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October 1, 2015

posted Oct 1, 2015, 10:50 AM by Kristen Henning   [ updated Oct 1, 2015, 10:51 AM ]

Red Pine School Newsletter

Week of October 5 - 9, 2015


Monday          cycle day 2E                                     

Tuesday         cycle day 3A  – ONLY Pick-Up time for Chip Shoppe orders 2:30-6:00pm 

Wednesday    cycle day 4B  – First Band Rehearsal 8-9 am

                                             -- National Walk and Bike to School Day            

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

                                             -- Student Council Sponsored “National Heritage Day”                       

Friday             NO SCHOOL – Data Analysis and Instructional Alignment Day                                   


School News:


National Walk and Bike to School Day

The Physical Education Staff & the Health and Wellness Committee would like to extend a wonderful invitation to ALL students, parents/guardians and staff on Wednesday October 7th to participate in National Walk and Bike to School Day.  We would like to take this time to stress the benefits of walking, biking, and exercising in general:  exercise/play is FUN, combats health conditions and diseases, improves mood, boosts energy, better sleep, and controls weight. PLEASE consider walking/biking with friends, family members, or meeting up at a designated spot with others and ALL walking/biking together.  If your child attends SACC, rides the bus, or has band rehearsal in the morning we do have alternative plans for those students.  Hope to see you ALL participating Wednesday October 7th in National Walk and Bike to School Day!


Mike Kotasek, Mark Amundson, and the Health and Wellness Committee

 Greetings from the Library-

 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 AND 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 and Noble credit directly to the school for new and improved media throughout the school.

Please feel free to direct questions to Christine LaMott- who did such a wonderful job of organizing the annual B&N Book Fair last year.  If you are interested in volunteering feel free to email Christine 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.

 On another note, we'd like to make parents aware that if your child is absent on their library day or forgets their book they do not need to wait until their next library day to return materials and check out something new. Students are welcome in the library before and after school and during the school day with teacher permission. 

 Happy reading!


Red Pine Chess club is starting to register for the Fall Session. The club is open to 1st through 5th graders.


Two ways to sign up:

1) Go to www.district196.ce.feepay.com

Type in "Red Pine Chess Club" into the search bar or type in the class code.


2) Red Pine Chess Club Online Registration Link: https://tce.me/fKVxh3


Nurse News:

Attention RP Families:

 The following class/classes have had a case of:

 STREP THROAT   2 cases    Class – K-Henning / 1-Rathman  http://www.district196.org/District/Departments/HealthServices/Diseases/TechnicalFactSheet/1665_s6STREPT.pdf

 **Please click the link next to each illness for symptoms, precautions and other information regarding returning to school.



ü  They had vomit/diarrhea within the past 24 hours.

ü  They have not been fever free (below 100 degree) for 24 hours.

ü  They have strep throat and have not been on an antibiotic for 24 hours.

ü  They have had a strep test and the 24-hour culture has not come back yet.

ü  They have an unidentified rash.

If you question sending your child, please call the school nurse at 651-423-7871


Dana Steffen, R.N. LSN
School Nurse
Nurse hours: 9am to 4pm
Nurse office: 651-423-7871
Voice mail: 651-683-6969 ext: 37871
FAX 651-423-7875
Red Pine Office: 651-423-7870


PTO News:

 LAST CALL for PTO Directory Forms! Please return to the front office as soon as possible!

 Chip Shoppe: 

Please note that product and prize picked up is scheduled for Tuesday, 10/6, 3:00 - 6:00 at Red Pine.  This will be the ONLY pick up date, so if you cannot be there, please arrange for someone else to pick up your product.  All products not picked up will be returned to the vendor.

If you have any questions in regards to your Chip Shoppe order, please contact Jayme Smrstick at jaymesmrstick@gmail.com.

 PTO Meetings

The first PTO meeting of the year will be held TONIGHT Thursday, October 1 at 6:30pm in the Media Center. If you have any questions about the meeting, please contact John Congemi at johncongemi@gmail.com. We hope to see you there!

 Art Adventure

Looking for the perfect, fun, volunteer opportunity?  You found it with Art Adventure

We are looking for parent volunteers from all grade levels for this kids favorite PTO sponsored activity. No experience required! Have fun while students tell you about the art you show!

For more information contact Heather Northrup at hnorthru@aol.com .


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