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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!


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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!

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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.


December 8, 2016

posted Dec 8, 2016, 9:08 AM by Kristen Henning

Red Pine School Newsletter

Week of December 12 - 16, 2016

Monday        cycle day 2 blue B        

Tuesday       cycle day 3 yellow C        

Wednesday  cycle day 4 green D

Thursday      cycle day 5 red E    

Friday           cycle day 6 blue A - Student Council Sponsored “Red Pine 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



School News:


In the Computer Lab

Notes from Mrs. Skalski, Tech Specialist


Attention Fifth Grade Parents: Your child is making a short autobiographical movie and may need some help from you to collect the 10-20 digital pictures needed to complete the project. The deadline for collecting pictures is January 2. The pictures need to convey the memories that your child wrote about in his/her poem (“I Am From”) which is in his/her Collab account. All students have videos showing how to gather pictures from various devices, and these videos are posted in your child’s Google Classroom.  Please ask your child about his/her plan for collecting pictures as many will benefit from a little help at home. Thank you for your involvement!




Winter is coming!  Sign ups for the Red Pine Ski and Snowboard Club is here!  

Ski club letters went home with fourth and fifth grade students.

This year ski club will be mostly on Thursday nights and one Tuesday night: January 5, January 19, January 31, February 16, and March 2 from 5-8:00pm.  The make up night will be March 9.  Registration is due TOMORROW >>DECEMBER 9 !


I look forward to another great year of skiing and snowboarding for our students!  Please let me know if you have any questions!


Thank you~

Kristen Henning




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



Health & Wellness:


**Parent's Day Out Has Been Cancelled

When: December 10, 2016

"The Health & Wellness Committee will work to provide opportunities for Red Pine Students and families to develop healthier lifestyles by supporting the adoption of habits and attitudes that contribute to their positive well-being."



Nurse’s Corner:  

Crazy weather!!  Layers are better!  Extra set of clothes may be needed.  Always send your child with hat and gloves.

Reminder on FLU symptoms~~please let the nurse know if your child has a fever and a cough and/or sore throat.

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!


Nurse Danna

Red Pine Elementary

School Nurse

Ph: 651-423-7871

Fax: 651-423-7875



PTO News:


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



PTO Meeting:

The next PTO meeting is TONIGHT! -- December 8 at 6:30pm in the Media Center. We hope to see you there!




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.




ISD 196 Community Ed:

Check out these fun, learning opportunities …

Holiday Ornament Making Party (ages 5-12)

These ornaments will make great keepsakes or holiday gifts. Rotate to four different ornament making stations.

Sat | Dec 10 | 9am-12pm | $29 | FRMS

Holi-Dazzled Snow Globes

Design and create a dazzling snow globe to display throughout the long winter.

Sat | Dec 17 | 9am-12pm | $35 | BHMS


What are your plans during winter break? There is no school December 24 through January 1st! Check out A Day with Monet (ages 5-12), Rainforest Journey (ages 3 1/2-6), Camp Christmas (ages 4-9), Unicorns and Fairy Friends Art Camp (ages 4-9).


Plan ahead! Register now for these winter classes to insure your spot … they will fill quickly!

Cross Country Skiing ( families 5+), Intro to Snowshoeing (families 5+), Swim Lessons


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


December 1, 2016

posted Dec 1, 2016, 11:56 AM by Kristen Henning

Red Pine School Newsletter

Week of December 5 - 9, 2016

Monday        cycle day 3 red B        Student Council Sponsored “Candy Cane Days” begins!

Tuesday       cycle day 4 blue C        

Wednesday  cycle day 5 yellow D

Thursday      cycle day 6 green E    Site Council Meeting 4-5 pm

  PTO Meeting 6:30-8 pm   

Friday           cycle day 1 red A        Student Council Sponsored “Candy Cane Days” last day!

          School Store

          Report Cards Go Home



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



School News:

NNAT2 and CogAT Testing Next Week


District 196 students in grade 1 will be participating in the administration of the Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test:  Second Edition (NNAT2) and students in   grades 3 and 5 will be participating in the administration of the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) during the month of December.


The NNAT2 assessment uses progressive matrices to allow for a culturally neutral evaluation of students’ nonverbal reasoning and general problem-solving ability, regardless of the individual student’s primary language, education, culture or socioeconomic background.


