Noticias de ISLA y ISLA PTO

September 29, 2019

Emily Smith

Administrative Assistant

Did you know that Dia de los Muertos is a 100% parent-ran volunteer event?  The kids are counting on you! Volunteer on October 26th for a short shift. Participate here:


Did you forget to purchase an ISLA DDLMt-shirt last year? We are offering ISLA DDLM t-shirts at a reduced price of $8per shirt. All proceeds will go to ISLA.  There will not be any t-shirts for sale at this year’s DDLM, now’s your chance to grab one before they’re gone! We won’t be able to order more sizes once they’re gone. The sizes we have left are listed below:

Adult XL- 3
Adult L- 6
Youth L-5
Youth M-14 

If interested, please email Betsey at
Please note: these shirts are not uniform approved but are great for events.
Also, we encourage anyone who owns a shirt to wear theirs to this year’s DDLM. Thanks for showing your support of ISLA!


Important Notice Regarding Student Illness & Reporting Absences


It's that time of year when it seems germs are more prevalent, and "stuff" is getting passed between students in school. To help kids remember to wash their hands, cover their cough, & how to prevent the spread of germs; we have reviewed Hand-washing and disease prevention practices with each classroom. Parents can reinforce these practices at home in the effort to keep everyone healthy this school year. Good hand-washing practices are so important; hand-washing is the single, most-effective way to keep ourselves healthy and prevent the spread of disease to others.

To assist the school staff in preventing disease outbreaks, please be specific when reporting a child's absence. When calling in, please include a description of the symptoms (fever, vomiting, diarrhea, rash, eye drainage, etc.). If your child has been diagnosed by a health care provider with an illness, please indicate that also (pink eye, strep throat, ringworm, head lice, influenza,etc.). Our office needs to track communicable diseases to observe trends and to hopefully prevent any outbreaks. We also need to alert other families with children in the same classroom if any child is diagnosed with a communicable disease.

With all the stomach aches and sniffles that come along with childhood, it can be hard to determine when to keep your child home from school. Here are some guidelines to help you make that call:

  • Fever over 100° F. Child's temperature should be less than 100°F for a full 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medication) before they return to school.
  • Vomiting or diarrhea. Child should remain at home fora full 24 hours after the last episode of vomiting or diarrhea before they return to school.
  • Undiagnosed rash. A rash of unknown origin should be looked at by a health care provider to determine if treatment is needed or if school exclusion is indicated.
  • Red eyes, drainage, or crustiness. If pink eye is suspected, see a health care provider to determine if antibiotic drops are needed. If provider makes a pink eye diagnosis and prescribes drops, student should stay home for 24 hours after drops are started. Instruct child to not touch eyes/face and to wash hands frequently.
  • Strep throat. If a diagnosis of strep throat is made, child should take the prescribed antibiotics for a full 24 hours before returning to school.
  • Head lice. Child will need to be treated with OTC shampoo and hair combed through with a nit comb (or be seen by lice treatment specialist) before returning to school. Please continue lice prevention practices (daily combing for nit removal, wearing long hair up, no sharing personal items, reduce close personal contact, etc.) at home and school.

Remember to call the school office with any of the above conditions/diagnoses ASAP! 


Thanks to all those who came out for dinner at Chipotle on Tuesday night! Your support is greatly appreciated!!!



Thank you ISLA families for collecting and submitting Box Tops for Education. In the past years, ISLA has purchased balls and jump ropes for outdoor recess. This year we have purchased two really nice soccer goals and we are also looking to purchase new basketball hoops. All of the money collected will help fund these improvements!

Thank you ISLA Community!

Calendar of Events

  • Oct 15-16 – School in session
  • Oct 16 – ISLA Board Meeting, 6:30 pm
  • Oct 17 – Teacher Workshop, No School
  • Oct 18-19 – Education MN Workshop, No School
  • Oct 26 – Dia de los Muertos Family Night, 6:30-8:30
  • Nov 1 – Parent Info Night, 6:30 pm (potential families)
  • Nov 1-2 – Fall Conferences, No School
  • Nov 13 – PTO General Meeting, 6:30 pm
  • Nov 15 – Late Start (2 hours)
  • Nov 20 – ISLA Board Meeting, 6:30 pm
  • Nov 21-23 – Thanksgiving Holiday, No School
  • Dec 2 – Barnes & Noble Book Fair



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



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 AmazonSmile and use it for all your Amazon shopping needs.

Fiesta de la Primavera 2019

It is never too late to volunteer. Are you interested in getting involved but missed the information night?

Fill out this firm & we will find something that suits your volunteer abilities.

Fiesta Chairs

Tasha Bredeson & GretchenMerritt