ISLA and ISLA-PTO news 4/27/18

September 29, 2019

Emily Smith

Administrative Assistant

World Book Day

Monday, April 23 was world book day.  April 23 is a symbolic date for world literature. It is on this date in 1616 that Cervantes, Shakespeare and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega all died. It is also the date of birth or death of other prominent authors, such as Maurice Druon, Haldor K.Laxness, Vladimir Nabokov, Josep Pla and Manuel Mejía Vallejo.

To recognize this day, we had a STOP-DROP- and READ where everyone in the school stopped what they were doing and read for 20 minutes from 1:00-1:20. Classes spread out into the hallways with their favorite book and read.

LAs and staff dressed up like their favorite book character and walked in a parade through the hallways reading their favorite book.  

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

Concierto de Primavera Segundo Grado

Friday, May 4, 10 am

Families are invited!

ISLA Board News

The ISLA School Board met on Tuesday, April 24th, 2018 at 6:30pm. Here are highlights from the meeting:

  • The Board participated in a Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats (SWOT) analysis on Monday, April 23rd to continue to review the Hopkins immersion proposal to ISLA. Jen Dellmuth, past board chair and board member and current ABC Board member led the SWOT analysis.
  • The Board reviewed a preliminary draft of the 2018-2019 budget. This draft reflects on each committee’s annual goals based on the current strategic plan. Additionally, the most recent conversations about what ISLA can build upon in both strengths and opportunities can be seen in the current budget proposal. Further budget discussions and the approval of the budget will happen in the May and June meetings.
  • The Board reviewed and proposed a revision in the sibling preference and enrollment policy from the Governance Committee.
  • The Board approved the expenditure of funds to repair windows and trim trees. A final approval of construction plans will be reviewed in May for the green space construction.
  • Heather Copps presented marketing strategies and a proposal for a marketing specialist that would improve and streamline parent and community communications.  Her work at ISLA, as a parent, PTO member, and School Board member have been helpful in recognizing the history and development of ISLA as a great place to go to school.
  • A Board retreat is being proposed for this summer in order to on board new board members and use available training from MSBA (MN School Board Association) for MN school boards.

 Current ISLA School Board Members are as follows:

  • Nora Tycast (Chair), parent
  • Jaiah Kamara, parent
  • Dan Tix, parent
  • Martin Hoff, parent
  • Adriana Maldonado, teacher
  • Kris Taylor (Secretary), parent
  • Heather Copps, parent
  • Jared Goodwin (Vice-Chair), community member
  • Allison Olesen, teacher
  • Cori Adams, teacher
  • JJ Schlangen (Treasurer), community member
  • Susan Malaret, parent
  • Mary Jo De Villers, grandparent and community member
  • Jeremy Perrin, executive director (non-voting member)

If you would like to be involved with a committee that serves the Board, we would love to have you. Please see the ISLA school website for committee information: To view the complete agenda and notes for the board meeting please follow this link:

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

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!

  • 5/3:  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 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)
  • 9/22: Paella Cooking Class & Dining Experience (adults only gathering)

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 in the flyer 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. It’s 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

Click here for order form.

2018-19 PTO Positions Available

There will be two open positions - Chair and Secretary/Communications - on the PTO for the 2018-19 school year. If you are interested, please contact Chris Polston ( for the chair position and Sarah Walz ( for the communications position. The positions for the 2018-19 school year will be voted on at the May 22ndPTO 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.            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.

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

v.            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.

Mark Your Calendars

  • May 4 – 2nd Grade Spring Program, 10 am
  • May 7-11 – Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week
  • May 7 – ISLA Parent Q & A regarding the Hopkins proposal, 6:30 pm
  • May 8 – 3rd & 4th Spring Program, 10 am
  • May 10 – Late Start (2 hours)
  • May 10 – 6th Grade Spring Program, 6:30 pm

Fourth Grade Business

Hello and Good Day Parents, 

In fourth grade we are studying business and economy. We are doing a final project to finish the unit. The fourth graders will be donating, spending, and saving the money. Our business is called CARNAVAL FAAP. FAAP states for the Fuego  Competitivo (Competitive Fire), Arte Esperanza (Hopeful Art), Arcade-A (Arcade) and Pastericos (yummy desserts)

We are selling products and  services. The product students will be selling is food. Our services include playing video games, playing hand-made games, and the creation of art. Some examples are throwing a ping pong ball into a cup, claw machine, making slime and other activities.

Our mission is to bring happiness and fun to the people that come to the carnival in where they will be able to eat, play, and create art.

The groups in this event are:

Arte Esperanza is a station in which you child can create unique art

  • Make-your-own-Slime $3
  • Rock friends is $2/pack to make your own
  • Pipe cleaners are $0.10 each to create whatever you want
  • The Mother's Day cards are a dollar to make yourself .  

Arcade-A is a place to play video games and arcade games.

  • Handmade arcade games are 25 cent per try and
  • Video arcade games are 50 cents  for 1 minute

Pastericos is a place to enjoy treats after having a whole bunch of fun

  • 2 donuts for $1 (MAX of 4 donuts)
  • 2 cookies for $1 (MAX of 4 cookies)
  • Lemonade for $1.50 (MAX of 1 drink)
  • Snow cones $2  (MAX of 1 cone)
  • Popcorn for 2$ (MAX of 1 popcorn cup)

Fuego competitivo is a place to play competitive games in which you receive prizes.

  • 2 tries per game for $1
  • tries for  2$
  • 7 tries for 3$
  • 10 tries for 4$
  • 12 tries for 5$

The date will be May 1st and  May 2nd in the time will be from 1:30 through 3:00pm. Also don’t forget to send your child with money in a plastic bag with their name on it so they can have lots of FUN!

Hope you enjoy!

4th grade