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April 6, 2017

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

Red Pine School Newsletter

Week of April  10 - 14, 2017

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

Tuesday        cycle day - 5 yellow A  

Wednesday  cycle day - 6 green B  

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

Friday           cycle day - 2 blue D     - School Store

    - PTO Scholarship Applications Due

School News:

Parental Input for the 2017-­2018 School Year:

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

Pokemon Cards

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

Substitute teaching opportunities available

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

Tracy Simpson

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

 Human Resources Secretary•Sub-Caller

 tel. 651-423-7761•fax. 651-423-7858

Kindergarten Open House Volunteers Needed

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

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

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


Renee Barrett,  EL (English Learner) Teacher

In the Computer Lab

Notes from Mrs. Skalski

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

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

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

News from the RP Library:

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

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

Stay tuned for our winning title!


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

Nickel Bay Nick by Dean Pitchford

Almost Home by Joan Bauer

El Deafo by Cece Bell

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

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

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

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

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

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

Happy Reading,

Mrs. Robertson & Mrs. Jarvi

Health and Wellness Committee News:


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

         Color run to start immediately after the Fair

·      Where?   Red Pine Elementary School

News From the “Bird Feeder”:


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


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


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

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

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

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

Student and Parent Reminder:

~~ Breakfast is FREE for all kindergarten students.

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

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

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

Cheryl Rosa

Food and Nutrition

Red Pine Elementary

Nurse’s Corner:  


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

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

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

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

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

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

Danna Steffen, RN

Red Pine Elementary

School Nurse

Ph: 651-423-7871

Fax: 651-423-7875

PTO News:

PTO Meeting

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

Open PTO Chair Positions

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

Box Tops

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

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

Red Pine PTO Scholarships

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

Red Pine Spring Arts Night – May 11th!

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

RP Spring Arts Night --Silent Auction Items Needed!

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

School Pak

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

Community News:

ISD 196 Community Education:

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

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

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

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

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

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