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January 12, 2017

posted Jan 12, 2017, 9:56 AM by Kristen Henning   [ updated Jan 12, 2017, 1:35 PM ]

Red Pine School Newsletter

Week of January 16 - 20, 2017

Monday        NO SCHOOL - Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Tuesday       cycle day - 3 red A  

Wednesday  cycle day - 4 blue B

Thursday     cycle day - 5 yellow C   

Friday          NO SCHOOL - Data Analysis and Instructional Alignment Day

School News:

RP After School Program has begun

Just a reminder that the After School Program (ASP) started this week. It runs Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:45-4:30. Confirmations were sent home Monday with your child.  The dates for this session are January 10 - March 2, with no classes on February 9th.  (This is NOT the YMCA SACC program)


A Cell Phone Found:

A cell phone was found on one of the benches outside of the school entrance. Please contact the office at 651-423-7870 to identify and claim the phone.  Thank you!

Fifth Grade Fleece Blanket Project

On Friday, December 23nd, the fifth graders were busy with a project to help out some people in need, and hopefully change some lives.  The kids cut and tied fringes on 40 adult, youth and baby fleece blankets.  This project took them the whole morning, and they had a fun time doing it!  The blankets were then delivered by some fifth graders and their families to shelters in Eagan and Minneapolis.

Here are some quotes from kids that day:

“It makes me happy because people are staying warm in the cold weather.”

“It makes me happy because we’re giving people who don’t have much a lot.”

“We were lifesavers because we helped other people.”

“It feels so good that other people have hope again.”

“It makes my heart feel like it’s going to melt away with happiness because I know that I have stuff that other people don’t have.”

“It makes me feel happy because they get a special gift.”

“This season is about giving and that’s exactly what we did today.”

Way to go fifth graders!

Save the Date for:

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

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

EHS-DHMS 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!

Literacy Video

In order to increase communication with our families, we have created a video describing our approach to literacy instruction.  Feel free to view the video at your leisure.  If you have questions regarding any of the content, contact Mr. Goeldner or your children’s teachers.  Here is the link: Red Pine Literacy


Chess registration for January is OPEN!!!

Go to District 196 Community Ed website and search "RED PINE CHESS" or click on this link:  https://goo.gl/IFRb5Q

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 New Year in the RP Library is off to a great start!  I Love 2 Read Month is just around the corner in February.  Please stay tuned for activities to celebrate during the month of Feb and for Read Across America Day on Thursday, March 2nd.

One item that may take bit of planning is our Scholastic Book Fair during conferences on
Wednesday, February 8th from 4-8
and Thursday, February 9th from 12-8.

Red Pine hasn't had a Scholastic Book Fair in more than 12 years!  Many students and staff are excited for this opportunity.  To make it a success we need parent volunteers... please pass the word on!
Volunteer time-slots are for 1 hour each and include times on Tuesday, 2/7 for Fair set up starting at 3:45. On Wednesday, 2/8 and Thursday, 2/9 we need cashiers, shopping assistants, stocking and display helpers throughout both days. And on Thursday we need Fair tear down helpers.
Volunteer sign-up available:


Please contact us with questions or to have us place your name on the online sign-up sheet.

Thank You and Happy Reading,

Mrs. Robertson & Mrs. Jarvi

Nurse’s Corner:  

Hello Red Pine Families,

The new computer security system is in place and we will be using it to also check out your student when he or she is sick.  This is a change, as you used to bypass the front office and go directly to the nurse’s office.  Now, you will stop at the front office and check “out” your son or daughter and proceed to the nurse’s office.  Thank you for your understanding of this change.

Chapped hands, chapped lips, dry skin.  Last week was a cold and dry week for students.  If your kids are having issues with dry skin – place some lotion on their hands before bed, chap stick on lips and face cream on their cheeks.  If your child is prone to dry cracked skin, please call your pediatrician for recommendations for names of lotions.

We begin a long weekend as we have Monday off, and the following weekend is a long weekend due to having Friday off.  Rest, hydration, eating healthy, exercise.  Also, this is the time for sleep overs and fun.  Make sure you encourage your kids to wash hands (colds, pink eye, stomach flu are all on my radar) and close encounters of the fun kind are ways the kids pass all these germs. Please be vigilant in checking for lice also after big days out or sleep overs.  Long weekends and breaks are usually triggers for the spread.

Dress for the weather~~ layers, warm hats, gloves or mittens, snow pants, boots etc.. We do have the kids go outside if the temp/wind chill is above 0 degrees ~~ they will have more fun playing if they are not shivering or wet.

Cheers to a Happy Healthy short week of school!

Danna Steffen, RN

School Nurse

Ph: 651-423-7871

Fax: 651-423-7875

PTO News:

PTO Meeting

>>>Mark your calendars for the next PTO meeting on Thursday, March 9th at 6:30 !!


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

Opportunity to Support Scholarship Fund for 5th Grade Eagle Bluff Field Trip

What are the dates?  January 12th and 13th

The Eagan Green Mill restaurant (Rahncliff location) is offering to help support the Red Pine PTO Scholarship Fund for our 5th grade Eagle Bluff field trip by donating 20% of sales on January 12th and 13th.  Diners need to show a flyer or mention that they are with Red Pine.  Please consider dining at the Rahncliff location of Green Mill!

Here is the link for the flyer:

Thursday, January 12, 2017 https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B1qDT63Vl5J_ckNhRlJkYklZWVk/view?usp=sharing

Friday, January 13, 2017 https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B1qDT63Vl5J_dnJ1TzlmMXM3ZkE/view?usp=sharing

Box Tops:

Thank you families for turning in your Box Tops! 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

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 .

ISD 196 Community Ed

Avoid the winter blues … learn something new with Community Ed! Fence, dance (ballet), become aware of self and surroundings in kung fu, shoot straight in archery, experience the calming effects of yoga, tumble and roll in gymnastics and more! Learn to swim … lessons begin January 17 & 18. Be a great babysitter or become comfortable to stay home alone. Parents … are you a little overwhelmed by your child’s online use? Learn step-by-step how to tiptoe into this new terrain in Apps, Texts and Bullying, Oh My!

www.district196.org/ceview videolike District 196 Community Education on Facebook