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February 4, 2016

posted Feb 4, 2016, 4:24 PM by Kristen Henning

Red Pine School Newsletter

Week of February 8 - 12, 2016

Monday       cycle day 3C

Tuesday      cycle day 4D  -  Math Olympiad Contest #4

  • Conferences 4 - 8 pm

  • Kindergarten Registration 8am - 8 pm

Wednesday cycle day 5E    

Thursday     NO SCHOOL - Conferences 12:00 - 8 pm

                                          - Kindergarten Registration 12:00 - 8 pm     

Friday          NO SCHOOL  

School News:

ACCESS Testing:

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

The ACCESS testing window is February 1st through March 18th, 2016.

Kindergarten ACCESS testing dates: Mon. 2/1- Fri. 2/19

Winter Conferences

There’s still time to sign up for your child’s Winter Conference at www.district196.org/rp.  Conferences will be held:

Tuesday, February 9, 2016 and

Thursday, February 11, 2016.

Our office staff will assist any parents who do not have computer access.


2016-2017 Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten registration for incoming kindergarteners will be held during conferences.  Registration times are:

Tuesday, February 9, 2016 from 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Thursday, February 11, 2016 from 12:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Registration materials will be mailed the week off February 1, 2016. Please let the office know if you do not plan to register your child for the 2016-17 school year.

February is I LOVE TO READ Month.  

To help RP celebrate the RP Library has the following events for students:

  • Usborne Book Fair during conferences

  • Photo Contest

  • READO boards

  • Read Across America Day All School Assembly on MARCH 2, 2016

Please feel free to contact Mrs. Robertson w/ questions.

Come to the ‘Reading is a Gift Book Fair’!

Stop into the Red Pine Elementary Library during Conferences.

Get books for your children and Red Pine will earn FREE BOOKS for the Classrooms!

Tuesday, February 9, 4 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Thursday, February 11, Noon - 8 p.m.

Take a look at the books or shop online: b4492.myubam.com/220648    

More information: Tami, tzvolena@gmail.com

Shoe Drive Fundraiser-Thank you!

The shoe drive is now complete.  Being our first year of attempting this fundraiser, we didn’t know what to expect.  We set our goal to gather 100 bags of shoes (25 pairs per bag) and came very close with 93 bags collected!  We won’t know the exact amount of money raised for a couple of weeks, but expect to have earned about $930!  That money will defray costs of the 5th grade Eagle Bluff field trip!  Thank you to all of our students, parents and staff for your work to make this a success!

In Red Pine Math News:

Congratulations to Natu Daniel, Drew Gullickson, Madeline Hartley, Allie Mackinac, Swami Marungar, Alex Miller, Alex Newton, Elisha Sanchez, Luke Schlede, and Sam Vatter for getting a Perfect Score of 5 out of 5 on Math Olympiad Contest # 3!   Wow!

Way to go Griffin Caffrey, Austin Carruthers, Mya Cinnamo, Logan Dy, George Edgar, Ben Fritschel, Kyle Harris, Sam Hull, Jack Johnson, Liam Laddusaw, Ryder Ligtenberg, Mercedes Lorentz, Griffin McClary, Nick Meyer, Anthony Nguyen, Alexa Parish, Ella Patnode, Anish Ramlall, Kate Reed, Corey Sell, Jessa Snippes, Adi Sunkam, Ruby Thorp, Carter Veen, and Rosella Zaske for scores of 4 out of 5!

Great job to Morgan Becker, Ella Bromley, Kaid Cabrera, Kyan Chau, Raymond Cochran, Kiera Curtin, Grace Delmonico, Keiser Derickson, Joey Downs, Colin Duffy, Derek Elias, Nick Gilley, Emily Hopke, Aspen Howard, Marissa Jacobson, Sophia Juntilla, Kaia Ketcham, Sakif Khan, Jackson Kruse, Henry Laberee, Tara Le, Raegan Marx, Pete McNamara, Max Monzel, Anna Mae Patterson, Andy Prince, Avery Rene, Alayna Rund, Jack Stier, Carys Sundberg, Mason Swanson, Brad Taylor, and Amelia Zaske for scores of 3 out of 5!

Super job to everyone for giving it their best shot!  Math Olympiad # 4 will be on Tuesday, February 9th.  Keep trying everyone!

Donation Request

Kindergarten is looking for gently used personal CD players to use for listening stations.  If you have a CD player you would be willing to donate, please send in to Kristen Henning.  Thank you!

From the Computer Lab

Notes from Mrs. Skalski

We love our new Chromebooks!! If you participated in the Chip Shoppe fundraiser – Thank you! If you are on the PTO – Thank you! With thanks to the Red Pine PTO and the funds raised this fall, we now have 21 Dell Chromebooks and we have been busy using them.  I wish you could have heard the excitement as students were using their new Chromebooks for the first time. Now that all students have used these great new devices at least once they have been coming back to the lab asking if they can do that again. We did online activities, research, and created documents. Tomorrow all of our teachers will also have time to try the Chromebooks and brainstorm ways to put them to use in the classroom. (Want to know what a Chromebook is or can do? http://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/what-is-a-chromebook-anyway/)

Reading Eggs – Free for Everyone! - By this point in the school year I hope that all our students have been able to use their Reading Eggs account at home to build their literacy skills. There’s something there for every student and each student has an account which has been paid for by Red Pine’s PTO.  Our early readers use Reading Eggs and our fluent readers use Reading Eggspress. For students who use Reading Eggs on a tablet/phone, there’s a free app called “Reading Eggs” that I recommend using. Please contact your child’s teacher if you need another copy your your login information so you child can get the most out of this tool.

