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RP Newsletter 2/10/2020

February 10 - 14, 2020

School News

Monday        cycle day   5C 
Tuesday       cycle day   1D - Health & Wellness Event - Skateville 6 - 8pm
Wednesday   cycle day  2A - Conferences 4 - 8pm
                                              Kindergarten Registration 8am - 8pm
Thursday      NO SCHOOL - Conferences 12 - 8pm
                                             Kindergarten Registration 12 - 8pm
Friday          NO SCHOOL


Family Skateville Night – Next Tuesday, February 11th from 6-8
Come and join other Red Pine families for a fun night of skating!  $5 per person.  You can bring inline skates or use their roller skates.  Inline skates are available for a rental fee. 


LOST & FOUND Items to View During Conferences
Red Pine is overflowing with Lost and Found items that may belong to your child/children!
Volunteers will be working hard to set up tables in the main hallway to display items during conferences.
PLEASE look to see if they may belong to anyone in your family. All items not claimed after conferences
will be packed up and donated to charity. ---You are ALWAYS welcome to look through our L & F any time you suspect something missing. Clothing/large items generally are in the wooden box outside the cafeteria.
Small lost items can be claimed in the main office.  Happy Hunting!!


Chipotle Fundraiser Results:
Thank you so much to our Wonderful Red Pine Community for all of your support with our Chipotle Fundraiser!  Chipotle will be sending a check for $757.14 to our Red Pine PTO! 


In the Computer Lab
Notes from Mrs. Skalski

Kindergarten and First Grade: We visited the Star Lab planetarium where we thought about the movement of the Earth, and looked for constellations in the night sky. Students have been asked to take their adult outside to find the big dipper, the little dipper, and maybe even Orion. There are some great free apps for star-gazing such as SkyViewLite and StarRover that might be fun to add to your phone and take outside with your child. I’ll warn you though, your child will probably want to either tell or hear a story about a constellation when you go outside. 

Second Grade: The search continues! Students have begun to use kid-friendly search engines to find facts on the Internet. Right now they are struggling to choose the best search terms to use. Any guidance or practice you can offer at home would be very helpful!! 

Third Grade: Using Google Forms, students recently surveyed their classmates and have created pie-charts of their results. They have also prepared at least two summary statements explaining what their results tell us. They will be sharing their results with the class this week, and then bringing them home to share with you.

Fourth and Fifth Grade: Fifth graders have begun a series of conversations about online etiquette, also known as Digital Citizenship. Fourth graders will begin the series right after conferences. Please take a moment to review our topics, and add to the conversation at home. Our students need our support and supervision as they learn to navigate their digital world safely and respectfully.


Think Summer 2020!
CAHOOTS math and language arts in one book … great value! 

Parents, it is time to start thinking about summer and how you will help your children keep their math and language arts skills sharp.  CAHOOTS is a workbook correspondence program for math and language arts, designed to more closely match our district curriculum through an engaging and reflective approach to learning.  CAHOOTS should not be considered as a replacement for participating in summer school, if a child qualifies.  CAHOOTS registration information will be sent home with students the week of March 2.  Sample workbooks will be available for review in the school office in February/March.  The deadline for registration is April 3.  Cost is $42.  Watch for more information later this winter.


Red Pine Ski and Snowboard Club Dates:
This is a great program for the 4th and 5th grade students.

Dates for 2020:
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


"Girls On The Run Registration Is Open Now!"

Girls on the Run is an afterschool program like no other!  Twice per week for 10 weeks, girls will have fun, make friends, increase their physical activity levels and learn important life skills.  Trained and caring coaches lead grade 3-5 girls through interactive lessons and running activities.  No running experience necessary.

We will begin the week of March 16th, meeting every Tuesday and Thursday from 3:45pm - 5:15pm.  The season ends with a noncompetitive 5K event. Online registration opens February 1st and closesFebruary 8th.  Our team maximum is 20 girls.  If more register, selection will be based on a lottery.  To learn more and to register, visit us at  WWW.GOTRTWINCITIES.ORG

Please contact us for any questions or if you need a paper registration.

Sally Heidrick (Site Liaison)  or 651-423-7870
Kristin Kratz (Head Coach) or 651-423-7870


News From the Library:

Volunteers needed for our Scholastic Book Fair over conferences Wednesday, 2/12 - Thursday, 2/13 in the Red Pine Elementary Library.

We need volunteers...we need YOU!

Please sign up now or feel free to check with us about this fun and rewarding volunteer experience. Visit:

We have volunteer spots open for set-up - the day before the Book Fair on Tuesday, 2/11 @ 3:30.  And we have volunteer spots for Wednesday (4 pm - 8 pm) and Thursday (12 pm - 8 pm) when the Book Fair is open.

In the past some Red Pine Cardinals have come back to fulfill volunteer hours for middle school / high school- which we love! Please spread the word!

