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May 12, 2016

posted May 12, 2016, 1:08 PM by Kristen Henning

Red Pine School Newsletter

Week of May 16 - 20, 2016

Monday       cycle day 3C  

Tuesday      cycle day 4D  

Wednesday cycle day 5E

Thursday     cycle day 6A - Kindergarten Field Trip

Friday          cycle day 1B

School News:

TRACK & FIELD DAY - Grades 1 - 4

Dear Red Pine Family and Friends,

Mr. Amundson and Mr. Kotasek would like to offer ALL parents the opportunity of coming out and watching their child/children participate in their in-house Track and Field Day Challenge.  We have also plan a few "FUN" stations that we think the students will really enjoy.  Please plan to make a morning or afternoon of the day (depending on the grade level and time). The date and times are listed below.  Please feel free to bring a lawn chair or blanket and follow your child around as they participate in a variety of events relating to track and field.  

1st grade Tues. May 24, 12:30 - 2:30 alt. day May 26 same time

2nd grade Tues. May 24, 9:30 - 11:30 alt. day May 26 same time

3rd grade Mon. May 23, 12:30 - 2:30 alt. day May 25 same time

4th grade Mon. May 23, 9:30 - 11:30 alt. day May 25 same time

We are also in DESPERATE NEED of track and field volunteers for ALL grade levels.  If you are interested in volunteering your time at the Track and Field event, PLEASE feel free to email me at mike.kotasek@distict196.org  Thank you for considering this opportunity.

We hope to see many of you there!

Mr. Amundson and Mr. Kotasek

Red Pine Physical Education Specialists

Greetings from the Red Pine Library-

Our students and staff are excited for Justice Alan Page's visit tomorrow (5/13).

Please remember to wear purple & gold or a jersey OR if you are feeling really fancy- please wear a bow tie to school.

If you were interested in ordering a autographed copy of either of Justice Page's books, please remember your (blue) order forms  first thing on Friday morning (5/13).


Mrs. Robertson & Mrs. Jarvi

Fill the Gaps – Friend get a Friend redcrossblood.org code: Red Pine

We could really use your help as we prepare for our upcoming blood drive. There are still open appointment times, and here are three easy ways you can help us meet our goal on Tuesday, May 17th.

  1. If you haven’t scheduled your donation yet, sign up!

  2. Invite your spouse or a significant other.  Share the love as you share the lifesaving gift of blood together.

  3. Invite a friend to our drive.  Donating blood is always more fun with a friend, so bring one along or in place of your donation.

If you have any questions or concerns about donating blood, don’t hesitate to get in touch. Your donation means so much to Red Pine Families and the American Red Cross. Patients in need count on drives like ours to provide a steady supply of blood. Each donation can help save up to three lives, so by meeting our goal, we can touch so many lives in our community and around the country.

Your commitment to our blood drive’s success and Red Pine Families are greatly appreciated. Let’s get those appointment times filled up.

Mary Kate Nelson

Red Pine Elementary


Health & Wellness News:

The Red Pine Health and Wellness Committee is organizing their 1st Annual Red Pine Drive to Health Golf Tournament to promote healthy living.  The tournament will be held, Sunday, September 18, 2016 to kick off the new school year!  Emerald Greens Golf Course will be hosting the tournament, which will be in the format of a scramble with a 1:30 pm shotgun start.  This event is for everyone (golfers and non-golfers) to enjoy an afternoon of exercise, friendly competition and camaraderie.  There will be contests at several holes and an awards ceremony to follow the tournament.  Please join Red Pine to promote healthy living this Fall. (Price, estimated, $48.00 per person to include cart).  To garner interest, please click on the link and complete a brief survey.  More information to come. Click this link for more information: http://bit.ly/1ZJez8f

Dear Red Pine Families,

~~From Mrs. Herman

Community Ed is offering several summer music opportunities for elementary-aged children.  Many are instrumental classes (summer band, piano and guitar lessons) but there is one vocal music camp called the Pitch Perfect Summer Singing Camp.  This is something started by the Allegro Choral Academy that is now being offered through ISD 196 and Lakeville Community Eds.  It’s for ages 6-11 and includes singing games, movement, rhythm work and choral study.  Activities are differentiated so that older kids can be challenged beyond what the little ones are doing.  The camp runs in the mornings on June 20-23 at Eastview High School.  Please check out the Community Ed link below:

Pitch Perfect Singing Camp (ages 6-11)


News from the “Bird Feeder”:


It has been a pleasure serving your child(ren) school meals this year.  I would like to thank everyone for their support and patronage of the school meals program.  The end of the school year is quickly approaching, and I want to stress the importance of maintaining a positive monetary meal account balance.

Beginning Tuesday May 31st (the day after Memorial day) and through the end of the school year, the cafeteria will be offering a cheese sandwich, fruit and a carton of milk to the children who owe for past meals eaten and who do not maintain a positive meal account balance.  To avoid this situation for your child, it is imperative that you monitor their account balance and assure that adequate funds are available.  Payments can be made to FeePay for free or a check can be sent in with your child at their school.

For elementary schools, the school lunch costs $ 2.40, breakfast costs $1.45 and a carton of milk purchased separately or in addition to the meal is $.40.

You may check your child’s meal account balance on SchoolView/ FeePay Account or by calling the RP kitchen at 651-423-7878.

Please know that, at the end of the year, any negative or positive meal account balance will be carried over to the next year.  Students moving from any District 196 school to another District 196 school will have their meal number and balance transferred to the appropriate school.  This includes any elementary school 5th grader transferring to a middle school or any middle school 8th grader transferring to a high school.

