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REDTAIL RIDGE REPORT Barb Yetzer, Principal

Feb 7

February 2013

Breakfast with a Book 8:20-8:50

Feb 11 School Board Meeting 7:00 PM Feb 12 PTC Meeting 6:30 PM Feb 13 100th Day of School Feb 18 President’s Day—No School Feb 19 District Wide Kindergarten Registration - Redtail Ridge @ 5:30 PM Feb 22 Read –A-Thon Feb 28 No School - K ONLY, Conferences 4:15-8:15 PM Mar 1

No School - Conferences 7:30-11:30 AM

Mar 7

Conferences 4:15-8:15 PM

Mar 10 Daylight Savings Begins Mar 11 School Board Meeting 7:00 PM Mar 19 PTC Meeting 6:30 PM Mar 26 Spring Picture Day Mar 28 2 Hour Early Release Day (1:50)

PTC MEETING February 12th @ 6:30 p.m.

Don’t forget about our I Love to Read Month activity-Breakfast with a Book on Thursday, Feb. 7th from 8:20-8:50 a.m. This is a time for parents, grandparents, and other family members to come to our cafeteria at 8:20 am and enjoy a light breakfast snack while reading with their student. Please return blue RSVP slip by Jan 29th. Due to bus arrivals, the parents will need to leave the building by 8:50 am. The students will remain in the cafeteria, while continuing to read, and will be supervised until the bell rings at 9:10 am. We hope you can join us!

Winter Greetings! February brings the excitement of ―I Love to Read Month‖. The theme for this month revolves around Dr. Seuss and our slogan is… “Oh the Places You’ll Go…Read!” A note came home explaining the weekly minutes, activities, and events that will take place school-wide throughout the month. Individual grade levels and classrooms will also plan and participate in special activities which surround Dr. Seuss stories. One activity we will have again this year is a Read-A-Thon. The PTC is working to raise money to purchase more iPads for Redtail Ridge. The Read-a-thon will be on Friday, February 22nd so mark your calendars! Your child will receive an envelope with a pledge sheet and we encourage students to only ask people they know for pledges. 100% of the donations will go toward iPads. Please continue to encourage your child to read at home and to read even more this month! Please be aware that the upper level doors are typically locked at 4:30 PM and the lower level doors can only be accessed after school hours by Kids Company families or after school class families. All classroom pod doors will be locked by 4:30 as well, so students-including Kids Company students will not be able to access the classroom areas to retrieve forgotten homework, coats, boots, etc. Please know that due to other groups using the building in the evening, we need to keep the classroom areas secure since books, technology, and equipment are kept in those areas. I would like to thank all of you who attended and volunteered for Family Fun Night on Friday, January 18th! The DJ, inflatables and the photo booth once again were a big hit. A HUGE thank you goes out to our Redtail Ridge PTC for funding and planning such a wonderful event for our school families. Stay warm, Mrs. Yetzer

There will be no school on: Monday February 18th—President’s Day Thursday, February 28th— No Kindergarten Only Friday, March 1st—- Staff Work Day / Conferences Friday, March 29th thru Friday, April 5th—Spring Break Early Release—March 28th @ 1:50 p.m.

*Students are encouraged to keep track of the amount of time they read, or someone reads to them, outside of school each week during the weeks of February 3rd through February 28th. Our ―week periods‖ are as follows: Week 1= 2/3-9; Wk 2 = 2/10-16; Wk 3 = 2/17-23; Wk 4 = 2/24-28. *Our school-wide goal for the month is 225,000 minutes! Students’ individual goal per week is: 50 minutes for Kindergarten. 80 minutes for 1st grade. 120 minutes for 2nd grade. 140 minutes for 3rd grade. 160 minutes for 4th grade. 200 minutes for 5th grade. *Students meeting the weekly goal will be eligible to enter a weekly drawing for a variety of prizes. *For meeting their weekly goal the students will receive a pencil grip, tattoo, shapelet/sillyband and bookmark.

*All School special days have been planned: Friday, February 1st - Hat Day! Thursday, February 7th: Breakfast With A Book. (Sponsored by the PTC-Thank You!) This is a time for parents, grandparents, or other family members to come to our cafeteria from 8:20-8:50 AM and enjoy a light breakfast snack (muffins, juice, and coffee) while reading with their student. Friday, February 22nd: READ-A-THON – Jr. Naturalists will be sponsoring this event. New or handmade hats, mittens, and scarves can be brought to the kick-off at our Breakfast with a Book, as well as throughout the month. Classroom Snack, Snuggle and Read times (SSR). Students can bring a healthy snack, a book to read, and something to snuggle up with. (Please follow the teacher’s instructions regarding SSR time in their classroom newsletters). Special Dress Up days throughout the month.

