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April 21, 2016

posted Apr 21, 2016, 11:43 AM by Kristen Henning

Red Pine School Newsletter

Week of April 25 - 29, 2016

Monday       cycle day 6C  

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

Wednesday cycle day 2E - Last Band Rehearsal - 8:00 am

Thursday     cycle day 3A - Fifth Grade Band Concert - 6:30 pm

Friday          cycle day 4B

School News:

Thank you to the volunteers that helped hang student art on the wall this week, we are off to a GREAT start!

We have another opportunity Monday April 25 and possibly Tuesday April 26 during school hours, please email peg.gust@district196.org if you can help.

We still NEED MORE VOLUNTEERS for Spring Arts Night!

We need volunteers to help with the basket raffle, and volunteers to wrap completed baskets!

Volunteers the evening of the event; to sell raffle tickets, help with security, and monitor the silent auction,

we will find a place for you!

Many volunteers are needed for a successful evening on ​May 5th!

Any time you could give would be appreciated! Thanks!

Please contact ​Jayme Smrstick​ at ​jaymesmrstick@gmail.com​ or ​Peg Gust​, Red Pine Art Specialist, at peg.gust@district196.org

Greetings from the RP Library!

In order to celebrate our RP March Madness for Picture Books winner, Finding Winnie- I'd like to ask for interested students to draw a picture of Winnie the Pooh.  I'll display them all before sending off a letter to the author Lindsay Mattick and Illustrator Sophie Blackall.  Students are also welcome to write down his/her ideas about the book too.  The attached image is free to use for our purposes from Jacobi Decor- but students can use whichever version of Winnie they wish.  Please submit entries to Mrs. Robertson in the Library by Monday, May 2nd.  

Dakota Hills Middle School 5th-to-6th Grade Parent Orientation Night

This event is designed to give parents of incoming 6th grade students information about the 6th grade curriculum, the overall middle school program, transition information, school-start information, site tours, and answers to questions.

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

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

5:15 PM: Parent Tours (optional: Starts in the Cafeteria)

6:00 PM: Overview of 6th Grade Presentation  (Cafeteria)

(please use the DHMS/EHS south lot – enter via main door #1)

Parents who wish to get a site tour should come to the DHMS cafeteria at 5:15 PM. Parents interested in an overview of the middle school GT program model should come to the Media Center at 5:00 PM.

Parents who are already familiar with Dakota Hills may choose to not attend the tour portion. Informational handouts and an overview presentation begin at 6:00 PM in the cafeteria.

Dakota Hills Parent Boosters Information: At the May 3rd parent event, members of the DHMS Parent Boosters will be present as we welcome the involvement of incoming 6th grade parents. On the DHMS website (link below) you can view a Powerpoint on the front page (just below the scrolling billboard) that shows the outcome of the boosters’ mini-grant program and the DHMS classrooms, students, and teacher who benefit from the supportive efforts of the DHMS boosters.

Please view this Powerpoint as we hope this may inspire your continued parent involvement at the middle school level. We look forward to seeing you on May 3rd. www.district196/dhms

Important August – September Dates for Incoming 6th Grade Students and Parents:

Wednesday, August 24th: 6th Grade WEB Day (9 AM to Noon)

- Students work with WEB leaders: schedules, lockers, activities, classrooms, schedule run-through, and fun

Thursday, August 25th:  Virtual Back-to-School Day (3 – 7 PM)

- DHMS website/feepay tasks, fees, lunch account deposits, Wildcat clothing, etc.

- All can be done from home, but parents may come to school from 3 – 7 PM for technical assistance or help

Wednesday, August 31st:  6th Grade Parent and Student Night (3 – 5 PM)

- Students can “move into” their lockers, run through of first day classes in sequence, teacher contact and info

Tuesday, September 6th: First Day of School (Day 1-Green Day on student schedules)

- Students follow their Day 1/Green Day schedules

Thursday, September 15th: LifeTouch Portraits

- During school, portrait ordering information will come home during the first week of school

Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments

Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCAs) are in progress at Red Pine!  These state tests meet the requirements of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act. (ESEA).  They are used to find out how well schools have aligned curriculum to and instructed students in the Minnesota Academic Standards in mathematics, reading and science.   

