There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children. Nelson Mandela
September 8th, 2023
We had an amazing start to the 2023-2024 school year! Children were bouncing with excitement as they went down the hall to their new classrooms and familiar classmates. I am always amazed to see how much they have grown over the summer--what are you feeding them?
As we enter the new school year, we were pleased to welcome many new families to the fold, and to see them getting quickly involved in volunteer activities and committees.
A few reminders:
We are fortunate at ISLA to have such a great team of talented immersion educators who are dedicated to teaching within the International Baccalaureate curricular context, and to have such a committed community of parents and volunteers. Working together, I am confident that the 2023-2024 school year will be better than ever. I look forward to seeing you soon at upcoming school events.
It was great to meet so many of you at Meet the Teacher Night last week! Hopefully you had a chance to swing by the Giving Tree table and talk to some of ISLA's Fundraising Committee members! If not, we are sending home some information about our 2023-2024 School Year Fundraising Campaign in the red folders today. As a nonprofit charter school, ISLA must fundraise a portion of our revenue each year. We hope that you will join us in trying to fully fund the apples on our Giving Tree, which can be found near the front entrance to the school. If you have any questions or would like to get involved, please reach out to the Fundraising Committee Chair and ISLA parent, Lisa Wittig at email@example.com.
We have an opportunity for intercultural competence training for our ISLA Stakeholders in both Spanish and English.
Are you interested in developing your ability to effectively communicate with the culturally diverse students, staff, and families at ISLA?
If so, this training is for you! We are starting with a small cohort of interested people from a variety of stakeholder groups.
Welcome back to school! The kids are off to a great start this school year, and we loved seeing so many families come out to celebrate at Yahoo/Boohoo!! Thank you to our fundraising chair Leala Christensen for her part in coordinating the delicious breakfast via our sponsors Bruegger's Bagels (Edina), Panera Bread and Starbucks (Edina- right near school)!! Please visit our sponsors next time you want a good cup of coffee or breakfast item
The Spirit Store is now open through Monday, September 18! Orders will be ready approximately 2-3 weeks after store closing and delivered to the students classroom. For expedited delivery, please indicate the student/teacher name in the order. (For families with multiple children only one name is necessary)
The order link is here: https://pogo.undergroundshirts.com/collections/isla-spirit-store-september-2023
The Spirit Store is provided by the ISLA Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) for families to purchase uniform approved shirts and sweatshirts and show their school spirit! The Spirit Store is a fundraiser for the PTO, and proceeds support PTO sponsored events such as the back to school picnic, provide funds for classroom supplies and field trips, and also supports the LA program.
Each grade level has an assigned color and all grades are allowed to wear black. While the shirts are not required, teachers like to have kids in their "Se Habla Español" shirts for field trips and students like to represent ISLA!
New this year! We have partnered with a vendor that offers the option for classroom delivery (no additional charge) or ship to home (shipping is calculated at checkout). Please be sure to add in your student’s name, grade, and teacher. Doing this helps our volunteers get the order quickly to the correct student.
Questions? Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The LA Family team is looking for homes for the LAs in January. If you are interested please reach out to email@example.com or fill out this google form! Have questions? You can also go over the new LA Family FAQ sheet.
If you're planning on coming to Davanni's for the PTO fundraiser we encourage you to come between 5:30 - 7:00 to meet some of our wonderful Language Ambassador and Host Families. We will have fast facts about all 7 of our LAs this year as well as ice breaker cards for the kids. As a reminder, we do request all adults speak with LAs in English and kids in Spanish per their school contract.
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!
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! If you have upper grade level kids that can help with childcare during meetings, that would be a huge help!! Follow the links or scan the QR codes below for further details:
PTO Community Meeting Attendance
PTO Community Meeting Childcare Volunteers
Thank you to all that came out to Panera in August! We raised $140.21 just by eating dinner there!! It may seem like a small blip to some, but every little bit counts and helps us towards the goal of helping support ISLA!! Here’s a list of our upcoming restaurant nights. And if you’ve got suggestions or connections of a place that might be interested in partnering with us, please reach out to PTOchair@isla.school!
Monday 9/18 4–8pm
5124 Gus Young Ln, Edina, MN 55436
Saturday 10/7 8–10am
8421 Joiner Way, Eden Prairie, MN 55344
Tickets now available!!!
*We will 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
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:
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!
When: Saturday, March 9th, 2024 6-11pm
Where: Bloomington Event Center
New to ISLA or need a refresher on what Fiesta de la Primavera is? No problem!! Each year, the ISLA PTO hosts the biggest fundraiser AND party of the year for parents, teachers, LAs, staff and more from our ISLA community. This is an adult-only event where we will have food, games, prizes, music, dancing and our live & silent auctions! It is a time where we can come together as a community, connect or reconnect and celebrate!! All proceeds raised at Fiesta de la Primavera go back to the ISLA PTO to support the Language Ambassador Program where we bring student teachers to our school from native-Spanish speaking countries. They provide support for our classrooms and enrich the experience our kids have everyday at school by sharing their unique cultures & stories both in-school and with after-school activities, social gatherings and more! It's such an amazing program & I'm grateful to take part in that coming together.
Our kick-off meeting as we begin planning this shindig will be Thursday September 21st, at 6pm at the Edina Davanni's. We'd love to see the community get more involved in planning Fiesta again. We have quite a few options/areas of interest to choose from. Click here to view our '23 Fiesta Committees and discover small & big ways to help plan this party & fundraiser!
PLEASE know that by attending the kick-off meeting, you are NOT REQUIRED to participate in planning. This is an informational meeting to share WHAT the event is about, what goes into planning it and give a sneak peek of what's to come. So if you're curious to find out what goes on behind-the-scenes, we've got the info.
Jenner & I will work with you to find a way you can help if you'd like– Big or small! It takes a village to put this fundraiser on every year & I'm really looking forward to my third year on this committee!!
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
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!