What’s Happening in the Lab? If you are curious about what your child is doing during computer class with me, please go to our lab’s webpage, Skalski Lab, and click on your child's grade-level. In addition to finding what we’re doing this week you will also find links that might be used at home. I love hearing from students that they tried our activities again at home because that helps me to know that they love their work and own their learning.

Health & Wellness Committee:

Red Pine Skateville Night!

Sponsored by the Health & Wellness Committee, we will have a Red Pine Skateville Night on Tuesday, February 16th from 6:00 – 8:00. We hope to see you there!

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.org  or Rachel Winkler at Rachel.Winkler@district196.org .

Nurse’s Corner:

The Truth About Stomach Flu

It’s not really the flu, but gastroenteritis.

By Amanda Gardner

WebMD Feature

Reviewed by Roy Benaroch, MD

If your child suddenly has an attack of diarrhea and vomiting, and he complains of a stomachache, you may think to yourself, "stomach flu."

No, not really.

What's often called "stomach flu" is gastroenteritis, an infection of the stomach and intestines. The flu, or influenza, is different. It causes fevers, sore throats, runny noses, and general aches and pains. It usually does not cause stomach problems.

Viral infections are the usual cause of gastroenteritis. Bacteria can sometimes bring it on.

The sickness usually passes in about 10 days without medication. The first few days tend to be the worst, but you can take steps to help your child get through this tough time.

Keep children away from milk. It can make stomach problems worse. If you're the parent of a young baby, talk with your doctor about breastfeeding or formula.

Drinks that have a lot of acid (orange juice) or caffeine can also cause belly problems.

Too much of even the right kind of liquid can make vomiting worse, so take it slow at first. Try 1 teaspoon every 4 to 5 minutes, Nowalk says.

Introduce food slowly. Once your child can drink liquid and keep it down, you can start adding food. But keep it bland. Try bread, potatoes, plain yogurt, crackers, rice, toast, and bananas first. Once you know those are going down okay, you can try lean meat and cooked vegetables.

Don't give your sick child foods that are fried, spicy, fatty, or have a lot of acid. They can make stomach problems worse.

Skip over-the-counter meds. With gastroenteritis, time really is the best medicine. Watching your child suffer may tempt you to give him over-the-counter medicines. As hard as it is, don't do it. Not only will most medications not help, they may even make it worse.

When to See Your Doctor

Most cases of gastroenteritis go away on their own. See the doctor if the vomiting and diarrhea continues more than a few days, or if you notice any signs of dehydration

·         Not urinating

·         Dry mouth

·         Crying without tears

·         Fever over 102 F

·         Lack of energy

·         Crankiness

·         Soft spot on the top of the baby's head is sunken.

·         Blood or pus in stool, or dark tarry stool

Your child may need to get checked sooner if they have other conditions, such as diabetes, that put them at higher risk for fluid loss.

Remember – please have your child stay home for 24 hours after the last bout of diarrhea or vomiting.  This will hopefully keep the spreading to a minimum.

Washing hands is ALWAYS very important.  When in doubt – wash them.

A little gastroenteritis has been going around our community and in our school.  Please take care and be aware of the possibility.  Thank you and have a healthy day.

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 or so 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:

Volunteers Needed to Provide Staff Meals at Conferences

The Hospitality Committee will be providing meals for the Red Pine teachers and staff during conferences on Feb 9th and 11th.  We are looking for Red Pine families to make a monetary donation or provide a food item to the conferences.   Please email Lakoda Will at willlakoda@comcast.net and she will send you the link to sign-up.  Thanks for volunteering!

PTO Update:

Are you looking for a way to get more involved and make a positive impact at Red Pine? There are several PTO board and committee opportunities that will be opening up for the 2016-17 school year. We'll post more details in the coming months, but if you're interested in volunteering, please reach out to John Congemi at johncongemi@gmail.com.

Box Tops:

Great Job on collecting those Box Tops! Another 1,352 box tops were turned in last month! That’s another $135.20 for our school! To date, we have raised just over $1,000 towards our $6,000 goal.  

Mrs. Henning’s class is in the lead to win the pizza party at the end of February, followed by Mrs.Reed and Mrs. Monssen’s classes. Please continue to collect those box tops.  

Attached you will also find another collection sheet - also put on the Red Pine PTO page of the website.

For any questions, please contact Kirsten Langstraat at Langstraatfamily@gmail.com

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

Fab Lab Exploration (parents and children grades 3-12)

Sat | Feb 27 | 9am to noon | $39 | AVHS

3D Engineering: Architectural and Structural (grades K-3)

Sat | Feb 27-Mar 5 | 9am-noon | 2 ses | $69 | 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