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From the Principal
Thursday, May 21, 2015 8:00 AM

Dear Barton community,

I wanted to remind you about some of the important events that we have coming up in the next few weeks.

We will have a number of opportunities for our students to demonstrate their hard work and creativity through portfolios, exhibits, and concerts.  On our school calendar, you will see that following our Memorial Day break, our middles and uppers choirs will be performing concerts from 6:00-7:00 PM and 7:30-8:30 PM, respectively.  Our kindergarten classes will also host portfolio sharing next Wednesday and Thursday from 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM. See our calendar for more details.  Our Uppers students are also busy this week finalizing their work for their exhibition on June 3rd.  Read more...

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BARTON STUDENTS WIN AWARDS AT MODEL UN
Thursday, May 21, 2015 6:55 AM

On May 12th, 80 Barton students attended a Model UN conference at the College of St. Thomas.  In all, 600 students from schools throughout MPS and St. Paul Public Schools attended.  This year's topic was Refugees, and the Barton students read widely and researched diligently to prepare for discussions about durable solutions to refugee crises.  [Read More]

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Call for Parent Volunteers for Barton Principal Candidate Interviews
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 6:50 PM

This year the Minneapolis Public School district has changed its process for selecting new principals. One of the important (and exciting) new components is a stakeholder interview opportunity.  For the parent component of the panel, we ask any parents who are interested and available to participate to send an email expressing your interest to Barton parent Fiona Pradhan (fiona@grantpradhan.com) by 12 noon, Tuesday, May 26. Specifically, this email should answer two questions:

  1. Why do you want to be on the interview team?
  2. What experience or perspectives would you bring to the group?

[See Details]

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Barton Lake Day Volunteers Needed!
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 2:40 PM

Lake Day is scheduled for Tuesday, June 2.  Lake Day is a long-standing Barton tradition that celebrates the end of a great school year.  WIth more students than ever before enrolled at Barton, admin and staff are asking for more volunteers to make it a successful and safe day for everyone. 

Help is still needed doing park perimeter safety, waterfront patrol,  and helping with the activities and stations.  Even if you have signed up to be with your child's class, we need your assistance with the activities/stations. 

Please sign up to help out at one of the stations on this sign up sheet.
Please let me know if you have questions.  (elizabethchristensen@msn.com)

Thank you!

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Thank You!
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 11:15 AM

Special thanks to many helpful Room 216 students (Ayub Omer, Ben Sheldon, Cade Heinemann, Ella Bjork, Grace Neis, Hamza Hassan, Jackson Jones, Jazmyne Armstrong, Keaton Amundson, Keshav Singh, Mohamed Ahmed, Monty Stein, Quinlan Jones, Pierce Ammerman & Will Pryce) and stellar parent volunteers (Missy Jones, Sarah Tarleton, Michelle Pryce, Victoria Neis, Valerie Hampton & Virajita Singh) for their great work providing refreshments and peace sticks at the plant sale to raise funds for Felicity's Native Garden! The generous support of the Barton community was heartwarming and much appreciated! Together, we raised over $950 which combined with room 216 popcorn proceeds, grants and other donations will cover the costs to establish this special space at Barton to be enjoyed by students, staff and families for years to come! THANK YOU!

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Summer Garden Help Needed!
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 11:00 AM

Seeds have been sown and plants are growing in the Barton Spirit Garden and Native Memorial Garden. We need your  help this summer to keep the gardens looking great over the summer. Consider adopting the garden for a week this summer. Novice and expert gardeners welcome! A garden team member will be available all summer to answer questions and there will be a short orientation session at the beginning of June.  Sign up by yourself or with another family.  [Details]

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Announcing the Leadership Council of 2015-2016
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 7:55 AM

Thank you to all of you who completed and returned the Endorsement Ballot for next year’s Leadership Council. 253 adults cast endorsements!

The new parent Council members for 2015-2016 include: Lisa Hoon, Amanda Jackson, Anna Levine, Ali Naughton, Kate Rush, Diana Saez, Jim Scott, Lucia Strand, Eric Sumner, Janelle Wegner, and Kevin Whelan.

The parents returning to Council involvement include: Andrea Breen, Sheila Eldred, Katherine Harter, Nasra Hassan, Kori Hennessey, Tom Hockenberry, Amy Kennedy, Kristi Smith Knutson, Sarah Lahm, Mel Muller, Julia Paulsen Mullin, Fiona Pradhan, Christian Proetz, Virajita Singh, Sara Stenzel, and Rob Walstead.

