2024-03-28 Noticias de ISLA y ISLA PTO

March 29, 2024

Emily Smith

Administrative Assistant

Nurse's Corner

The MN Dept of Health has recently updated their COVID guidelines, to align with the new CDC Respiratory Virus Guidance.These guidelines simplify the approach to the treatment and prevention of all respiratory viruses. Since ISLA is following MDH & CDC guidelines, we have also updated our protocol for anyone who tests positive for COVID.

When people get sick with a respiratory virus, the updated guidance recommends that they stay at home and away from others while experiencing symptoms. For people with COVID or influenza, treatment is available that can lessen the symptoms and lower the risk of severe illness. For other viruses, symptoms can be managed at home with rest, fluids and OTC medication.

The recommendations following any respiratory illness are to return to normal activities when:

  • Fever has been gone for 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medications)
  • Symptoms have been steadily improving for 24 hours
  • You feel well enough to participate in your daily activities
  • Coughing and sneezing are reduced to occasional and intermittent

Please note that, depending on individual symptoms, your time at home could be shorter than the previously recommended 5-day isolation, it might be the same, or it could be longer if you continue to experience symptoms or a fever.

Once people feel better following respiratory illness and they resume normal activities, they are encouraged to take additional prevention strategies for the next 5 days to curb disease spread. You are encouraged to reduce illness transmission by wearing a well-fitting face mask, enhancing hygiene practices, keeping distance from others, and/or getting tested for respiratory viruses (if you haven’t already done so).

As part of the guidance, CDC and MDH continue to recommend core preventative strategies. These strategies include:

  • Staying up to date with vaccinations
  • Practicing good hygiene by covering coughs and sneezes, washing or sanitizing hands often, and cleaning frequently touched surfaces
  • Taking steps for cleaner air, such as bringing in more fresh outside air, purifying indoor air, or gathering outdoors

Extra-curricular Activity

BAILES CULTURALES Ven y conoce los diferentes tipos de bailes alrededor del mundo como lo son Espana, Colombia, Salvador y Mexico.En esta hermosa experiencia estaras acompanad@ por todos los LA's.Dia: MartesCursos: Primero a SextoVestuario: Ropa deportiva.

CULTURAL DANCES Come and learn different dances from some Spanish speaking countries like Spain, Colombia, Salvador and Mexico.The LA's will accompany you in this wonderful journey where you will explore the rhytms of these countries.

Day: Tuesdays, April 9-May 14
Grades: 1st-6th
Cost: $72 pay via cash, check payable to ISLA PTO or Venmo @ISLA-PTO
Dress code: sportsclothing
Click here to register

Calendar of Events

  • April 1-12 - MCA Reading Testing (grades 3-6)
  • April 10 - No School, Teacher Workshop
  • April 15-26 - MCA Math Testing (grades 3-6)
  • April 16 - ISLA Board Meeting, 6:30 pm
  • April 25 - Kindergarten Round-up
  • April 29-May 3 - MCA Science Testing (grade 5 only)
  • April 30 - Grades 1-4, Group A (Profesora Bonyin, Profe Irene, Sra Floe, Profe Riana) Concert, 6 pm
  • May 1 - Grades 1-4, Group B (Sra Edily, Profe Miriam, Sra Fernandez, Sr Izquierdo) Concert, 6 pm
  • May 2 - Grades 1-4, Group C (Srta Erika, Profe Lina, Sra Adams, Profe Pilar) Concert, 6 pm
  • May 13 - Srta Doris Kindergarten Graduation, 1 pm
  • May 14 - Seno Silvia Kindergarten Graduation, 1 pm
  • May 15 - Profe Luis Kindergarten Graduation, 1 pm
  • May 16 - Sra Maryann Kindergarten Graduation, 1 pm
  • May 21 - ISLA Board Meeting, 6:30 pm
  • May 23 - Exhibition, 6 pm
  • May 27 - Memorial Day, No School
  • May 31 - 6th Grade Graduation, 2 pm
  • June 3 - 5th Grade Graduation, 2 pm
  • June 5 - Last Day of School

MCA Testing

This spring, students in our district and across the state will take the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCAs). These assessments are administered as part of federal and state law and are important tools to measure learning progress based on the Minnesota Academic Standards.

As a district, we are required by state statute to administer the MCA to our students.

Student participation in MCA testing provides us with data that informs reflection on our practices toward our mission to empower the whole child by nurturing the development of personal growth, strong character, academic excellence, and global vision.  Please reach out to our assessment coordinator, Sarah Devers, at sdevers@isla.school if you do not want your child to participate.  

