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February 23, 2017

posted Feb 23, 2017, 10:11 AM by Kristen Henning

Red Pine School Newsletter

Week of February 27 - March 3, 2017

Monday        cycle day - 4 blue A       - Art Adventure continues all week

Tuesday        cycle day - 5 yellow B   - Student Council Meeting - Officers only

Wednesday  cycle day - 6 green C  

Thursday      cycle day - 1 red D        - Grade 3 Music Program 6:30 pm

Friday           cycle day - 2 blue E       - Spring Picture Day     

>>>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 Picture Day – Friday, March 3rd

Lifetouch will be at Red Pine next Friday, March 3rd to take spring photographs for interested families.  A flyer has gone home.  In order to have photos taken, you must order online and make sure your child knows that they are being photographed, or send in the order form that day.  Only students with order forms or online orders will be photographed.  No retakes will be taken.  If you are interested in volunteering the morning of March 3rd to assist the photographer, please contact denise.vonasek@district196.org.

CAHOOTS 2017 Summer Program (GRASP replacement)

Parents, we are pleased to announce a new K-5 summer math and reading correspondence workbook program entitled Cahoots.  The program is very similar to GRASP (portable and flexible), but designed to more closely match our district curriculum through an engaging and reflective approach to learning.  After completing each lesson and checking answers online, students will complete a response card and send to a ‘Reflection Buddy’ who will send a written response back.  Cahoots should not be considered a replacement for participating in summer school, if a child qualifies.  Cahoots 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 21.  Final registration is due April 4.  It is recommended students work on the grade level just completed, to review and reinforce skills learned during the school year.  Please discuss with your child’s teacher, if you feel another level may be more suitable.  View sample Cahoots workbooks through the end of March in the office.

News from the Library:

It's been a fun I Love 2 Read Month so far.  It will be fun to celebrate with an all-school assembly on Friday, Feb. 24th @ 2:15.

A few reminders:

~ Dress Like Your Favorite Book Character Day is Friday, Feb. 24th.  If we are snowed out, we'll dress up the following Monday, Feb. 27th.

~ READO boards are due (signed by parent or guardian) by Tuesday, Feb. 28th.

~ All 'Who Do You Read With?' Photos are due by Tuesday, Feb. 28th.

Please contact Mrs. Robertson or Mrs. Jarvi in the Library w/ questions.

Notes from the Music Room!

To the families of third grade students:

I hope you have all checked the Red Pine calendar and marked down the following music program dates. The third graders will follow with “We Are America” on Thursday, March 2. The concerts will begin at 6:30 p.m. Students are asked to arrive between 6:00 and 6:20 and report to their classrooms. Thank you in advance for your continued support of the music program at Red Pine!

Laurie Herman

RP Music Specialist

News From the Bird Feeder:

Local Lunch Day - March 9th

Panini Bread from General Mills

Chicken drummies


Smiley face potatoes

Mini carrots

Cheryl Rosa

Food and Nutrition

Red Pine Elementary

Health and Wellness Committee News:

Mark your Calendars!


·      When?    Tuesday March 14th from 6-8pm

·      Where?   Skateville

·      Cost?      $5 dollars ($2 inline skate rental)


·      When?    Saturday April 8th from 10-12:30pm

         Color run to start immediately after the fair

·      Where?   Red Pine


  • When?   Thursday March 30th

  • Where? ‘The Grove’ in Inver Grove Heights

  • Cost?     $8 dollars ($2 skate rental)

  • Skating from 11-1pm

  • Swimming from 12-7:30pm (Swimming after 5:30 is $5)

Nurse’s Corner:  

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!

Danna Steffen, RN

School Nurse

Ph: 651-423-7871

Fax: 651-423-7875

PTO News:


Thank you families for turning in your Box Tops!  We wanted to let you know that Mrs. Henning’s kindergarten class in still in the lead, followed closely behind by Mrs. Kratz’s class and Mrs. Brielmaier’s class. Please turn in your Box Tops in the hall outside of the office by this Friday, February 24, 2017 by noon to be in the race to win!
We’ll announce the winner of the pizza party next week!

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

School Pak

With the school year already half done, we are looking forward to the new school year for 2017-2018!  We are working on getting School Pak ready for purchase.  Please watch the upcoming Newsletters for more information. Once we are ready to go we will open up ordering online. You will be able to have it shipped for free to school and it will be waiting in your child's classroom during the Open House in August, or you can have it shipped to your home for a fee. This is a great way to enjoy time with your family over the summer and not worry about all the supplies you have to purchase! If you have any questions about School Pak, you can contact Dawn Horarik at dawnhorarik@yahoo.com; or you can call/text 952.240.4928.

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.

Red Pine PTO Scholarships

Scholarship applications for the Red Pine PTO scholarship are now available on the Eagan High School and Rosemount High School Family Connections pages, as well as in hard copy at the schools' Career Centers. Eligible students are graduating high school seniors at Eagan HS and Rosemount HS who attended Red Pine Elementary for at least one year between 1st and 5th grades, with a GPA of 3.0 or higher, and who intend to continue their education at a university, junior college, or vocational school. Completed applications are due by no later than April 14, 2017, and scholarship recipients will be notified by no later than May 5, 2017. Please contact Eva Stensvad, eva.stensvad@gmail.com, with any questions.

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:

Native American Parents and Guardians

On behalf of our Native American Parent Advisory Committee (NAPAC), we invite you to our next meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 23rd held at the School of Environmental Studies located at 12155 Johnny Cake Ridge Road, Apple Valley, MN 55124. We will be discussing our school district and The Indian Education program and the Resolution of Concurrence/Non-Concurrence process. The Resolution of Concurrence/Non-Concurrence is essentially a process that asks if the program is meeting the needs of our Native American Students. Supervision for school aged children will be provided. We also ask that you bring your favorite dish to share for a potluck dinner.

Hello from the Eagan High School Band Program!

On Monday, February 27th the EHS Band Program will be hosting the first ever ‘Carnival Concert,’ an evening designed for elementary-aged kids and their families to have a blast participating in and listening to a terrific music experience.  We will be hosting a carnival with games and prizes from 5-7pm in the Eagan HS Cafeteria followed by a concert in the EHS Auditorium with music and entertainment geared specifically towards young families.  Both the carnival and concert are completely free, no tickets necessary!  Concessions will be available for purchase during the Carnival, and we think this will be an evening that your students will absolutely love.  The evening will be put on by the EHS Freshmen Band, with all the carnival games designed, built and operated by our students in the hopes that your children will experience a night to remember.  The concert poster is attached in case you would like to check it out or help us promote the opportunity to others!  This concert is not restricted to future Eagan HS students and their families – it is open to anyone and everyone who would like to come, all ages and from all over!  Please contact EHS band director Brett Benson at brett.benson@district196.org  if you have any questions!

You are Invited to Help Us Reimagine Education!

As active members of our school district community, you are invited to attend a community conversation about the future of education in our state. The meeting will be held Wednesday, March 8, 6-8:30 p.m., at the Diamondhead Education Center in Burnsville and is intended for residents of districts 196, 194 (Lakeville) and 191 (Burnsville).

“Reimagine Minnesota” is a collaborative effort of approximately 40 metro-area school districts to develop a collective education plan to address integration, access, opportunity and educational achievement in our state’s schools. Please consider attending the meeting March 8 to share your ideas for a new model of education in Minnesota that is designed for the success of all students. Childcare, interpreter services and transportation are available upon request when you register at www.District196.org/register.  A copy of the District 196 news release is attached for your reference.