Red Pine first graders will take the NNAT2 on Monday, December 5th.  

The CogAT assessment measures students’ learned reasoning abilities in the three areas most linked to academic success in school:  Verbal, Quantitative and Nonverbal.  Results can be used to assess a student’s ability to perform school learning tasks, to suggest possible placement for school learning activities and to evaluate a student’s achievement in relation to the talents brought to school learning situations.  The subscores are for tasks that require the use of English language (Verbal) and those that do not require the use of the English language (Quantitative and Nonverbal).  Verbal tasks include verbal analogies, sentence completion and verbal classification.  Quantitative tasks include number analogies, number puzzles and number series.  Nonverbal tasks include figure matrices, paper folding and figure classification.

The CogAT is given in three parts on three different days.   Red Pine third and fifth graders will take the test on Monday, December 5th, Wednesday, December 7th, and Friday, December 9th.


If you have any questions about either of these tests, please feel free to contact Denise.vonasek@district196.org, Red Pine Testing Coordinator.




Candy Cane Days – December 5 – 9, 2016

Candy Cane Days is a Red Pine Student Council Service Project. Each day during the week of December 5 - 9, 2016, students may purchase candy canes in their classrooms. Student council representatives and alternates sell candy canes in grades 1-5. Student council officers will come to the kindergarten classes and sell the candy canes.  Buying candy canes is strictly optional so please do not feel your student needs to participate in this service project if you do not want them to. All candy canes sell for 25 cents each. All proceeds from the sale will be used to purchase toys for the “Toys for Tots” campaign.  If you have further questions about this project, please contact one of the Student Council Advisors, Janie Moran or Linda Denmark at 651-423-7870.       ~~~~~ Happy Holidays!!!             



Hello Red Pine Families!

CONGRATULATIONS to the following Red Pine students who have artwork on display at the Robert Trail Library in Rosemount during the month of December!

Kindergarten:

Brady Huss, Madison Kuefler, Audrey Marsden, Patrick Rhoades, Ollie Schneider, Hannah Stensvad

Grade One:

Sam Abram, Ava Carlson, Lauren Friede, Nico Pribyl, Payton Salcheider, Maddie Switzer, Keaton Wigley

Grade Two:

Max Afanasyev, Brooklyn Childs, Lily Colburn, Stella Garcia, Callie Lanzen, Natalie Smith

Grade Three:

Addison Adam, Hannah Doerfler, Ava Goers, Emma Kuker, Nellie Shields, Annabelle Williams

Grade Four:

Sam Afanasyev, Mackenna Bray, Cale Bock, Ashlyn Carruthers, Esmerelda Hernandez, Peighton Forster, Ava Ligtenberg, Sarah Peterson, Lia Serpico, Olivia Tompkins

Grade Five:

Joli Cammerrer, Keiser Derickson, Ellie Gordon, Amiya Lennox, Alex Newton, Lilly Rindahl,

Avery Sirek, Nate Verduzco, Amber Walker

An Artists’ Reception will be held at the Robert Trail Library Sunday, December 4 from 2:00-3:00 PM located at

14395 South Robert Trail, Rosemount, Minnesota 55068



In the Computer Lab

Notes from Mrs. Skalski, Tech Specialist


Attention Fifth Grade Parents: Your child is making a short autobiographical movie and may need some help from you to collect the 10-20 digital pictures needed to complete the project. The deadline for collecting pictures is January 2. The pictures need to convey the memories that your child wrote about in his/her poem (“I Am From”) which is in his/her Collab account. All students have videos showing how to gather pictures from various devices, and these videos are posted in your child’s Google Classroom.  Please ask your child about his/her plan for collecting pictures as many will benefit from a little help at home. Thank you for your involvement!




Winter is coming!  Sign ups for the Red Pine Ski and Snowboard Club is here!  

Ski club letters went home with fourth and fifth grade students.

This year ski club will be mostly on Thursday nights and one Tuesday night: January 5, January 19, January 31, February 16, and March 2 from 5-8:00pm.  The make up night will be March 9.  Registration is due DECEMBER 9!


I look forward to another great year of skiing and snowboarding for our students!  Please let me know if you have any questions!


