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October 13, 2016

posted Oct 13, 2016, 9:53 AM by Kristen Henning

Red Pine School Newsletter

Week of October 17 - 21, 2016

Monday        cycle day 5 red D  

Tuesday       cycle day 6 blue E  - Fundraiser product pick-up 3:00-6:00pm ONLY!

                     >>>>(Please make arrangements with neighbor/relative if you cannot pick up during this time)<<<<

Wednesday  cycle day 1 yellow A   - Unity Day > Wear ORANGE if you can

Thursday      NO SCHOOL - MEA Teacher’s Convention

Friday           NO SCHOOL - MEA Teacher’s Convention

School News:

Fall Conferences:

Sign up for your child’s Fall Conference at www.district196.org/rp beginning Friday afternoon, October 14, 2016.

Conferences will be held Wednesday, November 2 and Thursday, November 3, 2016. Our office staff will assist any parents who do not have computer access.

Wednesday, October 19 is Unity Day!  Together Against Bullying — United for Kindness, Acceptance and Inclusion.  

Make it ORANGE and make it end! What are your true colors when it comes to bullying? If you care about safe and supportive schools and communities make your color ORANGE on Unity Day. That’s the day everyone can come together – in schools, communities, and online – and send one large ORANGE message of support, hope, and unity to show that we are together against bullying and united for kindness, acceptance and inclusion.

ORANGE provides a powerful, visually compelling expression of solidarity,” said Paula Goldberg, Executive Director of PACER Center. “When hundreds of individuals in a school or organization wear orange, the vibrant statement becomes a conversation starter, sending the unified message to kids to know that they are not alone, and that our society supports bullying prevention in our schools, communities and online.”

Individuals across the nation, and even world-wide, can participate in Unity Day by wearing ORANGE!

“One of every four school-aged children will be bullied this year - upwards of 13 million students,” said Julie Hertzog, director of PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center, which sponsors Unity Day and founded National Bullying Prevention Month in 2006. “It’s important these students know they are not alone and that they have the right to feel safe. By joining together and wearing ORANGE on Unity Day, we can send the unified message that we care about student’s physical and emotional health and that bullying will no longer be accepted in this society.”

T-Shirt to Diaper Project In Fifth Grade

The fifth graders are collecting large t-shirts this month.  At the end of the month, the fifth graders will cut them into large pieces which will be sewn into cloth diapers by a group at a Burnsville church.  The sleeves will be saved and sewn into baby hats by that same group. These items will then be sent to a place in need of them.  Last year, some diapers and baby hats went to Haiti, and others stayed in MN and were given to parents in need of them.  The collars and bottom hems will be braided by the kids and donated to Last Hope, a pet rescue agency.

We are in need of people to bring the boxes of diaper pieces and sleeves to Burnsville.  There will be about 20 Xerox boxes.  We also need someone to bring a large bag of pet toys to Petco when Last Hope is there.  Both of these driving jobs would happen at the end of October or beginning of November, when the fifth graders are done with their part in the project.

If you are interested in either of these driving opportunities, please contact Kate Stoe at kate.stoe@district196.org

Salvation Army Coats for Kids Distribution  
For Who: Adults and children living in Dakota & Scott County who are unable to purchase winter gear at this time.
When:  Thursday, October 27th 9:00 am-6:00 pm*
Where:  Easter Lutheran Church
             4545 Pilot Knob Road (Corner of Cliff & Pilot Knob Road in Eagan)

The adult picking up coats must bring his/her picture ID, a current piece of mail and a form of ID for each person needing a coat (medical card, social security card, birth certificate, etc.).
*Coats will be distributed based on availability.

The Salvation Army Distribucion de Abrigos
Para Quien: Adultos y/o niños que viven en los condados de Dakota Y Scott  y que no puedan comprar abrigos para este invierno.
Cuando:  jueves 27 de octubre de las 9:00 AM-6:00 PM*
Donde:  Easter Lutheran Church
             4545 Pilot Knob Road (En la esquina de Cliff & Pilot Knob Road en Eagan)

El adulto que recoja los abrigos tendrá que traer su identificación personal, prueba de su domicilio actual, y una forma de identificación de cada  persona que necesite una abrigo (ya sea tarjeta médica, tarjeta de seguro social, certificado de nacimiento, etc.)
*Los abrigos se reparten basándose en la disponibilidad.

