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November 23, 2016

posted Nov 23, 2016, 12:08 PM by Kristen Henning

Red Pine School Newsletter

Week of November 28 - December 2, 2016

Monday        cycle day 5 red C       - Grade 5 GT/YS to BizTown

Tuesday       cycle day 6 blue D        

Wednesday  cycle day 1 yellow E

Thursday      cycle day 2 green A   - NNAT2 and CogAT Testing Window Opens

Grade 4 Music Program 6:30pm

End of Trimester One  

Friday          NO SCHOOL               - Staff Development Day

School News:

Candy Cane Days – December 5 – 9, 2016

Candy Cane Days is a Red Pine Student Council Service Project. Each day during the week of December 5 - 9, 2016, students may purchase candy canes in their classrooms. Student council representatives and alternates sell candy canes in grades 1-5. Student council officers will come to the kindergarten classes and sell the candy canes.  Buying candy canes is strictly optional so please do not feel your student needs to participate in this service project if you do not want them to. All candy canes sell for 25 cents each. All proceeds from the sale will be used to purchase toys for the “Toys for Tots” campaign.  If you have further questions about this project, please contact one of the Student Council Advisors, Janie Moran or Linda Denmark at 651-423-7870.

Happy Holidays!!!             

Winter is coming!  Sign ups for the Red Pine Ski and Snowboard Club is here!  

Ski club letters went home with fourth and fifth grade students.

This year ski club will be mostly on Thursday nights and one Tuesday night: January 5, January 19, January 31, February 16, and March 2 from 5-8:00pm.  The make up night will be March 9.  Registration is due DECEMBER 9!

I look forward to another great year of skiing and snowboarding for our students!  Please let me know if you have any questions!

Thank you~

Kristen Henning

Start ordering your yearbooks today!

Yearbooks are on sale online now!!  They can easily be ordered by going to www.jostensyearbooks.com.  

Yearbooks will be handed out the last week of school!  Get your yearbook ordered before the rush!!

News from the RP Library:

So many great books to choose from over the breaks and holiday season!  Below are a few ideas of what to read with your loved ones - for everyone to love.  

Feel free to ask me about Hoopla free instant download service from the Dakota County Library which will have many of these titles:  ).

Washington Post's Best children's and young adult books of 2016:


Children's Book Council / International Literacy Association's 2016 Reading List:


Time Magazine's 100 Best Picture Books of All Time:


50 Books All Kids Should Read Before They Are 12:


New York Times' Best Illustrated Books Illustrated Books for Children of2016:



Mrs. Robertson & Mrs. Jarvi

Health & Wellness:

A Message from the Health and Wellness Committee:

Register for the event by filling out and returning the form attached to the flyer in your child's Friday Folder. Please return the slips and checks to Mike Kotasek.

Parent's Day Out

When: December 10, 2016

From: 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Where: Red Pine Elementary School

Cost:    $5.00 per child

*This event is limited to current RP students K-5 grades.*

"The Health & Wellness Committee will work to provide opportunities for Red Pine Students and families to develop healthier lifestyles by supporting the adoption of habits and attitudes that contribute to their positive well-being."

Nurse’s Corner:  

Greetings Red Pine Parents!

It’s that time of year where District 196 will be reporting Influenza-Like Illnesses to the Minnesota Department of Health.  When you call your child in ill, please let us know if he or she has a fever of 100 degrees or greater AND either a cough or sore throat.  This is very important information for us.  We will report if 5% of the total number of students are out with the symptoms or 3 or more in the classroom are out with these symptoms to the Minnesota Department of Health.  If there is a cluster of 3 or more in the classroom, that classroom will be notified.

We encourage all students, staff and family members to get the flu vaccine.


STAY HOME FROM WORK OR SCHOOL UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER THE FEVER RESOLVES WITHOUT FEVER REDUCERS.  This is very important.  If your child comes to school with a fever (or had fever reducers – to decrease temp within 24 hours) your child is still contagious and that affects other students, teachers and staff.  Please do not send your child to school if a fever over 100.  Please wait the 24 hours of fever free without medication to bring down the temperature.




Families – just a reminder about how important it is to practice good hygiene at home and at school and to report to the nurse any infectious disease – or unknown rash.  Most of the time, I will direct you to your pediatrician.  If you ever have any questions I am more than happy to help.  I have sent a link to you regarding hand, foot and mouth disease.  If you know your child has it, please let the nurse know.

Hand, Foot, and Mouth disease:  This is a viral illness.  Meaning, there are not antibiotics that will decrease their “infection”.   What does it look like?  Fever, decreased appetite, sore throat, being tired, sores in the mouth, skin rash with red spots, sometimes they will blister, can be on hands, soles of feet, knees, elbows, buttocks or genital area.  Not everyone has all these symptoms.

Transmission: Nose and throat secretions such as saliva, sputum, or nasal mucus.  Blister fluid and feces (stool).  The virus can stay on objects for 24 hours.  Generally the person is most contagious during the first week of the illness, however people may spread the virus for days or weeks after the symptoms go away.  Good handwashing will decrease the chance of spreading.   Have your kids review the handwashing video below.


When there are sores in the mouth, dehydration, especially in younger children, this is a concern.  So have liquids readily available, popsicles, water and so on.


Nurse Danna

Red Pine Elementary

School Nurse

Ph: 651-423-7871

Fax: 651-423-7875

PTO News:

Opportunity to Support Scholarship Fund for 5th Grade Eagle Bluff Field Trip November 25th and 26th

The Eagan Green Mill restaurant (Rahncliff location) is offering to help support the Red Pine PTO Scholarship Fund for our 5th grade Eagle Bluff field trip by donating 20% of sales on November 25th and 26th. Diners need to show a flyer or mention that they are with Red Pine.  Please consider dining at Green Mill after Thanksgiving!

Here is the link for the flyer:


We are looking ahead to next year’s PTO Board. A few board positions will be open and we are looking for parents who are interested in learning more about the PTO. It is a great way to get involved and help make decisions with the way fundraised dollars are spent at Red Pine. Please attend our next meeting or email johncongemi@gmail.com for more information.

SAVE THE DATE >>>for the Next PTO Meeting!

The next PTO meeting is scheduled for Thursday, December 8th at 4:30pm. We hope to get to get a record number of

parents to attend!

Community News:

ISD 196 Community Ed:

Check out these fun, learning opportunities …

Holiday Ornament Making Party (ages 5-12)

These ornaments will make great keepsakes or holiday gifts. Rotate to four different ornament making stations.

Sat | Dec 10 | 9am-12pm | $29 | FRMS

Holi-Dazzled Snow Globes

Design and create a dazzling snow globe to display throughout the long winter.

Sat | Dec 17 | 9am-12pm | $35 | BHMS

What are your plans during winter break? There is no school December 24 through January 1st! Check out A Day with Monet (ages 5-12), Rainforest Journey (ages 3 1/2-6), Camp Christmas (ages 4-9), Unicorns and Fairy Friends Art Camp (ages 4-9).

Plan ahead! Register now for these winter classes to insure your spot … they will fill quickly!

Cross Country Skiing ( families 5+), Intro to Snowshoeing (families 5+), Swim Lessons

www.district196.org/ceview videolike District 196 Community Education on Facebook