2023-03-24 Noticias de ISLA y ISLA PTO

March 24, 2023

Emily Smith

Administrative Assistant

Fundraising Committee Corner

The Fundraising Committee would like to introduce La Brigada de los Abuelos (The Grandparents Brigade)! Here is a note from the group:

As grandparents of students at ISLA, we have been impressed by what the school has to offer our grandchildren and the community at large, and we would like to help support that mission. Upon talking with members of the community, we felt it would be beneficial to engage fellow grandparents, extended families, and any other interested parties in becoming more involved in the school, so we are launching La Brigada de los Abuelos.

Our goals are:

  1. To support the fundraising efforts of the school with a focus on corporate development.
  2. To reinforce existing programming and to support new programming that would benefit students and the school.
  3. To increase extended family involvement with the school.
  4. To increase connections with the broader community that deepen the cultural experiences of students and secure additional support.

We are planning to meet in early April to discuss possibilities and get to know each other. Please share this information with the grandparents in your kids' lives, and have them reach out to Abby at awalker@abbeydelsol.com or 612-889-5607. Thank you!

Summer Camps!

There is still space available in our summer camps. You will want to register soon to ensure a spot for your child.

Grandeza de naturaleza: Nature’s Greatness!

June 26 - 30
Students entering grades 1-6

El jardín de kinder - Kinder Garden

June 26 - 30, 1/2 day camp
Students entering kindergarten

Movimiento total: Total Movement!

July 10 - 14
Students entering grades 1-6

Estación de creación: Creation Station

July 17 - 21
Students entering grades 1-6

Equipazo de verano: Summer Dream Team!

July 24 - 28
Students entering grades 1-6

Staff COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

The ISLA Board voted to repeal the Mandatory Staff COVID-19 Vaccination Policy at the board meeting on Tuesday, March 21. We will no longer require staff, visitors or volunteers to show vaccination status prior to volunteering or visiting ISLA.

Trimester 2 Progress Report

Dear ISLA Families,

We are reaching out today as your child's progress report for Term 2 is now available on Toddle.  

We are delighted to present your child’s progress report through Toddle, our platform that coincides with what we value and how we want to report on student learning.  At ISLA, our assessments aim to empower “the whole child by nurturing the development of personal growth, strong character, academic excellence and global vision.”

Our unique report card reflects our mission as an IB World School, yet also incorporates our own design and nuances with our values as a Spanish Immersion community. This progress report provides a reflection of your child’s learning process rather than a final product.  

At ISLA, teachers assess every day through observation, documentation, and reflection.  Assessment is a tool for students, teachers, and families to understand overall progress, strengths and developmental needs. Feedback is a year-long endeavor that forms the cornerstone of our teaching and learning methodology.

We believe that the purpose of assessment is to enhance learning through a holistic approach. We see progress reports as more than a grade; rather, we see these evaluations as an opportunity to communicate meaningful action relevant to learning. This progress report is also an opportunity to inform the community about IB essential elements such as the IB learner profile, key concepts, and approaches to learning.  We hope that you will find that our progress reports provide insight into how your ISLA student is developing in the spirit of the IB’s mission as an “inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young person who will help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.”

Fiesta de la Primavera 2023 

Thank you to everyone who supported the ISLA PTO, our LA program, and our ISLA community through your donations and participation in our fundraising events. As you know, we were able to host 9 LA’s this year, who play an imperative role at ISLA each day. Thanks to this amazing community, we are excited to announce that the Fiesta de la Primavera fundraised nearly $60K gross revenue! With this, and our success at Give to the Max last November, we are hoping to support another 9 LA’s for the next school year!

THANK YOU to this amazing community for your generosity and support! We couldn’t do this without you. If you still want to get in on some of the amazing Great Gatherings, there is still time. 

Great Gatherings still available!!

We still have a handful of really fun events available from Fiesta!! We’d love to see these fill up more. Many events are hosted by ISLA staff, teachers and LA’s. It's a great opportunity to get together before summer break! If you are interested in booking a spot, please go to GiveSmart.

Private Movie Showing (2nd and 4th grade)

April 15th 5:30 - 7:30 pm @ISLA
12 spots left - $25/each

Hopkins Scavenger Hunt (2nd-6th grade)

May 13th 11:00 am - 2:00 pm downtown Hopkins
       6 spots left - $35/each

La Caminata Saludable // The Healthy Walk (3rd and 4th grades)

May 20th 10 am -12 pm @ Bryant Lake
10 spots left - $35/each

Puerto Rican Themed BBQ 

May 20th 2-7:30 pm in Minneapolis, hosted by Tamara Gonzalez & Jose Kosowski 
        1 spot left - $75 / per couple

Parent / Child Mountain Biking 

May 21st 1-3 PM @ Monarch Single Track Train Head in Carver Park Reserve
6 spots left - $50 / parent & child 

Games with the LA’s (1st - 6th grade)

May 26th 5-7 pm @ Burnes Park
35 spots left - $20 / each

Girl Scout Cookie and Wine Party

May 5th 7-9 pm @ Van Eps home in Minnetonka
2 spots left - $40 / couple

Minnehaha Falls Hike and Snack (1st, 2nd and 3rd grades)

May 6th 10am-12pm
13 spots left - $15 / each

Yard Game Olympics GG (adults only) 

May 6th 5-8 pm hosted in Edina by Sperber and Moretto families
7 spots left - $50/ couple

Girls Only Mountain Biking (3rd - 6th grades girls only)

May 21st 3-5 pm @ Monarch Single Track Train Head in Carver Park Reserve
7 spots left - $25/each

Lake Harriet Beach Party (2nd and 3rd Graders)

May 27th 10 - 11:30 am @ Lake Harriet South Beach
10 spots left - $35/each


It's time to purchase YEARBOOKS! ¡Ya es tiempo de comprar el ANUARIO!

