ISLA News

May 11, 2017

Emily Smith

Administrative Assistant

Spring Campus Grounds Clean-up Day

Saturday, May 13: 9am to noon(ish) (rain or shine!)

We need volunteers for a Spring clean-up day at ISLA school.

Volunteers will:

  • Plant in landscaping area - soil treatments
  • Cut and clear brush, dead trees/branches
  • Haul brush away
  • Pick-up trash
  • Spread mulch

We need willing helpers. Please bring shovels (and other digging tools for working tough soil); rakes, brush-cutting tools.

We also need someone to bring a trucks and/or trailers to haul away brush.

Please RSVP to Dan Tix - (dantix@hotmail.com) and let him know what you can bring.

Scholastic Book Fair

ISLA will be holding a Scholastic book fair before, during and after the upcoming spring concerts. 

Book Fair dates:        May 18th-19th

Shopping hours:       The book fair will be open before, during, and after the music concerts for kindergarten,  5th and 6th grade on the above dates.

Extra-curricular Activities

The last week of extra-curricular activities is May 15-18.  Please plan accordingly.

Schedule and Dress Requirements for Spring Concerts 2017

Kinder 5/19/2017 9:30 am

Girls and boys in dark pants, shorts or skirts (navy or black) Solid shirts in yellow, green, red or pink.

ISLA will provide or make flower crowns for all students.

Quinto y Sexto Grado + BANDA 5/18/2017 6:30 pm

Quinto:

Boys and girls in dark pants, shorts or skirts (Black or Navy) with a red, black, white or striped shirt.

ISLA will provide eye patches and red and black bandanas to wear on their heads.

Sexto: Boys and girls jeans with their Tie Dye ISLA shirts.

An Invitation to VOTE for ISLA Board Members

The ISLA Board of Directors invites you to attend its annual meeting on Tuesday, May 16, 2017, at 6:30 pm in the Media Center. We will be electing new members for five open board seats.  The Election is by secret ballot.

Pursuant to ISLA’s Bylaws, the Election and Nominating Committee has nominated the following slate of five candidates for ISLA’s Board of Directors, serving term between 6/30/17 and 6/29/20 (unless otherwise noted).

  • Nora Tycast  - ISLA Parent
  • Kris Taylor -  ISLA Parent
  • Jaiah Kamara—ISLA Parent
  • Dan Tix—ISLA Parent
  • Martin Hoff—ISLA Parent (1 year term)

Please join us at the annual meeting to vote in this Election. Those eligible to vote, as provided by the school’s Bylaws, are all parents and legal guardians of students currently enrolled at ISLA, the teachers and staff of ISLA, and the ISLA Board of Directors. Eligible voters can either vote during the school day (8:45 am-4:30 pm) in the school office, or at the beginning of the Board’s meeting at 6:30 pm in the Media Center.

Meetings of the ISLA Board, including the regular annual meeting, are open, and members of the ISLA community are encouraged to attend the School’s Board meetings.

Field Day!

Field day will be held on Wednesday, May 24th.  Sr. Diaz needs volunteers to make this day run successfully.  If you are able to help, please click here for more information: https://m.signupgenius.com/#!/showSignUp/10c0d4aa8ae2caaf49-isla  

6th Grade Graduation

The 6th grade graduation ceremony will be held at 2 pm on Thursday, June 1st.  Sixth grade parents and family are welcome to attend.

Bake Sale

On Thursday, May 18, after the 5th and 6th grade concert the Exhibition students who are working on the UN goal to eradicate hunger are having a bake sale. They are raising money to make sandwiches to feed the homeless.  Thank you for helping them make a difference.  Here is some more information about the making of sandwiches: https://www.tcdailyplanet.net/sandwich-man-serves-food-inner-city-homeless-363-days-year/

http://www.363days.org/allanlaw.html

-The hunger group

Getting Healthy Together--Skip the Screen!  

Technology can eat away huge amounts of time for everyone in the family...computers, televisions, video games, phones, etc. But did you know that the average child watches more than 2,300 hours of television each year, compared with only approximately 1,200 hours spent in school? As parents, we set the limits and examples. By turning off the television and other electronics, and focusing on the family instead, parents will be making a strong statement that communication with one another and spending time together in other activities are more important than interacting with electronics. Regardless of whether children are consuming “good” or “bad” programming, it’s clear that digital entertainment dominates the lives of far too many kids, displacing all sorts of other activities that are integral to childhood. Excessive screen time is linked to poor school performance, childhood obesity, and attention problems. And it is primarily through screens that children are exposed to harmful marketing. Try these suggestions to help your family cut back on screen time while still having fun.

  • Make your family's bedrooms into "no-screen zones." Kids who have TVs in their rooms tend to watch about 1.5 hours more TV per day than those who don't.
  • Set firm limits for watching TV, playing video games and using the computer. Many families use the following rules: no video games or computers (except for homework) on school nights, only two hours of TV on weekends and only 14 hours of screen time overall per week.
  • Turn off the TV during dinner. Consider that 40% of American families report that they watch TV during the evening meal "always" or "often". Make better use of that time together to talk about the day and find out what's happening with your kids. It's like reality TV, but right at your table. You could also have your meal outside and enjoy time with nature!
  • Get active when you do spend time in front of the TV. Stretch, practice yoga, walk on a treadmill or lift weights. Challenge the whole family to a push-up contest, or who can do the most squats, during commercial breaks.
  • Don't use TV or other screen time as a reward or punishment. This makes TV and electronic devices seem even more important.
  • Limit your own screen time. Children take their cues from us for everything else, so it is only natural that they should do the same with device use. We're the first generation of parents with 24/7 access to phone calls, email, the Internet, and more, right there in our pockets or purses. It can be hard to navigate this crazy connected world we find ourselves in and remember that the digital universe can wait while we interact with the people around us in the present moment. We as moms and dads need to put down our cell phones and focus more on our kids. They are more important than the latest work email or what's trending on Twitter. Let's make sure they know it.

Skipping the screen for a day (or week) is a way to reduce our dependence on digital entertainment, including television, video games, smartphones, tablets, and computers. It’s a chance for children—and adults—to power down and reconnect with the world around them.

ISLA is having a Food Drive!

The ISLA food drive is starting Monday the May 15th and ending Tuesday, May 30th.  We will donate the food to the ICA food shelf. Our goal is 400 pounds of food and canned goods.

Please try to bring the following:

●      Beans (Kidney, Black, Baked, etc.) - high demand

●      Oil and Sugar - high demand

●      Coffee - high demand

●      Canned soup (Ready to Eat Soup with meat) - high demand

●      Healthy Individual Snacks for Kids - high demand

●      Canned Tomatoes

●      Canned Chicken

●      Canned Fruit

●      Peanut Butter & Jelly

●      Baking Items (mixes, etc.)

●      Meal helpers-rice sides

●      Macaroni and Cheese 

Kids can bring the goods into the classroom and parents can drop goods off at the office.