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December 3, 2015

posted Dec 3, 2015, 11:40 AM by Kristen Henning   [ updated Dec 3, 2015, 12:17 PM ]

Red Pine School Newsletter

Week of December 7 - 11, 2015


Monday          cycle day 3D – Candy Cane Days Begin   

Tuesday         cycle day 4C – Grades 3 & 5 CogAt Testing

Wednesday    cycle day 5D

Thursday        cycle day 6E – PTO Meeting 4:30 – 6 pm

Friday             cycle day 1A – Candy Cane Days End

                                                School Store

                                                Report Cards Go Home

Saturday         Red Pine Kids Fun Day & Parents’ Day Out 1:00 – 4:00 **see article below


A Message From The Principal:


Hello Red Pine Families,


I hope you had a great Thanksgiving Break.  Our students came back excited to continue their learning.  Thank you again for all your support of our Red Pine school community.


To increase communication to our families, we have a created a new Facebook page.  There are a few other Facebook pages that exist, including our Red Pine PTO page, which continues to be active.  No one seems to know who created the other Red Pine pages on Facebook, so we created a new page.  The name of the new Facebook page is Red Pine Elementary.  Here is a link to the page https://www.facebook.com/Red-Pine-Elementary-198664420467389/?ref=hl We hope to keep you informed of happenings on an ongoing basis with this new page.


I hope the students have a great three day weekend.  We will be participating in professional development as a staff tomorrow.



Drew Goeldner, Principal                       


School News:


NNAT2 and OLSAT Testing in December

All 3rd and 5th grade students in District 196 will be participating in the administration of the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) during the month of December with Red Pine students taking the test in 30-minute segments on Tuesday, December 1st, Thursday, December 3rd and Tuesday, December 8th.  


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.


If you have any questions regarding these assessments, please contact denise.vonasek@district196.org.



Candy Cane Days – December 7 – 11, 2015


Candy Cane Days is a Red Pine Student Council Service Project. Each day during the week of December 7 – December 11, 2015, 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 not mandatory 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. 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!!! 

**Red Pine Kids Fun Day & Parents’ Day Out

The Health & Wellness Committee will be hosting an afternoon of fun for kids while parents have an afternoon to themselves! The event will be at Red Pine on Saturday, December 12 from 1:00 - 4:00. Cost is $5.00 per child. This is for school-age children (K–5) only. Space is limited! Look for a flyer and registration form in folders this week.



Red Pine Ski Club:  

Red Pine is continuing with a third year of a ski and snowboard experience for the fourth and fifth graders. Buck Hill has made a new policy and isn’t allowing third graders to be in Ski Club this year.  I am sorry for the inconvenience.  Ski and Snowboard Club takes place for five evenings in January, February and March at Buck Hill Ski & Snowboard Area in Burnsville.  The intent of this program is for students to gain exposure, experience, and confidence in an activity not usually found at school. Skiing and Snowboarding are not risk-free sports, but can be safe if one learns how to be responsible.


Registration is due December 16thThe first 150 complete applications will be accepted.  (Applications include a signed parent consent form and payment of the full amount.  Checks should be made out to ISD #196.)  Applications will be taken on a first come, first served basis.


We will have a meeting at school for the students during the week of December 21.  I will email the information to parents after the meeting.


Ski Club nights include five Thursdays: January 28, February 4, February 18, February 25, and March 3 from 5:00 – 8:00pm.


The registration can be found at https://sites.google.com/a/apps.district196.org/red-pine-elementary-school/classrooms  under RP Ski Club.


If you have any questions, please contact Kristen Henning at Kristen.Henning@district196.org


Thank you!



Shoe Fundraiser!!!!