Thank you~

Kristen Henning



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



Health & Wellness:


A Message from the Health and Wellness Committee:

Register for the event by filling out and returning the form attached to the flyer in your child's Friday Folder. Please return the slips and checks to Mike Kotasek.


Parent's Day Out

When: December 10, 2016

From: 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Where: Red Pine Elementary School

Cost:    $5.00 per child

*This event is limited to current RP students K-5 grades.*

"The Health & Wellness Committee will work to provide opportunities for Red Pine Students and families to develop healthier lifestyles by supporting the adoption of habits and attitudes that contribute to their positive well-being."



Nurse’s Corner:  

Crazy weather!!  Layers are better!  Extra set of clothes may be needed.  Always send your child with hat and gloves.

Reminder on FLU symptoms~~please let the nurse know if your child has a fever and a cough and/or sore throat.

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!


Nurse Danna

Red Pine Elementary

School Nurse

Ph: 651-423-7871

Fax: 651-423-7875



PTO News:


We are looking ahead to next year’s PTO Board. A few board positions will be open and we are looking for parents who are interested in learning more about the PTO. It is a great way to get involved and help make decisions with the way fundraised dollars are spent at Red Pine. Please attend our next meeting or email johncongemi@gmail.com for more information.


SAVE THE DATE >>>for the Next PTO Meeting!

The next PTO meeting is scheduled for Thursday, December 8th at 4:30pm. We hope to get to get a record number of

parents to attend!



Community News:


GIVE KIDS A SMILE - Spread the word! Free dental care for children in need!


Do you know a child who could benefit from free dental care?

Right now volunteers across the state are working hard to get ready for Give Kids a Smile. We need your help to get the word out!


What is it?

A free charitable dental event for kids (typically ages 3-18) who face barriers to accessing dental care.

When is it?

February 3 and 4, 2017

(Some clinics have alternative dates.)

Location?

Participating dental clinics statewide.

When will appointments open?

January 1, 2017. At that time, parents can secure Give Kids a Smile appointments for their children. A list of clinics will be available on the MDA website or by calling United Way 2-1-1.


Please, help make your community aware of this event!


Many children have never been to the dentist and are suffering from untreated dental care – possibly many that you work with. We ask you to please inform families about this event so their children can get the needed care they deserve.

Flyers and other materials are easily accessible by visiting the MDA website. Please print and post fliers, distribute information sheets and forward this email to your network of professionals who work with families (schools, agencies, clients, and other organizations).


Because this program is focused on providing dental care to children who face barriers to accessing dental care, families will not be asked any eligibility questions.


Thank you for helping us tell low-income families about this important opportunity to improve their children’s dental health…and smiles!

If you have any questions, please contact me at gkas@mndental.org.

Best Regards,

Stephanie Leclair

Project Manager

Give Kids a Smile



ISD 196 Community Ed:

Check out these fun, learning opportunities …

Holiday Ornament Making Party (ages 5-12)

These ornaments will make great keepsakes or holiday gifts. Rotate to four different ornament making stations.

Sat | Dec 10 | 9am-12pm | $29 | FRMS

Holi-Dazzled Snow Globes

Design and create a dazzling snow globe to display throughout the long winter.

Sat | Dec 17 | 9am-12pm | $35 | BHMS


What are your plans during winter break? There is no school December 24 through January 1st! Check out A Day with Monet (ages 5-12), Rainforest Journey (ages 3 1/2-6), Camp Christmas (ages 4-9), Unicorns and Fairy Friends Art Camp (ages 4-9).


Plan ahead! Register now for these winter classes to insure your spot … they will fill quickly!

