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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




February 2, 2017

posted Feb 2, 2017, 11:51 AM by Kristen Henning

Red Pine School Newsletter

Week of February 6 - 10, 2017

Monday         cycle day - 4 blue D   

Tuesday        cycle day - 5 yellow E  

Wednesday  cycle day - 6 green A   - Conferences 4 - 8 pm

 - Kindergarten Registration 8 am - 8 pm

Thursday      NO SCHOOL - Conferences 12 - 8 pm

Kindergarten Registration 12 - 8 pm

Friday           NO SCHOOL   

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 Conferences:

Sign up now for your child’s Spring Conference at ​www.district196.org/rp . The window will close end of day, Feb. 6, 2017. Conferences will be held ​Wednesday, February 8 from 4 - 8 p.m. and Thursday, November 9 from 12 – 8 p.m.

Our office staff will assist any parent who does not have computer access.



Save the Date for:

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



LOST and FOUND Items - Please label your child’s items!

It is always amazing to parents as well as staff, the items that turn up in the LOST and FOUND.

PLEASE take the time to write your child’s name on lunch boxes, water bottles and all clothing (if possible). It’s easy for the items to be returned to the owner and eliminate an extra trip for parents if there is a name on them.

Thank you!



In the Computer Lab

Notes from Mrs. Skalski


It has been great to hear how many students are visiting our lab’s website,  Skalski Lab, from home to extend their learning and practice using the tools that we use during class! They come back with questions and experiences that help them shine in class. Thank you for your part in helping students find, bookmark, and visit our site from home.  Here are a few brief notes about what’s up in the lab:


Fifth Graders:  Pulling the last pieces together to make personal movies. Students will use iMovie, GarageBand, and iPhoto to create this project. Parents will have a chance to see the movies during the “Red Carpet Events” that are held in the classroom in late May.


Fourth Graders:  Creating animated interactive projects using Scratch, an app which requires students to create code.


Second and Third Graders:  Exploring Wikipedia and learning how to judge the reliability of facts we find on the Internet. This would be a great discussion to continue at home.


First Graders:  Using a variety of online games to practice subtraction and apply the math strategies that are being learned in the classroom while using the Internet in a ‘smart’ way.


Kindergarteners:  Making digital books about winter. We will fill these short books with our observations about winter, both written and drawn. Students will learn how to use basic drawing and text tools and increase their mousing and keyboard skills while making these books.



=++++ CHESS NEWS ++++=

February Session Registration is open.

Please click on the link below which will direct you to the online registration page.  Please register early, space is limited.

Red Pine February Chess Sessions or type in http://bit.ly/2j8m3ap

Please email any questions to coach Aaron McKie at aaron.mckie@district196.org


2016-2017 Yearbooks can be Pre-ordered NOW!

Start ordering your yearbooks today!  Yearbooks are on sale online now!!  They can easily be ordered by going to

www.jostensyearbooks.com.  Yearbooks will be handed out the last week of school!  Get your yearbook ordered before the rush!!


RP Library News:


Our Scholastic Book Fair is coming up next week during conferences.  

We are looking for more volunteers between 6-8 on Wednesday and 3-8 on Thursday.

Volunteer sign-up available: https://volunteer.scholastic.com/#/signup/u4ed6WkR0
Please contact us with questions or to have us place your name on the online sign-up sheet.


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.  

(flyers coming home this week on Friday)


Looking forward to celebrating reading all FEBRUARY with RP Readers!


Thank You and Happy Reading!

Mrs. Robertson & Mrs. Jarvi




Nurse’s Corner:  

Greetings Red Pine Families from the Nurse’s Office:

I have attached information regarding Influenza.  Please read !!  It’s very important to understand symptoms and when to keep your child at home to help him/her get better and to not spread influenza to other students.  If your child is diagnosed with influenza or has a fever plus one of the other symptoms, when you call in, please let the office know your child has “influenza-like” illness.

Many parents/guardians are frequently concerned about when students should stay home or attend school.  The following information is intended to help parents with this decision.

General Practice:

~ ~ If student has had a fever of 100 degrees or more, the student shall stay home for 24 hours after the temperature returns to normal without fever reducing medications such as Tylenol or Ibuprofen.

~ ~ If the student has vomited or had diarrhea, the student shall stay home until 24 hours after the last episode.

~ ~ If the student has any rash that may be disease-related or you do not know the cause, check with your family physician before sending the student to school.

~ ~ Families are requested to report any contagious disease to the school as soon as possible.

~ ~ If the student is ill, please call the school daily to report the illness.  Our telephone number is 651-423-7870.

** Also, if a child becomes ill at school, the nurse will call the numbers that you have provided in our district’s computer system.  We request that you go in and update if there is a change to your home, cell, work or emergency contacts.  In several instances where the nurse has had to reach a family member, the parent no longer works there.  Please go in and update this information.

As always, drink water, wash hands, eat healthy, and get plenty of rest.  All of these will help in the prevention of colds, flu and promotes general health and well being.


Here is the link for information regarding to flu symptoms.

http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/idepc/diseases/flu/basics/fluparent.pdf


Thank you and have a great weekend!

Danna Steffen, RN

School Nurse

Ph: 651-423-7871

Fax: 651-423-7875




PTO News:


Spirit Wear

2017 Spirit Wear is available at Red Pine! A great selection of and variety of clothing choices is available. Orders can be placed at https://www.cagear.com/product-category/school-gear/red-pine-elementary-student/ Orders are due Friday, February 10th. Samples are available by the RP office for sizing.


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:


Give Kids a Smile

Minnesota dental professionals are concerned about the growing number of children who don’t have access to dental care.  That’s why about 2,000 dental professionals will come together on February 3rd and 4th to provide free dental care to children in need.  All patients must have appointments in advance and be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.  Parents may call United Way 211 or 1-800-543-7709 to get the phone number of a providing dentist in their area.  You can also go to the following website for a list of providing dentists, www.mndental.org/gkas .

January 26, 2017

posted Jan 26, 2017, 1:12 PM by Kristen Henning

Red Pine School Newsletter

Week of January 30 - February 3, 2017

Monday         cycle day - 5 red D   - ACCESS for ELL’s Testing Window Opens

Tuesday        cycle day - 6 blue E  Ski Club 5-8:00 pm at Buck Hill (4th and 5th grade)

Wednesday  cycle day - 1 yellow A   

Thursday      cycle day - 2 green B  - Grade 5 Eagle Bluff Chaperone/Student Meeting - 6:30-8:30 pm

Friday           cycle day - 3 red C    


A Message from the Principal:


Dear Red Pine Families,

Thank you for everything you do that helps Red Pine to be such a great school.  It is a privilege to be able to work with your students each day.  Our student body at Red Pine is incredible!

