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October 22, 2015

posted Oct 22, 2015, 7:54 PM by Kristen Henning

Red Pine School Newsletter

Week of October 26 - 30, 2015


Monday          cycle day 2B   

Tuesday         cycle day 3C     Picture Retakes – bring previous/new packet with you

                                                Grade 5 Eagle Bluff Informational Meeting 

Wednesday    cycle day 4D

Thursday        cycle day 5E

Friday             cycle day 6A     Harvest Parade 1:45 pm   Parties 2:30 pm


School News:


Picture Retakes on Tuesday, OCTOBER 27th

If you would like to have your child’s pictures retaken, please send in their picture packet on Tuesday.


Costumes Needed for Harvest Parade

If you have gently used costumes that you are no longer using, please consider donating them to Red Pine. Costumes can be dropped off in the main hallway (there will be a large box labeled Costume Drop Off).  Thank you for your support.


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.



From the Social Worker:


Coats for Kids 2015

Our winter weather will be here before we know it.

Do your children need winter gear?



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.)


Questions?  952-898-9367


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:




Nurse's Corner:

 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. 

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.


Nurse Danna



 PTO News:

 Volunteers needed for....


The Hospitality Committee will be providing lunch and dinner to our wonderful teachers during conferences.  If you would like to contribute to these meals, please email Tracy Lachenmayer at talachenmayer@comcast.net. A link to sign-up will be sent to you. This is an easy way to give back to Red Pine!


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 TOMORROW - Friday, October 23. 

To see a list of participating products go to: http://www.boxtops4education.com/participating-products

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


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