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May 4, 2017

posted May 4, 2017, 9:57 AM by Kristen Henning

Red Pine School Newsletter

Week of May 8 - 12, 2017

Monday        cycle day - 5 red D  

Tuesday        cycle day - 6 blue E   

Wednesday  cycle day - 1 yellow A     

Thursday      cycle day - 2 green B   - Kindergarten Field Trip

 -  Spring Arts Night!!!! 5:30 - 8:00pm    

Friday           cycle day - 3 red C    -  School Store

School News:

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.

In the Computer Lab

Notes from Mrs. Skalski

MCA testing has been completed and we are back in the computer lab. You can feel the sense of relief among students and they are excited to dig in for our last month of the school year. There are a few highlights I would like to share, and more details can always be found on our website, Skalski Lab.

  • Kindergarten: We are working in our Reading Eggs accounts and creating our own unique stories in the story factory. Students are eager to share their stories with other students in the online showroom!

  • Grade 2: We have had several experiences this year doing research online. Our next few lessons will teach us habits to protect our safety and promote respect when we are online.

  • Grade 3: What does it mean to be a respectful digital citizen? We are exploring this question in the lab and will be asking some questions at home to start the conversation there too. Students will use the online curriculum called Digital Passport to guide the conversation.

  • Grade 4: Students are bringing props and personal devices to school to make a PSA (public service announcement) to promote kindness. They will take hundreds of pictures and turn them into a stop-motion animation. We will post our finished projects online so you can see them when we are done.

  • Grade 5: Students are assembling their personal narrative movies. They have worked hard to create everything they need for this movie project including the original script, images, background music, and personal recording. I’m having fun helping them bring it all together. Watch for an announcement to come from your child’s teacher about your opportunity to join the class for the big premiere of their projects at the end of the month.

Hello Parents!  A.K.A. Volunteer HEROS!

We are looking for parent volunteers this weekend to help wrap the classroom baskets!

Many hands make light work, please consider helping our Spring Arts Night Team!

Any amount of time is appreciated!

Please use this link:



Jayme Smrstick     jaymesmrstick@gmail.com

Peg  Gust                peg.gust@district196.org

We are still hanging art during the school day on Friday May 5 and Monday May 8, it's easy, join us!

Site Council

There are two open positions on the Red Pine Site Council.  If you are interested on being part of our Site Council please send Mr. Goeldner your name by Monday, May 15.  Each position serves a two year term.  Per our bylaws, we will be drawing names to fill those positions at the May 18 Site Council Meeting.

Drew Goeldner, Principal

Red Pine Elementary


Spring Clean Miss Corrigan's Garden!

Please join us Wednesday, May 10 starting at 3:45 as we get Miss Corrigan's garden ready for the season!  Bring your gloves and tools to help!  What a great way to welcome spring, help RP look amazing  and honor Miss Corrigan!  See you there!!

Volunteers Still Needed for RP Track & Field Meets!!!!

The Physical Education department is still in DESPERATE need of volunteers for ALL of our Track and Field meets.  If you are able to volunteer, PLEASE contact Mike Kotasek or Tom Sandman via email.  

Fifth Grade Monday May 8th (alternate date Monday May 15) 9:30 - 2:20

Fourth Grade Wednesday May 10 (alternate date Wednesday May 17) 9:40 - 11:40

Third Grade Thursday May 11 (alternate day Thursday May 18) 9:40 - 11:40

Second Grade Wednesday May 10 (alternate day Wednesday May 17) 12:30 - 2:30

First Grade Thursday May 11 (alternate date Thursday May 18) 12:30 - 2:30

THANK YOU in advance!!

Mike Kotasek and Tom Sandman

RP Physical Education Specialists

Red Pine Blood Drive

Since last year's blood drive was such a success, we decided to do it again! We will be having another blood drive at Red Pine on:

Date:       Tuesday, May 16th

Hours:     7:30 am – 1:30 pm

Location: Red Cross Bus in Red Pine parking lot

This year's goal is 45 donors.