One of the areas we are putting a focus on is the safety of students and families during the drop-off period in the morning.  I have been outside in the drop-off area each morning for a number of weeks trying to understand what could make this process safer and smoother.  I have noticed that if we were to make a few changes, our drop-off process would be safer for students and smoother for parents.

As we are putting a focus on creating the safest drop-off process possible, please help us by doing the following during drop-off:

  • Form one lane into the drop-off area.   If there are cars in front of you, please wait until they leave before you drive into the roundabout.    

  • Drive to the spot furthest up in line before you drop your students off.  We will be using the whole yellow painted curb, so please move up in line if available.

  • If it is possible, please let your student out of the right side of the car, which will allow them to step right onto the curb.

  • There will be times where people are behind a car with students still getting out.  There have been cars trying to back up to get around cars with students getting out, only to have the car in front leave a few seconds later.  This creates an unsafe situation.  Your patience is appreciated.  Please realize that during drop off, we are all trying to get the cars in and out in a safe and timely fashion.  

We appreciate anything you can do to help with the safety of our students during this drop-off time.  There are some days with rain, snow, or cold, where more students than normal get dropped off.  Again, on these days, we ask for your patience.

Thank you for your ongoing support.

Sincerely,

Drew Goeldner


School News:


Spring Conferences:

Sign up for your child’s Spring Conference at ​www.district196.org/rp beginning Friday afternoon, January 27, 2017. Conferences will be held ​Wednesday, February 8 from 4 - 8 p.m. and Thursday, November 9 from 12 – 8 p.m.

Our office staff will assist any parent who do not have computer access.



Save the Date for:

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



LOST and FOUND Items - Please label your child’s items!

It is always amazing to parents as well as staff, the items that turn up in the LOST and FOUND.

PLEASE take the time to write your child’s name on lunch boxes, water bottles and all clothing (if possible). It’s easy for the items to be returned to the owner and eliminate an extra trip for parents if there is a name on them.

Thank you!



In the Computer Lab

Notes from Mrs. Skalski


It has been great to hear how many students are visiting our lab’s website,  Skalski Lab, from home to extend their learning and practice using the tools that we use during class! They come back with questions and experiences that help them shine in class. Thank you for your part in helping students find, bookmark, and visit our site from home.  Here are a few brief notes about what’s up in the lab:


Fifth Graders:  Pulling the last pieces together to make personal movies. Students will use iMovie, GarageBand, and iPhoto to create this project. Parents will have a chance to see the movies during the “Red Carpet Events” that are held in the classroom in late May.


Fourth Graders:  Creating animated interactive projects using Scratch, an app which requires students to create code.


Second and Third Graders:  Exploring Wikipedia and learning how to judge the reliability of facts we find on the Internet. This would be a great discussion to continue at home.


First Graders:  Using a variety of online games to practice subtraction and apply the math strategies that are being learned in the classroom while using the Internet in a ‘smart’ way.


Kindergarteners:  Making digital books about winter. We will fill these short books with our observations about winter, both written and drawn. Students will learn how to use basic drawing and text tools and increase their mousing and keyboard skills while making these books.



=++++ CHESS NEWS ++++=

February Session Registration is open.

Please click on the link below which will direct you to the online registration page.  Please register early, space is limited.

Red Pine February Chess Sessions or type in http://bit.ly/2j8m3ap

Please email any questions to coach Aaron McKie at aaron.mckie@district196.org




2016-2017 Yearbooks can be Pre-ordered NOW!

Start ordering your yearbooks today!  Yearbooks are on sale online now!!  They can easily be ordered by going to

www.jostensyearbooks.com.  Yearbooks will be handed out the last week of school!  Get your yearbook ordered before the rush!!



RP Library News:


Our New Year in the RP Library is off to a great start!  I Love 2 Read Month is just around the corner in February.  Please stay tuned for activities to celebrate during the month of February and for Read Across America Day on Thursday, March 2nd.


Two items that may take bit of planning:


  1. Friday, February 24th is dress like your "favorite book character day".  Students have been very creative in the past coming up with costumes.  No need to buy something new:  ).  Looking forward to seeing everybody dressed up!!


2)   Scholastic Book Fair during conferences on Wednesday, February 8th from 4-8 and Thursday, February 9th from 12-8.


Red Pine hasn't had a Scholastic Book Fair in more than 12 years!  Many students and staff are excited for this opportunity.
We have several parent volunteers already, but we have more spots to fill... please pass the word on!

Volunteer time-slots are for 1 hour each and include times on Tuesday, 2/7 for Fair set-up starting at 3:45. On Wednesday, 2/8 and Thursday, 2/9 we need cashiers, shopping assistants, stocking and display helpers throughout both days. And on Thursday we need Fair tear-down helpers.
We need more volunteers between 6-8 on Wednesday and 3-8 on Thursday.

Volunteer sign-up available:

https://volunteer.scholastic.com/#/signup/u4ed6WkR0

Please contact us with questions or to have us place your name on the online sign-up sheet.



February is I LOVE 2 READ Month!  

Please look for flyers for contests and activities in your child’s Friday Folder:


*Photo contest between grades - Who do you read with?

*READO boards for small or large prizes

*”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




Nurse’s Corner:  

Hello Red Pine Families!

I hope your few long weekends were enjoyable and everyone stayed healthy.

A reminder on updating numbers if you change cell phone numbers, home numbers or work numbers.  I do not have access to change anything in the computer where you add your phone numbers, emergency contacts etc..  If you have any changes, please go in and update.  This is my first location to try and reach you if something should happen to your child.  I know there have been times when I have called and the parent doesn’t work there anymore.  Unfortunately, it’s hard for me to remember, so I continue to call that number.  With 800 plus kids, that personal information screen is very important if I need to reach you.

Also, a reminder on restrictions for your child regarding physical education class.  If your child has a restriction, I do need a note from the doctor.  This is part of our curriculum.  Included in that note should be – specifics such as: cannot participate in physical education for 2 weeks, from what date to what date, is on crutches, does or does not need the use of the elevator,  or unable to run or jump, but may shoot hoops, and so on.  The child will go to physical education and either bring some other form of  curriculum to do if they are unable to participate.  With this information, I copy the MD note and give one to the primary teacher and both physical education teachers so we know how to keep your child safe and when they can return to participation in class.

