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RP Newsletter 9/30/2019

Red Pine Elementary Weekly Newsletter

September 30 - October 4, 2019

School News

Monday        cycle day   5D 
Tuesday       cycle day   1A 
Wednesday   cycle day   2B - National Walk and Bike to School Day **see article below  
Thursday       cycle day   3C - Site Council 4 - 5pm
                                             - PTO 6:30 - 8pm
Friday            cycle day   4D   


National Walk and Bike to School Day Next Wednesday!

Wednesday, October 2nd is National Walk and Bike to School Day.  To promote Health, Fitness and Wellness we are encouraging everyone to walk or bike to school.  We realize that it is NOT possible for everyone to walk or bike to school because of distance, busy streets, family commitments, etc.  

If you are unable to participate during the morning commute please encourage your child/children to do something during the day.  As in the past, we will have the buses drop students off as they pull in to the parking lot so those students can walk the long side walk around.  Something that has been a HIT in the past is walking school buses.  Groups of families choose a meeting place and walk/bike together.  We hope to see many of you walking and biking to school on Wednesday October 2nd for National Walk and Bike to School Day!  Any questions, please contact Mr. Kotasek at  


T-Shirt to Diaper Service Project In Fifth Grade
The fifth graders are collecting large, adult t-shirts this month.  The t-shirts can be new or used, with colors and words on them or plain white. At the end of the month, the fifth graders will cut them into large pieces which will be sewn into cloth diapers by a group in Burnsville.  The sleeves will be saved and sewn into baby hats by that same group. These items will then be sent to places in need of them. Last year, some diapers and baby hats went to Haiti, and others stayed in MN and were given to parents in need of them.  The collars and bottom hems will be braided by the kids and donated to Last Hope, a pet rescue agency.

If you have large or XL adult t-shirts that you would like to donate, please have them delivered to Kate Stoe’s room in the 5thgrade area.  (room 113) They can be new or gently used, and they can have words and patterns on them.

Contact Kate Stoe with any questions.

From the Social Worker:

Fall Parenting Series at FACTS
(Family, Adolescent and Children Therapy Services, Inc) 

Bonding with Your Child: 

Learn the best ways of connecting with your child and how these principles can be applied to parenting throughout your child’s development.  These strategies will help both in good times as well as challenging times in raising your child. For parents of children ages 0-8

Wednesday October 17, 2019
6:30 - 8:00 pm 
Sessions take place at FACTS, 1385 Mendota Heights Rd., #200, Mendota Heights, 55120 


Levy Referendum By the Numbers:

An informational flyer about the District 196 levy referendum is being sent home in your child’s Friday Folder this week. The flyer uses key numbers to tell the story of why the district is asking for a levy referendum increase and what the additional funding would provide. There is also information on how to vote, which began September 20 via absentee balloting and continues through Election Day Tuesday, November 5, 2019. This is an important choice for our school district community. Please be informed and vote. For more information about the levy and how to vote, go to the Levy Referendum Website.

La carpeta del viernes de su hijo tendrá un volante informativo acerca del Referéndum de Impuestos del Distrito 196. Este volate utiliza números para explicar la historia del porqué el Distrito está pidiendo un aumento de impuestos a través del referéndum y lo que estos fondos proporcionarán al distrito. También contiene información sobre como votar lo cual comenzó el 20 de septiembre mediante la votación en ausencia y continúa hasta el día de las elecciones, el martes 5 de noviembre de 2019. Esta es una decisión muy importante para el distrito escolar y la comunidad. Por favor, infórmese y vote.


News from the Bird Feeder:

On Wednesday, Oct. 2nd we will be serving “Strawberry & Banana Jonny Pops”.
Students with home lunch can purchase the Jonny Pop for $1.00

We do offer a “Grab & Go Kit”for each day of the week for grades 1st- 5th.  We do not offer these to our Kindergarten classes.

We always welcome visitors to come and have lunch with students!  Lots of fun new lunch items to try.

Cheryl Rosa
Food and Nutrition Manager
Red Pine Elementary



Nurse's Corner

Continued reminders in case you missed them:

       1)  Put an extra set of clothes in your students’ backpack (K-5) for muddy days, spills and accidents.

       2)  If you request the nurse to give ANY prescription medication, I will NEED a doctor’s order as required by my license as a Registered Nurse and a Licensed School Nurse.

       3)  If your child has SEVEREallergies that require an epi pen or the equivalent, please bring it in to me ASAP with doctor’s orders.

       4)  Please update the computer with your phone numbers!!! This is the first place I will look to reach you in case of an emergency or questions regarding your child. Also make sure your voice mailbox is not full!!

As always – water bottles – please have your child bring them in daily with fresh water.  This helps with headaches, stomachaches, fatigue and sore throats.

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



PTO News

OPEN GYM during PTO Meetings! Save the date October 3rd   6:30 - 8 pm

We would love to have you join us for our PTO meetings this year!  We will be having supervised OPEN GYM for your K-5 children while you attend the meeting.  Come get involved and let your kids have some physical fun! 



Community News

3rd Annual Irish Way 5k/1-Mile Fun Run
Thursday, October 3 at 5pm
REGISTRATION (click here…it’s free!)

Celebrate the spirit of homecoming and run for respect, compassion, gratitude, honesty, integrity, perseverance, responsibility, acceptance, tolerance, and self-discipline, all virtues of the Irish way. There has never been a better time to spread these messages in our community. The Irish Way 5K is an opportunity for all members in the Rosemount community to come together for a 5K or 1-mile run/walk to support the Irish Way values. Runners, joggers and walkers of all abilities will enjoy a course that winds through paved paths near the school. Strollers and leashed dogs are also welcome on the course. Watch as our local students demonstrate these qualities in their daily activities, at home, school or in the community. Race hosted by the Rosemount Middle School Parent Leadership team. 

Details: Irish Way 5K Fun Run (Race events begin in front of Rosemount Middle School)
Date: Thursday, October 3 at 5pm
The 5K begins at 5:00pm. The 1 mile begins at 5:30pm. (The 1 mile and 5K courses are not certified courses)
Cost:  Free