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April 20, 2017

posted Apr 20, 2017, 1:00 PM by Kristen Henning   [ updated Apr 26, 2017, 12:45 PM ]

Red Pine School Newsletter

Week of April  24 - 28, 2017

Monday        cycle day - 1 yellow D  -  MCA Continues!!!!  Be here - Be rested - Be fed  :)

Tuesday        cycle day - 2 green E   -  Student Council Meeting

Wednesday  cycle day - 3 red A       -  Last Band Rehearsal

Thursday      cycle day - 4 blue B     -  Grade 5 Band Concert - 6:30 pm    

Friday           cycle day - 5 yellow C  -  Star Lab Leaves     

School News:

Survey for Interest in a before/after school Spanish Language Enrichment Program

Red Pine is considering offering a before or after school Spanish language enrichment program and we would like to have your input. Community Education contracts with University Language Center and hosts Spanish enrichment programs across several of our other district elementary schools. This high-quality enrichment program is a year-long program beginning in October and ends in May. The program is one hour in length and meets two times per week. Classes are taught in spanish and are presented in a fun and creative approach.  

Because this curriculum is a not part of the school day, fees need to cover all costs of the program. Families are charged approx. $699 for around 52-54 lessons.  To make it more affordable, parents have the opportunity to make 4 installment payments, October-Dec. The fess end up being less than $13/lesson.  

We are very excited about this opportunity for our students at Red Pine. Language acquisition has numerous academic benefits. Please take a moment to answer these few questions.

Thank you, your input is valuable!


LAST CALL -----Parental Input for the 2017-­2018 School Year:

Parents wishing to give input for their child’s placement in a classroom for the ​2017-­2018​ school year may do so ​in written form until Friday, April 21, 2017.​ Direct requests for a specific teacher will not be accepted. This is due to the fact that some teachers may change grade levels or positions due to a variety of reasons. However, if there is a teacher you feel would not be a good match for your child, that information is welcome. As an entire staff, we spend a great deal of time at the end of each school year working on class lists that will help students be successful. E­mail is the preferred form of communication so that Mr. Goeldner can send a verification reply. All parental documents should be e­mailed directly to Mr. Goeldner at ​drew.goeldner@district196.org​.

Pokemon Cards

Recently there has been an increase in the number of issues at school and on the bus that are rooted in student use of Pokemon cards.  Due to the number of recent incidents that have interrupted student learning, we are asking that the students not bring the cards to school anymore.  Many teachers have already asked students not to bring them.  However, the bus has still been a place where many of the issues are starting with the Pokemon cards.  This morning Mr. Goeldner visited each classroom to explain the request.  If you have any questions regarding this, please call Mr. Goeldner or your student’s teacher.   

Substitute teaching opportunities available

District 196 has substitute teaching opportunities available for interested persons with a valid Minnesota teaching license or a bachelor's degree and are willing to obtain a short call limited teaching license. Substitute teachers earn $120 for full-day assignments and $70 for half-day assignments (up to four hours and 15 minutes). All short call substitute candidates must complete a 20-hour orientation (April 17-21, 2017) before they can begin substitute teaching; individuals with a standard teaching license must attend a 2.5-hour orientation session. Please email tracy.simpson@district196.org if you are interested in this opportunity.

Tracy Simpson

 I.S.D.196•Rosemount•Apple Valley•Eagan

 Human Resources Secretary•Sub-Caller

 tel. 651-423-7761•fax. 651-423-7858

Red Pine Blood Drive

Since last year's blood drive was such a success, we decided to do it again! We will be having another blood drive at Red Pine on:

Date:       Tuesday, May 16th

Hours:     7:30 am – 1:30 pm

Location: Red Cross Bus in Red Pine parking lot

This year's goal is 45 donors.

To make an appointment go to www.redcrossblood.org and enter the sponsor code "Red Pine" in the blue box in the upper right hand that shows "Give Blood. Find a Blood Drive".

We are looking for several volunteers to work at the blood drive. You can volunteer for one hour, two hours, or as long as you would like. Please contact Mary Kate Nelson at marykate.nelson@district196.org if you would like to help us out. Thank you!

If you have any questions contact Mary Kate Nelson at 651-423-7870.

FACTS Spring Parenting Series: Helping a Child with Anxiety

April 20, 2017, 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Cost: Free

This FREE Parenting Series takes place at: FACTS,

FACTS  1385 Mendota Heights Rd.,

#200, Mendota Heights, 55120, (just north of the intersection of 494 and Pilot Knob Road).

Contact (651) 379-9800 ext. 203, or www.facts-mn.org.6:30-8:00 pm.

Hello Parents!

I am looking for parent volunteers to help put the art show on the walls!

Please contact me  peg.gust@district196.org if you would like to help, any amount of time is appreciated!

The dates are April 25/26 and May 2/3 during the school day!


Peg Gust


We need YOU!

Red Pine Spring Arts Night is May 11th

There are many (easy) tasks leading up to our special evening,

We need YOU to make the evening a huge success!

Please consider volunteering!

(All proceeds go directly to student programs for your children!)

