Noticias de ISLA y ISLA PTO

September 29, 2019

Emily Smith

Administrative Assistant



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 or show them the flyer included in this newsletter. Stay and hang outwith ISLA friends, or grab a burrito to go! Doesn’t include online orders. Hope to see you there!

Calendar Updates

ISLA has always followed the Hopkins School District calendar in the past.  However, this year is different.  ISLA students will attend school on Monday,October 15 and Tuesday, October 16th.  The Hopkins Elementary schools will be closed for conferences.  Our conferences will be on November 1st and 2nd, so ISLA will not be in session on these days.  


October 15 and 16 – ISLA students attend school.

November 1 and 2 – ISLA will not be in session.


Fiesta Planning is a great way to get 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



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 email. Use the form, or turn in the box tops to the box by the office by October 12th.


Are you looking for a fun volunteer opportunity or have talents you would like to share with school and PTO needs? Check out opportunities and sign-up for more information in the Volunteer Interest form:

Questions? Email us at


School Directory

ISLA Families:

Please take a moment to add your family contact information to the ISLA School Directory. You will only be added if you fill out the quick survey. This is theonly resource that families have to contact classmates for play dates, birthday parties and carpooling.

The deadline for submission is Friday,October 8th.

ISLA Family Directory Link


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 and 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 and search for International Spanish Language Academy.  Then just make sure to bookmark Amazon Smile and use it for all your Amazon shopping needs.

The Aventuras calendar for child care during non-school days has been set.  Aventuras will be taking reservations for student care on the following days:

  • October 17
  • November 1-2
  • November 21
  • January 22
  • February 19
  • March 21
  • April 19


Thank you to all the wonderful ISLA volunteers!!!  We appreciate all that you do!With your time, efforts and talents the school and students were supported in the following ways last month:

  • Classrooms set up and supported by Room Parents and parent volunteers
  • ISLA students were picture ready on Picture Day
  • Lunches supported daily
  • Student book selection in the library
  • ISLA families join together at Back to School picnic and Yahoo/Boohoo to kick off the new year
  • New Chromebooks unpacked and set up for students
  • School grounds cleaned up for the start of school
  • Playground updates with new wood chips
  • Language Ambassadors arrived to ISLA and host families
  • Uniforms were exchanged and donated
  • Lost items found their way home
  • ISLA wear splashed the hallways by way of Spirit Store
  • State of the School/Curriculum Night supported
  • Improvements to the teacher's lounge
  • Fun field trips for some of the classes
  • SchoolBoard, PTO Board and Committees activities
  • and many, many more behind the scenes efforts to support the ISLA community!

"Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much!" - Helen Keller

Calendar of Events

  • Oct 8-12 – Extra-curricular Activities begin
  • Oct 9 – Chipotle Fundraiser, 4-6 pm
  • Oct 9 – Fiesta de la Primavera Info Night,7:30 pm at Gretchen Merritt’s home.
  • Oct 16 – ISLA Board meeting, 6:30 pm in the ISLA library
  • Oct 17-19 – No School, Teacher Workshops(This is different from the Hopkins calendar)
  • Oct 26 – Dia de los Muertos Family Night,6:30 pm at ISLA
  • Nov 1-2 – No School, Fall Conferences
  • Nov 1 – Parent Info Night, 6:30 pm in the ISLA gym.  This is for families interested in sending their child to ISLA.
  • Nov 13 – PTO General Meeting with Juntos Presentation, 6:30 pm in the ISLA Library.
  • Nov 15 – Late Start, 2 hours
  • Nov 20 – ISLA Board Meeting, 6:30 pm in the ISLA library
  • Nov 21-23 – No School, Thanksgiving Holiday
  • Dec 2 – Barnes and Noble Book Fair

Chipotle Flyer

Box Tops for Education Collection Sheet