*Dates at a Glance: Thursday, January 24: All School Meeting-I Love to Read Month Kick-Off (9:45 AM) Friday, February 1: Hat Day-To Celebrate I Love to Read Month! Sunday, February 3: Start Recording your reading minutes! Thursday, February 7: Breakfast With A Book. (8:20 –8:50 AM in the Cafeteria) Friday, February 8: Crazy Sock Day and Classroom SSR Monday, February 11: Reading Calendar due for Week 1 minutes! Friday, February 15: Dress in Red, Black and White Day and Classroom SSR Tuesday, February 19: Reading Calendar due for Week 2 minutes! Friday, February 22: Mismatched Outfit Day and READ-A-THON! Monday, February 25: Reading Calendar due for Week 3 minutes! Monday, March 4: Reading Calendar due for Week 4 minutes! Friday, March 8: All School Meeting-total minutes revealed! (10:20)

Ordering Your Yearbook Just Got Easier! Just go to Enter our school code: 10418413 Due FEBRUARY 1st, 2013 Your yearbook will be sent to the school at the same time as the rest! Order forms are also available in the main office. Contact Mrs. Reetz at with questions.

January—C.A.R.E.S. Student of the Month The following students were identified by their classroom teacher as the C.A.R.E.S. student of the month for following C.A.R.E.S. rules during the month of January. Nevaeh Woodard Williams Lydia Rand

Zachary Karsko

Blake Dicke

Connor Walters

Julia Solarz

Zoe Johnson

Tatem Eisenberg Halle Hallberg

Darrien Kidd

Landon Wentworth Abigail Leach

Ethan Legg

Makenna Homerin

Reuben Cedarberg

Micah Larson

Gemma Gilbertson Cory St. Martin

Sophia Basile

Sophia Nelson

Maria Willrett

Nia Cartwright

Jesse Kadrlik Taylor Flaata Devin Schmitz

Our second quarter ended on Thursday, January 24th. Teachers are completing report cards and student report cards will be posted to Family Access on Wednesday, January 30th. Hard copies of report cards are not sent home. They are available for you to view on Family / Student Access.  To access the report card, go to the District or Redtail Ridge web-site, click on Family Resources and then click on Family/Student Access. You must have your username and password to log in and view the report card for your child. If you are new to the system or have forgotten your username or password there is a link to assist you.  Select Report Cards from the left-hand column under General Information. 

You can open or save the report card as a PDF for viewing or printing Any families who do not have access to e-mail or internet will receive a paper copy, if requested, which will be sent home in the mail on January 30th. If you need to request a copy, please call the main office. Please call the school with any questions or concerns at 952-226-8000. Parent Teacher Conferences are scheduled for the evening of Thursday, February 28th, the morning of Friday, March 1st and the evening of Conferences: Feb. 28, March 1 & 7, 2013 Thursday, March 7th. Kindergarten will have conferences throughout the day on the 28th There will be no Kindergarten (only) classes on the 28th and no classes for K—5 on March 1st. The conference schedule will be coming home mid-February. Our school has been given a limited number of tickets for Redtail Ridge Family Night at the Minnesota Twins Game. The game will be on Friday, April 26th at 7:10pm. There are two ticket options, Left Field bleachers for $27 and Powerball Pavillion for $31. Tickets will go on sale Friday, March 8. Look for an order form in your student's backpack!

Middle School registration for Fifth graders is coming up. On Monday, February 11th, middle school counselors will be attending the elementary classrooms to talk about registration for 6th grade. Students will be given a registration sheet to take home, fill out and bring back to their 5th grade teacher. The registration guide is posted on both the TOMS and HOMS websites. The parent information night for all incoming 6th grade parents will be on Thursday, Feb. 7th, 2013 at 6:30 PM in the Twin Oaks Middle School Auditorium.

District Wide Kindergarten Registration will be held on Tuesday, February 19th at each elementary school and Edgewood School. Redtail Ridge will hold registration beginning at 5:30 p.m. Registration information was sent in the mail to district families whose children turn 5 years old on or before September 1, 2013. Please notify the Edgewood Office at 952-226-0900 if you have an incoming Kindergartener and did not receive the Kindergarten information.

The Redtail Ridge Geography Bee was held Friday, January 11th. All fourth and fifth graders took a 45 question test to see who would be in the Oral Geography Bee. The top 16 students participated in our Oral Bee. The bee consists of 7 rounds of questions. After the seven rounds a tie - breaker was necessary, with a five way tie. Those in the tie-breaker round were; Mason Clemenson, Magnus O’Connor, Dante Urrutia, Tori Gens, and Ellen Gandrud. After several questions we did result in our school winner, Ellen Gandrud. She will now take a written test to be mailed in for the state bee qualifier. If Ellen scores in the top 100 participants she will be invited to the oral round for the state bee. Fourth through Eighth graders are eligible to participate in this bee, held in the spring.

Congratulations Ellen!

