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February 19, 2016

posted Feb 19, 2016, 11:10 AM by Kristen Henning

Red Pine School Newsletter

Week of February 22 - 26, 2016

Monday       cycle day 4E

Tuesday      cycle day 5A

Wednesday cycle day 6B

Thursday     cycle day 1C  

Friday          cycle day 2D  - Grade 5 Eagle Bluff Trip

                                          - School Sponsored “Mismatch Day”

A Message From the Principal:

Dear Red Pine Families,

I am writing today to share information about Red Pine’s recent enrollment, budget and staffing history, as well as changes that will need to be made next school year. I shared this information with all staff earlier this month and with our Site Council members at last night’s meeting.


In 2012, the School Board approved an adjustment to move the northern part of Red Pine’s attendance area to the Pinewood attendance area to help relieve overcrowding at our school. When this change was made, enrollment at Red Pine had reached 965 students, far more than ideal for our school building. That change is having the intended effect of lowering our total enrollment to numbers that are more appropriate for the size of our building, as shown in the table below at left. The change is reflected in our smaller numbers of kindergarten, first- and second-grade students, which average 120 compared to 153 for grades 4, 5 and 6, as shown in the table below at right.

Red Pine Total Enrollment


965 Students


960 Students


933 Students


871 Students


821 Students

2016-17 (Projected)

770 Students

2015-16 Enrollment By Grade


116 Students

1st Grade

125 Students

2nd Grade

119 Students

3rd Grade

153 Students

4th Grade

163 Students

5th Grade

144 Students

Budget and Staffing

While our enrollment has decreased each year since the attendance-area change was made, as planned,  the staffing level in our school has not. As a result, Red Pine has operated in the red for the past two years.  Unfortunately, instead of decreasing our staffing along with enrollment in each of the past three years, all staffing changes necessary to reflect current enrollment will need to be made in preparation for next school year.  This will mean nine fewer teaching positions at Red Pine for the 2016-17 school year. The nine displaced teachers will go to another school in the district or be released, depending on their seniority.

Class sizes will increase slightly next year, but only to levels that are more consistent with other elementary schools in our district.   We have an outstanding team of teachers at Red Pine and they have been wonderful to work with as we go through this difficult but necessary budget adjustment process. Your children continue to be our number one priority.

Throughout my first year here I have heard many of you refer to Red Pine as a truly special place and I   have been able to witness that for myself every day. Thank you for all you do to help ensure Red Pine continues to be an exceptional place for our children to learn and grow together.  If have any questions please call me at (651) 423-7828.


Drew Goeldner

School News:

Employment Opportunities!!

District 196 has immediate openings for quality individuals who enjoy working with children as substitute clerical/paraprofessional staff. For more information and to apply online, go to www.District196.org and click on the “Employment” tab on the right side of the top navigation bar. The substitute clerical pay rate is $11.00 per hour and substitute paraprofessional pay rate is $12.25 per hour. Applicants should be available Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. most weeks; be willing to work as a special education paraprofessional at multiple schools; pass a pre-employment physical and background check; complete online Personal Care Assistant training and attend a clerical orientation session.

ACCESS Testing:

All English Learners (EL) in grades K-5 will be taking the ACCESS test.

The ACCESS testing window is Now through March 18th, 2016.

GRASP Returns for Summer 2016

Parents, the GRASP summer math and reading workbook program is back for this summer.

More than 1,800 District 196 students completed GRASP math and reading packets last summer. Families say they like the GRASP option – it’s portable and flexible.

GRASP should not be considered as a replacement for participating in summer school, if a child qualifies.  GRASP is not intended to replace regular reading for enjoyment or math activities that strengthen a child’s fluency and love for math.

You will receive a letter and enrollment forms the week of February 15.  Final registration is due March 29.  NEW THIS YEAR: Do NOT return enrollment for to your child’s school!!!

View sample GRASP workbooks through the end of March in your school office. Stop by and see why the program has received rave reviews from parents, kids and teachers!

It is recommended students work on the grade level just completed, to review and reinforce skills learned during the school year.

February is I LOVE TO READ Month​

DRESS LIKE YOUR FAVORITE BOOK CHARACTER!!! on Wednesday, March 2nd!  To celebrate the National Education Association’s Read Across America Day, students are invited to dress as their favorite book character on Wednesday, March 2nd!  We can’t wait to see your creative ideas!

Also,  for I LOVE TO READ Month we are still accepting pictures for our Photo Contest  and READO boards until the end of the month.  Please feel free to contact Mrs. Robertson​ w/ questions.

THANK YOU to Red Pine Families who stopped by our Usborne Book Fair during conferences.  We were able to raise $1550 in free books for RP Classrooms!  Many Thanks!!

From the Computer Lab

Notes from Mrs. Skalski

Just wanted to share an update about what we are doing in the lab this week:

K – We are making digital snowflakes then comparing the experience to making paper snowflakes. Students admit that they like the ease of making them on the computer but they miss having the paper snowflake to hang or share at home. Learning when and why to use computers makes our students better ‘consumers’ of technology.

1 – We are sharpening our digital drawing skills with Tux Paint. This is free software that I encourage students to have on their computer at home because it promotes creative thinking.

2 – While some classes finish sharing their fabulous PowerPoint projects, which you can view online at our Skalski Lab webpage, we are digging into another online research adventure about America’s presidents. Watch for our next set of projects to come out in a few weeks.

