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Red Pine School Newsletter

Week of April  24 - 28, 2017


Monday        cycle day - 1 yellow D  -  MCA Continues!!!!  Be here - Be rested - Be fed  :)

Tuesday        cycle day - 2 green E   -  Student Council Meeting

Wednesday  cycle day - 3 red A       -  Last Band Rehearsal

Thursday      cycle day - 4 blue B     -  Grade 5 Band Concert - 6:30 pm    

Friday           cycle day - 5 yellow C  -  Star Lab Leaves     


School News:

Survey for Interest in a before/after school Spanish Language Enrichment Program

Red Pine is considering offering a before or after school Spanish language enrichment program and we would like to have your input. Community Education contracts with University Language Center and hosts Spanish enrichment programs across several of our other district elementary schools. This high-quality enrichment program is a year-long program beginning in October and ends in May. The program is one hour in length and meets two times per week. Classes are taught in spanish and are presented in a fun and creative approach.  

Because this curriculum is a not part of the school day, fees need to cover all costs of the program. Families are charged approx. $699 for around 52-54 lessons.  To make it more affordable, parents have the opportunity to make 4 installment payments, October-Dec. The fess end up being less than $13/lesson.  

We are very excited about this opportunity for our students at Red Pine. Language acquisition has numerous academic benefits. Please take a moment to answer these few questions.

Thank you, your input is valuable!

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TMRT79B




LAST CALL -----Parental Input for the 2017-­2018 School Year:

Parents wishing to give input for their child’s placement in a classroom for the ​2017-­2018​ school year may do so ​in written form until Friday, April 21, 2017.​ Direct requests for a specific teacher will not be accepted. This is due to the fact that some teachers may change grade levels or positions due to a variety of reasons. However, if there is a teacher you feel would not be a good match for your child, that information is welcome. As an entire staff, we spend a great deal of time at the end of each school year working on class lists that will help students be successful. E­mail is the preferred form of communication so that Mr. Goeldner can send a verification reply. All parental documents should be e­mailed directly to Mr. Goeldner at ​drew.goeldner@district196.org​.


Pokemon Cards

Recently there has been an increase in the number of issues at school and on the bus that are rooted in student use of Pokemon cards.  Due to the number of recent incidents that have interrupted student learning, we are asking that the students not bring the cards to school anymore.  Many teachers have already asked students not to bring them.  However, the bus has still been a place where many of the issues are starting with the Pokemon cards.  This morning Mr. Goeldner visited each classroom to explain the request.  If you have any questions regarding this, please call Mr. Goeldner or your student’s teacher.   


Substitute teaching opportunities available

District 196 has substitute teaching opportunities available for interested persons with a valid Minnesota teaching license or a bachelor's degree and are willing to obtain a short call limited teaching license. Substitute teachers earn $120 for full-day assignments and $70 for half-day assignments (up to four hours and 15 minutes). All short call substitute candidates must complete a 20-hour orientation (April 17-21, 2017) before they can begin substitute teaching; individuals with a standard teaching license must attend a 2.5-hour orientation session. Please email tracy.simpson@district196.org if you are interested in this opportunity.

Tracy Simpson

 I.S.D.196•Rosemount•Apple Valley•Eagan

 Human Resources Secretary•Sub-Caller

 tel. 651-423-7761•fax. 651-423-7858


Red Pine Blood Drive

Since last year's blood drive was such a success, we decided to do it again! We will be having another blood drive at Red Pine on:

Date:       Tuesday, May 16th

Hours:     7:30 am – 1:30 pm

Location: Red Cross Bus in Red Pine parking lot


This year's goal is 45 donors.


To make an appointment go to www.redcrossblood.org and enter the sponsor code "Red Pine" in the blue box in the upper right hand that shows "Give Blood. Find a Blood Drive".


We are looking for several volunteers to work at the blood drive. You can volunteer for one hour, two hours, or as long as you would like. Please contact Mary Kate Nelson at marykate.nelson@district196.org if you would like to help us out. Thank you!


If you have any questions contact Mary Kate Nelson at 651-423-7870.




FACTS Spring Parenting Series: Helping a Child with Anxiety

April 20, 2017, 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Cost: Free

This FREE Parenting Series takes place at: FACTS,

FACTS  1385 Mendota Heights Rd.,

#200, Mendota Heights, 55120, (just north of the intersection of 494 and Pilot Knob Road).

Contact (651) 379-9800 ext. 203, or www.facts-mn.org.6:30-8:00 pm.



Hello Parents!

I am looking for parent volunteers to help put the art show on the walls!

Please contact me  peg.gust@district196.org if you would like to help, any amount of time is appreciated!

The dates are April 25/26 and May 2/3 during the school day!

Thanks!   

Peg Gust



PARENTS!!

We need YOU!

Red Pine Spring Arts Night is May 11th

There are many (easy) tasks leading up to our special evening,

We need YOU to make the evening a huge success!

Please consider volunteering!

(All proceeds go directly to student programs for your children!)

Please contact Spring Arts Night Committee Chair Jayme Smrstick jayme.smrstick@gmail.com or

Red Pine Art Specialist Peg Gust peg.gust@district196.org



News From the “Bird Feeder”:

Attention!

Kids 1 year to 18 years old FREE SUMMER MEALS!!!!   See below:

Breakfast:

July24 - August 10th >>> Cedar Park Elementary,  Westview Elementary,  Thomas Lake Elementary

Lunch

June 19 - August 10th >>> Cedar Park Elementary Westview Elementary

June 19 - June 23rd >>> Oak Ridge Elementary

June 26 - August 10th >>> Thomas Lake Elementary

Serving times have not been determined. Please check www.district196.org  for more details.


Student and Parent Reminder:

~~ Breakfast is FREE for all kindergarten students.

~~ Breakfast and Lunch are FREE for all students K - 12 who qualify for FREE or REDUCED-price school meals grades.

~~ Please try breakfast at our school. A nutritious breakfast is an important start to a child’s school day!

~~ Parents/Guardians: FeePay has the option for you to set a low balance reminder via email.

Cheryl Rosa

Food and Nutrition

Red Pine Elementary


Nurse’s Corner:  


Water - kids need water throughout the day.  Please encourage them to bring in water bottles - the fountain isn’t enough to prevent headaches, stomach aches, sore throats, and thin secretions from colds or allergies.  According to Healthy Kids , 5-8 year olds should have 5 glasses of water a day (1 liter), 9-12 year olds 7 glasses of water a day (1.5 liters) and 13 plus 8-10 glasses of water a day (2 liters).  With the weather changing to warmer days outside, this is the minimum they should be drinking.  After recess or PE outside they should drink more for their daily total.   Thank you!


Danna Steffen, RN

Red Pine Elementary School Nurse

Ph: 651-423-7871

Fax: 651-423-7875



PTO News:


Last PTO Meeting of the School Year! - Save the date!

Our last PTO meeting of the school year is scheduled for Thursday, May 18 at 6:30 PM in the Media Center. We hope to see you there!



Open PTO Chair Positions

We are looking for volunteers for two open positions next year: Vice President and Treasurer. If you are interested in either opportunity, please contact John Congemi at johncongemi@gmail.com .



Box Tops

A friendly reminder to continue to turn in your collection sheets outside the office with your teacher's name on them. Also, please bundle the Bonus Box Tops separately.   Continuing through May 26th we will be having another competition to see which classroom will win an ice cream treat/popsicle party.  Go Cardinals! Winner will be announced.

If you have any questions, please contact Kirsten Langstraat @ Langstraatfamily@gmail.com



Red Pine Spring Arts Night – May 11th!

The Spring Arts Night committee is looking for a few volunteers to help with the planning.
If you are interested in being apart of this amazing night at Red Pine, please contact Jayme Smrstick at jaymesmrstick@gmail.com.  Any amount of time will be greatly appreciated! Also, we are still in need of several classroom volunteers. If you would like to volunteer to help coordinate and collect the basket items for your child's class, please contact Gary Sirek at gary@squirrelworx.com.

The Silent Auction at Spring Arts Night has raised a record number of funds that go directly back into our school. We are hoping to exceed our goals for this year and are once again looking for donations for the Silent Auction. If you have a business and are willing donate to our fundraiser, please contact Jayme Smrstick at jaymesmrstick@gmail.com .

The Red Pine PTO is a tax-exempt charity and your donations are tax deductible.



School Pak

We are up and running on the School Pak website for the 2017-18 school year.  

https://www.schoolpak.com/catalog/red-pine-elementary


You will be able to have it shipped for free to school and it will be waiting in your child's classroom during the Open House in August, or you can have it shipped to your home for a fee. The last day to have the paks shipped to school for free is
June 10, 2017 **

This is a great way to enjoy time with your family over the summer and not worry about all the supplies you have to purchase! If you have any questions about School Pak, you can contact Dawn Horarik at dawnhorarik@yahoo.com or you can call/text 952.240.4928.



Health Heroes

We have 14 new Health Heroes for the 2017-18 school year. They are: Reid Barrett, Megan Zabel, Olivia Tompkins,, Iszabelle Say, Anna Lee Holzer, Makayla Zuege, Isy Purrington, Hassan Ahmed, Avary Otto, Kaylie Cook, Jana Albarghash, Caire Kindseth, Bailey Childs and Prajna Hosamane.

They will educate kids on handwashing and staying healthy through the AM news, stock health hero carts weekly, and will help organize a health breakfast three times for the staff throughout the year. They will also design their own shirts and present at the end of the year what they learned and what they feel they brought to Red Pine Elementary students and staff to the PTO.




Community News:


ISD 196 Community Education:


Be the best parent you can be!

Emotions! Helping children Identify, Share and Cope Mon | Apr 24 | 6:30 – 8pm | $15 | FRMS


Plan ahead! Summer drama fills quickly!

Hit the Lights! Summer Theatre Camp: Jr. Thespians Mon-Fri | Jun 12-16 | 9am – 1pm | $125 | EVHS


VocalMotion Performing Arts Camp (grades 2-5) Mon-Fri | Jun 12-16 | 8:30-11:30am | $115 | RHS


Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre-Alladin (ages 7-18) Mon-Sat | Jun 19-24 | $99 | RHS


Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre-Wizard of Oz (ages 7-18) Mon-Sat | Jul 31-Aug 5 | $99 | RHS


Get fit, get wet!

Junior Lifeguarding (ages 11-14) Mon-Thu | Jun 12-15 | 9am-12:30pm | $130 | FRMS


April 14, 2017

posted Apr 14, 2017, 12:44 PM by Kristen Henning

Red Pine School Newsletter

Week of April  17 - 21, 2017


Monday        cycle day - 3 yellow E  -  MCA Continues!!!!  Be here - Be rested - Be fed  :)

Tuesday        cycle day - 4 green A  

Wednesday  cycle day - 5 red B  

Thursday      cycle day - 6 blue C         

Friday           NO SCHOOL       - Data Analysis and Structural Alignment Day

    

School News:

Survey for Interest in a before/after school Spanish Language Enrichment Program

Red Pine is considering offering a before or after school Spanish language enrichment program and we would like to have your input. Community Education contracts with University Language Center and hosts Spanish enrichment programs across several of our other district elementary schools. This high-quality enrichment program is a year-long program beginning in October and ends in May. The program is one hour in length and meets two times per week. Classes are taught in spanish and are presented in a fun and creative approach.  

Because this curriculum is a not part of the school day, fees need to cover all costs of the program. Families are charged approx. $699 for around 52-54 lessons.  To make it more affordable, parents have the opportunity to make 4 installment payments, October-Dec. The fess end up being less than $13/lesson.  

We are very excited about this opportunity for our students at Red Pine. Language acquisition has numerous academic benefits. Please take a moment to answer these few questions.

Thank you, your input is valuable!

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TMRT79B




Parental Input for the 2017-­2018 School Year:

Parents wishing to give input for their child’s placement in a classroom for the ​2017-­2018​ school year may do so ​in written form until Friday, April 21, 2017.​ Direct requests for a specific teacher will not be accepted. This is due to the fact that some teachers may change grade levels or positions due to a variety of reasons. However, if there is a teacher you feel would not be a good match for your child, that information is welcome. As an entire staff, we spend a great deal of time at the end of each school year working on class lists that will help students be successful. E­mail is the preferred form of communication so that Mr. Goeldner can send a verification reply. All parental documents should be e­mailed directly to Mr. Goeldner at ​drew.goeldner@district196.org​.


Pokemon Cards

Recently there has been an increase in the number of issues at school and on the bus that are rooted in student use of Pokemon cards.  Due to the number of recent incidents that have interrupted student learning, we are asking that the students not bring the cards to school anymore.  Many teachers have already asked students not to bring them.  However, the bus has still been a place where many of the issues are starting with the Pokemon cards.  This morning Mr. Goeldner visited each classroom to explain the request.  If you have any questions regarding this, please call Mr. Goeldner or your student’s teacher.   


Substitute teaching opportunities available

District 196 has substitute teaching opportunities available for interested persons with a valid Minnesota teaching license or a bachelor's degree and are willing to obtain a short call limited teaching license. Substitute teachers earn $120 for full-day assignments and $70 for half-day assignments (up to four hours and 15 minutes). All short call substitute candidates must complete a 20-hour orientation (April 17-21, 2017) before they can begin substitute teaching; individuals with a standard teaching license must attend a 2.5-hour orientation session. Please email tracy.simpson@district196.org if you are interested in this opportunity.

