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RP Newsletter 2/17/2020

February 17 - 21, 2020

School News

Monday        NO SCHOOL - President’s Day
Tuesday       cycle day   3B - Art Adventure starts!
Wednesday   cycle day   4C 
Thursday      cycle day   5D - Ski Club 5 - 8pm
Friday           cycle day   1A


LOST & FOUND Items to View During Conferences
Red Pine is overflowing with Lost and Found items that may belong to your child/children! Volunteers have worked 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!! ;)


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


News From the Library:

 “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 20 using 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


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:

We are serving a big lunch favorite on Thursday February 20th. Come in and join your student for lunch.
~~ Personal Pan Pizzas - Choice of Pepperoni or Cheese

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

Happy Long Weekend Red Pine Cardinal Families!

Below are two links that you may be interested in.  The Head Lice link is very informational and important when it comes to long weekends as there are sleep overs, parties, museums, play dates and so on.  As the Minnesota Department of Health states – please be vigilant and check your children.  If you feel you need help – call me 651-423-7871 and I will be happy to make an appointment with you and your child before or after school.

We understand staff, parents, and students may have questions and concerns about the 2019 novel (new) coronavirus, termed 2019-nCoV, particularly if you have staff or students with ties to or recent travel to China where the outbreak began.  

The available information about this virus suggests a low immediate health risk for the public. There is no need to cancel events, isolate, or avoid anyone because they have recently traveled to China. As always, we recommend that people stay home when sick, cover their cough, and practice good hand hygiene. These recommendations are especially important during cold and flu season. 

More information about coronavirus is available on the Minnesota Department of Health’s  website, 2019 Novel Coronavirus( Check this website periodically for updates. 

For assistance with questions, call the Minnesota Department of Health at 651-201-5414 or 1-877-676-5414.

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



PTO News

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

Check out the Community Education link on the ISD 196 website for fun family activities!