DLB Newsletter

Reminders, updates, highlights, and happenings at DLB

March, 10, 2023

This is the only newsletter for March.

We hope you enjoy reviewing the news, reminders, and updates for our mid-month newsletter!

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Our Vision and Mission

VISION: Our students will have success for today and be prepared for tomorrow.

MISSION: Instilling values and providing opportunities that empower learners for lifelong success.

At DLB, we value respect, responsibility, honesty, accountability, teamwork, and empathy.

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From the office

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From Mr. Medalen (9-12 Principal)


  • February 20 and March 6: We have completed 2 professional development days this semester
  • February 28: National Honor Society students were inducted into the DLBHS NHS Chapter
  • February 28 and March 2: Class information and preregistration
  • March 3rd: Snow Fun Day and a chance for students to catch up on missing school work.
  • March 7: ACT test administered to Juniors
  • March 14: Trip to the State Capitol (juniors and seniors who signed up)

State B Basketball Tournament

We are working out the details for the tournament! Please keep your eye on the School Facebook page. We will share more information as it become available.
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State Class B DLB Laker T-shirts

If you would like to order a State Class B Laker T-shirt, please go to the link below. Orders must be in by Sunday, March 12 at 11:59pm. Please check the Facebook page next week for details on pickup.


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From Mrs. Andersen (PK-6 Principal)

Pie a Whole School Read

Wow! What a response for the book Pie by Sarah Weeks! A majority of our families turned in their calendars which meant that administration got some pie to the face. If anyone was wondering, it was chocolate pie with whip cream and it goes a long way when it doesn't hit a face! Unfortunately, Mr. Bachmeier wasn't able to attend, but Mr. Kasper stepped in to take a pie for the kids! Do not fear, Mr. Bachmeier may be making an appearance later this year to get what he deserves. Thank you families for making this a fun event and reading with your kids!

Artist in Residence

Thank you to the DLB Booster Club and North Dakota Council on the Arts, the elementary hosted Jane Kalmbach, an artist from Kenmare, ND. She came February 23, 24, and 27 to work with grades K-6. Grades K-4 made clay animal sculptures and grades 5-6 made Zentangle drawings. Each classroom made a different kind of animal including pigs, lions, penguins, snails, pandas and more! The art will be on display for parents to see the week of March 27th, more details to come on this!

February Star Lakers

February focused on the Laker Value, teamwork. Teachers and paras watch students each day to see who carries out this trait, as well as, being a good student each day.

Kindergarten - Finn T-B and Cora W

1st Grade - Berkley C and Aubriana T

2nd Grade - Brody B and Bo C

3rd Grade -Kolby B and Deklin A

4th Grade - Kate G and Graham B

5th Grade - Harper F and Oakleigh S

6th Grade - Ella S and Tucker M

Wax Museum

5th grade students held their annual wax museum on March 3 at the end of the school day. Students read a biography on a chosen notable person in history or today that has made a difference. Students also dressed like their person and gave a presentation to people that came to see them.

Music Concert

Our 3rd and 4th grade music concert rocked! It literally rocked to the 80s and we had students that looked like they came off a time machine. Students sang songs from the 1980s and gave some history from this time period. The songs included Don't Stop Believing; Never Going to Give You Up; Living on a Prayer; I'm Still Standing; and True Colors. Shout out to Mrs. Bachmeier and all of her fun concerts this year. Next concert is 1st and 2nd grade on March 30.

AR Parties

Students who met their reading goal in grades 2-6 were able to participate in the Quarter 3 AR Party on March 10. Students got a snack to eat and played Dr. Seuss trivia. Everyone got a treat for making it to the party and winners got a treat to take home. Miss Kristi and Miss Michelle have an exciting party planned for 4th quarter, so keep reading. Also remind your kids of the final AR party for students who met their goal all 4 quarters!

School-wide Behaviors

The elementary school is refocusing on school-wide behaviors so students have the same expectations from everybody throughout the building. It lessens student confusion and allows all adults in the building to remind students of the correct expectations. The first focus behaviors are listening, lines, and voice levels. Below you will find the focus expectations.

Laker Listener

  • Eyes on speaker
  • Body still
  • Sit straight
  • Voice level 0
  • Focused Brain

Laker Line

L- line straight

A - at a 0

K - keep hands and feet to self

E - eyes forward

R - ready to go!

Voice Levels

0- Silent/No Talking

1 - Whisper Voice

2 - Normal Voice/Table Talk

3 - Loud Proud Voice/Speaker Talk

4 - Outside Voice

Upcoming Elementary Events

March 15-17 - No School Spring Break

March 27/28 - Burlington Recreation Basketball (Grades 1-4)

March 28 - 6:00pm School-wide Title Meeting

March 30 - 1st and 2nd Music Concert at 6:30pm

April 6 - Paraprofessionals Day

April 7 - No School

April 10 - No School

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From Mrs. Fischer (PreK-6 Counselor)

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From Mrs. Schaefer (7-12 Counselor)

Juniors took the ACT on March 7th. They will receive their scores through their MyACT account email within 4-8 weeks. Mrs. Schaefer will review their scores with them in a classroom lesson in April.

Sophomores will do the ND State Assessment on Wed March 22nd and 29th starting at 8:30am and ending each day around 11:45am. 7th and 8th grade will be testing on March 20th, 21st, and 23rd.

