Red Pine School Newsletter
Week of October 19 - 23, 2015
Monday cycle day 3B Health & Wellness Committee Meeting 6:00pm – Media Center
Tuesday cycle day 4C
Wednesday cycle day 5D Unity Day – Wear ORANGE
Thursday cycle day 6E
Friday cycle day 1A School Store
BoxTops Due (first submission) To Earn Cash for Red Pine!!
Sign up for your child’s Fall Conference at www.district196.org/rp beginning Monday, October 19, 2015.
Conferences will be held Wednesday, November 4, 4-8pm and Thursday, November 5 from 12-8pm. Our office staff will assist any parents who do not have computer access. Please remember to not schedule your childrens’ conference back to back as they are only 15 minutes long and the teachers need everyone to arrive on time to keep on schedule.
Health & Wellness Committee Meeting – Monday, October 19
Please join us for our next Health & Wellness Committee Meeting on October 19! We’ll continue to plan events for the year. We will meet in the Red Pine Media Center at 6:00.
Wednesday, October 21st is……
UNITY DAY: United for Kindness, Acceptance and Inclusion
We will be joining together at Red Pine to stand against bullying on Wednesday, October 21st. Please have your child wear ORANGE to show their support for kindness, acceptance and inclusion of all. Visit http://www.pacer.org/bullying/nbpm/ for more information and discussion topics for your family.
2015-16 Student Council Officers
President - Elisha Sanchez
Vice President - Pete McNamara
Secretary - Hayden Miller
Treasurer - Corey Sell
Publicity Chairpersons - Zara Bennett and Anish Ramlall
School Store Chairpersons - Julia Grayson, Brooke Kimel, and Ryder Ligtenberg
Advisor Assistants - Sofia Berdichevski and Molly LaMott
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 & 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 to Christine LaMott- who did such a wonderful job of organizing the annual Barnes &Noble Book Fair last year. If you are interested in volunteering feel free to email Christine at firstname.lastname@example.org or Kelly Robertson in the RP Library at email@example.com. 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.
From the Social Worker:
Coats for Kids 2015
Our winter weather will be here before we know it.
Do your children need winter gear?
COATS FOR KIDS 2015 CAN HELP YOU OUT!
What: Collection of new or gently used winter coats, snowsuits, snow pants, hats, mittens, gloves, boots for families.
Who: The program is open to anyone in Dakota County that has a picture ID, a bill with a
current address and a form of ID for each person receiving a coat (social security card, school ID, medical card or a birth certificate). Coats will be distributed based on availability
Distribution date is: Thursday, October 29th, from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Location: Easter Lutheran, 4545 Pilot Knob Road, Eagan, MN 55122
(Corner of Cliff Rd. and Pilot Knob Rd.)
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
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
homeowners 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:
The nurse contact days are from 8:30-4:00. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have concerns regarding the health of your child at Red Pine. On an average day I will have approximately 60-70 visits, so, I won’t necessarily call you if they come in to see me. But, please keep your phone numbers current so that I can contact you if necessary.
I will be screening vision for 1st, 3rd, and 5th graders and hearing for Kindergarten, 2nd, and 4th graders. I have started with vision and have finished 3rd and 5th. After I finish grade 1 – I will then do hearing. My goal would be to have them all done before winter break.
Also, please communicate with me regarding your child’s health and whether they have a condition that could result in an emergency at school. The district website contains forms for both the parent and physician to complete for school accommodations, emergency health plans and for school medication administration.
Thank you for keeping our Red Pine students healthy and please call me or email me with any concerns.
Go Cardinals! Go Red Pine!
Whether to keep your sick child home from school or not can be a difficult decision. Below are some guidelines established to help with your decision making process.
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.
Happy Fall! Hoping yours is colorful and full of healthy outdoor activities.
The update this week is on head lice. As you may know, head lice cases have been on the rise. An estimated 6-12 million infestations occur each year in the United States, most commonly among children ages 3-11. So, I am writing to you to help you learn how to identify lice and provide information on what you can do if lice hit your home.
Head lice are tiny, wingless insects that live close to the human scalp. They feed on blood. The eggs, also called nits are tiny, tear-drop shaped eggs that attach to the hair shaft. Nits often appear yellowish or white, and can look like dandruff but cannot be removed or brushed off. The nymph, or baby louse, is smaller and grow to adult size in one to two weeks. The adult louse is the size of a sesame seed appears tan to grayish-white. An itchy and inflamed scalp is a common symptom of lice. Although not common, persistent scratching may lead to skin irritation and even infection.
Head lice are not related to cleanliness. In fact, head lice often infest people with good hygiene and grooming habits. Infestations can occur at home, school or in the community. Head lice are mostly spread by direct head-to-head contact – for example, during play at home or school, slumber parties, sports activities, or camp. Less often, lice are spread via objects that have been in recent contact with a person with head lice, such as hats, scarves, hair ribbons, combs, brushes, stuffed animals or bedding.
If you think your child has head lice, it’s important to talk to a healthcare provider to discuss the best treatment approach for your family. Resistance to some over-the-counter head lice treatments has been reported, but the prevalence of resistance is not known. There are new prescription treatment options available that are safe and do not require nit combing.
As your school nurse, I want to provide you with the information you need to safeguard your children’s health, and pave the way for a healthy school year. I hope you find this information useful. For more information you may go to www.dcd.gov/parasites/lice/gen.
Attention RP Families:
The following grade levels have had a case of:
PINK EYE Grade Level = First Grade
STREP THROAT Grade level = Kindergarten 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.
BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION:
Please continue to collect your Box Tops! The first submission to earn cash for Red Pine is coming soon. Please turn in all your box tops to the box marked Box Tops in the office by Friday, October 23.
To see a list of participating products go to: http://www.boxtops4education.com/participating-products
For easy counting, you can tape your Box Tops to the form provided on the PTO link of the school website. Just go to: Parents >PTO >Box Top sheet to fill out. If you have any questions, please contact Kirsten Langstraat at Langstraatfamily@gmail.com.
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: Heather Northrup at firstname.lastname@example.org
Be sure to check out and "like" our Red Pine Elementary PTO Facebook site for the latest updates!