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February 26, 2016

posted Feb 26, 2016, 8:43 AM by Kristen Henning

Red Pine School Newsletter

Week of February 29 - March 4, 2016

Monday       cycle day 3E - Student Council Meeting - Reps Only

Tuesday      cycle day 4A

Wednesday cycle day 5B - Dress like Your Favorite Book Character Day!

Thursday     cycle day 6C - PTO Meeting - 6:30 - 8pm  

Friday          cycle day 1D - Lifetouch Spring Picture Day (optional)

School News:

Spring Picture Day – Friday, March 4th

Lifetouch will be here on Friday, March 4th for spring pictures.   If you would like your child photographed, please send in the order packet or order online.  You can order online at http://my.lifetouch.com/mylifetouch/pictureDayId/MI655050Y0 .

There will not be retakes for spring pictures.  

Also, we will need 2 volunteers to help out that morning from 9:30 to about noon.   Please contact Denise Vonasek at denise.vonasek@district196.org if you can help out.  

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.

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!!


Registration for the spring chess session is now open. Please click on the link below which will direct you to the online registration page.  Register early, space is limited.

Spring Chess Session



The Red Pine chess tournament will be held Sunday, April 3 in the Red Pine Elementary cafeteria.  Registration is now open and FREE for students who are registered for the March/April spring chess session.

Red Pine Chess Tournament


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

196 Nature's Engineers Day Camp (formerly Young Scholars Day Camp) will be open to all YS & GT kids.  Register and get camp info via this link:


Health & Wellness Committee:

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:

Hello Red Pine Families,

I have completed most of the students vision and hearing screening at Red Pine.  K, 2, 4 had their hearing and 1, 3, 5 had their vision.  I still have some kids to catch if they were gone, needed retesting, or a follow up to parents so they could take them in for further evaluation.

If you have had a follow up, please fax me the results of the exam:

651-423-7875 or call 651-423-7871.  If you take your child in for regular exams please also send that information to me.  This all goes into their health file.

Immunizations:  If you have gotten updates on your immunizations, please fax those shot dates to me.  The MD should have them to fax and a simple form.  I will be making calls to families who are not up to date and have not signed the conscientious objector forms for the particular shot they are missing.  April  is the deadline to have the form signed or shots completed (or in process if a 2 or 3 part shot), otherwise it is the recommendation the child stays home until completed.

If you have any questions please feel free to email or call me.

Thank you and stay healthy!

Nurse Danna

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:

Art Adventure

We are on Week 2 of an Art Adventure! This week in our American Sampler theme, your children viewed a Portrait of George Washington by Thomas Sully and Sharecropper by Elizabeth Catlett, which though both American artists, each work was quite different from the other. Be sure to ask your kids all about what they saw in each piece, what was happening. They are great Art Adventure detective and will have much to share with you!!

Twins Game Order Forms coming home in the Friday Folders!!

Please watch for the Twins game order forms as they will be in your child's Friday folder this week.  The forms are due back by Friday, March 11th.

The Twins game is on Sunday, April 17th at 1:10 and the fifth graders will be singing the national anthem prior to the game. If you have any questions, please contact Lori Preiner (612) 817-1893 or jfp10645@comcast.net.

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.

Red Pine 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.

Box Tops:

This Friday 2/26 is the LAST day to turn in your box tops for your class to win the pizza party.  

Mrs. Monssen’s 3rd grade class is now in the lead to win the pizza party at the end of this month. Mrs. Henning’s class and Mrs. Tufto’s class are not far behind!   

Please continue to collect those box tops. If you have any questions, please contact Kirsten Langstraat at langstraatfamily@gmail.com.


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

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

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

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