ISLA News

January 30, 2018

Emily Smith

Administrative Assistant

Summer Camp

Summer Camp dates and themes are posted on our website. We will start registering by February 1 at the latest. For information visit:

https://www.isla.school/explore/summer-camps

Sibling Enrollment 

Make sure that your child receives the sibling enrollment priority they are entitled to at ISLA.  Submit an online student application for the sibling of a currently enrolled student by the sibling enrollment deadline of February 12,, 2018 at 4:00 p.m.  Any student applications for a sibling received after the deadline will follow regular enrollment processes.

ISLA Speed Rope Jump Contest

Dear ISLA Parents,

Once again, we are preparing for our Annual Jump Rope Contest.  Currently we are finishing the Jump Rope unit and the contest will take place on Tuesday February 6th in the ISLA gym. We invite parents, guardians, grandparents, relatives, and friends to come and watch.

I appreciate your support and enthusiasm for this activity to promote exercise and a healthy lifestyle.

These are the participating groups:

  • Division     I - Grades 1 and 2 – starts at 1:15. All observing classes must be in the     gym 5 minutes before the contest starts.
  • Division     II - Grades 3 and 4 – starts at 1:55.      All observing classes must be in the gym 5 minutes before the     contest starts.
  • Division III - Grades     5 and 6 – starts at 2:30. All observing classes must be in the gym 5     minutes before the contest starts.

Each selected student will have 2 ten second turns during the contest. The top contestant will be the one with the most jumps in 10 seconds. Six students (Three boys and three girls) in each division will receive awards for third, second and first place.

If you have any questions, please contact me at idiaz@isla-academy.org.

Gracias,

Sr. Díaz

Wanted: Your Passion for ISLA!

Looking for a way to help support the mission and oversight of our amazing school? ISLA needs you! We are looking for interested community members, teachers, and parents to fill several upcoming vacancies for three-year terms, beginning June 30, 2018. No previous experience necessary, but some areas of expertise we currently need include, law, human resources, marketing, fundraising, or education.  As one of the seats up for election is 'teacher-designated', we are required to have a teacher for that seat. So, all you wonderful ISLA teachers, please consider serving on the Board!

Because ISLA is a charter school, ISLA's Board of Directors operates as its own school district. The Board is responsible for overseeing the general operations of the school, implementing policies and procedures, and long term financial planning. There are a number of different committees on which Board members can serve.

Questions can be directed to Mary Jo De Villers , Election and Nominating Committee Chair, at mdevillers@isla-academy.org . If you are interested in applying, please submit a Statement of Interest to the Election and Nominating Committee by January 30, 2018. Here is a link to the Statement of Interest 2018: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1K5gghqoOoNmf1mGf20uDGfuFXDH6bI4VO-TXJlM6lf8/edit  A sample ballot, including nominated candidates, will be posted on the school's website in April 2018 and the election for office will occur in connection with the annual meeting in May 2018.

MORNING STUDENT DROP OFF

When coming to ISLA, always enter the larger, east parking lot.  This lot has two areas - one to enter and one to exit.  It will be very important that we all use them in the same way to enter and exit. 

As you enter the parking lot, the bus area will be blocked off in part by cones, with areas for the busses to pass through. Cars do not drive beyond the cones.   Parents bringing their children to school in the morning will drop –off on the east side, parallel to the building, where the striping and signs indicate so.  Please pull ahead as far as you are able, to the southern-most sign on the east side of the building.  A number of cars can all drop off at the same time, and adult supervisors will help students get out of their car and walk in the building.  Consider the striped area a sidewalk; you are not to drive on the area, as it is meant to be a walking area for students. 

You may begin drop off at 8:45 am, when there is supervision.   Children must stay in the striped area, and may not enter from the parking lot, as the busses will be leaving the lot once the bus has been emptied and we don’t want children crossing the path of a bus.

Please do not get out of your car when dropping off your child in the drop off line. Your student should exit your car on the passenger side. If you cannot drop off your child in 30 seconds to allow for good traffic flow, you are invited to park and walk your child into school.

When walking from the parked car area to school, please use the marked crosswalk at the North end of the parking lot. Do not run in between cars in the drop off line. Please be vigilant and watch the directions of the staff outside.  A number of people will be supervising to ensure drop-off is safe.

 

AFTERNOON STUDENT PICK-UP

At the end of each day sixth grade students and adult supervisors will walk through the halls picking up students from each class to go to the bus.  Together, students from each bus will leave the building and board the bus.  This will be done for all seven buses.  Once all students have boarded the buses, the buses will all leave.  At that time, the students who are being picked up will exit the building together, and wait in the busing area until their parent or guardian comes from the car to get them.  When the buses leave the parking lot, it is your cue to get out of the car and pick up your child.  You will need to walk your child to the car to avoid having any unsupervised children running in the lot while other parents are trying to drive out.  Please remember this if you are talking to other parents.  Students will not be allowed to leave the waiting area until a parent or guardian comes to get him/her.

Buses are scheduled to leave by 3:35; parent pick up will follow.   Teachers will remain in the rooms, and the halls will be busy, so it is important not to pick up your child inside the building at this time.

On the RARE occasion you need to pick up early for an appointment, please arrive by 3:15 to do so, or your child will not be able to be released early. Any transportation changes for the day must be called in by 2:45 pm.  If the request is received after 2:45 pm, your student will go home on their normal mode of transportation for the day.

When there are activities during the day at school and you would like to take your child after the activity, please communicate this information to the office in a timely manner.  If you will also be picking up a sibling, please do not go to the sibling’s classroom.  This is very disruptive to the rest of the class.  Please come to the office to sign your child out and the office staff will call your child to the office.