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September 22, 2016

posted Sep 22, 2016, 10:54 AM by Kristen Henning

Red Pine School Newsletter

Week of September 26 - 30, 2016

Monday       cycle day 3 yellow E  

Tuesday      cycle day 4 green A  

Wednesday cycle day 5 red B   

Thursday     cycle day 6 blue C

Friday          cycle day 1 yellow D    

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

Walk, bike, and enjoy the benefits of a Healthy Day Wednesday Oct. 5th, 2016 NATIONAL WALK/BIKE to SCHOOL DAY.  The Physical Education Department along with the Health and Wellness Committee are once again participating in National Walk/Bike to School Day promoting the benefits of exercise.  Some of those wonderful 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.  Please feel free to Walk/Bike with other families and friends.  Hope to see you ALL Wednesday Oct. 5th, Walking and Biking to school.  If you have any questions PLEASE contact the Physical Education Department.


-+-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:


I will be screening hearing for grades K, 2, 4 and vision for 1,3, 5.  If your child sees a doctor (has glasses) for vision or a specialist for hearing, please fax me the results.  651-423-7875.

Health Heroes will be handing out health promotion items (toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant  for 4th and 5th – Friday, Sept. 30th) and 1st graders Thursday Sept 22nd (toothbrush and toothpaste).  Then we will work on getting K, 2, and 3 their items the following week.

Sleep is very important for students!  Try to get them to bed at the same time each night.  A good night’s rest and hydration will help your child soak up all the information and new items during the school day.

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:

Fall Fundraiser **** CHANGE -You have one extra week to get your order in!!!

Based on feedback from parents and teachers at the last PTO meeting, we have extended the deadline for turning in our Fall Fundraiser orders. Order forms are now due Tuesday, September 27. Also, the delivery date will be pushed back to October 18. Please contact the Red Pine office with any questions.

Order forms and Money due = Tuesday, September 27th    ( Makes checks payable to ‘Red Pine PTO’ )

Product Delivery = Tuesday, October 18th 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

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!

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