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RP Newsletter 10/14/2019

School News

Monday        cycle day   4A   
Tuesday       cycle day   5B 
Wednesday   cycle day   1C - Fun Run Fundraiser
Thursday       NO SCHOOL   - MEA Teachers Convention
Friday           NO SCHOOL  - MEA Teachers Convention


In the Computer Lab 
Notes from Mrs. Skalski

4th and 5th Grade Parents:We encourage you to talk with your child about when and how long they may work on their iPad at home. You also have the power to set “Downtime” on the device, if you choose. (Click here to get directions for setting Downtime.)


From the Social Worker:

Fall Parenting Series at FACTS
(Family, Adolescent and Children Therapy Services, Inc) 

Bonding with Your Child: 

Learn the best ways of connecting with your child and how these principles can be applied to parenting throughout your child’s development.  These strategies will help both in good times as well as challenging times in raising your child. For parents of children ages 0-8

Wednesday October 17, 2019
6:30 - 8:00 pm 
Sessions take place at FACTS1385 Mendota Heights Rd., #200, Mendota Heights, 55120 


Voting Open for Levy Referendum and School Board Election

District 196 voters can vote now through Election Day Tuesday, Nov. 5, on the levy referendum and School Board election.

In the School Board election, 12 candidates are seeking election to four open seats, including incumbents Joel Albright of Apple Valley, Sachin Isaacs of Burnsville and Jackie Magnuson of Rosemount, and challengers Maggie Bruecken of Apple Valley, Rebecca Gierok of Apple Valley, Curtis Henry of Rosemount, Laura Holm of Rosemount, former board member Gary Huusko of Eagan, Cory Johnson of Eagan, Angela Noonan of Eagan, Kristin Schaub of Apple Valley, and Hannibal Smith of Apple Valley.

The League of Women Voters of Dakota County held a School Board Candidates Forum Oct. 9 at Rosemount City Hall. The forum is available to stream on theDistrict 196 YouTube site.  

On the levy referendum question, the district is giving voters the choice of …

  • YES, a tax increase of $25 per month on the average-value home in the district to: 1) avoid more budget cuts for at least five years, 2) lower class sizes, 3) increase mental health support, and 4) provide after-school activity buses at the middle schools and high schools, or
  • NO, no tax increase, no class size or program improvements and additional budget cuts of up to $18 million over the next two years.

The district made $7 million in budget adjustments this school year, including cutting 31 teaching positions. These are on top of $34 million in budget adjustments the district made from 2009 to 2012. District voters approved a levy in 2013 to stop the consecutive years of cuts, but none of the previous cuts to classroom staffing and other areas were ever restored.

The repeating cycle of budget cuts and levy referendum requests is something all Minnesota school districts are experiencing due to years of inconsistent and inadequate funding from the state and federal governments for basic and special education. Last year alone, for example, the special education funding provided to District 196 was $29 million short of the actual cost of providing these necessary services that are mandated by the state and federal governments but not fully funded. The district uses general fund revenues to fill this gap each year.

For more information on the levy question and what it would provide, if approved, go to

Early voting by absentee ballot is available through Nov. 4 either by mail or in person at the ISD 196 District Office in Rosemount and the Dakota County government centers in Apple Valley, Hastings and West St. Paul. To vote absentee by mail or in person, voters must first complete an Absentee Ballot Application. Voters do not need a reason to vote absentee in Minnesota.

Voters can also cast their ballot on Election Day, Nov. 5. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the 14 combined school district precincts. To find out where you vote, go to or call the Superintendent’s Office at 651-423-7725.


News from the Bird Feeder:

On Wednesday Oct. 16, we will have MEA Cookie Day’.  
WG (whole grain) Chocolate Chip Cookie will be offered to all students who take a complete school meal.  
Students with home lunch can purchase the cookie for .80 cents.

Back-to-School Reminders >>Free/Reduced Applications are Online**
**Remember a new application is needed for each new school year.

We welcome all visitors to come in and join us at lunchtime.  
Students love having a special guest for lunch!

Cheryl Rosa
Food and Nutrition Manager
Red Pine Elementary


Nurse's Corner

Greetings Red Pine Families!

Happy long weekend.  Hoping the weather is gorgeous so leaf peeping can be enjoyable.J

Reminder to keep those kiddos on somewhat of a schedule so Monday mornings are not a struggle.  If sleepovers occur, be vigilant on checking for lice – this is their favorite environment to party.  No sharing pillows, brushes, ponytail holders, hats etc.  Also – according to Mayo Clinic, children ages 6-13 need at least 9-11 hours of sleep to help keep their immune system healthy and fight off all the viruses winter months like to share.  

Water, water, water – it’s good for you.  Please bring clean water bottlesto school with fresh water in daily.  

Weather changes, wet, cold, muddy…. so please have your child bring in an extra set of clothes whether you are K or 5.  Nothing fancy - a ‘just in case’ pants and shirt.

Have a great long weekend!

Nurse Danna 
Danna Steffen, RN, BSN, LSN, PHNDirect Phone: 651-423-7871Fax: 651-423-7875


PTO News

Hey Red Pine Parents! 

Our Red Pine Fun Run is well underway and your students have been working hard to help their school! We have a goal of $35,000 and we need YOUR help to spread the word!

Here are three easy ways to help:

- Send an email to family and friends using our Easy Emailer Templates.
- Share your Student Star Video (your family will love it!).
- Share your student’s FUNRUN.COM profile through social media, and feel free to tag our PTA social media page as well!

We hope to see you at the Fun Run on October 16th! Here is the schedule so you can come and cheer on your student!

9:45-10:45 | 3rd/5th grade
1:10-2:10 | 2nd/4th grade
2:10-3:10 | K/1st grade

Have a great weekend and Go Cardinals!


Coke Rewards
We’re excited to share that our school is part of the Coca-Cola Giveprogram. This opens up Red Pine to new funding opportunities to help improve learning environments for students. 

The best part? Donations don’t come out of your own pocket. When you make Coca-Cola purchases, you simply enter the product codes here: and our school receives a donation.

Do you know of any company that would allow a box to be set up to collect Coca-Cola caps? We can get a box all set up and will drop off and pick up the caps!

Please contact Ashlie Brown at if interested.


Community News

ISD 196 Community Education Activities:

Click here for the latest highlights from our Community Education!