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2017-18 Kinder & Upper School Applications Due Jan. 13

Applications for enrollment at Lakes International Language Academy are due by 4:00 on Friday, January 13, to be included in the enrollment lottery held on January 15 at 6:00 p.m. at LILA's Main Campus library, 246 11th Ave. S.E. in Forest Lake.

Siblings of currently enrolled LILA students and children of staff may receive an enrollment preference only if their applications are received by the deadline, according to charter school law.

Please submit your application today! If you have questions, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at 651-464-8989.

Happy Thanksgiving, LILA!



Pictured above, Nicole Sawyer, 2nd grader from Profe Jessie's class, one of Turkey Bingo's lucky winners!


Recently you've heard about a number of ways to incorporate fundraising into the shopping and activities that you may already be doing this holiday season...unless, of course, you've finished all your holiday shopping, in which case we salute you! Here is a quick summary of all the options from LILA:



This is a gift card program that takes a little effort to set up in the beginning, but is easy to use once you get started. Turn in the family agreement, then sign-up for an account, and register for PrestoPay. Read more about PrestoPay here and its security here. Once approved (expect 2-3 business days), you can instantly buy e-gift cards to many major stores and earn money both for the school AND your individual student. They can use the account to off-set a travel experience through LILA!

Example: A current Scrip user says she loads an e-gift card with her phone from the store parking lot before she starts her shopping. Additionally, 3 times a year you can also order physical gift cards. The current deadline for physical gift cards has been extended to December 2, so you still have time if you'd like to order - just make sure to allow a few days to process your registration.

Read the full description under the Parents tab at, or click here.


Amazon Smile:

Shopping online? Please sign up for Amazon Smile - it's free and it takes just a few seconds. Amazon donates to LILA based on your purchases. Family and friends can set it up too!



While not technically a fundraiser, ordering before January 1 will get you a better price. Use FeePay for this one. Lower School yearbooks cost $21 and Upper School yearbooks are currently at $32. The yearbooks are available at the end of the school year. 


Grandparents Day:

All LILA Grandparents are cordially invited to a free hour-long breakfast hosted by the LILA Foundation on December 8! View the invitation here, and be sure to invite grandparents in person if you see them this weekend! They will get to learn about LILA and their child(ren)'s unique international education. Donations are optional. 


From all of us at LILA, we are truly thankful for you, your faith in our mission, for entrusting us with your child's education, and for your hard work in staying involved.  We wish you a joyful weekend filled with family, friends, and many memories. We'll see your students back this coming Monday!

Special School Board Election - Vote Now!

We need YOUR vote to appoint a teacher representative to replace Roberto Izquierdo on the LILA School Board due to his resignation (he got married and cannot serve on the board).

School board voting opens Oct. 10 and closes Oct. 20. It takes less than a minute to vote. You will receive an email from the election system. Please reply to it and cast your vote as soon as possible!

According to our bylaws, we must receive votes from 20% of the eligible voters (LILA parents and staff). Unlike other public schools, our charter school operates with a board of directors comprised of our own parents and teachers. The board depends on YOUR input. Show your school pride and vote now for either Ceci Delbene or Maria Velasco Ranz.

Read Ceci Delbene's candidacy information here.


Read Maria Velasco Ranz's candidacy information here.


Morning and Afternoon Traffic Reminders

We have had a great first week here at LILA! We hope you and your students are all adjusting to the new schedules and routines. Here are a few pertinent school reminders to keep this positive trend going along:



  • Morning traffic has been moving along very well!  Please consider arriving early to relieve car congestion just before our 7:50am start time. School doors open at 7:15am, and students may go to their classrooms at 7:25am.

  • Families using the morning church lot option: please do your part to help traffic and students move quickly and carefully. Students may walk independently to the school doors if they are able to do so responsibly, otherwise they will need to be accompanied by a parent.



  • Afternoon pick-up at the church lot should also move along quickly. As much as we value building community at LILA, we ask that you pick up your child(ren) and exit the lot as soon as possible to avoid traffic congestion and to thin the crowd of people at the east end of the property. Doing so will help to keep all students on-task and safe as they watch for their family members.

  • Walkers who need to cross 11th Ave. should do so at the crosswalk, where the flashing lights and crossing guard can assist in keeping everyone safe. Along with your signature on the walking form comes the responsibility to teach your child(ren) the best path home. Please make sure it is understood what is safe and acceptable. REMINDER: RIDING THE BUS IS THE SAFEST WAY HOME.

  • We ask that, as the temperature allows, you keep any pets inside vehicles. Animals can be quite distracting for students and make managing student safety difficult for staff.



  • 5th grade students may wait for their rides in the annex parking lot if they have a signed form. Younger siblings, however, may not cross to the annex lot, and should instead wait at the church lot with the 5th grade sibling.



Thank you for making our first week a success!