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From the Principal
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 2:45 PM

Dear Barton Community,

As 2014 comes to a close, I want to say how grateful I am for the opportunities that we have been able to provide for our students.  I would also like to take the opportunity to recognize and celebrate a small sampling of the opportunities that students have had to demonstrate their skills and passions at Barton. Most recently, our 3/4 classroom students were able to present their work just last week with their Sun, Moon, and Stars Celebration.  Students presented their poetry to the public and stood before their artistic projects, proudly explaining the inspiration for their work and the connections between their graphic art and poetry.  Read more...


Bus Pass Information
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 7:55 AM

All bus pass request must be submitted online, no exceptions! If you must send a handwritten note, it must be legible on a decent size and sheet of paper with ALL of the information that is required for the online bus form. If it does not contain the mandatory information, I will not validate your bus pass.  For more information, please visit the Barton Transportation page! Thank you!

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Barton Fund Statment
Tuesday, December 16, 2014 9:45 AM

December 31st is rapidly approaching! If you would like your Barton Fund donation to  count towards your charitable donations for 2014's tax purposes, please don't delay in donating online or sending a check into the office at school. Every dollar matters. Thank you for your generous support!

High School Choice Begins
Friday, December 12, 2014 1:20 PM

The high school request process will begin Monday, December 15th. Families at that time can fill out the form online, print the form from the website and mail it in or go into one of the placement offices. Because guide books will not be available until the school fair, Student Placement has created mini guides that will be mailed home to 8th graders’ homes beginning Wednesday, December 17th. If you have any questions, please feel free to email ( or call (668-3593) Trish.

Do You Have Accounting Expertise?
Friday, December 12, 2014 12:55 PM

The Barton School Foundation has outgrown its current bookkeeping system and is looking for a volunteer to help restructure it to fit better with its current needs. Expertise in QuickBooks and non-profit tax accounting is required.  Please contact Kevin Kinneavy ( for details.

Barton Choir at MOA for Charity!
Friday, December 12, 2014 12:00 PM

Last night, 86 Middles and Uppers choir singers from Barton went to the Mall of America to sing Clouds to raise money for kids with cancer and severe medical conditions.  13 million dollars were raised, and 7,200 singers participated.  We ended up getting great spots, right in front of the stage on the main floor.  The streamers fell on us, and we could hear all the singers surrounding us.  It was truly a moving experience!  Check it out!


Community Education Winter Session registration materials amended!
Friday, December 12, 2014 10:00 AM

Unfortunately there were minor errors on our original materials that went to print and out to families.  The following corrections have been made in the attached registration packet: Read more...


2015 Winter Afterschool Activities-Community Education!
Wednesday, December 10, 2014 9:50 AM

Barton Community Education’s Winter Session of after school activities will begin on Monday January 12th.  Registration materials for grades K-6 have been placed in teacher mailboxes and should be coming home this week.  We have several new classes for winter session including Great Guitars, Karate, Winter Fun, and Baking just to name a few.  Please notice our January 16th Release Day Activities that offer a little something for all who choose to participate, don’t miss out on the FUN!

From the Principal
Wednesday, December 10, 2014 8:30 AM

Dear Barton Community,

When I began my experience at Barton just over six months ago by holding listening sessions with the community, there arose one implicit question that resonated with participants: What does Barton mean to you? The personal stories that parents and teachers shared provided important qualities that I needed to be aware of and support as principal: love of learning, social justice, deep relationships, personal attention, community, emotional development, caring teachers, and involved parents. Read more...

Hour of Code
Wednesday, December 10, 2014 8:30 AM

Barton students in grades 1-6 are participating in the world-wide movement, Hour of Code.  In their 21st Century Literacy Media rotations,  students are learning the basics of computer programming using tutorials that encourage critical thinking and teach students how to manipulate the building blocks of computer code.  For more information, see

Thanks to Art Adventure Volunteers
Tuesday, December 09, 2014 12:15 PM

During November and December these volunteers presented works of art on the theme of "American Art Sampler" from the Minneapolis Institute of Arts to students in the third and fourth grade classrooms.  If you are interested in volunteering for next year's program please contact Lara Roy at [read more]

Agenda for 12/18/14 Council Meeting
Tuesday, December 16, 2014 1:45 PM

All parents are welcome to attend the next Parent Leadership Council meeting in the Barton Media Center on Thursday, December 18, from 4:30-6:30.  Click here to see the agenda...