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International Travel Information

LILA encourages students to build their language skills and broaden their global mindedness through travel abroad. We have some special opportunities coming up. Watch for follow-up meetings and application/payment due dates. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have questions.

Apply here for International Travel today. Some programs have application deadlines!

Current International Travel Opportunities

Yinchuan, China: A 10-day cultural tour and school exchange with the students who visited LILA for last summer's Camp Dragon. It will include a visit to the Giant Panda Research Base and the Great Wall. See the presentation from the Parent Info Night here.

Madrid, Spain: A two-month exchange with CASVI, an IB World School in Madrid, beginning with Spanish students here for the month of September and LILA students in Spain for the month of October. See the presentation from the Parent Info Night here.

Xela, Guatemala: A service-oriented trip for students interested in medicine or dentistry, through Global Public Service Academies (GPSA), which works in collaboration with professors and students from Duke and Johns Hopkins Universities. See the presentation from the Parent Info Night here.

 

Celebrate FLake Festival Feb. 20 - 26

Explore all there is to do in the Forest Lake community! Celebrate the season at FLake Festival with a few of these family-friendly activities.
 
Mon., Feb. 20 Annual Medallion Hunt begins in the city.

Mon., Feb. 20 10:00 a.m. FREE showing of “A Secret Life of Pets” at Lake 5 Theatre

Thurs., Feb. 23, Hardwood Creek Library Pajama Storytime with a winter theme and a snowflake craft

Fri., Feb. 24, FREE day at the YMCA

Sat., Feb. 25, Winter Plunge, downtown Forest Lake and Hardwood Creek Library Block Party, where LEGOS and building blocks are available for young engineers

See the flyer here.

Happy Thanksgiving, LILA!

 

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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:

 

Scrip:

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 www.mylila.org, 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!

 

Yearbooks:

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!

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 DROP-OFF:

  • 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/WALKERS

  • 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.

 

A SPECIAL NOTE FOR PARENTS OF 5TH GRADERS & YOUNGER SIBLINGS:

  • 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.

 

AND LAST, A BIG THANK YOU TO ALL WHO HAVE BEEN TURNING RIGHT AS YOU EXIT OUR PARKING LOT! IT MAKES A HUGE DIFFERENCE.


Thank you for making our first week a success!