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March 18, 2016

posted Mar 18, 2016, 12:29 PM by Kristen Henning

Red Pine School Newsletter

Week of March 21 - 25, 2016  - NO SCHOOL - Spring Break


Week of March 28 - April 1, 2016

Monday       cycle day 5D

Tuesday      cycle day 6E  - Student Council Meeting   

Wednesday cycle day 1A    

Thursday     cycle day 2B     

Friday          cycle day 3C  



School News:


URGENT PARENT REQUEST: We NEED VOLUNTEERS for Spring Arts Night!

100% of the money from the Spring Arts Night basket raffle and silent auction goes back to our school programs for your child!

We need volunteers to coordinate the basket raffle, and volunteers to wrap completed baskets!

Volunteers to hang student art on the wall!

Volunteers the evening of the event; to sell raffle tickets, help with security, the silent auction, we will find a place for you!

Many volunteers are needed for a successful evening on May 5th!

Any time you could give would be appreciated! Thanks!

Please contact Jayme Smrstick at jaymesmrstick@gmail.com

or Peg Gust Red Pine Art Specialist at peg.gust@district196.org




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)

Purple order forms were sent home on Thursday, March 10, 2016.



Star Lab is Coming!:

Star Lab will arrive at Red Pine April 1st and stay in our media center for three weeks. All of our students will visit the lab at least once while it’s here. While in the lab, students will learn about stars, constellations, our moon, and stellar movement. Don’t be surprised if your child asks you to dust off your binoculars and dig out a star map for a night of stargazing with friends or family. Parents are invited to take a peek inside Star Lab before the April PTO meeting, beginning at 6PM in the Media Center.



LAST CHANCE!! -- 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.


Attention all 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Grade GT and Young Scholars Families!

A few weeks ago you should have all received registration materials regarding Nature’s Engineers, a week- long summer camp for GT and Young Scholar students.  I am hoping that many of you will take advantage of this wonderful summer learning opportunity for your child.  I am sending home 2nd notices in this week’s Friday folders for those who have not yet signed up.  Even if your child will not participate in the program, I am asking that everyone check the box marked: no my child will not participate and return it to me.  All registration materials are due back at school by April 3rd.  If you should have any questions regarding this opportunity, please feel free to email me at traci.mccarthy@district196.org.

Thank you,

Ms. Traci McCarthy

GT/Young Scholars/Enrichment Specialist



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. We 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!

Remember, T-shirt 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. T-shirts will be distributed to students on Friday, April 8.


Check your Friday Folder for the Move-It Minute Challenge Sheet! Be sure to return by April 1.

If you would like to volunteer at the event, email ​Paula Kirschenheiter ​at Paula.Kirschenheiter@district196.orgor Rachel Winklerat ​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.


INFLUENZA  - In ALL Grade Levels           

http://www.district196.org/District/Departments/HealthServices/Diseases/TechnicalFactSheet/1415_s6influ.pdf


STREP THROAT - In ALL Grade Levels      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

651-423-7871

danna.steffen@district196.org



PTO News:


URGENT PARENT REQUEST: We NEED VOLUNTEERS for Spring Arts Night!

100% of the money from the Spring Arts Night basket raffle and silent auction goes back to our school programs for your child!

We need volunteers to coordinate the basket raffle, and volunteers to wrap completed baskets!

Volunteers to hang student art on the wall!

Volunteers the evening of the event; to sell raffle tickets, help with security, the silent auction, we will find a place for you!

Many volunteers are needed for a successful evening on May 5th!

Any time you could give would be appreciated! Thanks!

Please contact Jayme Smrstick at jaymesmrstick@gmail.com

or Peg Gust Red Pine Art Specialist at peg.gust@district196.org



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.



Box Tops

The classroom that brings in the most Box Tops from March 1 through May 27th will win a Pizza party! Please continue to collect your Box Tops!  Thanks for your support.   

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


School Pak

It is that time of year again!  We are getting everything in order for School Paks,for the 2016-2017 School year. In the coming weeks, we will have a link in the newsletter where you can shop for the school supplies for the next school year. You will be able to elect delivery to school (free) or delivery to home (for a fee). The paks that are being delivered to school will be able to be picked up at the School Open House in late August. More information to follow. If you have any questions, you can contact Dawn Horarik at (952.240.4928) or dawnhorarik@yahoo.com



Facebook:

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



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