Recess – the students have about 15 minutes of recess a day, where they can go outside and play, or visit.  They do not need to be running, but the fresh air and “choice time” is great for them.  They can swing, walk around, sit on benches, and so on.   If they have restrictions on recess, I will need a note from the doctor also.  If it is a matter of not being able to run around outside, they have other things they can do outside with their friends.  

Thank you and have a great weekend!

Danna Steffen, RN

School Nurse

Ph: 651-423-7871

Fax: 651-423-7875




PTO News:


Spirit Wear

2017 Spirit Wear is coming to Red Pine! A great selection of and variety of clothing choices will be available on Monday, January 30. The window to order will be open for two weeks. Look for details in your child's Friday Folder on January 27. Samples will be available to check out during conferences.


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

Please be sure to turn in your Box Tops by January 31 to see which classroom is in the lead for the pizza party! 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:


Give Kids a Smile

Minnesota dental professionals are concerned about the growing number of children who don’t have access to dental care.  That’s why about 2,000 dental professionals will come together on February 3rd and 4th to provide free dental care to children in need.  All patients must have appointments in advance and be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.  Parents may call United Way 211 or 1-800-543-7709 to get the phone number of a providing dentist in their area.  You can also go to the following website for a list of providing dentists, www.mndental.org/gkas .


January 19, 2017

posted Jan 19, 2017, 11:10 AM by Kristen Henning

Red Pine School Newsletter

Week of January 23 - 27, 2017

Monday       cycle day - 6 green D

Tuesday       cycle day - 1 red E  

Wednesday  cycle day - 2 blue A     - Student Council Meeting

Thursday     cycle day - 3 yellow B  - Grade 5 Band Concert - 6:30 pm

Friday          cycle day - 4 green C    - Student Council Sponsored “Sports Day”


A Message from the Principal:

Dear Red Pine Families,

Thank you for everything you do that helps Red Pine to be such a great school.  It is a privilege to be able to work with your students each day.  Our student body at Red Pine is incredible!

One of the areas we are putting a focus on is the safety of students and families during the drop-off period in the morning.  I have been outside in the drop-off area each morning for a number of weeks trying to understand what could make this process safer and smoother.  I have noticed that if we were to make a few changes, our drop-off process would be safer for students and smoother for parents.

As we are putting a focus on creating the safest drop-off process possible, please help us by doing the following during drop-off:

  • Form one lane into the drop-off area.   If there are cars in front of you, please wait until they leave before you drive into the roundabout.    

  • Drive to the spot furthest up in line before you drop your students off.  We will be using the whole yellow painted curb, so please move up in line if available.

  • If it is possible, please let your student out of the right side of the car, which will allow them to step right onto the curb.

  • There will be times where people are behind a car with students still getting out.  There have been cars trying to back up to get around cars with students getting out, only to have the car in front leave a few seconds later.  This creates an unsafe situation.  Your patience is appreciated.  Please realize that during drop off, we are all trying to get the cars in and out in a safe and timely fashion.  

We appreciate anything you can do to help with the safety of our students during this drop-off time.  There are some days with rain, snow, or cold, where more students than normal get dropped off.  Again, on these days, we ask for your patience.

Thank you for your ongoing support.

Sincerely,

Drew Goeldner

School News:

Spring Conferences:

Sign up for your child’s Spring Conference at ​www.district196.org/rp beginning Friday afternoon, January 27,2017. Conferences will be held ​Wednesday, February 8 from 4 - 8 p.m. and Thursday, November 9 from 12 – 8 p.m.

Our office staff will assist any parent who do not have computer access.


A Cell Phone Found:

A cell phone was found on one of the benches outside of the school entrance. Please contact the office at 651-423-7870 to identify and claim the phone.  Thank you!


Save the Date for:

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

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

EHS-DHMS 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


Lost and Found items - Please label your child’s items!

It is always amazing to parents as well as staff, the items that turn up in the LOST and FOUND.

PLEASE take the time to write your child’s name on lunch boxes, water bottles and all clothing (if possible). It’s easy for the items to be returned to the owner and eliminate an extra trip for parents if there is a name on them.

Thank you!


In the Computer Lab

Notes from Mrs. Skalski


It has been great to hear how many students are visiting our lab’s website,  Skalski Lab, from home to extend their learning and practice using the tools that we use during class! They come back with questions and experiences that help them shine in class. Thank you for your part in helping students find, bookmark, and visit our site from home.  Here are a few brief notes about what’s up in the lab:


Fifth Graders:  Pulling the last pieces together to make personal movies. Students will use iMovie, GarageBand, and iPhoto to create this project. Parents will have a chance to see the movies during the “Red Carpet Events” that are held in the classroom in late May.


Fourth Graders:  Creating animated interactive projects using Scratch, an app which requires students to create code.


Second and Third Graders:  Exploring Wikipedia and learning how to judge the reliability of facts we find on the Internet. This would be a great discussion to continue at home.


First Graders:  Using a variety of online games to practice subtraction and apply the math strategies that are being learned in the classroom while using the Internet in a ‘smart’ way.


Kindergarteners:  Making digital books about winter. We will fill these short books with our observations about winter, both written and drawn. Students will learn how to use basic drawing and text tools and increase their mousing and keyboard skills while making these books.


2016-2017 Yearbooks can be Pre-ordered NOW!

Start ordering your yearbooks today!  Yearbooks are on sale online now!!  They can easily be ordered by going to

www.jostensyearbooks.com.  Yearbooks will be handed out the last week of school!  Get your yearbook ordered before the rush!!


RP Library News:


Our New Year in the RP Library is off to a great start!  I Love 2 Read Month is just around the corner in February.  Please stay tuned for activities to celebrate during the month of Feb and for Read Across America Day on Thursday, March 2nd.


Two items that may take bit of planning:


  1. Friday, February 24th is dress like your "favorite book character day".  Students have been very creative in the past coming up with costumes.  No need to buy something new:  ).  Looking forward to seeing everybody dressed up!!


2)   Scholastic Book Fair during conferences on Wednesday, February 8th from 4-8 and Thursday, February 9th from 12-8.


Red Pine hasn't had a Scholastic Book Fair in more than 12 years!  Many students and staff are excited for this opportunity.  To make it a success we need parent volunteers... please pass the word on!
Volunteer time-slots are for 1 hour each and include times on Tuesday, 2/7 for Fair set up starting at 3:45. On Wednesday, 2/8 and Thursday, 2/9 we need cashiers, shopping assistants, stocking and display helpers throughout both days. And on Thursday we need Fair tear down helpers.
Volunteer sign-up available:

https://volunteer.scholastic.com/#/signup/u4ed6WkR0


Please contact us with questions or to have us place your name on the online sign-up sheet.


