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RP School Newsletter 5/27/2019

Red Pine School Newsletter

Week of May 27 - 31, 2019

School News:

Monday         NO SCHOOL – Memorial Day

Tuesday        cycle day   3

Wednesday   cycle day   4

Thursday       cycle day   5

Friday            cycle day   1  

ALL LOST and FOUND ITEMS >> Will be donated if not claimed!

Last chance to reclaim missing items.  Please some and look through the lost and found.  We will be gathering it all up on May 31 and donating it.

 End of the Year Writing Contest

We will be having our End of the Year Writing Contest for all students who are interested.  Bring your essays, poems, novels, and fiction stories to Mrs. Denmark by Wednesday, May 29th, if you'd like to enter the writing contest.  Winners will be listed in next week's Red Pine news.  Happy Writing Everyone!!!

Things to Remember Through the Summer:

A NEW ‘Transportation for Students in Day Care Notice’ needs to be filled out each time there is a change in your child’s day care or any time your child is coming from or going to an address other than home for after school care.  Please remember this is the only way we have of communicating with transportation the bussing needs of your child and ensures a safe and smooth release time for your child.  In addition, a new form needs to be filled out each new school year so the bus route can be adjusted accordingly in the fall. 

Please call the Red Pine main office at 651-423-7870 if you need a form. 

Forms may be returned to Red Pine office.

---Thank you for your cooperation.

Here is the link to the Red Pine Elementary 2019–2020 School Supply List:


News from the Bird Feeder:

With the end of the school year approaching:

 --- Parents, please be aware of your child’s lunch account balance.

--- Plan for 8 days of school to prepay.

We welcome all visitors to join us for lunchtime!!!!

To see the current Nutrition News Flash information please click the link below:

English - Nutrition News Flash

Spanish - Noticias de Nutrición

What is the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP)?

The SFSP is a federally funded, state-administered program. The SFSP reimburses providers who serve free healthy meals to children and teens during the summer months when school is not in session. Kids just show up and eat. No registration required.

Here are the links for the May English Nutrition Newsletter and Noticias De Nutricion. Included is information regarding the summer feeding programs locations, dates and time and some fun activities in the area.

Thank you!

Cheryl Rosa

Food and Nutrition

Red Pine Elementary

Nurse’s Corner:

Red Pine Families –

Wowza…I thought spring and summer were already in the rearview mirror and fall crept in.  Thankfully that is Mother Nature just keeping us on our toes.

Water Bottles: Only a few weeks left, however water bottles are still important as the headaches and stomachaches increase if they lack water.  Please send fresh water bottles daily.

Medication:  Epi Pen and Inhalers will be placed in your child’s back pack the last day of school to take home.  Please call me if you would rather pick it up.


Summer Hours: August 20th and 21st from 7 am to 7pm for assessments and week of August 26th,, the times will vary These are great times to bring in new medication orders and medication for the fall.  All orders need to be dated 2019-2020 school year.  This is also a good time to get a vision or hearing screening done.  Please call to make an appointment with me.  K, 2, 4 Hearing screening (if you do not have any hearing device) and 1,3,5 vision screening (if you do not wear glasses).

Enjoy the Sunshine!!!

Nurse Danna Banana ;)

Danna Steffen, RN, BSN, LSN, PHN Direct Phone: 651-423-7871 / Fax: 651-423-7875


PTO News:
Even during the summer you can help raise money towards to Red Pine.

- Remember to save your Box Tops. We will still have a final collection this school year! So far we have raised over $1500!  Box Tops - the end of the year is here - please turn in all Box Tops by next week so that we can submit in the month of June.

- Save your PowerAde and Coke caps to drop off at Red Pine in the fall or scan/enter your codes at

- As you prepare for back to school shopping or summer projects, use AmazonSmile.  No need to create another account, just use your Amazon sign-in information at and 0.5% of your eligible item amounts are donated to Red Pine.

- Employer Match: If your employer has a corporate matching program, any contributions that you’ve made to the Red Pine PTO (i.e. Boosterthon) are eligible for most matching programs as it is a 501c3.

Thank you for your support for Red Pine!

School Supplies:

The Write Stuff ordering site is up and running for School Supplies 2019-2020.  Supplies can be ordered online through May 31, 2019 to have them delivered for free and to school (where they will be available during the Open House). For each pack sold, Red Pine earns $1.00! Supplies can be ordered online from June 1, 2019 - July 15, 2019.  Please note that after July 15th you will no longer be able to order supplies. This information is also listed on the website.

If you have any questions, please contact Dawn Horarik  952-240-4928 or

Red Pine Elementary School Supplies - The Write Stuff

Volunteer Opportunities:

-Good with numbers? The PTO is looking for a Treasurer. It is a great opportunity to give back to the Red Pine Community!

-Several committees are looking for help. Please consider:

·       Art Adventure

·       Box Tops

·       Spring Arts Night

·       School Directory

·       Garden Committee

·       Welcome Committee

·       Health and Wellness

For additional information about the opportunities available, please email Susan Thomas at  

Community News:
Child Supervision -
Dakota County Guidelines

Minnesota law does not provide a specific age a child must be before he or she may be left home alone or left under the care of another child. There are general laws, however, that require adequate and appropriate supervision of children. 

County child protection offices are required to enforce that general law. As a result, Dakota County Child Protection has adopted guidelines to define those situations when it will investigate or assess a report of children who may be inadequately supervised.

One of the most important ways to keep children safe is for children to be supervised by an adult or other responsible caregiver. Child Protection will assign a social worker to look into the safety of a child if the rules below are not followed for children:

·       Under the age of 8 are never left alone for any period of time

·       Ages 8-10 may be left alone for less than three hours

·       Ages 11-13 may be left alone for less than 12 hours

·       Ages 14-15 may be left alone for less than 24 hours

·       Ages 16-17 may be left alone for longer if there is a plan in place about how to respond to an emergency

Age when children can babysit other children:
Children under age 11 should not provide childcare to other children. For children age 11 and older who are providing childcare, the same limits apply to them based on their age as described above. For example, a 12-year-old who is babysitting still cannot be left alone more than 12 hours.

Other factors impact when children can be left alone:
Age matters, but your child may need to be older depending on abilities, activities and environment. Child Protection may assign a social worker if a child still seems unsafe alone based on these factors:

  • A child’s age, mental ability and maturity level
  • Accessibility of the parent, guardian or designated caretaker to a child by phone and/or in person
  • The presence of intellectual deficits, psychological issues, mental health concerns, and/or physical problems like illness or disabilities
  • Behavioral history of a child, including suicidal thoughts or actions, fire setting, delinquency, vandalism, or assault
  • A child’s age if using the kitchen stove, an iron or other appliance
  • Fire safety, including a well-understood escape plan created by the parent/guardian, a fire drill rehearsed with a child, a working fire/smoke detector in the home
  • Any unusual hazards in the home that reasonably cause extra risk, including unsecured/accessible firearms and ammunition
  • If the child feels confident and safe when left alone

Use common sense
The bottom line for parents is to avoid situations that fit the investigation or assessment criteria and to use common sense in all situations. Please remember that leaving children home alone can be a risk, and parents should always do whatever they can to reduce the risks. Please make sure to discuss emergency situations with your child if they are left unattended and make sure they can readily find you or a responsible adult quickly if needed.

Call Dakota County Social Services, Children and Family Intake, at 952-891-7459.

Source: Minnesota Child Maltreatment Intake, Screening and Response Path Guidelines DHS-5144 12/15 and Minnesota Statutes 626.556, Reporting of Maltreatment of Minors

Last updated: 8/10/2017 4:34 AM