2024-05-02 Noticias de ISLA y ISLA PTO

May 2, 2024

Emily Smith

Administrative Assistant

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


Field Day!

Field Day is on Friday, May 17th and it will take place at ISLA. The alternate day in case of bad weather will be Friday, May 24th. Field Day is a non uniform day for students and I encourage them to bring sport clothes and comfortable tennis shoes. We will have two sessions for Field Day:

- Morning session from 10:00 - 12:00 for PreK - Second grade.

- Afternoon session from 1:15 - 3:15 for Third - Sixth grade.

Please make sure your kid brings a water bottle and sunscreen. Everyone is invited to come and watch!

Come lend a hand and spend the day with your kids as they enjoy Field Day!  Sr. Diaz needs help with the food/drink station. Please sign up through the following link:


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.

ISLA families:

I am the mentor for an Exhibition Group consisting of Gia, Avery, Charlie, Vivian and Chloe. Their project is inspired by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal “Zero Hunger”. The group has a plan of action consisting of conducting an ISLA School Food Drive to be held next week on May 8, 9, and 10. They set a goal of collecting 500 lbs of non-perishable foods to be contributed to the ICA Food Shelf in Minnetonka.

Please consider donating generously by either sending with your child a grocery bag of donated food on any of the days indicated above, or by making a monetary contribution to ICA by using the QR Code attached below. Donations using this code will be tracked to ISLA and reported back to the group. Sorry, but we cannot accept cash or checks at ISLA.

Your child may place donated food items in the large boxes positioned in both the upper and lower entrances of the school. If students prefer they may also take donations to their classrooms and members of the group will transfer items to the central location. The group has decided not to make use of any competition measures between the grades or classes. All donations are according to ability.

Please help this enthusiastic group of five make their food drive a success.

Tim Davis
Exhibition Mentor of Gia, Avery, Charlie, Vivian and Chloe

Fundraising Committee Corner

Thank you to all who participated in the Square1Art fundraiser! We are happy to report that nearly $2,000 will be coming back to ISLA School and ISLA PTO as a donation! And hopefully you all got some super cute luggage tags and pot holders to give as gifts!


The ISLA School Board Committees and the ISLA PTO are working together to plan an End of Year Celebration for our school! Please mark your calendars for Sunday, June 2nd from 2pm-5pm on the ISLA playground and covered parking area. We will have food trucks, music, face painting, a lemonade stand, and more! All are welcome.

Thank you to ChiroCenter Chiropractic for their sponsorship of the bounce house! We are still looking for a sponsor for the dunk tank! Please reach out to Lisa Wittig if your company would be interested in supporting the event.

Enrollment at ISLA

Did you know that most of our families enrolled based on a recommendation from a relative or a friend? Well, here's your chance to help grow that crowd. At a loss for what to say? Check out our Bienvenidos flier. There are limited openings in grades K-3.

Bievenidos flier

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 Square1 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!

Only ONE day left to get your orders in for a beautiful (and multiple cost options) bouquet from ISLA Parent Karen Hernandez of Morful Flowers PLEASE go show this amazing woman some love for her generous offer at a special deal just for our ISLA Families. Place your orders via the Google Form by May 3rd!!

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!


Please stop by at your leisure this weekend to draw some fun "thank yous" for the staff! Thinking lower level where the staff will see them, the chalk will be provided by the PTO!

We will also be doing a fun theme for each day in the teacher's lounge - please consider donating a food item or your time to help setup/teardown!

The teachers truly appreciate (and really deserve) this week so much!!


ISLA Earth Day  Celebration was a huge success!!

Thank you volunteers for assisting in the Spring cleanup of ISLA grounds, thank you to Adrian De La Huerta Anderson & Diego Castillo for handling the grill & lunch for all attendees and to all that took a tree home to plant and improve our community!! We are SO excited to work towards making this a twice a year event in order to help our school thrive!! THANK YOU!!

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.

Torti’s Lost & Found Update: Clearing

Thank you to the amazing Laci Haviland & Jessica Gielen for all of their efforts in organizing, sorting and returning items from the Lost & Found. Thank you families for your attention to this matter! Let's work together to keep our school community organized and thriving.

Attention ISLA Families!  

Torti here with an important update about our Lost & Found items.


¡Busque en el área de objetos perdidos las pertenencias de su estudiante!

Próxima fecha de clasificación/devolución/donación de objetos perdidos y encontrados:

Miércoles 15 de mayo de 2024.   


Please look through the lost & found for your student’s belongings!

Next LOST & FOUND sort/return/donate date:

Wednesday, May 15,2024

All labeled items found in our Lost & Found will be returned to their rightful owners within two weeks of this date.

*Unlabeled Items:* Any items without labels will be repurposed within our school community. They'll either be added to our uniform exchange, given to other ISLA students in need, or donated to a local charity.

Please take a moment to stop by the Lost & Found prior to the cleanout date, whether it's during drop-off, pickup, or another convenient time. Your help in reclaiming lost treasures is greatly appreciated!

Looking to prevent future losses? Consider purchasing name labels for your child's belongings. Check out Mabel’s Labels!

• • • 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 are less than $300 away from breaking $4,000 raised from our Community/Restaurant Nights… That means we’ve raised almost HALF the cost it takes to cover one LA for a whole school year, friends!! For our May Community Night, we will be featuring an ISLA-family owned restaurant… Jersey Mike’s!! Can we break $4k?! 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 Updates

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!

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

(NEW DATE due to weather forecast) 5/19 Get outdoors with some friends! Sunshine, friends, snacks and board games at Normandale Park with Sra Ruth & Tatiana!!