MCA assessments are scheduled as follows:

MCA Reading Grades 3-6

April 1-12

MCA Math Grades 3-6

April 15-26

MCA Science Grades 5 only

April 29-May 3

Although parents and guardians have always had the right to refuse standardized testing, administering the MCA is not optional for the district. A parent refusal form must be on file with the school the week prior to testing. Students will join a test session unless a refusal form is on file.

For more information about MCA testing (including translated materials), please visit https://education.mn.gov/MDE/fam/tests/


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!!

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

A portion of purchases will come back to the ISLA PTO!!! So far this year, we have raised $3,104!!! Our next event is listed below, but please visit the PTO Website for the full schedule!

Tuesday 4/9 4–6pm
FamFare Kitchen (meal pickup at the school)|

This night is a little different from our other restaurant nights– Famfare Kitchen is here to give us a night off from cooking while supporting our school! 15% of all orders placed by Tuesday, April 9th, will be donated back to the ISLA PTO.

Who are they?
Famfare Kitchen is owned and operated by two Minnesota moms– They provide hot, homemade, family-style meals that serve 4-6 people. Meals include an entrée, salad, sides and/or bread, prepared fresh, hot and ready to eat! They also offer frozen meals you can pick up at the same time and throw it in the oven for an easy meal any night of the week!

How does it work?
You can place your orders by using our dedicated sign up link by Sunday, April 7th (Payment will be made via the signup genius link after you choose your meal(s)). On Tuesday, 4/9, you can pick up your meals at ISLA between 4-6pm, go home and enjoy a hot meal without the mess or stress! This is a business my family uses often, and it is such a lifesaver– Plus delicious!! On (non-fundraiser days), there is an address in Edina, not far from the school where we can pick up a hot meal on the way home and have dinner ready when the kids walk in the door!!

What's on the menu?
Pork Carnitas Taco Bowls (one of our very favorite dishes from FamFare!)
FROZEN: Chicken Bacon Ranch Casserole (this one just gets tossed in the oven for about 45 minutes and BAM, dinner is ready!!

I'm so excited to share this family favorite with our ISLA Community. Just don’t forget to order some freshly baked cookies for dessert!

Join Us at the Twins Game May 5

ISLA students, family members, faculty, and LAs are heading to Target Field to watch the Twins against the Boston Red Sox, and kids run the bases after the game. Tickets are $48 per person, which includes ballpark food and water/soda. Be part of the fun by requesting ticket information today. Go to this link to get the details from ISLA parent and group organizer, Bob Sparkins. The deadline to secure your spot in the group is April 5.

Help the PTO Raise Another $10,000+ by Volunteering

Members and friends of the ISLA PTO are serving concessions for Twins games this season, and you can get involved by working one or more games. Each game our group brings 10 volunteers, the PTO receives at least $1000! Get more details and share your availability by filling out this volunteer survey ASAP.

• • • 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!

Fiesta Updates

Any remaining auction items are ready for pick-up in the office across from the wonderful Emily!!

All certificates are sorted by item# in that white bin (check the comments for an image on where to find your item#s on Givesmart!)

Please pickup your items ASAP as this space is also used by the staff!

Great Gatherings: All March hosts & winners have been connected via email from fiesta@isla.school and we will continue to work on connecting all events hosts & winners in the coming weeks!

There are still tickets available for Great Gatherings that we will leave open until the event is held or they sell out! There are some REALLY FUN events on the site- Please go check them out at: https://e.givesmart.com/events/sgz/i/_Great%20Gatherings/


Please use this folder to share any photos you may have taken during the event.

Raffle drawings for the school sponsored events will be done in the next week or so!

Questions? Reach out to Caitlin Edstrom on Facebook or via email at fiesta@isla.school

THANK YOU ISLA!! We are so grateful for this community!

Upcoming (March) Great Gatherings:

3/29 Kinder Colores: Srta Doris, Sra Najera & Sra Silvia for a fun afternoon of face paint, origami, optional hair painting and open play time with snacks provided!!

3/30 March Madness: Grab your ticket for this fun event... 4th–6th Grade 3-on-3 basketball tournament hosted by ISLA Albumi Families (kids & adults). Snacks & drinks provided!!

• • • Final Numbers • • •  

The Fiesta Committee is so excited to announce the  total amount raised for our Language Ambassador Program across our silent & live auctions, Fund-A-Needs & more. You can watch the full video update our amazing Fiesta MC, Bob Sparkins made, but without any further delay… You all helped the ISLA PTO raise a total of:


Thank you so much to our amazing community. This has been a team effort that you all are included in and we are so excited to see this outcome for our kids, our school and the Language Ambassadors!!