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January 21, 2016

posted Jan 21, 2016, 11:40 AM by Kristen Henning

Red Pine School Newsletter

Week of January 25 - 29, 2016

Monday       cycle day 5C

Tuesday      cycle day 6D    

Wednesday cycle day 1E  - Student Council Meeting - Officers only   

Thursday     cycle day 2A     

Friday          cycle day 3B  - Student Council Sponsored “Sports Day”

School News:

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.

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!

Shoe Drive Fundraiser

The holiday hustle and bustle has made it hard for many of us to find the extra time to go through our closets and find contributions to the shoe drive.   This is a friendly reminder to bring in your gently worn, used or new shoes.   Money earned from this fundraiser will help us defray costs related to the 5th grade Eagle Bluff field trip!  Shoes need to be brought to school by January 31.  We’d love to have everyone make it your goal to bring 5 pairs of shoes!

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. Look for a flyer to come home in Friday folders on January 29. We hope to see you there!

Nurse’s Corner:

Please remember to dress for the weather~~ it’s cold outside!  This includes hats, gloves, mittens, snow pants and boots.

Water bottles – please bring in a water bottle with your child’s name on it.  This helps with the winter/dry weather and the coughs, sore throats and not feeling well.  The teachers encourage kids to drink and much easier to have the bottle at their desk.

Please refer to this link for questions about lice:

http://www.district196.org/District/Departments/HealthServices/Diseases/TechnicalFactSheet/1350_s6head LICE.pdf

Please refer to this link for questions about whooping cough:


Red Pine has had confirmed cases of:

STREP THROAT http://www.district196.org/District/Departments/HealthServices/Diseases/TechnicalFactSheet/1665_s6STREPT.pdf

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:

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!