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December 23, 2016

posted Dec 22, 2016, 7:40 PM by Kristen Henning   [ updated Jan 5, 2017, 10:25 AM ]

Red Pine School Newsletter

Week of December 26 - 30, 2016 - NO SCHOOL - Winter Break!!!!

Week of January 2 - 6, 2017 - HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Monday        NO SCHOOL - Winter Break!

Tuesday       cycle day - 6 green B  

Wednesday  cycle day - 1 red C

Thursday      cycle day - 2 blue D    -  Site Council 4 - 5 pm

                                                        -   PTO Meeting 6:30 - 8 pm   

Friday           cycle day - 3 yellow E

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:

Literacy Video

In order to increase communication with our families, we have created a video describing our approach to literacy instruction.  Feel free to view the video at your leisure.  If you have questions regarding any of the content, contact Mr. Goeldner or your children’s teachers.  Here is the link: Red Pine Literacy

A Cell Phone Found:

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!

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.

Thanks from the Fourth Grade!!

Fourth grade would like to send a huge thank you out to the many businesses that helped to make our December service project successful!  We had many generous businesses donate toothbrushes, toothpaste, supplies to make sandwiches as well as money to buy hats, gloves, and socks for the homeless.

Castle Rock Bar and Grill

Bennetts Chop and Rail House

Snyder Orthodontics

Eagan Family Dentistry

Shirene Orandi, DDS

Jennifer Eisenhuth Orthodontics

Northwood Dental

We were able to assemble 150 goody bags and donate numerous pairs of socks, gloves, and hats for an amazing cause!  The fourth graders made approximately 1,200 sandwiches that will be donated to an organization called "Love One Another" where sandwiches are delivered nightly to the homeless in Minneapolis.




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:  

Happy winter break Red Pine Families!

Remember with long breaks comes playdates, museums, sleepovers and so on.  Be vigilant on checking for lice.  It usually doesn’t start at the school.  The weekend before school starts, please check your children’s hair.  Lice is annoying, however, it is not an illness that causes harm, we do not notify staff or other families.  Parents need to be responsible for checking their children’s heads and knowing this is a potential issue.

Mondays are difficult on students.  Sunday nights try and put the kids to bed early ~ don’t wait until last minute to do homework.  Plenty of kids are tired and in turn feel they are sick and want to go home.  Good sleep the night before and a good breakfast will start them on a good path of energy and wanting to be at school for the entire week.

Winter will still be here upon return to school.  Students will be going outside.  Please have them dress appropriately.  WARM mittens, snow pants, hats, jackets, boots.  Even 15 minutes without mittens makes it a cold 15 minutes.

Stay healthy, get good sleep, eat right and we will see you in 2017!

Danna Steffen, RN

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! There’s still a long way to go, so please turn in your Box Tops in the hall outside of the office each month through Feb 24, 2017 to be in the race to win! The class that brings in the most Box Tops wins 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.

Community Education

Our online catalog is now open for winter enrichment and aquatics classes! Browse and register now

to ensure your spot in a class that is sure to  engage, inspire and enrich you and your family! Even though your printed catalog will not arrive in your post box until after December 28th, you can get a head start by viewing classes now. Register today!

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