Tracy Simpson

 I.S.D.196•Rosemount•Apple Valley•Eagan

 Human Resources Secretary•Sub-Caller

 tel. 651-423-7761•fax. 651-423-7858


Red Pine Blood Drive

Since last year's blood drive was such a success, we decided to do it again! We will be having another blood drive at Red Pine on:

Date:       Tuesday, May 16th

Hours:     7:30 am – 1:30 pm

Location: Red Cross Bus in Red Pine parking lot


This year's goal is 45 donors.


To make an appointment go to www.redcrossblood.org and enter the sponsor code "Red Pine" in the blue box in the upper right hand that shows "Give Blood. Find a Blood Drive".


We are looking for several volunteers to work at the blood drive. You can volunteer for one hour, two hours, or as long as you would like. Please contact Mary Kate Nelson at marykate.nelson@district196.org if you would like to help us out. Thank you!


If you have any questions contact Mary Kate Nelson at 651-423-7870.




FACTS Spring Parenting Series: Helping a Child with Anxiety

April 20, 2017, 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Cost: Free

This FREE Parenting Series takes place at: FACTS,

FACTS  1385 Mendota Heights Rd.,

#200, Mendota Heights, 55120, (just north of the intersection of 494 and Pilot Knob Road).

Contact (651) 379-9800 ext. 203, or www.facts-mn.org.6:30-8:00 pm.



Hello Parents!

I am looking for parent volunteers to help put the art show on the walls!

Please contact me  peg.gust@district196.org if you would like to help, any amount of time is appreciated!

The dates are April 25/26 and May 2/3 during the school day!

Thanks!   Peg  Gust



PARENTS!!

We need YOU!

Red Pine Spring Arts Night is May 11!

There are many (easy) tasks leading up to our special evening,

We need YOU to make the evening a huge success!

Please consider volunteering!

(All proceeds go directly to student programs for your children!)

Please contact Spring Arts Night Committee Chair Jayme Smrstick jayme.smrstick@gmail.com or

Red Pine Art Specialist Peg Gust peg.gust@district196.org



Health and Wellness Committee News:


The Health and Wellness Committee would like to THANK everyone for their participation, volunteering, or behind the scenes work to make the Health and Fitness Fair/Color Run such a SUCCESS.  We had over 20 vendors discussing many areas of Health, Wellness, Fitness and Nutrition.  We had the Eagan Fire Department here talking Home Safety and two incredible inflatables!  The Color Run again this year was a HUGE SUCCESS with over 400 runners, joggers, walkers, stroller pushers, dog walkers, etc.  Again, THANK YOU ALL for attending, volunteering your time, your efforts and hard work, and most importantly, your commitment to make this event such a HUGE and WONDERFUL SUCCESS!!



News From the “Bird Feeder”:

Attention!

Kids 1 year to 18 years old FREE SUMMER MEALS!!!!   See below:

Breakfast:

July24 - August 10th >>> Cedar Park Elementary,  Westview Elementary,  Thomas Lake Elementary

Lunch

June 19 - August 10th >>> Cedar Park Elementary Westview Elementary

June 19 - June 23rd >>> Oak Ridge Elementary

June 26 - August 10th >>> Thomas Lake Elementary

Serving times have not been determined. Please check www.district196.org  for more details.


Student and Parent Reminder:

~~ Breakfast is FREE for all kindergarten students.

~~ Breakfast and Lunch are FREE for all students K - 12 who qualify for FREE or REDUCED-price school meals grades.

~~ Please try breakfast at our school. A nutritious breakfast is an important start to a child’s school day!

~~ Parents/Guardians: FeePay has the option for you to set a low balance reminder via email.

Cheryl Rosa

Food and Nutrition

Red Pine Elementary


Nurse’s Corner:  


Hi Red Pine Cardinals,

The end of the year is right around the corner.  If you have immunizations, PE’s , vision or hearing done now through the summer, please send them to me and I will enter them into the computer.

Also, keep in the back of your mind when assessment days arrive I will be available to do hearing and vision screening.  The assessment days will be coming soon!

Have a good weekend!


Danna Steffen, RN

Red Pine Elementary

School Nurse

Ph: 651-423-7871

Fax: 651-423-7875



PTO News:


Last PTO Meeting of the School Year! - Save the date!

Our last PTO meeting of the school year is scheduled for Thursday, May 18 at 6:30 PM in the Media Center. We hope to see you there!



Open PTO Chair Positions

We're looking for volunteers for two open positions next year: Vice President and Treasurer. If you're interested in either opportunity, please contact John Congemi at johncongemi@gmail.com .



Box Tops

A friendly reminder to continue to turn in your collection sheets outside the office with your teacher's name on them. Also, please bundle the Bonus Box Tops separately.   Continuing through May 26th we will be having another competition to see which classroom will win an ice cream treat/popsicle party.  Go Cardinals! Winner will be announced.

If you have any questions, please contact Kirsten Langstraat @ Langstraatfamily@gmail.com



Red Pine PTO Scholarships

The deadline for applying for the Red Pine PTO Scholarship is rapidly approaching. The two winners -- one graduating senior from Eagan HS and one graduating senior from Rosemount HS -- will receive a $1,250 scholarship, plus a free class ring and yearbook.  Applications can be found on the Family Connections page for Eagan HS and Rosemount HS, and are due April 14, 2017.  Please contact Eva Stensvad, eva.stensvad@gmail.com, with any questions.



Red Pine Spring Arts Night – May 11th!

The Spring Arts Night committee is looking for a few volunteers to help with the planning.
If you are interested in being apart of this amazing night at Red Pine, please contact Jayme Smrstick at jaymesmrstick@gmail.com.  Any amount of time will be greatly appreciated!



Red Pine Spring Arts Night – Classroom Basket Volunteers Needed!

Classrooms are deciding their basket themes for Spring Arts Night.  The following classrooms need parent volunteers. If you would like to volunteer to help coordinate and collect the basket items for your child’s class, please contact Gary Sirek at
gary@squirrelworx.com.

Bocchi/Priester

Henning

Joas

Montgomery

Thompson

Heidenreich

Rathman

Rockwell

Shaffer

Heidrick

Kratz

Murphy

Crumb

Johnson

Reed

Sinz

Zirbes

Denmark

Hallum

Shaffer



RP Spring Arts Night --Silent Auction Items Needed!

The Silent Auction at Spring Arts Night has raised a record number of funds that go directly back into our school. We are hoping to exceed our goals for this year and are once again looking for donations for the Silent Auction. If you have a business and are willing donate to our fundraiser, please contact Jayme Smrstick at jaymesmrstick@gmail.com . The Red Pine PTO is a tax-exempt charity and your donations are tax deductible.



School Pak

We are up and running on the School Pak website for the 2017-18 school year.  

https://www.schoolpak.com/catalog/red-pine-elementary


You will be able to have it shipped for free to school and it will be waiting in your child's classroom during the Open House in August, or you can have it shipped to your home for a fee. The last day to have the paks shipped to school for free is
June 10, 2017 **

This is a great way to enjoy time with your family over the summer and not worry about all the supplies you have to purchase! If you have any questions about School Pak, you can contact Dawn Horarik at dawnhorarik@yahoo.com or you can call/text 952.240.4928.





Community News:


ISD 196 Community Education:


Be the best parent you can be!

Organized and Smart Kids Thu | Apr 20 | 6:30 – 8pm | $19 | RMS


Emotions! Helping children Identify, Share and Cope Mon | Apr 24 | 6:30 – 8pm | $15 | FRMS


Plan ahead! Summer drama fills quickly!

Hit the Lights! Summer Theatre Camp: Jr. Thespians Mon-Fri | Jun 12-16 | 9am – 1pm | $125 | EVHS


VocalMotion Performing Arts Camp (grades 2-5) Mon-Fri | Jun 12-16 | 8:30-11:30am | $115 | RHS


Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre-Alladin (ages 7-18) Mon-Sat | Jun 19-24 | $99 | RHS


Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre-Wizard of Oz (ages 7-18) Mon-Sat | Jul 31-Aug 5 | $99 | RHS


Get fit, get wet!

Introduction to Competitive Swimming (grades 3-12) Mon-Thu & Sat at VMS or DHMS begins April 17


Junior Lifeguarding (ages 11-14) Mon-Thu | Jun 12-15 | 9am-12:30pm | $130 | FRMS


April 6, 2017

posted Apr 6, 2017, 11:54 AM by Kristen Henning

Red Pine School Newsletter

Week of April  10 - 14, 2017


Monday        cycle day - 4 blue E         -  MCA Continues!!!!  Be here - Be rested - Be fed  :)

Tuesday        cycle day - 5 yellow A  

Wednesday  cycle day - 6 green B  

Thursday      cycle day - 1 red C          - Incoming Kindergarten Open House 5:30-6:30

Friday           cycle day - 2 blue D     - School Store

    - PTO Scholarship Applications Due


School News:

Parental Input for the 2017-­2018 School Year:

Parents wishing to give input for their child’s placement in a classroom for the ​2017-­2018​ school year may do so ​in written form until Friday, April 20, 2017.​ Direct requests for a specific teacher will not be accepted. This is due to the fact that some teachers may change grade levels or positions due to a variety of reasons. However, if there is a teacher you feel would not be a good match for your child, that information is welcome. As an entire staff, we spend a great deal of time at the end of each school year working on class lists that will help students be successful. E­mail is the preferred form of communication so that Mr. Goeldner can send a verification reply. All parental documents should be e­mailed directly to Mr. Goeldner at ​drew.goeldner@district196.org​.

Pokemon Cards

Recently there has been an increase in the number of issues at school and on the bus that are rooted in student use of Pokemon cards.  Due to the number of recent incidents that have interrupted student learning, we are asking that the students not bring the cards to school anymore.  Many teachers have already asked students not to bring them.  However, the bus has still been a place where many of the issues are starting with the Pokemon cards.  This morning Mr. Goeldner visited each classroom to explain the request.  If you have any questions regarding this, please call Mr. Goeldner or your student’s teacher.   


Substitute teaching opportunities available

District 196 has substitute teaching opportunities available for interested persons with a valid Minnesota teaching license or a bachelor's degree and are willing to obtain a short call limited teaching license. Substitute teachers earn $120 for full-day assignments and $70 for half-day assignments (up to four hours and 15 minutes). All short call substitute candidates must complete a 20-hour orientation (April 17-21, 2017) before they can begin substitute teaching; individuals with a standard teaching license must attend a 2.5-hour orientation session. Please email tracy.simpson@district196.org if you are interested in this opportunity.

Tracy Simpson

 I.S.D.196•Rosemount•Apple Valley•Eagan

 Human Resources Secretary•Sub-Caller

 tel. 651-423-7761•fax. 651-423-7858


Kindergarten Open House Volunteers Needed

Thursday, April 13, 2017:  5:30 - 6:30 pm

Each year for Kindergarten Open House we are in need of 4-6 volunteers to welcome incoming Kindergartners and their families. It is a fun night see all of the bright, young faces arriving through the door. We would appreciate volunteers available to help on Thursday, April 13 from 5:00 - 6:30 pm at Red Pine.  Our role at the open house is to welcome incoming Kindergartners and their families by assisting them with name tags and directing them to Kindergarten classrooms.  If you have any questions, please contact Renee Barrett at 612.859.1506.  Thank you for your help!


If you are interesting in helping out please sign up through the link below:

http://signup.com/go/THDS6Q


Renee Barrett,  EL (English Learner) Teacher



In the Computer Lab

Notes from Mrs. Skalski


Star Lab: Star is here and students are very excited for their visits! Our K-2 students are visiting with me (Now through April 24). Third graders are visiting with Mrs. Robertson, our media specialist (now through April 10). Fourth graders are visiting with Mrs. Zirbes (April 25-27). Fifth graders are visiting with Mrs. Stoe (April 11-14). The Star Lab will be open at tonight’s PTO meeting and parents are invited to crawl inside and see what all of the excitement it about.


Donations Requested: We are looking for donations of used smart phones or tablets, with or without their charging cord/cube. We have 12 Spheros and need 12 devices to drive them.  If you have a device that you no longer use, please consider donating it to our cause. Devices can be sent to my attention and I’ll reset them and put them to good use. We have received two devices so far – thank you!! Only 10 more are needed.


MCA Testing: Students in grades 3-5 are taking their MCA tests.  While these students take their tests in our computer labs, our K-2 students will use Chromebooks and visit Star Lab during their classes with me.



News from the RP Library:

Red Pine's March Madness is still going strong and we're down to our Picture Book Championship Round.

Students have voted for:
Don't Push the Button! by Bill Cotter to go up against The Book With No Pictures by B. J.Novak.  