Students do not pass or fail the MCA tests, however, receive a score that falls in one of four achievement levels:  Does Not Meet the Standards, Partially Meets the Standards, Meets the Standards and Exceeds the Standards.

All of the tests will be administered online this year. When scheduling appointments and vacation please be aware that if your student is absent at testing times, they will be required to make up the testing session missed.

The testing dates for Red Pine are as follows:

            Mathematics (Grades 3-5):        Now – April 25th

            Science (Grade 5 only):             April 26th - May 4th

For more information regarding the MCAs and/or the Minnesota Academic Standards, please visit the Minnesota Department of Education website: http://education.state.mn.us

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Denise Vonasek at denise.vonasek@district196.org .

Blood Drive Coming to Red Pine **** TIME CHANGE

On ​Tuesday, May 17th​ Red Pine will be hosting a blood drive in honor of Bryan Joas​ ​as well as Red Pine students, staff, and families who have recently experienced challenging health circumstances. We will have a Blood Mobile in our visitor parking lot from ​**7:30am - 1:30pm​. To donate, please go to ​RedCrossBlood.org​. The sponsor code is: ​Red Pine​. If you are having problems signing up online, please contact ​Mary Kate Nelson​ at Red Pine ​651.­423.­7870 ​or email at Marykate.nelson@district196.org. You can also contact 1-800-Red Cross.Thank you and let's all be ​RedPineStrong​!

Blood Drive Volunteers *** TIME CHANGE

We are looking for volunteers to be greeters for our Red Pine Blood Drive on May 17th. Volunteers can pick how many hours they would like to volunteer and which hours they would like to volunteer between the hours of ** 7am - 2pm. Greeters responsibilities are basically checking donors in or directing donors to the restrooms. If this sounds like something that would interest you please contact Mary Kate Nelson at marykate.nelson@district196.org or 651-423-7870.

Notes from the Computer Lab

Mrs. Jennifer Skalski

Grades K-2: Our visits to Star Lab are wrapping up. Don’t be surprised if, the next time your family is looking at the stars, your child points out the Big Dipper, the North Star, or Orion the Hunter. Second graders also began learning about the phases of the moon and why the moon looks different on different nights. I encourage you to download an app that shows the constellations, then take your child out for a peek at the night sky.

Grades 3-5: MCA Testing. (Third grade will finish testing today and begin rehearsing for their music program with Mrs. Herman tomorrow. Students have the songs loaded in their Collab account and should be practicing them at home until they know them well. Here’s a another link to the songs for your child…just in case you need it: https://drive.google.com/a/apps.district196.org/folderview?id=0B5UdwP6NhL9NSldZaVBKX0hJVnM&usp=sharing)

Nurse’s Corner:

We are coming to the end of the school year.  It’s hard to look ahead to the fall, however, I just want to remind you once again about your child’s health information we need yearly and any emergency medications or daily meds I have at the end of the year.  Also, very very important to update your phone numbers in our system.  I am unable to do this.  This is the first place I look when I need to call you about your child.


At the end of the year parents NEED to collect their child’s pill bottles, expired medications, epi pens, Benadryl, Tylenol, cough drops etc..  Anything that I have of yours you will need to take back home.  I do not hold them through the summer.  


With the start of the new school year I will need new orders – dated for the 2016-17 school year and medication labeled and in a sandwich bag in the original bottle for oral tablets or a large bag for epi pens, inhalers, and nebulizers.  All medication needs to have the original label, bottle container.   Please make sure to have your child’s name and grade on the bag.  You can bring them to me in August at our open house.



