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January 19, 2017

posted Jan 19, 2017, 11:10 AM by Kristen Henning

Red Pine School Newsletter

Week of January 23 - 27, 2017

Monday       cycle day - 6 green D

Tuesday       cycle day - 1 red E  

Wednesday  cycle day - 2 blue A     - Student Council Meeting

Thursday     cycle day - 3 yellow B  - Grade 5 Band Concert - 6:30 pm

Friday          cycle day - 4 green C    - Student Council Sponsored “Sports Day”

A Message from the Principal:

Dear Red Pine Families,

Thank you for everything you do that helps Red Pine to be such a great school.  It is a privilege to be able to work with your students each day.  Our student body at Red Pine is incredible!

One of the areas we are putting a focus on is the safety of students and families during the drop-off period in the morning.  I have been outside in the drop-off area each morning for a number of weeks trying to understand what could make this process safer and smoother.  I have noticed that if we were to make a few changes, our drop-off process would be safer for students and smoother for parents.

As we are putting a focus on creating the safest drop-off process possible, please help us by doing the following during drop-off:

  • Form one lane into the drop-off area.   If there are cars in front of you, please wait until they leave before you drive into the roundabout.    

  • Drive to the spot furthest up in line before you drop your students off.  We will be using the whole yellow painted curb, so please move up in line if available.

  • If it is possible, please let your student out of the right side of the car, which will allow them to step right onto the curb.

  • There will be times where people are behind a car with students still getting out.  There have been cars trying to back up to get around cars with students getting out, only to have the car in front leave a few seconds later.  This creates an unsafe situation.  Your patience is appreciated.  Please realize that during drop off, we are all trying to get the cars in and out in a safe and timely fashion.  

We appreciate anything you can do to help with the safety of our students during this drop-off time.  There are some days with rain, snow, or cold, where more students than normal get dropped off.  Again, on these days, we ask for your patience.

Thank you for your ongoing support.


Drew Goeldner

School News:

Spring Conferences:

Sign up for your child’s Spring Conference at ​www.district196.org/rp beginning Friday afternoon, January 27,2017. 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 do not have computer access.

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!

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!

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.

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.

Two items that may take bit of planning:

  1. Friday, February 24th is dress like your "favorite book character day".  Students have been very creative in the past coming up with costumes.  No need to buy something new:  ).  Looking forward to seeing everybody dressed up!!

2)   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.

Rest, hydration, eating healthy, exercise.  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.

Danna Steffen, RN

School Nurse

Ph: 651-423-7871

Fax: 651-423-7875

PTO News:

RP Spirit Wear

2017 Spirit Wear is coming to Red Pine! A great selection of and variety of clothing choices will be available on Monday, January 30. The window to order will be open for two weeks. Look for details in your child's Friday Folder on January 27.

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.

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 .