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September 15, 2016

posted Sep 15, 2016, 12:04 PM by Kristen Henning

Red Pine School Newsletter

Week of September 19 - 23, 2016

Monday       cycle day 4 blue E  

Tuesday      cycle day 5 yellow A  

Wednesday cycle day 6 green B   -  Lifetouch Picture Day

Thursday     cycle day 1 red C

Friday          cycle day 2 blue D     - “50’s Day” Sponsored by Student Council


While it was not written on the calendar sent home last Friday, there is a PTO meeting tonight.  The meeting will start at 6:30 in the Red Pine Media Center.

School News:

Lifetouch Picture Day

Wednesday, September 21st

Lifetouch will be here next Wednesday to photograph our students.  All students will be photographed.  If you would like to order portraits, either go to www.mylifetouch.com and order online, or fill out the order form that came home in last week’s Friday Folders and send it back to school (give it to your teacher) by Wednesday, September 21st.  

We are also in need of volunteers to help with picture day.  You will receive one free picture packet for helping out.  We have a 9:30-12:30 shift and a 12:30 – 3:30 shift.  Please email denise.vonasek@district196.org if you can help.  

Measures of Academic Progress

(MAP Testing)

Red Pine's second through fifth graders will be taking the Measures of Academic Progress in the area of math starting this week.  The assessment is administered on the computer and adapts to the student’s ability, accurately measuring what a child knows and needs to learn.  The results give teachers practical application to teaching and learning.  

Please remember that this test is only one source of information on your child’s learning.  Achievement tests, teacher made tests, classroom work, and teacher and parent judgment are also important indicators of your childs progress.  

Results from MAP testing will be made available to you in November.  For students in grades 3 through 5, the report will reflect results comparing scores from Fall 2015 to Fall 2016.  

News from the Office:

***Changes in End of Day Transportation Plans:


Please know that if you email your child’s teacher for any changes to the daily routine, they will not receive it if they are out and have a substitute. Substitute teachers do not have access to email. As a rule, always send a written note with your child to give to their teacher.

While we realize that last minute changes can happen, the office needs to be contacted by 3:00 to allow enough time to get the message relayed to the student who may be outside of their classroom due to specialists/testing/assemblies, etc.

Thank you for your cooperation in this important matter!

Address Changes

Please be sure to let the Red Pine office know of any home address/telephone number/ or email changes that occur during the school year or in the summer.  We need to be made aware of the exact address and when the move occurs.  This information is extremely important not only to the Red Pine front office and nurse’s office, but also to District 196 transportation and student information departments.  Please call Janie or Jo at 651-423-7870 to report ANY changes.

Thank you for your cooperation!  

Children Home Alone?  Dakota County Guidelines

Children 7 years old or under cannot be left alone for any period of time.

Children 8-9 years old can be alone for up to 2 hours.

Children 10-13 years old cannot be alone for more than 8-12 hours.

Children under 11 years old cannot babysit younger children.

All of these guidelines assume that children know how to reach a parent or adult, are not afraid to be alone, and have average behavior, health, and maturity levels for their age.  Occasionally other circumstances are considered on a case-by-case basis.

A NEW ‘Transportation for Students in Day Care Notice’ needs to be filled out each time there is a change in your child’s daycare or any time your child is coming from or going to an address other than home for after school care.  Please remember this is the only way we have of communicating with transportation the busing needs of your child and ensures a safe and smooth release time for your child.  In addition, a new form needs to be filled out each new school year so the bus route can be adjusted accordingly in the fall.  Please call Jo or Janie at 651-423-7870 if you need a form.

Forms may be returned to Red Pine office.

---Thank you for your cooperation.



-+- Please email aaron.mckie@district196.org for additional information.

Health and Wellness Committee:

Kick’in School Into HIGH Gear….


When: Wednesday September 21st 2016

From: 5:30pm-7:30pm

Where: Red Pine Kickball Fields

Health and Wellness Meeting

When: Monday September 19th

From: 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Where: RP Library

*We look forward to your involvement!

News from the Bird Feeder:

NEW THIS YEAR from Food service:

Farm Fresh Local Food: Independent School District 196 Food and Nutrition Services is working with Pahl’s Market to provide our district with eight different vegetables and watermelon during the month of September.

Kindergarten Breakfast in the Classroom: ALL elementary schools will be serving a nutritious breakfast in the kindergarten classrooms which includes fresh fruit.

Thank you!

Cheryl Rosa

Food and Nutrition

Red Pine Elementary

PTO News:

First PTO Meeting of the Year TONIGHT!!! September 15 at 6:30pm in the Media Center.

All parents are welcome to attend. It's a great opportunity to learn more about and influence the activities and decisions happening at Red Pine.  If you have any questions about the meeting, please contact John Congemi at johncongemi@gmail.com. We hope to see you there!

Fall Fundraiser

Our first (and largest) fundraiser of the year is about to kick off! We're partnering with Cherrydale Farms (Chip Shoppe) and all profits from this sale will go directly back to our school to fund equipment, activities and enrichment programs for the kids.

Order forms and Money due = Tuesday, September 20th    ( Makes checks payable to ‘Red Pine PTO’ )

Product Delivery = Tuesday, October 4th from 3:00-6:00 pm ONLY! >>> PLEASE MAKE ARRANGEMENTS with someone else to pick up if you cannot.

Any Questions? Call 877-619-4822

NEW!!!!!!! Red Pine PTO Community Directory

We are pleased to announce this coming school year the entire directory process will be paperless from data collection to making the directory available both on your computer as well as your smart phone.  

Why are we doing this?

·       Saves time – this new system will help us publish the directory right when school starts AND we can keep it up to date throughout the school year.

·       Saves money – no more printing costs (they keep going up!)

·       Reduces errors - because you enter your information yourself, you can be guaranteed that it’s what you want.

How does it work?

Our new system will involve 2 steps:  collecting your information online and then giving you secure access to the online system.  To enter your information please go to the link below and follow the instructions.  This is a secure form and you can print your submission for your records.

www.join.myschoolanywhere.com    Join Code:  cardinals

How do you access the new online directory?

Once we have received and reviewed your family’s information you will receive an email with login instructions.  Our plan is to go live within the first few weeks of school so please confirm your data!

What’s so great about the online directory?  

·       It’s secure – your family will have a unique login and password and the directory can’t be lost or stolen.

·       You can search by student’s first name, grade, teacher and family last name.

·       You can create your own custom list of frequently called families.

·       You can access the family directory from any internet connected device:  your computer, smart phone, iPad, etc.

Is it secure?

YES!  All data is stored behind secure firewalls and can only be accessed by authorized users with a validated username and encrypted password.  All data is viewed and passed using SSL encryption.

Questions? Contact Michelle Luther mluther03@gmail.com