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March 2, 2017

posted Mar 2, 2017, 10:15 AM by Kristen Henning

Red Pine School Newsletter

Week of March 3 - 10, 2017

Monday        cycle day - 3 yellow A   -  Art Adventure continues all week

  •  MCA Testing Window Opens

Tuesday        cycle day - 4 green B   

Wednesday  cycle day - 5 red C  

Thursday      cycle day - 6 blue D      -  Site Council Meeting 4 - 5pm

  -  PTO Meeting 6:30 - 8pm

  -  End of Trimester Two

  -  Last Day of Art Adventure

Friday           NO SCHOOL - Staff Development Day

A Message From the Principal:

Dear Red Pine Families,

Is it really March already?  This has been an interesting winter with warmer temperatures and snowstorms that are just out of reach.  One thing is for sure, while all that has been happening on the outside, great things continue to happen for our students inside Red Pine.  

Thank you to everyone who is helping to make the drop-off process go more smoothly.  While it isn’t completely free of issues, the drop-off process has improved.  Please remember, it will never be a safe situation for your child if you let him or her out of your car OR pick them up while you are in the inner part of the drop-off area.  Please be patient and wait for a spot on the curb so we can ensure the safety of everyone.

We are approaching the time of year where our third, fourth, and fifth grade students will be taking the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA).  Third, fourth, and fifth grade students are assessed in reading and math, while fifth graders are also assessed in science.   These assessments are taken on a computer, and are broken up into multiple sections on multiple days.  You can find the link to the assessment calendar on the Red Pine webpage.  Here is a link that will bring you right to the calendar. Red Pine Assessment Calendar

The students have been learning how to maneuver the different aspects of these online assessments.  One strategy we are asking our students to focus on is to take their time.  They can take as much time as they need on the assessment.  Through some of the practice assessments, we have seen that some of the students read through the passages and answered the questions very quickly, which creates an outcome that doesn’t match the students’ actual skills and abilities.  We have an incredible student body at Red Pine that brings a tremendous set of skills and abilities each day.  We want to make sure that each student’s ability is shown in the results of these assessments.   Please talk with your students about these assessments.  If you have any questions, please feel free to call the classroom teacher or myself.

Red Pine is a special place to learn and grow.  Thank you for your continued support as parents and members of the Red Pine school community.

Drew Goeldner


School News:

Dear Parents/Guardian,

Our school is proud to partner with the American Heart Association and the “zoo crew” this year through Jump Rope/Hoops For Heart. With our focus on Healthy Habits, we have been challenged to see how far and how loud our school can “ROAR” for heart health. By accepting this challenge we can earn up to $500 for our school to purchase new playground and physical education equipment. If you would like to help, please register online at www.heart.org/jump and email at least 10 family and friends. Every 10 emails will bring us one step closer to meeting our “Roar Challenge”. Let’s give our loved ones the best GIFT EVER, by sending them a message about heart health. I look forward to seeing how big we can make our ROAR for heart health!

PLEASE look through the two information sheets that were sent home in your child's Friday folder.  If you have any questions, PLEASE contact Mr. Kotasek or Mr. Sandman at Red Pine Elementary School.

Thank you for considering this wonderful opportunity.  


Mr. Kotasek and Mr. Sandman

RP Physical Education Specialists

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.

News from the RP Library:

We really enjoyed all of our I Love 2 Read Month activities with classes during February.

Thanks to all the students who dressed up as a favorite book character last Friday.  All of the Who Do You Read With pictures were so much fun!  

We had the most points from the 2nd Grade Team!  Kindergarten and 3rd Grade were close behind.  A slideshow of all the pictures is available at:


For our READO Boards we selected one winner from each of the grade levels.  Congrats to the following winners:

K-Montgomery- Haley T.

1-Rockwell- Kennedy L.

2-Kratz- Elias S.

3-Monssen- Allison F.

4-Crumb- Avery M.

5-Denmark- Morgan B.

