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November 25, 2015

posted Nov 25, 2015, 11:33 AM by Kristen Henning

Red Pine School Newsletter

Week of November 30 – Dec. 4, 2015


Monday          cycle day 5C  

Tuesday         cycle day 6D  -  NNAT2 and CogAT Testing

Wednesday    cycle day 1E  -

Thursday        cycle day 2A  -  CogAT Testing

                                                 Grade 4 Music Program – 6:60 pm

                                                 End of Trimester One

Friday             NO SCHOOL – Staff Development Day

School News:

 NNAT2 and OLSAT Testing in December


All 1st grade District 196 students will be participating in the administration of the Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test:  Second Edition (NNAT2) in December with Red Pine students taking the test on Tuesday, December 1, 2015.  

 The NNAT2 assessment uses progressive matrices to allow for a culturally neutral evaluation of students’ nonverbal reasoning and general problem-solving ability, regardless of the individual student’s primary language, education, culture or socioeconomic background.  Results are used along with other assessments to best plan school learning activities for each student. 

 All 3rd and 5th grade students in District 196 will be participating in the administration of the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) during the month of December with Red Pine students taking the test in 30-minute segments on Tuesday, December 1st, Thursday, December 3rd and Tuesday, December 8th.  

 The CogAT assessment measures students’ learned reasoning abilities in the three areas most linked to academic success in school:  Verbal, Quantitative and Nonverbal.  Results can be used to assess a student’s ability to perform school learning tasks, to suggest possible placement for school learning activities and to evaluate a student’s achievement in relation to the talents brought to school learning situations.  The subscores are for tasks that require the use of English language (Verbal) and those that do not require the use of the English language (Quantitative and Nonverbal).  Verbal tasks include verbal analogies, sentence completion and verbal classification.  Quantitative tasks include number analogies, number puzzles and number series.  Nonverbal tasks include figure matrices, paper folding and figure classification.

 If you have any questions regarding these assessments, please contact denise.vonasek@district196.org.


 When calling in your child’s absence please refer to the Red Pine Calendar (under the ATTENDANCE section) to determine if your child’s absence will be recorded as excused or unexcused.

Students signed out before the end of the school day (3:40pm) and do not return to school will be considered tardy/early release.  Please note that 3 tardies will equal 1 unexcused absence.

 Red Pine Kids Fun Day & Parents’ Day Out

The Health & Wellness Committee will be hosting an afternoon of fun for kids while parents have an afternoon to themselves! The event will be at Red Pine on Saturday, December 12 from 1:00 - 4:00. Cost is $5.00 per child. This is for school-age children (K–5) only. Space is limited! Look for a flyer and registration form in folders this week.

 In Red Pine Math News:

Congratulations to Natu Daniel, Drew Gullickson, Madeline Hartley, Sophia Juntilla, Swami Marungar, Griffin McClary, Elisha Sanchez, and Corey Sell for getting a Perfect Score of 5 out of 5 on Math Olympiad Contest # 1!  Wow!

Great job to Austin Carruthers, Mya Cinnamo, Kiera Curtin, Joey Downs, Max Ellis, Nick Gilley, Kyle Harris, Emily Hopke, Sam Hull, Liam Laddusaw, Ryder Ligtenberg, Alex Miller, Ella Patnode, Adam Polanski, Jessa Snippes, and Sam Vatter for scores of 4 out of 5!

Way to go Ben Anderson, Kate Barrett, Morgan Becker, Kyan Chau, Ben Cobian, Raymond Cochran, Mikaylah Edwards, Hannah Fischer, Brendan Herme, Aspen Howard, Ben Hurwitz, Sakif Kahn, Kaia Ketcham, Abigail Keuhn, Caleb Kuseske, Daniel Kuseske, Tara Le, Eric Li, Anthony Nguyen, Alexa Parish, Adyson Pavek, Tamar Peterson, Lily Rippie, Isabella Satnik, Henry Stenger, Carys Sundberg, Carter Veen, Hannah Yost, Amelia Zaske and Rosella Zaske for scores of 3 out of 5!

 Super job to everyone for giving it their best shot!  Math Olympiad # 2 will be on Tuesday, December 15th.  Keep trying everyone!

Warm Weather Clothes for Outdoor Recess

Red Pine Elementary requires ALL students who choose to play in the snow at recess to wear warm jackets, snowpants, boots, hats/hood, and mittens/gloves.

Students who do not have snowpants and boots will only be allowed to stay on the black-top area of the playground and not by the playground equipment or fields where the snow is heaviest.

For the safety of your child/children please make sure they come to school with these items each day so they can enjoy the fun winter snow activities at recess.

If these items may be a hardship for you, please contact

Julie McMonagle at 651-423-7870.



