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LILA Wins 5 Readers' Choice Categories

The Forest Lake Times announced its 2016 Readers' Choice Awards, and LILA won by popular vote in five categories:

  • Best Public School
  • Best Principal: Cam Hedlund
  • Best Tutoring Program
  • Best Teacher: Erin Voss
  • Best Summer Camp

We're especially honored to have one of our teachers selected as the very best of the best in the Forest Lake area. WOW! Thank you to everyone who voted!

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Exciting Plans Are Underway for Fall 2016!

Please take a moment to read the Spring 2016 Update from Cam and Shannon:

 High School

As the Headwaters Campus makes room for grades 9 - 12, we are excited to provide the opportunity for our students to continue under the umbrella of the IB, as a candidate school for the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (MYP). We also welcome new students in grades 6- 12; students who join us in Upper School are not required to have previous second language experience!

We have already hired some exceptional teachers. Look for more information and teacher bios to be published next month. If you know students ages 11 to 17 who are thinking about starting with us in grades 6-12, please have them contact us or come on a tour soon.

5th Grade

Part of the reconfiguration for the Headwaters Campus calls for moving the 5th grade back to the Main Campus. We have plans before the City Planning Commission to add four classrooms at some point in the future at the Main Campus, and to immediately renovate the LILA Annex building to make good classroom space for 5th grade. We most likely will have four fifth-grade classrooms next year at the Annex, which will be in newly renovated spaces. Fifth graders will have their lunch, media, and gym periods in the Main Campus buildings. Our scheduling will prioritize 5th grade to minimize travel across the street. We have also told the ambulance service that we will need that space back at the end of their lease in December 2016. This space will be renovated into Special Education and subject specialist classrooms.

Long-Range Plans

The LILA school board’s strategic plan is to provide an IB curriculum from Pre-K through 12th grade. We anticipate providing international travel opportunities for our Upper School students who want to participate. We are in the process of arranging an educational trip to China next fall or winter, which would include shadowing Chinese students in their school, staying with a Chinese family, and visiting several important cultural sites as well. In addition, we’re gathering information about internships, PSEO, service trips, and other educational experiences outside the classroom for our Upper School students. We’re open to ideas! Our goal is to create global citizens and lifelong learners. We’re glad you’re part of the LILA community to help make that happen!

New 2016 School Board Members

The 2016 election results for the Lakes International Language Academy Board of Directors are presented below. To learn more about each member's background (as provided by the candidate during the election process), click on the name to read his or her profile. Parents and staff voted using a unique passcode link emailed when the polling system opened on Thursday, March 3, 2016. Thank you for helping us to comply with our election bylaws. If you have questions about the Board of Directors or our election process, please contact us

Roberto Izquierdo - Teacher Representative

Yao Hsia - Teacher Representative

Jeanie Callahan - Community Member Representative

Dwayne Green - Parent Representative

For more information about the LILA School Board, visit the website page.

Cold And Flu Reminder

Dear LILA Parents,
Cold and flu season is upon us. It is very important that we control the spread of illnesses by following these guidelines:

If your child... 

  • is vomiting

  • has diarrhea  

  • is running a fever of 100 degrees or greater

  • has signs of a cold

  • complains of a sore throat 

  • shows signs of pink eye


...please keep him/her home for at least 24 hours from the time the fever or vomiting stops unaided by medications, and until the symptoms go away. 

On the preventative side, the CDC recommends the following actions as ways to stop the spread of illness:

  • Get vaccinated.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough and sneeze with a tissue or your sleeve, not your hand.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. 

Please take a moment at home to remind your child about these steps to take to help stay healthy and to keep friends and families healthy.

Having everyone at LILA follow these guidelines is particularly important to families with infants too young to be vaccinated for certain illnesses. Thank you for your help in keeping our school community healthy.