2022-07-22 Noticias de ISLA y ISLA PTO

July 22, 2022

Emily Smith

Administrative Assistant

New School Hours

Starting with the 2022-2023 school year, ISLA will have new hours. ISLA's new bell times will be 9:00 am - 3:50 pm. Students may be dropped at ISLA from 8:45-8:55 am. Students should be in their classrooms ready to learn by 9:00 am. Students not dropped off by 8:55 am will need to go to the office.

ISLA Little Free Library

The student council from ISLA's graduating class of 2022 is happy to invite you to visit our new Little Free Library near the school's front entrance.  With support from the PTO and a lot of help from parent Christopher Moore, student council members designed, built, and installed our Little Free Library.  Students included thoughtful details, such as removable panels for students to redecorate over time.  Little Free Library is a nonprofit organization based in St. Paul, Minnesota with a mission to "be a catalyst for building community, inspiring readers, and expanding book access for all..."  A Little Free Library is a free book-sharing box where anyone may take a book or share a book.  You do not need to share a book in order to take one.  We encourage families to bring a book to share or come by to explore the books given by others.

Meet Raúl

Raúl lives in Spain, Valladolid.He is from a “huge” family. He says “my mother has 5 siblings and my father has 2 and each one has two children, so I have a lot of cousins!”. He is a very active guy who loves to practice different sports and go hiking in the mountains and forests. His true passionis ice skating though. He also loves art. “Nowadays I love (and it relaxes me) doing all kinds of crafts, drawing, painting, embroidery,cooking, designing clothes, etc. That's why I love the teaching job because I can develop all my skills in creating resources for the students and make them learn in a more fun way.”

FUN FACTS about Raúl

  • Coffee or hot chocolate? Hot chocolate always!
  • Amusement park or a day at the beach? I love roller coasters so amusement park of course.
  • Dogs or cats? I am a cat lover.
  • Sunrise or sunset? Sunset
  • Hike, swim or bike? I love hiking in beautiful places of nature.
  • What did you have for breakfast this morning? I always have a glass of milk and cookies.
  • What is your favorite movie or book? I love science fiction movies like all Marvel movies.

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

Kinder Play Dates

Mark your calendars for Kinder meetups!  This is a great opportunity for the upcoming kindergarteners (and families!) to meet before school starts.  I will have a sign or balloons so you can easily spot us.  I can't wait to see everyone!

Sunday, July 24, 3-5
Hyland Park (Chutes & Ladders), Bloomington

Sunday, August 28, 2-5
Bryant Lake Playground, Eden Prairie

Please feel free to comment or message me with any questions!  Also, come join us in in the grade level group! https://www.facebook.com/groups/736366644393357/

Elizabeth Sundal

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.

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.