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March 3, 2016

posted Mar 3, 2016, 12:12 PM by Kristen Henning

Red Pine School Newsletter

Week of March 7 - 11, 2016

Monday       cycle day 2E - Online Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA) begins

Tuesday      cycle day 3A - Math Olympiad Contest #5

Wednesday cycle day 4B

Thursday     cycle day 5C - End of Trimester 2  

Friday         NO SCHOOL - Staff Development  

A Message from the Principal:

Dear Red Pine Families,

I hope the month of March is beginning as you had hoped it would.  At Red Pine there are many things happening that make this such an exciting place to learn.  Thank you for your continued support of the Red Pine school community.

I feel the most important aspect of my job is safety.  Students need to feel safe in order to learn.  Teachers need to feel safe in order to effectively facilitate learning.  Parents need to know their children are safe at school.   Recently I have been talking with students regarding reminders about safety at school, including being safe during more open times of the day, like recess.

We are continuing to add safety measures at our school, some of which will be coming with the passing of the bond referendum.  We will have a new secured entrance that will ensure people have to walk into the office before entering the rest of the building.  Another change in the next couple of years will be an adjustment in the parking lot to better separate the parent drop-off section from the bus drop-off section.

While both of these projects are still in the design stages, there is something we can do now to increase safety in the parent drop-off/pick-up area.  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, 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 and walk with your student.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact me.


Drew Goeldner  

School News:

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!

The Da Capo Musical After School Program will be performing  “Another Opening, Another Show”

On Tuesday, March 8.  The show will start at 3:50.  Parents are invited to come watch the show. Everyone has been working so hard on this show. They are so excited to perform. The students in Da Capo Musical would also like to send out an invite to all their teachers to come and watch.

The students in grades 3, 4, and 5 who have participated in the Da Capo Musical “Another Opening, Another Show”, will have the opportunity to be part of the District 196, Dakota Valley Festival Children’s Choir in the fall of 2016. Information will be sent home next fall.

THANK YOU Red Pine Elementary Parents and Staff!

We had a GREAT Book Fair during the conferences this year and I am always impressed with the amazing support! The students in each grade will be enjoying 50% back of the sales in free books!

Please feel free to contact me should you need any followup books for series or are interested in different books you weren't able to get at the book fair - check out our entire line at www.mybrilliantbooks.com

More information: Tami at Usborne Books & More, tzvolena@gmail.com, 651-491-4915

Red Pine Math News:

Congratulations to Ryder Ligtenberg and Elisha Sanchez for getting a Perfect Score of 5 out of 5 on Math Olympiad Contest # 4!  Wow!

Congratulations to Drew Gullickson, Kyle Harris, Marissa Jacobson, Swami Marungar, Nick Meyer, Anthony Nguyen, Anish Ramlall, and Luke Schlede for scores of 4 out of 5 on Math Olympiad Contest # 4!

Way to go Morgan Becker, Mya Cinnamo, Kiera Curtin, Natu Daniel, Grace Delmonico, Aspen Howard, Sam Hull, Jack Johnson, Sophia Juntilla, Kaia Ketcham,Liam Laddusaw, Joseph Le, Eric Li, Griffin McClary, Jimmy Nicklay, Ella Patnode, Noah Schwans, Aiden Sorsoleil, Henry Stenger, Jack Stier, Adi Sunkam,Mason Swanson, Sophie Thomas, Carter Veen, and Rosella Zaske for scores of 3 out of 5!

Super job to everyone for giving it their best shot!  Math Olympiad # 5, the last one of the school year, will be next Tuesday, March 8th.  Keep trying everyone!

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. Check your Friday Folder for more details.

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!

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

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

Nurse’s Corner:

Flu Symptom Screening Tool For Parents and Caregivers:

Use this questionnaire each day your child is sick with flu-like symptoms and follow the instructions for

when to keep the child home and what to tell the child’s school.

Does your child have:

  1. Fever of 100 degree Fahrenheit or higher?  YES or NO

            (Take the child’s temperature before giving him/her fever-reducing medicine, like Tylenol.)

      2.   Sore throat?  YES or NO

      3.   Cough?  YES or NO

Should I Keep My Child Home?

~~If you checked “YES” for fever AND one of the other symptoms, keep your child home for at least

24 hours after his/her fever is gone without fever-reducing medicine. For many children this will be 5 to 7 days.  Your child should feel well enough to participate in school before returning.  If you have questions about your child’s health or symptoms, call your child’s doctor or clinic.

~~If your child has been diagnosed by a doctor or clinic with a different disease, such as strep, follow

your doctor or clinic’s recommendation and school policy for when to return to school.

What Should I tell My Child’s School?

~~If you checked “YES” for fever AND one of the other symptoms, tell the school that your child is home

with “influenza-like” illness.

~~If your child has been diagnosed by a doctor or clinic with a different disease, such as strep, tell your

child’s school.

Here is a link for more information about the Flu. http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/idepc/diseases/flu/basics/flufacts.html

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 several vacancies that need to be filled for the 2016-17 school year, including Vice President, Treasurer, and Fall Fundraiser Committee Chairperson. If you're interested in getting involved and would like more information, please email John Congemi at johncongemi@gmail.com.

Art Adventure

We are on Week 3 of an Art Adventure! This week in our American Sampler theme, your children viewed  Billboard by Grace Hartigan and Reminiscences of 1865 by John Frederick Peto, with each pieces showcasing a very different eras in America. Be sure to ask your kids all about what they saw in each piece; which president was in one of the artworks?  They are great Art Adventure detectives and will have much to share with you!!

Box Tops

Thank you to all the Red Pine families for collecting Box Tops for Education. In February,  3,468 Box Tops were turned in. Our school receives $346.80 because of you! To date, we have raised $1,665.50!  

The class who collected the most Box Tops October through February and wins the pizza party is….

Mrs. Henning’s Kindergarten class! CONGRATULATIONS!! Your class brought in 1000 Box Tops!

Second place goes to Mrs. Monssen’s 3rd grade class, bringing in 825 Box Tops.

Rounding out the top 3 was Mrs. Tufto’s 1st grade class, bringing in 575 Box Tops!  

Continue to collect our Box Tops! (There may be a special incentive in next week’s newsletter.) If you have any questions, please contact, Kirsten Langstraat at langstraatfamily@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!

It doesn't feel like it, but Spring is about  a month away and it is 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:

The Drama Group at Dakota Hills Middle School will be performing Aladdin Jr on Thursday, March 10th at 7:00 pm; Friday March 11th and Saturday, March 12th at 2:00 pm.  Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students.  Under the direction of our Director, Ms. Edie Stellick, the middle school has put on some amazing shows these last few years!

The performances will be an entertaining evening for the elementary (and younger) kids as wells as give 5th grade students something to look forward to as they prepare for middle school.  The staff at Red Pine will also enjoy seeing some alumni in lead and supporting cast roles too!