September 29, 2019

Emily Smith

Administrative Assistant

Spring Reminder

Now that we are experiencing longer days, we know that families like to get going earlier in the morning.  Unfortunately ISLA is not staffed to accommodate early drop-offs If you need to drop your child off prior to 8:45 you may contact Companeros by Mis Amigos at  Unsupervised students in the building prior to 8:40 will be asked to go to Companeros.

Spring Music Programs

Fri, May 4 – 2nd grade, 10am Tues, May 8 – 3rd & 4th grade, 10am Thurs, May 10 – 6th grade, 6:30pm Weds, May 16 – 1st grade, 10am Thurs, May 17 – 5th grade, 6:30pm Fri, May 18 – Kinder program and  graduation, 9:30am

Summer School Invites

Each year teachers submit the names of students that they recommend be invited to attend summer school at ISLA.  Summer school will be held July 23-27 and July 30- August 3.  Invitations for summer school are going home via the student’s red folder today.  There will be a follow up email sent next week.

ISLA Mobile App

ISLA families can find the ISLA mobile app in the Apple App Store and the Google Play store for $1.99 (search ISLA Mobile), which covers both Apple and Google's licensing fees.  This app was designed by an ISLA parent to help families keep up-to-date on all things ISLA. This is not required for families to purchase.

ISLA Board Meeting Date Change

The date for the April ISLA Board meeting has changed from April 17th to April 24th.  The meeting will still be held at 6:30 pm in the ISLA Library.  Please note this change on your calendar.

Fiesta Update

THANK YOU to everyone who braved the snowstorm and were able to attend the Fiesta in a snowstorm, and a thank you to everyone who joined us virtually to bid on items. We couldn’t do this without your support, in planning and attendance. A special thank you to our Fiesta Coordinators – Tasha Bredeson and Casie Budolfson who worked extremely hard to put together a fantastic event, and made last minute adjustments to host the auction items online.

Please view the video created by ISLA parent Jeremy Wilker which highlights the importance of our LAs!

Due to the elements, there are still a few open items for you to contribute to.


After the live auction we always hold a FUND-A-NEED portion of the event.  Last year we raised over $12,000 just from FUND-A-NEED.  This year we are currently at $3,500 due to the low attendance.   If you are able to help out, we have included the SQUARE link to contribute to the Fund-a-Need account so that we can afford 7-8 LA's again next year.


We still have many openings for all kinds of great gatherings and staff events.  You can sign up for them on SQUARE as well.  A few of the gatherings/events that are coming up soon are listed below. As events are filled they will no longer be available, act now!

  • 4/21:  Movie Afternoon with Srta Sara and Sr Diaz. (Kinder only)
  • 4/26:  Scavenger Hunt & Pizza Party with Sras Maldonado and Oleson (4th & 5th grade only)
  • 5/3:  4 Week Series of Arts & Crafts with Srta Bree (4th - 6th grade only)
  • 5/4:  ISLA Families Futbol & Fun with LA's Diego and Pepe (all grades and the whole family!)
  • 5/11:  Taste of Spain Dinner Party (adult only gathering)
  • 5/19: Crenshaw at Stages Theater with Sra Alfaro (1st – 6th grades only)
  • 5/19: Karaoke Party (adults only gathering)
  • 5/20: Picnic at the Falls with Sra Adams (4th – 6th grades only)
  • 5/20: Workout + Wine + Snacks at mXe Movement Studio (adults only gathering)
  • 5/23: Minecraft Prop making class with LA Carlos (3rd – 6th grades only)
  • 5/24: Keychain making with Sr. Martin and LA Diego (3rd – 6th grades only)
  • 5/25: Cooking fun with Srta Sara and Sra Holzbauer (Kinder only)
  • 6/1: Comedy and Cocktails (adult only gathering)
  • 6/2: A Bakers Dozen (1st grade only)
  • 6/2: Have a Ball (current kinder and 1st grade only)
  • 6/9: Chilean BBQ (adults only gathering)
  • 6/16: Egg Roll Party (adult only gathering)
  • 6/24: String Art Party (adult only gathering)
  • 8/18: Pizza Night (adult only gathering)
  • 9/22: Paella Cooking Class & Dining Experience (adults only gathering)

Scheduling 2018-2019 Language Ambassadors (LAs) Host Family Home Visits!

Have you thought about hosting an LA? Don’t miss your chance for this upcoming school year to open your home to one of our 2018-19 school year LAs.

We are scheduling house visits in May for potential host families. We will meet at your home and go over expectations of the host families and answer any additional questions that you have.

If you are interested in hosting and/or want more information, please contact LA Coordinator Kim Gelperin at

2018-19 School Supplies

Imagine being done with school supply shopping for next year before summer is even here! ISLA PTO has partnered with SchoolKidz to make that possible for you!

The process is very easy. Simply go online to the website listed below and order your kit for your child/children. It will be delivered directly to school and will be waiting for them in their classroom on the first day. The best part is a portion of your school supply order will come back to ISLA PTO. Its a win win! This program is optional and is provided as a service to make your life simpler! Please See the attached form for additional details.

Order date: Opens April 23rd and closes June 22nd

**NOTE: The link will not be active until April 23.

Teacher / Staff Appreciation Week

Teacher / Staff appreciation week is May 7 – 11.  If you have any ideas/suggestions, or services to provide that week, please contact volunteer coordinator Ginny Pollen 612-816-1176 or room parent coordinator Cassie Bellio ( .