ISLA News

May 22, 2017

Emily Smith

Administrative Assistant

Notice to the ISLA Community:

The ISLA Board of Directors invites you to attend its annual meeting on Tuesday, June 20, 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 a term between 6/30/17 and 6/29/20 (unless otherwise noted).

●     Nora Tycast – current board member & ISLA parent
●     Jaiah Kamara – ISLA parent
●     Dan Tix – ISLA parent
●     Kris Taylor –  current board member & ISLA parent
●     Martin Hoff –ISLA parent (one-year term ending 6/29/18)

Those eligible to vote in this election, 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.

Please join us to vote at the annual meeting, which will be held at the beginning of the Board’s meeting at 6:30 pm in the Media Center.  Alternatively, eligible voters can vote on Tuesday or Wednesday, May 30 or 31, during the school day (8:45 am-4:30 pm) in the school office. 

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.

The nation's leading health experts agree that eating at least five fruits and vegetables and being physically active almost every day promotes good health. In fact, research shows that health behaviors and patterns are established in childhood, and the consumption of fruits and vegetables has an enormous impact on future health outcomes.

Too many children in our community don't get enough fruits and vegetables or get enough physical activity, based on studies done by the Dept. of Health. In the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area: 6 out of 10 fifth graders eat fruit only once a day or less.

  • 3 out of 4 fifth graders eat vegetables once a day or less.
  • 3 out of 4 fifth graders are physically active for less than one hour a day.
  • More than one in five boys and nearly one in seven girls in eighth grade are overweight.

A generation is at risk. Experts agree that if something is not done to reverse these trends, children will, for the first time in history, have shorter life expectancies and more chronic illnesses than their parents.

Let's Countdown to better health for everyone!

  • 5 -- Eat 5 or more fruits, roots and vegetables every day.
  • 4 -- Have 4 or more colors on your plate
  • 3 -- Eat 3 meals a day. 
  • 2 -- Get 2 hours or less of screen time.
  • 1 -- Get 1 hour of play or physical activity every day.
  • 0 -- Drink 0 sugary drinks.

Hi ISLA Parents:  We are Megan, Nicole and Cordelia from 6th grade. For our exhibition project we are studying the​ UN goal of Quality ​Education and for our action plan we are organizing a school supply drop.  We ​will be donating the supplies to Meadowbrook Collaborative​, an after school program that provides tutoring services

We have sent out flyers to ​the oldest ​siblings at ISLA. Please ​help ​remind your kids to bring in some school supplies such as​ books, pencils and ​pens (Groups of 10),​ blank notebooks, ​folders, erasers,​ pencil boxes, ​pencil sharpener, ​​etc. in good conditions, by May 30th.

​​There will be a box in the main entrance labeled "School Supply Drop." Thank you!  ~The Education Group​

2017-18 Transportation Forms **Important**

The 2017-18 student transportation forms have been sent home.  Please complete one for your family and return them to the ISLA office by June 1.  Even if you have transportation for this year, you will need to complete a form for next year.  The Hopkins transportation department does not assume that you will need transportation. 


Student medications in nurse's office

All student medications will be sent home with your student on the last day of school, Thursday, June 1.  If you would rather pick up the medication yourself, just send me a message and that can be arranged.  I hope everyone has a safe and fun summer. We'll see you next fall!  If your child will need medication next school year, you can bring physician orders and updated medications at that time. Thank you! Tanya Nelson, RN, LSN (tnelson@isla-academy.org)

Memorial Day – No School

ISLA will be closed on Monday, May 29th in observance of the Memorial Day holiday.

Summer Camps

Register here

Adventure Wilderness/Aventuras en la Naturaleza July 24-28 Entering Grades 1-5

Amazing Animals/Animalisimo July 24-28 Entering Grade K

Magical Wizarding World through Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts/El Mundo Mágico de Harry Potter y las Bestias Fantásticas July 31-August 4 Entering Grades 1-5

MakerSpace, Coding and Minecraft/MakerSpace, Programación y Minecraft August 7-11 Entering Grades 1-5

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.

