2024-04-26 Noticias de ISLA y ISLA PTO

April 26, 2024

Emily Smith

Administrative Assistant

On Saturday, April 20, ISLA was proud to host The MADLIN Exchange!  MADLIN (Minnesota Advocates for Dual-Language Immersion Network) is a non-profit organization that provides leadership and advocacy to support the development and growth of dual-language and immersion education. This event brought together educators from many schools across Minnesota to share ideas about best practices for language acquisition, intercultural competency, literacy, and the READ Act among other topics.  The event was a wonderful opportunity for all who attended to hone their skills and make new connections.

MDE Redesigning Assessment Reports – Your Voice Matters!

Families, educators, and students (grades 8–12): Do you have ideas about how the statewide assessment results, like the MCA, could be shared with the public and school and district staff?

MDE is beginning the process of redesigning the statewide assessment reports. This includes evaluating how student results are organized and communicated (including the labels like "does not meet” or “exceeds" the standards, and what the reports will look like for new academic standards). The redesigned reports will be seen for the first time in summer and fall 2025.

Please take the survey to share your experience. It should take no longer than 15 minutes. The survey is now open for submissions until May 19. Responses are completely anonymous.


Your voice is important to this process. We appreciate your time and consideration.

Please reach out to mde.testing@state.mn.us with any questions or concerns about the survey or feedback process.

Spring Concerts

Our spring concerts take place next week! In case you missed the announcements in our newsletters, here are the details:

Concert Dates: (All concerts will take place in the gym!--Thank you PTO and the Facilities committee for the Acoustic Panels!

Dress: White top with navy bottom (pants, shorts, or skirt)

Arrival: 5:30pm in your own classroom

A groups 1st-4th grades: Tuesday, April 30, 6:00 pm (5:30 arrival in your child's classroom

B groups 1st-4th grades: Wednesday, May 1 6:00 pm (5:30 arrival in your child's classroom)

C groups 1st-4th grades: Thursday, May 2 6:00 pm (5:30 arrival in your child's classroom)

5th-6th grade Music and Band concert: Wednesday, May 29 6:00 pm (5:30 arrival in your child's classroom)

Fundraising Committee Corner

LAST CHANCE to purchase a personalized gift for that special person in your student’s life at Square1Art! The deadline to purchase has been extended to Wednesday, May 1st! 50% of all sales comes back to ISLA School and PTO!

SAVE THE DATE - The Fundraising Committee, with the support of the other school board committees and the PTO will once again host an End of Year Celebration on Sunday, June 2nd from 2pm-5pm at ISLA School.

We are currently looking for sponsors to cover the cost of the bounce house and dunk tank. Please reach out to Lisa Wittig if you would be interested in sponsoring.

It's time to purchase YEARBOOKS! ¡Ya es tiempo de comprar el ANUARIO!


Order your yearbook HERE today! Compre su anuario AQUÍ hoy!

We’re also looking for ISLA community photos to use in the yearbook! Use the links below to share your photos with the yearbook team. If you need to sign up for the first time, our school code is 1016123740893948. Please reach out to hestrada@isla.school with any questions.

También buscamos fotos de la comunidad de ISLA para usar en el anuario. Usa los vínculos abajo para compartir tus fotos con el equipo del anuario. Si necesitan registrarse por primera vez, el código escolar es 1016123740893948. Por cualquier pregunta, se pueden conectar con hestrada@isla.school.

El Nido


First / Primero

Second / Segundo

Third / Tercero

Fourth / Cuarto

Fifth / Quinto

Sixth / Sexto

Art / Exploration

Phy Ed


LA Photos

First Day / Primer Dia


PTO Highlights

We want the PTO Website to be the go-to source for our community. The information provided in Noticias may be slightly more condensed... So please make sure to keep tabs on the website as we continue to work towards this goal!!

Kudos to the Community

There are so many wonderful humans in the ISLA Community & we would really LOVE to give special shout-outs to those that you feel deserve it!! Please complete this form (available in English & Spanish) and let us know about someone/something so we can give them a little extra TLC!!


We are joining forces with a few ISLA-Family owned small businesses, along with the ADORABLE art projects from 1Square so you can celebrate your caregivers with a variety of options they may enjoy... And while doing that, you'll also be helping the school!

  1. Karen Hernandez of Morful (who provided the gorgeous arrangements at Fiesta) will be offering a few BEAUTIFULLY handcrafted floral bouquets, made up of your color-choices in mixed flower types & varying sizes to fit your budget. Place your orders via the Google Form by May 3rd!! And please go give some love to Morful on Facebook!
  1. Marcos Ortega of Arte Bella Custom Jewelry can provide you with custom made rings, earrings, pendants, engagement rings and more to treat your loved one with a beautifully unique piece– Made just for them!! And all you have to do is mention ISLA for 10% to come back to the PTO while you enjoy friends & family pricing!! Please reach out via email to marcos@artebellajewelry.com or via phone at 612-338-2595 to learn more! You can also go show them some love on their Facebook page!
  1. Art Projects– These really provide the PERFECT opportunity to stock up on some gifts. Take your child's latest piece of art (or even a photo of them/your family), upload it to the site and choose what item to apply it to (stickers, coasters, mouse pads, sketchbooks, etc)! 50% of all purchases will come back to ISLA School and ISLA PTO. Please email the fundraising committee at fundraising@isla.school if you have any questions.

**A generous donor has offered to purchase an item for any family interested in participating who may not have the funds. To inquire, please email Lisa Wittig with the student’s name, teacher, and item of interest, and more information will be shared.**

We are so excited about all of these fun, new opportunities as we continue to discover the AMAZING talents we have here in our own ISLA Community. We are so appreciative of you all sharing your skills & interests!!

Announcement: ISLA Earth Day

Celebration April 27th from 10 am - 3pm (open house style - come when you can) Come join our ISLA community for a day of service & fun!

We invite all of you to join us in volunteering for spring cleanup of ISLA grounds, enjoy activities for the children (creation of seed bombs and insect hotels), and have a free lunch of hot dogs and hamburgers served from 12-1:30 pm. Come for as little or as much time as you can. For anyone who signed up to receive a free tree - we will distribute trees at the event.

Please RSVP Here

Volunteer with fellow ISLA Families

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!

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

We just wrapped up the FamFare fundraiser where we did a meal-pickup at the school and it was a huge success where you all helped us raise $358.08!! Adding that to our total, so far this year, you have helped us raise $3,712!!! Woohoo!!!! For our May Community Night, we will be featuring an ISLA-family owned restaurant… Jersey Mike’s!! Please visit the PTO Website for the full schedule which will be updated with Summer dates soon!

Tuesday 5/7 4–9pm
Jersey Mike’s
525 Blake Rd N, Hopkins

Fiesta Update

We had an AMAZING time celebrating the school with our ISLA Community at Fiesta de la Primavera and the Fiesta Committee is absolutely overwhelmed with the love & support shown for our ISLA PTO Language Ambassador Program! THANK YOU!!  


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

– Upcoming Great Gatherings –
There are some tickets available for Great Gatherings that we will leave open until the event is held or they sell out! TIP: Use this link or sort the auction items on Givesmart by category to view only "AVAILABLE" items!

5/4 Get outdoors with some friends! Sunshine, friends, snacks and board games at Normandale Park with Sra Ruth & Tatiana!!

5/11 Scavenger Hunt! Meet at the Hopkins Library for a fun scavenger hunt with a special stop for ice cream!


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