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December 18, 2015

posted Dec 18, 2015, 8:51 AM by Kristen Henning

Red Pine School Newsletter

Week of December 21 - 25, 2015

Monday       cycle day 1B   

Tuesday      cycle day 2C

Wednesday cycle day 3D

Thursday     NO SCHOOL - Winter break

Friday          NO SCHOOL - Winter break

Week of December 28 - January 1st  Happy New Year 2016 !!                                                                                           

NO SCHOOL - Winter break

A Message From The Principal:

Dear Red Pine Families,

In a week where we have had torrential downpours, thunder snow, and cold sunshine, there have been great things happening within the walls of Red Pine Elementary.  There isn’t a day that goes by where I don’t feel fortunate to be part of such   an incredible school!

We are continually looking to improve communication with our school community.  Many people have been liking our Facebook page.  If you haven’t seen it yet, here is our link: https://www.facebook.com/Red-Pine-Elementary-198664420467389/ .  We also have an active PTO at Red Pine.  Our PTO is made up of parents and teachers.  This is a great way to continue communication and broaden ideas for activities at Red Pine.  If you have questions regarding this group please feel free to contact me.

I hope your students and families have a fabulous winter break.  Our students have been working extremely hard in school.  We can’t wait to see what the new year brings for our Red Pine School Community.

If you have questions or concerns about anything related to Red Pine please feel free to contact me at 651-423-7870.


Drew Goeldner

School News:

Reminder:  It’s time to clean out your closets for our Shoe Drive Fundraiser!

Most people have at least one pair of shoes they no longer wear.  Our school is making an effort to collect those gently worn, used or new shoes.   Money earned from this fundraiser will help us defray costs related to the 5th grade Eagle Bluff field trip!  Shoes need to be brought to school by January 31.  We’d love to have everyone make it your goal to bring 5 pairs of shoes!


District 196 Elementary Chess Tournament

Saturday February 27th

From: 9:00am to 4:00pm

**More information will be sent out in January. Registration is not open at this time.

Notes from the Computer Lab

Jennifer Skalski, Technology Specialist

Hour of Code is wrapping up and the students have loved the online skill-building activities! Over Winter Vacation I encourage students to continue exploring the activities from their computer or mobile device at home. I’ll leave all of the links on our website,
Skalski Lab, until the end of break.

Ink and Toner Cartridges Welcome!
We collect “Trash for Cash”, accepting your donated printer cartridges which we exchange for cash to replace lost/damaged equipment that’s used by students everyday. Thanks to past donations, we recently purchased new headphone cords for all of the computers in the lab. Drop your used toner or printer cartridges in the donation box near the office and we’ll take it from there. For a full list of acceptable cartridges go to

Have a working smartphone or tablet that you no longer use? Although we are no longer accepting cell phones for recycling, we would love to put your used and working smart phones and tablets to use in our classrooms. Simply erase any personal information from your device and send it to school with its charger, attention Skalski.

From The Social Worker:

If you are looking for some help this holiday season, here are some community resources available. Please note deadlines.   

Holiday Resources:

UNITED WAY 2-1-1:  United Way receives information from organizations that are providing Holiday food, toys or gifts.  Call 2-1-1 or 651-291-0211.  They will search for programs within your zip code.

THE FOOD GROUP:  Baskets of Hope will be distributed through local food shelves. Check with the food shelf you are registered with or that serves your zip code area.   www.thefoodgroupmn.org , 763-450-3860

FARE FOR ALL EXPRESS, 763-450-3880. http://fareforall.org/   Offers a special Holiday pack.  Call to order and to find a site for pick up.  Holiday Pack for $30 – Available in November and December, holiday packs contain most of the fixings for a holiday meal, including a turkey in November and a ham in December.  Other food/packs available as well.


360 Communities Food Shelves Contact Info:

Burnsville Family Resource Center Food Shelf – Customers shop for their food.

501 East Highway 13, Suite 102

Burnsville, Minnesota 55337

(952) 985-5300        Open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Our Daily Bread Food Shelf

Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church

12650 Johnny Cake Ridge Road

Apple Valley, Minnesota  55124

Contact 360 Communities at (651) 322-5113.

Farmington Food Shelf

510 Walnut Street

Farmington, Minnesota  55024

Phone:  (651) 463-5019  Fax:  (651) 463-5017

Feed My Sheep Food Shelf – Customers shop for their food.

Messiah Lutheran Church

16725 Highview Avenue

Lakeville, Minnesota  55044

Phone:  (952) 431-5959 ext. 11     Fax:  (952) 431-5980

Rosemount Family Resource Center

14521 Cimarron Avenue, West

Rosemount, Minnesota  55068

Phone:  (651) 322-5113                    Fax:  (651) 322-5023

Nurse’s Corner:

WATER BOTTLES:  If you can, please bring in a water bottle for your child.  Why?

·         Up to 60% of our body is made of water

·         The brain and heart are 73% water

·         The lungs about 83% water

·         The skin 64% water

·         Muscles and Kidneys 79% water

·         Bones 31% water

Water regulates our temperature, vital nutrient to all your cells, carbs and proteins are transported by water in the blood stream, acts as a shock absorber for the brain and spinal cord,

lubricates joints and FORMS SALIVA.  “Healthy Kids” state: 5 glasses of water for 5-8 year olds a day and 7 glasses of water for 9-12 year olds and 8-10 glasses for 13 and above.  Obviously more on a hot day, exercising, when you are sick etc..  Fill the water bottle before school with ice and water and they can refill throughout the day.

Please refer to this link for questions about lice:

http://www.district196.org/District/Departments/HealthServices/Diseases/TechnicalFactSheet/1350_s6head LICE.pdf

Red Pine has had confirmed cases of:

STREP THROAT http://www.district196.org/District/Departments/HealthServices/Diseases/TechnicalFactSheet/1665_s6STREPT.pdf


Gentle reminder of our guidelines to 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.

Thank you,

Nurse Danna



PTO News:

BOX TOPS:  Please remember to turn in your Box Tops on Monday, December 21st to help your classroom in the contest for a Pizza Party!  Only 2 more months to go and the winning classroom will be announced!

Please contact Kirsten Langstraat at Langstraatfamily@gmail.com with any questions.

PTO MEETING: Our next meeting is on January 7, 2016 at 6:30pm in the Red Pine Media Center. We hope to see you there!


Be sure to check out and "like" our Red Pine Elementary PTO Facebook site for the latest updates!