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Ready, Set, Grow: Kinder Parent Newsletter, Issue 1

LILA is excited to welcome our incoming kindergarten students and their families to our community. Check out the new Ready, Set, Grow newsletter here!

Issue #1 PDF

Limited Onsite Access For Summer 2020

In compliance with Gov. Walz, the Minnesota Department of Health, and the Minnesota Department of Education, LILA has opened some onsite summer programming, including Explorer Club, Little Explorers, and K-3 Langauge Camps. We also offer virtual learning opportunities through Summer Spark Classes.

Please Call Ahead To Prearrange A Visit

Due to programs happening within different areas of the school, access to the building has been restricted. Please call the front desk of the campus you wish to visit prior to arrival. Main Campus: 651-464-0771 between 9am-3pm.; Headwaters: 651-464-8989 between 9am-1pm.

Summer Program Access Information

Program participants are allowed in the buildings for Explorer Club/Little Explorers, ESY at Main and Headwaters, Language Camps and YMCA programming; however, parents are not allowed to enter beyond the screening stations at the entrance to the program.

Staff and prearranged visitors/parents must enter through designated entrances and complete the screening as posted. 

Material Exchange

Headwaters Campus: Contact Carin at 651-464-8989 between 9 am and 1pm.

Main Campus Instructions:

To Drop Off Items
• Main Campus will be open on regular business days from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  

• Enter the vestibule and place items in the box provided. If you have something for a specific teacher, make sure it is clearly marked.

• You MAY NOT go past the vestibule. Please do not ring the bell for entry.

• If you are dropping off technology items, you MUST MAKE AN APPOINTMENT. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to set this up.


To Pick Up Items
• Pick-up will be BY APPOINTMENT ONLY between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.   
• Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at least ONE DAY IN ADVANCE.  

• Staff will check for your family's items. 

• If we do have items, we will place them in the vestibule, marked with your child's name. If we do not have items for you, we will let you know to save you a trip.

• Enter the vestibule and pick-up your items.  

• You MAY NOT go past the vestibule. Please do not ring the bell for entry.

Any items from the lost and found that were labeled with student names have been bagged for pick-up. Unmarked items will remain in the lost and found until fall. We will not donate items until families have a chance to claim them.

COVID-19 Response Questions?

More information is available here. If you have any questions, use this handy form and someone from LILA will get back to you promptly.

LILA staff continues to closely monitor the COVID-19 situation. Our goal is to share accurate information as the situation evolves and ensure we are prepared to meet the health, safety, and academic needs of our students.

A hotline for the public has been established by the Minnesota Department of Health: 651-201-3920.
Additional information can be found at the Center for Disease Control website

We appreciate your partnership in supporting the health and safety of our school community.

If you have further questions, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

We will get through this, together.

COVID Assistance - Just Ask!

We understand that it can be hard to sift through all the resources that are available to families during this time of Distance Learning and the Stay at Home order. LILA has identified a variety of resources that we think will help families most during this time. Here is a link to our website with some quality resources: https://www.mylila.org/covid-19-response-information.



We also want to let you know that we are here to answer any questions you may have and connect you with resources that meet your needs. Do you have a question? It's ok to ask! Are you looking for resources or support? It's ok to ask!

If you're not sure what you might possibly need help with, click through this handy form, and we'll help you meet any needs associated with the areas you click.

We're here for you!

LILA's Distance Learning Begins April 1

At the direction of Governor Tim Walz and Education Commissioner Mary Cathryn Ricker, Lakes International Language Academy will remain closed to students through at least the end of April.

LILA’s instruction via Distance Learning begins on Wednesday, April 1, 2020, consistent with the school calendar. Read important COVID-19 information for LILA students and families now.

We will post specific Lower School and Upper School information and Distance Learning Plans on Monday, March 30 (some information is available now, but we are still fine-tuning some information). Please check back for updates. Our staff has been working diligently to ensure this transition from classroom instruction to distance learning will support each student's academic progress. Thank you for your patience.

Connectivity Or Other Technology Concerns?

• If your child needs an iPad, a Chromebook, or internet access, and you have not already completed the technology needs survey, please call 651-252-6713 to let us know how we can help. 




• Devices and internet hotspots will be available for curbside pick up on Monday, March 30, between 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. We will reach out to families who expressed a need with more details. 


For technical support or questions relating to the school-issued devices and software programs, contact:
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651-464-0771 Option #3 (Lower School)
651-464-8989 Option #3 (Upper School)

Check Your Infinite Campus Contact Information Now

• Please review your contact information now on Infinite Campus Parent Portal to ensure it is accurate.

LILA staff members are closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation and will continue to provide families with regular updates. Watch for family notices through the Infinite Campus system and updates on our website. We will also post information and links via our social media channels on Facebook and Twitter. Our goal is to share accurate information as the situation evolves and ensure we are prepared to meet the health, safety, and academic needs of our students.

Need More Information?

A hotline for the public has been established by the Minnesota Department of Health: 651-201-3920. Additional information can be found at the Center for Disease Control website.

Read more COVID-19 Response information here. Watch for specific Lower School and Upper School Distance Learning Plans on Monday, March 30.

We appreciate your patience during this rapidly changing situation, and we value your partnership in supporting the health and safety of our school community.

Though we must stay apart as much as possible, this is the time when many of us need community most. Please reach out to each other electronically, and if you need any kind of support, please contact us at LILA.

We will get through this, together.

If you have further questions, contact Shannon Peterson (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).