Thank You and Happy Reading,

Mrs. Robertson & Mrs. Jarvi


Nurse’s Corner:  

Hello Red Pine Families,

The new computer security system is in place and we will be using it to also check out your student when he or she is sick.  This is a change, as you used to bypass the front office and go directly to the nurse’s office.  Now, you will stop at the front office and check “out” your son or daughter and proceed to the nurse’s office.  Thank you for your understanding of this change.

Chapped hands, chapped lips, dry skin.  Last week was a cold and dry week for students.  If your kids are having issues with dry skin – place some lotion on their hands before bed, chap stick on lips and face cream on their cheeks.  If your child is prone to dry cracked skin, please call your pediatrician for recommendations for names of lotions.

Rest, hydration, eating healthy, exercise.  Make sure you encourage your kids to wash hands (colds, pink eye, stomach flu are all on my radar) and close encounters of the fun kind are ways the kids pass all these germs.  Please be vigilant in checking for lice also after big days out or sleep overs.  Long weekends and breaks are usually triggers for the spread.

Dress for the weather~~ layers, warm hats, gloves or mittens, snow pants, boots etc.. We do have the kids go outside if the temp/wind chill is above 0 degrees ~~ they will have more fun playing if they are not shivering or wet.

Danna Steffen, RN

School Nurse

Ph: 651-423-7871

Fax: 651-423-7875


PTO News:


RP Spirit Wear

2017 Spirit Wear is coming to Red Pine! A great selection of and variety of clothing choices will be available on Monday, January 30. The window to order will be open for two weeks. Look for details in your child's Friday Folder on January 27.


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.


Box Tops:

Thank you families for turning in your Box Tops! 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


Community News:


Give Kids a Smile

Minnesota dental professionals are concerned about the growing number of children who don’t have access to dental care.  That’s why about 2,000 dental professionals will come together on February 3rd and 4th to provide free dental care to children in need.  All patients must have appointments in advance and be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.  Parents may call United Way 211 or 1-800-543-7709 to get the phone number of a providing dentist in their area.  You can also go to the following website for a list of providing dentists, www.mndental.org/gkas .

January 12, 2017

posted Jan 12, 2017, 9:56 AM by Kristen Henning   [ updated Jan 12, 2017, 1:35 PM ]

Red Pine School Newsletter

Week of January 16 - 20, 2017

Monday        NO SCHOOL - Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Tuesday       cycle day - 3 red A  

Wednesday  cycle day - 4 blue B

Thursday     cycle day - 5 yellow C   

Friday          NO SCHOOL - Data Analysis and Instructional Alignment Day


School News:

RP After School Program has begun

Just a reminder that the After School Program (ASP) started this week. It runs Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:45-4:30. Confirmations were sent home Monday with your child.  The dates for this session are January 10 - March 2, with no classes on February 9th.  (This is NOT the YMCA SACC program)


THANK YOU!



A Cell Phone Found:

A cell phone was found on one of the benches outside of the school entrance. Please contact the office at 651-423-7870 to identify and claim the phone.  Thank you!



Fifth Grade Fleece Blanket Project

On Friday, December 23nd, the fifth graders were busy with a project to help out some people in need, and hopefully change some lives.  The kids cut and tied fringes on 40 adult, youth and baby fleece blankets.  This project took them the whole morning, and they had a fun time doing it!  The blankets were then delivered by some fifth graders and their families to shelters in Eagan and Minneapolis.

Here are some quotes from kids that day:


“It makes me happy because people are staying warm in the cold weather.”

“It makes me happy because we’re giving people who don’t have much a lot.”

“We were lifesavers because we helped other people.”

“It feels so good that other people have hope again.”

“It makes my heart feel like it’s going to melt away with happiness because I know that I have stuff that other people don’t have.”

“It makes me feel happy because they get a special gift.”

“This season is about giving and that’s exactly what we did today.”


Way to go fifth graders!



Save the Date for:

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

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

EHS-DHMS 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



Lost and Found items - Please label your child’s items!

It is always amazing to parents as well as staff, the items that turn up in the LOST and FOUND.

PLEASE take the time to write your child’s name on lunch boxes, water bottles and all clothing (if possible). It’s easy for the items to be returned to the owner and eliminate an extra trip for parents if there is a name on them.

Thank you!



Literacy Video

In order to increase communication with our families, we have created a video describing our approach to literacy instruction.  Feel free to view the video at your leisure.  If you have questions regarding any of the content, contact Mr. Goeldner or your children’s teachers.  Here is the link: Red Pine Literacy




CHESS ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Chess registration for January is OPEN!!!

Go to District 196 Community Ed website and search "RED PINE CHESS" or click on this link:  https://goo.gl/IFRb5Q




2016-2017 Yearbooks can be Pre-ordered NOW!

Start ordering your yearbooks today!  Yearbooks are on sale online now!!  They can easily be ordered by going to

www.jostensyearbooks.com.  Yearbooks will be handed out the last week of school!  Get your yearbook ordered before the rush!!



RP Library News:


Our New Year in the RP Library is off to a great start!  I Love 2 Read Month is just around the corner in February.  Please stay tuned for activities to celebrate during the month of Feb and for Read Across America Day on Thursday, March 2nd.


One item that may take bit of planning is our Scholastic Book Fair during conferences on
Wednesday, February 8th from 4-8
and Thursday, February 9th from 12-8.

Red Pine hasn't had a Scholastic Book Fair in more than 12 years!  Many students and staff are excited for this opportunity.  To make it a success we need parent volunteers... please pass the word on!
Volunteer time-slots are for 1 hour each and include times on Tuesday, 2/7 for Fair set up starting at 3:45. On Wednesday, 2/8 and Thursday, 2/9 we need cashiers, shopping assistants, stocking and display helpers throughout both days. And on Thursday we need Fair tear down helpers.
Volunteer sign-up available:

https://volunteer.scholastic.com/#/signup/u4ed6WkR0


Please contact us with questions or to have us place your name on the online sign-up sheet.


Thank You and Happy Reading,

Mrs. Robertson & Mrs. Jarvi




Nurse’s Corner:  

Hello Red Pine Families,

The new computer security system is in place and we will be using it to also check out your student when he or she is sick.  This is a change, as you used to bypass the front office and go directly to the nurse’s office.  Now, you will stop at the front office and check “out” your son or daughter and proceed to the nurse’s office.  Thank you for your understanding of this change.

