Noticias de ISLA y ISLA PTO

September 29, 2019

Emily Smith

Administrative Assistant

Curriculum Night/State of the School Event

Thursday, September 27th, 6:30-8:30 pm is curriculum night and our State of the School Event.  This is an event for PARENTS/GUARDIANS only.  You will learn about the themes your child will explore this year, teacher expectations, homework, routines and more.   Each grade level will conduct two identical presentations, allowing those with children in more than one grade level to attend both presentations. We will begin with an all-school presentation in the multi-purpose room at 6:30 pm.  This will be a time to introduce all ISLA staff.

Curriculum presentations will take place in the classroom.  We hope to see you then.

Arrival Time

For the welfare and safety of all students, we request that students do not arrive at school any earlier than necessary.  If your child does not ride the bus, please plan his or her arrival time to be 8:45-8:55 am (10:45-10:55 am on late starts).  Staff will be ready to receive students at 8:45 am (10:45 am on late starts).  Any students dropped and unattended before this time, will be sent to Aventuras. Families will be billed for this time. Classes begin at 8:45 am. Students will be marked tardy if they are not in their seats ready to learn at 9:05 am.  Please escort your student to the office to get a tardy slip if your student arrives after 8:58 am(10:58 am on late starts).

Here’s to another great school year!

Sr.Diaz welcoming ISLA students.

(picture submitted by Tad Johnson . Published in the Sun Sailor)


Dress for the weather…

Fall is in the air.  It’s the time of year where it can be chilly outside at recess time.  Please remember to send the appropriate clothing with your child so that they can enjoy recess.

Calendar of Events

  • 9/25 - ISLA Board Meeting, 6:30 pm
  • 9/27 - Picture Day, Kinder, gr. 3 and gr. 6
  • 9/28 - Picture Day, gr. 1-2, gr 4-5
  • 10/2 - PTO General meeting *open to ALL parents, caregivers,teachers and staff
  • 10/4 - Late Start, 2 hours
  • 10/5 - Picture Retakes
  • 10/9 - Fiesta de la Primavera info night 7:30pm @ Gretchen Merritt’s home
  • 10/15-16 - ISLA students will attend school.  This is different from the Hopkins district.
  • 10/17 - Teacher Workshop, no school
  • 10/18-19 – Education MN conference, no school
  • 10/26 - Dia de los Muertos family night, 6:30-8:30 pm

Extra-curricular Activities

1. Taller de Juegos Tradicionales - Traditional Games Workshopwith Srs. Ruben and Juan Ro

In this workshop kids will have the opportunity to get to know and enjoy playing a variety of traditional games from Spain and Latin America. We will build the games with all recycle materials brought from home and school. Students will have a chance realize how materials gain a second life when repurposed.

We will also play card games with Spanish deck of cards and games that exercise math skills.

Where:Art Room
2nd through 6th grade
10 Sessions - $80.00

2.Yo Canto y Bailo en ISLA - I Sing and Dance at ISLA with Srtas. Karla, Rocio and Yancy

This is a true cultural opportunity for kids to sing and dance traditional songs from the Spanish world. IB aims and values will be at the center of the activities helping students become even more internationally minded. "Yo canto in ISLA" will develop self-expression and ability to perform in front of others.

Where:Music Room
8 Sessions - $64.00

3. Dance and Party with Sr. Cristian

It is scientifically proven that dancing improves your memory and cognitive functions. Why not have fun with contemporary and latin dance?
In this class students will have the possibility to work on becoming more flexible through choreographies based on contemporary techniques supported by different musical rhythms, among them latin ones.

Come and dance, I assure you, it will be a lot of fun.

Where:Music Room
2nd through 6th grade
7 Sessions - $56.00

4. MinecraftEDU with Sr. Edgar and Srta. Valeria

MinecraftEDU is a specialized version of Minecraft for educational environments that incorporates IB principles. These activities promote teamwork, friendship, and creativity through true edutainment.

Where:Computer lab
When: Monday: 1st and 2nd grade - 10 Sessions - $80.00
Thursday: 3rd and 4th - 7 Sessions - $56.00

5. Chess Club by Twin Cities Chess Club

Want to amaze your friends and impress your opponents? Want to increase your IQ while having fun playing chess and compete for various prizes? Learn from Twin Cities Chess Club instructors who have years of experience. Competitive chess tournaments are scheduled once a year and students can play for real chess trophies! All levels are welcome. We have a great instructor for this class but he is not a Spanish speaker.

When: Thursdays
Kinder through 6th Grade
7 Sessions - $56.00

Click here to register for ISLA extra-curricular activities.

Click here to register online for the Young Rembrandts Drawing Class.


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

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

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

Box Tops for Education

We are coming up on our deadline to turn in our Box Tops for Education for this year! ISLA can use the money for anything it needs! Examples include computers,books, and playground equipment are just some of the ways schools have chosen to use the funds raised through Box Tops for Education.

A form to attach box tops is included in this newsletter. Use the form, or turn in the box tops to the binnear the office by October 12.

Fiesta Planning is a great way toget involved and support our Language Ambassadors.  Want to learn more?  

Come to the Fiesta de la Primavera Information Night!

When: Tuesday, October 9th at 7:30pm
Where: Gretchen Merritt’s Home
Contact: Tasha Bredeson &Gretchen Merritt


Want an easy dinner and a chance to support our school? Come to chipotle in Hopkins (786 Mainstreet, Hopkins) on October 9th anytime from 4-8pm and 33% of all proceeds will go directly to ISLA to support our activities. Just tell the cashier you’re from ISLA. Stay and hang out with ISLA friends, or grab a burrito to go! Doesn’t include online orders. Hope to see you there!

Calling all Volunteers…

We are seeking volunteers to work in the ISLA Library with Lisa Yepes, ISLA's media specialist, on a weekly or monthly basis to assist in the school library in a variety of ways. Unable to help out on a regular basis? We also need parent volunteers who are willing to work on special projects on an occasional basis.


Interested in helping your child's class?  Becoming a room parent is a great way to volunteer at ISLA.  Room Parents support and work together with our amazing ISLA teachers to plan a handful of classroom activities, including celebrations and a classroom auction item for the Fiesta de la Primavera. Ideally, two parents will work together in each classroom to support each of your children's teacher and classroom throughout the year.If you have any questions and/or would like more information, please contact Alexia Pettersen at

Here are the classrooms still in need of Room Parents:

Kinder - Huelga
1st - King
2nd - Dilley
3rd - Wood
Both 5th grade classrooms
6th - Devers

Thank you for considering and your help!


Are you looking for a fun opportunity to help out and see the kids during the school day? Sign up for the lunch program sub list to help out during the lunch hour!Prep for Lunch, Greet the Kids, Serve Food, and Clean Up while working along side another ISLA volunteer and Scott (ISLA's lunch manager).

Signing up for the lunch substitute list is a great way to help out on an ad hoc or last minute basis. (There is no commitment to signing up for the sub list.) Sign-up on Sub list on 9/1 time slot to be added to the sub email list.

Sign-up here:

Questions? Email us at


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.