Wolf Call

An e-newsletter from Island Lake Elementary School

Friday, September 10

Wolf Pride Pack

We are starting a Wolf Pack Pride program at Island Lake this year. With social-emotional learning being a priority, we want to make sure each student at Island Lake has positive connections with others. You and your child will learn more about this as we get into the school year. At this time, we are planning to have our Pack Pride activities outside to assist in our Covid mitigation practices. This is an exciting program that will foster relationships and school pride! Stay tuned for more information.
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Parent Pick-Up Visor Tags

Please watch this brief video on displaying parent pick-up visor tags at dismissal. Thank you!

Visor Tags
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Picture Day - Thursday, September 23

LifeTouch will be at school on Thursday, September 23 to photograph students. All students will receive a picture order form to bring home next week. LifeTouch offers two different ways to order school pictures.

Order Before Picture Day Online at mylifetouch.com:

  • No need to send cash or flyer back to school when you order online

  • See more options available online

  • Use credit card or PayPal on their secure site

  • Picture Day ID: EVT4WJ46X

  • Online ordering open 48 hours after pictures

On Picture Day: Families can order on Picture Day by simply filling out an order form for each child and returning it to school (extra forms are in the school office). Please note – only cash, money orders or checks are accepted on Picture Day. Picture retake day is Tuesday, October 26.

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Band & Orchestra Registration

Attention 4th & 5th Grade Families

If you have not already signed your child up to be in orchestra at Island Lake, it’s not too late! 4th and 5th grade students can choose to play the violin, viola, or cello in orchestra this year. Please fill out this Google Form so that Ms. Vig can follow up with you and get you all the information you need.

Would your child like to join orchestra for the first time this fall?

For families with children who are brand new to orchestra, there will be an Orchestra Display Night at Valentine Hills on Tuesday, September 21, from 5 p.m.- 6:30 p.m., where you can have your child measured for the correct size instrument, and you can arrange to rent an instrument from a local music shop or through the school. Please email Juli Vig juli.vig@moundsviewschools.org with any questions.

Did your child start playing their orchestra instrument during 2021 Summer Orchestra?

Students who began learning their instrument this past summer will continue where they left off. Please make sure you fill out the Google Form (also linked above) to add your child to the orchestra roster this year!

Is your child a 5th grader who played violin, viola, or cello in 4th grade? Ms. Vig can’t wait to see you again this fall! Please make sure you fill out the Google Form (also linked above) to add your child to the orchestra roster this year!

Island Lake Band Registration

The Island Lake Band is available to students in the 5th grade- no experience required! Band students will receive one lesson with Mrs. Sorem each Monday during school beginning the week of September 20. The full band will rehearse together on Monday mornings before school each week as circumstances allow (starting date TBD). A detailed schedule will be shared with band families by September 17. Cohorting and distancing will be practiced to the extent possible. Masks will be lowered only while playing and bell-covers will be provided for all instruments as needed. Please register for band by September 15 with the QR code below or at https://forms.gle/AvmD4Js6uCt4cqhW8.

There will also be a Virtual Band Information Night on Tuesday, September 14 from 7:00-8:00 pm. Click HERE during that time if you would like to visit with Mrs. Sorem and learn more about our band program.

Click HERE for instrument rental information. (All band materials are needed by the week of September 20.)

These are tentative dates for our evening concerts this year:

  • Winter Concert: Tues. Dec. 14, 7:00-7:30 pm at Island Lake Elementary

  • East Side Band Festival: Thurs. Jan. 20, 7:00-8:00 pm at Mounds View High School

  • Spring Concert: Tues. May 24, 6:30-7:00 pm at Bethel University

You may email Mrs. Sorem with any questions at: brenda.sorem@moundsviewschools.org

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PTA Update

Thank you so much to all of the Island Lake families who donated items to the Staff Welcome Back Luncheon on September 2! The lunch, flowers, and desserts were greatly enjoyed!
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Island Lake Resources

Parent Handbook
Access the 2021-22 Parent Handbook here. The handbook includes information on lunch and recess, vacations, health services, attendance and more.

Attendance Line

If your child will be late or absent, please call 651-621-7001 to leave a message on the 24-hour attendance voicemail line.

Lunch Menu

The September menu is available now! Click here for a menu. In 2021-22, school meals are free for all students.

Application for Educational Benefits

In 2021-22, school meals are free for all students. No application is necessary to receive free meals. But there are other reasons you should fill out the Application for Educational Benefits. Complete the form and you could get reduced rates on fees for school activities including band/orchestra, home internet, academic tests, transportation and college applications. In some cases, these services could be free. Click here to apply.

Staff Directory


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District & Community News

COVID-19 Testing Opportunities

The Minnesota Department of Health and the Center for Disease Control strongly recommend that unvaccinated students participate in weekly screening for COVID-19 and that all individuals get tested when they’re experiencing symptoms. We are pleased to be able to offer access to a variety of options for screening testing for our families:

  • COVID-19 test at home: Order a free test through the state’s at-home COVID-19 testing program. Tests are delivered quickly right to your home.
  • COVID-19 community testing: Walk in or schedule an appointment at one of the free, no-barrier testing sites.
  • Find testing locations: Find many local and free opportunities here, including options for drive-up testing.
  • The District also has a supply of tests that can be made available to students. For more information about this option, please contact the COVID Coordinator at your child’s school.

Mounds View Performance Team Dance Clinic - Saturday, October 9

Do you love to dance? Would you like to perform on the MVHS football field? Do you want to learn some new moves and have fun? The Mounds View Performance Team (MVPT) Dance Clinic is an exciting opportunity for you to learn and perform dance routines choreographed by the team.

The 2021 Dance Clinic will be held on Saturday, October 9 from 8:30 am to 1:00 pm. Parents return at 1:00 pm the day of the clinic to watch a Field Show where their dancer will perform alongside the MVPT the routines they learned at the clinic. This is a change from previous years, but it is a new opportunity to let families focus primarily on their dancer, to bring additional guests and to have an unlimited photo opportunity on the field.

Clinic registrants will learn about the MVPT performance team, as well as receive dance instruction and time to practice the choreographed routines. It is a fun, social time to spend with others interested in dance and to support the Mounds View Performance Team! Sign Up Here

Donate & Save

Donate school supplies to Hair Expressions Salon in Arden Hills (3551 B Lexington Ave N / 651-481.0162) and receive 10% off a retail item now until September 30.

Needed Supplies: Large sized backpacks, Spiral wide sized notebooks (solid colors), Solid colored pocket folders without prongs, Washable markers (primary colors), Rulers, Colored pencils, Pencil boxes, Liquid glue/Glue sticks and Composition books.

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Upcoming Events

For up-to-date information on events happening at Island Lake, visit www.moundsviewschools.org/islandlakecalendar.

Monday, September 13

No Activities Scheduled

Tuesday, September 14
Virtual Band Information Night, 7:00 - 8:00 pm

Wednesday, September 15

No Activities Scheduled

Thursday, September 16

No Activities Scheduled

Friday, September 17

No Activities Scheduled

Thursday, September 23

Picture Day

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