Dear K-5 families,

It has been a very rainy week. It looks like the rain will stop sometime today so that we can enjoy the outdoors on Saturday and Sunday. This week's weekly update is focused on MCAs which start next week for our students.

In addition, you will receive another letter/form from us next week. We ask that you complete and return the form as soon as you can. It is that time of the year where we are asking your family to make the best attempt on where you want your child(ren) to attend school next year. There will a pre-addressed stamped envelope for your convenience. After reading the letter and you still have questions, please reach out so that we can have a conversation.

Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCA's)

By now all Distance Learning Academy families in grades 3, 4, and 5 received a letter outlining the specific date, time, and location for each MCA test for each grade. I am also attaching the letter to this newsletter for your reference. Please make sure you are reading the entire letter. There are some really important reminders to ensure your child has a good testing experience.

Remember to get a good nights sleep, eat a healthy breakfast and please Bring a Book to read!!!!

See attached letter below.

Being the Guide on the Side!

Now that you are all veterans to distance learning, you realize the importance of being the guide on the side for our young students. Depending on the rigor of the task and or learning presented in front of them, completing the task may be very challenging without prompting and support.

Even us adults need prompting and support when completing a task that is more challenging or when there is a task that is not necessarily fun to do, but we have to do it because as adults it is our responsibility. Our students are the same.

So here are some helpful takeaways:

  1. Be present in the morning and review with your child their schedule for the day.
  2. Be present as they get logged in to Calvert and start their daily learning.
  3. Make sure your child understands the directions and can complete the necessary tasks. This is when you may have to provide more or less prompting depending on your child's understanding.
  4. Make sure your child knows how to contact their teacher.
  5. Make sure you know how to sign up for In-Person support when you do not know or can not provide the prompting and support your child needs.
  6. Be present in the evening to ask specific questions regarding the activities the students went through to check for understanding.

In-Person Site Support with your teacher - Sign up

Click the link above to sign up for in-person support


Have a great weekend,

David S Treichel