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December 8, 2016

posted Dec 8, 2016, 9:08 AM by Kristen Henning

Red Pine School Newsletter

Week of December 12 - 16, 2016

Monday        cycle day 2 blue B        

Tuesday       cycle day 3 yellow C        

Wednesday  cycle day 4 green D

Thursday      cycle day 5 red E    

Friday           cycle day 6 blue A - Student Council Sponsored “Red Pine 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

School News:

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 TOMORROW >>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

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:

**Parent's Day Out Has Been Cancelled

When: December 10, 2016

"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:

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

PTO Meeting:

The next PTO meeting is TONIGHT! -- December 8 at 6:30pm in the Media Center. We hope to see you there!

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.

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

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