Red Oak Reader

June/Summer 2023

Dates to remember

Talent Show (parents/guardians/specials guests of performers may attend)

June 7 @ 2:15 (enter through the gym doors)

June 8 @ 9:45 (enter through the gym doors)


Summer School (invitation only): July 10-Aug 10 (8:30-2:00 M-Th)

23-24 School Year

September 5 & 6: Connect and Assess (school photos taken)

September 7: 1st Day of School K-5!


Principal Updates

Greetings families!

It's hard to say, this will be the final newsletter of the 22-23 school year. We only have 5 school days remaining. Our final two days include a talent show showcasing our amazing students. Parents/guardians/special guests of performers are invited to watch their child(ren) perform.

As we enter the final stretch, 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 week as smooth as possible. Our Saber Way expectations are for students to be: Safe, Kind, Respectful and Responsible.

I would like to say congratulations on completing the 22-23 school year! You have played a tremendous role in your child(ren's) lives during this school year. From getting them ready in the morning, to making sure they had what they needed for the day, to supporting them at various events throughout the year. We could not have done any of this without your support and collaboration.

To our kindergarten families, you and your child have successfully completed the first year of elementary school! Can you believe how much your child has learned and grown? It's so fun to look back on the early months and see how far they've come!

To our 5th grade families, as you wrap up elementary school with your child, it's crazy to think how fast time has flown by! Thinking back to their kindergarten year until now, my how they've changed! Please remember that your child will always have a special place in their teachers hearts. Trust me when I say, we will remember you for years to come and look forward to them coming back their senior year to do their elementary walk-thru before they graduate!

It has been an absolute honor and pleasure being your principal this year. I have enjoyed all of it! The amount of trust you put in me and the staff to take care of and teach your children is greatly appreciated. It has been a joy to watch each of them grow and flourish this year. Your children are loving, caring, kind, smart, funny, talented kids and they each will forever hold a special place in my heart as their principal.

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

And now we hand the baton back to you! 😉

Have a wonderful summer and we can't wait to see you back in fall!

Your partner in education,

Krysten Ellis, Principal

Report Cards

Teachers will be working on getting grades into the system on Friday June 9. You will receive an email via Infinite Campus on Monday June 12 letting you know grades are available for viewing.

End of Year Student Meal Account Reminder

🍎 Free School Meals Starting July 1, 2023 🍎

With the last day of school approaching, families are reminded to check their child’s meal account balance in Infinite Campus and manage funds so that each account is as close to $0.00 by the last day of school. You may leave the money in your child’s account as well to purchase extra milks at all grade levels. Any money left in your child’s account will transfer with them while they are enrolled in Shakopee Schools.

Infinite Campus can be accessed via the web or mobile app. Click here for helpful details on how to access the Food Services/Meal section or simply log in to the Infinite Campus Parent Portal and go to More > Food Service.

The Shakopee Public Schools Food Services team will connect with families that have a balance (including those that are negative) in early summer to assist in transferring funds to another sibling’s account, donating to the Angel Fund to support other students in our school community, providing payment on negative balances or managing necessary refunds.

If you have questions on your child’s meal account, please call 952.496.5141 Monday - Friday between 7:00am - 3:00pm.

FREE Summer Meals

☀️Free Summer Meals ☀️

Shakopee Public Schools will be participating in the Summer Food Service Program. Similar to last year, lunch will be provided to all children (ages 0-18) in the community at NO CHARGE at Pearson Early Learning Center. Details are below and linked here.

Pearson Early Learning Center – 917 Dakota St. S. Shakopee, MN 55379

Dates: June 12 – August 18, 2023 – Monday - Friday

Meal Service Time: Lunch only: 10:30 am – 12:30 pm


Picnic with Police

Wednesday, June 14: 5pm-8pm

Lions Park (1103 Adams St. S)

Bring lawn chairs or blankets for the picnic

If you're able to donate toiletries, all donations will go to the Saber Nation Station (free for students in all schools)

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

Summer Programs and Opportunities

Here is the summer community education catalog!

It offers many options for your student(s).

Is your student interested in sports and activities? Take a moment to view the Shakopee Community Ed Catalog to see the wide variety of activities and camps that are offered.

Another great source with many options is to access Shakopee Sports Association. Several sports and links are located here. Always look further ahead than you think! Often when seasons begin and teams are selected it's often too late. Take a close in summer to be ready for fall!

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.

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.

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 unlock 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.

Saber Way Expectations

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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


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)

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 Summer!