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RP Newsletter 10/24/2019

School News

Monday        Cycle day   2A   

Tuesday       Cycle day   3B 

Wednesday  Cycle day   4C 

Thursday      Cycle day   5D - Harvest Parade and Parties 

Friday           Cycle day   1A 


School Picture Retakes

Due to continued delays at the Lifetouch lab, our school picture packages are arriving later than anticipated.  Due to this delay, our picture retake day (originally scheduled for Tuesday 10/22) is yet to be determined.  Thank you for your patience. We will send an email with the confirmed date as soon we hear from Lifetouch.

Harvest Parade and Parties

We are looking forward to a fun parade and classroom parties next Thursday, October 31st beginning at 1:45! A few reminders:

To make the parade fun for all of our students, please help your child choose a costume that is appropriate for viewing by kindergarten through 5th graders. 

  • There will be activities in Mrs. Vonasek’s office if any students choose not to watch or be in the parade and/or parties. 
  • Guests and party volunteers will be asked to remain in our front entrance until 1:30.  
  • Kindergarten parents who will be helping students get ready will be allowed in at 1:15.  
  • The cafeteria will have tables set up for seating and viewing the parade.  If it’s nice outside, the students will be going across the playground so that will be another viewing area. 

Red Pine B&N Bookfair – SAVE THE DATE!!!

Please mark your calendars for this year's Fall Bookfair on Friday, November 15 at the Barnes & Noble in Eagan from 9 a.m.- 10 p.m.

After school highlights to include:

  • Visits from Big Red
  • Prizes and Gift Card drawings every half hour
  • Face Painting / Tattoos
  • Teacher / Classroom Wishlist Board
  • Vast selection of books*, other gift items* and cafe items* (*all purchases marked for Red Pine add to our percentage of net proceeds from Bookfair sales)

This is a wonderful school fundraiser each year and we depend on many volunteers to make it happen.  Our B&N Book Fair Chairperson is Karlye Hackenberg (  Thanks to Karlye for volunteering to take over chairing this tremendous fundraiser J.  Over $3,500 worth of library books will be added to RP's Library due to this fundraiser alone --- AND classroom teachers will hopefully benefit from many wish-list donations for individual classroom libraries.

We'll be sure to send volunteer sign-up links for adult volunteers and 5th graders soon.

Looking forward to this event! Hope to see you there! 

Happy Reading!

Mrs. Robertson & Mrs. Jarvi


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 the District 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:

Friday, Nov. 1st …… We will be serving Vanilla Cupcake Flavored Frozen Yogurt Cups for lunch!

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

Nurse's Corner

Brrr……it seems so early!!!

Flu shots– it’s an excellent way to keep your kids healthy.  Please talk to your pediatrician.  Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends annual flu vaccination for everyone 6 months and older with any licensed age- appropriate flu vaccine.

Please bring extra clothes(1 set) for K-5.  Nothing fancy – old sweats, shirt, underwear, socks as it is that time of year where the fields are wet and it is cold.  Not to mention – we all spill.  Place in back pack and keep for the ooopsies.

Layer, layer, layer.  Please have your children bring or wear extra layers for comfort when going in and outside.  They stay on task and learn a lot better when they are not too cold or too hot. 

Handwashing and water.  I think those are my 2 of my favorite words.  We work so hard at school reminding the students the important of washing hands before eating, after blowing their noses, sneezing, rubbing their eyes, coughing AND the importance of staying hydrated to flush any germs right out.  Keeping everyone healthy.

Have a great weekend!

Nurse Danna 

Danna Steffen, RN, BSN, LSN, PHN
Direct Phone: 651-423-7871
Fax: 651-423-7875

PTO News


Do you have Box Tops around your house?  We are still submitting these to Box Tops for credit.  Please bring your Box Tops to school for our submission deadline by tomorrow > Oct 25th.  

Look for information on the new digital app for Box Tops coming soon.

Coke Rewards

We’re excited to share that our school is part of the Coca-Cola Give program. 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! (there is a collection box in the entry area of the school as well)

Please contact Ashlie Brown at if interested.

Community News

ISD 196 Community Education Activities:

You can see the current offerings of Community Ed activities by going on the Red Pine or District 196 web site.