0 Hour student permission forms are due to Mrs. Schaefer by April 21st. For more information go to her website: https://sites.google.com/dlblakers.com/counselors-corner/home and look under the 0 Hour link.

There are several scholarships due this month. Many are not just for graduating seniors. All scholarship information received by Mrs. Schaefer is posted on her website. There could be other scholarships that have not been shared with her. For more information go to her website: https://sites.google.com/dlblakers.com/counselors-corner/home and look under the Scholarships link.

BE SURE TO CHECK OUUT THE MRS. SCHAEFER'S WEBPAGE (linked below) for updates and information about scholarships, apprenticeships, job openings, and much more!


Last month, students who are new to DLB and all Freshmen received training in CPR, AED, and First Aid. Big thanks to our instructors, Mr. Hennesy, Mr. Larson, and Mr. Zietz! These trainings will continue each year on a rotation so all students can graduate with these certifications.

Planning for the 2023-24 School Year

During the week of February 27, students in grades 9-11 spent the first two hours of Tuesday and Thursday learning about course offerings for next year. They also attended an information session on the North Dakota State Scholarships, dual credit course offerings, and Zero-hour classes. The next step will be to register students so that by the end of the school year, students will know their schedule for the 2023-24 school year. The course catalog for next year can be found at the link below.
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National Honor Society Induction

Tuesday evening, February 28, fifteen new students were inducted into the DLBHS NHS Chapter. Congratulations to these outstanding students!

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Math Counts

The DLB MATHCOUNTS Team competed at the Regional Competition on February 8. 8th grade competitors included Collin Abernathey, Madison Best, Laila Christianson, Josh Frazier, Kaden Hicks, Ashlynn Johnson, and Michael Mai. 7th Grader competitors were Nora Anderson, Chris Hicks, Luke Larson, Cadance Mahoney, and Robert Navas Enney. The students completed 4 individual tests and a team test. Individuals that placed included Josh F. and Kaden H. both with 3rd place in the county. Our team consisting of Kaden H., Josh F., Michael M., and Collin A. placed 1st place in the county and earned themselves a trip to State MATHCOUNTS by placing 2nd in our region. State MATHCOUNTS will be on Monday, March 27 in Bismarck.

Mr. Karhoff brought 10 math students to help grade tests at the MATHCOUNTS competition.

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Lakers on Ice

Lakers on Ice

These last few months, the Laker Scoop has included information about Minot High School hockey games and The Capital Ice Chips Synchronized Skating Team competitions. This is because three of our DLB Lakers participate in these sports!! Addison Rakness is a member of the Synchronized Skating Team, and Fallon Fagerland and Brynn Hanson are part of the MHS Girls Hockey Team. All three of these athletes have been skating since pre-school years, and they all agreed that they love the sports that give them time on the ice.

Practice time for Addison requires weekly trips to Bismarck. Fallon and Brynn have practice times in Minot after school. They all agreed that they have had to learn how to manage their time to keep up with school and sports, and they were unanimous in the reasons why the extra work is worth it to them. They explained that they are building great memories and strong friendships, and they really enjoy their sport!

When asked about their specific sports, Brynn explained that she plays in the “wing” position, which means that her job is to “shoot the puck, block shots, and score.” Fallon is “center” so her main job is to “take face-offs and support everyone else.” Addison explained that the difference between synchronized skating and figure skating is that while figure skating is an individual sport, synchronized skating is a team sport.

March marked the conclusion of both seasons with great accomplishments. The Capital Ice Chips were named the National Champions at the competition in Chicago last week. Addison has been with this team for three years and she has been doing synchronized skating for ten years – five years in Minot, and five years in Bismarck! The Minot High School Girls Hockey team placed Third in State last weekend at the State Hockey tournament in Minot. These girls have both been playing hockey since they were four years old, and this is their firsts year on the high school team.

We are so proud of these Lakers and look forward to watching them in the coming years!

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We are still seeking donors for the March 24 blood drive!!! We are hoping that it will work for parents and other community members to join our students in this important event. See the link below to sign up and check with Mrs. Sandbo for more information.


NHS is sponsoring a Spring Blood Drive MARCH 24 from 11 AM until 3 PM.


Please sign up and help the NHS reach its blood drive goal! The link is shown below.

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Communication from Laker Time Teachers

In an effort to keep parents updated about students' progress in school, the Laker Time teachers will be sending short email alerts when students grades fall below passing. We hope that this will help to support every student as they work through this year. Teachers might also send "AWESOME LAKER ALERTS" for academic and other celebrations at DLBHS.

Parents, please make sure that your correct email address is entered in Power School.


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Check out the school website...

The school website includes links to each of the teacher's webpages with contact information, schedule, links to classroom websites, and more. In addition to some great photos and videos of the building project, here are a few things you will find on each of the pages:
  • Welcome page: Laker Scoop, Counselor's Corner, Approved Supplemental Educational Services, Powerschool Link, Lunch account link, Booster club link, Course Catalog, and the Burlington Elementary Newsletter!
  • Information Page: PowerSchool, Booster Club, Athletics,
  • Office Page: Lunch menu, School Policies, Schedules, and School Calendar, Title One, Counselor's Corner
  • School Board Page: Policy Manual, Board Members, Board Minutes, Delegation Policy
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