Stay tuned for our winning title!

https://sites.google.com/a/apps.district196.org/red-pine-recommended-books/https://sites.google.com/a/apps.district196.org/red-pine-recommended-books/


Students in Grades 3, 4 and 5 at RP and all around MN have been reading from 12 chapter books on the Maud Hart Lovelace Nominee List.  In March, 32 RP students were eligible to vote for his /her favorite title from the list. We'll have to wait until the end of April for the State of MN to publish the final voting results.  For RP, here were our Top 3 to win this year:

Nickel Bay Nick by Dean Pitchford

Almost Home by Joan Bauer

El Deafo by Cece Bell


More info on the nominees are available at: http://www.maudhartlovelace.org/nominees.html


Our K, 1 and 2 students were busy reading from their own MN state picture book award list for the Star of the North Book Award.  It will take until the end of April to count of the votes from students all around MN- for our school here are our Top 3:


Emmanuel's Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah by Laurie Ann Thompson, Sean Qualls ill.

Wolfie the Bunny by Ame Dyckman, Zachariah O'Hara ill.

Red: A Crayon's Story written and illustrated by Michael Hall


More info on all 10 nominees is available at: http://www.starofthenorthaward.org/


Happy Reading,

Mrs. Robertson & Mrs. Jarvi



Health and Wellness Committee News:


HEALTH AND WELLNESS FAIR AND COLOR RUN

·      When?    This Saturday April 8, from 10-12:30pm

         Color run to start immediately after the Fair

·      Where?   Red Pine Elementary School




News From the “Bird Feeder”:

Attention!

Kids 1 year to 18 years old FREE SUMMER MEALS!!!!   See below:

Breakfast:

July24 - August 10th >>> Cedar Park Elementary,  Westview Elementary,  Thomas Lake Elementary

Lunch

June 19 - August 10th >>> Cedar Park Elementary Westview Elementary

June 19 - June 23rd >>> Oak Ridge Elementary

June 26 - August 10th >>> Thomas Lake Elementary

Serving times have not been determined. Please check www.district196.org  for more details.


Student and Parent Reminder:

~~ Breakfast is FREE for all kindergarten students.

~~ Breakfast and Lunch are FREE for all students K - 12 who qualify for FREE or REDUCED-price school meals grades.

~~ Please try breakfast at our school. A nutritious breakfast is an important start to a child’s school day!

~~ Parents/Guardians: FeePay has the option for you to set a low balance reminder via email.

Cheryl Rosa

Food and Nutrition

Red Pine Elementary


Nurse’s Corner:  


HELLO RED PINE FAMILIES!

Spring has sprung and students should be an extra set of clothes.  The fields may be wet and muddy – I am limited on what I have, so please have your kids bring in their back packs an extra set for the day.

Health Fair and Color Run is April 8th 10-12:30 and Color Run immediately follows.  

This year for the nursing booth – the ‘Health Heroes’ will be checking vision for anyone who would like to stop by.  The Health Heroes will also be working a bean bag toss game and monitoring the 3 bouncy houses/obstacle courses we have.  Please join us, if you didn’t register and get a t-shirt, you are still welcome to come and participate.  You may wear any shirt you have.

Flip Flop weather is around the corner.  I encourage all students to wear tennis shoes during the day.  This prevents injuries and is better for their feet and lower back if they wear tennis shoes.  If they choose to wear flip flops, make sure for recess and physical education, they have tennis shoes to put on (preferably socks also – otherwise blisters develop).

Water bottles – I continue to encourage students to bring water bottles filled with fresh water.  Water does a body good.  It keeps kids hydrated, flushes germs away, keeps stomach aches at bay and thins any kind of thick secretions that can cause sinus headaches or pressure and sore throats.

Enjoy the spring weather! It sounds like it will be a wonderful weekend to join in at the Health and Wellness Fair/Color Run.


Danna Steffen, RN

Red Pine Elementary

School Nurse

Ph: 651-423-7871

Fax: 651-423-7875



PTO News:


PTO Meeting

Our next PTO meeting is scheduled for TONIGHT!!, April 6th at 6:30pm in the Media Center. We hope to see you there!



Open PTO Chair Positions

We're looking for volunteers for two open positions next year: Vice President and Treasurer. If you're interested in either opportunity, please contact John Congemi at johncongemi@gmail.com.



Box Tops

A friendly reminder to continue to turn in your collection sheets outside the office with your teacher's name on them. Also, please bundle the Bonus Box Tops separately.   Continuing through May 26th we will be having another competition to see which classroom will win an ice cream treat/popsicle party.  Go Cardinals! Winner will be announced.

If you have any questions, please contact Kirsten Langstraat @ Langstraatfamily@gmail.com



Red Pine PTO Scholarships

The deadline for applying for the Red Pine PTO Scholarship is rapidly approaching. The two winners -- one graduating senior from Eagan HS and one graduating senior from Rosemount HS -- will receive a $1,250 scholarship, plus a free class ring and yearbook.  Applications can be found on the Family Connections page for Eagan HS and Rosemount HS, and are due April 14, 2017.  Please contact Eva Stensvad, eva.stensvad@gmail.com, with any questions.



Red Pine Spring Arts Night – May 11th!

The Spring Arts Night committee is looking for a few volunteers to help with the planning.
If you are interested in being apart of this amazing night at Red Pine, please contact Jayme Smrstick at jaymesmrstick@gmail.com.  Any amount of time will be greatly appreciated!



RP Spring Arts Night --Silent Auction Items Needed!

The Silent Auction at Spring Arts Night has raised a record number of funds that go directly back into our school. We are hoping to exceed our goals for this year and are once again looking for donations for the Silent Auction. If you have a business and are willing donate to our fundraiser, please contact Jayme Smrstick at jaymesmrstick@gmail.com . The Red Pine PTO is a tax-exempt charity and your donations are tax deductible.



School Pak

We are already working on getting School Pak ready for the 2017-18 school year.  Please watch the upcoming Newsletters for more information. Once we are ready to go we will open up ordering online. You will be able to have it shipped for free to school and it will be waiting in your child's classroom during the Open House in August, or you can have it shipped to your home for a fee. This is a great way to enjoy time with your family over the summer and not worry about all the supplies you have to purchase! If you have any questions about School Pak, you can contact Dawn Horarik at dawnhorarik@yahoo.com; or you can call/text 952.240.4928.




Community News:


ISD 196 Community Education:


Plan a summer full of fun and learning! Visit www.district196.org/ce. Register early, activities, classes and events fill quickly.


Be your daughters prince charming. Take her to the 10th annual Daddy/Daughter Dance. Proceeds benefit community education youth scholarships.

Sat | Apr 22 | 6-8pm | $35 per couple, add’l child $19 | FRMS


Apps, Texts and Bullying, Oh My! (parents of school age children)

Tue | May 9 - 23 | 7-8pm | 3 ses $55 | BHMS


www.district196.org/ceview videolike District 196 Community Education on Facebook


March 24, 2017

posted Mar 24, 2017, 8:56 AM by Kristen Henning

Red Pine School Newsletter

Week of March 27 - 31, 2017   - Spring Break! NO SCHOOL

Week of April  3 - 7, 2017


Monday        cycle day - 5 red E -  MCA Continues!!!!  Be here - Be rested - Be fed  :)

Tuesday        cycle day - 6 blue A  - Star Lab Arrives

Wednesday  cycle day - 1 yellow B  

Thursday      cycle day - 2 green C  - Site council Meeting 4 - 5pm

- PTO Meeting 6:30 - 8pm  

Friday           cycle day - 3 red D - Rainbow Day” Sponsored by Student Council



Pokemon Cards

Recently there has been an increase in the number of issues at school and on the bus that are rooted in student use of Pokemon cards.  Due to the number of recent incidents that have interrupted student learning, we are asking that the students not bring the cards to school anymore.  Many teachers have already asked students not to bring them.  However, the bus has still been a place where many of the issues are starting with the Pokemon cards.  This morning Mr. Goeldner visited each classroom to explain the request.  If you have any questions regarding this, please call Mr. Goeldner or your student’s teacher.   


Substitute teaching opportunities available

District 196 has substitute teaching opportunities available for interested persons with a valid Minnesota teaching license or a bachelor's degree and are willing to obtain a short call limited teaching license. Substitute teachers earn $120 for full-day assignments and $70 for half-day assignments (up to four hours and 15 minutes). All short call substitute candidates must complete a 20-hour orientation (April 17-21, 2017) before they can begin substitute teaching; individuals with a standard teaching license must attend a 2.5-hour orientation session. Please email tracy.simpson@district196.org if you are interested in this opportunity.

Tracy Simpson

 I.S.D.196•Rosemount•Apple Valley•Eagan

 Human Resources Secretary•Sub-Caller

 tel. 651-423-7761•fax. 651-423-7858


School News:

Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCAs) In Progress!


Students in grades 3-5 are taking the computer-delivered Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCAs) now through May 5th.  A detailed schedule for Red Pine students can be found on the homepage of the Red Pine website.

The MCAs are part of the educational accountability system in Minnesota and evaluate district, school and individual student progress on Minnesota Academic Standards in reading, math and science.  There is no minimum passing score on the MCAs; schools use MCA results to make curricular and instructional decisions for all students.

  • The reading test includes multiple-choice and other item-type questions which test skills in literature and informational text.  

  • The mathematics test includes multiple-choice and other item-type questions involving numbers and operation, algebra, geometry and measurement, and data analysis and probability.   

  • The science test includes multiple-choice and other item-type questions involving nature of science and engineering, physical science, earth and space science, and life science. High school items address nature of science and engineering, and life science. The science test is administered to students in grades 5.


Please be sure your child has good rest the night before and a good breakfast on the morning of testing.  In addition, please encourage your child to do their best and take their time on the tests.  Students have as much time as needed on the MCAs.  

Test Security Information for Students

As with any test, students have a responsibility to keep test content secure and act with honesty and integrity during administration of the MCAs. The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) expects students to follow all state and district policies for test administration. MDE has added a code of conduct that students must view before beginning any standards-based accountability assessment:

On this test, do your own best work to show what you know and can do.

·       Do not accept help finding answers to test questions.

·       Do not give answers to other students.

·       Do not tell others what is on the test.

·       There may be consequences if you do not follow directions or if you behave dishonestly.

MDE takes test security seriously and encourages any individual with firsthand knowledge of a test security concern to contact MDE. Educators, parents, students and others can report any suspected incidents of cheating or other improper or unethical behavior on statewide assessments by using an online tip line at https://w1.education.state.mn.us/tip/, by sending an email to mde.testing@state.mn.us  or calling 651-582-8512. (If the report is submitted anonymously, MDE will not respond in writing.) Depending upon the nature of each report and the amount of information provided, MDE will follow up with the district to investigate alleged irregularities. If individuals have a concern about test security practices, they are encouraged to raise their concerns with the District Assessment Coordinator or the district’s legal counsel before contacting MDE.

For more information about the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments, please feel free to contact Denise.vonasek@district196.org.  



Greetings from the Red Pine Library-


It time for March Madness and in the Library we have 32 picture books competing for the Sweet 16, Elite Eight, Final Four and Picture Book Championship Rounds.  Please feel free to print out a bracket and pick your favorite to win.  Return brackets to the library after spring break:

https://sites.google.com/a/apps.district196.org/red-pine-recommended-books/https://sites.google.com/a/apps.district196.org/red-pine-recommended-books/



In the Computer Lab

Notes from Mrs. Skalski


Donations Requested: We are looking for donations of used smart phones or tablets, with or without their charging cord/cube. We have 12 Spheros and need 12 devices to drive them.  If you have a device that you no longer use, please consider donating it to our cause. Devices can be sent to my attention and I’ll reset them and put them to good use.


MCA Testing: Our fourth and fifth graders have begun taking their MCA tests. The third graders will begin when we return from spring break and testing will continue through all of April. While these students take their tests in our computer labs, our K-2 students will use Chromebooks and visit Star Lab during their classes with me.





CAHOOTS 2017 Summer Program (GRASP replacement) - DEADLINE Approaching!!!

Parents, we are pleased to announce a new K-5 summer math and reading correspondence workbook program entitled Cahoots.  The program is very similar to GRASP (portable and flexible), but designed to more closely match our district curriculum through an engaging and reflective approach to learning.  After completing each lesson and checking answers online, students will complete a response card and send to a ‘Reflection Buddy’ who will send a written response back.  Cahoots should not be considered a replacement for participating in summer school, if a child qualifies.  Cahoots is not intended to replace regular reading for enjoyment or math activities that strengthen a child’s fluency and love for math.

Forms were sent home

Final registration is due April 4.  It is recommended students work on the grade level just completed, to review and reinforce skills learned during the school year.  Please discuss with your child’s teacher, if you feel another level may be more suitable.  View sample Cahoots workbooks through the end of March in the office.



Health and Wellness Committee News:


RED PINE SPRING BREAK FUN - SKATING AND SWIMMING

  • When?   Thursday, March 30th

  • Where? ‘The Grove’ in Inver Grove Heights

  • Cost?     $8 dollars ($2 skate rental)

  • Skating from 11-1pm

  • Swimming from 12-7:30pm (Swimming after 5:30 is $5)



HEALTH AND WELLNESS FAIR AND COLOR RUN

·      When?    Saturday April 8, from 10-12:30pm

         Color run to start immediately after the fair

·      Where?   Red Pine Elementary School




News From the “Bird Feeder”:


Local Lunch Day

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Twins Opener Recognized

All Beef Hotdog

Baked Beans

Dark Green Salad

Variety Fruit

Kemps Chocolate Malt Cup

Student and Parent Reminder:

~~ Breakfast is FREE for all kindergarten students.

