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September 19, 2016

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Red Pine School Newsletter

Week of October 3 - 7, 2016

Monday       cycle day 2 green E  

Tuesday      cycle day 3 red A  

Wednesday cycle day 4 blue B   - National Walk/Bike to School Day

Thursday     cycle day 5 yellow C  - Site Council Meeting 4:00 - 5:00pm

    - PTO Meeting 6:30 - 8:00pm

Friday          NO SCHOOL -  Data Analysis and Instructional Alignment Day    

Dear Red Pine Families,

It has been an incredible start to the school year!  I start each school day by visiting each classroom at Red Pine.  The ongoing engagement and excitement I continually see demonstrated by our students is energizing.  Thank you for all that you do to ensure your students are here and ready to learn.  Red Pine continues to be a school that works collaboratively with families and the school community to ensure every one of the students at Red Pine is getting the best possible education.

This past Monday a recommendation was made by the Board of Education regarding the attendance area for the new elementary school.  If you are interested, you can follow this link to see the presentation:http://www.district196.org/District/SchoolBoard/elemattdareachanges.cfm .  A main point to know is that the recommended attendance area for the new school does not affect the attendance area for Red Pine.

Red Pine is going to be a polling site for the upcoming election.  While this has been the case in recent years as well, a large voter turnout is expected across the country.  We are already putting plans in place to ensure our school continues to run efficiently and safely that day.  We may be asking for parent volunteers to help monitor the area by the gymnasium to ensure the voters stay at the end of the hall.  If you would be interested in taking a shift for this task please let me know.  More detailed information about November 8 will be sent to you as the date gets closer.

The 2016-2017 school year is going to be an awesome year at Red Pine!  I look forward to our continued work together.


Drew Goeldner

School News:

Red Pine Volunteers: NEW PROCESS!!

We have a new way to volunteer at Red Pine this year! All committees are now on the Red Pine website under the Parents tab and then click Volunteer for a list of committees. Each committee is linked to a SignUp Genius page for easy sign up. Here is the link: https://sites.google.com/a/apps.district196.org/red-pine-elementary-school/volunteer

Many volunteers are needed to make our school and PTO a success. Volunteering at Red Pine is a great way to meet other parents, work with the school staff, stay informed on school activities and efforts, and make a positive difference in helping Red Pine be the best it can be!

Please contact Mary Sundberg mary.sundberg@gmail.com if you have any questions.

Thanks for volunteering!

NATIONAL WALK/BIKE to SCHOOL DAY - Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Please participate with the Physical Education Department and the Health and Wellness Committee on Wednesday Oct. 5th in the National Walk/Bike to School Day.  We are encouraging all students to talk with their parents or guardians about finding a way to walk or bike to school.  Some options:  if you ride the bus or live across a very busy street we are asking students to find a friend that is a walker and see if you could be dropped off at their house and walk together; coordinate with other families a drop off point; set up walking school buses (parents volunteer to assist/lead students on a walk to school, feel free to let Mr. Kotasek know where parents are meeting so I can send it out on the list serve).  Please join the Physical Education Department and the Health and Wellness Committee in promoting the health and physical activity of your child/children, Wednesday Oct. 5th during National Walk/Bike to School Day!!!

Some of those wonderful health and physical benefits are:  Provides a way to share an activity 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.

Happy Healthy Living,

Mike Kotasek and Tom Sandman

RP Physical Education Teachers

Fifth Grade Service Projects

The fifth graders have two awesome service projects coming up soon.  During the month of October, they are collecting new and used t-shirts, which can be any colors and have writing on them.  (short or long sleeves are both fine)  At the end of the month, the fifth graders will cut out the middle of the t-shirts to be sent to a group of people who will sew them into cloth diapers.  These were sent to Haiti last year, and this year they will also be sent to a place that can use them.  The neck and bottom cuffs will be cut out to be braided into pet toys.  These will be donated locally to Last Hope for cats and dogs to use as chew toys.  The sleeves of the t-shirts will be cut out and sent to the sewers to be made into baby hats and and sent with the diapers to babies in need of them.

Please begin sending in t-shirts with your fifth grader any time!

