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March 24, 2017

posted Mar 24, 2017, 8:56 AM by Kristen Henning

Red Pine School Newsletter

Week of March 27 - 31, 2017   - Spring Break! NO SCHOOL

Week of April  3 - 7, 2017

Monday        cycle day - 5 red E -  MCA Continues!!!!  Be here - Be rested - Be fed  :)

Tuesday        cycle day - 6 blue A  - Star Lab Arrives

Wednesday  cycle day - 1 yellow B  

Thursday      cycle day - 2 green C  - Site council Meeting 4 - 5pm

- PTO Meeting 6:30 - 8pm  

Friday           cycle day - 3 red D - Rainbow Day” Sponsored by Student Council

Pokemon Cards

Recently there has been an increase in the number of issues at school and on the bus that are rooted in student use of Pokemon cards.  Due to the number of recent incidents that have interrupted student learning, we are asking that the students not bring the cards to school anymore.  Many teachers have already asked students not to bring them.  However, the bus has still been a place where many of the issues are starting with the Pokemon cards.  This morning Mr. Goeldner visited each classroom to explain the request.  If you have any questions regarding this, please call Mr. Goeldner or your student’s teacher.   

Substitute teaching opportunities available

District 196 has substitute teaching opportunities available for interested persons with a valid Minnesota teaching license or a bachelor's degree and are willing to obtain a short call limited teaching license. Substitute teachers earn $120 for full-day assignments and $70 for half-day assignments (up to four hours and 15 minutes). All short call substitute candidates must complete a 20-hour orientation (April 17-21, 2017) before they can begin substitute teaching; individuals with a standard teaching license must attend a 2.5-hour orientation session. Please email tracy.simpson@district196.org if you are interested in this opportunity.

Tracy Simpson

 I.S.D.196•Rosemount•Apple Valley•Eagan

 Human Resources Secretary•Sub-Caller

 tel. 651-423-7761•fax. 651-423-7858

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.  

Greetings from the Red Pine Library-

It time for March Madness and in the Library we have 32 picture books competing for the Sweet 16, Elite Eight, Final Four and Picture Book Championship Rounds.  Please feel free to print out a bracket and pick your favorite to win.  Return brackets to the library after spring break:


In the Computer Lab

Notes from Mrs. Skalski

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.

CAHOOTS 2017 Summer Program (GRASP replacement) - DEADLINE Approaching!!!

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

News From the “Bird Feeder”:

Local Lunch Day

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Twins Opener Recognized

All Beef Hotdog

Baked Beans

Dark Green Salad

Variety Fruit

Kemps Chocolate Malt Cup

Student and Parent Reminder:

~~ Breakfast is FREE for all kindergarten students.

~~ Breakfast and Lunch are FREE for all students K - 12who qualify for FREE or REDUCED-price school meals grades.

~~ Please try breakfast at your school. A nutritious breakfast is an important start to a child’s school day!

~~ Parents/Guardians: FeePay has the option for you to set a low balance reminder via email.

Cheryl Rosa

Food and Nutrition

Red Pine Elementary

Nurse’s Corner:  

Happy Soon to be Spring Break Families!  I hope you have a safe and healthy week.

A few reminders:

Lice – great time to have the little fellas make a home in yours.  Please be vigilant with sleep overs and checking your children.  Lice doesn’t start in schools.  It is in our community.  No sharing of brushes, combs, pillows, blankets,  hats and so on.  Remind your kids – sharing is great….not getting lice is even greater!

Monday after spring break……yikes!  It’s hard on everyone.  Make sure your children know, if they stay up late and play hard up until Monday, Nurse Danna will send them back to class unless they have a fever, vomiting or diarrhea.  Being tired is not on her list of things to send them home nor is it on the list of things to be resting in a sickly nurse’s office.  Ugghhhh!!!  Rest well on Sunday, stay hydrated all week and have fun.

Medicine Reminders:  If you have medicine that can be given at home, that is where it should be given.  If you need your child to have medicine in school – OTC – I will need a note from you as to why, when the last dose was, how much to give and when, in its original bottle, this is short term.  I will send it home at the end of the day.   If your child needs prescription medication at school, I will need the doctor’s order, and the medicine in its original bottle.

Cough drops, cough medicine, Ibuprofen, Tums and so on are not provided by the district.  The School Nurses Association of Minnesota and the Department of Education recommend we do not stock any over the counter meds and we do not dispense any over the counter meds to the students.

Enjoy your Spring!

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. Mark your calendars!

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

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