2023-08-18 Noticias de ISLA y ISLA PTO

August 18, 2023

Emily Smith

Administrative Assistant

Calendar of Events

  • August 22 - Restaurant Night, 4-8 pm, Panera Bread, 3345 Hazelton Rd, Edina, MN 55435
  • August 30 - Grades 1-6 Meet the Teacher open house, 4:30-6:30 pm
  • August 31 - Kindergarten Meet the Teacher open house, 4:30-6 pm
  • September 4 - Labor Day, No School
  • September 5 - First day of School, grades 1-6
  • September 5 - Yahoo/Boohoo event, right after drop off
  • September 6 - First day of School, kindergarten
  • September 6 - Yahoo/Boohoo event, right after drop off
  • September 13 - PTO Community Meeting, 6:30 pm
  • September 19 - ISLA Board Meeting, 6:30 pm
  • September 21 - International Day of Peace
  • September 25 - No School
  • September 26 - Teacher Workshop, No School
  • September 27 - Curriculum Night for Grades K, 2 and 4, 6:30 pm
  • September 28 - Curriculum Night for Grades 1, 3, 5, and 6, 6:30 pm

Lunch and Breakfast at ISLA

After listening to your feedback about lunch service and overall quality, we also put our lunch contract out to bid. After inquiring with almost 20 companies, we interviewed a handful of finalists and decided to go with a smaller company with a wide variety of homemade and nutritious options--Cafe Racer.   The owner of Cafe Racer is from Colombia, and is very committed to and passionate about providing quality, nutritious food.  Another bonus for lunch this year is that thanks to your MN Senate,  it will be provided free of charge, and breakfast will be offered as well!  Everyone will still order lunch and breakfast through Boonli--with many more details and menu options coming soon.

While lunches and breakfasts are free, we use the Application for Educational Benefits for many other benefits. Please complete this form even if you do not think that you will qualify.

Application for Educational Benefits

Back to School Supplies

For those of you who were not able to purchase your back to school supplies through the ISLA PTO, you can find the grade level supply lists on the ISLA website under the Current Families tab and then the School Supplies tab.

We are just over two weeks away from the first day of school!! As summer winds down, we’ve got a lot to look forward to in the new school year! There’s tons of info here, but we promise it will be loaded with fun as our school continues to get together and celebrate this wonderful community!!

• • •  Upcoming Events • • •  

Meet the Teacher

4:30 – 6pm: Open-house style evening where you can attend anywhere in this timeframe.
Grades 1–6: Wednesday 8/30
Thursday 8/31

This is not a PTO-run event, but we will have the Spirit Store & Uniform Exchange set-up to pick-up your orders and stock-up on the FREE uniform clothes for the upcoming year. These are clothes that families have donated as their kids have outgrown them. We all know our kids grow quickly, so this is a great way to not break the bank on uniform clothes! We will also have a member of the PTO available to answer any questions about being a part of our different committees and upcoming events.


After drop-off, near the school parking lot.
Grades 1–6:
Tuesday 9/5
Kinder: Wednesday 9/6

Join other ISLA parents as we either CELEBRATE (yahoo) or shed a tear (boohoo) over the kids starting school! We’ll be gathering near the back ISLA parking lot where drop-off occurs for coffee & snacks while we chat!

Back to school Ice Cream Social

Saturday 9/9 2-4pm @ Burnes Park in Hopkins
Please RSVP so we can provide enough ice cream for all!!

It’s time to celebrate the start of the school year! Join other ISLA families as we have some delicious ice cream treats and the kids can run around the playground. Please note, there is a splash pad that MAY be functioning (don’t want anyone to be surprised by the water)!
Click here to RSVP to the Ice Cream Social or scan the QR codes below!

• • • Community PTO Meetings • • •  

Next meeting: 9/13 6:30-7:30pm @ ISLA playground & conference room
Please RSVP so we can plan dinner for everyone!

