Distance Learning Academy K-5

Weekly Update - January 8

Dear DLA Families

Welcome back from the holiday break and Happy 2021! We are excited for the second half of the school year. One of the most important strategies for success is to create a ritual and routine at home. If you are struggling with getting your child to engage in the learning, please reach out to our teachers. They can offer wonderful suggestions that will help.

Calendar Adjustment

Please be reminded that January 15 will be a staff professional development day, and January 29 will become a student contact day. So no school for our students on January 15.

K-5 Reading and Math Assessments - Mark your calendars

Winter assessments started on Tuesday, January 5. The schedule is as follows:


Kindergarten and First Grade Reading and Math


  • Date: January 5 and 6
  • What: FAST aReading and aMath
  • Times: Three options to choose from; 8:30 A.M. - 10:00 A.M, 1:00 P.M. - 2:30 P.M., and 4:00 P.M - 5:30 P.M.
  • Where: at home



Second and Third Grade Reading and Math


  • Date: January 7 and 8
  • What: FAST aReading and aMath
  • Times: Three options to choose from; 8:30 A.M. - 10:00 A.M, 1:00 P.M. - 2:30 P.M., and 4:00 P.M - 5:30 P.M.
  • Where: at home



Fourth and Fifth Grade Reading and Math


  • Date: January 11 and 12
  • What: FAST aReading and aMath
  • Times: Three options to choose from; 8:30 A.M. - 10:00 A.M, 1:00 P.M. - 2:30 P.M., and 4:00 P.M - 5:30 P.M.
  • Where: at home


How to sign up?

Mrs. Wille will be sending out calendar invitations to families next week. Please accept the calendar invitation that best works for you child and family.


How to take the assessment?

Mrs. Wille will begin each session with directions on how to take the assessment.


Additional Assessments will be conducted in January.


  • Early Reading and Early Math assessments will be given to students in Kindergarten and First grades. Mrs. Izzo will be communicating this information with families. These assessments will take place on campus.
  • Oral Reading Fluency (ORF) assessments will be given to students in First, Second, and Third Grades. We will schedule each student for this assessment starting on January 19th-22nd.

Remember your teachers are here for you!

During remote learning, we will not have in-person support. Please know that our staff are always available to you Monday through Friday from 7:00 AM - 3:00 PM. If the connection options below do not work, please make individual arrangements with each teacher.


Mrs. Izzo, Grade K - 1

Google Meet Fridays!

Friday Kindergarten Google Meet link

Friday 1st grade Google Meet link

Tuesday and Thursdays - Short math, reading, and book reading video lessons posted

and always available by appointment


Mrs. Leaf, Grade 2-3

Tuesday and Thursday

9:00 - 10:00 AM - Google Meet Office hours

Google Meet Link

and always available by appointment


Mrs. Christensen - Grade 4-5

Tuesday and Thursday

10:00 - 11:00 AM - Google Meet Office Hours

Google Meet Link

and always available by appointment

Additional Friendly Reminders

  • Focus on Reading and Math
  • Ritual and Routines - Stay to your daily schedule
  • Remember that your teacher continues to be available during school hours (7:00-3:00) for help (call, text, email)!

Technology help:

Attendance line for DLA: 651-674-1062
  • to be counted present for the day, you must submit at least one assignment in one subject. If this isn’t possible please contact your teacher.
  • If you are ahead with lessons and plan to take a day off, please communicate with your teacher. We don’t want to mark you absent.

Thank you and have a wonderful weekend,

David S Treichel

Principal, Distance Learning Academy

Principal, Norse Area Learning Center

Director of Teaching and Learning

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