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RP Newsletter 10/7/2019

School News

Monday        cycle day   5A   - BOOSTERTHON Fundraiser Kick-Off! 

Tuesday       cycle day   1B 

Wednesday   cycle day   2C  - First Band Rehearsal
                                               - Fire Fighters at Red Pine for Grades K, 1, and 2

Thursday       cycle day   3D 

Friday           NO SCHOOL   - Data Analysis and Instructional Alignment Day   


In the Computer Lab
Notes from Mrs. Skalski

3rd Grade Parents: Welcome to Collaboration Station! All third graders recently opened their Google Drive accounts for the first time and began to create a slideshow about themselves. I want to tell you a little about this account and invite you to check it out with your child.

Your child’s Collab account is a Google Drive account that is managed by the school district. It provides students with a digital space to create and save projects. These projects, which are mostly slideshows and documents, can be created by one student or shared among a group of students. The account also includes an email account that enables students to send and receive messages from other students and staff. (When students enter middle school, they will gain the power to email outside of this limited group.)

We need your help! Parents are asked to monitor their child’s use of the account while encouraging kindness, caution, and respectful behavior. A blue letter went home with each student providing login details and the rules guiding the use of this account. We discussed these together in class and will revisit them as we get acquainted with our accounts over the next few months. Basically, the rules tell students that this account is for projects and messages that are connected to their learning, using words/pictures/search terms that are school-appropriate. Our administration investigates report of abuse of this account and students may lose the privilege of having an account if they demonstrate that they cannot work within these limits. Please contact your child’s teacher or myself if you or your child have questions or concerns about activity in Collab. There’s also a webpage of F.A.Q.s about Collab where you can find another copy of the blue letter and rules of use. As the saying goes, “With great power, comes great responsibility.” While students are thrilled to be working in their new accounts, it is our responsibility to guide them safely on the path toward respectful and responsible participation in a digital world.


To Fifth Grade Parents:
We have a tradition of using some of our party money to buy fleece or fleece blanket kits in December, and we cut and tie the fringes as a grade level during that month. These blankets are then donated to local shelters. The fifth graders love this service project.

We are in need of a parent to purchase the fleece or fleece blanket kits (whichever you find to be the cheapest).  You would be reimbursed by our PTO.

Please contact Kate Stoe if you would be willing to do this.



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 


Levy Referendum By the Numbers:
An informational flyer about the District 196 levy referendum is being sent home in your child’s Friday Folder this week. The flyer uses key numbers to tell the story of why the district is asking for a levy referendum increase and what the additional funding would provide. There is also information on how to vote, which began September 20 via absentee balloting and continues through Election Day Tuesday, November 5, 2019. This is an important choice for our school district community. Please be informed and vote. For more information about the levy and how to vote, go to the Levy Referendum Website.

La carpeta del viernes de su hijo tendrá un volante informativo acerca del Referéndum de Impuestos del Distrito 196. Este volate utiliza números para explicar la historia del porqué el Distrito está pidiendo un aumento de impuestos a través del referéndum y lo que estos fondos proporcionarán al distrito. También contiene información sobre como votar lo cual comenzó el 20 de septiembre mediante la votación en ausencia y continúa hasta el día de las elecciones, el martes 5 de noviembre de 2019. Esta es una decisión muy importante para el distrito escolar y la comunidad. Por favor, infórmese y vote.



News from the Bird Feeder:

Thursday, Oct.10th is Great Lakes Great Apple Crunch Day– 
Apples will be delivered local from the Brand Farmsin Farmington.

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

Please remember to:

--      Put an extra set of clothes in your students’ backpack (K-5) for muddy days, spills and accidents.

--      If you request the nurse to give ANY prescription medication, I will NEED a doctor’s order as required by  my license as a Registered Nurse and a Licensed School Nurse.

--      If your child has SEVERE allergies that require an epi pen or the equivalent, please bring it in to me ASAP with doctor’s orders.

--      Please update the computer with your phone numbers!!! This is the first place I will look to reach you in case of an emergency or questions regarding your child. Also make sure your voice mailbox is not full!!

      --     Water bottles – please have your child bring them in daily with fresh water.  

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





PTO News

OPEN GYM during PTO Meetings! TONIGHT!!!! October 3rd  6:30 - 8 pm
We would love to have you join us for our PTO meetings this year!  We will be having supervised OPEN GYM for your K-5 children while you attend the meeting.  Come get involved and let your kids have some physical fun! 


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!

Please contact Ashlie Brown at if interested.





Community News

3rd Annual Irish Way 5k/1-Mile Fun Run

TONIGHT!!!!!  Thursday, October 3 at 5pm

REGISTRATION (click here…it’s free!)

Celebrate the spirit of homecoming and run for respect, compassion, gratitude, honesty, integrity, perseverance, responsibility, acceptance, tolerance, and self-discipline, all virtues of the Irish way. There has never been a better time to spread these messages in our community. The Irish Way 5K is an opportunity for all members in the Rosemount community to come together for a 5K or 1-mile run/walk to support the Irish Way values. Runners, joggers and walkers of all abilities will enjoy a course that winds through paved paths near the school. Strollers and leashed dogs are also welcome on the course. Watch as our local students demonstrate these qualities in their daily activities, at home, school or in the community. Race hosted by the Rosemount Middle School Parent Leadership team. 

Details: Irish Way 5K Fun Run (Race events begin in front of Rosemount Middle School)

Date: Thursday, October 3 at 5pm

The 5K begins at 5:00pm. The 1 mile begins at 5:30pm. (The 1 mile and 5K courses are not certified courses)

Cost:  Free


ISD 196 Community Education Activities:

Click herefor the latest highlights from our Community Education to extend your children’s passion for learning. The sky’s the limit!