2023-12-07 Noticias de ISLA y ISLA PTO

December 7, 2023

Emily Smith

Administrative Assistant

Calendar of Events

  • December 8 - Grading Day, No school
  • December 13 - PTO Meeting, 6:30 pm Juntos Presentation
  • December 14 - Parent Information Meeting, 6:30 pm (for families interested in sending their child to ISLA)
  • December 19 - ISLA Board Meeting, 6:30 pm
  • December 25-January 5 - Winter Break, No school

• • •  PTO Website • • •

Website overhaul underway!!

Keep an eye on the ISLA PTO website as we work to make it a one-stop-shop for ALL things ISLA you may need to know… Fiesta, Volunteer opportunities, donation needs and more!!

• • • Community PTO Meetings • • •  

Due to low attendance both online & in-person, the ISLA PTO has decided that December will be the last Community Meeting. We’d like to thank those that have been able to join us in-person and virtually and we’d love to see you come out for our last meeting!!

Last meeting: 12/13 6:00-7:30pm
Where? ISLA conference/flex room & playground or gym (Enter through main doors, we will have someone waiting to let you in)!
What? Dinner, time to meet & chat with other ISLA parents while we share-out all the things the PTO has coming + a special guest speaker.


6pm: Paella dinner provided by Manu, Sra Fernandez’s husband
6:30 Meeting begins w/PTO updates
7pm: Speaker from the
Juntos Program will be speaking to share out info about one of the options available for our kids to continue their Spanish Immersion education.

Meeting Link: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/89802071275?pwd=3zgjmsZh89usOZn4qDU5s1ozpJkSKm.1

Prior meeting slides:  Link to PTO Community Meeting Slides & Recordings

– Please RSVP –

It will help us plan dinner portions as well as FREE childcare (provided by our LAs)  

PTO Community Meeting Attendance

• • •  Twins Game • • •

Join your fellow ISLA Community & PTO Members at Target Field for Spring Baseball!

Watch Me!!

ISLA Parent Bob Sparkins is working to coordinate an ISLA-Family Game Day event with the Twins. His next step is to give the Twins a rough estimate on how many would attend, which seats and date we'd prefer, etc.

Please complete this survey by SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9th!

Keep in mind that you can change your mind in late March when our final numbers (and payments) will be due.

Current Count: 92!!

Click here to fill out the interest form!

We are so excited to be hosting these monthly restaurant nights!! Thank you to those that were able to make it out/order from Noodles & Co last night!! Our running total for restaurant nights (not including Noodles yet) is a WHOPPING $2,316.19!!! Thank you for not cooking once a month and helping support the ISLA PTO!!!

• • • Upcoming • • •

Wednesday 1/18 4–9pm

Cafe Zupas
13000 Technology Dr., Eden Prairie, MN 55344

Monday 2/12 4–9pm

10997 Red Cir Dr, Minnetonka, MN 55343

• • • More ways to get involved • • •

Serve lunch to your kids!

While this isn’t technically a “PTO-sponsored” volunteer opportunity, it is a really fun thing to do at school. So I just wanted to give a quick shoutout to Jorge in the kitchen!! This year was the first time I’ve been able to volunteer for lunch, and it’s been a blast every time I’ve been in. Jorge is fun to work with and it’s so cool to see your kids get excited to see you during their day (you can also go sit with them for a bit between serving)!! Plus, you can get a peek at how DELICIOUS the food has been this year with our new vendor– YUM!! Sign-ups are posted about a month in advance to help plan your schedule. Come try it out!!

Click here to see available slots!

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:


Mabel’s Labels

Keep your kid’s stuff out of the lost & found!! Check out the Tag Mates (or even the stamps) from Mabel’s Labels! This is yet another quick & easy fundraiser– 20% of proceeds will go back to the ISLA PTO– AND it will help you (and the staff) keep track of your child’s belongings!

Just Search for International Spanish Language Academy at www.campaigns.mabelslabels.com

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. Their wishlist links are available on the PTO Website and are 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 add links as they are ready! If you have access to donations of comparable items outside of Amazon, just reach out to me at ptosecretary@Isla.school and I’ll get their list updated!

Staff Party

This year the PTO is helping coordinate the Staff Holiday Party. If you are able, a $5 donation to the ISLA PTO would help give our amazing teachers & staff the celebration they deserve!!

Payment can be sent via Venmo @ISLA-PTO or via cash/check to ISLA PTO!

THANK YOU for your continued support!!

Girls on the run

GIRLS ON THE RUN is coming to ISLA this spring!! It is an activity for 3rd – 5th grade girls with teams of 8-20 participants– We will be meeting twice a week for 8 weeks. This program helps girls prepare for a 5K while playing games and activities that incorporate life skills, such as managing emotions, being a good friend, standing up for yourself and others!

Quick Notes:

  • We are looking for coaches to help during practices
  • Tuesdays & Thursdays 4–5:30
  • You don’t have to be a runner to coach.
  • Financial aid is available, no qualifying necessary.

Please email me PTOChair@isla.school with any questions or if you would like to volunteer to coach!

• • • Tickets Now Available • • •  

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

Fiesta de la Primavera is ISLA PTO’s biggest fundraiser AND party of the year for parents, teachers, LAs, staff and more from our ISLA community. This is an adult-only event with dinner, 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.

• • • Ways to help with Fiesta  • • •

Volunteer your time!!!

We will respect the time you have available whether it be 1hr or 10hrs per week/month/etc. Click here to view the different areas of interest for small & big ways to help plan this party & fundraiser!

Donate a Great Gathering!!!

Great Gatherings are OPEN!! This will allow for more 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!

Click here to learn all the ways you can donate!

• • • Great Gatherings AVAILABLE NOW!!  • • •

Visit the Fiesta website to view more details or purchase tickets to these events!!

  • Westwood Hills Nature Center Party
  • Spanish Wine Tasting
  • Wine & Tapas Party
  • 3rd Grade Sledding Party
  • 2nd Annual Olympic Yard Games
  • Summer Softball Social

Great Gatherings could be hosted on your own or with another ISLA friend or family!! These gatherings don’t need to be EXTRAVAGANT or overly spendy, they are meant to bring kids, parents, LAs & staff together outside of the classroom and enjoy the wonderful community we have here!!

• • • Donation Form Links  • • •

Gift Basket Donations
Community/Parent Donations
Staff/LA Donations
Business Donations & Sponsorship Info

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!