~~ Breakfast and Lunch are FREE for all students K - 12who qualify for FREE or REDUCED-price school meals grades.

~~ Please try breakfast at your school. A nutritious breakfast is an important start to a child’s school day!

~~ Parents/Guardians: FeePay has the option for you to set a low balance reminder via email.

Cheryl Rosa

Food and Nutrition

Red Pine Elementary


Nurse’s Corner:  

Happy Soon to be Spring Break Families!  I hope you have a safe and healthy week.

A few reminders:

Lice – great time to have the little fellas make a home in yours.  Please be vigilant with sleep overs and checking your children.  Lice doesn’t start in schools.  It is in our community.  No sharing of brushes, combs, pillows, blankets,  hats and so on.  Remind your kids – sharing is great….not getting lice is even greater!

Monday after spring break……yikes!  It’s hard on everyone.  Make sure your children know, if they stay up late and play hard up until Monday, Nurse Danna will send them back to class unless they have a fever, vomiting or diarrhea.  Being tired is not on her list of things to send them home nor is it on the list of things to be resting in a sickly nurse’s office.  Ugghhhh!!!  Rest well on Sunday, stay hydrated all week and have fun.

Medicine Reminders:  If you have medicine that can be given at home, that is where it should be given.  If you need your child to have medicine in school – OTC – I will need a note from you as to why, when the last dose was, how much to give and when, in its original bottle, this is short term.  I will send it home at the end of the day.   If your child needs prescription medication at school, I will need the doctor’s order, and the medicine in its original bottle.

Cough drops, cough medicine, Ibuprofen, Tums and so on are not provided by the district.  The School Nurses Association of Minnesota and the Department of Education recommend we do not stock any over the counter meds and we do not dispense any over the counter meds to the students.

Enjoy your Spring!


Danna Steffen, RN

Red Pine Elementary

School Nurse

Ph: 651-423-7871

Fax: 651-423-7875



PTO News:


Box Tops

A friendly reminder to continue to turn in your collection sheets outside the office with your teacher's name on them. Also, please bundle the Bonus Box Tops separately.   Continuing through May 26th we will be having another competition to see which classroom will win an ice cream treat/popsicle party.  Go Cardinals! Winner will be announced.

If you have any questions, please contact Kirsten Langstraat @ Langstraatfamily@gmail.com



Red Pine PTO Scholarships

Scholarship applications for the Red Pine PTO scholarship are now available on the Eagan High School and Rosemount High School Family Connections pages, as well as in hard copy the schools' Career Centers. Eligible students are graduating high school seniors at Eagan HS and Rosemount HS who attended Red Pine Elementary for at least one year between 1st and 5th grades, with a GPA of 3.0 or higher, and who intend to continue their education at a university, junior college, or vocational school. Completed applications are due by no later than April 14, 2017, and scholarship recipients will be notified by no later than May 5, 2017. Please contact Eva Stensvad, eva.stensvad@gmail.com, with any questions.



Red Pine Spring Arts Night – May 11th!

The Spring Arts Night committee is looking for a few volunteers to help with the planning.
If you are interested in being apart of this amazing night at Red Pine, please contact Jayme Smrstick at jaymesmrstick@gmail.com.  Any amount of time will be greatly appreciated!



RP Spring Arts Night --Silent Auction Items Needed!

The Silent Auction at Spring Arts Night has raised a record number of funds that go directly back into our school. We are hoping to exceed our goals for this year and are once again looking for donations for the Silent Auction. If you have a business and are willing donate to our fundraiser, please contact Jayme Smrstick at jaymesmrstick@gmail.com . The Red Pine PTO is a tax-exempt charity and your donations are tax deductible.



School Pak

We are already working on getting School Pak ready for the 2017-18 school year.  Please watch the upcoming Newsletters for more information. Once we are ready to go we will open up ordering online. You will be able to have it shipped for free to school and it will be waiting in your child's classroom during the Open House in August, or you can have it shipped to your home for a fee. This is a great way to enjoy time with your family over the summer and not worry about all the supplies you have to purchase! If you have any questions about School Pak, you can contact Dawn Horarik at dawnhorarik@yahoo.com; or you can call/text 952.240.4928.



Open PTO Chair Positions

We're looking for volunteers for two open positions next year: Vice President and Treasurer. If you're interested in either opportunity, please contact John Congemi at johncongemi@gmail.com.



PTO Meeting

Our next PTO meeting is scheduled for Thursday, April 6th at 6:30pm in the Media Center. Mark your calendars!




Community News:


ISD 196 Community Education:


Taking a staycation this spring break? Have fun and learn at a school near you … be on stage, code a game, paint a masterpiece, and more! Click here to see what’s we’ve planned for you. Register now, as classes are filling quickly! Don’t forget the pool is open during spring break for wet fun. Drop in ages 6+ $7. Tue, Wed, Thu | Mar 28-30 | 2-4pm | SHMS


In the land of 10,000 lakes and many more pools, be safe in the water and learn to swim (all ages)! Swim lessons begin Monday, Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday, April 2-8, at Black Hawk and Scott Highlands middle schools. $63-$210. Click here for more information and to register.


Plan a summer full of fun and learning! Visit www.district196.org/ce. Register early, activities, classes and events fill quickly.


Be your daughters prince charming. Take her to the 10th annual Daddy/Daughter Dance. Proceeds benefit community education youth scholarships.

Sat | Apr 22 | 6-8pm | $35 per couple, add’l child $19 | FRMS


Apps, Texts and Bullying, Oh My! (parents of school age children)

Tue | May 9 - 23 | 7-8pm | 3 ses $55 | BHMS


www.district196.org/ceview videolike District 196 Community Education on Facebook



March 16, 2017

posted Mar 16, 2017, 1:21 PM by Kristen Henning

Red Pine School Newsletter

Week of March 20 - 24, 2017


Monday        cycle day - 6 green E -  MCA Continues!!!!  Be here - Be rested - Be fed  :)

Tuesday        cycle day - 1 red A    -  Student Council Meeting

Wednesday  cycle day - 2 blue B  

Thursday      cycle day - 3 yellow C       

Friday           cycle day - 4 green D -  ACCESS for EL (English Learners )students Testing window Closes



School News:

Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCAs) In Progress!


Students in grades 3-5 are taking the computer-delivered Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCAs) now through May 5th.  A detailed schedule for Red Pine students can be found on the homepage of the Red Pine website.

The MCAs are part of the educational accountability system in Minnesota and evaluate district, school and individual student progress on Minnesota Academic Standards in reading, math and science.  There is no minimum passing score on the MCAs; schools use MCA results to make curricular and instructional decisions for all students.

  • The reading test includes multiple-choice and other item-type questions which test skills in literature and informational text.  

  • The mathematics test includes multiple-choice and other item-type questions involving numbers and operation, algebra, geometry and measurement, and data analysis and probability.   

  • The science test includes multiple-choice and other item-type questions involving nature of science and engineering, physical science, earth and space science, and life science. High school items address nature of science and engineering, and life science. The science test is administered to students in grades 5.


Please be sure your child has good rest the night before and a good breakfast on the morning of testing.  In addition, please encourage your child to do their best and take their time on the tests.  Students have as much time as needed on the MCAs.  

Test Security Information for Students

As with any test, students have a responsibility to keep test content secure and act with honesty and integrity during administration of the MCAs. The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) expects students to follow all state and district policies for test administration. MDE has added a code of conduct that students must view before beginning any standards-based accountability assessment:

On this test, do your own best work to show what you know and can do.

·       Do not accept help finding answers to test questions.

·       Do not give answers to other students.

·       Do not tell others what is on the test.

·       There may be consequences if you do not follow directions or if you behave dishonestly.

MDE takes test security seriously and encourages any individual with firsthand knowledge of a test security concern to contact MDE. Educators, parents, students and others can report any suspected incidents of cheating or other improper or unethical behavior on statewide assessments by using an online tip line at https://w1.education.state.mn.us/tip/, by sending an email to mde.testing@state.mn.us  or calling 651-582-8512. (If the report is submitted anonymously, MDE will not respond in writing.) Depending upon the nature of each report and the amount of information provided, MDE will follow up with the district to investigate alleged irregularities. If individuals have a concern about test security practices, they are encouraged to raise their concerns with the District Assessment Coordinator or the district’s legal counsel before contacting MDE.

For more information about the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments, please feel free to contact Denise.vonasek@district196.org.  



Notes from the music room!

I would like to send out a special thank you to the members of the Red Pine Cardinal Choir! We met for 8 weeks and rehearsed for an hour before school every Tuesday morning. The choir was asked to be part of the Velvet Tones “Festival of Music” which was held last Sunday afternoon at Eastview High School. I was incredibly proud of these young, talented singers. They did an amazing job from start to finish. Another huge thank you goes out to the parents who made sure that my singers got to school bright and early on rehearsal days and also attended the concert on Sunday. Rich Clausen, the director of the Velvet Tones, had the concert video taped on Sunday and wanted me to share with you that a video of the concert is available to anyone that would like one at a cost of only $4.15. If you would like to purchase a video, please send a check made out to “Kirk Douglas Video Productions” and note with your name and your student’s name to me as soon as you can. Thanks again for a great season! I will be continuing with the Red Pine Cardinal Choir next year.

Laurie Herman

RP Music Specialist




In the Computer Lab

Notes from Mrs. Skalski


A big thanks to all students who participated in our Coding Club this winter. In this after-school class we created some pretty amazing scripts in Scratch and I was impressed at how quickly everyone picked up new skills! A shout also goes out to our guru, Chris Garnsworthy, our resident coder and parent volunteer who assisted with the class. Thank you Chris for bringing Coding Club to Red Pine! This club will return next year.


Donations Requested: We are looking for donations of used smart phones or tablets, with or without their charging cord/cube. We have 12 Spheros and need 12 devices to drive them.  If you have a device that you no longer use, please consider donating it to our cause. Devices can be sent to my attention and I’ll reset them and put them to good use.


MCA Testing: Our fourth and fifth graders have begun taking their MCA tests. The third graders will begin when we return from spring break and testing will continue through all of April. While these students take their tests in our computer labs, our K-2 students will use Chromebooks and visit Star Lab during their classes with me.


Powerpoint: Congratulations to our second graders who all finished their first PowerPoint presentations. Working with a partner, each student researched a type of weather and they are going to use their presentation to teach the class about their weather word. We are excited to watch these presentations in class next week and I’ll post them online right after break so you can see them at home too.



Greetings from the Red Pine Library-

It’s time for March Madness! The Library we has 32 picture books competing for the Sweet 16, Elite Eight, Final Four and Picture Book Championship Rounds.  Please feel free to pick your favorites and find a few new books to read with your student(s) as we read and vote as a school this March 2017:

https://sites.google.com/a/apps.district196.org/red-pine-recommended-books/https://sites.google.com/a/apps.district196.org/red-pine-recommended-books/


Happy Reading,

Mrs. Robertson & Mrs. Jarvi



CAHOOTS 2017 Summer Program (GRASP replacement)

Parents, we are pleased to announce a new K-5 summer math and reading correspondence workbook program entitled Cahoots.  The program is very similar to GRASP (portable and flexible), but designed to more closely match our district curriculum through an engaging and reflective approach to learning.  After completing each lesson and checking answers online, students will complete a response card and send to a ‘Reflection Buddy’ who will send a written response back.  Cahoots should not be considered a replacement for participating in summer school, if a child qualifies.  Cahoots is not intended to replace regular reading for enjoyment or math activities that strengthen a child’s fluency and love for math.

Forms were sent home

Final registration is due April 4.  It is recommended students work on the grade level just completed, to review and reinforce skills learned during the school year.  Please discuss with your child’s teacher, if you feel another level may be more suitable.  View sample Cahoots workbooks through the end of March in the office.



Health and Wellness Committee News:


RED PINE SPRING BREAK FUN - SKATING AND SWIMMING

  • When?   Thursday, March 30th

  • Where? ‘The Grove’ in Inver Grove Heights

  • Cost?     $8 dollars ($2 skate rental)

  • Skating from 11-1pm

  • Swimming from 12-7:30pm (Swimming after 5:30 is $5)



HEALTH AND WELLNESS FAIR AND COLOR RUN

·      When?    Saturday April 8, from 10-12:30pm

         Color run to start immediately after the fair

·      Where?   Red Pine Elementary School


***Reminder – Registration for the T-Shirts are due Monday March 20th, for the Color Run which is Saturday, April 8th.  Prior to the Color Run from 10 am -12:15, there will be a FREE HEALTH FAIR with vendors, bouncy houses, & games!  Come and join us!




Nurse’s Corner:  

Red Pine Families – please read! – taken from the Minnesota Department of Health.

The flu is a respiratory disease caused by a virus that attacks the nose, throat, and lungs. Illness is usually mild or moderate, not requiring hospitalization. However, at times flu can be severe, even leading to death. It is not the same as the “stomach flu.”

