2021-07-16 Noticias de ISLA y ISLA PTO

September 7, 2021

Emily Smith

Administrative Assistant

Letter from the Director

Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving. -Albert Einstein

July 16th, 2021

RE: 2021-2022 School Year Start Date

Queridas familias, 

This week we are finishing the first week of summer school and the second of three sessions of summer camp, and the kids are having a great time.  Next week will be the last week of school ever for students at 5959 Shady Oak Road, which is of course very bittersweet! 

We are so excited to start the school year in our beautiful new building, but there is still much to do until we are teaching there.  Our team has been very busy with the moving process, doing final packing of boxes and materials, removing projectors, whiteboards, audio systems, etc, and in general salvaging anything of value and utility.   While we are fortunate to have had a mid-winter move in anticipation of this day, there is still more to do.   

As we communicated previously, the construction at the new building is behind schedule due to permitting issues, but they are now making steady progress. The required demolition has been completed, walls have been built and are being painted, and final low voltage wiring is being installed.  However, many challenges remain within our global supply chain, and because of these delays and the permitting holdups, we will still have to push the start date of our school year forward. At our July 20th board meeting I will be asking the Board of Directors to approve an updated calendar for the 2021-2022 school year, with a new start date of September 8th for Pre-K, September 9th for grades 1-6, and September 10th for Kindergarten. 

It is worth noting that 8 out of 9 of our neighboring districts are starting after Labor day, and we are still well within our statutorily required instructional time for the school year.  In addition, we have an ample number of extra instructional days in case we need to cancel for inclement weather. 



First Grade Summer Playdates!

All incoming 1st graders and their families are invited to a park play date!

  • Friday, July 30 at 5:30 PM at Burnes Park in Hopkins
  • Wednesday, August 25 at 5:30 PM at Oak Hill Park in St. Louis Park

Both parks have a playground and small splash pad, so consider bringing swim gear.

Questions? Please contact Katie Carr at katie.e.carr@gmail.com.

Seven fabulous LAs are coming to ISLA from Colombia, Spain and El Salvador! Let's welcome them in style with a fun bag filled with Minnesota treats, bike/bus information, gift cards and fun passes. Sign up to donate little items here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0F4DA8A923AAFFC61-welcome

If you sign up for a slot, you can either Venmo the LA coordinators with the suggested amount and they will do the shopping, or contact one of our coordinators to arrange a drop off/pick up of your favorite donations. Please email islaLAprogram@gmail.com your preference after signing up.

If you have any other ideas or would like to donate something in addition to these suggestions, please email islaLAprogram@gmail.com. Bags will be put together the beginning of August in order to drop off at our wonderful Fall host families prior to the LAs' arrival.

Thank you for welcoming these wonderful interns into our ISLA family!

ISLA Board Opportunity

$$$$$ Do you love numbers and finance?? Join the ISLA Board and serve as Assistant Treasurer!  

We are looking for an individual with a passion for finance to join the ISLA Board of Directors and serve as ISLA’s Assistant Treasurer.  The Board is responsible for overseeing the general operations of the school, implementing policies and procedures, and long-term strategic and financial planning. The Assistant Treasurer works with the Finance Committee to oversee the financial health of our school.

If you are interested in learning more, please contact Liz Crouse, Chair of the Governance Committee at lcrouse@isla.school.  

Kindergarten Summer Playdates!

Families of incoming Kindergarteners - mark your calendars!  We have two more playground playdates set up for families of incoming kindergarteners!  Please try to attend one of these dates to meet and welcome our new families! Questions?  Please contact Amanda Smalling (smallingamanda@gmail.com) or Megan Wilder (mgn.wilder@gmail.com)

  • Sunday July 25th, 3-5pm- Lone Lake Park (near playground)
  • Sunday August 22nd, 3-5pm - Burnes Park

Adult Summer Social 2021

This is a time for the grown ups to have their own playdate! Save Thursday, August 12th from 6-9 pm. More details to follow....

"If you have connections in the food and beverage industry and would like to be a part of this event, please contact betseypalmgren@gmail.com"