Cross Country Skiing ( families 5+), Intro to Snowshoeing (families 5+), Swim Lessons


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November 23, 2016

posted Nov 23, 2016, 12:08 PM by Kristen Henning

Red Pine School Newsletter

Week of November 28 - December 2, 2016

Monday        cycle day 5 red C       - Grade 5 GT/YS to BizTown

Tuesday       cycle day 6 blue D        

Wednesday  cycle day 1 yellow E

Thursday      cycle day 2 green A   - NNAT2 and CogAT Testing Window Opens

Grade 4 Music Program 6:30pm

End of Trimester One  

Friday          NO SCHOOL               - Staff Development Day

School News:

Candy Cane Days – December 5 – 9, 2016

Candy Cane Days is a Red Pine Student Council Service Project. Each day during the week of December 5 - 9, 2016, students may purchase candy canes in their classrooms. Student council representatives and alternates sell candy canes in grades 1-5. Student council officers will come to the kindergarten classes and sell the candy canes.  Buying candy canes is strictly optional so please do not feel your student needs to participate in this service project if you do not want them to. All candy canes sell for 25 cents each. All proceeds from the sale will be used to purchase toys for the “Toys for Tots” campaign.  If you have further questions about this project, please contact one of the Student Council Advisors, Janie Moran or Linda Denmark at 651-423-7870.

Happy Holidays!!!             



Winter is coming!  Sign ups for the Red Pine Ski and Snowboard Club is here!  

Ski club letters went home with fourth and fifth grade students.

This year ski club will be mostly on Thursday nights and one Tuesday night: January 5, January 19, January 31, February 16, and March 2 from 5-8:00pm.  The make up night will be March 9.  Registration is due DECEMBER 9!


I look forward to another great year of skiing and snowboarding for our students!  Please let me know if you have any questions!


Thank you~

Kristen Henning



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



Health & Wellness:


A Message from the Health and Wellness Committee:

Register for the event by filling out and returning the form attached to the flyer in your child's Friday Folder. Please return the slips and checks to Mike Kotasek.


Parent's Day Out

When: December 10, 2016

From: 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Where: Red Pine Elementary School

Cost:    $5.00 per child

*This event is limited to current RP students K-5 grades.*

"The Health & Wellness Committee will work to provide opportunities for Red Pine Students and families to develop healthier lifestyles by supporting the adoption of habits and attitudes that contribute to their positive well-being."



Nurse’s Corner:  

Greetings Red Pine Parents!

It’s that time of year where District 196 will be reporting Influenza-Like Illnesses to the Minnesota Department of Health.  When you call your child in ill, please let us know if he or she has a fever of 100 degrees or greater AND either a cough or sore throat.  This is very important information for us.  We will report if 5% of the total number of students are out with the symptoms or 3 or more in the classroom are out with these symptoms to the Minnesota Department of Health.  If there is a cluster of 3 or more in the classroom, that classroom will be notified.

We encourage all students, staff and family members to get the flu vaccine.

Please be aware of symptoms – FEVER, HEADACHE, FATIGUE, COUGH, SORE THROAT, BODY ACHES .

STAY HOME FROM WORK OR SCHOOL UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER THE FEVER RESOLVES WITHOUT FEVER REDUCERS.  This is very important.  If your child comes to school with a fever (or had fever reducers – to decrease temp within 24 hours) your child is still contagious and that affects other students, teachers and staff.  Please do not send your child to school if a fever over 100.  Please wait the 24 hours of fever free without medication to bring down the temperature.

PROMOTE HAND WASHING, COVERING COUGHS AND SNEEZES WITH A TISSUE OR SLEEVE.

ROUTINELY CLEAN FREQUENTLY TOUCHED SURFACES, FLU CAN LIVE ON SURFACES FOR UP TO 8 HOURS.


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Families – just a reminder about how important it is to practice good hygiene at home and at school and to report to the nurse any infectious disease – or unknown rash.  Most of the time, I will direct you to your pediatrician.  If you ever have any questions I am more than happy to help.  I have sent a link to you regarding hand, foot and mouth disease.  If you know your child has it, please let the nurse know.

Hand, Foot, and Mouth disease:  This is a viral illness.  Meaning, there are not antibiotics that will decrease their “infection”.   What does it look like?  Fever, decreased appetite, sore throat, being tired, sores in the mouth, skin rash with red spots, sometimes they will blister, can be on hands, soles of feet, knees, elbows, buttocks or genital area.  Not everyone has all these symptoms.

