Noticias de ISLA y ISLA PTO

September 29, 2019

Emily Smith

Administrative Assistant

Queridas Familias,

If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind?"  Percy Bysshe Shelley

I hope this finds you doing well on yet another snowy evening. Today, as big flakes began to drift down just before the first recess began, I overheard a student yelling “Yay, it’s snowing” as she ran outside to play.  I am quite sure that you all feel the same way. :)

  • Late Starts:  As many of you know, Hopkins School district cancelled the remaining late starts for the year.  We have confirmed with the transportation department that we will have busing during our late starts, so we will still have a late starts on March 7th and April 11th as planned.  However, we will not have a late start on May 2nd, as we need to make up instructional and assessment time.
  • Internet Safety:  Some of you might have heard about disturbing trend/hoax has been making its way around social media, Whatsapp, and Youtube-- called the Momo challenge.  Whether it is a hoax or not, with its disturbing picture of a bird like character with bulging eyes, and the allegation that it asks children to harm themselves, this is yet another case of why we need to be informed about where our children are online, and what they are doing.  Here is more information about this threat:

    If your child has a phone, internet safety experts recommend a periodic review of the device, and frank, honest discussions about safety. Here are some apps to be on the lookout for:
  • International Women’s Day:  As an International Baccalaureate School, one of the ways in which we foster global citizenship and understanding is by observing some of the international days which are identified by the United Nations. International Women’s Day is on Friday, March 9th, and a small family activity will be arriving in the“carpeta roja”; we will follow up with classroom and whole school curriculum at the end of next week.
  • ISLA in Top 100 Schools in Minnesota: Breaking news-- ISLA landed in the top 100 schools in Minnesota in the list compiled by Niche.  ¡Enhorabuena, ISLA!  
    Here is the list:

Thank you for everything you do to make ISLA an amazing school and community!




Yearbook Orders!

Don’t delay to order your yearbook - orders due by March 29th. See attached flyer for details! Click here to order – school ID code: 9747919

A huge thank you to Anne Hoff for presenting on Conscious Discipline at the PTO meeting this week!  


Parents! We are looking for donations for our 12th Annual Fiesta de la Primavera auction scheduled for May 4, at Plymouth Creek Center in Plymouth.


(You choose how many spots for your event, during the Fiesta auction parents/students sign-up& pay per spot, bringing forth community and raising funds to benefit our LA Program).

Great Gathering Ideas:

  • Host an adult dinner party (always a big hit)
  • Ladies night out, men’s night out, card night
  • Sponsor a group fun event (men’s golf outing, pool party, backyard BBQ)
  • A week or weekend at a vacation home, cabin or time-share

It is recommended that donated items be at least $30 or greater in value.

Please fill out the google form by Friday, March 15th

Contact Merrie Sjogren at for questions!

ParentDonations Form!!!

2019Language Ambassador Experiences!!!

Have a look at our LA experiences that will take place BEFORE the Fiesta de la Primavera!

It’s easy, use the SignupGenius link, click on the experience, & sign-up with payment all on SignupGenius.

Be sure to read all descriptions thoroughly!!

Reach out to Tasha at for any questions!

Language Ambassador Experiences Signup!

Send in your photos for the yearbook!

Do you have photos of class parties, field trips, or any other pictures of your kids and friends at ISLA? Send them in to be considered for the ISLA yearbook!  Please include the child’s name and grade.  Cell phone pictures will even work, as long as they are sent in at full resolution.  

Send your full resolution pictures to:

Spring Student-Led Conferences

Student-led conferences are scheduled for March 7th,19th and 21st.  Conferences will be held from 8-10:15 am on Thursday, March 7th, 4:30-7:15 pm on Tuesday, March 19th and 8 am-2 pm on Thursday, March 21st.  To sign up for a conference time, please go to

Los Idolos de ISLA

What better way to finish off the snowiest February on record than to be dazzled by an exhibition of young ISLA talent. Yesterday, at the 4th annual Idolos de ISLA talent show, students from 1st to 6th grade were real risk takers as they performed a variety of acts that included piano and ukulele solos, aerial silk acrobatics, shadow and pom dancing, hula-hoop tricks, song interpretations, gymnastic routines and more.  Thank you to all the students who tried out and participated. A special thank you to the sixth grade Idolos de ISLA committee, Sra. Rayo, Sra. Yepes and Sr.Gonzalez for their work in making this happen.



Day time volunteers are needed for classroom exploration and library support. Spanish is not  required.Have you considered volunteering? Sign up for a shift on the sign ups below and give it a try! Still not sure? E-mail us your questions - Sarah and Julia at

Exploration - We need your help! February and March spots remain open for everygrade level! February and March dates listed by grade level below. Volunteertime is 12:50-2:50pm.

  • Kinder - 3/8
  • 2nd - 3/12
  • 3rd - 3/4
  • 4th - 3/15
  • 5th - 3/18
  • 6th - 3/7, 3/19

Description: You will be assisting the students participate in the projects and other hands on activities that Sra Maldonado has set up. Volunteer in your child’s class. The sign up identifies the grade and rotating exploration day, with 2 volunteers needed per day for grades K-2,and 1 volunteer needed per day for grades 3-6:

Library - We still have a need for volunteers to assist classes during library time. Spanish is not required.Thank you for considering!