2022-04-29 Noticias de ISLA y ISLA PTO

April 29, 2022

Emily Smith

Administrative Assistant

Pancakes For A Purpose

Saturday, May 7th from 9-11:30am
The Emerson Building
12001 Technology Dr
Eden Prairie, MN 55344

Suggested donation $25 per family

Please join us for a delicious pancake breakfast! This a great opportunity to gather as a community, honor the special caregivers in your life (don’t forget - it’s Mother’s Day weekend!) all while helping raise funds our 2023 trip to Spain.

Click here to reserve your spot and/or make a donation:


The PTO is seeking new members!

Consider joining the PTO board to support the ISLA community!  

This is a great opportunity to meet new families, be connected with the community,  and to be a part of the exciting things happening at ISLA, all while having a lot of fun with other parents.  

The following positions are seeking volunteers:

  • PTO Events
  • PTO Secretary
  • PTO Treasurer
  • Fiesta Coordinator

Please fill out this form to learn more about any positions and inquire about getting involved!  Hope to see you at our next meeting!  


Save the Date for the final PTO Community Meeting!

Agenda items include a year end review and welcoming new members.

Tuesday, May 10, 6:30 PM, via Zoom

ISLA Affiliated Building Company Opportunities

Are you interested in getting more involved with the school?  Do you want to help budget and prioritize improvement projects?  Do you have some basic financial aptitude? The ISLA Affiliated Building Company is looking for a Treasurer.  Now that major construction is over the time commitment is a few hours per month (a monthly 30 minute vendor meeting, quarterly full board meetings, etc.).

Interested?  Please contact Brian Linne at blinne@isla.school.

School Board Election - Coming Soon!

ISLA's annual board of directors election is coming up in May, and there will be a few changes this year. We will be using an online voting platform, Election Buddy, which should streamline the process, improve ease of voting, and increase election integrity.  

All eligible voters should receive a unique ballot link by email on Friday, May 13 and will be permitted to cast their vote using that link anytime thereafter until 1:00pm on Tuesday, May 17.  If you do NOT currently have an email address on file with the school (e.g., you do not receive this newsletter by email) please contact Emily Smith at esmith@isla.school to provide a current email address to receive your online ballot.  If you do not have access to email or a device for online voting, you will be able to vote in person at the school office during school hours on Friday May 13, Monday May 16, and Tuesday, May 17 until 1:00pm.

If you have any questions about the school board election process, please contact Liz Crouse, Chair of the ISLA Governance Committee, at lcrouse@isla.school.

Book your spot now!!

Here’s an update on the available get togethers from Fiesta!! If you are interested in booking a spot, please email PTOFundraising@isla.school to reserve your spot. Payment can be made via Venmo (@ISLA-PTO), cash or check to ISLA PTO & delivered to Emily in the office.

Private Movie Showing (1st & 3rd grade)

Saturday May 1st 3:30pm @ ShowPlace Theater in SLP
Only 4 spots left - $25/each

Parents will enjoy a happy hour at West End while the kids are in the theater!

Orange Theory Workout (Adults)

Saturday May 1st 1-2:30pm @ Orange Theory - Edina

Zumbaton (Families: adults & children)

June 4th 10-11am @ISLA Gym|

K-2nd grade must have an adult with them.

Bike Ride Adventure (3rd & 4th grade)

June 10th 10-11:30 @Lone Lake Park

Ready for some sunshine?!

We have another opportunity to support the LA Program while enjoying the beach!! The Rinaldi’s have offered up their condo in Naples, Florida for upto one week!! The stay can be in June or September-November and could be a great couples getaway or up to four people, max.

Inside the condo, you’ll have access to:

  • 50” smart TV, board games
  • xbox 360 w/2 controllers
  • a small wine bar and humidor.
  • A stock of beach chairs, umbrellas & more for all the beach fun!

More importantly, you’ll have a view from the lanai out to the yachts & boats on the marina!! And just one block away is Tin City where you can enjoy a drink with some tasty, local fish while watching the boats come in & out of the beautiful gulf. You’ve got two beaches, including the famous Naples Pier less than two miles away!!