Flu symptoms include fever, dry cough, sore throat, headache, extreme tiredness, and body aches. These symptoms usually begin suddenly and might be severe enough to stop your daily activities.

Colds are generally less serious than the flu. With a cold, you’re more likely to have a runny or stuffy nose, while the flu causes body aches, fever, and extreme tiredness. A person with a cold can usually keep up with their normal activities, but someone with the flu can't. Flu can result in serious health problems like pneumonia, bacterial infections, and hospitalization.

What can I do to protect myself and others?

·         Get vaccinated.

·         Avoid being around others who are sick.

·         Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, or cough or sneeze into your sleeve.

·         Wash your hands often with soap and water, or an alcohol-based, waterless hand sanitizer.

·         Protect infants by not exposing them to large crowds or sick family members when flu is in your community.

·         Do not share drinking cups and straws.

·         Clean commonly touched surfaces often (doorknobs, refrigerator handles, phones, and water faucets).

What if I think I have the flu?

·         Stay home if you are sick.

·         Avoid contact with others.

·         Rest and drink lots of fluids.

·         If you are in a high-risk group, call your healthcare provider for advice.

·         Go to the doctor or the emergency room if you are having these symptoms:

o    Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath

o    Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen

o    Sudden dizziness

o    Confusion

o    Severe or persistent vomiting

o    Flu-like symptoms that improve, but return with worse fever and cough

Please keep your child at home for 24 hours after he or she is fever free without fever reducing medications.


Danna Steffen, RN

Red Pine Elementary

School Nurse

Ph: 651-423-7871

Fax: 651-423-7875



PTO News:


Box Tops

A friendly reminder to continue to turn in your collection sheets outside the office with your teacher's name on them. Also, please bundle the Bonus Box Tops separately.   Continuing through May 26th we will be having another competition to see which classroom will win an ice cream treat/popsicle party.  Go Cardinals! Winner will be announced.

If you have any questions, please contact Kirsten Langstraat @ Langstraatfamily@gmail.com



Red Pine PTO Scholarships

Scholarship applications for the Red Pine PTO scholarship are now available on the Eagan High School and Rosemount High School Family Connections pages, as well as in hard copy the schools' Career Centers. Eligible students are graduating high school seniors at Eagan HS and Rosemount HS who attended Red Pine Elementary for at least one year between 1st and 5th grades, with a GPA of 3.0 or higher, and who intend to continue their education at a university, junior college, or vocational school. Completed applications are due by no later than April 14, 2017, and scholarship recipients will be notified by no later than May 5, 2017. Please contact Eva Stensvad, eva.stensvad@gmail.com, with any questions.



Red Pine Spring Arts Night – May 11th!

The Spring Arts Night committee is looking for a few volunteers to help with the planning.
If you are interested in being apart of this amazing night at Red Pine, please contact Jayme Smrstick at jaymesmrstick@gmail.com.  Any amount of time will be greatly appreciated!



RP Spring Arts Night --Silent Auction Items Needed!

The Silent Auction at Spring Arts Night has raised a record number of funds that go directly back into our school. We are hoping to exceed our goals for this year and are once again looking for donations for the Silent Auction. If you have a business and are willing donate to our fundraiser, please contact Jayme Smrstick at jaymesmrstick@gmail.com . The Red Pine PTO is a tax-exempt charity and your donations are tax deductible.



School Pak

We are already working on getting School Pak ready for the 2017-18 school year.  Please watch the upcoming Newsletters for more information. Once we are ready to go we will open up ordering online. You will be able to have it shipped for free to school and it will be waiting in your child's classroom during the Open House in August, or you can have it shipped to your home for a fee. This is a great way to enjoy time with your family over the summer and not worry about all the supplies you have to purchase! If you have any questions about School Pak, you can contact Dawn Horarik at dawnhorarik@yahoo.com; or you can call/text 952.240.4928.



Open PTO Chair Positions

We're looking for volunteers for two open positions next year: Vice President and Treasurer. If you're interested in either opportunity, please contact John Congemi at johncongemi@gmail.com.



PTO Meeting

Our next PTO meeting is scheduled for Thursday, April 6th at 6:30pm in the Media Center. We hope to see you there!




Community News:


ISD 196 Community Education:


Taking a staycation this spring break? Have fun and learn at a school near you … be on stage, code a game, paint a masterpiece, and more! Click here to see what’s we’ve planned for you. Register now, as classes are filling quickly! Don’t forget the pool is open during spring break for wet fun. Drop in ages 6+ $7. Tue, Wed, Thu | Mar 28-30 | 2-4pm | SHMS


In the land of 10,000 lakes and many more pools, be safe in the water and learn to swim (all ages)! Swim lessons begin Monday, Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday, April 2-8, at Black Hawk and Scott Highlands middle schools. $63-$210. Click here for more information and to register.


Plan a summer full of fun and learning! Visit www.district196.org/ce. Register early, activities, classes and events fill quickly.


Be your daughters prince charming. Take her to the 10th annual Daddy/Daughter Dance. Proceeds benefit community education youth scholarships.

Sat | Apr 22 | 6-8pm | $35 per couple, add’l child $19 | FRMS


Apps, Texts and Bullying, Oh My! (parents of school age children)

Tue | May 9 - 23 | 7-8pm | 3 ses $55 | BHMS


www.district196.org/ceview videolike District 196 Community Education on Facebook



March 9, 2017

posted Mar 9, 2017, 10:44 AM by Kristen Henning

Red Pine School Newsletter

Week of March 13 - 17, 2017


Monday        cycle day - 1 yellow E -  MCA Testing Begins!!!!  Be here - Be rested - Be fed  :)

Tuesday        cycle day - 2 green A   

Wednesday  cycle day - 3 red B  

Thursday      cycle day - 4 blue C       

Friday           cycle day - 5 yellow D -  “Wearin’ of the Green Day”  - Sponsored by Student Council

            - Report Cards Go Home

School News:

Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCAs) Start Next Week!


Students in grades 3-5 will take the computer-delivered Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCAs) between March 13th and May 5th.  A detailed schedule for Red Pine students can be found on the homepage of the Red Pine website.

The MCAs are part of the educational accountability system in Minnesota and evaluate district, school and individual student progress on Minnesota Academic Standards in reading, math and science.  There is no minimum passing score on the MCAs; schools use MCA results to make curricular and instructional decisions for all students.

  • The reading test includes multiple-choice and other item-type questions which test skills in literature and informational text.  

  • The mathematics test includes multiple-choice and other item-type questions involving numbers and operation, algebra, geometry and measurement, and data analysis and probability.   

  • The science test includes multiple-choice and other item-type questions involving nature of science and engineering, physical science, earth and space science, and life science. High school items address nature of science and engineering, and life science. The science test is administered to students in grades 5.


Please be sure your child has good rest the night before and a good breakfast on the morning of testing.  In addition, please encourage your child to do their best and take their time on the tests.  Students have as much time as needed on the MCAs.  

Test Security Information for Students

As with any test, students have a responsibility to keep test content secure and act with honesty and integrity during administration of the MCAs. The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) expects students to follow all state and district policies for test administration. MDE has added a code of conduct that students must view before beginning any standards-based accountability assessment:

On this test, do your own best work to show what you know and can do.

·       Do not accept help finding answers to test questions.

·       Do not give answers to other students.

·       Do not tell others what is on the test.

·       There may be consequences if you do not follow directions or if you behave dishonestly.

MDE takes test security seriously and encourages any individual with firsthand knowledge of a test security concern to contact MDE. Educators, parents, students and others can report any suspected incidents of cheating or other improper or unethical behavior on statewide assessments by using an online tip line at https://w1.education.state.mn.us/tip/, by sending an email to mde.testing@state.mn.us  or calling 651-582-8512. (If the report is submitted anonymously, MDE will not respond in writing.) Depending upon the nature of each report and the amount of information provided, MDE will follow up with the district to investigate alleged irregularities. If individuals have a concern about test security practices, they are encouraged to raise their concerns with the District Assessment Coordinator or the district’s legal counsel before contacting MDE.

For more information about the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments, please feel free to contact Denise.vonasek@district196.org.  



Student Council News:

Annual Stress Ball Spectacular Sale

Student Council will be having our annual stress ball sale! Orders will be taken until Monday, April 3, 2017. Stress balls will be $2.50 each - checks should be made to Red Pine Student Council. (Limit 4 per student)

Order forms will be sent home today Thursday, March 09, 2017.





JUMP ROPE/HOOPS FOR HEART

Our school is proud to partner with the American Heart Association and the “zoo crew” this year through Jump Rope/Hoops For Heart. With our focus on Healthy Habits, we have been challenged to see how far and how loud our school can “ROAR” for heart health. By accepting this challenge we can earn up to $500 for our school to purchase new playground and physical education equipment. If you would like to help, please register online at www.heart.org/jump and email at least 10 family and friends. Every 10 emails will bring us one step closer to meeting our “Roar Challenge”. Let’s give our loved ones the best GIFT EVER, by sending them a message about heart health. I look forward to seeing how big we can make our ROAR for heart health!


PLEASE look through the two information sheets that were sent home in your child's Friday folder.  If you have any questions, PLEASE contact Mr. Kotasek or Mr. Sandman at Red Pine Elementary School.


Thank you for considering this wonderful opportunity.  

Sincerely,  

Mr. Kotasek and Mr. Sandman

RP Physical Education Specialists




CAHOOTS 2017 Summer Program (GRASP replacement)

Parents, we are pleased to announce a new K-5 summer math and reading correspondence workbook program entitled Cahoots.  The program is very similar to GRASP (portable and flexible), but designed to more closely match our district curriculum through an engaging and reflective approach to learning.  After completing each lesson and checking answers online, students will complete a response card and send to a ‘Reflection Buddy’ who will send a written response back.  Cahoots should not be considered a replacement for participating in summer school, if a child qualifies.  Cahoots is not intended to replace regular reading for enjoyment or math activities that strengthen a child’s fluency and love for math.

Forms were sent home

Final registration is due April 4.  It is recommended students work on the grade level just completed, to review and reinforce skills learned during the school year.  Please discuss with your child’s teacher, if you feel another level may be more suitable.  View sample Cahoots workbooks through the end of March in the office.



Health and Wellness Committee News:


FAMILY FUN SKATING EVENT - *****Dress in Green for St. Patrick’s Day!!

·      When?    Tuesday, March 14th from 6-8pm

·      Where?   Skateville, Burnsville

·      Cost?      $5 dollars ($2 inline skate rental)

RED PINE SPRING BREAK FUN - SKATING AND SWIMMING

  • When?   Thursday, March 30th

  • Where? ‘The Grove’ in Inver Grove Heights

  • Cost?     $8 dollars ($2 skate rental)

  • Skating from 11-1pm

  • Swimming from 12-7:30pm (Swimming after 5:30 is $5)



HEALTH AND WELLNESS FAIR AND COLOR RUN

·      When?    Saturday April 8, from 10-12:30pm

         Color run to start immediately after the fair

·      Where?   Red Pine Elementary School




Nurse’s Corner:  

Hello Red Pine Families!

Has Spring Sprung?  Looks like it, doesn’t feel like it.  So…please have your students bring extra clothes.  Layers are best.  They will go outside – it may be cold, it may be wet, it may be perfect.

“Pimples in odd spots that don’t go away” ? If your child has an old pimple  - or so you think, that is causing pain, won’t go away, looks infected and gets bigger.  Please have it checked.  It could be an infection that needs treatment and won’t get better on its own.  I have seen this on a knee (my own son), on feet, legs.  Thank you.

CALLING ON 4TH GRADERS

PLEASE COME AND TALK TO NURSE DANNA IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN BECOMING A HEALTH HERO NEXT YEAR.  It looks great on your resume for middle school!

Thank you,

Danna Steffen, RN

Red Pine Elementary School Nurse

Ph: 651-423-7871

Fax: 651-423-7875


PTO News:


Box Tops

A friendly reminder to continue to turn in your collection sheets outside the office with your teacher's name on them. Also, please bundle the Bonus Box Tops separately.   From March 1 - May 26th we will be having another competition to see which classroom will win an ice cream treat/popsicle party.  Go Cardinals! Winner will be announced.

If you have any questions, please contact Kirsten Langstraat @ Langstraatfamily@gmail.com



Red Pine PTO Scholarships

Scholarship applications for the Red Pine PTO scholarship are now available on the Eagan High School and Rosemount High School Family Connections pages, as well as in hard copy the schools' Career Centers. Eligible students are graduating high school seniors at Eagan HS and Rosemount HS who attended Red Pine Elementary for at least one year between 1st and 5th grades, with a GPA of 3.0 or higher, and who intend to continue their education at a university, junior college, or vocational school. Completed applications are due by no later than April 14, 2017, and scholarship recipients will be notified by no later than May 5, 2017. Please contact Eva Stensvad, eva.stensvad@gmail.com, with any questions.



Red Pine Spring Arts Night –May 11th!

The Spring Arts Night committee is looking for a few volunteers to help with the planning.
If you are interested in being apart of this amazing night at Red Pine, please contact Jayme Smrstick at jaymesmrstick@gmail.com.  Any amount of time will be greatly appreciated!



RP Spring Arts Night --Silent Auction Items Needed!