Please do not send your child to school if they have had a temp, they need to be fever free for 24 hours WITHOUT medication.  (EX:  If Boyd wakes up at 8 am with a temp, and you give him Tylenol or Ibuprofen…and the temp goes down, he is still contagious.  You take his temp at 12 and he doesn’t have one – he cannot return to school until noon the next day.  If at 4 he spikes a temp and you give him Tylenol or ibuprofen, he is out the next day also.  Fever free without medication for 24 hours.)  

This will keep healthy kids healthy and keep any illnesses from spreading.

Please review the links below for some illnesses that have been present in our school.

Have your child stay home if:

~~Temperature of 100 or greater, may return when under 100 orally and without the use of fever reducers for 24 hours

~~Vomiting or diarrhea, may return when hasn’t had an issue for 24 hours

~~Severe coughing or difficulty breathing (if a nagging, itchy cough, please have child bring water bottle, encourage a lot of water)

~~Open sores on mouth

~~Skin rash or red eye from undetermined cause (if pink eye diagnosed, a MD’s note needed to return or treatment for 24 hours)

~~Head lice and scabies, until treatment complete

~~Any contagious conditions such as strep throat, impetigo, chickenpox, pertussis, mumps, Hep-A, measles, mumps, rubella, shingles, or herpes simplex

Always notify me of a contagious illness. I will keep track to see if there are clusters so I can notify the potentially exposed grade level.

Please also call me with any questions.  My hours are 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM, Monday thru Friday. Feel free to leave a message, I will get back to you as soon as my office clears out.

Thank you,

Nurse Danna



PTO News:

PTO Meeting

The next PTO meeting is May 12, 2016 at 6:30pm in the Media Center. We will be voting on the 2016-2017 budget, as well as considering if we should use an electronic directory instead of the print version. You can visit this link to watch a 5-minute video that will walk you through all the aspects of the MySchoolAnywhere system from the parents’ perspective: http://msa-parents-guide.helpscoutdocs.com/article/210-videotour. In addition to the online directory, this site would also allow you to pay for PTO items online (Spirit Wear, Eat Your Colors Run, Twins Tickets) instead of writing a check, and you can also sign up to volunteer online as well.

School Pak

We are ready for ordering!!!!  Shorten your “to-do” list for next school year by ordering your school supplies online at School Pak.  Please use the link to order your paks ( Red Pine Elementary | School-Pak ).  If you order by June 10, 2016, you will have the option to have your paks delivered, for free, to school.  These paks will be delivered to your child's classroom and will be ready for the Open House at the end of August.  Otherwise you will need to order by July 12, 1016 for home delivery.  If you have any questions regarding this, please contact the School Pak Coordinator, Dawn Horarik, at 952-240-4928 or dawnhorarik@yahoo.com.

Spring Arts Night - Classroom Baskets

All classrooms are collecting items to go in the classroom baskets for Spring Arts Night until Tuesday, April 26th. All donations are appreciated, though not required. If you have questions please contact your classroom volunteer, or your child’s teacher.

Spring Arts Night – Silent Auction

We are still in need of items 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.

Community News:

ISD196 Community Ed

It’s tee time!

Golf Lessons (parents and children ages 5-grade 8)

Sat | May 14-Jun 11

2:30-3:30pm or 3:30-4:30pm or 4:30-5:30pm

4 ses | $40 ea | Emerald Greens Golf Course

Register now and plan to attend:

Worlds Largest Swim Lesson

Join tens of thousands of participants from hundreds of locations around the globe to  break the Guinness World Record for the largest simultaneous swimming lesson!

Fri | Jun 24 | 9:30-11am | Free | SHMS

Learn together and develop healthy habits …

Family Yoga (parents and children grades K-5

Wed | May 4-Jun 1 | 5 ses | $39 parent & child, $19 add’l child | DR

Calling all Lumberjacks and Lumberjills and their parents!

Key Log Rolling: A Traditional North Woods Pastime

Sat | Apr 30-May 21 | 1-2pm |$39 | BHMS

Be the best parent you can be!

Parenting to Promote Executive Functioning and Self Regulation Skills

Thu | May 5 | 6:30-8:30pm | $15

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