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November 4, 2015

posted Nov 4, 2015, 4:28 PM by Kristen Henning   [ updated Nov 4, 2015, 4:28 PM ]

Red Pine School Newsletter

Week of November 9 - 13, 2015


Monday          cycle day 4E             

Tuesday         cycle day 5A   RP Family Fitness Night  * details below 

Wednesday    cycle day 6B   Veteran’s Day Recognition

Thursday        cycle day 1C   Site Council Meeting 4 – 5pm

                                               PTO Meeting 6:30 – 8pm  

Friday             cycle day 2D   Barnes & Noble Book Fair (all day) – Eagan location

                                               School Store

                                               Grade 5 Eagle Bluff Commitment Form Due            


School News:


Dear Red Pine Families,


Part of my learning this year involves all of the traditions that exist at Red Pine Elementary.  One of these traditions involves Veterans Day.  We are once again inviting all of our veterans and active service men and service women to meet and greet our students and staff on Wednesday, November 11.  Please spread the word to friends, relatives and community members to join us at 9 AM on the 11th at Red Pine to celebrate this important holiday.  The Red Pine staff will provide coffee and breakfast treats for veterans and service members.  I hope to see you there!


Drew Goeldner


School News:


* Red Pine Family Fitness Night! - Tuesday, November 10

The Health & Wellness Committee is excited to partner with USA Karate & Platinum Yoga to offer a Red Pine Family Fitness Night. Karate and Yoga classes will be offered all evening starting every half hour from 5:00 – 7:30. Don’t miss this opportunity for fun and fitness!


This night is FREE with a donated non-perishable food item and will take place at USA Karate & Platinum Yoga’s studio at 13879 South Robert Trail.


EAGAN Barnes & Noble Book Fair is right around the corner!

We are counting down to BOOK FAIR time! Mark your calendar for Friday, November 13th from 9am-10pm.  Please note the change in location from past years to the EAGAN BARNES & NOBLE, due to the Apple Valley location closing last December.


This fundraiser is extremely important to our school and our annual sales have continued to grow. Last year we tallied approximately $18,000 in sales, which translates to approximately $5,000 in Barnes & Noble credit directly to the school for new and improved media throughout the school.


Please feel free to direct questions or are interested in volunteering to Christine LaMott at christine.lamott@adp.com or Kelly Robertson in the RP Library at kelly.robertson@district196.org.  We will also need 5th grade volunteers and will put out volunteer request information to classrooms in the coming weeks.




Winter is approaching and questions about snow days can’t be far behind!  The district website has detailed information about emergency school closings and provides links to the district’s Facebook and Twitter pages. And remember, you can always find the most up-to-date school closing information on the front page of the district website.



From the Social Worker:


MN Cold Weather Rule and Energy Assistance

The cost of heating our homes during a MN winter can add strain to any family’s budget. Families do have a few options when that strain becomes too much.

Minnesota’s Cold Weather Rule offers families some flexibility when utility bills become difficult to pay during the coldest months of the year.

From October 15th until April 15th, the Cold Weather Rule protects residential utility customers from utility shut-offs and disconnections if the customer meets program requirements and has a payment plan in place.

For more information or if you have received a disconnection notice, please contact your utility company.

Another resource for families struggling with heating bills is the Energy Assistance Program. Energy Assistance gives grants that are applied directly to family’s energy bill. Both renters and

home owners can apply.

Funding is always limited, so interested families should contact the CAP Agency’s Rosemount office at 651-322-3500 as soon as possible. Information can also be found on the website at:



Nurses Corner: Hand Washing


Greetings Red Pine Families!  The cold weather is upon us, which means close quarters and the spread of germs.  Egaads!!!! – our kids are so generous they all like to share!  I have a few reminders for your kids about hand washing.


According to the CDC, infectious disease accounts for millions of lost school days each year.  We share desks, books, pens, food, bathrooms, door handles, water fountains, computer mice, keyboards, and as a result, germs.  From colds to the flu, no one needs a nurses pass to pass this stuff around.


Rhinovirus or common cold – 22 million school days are lost annually due to the cold (CDC, 1996).  Rotavirus – a really disgusting germ that causes gastrointestinal illness – can be transferred from a dry laminate surface to a clean hand as long as 20 minutes after the surface has been contaminated (Ansari, 1988).  Fifty percent of your middle- level students are probably not washing their hands after using the bathroom (Guinan,1997).