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

Thank You!

The staff at ISLA would like to let the ISLA families know that we feel very appreciated!  Thank you to Rosa Zavala and her mom for treating us to Salvadoran papusas on Wednesday, the PTO for Buca de Beppo on Monday and a lite breakfast on Friday and Adrienne Schnurr and one of her massage therapists for chair massages on Thursday.  All of the flowers , cards, treats and well wishes have touched our hearts!  We feel so appreciated and loved! 

Notice to the ISLA Community:

The date of the ISLA Board's annual election for Board directors has been changed to June 20, 2017. This change has been made in order to ensure we meet the requirements of our by-laws governing the election. The ballot will be republished within the next ten days. We regret any inconvenience this may cause you. If you have any questions or concerns, you may contact any of the following:

Governance Committee Co-Chair, Mark Mathison, mmathison@isla-academy.org

Governance Committee Co-Chair, Brenna Backstrand, bbackstrand@isla-academy.org

Elections and Nominating Committee Chair, Gina Rumore, grumore@isla-academy.org 

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)

Team Tucker: Live, Laugh, Play

It is finally time to reveal and kick off the nonprofit organization that honors Tucker Helstrom. Everyone is invited to the HOME OPENER of Team Tucker: Play Laugh Love.  It will be a great event with celebrities, great food and an opportunity to learn more about my nonprofit that will create a legacy for my boy and our ISLA family member, Tucker. There are only 80 tickets remaining so it would be great if you ordered yours soon!  See all the information below.

Also, the Team Tucker store remains open and is taking orders.  A new order is going in soon!  Go to squareup.com/store/playlaughlove/  and get your Tucker Wear!  

Finally, and most importantly, THANK YOU for all of your love and support that continued even since Tucker died last July.  Even without working there, I continue to be blessed with your empathy, sympathy, kindness and generosity that few grieving mothers receive even 9 months after the death of their child.  I am so grateful that you, the ISLA Community, are my second family.

With love and gratitude, 

Dana Mom to Tucker, Kayci and Siera

Join us for the "Home Opener" of Team Tucker: Play Laugh Love, an organization created in honor of Tucker Helstrom, on Saturday, June 3, from 6 - 8 p.m. at SEVEN Steakhouse and Sushi – a night of music, cocktails, decadent appetizers, and fundraising. Tickets are available at tempotickets.com/homeopener.

Tucker was a 9-year-old boy who loved sports, laughing with friends and family, and caring about others. In the fall of 2015, Tucker was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer. Through five surgeries, a full leg amputation, and endless treatments, Tucker continued to be an athlete, teammate, loving friend, and devoted family member. Despite a heroic battle, Tucker died on July 2, 2016. 

Team Tucker: Play Laugh Love honors Tucker’s memory by providing children the opportunity to play sports in their community. Team Tucker volunteers will organize weekly “sandlot” baseball games in Hopkins and New Hope” during the summer. Children are encouraged to come play, laugh and feel loved. All baseball coaching, equipment and games will be provided at no cost to participants. The non-profit will also give every player a “Team Tucker” baseball, t-shirt and glove to keep. Every game will end with a healthy meal for participants and their families, which is critical during the summer months. 

Tickets to this fundraiser (must be 21-or-older) include heavy appetizers, a complimentary cocktail hour from 6 – 7 p.m. and additional products throughout the evening. There will also be an opportunity to meet, take pictures and get autographs from the following celebrities: Erik Haula, Kyle Rudolph, Jared Spurgeon, Alex Stalock, and Tucker's hockey hero, Jason Zucker.  Additional celebrities attending will be announced until June 3rd. 

Tickets on sale at: tempotickets.com/homeopener

All proceeds will support Team Tucker: Play Laugh Love. For more information please visit our website: PlayLaughLove.org