2021-01-22 Noticias de ISLA y ISLA PTO

September 7, 2021

Emily Smith

Administrative Assistant

2021-2022 Calendar

At this week's ISLA board meeting, the 2021-2022 school calendar was approved. Go to the website under the Families tab and then the Calendar tab to see the calendar-at-a-glance.

February Lunch Ordering

February lunch ordering is now open and will close on Tuesday, January 26th. Thank you!


ISLA Board of Directors

ISLA needs you! Looking for a way to help support the mission and oversight of our amazing school? We are looking for interested community members, teachers, and parents to fill upcoming vacancies on the ISLA Board of Directors for three-year terms, beginning July 1, 2021, as well as a community member to fill a one-year vacancy from July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022. The Board is responsible for overseeing the general operations of the school, implementing policies and procedures, and long-term strategic and financial planning. No previous experience necessary, but we do have a specific need for expertise in finance, marketing and fundraising. Questions can be directed to Mary Jo De Villers, Election and Nominating Committee Chair, at mdevillers@isla.school. If you are interested in applying, please submit a Statement of Interest to the Election and Nominating Committee by February 19, 2021. Here is a link to the Statement of Interest: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1bCSWpuanWuJblxC-JThgl-vXVKZE_at8/view?usp=sharing A sample ballot will be posted on the school's website in April 2021, and the election for office will occur in connection with the school’s annual meeting in May 2021.

PTO Community Meeting:  Tuesday, January 26th 6:30 - 8:00

You spoke and we listened!  The next PTO community meeting is Tuesday, January 26th at 6:30.  The first half hour will be a quick PTO update and a Q & A with Jeremy Perrin regarding a possible future 6th grade trip!  We will then have a guest speaker from Hopkins ECFE from 7:00 - 8:00 to talk about how we can keep our family safe on the internet.  See flyer for more information.  ECFE kindly asks you to register for this free event.  Zoom link emailed upon registration. Questions?  email Casie Budolfson at ptochair@isla.school.

Casie BudolfsonISLA PTO Chair

email:  ptochair@isla.school
website:  pto.isla.school

Register: hopkins.ce.eleyo.com (search ISLA 1/26/21) Please register for meeting.

Calendar of Events

  • January 26 - PTO Community Meeting, 6:30 pm
  • February 5 - Staff Planning Day, no school (no Aventuras or Critical Worker Care)
  • February 8 - Grades K-4 start in-person learning Monday-Friday
  • February 12 - Staff Development, no school (no Aventuras or Critical Worker Care)
  • February 15 - President's Day, no school (no Aventuras or Critical Worker Care)
  • February 15 - 4 pm, Application deadline to be included in the lottery.
  • February 22 - Grades K-6 start in-person learning Monday-Friday
  • February 25-26 - Spring Conferences, no school (no Aventuras or Critical Worker Care)


The following information is taken from the MN Department of Health website. These are their recommendations regarding travel & quarantine:

Considerations before traveling

Given the high level of COVID-19 spread in our communities, any unnecessary travel is highly discouraged. If you must travel outside the state or country for work, study, medical care, or personal safety and security, do what you can to protect yourself and your family.

Before you travel, think about:

  • How much COVID-19 is spreading where you are going and how much it is spreading in your local community.
  • Whether you or someone you are traveling with could get very sick from COVID-19.
  • How easy or difficult it will be to keep 6 feet between people.
  • Whether you would be able to miss work, school, or other activities if you get sick.

If you must travel

Protect yourself and others during your trip:

  • Clean your hands often with soap and water or hand sanitizer.
  • Keep 6 feet of space between yourself and others.
  • Wear a mask.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes.
  • Bring enough of your medications to last the entire trip.
  • Consider packing food or picking up food from the store, drive-throughs, or curbside pickup.

Travel to or from Minnesota

If you are sick or have tested positive for COVID-19, do not travel.

Out-of-state travel is highly discouraged.

  • People who visit Minnesota, and Minnesotans returning after traveling out of state, are asked to stay away from others (quarantine) for 14 days after they arrive in Minnesota. During those 14 days, it is important that you stay home and watch for symptoms. If you must go out, wear a mask, stay 6 feet from other people, and wash your hands often.
  • Staying away from others for 14 days is safest. In some circumstances, a shortened quarantine period may be possible.

International travel

For international travel, follow federal guidelines.

The CDC now requires all air passengers arriving to the U.S. from another country to get tested for COVID-19 no more than three days before their flight departs. Travelers will need to provide proof of the negative result or documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 to the airline before boarding the flight.

More information can be found here: Protect Yourself & Others: COVID-19


ISLA is recommending that all staff members and students follow these Guidelines established by the MDH. It is the responsibility of individual staff and students to share information with ISLA about travel outside of MN, by sending an email to [covid19reporting@isla.school]. If you feel that your (staff member) or your student’s travel plans/social activity have put themselves, and potentially others, at risk for exposure to COVID-19, then please take responsibility for quarantining after returning home. Only the staff member/student who traveled outside of the state needs to consider quarantining. Traveling outside of MN would qualify for the shortened quarantine period, as long as all other criteria are met. Please see the Shortened Quarantine Request for further information.