The 31st Annual PTC Carnival will be held on: April 20th at Prior Lake High School from 11 AM - 4:30 PM

A big thank you to all families who donated for the holidays lights recycling fundraiser. Our Junior Naturalists collected the lights throughout the building and the lights were recycled weekly. Redtail Ridge was able to bring in 788 pounds of holiday lights. The total amount raised was $435.72 The money raised will go back to our outdoor environmental learning center. Thank you to K & K Metal Recycling for helping with our fundraiser.

Stay In Touch with Superintendent Dr. Sue Ann Gruver. Follow her blog:

February is Heart Month Some heart attacks are sudden and intense — the "movie heart attack," where no one doubts what's happening. But most heart attacks start slowly, with mild pain or discomfort. Often people affected aren't sure what's wrong and wait too long before getting help. Here are signs that can mean a heart attack is happening: Chest discomfort: Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or that goes away and comes back. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain. Discomfort in other areas of the upper body: Symptoms can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach. Shortness of breath: with or without chest discomfort. Other signs: may include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness Warning signs for women may differ from men ―Although men and women can experience chest pressure that feels like an elephant sitting across the chest, women can experience a heart attack without chest pressure, ‖ said Nieca Goldberg, M.D., medical director for the Joan H. Tisch Center for Women's Health at NYU’s Langone Medical Center and an American Heart Association volunteer. Instead they may experience the symptoms below: 

shortness of breath

pressure or pain in the lower chest or upper abdomen

dizziness, lightheadedness or fainting

upper back pressure or extreme fatigue. HeartAttack/WarningSignsofaHeartAttack/WarningSigns-of-a-Heart-Attack_UCM_002039_Article.jsp

Redtail Ridge is collecting ink and toner cartridges. Please send any used ink cartridges you may have with your child to school. We will bring them in and use the money to help fund our Junior Naturalists and environmental programs at school. Please send smaller inkjet cartridges in baggies, and toner cartridges in bags or their packing box. Be sure to check with your employers as well! Thank you for your support!

For information or to register please visit the Community Education website or call 952.226.0080

Be the Princess you Dream of being at the

Daddy Daughter Dance (Girls Ages 12 and under with an adult) The dance is all about you, but it wouldn’t be the same without your perfect date. Invite your dad, uncle, grandpa, older adult brother, or a favorite family friend as your escort. Dress up if you think it is fun and you’re looking for an excuse, or wear whatever you want for dancing and twirling. Silver Sound Productions will help set the tone for the evening with plenty of family friendly songs and dances. Every girl will receive a favor. Light snacks and punch are included in the ticket price. Capture the moment with professional photos of you and your date, available for purchase. Various LED products will also be available for purchase. Saturday, February 23 6:30-8:30 p.m. PLHS Commons $30/Couple $10 Each Additional Girl

After School Classes at Redtail Ridge Chess Nuts with Schoolhouse Chess Wed, Feb. 13 to Mar. 20 - $79

Prior Lake-Savage Area ADD/ADHD Connection Group Would you like to know what’s new and what works when dealing with ADD/ADHD? Then this education and discussion group is for you. It provides a rare opportunity to meet others like you, connect with them and share strategies. Experts will present on different topics each month based on requests from the group. There will be time for questions, discussion and laughter. We will learn about homework strategies, healthy eating, relationships, sleep, parenting, dealing with emotions, motivation, medication and much more. Whether you are a parent or spouse or have ADD/ADHD yourself you will find this group invaluable. Come and learn the latest on what works to manage the challenges of ADD/ADHD. Cosponsored with Prior Lake-Savage Community Education, Succeeding with ADD Cindy Lea, Finish Line Wellness, LearningRx and the Prior Lake Optimist Club. Group will meeting dates: Feb. 12 Topic: ADD/ADHD: The Nerve Connection with Dr. Steve Kramer, Kramer Chiropractic HC

Upcoming Dates: Mar. 12, Apr. 9, May 14 - Topics TBD Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Location: District Services Center, 4540 Tower St, Prior Lake

Due to increased popularity and limited space, registration is limited. Register today!

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You and Your Family are Invited to a Synergy/SAGE Family Fun Night with The Works Museum! Thursday, February 7, 2013 6:30-8:30pm Hidden Oaks Middle School Cafeteria $5.00/family-payable at the door

Staff from The Works Museum ( will lead students to explore some fun, hands-on learning stations: Fizz Rockets: Learn about explosions and aerodynamics as you make and launch fizz rockets. Circuits: Learn about circuits and then hook up some circuits using alligator clips, batteries, buzzers, bulbs and motors. Mini Catapults: Build your own miniature catapult to experiment with and see how far you can fling a marshmallow.

Please RSVP to to help us plan accordingly. Questions? Contact us at Sponsored by SPAN (Synergy/SAGE Parent Action Network) For more information on how to become involved with SPAN, go to

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