Red Oak Reader

May 2023

Dates to remember

K Phy Ed Fun days:

May 2: 2:45-3:15 (Schanen & Vogel)

May 3: 2:45-3:15 (Crosby & Weir)

May 4: 3rd grade music program (see below for detailed information)


May 9: 4th grade music program (see below for detailed information)

Track and Field Days:

May 15th 9:45-11:15: 1st grade

May 15th 12:10-1:40: 4th grade

May 15th 2:00-3:30: 5th grade

May 17th 10:00-11:30: 2nd grade

May 17th 2:00-3:30: 3rd grade

May 19: Student Council Dress up day: Sports/Jersey/Hat Day (see below for detailed information)

May 29: NO SCHOOL (Memorial Day)

May 30: 5th grade band program (see below for detailed information)


Principal Updates

Greetings families!

It's hard to say, this will be the final full month of the year. We only have 27 school days remaining. Believe it or not, we have many upcoming events on our calendar from now until the end of the year. Please watch for announcements to get those events on your calendars. Events like music programs and track and field days as well as field trips are planned between now and the end of the year. Your child(ren) would love to see you at these events, if it works in your schedule. Many of our grades also have several fun activities planned for the final 26 days of the year, following the ABC countdown. They will be sending out that information to you.

This past Friday our PTO hosted our final big school event of the year; the Spring social and silent auction. The weather didn't stop us from having fun! From music to balloon art, games and face painting, this event was a huge success. Thank you to the PTO and for everyone that was able to attend.

While our weather doesn't show it consistently, our students definitely know it's spring! Your support and reminders from home for students to show the Saber Way and meet school expectations would be very helpful in making the final month as smooth as possible. Our Saber Way expectations are for students to be: Safe, Kind, Respectful and Responsible. For more detailed examples, see the "Saber Way" section below.

Our 3-5th graders did a great job with their stamina and focus on their MCAs over the past two weeks. Next week our 5th graders will be begin taking their science MCA tests.

I just wanted to remind you that the week of May 8-May 12th, is Teacher Appreciation Week. Our amazing staff do wonderful and creative things to help our students learn and grow each and every day. This week is dedicated to showing them how much we appreciate everything they do.

Thank you for all your support with your child's education and your dedication and trust with Red Oak.

Have a wonderful month!

Your partner in education,

Krysten Ellis, Principal

Music Programs

Spring is here, which means it's time to showcase our students.

Our music staff, Mrs. Alrtringer and Mrs. Isles have set dates for grade level music programs for students in 1-4 and 5th grade band students.

They will be held during the day with a chance for families to watch the talent that has evolved over the course of the year.

Your child's music teacher will be sending more information as we get closer to the program dates.

All programs will be held in the gym, beginning promptly at 9:30 am. Doors to the gym (lower level) will open at 9:20. Please do not arrive before 9:15, as we need to make sure busses have left the lower lot. Please park in the lower lot.

*Please enter/exit from the gym doors ONLY.

Music Program Dates:

3rd grade- 5/4

4th grade- 5/9

5th grade band- 5/30

Dress Up Days

May 19th

It's that time again, Student Council invites students to dress up for our final dress up day of the year "SPORTS/JERSEY/HAT DAY".

Show your TEAM pride by wearing a favorite sport shirt or jersey and hat!)

(Go Lions! 😃🦁🏈)

23-24 Kindergarten Registration

If you have, or know someone who has, students (who are at least 5 years old by 9/1/23) entering kindergarten next year (23-24 school year) please make sure they are registered.

Registering now helps ensure we have them placed in a classroom and have the appropriate number of teachers hired for the fall.

It also helps us get you the necessary information you need to be as prepared as possible for Kindergarten in the fall.

Translation support is available throughout the process.

For more information on kindergarten in Shakopee, please click here

Online Registration: Click here to access the online registration portal. The first step in the electronic process is simply filling out one screen of basic information. You will then immediately get an email with a link to complete the full online registration form, which takes about 5 minutes if all items are handy; the email will outline resources to have handy.

Kinder Kamp (new)

NEW for incoming Kindergartners!

Our incoming kindergartners will now have an opportunity to get the school experience before school begins! Our Kindergarten team will be supporting incoming K students on Aug 14 & 15 to help them get acclimated to school.

This free, unique experience is a great way for incoming Kindergarten students to get excited about the upcoming school year while also building relationships and comfort within the school community.

