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May 19, 2017

posted May 19, 2017, 10:42 AM by Kristen Henning

Red Pine School Newsletter

Week of May 22 - 26, 2017

Monday        cycle day - 3 yellow D  

Tuesday        cycle day - 4 green E   

Wednesday  cycle day - 5 red A       - Student Council Meeting

Thursday      cycle day - 6 blue B     - Kindergarten Program and Celebration

Friday           cycle day - 1 yellow C  - Student Council Sponsored “Wacky Hair Day”

School News:


…..goes to Jayme Smrstick, Gary Sirik, Julie Sirek, and Heidi Marshall for the fabulous job on Spring Arts Night! Thanks to Drew Goeldner, Denise Vonasek, all the Red Pine Teachers and Staff, the Red Pine Students, our Red Pine Parents, Red Pine Families and extended community! Whether you helped a little or a lot, donated a little or a lot, bought a ticket, or helped a student find their art- every bit counts, and it was a great success because of you!

Thank You!

Peg Gust

Art Specialist

Track and Field Fun Days

WOW!!!  Where to start?  Of course with the STUDENTS!!

From 1st grade - 5th grade our Track and Field Fun Days went AWESOMELY WELL!!!  There were SO MANY smiles, enthusiastic expressions and students saying "this is the BEST day ever"!!!

All students followed the Cardinal Code, were very respectful to the volunteers, responsible with the equipment and some even THANKED the volunteers.  What a wonderful way to show appreciation and gratitude.

I have told the students this but PLEASE let them know what a WONDERFUL job they did and how proud I am of them!!!

To the FABULOUS Fifth Graders, Parents, and Grandparents that volunteered.  Without you this event would NOT be possible.  With MY Sincerest of APPRECIATION, THANK YOU!!

To ALL that came out to watch this exciting day happen, THANK YOU for taking time out of your busy day to spend it with us.

To my Specialist team, What a Bunch of Professionals and Team players.  Thank you for the support with the students, whether it was asking for extra time with the Fifth graders so they can practice and be ready for their BIG DAY at Rosemount High School or with the in-house meets, THANK YOU.  It is GREATLY appreciated.

To the Clerical Staff for being so flexible with their time.  Your willingness to GO ABOVE and BEYOND to HELP this event SUCCEED is a CREDIT to your professionalism.  THANK YOU!!

To Denise Vonasek for excepting one MORE thing on here plate (that we know is ALWAYS FULL) and setting up the coverage for my classes so I can put on this WONDERFUL event for the students.  THANK YOU, for ALWAYS being there.

To the Fifth Grade Teachers, THANK YOU for your flexibility and assistance with the fifth grade students.  Whether it was during their meet or helping with the in house meets, they are such a HELP and they bring an enthusiasm with them that is unbelievable!!!  THANK YOU and THANK THEM!!!

To Nurse Danna, for putting together a First Aid Kit.  I guess when you have it, you do NOT need it.  Great plan for next year.  THANK YOU, for the Help.

To Mark Holter, for mowing our grass before our event and for letting us use his water hose. THANK YOU, Mark.

To the Classroom Teachers, Thank you for the extra time out of your teaching day to MAKE this SPECIAL DAY HAPPEN.

What a Red Pine School Community we have, I could NOT be MORE PROUD of how we ALL work together to make these "SPECIAL EVENTS" happen.  

With My Sincerest of APPRECIATION,  THANK YOU!!!  

Mike Kotasek, Physical Education Specialist


It is hard to believe that we are almost through our 2016-2017 school year, but attendance is as important as ever!

Please help us finish out the school year strong by getting your student to school on time every day!

Students may enter the building after 9:10 am and the last bell rings at 9:25 am.

Emailing Absences to Teachers:

If you email your child’s teacher to report an absence, PLEASE make sure you copy the school office as well. If a teacher is out that day, the substitute cannot access the teacher’s email. The office needs to know the reason your student is absent and that they are safe. janie.moran@district196.org , jo.hutchins@district196.org , amy.bell@district196.org .  Thank you!


If your family is not returning to Red Pine next year, please let Janie Moran in the office know. Teachers are already working on class lists for next year. Email: janie.moran@district196.org or call the office at 651-423-7870. Thank you.

Lost and Found

Items from the lost and found box are out on tables in the hallway near the cafeteria.   They will be on display through May 31.  Please be sure you or your child(ren) check the table if you are missing something.  The items will be bagged up and taken to a charity on the last day of school.  Thank you.

Student Council Sponsored…Books For Africa Drive

Student Council will be collecting books for BOOKS FOR AFRICA through the month of May.

Book Drive boxes and Donation Jars will be in the Office, Mrs. Anderson/Wilson (Rm112) and Mrs. Denmark’s (Rm 110).

This will help communities in Africa where students and schools don’t have many books to read.

Thank You for supporting Red Pine Student Council!

Books For Africa Accepts:

·    Popular fiction and nonfiction reading books (soft and hard cover).

·    Books that are 15 years old or newer.

·    Primary, secondary, and college textbooks (soft and hard cover) with a 2000 or newer publish date.

·    Reference books such as encyclopedias and dictionaries published in 2005 or later.

·    Medical, nursing, IT, and law books with a 2000 or newer publish date.

Books For Africa Does NOT Accept:

·    Magazines, journals, cookbooks, wedding books, home decorating, murder mystery books and music books.

Greetings from the RP Library,

We've started our last checkouts for the school year this week.  Next week we'll start collecting  all library book returns from students and staff.  If your student(s) has a book that has been marked as lost this year or before, keep your eye out for a fine notice in Friday Folders.  Books that are not returned by the last day of school will incur a fine to replace the book over the summer.  Thank You for your help with this!

