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RP Newsletter 12/9/2019

School News

Monday        cycle day   2B
Tuesday       cycle day   3C  - Student Council Meeting
Wednesday  cycle day   4D
Thursday      cycle day   5A - Site Council 4 - 5pm
                                              - PTO 6:30 - 8pm - (NO supervised Open Gym for PTO meeting tonight)
Friday           cycle day   1B - 1st Grade Gingerbread House Day
                                              - School Store


Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) - Grades 2 and 3

District 196 students in grades 2 and 3 will be participating in the administration of the online version of the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) between December 2, 2019 and January 31, 2020. 

Grade 3 students at Red Pine will take the test on December 9th, 10th and 11th.

Grade 2 students at Red Pine will take the test on January 13th, 14th and 15th

The CogAT assessment measures students learned reasoning abilities in the three areas most linked to academic success in school:  Verbal, Quantitative and Nonverbal.  Results can be used to assess a student’s ability to perform school learning tasks, to suggest possible placement for school learning activities and to evaluate a student’s achievement in relation to the talents brought to school learning situations.  The sub-scores are for tasks that require the use of English language (Verbal) and those that do not require the use of the English language (Quantitative and Nonverbal).  Verbal tasks include verbal analogies, sentence completion and verbal classification.  Quantitative tasks include number analogies, number puzzles and number series.  Nonverbal tasks include figure matrices, paper folding and figure classification.

If you have any questions about this test, please contact


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)

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’i n Eagan.

More information about the ‘Open Door’ Pantry is available by clicking on the link below.


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


News from the Bird Feeder:

Special Holiday lunch menu for Thursday, December 12th.

Swedish Meatballs with Noodles
~ Scandinavian Veggies
~ Fresh veggies
~ Variety fruit
~ Iced sugar Cookie

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, Red Pine Food and Nutrition Manager



Nurse's Corner


‘tis the season!!! Keep washing those hands and stay hydrated!!!!!

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



PTO News


PTO MEETING Thursday, December 12th from 6:30 - 8pm**

**Please note there will NOT be supervised Open Gym 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. 


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 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

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.