Reminder for 5th grade parents:

We are getting excited about our upcoming optional weekend field trip to Eagle Bluff.   An informational meeting is planned for Tuesday, October 25 from 6:30-8:00 in the Red Pine media center.  Please join us to learn about Eagle Bluff and what we will be doing while we are there.  5th grade students are also welcome to attend.  See you then!

News from the Library:

Please mark your calendar for our Barnes & Noble Book Fair in Eagan on Friday, November 11th from 9am to 10pm.  

Some highlights for this year’s B&N Book Fair:

*Each teacher has a book wishlist for his / her class

*Big Red and Mr. Goeldner will visit the around 5:00

*Prize drawings for students who attend and another for all RP students

*Guest Readers

*Lots of wonderful books to choose from for your reader(s)

Christine LaMott (Christine.Lamott@comcast.net) is our Book Fair Chair and has an online link for volunteers: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090e4bafad2ba6fc1-barnes

Volunteer Duties are:

Greeters for Front Table

Greeter at Front Door

Wish List Board Helpers (3 per time slot below)

Face Painters (3 students at after school time slots below)

Face Paint Attendees

Volunteer Time Slots needed are:

9:00am - 10:00am  

10:00am - 11:00am  

11:00am - 12:00pm  

12:00pm - 1:00pm  

1:00pm - 2:00pm  

2:00pm - 3:00pm  

4:00pm - 5:00pm  

5:00pm - 6:00pm  

6:00pm - 7:00pm  

7:00pm - 8:00pm  

8:00pm - 9:00pm  

9:00pm - 10:00pm  

Please support our B&N Book Fair by attending.  If you cannot, there will be an online code available the day of the book fair and for a few days after which can be used online or in-store for sale proceeds to be credited to Red Pine.  Last year we earned more that $2,000 for books for our RP Library and Classrooms.

Thank YOU!

Looking forward to another wonderful B&N Book Fair,

Kelly Robertson & Suzanne Jarvi

Red Pine Elementary Library

Nurse’s Corner:  


Hearing – K, 2, and 4th graders are close to completion for hearing.  Their vision is checked in the 2017-2018 school year.  Kindergarten will be testing November 10th and anyone we missed in the first wave.

Vision – I just have 1, 3,  and 5th graders that were absent or busy at the time of screening.  I am slowly working through the list to complete classrooms.  They will have their hearing screened 2017-2018 school year.

If your child was screened at your doctor’s office for either, please fax me the information from them.  My fax number is 651-423-7875.

V MEA:  (Minnesota Educator’s Association) Teachers Convention (October 20 & 21) - NO SCHOOL

MEA is just around the corner.  With long breaks comes a lot of sleepovers, playdates, malls, movies and so on.  Please be vigilant about checking your child for head lice as it usually does not start in the school.  Our community has plenty of resources for you from your pediatrician, small business companies that provide checks and treatments, your very own stylist or barber, to pharmacies.  They are very good with helpful information.  Lice is not harmful. It cannot make you sick. Be vigilant and check your children’s heads.

We continue to promote Health and Wellness here at Red Pine – our Physical Education Instructors Mr. Kotasek and Mr. Sandman have a Running Club that every student here at Red Pine can participate in.  Ask your child about it, get them excited about walking the track and being instrumental in their exercise routines.  More info to come from Mr. Kotasek and Mr. Sandman.

We are working on getting the Health Heroes videos onto my Red Pine Website.  The new ones posted should be coming soon – Introduction to the Health Heroes, the Health Hero Carts and one from the CDC on handwashing that the kids can watch.  The hand washing video is only 30 seconds.  The other 2 videos combined are about 10 minutes.  The last Friday of the month will be Health Hero Day and we hope to routinely have new videos for you and your kids to watch.

Stay Healthy,

Nurse Danna

PTO News:

>>>VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!!!  We need volunteers to help with the Fall Fundraiser Order Pick Up on Tuesday, October 18. We're looking for people to help unload the truck from 1:00 - 2:30pm / to distribute orders from 3:00 - 4:30pm and 4:30 - 6:00pm. So far, we have no volunteers...we could really use some help!

If you're interested in helping with one of these shifts, you can sign up at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090e4bafad2ba6fc1-chip or contact John Congemi at johncongemi@gmail.com.

BOX TOP$ for EDUCATION:  Thank you families for turning in your Box Tops in September.  Please continue to send your Box Tops to school on the collection sheets and turn them in at the Box Top area outside of the office.  Please turn in your Box Tops for this month by Monday, October 24, 2016.   Here’s where you can find the collection sheets for you reference: Red Pine Elementary website > Parents Tab > PTO > Box Top Sheet to Fill out.

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