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January 5, 2017

posted Jan 5, 2017, 10:22 AM by Kristen Henning   [ updated Jan 5, 2017, 10:24 AM ]

Red Pine School Newsletter

Week of January 9 - 13, 2017

Monday         cycle day - 4 green A

Tuesday        cycle day - 5 red B  

Wednesday   cycle day - 6 blue C

Thursday       cycle day - 1 yellow D   

Friday            cycle day - 2 green E    - School Store

A Message From the Principal:     

Dear Red Pine Families,

Red Pine has begun using a new electronic sign-in system for everyone who visits Red Pine during the school day. The LobbyGuard system was piloted at Apple Valley High School last year and will be installed at every school in our district as part of safety and security improvements included in the bond referendum that was approved by district voters last year.

Under the new system, all visitors are asked to show a government-issued identification (driver’s license, passport or military ID) if they wish to leave the office area to enter another part of the school. The LobbyGuard system checks each visitor’s name against the national sex offender database only, takes a photo of the visitor, then prints an adhesive name badge that includes the visitor’s name and photo. Visitors are required to wear the name badge at all times while they are in the building and return it to the office to sign out before leaving.

If a visitor does not have any form of government-issued identification, a school staff member will talk with them about the reason for their visit before deciding whether to issue them a visitor name badge.

The LobbyGuard sign-in system will make our school an even safer place by ensuring identification of every visitor who is in the building at any given time during the school day. All staff members wear a district-issued identification badge and are instructed to question any adult in the building who does not have a name badge issued by the LobbyGuard system.

If you have questions or concerns about our new electronic sign-in system, please contact me at 651-423-7828.


Drew Goeldner, Principal

School News:

In Red Pine Math News:

Congratulations to Ella Bromley, Kate Reed, Ashley Swenson, and Amber Walker for getting a Perfect Score of 5 out of 5 on Math Olympiad Contest # 2!   Wow!

Way to go Morgan Becker, Emily Hopke, Max Monzel, Adi Sunkam, and Carter Veen for scores of 4 out of 5!

Great job to Joe Bowers, Logan Burns, Jon Ciemny, Noah Daniel, Keiser Derickson, Logan Dy, Max Ellis, Ezra Gebeyehu, Hale Halvorson, Ben Hurwitz,Owen Juntilla, Ava Karl, Sakif Khan, Alex Newton, Grant Paurus, Robbie Sell, Lia Serpico, Ruby Thorpe, Zach Wittmayer, and Megan Zabel for scores of 3 out of 5!

Super job to everyone for giving it their best shot!  Keep trying everyone!

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

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!


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:

Greetings from the Red Pine Library-

Happy New Year from the Red Pine Library.  The New Year is a great opportunity to set reading goals.

For our Red Pine Readers we have a fun opportunity which will also earn new books for the Red Pine Library.

We will host a 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 volunteers...we need YOU!

Volunteering at the Scholastic Book Fair over Conferences is the perfect way to help kids find the books they can't wait to read while earning free books for Red Pine's Library.  Sign up now or feel free to check with us about this fun and rewarding volunteer experience.


Happy Reading,

Mrs. Robertson & Mrs. Jarvi

Nurse’s Corner:  

Colds, Flus, and just plain feeling off.  It’s hard for kids to get back into the swing of things when they had so much fun at home.  Just a few reminders for your children – drink plenty of water as it helps thin those cold secretions so they are not stuck in your throat.  Get plenty of rest, as the school day is a place to learn and grow.  Eat healthy and get a little exercise.

We have hand sanitizer donated by the Urgency Room around the building.  I am encouraging anyone who coughs, sneezes, blows their nose to use the sanitizer or wash hands.  We are in the thick of winter and germs are easily passed.

Dress appropriately – bring extra pants or socks in back pack if need be.  Make sure your children have warm jackets, hats, mittens and snow pants if we do go outside.  It’s so much more fun when you are warm.

Breakfast is important.  Please eat enough and the right foods to keep you going throughout the day.

Have a great weekend.  The week of the 9th is a full week of school, stay rested, well fed, and hydrated.

Danna Steffen, RN

School Nurse

Ph: 651-423-7871

Fax: 651-423-7875

PTO News:

PTO Meeting

The next PTO meeting is scheduled for TONIGHT! January 5, 2017 at 6:30 in the Red Pine Media Center. We hope to see you there!

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

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

Friday, January 13, 2017

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 .

Community Education

Our online catalog is now open for winter enrichment and aquatics classes! Browse and register now

to ensure your spot in a class that is sure to  engage, inspire and enrich you and your family! Even though your printed catalog will not arrive in your post box until after December 28th, you can get a head start by viewing classes now. Register today!

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