our students of every day.  

However, as Konstantin Lëvin stated in the novel Anna Karenina,  it “is the time for plans and projects,” and today I have an update on our search for a new building. 

After months of searching, the ISLA Affiliated Building Company (ISLA ABC) has located a building which is a viable option. This is an exciting opportunity, and we are pursuing it with a non-binding Letter of Intent.  Although it is a non-binding offer, it is still a very important step in the process of finding ISLA a new home. As you know, we have an enticing purchase offer on our current property which has prompted this search.  The potential new property is located in the Edina School District, not far from our current location, and if we were to bring this to fruition, this move would not take place until the summer before the 2021-2022 school year. 

Although we are still in the preliminary stages of negotiation, what is intriguing about this property is that this transaction would allow us to get everything we need and want, and will accommodate our steady growth.  It would provide an exhilarating and extraordinary boost to our educational programming.   As it is a larger building, we would be able to construct a dedicated gymnasium space, and have better options for performing arts.  We would be able to plan for numerous break out spaces for small group learning, a bigger teacher’s lounge, more curricular choices, a separate cafeteria, and more. We would have an enhanced and more usable green space for the playground, for outdoor learning opportunities, and better alternatives for drop-off and pickup. Many of these amenities might be prohibitively expensive at our current location. 

As we determine options for busing, we are invested in providing busing for students who currently receive transport services, as well as expanding these options to accommodate those students who don’t currently receive busing.   

We will have some designs to show at a listening session to be scheduled just after Spring break.   In the meantime, we welcome your comments and questions; please email them to this address:  building@isla-academy.org



Spring 2020 Student Led Conferences

Welcome to the sign up form(s) for our Spring Student Led Conferences. These parent/teacher conferences are scheduled for Thursday, March 12th from 12:00 to 8:00 pm and Friday, March 13th from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm. Please use the links provided to schedule a conference for your child.


Sra. Patiño


Srta. Guiomar


1st grade:

Sra. Bonyin


Sra. Alfaro


2nd grade:

Srta. Dilley


Sr. Huamán


3rd grade:

Sra. Wood


Sra. Helgerson


4th grade:

Sr. Allueva


Sra. Floe


5th grade:

Sra. Adams


Sra. Maldonado


6th grade:

Sra. Ashby


Sra. Seehafer



Sr. Díaz


Sr. González


Sra. Claudia


ISLA Summer Camp Registration:

If you are interested in a Summer Camp for your student, do not wait to register.

We will open registration to families outside of ISLA on Monday March 2nd, 2020.

Summer Camp Registration Link:  https://www.oncareoffice.com/ParentPortal/pp/SummerCamp/SummerCampHome.aspx?ID=6926D642-BCEA-44B2-90CB-1162AF8B390E

Registration Policies:

  • If you currently utilize Aventuras for care, please register for camps as an Enrolled Family.
  • If you do not have an account, please create an account to register for Summer Camps.
  • Payment for Summer Camp is due upon registration. Accounts that are left with a balance will be dropped from camps after 24 hours for non payment.

Summer Camp Hours & Rates:

  • 9:00 am – 4:00 pm for all day camp - $310.00
  • 9:00 am – 12:00 pm for Kinder half day camp - $195.00
  • 8:00 am – 9:00 am & 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm for Before/After Care -$50.00
  • 8:00 am – 9:00 am for Kinder Only camp - $30.00

Cancellation Policy:

  • Any cancellation before June 26, 2020 will result in a refund of the fee per camp minus a $50 administrative fee.
  • Any cancellation after June 26, 2020 will result in no refund due to staffing and programming commitment.

Descriptions & Dates:

July 20-24
Camp Sustain-ABILITIES - Sosten-HABILIDADES – Incoming 1 –6 grades

Do you want to change the world? Wondering where to start? Sustain-ABILITIES Camp at ISLA will inspire and guide campers on how to improve their own lives as well as the world around them. We will discover the amazing technology of the green movement and how to make treasures from “trash.” Lovers of plants and animals will transform into champions for nature. Campers will explore the ideas of conservation, preservation and appreciation for our natural resources.We will even leave campus to explore these concepts in action in our local community. This unique Spanish immersion camp will give you the(sustain)-ABILITIES to make our world a better place!

July 20-24
Amazing Animals / Animalísimo – Incoming Kinder Only

Do you know what a rooster sounds like in Spanish? Did you know that crickets say:"cri, cri" and dogs say "guau guau?" Come join us for the Kinder Animalísimo camp this summer and discover everything about animales en español! We will be equipped with tons of fun activities around the theme of animals while immersing campers in the Spanish language. Some of the activities include crafts, animal masks, face painting, making fun summer snacks, singing Spanish songs & much, much more! This will also be a time to experience some fun Hispanic outdoor games and to enjoy the summery air together!

July 27-31
Camp Eco-Venture - Eco-Aventura – Incoming 1 – 6 grades

Do you love spending time outdoors? Ever wonder what plants and creatures surround you at your local park? Become an eco-adventurer at ISLA’s Eco-Venture Camp. This camp will engage all of our senses and the ways we interact with nature. We will spend most days at our local park and discover its natural treasures.Campers will have a special visit from local naturalists from Dodge Nature Center who will bring surprise wildlife creatures and natural artifacts. Whether it’s art, science, exploration or games, nature will lead the way on our great Spanish immersion Eco-aventura.

