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March 14, 2016

posted Mar 14, 2016, 9:41 AM by Kristen Henning

Red Pine School Newsletter

Week of March 14 - 18, 2016

Monday       cycle day 6D

Tuesday      cycle day 1E

Wednesday cycle day 2A

Thursday     cycle day 3B  

Friday          cycle day 4C - School Store

  • Student Council Sponsored “Dress Up Day”

  • Report Cards Go Home  


Date & time:  March 11, 2016 - 11:00 AM

Contact:         Aaron Machtemes (651) 675-5728

Event:            Suspicious Person

Releases By:  Officer Aaron Machtemes


On March 10, 2016, at 4:03 PM, Eagan Police received a report there had been a suspicious male in the area of Meadowlark Road and Meadowlark Curve. A 10 year old boy told officers at 9:07 AM, a white male, said to be in his 20’s or 30’s with short reddish colored hair offered him candy from his vehicle. The suspicious male did not exit his vehicle and the boy was able to leave the area. Officers were told the male may have had a reddish mustache or goatee and was wearing a neon colored shirt with a green baseball cap. It appeared he had an earring in his right ear.

The vehicle was described as a four door, black pickup truck with rust above the passenger side wheel. It was said to have tinted windows in the back and silver striping across the lower portion of the door. There may have been a word that started with “C” written in black above the silver stripping.

Eagan Officers are checking with neighboring agencies to see if they have had any similar reports, however at this time this appears to be an isolated incident. The police remind parents to always discuss safety tips with their children and remind them what to do if they see suspicious activity.

The Eagan Police Department is asking anyone with information on the suspicious male or vehicle to call (651) 675-5700.

School News:

Student Council News: Annual Stress Ball Spectacular Sale!

Student Council will be having our annual stress ball sale! Orders will be taken until Friday, April 1, 2016. Stress balls will be $2.00 each - checks should be made to Red Pine Student Council. (Limit 4 per student)

Order forms will be sent home today, Thursday, March 10, 2016.

***Parent Drop-off/Pick-up area- Please Read if You Transport Your Child To/From School  

There has been a growing number of parents who are driving into the parent drop-off/pick-up line, parking their car, and getting out of their car to go into the school.  This is creating a safety issue, as cars are getting backed up and students are being let out of their cars before they should in the morning, or getting in their cars before they should.  For some students, getting walked to the doors, or getting picked up by the doors, is a positive way to start or end their day.  If you choose to do this, please park your car in a parking spot in the lot or on Red Pine Lane and walk with your student.

Reminder Regarding Calls Received at Home or on Your Cell

Please remember that we have over 100 lines going out from Red Pine that register our main number of 651/423-7870.  We frequently remind our staff and students that if they make an outgoing call, they need to leave a message so parents won’t call and wonder who was trying to make contact with them.

Parents/guardians, if you could be sure to check your messages before calling Red Pine to find out who called, we would greatly appreciate it.  Also, please double-check that your message inbox is not full and is able to take messages.

Thanks so much for your help!

ACCESS Testing:

All English Learners (EL) in grades K-5 will be taking the ACCESS test.

The ACCESS testing window is now through March 18th, 2016.

GRASP Returns for Summer 2016

Parents, the GRASP summer math and reading workbook program is back for this summer.

More than 1,800 District 196 students completed GRASP math and reading packets last summer. Families say they like the GRASP option – it’s portable and flexible.

GRASP should not be considered as a replacement for participating in summer school, if a child qualifies.  GRASP is not intended to replace regular reading for enjoyment or math activities that strengthen a child’s fluency and love for math.

Final registration is due March 29.  NEW THIS YEAR: Do NOT return enrollment for to your child’s school!!!

View sample GRASP workbooks through the end of March in your school office. Stop by and see why the program has received rave reviews from parents, kids and teachers!

It is recommended students work on the grade level just completed, to review and reinforce skills learned during the school year.


Registration for the spring chess session is now open. Please click on the link below which will direct you to the online registration page.  Register early, space is limited.

Spring Chess Session



The Red Pine chess tournament will be held Sunday, April 3 in the Red Pine Elementary cafeteria.  Registration is now open and FREE for students who are registered for the March/April spring chess session.

