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October 6, 2016

posted Oct 6, 2016, 12:01 PM by Kristen Henning

Red Pine School Newsletter

Week of October 10 - 14, 2016

Monday        cycle day 6 green D  

Tuesday       cycle day 1 red E  

Wednesday  cycle day 2 blue A   - First Band Rehearsal 8-9 am

Thursday      cycle day 3 yellow B  

Friday           cycle day 4 green C  -  School Store    


School News:


Fire Prevention Week October 9 - 15, 2016

Click the Fire Prevention Week flyer to view scheduled activities, Eagan Fire Department Open Houses, and additional information.

Fire Prevention Week flyer



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:


If you are interested in ordering a Unity Day shirt here is the link.  https://www.cagear.com/product-category/red-pine-bully-day/

The t-shirts will be delivered to your child at school on Tuesday, October 17.  

Thank you to the CA Gear for creating this year's shirts!


****>>>>>Orders are due Sunday, October 9th at midnight!


“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.”





Red Pine Families and Friends,

The Physical Education staff and the Health and Wellness Committee would like to THANK ALL of the students, family members, special friends, and staff that participated in the National Walk and Bike to School Day.  What an AWESOME way to start the day!!!  It was a GREAT turn out.  Students that rode the bus were able to participate along with students that attend SACC in the morning.  The benefits of starting the day with a morning walk/bike (or anytime during the day) are amazing:  builds a stronger heart; cardio-vascular endurance is increased; relieves stress; a super way to bond with family and friends; reduces the risk of heart disease; boosts energy level; improves the ability to fall asleep quickly and sleep well; releases tension; helps manage stress; and counters anxiety and depression and increases enthusiasm and optimism.  THANKS again for your participation and support of the Physical Education program and the Health and Wellness Committee.    





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.


News from the Library:


The Barnes & Noble Book Fair is coming up FAST!  

Christine LaMott is our Book Fair Coordinator again this year.  Thank You, Christine!!  We invite you to mark your calendar for Friday, November 11th from 9am to 10pm.  

This year's theme is Disney.  There will be events after school including: prize and gift card drawings, teacher wishlist boards, guest readers, visit from Big Red and more!

This event is so important for our school and our kiddos. In the 10+ year history of this event we’ve raised well over $40,000 for our school’s media, literacy, library and other programs.

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.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Christine LaMott.  More volunteer information and details to come!


Thank YOU!


Looking forward to another wonderful B&N Book Fair,

Kelly Robertson & Suzanne Jarvi

Red Pine Elementary Library


You may be hearing about our two Minnesota student choice book awards for students in K-5.  Please encourage your student(s) to participate this year.   Voting for our favorites will happen the first week in March.


Grade 3-5 Maud Hart Lovelace Book Award Nominees:  

  • Almost Home by Joan Bauer

  • Army of Frogs: A Kulipari Novel by Trevor Pryce

  • Ava & Pip by Carol Weston

  • Breaking Stalin's Nose by Eugene Yelchin

  • Capture the Flag by Kate Messner

  • El Deafo by Cece Bell

  • Escape by Night by Laurie Myers

  • Five Lives of Our Cat Zook by Joanne Rocklin

  • Kizzy Ann Stamps by Jeri Watts

  • ​Nickel Bay Nick by Dean Pitchford

  • Secret Chicken Society by Judy Cox

  • Wild River by P.J. Petersen


Grades K-2 Star of the North Book Awards Nominees:

Ballet Cat: The Totally Secret Secret written and illustrated by Bob Shea

The Bear Ate Your Sandwich written and illustrated by Julia Sarcone-Roach

Emmanuel's Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah by Laurie Ann Thompson, Sean Qualls ill.

In a Village by the Sea by Muon Van ​, April Chu ill.

Night Animals written and illustrated by Gianna Marino

Red: A Crayon's Story written and illustrated by Michael Hall

Rhoda's Rock Hunt by Molly Beth Griffin, Jennifer A. Bell ill.

Sidewalk Flowers by JonArno Lawson, Sydney Smith ill.

Water is Water  by Miranda Paul, Jason Chin ill.

Wolfie the Bunny by Ame Dyckman, Zachariah OHora ill.


Happy Reading!




Health and Wellness Committee

Health and Wellness Committee Meeting

When: Monday October 10th

From: 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Where: RP Library

*We look forward to your involvement.



Nurse’s Corner:  


October is here and we are about a month into the school year.  Cool crisp weather.  Please have your child layer as they may start out with a sweatshirt on, get hot, and want to just have a shirt on or they may be chilled after coming in from outside, have them be prepared for changing weather.

Mondays can be so hard on the kids.  My advice is to try and get good sleep over the weekend and especially Sunday nights.  Continue to encourage eating healthy and drinking plenty of water.  Limit the overnights.   It’s hard for them to want to learn and stay in the classroom when they are tired and not functioning at 100%.  

Field trips are just around the corner.  If your child has any allergies that require Benadryl or epi pens, I will need to have them prior to the trip with a doctor’s order.  Third grade is going on a field trip October 14th.  We want the kids to be safe and have a great day.

Have a Healthy long weekend!


Danna Steffen,RN

Red Pine School Nurse



News from the Bird Feeder:


October 10 – 14, 2016

National School Lunch Week

Created by President John F. Kennedy in 1962, National School Lunch Week (NSLW) is a weeklong celebration of the school lunch program. School Nutrition Association members celebrate in their cafeterias every year with decorations, special menus, events and more.

The NSLW 2016 theme, “Show Your Spirit,” is generates excitement

about the benefits of students consuming wholesome, healthy school

lunches - fresh fruits and veggies, whole grains and milk.


October is National Farm to School Month.

District #196 is participating in the 3rd Annual Great Lakes Great Apple Crunch.

Hundreds of thousands of school students will crunch into a Minnesota apple at lunch time. The district has 15,500 local apples coming into the district schools in support of this event. Join us for the 2016 Great Lakes Great Apple Crunch on October 13.

Cheryl Rosa

Food and Nutrition

Red Pine Elementary




PTO News:


PTO Meeting TONIGHT!!!

The next PTO meeting is TONIGHT!! Thursday, October 6 at 6:30pm in the Media Center. Tracy Petersen from the Inver Grove Heights Parks & Recreation Department will be joining us to share info about their programs and facilities.  If you have any questions about the meeting, please contact John Congemi at johncongemi@gmail.com. We hope to see you there!


Art Adventure Information Meeting

Interested in learning more about volunteering for Art Adventure? Join us this Friday, October 7th  from 9 a.m. – 10 a.m. at Dunn Bros. off Diffley in Eagan.  Great opportunity to meet some of the other volunteers and check out this fun volunteer opportunity!! Of course some of our kiddos will be joining us as well!

Can’t make it, but would love more info? Contact Heather Northrup at 651-245-9717 or hnorthru@aol.com


Fall Fundraiser

Thanks to everybody who participated in our Cherrydale Fall Fundraiser. The order forms have all been submitted and pickup is set for Tuesday, October 18 from 3:00 - 6:00PM. Volunteers are still needed to help with the product pickup. Please contact John Congemi at johncongemi@gmail.com if you're interested in helping out.






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