The Shakopee Saber Kinder Kamp Experience

  • Make new friends
  • Build relationships with teachers & staff
  • Ease into full-day learning & family separation
  • Tour the building & identify key areas
  • Practice arrival & dismissal procedures
  • Experience a class meeting
  • Learn a classroom cheer
  • Participate in centers/carpet time
  • Take a short bus ride with a teacher
  • Enjoy a snack & learn how to go through the lunch line
  • Participate in recess & gym time
  • Practice key kindergarten skills
  • And most importantly, have fun!

Click here to register your incoming kindergartner (this is for the 23-24 school year)

Click here for more information

Saber Way Expectations

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Systems and Procedural Reminders

A few reminders worth noting to the beginning and end of the day structures and procedures:

  • All doors open at 8:55 a.m. (walkers and bikers, door E unlocks at 8:55). Students should remain in their cars or on the Saber Paw prints outside until the doors open
  • Breakfast for all students will be in their classroom. This will allow students to be in class and be a part of the morning activities without having them rush through breakfast.
  • Drop off/pick up will continue to be in the upper lot. We ask that parents/guardians remain in the car for a more safe and efficient process. There are adults to help get students out of cars in the morning and into cars in the afternoon. Please pull forward to help keep the line moving. Please do not park and get down to drop off your children. This is for their safety.
  • Our drop off/pick up line is secondary to getting the busses in and out of the lower lot. Please be mindful of where you line up to allow for large and small busses to maneuver through.
  • Families arriving after 9:05 MUST walk their child(ren) into the building and sign them in.
  • School ends at 3:45, which means students will not be called for the car line until approximately 3:48. Again, please remain in your car in the line and we will help get your child in the car.

Thank you for your attention to detail on these for the safety of our children.

Front Office Information

Health Services Resources

Health services resources for the 2022/23 school year can be found online here: Optional COVID-19 self reporting details and a form are available here.


Parents/guardians should call the attendance line when a student will be late or absent 952-496-5953.

Students arriving after 9:05 will need to be walked in by their parent/guardian and will be marked tardy.

Lunch Money

Please remember to include your child's first/last name and student ID number, with any lunch money that comes in.

Visitor Reminders

All visitors are required to check-in at the front office and must be screened through the Raptor system during normal school hours.


If you would like to volunteer in the classroom or attend a field trip or volunteer with students, you must have a completed, cleared background check. Click here to fill out the form.

Change in PM transportation

If your child has a change in how they are getting home, please call the office no later than 3pm so we can get the correct information to the classroom teacher. If you pick up your student, prior to the end of the day, we will call your student to the office when you arrive, so please allow yourself ample time.

Communication Reminder

We encourage families to download the Seesaw app on your smartphone or bookmark on a computer to gain access to important school communications and teacher messages.

Meal Reminders and Updates

Free meals are no longer provided by COVID federal funds.

22-23 school year Breakfast is no longer free for students in grades 1-5. Kindergarten students are the only grade that has free breakfast.

Student meal accounts will need to be funded in Infinite Campus. Free or reduced meals can be offered to families that qualify. Applications also impact school funding. Digital applications can be completed in Infinite Campus. Printed applications are also available in our main office and at the district office. For tips on how to fund meal accounts in Infinite Campus, click here.

For additional details on free and reduced meals, click here.


School Lunch Reminder

Meal prices will remain the same through the end of this school year (June 2023). If you'd like to check your student's account balance, make a payment or view meal prices, please click here. Families that have qualified for free/reduced meals will continue to receive benefits as normal.

Need Support? We've Got Resources!

Family Resource Centers of Scott County: When times are tough, it's hard to know where to go to get the help you need. The Family Resource Center (FRC) are here to help families get connected to support and resources. If you're feeling stuck, visit a FRC. Click here for more information (in multiple languages)

Do you need food on the weekends?

If you need help with meals on the weekend, please sign up here for free meals. There are 5 different types of meals to sign up for. Students who sign up for these meals will take them home on the last day of the school week.

For more information, please email our Social Worker, Liz Ammermann:

Red Oak Needs You!

Red Oak (and other Shakopee sites) have a critical need for special education paraprofessionals, kitchen staff and substitute teachers!

If you're interested (or know someone who might be interested or would be a good fit) in working at Red Oak (or in Shakopee Public Schools), feel free to call me, Principal Ellis at 952-496-5952 so we can talk about options for various jobs. We would love to have you join our team and support our students. Training provided, job share responsibilities and weekend/summer/school breaks off.

Do you love working with kids? Do you need a job that will work around your schedule? Click here for a list of positions and to apply.

Have a Fabulous May!