Red Pine Chess Tournament


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

196 Nature's Engineers Day Camp (formerly Young Scholars Day Camp) will be open to all YS & GT kids.  Register and get camp info via this link:


Health & Wellness Committee:

Red Pine Day at The Grove

Sponsored by the Health & Wellness Committee, we will have a Red Pine Day at The Grove over Spring Break! Thursday, March 24 from 11:00 – 1:00 and 5:30 – 7:​30. Hope to see you there!

Health & Fitness Fair & Eat Your Colors Run!

The Red Pine Health & Fitness Fair will be on Saturday, April 9 from 10:00–12:00​, followed immediately by our Eat Your Colors Run! We’ll have inflatables, over 30 vendors, chair massages, and Rita’s Italian Ice for refreshments!

T-shirt order forms for the Eat Your Colors Run will be sent home this Thursday, March 10. Order forms are due back to Red Pine by March 28. T-shirts must be ordered in advance. You will not be able to purchase them the day of the event.

If you would like to volunteer at the event, email ​Paula Kirschenheiter ​at Paula.Kirschenheiter@district196.org​ or Rachel Winkler​ at ​Rachel.Winkler@district196.org.

Thank you to our generous, presenting sponsors – The Urgency Room and Now Care Dental.

Nurse’s Corner:

Greeting Red Pine Families!  Spring has sprung, or so the weather seems to be spring-like.  Continue to dress appropriately and if possible send along an extra pair of pants or socks in case they get wet outside.

Important information:  Influenza and influenza like illness has hit Red Pine.  Please be mindful of your child’s temperature and symptoms.  It is important to prevent the spread by having your child stay home when he or she has had a temperature.  Tylenol and Ibuprofen only decrease the temp and make them feel comfortable.  They are still contagious.  If they have a fever of but not to 100 and are not feeling well, we advise that you keep them home when one or more symptom is present, example: slight fever, stomach ache or slight fever and a sore throat and so on.

Please do not send your child to school if they have had a temp, they need to be fever free for 24 hours WITHOUT medication.  (EX:  If Boyd wakes up at 8 am with a temp, and you give him Tylenol or Ibuprofen…and the temp goes down, he is still contagious.  You take his temp at 12 and he doesn’t have one – he cannot return to school until noon the next day.  If at 4 he spikes a temp and you give him Tylenol or ibuprofen, he is out the next day also.  Fever free without medication for 24 hours.)  

This will keep healthy kids healthy and keep any illnesses from spreading.

Please review the links below for some illnesses that have been present in our school.



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



More symptoms 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+ kids and everyone wants to stay healthy.

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 Members Needed!

We have two key vacancies that need to be filled for the 2016-17 school year: Vice President and Treasurer.If you are interested in getting involved and would like more information, please email
John Congemi at johncongemi@gmail.com.


Bring in those Twins Game Order Forms!

The forms are due back by Friday, March 11th.  The Twins game is on Sunday, April 17th at 1:10 and the fifth graders will be singing the national anthem prior to the game. If you have any questions, please contact
Lori Preiner (612) 817-1893 or jfp10645@comcast.net.


Red Pine Spring Arts Night – Volunteers Needed!

Spring is about a month away and it’s time to start planning the Red Pine Spring Arts Night! The Spring Arts Night Committee is looking for 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.

Red Pine Spring Arts Night --Silent Auction Items Needed!

The Silent Auction at Spring Arts Night has raised a record number of funds that went 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. Many items and services, including delicious cupcakes, video games, and estate planning (to name a few) were donated last year from Red Pine families with businesses in our community. 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.


Be sure to check out and "like" our Red Pine Elementary PTO Facebook site for the latest updates!

Community News:

ISD 196 Community Education

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Are you taking a “staycation” this spring break? Click here  to have fun and learn during spring break! Act it out in Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre original version of Robin Hood. Learn to log roll at open swims!

Parents … be prepared by earning a certificate in CPR/AED for adults, children and infants, Wed | Mar 23 | 9am-12:30pm | BHMS.

Dads … be your daughter’s prince charming at the Daddy/Daughter Dance (dads and daughters ages 3-11), Sat | Apr 23 | 6-8pm | $30/couple, $15 add’l child | FRMS.

Plan ahead and register now for summer! High School hosted sports camps are now open for registration too! Even though you may not have received your catalog in your mailbox yet … you may browse and register online in our interactive catalog! Click here to view and simply click on the classes, activities or events you are interested to find out more and to register!