To make an appointment go to www.redcrossblood.org and enter the sponsor code "Red Pine" in the blue box in the upper right hand that shows "Give Blood. Find a Blood Drive".

We are still in need of several volunteers to help with the blood drive. Responsibilities are very light and just require a person to be at the sign-in table. Please contact Mary Kate Nelson at 651-423-7870 if you can help in any way or have questions. Thank you!


We need YOU!

Red Pine Spring Arts Night is May 11th

There are many (easy) tasks leading up to our special evening,

We need YOU to make the evening a huge success!

Please consider volunteering!

(All proceeds go directly to student programs for your children!)

Please contact Spring Arts Night Committee Chair Jayme Smrstick jayme.smrstick@gmail.com or

Red Pine Art Specialist Peg Gust peg.gust@district196.org

News From the “Bird Feeder”:


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.

Cheryl Rosa

Food and Nutrition

Red Pine Elementary

Nurse’s Corner:  

Greetings Red Pine Families!

Happy Spring Red Pine Families!  I think after our May 1 snow, I can honestly say…..Happy Spring.

With spring comes wet, soggy, muddy areas of the playground.  My best advice for K-5, please have your student put an extra set of clothes in their backpack.  Sweats, socks, shirt.  I am limited on what I have.

Also, tennis shoes are safer and healthier for your student to wear than flip flops.  My best advice, please have your student wear tennis shoes, as a lot more fun can be had running around.

Water bottles, please have your student bring and use a water bottle.  If they lost their water bottle, I have Red Pine Strong water bottles (limited amount for sale in the nurse’s office - $3.00).

Thank you so much – have a great weekend!

Danna Steffen, RN

Red Pine Elementary School Nurse

Ph: 651-423-7871

Fax: 651-423-7875

PTO News:

Gertens Plant Card Fundraiser

Gertens and Red Pine have teamed up again for a Plant Card Fundraiser.  Profits (15%) from this fundraiser will help support Red Pine’s classroom activities.  Consider picking up a few for gifts:  Mother's Day, Father's Day, housewarming, birthdays, showers, wedding gifts, anniversaries, memorials . . . and more!  Orders are due May 5th!
Questions?  Contact Jayme Smrstick at jaymesmrstick@gmail.com.

Red Pine Alumni College Scholarships

The Scholarship Committee is pleased to announce that this year's winners of the Red Pine PTO Scholarships are Mark Christianson (Rosemount High School) and Ryan Pagois (Eagan High School).  Congratulations Mark and Ryan, and we wish you the best of luck next year!!  And a big thank you goes out to the members of the Scholarship Committee (Rachael Wollersheim, Michael Reed, Tina Reed, Kristin Kratz, Lynn Galarneau, and Sheila Thompson) for their time and thoughtfulness as they took on the difficult task of selecting only two scholarship recipients from among the many qualified and impressive students who applied.

Last PTO Meeting of the School Year! - Save the date!

Our last PTO meeting of the school year is scheduled for Thursday, May 18 at 6:30 PM in the Media Center. We hope to see you there!

Open PTO Chair Positions

We are looking for volunteers for two open positions next year: Vice President and Treasurer. If you are interested in either opportunity, please contact John Congemi at johncongemi@gmail.com .

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

Red Pine Spring Arts Night - May 11 Save the Date!

Join us at Red Pine's Spring Arts Night on Thursday May 11th from 5:30 - 8:00.  Enjoy your children's artwork, stay for music, food, classroom basket raffle and  the silent auction!  

Spring Arts Night Volunteers:

The Spring Arts Night committee is looking for volunteers to help before, during, and after Spring Arts Night. There are several opportunities.
Setup help after school, ticket selling, classroom basket and silent auction monitoring. We are looking for volunteers to donate just 30 minutes. If you are interested, please sign via the signup genius.

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 on Saturday, May 20! This 2-mile event begins at 8:30 a.m. for participants without dogs and 9:15 a.m. for participants with dogs.   Register by May 13 at the link below and receive a t-shirt.  Race day registration will also be available.  Proceeds from the race will go to Last Hope.   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