2024-02-22 Noticias de ISLA y ISLA PTO

February 22, 2024

Emily Smith

Administrative Assistant


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.

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!


NPH USA is hosting a Women’s Empowerment Social on 2/25 and we’d love for you to join us! It’ll be an afternoon of artisans, food and speakers. While this event is free to attend, your advance registration is appreciated to help with planning.

Register at nphusa.org/inspireNuestros Pequenos Hermanos transforms the lives of vulnerable children in Bolivia, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, and Peru. Together, we help children overcome poverty and become productive, caring leaders in their own communities. Founded in 1954 by Father William Wasson, NPH is supporting more than 8,000 children and young adults, both inside and outside our homes, ensuring they have a safe and nurturing place to live, an education, clothing, healthcare, and a strong family support system. In addition, NPH’s St. Damien Pediatric Hospital employs more than 500 Haitians and is the only hospital wholly dedicated to pediatric and prenatal care in Haiti, a country of 11.5 million people.


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!

2nd Annual Fiesta Raffle!!

Keep an eye out in Red Folders this week for your tickets to come home!!!


Tickets: $10/each
1ST PLACE: $500 cash
2ND PLACE: $250 cash
3RD PLACE: $250 cash

The students who sell the winning tickets will receive Barnes & Noble gift cards! Drawing will be held at Fiesta de la Primavera on 3/9– You do NOT need to be present to win (but if you need tickets, click here)! Last year, this brought in $13,000 for our LAs! PLEASE RETURN YOUR FILLED OUT TICKETS TO YOUR TEACHER BY 3/6 AT THE LATEST!! If you would like to sell more than 5 tickets, please reach out to Jenner Moretto at fiesta@isla.school.

Participation is not required– If you will not be selling the tickets, please return them to your teacher ASAP so we can disburse to others. Thank you so much for your support!!

Current Fiesta Needs

Get tickets to a 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.

2nd & 3rd Grade Movie Night (TOMORROW!)!

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. Great Gatherings are available now!! 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.

Silent Auction opens Friday, February 23rd at 9am!

Follow the instructions above to register/rest your account on Givesmart and be ready to bid on your favorite items!