“February days are a marketing gimmick; love happens every day.” – Randeep Hooda
I hope this finds you doing well and staying warm. The cold weather was certainly challenging this week, as we actually had to have indoor recess three out of the five days as we followed our protocol for severe cold weather and wind chills. That is unusual---even for Minnesota winter. However, while the weather outside was chilly, inside the school there was a bustling of activity the past few weeks--from 3rd grade innovation fairs, to pirate activities in 2nd grade to hone their mapmaking and geo-location skills, to citizenship studies in 5th grade in preparation for the trip to State Capital--just to name a few.
We look forward to seeing February 16th and 17th for student led conferences at the school. Student-led parent teacher conferences are a signature part of the IB PYP experience, as they allow students to reflect deeply on their learning experiences and put themselves in the position of guiding parents through their learning process. I always marvel at how sometimes even the shyest students really shine in this activity, and glow with pride as they have the agency to express their many accomplishments.
I would like to put forth a call to action today. Do you have capacity and interest to join our Strategic Planning Committee? Are you interested in helping track our progress on our ISLA Strategic Plan and influence how we are fulfilling our mission? Each of the meetings will be monthly for one hour and could be conducted virtually or in person as folks prefer. Once we make some traction on our objectives, meeting quarterly is normally sufficient for a Strategic Planning committee.
This will be our approach:
Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested. Don’t miss this opportunity to help ISLA bring our mission to fruition.
The enthusiasm was contagious as our innovative third graders rounded out their third unit of inquiry on Monday and Tuesday at the Innovation Fair. Guided by the central idea, Innovation is driven by the need to solve problems, students developed an understanding of the concepts of innovation and change by choosing an invention from ancient or modern times and examining how technology influenced its development. Using the design thinking process they not only worked on being able to identify what problem the invention solved and how it transformed over time, but they also added the challenge of adapting their invention to take care of a favorite toy. It was a wonderful celebration of learning!
The window to order lunch for March is now open until Tuesday,
February 21st, 2023 at midnight. The system won't open after the deadline date. Please make sure to order for the whole month of March or preferred days.
There's also an option for "only milk" to children that bring lunch from home.
Spirit week is coming up February 21-24. Here are the themes for the week:
Are you a fan of visual art? Do you want to help beautify ISLA's new space? Do you want to help ISLA raise money at the same time? We have the opportunity for you!
ISLA's Fundraising Committee is looking for someone to lead the Paint the Tiles project. This project will allow alumni to connect with / leave their mark on our wonderful new space by purchasing a ceiling tile to paint with their own design. A project lead(s) is needed to set parameters for the project, communicate to alumni, and then work with staff to execute (e.g. approve designs and ensure appropriate materials are available). This is the perfect opportunity to engage our alumni in our new community. If you are interested in this opportunity, please reach out to Lida Etemad at email@example.com. Our current and former students will love you for it!
As families are making summer plans, some have inquired about summer school at ISLA. Summer school is by invitation only, based on assessment data and teacher input. For students invited to summer school, families will be notified in late March, with a registration deadline at the end of April.
Summer school will be scheduled for incoming 2nd-6th graders the mornings of July 17-28. While it is ideal for students to attend both weeks, families may register for one or both weeks.
Students who are registered for summer camp will be able to adjust their registration if they receive a summer school invitation. We encourage families to sign up for the summer camp(s) they are interested in. Students attending summer school have the option to stay in the afternoon for summer camp programming.
Ice skating with ISLA
Sponsored by PTO
Join us for ice skating and creating valentines for patients at a local hospital.
February 12th 4:30 - 6:30 PM
St. Louis Park Recreation Outdoor Center
3700 Monterey Drive St. Louis Park
RSVP HERE for skate time to ensure adequate space and skate rentals
*skate rentals available
TODAY is our deadline for donations for Fiesta de la Primavera! Host a great gathering or advertise your business with an item in our auction! Themed gift baskets, tickets to a local sporting event or complimentary cupcakes are all great donation ideas!
Great Gatherings can be just for kids, parents or both!! Some ideas are hosting a bike ride or play day with pizza at a local park to a themed picnic or pool party. Maybe a yoga class or spa day for ISLA moms or even a grill out for Dads. You could even consider co-hosting the event with another family! These events are a great way to get to know others in the ISLA community while you help fund the Language Ambassador program!! These are just ideas for a starting point. We’d love to see what unique idea you come up with! If you need help working out the details of your donation, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
The deadline for submissions is TODAY February 3rd, however, events can be planned through Fall 2023.
Want to participate?!
We need volunteers to make Fiesta a success! If you are available the day of the event (March 4th) please click here to sign up for a shift!!
Thank you for your help in making this year’s Fiesta de la Primavera a great event!!
ISLA is creating a Kindergarten Welcome Committee whose primary purpose will be to connect with and offer support to incoming kindergarten families for the 2023-24 school year. Volunteers would connect with incoming families through phone calls and emails in an effort to answer any questions they might have and ensure a smooth transition to kindergarten. The Marketing and Communications Committee is guiding the work of the Welcome Committee. If you’d like to be part of the Welcome Committee, email Tad Johnson at email@example.com.
Please help us keep morning drop off running smoothly. As a reminder:
Our traffic attendants are members of our staff who want your morning to go smoothly and your family to stay safe. Thank you for following their instructions.
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:
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.
Welcome to the sign up for our Spring Student-Led Conferences! Each 30 minute spring conference includes a 15 minute student-led session followed by 15 minutes with your child’s classroom teacher. Please use the links provided to schedule a conference for your child.
Pre-Kinder/El Nido: Kinder:
(20 minute conferences) Srta. Doris Bonifacio
1st Grade 4th Grade
2nd Grade 5th Grade
3rd Grade 6th Grade
Specialists Conferences are fifteen minutes long. We welcome you to schedule a check-in with your child’s specialist teachers.
Physical Education Exploracion/Art