Getting Active as a Family
When the whole family is involved in physical activities together, children learn that being active is fun and makes you feel good. And busy parents can combine family time with exercise time.
· As a family, make a list of activities you'd like to do together.
· Make sure the activities are things everyone can do and enjoy.
· Keep a family physical activity
· Try to plan one or two family activities a week.
· Once a month, plan something special that involves being active, like a trip to the zoo, a day hike, or camping.
· Use a safe backpack, stroller or bike trailer so that smaller children can be included in family activities.
Walking When family schedules get really busy, going for a walk may be the easiest thing you can do together.
· Start with short walks that everyone in the family can do. Add more distance gradually. Younger children can ride a bike or scooter. You can pull a wagon in case little ones get tired.
· Scavenger hunts can keep children from being bored on a walk. Keep in mind a list of "treasures" they can search for, such as a red leaf, a blue house, a black dog, or an out-of-state license plate.
· Use a phone app, pedometer, or Fitbit and work on increasing the number of steps you take. Start with a goal of 10,000 steps a day. Kids love gadgets and it can be a good motivator for them to get in more steps.
· Register the whole family in a family fun run/walk in your community.
· Go for a bike ride.
· Join your children in old-fashioned games like hopscotch, tag, jump rope and hide-and-seek.
· Get involved in family-friendly sports like skiing, skating, swimming and tennis.
· Play a daily family basketball game in the driveway or local park.
· Take up mini golf or disc golf.
· Fly a kite.
· Pick up trash at a local park.
Indoor and rainy-day activities
· Have a family dance night. Share dances from each generation, and teach them to each other.
· Go to the mall, and count how many laps you can walk as a family.
· Have a hula hoop contest.
· Set up a fun obstacle course in the basement, garage or spare room.
· Visit a local bowling alley.
· Focus on strength and balance training activities: push-ups, planks, standing on one leg, etc. See who can hold each position the longest.
· Limit TV, video games and computer time to 2 hours or less a day (not including time for homework).
· Don't use food as a reward for meeting activity goals.
· Make physical activity a priority. Don't let things get in the way of family activity time.
We NEED Volunteers to Serve on the ISLA Board of Directors!
What makes ISLA great? All of Us.
As a charter school, we rely on parent and community volunteers to, quite literally, keep the school running. Right now we need volunteers to serve on our Board of Directors. Our Board of Directors is composed of parents, community members, and teachers who volunteer their time to make the decisions that shape the current and future direction of our school. We need you. You chose ISLA as the best school for your child(ren); remember, ISLA is the best because of the people who work to make it so. Please be one of those people.
Worried you are not qualified to sit on the Board of Directors? If you are a parent or community member not employed by ISLA, then you are qualified! Worried you don’t have skills needed by the Board? Are you passionate about ISLA? A community-minded person? Do you work well with others? You are qualified! Board members bring diverse skills, personalities, and strengths to the Board. Check us out here: http://isla.school/contacts/board
If you did not have a chance to complete the ISLA parent survey for conferences this week, please take time now to complete it. The link for the survey is
The survey will be open until Friday, March 31st.
Adventure Wilderness/Aventuras en la Naturaleza July 24-28 Entering Grades 1-5
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
The ISLA School Board met on Tuesday, March at
6:30 pm.ce Jacobson and Kevin Bohl from BKBM Engineering presented phases 1-3 to the Board regarding the Green Space Initiative and shared positive news from the soil sampling and permitting process. The Green Space Initiative could be completed in 4-6 weeks this summer with appropriate funding and the completion of contract bids.
· Kevin Fox and James Hamilton from Fox Advancement presented to the Board a fundraising consulting proposal that could assist with some of the fundraising goals that ISLA has over the next few years.
· The Technology Committee has been assisting the PTO with a new website and making changes to the current website to make it ADA compliant.
· Both the PTO and the School Board are seeking volunteers at a variety of levels of the organization. A stronger communication push has happened, but both organizations are seeking more volunteers to serve in leadership roles.
If you would like to be involved with a committee that serves the Board, we would love to have you. Please see the ISLA school website for committee information: http://isla.school/board/board-committee
To view the complete agenda and notes for the board meeting please follow this link: http://isla.school/board/documents
MCA testing has begun for 3th and 6th grade.
Thank you to the ISLA families that provided such lovely meals for the staff during conferences! Every morsel was tasty and everyone could feel the love put into these meals!