The Silent Auction at Spring Arts Night has raised a record number of funds that go directly back into our school. We are hoping to exceed our goals for this year and are once again looking for donations for the Silent Auction. If you have a business and are willing donate to our fundraiser, please contact Jayme Smrstick at jaymesmrstick@gmail.com . The Red Pine PTO is a tax-exempt charity and your donations are tax deductible.



School Pak

We are already working on getting School Pak ready for the 2017-18 school year.  Please watch the upcoming Newsletters for more information. Once we are ready to go we will open up ordering online. You will be able to have it shipped for free to school and it will be waiting in your child's classroom during the Open House in August, or you can have it shipped to your home for a fee. This is a great way to enjoy time with your family over the summer and not worry about all the supplies you have to purchase! If you have any questions about School Pak, you can contact Dawn Horarik at dawnhorarik@yahoo.com; or you can call/text 952.240.4928.



Open PTO Chair Positions

We're looking for volunteers for two open positions next year: Vice President and Treasurer. If you're interested in either opportunity, please contact John Congemi at johncongemi@gmail.com.



PTO Meeting

Our next PTO meeting is scheduled for next Thursday, March 9 at 6:30pm in the Media Center. We hope to see you there!




Community News:


ISD 196 Community Education:


Taking a staycation this spring break? Have fun and learn at a school near you … be on stage, code a game, paint a masterpiece, and more! Click here to see what’s we’ve planned for you. Register now, as classes are filling quickly! Don’t forget the pool is open during spring break for wet fun. Drop in ages 6+ $7. Tue, Wed, Thu | Mar 28-30 | 2-4pm | SHMS


In the land of 10,000 lakes and many more pools, be safe in the water and learn to swim (all ages)! Swim lessons begin Monday, Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday, April 2-8, at Black Hawk and Scott Highlands middle schools. $63-$210. Click here for more information and to register.


Plan a summer full of fun and learning! Visit www.district196.org/ce. Register early, activities, classes and events fill quickly.


Be your daughters prince charming. Take her to the 10th annual Daddy/Daughter Dance. Proceeds benefit community education youth scholarships.

Sat | Apr 22 | 6-8pm | $35 per couple, add’l child $19 | FRMS


Apps, Texts and Bullying, Oh My! (parents of school age children)

Tue | May 9 - 23 | 7-8pm | 3 ses $55 | BHMS


www.district196.org/ceview videolike District 196 Community Education on Facebook



March 2, 2017

posted Mar 2, 2017, 10:15 AM by Kristen Henning

Red Pine School Newsletter

Week of March 3 - 10, 2017


Monday        cycle day - 3 yellow A   -  Art Adventure continues all week

  •  MCA Testing Window Opens

Tuesday        cycle day - 4 green B   

Wednesday  cycle day - 5 red C  

Thursday      cycle day - 6 blue D      -  Site Council Meeting 4 - 5pm

  -  PTO Meeting 6:30 - 8pm

  -  End of Trimester Two

  -  Last Day of Art Adventure

Friday           NO SCHOOL - Staff Development Day



A Message From the Principal:


Dear Red Pine Families,


Is it really March already?  This has been an interesting winter with warmer temperatures and snowstorms that are just out of reach.  One thing is for sure, while all that has been happening on the outside, great things continue to happen for our students inside Red Pine.  


Thank you to everyone who is helping to make the drop-off process go more smoothly.  While it isn’t completely free of issues, the drop-off process has improved.  Please remember, it will never be a safe situation for your child if you let him or her out of your car OR pick them up while you are in the inner part of the drop-off area.  Please be patient and wait for a spot on the curb so we can ensure the safety of everyone.


We are approaching the time of year where our third, fourth, and fifth grade students will be taking the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA).  Third, fourth, and fifth grade students are assessed in reading and math, while fifth graders are also assessed in science.   These assessments are taken on a computer, and are broken up into multiple sections on multiple days.  You can find the link to the assessment calendar on the Red Pine webpage.  Here is a link that will bring you right to the calendar. Red Pine Assessment Calendar


The students have been learning how to maneuver the different aspects of these online assessments.  One strategy we are asking our students to focus on is to take their time.  They can take as much time as they need on the assessment.  Through some of the practice assessments, we have seen that some of the students read through the passages and answered the questions very quickly, which creates an outcome that doesn’t match the students’ actual skills and abilities.  We have an incredible student body at Red Pine that brings a tremendous set of skills and abilities each day.  We want to make sure that each student’s ability is shown in the results of these assessments.   Please talk with your students about these assessments.  If you have any questions, please feel free to call the classroom teacher or myself.


Red Pine is a special place to learn and grow.  Thank you for your continued support as parents and members of the Red Pine school community.


Drew Goeldner

Principal


School News:


Dear Parents/Guardian,

Our school is proud to partner with the American Heart Association and the “zoo crew” this year through Jump Rope/Hoops For Heart. With our focus on Healthy Habits, we have been challenged to see how far and how loud our school can “ROAR” for heart health. By accepting this challenge we can earn up to $500 for our school to purchase new playground and physical education equipment. If you would like to help, please register online at www.heart.org/jump and email at least 10 family and friends. Every 10 emails will bring us one step closer to meeting our “Roar Challenge”. Let’s give our loved ones the best GIFT EVER, by sending them a message about heart health. I look forward to seeing how big we can make our ROAR for heart health!


PLEASE look through the two information sheets that were sent home in your child's Friday folder.  If you have any questions, PLEASE contact Mr. Kotasek or Mr. Sandman at Red Pine Elementary School.


Thank you for considering this wonderful opportunity.  

Sincerely,  

Mr. Kotasek and Mr. Sandman

RP Physical Education Specialists




CAHOOTS 2017 Summer Program (GRASP replacement)

Parents, we are pleased to announce a new K-5 summer math and reading correspondence workbook program entitled Cahoots.  The program is very similar to GRASP (portable and flexible), but designed to more closely match our district curriculum through an engaging and reflective approach to learning.  After completing each lesson and checking answers online, students will complete a response card and send to a ‘Reflection Buddy’ who will send a written response back.  Cahoots should not be considered a replacement for participating in summer school, if a child qualifies.  Cahoots is not intended to replace regular reading for enjoyment or math activities that strengthen a child’s fluency and love for math.

Forms were sent home

Final registration is due April 4.  It is recommended students work on the grade level just completed, to review and reinforce skills learned during the school year.  Please discuss with your child’s teacher, if you feel another level may be more suitable.  View sample Cahoots workbooks through the end of March in the office.



News from the RP Library:


We really enjoyed all of our I Love 2 Read Month activities with classes during February.


Thanks to all the students who dressed up as a favorite book character last Friday.  All of the Who Do You Read With pictures were so much fun!  


We had the most points from the 2nd Grade Team!  Kindergarten and 3rd Grade were close behind.  A slideshow of all the pictures is available at:

https://sites.google.com/a/apps.district196.org/red-pine-recommended-books/


For our READO Boards we selected one winner from each of the grade levels.  Congrats to the following winners:

K-Montgomery- Haley T.

1-Rockwell- Kennedy L.

2-Kratz- Elias S.

3-Monssen- Allison F.

4-Crumb- Avery M.

5-Denmark- Morgan B.


For the first time this year we've chosen a I Love 2 Read Month Bookmark. Classrooms voted from 24 finalists and one bookmark drawn by a 5th Grader was chosen.  A slideshow of the bookmark finalist are available at: https://drive.google.com/a/apps.district196.org/file/d/0B4GPV903apElaXZVbUFUYmt0SUE/view?usp=sharing


Thanks again for all of your hard work this I Love 2 Read Month!


Happy Reading,

Mrs. Robertson & Mrs. Jarvi




News From the Bird Feeder:


For National School Breakfast Week we will have the following new options for the 4 days (excluding KG Breakfast in the classroom):


Monday March 6

French toast Sticks(  IW with 3 pieces per bag = 1 serving)

Syrup

Go Big yogurt

Fruit/juice

Milk

Tuesday March 7

New Tasty Pastry(1/2 size long john and we will top with caramel smear)

LOL cheddar cheese cubes IW

Cereal- 2 new ones IW bowls Fruit Loops and cocoa puffs

Fruit/juice

Milk

Wed March 8

Build your own Burrito (one Tortilla, scrambled eggs, salsa, shred cheddar cheese, diced peppers, sour cream- new recipe- students build their own- they have options-a recipe will come out

Trix yogurt

Fruit/Juice

Milk

Thursday March 9

Pancake topping Bar- large pancake

Frozen USDA blueberries, sliced strawberries ¼ cup each or ½ cup but students only get one if ½ cup portion

Low pro yogurt strawb or vanilla- ½ cup or cheese stick

Syrup

Whipped topping

Juice

Milk

*****Local Lunch Day - March 9th

Panini Bread from General Mills

Chicken drummies

Peas

Smiley face potatoes

Mini carrots



Cheryl Rosa

Food and Nutrition Manager

Red Pine Elementary

651-423-7878




Health and Wellness Committee News:

Mark your Calendars!

FAMILY FUN SKATING EVENT

·      When?    Tuesday March 14th from 6-8pm

·      Where?   Skateville

·      Cost?      $5 dollars ($2 inline skate rental)

HEALTH AND WELLNESS FAIR AND COLOR RUN

·      When?    Saturday April 8th from 10-12:30pm

         Color run to start immediately after the fair

·      Where?   Red Pine


RED PINE SPRING BREAK FUN - SKATING AND SWIMMING

  • When?   Thursday March 30th

  • Where? ‘The Grove’ in Inver Grove Heights

  • Cost?     $8 dollars ($2 skate rental)

  • Skating from 11-1pm

  • Swimming from 12-7:30pm (Swimming after 5:30 is $5)



Nurse’s Corner:  

Hello Red Pine Families!

Is it spring???…or are we still hanging onto winter?  Either way….an extra set of clothes should be in every child’s back pack.  Mud, rain, dirt, puddles and so on.  K-5.

If you have any boys sweatpants any size or girls sweatpants / leggings, Nurse “Danna Banana” could use a couple extra pairs.  Please don’t go out to buy some, just if they have outgrown.  Any boys or girls socks also.

We have plenty of jeans and short sleeve shirts.

Thanks so much and have a great weekend!

Danna Steffen, RN

School Nurse

Ph: 651-423-7871

Fax: 651-423-7875



PTO News:


Box Tops

Thank you to all the families who turned in Box Tops!  There were a lot of box tops that came in during February.  Congratulations to Mrs. Henning’s class as they won the Box Top pizza party!  Mrs. Kratz’s class came in a close second with only 369 box tops short of tie. Nice work!   To date we have brought in $1,223 towards our goal of $3,000.  Thanks for supporting Red Pine!


A friendly reminder to continue to turn in your collection sheets outside the office with your teacher's name on them. Also, please bundle the Bonus Box Tops separately.   From March 1 - May 26th we will be having another competition to see which classroom will win an ice cream treat/popsicle party.  Go Cardinals! Winner will be announced


If you have any questions, please contact Kirsten Langstraat @ Langstraatfamily@gmail.com




Spirit Wear

Thank you to everyone who placed a spirit gear order.  Orders were delivered to your childrens classrooms this week.  With the 12% donated back to Red Pine we raised $249.60!




Red Pine PTO Scholarships

Scholarship applications for the Red Pine PTO scholarship are now available on the Eagan High School and Rosemount High School Family Connections pages, as well as in hard copy the schools' Career Centers. Eligible students are graduating high school seniors at Eagan HS and Rosemount HS who attended Red Pine Elementary for at least one year between 1st and 5th grades, with a GPA of 3.0 or higher, and who intend to continue their education at a university, junior college, or vocational school. Completed applications are due by no later than April 14, 2017, and scholarship recipients will be notified by no later than May 5, 2017. Please contact Eva Stensvad, eva.stensvad@gmail.com, with any questions.



Red Pine Spring Arts Night –May 11th!

The Spring Arts Night committee is looking for a few volunteers to help with the planning.
If you are interested in being apart of this amazing night at Red Pine, please contact Jayme Smrstick at jaymesmrstick@gmail.com.  Any amount of time will be greatly appreciated!



RP Spring Arts Night --Silent Auction Items Needed!

The Silent Auction at Spring Arts Night has raised a record number of funds that go directly back into our school. We are hoping to exceed our goals for this year and are once again looking for donations for the Silent Auction. If you have a business and are willing donate to our fundraiser, please contact Jayme Smrstick at jaymesmrstick@gmail.com . The Red Pine PTO is a tax-exempt charity and your donations are tax deductible.



School Pak

We are already working on getting School Pak ready for the 2017-18 school year.  Please watch the upcoming Newsletters for more information. Once we are ready to go we will open up ordering online. You will be able to have it shipped for free to school and it will be waiting in your child's classroom during the Open House in August, or you can have it shipped to your home for a fee. This is a great way to enjoy time with your family over the summer and not worry about all the supplies you have to purchase! If you have any questions about School Pak, you can contact Dawn Horarik at dawnhorarik@yahoo.com; or you can call/text 952.240.4928.



Open PTO Chair Positions

We're looking for volunteers for two open positions next year: Vice President and Treasurer. If you're interested in either opportunity, please contact John Congemi at johncongemi@gmail.com.