“Every Minute Counts” Reading Challenge”
Our school will be challenging several neighboring schools in a “Time to Read” competition. Red Pine students are to record reading minutes from Feb 5- Feb 20using yellow reading record and drawing slips that are coming home in Friday Folders today.  Last year’s winner was Shannon Park and other past winners include Westview and Highland Elementary.  Maybe Red Pine can bring home the trophy this year?!  Please contact the Library for more information.

Dress Like Your Favorite Book Character Day - Friday, February 28
On Friday, February 28 all students are encouraged to dress up as his / her favorite book character.  Please stay tuned for more info in your child's Friday Folder.

Happy Reading,
Mrs. Robertson Mrs. Jarvi
Red Pine Elementary Library

Please visit our Book Fair homepage for more information or to sign up as a volunteer:



Gary Anger Memorial Scholarship
Any seniors, who attended Red Pine, are eligible for this $500 scholarship.  
The deadline is April 17, 2020. Please fill out the application and return it to:
Shauna Joas c/o Red Pine Elementary, 530 Red Pine Ln.  Eagan, MN 55123
Click here for details: Gary Anger Scholarship 2019-2020 



News from the Bird Feeder:

Please come in and join us for lunch on Wednesday February 12th for a warm and cozy lunch.  

We will be serving Homemade Grilled cheese Sandwiches with Soup choice.  Also, for a special treat, we will have “Jonny Pops Frozen Yogurt” Home lunch kids can purchase the Jonny Pop for an ala carte item for $1.00.

Please click this link to the Red Pine Elementary School Menus:

Food service offers bag lunches for students on field trip days.  Please sign up for bag lunches with your student’s teacher.
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

Hello Red Pine Parents,

Influenza Info link

Please review this link as we are starting to see Influenza Like Illnesses and Influenza A.  The recommendation is students remain at home until they are fever free, diarrhea free, vomiting free for 24 hours withoutIbuprofen or Tylenol.  This helps prevent spread and also helps your child return when they are feeling good and ready to take on the day.

Remember K-5 should have an extra set of clothes rolled up in their backpack for days where they get wet outside, spill syrup or milk, or any other type of accident where they are wet.

Layers, layers, layers!!! Brrr…. It’s incredibly cold today ~ spring like weather on another day.  Layers are best to keep your child comfortable in a learning environment.

I have some links below that may be helpful.  Please feel free to call with any questions.

Below is a link for Lice Advice.  Lice is present in our community and usually does not start in the school.  I recommend parents be vigilant on checking after sleep overs, large gatherings, places where your kids go over breaks or weekends and toss jackets and hats in a pile and so on.

Immunization link below for Dakota County.  If you or your child need to catch up on immunizations, please check out this link for immunization clinics.  You will NOT be turned away if you cannot pay.  Eligibility requirements for these clinics are: ADULTS AND CHILDREN WHO DO NOT HAVE HEALTH INSURANCE, ADULTS AND CHILDRENT WHO HAVE HEALTH INSURANCE THAT DOES NOT COVER VACCINATIONS, CHILDREN ON MINNESOTA MEDICAL ASSISTANCE (MA), MINNESOTACARE, OR A PREPAID MEDICAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (PMAP), CHILDREN WHO ARE AMERICAN INDIAN OR ALASKAN NATIVE..

Dakota County Public Health partners with children’s Dental Servicesto provide dental care to children from low-income families.  Children’s Dental staff provide dental care in the county service centers in Apple Valley and West St. Paul.  Appointments are required.  Please call 612-746-1530.

Danna Steffen, RN, BSN
License School Nurse
Public Health Nurse
Red Pine Elementary
Ph: 651-423-7871
Fax: 651-423-7875


PTO News

Hospitality Committee is looking for Volunteers!!

Please consider signing up to bring food for our Winter Conferences. Here is the sign-up link:

Monetary donations are also welcome.  Please drop off any monetary donation at the office and label “hospitality committee/conference meals”.

Please let me know if you have any questions!
Thank you so much for generosity!
Lakoda Will


Start Thinking Spring Arts Night!!!
Planning for Spring Arts Night is in full swing and we would love your help. Do you have something you can donate to the silent auction? Are you a season pass holder and can't make it to a game? Check with your work and see if they would like to donate to our silent auction. Do you own a company and want to give back? We would love to have your donations to help make Spring Arts Night a success! 

Feel free to join us in the planning meeting in the Art Room on February 13th at 7pm. We would love to have more help in planning this year.


Community News


All are welcome to join us for a light meal and conversation. We will discuss National African American Parent Involvement Day which will be on Monday, February 10th.

Feb 6th- 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Oak Ridge Elementary School of Leadership, Environmental and Health Sciences
4350 Johnny Cake Ridge Rd | Eagan | MN 55122

March 5th- Apple Valley High School | Apple Valley May | Falcon Ridge Middle School | Apple Valley

Rashelle Redmon at 612.805.4838