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Spring Sport Practices UPDATES!
Friday, April 17, 2015 1:30 PM

This is a reminder that BASEBALL (boys) practices are on WEDNESDAYS and FRIDAYS. SOFTBALL (girls) practices are TUESDAYS and THURSDAYS. Practices will take place in the Barton gym or either Farmsted Park depending on the weather. Practices run from 2:00-4:00 p.m. Practices will run on this schedule until the end of the season. If there are any changes to practices, all updates will be posted on the website. ALL players should assume that practices are on the assigned days unless informed otherwise by Brittany Alexander or the coaches. Players are responsible for transportation after each practice and should be gone by 4:10 at the latest. Please contact Brittany Alexander if you have further questions at (612)668-3550.

Calling All MPS Middle School Students!
Thursday, April 16, 2015 12:15 PM

A few of the finest Minneapolis chefs invite you to cook with them for the first annual Minneapolis Junior Iron Chef Competition!  The Culinary & Nutrition Services department and the True Food Chef Council are looking for 8 MPS Middle School students (currently enrolled in 6-8th grade) to be paired with 4 Minneapolis chefs for a cooking contest!  Participating Chefs include Marshall Paulsen (Birchwood Cafe), Ann Kim (Pizzeria Lola), TJ Rawitzer (Kim Bartmann’s restaurants) and Erica Strait (Foxy Falafel).  Superintendent Goar will be one of the judges!  [Read More]

Debate News
Thursday, April 16, 2015 10:15 AM


Barton Debater Gabe Ferguson won first place at the Middle School Urban Debate Championships held
on March 26, 2015.  There are three middle school debate leagues during the year comprised
of middle schools throughout Minneapolis and St. Paul.  Each school in each of the three
leagues was invited to send two teams to the championships.

Sam Fritsch and Ellis Nordhougen garnered third place.  More News

From the Principal
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 1:30 PM

Dear Barton Community.

Just a reminder that our 13th annual Student Author Night will be held this Thursday, April 16th, from 6:00-7:00 pm. This event is open to all Barton students, and it offers a fun, casual and supportive venue for students to share their writing.

Last year, students read from their favorite pieces of writing, including poems, short stories, excerpts from papers, and journal entries. The student authors presented their work in small, mixed-age, groups (K-8) facilitated by parent volunteers. Groups ranged in size from 8-10 students.  Read more...

Just days left to buy Barton Plant Sale plants!
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 1:15 PM

Just a reminder that we're coming to one of our critical deadlines for our plant sale!  We're pleased to provide several new plant varieties this year, including 8 sturdy, 1-gallon perennials as well as a handful of new annuals. Your Plant Sale purchases, along with our student's customer's purchases, help provide staff positions, educational materials, art performances, field trip scholarships, parent involvement assistance, and more, which enhances the educational opportunities for all the students at Clara Barton Open School.  [Read More]

Summer School
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 10:00 AM

Now is the time to start planning for summer 2015!  MPS is offering a summer session from June 15-July 23.  This is an exciting opportunity for you child to accelerate their academic skills in math, reading science and more.  Click here for Details.  If you are interested in enrolling your child please see his or her teacher for a registration form or stop by the Barton office.

Calling All Garden Lovers!
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 8:30 AM

We need help Saturday, May 2nd in both the Spirit Garden and Felicity's Native Garden.  A variety of jobs are available and kids are welcome to attend.  Please sign up using the volunteerspot link on our website.

There will be several other volunteer opportunities this spring, so please be sure to check the garden website frequently for other chances to lend a hand!

With thanks,
The Garden Team

ROT Parent Volunteers Wanted!
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 6:50 AM

Barton needs new parents to help coordinate and maintain the ROT program at school.  It's hard not to notice all the ROT stations around Barton.  This program was initiated several years ago by Barton parents.  [Read more]

Leadership Council Meeting Agenda for 3/26/15
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 9:55 PM

Click on the title to read the agenda for the March Council meeting...The meeting will be in the Barton Media Center on Thursday, March 26 from 4:30-6:30.

From the Leadership Council
Tuesday, March 10, 2015 1:35 PM

THANK YOU!!! to parents who have been working hard to fundraise and build community at Barton over the past couple of months. Shannon Plourde and her team: Jill Amundson, Nasra Hassan, Sara Johnson, Kate Kremer and Kristi Smith-Knutson, worked hard on the Barton Fund Campaign before winter break, soliciting contributions from Barton families. Elizabeth Christensen and Katie Scott organized and promoted the Barton FUNdraisers over the past month. Parties, hikes and music will be shared among Barton families, and funds brought in by ticket sales will go to making our kids' educational experience at Barton great.

The Leadership Council met on February 26, 2015. As always, find our thorough and informational meeting minutes on the Barton website.