You can place a bid to support the Language Ambassador program via email to PTOFundraising@isla.school. Bidding will begin at $750 and be open until May 7th... Just in time for Mother's Day!!!

Thank you!!

We are grateful for this community and its amazing show of support!! If you are interested in helping us plan the festivities next year, please reach out to PTOFundraising@isla.school.

The Exhibition

The sixth grade classrooms are a buzz as they are entering the home stretch of a year- long collaborative inquiry process called the Exhibition. The Exhibition is a culminating project that takes place in the final year of the Primary Years Program. It is now time for the students, after being a part of an IB world school since kindergarten, to create their own unit of inquiry.

The students use all that they have learned throughout their years at ISLA to engage in in-depth research of real-world global challenges . This requires that each student, working collaboratively with others, demonstrates engagement with the essential elements of the IB program: knowledge, concepts, skills, attitudes and action.  During this process the students identify, investigate and offer solutions to real-life issues or problems.

The students use the United Nations 17 Goals for Sustainable Development as a platform to choose what issues are most important to them. By framing the unit of inquiry around the transdisciplinary theme “Sharing the Planet” students develop an understanding that they are members of a global community that need to take responsibility for taking care of our shared resources, to work together to find ways to resolve conflict and to live in peace. It is a dynamic  process that inspires everyone to be change makers in their communities.  

This year’s Exhibition will be presented to the ISLA community on Thursday, May 26th at 6:30. The Exhibition represents a significant event in the life of a PYP school and student. We look forward to sharing this experience with our ISLA community!

Host Families Needed Next School Year for Our Amazing LAs!

We have just a few more spots open for interested host families for our awesome LAs next school year! Fall semester typically hosts from mid August to mid January. If you're looking to form a deep connection with an intern, this spot is for you! You will be able to introduce them to Minnesota and American culture, while getting to know them and their culture as well.

Spring semester runs from mid January to the end of the school year, and hosts can start to apply for this spot now as well. Interns are often busier and more independent during the spring semester, but hosts will still see some amazing benefits (like their kids' Spanish exploding, enjoying learning about other cultures, and making life-long friendships).

PTO provides a nice stipend to offset any extra costs from adding a family member.

If you're interested, or would like more information, please fill out this contact information form below.


Looking ahead to warmer days!  

Mark your calendar for the PTO Year End Carnival on Sunday, June 5th from 2-4 PM.  There will be food, fun and games, including a dunk tank where you might be able to dunk a teacher!  More details to come!

COVID-19 Community Level: LOW

COVID-19 Community Level for Hennepin County remains LOW. Masks will be optional for staff and students the week of May 2 to 6, 2022.

Mall of America Nickelodeon Universe – Mystery Points Passes with Your COVID-19 Vaccine

Minnesotans who get their COVID-19 vaccine (first, second or booster) at the Mall of America before May 31, 2022 are eligible to receive a Nickelodeon Universe Mystery Points Ticket. Each mystery ticket is good for at least one ride at Nickelodeon Universe and up to a full day of rides. Ticket value revealed at time of redemption. Guest can bring their Nickelodeon Universe mystery ticket directly to a ride to redeem and find out what their mystery ticket is worth!

The State of Minnesota Community Vaccination Site at the Mall of America has Pfizer vaccines for 5- to 11-year-olds; Pfizer vaccines for people 12 and older; and Pfizer boosters for people 12 and older.

Vaccination Site Hours:

  • Wednesday from 1-8 p.m.
  • Thursday from 1-8 p.m.
  • Friday from 1-8 p.m.
  • Saturday from 9-4 p.m.

Appointments are encouraged, but walk-ins are also welcome. Vaccination appointments can be made online in English, Hmong, Somali, Spanish and Vietnamese. Call 855-612-0677 to make your appointment over the phone.

Mystery Points Tickets will be distributed following vaccination while supplies last or until May 31, 2022.