2024-02-15 Noticias de ISLA y ISLA PTO

February 15, 2024

Emily Smith

Administrative Assistant

No School Monday, February 19th in observance of President's Day.

Nurses Corner

The MN Dept of Health has recently confirmed a case of measles in MN. This person is from Dakota County and had recently traveled internationally. Most cases of measles in MN are linked to international travel.

Measles can spread quickly in a school setting and can cause serious illness. Unvaccinated students/staff and those with certain health conditions are at higher risk for severe disease.

If your student is not vaccinated against MMR (measles, mumps, rubella), it is recommended that they receive this vaccine as soon as possible. The vaccine is very safe and effective at preventing measles disease. Please make sure the School Nurse has your student's up-to-date immunization record showing dates for all required MMR vaccines, or that you have a legal exemption on file at school. Paperwork for signing a legal exemption can be obtained from the School Nurse (tnelson@isla.school).

Anyone who is unvaccinated and exposed to the measles disease, may be required to stay at home for up to 21 days each time they have been near someone who has measles.

Measles is a very contagious disease caused by a virus. Measles is spread through the air when someone who is sick coughs or breathes, and the droplets become airborne.

Symptoms of measles include:

  1. Fever (101 F or higher); AND
  2. Cough, coryza or rhinitis (inflammation of mucous membranes inside the nose), and conjunctivitis (pink eye); AND
  3. Generalized rash lasting 3 days or more

Anyone who has these symptoms should stay at home and contact their medical provider for further instructions. If your student has suspected or confirmed measles, please inform the School Nurse (tnelson@isla.school) as soon as possible.

Year Book Pictures

Below you'll find the links to upload candid photos for the yearbook! If you have any fun pictures from field trips, sporting events, class parties, or other ISLA activities, we'd love to see them! There are folders for each grade as well as folders for the first day of school or a community folder for mixed grades or larger events. If you need to sign up for a TreeRing account, the school code is 1016123740893948. Please reach out to evas.mom@gmail.com with any questions.

El Nido
irst / Primero
Second / Segundo
Third / Tercero
Fourth / Cuarto
Fifth / Quinto
Sixth / Sexto

Art / Exploration
Phy Ed

LA Photos
First Day / Primer Dia


As we continue to work on improving the PTO Website to be the go-to source for info, we will be trying to condense some of the info included in Noticias. Here’s to progress– And make sure you keep tabs on the website for key info!!

Meet Torti!

Earlier this year, the students at ISLA voted on what they would like their new mascot to be. They ultimately chose The Tortugas!!  Now we’d like to introduce Torti!!! Keep an eye out for our little tortuga to be making more appearances.

THANK YOU for treating our teachers!

On Valentine’s Day, you all helped provide delicious treats for our staff & teachers! Huge shout out to ISLA Parent Nancy Kenevan for coordinating set-up and to all of our parent volunteers for providing everything to show our teachers just how much we love & appreciate them!!

Join the ISLA Community at some favorite local restaurants each month!!

Hang out and let the kids play together while you grab dinner. The best part is that a portion of our restaurant purchases will be coming back to the ISLA PTO!!! So far this year, we have raised $2,739!!! Our next planned date is listed below. Please visit the PTO Website for the full schedule!

Wednesday 3/6 4–9pm

Patty Wagon
6042 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55419

• • • Get involved • • •  

You can find more information on all of these topics on the PTO Website!

Serve lunch

Click here to see available time slots!

Box Tops for Education
Get started!!

Mabel’s Labels

Visit their website and search for International Spanish Language Academy

Teacher Wishlists

Click here to view the full list of teachers broken down by grade!


It is ISLA PTO’s BIGGEST fundraiser and gathering each Spring where we come together as a community to mingle. We celebrate, dance, fundraise, eat & drink. (There may even be a few surprises up our sleeve this year!)

While doing that, we fundraise to provide 100% of the costs of the Language Ambassador Program!  Each year, ISLA PTO brings native Spanish-speakers to our school as teaching assistants to our kids. The LAs are an invaluable part of our school and Fiesta de la Primavera is the time that we are able to provide support for this amazing program!! To do that, the PTO gathers donations from both local businesses and within our community through Great Gatherings, gift baskets, gift certificates and countless other types of items to auction off!

Current Fiesta Needs

Movie Nights with the LAs!!!!

Our LA’s will be hosting their own Great Gatherings for the kids with special movie nights for each grade. Dinner, snacks & fun will be had by all!!! They will all run from 6:30–9pm (movies start at 7pm) in the ISLA Flex Room.

K & 1st Grade Movie Night! (TOMORROW!!!)

Friday, February 16th
Hosted by: Andrea, Francisco & Marina

2nd & 3rd Grade Movie Night!

Friday, February 23rd
Hosted by: Jawi & Neus

4th–6th Grade Movie Night!

Friday, March 1st
Hosted by: Mily & Manuel

Check out other Great Gatherings to attend now!

The Fiesta website is filling up quickly with more donations rolling!! We opened up Great Gatherings early this year to give the ISLA Community more chances to get together!!

Attend Fiesta!

Get your tickets here!!

Can’t attend?

You can still participate in the online auction!! Click here to register on the Givesmart website and view the available items. If you attended Fiesta or participated in the online auction last year, you should already have an account. Follow this link if you have forgotten your username or password.

Gift Baskets!

We’ve got ready-made ideas, or you can get a group of friends together & create your own! Click here to view the Gift Basket donation form. You can also find all the donation types on the Fiesta website!!