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RP Newsletter 12/16/2019

School News

Monday        cycle day   2C - School Spirit Week *Read details under Student Council Update
Tuesday       cycle day   3D 
Wednesday   cycle day  4A
Thursday      cycle day   5B
Friday           cycle day   1C


News from Student Council:

Red Pine Spirit Week - Head’s UP!

Monday, December 16th            Wear your Red Pine Shirt Day
Tuesday, December 17th            Favorite Sock Day
Wednesday, December 18th      Favorite Hat Day
Thursday, December 19th          Mismatch Day (Dress in the Dark)
Friday, December 20th              Winter Cozy Day (Dress in Comfy Clothes)


Thank you to our 2019-2020 Student Council Officers
for working hard to be great leaders at Red Pine Elementary this school year!

Co-Presidents:  Muaz Diwan and Amisha Ramlall

Community Service Representatives:  Elijah Daniel, Landon Dy, Stella Garcia, Colton Henry, Addison Lusk, Phoenix Negaard, Parker Olson, Sawyer Smith and Ayla Willour

Secretaries:  Kayla Langstraat and Sophia Zustiak

Publicity Captains: John Bailey, Naia Brass, Brooklyn Childs, Olivia Onunwor, Arshia Ramlall and Ashlynne Rustad

Technology Captains: Nick Garnsworthy, Matthew Schader and Will Schmucker

School Store Advisors:  Adrian Bickford, Miguel Custodio, Calista Leslie, Rigley Liebaert and Elias Schroeder

Treasurer/School Store Captains: Muaz Diwan, Jackson Gier, Jaxson Kane, Phoenix Negaard, Amisha Ramlall, Arshia Ramlall and Sophia Zustiak

Advisor’s Assistants: Tess Duchscherer and Hailey Geller

Specialist Assistants:  Makena Johnson and Evelyn Slipka

Kindergarten/First Grade Classroom Representatives: Tess Duchscherer, Hailey Geller, Noah Hansen, Makena Johnson, Tristan Karl, Ava Kelly, Riley Marx, Luke Sanborn, Noah Sanborn, Evelyn Slipka, Hayden Webb and Joey Will


The Red Pine Student Council is having a Winter Food Drive…
this week and next week through Wednesday, December 18th.  We will donate toThe Open Door Pantry in Eagan.  If anyone is interested in further information aboutThe Open Door Pantry, you can click on the link below:

Toys for Tots
Thank you to our Wonderful and Very Generous Red Pine Families for your support and donations to Toys for Tots through our Candy Cane Days fundraiser.  We met our goal of raising $1000 and our Student Council Officers will shop and choose $1000 worth of toys from Target to donate to Toys for Tots this year.  If you go to the KARE 11 News Toys for Tots page, some of our Red Pine Officers brought some of those toys over and appeared on the 10:00 pm news on Wednesday, December 4th.  There was a lot of joy and fun with the spirit of giving to others.


Red Pine Ski and Snowboard Club begins in January!  
This is a great program for the 4th and 5th grade students.  Registration will be sent home in Friday Folders on December 13.  You can also get information on the Red Pine websiteat:

Dates for 2020:

Thursday, January 23, 5-8 p.m.
Thursday, January 30, 5-8 p.m.
Thursday, February 6, 5-8 p.m.
Thursday, February 20, 5-8 p.m.
Thursday, February 27, 5-8 p.m.

----Make up night Thursday, March 5, 5-8 p.m.

If you have any questions, please email


In the Computer Lab
Notes from Mrs. Skalski

It’s time for our annual HOUR OF CODE! All students will participate in this worldwide event by solving coding puzzles with their classmates and learning what it feels like to work with computer code. If you are or know of someone who works with code this would be a great time to talk with your child about the power of computer code and careers that call for this skill. More information can be found at


In Red Pine Math News:
Congratulations to Colin Bray, Ryan Collotzi, Nick Garnsworthy, Henry Olson, Amisha Ramlall, and Hayden Webb for getting a Perfect Score of 5 out of 5 on Math Olympiad Contest #1!  Wow! 

