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January 26, 2017

posted Jan 26, 2017, 1:12 PM by Kristen Henning

Red Pine School Newsletter

Week of January 30 - February 3, 2017

Monday         cycle day - 5 red D   - ACCESS for ELL’s Testing Window Opens

Tuesday        cycle day - 6 blue E  Ski Club 5-8:00 pm at Buck Hill (4th and 5th grade)

Wednesday  cycle day - 1 yellow A   

Thursday      cycle day - 2 green B  - Grade 5 Eagle Bluff Chaperone/Student Meeting - 6:30-8:30 pm

Friday           cycle day - 3 red C    

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.

Save the Date for:

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

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

Eagan High School/Dakota Hills Middle School 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.

=++++ CHESS NEWS ++++=

February Session Registration is open.

Please click on the link below which will direct you to the online registration page.  Please register early, space is limited.

Red Pine February Chess Sessions or type in http://bit.ly/2j8m3ap

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

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 February 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.
We have several parent volunteers already, but we have more spots to fill... 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.
We need more volunteers between 6-8 on Wednesday and 3-8 on Thursday.

Volunteer sign-up available:


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

February is I LOVE 2 READ Month!  

Please look for flyers for contests and activities in your child’s Friday Folder:

*Photo contest between grades - Who do you read with?

*READO boards for small or large prizes

*”Dress as your favorite book character” day on Friday, FEB 24th

*Favorite student / school bookmark contest (choosing between 4th and 5th grade winners from the Fall)

*Classroom D.E.A.R. Times

*List of RP Staff's Favorite Books

Looking forward to celebrating reading all FEBRUARY with RP Readers!

Thank You and Happy Reading!

Mrs. Robertson & Mrs. Jarvi

Nurse’s Corner:  

Hello Red Pine Families!

I hope your few long weekends were enjoyable and everyone stayed healthy.

A reminder on updating numbers if you change cell phone numbers, home numbers or work numbers.  I do not have access to change anything in the computer where you add your phone numbers, emergency contacts etc..  If you have any changes, please go in and update.  This is my first location to try and reach you if something should happen to your child.  I know there have been times when I have called and the parent doesn’t work there anymore.  Unfortunately, it’s hard for me to remember, so I continue to call that number.  With 800 plus kids, that personal information screen is very important if I need to reach you.

Also, a reminder on restrictions for your child regarding physical education class.  If your child has a restriction, I do need a note from the doctor.  This is part of our curriculum.  Included in that note should be – specifics such as: cannot participate in physical education for 2 weeks, from what date to what date, is on crutches, does or does not need the use of the elevator,  or unable to run or jump, but may shoot hoops, and so on.  The child will go to physical education and either bring some other form of  curriculum to do if they are unable to participate.  With this information, I copy the MD note and give one to the primary teacher and both physical education teachers so we know how to keep your child safe and when they can return to participation in class.

Recess – the students have about 15 minutes of recess a day, where they can go outside and play, or visit.  They do not need to be running, but the fresh air and “choice time” is great for them.  They can swing, walk around, sit on benches, and so on.   If they have restrictions on recess, I will need a note from the doctor also.  If it is a matter of not being able to run around outside, they have other things they can do outside with their friends.  

Thank you and have a great weekend!

Danna Steffen, RN

School Nurse

Ph: 651-423-7871

Fax: 651-423-7875

PTO News:

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. Samples will be available to check out during conferences.

Red Pine Spring Arts Night –May 11th!

The Spring Arts Night committee is looking for a few 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. Any amount of time will be greatly appreciated!

RP Spring Arts Night --Silent Auction Items Needed!

The Silent Auction at Spring Arts Night has raised a record number of funds that go directly 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. 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

Please be sure to turn in your Box Tops by January 31 to see which classroom is in the lead for the pizza party! 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

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.

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 .