Chapped hands, chapped lips, dry skin.  Last week was a cold and dry week for students.  If your kids are having issues with dry skin – place some lotion on their hands before bed, chap stick on lips and face cream on their cheeks.  If your child is prone to dry cracked skin, please call your pediatrician for recommendations for names of lotions.

We begin a long weekend as we have Monday off, and the following weekend is a long weekend due to having Friday off.  Rest, hydration, eating healthy, exercise.  Also, this is the time for sleep overs and fun.  Make sure you encourage your kids to wash hands (colds, pink eye, stomach flu are all on my radar) and close encounters of the fun kind are ways the kids pass all these germs. Please be vigilant in checking for lice also after big days out or sleep overs.  Long weekends and breaks are usually triggers for the spread.

Dress for the weather~~ layers, warm hats, gloves or mittens, snow pants, boots etc.. We do have the kids go outside if the temp/wind chill is above 0 degrees ~~ they will have more fun playing if they are not shivering or wet.

Cheers to a Happy Healthy short week of school!

Danna Steffen, RN

School Nurse

Ph: 651-423-7871

Fax: 651-423-7875




PTO News:


PTO Meeting


>>>Mark your calendars for the next PTO meeting on Thursday, March 9th at 6:30 !!



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.




Opportunity to Support Scholarship Fund for 5th Grade Eagle Bluff Field Trip

What are the dates?  January 12th and 13th

The Eagan Green Mill restaurant (Rahncliff location) is offering to help support the Red Pine PTO Scholarship Fund for our 5th grade Eagle Bluff field trip by donating 20% of sales on January 12th and 13th.  Diners need to show a flyer or mention that they are with Red Pine.  Please consider dining at the Rahncliff location of Green Mill!

Here is the link for the flyer:

Thursday, January 12, 2017 https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B1qDT63Vl5J_ckNhRlJkYklZWVk/view?usp=sharing

Friday, January 13, 2017 https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B1qDT63Vl5J_dnJ1TzlmMXM3ZkE/view?usp=sharing



Box Tops:

Thank you families for turning in your Box Tops! 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




Community News:


Give Kids a Smile

Minnesota dental professionals are concerned about the growing number of children who don’t have access to dental care.  That’s why about 2,000 dental professionals will come together on February 3rd and 4th to provide free dental care to children in need.  All patients must have appointments in advance and be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.  Parents may call United Way 211 or 1-800-543-7709 to get the phone number of a providing dentist in their area.  You can also go to the following website for a list of providing dentists, www.mndental.org/gkas .



ISD 196 Community Ed

Avoid the winter blues … learn something new with Community Ed! Fence, dance (ballet), become aware of self and surroundings in kung fu, shoot straight in archery, experience the calming effects of yoga, tumble and roll in gymnastics and more! Learn to swim … lessons begin January 17 & 18. Be a great babysitter or become comfortable to stay home alone. Parents … are you a little overwhelmed by your child’s online use? Learn step-by-step how to tiptoe into this new terrain in Apps, Texts and Bullying, Oh My!


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




January 5, 2017

posted Jan 5, 2017, 10:22 AM by Kristen Henning   [ updated Jan 5, 2017, 10:24 AM ]

Red Pine School Newsletter

Week of January 9 - 13, 2017

Monday         cycle day - 4 green A

Tuesday        cycle day - 5 red B  

Wednesday   cycle day - 6 blue C

Thursday       cycle day - 1 yellow D   

Friday            cycle day - 2 green E    - School Store


A Message From the Principal:     


Dear Red Pine Families,


Red Pine has begun using a new electronic sign-in system for everyone who visits Red Pine during the school day. The LobbyGuard system was piloted at Apple Valley High School last year and will be installed at every school in our district as part of safety and security improvements included in the bond referendum that was approved by district voters last year.

Under the new system, all visitors are asked to show a government-issued identification (driver’s license, passport or military ID) if they wish to leave the office area to enter another part of the school. The LobbyGuard system checks each visitor’s name against the national sex offender database only, takes a photo of the visitor, then prints an adhesive name badge that includes the visitor’s name and photo. Visitors are required to wear the name badge at all times while they are in the building and return it to the office to sign out before leaving.

If a visitor does not have any form of government-issued identification, a school staff member will talk with them about the reason for their visit before deciding whether to issue them a visitor name badge.

The LobbyGuard sign-in system will make our school an even safer place by ensuring identification of every visitor who is in the building at any given time during the school day. All staff members wear a district-issued identification badge and are instructed to question any adult in the building who does not have a name badge issued by the LobbyGuard system.

If you have questions or concerns about our new electronic sign-in system, please contact me at 651-423-7828.

Sincerely,

Drew Goeldner, Principal



School News:


In Red Pine Math News:

Congratulations to Ella Bromley, Kate Reed, Ashley Swenson, and Amber Walker for getting a Perfect Score of 5 out of 5 on Math Olympiad Contest # 2!   Wow!

Way to go Morgan Becker, Emily Hopke, Max Monzel, Adi Sunkam, and Carter Veen for scores of 4 out of 5!


Great job to Joe Bowers, Logan Burns, Jon Ciemny, Noah Daniel, Keiser Derickson, Logan Dy, Max Ellis, Ezra Gebeyehu, Hale Halvorson, Ben Hurwitz,Owen Juntilla, Ava Karl, Sakif Khan, Alex Newton, Grant Paurus, Robbie Sell, Lia Serpico, Ruby Thorpe, Zach Wittmayer, and Megan Zabel for scores of 3 out of 5!


Super job to everyone for giving it their best shot!  Keep trying everyone!




Literacy Video

In order to increase communication with our families, we have created a video describing our approach to literacy instruction.  Feel free to view the video at your leisure.  If you have questions regarding any of the content, contact Mr. Goeldner or your children’s teachers.  Here is the link: Red Pine Literacy



A Cell Phone Found:

A cell phone was found on one of the benches outside of the school entrance. Please contact the office at 651-423-7870 to identify and claim the phone.  Thank you!




CHESS ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Chess registration for January is OPEN!!!

Go to District 196 Community Ed website and search "RED PINE CHESS" or click on this link:  https://goo.gl/IFRb5Q




2016-2017 Yearbooks can be Pre-ordered NOW!

