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March 9, 2017

posted Mar 9, 2017, 10:44 AM by Kristen Henning

Red Pine School Newsletter

Week of March 13 - 17, 2017

Monday        cycle day - 1 yellow E -  MCA Testing Begins!!!!  Be here - Be rested - Be fed  :)

Tuesday        cycle day - 2 green A   

Wednesday  cycle day - 3 red B  

Thursday      cycle day - 4 blue C       

Friday           cycle day - 5 yellow D -  “Wearin’ of the Green Day”  - Sponsored by Student Council

            - Report Cards Go Home

School News:

Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCAs) Start Next Week!

Students in grades 3-5 will take the computer-delivered Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCAs) between March 13th and 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.  

Student Council News:

Annual Stress Ball Spectacular Sale

Student Council will be having our annual stress ball sale! Orders will be taken until Monday, April 3, 2017. Stress balls will be $2.50 each - checks should be made to Red Pine Student Council. (Limit 4 per student)

Order forms will be sent home today Thursday, March 09, 2017.


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.

Health and Wellness Committee News:

FAMILY FUN SKATING EVENT - *****Dress in Green for St. Patrick’s Day!!

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

·      Where?   Skateville, Burnsville

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


  • 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

Nurse’s Corner:  

Hello Red Pine Families!

Has Spring Sprung?  Looks like it, doesn’t feel like it.  So…please have your students bring extra clothes.  Layers are best.  They will go outside – it may be cold, it may be wet, it may be perfect.

“Pimples in odd spots that don’t go away” ? If your child has an old pimple  - or so you think, that is causing pain, won’t go away, looks infected and gets bigger.  Please have it checked.  It could be an infection that needs treatment and won’t get better on its own.  I have seen this on a knee (my own son), on feet, legs.  Thank you.



Thank you,

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.   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

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:

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