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RP Newsletter 3/2/2020

March 2 - 6, 2020

School News

Monday        cycle day   2C - Student Council Sponsored “Pennies for Patients Week”
MCA Test Window Opens
Tuesday       cycle day   3D 
Wednesday   cycle day  4A - Spring Picture Day
Thursday      cycle day   5B - Site Council 4 - 5pm
                                              PTO 6:30 - 8pm
                                              End of Trimester 2
Friday          NO SCHOOL   - Staff Development


Lifetouch Spring Picture Day is coming Next Wednesday, March 4th
The spring pictures are optional. Only students who have ordered online or send in the order form will be photographed.  Online orders can be placed at mylifetouch.comusing Picture Day ID:  EVTRHCNMC.  The order forms will come home in Friday Folders this week


Thank You and a Request
We are so grateful for the generosity of our Red Pine Community in supplying meals for our staff during
Winter Conferences! Thank YOU from the bottoms of our tummies! ;) 
Request: If you have any missing utensils, serving pieces or other items that you may have brought in…
Please come and get them as soon as you can. We’d hate for them to go missing!


Mark your Calendars!  Save the Date! 
Red Pine Elementary will have a Panera Bread fundraiser between 4:00pm and 8:00pm on Wednesday, March 11th, at the Panera Bread in Eagan.  We will be sending out a flyer on Friday, March 6th.  If you show the flyer to the cashier, you're supporting the cause to make sure that 20% of the proceeds will be donated to Red Pine Elementary.  The link below can also be used to show the flyer to the cashier right from your phone.  

School Spirit Tastes Great!!!  Thanks for your Support!!!


Looking for Vendors for the 2020 Red Pine Health and Fitness Fair
We are excited to announce that Red Pine will be hosting its annual Health and Fitness Fair on Saturday, April 25th from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm. We are looking for vendors that would like to participate in the fair.  

If you own or know of a business that would like to participate you can register at the link below:

Red Pine Health and Fitness Fair Registration

If you have any questions, please contact or at 651-423-7870.


District 196 phasing out FeePay, exploring other options

Dear District 196 Families,

On Wednesday, February 18, the Board of Directors of Sourcewell Technology unanimously agreed to discontinue the FeePay fee management and online payment portal used by approximately 40 school districts in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

We will continue to use FeePay through this school year and plan to have a replacement service in place for the start of the 2020-21 school year this fall. Even before Wednesday’s announcement, district staff had started researching platforms to replace FeePay, which is used to place money in students’ meal accounts, pay school fees and register for activities. Sourcewell Technologies has committed to support districts in our transition to a new service and we will keep you informed throughout the process.

The auto-pay feature is not currently available on FeePay, but users can request to receive low-balance email alerts when their child’s meal account dips below a level they select. We apologize for the inconvenience and frustration caused by the FeePay service and will continue to work with you to resolve any issues you may be having; call 651-423-7707 for assistance.

We ask for your patience in making this change to a new online payment and registration service this year.

Thank you.

Mark Stotts
District 196 Director of Finance and Operations


Estimadas familias del Distrito 196,

El miércoles 18 de febrero, la Junta Directiva de Sourcewell Technology acordó unánimemente descontinuar el servicio de gestión de cuentas y el portal de pagos en línea de Fee Pay utilizado por aproximadamente 40 distritos escolares en Minnesota y Wisconsin.

Continuaremos usando el portal de FeePay hasta el final del año escolar con planes de tener un servicio de reemplazo para el comienzo del año escolar 2010-21 en el otoño. Incluso antes del anuncio del miércoles 18 de febrero, el personal del distrito había comenzado a investigar plataformas para reemplazar FeePay, que es el sistema que se utiliza para depositar dinero en las cuentas de comida de los estudiantes, pagar cuotas escolares e inscribirse en actividades. Sourcewell Technologies se ha comprometido en apoyar a los distritos durante la transición a un nuevo servicio. Los mantendremos informados durante todo el proceso.

