ISLA and ISLA-PTO News 5/11/18

September 29, 2019

Emily Smith

Administrative Assistant
2nd grade program
3rd grade program
4th grade program

Spring Program Highlights from 2nd, 3rd and 4th grade.

Queridas familias,

The Minnesota Department of Education conducted a routine audit of our special education programming and facility this spring, and everything went very well. However, upon further analysis of the report, our caseload, and the resource room, we have come to the conclusion that we really need more space for this department, as well as for our part time service providers in the areas of occupational therapy, speech, social work, and school psychology.

As a result,  I have had conversations with the owner of Mis Amigos and Compañeros, and have decided that we will not renew their lease on the classroom space which they have been leasing from us.  In addition, ISLA will begin administering and managing the before/after school care services provided by Compañeros, which will allow us to infuse much more International Baccalaureate  input into the programming and staffing of this care.  Please use the same registration form for next year which was sent out to families from Compañeros/Mis Amigos this week.  

We know that this will affect a few ISLA/Mis Amigos families for next year, and we apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause.  Mis Amigos is currently looking at options for the Hopkins site, as well as other options, and are close to finding a solution.



Please Vote!

Election for ISLA’s Board of Directors will take place on May 15, 2018. Biographies of the candidates can be found on the school website at

Voting can be done in the office from 8:45 am – 4:30 pm or at the beginning of the Board’s meeting at 6:30 pm in the Media Center.

Mark Your Calendars

  • May 15 -  ISLA Board Elections
  • May 21 – Rollerskating at Rollergarden
  • May 22 – PTO Board Meeting
  • May 22 – Field Day

Field Day Volunteers

"Mom, dad, can you come to my school and help out?"

Have you heard this from your kids? If so, here is one of your last chances this year to see them in action.

Please consider volunteering for Field Day, Tuesday, May 22nd

We have several volunteer opportunities. This is a fun end-of-year-event. Come join your kids, staff, and have a blast!   

2018-19 Lunch Program Volunteers

The Lunch Program at ISLA offers you and your family a wonderful opportunity to visit and interact with your child and their classmates.  Past volunteers have greatly enjoyed participating.  So will you!

  • WHO can volunteer?  Moms, dads, grandparents, aunts, and uncles.  Anyone, really.  Just ask! No experience in necessary.   You can volunteer once a month or every week.  It’s up to you. And, no, you do not need to speak Spanish!
  • WHAT do they do?  The volunteer helps in several areas, such as distributing food and milk, opening children’s lunch packages, and monitoring tables.  The food manager will help you.
  • WHERE do I go in the building?  Sign in at the ISLA office and proceed to the gym/cafeteria.
  • WHEN do I show up?  The shifts run from 11:15am to 1:00pm. 
  • WHY should I help?  Because it’s fun!  The kids delight in seeing family members. Do you miss your kindergartner?  Maybe you want to see immersion in action and hear your child speaking Spanish.
  • HOW do I volunteer?  Simply get in contact with the Lunch Program Coordinator, Ginnie Pollen

Thank You to the PTO and families!

Thank you PTO and families for all the pampering this week for Teacher Appreciation.  We all feel your love an appreciation and are thankful that we have such a wonderful community supporting us!


Fiesta Great Gatherings



We still have many openings for all kinds of great gatherings and staff events.  You can sign up for them on SQUARE. 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!

  • 5/19: Crenshaw at Stages Theather with Sra Alfaro (1st – 6th grades only)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 6/24: Arepas Night (adult only gathering)
  • 8/18: Pizza Night (adult only gathering)

Lost and Found

Lost and found is overflowing the cabinet.  Come check out lost and found during your child’s concert so can claim your child’s valuables.  Items not picked up by Friday, May 18th, will be donated! 

Spring Music Programs 

  • Weds, May 16 – 1st grade, 10am 
  • Thurs, May 17 – 5th grade, 6:30pm 
  • Fri, May 18 – Kinder program and  graduation, 9:30am

2018-19 PTO Positions Available

There will be three open positions – Chair, Secretary/Communications, and Room Parent Coordinator - on the PTO for the 2018-19 school year. If you are interested, please contact Chris Polston ( for the chair position, Sarah Walz ( for the communications position and Cassie Bellio for the room parent coordinator position. The positions for the 2018-19 school year will be voted on at the May 22nd PTO meeting. A general description of each role is listed below:

PTO Chair:

i.              To prepare the meeting agenda and define action items prior to the meeting.

ii.             To convene and preside at meetings.

iii.            To facilitate any group discussions.

iv.           To call for members for committees.

v.            To work closely with the Director and ISLA Board in matters that relate to the ISLA PTO.

vi.           To make presentations to various groups and ISLA Board, if requested.

vii.          To plan the annual calendar.

viii.         To verify the filing of all appropriate tax documents as required by the IRS and the State of Minnesota.

ix.           Available to sign checks, receipts or payment requests in addition to Treasurer.

PTO Secretary/Communications:

i.              To attend all meetings and record proceedings and votes of the ISLA PTO.

ii.             To submit minutes of the PTO meetings to the ISLA PTO website posting prior to the next scheduled meeting.

iii.            Send out weekly (or as needed) communications on behalf of the PTO

iv.           To make any necessary revisions to the PTO meeting minutes and post to the ISLA PTO website within two weeks of the meeting when the revisions were discussed.

v.            To assist the PTO Board in handling any necessary correspondence.

vi.           To maintain the permanent records of the Organization including but not limited to Articles of Incorporation, Bylaws, IRS Determination letter, Federal Employer Identification Number, Sales Tax Exemption documentation, etc.

Room Parent Coordinator:

Coordinates the assigned Room Parents to represent the needs of the specific classroom and teacher to the PTO membership.  Room Parent Coordinator will work with the Volunteer Coordinator to facilitate classroom volunteers and are expected to attend or send a proxy to all monthly ISLA PTO