Start ordering your yearbooks today!  Yearbooks are on sale online now!!  They can easily be ordered by going to

www.jostensyearbooks.com.  Yearbooks will be handed out the last week of school!  Get your yearbook ordered before the rush!!



RP Library News:


Greetings from the Red Pine Library-

Happy New Year from the Red Pine Library.  The New Year is a great opportunity to set reading goals.

For our Red Pine Readers we have a fun opportunity which will also earn new books for the Red Pine Library.

We will host a Scholastic Book Fair during conferences on Wednesday, February 8th from 4-8 and Thursday, February 9th from 12-8.

Red Pine hasn't had a Scholastic Book Fair in more than 12 years!  Many students and staff are excited for this opportunity.  To make it a success we need volunteers...we need YOU!

Volunteering at the Scholastic Book Fair over Conferences is the perfect way to help kids find the books they can't wait to read while earning free books for Red Pine's Library.  Sign up now or feel free to check with us about this fun and rewarding volunteer experience.

https://volunteer.scholastic.com/#/signup/u4ed6WkR0


Happy Reading,

Mrs. Robertson & Mrs. Jarvi




Nurse’s Corner:  

Colds, Flus, and just plain feeling off.  It’s hard for kids to get back into the swing of things when they had so much fun at home.  Just a few reminders for your children – drink plenty of water as it helps thin those cold secretions so they are not stuck in your throat.  Get plenty of rest, as the school day is a place to learn and grow.  Eat healthy and get a little exercise.

We have hand sanitizer donated by the Urgency Room around the building.  I am encouraging anyone who coughs, sneezes, blows their nose to use the sanitizer or wash hands.  We are in the thick of winter and germs are easily passed.

Dress appropriately – bring extra pants or socks in back pack if need be.  Make sure your children have warm jackets, hats, mittens and snow pants if we do go outside.  It’s so much more fun when you are warm.

Breakfast is important.  Please eat enough and the right foods to keep you going throughout the day.

Have a great weekend.  The week of the 9th is a full week of school, stay rested, well fed, and hydrated.

Danna Steffen, RN

School Nurse

Ph: 651-423-7871

Fax: 651-423-7875




PTO News:


PTO Meeting

The next PTO meeting is scheduled for TONIGHT! January 5, 2017 at 6:30 in the Red Pine Media Center. We hope to see you there!

>>>Mark your calendars for the next PTO meeting on Thursday, March 9th at 6:30 !!



Opportunity to Support Scholarship Fund for 5th Grade Eagle Bluff Field Trip

What are the dates?  January 12th and 13th

The Eagan Green Mill restaurant (Rahncliff location) is offering to help support the Red Pine PTO Scholarship Fund for our 5th grade Eagle Bluff field trip by donating 20% of sales on January 12th and 13th.  Diners need to show a flyer or mention that they are with Red Pine.  Please consider dining at the Rahncliff location of Green Mill!

Here is the link for the flyer:

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Friday, January 13, 2017



Box Tops:

Thank you families for turning in your Box Tops! 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




Community News:


Give Kids a Smile

Minnesota dental professionals are concerned about the growing number of children who don’t have access to dental care.  That’s why about 2,000 dental professionals will come together on February 3rd and 4th to provide free dental care to children in need.  All patients must have appointments in advance and be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.  Parents may call United Way 211 or 1-800-543-7709 to get the phone number of a providing dentist in their area.  You can also go to the following website for a list of providing dentists, www.mndental.org/gkas .



Community Education

Our online catalog is now open for winter enrichment and aquatics classes! Browse and register now

to ensure your spot in a class that is sure to  engage, inspire and enrich you and your family! Even though your printed catalog will not arrive in your post box until after December 28th, you can get a head start by viewing classes now. Register today!

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

December 23, 2016

posted Dec 22, 2016, 7:40 PM by Kristen Henning   [ updated Jan 5, 2017, 10:25 AM ]

Red Pine School Newsletter

Week of December 26 - 30, 2016 - NO SCHOOL - Winter Break!!!!

Week of January 2 - 6, 2017 - HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Monday        NO SCHOOL - Winter Break!

Tuesday       cycle day - 6 green B  

Wednesday  cycle day - 1 red C

Thursday      cycle day - 2 blue D    -  Site Council 4 - 5 pm

                                                        -   PTO Meeting 6:30 - 8 pm   

Friday           cycle day - 3 yellow E


A Message From the Principal:     


Dear Red Pine Families,


Beginning January 3rd, we will begin using a new electronic sign-in system for everyone who visits Red Pine during the school day. The LobbyGuard system was piloted at Apple Valley High School last year and will be installed at every school in our district as part of safety and security improvements included in the bond referendum that was approved by district voters last year.

Under the new system, all visitors will be asked to show a government-issued identification (driver’s license, passport or military ID) if they wish to leave the office area to enter another part of the school. The LobbyGuard system checks each visitor’s name against the national sex offender database only, takes a photo of the visitor, then prints an adhesive name badge that includes the visitor’s name and photo. Visitors are required to wear the name badge at all times while they are in the building and return it to the office to sign out before leaving.

If a visitor does not have any form of government-issued identification, a school staff member will talk with them about the reason for their visit before deciding whether to issue them a visitor name badge.

The LobbyGuard sign-in system will make our school an even safer place by ensuring identification of every visitor who is in the building at any given time during the school day. All staff members wear a district-issued identification badge and are instructed to question any adult in the building who does not have a name badge issued by the LobbyGuard system.

If you have questions or concerns about our new electronic sign-in system, please contact me at 651-423-7828.

Sincerely,

Drew Goeldner, Principal


School News:


Literacy Video

In order to increase communication with our families, we have created a video describing our approach to literacy instruction.  Feel free to view the video at your leisure.  If you have questions regarding any of the content, contact Mr. Goeldner or your children’s teachers.  Here is the link: Red Pine Literacy


A Cell Phone Found:

A cell phone was found on one of the benches outside of the school entrance. Please contact the office at 651-423-7870 to identify and claim the phone.  Thank you!


In the Computer Lab

Notes from Mrs. Skalski


K-1 Parents: Watch for a note about Kodables to come home in your child’s Friday Folder this week or next. Your child can use it to show you the work they are doing for Hour of Code. A link to the Kodables website can be found at our lab’s website, Skalski Lab.


3rd Grade Parents: Your child has been learning how to ‘touch type’. Over the winter break I encourage your child to continue practicing using the links to DanceMat Typing which can be found on our lab’s website, Skalski Lab. We are emphasizing slow and thoughtful practice while using the homerow for our fingers and a healthy posture at the keyboard.


