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April 8, 2016

posted Apr 8, 2016, 11:51 AM by Kristen Henning

Red Pine School Newsletter

Week of April 11 - 15, 2016

Monday       cycle day 3D  

Tuesday      cycle day 4E

Wednesday cycle day 5A

Thursday     cycle day 6B -  Incoming Kindergarten Open House 5:30 - 6:30 pm

Friday          cycle day 1C -  School Store  

School News:

Kindergarten Open House Volunteers Needed!

We are looking for 4 - 6 volunteers to help welcome our incoming Kindergartners and their families.  This would take place on Thursday, April 14 from 5 - 6:30 pm.  If you are interested in helping out, please contact Renee Barrett at 5barretts@comcast.net.

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:

             Reading (Grades 3-5):                NOW – April 14th

        Mathematics (Grades 3-5):        April 7th – 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 .

LAST CALL - Parental Input for the 2016-2017 School Year:

Parents wishing to give input for their child’s placement in a classroom for the 2016-2017 school year may do so in written form by the end of TODAY, April 8, 2016. Direct requests for a specific teacher will not be accepted. This is due to the fact that some teachers will 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. E-mail is the preferred form of communication so that Mr. Goeldner can send a verification reply. All parental documents should be e-mailed directly to Mr. Goeldner at drew.goeldner@district196.org.

Blood Drive Coming to Red Pine

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 ​7:00am­-6:00pm​. 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

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 and 6pm. 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.

PARENT REQUEST: Thanks for those who have volunteered! We still NEED MORE VOLUNTEERS for Spring Arts Night!

100% of the money from the Spring Arts Night basket raffle and silent auction goes back to our school programs for your child!

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

Volunteers to hang student art on the wall April 18 & 19 during the school day!

Volunteers the evening of the event; to sell raffle tickets, help with security, 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

From the Computer Lab

Notes from Mrs. Skalski

Star Lab is here! All of our students will have at least one visit into Star Lab, our mobile planetarium. It is currently set up in our Media Center and will be open for parent-preview at the beginning of tonight’s PTO meeting. You are invited to come and take a peek.

While students in K-2 have been preparing for their Star Lab visit with me, our older students have been preparing for their MCA tests. Third graders began taking their Reading-MCA last week and will begin taking their Math-MCA today. Fourth and fifth graders begin taking their tests today. Each of the tests is quite long so they will each be completed over two consecutive days. For best success on the tests please send your child to school well rested and provide a nutritious breakfast. These and other details about the MCA tests can be found at: http://education.state.mn.us/MDE/JustParent/TestReq/

Health & Wellness Committee:

Health & Fitness Fair & Eat Your Colors Run is HERE!

The Red Pine Health & Fitness Fair will be this Saturday, April 9 from 10:00–12:00, followed immediately by our Eat Your Colors Run! We’ll have inflatables, over 30 vendors, chair massages, and Rita’s Italian Ice for refreshments! It’s going to be great!

We will be collecting cash donations for RED PINE STRONG to help Red Pine families in need.

The first 300 participants in the Eat Your Color Run will receive a pin to wear in honor of Bryan Joas.

T-shirt orders will be distributed to students on Friday, April 8. You will not be able to purchase t-shirts the day of the event.

Thank you to our generous, presenting sponsors – The Urgency Room and Now Care Dental.

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:

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.

Red Pine Spring Arts Night – Silent Auction

The Silent Auction at Spring Arts Night has raised a record number of funds that went 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. Many items and services, including delicious cupcakes, video games, and estate planning (to name a few) were donated last year from Red Pine families with businesses in our community. 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.

Volunteers Needed for the Kindergarten Open House

We are looking for six volunteers to help out with the Kindergarten Open House on Thursday, April 14. If you can help, please contact Renee Barretts at 5Barretts@comcast.net.

Red Pine Spring Arts Night – Classroom Basket Volunteers Needed!

Classroom are deciding their basket themes for Spring Arts Night this week.  The following classrooms need parent volunteers. If you would like to volunteer to help coordinate and collect the basket items for your child’s class, please contact Jayme Smrstick at jaymesmrstick@gmail.com.

























Gerten’s and Red Pine have teamed up again for a Plant Card Fundraiser.  Profits (15%) from this fundraiser will help maintain Red Pine’s flower and butterfly gardens, as well as to support other classroom activities.  Consider picking up a few for gifts:  Mother's Day, Father's Day, housewarming, birthdays, showers, wedding gifts, anniversaries, memorials . . . and more!  Order forms are due Thursday, April 21st.   Questions?  Contact Jayme Smrstick at jaymesmrstick@gmail.com.