La función de pago automático en FeePay no esta disponible en estos momentos, pero los usuarios pueden solicitar que les envíen alertas por correo electrónico cuando los balances de las cuentas de sus hijos tengan un saldo por debajo del que usted seleccione en el sistema. Nos disculpamos por cualquier inconveniencia o frustración causadas por el servicio de FeePay. Nosotros continuaremos trabajando con ustedes ayudándolos con cualquier problema que puedan tener. Por favor llame al 651-423-7707 para asistencia

Les pedimos su paciencia durante el cambio a un nuevo servicio de pagos y registros en línea.



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

Parents, Community Education is pleased to be offering CAHOOTS, a K-5 summer math and language arts correspondence workbook program.

The program is portable, flexible and designed to closely match our district curriculum through an engaging and reflective approach to learning.  After completing each lesson and checking answers online, students complete an assignment reflection and send to a CAHOOTS Buddy who will send a written response back.  

You will receive a letter which includes enrollment instructions the week of March 2.  Cost is $42.  Final registration is due April 3.

It is recommended students work on the grade level they will be entering in the fall (i.e. 1st grade is a review of kindergarten), to review and reinforce skills learned during the school year.  Please discuss with your child’s teacher, if you feel another level may be more suitable.  Sample workbooks are available to view in your school office.

CAHOOTS should not be considered a replacement for participating in summer school, if your child qualifies.  CAHOOTS is not intended to replace regular reading for enjoyment or math activities that strengthen your child’s fluency and love for math.


News From the Library:

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



News from the Bird Feeder:

National School Breakfast NEXT Week!!!!

What is NSBW?
NSBW is a weeklong celebration (March 2-6) of the National School Breakfast Program that was enacted by Congress in 1975!


Why celebrate breakfast?
Studies show that children who eat school breakfast are more likely to:

  • Reach higher levels of achievement in reading and math
  • Score higher on standardized tests
  • Have better concentration and memory
  • Be more alert and maintain a healthy weight

To celebrate with us, be sure to check out our new and featured menu items the week of March 2-6!

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

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 without Ibuprofen 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.

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 Services to 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

PTO Meeting - Next Thursday - Please Join Us
The next PTO meeting is scheduled for Thursday, March 5 from 6:30pm - 8:00pm at Red Pine Elementary.


SAVE THE DATE >>> Red Pine Twins Game  
Mark your calendar - The 2020 Red Pine Twins game will be on Saturday, May 9th @ 6:10!
More information regarding ordering tickets will be coming soon.


Red Pine PTO Scholarship
Any seniors who attended Red Pine are eligible for one of 2 $1000 scholarships.
The complete application materials must be returned to Red Pine Elementary in a sealed envelope postmarked no later than April 13, 2020. 

The application may be delivered or mailed to: 
Red Pine PTO, Attn: Scholarship Committee 
530 Red Pine Lane, Eagan, MN 55123

If hand-delivering the application to Red Pine, please make sure the application is delivered before 4:30 p.m. on April 13, 2020.

If there are any questions please contact Kerry Lehr at
Click here for details: Red Pine PTO Scholarship 2019-2020



Box Tops for Education

CLIP: Traditional Box Tops clips are being phased out of production, but you can still send unexpiredclips to school. Every valid Box Tops clip is worth 10¢.

SCAN: If you see this label, do not send it to school. Use the new Box Tops app to scan your store receipt within 14 days of purchase. The app will find participating products and instantly add Box Tops to your school’s earnings online.

Attached is a printable for reference or to share with others that save Box Tops for our school:
Box Tops Reference Guide



Community News

ISD 196 Community Education:

Plan ahead! Register for Spring and Summer Classes Now!

Even though your printed spring/summer catalog won't arrive in your mailbox until after March 6, you can browse and register now in our online catalog! Plan ahead and ensure your spot in class!

Chart out a summer full of fun and learning where there are infinite possibilities … high school sports camps for all ages hosted by our high school coaches, STEMarts & craftsdrama and more!

Dive deep and learn to swim in our nationally recognized swim program. Spring session begins March 30 with weekly lessons and daily lessons held throughout the summer.

Parents don’t miss LIKE, an IndieFlix original documentary. Explore the impact of social media on our lives. A free #196thrives event Monday evening, April 13. Find out more.

The sky’s the limit and we invite you and your family to be inspired, engaged and enriched this spring and summer! Explore the exciting opportunities with Community Education!