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March 16, 2017

posted Mar 16, 2017, 1:21 PM by Kristen Henning

Red Pine School Newsletter

Week of March 20 - 24, 2017

Monday        cycle day - 6 green E -  MCA Continues!!!!  Be here - Be rested - Be fed  :)

Tuesday        cycle day - 1 red A    -  Student Council Meeting

Wednesday  cycle day - 2 blue B  

Thursday      cycle day - 3 yellow C       

Friday           cycle day - 4 green D -  ACCESS for EL (English Learners )students Testing window Closes

School News:

Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCAs) In Progress!

Students in grades 3-5 are taking the computer-delivered Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCAs) now through May 5th.  A detailed schedule for Red Pine students can be found on the homepage of the Red Pine website.

The MCAs are part of the educational accountability system in Minnesota and evaluate district, school and individual student progress on Minnesota Academic Standards in reading, math and science.  There is no minimum passing score on the MCAs; schools use MCA results to make curricular and instructional decisions for all students.

  • The reading test includes multiple-choice and other item-type questions which test skills in literature and informational text.  

  • The mathematics test includes multiple-choice and other item-type questions involving numbers and operation, algebra, geometry and measurement, and data analysis and probability.   

  • The science test includes multiple-choice and other item-type questions involving nature of science and engineering, physical science, earth and space science, and life science. High school items address nature of science and engineering, and life science. The science test is administered to students in grades 5.

Please be sure your child has good rest the night before and a good breakfast on the morning of testing.  In addition, please encourage your child to do their best and take their time on the tests.  Students have as much time as needed on the MCAs.  

Test Security Information for Students

As with any test, students have a responsibility to keep test content secure and act with honesty and integrity during administration of the MCAs. The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) expects students to follow all state and district policies for test administration. MDE has added a code of conduct that students must view before beginning any standards-based accountability assessment:

On this test, do your own best work to show what you know and can do.

·       Do not accept help finding answers to test questions.

·       Do not give answers to other students.

·       Do not tell others what is on the test.

·       There may be consequences if you do not follow directions or if you behave dishonestly.

MDE takes test security seriously and encourages any individual with firsthand knowledge of a test security concern to contact MDE. Educators, parents, students and others can report any suspected incidents of cheating or other improper or unethical behavior on statewide assessments by using an online tip line at https://w1.education.state.mn.us/tip/, by sending an email to mde.testing@state.mn.us  or calling 651-582-8512. (If the report is submitted anonymously, MDE will not respond in writing.) Depending upon the nature of each report and the amount of information provided, MDE will follow up with the district to investigate alleged irregularities. If individuals have a concern about test security practices, they are encouraged to raise their concerns with the District Assessment Coordinator or the district’s legal counsel before contacting MDE.

For more information about the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments, please feel free to contact Denise.vonasek@district196.org.  

Notes from the music room!

I would like to send out a special thank you to the members of the Red Pine Cardinal Choir! We met for 8 weeks and rehearsed for an hour before school every Tuesday morning. The choir was asked to be part of the Velvet Tones “Festival of Music” which was held last Sunday afternoon at Eastview High School. I was incredibly proud of these young, talented singers. They did an amazing job from start to finish. Another huge thank you goes out to the parents who made sure that my singers got to school bright and early on rehearsal days and also attended the concert on Sunday. Rich Clausen, the director of the Velvet Tones, had the concert video taped on Sunday and wanted me to share with you that a video of the concert is available to anyone that would like one at a cost of only $4.15. If you would like to purchase a video, please send a check made out to “Kirk Douglas Video Productions” and note with your name and your student’s name to me as soon as you can. Thanks again for a great season! I will be continuing with the Red Pine Cardinal Choir next year.

Laurie Herman

RP Music Specialist

In the Computer Lab

Notes from Mrs. Skalski

A big thanks to all students who participated in our Coding Club this winter. In this after-school class we created some pretty amazing scripts in Scratch and I was impressed at how quickly everyone picked up new skills! A shout also goes out to our guru, Chris Garnsworthy, our resident coder and parent volunteer who assisted with the class. Thank you Chris for bringing Coding Club to Red Pine! This club will return next year.

Donations Requested: We are looking for donations of used smart phones or tablets, with or without their charging cord/cube. We have 12 Spheros and need 12 devices to drive them.  If you have a device that you no longer use, please consider donating it to our cause. Devices can be sent to my attention and I’ll reset them and put them to good use.

MCA Testing: Our fourth and fifth graders have begun taking their MCA tests. The third graders will begin when we return from spring break and testing will continue through all of April. While these students take their tests in our computer labs, our K-2 students will use Chromebooks and visit Star Lab during their classes with me.

Powerpoint: Congratulations to our second graders who all finished their first PowerPoint presentations. Working with a partner, each student researched a type of weather and they are going to use their presentation to teach the class about their weather word. We are excited to watch these presentations in class next week and I’ll post them online right after break so you can see them at home too.

Greetings from the Red Pine Library-

It’s time for March Madness! The Library we has 32 picture books competing for the Sweet 16, Elite Eight, Final Four and Picture Book Championship Rounds.  Please feel free to pick your favorites and find a few new books to read with your student(s) as we read and vote as a school this March 2017:


Happy Reading,

Mrs. Robertson & Mrs. Jarvi

CAHOOTS 2017 Summer Program (GRASP replacement)

Parents, we are pleased to announce a new K-5 summer math and reading correspondence workbook program entitled Cahoots.  The program is very similar to GRASP (portable and flexible), but designed to more closely match our district curriculum through an engaging and reflective approach to learning.  After completing each lesson and checking answers online, students will complete a response card and send to a ‘Reflection Buddy’ who will send a written response back.  Cahoots should not be considered a replacement for participating in summer school, if a child qualifies.  Cahoots is not intended to replace regular reading for enjoyment or math activities that strengthen a child’s fluency and love for math.

