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 The Bugle - Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Hello Everyone!

Thank you all for a wonderful school year! I hope everyone enjoys their summer. A special thank you to all of those who helped volunteer throughout the year! We are so appreciative of all of your hard work at events, field trips, classroom tutoring, and more!

I am also pleased to inform you that Diane Bagley has been hired as our new assistant principal for 2016-2017.

Most recently Diane has served as assistant principal at Anishanabe Academy a K-8 school in Minneapolis. Previously, Diane taught at South Open School and served as the open program coordinator at South.

Additionally, Diane did administrative internship work at Barton while completing her principal licensure.  Diane is passionately committed to open education and will be a great asset to our team.

I look forward to another great year at Barton!

Thank you,


Kindergarten Play Date- Sunday, July 24th!
Wednesday, July 20, 2016 1:40 PM

Kindergarten Play Date! Incoming kindergarteners, please join us at Lyndale Farmstead Park this Sunday (7/24) from 3pm-5pm to meet other kindergarteners and their families. We'll play on the playground and enjoy some lemonade together 😀



Office Closed for Summer
Barton's Main Office Closed Till Mid-August
Friday, July 01, 2016 9:55 AM

We hope everyone is enjoying their summer! Please note that Barton's Main Office will be closed till mid-August. The office's voicemail will not be checked until that time. You can email us at and someone will get back to you as soon as possible throughout the summer though.

Thank you!

Barton Leadership Council
Announcing the Leadership Council for 2016-17
Friday, June 03, 2016 12:20 PM

Thank you to all of you who completed and returned the Endorsement Ballot for next year’s Leadership Council. We are pleased to announce that everyone was endorsed by the Barton community!

The new parent Council members for 2016-2017 include: Jeff Baird, Kirsten Hunt, Travina Leaks, Ivonne Rodriguez, Markus Silpala, Abdifatah Soyan, Arwen Wilder, and Rebecca Yuzefovich.

The parents returning to Council involvement include: Nima Abdirahman, Sheila Eldred, Hawo Hassan, Nasra Hassan, Tom Hockenberry, Anna Levine, Mel Muller, Fiona Pradhan, Yassin Qanyare, Kate Rush, Jim Scott, Tricia Silpala, Virajita Singh, Sara Stenzel, Lucia Strand, Eric Sumner, Janelle Wegner, and Marcy Zerwes.

You can get to know your new Leadership Council through the statements each parent provided for the ballot – you can get a PDF of the ballot here. And you can find all Leadership Council information on Barton’s web site, here.

THANK YOU to those who are committed to serving on the Leadership Council, and THANK YOU to all who participated in the endorsement process.

Have a great summer!

Julia Mullin, current parent co-chair

Sheila Eldred, incoming parent co-chair

Transportation Information
Wednesday, June 01, 2016 10:30 AM

If you have not already received information regarding transportation, please see the attached form.  Please fill out this form to the best of your knowledge and return it back to Barton by Tuesday, June 7th. Please either fax or drop the form off to Barton. Please turn your assignments in as soon as possible.

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Congratulations Uppers Choir!
Tuesday, May 31, 2016 12:30 PM

I am very proud to announce that at a recent Music Festival competition that the Uppers Choir participated in last Saturday, the 21st, we earned a Superior Rating with a score of 92 out of 100!  The three achievable ranks are Good, Excellent, and Superior. This was a great honor to receive the highest category. The choir worked very hard to get there!  Thanks to all the uppers teachers that allowed us to combine and rehearse 6th hour the Friday before. Thanks also to the entire Barton community, staff and parents, for being so incredibly supportive of the choir program. 

Thanks again!


Barton's Shakespeare Players
Tuesday, May 31, 2016 7:45 AM

Special thank you to all of those involved in making Barton's Shakespeare play happen! The cast and crew had great performances, and Barton students got to enjoy the play as well.


Barton Plant Sale
Thank You to All Involved with Barton's Plant Sale!
Thursday, May 19, 2016 12:25 PM

Many thanks to all the people who helped make the 2016 Barton Plant sale a success. We did it!  We surpassed our goal of $80,000. Roughly half of that total goes to the Barton Foundation!

Thanks to those who processed, called, filed and entered data from all the paper orders. This team included Kris Mandler, Susan McKinnell, Sarah Wuendry, Julie Madge, Julia Mullin, Arwen Wilder, Sarah Kuzel-Leslie, Kris Woelber and Michelle Pryce.

Thanks to those who took care of cash and carry sales: Katherine Harter, Catherine Myers, Sarah Kuzel-Leslie, Beth Desotelle, Roberta Gibbons, and Kristi Smith-Knutsen.



Spirit Garden
Spirit Garden Update
Thursday, May 19, 2016 12:15 PM

The Spirit Garden is excited to begin our fourth growing season!  Thanks to the following people who have shared their time and talents to keep this amazing space viable:   

Erin Klug and Marnie Peichel designed and created new garden fencing with the help of Allison, John and Jane's rooms. These fences will help protect plants in the raised garden beds and ensure a bountiful harvest.




Barton Leadership Council By-laws
Thursday, June 09, 2016 2:50 PM

Please find a pdf of Barton's Leadership Council By-laws below.

Leadership Council Meeting Notes ~ 5/19/16
Sunday, May 29, 2016 9:35 PM

Click here to read the notes from the May 19, 2016 Leadership Council meeting...