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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.


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!


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:


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


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


50 Books All Kids Should Read Before They Are 12:


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



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.)


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

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