2022-03-04 Noticias de ISLA y ISLA PTO

March 4, 2022

Emily Smith

Administrative Assistant

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There will be no school for students on Monday, March 7 and Tuesday, March 8 as we hold our spring student-led conferences. If you need to sign up for a conference, please contact your child's teacher.

BD Veritor and BinaxNOW test kits available

Good news--we are seeing less cases of COVID in our student population! However, it is still important to consider that any illness could be COVID related. If your student is ill, we encourage you to do an at-home COVID test before they come to school.

The Health Office has test kits available for families, if anyone needs one.  They will be available from your child's teacher during conference days, March 7 & 8. Please email the School Nurse (tnelson@isla.school) if you are unable to attend conferences and would like a test kit sent home with your child. We have both the BD Veritor and the BinaxNOW test kits available.

BD Veritor information & app: https://www.bdveritorathome.com/en-us/our-covid-19-test

BinaxNOW information & app: https://www.globalpointofcare.abbott/en/product-details/navica.html

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. If you are interested in volunteering, please sign up here:

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

Almost time to get bidding!
Fiesta de la Primavera is just over two weeks away!! Leading up to our in-person party & fundraiser, we will be holding an ONLINE AUCTION through the Accelevents platform, which will be available to view and start bidding at the end of next week!! It will feature the amazing gift baskets and items you all put together along with donations from local businesses and incredible sports memorabilia from Zindlers, where ISLA will receive a portion of every sale. Lastly, the very popular Great Gatherings and Staff donated events will be available to view next week and will go live for purchasing on 3/12 at 10AM.

Keep an eye out for next week’s noticias for ALL the details, but we wanted to prepare you for some of the fun to come!!

LIVE Auction!
If you haven’t snagged your ticket yet, you still have some time!! Some of the items up for bid this year will ONLY be available at the live event… Like 4 Minnesota United FC VIP tickets with premium parking, access to the Field Club that includes free food and alcohol and front row seating next to the opposing team! Or that delicious Paella & Sangria dinner for ten prepared by our very own Sra. Devers and Sra. Speich. Grab your tickets now!

Fiesta Tickets - Click here!

Spring Highlights: 2nd Grade Engineering Fair

Today our 2nd grade engineers hit it out of the ball park by kicking off our first opportunity this year to showcase the wonderful learning that is happening in our classrooms. The students developed an understanding that we all can be engineers as we learn to observe our surroundings and look for answers to solve problems that can improve how our communities function.  Our students experimented and tested the concepts of balance and motion in relation to how bridges are constructed and expanded on their knowledge of how engineers use the engineering design process. The Bridges Engineering Fair celebrates the creative process of designing, testing and improving bridges and explores how  "failure" is a positive catalyst for improvement and innovation. Here are some examples of how our students arrived at their understanding: 

1. First we learned about the concepts of force, movement, balance, etc and practiced them with our bodies.

2. Then we listened to a story called "Javier construye un puente" about a boy who improves his bridge by first making a prototype. He also built a "bridge" between two sides of his blended family. 

3. Four engineers (two civil engineers from MNDot and two parent volunteers) visited our school and we used the engineering design process (EDP) to solve engineering challenges. We also visited The Works Museum and built spaghetti bridges using the EDP.

4. We practiced making prototypes of 3 types of common bridges (beam, double beam, arch) and testing them out. 

5. In terms of transdisciplinary learning students have also been studying measurement (both metric and imperial systems) in math class. In English language arts students have noticed that the apostrophe connects two words like a bridge (do + not = don't) and in Spanish language arts they have learned that the silent H in Spanish connects two syllables (buho). Additionally, they have practiced the concepts of force, movement and balance in P.E,  the EDP in Exploracion and browsed famous bridges around the world on Google Earth in biblioteca. 

Bravo! Second graders!


Classes are open to anyone (boys and girls)  interested in learning synchronized swimming/artistic swimming. Students must be comfortable in deep water.

Practice Location: Wayzata West Middle School    

Practice Dates: Sundays: March 13, 20, 27, April 3, 10, 17, 24 and Saturday: April 30 (Exhibition performance with MNS Team)

Times: Sundays 1:00-2:00pm, Saturday April 30th Performance Time 2:00-6:00pm

Cost: $130 includes USAAS registration Fee

Link to Register   MNS Intro to Synchro Registration

Please email with any questions and pass on to any other friends and family who would enjoy a new activity.

Club Administrator
Email: mnssynchro@yahoo.com

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