Transmission: Nose and throat secretions such as saliva, sputum, or nasal mucus.  Blister fluid and feces (stool).  The virus can stay on objects for 24 hours.  Generally the person is most contagious during the first week of the illness, however people may spread the virus for days or weeks after the symptoms go away.  Good handwashing will decrease the chance of spreading.   Have your kids review the handwashing video below.

http://www.cdc.gov/cdctv/healthyliving/hygiene/wash-your-hands.html

When there are sores in the mouth, dehydration, especially in younger children, this is a concern.  So have liquids readily available, popsicles, water and so on.

www.cdc.gov/hand-foot-mouth/


Nurse Danna

Red Pine Elementary

School Nurse

Ph: 651-423-7871

Fax: 651-423-7875



PTO News:


Opportunity to Support Scholarship Fund for 5th Grade Eagle Bluff Field Trip November 25th and 26th

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 November 25th and 26th. Diners need to show a flyer or mention that they are with Red Pine.  Please consider dining at Green Mill after Thanksgiving!

Here is the link for the flyer:

https://goo.gl/2PjLVx



We are looking ahead to next year’s PTO Board. A few board positions will be open and we are looking for parents who are interested in learning more about the PTO. It is a great way to get involved and help make decisions with the way fundraised dollars are spent at Red Pine. Please attend our next meeting or email johncongemi@gmail.com for more information.


SAVE THE DATE >>>for the Next PTO Meeting!

The next PTO meeting is scheduled for Thursday, December 8th at 4:30pm. We hope to get to get a record number of

parents to attend!



Community News:


ISD 196 Community Ed:

Check out these fun, learning opportunities …

Holiday Ornament Making Party (ages 5-12)

These ornaments will make great keepsakes or holiday gifts. Rotate to four different ornament making stations.

Sat | Dec 10 | 9am-12pm | $29 | FRMS

Holi-Dazzled Snow Globes

Design and create a dazzling snow globe to display throughout the long winter.

Sat | Dec 17 | 9am-12pm | $35 | BHMS


What are your plans during winter break? There is no school December 24 through January 1st! Check out A Day with Monet (ages 5-12), Rainforest Journey (ages 3 1/2-6), Camp Christmas (ages 4-9), Unicorns and Fairy Friends Art Camp (ages 4-9).


Plan ahead! Register now for these winter classes to insure your spot … they will fill quickly!

Cross Country Skiing ( families 5+), Intro to Snowshoeing (families 5+), Swim Lessons


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November 17, 2016

posted Nov 17, 2016, 12:03 PM by Kristen Henning

Red Pine School Newsletter

Week of November 21 - 25, 2016

Monday        cycle day 2 blue E   - Grade 2 Music Program - 6:30 pm

Tuesday       cycle day 3 yellow A  - Grade 2 Grandparent/Special Friend Day 10-11:30 am       

Wednesday  cycle day 4 green B  - All-School Turkey Bingo 2:40 pm

Thursday     NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Break   

Friday          NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Break

School News:

To all Red Pine Families of Second Grade Students,

If your second grader is planning to go out to lunch with their grandparent or special person after Grandparent's Day, (Tuesday, November 22) they must have a signed note by their parents in advance.  A white permission letter was sent home in your child's Friday folder.

Also, please remind your child's guest for Grandparent/Special Person Day to park in our school parking lot.  Our staff will be parking in the street or on the field so the whole lot will be open for them.  We don't want our guests to be scared off by the cars in the road and think that the lot is full.


Second Grade Music Program is Monday, November 21 at 6:30.  Students should report to their classrooms at 6:00.


Grandparent/Special Person Day is Tuesday, November 22 from 10:00-11:30.


Thank you for your help,

The Second Grade Teachers




Winter is coming!  Sign ups for the Red Pine Ski and Snowboard Club is here!  

Ski club letters will be coming home with fourth and fifth grade students this week!  

This year ski club will be mostly on Thursday nights and one Tuesday night: January 5, January 19, January 31, February 16, and March 2 from 5-8:00pm.  The make up night will be March 9.  Registration is due DECEMBER 9!


I look forward to another great year of skiing and snowboarding for our students!  Please let me know if you have any questions!


Thank you~

Kristen Henning



Red Pine's FLL Lego League Team does a Great job at Regional Tournament

Congratulations to Red Pine's FLL Lego League team for the great job they did at the Regional Tournament at Dakota Hills Middle School last Saturday!  They built an awesome robot that they programmed to complete several missions from the Robot Game.  They also worked very hard on research to go along with this year's research theme, Animal Allies, choosing to study the effects of oils spills on marine life.  Their research was detailed and amazing and they had a lot of fun putting on a skit for the judges to show these effects and also give ideas for solutions to the problem.  The judges comments were that they were engaging and imaginative!  Way to go Cardinals!


