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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.


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.




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:


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

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.