Forms were sent home

Final registration is due April 4.  It is recommended students work on the grade level just completed, to review and reinforce skills learned during the school year.  Please discuss with your child’s teacher, if you feel another level may be more suitable.  View sample Cahoots workbooks through the end of March in the office.

Health and Wellness Committee News:


  • When?   Thursday, March 30th

  • Where? ‘The Grove’ in Inver Grove Heights

  • Cost?     $8 dollars ($2 skate rental)

  • Skating from 11-1pm

  • Swimming from 12-7:30pm (Swimming after 5:30 is $5)


·      When?    Saturday April 8, from 10-12:30pm

         Color run to start immediately after the fair

·      Where?   Red Pine Elementary School

***Reminder – Registration for the T-Shirts are due Monday March 20th, for the Color Run which is Saturday, April 8th.  Prior to the Color Run from 10 am -12:15, there will be a FREE HEALTH FAIR with vendors, bouncy houses, & games!  Come and join us!

Nurse’s Corner:  

Red Pine Families – please read! – taken from the Minnesota Department of Health.

The flu is a respiratory disease caused by a virus that attacks the nose, throat, and lungs. Illness is usually mild or moderate, not requiring hospitalization. However, at times flu can be severe, even leading to death. It is not the same as the “stomach flu.”

Flu symptoms include fever, dry cough, sore throat, headache, extreme tiredness, and body aches. These symptoms usually begin suddenly and might be severe enough to stop your daily activities.

Colds are generally less serious than the flu. With a cold, you’re more likely to have a runny or stuffy nose, while the flu causes body aches, fever, and extreme tiredness. A person with a cold can usually keep up with their normal activities, but someone with the flu can't. Flu can result in serious health problems like pneumonia, bacterial infections, and hospitalization.

What can I do to protect myself and others?

·         Get vaccinated.

·         Avoid being around others who are sick.

·         Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, or cough or sneeze into your sleeve.

·         Wash your hands often with soap and water, or an alcohol-based, waterless hand sanitizer.

·         Protect infants by not exposing them to large crowds or sick family members when flu is in your community.

·         Do not share drinking cups and straws.

·         Clean commonly touched surfaces often (doorknobs, refrigerator handles, phones, and water faucets).

What if I think I have the flu?

·         Stay home if you are sick.

·         Avoid contact with others.

·         Rest and drink lots of fluids.

·         If you are in a high-risk group, call your healthcare provider for advice.

·         Go to the doctor or the emergency room if you are having these symptoms:

o    Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath

o    Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen

o    Sudden dizziness

o    Confusion

o    Severe or persistent vomiting

o    Flu-like symptoms that improve, but return with worse fever and cough

Please keep your child at home for 24 hours after he or she is fever free without fever reducing medications.

Danna Steffen, RN

Red Pine Elementary

School Nurse

Ph: 651-423-7871

Fax: 651-423-7875

PTO News:

Box Tops

A friendly reminder to continue to turn in your collection sheets outside the office with your teacher's name on them. Also, please bundle the Bonus Box Tops separately.   Continuing through May 26th we will be having another competition to see which classroom will win an ice cream treat/popsicle party.  Go Cardinals! Winner will be announced.

If you have any questions, please contact Kirsten Langstraat @ Langstraatfamily@gmail.com

Red Pine PTO Scholarships

Scholarship applications for the Red Pine PTO scholarship are now available on the Eagan High School and Rosemount High School Family Connections pages, as well as in hard copy the schools' Career Centers. Eligible students are graduating high school seniors at Eagan HS and Rosemount HS who attended Red Pine Elementary for at least one year between 1st and 5th grades, with a GPA of 3.0 or higher, and who intend to continue their education at a university, junior college, or vocational school. Completed applications are due by no later than April 14, 2017, and scholarship recipients will be notified by no later than May 5, 2017. Please contact Eva Stensvad, eva.stensvad@gmail.com, with any questions.

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.

School Pak

We are already working on getting School Pak ready for the 2017-18 school year.  Please watch the upcoming Newsletters for more information. Once we are ready to go we will open up ordering online. You will be able to have it shipped for free to school and it will be waiting in your child's classroom during the Open House in August, or you can have it shipped to your home for a fee. This is a great way to enjoy time with your family over the summer and not worry about all the supplies you have to purchase! If you have any questions about School Pak, you can contact Dawn Horarik at dawnhorarik@yahoo.com; or you can call/text 952.240.4928.

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, April 6th at 6:30pm in the Media Center. We hope to see you there!

Community News:

ISD 196 Community Education:

Taking a staycation this spring break? Have fun and learn at a school near you … be on stage, code a game, paint a masterpiece, and more! Click here to see what’s we’ve planned for you. Register now, as classes are filling quickly! Don’t forget the pool is open during spring break for wet fun. Drop in ages 6+ $7. Tue, Wed, Thu | Mar 28-30 | 2-4pm | SHMS

In the land of 10,000 lakes and many more pools, be safe in the water and learn to swim (all ages)! Swim lessons begin Monday, Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday, April 2-8, at Black Hawk and Scott Highlands middle schools. $63-$210. Click here for more information and to register.

Plan a summer full of fun and learning! Visit www.district196.org/ce. Register early, activities, classes and events fill quickly.

Be your daughters prince charming. Take her to the 10th annual Daddy/Daughter Dance. Proceeds benefit community education youth scholarships.

Sat | Apr 22 | 6-8pm | $35 per couple, add’l child $19 | FRMS

Apps, Texts and Bullying, Oh My! (parents of school age children)

Tue | May 9 - 23 | 7-8pm | 3 ses $55 | BHMS

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