Noticias de ISLA y ISLA PTO

September 29, 2019

Emily Smith

Administrative Assistant

World Book Day-Tuesday April 23

World Book Day was proclaimed by UNESCO in 1995 as a worldwide day of celebration of books and copyright. They chose this date as it is a day when many authors either were born or died. We remember the contributions of these and all authors and publishers for the promotion of literature and literacy throughout the world. At ISLA, we will celebrate this day in several ways, and would like to enlist your help at home for a few of our activities.

-Take a “shelfie”(photos of students reading in unique or interesting places). Please send these photos to school for a display in the foyer.

-Starting on April 12 and ending on April 19, we’re asking students to write down the number of minutes they read. They will also be keeping track of how many minutes they are reading in the classroom.

-Lector misterioso (Mystery Reader) If you’d be interested in reading to a class, either in the library or in a classroom, please send me a message with the time you’re available and the book you’d like to read. If you prefer to read to a specific classroom or grade level, please let me know, as well.

I will also do an activity with all students during their library times where they will draw a picture of their favorite book and write about why it is their favorite. Those will also be displayed as recommendations for the readers at ISLA.

Next week, I will be explaining all the activities to the students and giving them a little reminder note of all the activities they can participate in as we celebrate the power of books!

Thank you for all your help with this celebration!

Lisa Yepes, bibliotecaria

PTO Survey

Hola Parents!

Your input is very important us! If you haven’t had a chance to complete the PTO survey (placed on classroom tables at conferences) and still want a chance to win 2 FREE TICKETS TO THE FIESTADE LA PRIMAVERA, complete the survey online by Sunday April 7th,2019!



Putting away your winter clothes and pulling out your suitcases for spring break?!  When you discover you are done with those items, please consider donating them to the ISLA LA program!

Each spring, most of our LAs want to return home with one additional suitcase - can you imagine how much stuff they accumulate in one school year?!?!  Note: they do NOT need to be working suitcases!  There could be a rip or a broken zipper… as long as it can hold “stuff” and be duct taped up, it will work just fine!!!

And, although our snow is FINALLY melting away, we at LA Head Quarters never stop looking for warm items to keep our future LAs warm!!!  The PTO provides the LAs with their winter gear mainly from ISLA family donations.  We need men’s and women’s sizes.  Smaller sizes like our older school kids would wear (girls size 14-16) are always needed. 

On Tuesday, April 2 ISLA joined the United Nations in observing World Autism Day. As an IB world school, we speak out against discrimination, celebrate the diversity of our global community and aspire to remove barriers to learning through collaboration, mutual respect,and support. This is a whole school educational approach in which we want all our students to feel accepted and supported in order that they can reach their full potential.


Our 8 LAs had a great time with their 1st MN Families - their fall families.  From their welcoming pick-ups at the airport to the State Fair to the first days of school and into winter, our Language Ambassador program could not happen without our devoted families who provide fun, food and FAMILY while housing our exchange teachers.  

Thanks so much to:

The Fisher Family for hosting Rocio from Colombia

The Gregory Family for hosting Valeria from Colombia

The Halls Family for hosting JuanRo from Chile

The Klein Family for hosting Ruben from Spain

The Lauzon Family for hosting Yancy from El Salvador

The McCabe Family for hosting Lina from Colombia

The Morales Family for hosting Karla from El Salvador

The Salemi Family for hosting Cristian from Colombia

Will YOUR family be a host family next fall? Please contact Kim ( or Meggin ( to talk about this opportunity.

Spring Music Programs

The spring music program dates have been set. You will receive more information about these programs as the time gets closer.

May 20 – 4th grade, 2 pm
May 24 – 1st grade, 2 pm
May 28 – 2nd grade, 2 pm
May 31 – 3rd grade, 2 pm
June 5 – 6th grade, 6:30 pm
June 6 – Kinder, 9:30 am
June 6 – 5th grade, 6:30 pm

Calendar of Events

  • April 8 – Extra-curricular activities begin (with the exception of Young Rembrandts which will begin April 17)
  • April 10 – Last day of Young Rembrandts before next session
  • April 11 – Late Start, 2 hours - This is different than the Hopkins School District calendar
  • April 16 – ISLA Board Meeting, 6:30 pm
  • April 17 - Spring session of Young Rembrandts begins
  • April 19 – Teacher Workshop, No school
  • April 25 – Kindergarten Round-up, 6:30 pm
  • May 4 - Fiesta de la Primavera, 6:30 pm

ISLA Board Elections

Election for directors for ISLA's board for the 2019-2020 year will take place on May 21, 2019.