Our next community meeting will be the first of the official school year! Come enjoy dinner, meet other ISLA parents & caregivers while we share-out all things ISLA PTO for the upcoming year! Follow the links or scan the QR codes below for further details!
PTO Community Meeting Attendance
PTO Community Meeting Childcare Volunteers

Link to PTO Community Meeting Slides

• • • Restaurant Nights • • •

Tuesday 8/22 4–8pm

Panera Bread
3345 Hazelton Rd, Edina, MN 55435

Monday 9/18 4–8pm

5124 Gus Young Ln, Edina, MN 55436

Saturday 10/7 8–10am

8421 Joiner Way, Eden Prairie, MN 55344

*We need volunteers to serve for this event (14+) – Sign-up Genius to come soon, but please mark your calendars!!

Monday 11/13 5–9pm

2251 Killebrew Dr, Bloomington, MN 55425

Wednesday 12/6 4–8pm

Noodles & Co.
8120 MN-7, St Louis Park, MN 55426

• • • More ways to get involved • • •

Sign-up for Box Tops for Education!

Download the app on your phone and search for International Spanish Language Academy to begin benefiting your kids’ school! After setting up your account, you can send digital receipts via email or scan a hard copy in the app. No more ripping boxes up!!

Use any of the below referral links to give ISLA an extra bonus when you sign-up:


Sort Supply Kits!

We will need help sorting them on Tuesday, August 29th from 6-7pm ahead of Meet the Teacher where they will be distributed.. Kids can also volunteer to sort!

Please sign-up via the link:

Teacher Wishlists!

Our wonderful teachers work so hard to make their classrooms welcoming and comfortable for our kids. This year, the PTO has asked that our teacher’s share a list of items they need to complete this huge task. Here are their lists, broken down by grade. Any item is a huge help for our teachers & is SO very appreciated by them AND your kids in their rooms. We are still awaiting a few lists, and will send out updated links when they are ready!


Doris Bonifacio Salas (link to come)
Silvia Herrero-Fernandez
Maryann Najera
Luis Vivas

1st Grade

Bonyin King
Erika Leal Gil
Edily Sanchez

2nd Grade

Irene Martinez (link to come)
Miriam Oropeza|
Lina Pinto Perez

3rd Grade

Corene Adams
Rosa Fernandez
Patricia Floe

4th Grade

Riana Dilley
Roberto Izquierdo
Pilar Robles

5th Grade

Stewin Bernal
Jordi Costa

6th Grade

Rachel Karlov

Exploracion & Art

Adriana Maldonado

Physical Education

Igor Diaz

Special Education

Ruth Garcia (link to come)
Thairys Rodriguez (link to come)
Tatiana Gordillo


Emily Smith
Jessica Gielen
Nurse: Tanya Nelson (link to come)

• • • Save the Date • • •  

When: Saturday, March 9th, 2024 6-11pm
Where: Bloomington Event Center

Fiesta de la Primavera is ISLA PTO’s biggest fundraiser & party of the year!! This is an adult-only event where we gather with our amazing community to celebrate the year together and raise funds to support our Language Ambassador Program. The LA Program is where we bring student teachers from native-spanish speaking countries to support our classrooms & teachers. It gives the students even more enrichment as the LA’s bring their cultural experiences and further immerse them in the Spanish language. Our first few LAs have begun arriving to meet their host families this week and be introduced to Minnesota and we’re so excited for this group!!

This year, we are encouraging Great Gatherings to be held anytime throughout the year… This will allow for more Fall & Winter fun before our actual Fiesta event in the Spring, but all the funds raised will still go back to the ISLA PTO to support the Language Ambassador Program and enrichment for our kids in the classrooms! So our donation forms are now OPEN!! We will get our Givesmart website launched in the coming weeks to allow purchasing tickets to upcoming Gatherings that are submitted!

Fiesta ‘24 Donation Form Links

Gift Basket Donations
Community/Parent Donations
Staff/LA Donations
Info on business sponsorships will be coming soon!!

• • • More ways to help with Fiesta  • • •

Recommend potential donors/sponsors

Do you have a favorite restaurant, salon, birthday party spot or other locale? Send us the business name and we will reach out to see if they’d like to participate by donating to Fiesta!

Any friends own a local business?

Or maybe you want to get your own small business involved with this fundraiser? We’re sorting out details for sponsorships to help advertise your business(es) while contributing to the growth of the LA Program!! Stay tuned for more info in the coming weeks, but you can always reach out to us (Jenner Moretto or Caitlin Edstrom) at Fiesta@isla.school with any questions!