Would you ever think that your old shoes could help provide amazing learning opportunities for Red Pine students? They can and here’s how.  Our school is participating in a fundraiser where there is nothing to buy or sell.  All we need is your old shoes. We are looking for families to help support us by collecting pairs of gently worn, used and new shoes in the next 4 weeks. Here’s how you do it: Start in your family’s closets and gather any pairs of shoes that you’ve out grown, are out of style, or out of season. Please ask your neighbors and/or co-workers to do the same.  These shoes will help support our school as well as individuals in developing nations like Ghana, Haiti and Bolivia. Red Pine Elementary will receive money for each pound of shoes collected that will help defray costs for the 5th grade Eagle Bluff field trip.  Can we count on you?  See if you can collect 25 pairs, but if not, remember every pair helps!  Shoes can be dropped off in the dark blue bins outside the main office during the next few weeks.




In the Lab With Mrs. Skalski

All Red Pine students visit the computer lab with me, Mrs. Skalski, and together we explore how to use technology to help us learn, create, and collaborate with others. This week we are participating in the national Hour of Code. Check out our activities and find other useful links on our website, https://sites.google.com/a/apps.district196.org/skalski/home.  




When calling in your child’s absence please refer to the Red Pine Calendar (under the ATTENDANCE section) to determine if your child’s absence will be recorded as excused or unexcused.

Students signed out before the end of the school day (3:40pm) and do not return to school will be considered tardy/early release.  Please note that 3 tardies will equal 1 unexcused absence.



Warm Weather Clothes for Outdoor Recess

Red Pine Elementary requires ALL students who choose to play in the snow at recess to wear warm jackets, snowpants, boots, hats/hood, and mittens/gloves.


Students who do not have snowpants and boots will only be allowed to stay on the black-top area of the playground and not by the playground equipment or fields where the snow is heaviest.


For the safety of your child/children please make sure they come to school with these items each day so they can enjoy the fun winter snow activities at recess.


If these items may be a hardship for you, please contact

Julie McMonagle at 651-423-7870.



From The Social Worker:


Holidays are right around the corner.  If you are looking for some help this holiday season, here are some community resources available. Please note deadlines.  Some holiday deadlines are approaching (December 4th).


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.


SALVATION ARMY TOY SHOP: For children up to age 14, LIVING IN Anoka, Carver, Chisago, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott, Sherburne, Washington, and Wright counties. Taking registrations at 651-746-3595, from November 9 through December 4, 2015, Monday through Friday, 9 am – 4 pm. (closed Thanksgiving and the day after Thanksgiving.)  Must register by phone and obtain an appointment.  Documents required include Picture ID for adult and ID for each child in the household, such as Social Security card, Medical card, or school ID.  You cannot be registered for any other toy program, such as Toys for Tots. 


Registration may also be done on line at http://www.SalvationArmyNorth.org/toyshop for those with an email address.  When you complete the form, your information will be given to an agency that can serve you.  They will be responsible for instructing you on how to pick up toys. 

The Salvation Army may allow homeless families to register if they have verification of a zip code, such as a letter from the location where they are staying or a letter from a shelter.  Check for that information at (651)746-3595.


TOYS FOR TOTS AND GIFTS FOR TEENS 2015. (Covers the following counties only: Anoka, Blue Earth, Carver, Chisago, Dakota, Freeborn, Hennepin, Ramsey, Rice, Sherburne, Scott, Washington and Wright.)  http://www.toysfortots.org/donate/toys-city-county.aspx?txtState=MINNESOTA  Toys are distributed through participating charitable organizations. At this time, no information is available about the participating organizations.  Call United Way (see above) – at 2-1-1 or 651-291-0211, to learn which programs have toys for children. A child may only be registered through one charitable organization. Multiple registrations by different family members, at different locations, are not allowed. Only toy requests by family members with custodial responsibility are normally approved. Other requests are considered on a case by case basis. The age limit is 16 years old.


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. 


Dakota County


DAKOTA COUNTY SALVATION ARMY NORTH  (Participants must reside in Apple Valley, Burnsville, Eagan, Lakeville, Randolph or Rosemount.)  Programs are Dakota County Toy Shop and Salvation Army, for toys and food.  Salvation Army serves children ages birth to 14-years-old.  Registration opens Monday, November 9, 2015 and runs through Friday, December 4, 2015, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.   Call for phone interview, (651) 746-3595.  Families may also register online at www.salvationarmynorth.org/toyshops.  Proof of address/piece of mail is required, as well as a photo ID for the adult picking up the toys.  Also, ID is required for each child in the household (such as a school ID, Social Security card, medical card, birth certificate.)