5th Grade Parents: Thanks to all of you who have helped your child upload 10-20 pictures into their Collab accounts for their autobiographical movie project, “I Am From”. For those who are still working on this assignment, the deadline for submitting pictures is January 2nd and students can find videos showing how to do this assignment at our lab’s website, Skalski Lab.


Thanks from the Fourth Grade!!

Fourth grade would like to send a huge thank you out to the many businesses that helped to make our December service project successful!  We had many generous businesses donate toothbrushes, toothpaste, supplies to make sandwiches as well as money to buy hats, gloves, and socks for the homeless.


Castle Rock Bar and Grill

Bennetts Chop and Rail House

Snyder Orthodontics

Eagan Family Dentistry

Shirene Orandi, DDS

Jennifer Eisenhuth Orthodontics

Northwood Dental


We were able to assemble 150 goody bags and donate numerous pairs of socks, gloves, and hats for an amazing cause!  The fourth graders made approximately 1,200 sandwiches that will be donated to an organization called "Love One Another" where sandwiches are delivered nightly to the homeless in Minneapolis.


CHESS ANNOUNCEMENTS


-+- CHESS REGISTRATION FOR JANUARY IS OPEN


-+- GO TO DISTRICT 196 COMMUNITY ED WEBSITE AND SEARCH "RED PINE CHESS" OR CLICK ON THE LINK: https://goo.gl/IFRb5Q


2016-2017 Yearbooks can be Pre-ordered NOW!

Start ordering your yearbooks today!  Yearbooks are on sale online now!!  They can easily be ordered by going to

www.jostensyearbooks.com.  Yearbooks will be handed out the last week of school!  Get your yearbook ordered before the rush!!


News from the RP Library:

So many great books to choose from over the breaks and holiday season!  Below are a few ideas of what to read with your loved ones - for everyone to love.  


Feel free to ask me about Hoopla free instant download service from the Dakota County Library which will have many of these titles:  ).


Washington Post's Best children's and young adult books of 2016:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/kidspost/best-childrens-and-young-adult-books-of-2016/2016/11/17/e07131fe-a10d-11e6-8832-23a007c77bb4_story.html


Children's Book Council / International Literacy Association's 2016 Reading List:

http://www.literacyworldwide.org/docs/default-source/reading-lists/childrens-choices/2016_cc_final.pdf?sfvrsn=10


Time Magazine's 100 Best Picture Books of All Time:

http://time.com/100-best-childrens-books/


50 Books All Kids Should Read Before They Are 12:

https://www.commonsensemedia.org/lists/50-books-all-kids-should-read-before-theyre-12


New York Times' Best Illustrated Books Illustrated Books for Children of2016:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/03/books/review/best-illustrated-books-of-2016.html


Happy READING!

Mrs. Robertson & Mrs. Jarvi


Nurse’s Corner:  

Happy winter break Red Pine Families!

Remember with long breaks comes playdates, museums, sleepovers and so on.  Be vigilant on checking for lice.  It usually doesn’t start at the school.  The weekend before school starts, please check your children’s hair.  Lice is annoying, however, it is not an illness that causes harm, we do not notify staff or other families.  Parents need to be responsible for checking their children’s heads and knowing this is a potential issue.

Mondays are difficult on students.  Sunday nights try and put the kids to bed early ~ don’t wait until last minute to do homework.  Plenty of kids are tired and in turn feel they are sick and want to go home.  Good sleep the night before and a good breakfast will start them on a good path of energy and wanting to be at school for the entire week.

Winter will still be here upon return to school.  Students will be going outside.  Please have them dress appropriately.  WARM mittens, snow pants, hats, jackets, boots.  Even 15 minutes without mittens makes it a cold 15 minutes.

Stay healthy, get good sleep, eat right and we will see you in 2017!

Danna Steffen, RN

School Nurse

Ph: 651-423-7871

Fax: 651-423-7875


PTO News:


PTO Meeting

The next PTO meeting is scheduled for January 5, 2017 at 6:30 in the Red Pine Media Center. We hope to see you there!


Box Tops:

Thank you families for turning in your Box Tops! 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


Community News:


Give Kids a Smile

Minnesota dental professionals are concerned about the growing number of children who don’t have access to dental care.  That’s why about 2,000 dental professionals will come together on February 3rd and 4th to provide free dental care to children in need.  All patients must have appointments in advance and be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.  After January 1, 2017 parents may call United Way 211 or 1-800-543-7709 to get the phone number of a providing dentist in their area.  You can also go to the following website for a list of providing dentists, www.mndental.org/gkas starting January 1st.


Community Education

Our online catalog is now open for winter enrichment and aquatics classes! Browse and register now

to ensure your spot in a class that is sure to  engage, inspire and enrich you and your family! Even though your printed catalog will not arrive in your post box until after December 28th, you can get a head start by viewing classes now. Register today!

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


December 15, 2016

posted Dec 15, 2016, 1:04 PM by Kristen Henning

Red Pine School Newsletter

Week of December 19 - 23, 2016

Monday        cycle day 1 yellow B   - Candy Cane Color Day   

Tuesday       cycle day 2 green C    - NNAT2 and CogAT Testing Window Close

  • Fun Socks Day   

Wednesday  cycle day 3 red D       -  Winter Themed Hat & Accessory Day

Thursday      cycle day 4 blue E     -  Pajama Day    

Friday           cycle day 5 yellow A -  Favorite Sweater Day


A Message From the Principal:     


Dear Red Pine Families,


Beginning January 3rd, we will begin using a new electronic sign-in system for everyone who visits Red Pine during the school day. The LobbyGuard system was piloted at Apple Valley High School last year and will be installed at every school in our district as part of safety and security improvements included in the bond referendum that was approved by district voters last year.

Under the new system, all visitors will be asked to show a government-issued identification (driver’s license, passport or military ID) if they wish to leave the office area to enter another part of the school. The LobbyGuard system checks each visitor’s name against the national sex offender database only, takes a photo of the visitor, then prints an adhesive name badge that includes the visitor’s name and photo. Visitors are required to wear the name badge at all times while they are in the building and return it to the office to sign out before leaving.

If a visitor does not have any form of government-issued identification, a school staff member will talk with them about the reason for their visit before deciding whether to issue them a visitor name badge.

The LobbyGuard sign-in system will make our school an even safer place by ensuring identification of every visitor who is in the building at any given time during the school day. All staff members wear a district-issued identification badge and are instructed to question any adult in the building who does not have a name badge issued by the LobbyGuard system.

