2022-06-03 Noticias de ISLA y ISLA PTO

June 3, 2022

Emily Smith

Administrative Assistant

Summer Reading Challenge

Hello ISLA Families:

As we wind down to the end of the school year, I’ve planned a Summer Reading Challenge for students so they continue reading throughout their time off from school. We’ve discussed the Bingo de Lectura/Reading Bingo chart in all our library classes in May, and students are being asked to complete the game by participating in a variety of reading activities. If your child works on this during the summer and brings the Bingo game back to the Media Center in the fall, he or she will be able to participate in a special activity in September for doing the work! There are a wide variety of reading activities listed on the Bingo page. Complete all of them to get a blackout. Please initial in the square when your child has completed each one of the activities.

I’ve shown the students many online resources linked to the Biblioteca Resources page and also under the different grade levels on my website. There are many digital books in Spanish and in English.

Thank you for your support in your student’s summer reading!

Have a great break!

Lisa Yepes lyepes@isla.school

Host Families and Aunt/Uncle Families Needed Next School Year for Our Amazing LAs!

ISLA is hoping to have 9 interns for the 2022-2023 school year, which means 18 host families and 9 aunt and uncle families are needed! We still need several more families to host in fall and more in spring as well.


We are starting to gather interested host families right now. 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).

All that is required from hosts is a separate bedroom and a loving family. ISLA PTO provides a nice stipend for host families to help offset any costs families incur by adding another family member, and PTO also pays for interns' school lunches. Our LAs bring so much to ISLA, and so much more to the families who get to know them! You won't regret it!

Questions? Email islaLAprogram@gmail.com.

Classroom Supply Kits on Sale!

Hola ISLA Familias,

Get your back-to-school shopping out of the way early and save a summer day! Great news, this year we will again be offering the Teacher Tailored supply kit program which offers pre-packaged, school supply boxes filled with the exact items requested by your child’s grade at ISLA. Kits will be picked up at ISLA in your child's classroom at meet the teacher night before school starts.

Why fight the hassle when there's a cost-effective and convenient way of purchasing your back-to-school supplies?

Order Your School Supply Kits by June 24th

Order online at   www.shopttkits.com
Enter ISLA’s school account number 28056

Questions? Email ptofundraising@isla.school

Welcome Bag Donations Being Accepted Now!

Help welcome our Language Ambassadors to ISLA and Minnesota with these cute welcoming bags filled with goodies to help them make Minnesota their home this coming school year!

If dropping off any items, please put Gaby Paine's name on the bag and leave it in the front office. If you prefer Venmo, we'll do the shopping for you.


Many thanks for anything you can help contribute and show them our love!

ISLA LA Committee

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.

Transportation Signup for 2022-23

ISLA has signed a contract with Pride Transportation to provide busing for ISLA students for the 2022-2023 school year. Due to this change, ISLA bell times for the next school year will be 9:00 am - 3:50 pm.  The 2022-2023 annual busing fee for non-legacy students and non-Edina students is $450 per student with a cap of $900 per family.  

Please note that our transportation costs are significant, and we only receive state subsidies for about 1/3 of the total expense of busing.  The actual cost to ISLA after state subsidies are subtracted is closer to 850 to 900 dollars per rider. This leads to a deficit of over 230,000 dollars in this fund, and the ISLA finance committee has created a strategy to address this need.  Over the next 2- 3 years, we anticipate that we will need to raise the fees by 20 to 30% per year in order to make up this shortfall.  In spite of this, scholarships are still available regardless of income, and we encourage families to reach out to Emily if you have this need.

Please read transportation offerings for more information about what this will look like. If you would like to take advantage of busing transportation for your scholar(s), click here to sign up. Please register each child separately.  Please remember that all families interested in busing, need to register for busing each school year.

We would love to have students registered by June 7th so that the bus company can start routing buses. The deadline to have busing on the first day of the 2022-23 school year is July 27, 2022.

If you have questions, please contact Emily Smith in the office at esmith@isla.school

Calling all ISLA students! The 5th grade class is hosting a morning of fun and games!  

What a great way to kick off summer break!  Pack a lunch, water bottle, and sunscreen.  
Students may be dropped off, but parents are welcome to stay. $25 per child.

The 5th graders are fundraising for their 6th grade Spain trip in Spring 2023 Click here to register and pay: Games Day Registration Signupgenius

COVID-19 Community Level: LOW

Current COVID-19 Community Level for Hennepin County is LOW. Masks will be optional for staff and students the week of June 6, 2022.


If your student has medication in the Health Office, it will be sent home with them on the last day of school. If your student will not be in attendance on the last day, or you would like to make alternate plans for picking up your student's medications, please send an email to the School Nurse (tnelson@isla.school).