Again, I appreciate the opportunity to serve your children, and I thank you for their participation in our school meals program.

Sincerely yours,

Cheryl Rosa

Red Pine Elementary Food Service Manager

Nurse’s Corner:

Hello Red Pine Cardinal Families!  It is May 12th which means we only have 18 school days left.  Time to prep you for the end of the year AND give you information for the fall.


June 8th – the last day of school:  We do not store any medications over the summer.

Epi pens, nebulizers and Inhalers will be sent home with the kids.  The morning of – I will deliver the items to the kids and we will together put them in their back packs.  I need you to be aware so you can remove them upon arrival.  Also, with those 2 items will be NEW FORMS FOR 2016-2017 that the MD will need to fill out for the fall.  We do not carry over MD orders.  New orders need to be written every year so we know if any changes have occurred and we have the most current doctor’s orders to best support your child’s health needs.  

Controlled substances/daily prescribed medications will need to be handed off to a parent.  I cannot send home any oral medications that are controlled substances.  Please come in either June 6th, 7thor 8th and pick up the child’s medicine.  If you come in June 6th, I can put 2 days worth of medicine in a pill envelope marked with his/her name and administer so you have the bottle and any extra pills.  Also with these medications, I will be sending home NEW FORMS FOR 2016-2017 for your doctor to fill out.  New orders need to be written every year so we know if any changes occur.

Over the counter medications: Tylenol, Benadryl, Ibuprofen, cough drops, eye drops, special lotions will all be placed in the child’s back pack on the 8th, unless you come and get them prior.  Since these are OTC medications, I will NOT be sending home forms as a note from you next year is sufficient.

IMMUNIZATIONS:   The following link is for any child going to ECSE or Early Childhood Educations. http://learn.district196.org/mod/url/view.php?id=67012

The following link is for incoming Kindergarteners.  http://learn.district196.org/mod/url/view.php?id=75217

The following link is the 30 day notice letter and Immunization law. http://learn.district196.org/mod/url/view.php?id=67028

All students will need to have completed the necessary immunizations series for their age prior to the first day of school.  Please plan accordingly if you have a summer birthday as MD offices get busy in August.

VISION AND HEARING:  If your child sees an eye doctor, or has his/her hearing done by your pediatrician this summer or next year – please fax that information to me and I will enter the results into their health chart here at school.

Restrictions/changes to a student’s participation at school.  Any time a student has to change his/her participation level in Recess, PE, Band or School Work, a note from an MD is needed so we can notify all teachers involved and keep your child, our student safe while in our care.  We will also need an “all clear” for that student to return back to regular activity.

As always, please feel free to call or email me with questions, concerns, information you think I should be aware of to help you child reach his or her full potential while here at Red Pine.

Thank you and have a great summer!

Danna Steffen, RN

Red Pine Elementary

School Nurse

Ph: 651-423-7871

Fax: 651-423-7875

PTO News:

PTO Meeting

The next PTO meeting is TONIGHT, May 12, 2016 at 6:30pm in the Media Center. We will be voting on the 2016-2017 budget, as well as considering if we should use an electronic directory instead of the print version. You can visit this link to watch a 5-minute video that will walk you through all the aspects of the MySchoolAnywhere system from the parents’ perspective: http://msa-parents-guide.helpscoutdocs.com/article/210-videotour. In addition to the online directory, this site would also allow you to pay for PTO items online (Spirit Wear, Eat Your Colors Run, Twins Tickets) instead of writing a check, and you can also sign up to volunteer online as well.

Box Tops

Please remember to turn in your Box Tops outside of the office.  The class that brings in the most Box Tops from March 1 through May 27th will win a Pizza party!  

Please contact Kirsten Langstraat at langstraatfamily@gmail.com if you have any questions.

School Pak

We are ready for ordering!!!!  Shorten your to-do list for next school year by ordering your school supplies online at School Pak.  Please use the link to order your paks (Red Pine Elementary | School-Pak ).  If you order by June 10, 2016, you will have the option to have your paks delivered, for free, to school.  These paks will be delivered to your child's classroom and will be ready for the Open House at the end of August.  Otherwise you will need to order by July 12, 1016 for home delivery.  If you have any questions regarding this, please contact the School Pak Coordinator, Dawn Horarik, at 952-240-4928 or dawnhorarik@yahoo.com.

Community News:

Community Education

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Plan a fun-filled summer!  Summer Youth Schedule Grid

Click here for an interactive listing of all our youth summer programming in community ed! Plan a summer full of fun learning activities for your child! See what’s offered in the weeks you want to plan for your child and click on the offering(s) of choice to find out more information and to register!

Mark your calendars! Free! Code 196 (grades K-5) – May 21

Experience and learn coding through robotics and app development. Whether new to coding or if you have some experience already, learn through block coding and use what you’ve learned to try out some challenges! Click here for more information and to register.

Mark your calendars! Free! World’s Largest Swim Lesson – June 24

Join tens of thousands of participants from hundreds of locations around the globe to break theGuinness World Record for the largest simultaneous swimming lesson. Click here for more information and to register.

GRASP (grades K-8) Fire Sale – June 7

Did you miss the deadline? Some workbooks will be available for purchase on a first come, first served basis on Tuesday, June 7. The enrollment fee is $27 for one subject or $52 for both subjects. Call 651-423-7920 or 651-423-7924 to place an order by phone and then stop by the District Office East, 15180 Canada Ave in Rosemount to pick up your books. This nine-week correspondence program helps your child maintain their math and reading levels during the summer months. Complete lessons at home, mail them to us for correction and we will return them back to you. GRASP should not be considered a replacement for participating in summer school, if a child qualifies.