If you have questions or concerns about our new electronic sign-in system, please contact me at 651-423-7828.

Sincerely,

Drew Goeldner, Principal



School News:

A Cell Phone Found:

Last week a cell phone was found on one of the benches outside of the school entrance. Please contact the office at 651-423-7870 to identify and claim the phone.  Thank you!



Red Pine Winter Fun!!!!!

*During the week of December 19-23, we are going to have a little winter fun with some special dress up days at Red Pine.  Here is the week’s line up:

*Monday 12/19:         Candy Cane Color Day

*Tuesday 12/20:         Fun Socks Day

*Wednesday 12/21:   Winter Themed Hat & Accessory Day

*Thursday 12/22:       Pajama Day

*Friday 12/23:             Favorite Sweater Day

We look forward to seeing your winter spirit!



In Red Pine Math News:

Congratulations to Ella Bromley and Carter Veen for getting a Perfect Score of 5 out of 5 on Math Olympiad Contest # 1!   Wow!

Way to go Joe Colburn, Emily Hopke, Sakif Khan, Jada Lapastora, Raegan Marx, Alex Newton, Kate Reed, Carys Sundberg, Ruby Thorpe, Carter Will, and Amelia Zaske for scores of 4 out of 5!


Great job to Morgan Becker, Max Ellis, Ellie Gordon, Ben Hurwitz, Owen Juntilla, Mike Kostecka, Emma Kuker, Max Monzel, Layne Neguard, Joshua Salay, Nitya Sannuli, Brady Schroepfer, Adi Sunkam, Ashley Swenson, Amber Walker, and Amelia Zaske for scores of 3 out of 5!


Super job to everyone for giving it their best shot!  Keep trying everyone!



In the Computer Lab

Notes from Mrs. Skalski


K-1 Parents: Watch for a note about Kodables to come home in your child’s Friday Folder this week or next. Your child can use it to show you the work they are doing for Hour of Code. A link to the Kodables website can be found at our lab’s website, Skalski Lab.


3rd Grade Parents: Your child has been learning how to ‘touch type’. Over the winter break I encourage your child to continue practicing using the links to DanceMat Typing which can be found on our lab’s website, Skalski Lab. We are emphasizing slow and thoughtful practice while using the homerow for our fingers and a healthy posture at the keyboard.


5th Grade Parents: Thanks to all of you who have helped your child upload 10-20 pictures into their Collab accounts for their autobiographical movie project, “I Am From”. For those who are still working on this assignment, the deadline for submitting pictures is January 2nd and students can find videos showing how to do this assignment at our lab’s website, Skalski Lab.



CHESS ANNOUNCEMENTS


-+- CHESS REGISTRATION FOR JANUARY IS OPEN


-+- GO TO DISTRICT 196 COMMUNITY ED WEBSITE AND SEARCH "RED PINE CHESS" OR CLICK ON THE LINK: https://goo.gl/IFRb5Q




2016-2017 Yearbooks can be Pre-ordered NOW!

Start ordering your yearbooks today!  Yearbooks are on sale online now!!  They can easily be ordered by going to

www.jostensyearbooks.com.  Yearbooks will be handed out the last week of school!  Get your yearbook ordered before the rush!!



News from the RP Library:

So many great books to choose from over the breaks and holiday season!  Below are a few ideas of what to read with your loved ones - for everyone to love.  


Feel free to ask me about Hoopla free instant download service from the Dakota County Library which will have many of these titles:  ).


Washington Post's Best children's and young adult books of 2016:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/kidspost/best-childrens-and-young-adult-books-of-2016/2016/11/17/e07131fe-a10d-11e6-8832-23a007c77bb4_story.html


Children's Book Council / International Literacy Association's 2016 Reading List:

http://www.literacyworldwide.org/docs/default-source/reading-lists/childrens-choices/2016_cc_final.pdf?sfvrsn=10


Time Magazine's 100 Best Picture Books of All Time:

http://time.com/100-best-childrens-books/


50 Books All Kids Should Read Before They Are 12:

https://www.commonsensemedia.org/lists/50-books-all-kids-should-read-before-theyre-12


New York Times' Best Illustrated Books Illustrated Books for Children of2016:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/03/books/review/best-illustrated-books-of-2016.html


Happy READING!

Mrs. Robertson & Mrs. Jarvi



Nurse’s Corner:  

Baby It’s COLD Outside!!!  

Brrrr…..baby it‘s cold outside. Parents, it is that time of year where all kids should be dressed for the weather.  Knit gloves do not do the trick for recess.  They get wet and are not as warm.  Water repellent mittens, where the fingers are together and keeping each other warm would be best.  Hats, boots, snow pants, jacket always.  Scarves would be a positive addition for this weather.

IF the Temperature OR Windchill is 0 degrees or below, it will be an inside recess day.

Playtime prior to the bus pick up.  If it is cold out, please have your child wait with you inside until the bus can pick them up.  Kids are playing outside in temperatures that are -9 windchill, getting cold for the bus ride and toes and fingers are hurting.  That can make for a long busride.

When you call your child in ill and the student has a temp of 100 or higher AND a cough, sore throat or both let them know and they will relay that information to the nurse.

Stay warm – winter is here.

Thank you,

Danna Steffen, RN

Red Pine Elementary

School Nurse

Ph: 651-423-7871

Fax: 651-423-7875




PTO News:


PTO Meeting

The next PTO meeting is scheduled for January 5, 2017 at 6:30 in the Red Pine Media Center. We hope to see you there!



Box Tops:

Thank you families for turning in your Box Tops! We wanted to let you know who is in the lead for collecting the most Box Tops from November - Feb 24, 2017.  The leader is currently Mrs. Henning’s kindergarten class (777 Box Tops!), followed by Mrs. Kratz’s class (158 Box Tops) and Mrs. Brielmaier’s class (152 Box Tops).  There’s still a long way to go, so please turn in your Box Tops outside of the office each month.  The class that brings in the most Box Tops win a pizza party!


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




Community News:


Give Kids a Smile

Minnesota dental professionals are concerned about the growing number of children who don’t have access to dental care.  That’s why about 2,000 dental professionals will come together on February 3rd and 4th to provide free dental care to children in need.  All patients must have appointments in advance and be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.  After January 1, 2017 parents may call United Way 211 or 1-800-543-7709 to get the phone number of a providing dentist in their area.  You can also go to the following website for a list of providing dentists, www.mndental.org/gkas starting January 1st.


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