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RP Newsletter 12/2/2019

School News


Monday        cycle day   2A- Student Council Sponsored “Candy Cane Days”
Tuesday        cycle day   3B
Wednesday   cycle day   4C- Grade 3 CogAT Testing Begins
Thursday      cycle day   5D- Grade 4 Music Program 6:00 pm(change from school calendar)
Friday           cycle day   1A- Report Cards


News from Student Council
Monday, December 2nd Friday December 6th are Red Pine CANDY CANE DAYS!!
(Each mini candy cane will be 25 cents)

   **We will donate toys to Toys for Tots on Wednesday, December 4thon KARE 11 news at 10:00 pm. **

Red Pine Spirit Week
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)

The Red Pine Student Council will have a food drive the second week in December.  The wonderful donations brought in by our own Red Pine families will be donated to The Open Door Pantry in Eagan.  More information about The Open Door Pantry is available by clicking on the link below.

Greetings, Fourth Grade Families! - change of time!!

The fourth grade music program is rapidly approaching and I have a few notes I need to pass on to you all. First, the music program is scheduled for Thursday, December 5 but the start time has been changed to 6:00!  Please make note of this important time change! Students will be able to report to their classrooms at 5:30 that evening. I would like to have the students wear their music program T-shirt (information will be coming soon) and on the bottom I would like to have them wear long, solid colored dark pants of some sort – ie. jeans, leggings, athletic pants, etc. It would be very helpful if the pants had a pocket in them for some very important props! If you have any questions, please contact me at school.

See you on December, 5 at 6:00 p.m.
Thanks so much!
Laurie Herman
RP Music Specialist


In the Computer Lab
Notes from Mrs. Skalski

Grade 1: Keep learning your address! That’s my message to first graders because each one of them wants to see their house on Google Maps. Please help your child learn his/her house number, street name, and city. Thank you for your help!

Grade 2: Thanks for the amazing music performance! Now we will return to doing online research in class. Your child is very interested in the search terms you use when you do an online search. 

Grade 5: Thanksgiving break is a great time to take pictures! Each student has a list of pictures that they need to take for a video project. Please ask your child if he/she needs any help with this assignment.


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
Red Pine Elementary



Nurse's Corner

Happy Thanksgiving Break Everyone.
What a beautiful weekend we just had.   Can we be so lucky as to have another one so everyone has a great travel time?  I’m crossing my fingers.

Long weekend reminders:
Good sleep, good hydration, be vigilant on washing hands, be vigilant on checking for lice and not sharing hats, combs, brushes etc..  Out in the community is influenza (the chest kind) the stomach flu, strep throat, your basic colds and other viruses.   Good habits make for a great return to school on Monday after a long a family fun filled weekend.

Reminders for school:
Water bottles – clean water every day and encourage your children to drink drink drink.
Extra set of clothes – K-5 please.  Nothing fancy, something they can keep in their back pack as a just in case.

Dress warm!  Dress in layers!  Warm hat, gloves, snow pants, jackets, boots.  Essentials to Minne “snow” ta weather.

Enjoy family time…..part of staying healthy too.

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



PTO News

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 Lehrat kerrylehr@hotmail.comor Jami Willanderat

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 Brownat if interested.



Community News

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