DLB Newsletter

Reminders, updates, highlights, and happenings at DLB

September 2, 2022

This year, rather than sending out different newsletters from each school, we are sending one newsletter for the entire district! We hope this will help reduce the number of reminders and emails you receive. More importantly, we hope this change will increase awareness of all of the amazing things that are happening in all of our classrooms from PK through High School!
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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 learning.

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

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In this newsletter

Information from our administrators

Information from our counselors

Student Organizations

Reminders and Information

Student Organization

Meet the Teachers

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From Mr. Bachmeier's Desk (School Superintendent)


If you were to go by the weather the first couple of weeks of the school year, you would think we should still be on summer break! The beginning of school is an exciting time, and this year is no different. Students are learning routines, and staff are learning their students’ strengths and weaknesses, and preparing them for the year to come. Our school population is up again this year, and this is exciting to see as our school district has been continually growing over the past ten years! When new families arrive, they often tell me about how they have heard that our school district is a great one and that they chose to live here because of the school and the communities. We take great pride in this and will continue to work diligently to uphold the tradition of our mission in “Instilling values and providing opportunities that empower learners for lifelong success.” Seeing new and familiar faces in our hallways makes this time of year so exciting and watching the growth is perhaps one of the greatest joys we in education get to see every day.

As we start the year, I ask that if you need anything or have any questions or concerns that you, please either email me at c.bachmeier@k12.nd.us or call my office at 701-725-4334. I believe in open door communication, and I will work with you to help answer your questions or address your needs.

Finally, my quote for this month comes from Benjamin Franklin “If a man empties his purse into his head, no man can take it away from him. An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.” When I look at education and what my profession is, I believe it is the investment into our young people and it pays off for generations.

Have a great month!


Christopher N. Bachmeier

Des Lacs – Burlington Superintendent of Schools

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From Mrs. Andersen's Desk (PK-6 Principal)

Welcome Back, Lakers!! We have had a great start to the new school year and we’re looking forward to a fun year full of learning! Below you will find more information about the elementary.

Staff Changes

The elementary school had a few staff changes in our school this year and I wanted to share these with everyone. I would like to introduce myself, my name is Kayla Andersen and this is my first year as principal at DLB Elementary. I’ve been the assistant principal for the past six years. This is my seventeenth year in education, before administration I taught junior high and elementary. Mr. Brown will be the assistant principal at the elementary and the junior high principal. This is Mr. Brown’s eighth year with DLB, last year he taught junior high social studies and has taught fifth grade in the past. New staff to our building include Mrs. Bachmeier (music), Mrs. Banister (speech), Mrs. Feller (3rd grade), Mrs. Hedges (4th grade), and Mrs. Duchsherer (5th grade). Some changes within the building include Miss Moen moving to 1st grade, Mrs. Frueh to 2nd grade, Mrs. Lawler is coming down for elementary band, and there are only two sixth grade sections.

School Logistics

  • Check the district’s website for school and classroom information.

  • Join your classroom teacher’s Remind to get classroom updates.

  • Pick-up and drop-off have been going really well! For drop-off please drop your child off at the double doors, and a staff member will help them to their classroom, if needed. For pick-up be sure to pull all the way through as buses start to leave. Once cars have pulled through, we’ll send your child to your car. Please park your car if you plan to get out and get your child. Buses dismiss at 3:35 pm and walkers have been dismissed at 3:41 pm.

  • Lunch reminders -

    • Lunches K-6 are $1.90 and breakfast is $1.50.

    • Salad bar is served on Wednesday and Thursday for grades 3-6.

    • Seconds are for grades 3-6 and are $1.

    • Hot breakfast is served on Tuesdays.

School Happenings

  • Student Council Assemblies will be held the last Thursday of each month at the end of the day. Our new student council advisor is Ms. Sasso. Congratulations to our new Student Council members for the 2022-23 school year! The members include: fourth graders - Hollis G., Vivy A., and Asher W; our fifth graders - Oakleigh S., William S., and Luke R.; and our sixth graders - Hailee N., Jamison N., and Jerzee M.

  • Empathy is our Star Laker trait on focus for the month of September. Students will be discussing this trait in their classrooms.

  • Bob the monkey is with the 6th grade class to keep their classmate Elias with them while he is away. Elias is going through treatment at Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. The students are to treat Bob like you would Elias - give him high fives, tell him jokes, or write him notes or draw pictures.

  • 5th and 6th grade girls basketball has begun practice. Coaches are Mr. Josh Brown, 5th grade, and Mr. Chris Brown, 6th grade.

September Dates to Remember

September 5 - No School due to Labor Day

September 6-9 - Start with Hello Week (see from the desk of Mrs. Fischer)

September 14 - Elementary School Pictures

September 19-23 - Homecoming Week

September 22 - Elementary Fundraiser at Panera

September 30 - No School

October 3 - No School

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From Mr. Brown's Desk (7-8 Principal/Assistant Principal)

This year, our junior high student body will be larger than it ever has been since moving up to the high school. We are currently at 111 students, which is extremely exciting for our building!