A Very Big Congratulations to Griffin Caffrey, Keiser Derickson, Ezra Gebeyehu, McKenna Henning, Tara Le, Aashish Mankala, Max Monzel, Andy Prince, Kessler Schaefer, and Adi Sunkam for doing an Excellent job and showing great teamwork and sportsmanship!   


And a Very Big Thank You to parents Doug Prince and Dan Schaefer for doing a Fantastic job of coaching the team! We appreciate you!


Red Pine's Lego League team is looking forward to continuing their efforts with building robots with our EV3 robot kit and programming new adventures for the robots to accomplish!  They will be joined by wonderful teammates Mac Blundell, Isaac Buyck, A.J. Clark, Joe Colburn, Shannon Dwyer, Reagan Fleming, James Fliger, Noah Foster, Ben Fritschel, Hale Halvorson, Lennon Martin, Tyler Mason, Aiden Murray, Scott Norton, Grant Paurus, Connor Schauer, Sawyer Smith, Will Sprunk, Brad Taylor, and Jack Williams!  Wish them lots of fun and learning this year!




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:


THANK YOU for helping make this year's Barnes & Noble Book Fair a success this year.  Last Friday so many Red Pine Families and Staff came out to the Barnes & Noble in Eagan to support our  RP school library and classrooms.  We were able to purchase 505 new books for the RP Library and more than a hundred new books were donated to classrooms.


A BIG Thanks to Christine LaMott and all of the other parent and student volunteers who gave their time and talents to help benefit our Library.


Happy READING!

Mrs. Robertson & Mrs. Jarvi




Nurse’s Corner:  

Have a great weekend!

Nurse Danna

Red Pine Elementary

School Nurse

Ph: 651-423-7871

Fax: 651-423-7875



PTO News:


It was another incredible year with our fall fundraiser! We raised $24,500!

It was voted at the most recent PTO meeting to utilize the funds to support staffing costs, which allows our kids to have lower classroom ratios.


We are looking ahead to next year’s PTO Board. A few board positions will be open and we are looking for parents who are interested in learning more about the PTO. It is a great way to get involved and help make decisions with the way fundraised dollars are spent at Red Pine. Please attend our next meeting or email johncongemi@gmail.com for more information.


SAVE THE DATE >>>for the Next PTO Meeting!

The next PTO meeting is scheduled for Thursday, December 8th at 4:30pm. We hope to get to get a record number of

parents to attend!



Community News:


ISD 196 Community Ed:

Check out these fun, learning opportunities …

Holiday Ornament Making Party (ages 5-12)

These ornaments will make great keepsakes or holiday gifts. Rotate to four different ornament making stations.

Sat | Dec 10 | 9am-12pm | $29 | FRMS

Holi-Dazzled Snow Globes

Design and create a dazzling snow globe to display throughout the long winter.

Sat | Dec 17 | 9am-12pm | $35 | BHMS


What are your plans during winter break? There is no school December 24 through January 1st! Check out A Day with Monet (ages 5-12), Rainforest Journey (ages 3 1/2-6), Camp Christmas (ages 4-9), Unicorns and Fairy Friends Art Camp (ages 4-9).


Plan ahead! Register now for these winter classes to insure your spot … they will fill quickly!

Cross Country Skiing ( families 5+), Intro to Snowshoeing (families 5+), Swim Lessons


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Nov. 11-15, 2016

posted Nov 12, 2016, 8:27 PM by Kristen Henning

Barnes and Noble Book Fair
So nice to have so many RP staff and families volunteer to help us earn free books for our library last night at Eagan B & N. Christine LaMott knocked this book fair out of the park again this year. Thank You Christine for all you do for RP and our Library!! A grand book total for new books for our library will follow- but for now, it is roughly a car trunk-full of new books for our students. If you missed the fair- B&N has an online opportunity for purchases thru this Wednesday for 10% of your purchase to go towards our RP library total. Please use our school code at the end of checkout: 12019733. Happy Reading!!

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