DAKOTA COUNTY, CHAP Outreach Ministries StoreA Toys for Tots site.  After November 17, 2015, can pick up an application for Toys for Tots at the store, located at Chaps Store, 2020 E. Hwy 13, Burnsville, MN, (952) 890-8222.  Completed applications will be submitted to Toys for Tots.  The CHAP Store will once again be a distribution site, 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:


Bits of info for the long weekend :


What does a fever mean?


A fever occurs when the body temperature is elevated.  It happens when something is wrong, usually an infection within the body.  The hypothalamus of the brain increases the body’s temperature to fight against infections.  So it is important for your body’s defense against infection and inflammation.  It is trying to kill the viruses or bacteria that are invading your body. 


We request as a district if your child has a fever of 100 or greater that you keep your child home until the fever is normal without using Tylenol or Ibuprofen (fever reducers).  This will help stop the spread of a viral or bacterial illness.  Fever Reducers will decrease your child’s temp and may even make them feel better, but as the medicine wears off the child will start to feel bad and his/her fever will start to rise and is still contagious and the spread continues.


Pink Eye, when can I return?


Pink eye can be bacterial or viral.  Neither is pretty.  A doctor must check your child out prior to returning to school if she or he has pink eye and let the school nurse know they are ok to return.  The MD will also decide if your child will need antibiotics.   Our district requests that while symptoms are present – white or yellow drainage from the eyes and painful or extremely itchy.  See attachment. 


Strep throatPlease click link attachment below


As always – enjoy your long weekend with your kiddos and stay healthy!


Red Pine has had reported 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 simples


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:



Thank you families for turning in your Box Tops this month! During the month of November we raised $357.60. Please continue to turn in your Box Tops as we are holding a contest for the class that collects the most Box Tops (November - February). The class that turns in the most Box Tops will win a Pizza Party! Currently, Mrs. Henning’s class is in the lead! Remember to put your classroom teacher on the collection sheet in order for your class to get credit!  

If you have any questions, please contact Kirsten Langstraat at Langstraatfamily@gmail.com


PTO Meeting: 

The next Parent-Teacher Organization meeting is scheduled for Thursday, December 10 at 4:30pm 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! 


Community News:


Community Education


Make it, paint it …

How the Grinch Stole Christmas (ages 4-9)

"The Grinch hated Christmas! The whole Christmas season!" Sign up for a Grinchy good time. Create art masterpieces sure to help the Grinch's heart grow three sizes larger!

Sat | Dec 12 | 12:30 - 3:30pm | $35 | FRMS (link to: https://district196.ce.feepay.com/course/youth-fall-2015/how-the-grinch-stole-christmas-ages-4-9)


Paint on Canvas: Reindeer Games (ages 5-12)

Who's the most famous reindeer of all time? Rudolph, of course! Design your own canvas painting of  Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.  Learn step-by-step and take home a masterpiece.

Sat | Dec 12 | 9am - 12pm | $35 | FRMS (link to: https://district196.ce.feepay.com/course/youth-fall-2015/paint-on-canvas-reindeer-games-ages-5-12)


... and be dramatic!

Triple Threat Intensive: Musical Theatre (grades 5-8)

Singing, dancing and acting at the same time is a lot harder than it looks. It's serious work, but it's the best kind of study! If you love musical theatre and have wanted to try it or if you already know you love performing and want to gain more skills, this class is for you! Using material from Wicked, Legally Blonde, Matilda, Les Miserables and more, a Stages Theatre teaching artist team will work with all three disciplines to create a new musical theatre showcase with your help.

Sat | Dec 5-19 | 1:30 - 3pm | $45 | FRMS (link to: https://district196.ce.feepay.com/course/youth-fall-2015/triple-threat-intensive-musical-theatre-grades-5-8)