2021-10-15 Noticias de ISLA y ISLA PTO

October 15, 2021

Emily Smith

Administrative Assistant

Transportation Hub

The transportation committee continues to work on providing an 8th bus route to keep our bus rides to an hour or less. There will be a delay as to when this can start due to a Covid-19 outbreak at Northstar. A significant portion of their dispatch team either has Covid or is quaranting because of exposure. There will be no bus stop changes for 2 weeks while they are short staffed. Thank you for your continued patience in light of this new development.

COVID Dashboard

New on the ISLA website (found under the Health Services tab) is the COVID dashboard. Here you will find the current number of staff and students who are positive for COVID or who are currently out on quarantine (due to either a close contact at school or in the community). https://www.isla.school/families/covid-dashboard

Reminder: COVID vaccination requirement for volunteers and visitors to ISLA

  • Anyone who enters the school building is asked to comply with the School Board policy of being fully vaccinated against COVID.
  • Please be prepared to show your vaccine card, photo of your card, MIIC print out or the Docket app the first time you volunteer at ISLA.
  • If you are requesting accommodations to this requirement, please contact the School Nurse: tnelson@isla.school.

COVID at-home rapid test kits will be available at conferences

We will have a supply of BinaxNOW at-home rapid COVID tests available in each classroom during conferences in November. We will have enough for each ISLA family to have one test kit. If you have more than one student at ISLA, please take a maximum of 2 test kits per family. If we have any test kits left over after conferences, we will be able to distribute those to interested families. Please contact the School Nurse if you have questions about test kits: tnelson@isla.school.

Ways to support ISLA!

Shop at Amazon?  You can have a portion of your purchase donated to ISLA!  To set up Smile charities on the Amazon app on your iPhone or Android phones go to  Amazon Smile Mobile App Instructions or for a computer or tablet browser go to Amazon Smile.    Search for International Spanish Language Academy and you can choose to donate to the ISLA PTO or ISLA School.   ISLA PTO donations will directly provide educational and enrichment funding for activities including field trips, ISLA community building events, classroom parties and materials and funding for the Language Ambassador program.  

ISLA school donations provide funding for longer term facility and infrastructure investments such as skylights and playground equipment.

Let the Countdown Begin!

Let the countdown to Dia De Los Muertos begin! Monday, October 25 is just around the corner!  Stay tuned for details and a small shopping supply list to be emailed out next week!  We are excited to share the virtual activities planned by our wonderful Language Ambassadors!

Fall Goal Setting Conference

Welcome to the sign up for our Fall Goal Setting Conferences!

These conferences are scheduled for

  • Monday, November 1st from 12:00 noon to 8:00 pm
  • Tuesday, November 2nd from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm

Please use the links provided to schedule a conference for your child(ren).  You will be required to provide an email address to send you a confirmation message of your appointment. Please sign up for only one slot! This will give you 30 minutes with your child and the teacher.  For grades 1-6, parents and students attend these conferences together.  For pre-k and kinder, parents/caregivers attend conferences without children.  

We are happy to announce that we will be hosting fall conferences in person at our new home at 5350 W 78th Street. We ask that all who attend follow our mask policy while in the building.  


Sra. Patricia Bonifacio


Sra. Doris Bonifacio

Sra. Maryann Najera

Sra. Silvia Herrero

1st Grade

Sra. Bonyin King

Srta. Lina Pinto

Sra. Edily Sanchez

2nd Grade

Srta. Riana Dilley

Sr. Alfredo Fernandez

Sra. Tatiana Gordillo

3rd Grade

(Sra. Charlie Suarez)

Sra. Marly Wood

4th Grade

Sra. Patricia Floe

Sr. Roberto Izquierdo

5th Grade

Sra. Cori Adams

Sr. Jordi Costa

6th Grade

Sra. Sarah Ashby

Sra. Holly Seehafer

Specialist Classes

Sr. Igor Diaz - Physical Education

Sra. Adriana Maldonado - Exploración/Art

Srta. Claudia Medina - Music/Band/Choir

Sra. Lisa Yepes - Media Specialist

Fiesta de la Primavera Planning Kick-Off!

Join us on Wednesday, October 27, 4:30pm at ISLA as the planning and preparation begins!

Did you know:

  • Fiesta de la Primavera is ISLA PTO's annual gala, biggest fundraiser & biggest party of the year!
  • Proceeds benefit ISLA's Language Ambassador (LA) program!
  • The event Includes food, drinks, music, games, dancing, live & silent auctions, & mingling with our community!
  • Fiesta is 100% volunteer led & run! Volunteers needed for big & small, one-time & on-going roles. Your pick!  

Use the QR code for more information or email Fiesta@isla.school.  

See you on October 27!