3 – We are learning how to use the draw tools in our Collaboration Station (Google Drive) accounts. Students were asked to open their drawing at home and continue to learn and practice using these tools until they are comfortable with the features that we have used so far. We will dive into more features of ‘Draw' next week. Meanwhile, students have also learned the basics of proper keyboarding and have been practicing in class using our Type to Learn 4 software. At home they can practice keyboarding on the web at a site like Dance Mat Typing.

4 – We are using iPads and the app iStopMotion to create short stop-motion animated films. Next week I’ll post a link so that you can watch our creations. This will be the last of many digital animation experiences that we have had this year.

5 – We are assembling our “I Am From” movies in iMovie. This comes after months of poem writing, photo collecting, and song creation; everything that is needed to create a movie. It’s a very rewarding time! Closer to the end of the school year you will be invited to a showing of these movies.

Health & Wellness Committee:

Health & Wellness Committee Meeting

The Health & Wellness Committee will meet on Monday, Feb. 22 at 6:00 in the Red Pine Media Center. All are welcome to join!

Health & Fitness Fair – SAVE THE DATE!

The Red Pine Health & Fitness Fair will be on Saturday, April 9 from 10:00–12:00​, followed immediately by our Eat Your Colors Run!

We are always looking for new vendors to join the fair. If you have connections to businesses or organizations who might be interested, email ​Paula Kirschenheiter ​at Paula.Kirschenheiter@district196.orgor Rachel Winkler​ at ​Rachel.Winkler@district196.org​ .

Nurse’s Corner:

Welcome back from a short break Cardinal Families!  I Hope your time off was as restful as you wanted it to be.

With that being said, your kids were busy busy birds.  I know mine were.  Lack of sleep, running running running – everywhere with all their peeps.  So just a friendly ‘nursie’ reminder of our guidelines if your kids did wear out over the long break, when to keep them home is right below.  I have noticed fevers, not feeling well in general and vomiting.  Sleep, hydrate, cover your coughs, wash your hands and stay healthy!!!

Please remember when to keep your child home.  

If your child comes to school with a fever, diarrhea, vomiting, rash, this passes quickly on to other children and can end up right back to you.  Keep in mind we have about 800+ kids and everyone wants to stay healthy.

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.

Please also call me with any questions.  My hours are 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM, Monday thru Friday. Feel free to leave a message, I will get back to you as soon as my office clears out.

Thank you,

Nurse Danna



PTO News:

School Pak

It is that time of year again!  We are getting everything in order for School Paks, for the 2016-2017 School year. In the coming weeks, we will have a link in the newsletter where you can shop for the school supplies for the next school year. You will be able to elect delivery to school (free) or delivery to home (for a fee). The paks that are being delivered to school will be able to be picked up at the School Open House in late August.

More information to follow.  If you have any questions, you can contact Dawn Horarik at (952.240.4928) or dawnhorarik@yahoo.com

Red Pine Spring Arts Night – Volunteers Needed!

It doesn't feel like it, but Spring is about  a month away and it is time to start planning the Red Pine Spring Arts Night!  The Spring Arts Night Committee is looking for volunteers to help with the planning.  If you are interested in being apart of this amazing night at Red Pine, please contact Jayme Smrstick at jaymesmrstick@gmail.com.

RP Spring Arts Night --Silent Auction Items Needed!

The Silent Auction at Spring Arts Night has raised a record number of funds that went back into our school. We are hoping to exceed our goals for this year and are once again looking for donations for the Silent Auction. Many items and services, including delicious cupcakes, video games, and estate planning (to name a few) were donated last year from Red Pine families with businesses in our community. If you have a business and are willing donate to our fundraiser, please contact Jayme Smrstick at jaymesmrstick@gmail.com . The Red Pine PTO is a tax-exempt charity and your donations are tax deductible.

Red Pine Twins Day - SAVE THE DATE!!!

Mark your calendar for Sunday, April 17th at 1:10 for our annual Red Pine Twins Day. The Red Pine 5th graders will be singing the national anthem prior to this game.

More detail to follow.  If you have any questions, please contact Lori Preiner at jfp10645@comcast.net  


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

Community News:

ISD 196 Community Education:

www.district196.org/ce • view videolike District 196 Community Education on Facebook

Daddy/Daughter Dance (dads and daughters ages 3-11)

Sat | Apr 23 | 6-8pm | $30/couple, $15 add’l child | FRMS

Plan ahead. Spring break! Canvas and Frozen’s Sven (ages 4-9) Mon | Mar 21 | 9am-noon | $35 | AVCC

Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre-Robin Hood (ages 7-18) Mon-Fri | Mar 21-25 | 9am-1:15pm | $99 | FRMS

Star Wars Jedi Movie Making (grades K-3) Mon, Tue | Mar 21-22 | 9am-12pm | 2 ses | $79 | FRMS

Game Coding (grades 3-6) Mon, Tue | Mar 21-22 | 9am-12pm | 2 ses | $79 | FRMS

Super-Duper Messy Art (ages 4-9) Tue | Mar 22 | 9am-12pm | $35 | AVCC

How to Draw Frozen’s Olaf (ages 4-9) Wed | Mar 23 | 9am-12pm | $35 | AVCC

Rock ‘N Roll Robotics (grades K-3) Wed, Thu | Mar 23-24 | 9am-12pm | 2 ses | $79 | FRMS

Extreme Robotics: Battlebots (grades 3-6) Wed, Thu | Mar 23-24 | 9am-12pm | 2 ses | $79 | FRMS

Beach Day Barbie (ages 4-9) Thu | Mar 24 | 9am-12pm | $35 | AVCC

Spirit Wear (grades 3-7) Thu | Mar 24 | 1-3pm | $29 | FRMS