Lakes International Newsletter

January 19, 2015


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Have you seen the new floor yet?! Thanks to LILA parent Dave Povolny, who used his personal water jet cutter to create a large scale image of the LILA logo out of floor tile at the Headwaters Campus. It has transformed the entryway into a colorful, welcoming, and truly grand entrance! 



  • Experience the same immersion that your kids have at school! Teachers Carlos Pilan and Yao Hsia will be offering a parent immersion class (pick Spanish or Chinese) starting February 2nd! Space is limited, so register right away and brush up (or try out) your language skills. 
  • Be inquirers and risk-takers at the Mall of America! The Chinese Heritage Foundation will present its eigth annual festival, A Passage to China, at the Rotunda, Sears Court, and Southeast Court on March 14-15. Activities include games, Chinese cooking, lion dancing, crafts, and cultural performances. 11am-5pm. 
  • Thanks to LILA parent Dan Martin for facilitating Medtronic's donation of several sets of matching office furniture, as well as an abundance of lateral files and round tables to outfit the new Discovery Room at the Headwaters Campus. A big thanks to Medtronic and to Dan and his crew for being on the lookout for the right pieces to fill our office and student spaces with furnishings as beautiful as the new building itself!


  • We need your help! Please remember to complete your LACE  (Language Ambassador and Classroom Enrichment) form and turn it in as soon as possible. Thank you for your participation in continuing LILA's committment to high-quality education!
  • Drop-In Parent Volunteers - Would you like to meet fellow LILA parents and assist LILA staff? Please join us on Thursday mornings from 8am-10am to help our wonderful teachers with copying, laminating, and special projects! No need to sign-up, just show-up! Younger siblings are welcome to join. Please bring a quiet activity to keep them busy. Contact Jenny Johnson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with questions. Thank you!


  • Save the date for the 6th Annual LILA Snow Tubing Event at Trollhaugen! It will take place Thursday, February 19th from 5-9pm. Build community with other LILA families and take advantage of Minnesota winter fun!
  • The 6th Annual Gala Spring Fling Dinner is coming up! Mark your calendars for Saturday, April 25th. The event will feature a silent and live auction and will raise money for the LILA foundation. Tanners Brook Golf Club, Forest Lake. Invitation to follow. 
  • Check the After-School Activities page for new classes to try after school! Karate and Kickfit both have openings, but register right away!
  • The after-school tutoring page has been updated with more Chinese tutors available. Click the link to see their names, pictures, and descriptions, and to contact them with questions. They would love to share their language and culture, as well as boost academic support!


Jan. 19-20 - NO SCHOOL, teacher inservice/workday

Feb. 19 - LILA Snow Tubing at Trollhaugen, 5-9pm

Feb. 26 - Chinese New Year LILA Family Event, Details coming soon!

Make the week great!