On a separate note, the RP Library is looking for flat bed sheet donations in any size or color.  We would like to cover the bookshelves over the summer w/ something reusable, instead of long rolls of paper.  Please send a flat bed sheet down to the RP Library if you are willing to donate to our cause.  We will need at least 15 or more.  


Mrs. Robertson & Mrs. Jarvi

Health & Wellness

Come Join the RP Health and Wellness Committee!

We are looking for parents to join our RP Health and Wellness Committee for the 2017-2018 school year.  We will be meeting Monday, MAY 22nd at 4:30 in the RP Media Center to start planning for next year.  Please join us if you would like to check us out.  It’s a fun committee with a lot of different levels of volunteer opportunities!  Hope to see some new faces on the 22nd!  If you have any questions, please contact Denise Vonasek at denise.vonasek@district196.org.

Reminder >>> 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.

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.

Starting again on Tuesday May 23rd 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 $ 2.50, breakfast costs $1.55 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 Red Pine 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 Kitchen Manager



Kids 1 year to 18 years old FREE SUMMER MEALS!!!!   See below:


July24 - August 10th >>> Cedar Park Elementary,  Westview Elementary,  Thomas Lake Elementary


June 19 - August 10th >>> Cedar Park Elementary Westview Elementary

June 19 - June 23rd >>> Oak Ridge Elementary

June 26 - August 10th >>> Thomas Lake Elementary

Serving times have not been determined. Please check www.district196.org  for more details.

Student and Parent Reminder:

~~ Breakfast is FREE for all kindergarten students.

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

~~ Please try breakfast at our 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.

Nurse’s Corner:  

Hot muggy weather  - the kids need more water.  Please remember to send in fresh water bottles for your kids to drink throughout the day.  They can refill them here at school.  Tennis shoes would be my choice of footwear for your child.  Prevents tripping (most of the time), foot pain and back pain.

Last day of school – any controlled substances that I have in my office for you child will need to be picked up by you and counted.  Please plan on coming to school that last week to retrieve your medication.  I can count out what is needed and place in a brown envelope for 1-2 days and you may take the bottle and the rest home.  I am hoping this is the least restrictive option for you, which is to have more than 1 day to pick the medication up. Any Over the Counter medication, Inhalers or Epi Pens I will place in your child’s back pack that day.

Reminder – I will need new orders for the fall from you MD when you bring in your child’s medication the week before school starts.  Please do not plan on dropping them off the 1st days of school.  I will be available for you Monday through Thursday 8:30-3:00 and Friday 8:30-10:30 August 28th through September 1st.

Families of the Red Pine Students

I know….next year already!  Yes, we need to prepare.   I have forms on the Red Pine Website that you can download and print for Medications, Epi Pens, Immunizations, Diabetic plans, asthma plan and seizure plan.

I will need a new one every fall.  The date needs to be 2017-2018 with a doctor’s signature.  New and updated orders.  Please bring these in on assessment days or the week before school, along with the medication in a Ziplock bag with your child’s first and last name and grade.  Please have these items in BEFORE the first day of school.  I have plenty of time on assessment days and the week before school to talk to you and answer your questions.  The first week of school, I will not have the opportunity to talk with you as 800 plus students will enter the building.

You can access  these forms by going to the Red Pine Website. Click on “Parents” then click on ”Nurse”.  On the left hand side will be a list, the 3rd one down is “forms”, click on that link and choose your form and print.  The medications needs to be in the original bottle and dropped off by parents.


All are from 4-6PM

June 8th West St Paul – Dakota County Northern Service Center

July 18th – Apple Valley – Dakota County Western Service Center

August 10th – West St. Paul – Dakota County Northern Service Center

Phone 952-891-7500 for Questions

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

School Pak

We are up and running on the School Pak website for the 2017-18 school year.  


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. The last day to have the paks shipped to school for free is
June 10, 2017 **

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.

Community News:

“Doggie Dash” at Rosemount High School

Please join us for a Doggie Dash at Rosemount High School pond this Saturday, May 20 hosted by Rosemount High School National Honor Society. This 2-mile fun run begins at 8:30 a.m. for participants without dogs and 9:15 a.m. for participants with dogs. Race day registration will also be available.  Proceeds from the race will go to Last Hope Animal Rescue.   https://district196.ce.eleyo.com/course/18933/youth-spring-2017/doggie-dash-family-fun-run-families

ISD 196 Community Education:

May is National Water Safety Month! Take the safe swimmer’s pledge! Have fun, be safe, learn to swim in our middle school pools. Click here for more information.

Plan a summer full of fun and learning! Visit www.district196.org/ce. Register early, activities, classes and events fill quickly.

Rosemount & Eastview High School Summer Theatre Camps! (grades 1-5) Work closely with the high school theatre department staff to develop your dramatic skills! Click here for more information.

S-P-I-R-I-T! Gonna high gear it! ‘Cuz we’ve got spirit!  Apple Valley Competition Cheer Team (grades 2-5) Click here for information.

Home Alone (parents and children ages 8-11)

Tue | May 23 | 6-8:15pm | $25 family | SHMS

Plan ahead! Summer drama fills quickly!

Hit the Lights! Summer Theatre Camp: Jr. Thespians Mon-Fri | Jun 12-16 | 9am – 1pm | $125 | EVHS

VocalMotion Performing Arts Camp (grades 2-5) Mon-Fri | Jun 12-16 | 8:30-11:30am | $115 | RHS

Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre-Alladin (ages 7-18) Mon-Sat | Jun 19-24 | $99 | RHS

Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre-Wizard of Oz (ages 7-18) Mon-Sat | Jul 31-Aug 5 | $99 | RHS

Get fit, get wet!

Junior Lifeguarding (ages 11-14) Mon-Thu | Jun 12-15 | 9am-12:30pm | $130 | FRMS