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May 5, 2016

posted May 5, 2016, 12:00 PM by Kristen Henning

Red Pine School Newsletter

Week of May 9 - 13, 2016

Monday       cycle day 4C  

Tuesday      cycle day 5D  

Wednesday cycle day 6E

Thursday     cycle day 1A - Site Council Meeting 4 - 5pm

   PTO Meeting 6:30-8 pm

Friday          cycle day 2B - School Store

School News:

Greeting Red Pine Families!

Join us for Spring Arts Night TODAY May 5, 5:30-8:00PM

Basket Raffle (tickets are 7 for $5.00 payable to Red Pine PTO),

Silent Auction, Music, Food Trucks, and of course your child's art

organized by the first letter of their last name!

All profit goes directly to Red Pine student programs!

Special thanks to parent and staff volunteers, we appreciate you!

The Spring Arts Committee,

Jayme Smrstick and Peg Gust

Greetings from the RP Library-

Red Pine Students and Staff are gearing up for Justice Alan Page's visit with students on the morning of Friday, May 13th.  Students in Grades K-2 will meet with Justice Page as he answers questions and reads his book written with his daughter Kamie Page, Alan and His Perfectly Pointy Impossibly Perpendicular Pinky .  Students in Grades 3-5 will meet with Justice Page as he answers questions and reads his book written with his daughter Kamie Page, The Invisible You.

We have attached a Book Presale Order Form for families interested in owning either or these books. Proceeds from book sales go to the Page Education Foundation, which provides scholarships to Minnesota students of color to go to college.  Book pricing is on the attached order form and all books will be pre-signed.  More information about Justice Page and the Page Foundation is available at http://page-ed.org/

Thank You,

Mrs. Robertson & Mrs. Jarvi

Red Pine Elementary Library

Blood Drive Coming to Red Pine

On ​Tuesday, May 17th​ Red Pine will be hosting a blood drive in honor of Bryan Joas​ ​as well as Red Pine students, staff, and families who have recently experienced challenging health circumstances. We will have a Blood Mobile in our visitor parking lot from ​7:30am - 1:30pm​. To donate, please go to ​RedCrossBlood.org​. The sponsor code is: ​Red Pine​. If you are having problems signing up online, please contact ​Mary Kate Nelson​ at Red Pine ​651.­423.­7870 ​or email at Marykate.nelson@district196.org. You can also contact 1-800-Red Cross.Thank you and let's all be ​RedPineStrong​!

In Need of ONE More Volunteer for the Blood Drive!

We are in need of just one more volunteer for our blood drive on Tuesday, May 17th. This volunteer would need to be at Red Pine from 8am-9am.

QUESTIONS? Please contact Mary Kate Nelson at marykate.nelson@district196.org or 651-423-7870.


Important August – September Dates for Incoming 6th Grade Students and Parents:

Wednesday, August 24th: 6th Grade WEB Day (9 AM to Noon)

- Students work with WEB leaders: schedules, lockers, activities, classrooms, schedule run-through, and fun

Thursday, August 25th:  Virtual Back-to-School Day (3 – 7 PM)

- DHMS website/feepay tasks, fees, lunch account deposits, Wildcat clothing, etc.

- All can be done from home, but parents may come to school from 3 – 7 PM for technical assistance or help

Wednesday, August 31st:  6th Grade Parent and Student Night (3 – 5 PM)

- Students can “move into” their lockers, run through of first day classes in sequence, teacher contact and info

Tuesday, September 6th: First Day of School (Day 1-Green Day on student schedules)

- Students follow their Day 1/Green Day schedules

Thursday, September 15th: LifeTouch Portraits

- During school, portrait ordering information will come home during the first week of school

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 Families!

Finally – bright sunny beautiful weather.  More outside time for the kids to run off that energy and get back in the classroom ready to learn.

Some things to think about for kids with allergies and being outside more:

When they come in – they should go to the sink and wash their face and hands before going to their classroom.  This should help with watery eyes, itchy noses and so on.  I do not have any over the counter allergy medication that I can disperse to the kids.  Maybe having an extra set of clothes here for outdoor allergies would help.

If your child needs OTC allergy meds, you are more than welcome to send it in with a note and have the medication labeled stating when they are due to have it.  I am more than happy to administer the medication.  If it is a prescription medication I will need a note from the doctor.

Rash reminder.  If your child has an unidentified rash, I will need a note from the NP/doctor stating he or she is not contagious.  There are so many different rashes out there…a provider is best to diagnose.  This just protects the other 749 kids in school also.

This fall will be a huge health promotion push here at Red Pine.  I have a group of 4th graders who are working diligently on how they can promote health and independence throughout our entire school next year.  They are working with myself, Mr. Goeldner, Health and Wellness committee and will presenting their ideas to the PTO for support on May 12th.  

The Health Heroes have had support from several areas of the school so far and their hope is to have all families and staff jump on board.  Mrs. Hutchins, Mrs. Moran and Mrs. Bell or A.K.A. the front office 3, have been on board since day one with ideas for presentations, where to go for supplies, when is a good time to present, and they will be helping with the goodie bags – thinking about where we can get items and test driving different types of water bottles.  Mrs. Hillier, our tech clerk, will be helping with the technology side of things, video, pictures, editing, and smart board items.

Ms. Herman, our music instructor, has been helping the kids rehearse, the Health and Wellness committee has donated money towards the “HEALTH HEROES” projects.  Mr. Goeldner is taking the lead on May 12th to support the kids in their presentation to the PTO and helping us explore ideas,  Aaron McKie is my graphic designer, has been working on health promotion posters  - and is also the new lead of the Health and Wellness Committee.  The hope is to have everyone involved, excited to promote health, independence, and prevent the spread of germs.  More fun details to come.  *IF ANYONE HAS A BLACK LIGHT, LET ME KNOW.

Remind kids to bring their water bottles to school.  Hydration is one way to flush all those germs away.

LAST, BUT NOT LEAST: clothes needed in nurses office, especially 4th and 5th grade.  Sweat pants, long sleeve shirts, shorts and short sleeve shirts, boys and girls.  No need for new, just ones your kids grow out of.

Thank you and have a great weekend!

Other IMPORTANT nursing reminders:

If your child has a rash – prior to your child coming to school, I will need a note stating that he or she is not contagious and is able to be in school.  This will help prevent any spread if your child is contagious.  Rashes can mean many different things and the best person to identify and declare not contagious is your child’s doctor.  

If your child has a fever – the child needs to be fever free for 24 hours without any fever reducing medications such as Tylenol and ibuprofen.  If you send your child with Tylenol or ibuprofen  in their system prior to the 24 hours of fever free, they may feel fine until after lunch, then spike a temp, and also have passed whatever they are ill with onto other students.

If your child has vomited or had diarrhea – please keep your child home for 24 hours after the last episode.  Once again, this is to help the spread of the illness to other students.

Healthy students, healthy staff, healthy school.  If you have any question in your mind whether your child should be at school.  Please give me a call.

Have a happy and healthy day!

Thank you,

Nurse Danna



PTO News:

Scholarship Committee Update

The Red Pine PTO Scholarship Committee has completed its review of this year's applications and is excited to announce that this year's scholarship recipients are Theresa Novack (Eagan HS) and Natalie Stoner (Rosemount HS).  A big thanks goes out to the committee members: Lynn Galarneau, Traci McCarthy, Kristin Kratz, Sheila Thompson, Kim Meyer, Rachael Wollersheim, and Cris Vatter.  We couldn't have done it without your help!  And congratulations Theresa and Natalie!! Good luck next year!

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.

PTO Meeting

The next PTO meeting is 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.

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.