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La Fiesta

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La Fiesta Celebration and Fundraiser


The La Fiesta Celebration and Fundraiser is a celebration of the art, music, culture, and food of Spanish-speaking cultures and a fundraiser for our sister school of 18 years, Juan de la Barrera in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. ¡Acompáñenos en celebrar las diversas culturas de los países hispano-parlantes a La Fiesta de JSIS!

La Fiesta is brought to you by the JSIS PTA and is a free event for all John Stanford International School families. La Fiesta will have student performances, activities, games, and delicious food for sale.

Sample Event Itinerary

6:00 pm – La Fiesta Begins6:10 pm – Zumba with Paola6:25 pm – Kindergarten & 5th Grade performs
6:40pm – 1st Grade performs
6:50 pm – 2nd Grade performs
7:05 pm – Club de Baile Folklórico Mexicano de JSIS performance7:20 pm – 3rd Grade performs7:35 pm – 4th Grade performs7:45 pm – Capoeira performance (Led by Bahia In Motion).8:00 pm – La Fiesta ends

How can I contribute to Juan de la Barrera Elementary School?

Please support the La Fiesta pop up Mercadito, food sales, and baked good donations!! Last year, profits from the La Fiesta event and Mercadito directly funded infrastructure enhancement and classroom materials for our sister school, Juan de la Barrera Elementary, in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. This year, the parent leadership group from Juan de la Barrera asked for the funds raised from the 2019 La Fiesta event to go toward two primary areas: 1) 50% to cement a dirt sports field for improved recreation, and 2) 50% to supplement current funding for their English-language teacher to provide English-language classes to all grades in the school (currently, English classes begin in 3rd grade).

Who is Juan de la Barrera  Elementary School and why do we support them?

For more than 18 years, JSIS families have visited our sister school, Juan de la Barrera Elementary School, during the midwinter or spring school breaks. This trip is open to all John Stanford students and their families. Students attend a half day of classes while parents volunteer, either in the classroom or outside to improve the school grounds and infrastructure. Over the years we have cleaned, painted exterior walls and classrooms, organized areas, and planted gardens.

The funds gathered during La Fiesta have made possible the purchase of school materials that are either difficult or expensive to find in the area, and allowed for multiple infrastructure projects with long-term, school-wide impact for both the morning and afternoon class sessions at Juan de la Barrera. Examples of these capital improvement projects include the construction of a roofed play area, roofing for the cafeteria eating space, and further cementing for recreational use and walkways. The priceless outcome over the 18 years is the binational bridge of friendship sustained between the schools by the dedicated teachers and school administration with critical support by the parent groups. These human connections and cultural exchanges among students, parents, and school staff over the years have sown seeds of understanding of a world beyond our borders.

Watch the Juan de la Barrera movie (drop box – link posted soon).

Pop-up Mercadito (Market):

Mercadito volunteers will be in the playground after school selling Mexican arts and crafts brought from Puerto Vallarta, Spanish/Bilingual books, La Fiesta tote bags and pencil bags, and pre-sale food tickets for La Fiesta on the following dates:

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 from 1:00pm-3pm
Friday, April 26, 2019 from 2:15pm-4:15pm
Wednesday, May 1, 2019 from 1:00pm-3pm
Friday, May 3, 2019 from 6:00pm-8:00pm

Check/Cash/ Paypal.
Check is payable to JSIS PTA (PTSA). Please write ‘La Fiesta’ in the memo section.

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If you are not able to purchase at “The Market” scheduled dates please feel free to email us .


La Fiesta was catered by Bon Appetite!

La Fiesta Menu Details & Food Prices

$4.00 Station #1 – Esquites 
$6.00 Station #2 – Tacos – 1) Chicken Street Tacos, 2) Veggie  Street Tacos 
$6.00 Station #3 – Mini  Carnitas Torta
$3.00 Station #4  Colombian Empanadas (vegan, chicken, and beef options)

Beverage Station

Beverage station:

$1.00 Aguas Frescas:

Coffee Cart:

·         $3.00 – 12 oz. Mexican hot chocolate(with option to add espresso shot)
·         $3.00 – 12 oz. Aztec hot chocolate (with option to add espresso shot)

Nut-free desserts will be provided by JSIS families sold based on donations.

AVOID LONG LINES! Buy your food tickets beforehand at any of the upcoming pop-up Mercaditos!

Check/Cash/ Paypal.
Check is payable to JSIS PTA (PTSA). Please write ‘La Fiesta’ in the memo section.

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Booths – Activities and Games

Passport to La Fiesta & Prizes . Kids create their own La Fiesta passport. Collect/earn 6 passport stamps and they will get a prize! Game – Soccer Challenge – “Goooooaaaal”. Soccer is one of the most popular sports in Hispanic/Latino countries. Kids will get an opportunity to kick for some goals!
Game – Pin the Tail on the Donkey . Who doesn't love this traditional game! This is a game played by groups of children since 1899. The player who pins their tail closest to the target, the donkey's rear, wins. Wikipedia

Game – Lotería ! (Bingo) is a game of chance, similar to bingo, but using images on a deck of cards instead of plain numbers on ping pong balls. Every image has a name and an assigned number, but the number is usually ignored. Wikipedia

Game – Geography Challenge – Kids will receive fun and challenging questions about different countries.

Craft – Create yarn crafts, paper masks. Cultural coloring sheets.

Activity – Spanish book exchange – Bring a book, take a book!

Game – Try the Mexican candy kids at Juan de la Barrera like!

Photo Booth – Kids and adults select props and pose for fun picture-taking.

Booths – Educational/Cultural

Juan de la Barrera Elementary School Booth. Learn about Juan de la Barrera Elementary School and the yearly trip that JSIS host for all JSIS families!

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We thank all of our event sponsors for their support in making this a successful and fun event for the JSIS Community!

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