For the slate of candidates go to: and to see their biographies go to:




S p e n d  t i m e w i t h  o u r L A s ! L i m i t e d n u m b e r  o f s p o t s a v a i l a b l e .



D o n ' t  f o r g e t t o  b o o k y o u r  s i t t e r !



H e l p m a k e  t h e  F i e s t a h a p p e n  -  v o l u n t e e r  o n M a y  4 t h !

Donate to the wall of wine:

C L I C K   H E R E

E a c h  y e a r ,  t h e  p o p u l a r  W a l l o f  W i n e i s  a  l i v e a u c t i o n i t e m  a t t h e F i e s t a  d e l a  P r i m a v e r a . I f  y o u ’ r e  i n t e r e s t e d i n c o n t r i b u t i n g , p l e a s e  d r o p o f f m o n e t a r y  d o n a t i o n s

( c a s h  o r c h e c k )  w i t h E m i l y S m i t h i n  t h e  I S L A o f f i c e .

T h e  W a l l o f  W i n e c o m m i t t e e w i l l  c o m p l e t e t h e p u r c h a s e . 

Do n a t i o n s u p  t o $ 3 0 0  w i l l b e  m a t c h e d  b y M i n n e h a h a  L a k e W i n e  &  S p i r i t s !


A R E P A S N I G H T A T T H E I B A R R A ’ S

E n j o y a n i g h t o u t w i t h  o t h e r  I S L A p a r e n t s w h i l e J u l i a n a  &  R e n e I b a r r a  ( p a r e n t s o f  3 r d  g r a d e r , A l e j a n d r o )  m a k e m o u t h - w a t e r i n g  V e n e z u e l a n - s t y l e a r e p a s  a n d  s e r v e  d e l i c i o u s  c o c k t a i l s ! A b o n f i r e a n d / o r  g a m e n i g h t w i l l  t o p  o f f  t h e  e v e n i n g . B i d d e r s– t h i s  w i l l g o  q u i c k l y , s o  b i d  h i g h !  T h a n k  y o u ,

Thank you J u l i a n a  a n d  R e n e ,  f o r  t h i s a w e s o m e e v e n t d o n a t i o n !

Questions about the Fiesta de la Primavera 2019?

Please email Tasha and Gretchen at or call Gretchen at 651-247-9365.


The PTO collects and organizes new or gently used uniforms that are donated by ISLA families who no longer need them.  They will be set out at a variety of events throughout the year.  However, if you find your child has gone through a growth spurt and you need access to them sooner Emily is able to give parents access to where the uniforms are stored.  To donate items, please bag them and drop off at the school office.  Please feel free to take any items your kids could use.  You do NOT have to donate anything in order to take.


Looking for more easy ways to help support the great work that thePTO does for our kids and their school? Here are two great options!

:  You can find your child’s things easily in the lost and found by marking them with bright, durable, Mabel’s Labels. Go to and click on Select your School/Organization and choose International Spanish Language Academy.  A portion of your purchase will support the PTO.

: Shop at Amazon? You can have a portion of your purchase donated to the PTO!  Go to and search for International Spanish Language Academy.  Then just make sure to bookmark AmazonSmile and use it for your entire Amazon shopping needs.



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! April spots remain open for every grade level!April dates listed by grade level below. Volunteer time is 12:50-2:50pm.

  • Kinder - 4/1, 4/12, 4/26
  • First - 4/2, 4/29
  • 2nd - 4/4, 4/16, 4/30
  • 3rd - 4/5, 4/18
  • 4th - 4/8
  • 5th - 4/9, 4/23
  • 6th - 4/11, 4/26

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 forvolunteers to assist classes during library time. Spanish is not required.Thank you for considering!



ISLA Board Committee Openings:Interested in joining one of the Board Committees?

Popcorn Machine Maintenance - Contact the PTO if you are interested in maintaining the popcorn machine in between school and PTO events.

Go to the Volunteer Interest Form to learn about more ways to get involved:

Questions about Volunteering? Contact us at