For the first time this year we've chosen a I Love 2 Read Month Bookmark. Classrooms voted from 24 finalists and one bookmark drawn by a 5th Grader was chosen.  A slideshow of the bookmark finalist are available at: https://drive.google.com/a/apps.district196.org/file/d/0B4GPV903apElaXZVbUFUYmt0SUE/view?usp=sharing

Thanks again for all of your hard work this I Love 2 Read Month!

Happy Reading,

Mrs. Robertson & Mrs. Jarvi

News From the Bird Feeder:

For National School Breakfast Week we will have the following new options for the 4 days (excluding KG Breakfast in the classroom):

Monday March 6

French toast Sticks(  IW with 3 pieces per bag = 1 serving)


Go Big yogurt



Tuesday March 7

New Tasty Pastry(1/2 size long john and we will top with caramel smear)

LOL cheddar cheese cubes IW

Cereal- 2 new ones IW bowls Fruit Loops and cocoa puffs



Wed March 8

Build your own Burrito (one Tortilla, scrambled eggs, salsa, shred cheddar cheese, diced peppers, sour cream- new recipe- students build their own- they have options-a recipe will come out

Trix yogurt



Thursday March 9

Pancake topping Bar- large pancake

Frozen USDA blueberries, sliced strawberries ¼ cup each or ½ cup but students only get one if ½ cup portion

Low pro yogurt strawb or vanilla- ½ cup or cheese stick


Whipped topping



*****Local Lunch Day - March 9th

Panini Bread from General Mills

Chicken drummies


Smiley face potatoes

Mini carrots

Cheryl Rosa

Food and Nutrition Manager

Red Pine Elementary


Health and Wellness Committee News:

Mark your Calendars!


·      When?    Tuesday March 14th from 6-8pm

·      Where?   Skateville

·      Cost?      $5 dollars ($2 inline skate rental)


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

         Color run to start immediately after the fair

·      Where?   Red Pine


  • 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)

Nurse’s Corner:  

Hello Red Pine Families!

Is it spring???…or are we still hanging onto winter?  Either way….an extra set of clothes should be in every child’s back pack.  Mud, rain, dirt, puddles and so on.  K-5.

If you have any boys sweatpants any size or girls sweatpants / leggings, Nurse “Danna Banana” could use a couple extra pairs.  Please don’t go out to buy some, just if they have outgrown.  Any boys or girls socks also.

We have plenty of jeans and short sleeve shirts.

Thanks so much and have a great weekend!

Danna Steffen, RN

School Nurse

Ph: 651-423-7871

Fax: 651-423-7875

PTO News:

Box Tops

Thank you to all the families who turned in Box Tops!  There were a lot of box tops that came in during February.  Congratulations to Mrs. Henning’s class as they won the Box Top pizza party!  Mrs. Kratz’s class came in a close second with only 369 box tops short of tie. Nice work!   To date we have brought in $1,223 towards our goal of $3,000.  Thanks for supporting Red Pine!

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.   From March 1 - 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

Spirit Wear

Thank you to everyone who placed a spirit gear order.  Orders were delivered to your childrens classrooms this week.  With the 12% donated back to Red Pine we raised $249.60!

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 next Thursday, March 9 at 6:30pm in the Media Center. We hope to see you there!

Community News:

You are Invited to Help Us Reimagine Education!

As active members of our school district community, you are invited to attend a community conversation about the future of education in our state. The meeting will be held Wednesday, March 8, 6-8:30 p.m., at the Diamondhead Education Center in Burnsville and is intended for residents of districts 196, 194 (Lakeville) and 191 (Burnsville).

“Reimagine Minnesota” is a collaborative effort of approximately 40 metro-area school districts to develop a collective education plan to address integration, access, opportunity and educational achievement in our state’s schools. Please consider attending the meeting March 8 to share your ideas for a new model of education in Minnesota that is designed for the success of all students. Childcare, interpreter services and transportation are available upon request when you register at www.District196.org/register.  A copy of the District 196 news release is attached for your reference.







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

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