2023-01-20 Noticias de ISLA y ISLA PTO

January 20, 2023

Emily Smith

Administrative Assistant

First Day of the 2023-24 School Year

Although the 2023-24 school calendar has not been approved as yet, we wanted to alert families that the first day of school for students in grades 1-6 will be September 5th. Kindergarten students will begin on September 6th. The complete calendar will be approved at the February board meeting.

Join the ISLA School Board!

Looking for a way to support the mission and shape the future of ISLA? Join the ISLA Board of Directors!  The Election and Nominating Committee is seeking interested community members, teachers, parents, grandparents, and guardians to fill upcoming vacancies on the ISLA Board for three-year terms beginning July 1, 2023.  No previous board experience is required, but there is a specific need for individuals with expertise in fundraising/development, marketing, and human resources.

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 Friday, February 3.  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.

Sibling Enrollment    

To be eligible for enrollment into Kindergarten, a student must be five years old on or before September 1 of the enrollment year. ISLA gives preference for enrollment to students who:

  • Meet the application deadline
  • Is a sibling of a currently enrolled pupil or foster child of the pupil's parents
  • Are a child of an ISLA staff member

Make sure that your child receives the sibling enrollment priority they are entitled to at ISLA.  Submit an online student application for the sibling of a currently enrolled student by the sibling enrollment deadline (4:00 pm on February 15, 2022).  Any student applications for a sibling received after the deadline will follow regular enrollment processes.

What is Fiesta de la Primavera?! You’ve been hearing more about it, but maybe you don’t know what it is? Fiesta de la Primavera is ISLA PTO’s BIGGEST fundraiser and gathering each Spring! This year’s event is being held Saturday March 4th at La Doña Cervecería! Tickets are available here!

The LAs are an invaluable part of our school, and Fiesta de la Primavera is the time that we are really able to support this amazing program.  

What should you expect?

  • Adult only event - Book your babysitter!
  • Open to staff, LAs, parents/caregivers AND your friends, family & neighbors!!
  • A FUN night out!!
  • Support for the LA program + our school as a whole!!
  • Mingle with the ISLA community
  • Enjoy delicious food, drinks & music

What are we raising funds for? Each year, ISLA welcomes Language Ambassadors (LAs) to our school- 100% of the funds raised at Fiesta de la Primavera support this program and our school as a whole! These LAs are from various Spanish-speaking countries and are our school’s teacher assistants. They have many responsibilities throughout our school, such as:

  • Working alongside our teachers in day-to-day tasks and interacting with students
  • Sharing their native culture with ISLA students while offering a more diverse cultural experience
  • Aiding in classroom projects & activities
  • Providing support for lunch and recess times
  • Teaching extra-curricular classes to the kids in Spanish!!

Want to help?! There are so many opportunities to get involved with tasks of all sizes! We have roles big & small. Please email Molly at fiesta@isla.school to help throw our biggest party & fundraiser of the year!!

Great Gatherings! Fiesta de la Primavera has an auction that will include your amazing ideas for “Great Gatherings” and a range of fun items! The deadline for submissions is February 3rd, however, events can be planned through Fall 2023.

These events are one of the most popular auction items because our ISLA community always comes up with such fun and creative ideas. Hosting a Great Gathering is a wonderful way to get to know other families in the community. It can be open to all grade levels or only specific grades. It could include kids only, families or adults only. You could even host a joint event with another family or families!

Have a business of your own? Consider a donation to help support Fiesta while getting your business name out there (ex: Facial, massage, chiropractic adjustment, baked goods & so much more).

Our auction site is being updated with donations as they come in!! You can view some of our current items by clicking here! These items aren’t available for bidding yet, but maybe it will help spark an idea for your own donation!!

Donation Forms

Questions? Have an idea, but need some help working out the details before you commit? Please feel free to contact us at fiesta@isla.school

We greatly appreciate your support in helping make this year’s Fiesta de la Primavera a great event!!