September 29, 2019

Emily Smith

Administrative Assistant
Excited for Exhibition next week.

Lunch with the Director

Logan Merritt, Rylan Budolfson and Finlay Beam enjoying lunch with Sr. Perrin at Yum.  They played 20 questions and debated the merits of various pets.  The waitress was impressed that they spoke in Spanish the entire time.

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 ( 

Sixth Grade Graduation Ceremony

The ISLA sixth grade graduation ceremony will be held on Friday, June 8th at 2 pm.  6th grade parents and family are welcome to attend.

Student medications in nurse's office

All student medications will be sent home with your student on the last day of school, Friday, June 8th. If you would rather pick up the medication yourself, just send me a message and that can be arranged. I hope everyone has a safe and fun summer. We'll see you next fall! If your child will need medication next school year, you can bring physician orders and updated medications at that time. Thank you! Tanya Nelson, RN, LSN (

2018-19 Transportation Forms

The 2018-19 student transportation forms have been sent home on June 1st.  Please complete one for your family and return them to the ISLA office by June 8.  Even if you have transportation for this year, you will need to complete a form for next year.  The Hopkins transportation department does not assume that you will need transportation.  If this form did not arrive at your house, here is the link to print one:

Hello ISLA Families:   

            We are 6th graders at ISLA and would love for you to come to our amazing event! This is our last unit called exhibition. We picked one of the UN Global Goals as our issue for the whole exhibition unit! (The Global Goals for Sustainable Development are 17 goals to help solve big problems in our world:  We chose Zero Hunger (Goal 2) and took steps to create awareness in our community. Our action plan is to go and volunteer at Feed my Starving Children. Our goal is to have at least 100 volunteers come and serve!  We are hoping that the super caring ISLA community can help us achieve this goal. Here are the steps you can take to participate:

1.    Register your family on Saturday, June 2 from 9:00-11:00 am in Chanhassen ( )

2.    Fill out our Google Form to help us keep track of our progress

3.    Wear any ISLA gear to show our school pride at the event.

4.    Make a difference by serving with us on June 2nd! (If you are not able to attend, consider taking your own action to fight hunger and tell us about it!)

  • Lauren, Hannah and Maria

Mark Your Calendars

  • June 6 – 6th Grade Exhibition, 6:30 pm
  • June 8 – 6th     Grade Graduation, 2 pm
  • June 8 – Last day of school
  • June 22 – School Supply Order Deadline Click here for more information

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!

  • 6/9: Chilean BBQ (adults only gathering)
  • 6/16: Egg Roll Party (adult only gathering)
  • 6/23: Arepas Night (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)

2018-19 PTO Board Members

At the PTO general meeting on Tuesday, May 22nd elections were held for three open spots for the 2018-19 school year. Your 2018-19 PTO representation is as follows: 

PTO Board Positions

  • Chair - Ginnie Pollen
  • Community & Social Events - Kristin Bilardi & Melany Terrazas
  • Fundraising - Sarah McCabe & Betsey Palmgren
  • Volunteer Coordinators - Sarah Walz & Julia Breyer
  • Communications/Secretary - Kati Kragtorp
  • LA Coordinators - Kim Gelperin & Meggin Gregory
  • Treasurer - Angela Mhiripiri

Non-Board Positions

  • Fiesta Coordinators - Tasha Bredeson
  • Room Parent Coordinator - Alexia Petterson
  • Spirit Store Coordinator - Laura Tellier
  • Uniform Coordinator - Teresa Hoppe

2017-18 LA Highlights – Anna

LA NAME: Anna Larruy Arador



Home City/Country: Barcelona, Spain

GRADES YOU WORKED WITH THIS YEAR: Kindergarten and first grade

A FAVORITE MEMORY OF THIS YEAR: It’s impossible to choose only one. But, for me, the most amazing thing is I met amazing people from different countries to share with me this amazing year.

WHAT WAS SOMETHING YOU DIDN’T EXPECT LIVING IN AMERICA? We have the stereotype of American people like in TV shows and movies, who don’t like to meet other people but this is super wrong. I can see that people inside are the same, we want the same, to be happy.

OTHER THINGS TO NOTE: I want to say thank you to my families, the McCabes and the Coigs. I always feel at home. We share a lot of moments together and I love them so much.

PLANS FOR SUMMER AND NEXT YEAR: Travel to California and Cuba.

2017-18 LA Highlights – Carlos

LA NAME: Carlos Melero



Home City/Country: Spain

GRADES YOU WORKED WITH THIS YEAR: Kinder, fifth and sixth grade

A FAVORITE MEMORY OF THIS YEAR: During winter break in New York City, watching Manhattan from the Long Island Ferry during the sunset.

WHAT WAS SOMETHING YOU DIDN’T EXPECT LIVING IN AMERICA? The continuous dependence with cars. Unless you have a well communicated living area, or a very good public transportation system, you need a car for everything!

ANY OTHER THINGS TO NOTE? The families are so giving. Not just the hosting families, but the whole ISLA community. I would’ve never imagined it before I came here.

Plans for summer and next year? When school finishes, I’ll go to California to spend the last days in America. After I’m going back to Spain, and I’ll apply for a job as a teacher. If I’m unsuccessful, I’ll go to London to work as a substitute teacher.

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