ISLA News

April 21, 2017

Emily Smith

Administrative Assistant

A Message from fourth grade

Dear ISLA Parents,

All ISLA kids have been invited to come to the 4th grade business, ‘Mercado Mundial.’ Our unit is “Show Me the Money.” We are learning how to start a business, use money wisely and make economic decisions.

If your child would like to buy something from the ‘Mercado Mundial,’ they will have to bring in money to buy some of our delicious treats, fun games, and awesome art. The stores will be open on Wednesday the 26th for Kinder, 1st, & 2nd grade and Thursday the 27th for 3rd, 5th, & 6th grade from 1:00 to 3:00 pm.

Here are our four stores: Pop’n Palomitas is selling popcorn and showing a funny movie. Putt Putt Crema is selling ice cream and you can also play mini golf. Inner Arte is selling playdough and slime, comics, bracelets, dream catchers, face painting and key chains.  Baker y Batidos is selling muffins and refreshing smoothies.

Your child will be taking home a cover letter and ordering slips. If your child would like to buy something, please have them fill out the slips and return to their teacher by Monday, April 24th. Please do not attach money to the slips. Students should bring their money the day their class is coming. These ordering slips are just an estimation of how much product the businesses need to make/buy. If your child doesn’t fill something out and then wants to buy something the day of, don’t worry, we will have extras.

We are excited to see them there! Thank you, The Fourth Grade Businesses!

Volunteer Appreciation

Thank you to our wonderful volunteers!  Come and enjoy a special time just to celebrate all you have done for us.

Date:  Thursday, April 27th 
Time:  2:30 pm 
Location: ISLA Gym 

GOOD FOOD + ACTIVE BODIES = KIDS EQUIPPED FOR SUCCESS!!

Healthy Children = Better Learners

Healthier kids perform better on tests, are more focused in class, behave better, are absent less and have higher self-esteem. Together, we need to understand the challenges we face today. Our kids spend an average of more than seven hours a day in screen time--nearly an hour and a half more than just a few years ago. Across the country, students' time in PE classes or recess has been reduced for increased academic instruction. Many schools continue to have unhealthy foods and beverages available to students. We, as busy parents, often grab quick, unhealthy meals or snacks for our kids. We offer fatty, sugary treats for children's gatherings, celebrations and sporting events. Collectively and over time, our seemingly innocuous practices take a toll on our kids' health and learning. We want to do better.

The solution to this national epidemic is within reach. Parents, grandparents, educators and caring people everywhere can all play a part instilling kids with the lifelong habits they'll need for health and academic success. From feeding the children in our lives nutritious breakfasts each morning to encouraging them to play actively for 60 minutes every day, each one of us can help improve the eating and activity habits of school kids across the country.

Here at ISLA, we have formed a wellness committee to help address some of these concerns. It is our mission to promote the physical, mental and social health of our students, staff and the community by educating, inspiring and empowering individuals to make healthy choices and habits both at school and home. We will be putting extra focus on healthy activities and nutritious foods this next week, during Every Kid Healthy Week. EKHW is an annual observance held in the last week of April that shines a spotlight on the great efforts schools are making to improve the health and wellness of their students. The observance also provides an opportunity for everyone to get involved by supporting sound nutrition, regular physical activity and health-promoting programs in schools.

The wellness committee has been working on several ideas to help improve the overall health of our ISLA family. Look for the "Family Wellness Portfolio" to come home with students soon. This is a tool for families to use to help become aware of our health habits. It encompasses the whole aspect of wellness, including physical, social, mental and emotional health. We invite everyone to participate and we would love to get your feedback on the tool and how it might have impacted your family's health. We also have an opportunity to provide a fun recess activity during EKHW. We have invited a trainer from a local gym to come one day next week and get kids excited to be active during their recess time. It is our hope to facilitate many more health and wellness events and learning opportunities. Thank you for your support in our endeavors to help each one reach their optimal health!