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RP Newsletter 3/5/2020

School News

Monday        cycle day   1C 
Tuesday       cycle day   2D 
Wednesday   cycle day   3A - Panera Bread Fundraiser 4-8pm - Eagan location *see below
Thursday     cycle day   4B 
Friday           cycle day   5C - Report cards go home


*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!!!


During the month of March students will be in their Jump Rope Unit.  Students will be practicing their short rope skills, trick jumps, partner jumps, jump challenges, long rope skills, double-dutch, egg better and Chinese rope jumps.  Please ask them about it.

We will also be talking about the benefits of jump roping.  Some of them are:  Improves endurance/burns major calories; Improves coordination; Improves bone density; Decreases ankle and foot injuries; Improves breathing efficiency; and it makes you SMARTER.

Speaking of making you SMARTER...
Believe it or not, jumping rope can make you smarter. According the Jump Rope Institute, jumping aids in the development of the left and right hemispheres of your brain, which further enhances spatial awareness, improves reading skills, increases memory and makes you more mentally alert. Jumping on the balls of your feet requires your body and mind to make neural muscular adjustments to imbalances created from continuous jumping. As a result jumping improves dynamic balance and coordination, reflexes, bone density and muscular endurance.

Kids HEART Challenge:   During the month of March the students will have the chance to raise money for children with Heart deficiencies (Please refer to the informational packet I sent home with students).  The American Heart Association is providing information, research and THANK YOU gifts for the students that choose to raise money (this is an OPTIONAL fundraiser). THANK YOU for your continued support.  If you have any questions, PLEASE contact Mr. Kotasek at 

Student Council Pennies for Patients Campaign:
The Red Pine Student Council is running a Pennies for Patients campaign.  We will be raising money to help kids with Leukemia and Lymphoma.  We started our efforts this week and will continue our efforts to help cure blood cancer through Friday, March 20th.

There will be a Hero Squad Banner for our students to sign. Each classroom will have a collection box.  We encourage families to look through their couches and vehicles and hopefully find some spare change to donate to help cure blood cancers.   Pennies add up quickly. The week before spring break, we will have optional dress up days to help encourage our drive.
Monday, March 18th Powerful Pennies:  *Bring in your pennies and Dress like your HERO.
(Examples: Dress like your mom, Martin Luther King Jr., a brave kid fighting cancer)
Tuesday, March 19th Neon Nickels:   *Wear your brightest Neon Colors and bring in nickels.
Wednesday, March 20th Dazzling Dimes Day: *Wear something shiny or something that makes you dazzle, and bring in dimes!
Thursday, March 21st Quirky Quarters:  *Wear a CrAzY hat or socks and cash in your quarters.
Friday, March 22nd Dollar Days:   *Dress like what you want to be when you grow up.

Thank you for your efforts in making our Pennies for Patients campaign a success.  

Linda Denmark, Student Council Advisor


Kindergarten Open House - Welcome Committee
The Welcome Committee is looking for volunteers to help at Kindergarten Open House night.  We would need helpers from 5:15 - 6:30pm on April 23rd to direct new kindergarten parents/kids to the kindergarten rooms and welcome this wonderful new batch of Cardinals to Red Pine.  Please contact Sarah Brass at if you can help!  


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.


Info from the Social Worker:

Life Development Resources: “Parenting the Love and Logic Way”
Location:  Life Development Resources, PA
                7580 160th Street W
                Lakeville, MN  55044

Date:  Mondays, April 13 – May 18, 2020 or Mondays September 21stthru October 26th, 2020
Time:  6:00 – 8:00 pm
Fee:    $60.00 (for a six week session)
Registration: or (952) 898-1280

Life Development Resources: Building a SMART Stepfamily
Location:   Life Development Resources, PA
                  7580 160th Street W
                  Lakeville, MN  55044

Date:   March 30, 2020 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Cost:   $20 per couple-Early Bird Discount. $30 per couple after the March 23, 2020 deadline

Contact: Hannah Daggett or  Marissa Gossen or (952)898-1280



News from the Bird Feeder:

Please mark HOT lunch for Wednesday March 11th!!

We’ll be serving our new Japanese Cherry Blossom Chicken
Join us for a yummy lunch!!

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 - TONIGHT! March 5th- Please Join Us

Come to the PTO meeting TONIGHT - Thursday, March 5 from 6:30pm - 8:00pm in the Media Center.


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 before4:30 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 unexpired clips 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

Perform during spring break!
Prairie Fire Children's Theatre Sleeping Beauty (ages 7-18 )
Present an original version of Sleeping Beauty. Auditions will be held for registered students Monday, March 23, at AVHS. Parts are available for all age groups and all will receive a part! 
Mon-Fri | Mar 23-27 | noon-4:15 p.m.
5 sessions | $119, $109 add’l child | AVHS
Sleeping Beauty Performance Tickets
Fri | Mar 27 | 6:30 p.m.
$3 (birth to age 4 free) | YPFRH-tickets Friday
Sat | Mar 28 | 10:00 a.m.
$3 (birth to age 4 free) | YPFRH-tickets Saturday