PTO Meeting

Our next PTO meeting is scheduled for next Thursday, March 9 at 6:30pm in the Media Center. We hope to see you there!




Community News:


You are Invited to Help Us Reimagine Education!

As active members of our school district community, you are invited to attend a community conversation about the future of education in our state. The meeting will be held Wednesday, March 8, 6-8:30 p.m., at the Diamondhead Education Center in Burnsville and is intended for residents of districts 196, 194 (Lakeville) and 191 (Burnsville).

“Reimagine Minnesota” is a collaborative effort of approximately 40 metro-area school districts to develop a collective education plan to address integration, access, opportunity and educational achievement in our state’s schools. Please consider attending the meeting March 8 to share your ideas for a new model of education in Minnesota that is designed for the success of all students. Childcare, interpreter services and transportation are available upon request when you register at www.District196.org/register.  A copy of the District 196 news release is attached for your reference.


English

http://www.district196.org/district/world_cafe_flyer_english.pdf


Spanish

http://www.district196.org/district/world_cafe_flyer_spanish.pdf

Somali

http://www.district196.org/district/world_cafe_flyer_somali.pdf



ISD 196 Community Education:


Taking a staycation this spring break? Have fun and learn at a school near you … be on stage, code a game, paint a masterpiece, and more! Click here to see what’s we’ve planned for you. Register now, as classes are filling quickly! Don’t forget the pool is open during spring break for wet fun. Drop in ages 6+ $7. Tue, Wed, Thu | Mar 28-30 | 2-4pm | SHMS


In the land of 10,000 lakes and many more pools, be safe in the water and learn to swim (all ages)! Swim lessons begin Monday, Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday, April 2-8, at Black Hawk and Scott Highlands middle schools. $63-$210. Click here for more information and to register.


Plan a summer full of fun and learning! Visit www.district196.org/ce. Register early, activities, classes and events fill quickly.


Be your daughters prince charming. Take her to the 10th annual Daddy/Daughter Dance. Proceeds benefit community education youth scholarships.

Sat | Apr 22 | 6-8pm | $35 per couple, add’l child $19 | FRMS


Apps, Texts and Bullying, Oh My! (parents of school age children)

Tue | May 9 - 23 | 7-8pm | 3 ses $55 | BHMS


www.district196.org/ceview videolike District 196 Community Education on Facebook



February 23, 2017

posted Feb 23, 2017, 10:11 AM by Kristen Henning

Red Pine School Newsletter

Week of February 27 - March 3, 2017


Monday        cycle day - 4 blue A       - Art Adventure continues all week

Tuesday        cycle day - 5 yellow B   - Student Council Meeting - Officers only

Wednesday  cycle day - 6 green C  

Thursday      cycle day - 1 red D        - Grade 3 Music Program 6:30 pm

Friday           cycle day - 2 blue E       - Spring Picture Day     


>>>Substitute teaching opportunities available<<<

District 196 has substitute teaching opportunities available for interested persons with a valid Minnesota teaching license or a bachelor's degree and are willing to obtain a short call limited teaching license. Substitute teachers earn $120 for full-day assignments and $70 for half-day assignments (up to four hours and 15 minutes). All short call substitute candidates must complete a 20-hour orientation before they can begin substitute teaching; individuals with a standard teaching license must attend a 2.5-hour orientation session. Please email tracy.simpson@district196.org if you are interested in this opportunity.



School News:

Spring Picture Day – Friday, March 3rd

Lifetouch will be at Red Pine next Friday, March 3rd to take spring photographs for interested families.  A flyer has gone home.  In order to have photos taken, you must order online and make sure your child knows that they are being photographed, or send in the order form that day.  Only students with order forms or online orders will be photographed.  No retakes will be taken.  If you are interested in volunteering the morning of March 3rd to assist the photographer, please contact denise.vonasek@district196.org.




CAHOOTS 2017 Summer Program (GRASP replacement)

Parents, we are pleased to announce a new K-5 summer math and reading correspondence workbook program entitled Cahoots.  The program is very similar to GRASP (portable and flexible), but designed to more closely match our district curriculum through an engaging and reflective approach to learning.  After completing each lesson and checking answers online, students will complete a response card and send to a ‘Reflection Buddy’ who will send a written response back.  Cahoots should not be considered a replacement for participating in summer school, if a child qualifies.  Cahoots is not intended to replace regular reading for enjoyment or math activities that strengthen a child’s fluency and love for math.

You will receive a letter and enrollment forms the week of February 21.  Final registration is due April 4.  It is recommended students work on the grade level just completed, to review and reinforce skills learned during the school year.  Please discuss with your child’s teacher, if you feel another level may be more suitable.  View sample Cahoots workbooks through the end of March in the office.



News from the Library:

It's been a fun I Love 2 Read Month so far.  It will be fun to celebrate with an all-school assembly on Friday, Feb. 24th @ 2:15.

A few reminders:


~ Dress Like Your Favorite Book Character Day is Friday, Feb. 24th.  If we are snowed out, we'll dress up the following Monday, Feb. 27th.


~ READO boards are due (signed by parent or guardian) by Tuesday, Feb. 28th.


~ All 'Who Do You Read With?' Photos are due by Tuesday, Feb. 28th.


Please contact Mrs. Robertson or Mrs. Jarvi in the Library w/ questions.




Notes from the Music Room!


To the families of third grade students:

I hope you have all checked the Red Pine calendar and marked down the following music program dates. The third graders will follow with “We Are America” on Thursday, March 2. The concerts will begin at 6:30 p.m. Students are asked to arrive between 6:00 and 6:20 and report to their classrooms. Thank you in advance for your continued support of the music program at Red Pine!

Laurie Herman

RP Music Specialist



News From the Bird Feeder:


Local Lunch Day - March 9th

Panini Bread from General Mills

Chicken drummies

Peas

Smiley face potatoes

Mini carrots

Cheryl Rosa

Food and Nutrition

Red Pine Elementary



Health and Wellness Committee News:

Mark your Calendars!

FAMILY FUN SKATING EVENT

·      When?    Tuesday March 14th from 6-8pm

·      Where?   Skateville

·      Cost?      $5 dollars ($2 inline skate rental)

HEALTH AND WELLNESS FAIR AND COLOR RUN

·      When?    Saturday April 8th from 10-12:30pm

         Color run to start immediately after the fair

·      Where?   Red Pine


RED PINE SPRING BREAK FUN - SKATING AND SWIMMING

  • When?   Thursday March 30th

  • Where? ‘The Grove’ in Inver Grove Heights

  • Cost?     $8 dollars ($2 skate rental)

  • Skating from 11-1pm

  • Swimming from 12-7:30pm (Swimming after 5:30 is $5)



Nurse’s Corner:  

Water bottles~~please send your child with a water bottle. It helps with stomach aches, sore throats, stuffy noses, headaches and so on.

Have a great long weekend!


Danna Steffen, RN

School Nurse

Ph: 651-423-7871

Fax: 651-423-7875


PTO News:


Box Tops - PIZZA PARTY DEADLINE!!

Thank you families for turning in your Box Tops!  We wanted to let you know that Mrs. Henning’s kindergarten class in still in the lead, followed closely behind by Mrs. Kratz’s class and Mrs. Brielmaier’s class. Please turn in your Box Tops in the hall outside of the office by this Friday, February 24, 2017 by noon to be in the race to win!
We’ll announce the winner of the pizza party next week!

If you have any questions, please contact Kirsten Langstraat @ Langstraatfamily@gmail.com



School Pak

With the school year already half done, we are looking forward to the new school year for 2017-2018!  We are working on getting School Pak ready for purchase.  Please watch the upcoming Newsletters for more information. Once we are ready to go we will open up ordering online. You will be able to have it shipped for free to school and it will be waiting in your child's classroom during the Open House in August, or you can have it shipped to your home for a fee. This is a great way to enjoy time with your family over the summer and not worry about all the supplies you have to purchase! If you have any questions about School Pak, you can contact Dawn Horarik at dawnhorarik@yahoo.com; or you can call/text 952.240.4928.



Red Pine Spring Arts Night –May 11th!

The Spring Arts Night committee is looking for a few volunteers to help with the planning.
If you are interested in being apart of this amazing night at Red Pine, please contact Jayme Smrstick at jaymesmrstick@gmail.com. Any amount of time will be greatly appreciated!



RP Spring Arts Night --Silent Auction Items Needed!

The Silent Auction at Spring Arts Night has raised a record number of funds that go directly back into our school. We are hoping to exceed our goals for this year and are once again looking for donations for the Silent Auction. If you have a business and are willing donate to our fundraiser, please contact Jayme Smrstick at jaymesmrstick@gmail.com . The Red Pine PTO is a tax-exempt charity and your donations are tax deductible.



Red Pine PTO Scholarships

Scholarship applications for the Red Pine PTO scholarship are now available on the Eagan High School and Rosemount High School Family Connections pages, as well as in hard copy at the schools' Career Centers. Eligible students are graduating high school seniors at Eagan HS and Rosemount HS who attended Red Pine Elementary for at least one year between 1st and 5th grades, with a GPA of 3.0 or higher, and who intend to continue their education at a university, junior college, or vocational school. Completed applications are due by no later than April 14, 2017, and scholarship recipients will be notified by no later than May 5, 2017. Please contact Eva Stensvad, eva.stensvad@gmail.com, with any questions.



Open PTO Chair Positions

We're looking for volunteers for two open positions next year: Vice President and Treasurer. If you're interested in either opportunity, please contact John Congemi at johncongemi@gmail.com.



PTO Meeting

Our next PTO meeting is scheduled for Thursday, March 9 at 6:30pm in the Media Center. We hope to see you there!



SAVE THE DATE >> for the RP TWINS DAY!!!

This year the Red Pine Twins Day and 5th graders singing the National Anthem will be held on Saturday,  April 15th - Game Time TBD.




Community News:

Native American Parents and Guardians

On behalf of our Native American Parent Advisory Committee (NAPAC), we invite you to our next meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 23rd held at the School of Environmental Studies located at 12155 Johnny Cake Ridge Road, Apple Valley, MN 55124. We will be discussing our school district and The Indian Education program and the Resolution of Concurrence/Non-Concurrence process. The Resolution of Concurrence/Non-Concurrence is essentially a process that asks if the program is meeting the needs of our Native American Students. Supervision for school aged children will be provided. We also ask that you bring your favorite dish to share for a potluck dinner.


Hello from the Eagan High School Band Program!

On Monday, February 27th the EHS Band Program will be hosting the first ever ‘Carnival Concert,’ an evening designed for elementary-aged kids and their families to have a blast participating in and listening to a terrific music experience.  We will be hosting a carnival with games and prizes from 5-7pm in the Eagan HS Cafeteria followed by a concert in the EHS Auditorium with music and entertainment geared specifically towards young families.  Both the carnival and concert are completely free, no tickets necessary!  Concessions will be available for purchase during the Carnival, and we think this will be an evening that your students will absolutely love.  The evening will be put on by the EHS Freshmen Band, with all the carnival games designed, built and operated by our students in the hopes that your children will experience a night to remember.  The concert poster is attached in case you would like to check it out or help us promote the opportunity to others!  This concert is not restricted to future Eagan HS students and their families – it is open to anyone and everyone who would like to come, all ages and from all over!  Please contact EHS band director Brett Benson at brett.benson@district196.org  if you have any questions!



You are Invited to Help Us Reimagine Education!

As active members of our school district community, you are invited to attend a community conversation about the future of education in our state. The meeting will be held Wednesday, March 8, 6-8:30 p.m., at the Diamondhead Education Center in Burnsville and is intended for residents of districts 196, 194 (Lakeville) and 191 (Burnsville).

“Reimagine Minnesota” is a collaborative effort of approximately 40 metro-area school districts to develop a collective education plan to address integration, access, opportunity and educational achievement in our state’s schools. Please consider attending the meeting March 8 to share your ideas for a new model of education in Minnesota that is designed for the success of all students. Childcare, interpreter services and transportation are available upon request when you register at www.District196.org/register.  A copy of the District 196 news release is attached for your reference.


English

http://www.district196.org/district/world_cafe_flyer_english.pdf


Spanish

http://www.district196.org/district/world_cafe_flyer_spanish.pdf

Somali

http://www.district196.org/district/world_cafe_flyer_somali.pdf




February 16, 2017

posted Feb 16, 2017, 1:35 PM by Kristen Henning

Red Pine School Newsletter

Week of February 20 - 24, 2017


Monday         NO SCHOOL - Presidents’ Day  

Tuesday        cycle day - 6 blue B     - Art Adventure Begins!

Wednesday  cycle day - 1 yellow C  

Thursday      cycle day - 2 green D  - Grade 5 Music Program 6:30 pm

Friday           cycle day - 3 red E       - Grade 5 Eagle Bluff Trip

- Student Council Sponsored “Dress Like Your Favorite Book Character Day”




Substitute teaching opportunities available

District 196 has substitute teaching opportunities available for interested persons with a valid Minnesota teaching license or a bachelor's degree and are willing to obtain a short call limited teaching license. Substitute teachers earn $120 for full-day assignments and $70 for half-day assignments (up to four hours and 15 minutes). All short call substitute candidates must complete a 20-hour orientation before they can begin substitute teaching; individuals with a standard teaching license must attend a 2.5-hour orientation session. Please email tracy.simpson@district196.org if you are interested in this opportunity.



