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October 29, 2015

posted Oct 29, 2015, 10:53 AM by Kristen Henning

Red Pine School Newsletter

Week of November 2 - 6, 2015


Monday          cycle day 1B   

Tuesday         cycle day 2C  - Election Day

Wednesday    cycle day 3D  - Fall Conferences   4:00 – 8:00 pm

Thursday        NO SCHOOL - Fall Conferences 12:00 – 8:00 pm

Friday             NO SCHOOL


A Message From the Principal:


Dear Red Pine Families,


It is truly unbelievable how quickly this school year is moving.  Before we move further into the year I want to take this opportunity to share some of my observations in my first few months as a Red Pine Cardinal.


Red Pine is a school that truly is a learning community.  Our students come to school each day, ready and eager to learn.  Our students follow the Cardinal Code on a consistent basis.  Our students are friendly, caring, and continual learners.  I could write about multiple examples of these descriptions I have witnessed in classrooms, hallways, and other parts of the school.  However, I would struggle with where to begin, as there are so many examples to share.


Our Red Pine staff is made up very talented educators who continually focus on student growth. I am in the classrooms throughout each day and get to see the high quality instruction that your students experience.  We are all very lucky to have educators who are so skilled and dedicated at Red Pine.


In addition, Red Pine has support structures with awesome families and an involved greater school community.  Thank you for all you do to help make Red Pine such a great school.

This is a fantastic place to come to work and learn every day!  


As we look ahead over the next few weeks there are some exciting opportunities to continue to support our school community.  Tuesday, November 10 will be our next Red Pine Fitness Night.  We had a great turn-out for the Kickball Night.  I hope to see you at our event on the 10th!  


Next week will be our Parent Teacher Conferences at Red Pine.  This is a great time for continued dialogue with your student’s teacher about how he/she is doing, and what we can do to continue his/her growth in school.


Last but not least, I would like to remind you to remember to vote on November 3rd.  If you have any questions about the bond referendum, or you would just like more information you can contact me or you can follow this link for further information. Bond Referendum Video  




Drew Goeldner, Principal

School News:



Sign up for your child’s Fall Conference at www.district196.org/rp if you have not already.

Conferences will be held Wednesday, November 4, 2015 from 4:00-8:00pm and Thursday, November 5, 2015 from 12-8:00pm. Our office staff will assist any parents who do not have computer access.

 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:


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!


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!


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