They cannot stop me. I will get my education if it is in the home, school, or any place.” – Malala Yousafzai
I hope this message finds you well and in good health, as you get through these last days of winter. I have a few updates today.
Did you know that ISLA is registered as a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization? We have an amazing Fundraising Committee that works hard to plan diverse fundraising activities (events, grants, Obstajog, sponsorships, etc.), all to support our great school. We are looking forward to giving you weekly updates here to keep you informed of progress on our goals and ways you can get involved.
We wanted to give you a quick update on where we stand with our second annual Building Our Future Campaign. We have raised over $93,000 this year, and are well on our way to our goal of $175,000 by the end of June. If you haven't had a chance yet to donate, donations can be made anytime on our website or via PayPal at Paypal@ISLA196. And don't forget to check to see if your employer will match your gift.
We'll be sharing updates each week about upcoming projects! Thank you for all you do to support the ISLA community!
Last Tuesday and Wednesday our 4th grade entrepreneurs took the reins and gave the school the opportunity to have fun and make some money. During their unit of inquiry, "Show me the money", students had the opportunity to walk through the process of creating their own business by engaging in skills like: brainstorming ideas, presenting a sales pitch, making a budget, finding investors, marketing their products, working collaboratively in a group, making good decisions by using the PACED method, etc.
The students came up with a variety of different companies that they pitched to the whole grade in a "shark tank" mode. Nine of them were chosen and improved for the market. The market was a huge success! The total earnings were $2,520! The students decided to split their earnings into three categories: saving for their 5th grade field trip to Wolfridge (75% or $1,890), donating to Merck Foundation (10% or $252), and using part of it to celebrate our hard work (15% or 378). *Percentages and NGO were chosen by the students. You can see below the performance of each business.
Thank you parents for your support to make this a successful event! :)
ISLA 6th graders recently concluded their unit on "How We Express Ourselves: Peace and Conflict." Their days were filled with rich historical fiction literature, as well as loads of creative expression. They then engaged in creative writing workshops in preparation for their final Wartime Letters Presentation.
The presentation was held in the form of a “Wax Museum,” where students dressed up as their imagined character and delivered a creative narrative of their character’s experience during a time of conflict inspired by their historical fiction wartime novels. Sixth graders showed their ability to be risk-takers by taking on this brand new perspective and finding creative ways to embody their new identity during their final presentation to 5th graders and families. Way to go!
Looking for a way to support the mission and shape the future of ISLA? Join the ISLA Board of Directors! The ISLA School Board is seeking candidates to fill a new board director vacancy that will run from July 1, 2023 through June 30, 2024. ISLA teachers, parents of ISLA students, and other community members are all welcome to apply.
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 in person at ISLA on the third Tuesday of each month.
If you are interested in seeking nomination to this Board seat, please submit a Statement of Interest (available here) to Liz Crouse, Chair of the ISLA Governance Committee, at email@example.com by Friday, March 31.
We still have a handful of really fun events available from Fiesta!! We’d love to see these fill up more now that we are able to get together as a community again. If you are interested in booking a spot, please go to GiveSmart or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
It will be a fun evening all about painting. We will have facepainting, hair painting and finger painting and snacks! March 24th, from 4:15 -5:45 in room 108.
1 spot left - $35 / each
Saturday March 25th from 5-7:30 pm (location TBD - one of the families will offer their home for the event)
7 spots left - $20 / each
April 15th 5:30 - 7:30 pm @ISLA
12 spots left - $25/each
May 13th 11:00 am - 2:00 pm downtown Hopkins
6 spots left -$35/each
May 20th 10 am -12 pm @ Bryant Lake
10 spots left - $35/each
May 20th 11am - 1:30 pm (location TBD)
3 spots left - $35/each
May 20th 2-7:30 pm in Minneapolis, hosted by Tamara Gonzalez & Jose Kosowski
3 spots left - $75 /per couple
May 21st 1-3 PM @ Monarch Single Track Train Head in Carver Park Reserve
6 spots left - $50 / parent & child
May 26th 5-7 pm @ Burnes Park
35 spots left - $20 / each
May 5th 7-9 pm @ Van Eps home in Minnetonka
2 spots left - $40 / couple
May 6th 10am-12pm
13spots left - $15 / each
May 6th 5-8 pm hosted in Edina by Sperber and Moretto families
7 spots left - $50/ couple
May 21st 3-5 pm @ Monarch Single Track Train Head in Carver Park Reserve
7 spots left - $25/each
May 27th 10 - 11:30 am @ Lake Harriet South Beach
10spots left - $35/each