School News:

CAHOOTS 2017 Summer Program (GRASP replacement)

Parents, we are pleased to announce a new K-5 summer math and reading correspondence workbook program entitled Cahoots.  The program is very similar to GRASP (portable and flexible), but designed to more closely match our district curriculum through an engaging and reflective approach to learning.  After completing each lesson and checking answers online, students will complete a response card and send to a ‘Reflection Buddy’ who will send a written response back.  Cahoots should not be considered a replacement for participating in summer school, if a child qualifies.  Cahoots is not intended to replace regular reading for enjoyment or math activities that strengthen a child’s fluency and love for math.

You will receive a letter and enrollment forms the week of February 21.  Final registration is due April 4.  It is recommended students work on the grade level just completed, to review and reinforce skills learned during the school year.  Please discuss with your child’s teacher, if you feel another level may be more suitable.  View sample Cahoots workbooks through the end of March in the office.


Native American Parents

On behalf of our Native American Parent Advisory Committee (NAPAC), we invite you to our next meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 23rd held at the School of Environmental Studies located at 12155 Johnny Cake Ridge Road, Apple Valley, MN 55124. We will be discussing our school district and The Indian Education program and the Resolution of Concurrence/Non-Concurrence process. The Resolution of Concurrence/Non-Concurrence is essentially a process that asks if the program is meeting the needs of our Native American Students. Supervision for school aged children will be provided. We also ask that you bring your favorite dish to share for a potluck dinner.




Notes from the Music Room!


To the families of third and fifth grade students:

I hope you have all checked the Red Pine calendar and marked down the following music program dates. The fifth graders will be performing “F.I.T.” on Thursday, February 23 and the third graders will follow with “We Are America” on Thursday, March 2. Both of the concerts will begin at 6:30 p.m. Students are asked to arrive between 6:00 and 6:20 and report to their classrooms. Thank you in advance for your continued support of the music program at Red Pine!

Laurie Herman

RP Music Specialist


RP Library News:


February is I LOVE 2 READ Month!

A few of the ways that Red Pine is celebrating:


*Photo contest between grades - Who do you read with? (flyers went home last Friday)

*READO boards for small or large prizes (game boards went home last Friday)

*”Dress as your favorite book character” day on Friday, FEB 24th

*Favorite student / school bookmark contest (choosing between 4th and 5th grade winners from the Fall)

*Classroom D.E.A.R. Times

*List of RP Staff's Favorite Books


Looking forward to celebrating reading all FEBRUARY with RP Readers!


Thank You and Happy Reading!

Mrs. Robertson & Mrs. Jarvi



Health and Wellness Committee News:

Mark your Calendars!

FAMILY FUN SKATING EVENT

·      When: Tuesday March 14th from 6-8pm

·      Where: Skateville

·      Cost: $5 dollars ($2 inline skate rental)

HEALTH AND WELLNESS FAIR AND COLOR RUN

·      When: Saturday April 8th from 10-12:30pm

Color run to start imediately after the fair

·      Where: Red Pine


RED PINE SPRING BREAK FUN - SKATING AND SWIMMING

  • When: Thursday March 30th

  • Where: The Grove in Inver Grove Heights

  • Cost: $8 dollars ($2 skate rental)

  • Skating from 11-1pm

  • Swimming from 12-7:30pm (Swimming after 5:30 is $5)

Nurse’s Corner:  

Water bottles~~please send your child with a water bottle. It helps with stomach aches, sore throats, stuffy noses, headaches and so on.

Have a great long weekend!


Danna Steffen, RN

School Nurse

Ph: 651-423-7871

Fax: 651-423-7875


PTO News:


Red Pine Spring Arts Night –May 11th!

The Spring Arts Night committee is looking for a few volunteers to help with the planning.
If you are interested in being apart of this amazing night at Red Pine, please contact Jayme Smrstick at jaymesmrstick@gmail.com. Any amount of time will be greatly appreciated!


RP Spring Arts Night --Silent Auction Items Needed!

The Silent Auction at Spring Arts Night has raised a record number of funds that go directly back into our school. We are hoping to exceed our goals for this year and are once again looking for donations for the Silent Auction. If you have a business and are willing donate to our fundraiser, please contact Jayme Smrstick at jaymesmrstick@gmail.com . The Red Pine PTO is a tax-exempt charity and your donations are tax deductible.


Red Pine PTO Scholarships

Scholarship applications for the Red Pine PTO scholarship are now available on the Eagan High School and Rosemount High School Family Connections pages, as well as in hard copy at the schools' Career Centers. Eligible students are graduating high school seniors at Eagan HS and Rosemount HS who attended Red Pine Elementary for at least one year between 1st and 5th grades, with a GPA of 3.0 or higher, and who intend to continue their education at a university, junior college, or vocational school. Completed applications are due by no later than April 14, 2017, and scholarship recipients will be notified by no later than May 5, 2017. Please contact Eva Stensvad, eva.stensvad@gmail.com, with any questions.


Open PTO Chair Positions

We're looking for volunteers for two open positions next year: Vice President and Treasurer. If you're interested in either opportunity, please contact John Congemi at johncongemi@gmail.com.


PTO Meeting

Our next PTO meeting is scheduled for Thursday, March 9 at 6:30pm in the Media Center. We hope to see you there!


SAVE THE DATE >> for the RP TWINS DAY!!!

This year the Red Pine Twins Day and 5th graders singing the National Anthem will be held on Saturday,  April 15th - Game Time TBD.


February 8, 2017

posted Feb 8, 2017, 9:10 AM by Kristen Henning

Red Pine School Newsletter

Week of February 13 - 17, 2017

Monday         cycle day - 1 red B   

Tuesday        cycle day - 2 blue C     - Grade 2 Valentine’s Party - 2:15-3:00pm

Wednesday  cycle day - 3 yellow D  

Thursday      cycle day - 4 green E

Friday           cycle day - 5 red A       - School Store


Substitute teaching opportunities available

District 196 has substitute teaching opportunities available for interested persons with a valid Minnesota teaching license or a bachelor's degree and are willing to obtain a short call limited teaching license. Substitute teachers earn $120 for full-day assignments and $70 for half-day assignments (up to four hours and 15 minutes). All short call substitute candidates must complete a 20-hour orientation before they can begin substitute teaching; individuals with a standard teaching license must attend a 2.5-hour orientation session. Please email tracy.simpson@district196.org if you are interested in this opportunity.


School News:

Think Summer!  CAHOOTS 2017 Preview

Parents, it’s time to start thinking about summer and how you’ll help your children keep their math and reading skills sharp.  A NEW program is being offered through Community Education … Cahoots is replacing GRASP.  The program is very similar to GRASP, as it is a workbook correspondence program for math and reading, but designed to more closely match our district curriculum through an engaging and reflective approach to learning.  However, Cahoots should not be considered as a replacement for participating in summer school, if a child qualifies.  Cahoots registration information will be sent home with students February 21-24.  Sample workbooks will be available for review in the school office during parent/teacher conferences and the month of March.  The deadline for registration is April 4.  Cost for one book is $33 and $64, if both the math and reading book are ordered.  Watch for more information later this winter.



Dakota Hills 5th-to-6th Grade Parent Orientation

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

Eagan High School/Dakota Hills Middle School Auditorium

  • 5:00 PM: GT/YS Program Info (optional)

  • 5:15 PM: Parent Tours (optional)

  • 6:00 PM: 6th Grade Overview Presentation

More information will be coming home with your 5th grade student going to Dakota Hills Middle School



News From the “Bird Feeder”


Please consider joining us for lunch on Monday February 13th.   Food service will be serving “heart shaped chicken nuggets”.

Cheryl Rosa

Food and Nutrition

Red Pine Elementary




RP Library News:


Please stop by the Scholastic Book Fair during conferences!  

Thank you to PTO for helping sponsor it and for our volunteers with help setting up, running and taking down the first Scholastic book fair that has taken place at RP for quite awhile.


February is I LOVE 2 READ Month!

A few of the ways that Red Pine is celebrating:


*Photo contest between grades - Who do you read with? (flyers went home last Friday)

*READO boards for small or large prizes (game boards went home last Friday)

*”Dress as your favorite book character” day on Friday, FEB 24th

*Favorite student / school bookmark contest (choosing between 4th and 5th grade winners from the Fall)

*Classroom D.E.A.R. Times

*List of RP Staff's Favorite Books

*Scholastic Book Fair during RP conferences--

Wednesday, February 8th from 4-8 and Thursday, February 9th from 12-8.  


Looking forward to celebrating reading all FEBRUARY with RP Readers!


Thank You and Happy Reading!

Mrs. Robertson & Mrs. Jarvi



Nurse’s Corner:  

Red Pine Families,

We have a short week.  I would like to remind you – this is a FUN FANTASTIC time for kids.  Sleepovers, up late, no schedule…WOOT! WOOT!

Monday will come quickly – PLEASE, PLEASE Sunday – try and have a normal routine.  If they are up late on a Sunday night, I usually tend to see them Monday morning, tired, stomach aches, sore throats, no breakfast.  This makes for a long difficult day for the kids to keep their learning brains in check.  Also, please be vigilant on checking for lice.  It doesn’t start in the school – it is usually picked up anywhere in the community – from the science museum, movie theater, sleepovers.  No sharing hats, brushes, ponytails!!

Also, families, this is the time of year for severe colds, ear infections, and strep.  At times you may need the nurse to give your child a medication during the day.  In order for the nurse to do this, she will need a doctor’s order.  This is not what is written on the bottle.  This is an actual order – in writing of what is to be given, the dose, when and with the doctor’s signature.  They can fax it to the nurse (651-423-7875), or when you bring in the prescription, bring in a paper copy of the order.  If the doctor’s need a school form, the nurse can fax it to them.


Enjoy your long weekend and drink water, eat healthy and sleep to make your return to school on Monday a good one!


Danna Steffen, RN

School Nurse

Ph: 651-423-7871

Fax: 651-423-7875




PTO News:


Hospitality Committee

Please consider signing up to bring food or beverages for teacher conferences next week!  Easy sign up, click on the link below!

https://m.signupgenius.com/#!/showSignUp/20f0e4aaba8238-dinnerluncheon1

Any questions please contact Lakoda Will (willlakoda@comcast.net)



Spirit Wear

2017 Spirit Wear is here! A great selection of and variety of clothing choices are available at https://www.cagear.com/product-category/red-pine-elementary-student/



Red Pine Spring Arts Night –May 11th!

The Spring Arts Night committee is looking for a few volunteers to help with the planning.
If you are interested in being apart of this amazing night at Red Pine, please contact Jayme Smrstick at jaymesmrstick@gmail.com. Any amount of time will be greatly appreciated!



RP Spring Arts Night --Silent Auction Items Needed!

The Silent Auction at Spring Arts Night has raised a record number of funds that go directly back into our school. We are hoping to exceed our goals for this year and are once again looking for donations for the Silent Auction. If you have a business and are willing donate to our fundraiser, please contact Jayme Smrstick at jaymesmrstick@gmail.com . The Red Pine PTO is a tax-exempt charity and your donations are tax deductible.



Box Tops COLLECT-COLLECT-COLLECT!!!!!

There’s still a long way to go, so please turn in your Box Tops in the hall outside of the office each month through Feb 24, 2017 to be in the race to win!  The class that brings in the most Box Tops wins a pizza party! If you have any questions, please contact Kirsten Langstraat @ Langstraatfamily@gmail.com



Open PTO Chair Positions

We're looking for volunteers for two open positions next year: Vice President and Treasurer. If you're interested in either opportunity, please contact John Congemi at johncongemi@gmail.com.



PTO Meeting

Our next PTO meeting is scheduled for Thursday, March 9 at 6:30pm in the Media Center. We hope to see you there!



SAVE THE DATE >> for the RP TWINS DAY!!!

This year the Red Pine Twins Day and 5th graders singing the National Anthem will be held on Saturday,  April 15th - Game Time TBD.



Community News:


ISD 196 Community Ed:

Mr. Groundhog says it’s gonna be a loooong winter! Beat cabin fever by learning something new! Click here to see what’s we’ve planned for you.


Learn to swim! (all ages)

Swim lessons begin Monday or Tuesday, February 21 - 22, evenings at Black Hawk and Scott Highlands middle schools. $63-$210. Click here for more information and to register.


Plan a summer full of fun and learning! Our online catalog will open February 22. Visit www.district196.org/ce. Register early, activities, classes and events fill quickly.


Parents discover the similarities and differences between Islam and Christianity, including basic beliefs and practices in the context of both belief systems. Presented by Islamic Resource Group, Tuesday, February 21, from 7-8:30pm at Black Hawk Middle School, 1540 Deerwood Drive in Eagan. $19. Click here for more information and to register.


Do Dads-Hairstyling for Dads (adult and children ages 4+)

Sun | Feb 19 | 1:30 - 3:30pm | $49 | BHMS


www.district196.org/ceview videolike District 196 Community Education on Facebook




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