August 3-6
Camp Experi-Mentality - Experi-Mentalidad –Incoming 1 – 6 grades

Are you ready for a challenge? Do you love to tinker and create new things? In this Spanish immersion STEAM camp, we will activate our noggins to build just about anything you can imagine. With an experi-MENTALITY,anything is possible! Campers will jump into the exciting world of MinecraftEdu, robotics, coding, engineering and all things construction. Expert Bakken Museum Educators will visit ISLA to provide the latest coding and nanotechnology tools for some exciting STEAM workshops. We will use our own two hands and lots of creativity to develop our own Maker Space at ISLA. Get ready to boost your experi-MENTALITY at this camp full of discovery and challenge.

Ticket prices will increase at 11:59 pm on Saturday!

What are you doing with your extra leap year day? Get your tickets to Fiesta de la Primavera!  

Buy Your Tickets by Saturday, February 29 at 11:59 pm 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.


Thank you to all that joined us for our first work day on Saturday, February 22. We were able to finish nearly all the art projects and begin reaching out to those that have not yet RSVP’d.  

Mark your calendars - we have two more work days coming up - Saturday, March 7 & Thursday, March 19.

Date: Saturday, March 7
Location: Near ISLA (exact details to be provided closer to event)
Time: 9:00-200 pm (come for the entire time or a portion of the time)
Projects: Finalize and organize the donations in preparation for the online auction.  Bring a laptop if you have one.    

Date: Thursday, March 19
Location: Near ISLA (exact details to be provided closer to event)
Time: 9:00-200 pm (come for the entire time or a portion of the time) and 6:00-9:00 pm, if needed
Projects: Finalize and organize the donations in preparation for the live event.  Bring a laptop if you have one.

The Fiesta Committee will be there to provide all directions so no prior experience necessary.  Also, it’s preferable that children do not attend the work day as we will not have anyone available to monitor their activities.


Fiesta de la Primavera would not be possible without our sponsors and this year we’ve had some great businesses step up to support our community!

Kurt Johnson Auctioneering inc.are our professional auctioneers this year. Not only have they provided us with a bi-lingual auctioneer but they’ve also sponsored our event at the highest level. We can’t wait to see them in action!

Assembly is a leading Twin Cities firm specializing in finding creative, strategic approaches to commercial real estate needs.  PROUD ISLA FAMILY!

Boottique offers innovative storage and organization products with a specific focus on solving everyday problems with simple, yet effective, solutions! PROUD ISLA FAMILY!


Minneapolis Detail Company is a premier auto detailing company located in Minnetonka!

Mac’s Liquor located in Hopkins is partnering with us to match our group buy of wine, spirits and beer!  Not only is this a generous donation but they are also offering 10% off now through the end of March if you mention ‘ISLA’ at the register.  Feel free to not only show your gratitude to Mac’s Liquor for partnering with us but also score a nice discount.


There are just a couple of days left to place your orders! This is the final opening of the school year. So, if you need a new shirt for spring concerts, the time is now! The store will close on Sunday, March 1st &deliveries can be expected the week of March 17th.  Follow this link to place your order:   https://mkt.com/isla-pto


Do you love the ISLA community? Do you have ideas for making it even better? Have you ever considered joining the ISLA PTO Board? Now's the time!  

To learn more about the open opportunities signup using link below and someone from the board will be in contact to answer your questions - Your interest is confidential and you are not making any commitments by adding your name below. 

We would love to hear from you and answer your questions! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0d4fa4a62aa1ff2-isla13



Do you have pics from school, PTO events, or class parties?  Did you chaperone a field trip and take pictures?

ISLA's Yearbook now has an online platform to host pictures. Submitting photos has never been easier! You can submit pictures from your desktop, mobile phone, and even Google Photos!

Here's how to get started:

  • Start gathering your photos for the yearbook.Pictures MUST be a minimum of 500kb.  
  • Create a Shutterfly account by following this site URL:   https://islasyearbook.shutterfly.com/
  • ISLA Site name is ISLA's Yearbook.
  • Once registered, your account will be approved by ISLA Yearbook staff.  
  • Once approved, you can start uploading your pictures to the site.  Make sure you drop them in the correct folder which has already been set up for your class, e.g."Kindergarten, Sra. Patino"
  • Optional:  Download the free Share Sites iPhone App or Share Sites Google Play for Android App and share photos directly from your phone.

Important: Pictures must be jpeg or jpg and all pictures must be an absolute minimum of 350kb. Over500kb is preferred to avoid blurry images.

Here is the Share Site information:

Site Name: ISLA's Yearbook

Site URL: https://islasyearbook.shutterfly.com/


We have some new openings - please consider helping out if you are able. It is a fun way to get more involved in the ISLA Community! 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!



Immediate Need for Lunch Volunteers: Spots open March 17, 24, & 26



See all of ISLA’s current volunteer sign-ups here:


**Correct Registration link**