September 29, 2019

Emily Smith

Administrative Assistant

6th Grade students Compete at Mankato State Engineering Machine Contest


Congratulations to ISLA students Lauren Hoffman and Will Copps who competed in the Engineering Machine Contest at Mankato State University, under the guidance of 5th grade teacher and Makerspace Instructor Adriana Maldonado.   The challenge was to design a machine using STEM principles to create a machine that could weigh an item utilizing a variety of methods. They took home the  "Above and Beyond Reward", which honored the fact that were the youngest group competing among a group of High School Seniors

ISLA Community Celebrates International Women's Day


Staff and students showed their solidarity for women around the world by wearing purple and celebrating the accomplishments of women around the world, as well as the equity work that still remains.  Students brought in pictures of women who are important in their lives--both near and far--and placed them on a mural in the school foyer. 

Animal Fair


Kindergarten completed their 5th Animal Fair!  Students showed off their creativity by assembling animals out a huge variety of materials. At the fair, they practiced their language skills by explaining what they learned about their habitats, what they eat as carnivores, herbivores, and omnivores, and which animals are endangered species.


Get Involved

It was so great to see so many families our listening session this week. Some of you are very involved in our school, some want to be more involved, and all of you are dedicated to your child’s education.

It’s difficult to know where to turn when you want to help. We are a small school so sometimes parents need to search out the right place to GET INVOLVED!

If you want to be involved in the leadership and inner-workings of the school, the Board of Directors has openings for next year.

If you love our LA program and are interested in meeting new people, the fiesta committee always needs help. Funds raised here support ISLA’s PTO and primarily pays for the LA program.

If you want to help with other PTO activities such as family events or other new ideas that you may have, get in touch with a PTO member. It’s an important part of our community.

And you can always contact your teacher or the front office for more information.

2017-18 Yearbook Pictures Needed!

The yearbook committee needs photos of ISLA students, teachers, and staff!  Please upload photos from school events to  We can only use well lit, in focus photos.  For the yearbook photos of kids facing the camera are almost always better (with the occasional exception of an artistic type photo or one showing their ISLA shirts.) If you have trouble email  THANK YOU!

Questions? Contact Laura Tellier at

Click here for Yearbook ordering information.

Restaurant Night at Panera Bread!

What are you doing on Wednesday, March 14th for supper? Join the ISLA PTO at the next restaurant night at Knollwood Panera Bread from 4-8 pm. Enjoy an evening of not having to cook and visiting with fellow ISLA families! 20% of every purchase will help support the PTO. We hope to see you there!

Bring the attached flyer in, or show on your mobile device. If you would like to place an online order, see the flyer for instructions.

Click here for flyer.

PTO Website Designer/Maintainer

Hello everyone! Are you looking for a way to help ISLA and the PTO, but don’t have time to make scheduled meetings, or travel a lot? Well we have the position for you! The PTO board has gone through the process of reviewing and updating the content on the PTO website as it migrated over to a new server. The work that was done so far was very basic, and now we are looking for someone to give it some additional TLC (graphics of events, additional descriptors of PTO activities), and then perform regular maintenance on the site.

Maintenance includes:

  • Updating documentation after meetings (provided by the PTO Secretary).
  • Changing content as new events are scheduled (dates, locations, etc.), and
  • Other activity to ensure the content remains accurate and current such as adding new board members, LAs, etc.

We anticipate the initial TLC to take anywhere from 10-20 hours, and the regular maintenance 1-3 hours per month.

“But Wait” you say, “I’m not a techy person!”

You don’t need to be. The webpages are maintained using Google forms, and you will just need a little bit of orientation to get started.

Does this sound like the role for you? Please contact Sarah Walz ( and we can discuss further.

Thanks to everyone for your continued contribution to ISLA’s mission.