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February 2, 2017

posted Feb 2, 2017, 11:51 AM by Kristen Henning

Red Pine School Newsletter

Week of February 6 - 10, 2017

Monday         cycle day - 4 blue D   

Tuesday        cycle day - 5 yellow E  

Wednesday  cycle day - 6 green A   - Conferences 4 - 8 pm

 - Kindergarten Registration 8 am - 8 pm

Thursday      NO SCHOOL - Conferences 12 - 8 pm

Kindergarten Registration 12 - 8 pm

Friday           NO SCHOOL   

Substitute teaching opportunities available

District 196 has substitute teaching opportunities available for interested persons with a valid Minnesota teaching license or a bachelor's degree and are willing to obtain a short call limited teaching license. Substitute teachers earn $120 for full-day assignments and $70 for half-day assignments (up to four hours and 15 minutes). All short call substitute candidates must complete a 20-hour orientation before they can begin substitute teaching; individuals with a standard teaching license must attend a 2.5-hour orientation session. Please email tracy.simpson@district196.org if you are interested in this opportunity.

School News:

Spring Conferences:

Sign up now for your child’s Spring Conference at ​www.district196.org/rp . The window will close end of day, Feb. 6, 2017. Conferences will be held ​Wednesday, February 8 from 4 - 8 p.m. and Thursday, November 9 from 12 – 8 p.m.

Our office staff will assist any parent who does not have computer access.

Save the Date for:

Dakota Hills 5th-to-6th Grade Parent Orientation

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

Eagan High School/Dakota Hills Middle School Auditorium

  • 5:00 PM: GT/YS Program Info (optional)

  • 5:15 PM: Parent Tours (optional)

  • 6:00 PM: 6th Grade Overview Presentation

More information will be coming home with your 5th grade student going to Dakota Hills Middle School

LOST and FOUND Items - Please label your child’s items!

It is always amazing to parents as well as staff, the items that turn up in the LOST and FOUND.

PLEASE take the time to write your child’s name on lunch boxes, water bottles and all clothing (if possible). It’s easy for the items to be returned to the owner and eliminate an extra trip for parents if there is a name on them.

Thank you!

In the Computer Lab

Notes from Mrs. Skalski

It has been great to hear how many students are visiting our lab’s website,  Skalski Lab, from home to extend their learning and practice using the tools that we use during class! They come back with questions and experiences that help them shine in class. Thank you for your part in helping students find, bookmark, and visit our site from home.  Here are a few brief notes about what’s up in the lab:

Fifth Graders:  Pulling the last pieces together to make personal movies. Students will use iMovie, GarageBand, and iPhoto to create this project. Parents will have a chance to see the movies during the “Red Carpet Events” that are held in the classroom in late May.

Fourth Graders:  Creating animated interactive projects using Scratch, an app which requires students to create code.

Second and Third Graders:  Exploring Wikipedia and learning how to judge the reliability of facts we find on the Internet. This would be a great discussion to continue at home.

First Graders:  Using a variety of online games to practice subtraction and apply the math strategies that are being learned in the classroom while using the Internet in a ‘smart’ way.

Kindergarteners:  Making digital books about winter. We will fill these short books with our observations about winter, both written and drawn. Students will learn how to use basic drawing and text tools and increase their mousing and keyboard skills while making these books.

=++++ CHESS NEWS ++++=

February Session Registration is open.

Please click on the link below which will direct you to the online registration page.  Please register early, space is limited.

Red Pine February Chess Sessions or type in http://bit.ly/2j8m3ap

Please email any questions to coach Aaron McKie at aaron.mckie@district196.org

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!!

RP Library News:

Our Scholastic Book Fair is coming up next week during conferences.  

We are looking for more volunteers between 6-8 on Wednesday and 3-8 on Thursday.

Volunteer sign-up available: https://volunteer.scholastic.com/#/signup/u4ed6WkR0
Please contact us with questions or to have us place your name on the online sign-up sheet.

February is I LOVE 2 READ Month!

A few of the ways that Red Pine is celebrating:

*Photo contest between grades - Who do you read with? (flyers went home last Friday)

*READO boards for small or large prizes (game boards went home last Friday)

*”Dress as your favorite book character” day on Friday, FEB 24th

*Favorite student / school bookmark contest (choosing between 4th and 5th grade winners from the Fall)

*Classroom D.E.A.R. Times

*List of RP Staff's Favorite Books

*Scholastic Book Fair during RP conferences--

Wednesday, February 8th from 4-8 and Thursday, February 9th from 12-8.  

(flyers coming home this week on Friday)

Looking forward to celebrating reading all FEBRUARY with RP Readers!

Thank You and Happy Reading!

Mrs. Robertson & Mrs. Jarvi

Nurse’s Corner:  

Greetings Red Pine Families from the Nurse’s Office:

I have attached information regarding Influenza.  Please read !!  It’s very important to understand symptoms and when to keep your child at home to help him/her get better and to not spread influenza to other students.  If your child is diagnosed with influenza or has a fever plus one of the other symptoms, when you call in, please let the office know your child has “influenza-like” illness.

Many parents/guardians are frequently concerned about when students should stay home or attend school.  The following information is intended to help parents with this decision.

General Practice:

~ ~ If student has had a fever of 100 degrees or more, the student shall stay home for 24 hours after the temperature returns to normal without fever reducing medications such as Tylenol or Ibuprofen.

~ ~ If the student has vomited or had diarrhea, the student shall stay home until 24 hours after the last episode.

~ ~ If the student has any rash that may be disease-related or you do not know the cause, check with your family physician before sending the student to school.

~ ~ Families are requested to report any contagious disease to the school as soon as possible.

~ ~ If the student is ill, please call the school daily to report the illness.  Our telephone number is 651-423-7870.

** Also, if a child becomes ill at school, the nurse will call the numbers that you have provided in our district’s computer system.  We request that you go in and update if there is a change to your home, cell, work or emergency contacts.  In several instances where the nurse has had to reach a family member, the parent no longer works there.  Please go in and update this information.

As always, drink water, wash hands, eat healthy, and get plenty of rest.  All of these will help in the prevention of colds, flu and promotes general health and well being.

Here is the link for information regarding to flu symptoms.


Thank you and have a great weekend!

Danna Steffen, RN

School Nurse

Ph: 651-423-7871

Fax: 651-423-7875

PTO News:

Spirit Wear

2017 Spirit Wear is available at Red Pine! A great selection of and variety of clothing choices is available. Orders can be placed at https://www.cagear.com/product-category/school-gear/red-pine-elementary-student/ Orders are due Friday, February 10th. Samples are available by the RP office for sizing.

Red Pine Spring Arts Night –May 11th!

The Spring Arts Night committee is looking for a few 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. Any amount of time will be greatly appreciated!

RP Spring Arts Night --Silent Auction Items Needed!

The Silent Auction at Spring Arts Night has raised a record number of funds that go directly 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. 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.


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

Open PTO Chair Positions

We're looking for volunteers for two open positions next year: Vice President and Treasurer. If you're interested in either opportunity, please contact John Congemi at johncongemi@gmail.com.

PTO Meeting

Our next PTO meeting is scheduled for Thursday, March 9 at 6:30pm in the Media Center. We hope to see you there!


This year the Red Pine Twins Day and 5th graders singing the National Anthem will be held on Saturday,  April 15th - Game Time TBD.

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.  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 .