Order your yearbook HERE today! Compre su anuario AQUÍ hoy!

We’re also looking for ISLA community photos to use in the yearbook! Use the links below to share your photos with the yearbook team. If you need to sign up for the first time, our school code is 1016123740893948. Please reach out to hestrada@isla.school with any questions.

También buscamos fotos de la comunidad de ISLA para usar en el anuario. Usa los vínculos abajo para compartir tus fotos con el equipo del anuario. Si necesitan registrarse por primera vez, el código escolar es 1016123740893948. Por cualquier pregunta, se pueden conectar con hestrada@isla.school.

El Nido
Phy Ed/Educ fisica
Spirit Week/Semana de espiritu
Teachers & Staff/Maestros y personal

Lunch Ordering

Lunch ordering on Booli will be open until 8 pm on Tuesday, March 28th. After this time you will not be able to order lunches for your student for April. https://secure.boonli.com

Check out lunch volunteering opportunities at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0D4FA4A62AA1FF2-lunch2

It's a great way to see your kiddo's in the middle of their day.

Aventuras Open Over Spring Break

Aventuras is being offered for the week of Spring Break, from April 3rd to 7th, don't miss out on it. Sign up here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc6ROIJ0zAYvE5efH-g3DOn78JVUrtGRAaPyW3Ukt_AzGGZpQ/viewform?usp=sf_link

Spring Extra-Curricular Activities

Spring extra-curricular activities will begin the week of April 17th. There will be no activities the week of April 10-14. Here are the spring offerings:

GoooooL! - Goal!

Students will learn and recognize sporting rules of fúbol (soccer)  by playing and putting into practice what they have learned during each class. Students will develop teamwork, while fine tuning their individual skills with each lesson. We will learn to receive and make passes, ball control, vision of the field and even some tricks, among many other techniques. Our goal is to train the students in the different aspects of the sport, starting with the physical as well as the tactical. All classes are taught in Spanish by our wonderful Language Ambassadors (LAs).

Who: Grades K-6, Maximum 15 students
When: Monday afternoons 3:50-4:50 pm, April 17-May 22
Where: Gym
Who:Profe Juan, Profe Daniel
Cost: $72.00, 6 sessions
Register here

VAMOS A BAILAR!!!! Let’s dance!

Spring has sprung! It’s time to put on your dancing shoes and dance with us!  This workshop is based on Latin rhythms such as Zumba, merengue, bachata, salsa, etc. Dancing is an aerobic form of exercise which has a lot of physical benefits. It helps development and improve coordination, mood, and range of motion because it actually uses the body as an instrument of expression and communication.

Who: Grades K-6, Maximum 25-30 students
When: Monday afternoons 3:50-4:50 pm
Weeks: April 17 - May 22
Where: Buenos Aires Room (the old gym)
Who: Profe Chema, Profe Leire, Profe Erick, Profe Raul
Cost: $72.00, 6 sessions
Register here


Do you want to have fun and learn how to create and design a video game? During these weeks we are going to explore the wide range of possibilities that Scratch and introduce our students into the coding world. They will be able to manipulate the computers and different materials to elaborate their own game and enjoy time developing their skills.

Who: Grades 4-6, Maximum 10 students
When: Mondays 3:50-4:50 pm
Weeks: April 17-May 22
Where: Computer lab
Who:  Profe Nuria, Profe Elena
Cost: $72.00, 6 sessions
Register here

Cartooning @ ISLA

What runs from ear-to-ear and is contagious? Give up? It’s the SMILE your child will have as they get to explore the fun, artistic world of Young Rembrandts cartooning! There’s no better time than now to sign up your child to have fun, be challenged artistically, and to create amazing pieces of artwork.

Who: K-6
When: Wednesdays, 3:50-4:50 pm
Weeks: April 19 - May 24
Where: Art room
Cost: $79.00, 6 sessions
Enroll online at https://bit.ly/islaspring23

Chess Club – Twin Cities Chess Club

This class begins on Thursday, April 20 and goes through May 25. Want to amaze your friends and impress your opponents? Want to increase your IQ while having fun playing chess and compete for various prizes? Learn from Twin Cities Chess Club instructors who have years of experience. Competitive Chess tournaments are scheduled once a year and students can play for real chess trophies! All levels are welcome. We have a great instructor for this class but he is not a Spanish speaker. $60 for 6 sessions. Register online at https://twincitieschessclub.com/school/registration.html

Classes will be 3:50 pm - 4:50 pm.
Art/Exploracion Room