In December, the fifth graders will tie fleece blankets to be sent to local shelters.  Last year, they sent 45 blankets to families in need!

We are in need of a parent to buy all of the fleece for this project.  We have $400 set aside for this project, and we need someone to select and buy the fleece, and then be reimbursed from PTO.

Please contact Kate Stoe @ kate.stoe@district196.org if you would like to take on this project.


-+-CHESS REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN. Click on the link:  goo.gl/tOZKRT

-+- Or go to the Community Ed website and search Chess. http://www.district196.org/ce/

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

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!

News from the Library:

Greetings from the RP Library!

It’s that time of the year again!  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:

Greetings Parents!  

We are well into the first month of school and all the new germs are circling the building.  I have a list of guidelines for you as sometimes I realize it is hard to know when to keep your children at home or send them to school.  We want the child ready to learn when back at school and we don’t want the illness circulating.

Fever of 100 degrees or more, we recommend the student stay home 24 hours after the fever has returned to normal WITHOUT fever reducing medication such as Tylenol or Ibuprofen

Vomiting or Diarrhea, we recommend the student stay home for 24 hours after the last episode

Rash that you are unsure of what it is from – please check with your family physician prior to bringing the child in

If your child becomes ill or is injured at school, the parent or guardian is called.  If we are unable to reach you we will then go to your emergency contact.  Please update the website with current phone numbers.  If you send in someone else, I will need to verify that it is ok with you at the time I call you.  So please let me know if someone else is picking your child up.

The Health Heroes will be introduced this Friday and the Health Hero Carts on the KRPN News.  The KRPN news can be found online through the Red Pine website.  The Health Heroes are 10 fifth graders who are helping our school to become Red Pine Strong and promote health and independence by eating healthy, drinking plenty of water, getting enough sleep, washing properly, brushing properly and exercise.  They will be on the news once a month, approximately the last Friday of the month.

Water bottles –  we are glad that our students are choosing to bring water bottles to school and use them!  Having water available throughout the day is a healthy choice for students to stay hydrated and to flush out toxins that lead to illness, as well as, carry nutrients from food throughout the body.  One tip – please keep water bottles (with your child’s name on them) in the outside pocket of your child’s backpack or in a baggy in the back pack as library books and homework are getting wet.  This will also be important once winter comes as we don’t want the kids back packs to be wet if they bring dry clothes or have their gloves, mittens hats in them.  A good habit, outside of backpack or inside in a baggy.  Thank you and GREAT JOB!

Remember as cooler weather approaches, make sure your children have layers they can put on and take off for comfort.

Thank you and Stay Healthy!

Danna Steffen,RN

Red Pine School Nurse

News from the Bird Feeder:

October 6 – Local Lunch Day

Ferndale’s Turkey Burger

Vegetarian baked beans

Dark green side salad with dressing

Sun Chips

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:

Fall Fundraiser

Product Delivery = Tuesday, October 18th from 3:00-6:00 pm ONLY! >>> PLEASE MAKE ARRANGEMENTS with someone else to pick up during these hours if you cannot!

Any Questions? Call Cherrydale at 877-619-4822

Next PTO Meeting

The next PTO meeting is Thursday, October 6 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!

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

Community News:

ISD 196 Community Education:

Community Education has fun & learning for both you and your child!  Check out Kung Fu: 2nd Green-Black Belt (ages 5-15), Archery Adventure Camp (ages 9-17), Key Log Rolling: A Traditional North Woods Pastime, LEGO® Engineering Workshop (moms and girls, grades 3+) and more!

Check out what we have planned for non school day learning during the upcoming teacher’s state convention, October 20-21, including Advanced Minecraft (grades 3-6), Intro to Coding and Robotics (grades K-2), Spy Science (ages 7-11), LEGO® EV3 Robotics (grades 5-8) and more! Hurry, limited spots are available.

Save $ and help a student attend Community Education programs! Purchase Metro Dining Club, South of the River, discount cards featuring two-for-one dining or 50% off meals! Proceeds support scholarships for children and families.

www.district196.org/ceview videolike District 196 Community Education on Facebook