FREE Minnesota United FC Soccer Mini-Clinic, Aug. 31, 4-6p.m.

Lakes International Language Academy (LILA) has partnered with the Minnesota United Football Club to offer a FREE soccer mini-clinic for all local students in grades 4 and up on Thursday, August 31, 4:00-6:00 p.m., at the LILA Headwaters Campus field located at 19850 Fenway Ave. N. in Forest Lake.

Students do not need to pre-register, but parents must sign a participation waiver form before the students will be allowed to join the event. Download it here.

As a fundraiser for the school’s sports, LILA will be selling tickets for $24 each to the match on September 23 between the Minnesota United and FC Dallas. For more information about the clinic or purchasing tickets, call Jenni Muras at LILA, 651-464-8989, or Ellen Kokes at the Minnesota United, 763-452-1193.

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Upper School Orientation and Open House, Aug. 10, 2017

Upper School Orientation, August 10, 2017, 10:00 a.m.-Noon, Headwaters Campus

In preparation for the year, we will host a student-only orientation on Thursday, August 10, from 10:00 a.m. - noon at the Headwaters Campus for all upcoming 6th graders. Students should arrive between 9:50-10:00 am.and be picked up at 12:00 p.m. Snack provided.

Orientation is intended for STUDENTS only. The goal of the event is to become familiar with our campus, get to know at least 10 new people, and learn more about LILA. All Orientation participants should:

  • Wear comfortable shoes and clothing.
  • Bring a water bottle.
  • Wear sunscreen.

Upper School Open House, August 10, 2017, 3pm-7pm, Headwaters Campus

Students and parents can stop by anytime between 3:00-7:00pm, Thursday, Aug. 10, to walk through your student's schedule, meet teachers, check out iPads, and manage locker combinations. See you there!

"Seussical Jr." Performances Feb. 24-26

LILA's winter musical, "Seussical Jr.," will be performed in LILA's Main Campus gymnasium on Friday, February 24 at 6:00 pm; Saturday, February 25 at 2:00 pm and 6:00 pm; and Sunday, February 26 at 2:00 pm. No tickets required and no charge for admission (free will donations are gratefully accepted).


Chinese New Year Celebration On Thurs., Jan. 19, 5-8p.m.

Join us for a fun and exciting evening of student performances, crafts, and Chinese food at the Main Campus!

Xīnnián kuàilè! (新年快乐) means Happy New Year! It's pronounced "sshin-nyen kwhy-luh." 2017 is a Year of the Rooster. Years of a Rooster include 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017, and 2029; your Chinese zodiac sign is a rooster if you were born in those years. Roosters are trustworthy, hardworking, tender, determined, quick-witted, and compassionate.

Traditionally, families begin cleaning their homes and preparing for the festivities about a week or so before. The actual start of the 15-day Chinese New Year celebration is January 28. Learn more at

Bring your entire family for this school-wide celebration honoring the year of the rooster. Free; donations accepted.

The Performance Schedule (all times approximate):

5:10-Chinese Immersion Xu Laoshi’s Kindergarteners dance
福星高照 “Fu Xing Gao Zhao” (My Lucky Star)

5:16-Chinese Immersion Fang Laoshi’s Kindergarteners dance
荷塘月色 "He Tang Yue Se " (Lotus Pond Under The Moon)

5:25-Language Ambassadors perform

6:05-All of 1st grade sings
“Xinnian Hao” (Happy New Year)

6:15-All of 2nd grade sings
“Zhao Peng You / Mo Li Hua” (Where Are My Little Friends / Jasmine Flower)

6:25-All of 3rd grade sings
“Gong Xi, Gong Xi”  (Good Wishes)

6:45-Traditional Chinese Lion Dance

7:25-4th grade sings (with Spark Choir 4th graders)
“Yi Jian Mei” (One Plum Blossom)

7:35-5th grade sings (with Spark Choir 5th graders)
“Tong Yi Shou Ge” (The Same Old Song)