Please contact Spring Arts Night Committee Chair Jayme Smrstick jayme.smrstick@gmail.com or

Red Pine Art Specialist Peg Gust peg.gust@district196.org

News From the “Bird Feeder”:


Kids 1 year to 18 years old FREE SUMMER MEALS!!!!   See below:


July24 - August 10th >>> Cedar Park Elementary,  Westview Elementary,  Thomas Lake Elementary


June 19 - August 10th >>> Cedar Park Elementary Westview Elementary

June 19 - June 23rd >>> Oak Ridge Elementary

June 26 - August 10th >>> Thomas Lake Elementary

Serving times have not been determined. Please check www.district196.org  for more details.

Student and Parent Reminder:

~~ Breakfast is FREE for all kindergarten students.

~~ Breakfast and Lunch are FREE for all students K - 12 who qualify for FREE or REDUCED-price school meals grades.

~~ Please try breakfast at our school. A nutritious breakfast is an important start to a child’s school day!

~~ Parents/Guardians: FeePay has the option for you to set a low balance reminder via email.

Cheryl Rosa

Food and Nutrition

Red Pine Elementary

Nurse’s Corner:  

Water - kids need water throughout the day.  Please encourage them to bring in water bottles - the fountain isn’t enough to prevent headaches, stomach aches, sore throats, and thin secretions from colds or allergies.  According to Healthy Kids , 5-8 year olds should have 5 glasses of water a day (1 liter), 9-12 year olds 7 glasses of water a day (1.5 liters) and 13 plus 8-10 glasses of water a day (2 liters).  With the weather changing to warmer days outside, this is the minimum they should be drinking.  After recess or PE outside they should drink more for their daily total.   Thank you!

Danna Steffen, RN

Red Pine Elementary School Nurse

Ph: 651-423-7871

Fax: 651-423-7875

PTO News:

Last PTO Meeting of the School Year! - Save the date!

Our last PTO meeting of the school year is scheduled for Thursday, May 18 at 6:30 PM in the Media Center. We hope to see you there!

Open PTO Chair Positions

We are looking for volunteers for two open positions next year: Vice President and Treasurer. If you are interested in either opportunity, please contact John Congemi at johncongemi@gmail.com .

Box Tops

A friendly reminder to continue to turn in your collection sheets outside the office with your teacher's name on them. Also, please bundle the Bonus Box Tops separately.   Continuing through May 26th we will be having another competition to see which classroom will win an ice cream treat/popsicle party.  Go Cardinals! Winner will be announced.

If you have any questions, please contact Kirsten Langstraat @ Langstraatfamily@gmail.com

Red Pine Spring Arts Night – May 11th!

The Spring Arts Night committee is looking for a few volunteers to help with the planning.
If you are interested in being apart of this amazing night at Red Pine, please contact Jayme Smrstick at jaymesmrstick@gmail.com.  Any amount of time will be greatly appreciated! Also, we are still in need of several classroom volunteers. If you would like to volunteer to help coordinate and collect the basket items for your child's class, please contact Gary Sirek at gary@squirrelworx.com.

The Silent Auction at Spring Arts Night has raised a record number of funds that go directly back into our school. We are hoping to exceed our goals for this year and are once again looking for donations for the Silent Auction. If you have a business and are willing donate to our fundraiser, please contact Jayme Smrstick at jaymesmrstick@gmail.com .

The Red Pine PTO is a tax-exempt charity and your donations are tax deductible.

School Pak

We are up and running on the School Pak website for the 2017-18 school year.  


You will be able to have it shipped for free to school and it will be waiting in your child's classroom during the Open House in August, or you can have it shipped to your home for a fee. The last day to have the paks shipped to school for free is
June 10, 2017 **

This is a great way to enjoy time with your family over the summer and not worry about all the supplies you have to purchase! If you have any questions about School Pak, you can contact Dawn Horarik at dawnhorarik@yahoo.com or you can call/text 952.240.4928.

Health Heroes

We have 14 new Health Heroes for the 2017-18 school year. They are: Reid Barrett, Megan Zabel, Olivia Tompkins,, Iszabelle Say, Anna Lee Holzer, Makayla Zuege, Isy Purrington, Hassan Ahmed, Avary Otto, Kaylie Cook, Jana Albarghash, Caire Kindseth, Bailey Childs and Prajna Hosamane.

They will educate kids on handwashing and staying healthy through the AM news, stock health hero carts weekly, and will help organize a health breakfast three times for the staff throughout the year. They will also design their own shirts and present at the end of the year what they learned and what they feel they brought to Red Pine Elementary students and staff to the PTO.

Community News:

ISD 196 Community Education:

Be the best parent you can be!

Emotions! Helping children Identify, Share and Cope Mon | Apr 24 | 6:30 – 8pm | $15 | FRMS

Plan ahead! Summer drama fills quickly!

Hit the Lights! Summer Theatre Camp: Jr. Thespians Mon-Fri | Jun 12-16 | 9am – 1pm | $125 | EVHS

VocalMotion Performing Arts Camp (grades 2-5) Mon-Fri | Jun 12-16 | 8:30-11:30am | $115 | RHS

Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre-Alladin (ages 7-18) Mon-Sat | Jun 19-24 | $99 | RHS

Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre-Wizard of Oz (ages 7-18) Mon-Sat | Jul 31-Aug 5 | $99 | RHS

Get fit, get wet!

Junior Lifeguarding (ages 11-14) Mon-Thu | Jun 12-15 | 9am-12:30pm | $130 | FRMS