This year, I will continue to serve as junior high principal; however, I have a new role as assistant elementary principal. With that being said, our only new additions to our junior high team are Mr. Brown (7th grade geography and 8th grade U.S. History) and Mr. Robbins (8th grade Spanish). I am extremely excited for the 2022-2023 school year.

We have a great staff and great students!

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From Mr. Medalen's Desk (9-12 Principal and Athletic Director)

  • The student handbook and Drug Free Schools Assemblies have been held for all grades
  • Class meetings were held August 22 and class officers were elected
  • Homecoming Court has been selected


  • Fall sports are all underway -- this includes girls golf, football, cross country, volleyball, 5th and 6th grade girls basketball, junior high football, and junior high volleyball!

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From Mrs. Schaefer's Desk (7-12 Counselor)

Futurepalooza: a college and career fair will be held at MSU on Sept 15th from 9:30am-11:30am for all juniors and seniors. Students will be eating at the student union and need to bring $10 for lunch.

ASVAB testing for all juniors will be Oct. 4th in the old gym.

Seniors can take part in a job shadow on Oct. 6th. Applications are due to Mrs. Schaefer by Sept. 2nd

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From Mrs. Fischer's Desk (K-6 Counselor)

"Start with Hello” week will be held at the elementary on September 6th through 9th and it is a prevention program that teaches children and teens how to be more socially inclusive and connected to each other. "Start with Hello” asks students, educators, parents, and other community leaders who interact with children to take steps in class, the lunchroom, and/or other times in their day to be inclusive and


“Start with Hello” includes three simple steps: 1) See Someone Alone, 2) Reach Out and Help, and 3) Start with Hello. Below is the "Start with Hello" week agenda -

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HOMECOMING WEEK -- September 19 - 23

There will be a variety of events during the week including an All-District Pep Rally at the high school on Game Day, Sept. 23. The pep rally will take place during the school day. The student council will host a dance that evening at the high school.


Homecoming Court

Freshmen: Princess Logen Ystaas and Prince Gunnar Jost

Sophomores: Princess Grace Bock and Prince Jace Crockett

Juniors: Princess Cambrey Benno and Prince Carter Hoff

Queen Candidates: Laney Wahus, Kaelyn Bachmeier, and Lauryn Keller

King Candidates: Eli Hennessy, Rylan Olson, and Kaiden Vigen


Save the Date!

DLB Elementary School's Panera Bread Fundraiser on September 22 from 4:00pm-8:00pm.
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Tomatoes for FACS CLASS!

If you have extra tomatoes, the FACS class could sure use them! Please drop them off at the High School, or contact Mrs. Gross at the High School for more details.
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Class Officer Elections

Each class held elections for class officers. The officers are listed below for each grade level.

Class Officers


President Laney Wahus

Vice President Deb Amsden

Secretary Kaelyn Bachmeier

Treasurer Olivia Redding


President Colton Nogosek

Vice President Kylie Stein

Secretary Ava Feist

Treasurer Katelyn Berg


President Nick Farrrell

Vice President Hayden Delano

Secretary Ryan Ralph

Treasurer Jimmy Trowbridge


President Logen Ystaas

Vice President Ava Walen

Secretary/Treasurer Jacey Hutton

Eighth Grade

President Madison Best

Seventh Grade

President Piper Feller

Student Council

An all-district pep rally is scheduled for Sept 23rd during the school day.

The Homecoming Dance will take place Sept 23rd from 9pm-11:30pm in the HS commons.

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FBLA attended National Conference

Students from the DLB Future Business Leaders of America chapter traveled with advisor, Mrs. Hysjulien to attend the national conference in Chicago this past summer.

The qualifying students had the opportunity to compete at a national level and spend some time exploring the city. Mrs. Hysjulien said that the experience and memories made will last a lifetime.

DLB competitors were Ava Brown, Kaelyn Bachmeier, aand Laney Wahus in Marketing and MacKenzie Rist, Madison Lauf, and Aubrey Brown in Sports and Entertainment Management.

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Some Resources and Information

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.


National Honor Society Information

Membership criteria

To be selected to the National Honor Society, students must have a grade point average of 3.5 or higher. They are also required to complete an information form showing their interest and desire to be a part of this organization. The information forms are reviewed and selections are based on a variety of factors, which can be reviewed in the bylaws linked to the website (see below).

For students considering NHS as an option in the coming year, we highly recommend keeping track of community service hours over the summer and into the next school year. The current bylaws require a minimum of 10 service hours per year for all members. Other requirements include attending all monthly meetings, carrying goals of scholarship, leadership, character, and service, and actively participating in group projects through the year.

Information forms will be shared with eligible students in January 2023. For more information, please contact the chapter advisor, Mary Eldredge Sandbo at the high 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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