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January 14, 2016

posted Jan 14, 2016, 12:42 PM by Kristen Henning   [ updated Jan 14, 2016, 12:43 PM ]

Red Pine School Newsletter

Week of January 18 - 22, 2016

Monday       NO SCHOOL - Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Tuesday      cycle day 2E

Wednesday cycle day 3A

Thursday     cycle day 4B  - Grade 5 Music Program and Band Concert - 6:30 pm  

Friday          NO SCHOOL - Data Analysis Day and Instructional Alignment Day

School News:

Winter Conferences

Sign up for your child’s Winter Conference at www.district196.org/rp beginning Friday, January 15, 2016.  Conferences will be held:

Tuesday, February 9, 2016 and

Thursday, February 11, 2016.

Our office staff will assist any parents who do not have computer access.


2016-2017 Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten registration for incoming kindergarteners will be held during conferences.  Registration times are:

Tuesday, February 9, 2016 from 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Thursday, February 11, 2016 from 12:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Registration materials will be mailed the week off February 1, 2016. Please let the office know if you do not plan to register your child for the 2016-17 school year.

Donation Request

Kindergarten is looking for gently used personal CD players to use for listening stations.  If you have a CD player you would be willing to donate, please send in to Kristen Henning.  Thank you!

Shoe Drive Fundraiser

The holiday hustle and bustle has made it hard for many of us to find the extra time to go through our closets and find contributions to the shoe drive.   This is a friendly reminder to bring in your gently worn, used or new shoes.   Money earned from this fundraiser will help us defray costs related to the 5th grade Eagle Bluff field trip!  Shoes need to be brought to school by January 31.  We’d love to have everyone make it your goal to bring 5 pairs of shoes!

Health & Wellness Committee Meeting

The next Health & Wellness Committee Meeting will be on Monday, January 11, 2016. We will meet at 6:00 PM in the Red Pine Media Center. All are welcome to attend!

Nurse’s Corner:

Welcome back Cardinals!  Hope the time off has you well rested and ready to start the new year.  Please remember to dress for the weather. it’s cold outside!  This includes hats, gloves, mittens, snow pants and boots.

Water bottles – please bring in a water bottle with your child’s name on it.  This helps with the winter/dry weather and the coughs, sore throats and not feeling well.  The teachers encourage kids to drink and much easier to have the bottle at their desk.

Please refer to this link for questions about lice:

http://www.district196.org/District/Departments/HealthServices/Diseases/TechnicalFactSheet/1350_s6head LICE.pdf

Please refer to this link for questions about whooping cough:


Red Pine has had confirmed cases of:

STREP THROAT http://www.district196.org/District/Departments/HealthServices/Diseases/TechnicalFactSheet/1665_s6STREPT.pdf

Please remember when to keep your child home.  If your child comes to school with a fever, diarrhea, vomiting, rash, this passes quickly on to other children and can end up right back to you.  Keep in mind we have about 800 or so kids and everyone wants to stay healthy.

Gentle reminder of our guidelines to have your child stay home if:

~~Temperature of 100 or greater, may return when under 100 orally and without the use of fever reducers for 24 hours

~~Vomiting or diarrhea, may return when hasn’t had an issue for 24 hours

~~Severe coughing or difficulty breathing (if a nagging, itchy cough, please have child bring water bottle, encourage a lot of water)

~~Open sores on mouth

~~Skin rash or red eye from undetermined cause (if pink eye diagnosed, a MD’s note needed to return or treatment for 24 hours)

~~Head lice and scabies, until treatment complete

~~Any contagious conditions such as strep throat, impetigo, chickenpox, pertussis, mumps, Hep-A, measles, mumps, rubella, shingles, or herpes simplex

Always notify me of a contagious illness. I will keep track to see if there are clusters so I can notify the potentially exposed grade level.

Please also call me with any questions.  My hours are 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM, Monday thru Friday. Feel free to leave a message, I will get back to you as soon as my office clears out.

Thank you,

Nurse Danna



PTO News:

Box Tops:

Great Job on collecting those Box Tops! Another 1,352 box tops were turned in last month! That’s another $135.20 for our school! To date, we have raised just over $1,000 towards our $6,000 goal.  

Mrs. Henning’s class is in the lead to win the pizza party at the end of February, followed by Mrs.Reed and Mrs. Monssen’s classes. Please continue to collect those box tops.  

Attached you will also find another collection sheet - also put on the Red Pine PTO page of the website.

For any questions, please contact Kirsten Langstraat at Langstraatfamily@gmail.com

Red Pine Twins Day - SAVE THE DATE!!!

Mark your calendar for Sunday, April 17th at 1:10 for our annual Red Pine Twins Day. The Red Pine 5th graders will be singing the national anthem prior to this game.

More detail to follow.  If you have any questions, please contact Lori Preiner at jfp10645@comcast.net  


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

Community News

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Visit our website for afterschool and more enrichment activities!

STEM: Minecraft Multiplayer:  City Builder (grades 2-5)

Collaborate with fellow students to create interesting city elements. Take home your completed world file at the end of class. Beginners and experienced Minecrafters alike will love this action packed camp!   Sat | Jan 30 | 9am-3pm | $79 | FRMS

Family Yoga (parents and children grades K-5)

Learn together and develop healthy habits for a lifetime of wellness. Reduce stress, increase attention and create calmer homes and more productive school environments.

Wed | Jan 20 - Feb 17 | 5:45 - 6:45pm | 5 ses | $39 | DR

Roll in the new year! Experience the fun of Key Log Rolling and challenge your skills! Log rolling improves core strength, balance, footwork, agility, and cardio...but mostly it’s just fun! Click here for more information. The Pool Is Cool! Bring your friends and family for fun in the pool during Open Swims. Locker rooms are available for changing. Learn the basics during the first half-hour of open swim. Then, purchase a wristband to participate in the log rolling for the last hour of open swim.

Fri | now-Mar 11 | 6:30-8pm | SHMS

Sat | now-Mar 12 | 2:30-4pm | skip Jan 30 | SHMS

Sun | Jan 24 | 1-2:30pm | BHMS

Open Swim Fees:

Ages 3 & younger: Free!

Ages 4 & 5: $5

Ages 6+: $6

Family: $15

Ten individual passes: $50

Learn to Roll Wristband: $5

Log Rolling Wristband: $3

Intro to Snowshoeing (families, 5+)

Enjoy an evening together as a family,  learning a unique skill with an educated naturalist. Make a familiar hike new again, as you forge through the snowy paths of Lebanon Hills.

Fri | Jan 29 | 5:30 - 7:30pm | $29/pair, $15 extra person | Lebanon Hills Visitor Center

Fencing (grades 2-5) Adults welcome!

Learn the art of sword fighting. Improve your reflexes, dexterity, quickness and focus.

Wed | Jan 27 - Mar 16 | 6:15-7:15pm | 8 ses | $109