Vestimenta Caliente para el Recreo Escolar al Aire Libre

La escuela primaria Red Pine exige de TODOS sus estudiantes que deseen jugar en la nieve durante el recreo escolar, el vestir chaquetas gruesas, pantalones para la nieve, botas, sombreros/gorros y guantes.


Los estudiantes que no tengan pantalones para la nieve y botas solamente se podrán quedar en la zona asfaltada y no en los columpios o en la zona verde del parque infantil, donde la acumulación de nieve es mayor.


Por la seguridad de su niño/s, por favor asegúrese que el/ellos venga(n) cada dia a la escuela con estas prendas de vestir para que puedan disfrutar de las divertidas actividades de invierno durante el recreo escolar.


Si le es difícil obtener estos artículos, por favor comuníquese con Julie McMonagle al 651-423-7870.

Nurse’s Corner:

 Here’s to a wonderfully long weekend – YAY!  As we know with long weekends we find ourselves in close contact with many friends and families.  So for a healthy mini vacation:

 1)   Get plenty of rest – the CDC recommends for school age children at least 10 hours of sleep a night.

2)   Drink plenty of water – decrease the sugar containing beverages and replace with water.

3)      [endif]If you are sick stay home – difficult on a long weekend, but better for you and the people you   are with.  Follow the guidelines for school:

a)  Temperature greater than 100 (orally without the use of fever reducers for 24 hours)

b)  Vomiting or diarrhea (should be free for 24 hours before going out in public)

c)   Severe cough or difficulty breathing

d)   Open mouth sores

e)   Skin rash or red eye from undetermined cause

f)    Head Lice or scabies (be vigilant about checking even after family or friend gatherings and overnights)

g)  Any contagious conditions – Strep Throat


Stay Happy, Stay Healthy and Enjoy!


Red Pine has had reported cases of:



http://www.district196.org/District/Departments/HealthServices/Diseases/TechnicalFactSheet/1350_s6head LICE.pdf

 STREP THROAT http://www.district196.org/District/Departments/HealthServices/Diseases/TechnicalFactSheet/1665_s6STREPT.pdf

  Gentle reminder of our guidelines to have your child stay home if:

 ~~Temperature of 100 or greater, may return when under 100 orally and without the use of fever reducers for 24 hours

~~Vomiting or diarrhea, may return when hasn’t had an issue for 24 hours

~~Severe coughing or difficulty breathing (if a nagging, itchy cough, please have child bring water bottle, encourage a lot of water)

~~Open sores on mouth

~~Skin rash or red eye from undetermined cause (if pink eye diagnosed, a MD’s note needed to return or treatment for 24 hours)

~~Head lice and scabies, until treatment complete

~~Any contagious conditions such as strep throat, impetigo, chickenpox, pertussis, mumps, Hep-A, measles, mumps, rubella, shingles, or herpes simples

 Always notify me of a contagious illness. I will keep track to see if there are clusters so I can notify the potentially exposed grade level.

 Please see link above ^ regarding information on Strep Throat.

 Thank you,

 Nurse Danna



PTO News:


PTO Meeting:

The next Parent-Teacher Organization meeting is scheduled for Thursday, December 10 at 4:30pm in the Red Pine Media Center. We hope to see you there!


Be sure to check out and "like" our Red Pine Elementary PTO Facebook site for the latest updates! 

Community News:

Community Education

 Make it, paint it …

How the Grinch Stole Christmas (ages 4-9)

"The Grinch hated Christmas! The whole Christmas season!" Sign up for a Grinchy good time. Create art masterpieces sure to help the Grinch's heart grow three sizes larger!

Sat | Dec 12 | 12:30 - 3:30pm | $35 | FRMS (link to: https://district196.ce.feepay.com/course/youth-fall-2015/how-the-grinch-stole-christmas-ages-4-9)

 Paint on Canvas: Reindeer Games (ages 5-12)

Who's the most famous reindeer of all time? Rudolph, of course! Design your own canvas painting of  Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.  Learn step-by-step and take home a masterpiece.

Sat | Dec 12 | 9am - 12pm | $35 | FRMS (link to: https://district196.ce.feepay.com/course/youth-fall-2015/paint-on-canvas-reindeer-games-ages-5-12)

 ... and be dramatic!

Triple Threat Intensive: Musical Theatre (grades 5-8)

Singing, dancing and acting at the same time is a lot harder than it looks. It's serious work, but it's the best kind of study! If you love musical theatre and have wanted to try it or if you already know you love performing and want to gain more skills, this class is for you! Using material from Wicked, Legally Blonde, Matilda, Les Miserables and more, a Stages Theatre teaching artist team will work with all three disciplines to create a new musical theatre showcase with your help.

Sat | Dec 5-19 | 1:30 - 3pm | $45 | FRMS (link to: https://district196.ce.feepay.com/course/youth-fall-2015/triple-threat-intensive-musical-theatre-grades-5-8)