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May 19, 2016

posted May 19, 2016, 11:56 AM by Kristen Henning

Red Pine School Newsletter

Week of May 23 - 27, 2016

Monday       cycle day 2C  

Tuesday      cycle day 3D  

Wednesday cycle day 4E - Last Student Council Meeting of the Year - Reps & Alternates

Thursday     cycle day 5A

Friday          cycle day 6B

A Message From the Principal:

Dear Red Pine Families,

It seems amazing that we are in the last few weeks of school for the 2015-2016 school year.   It doesn’t seem that long ago that I first was introduced to the staff.  I have been able to meet so many great students, families, and teachers at Red Pine this year.   Thank you for your continued support of the Red Pine school community.

We are fortunate to have an exceptional teaching staff who work tirelessly to ensure every student at Red Pine continues to grow academically each school day.  As I work with our students and staff there are many things I have been reflecting on as I look at the year up until now.  One word that keeps arising is opportunity.  Our students have amazing opportunities offered to them at Red Pine.   From our concerts and other special evening events to the wide range of hands-on learning activities our students encounter with field trips and activities brought into the school, Red Pine students are given a well-rounded education.  Many of these opportunities exist because of your support.  Thank you for everything you do to help our students continue to have these opportunities.

Speaking of opportunity, we have an opportunity for parents to become more involved at Red Pine.  There are two parent seats available for the Red Pine Site Council.  The term for these positions is two years.  Site Council is a great way to support the learning at Red Pine while continuing to build on communication in and out of the school.   If you are interested in joining this group, or are curious about Site Council, please contact me.

I feel honored to be part of such an incredible school.  I hope you and your family have a great last few weeks of school!


Drew Goeldner

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

>>>LAST CALL of the Year for LOST & FOUND Items

Parents:  Please check out the LOST & FOUND table in the main hallway. It’s amazing what you’ll find!

               All items not claimed by Friday, June 3rd will be bagged up and donated to Good Will.

Address Changes

Please be sure to let the Red Pine office know of any home address change and/or telephone number changes that occur during the school year or in the summer.  We need to be made aware of the exact address and when the move occurs.  This information is extremely important not only to the Red Pine front office and nurse’s office, but also to District 196 transportation and student information departments.  Please call Janie or Jo at 651-423-7870 to report ANY changes.

Thank you for your cooperation!  

Children Home Alone:  Dakota County Guidelines

Children 7 years old or under cannot be left alone for any period of time.

Children 8-9 years old can be alone for up to 2 hours.

Children 10-13 years old cannot be alone for more than 8-12 hours.

Children under 11 years old cannot babysit younger children.

All of these guidelines assume that children know how to reach a parent or adult, are not afraid to be alone, and have average behavior, health, and maturity levels for their age.  Occasionally other circumstances are considered on a case-by-case basis.

A NEW ‘Transportation for Students in Day Care Notice’ needs to be filled out each time there is a change in your child’s daycare or any time your child is coming from or going to an address other than home for after school care.  Please remember this is the only way we have of communicating with transportation the busing needs of your child and ensures a safe and smooth release time for your child.  In addition, a new form needs to be filled out each new school year so the bus route can be adjusted accordingly in the fall.  Please call Jo or Janie at 651-423-7870 if you need a form.

Forms may be returned to Red Pine office.

---Thank you for your cooperation.

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”:

Breakfast & Lunch Menu for the LAST WEEK OF SCHOOL June 6, 7, 8:

June 6th:  Breakfast = Variety Pancakes, Cereal, Yogurt/Cheese stick, Fruit/Juice, Milk

    Lunch = Variety Chicken/Mini Corndogs, Biscuit/Dinner Rolls, Variety Vegetables, Variety  Potatoes, Fruit & Milk  

   Alternate = Ham or Turkey Sandwiches / Peanut Butter Sandwiches

June 7th:  Breakfast = Variety Eggs/Omelets, Cereal, Yogurt/Cheese stick, Fruit/Juice, Milk

                 Lunch = Italian Dunkers with Dipping Sauce, caesar Side Salad, Variety Vegetables, Fruit & Milk,

                Alternate = Ham or Turkey Sandwiches / Peanut Butter Sandwiches

June 8th:  Breakfast = Variety Muffins, Cereal, Yogurt/Cheese stick, Fruit/Juice, Milk

                 Lunch = Cheese Pizza, Corn, Mini Carrots, Frozen Treat, Fruit & Milk,     

   Alternate = Ham or Turkey Sandwiches / Peanut Butter Sandwiches                 


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:


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, 7th or 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:


Next Friday, May 27, is the last day to turn in BOX TOPS to be counted towards the pizza party.  

Please turn in your BO 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! 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.)