Remind your kids to clean their hands with soap and water:

     -After they use the bathroom

     -After they sneeze and so dutifully cover their nose and mouth with their hands

     -Before they eat

     -When your hands are dirty

     -When you have been around someone who has been sick


Process – simple but true review:

     -Wet hands and apply soap

     -Rub hands together vigorously to make a lather and scrub all surfaces

     -Continue for 20 seconds as it takes that long for the soap to take action – sing happy

      birthday twice – that’s 20 seconds

     -Rinse well under running water

     -Dry and use the paper towel after you have dried to turn off the water


With all this being said – life happens ~ we do our best!  If your child is diagnosed with strep, pneumonia, or any spreadable infection please email me at Danna.Steffen@district196.org.  I keep track to see if we are having a rise in certain infections.  Thanks so much and have a healthy day.


Nurse Danna


Stay home if:

Temperature of 100 or greater (orally and without the use of fever reducers)

Vomiting or diarrhea (should be free from diarrhea and vomiting and fever for 24 hours before returning to school)

Severe coughing or difficulty breathing

Open sores on mouth

Skin rash or red eye from undetermined cause

Head lice and scabies, until treatment complete

Any contagious conditions such as strep throat, impetigo, chickenpox, pertussis, mumps, hepatitis-A, measles, rubella, shingles or herpes simplex (length of time home depends on the illness and the child’s response to the treatment they are receiving.  Always notify me of contagious illness and I will notify potentially exposed classmates.)


You know your child better than anyone.  If they don’t look like they are going to be able to participate in the classroom activities, keep them home for a day of rest and recovery.  When they return make sure the teacher or I have accurate contact information for you.


Thank you for your help with keeping our Red Pine students healthy and please call me with concerns.


Nurse Danna





PTO News:



The next PTO Meeting is next Thursday, Nov. 12th 6:30 – 8 pm. See you there!!


Box Tops

Thank you for turning in your Box Tops.  In two months 6,665 Box Tops were turned in.  That’s $666.50 for Red Pine!  Our goal is to raise $6,000 this year.  

Beginning in November we are holding a contest for the class that collects the most Box Tops. (November - February)  The class that turns in the most Box Tops will win a Pizza Party!!  


Next week you will receive a collection sheet for your Box Tops in your Friday Folder.  Fill up the collection sheet and be sure to write your teacher’s name on it, turn it into the box in the office labeled “Box Tops”.  Each month we will be collecting them, and updating you on which classroom is in the lead.  Thanks for your support!


If you have any questions, please contact Kirsten Langstraat at Langstraatfamily@gmail.com


Spirit Wear

Be sure to stop in the Red Pine lobby to see samples of our new Spirit Wear. The sizes seem to run a little small, so it may be helpful to check them out in person. We are also offering adult shirts this year, too!



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


Community News:


Get wet, get fit!

Experience competitive swimming at an entry level by participating in REVolution Introduction to Competitive Swimming. Practices are help Monday through Thursday and Saturdays. Choose two days per week that fit your schedule. Practices focus on drills to develop proper technique as well as strength and endurance for competitive swimming. Participants are invited to participate in a swim meet and the end of the session. 

Click here (https://district196.ce.feepay.com/search/revolution%20swimming) to find out more and register. Winter Session 2 begin January 25 and goes through February 27.


Winter Session 1

Mondays Tuesdays Wednesdays Thursdays Saturdays

Dec 7-Jan 16

Skip Dec 15, 17, 23-Jan 2

All practices on Dec 12, 16, 19, 21, Jan 9 at VMS

All practices on Dec 8 at DHMS

Swim Meet: Saturday, Jan 16, from 12-2p at VMS


Grades 3 & 4: $49

Mon-Thu 6:15-7:30pm/Sa 12-1:15pm




Grades 5 & 6: $59

Mon-Thu 6:15-7:45pm/Sa 12 -1:30pm




Grades 7 & 8: $59

Mon-Thu 6:45-8:15pm/Sa 12:30-2pm




Grades 9-12: $69

Mon-Thu 6:15-8:15pm/Sa 12-2pm



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