2022-01-14 Noticias de ISLA y ISLA PTO

January 14, 2022

Emily Smith

Administrative Assistant

Save the date - Our countdown begins!!

ISLA PTO’s signature fundraising event Fiesta de la Primavera, is fast approaching. Mark your calendars and book your babysitter now!

When: Saturday, March 19th at 6pm

Where: La Doña Cervecería in Minneapolis.

What: A fun night with food, drinks & dancing with both a live and silent auction.

Help needed: We need your help with the following:

  • Business donation ideas: What are your favorite restaurants, venues, etc? Please share so that we can get them involved in our donations!
  • Great Gatherings: Do you love to host, cook, craft? If so, we’d love to have you donate a Great Gathering to the auction! Have an idea, but need some help working out the details before you commit? Email us at fiesta@isla.school
  • Invite the grandparents, aunts & uncles! This is a community event, so share the save the date!

Donation Forms

What does the Fiesta de la Primavera support? The funds raised go directly to the Language Ambassadors (LAs) program. The LA’s are an invaluable support for our teachers and students and we want to ensure we have the funds to bring back the amazing LA’s each year!

Want to volunteer? We are 100% volunteer run and led! We would love to see more of our ISLA parents, grandparents, aunts or uncles to join the fun - Check out some immediate ways to get involved. Volunteer Opportunities - Click here  

Questions? Please feel free to reach out to us at fiesta@isla.school

Newly Launched! ISLA's Official Facebook Page

Many ISLA community members are aware of the ISLA Families Facebook Group. However, did you know that ISLA has now launched its own Facebook Page?

Here's what you'll find on the newly launched Page:

  • Upcoming events
  • Current program highlights
  • Staff spotlights/bios
  • School closures and early releases
  • Board, committee and volunteer openings
  • Plus much more!

Like our Page to follow along: facebook.com/InternationalSpanishLanguageAcademy

Spirit Week February 22-25

Martes, 22 de febrero: Como Nos Expresamos- Express Yourself!

Here is your chance to step out of your ISLA Uniform and express your own style with confidence! 

Miércoles, 23 de febrero: Quienes Somos - Character Day

Dress like a beloved character from your favorite book or movie - or take a different route and dress like a famous historical figure.  You decide!

Jueves, 24 de febrero: Día cómodo Comfy Day

Come to school in your PJs or your coziest clothes. Time to snuggle in and learn!

Viernes 25 de febrero - Criaturas fantásticas - Creature Day

Open the treasure chest of your imagination and assemble your best mythological creature or dinosaur ensemble.  Calling all sparkly rainbow unicorns, three-headed dragons, mermaids, and velociraptors!  

ISLA Lunch Program 2022 is requesting Volunteers!

Did you know that Volunteers are critical to ISLA's lunch program? Working alongside Jorge Gomez (ISLA's lunch manager), ISLA lunch volunteers prep for lunch, greet the kids, serve the food, and clean up. This is a fun opportunity to help out and see the kids during the school day. Due to the activities involved, bringing siblings along for this volunteer role is not allowed. As a reminder all volunteers must follow ISLA's Vaccination Policy.

ISLA is seeking 3 volunteers for each day, 10:45am-1:15pm. Here are some dates that have openings in the next few weeks: January 18, 25, 26, 31, February 1, 2, 3 and 4. If you are interested in volunteering, please sign up here:

Signup Link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0d4fa4a62aa1ff2-isla23

Help Improve the Lives of ISLA Faculty and Staff!

The ISLA Human Resource Committee is currently recruiting members, and we'd love to have you join us! The H.R. Committee is an advisory committee to the ISLA Board of Directors, made up of parents, community volunteers, ISLA faculty, and staff members.  We provide recommendations, guidance, assistance, and support to the Board and the ISLA administration with respect to a variety of human resources matters. As a part of this Committee, you have the opportunity to make a significant impact in the lives of the amazing faculty and staff of ISLA.  We regularly solicit employee feedback and recommend actions to increase employee engagement and satisfaction, including in the areas of employee benefits and compensation.

Come join our team!  No experience is necessary, but human resource or employment law experience would be particularly appreciated. If you are interested, please contact Dana Provus, the current H.R. Committee Chair, at dprovus@isla.school.

Join the ISLA Board of Directors!

Looking for a way to support the mission and shape the future of ISLA? Join the ISLA Board of Directors!  The ISLA Election and Nominating Committee is seeking interested community members, teachers, parents, grandparents, and guardians to fill several upcoming vacancies on the ISLA Board beginning June 30, 2022.  No previous experience is required, but we do have a specific need for individuals with expertise in marketing and communications, fundraising, or finance.

The ISLA 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 4.  Questions about Board service and the election process can be directed to Liz Crouse, Chair of the Election and Nominating Committee, at lcrouse@isla.school. The election of Board Directors will occur in connection with ISLA’s annual meeting on May 17, 2022.