Way to go Anushka Bosco, Keshav Govindarajan, Leo Laberee, Calista Leslie, Jacob Marsden, A.J. McNamara, and Sean Mead for scores of 4 out of 5!

Great job to Ari Becker, Isaac Burns, Ben Clemen, Collin Carruthers, Muaz Diwan, Luke Fall, Jackson Gier, Abby Haroldson, Aaran Harsdorf, Gabi Hurlbut, Kayla Langstraat, Jaidan Lapastora, Krista Lee, Finn Macken, Riley Marx, Collin McMullen, Tyrel Peterson, Fletcher Rasmussen, Luke Sanborn, Jaxson Seehafer, Matthew Stier, and Graham Tilbury for scores of 3 out of 5!

Super job to everyone for giving it their best shot!  Math Olympiad # 2 will be coming up soon!  Keep trying everyone!

Congratulations to Ryan Collotzi and Hayden Webb for getting Perfect Scores of 6 out of 6 on Perennial Math #1!  Wow!

Way to go Muaz Diwan, Jaidan Lapastora, Jacob Marsden, Henry Olson, and Luke Sanborn for scores of 5 out of 6!

Great job to Isaac Burns, Ben Clemen, Nick Garnsworthy, Carson Knopick, Grace Marsden, A.J. McNamara, and Amisha Ramlall for scores of 4 out of 6.

Terrific job to everyone!  Keep up the fantastic work with problem solving!



News from the Bird Feeder:

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

When your student is out sick, please call the office and not your child's teacher.

The office will notify the teacher.

When leaving a message: Please include the specific symptoms of your child's illness as we are required to record them for the Department of Health. 

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


PTO News

PTO MEETING TONIGHT!! Thursday, December 12thfrom 6:30 - 8pm**

**Please note there will NOT be supervised Open Gym tonight during this meeting.


Support Red Pine PTO by using Amazon Smile
Set a bookmark and use Amazon Smile while doing your holiday shopping! Red Pine PTO receives 0.5% of the eligible items purchased. Use the link below to bookmark for future purchases. Your typical Amazon account works with Amazon Smile. No need to create another account. We were just issued a donation from the AmazonSmile Foundation for 26.50 for activity between July 1 and September 30. 


Mobile device guidance

If you are an AmazonSmile customer, you can support Red Pine PTO in the Amazon shopping app on your Android device. Simply follow these instructions to turn on AmazonSmile and start generating donations. 

~ If you have the latest version of the Amazon Shopping App, open the App on your Android device.

~ View Settings and select AmazonSmile.

~ Follow the in-App instructions to complete the process.

AmazonSmile is not currently available for iOS users within the Amazon Shopping App. One workaround (if you like using the app) is to manage your account, lists and cart in the app and when you are ready to complete your purchase, open the AmazonSmile bookmarked page to complete the purchase. We will notify you when AmazonSmile becomes available for iOS.

Thanks for your support!


Matching Contributions
As the end of 2019 approaches, please consider company matching to maximize contributions to the Red Pine PTO.

If your company has a charitable giving matching program, any contributions that you’ve made to the Red Pine PTO (i.e. Boosterthon) are eligible for matching, as it is a 501c3. If you need the tax id number, please either contact Kerry Lehr at or Jami Willander at

Thanks much, Kerry Lehr, PTO President


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! (there is a collection box in the entry area of the school as well)

Please contact Ashlie Brown at if interested.



Community News

Click here for FUN things to do through ISD196 Community Education!

With winter on its way, ensure you receive messages regarding any emergency weather-related cancellations. Check that your telephone numbers and email addresses are listed correctly in the online registration system, eleyo. During periods of severe weather, watch for updates on FacebookTwitterinstagram and check our website.