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

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Native Garden Dedication
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 7:00 AM

Barton Community past and present:  Please join us in the Commons on Tuesday, May 26th at 7:35 a.m. for an all-school morning meeting at which we will dedicate the new Native Garden in honor of long-time Barton teacher, Felicity MielCrosby.  [Read More]

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Farxada iyo Ilmaynta ay leedahay Maalinta ilmahaagu bilaabayo Faslaka Xanaanada Caruurta(Kindergarten) ayaan ugu talo galnay in waalidiintu iskugu yimaadaan wada shaahaysi.
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 6:45 AM

Farxada iyo Ilmaynta ay leedahay Maalinta ilmahaagu bilaabayo Faslaka Xanaanada Caruurta(Kindergarten) ayaan ugu talo galnay in waalidiintu iskugu yimaadaan wada shaahaysi.  [More]

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Cheers and Tears Kindergarten Coffee on the First Day of Kindergarten
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 6:25 AM

Not sure what to do with yourself after your kindergartener gets on the bus?  Need to connect with some other parents feeling the same excitement, nervousness, happiness, sadness before heading off to work? Or, if you just want a chance to meet some parents from your child’s class and get your name on a parent email list, this is for you. Join us at Studio 2 Coffee and Wine Bar after your kindergartener starts his or her school day.!!  [Read More]
 

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Southwest High School Cross Country Team Invitation
Tuesday, May 19, 2015 10:35 AM

Southwest High School Cross Country Team invites incoming 9th grade girls and boys to join our team. We are a small team this year so you have lots of room to advance. The season starts on August 17. We also have free coach led summer practices if you want to get a head start on the season. No running experience needed. No try-outs and no one is cut. You just need a pair of running shoes. See our website http://southwest.mpls.k12.mn.us/Cross_Country or contact mailto:mrichmo3@comcast.net.

Martin Richmond
Southwest Cross Country Booster Club

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Come See The Barton Choirs!
Tuesday, May 19, 2015 6:45 AM

The Barton Choirs will perform on Tuesday, May 26th.  The Middles will sing at 6:00 and the Uppers will sing at 7:30.  Come show your support and hear some great music!

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Barton Open School Principal Job Opening
Tuesday, May 19, 2015 6:15 AM

Clara Barton Open School, a K-8 magnet school in the Minneapolis Public Schools system, is seeking a visionary and dynamic principal to lead a teaching staff and parent community that is deeply committed to the principles of progressive education. [Read More...]

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Total FUNdraiser dollars raised: $9000!
Monday, May 18, 2015 11:50 AM

Thank you to all the 2015 FUNdraiser Hosts:  Katy and Misha Rozin, Michelle Courtright and Bazak Sharon, Sarah Cooper Evans, Jerri Clark Wagner, Laura Crane, Dave Holcomb, Kelly and Tim Holdgrafer, Kristi Smith Knutson and Paul Knutson, Carrie and Christian Proetz, Amy and Mark Langanki, Sarah Dull, Tom and Julie Tangeman, Lisa Hoon and Aaron Schulte, Michelle Gayer of Salty Tart, Brandon and Betsy Walts, Rob and Kirsten Walstead, Lara and Jason Roy, Rox Sadovsky, Sheila Eldred and Eric Sumner, Mary and Chris Scavotto, Michelle and Doug Pryce, Molly Cooper and Gregory Chastain, Anjula Razdan and Virgil McDill, The Barton Garden Team, Andrew Dresdner, Emmett Mullin, Julie & Matt Guidry, Noel Raymond & Amy Finch, Mike Hoyt & Sarah Mickelson, Dani Kassner, Mary Fallon & Billy Skarstad, Lucy & Chris Jones, Alex and Anna Levine, Dave and Carolyn Ramberg, Nancy Thompson & Greg Luce, Sarah Dodge and Rick Olson, Amy and Josh Kennedy, Anne-Marie Fischer, Ashley and Ethan Trepp, Angela Nelson and Tony Meysenburg, Erin Ungerman, Sydney Holcomb, Heather Cholat, Katie and Jim Scott, Sarah and Dan Leslie, Kyle and Elizabeth Christensen, Kris Thompson and Tom Kelley, Lori Zook-Stanley and Joe Stanley, Steady Tattoo and Piercing

Thank you to all the ticket purchasers!  FUNdraisers are happening frequently and people are enjoying themselves tremendously.

Tickets still available for purchase by cash or check.  http://www.bartonopen.org/fundraisers

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Thank You Kindergarten Roundup Volunteers!
Monday, May 18, 2015 11:30 AM

Kindergarten Round up was another success this year.  Many thanks to Carolyn Ramberg for orgaizing the event. and Jessica Parker Garvin, Katie Scott, Michele Nealen and Mary Scovatto who helped with all the details!

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Barton Communications and Outreach to Families
Monday, May 18, 2015 10:30 AM

The Leadership Council has been working intentionally to be accessible, transparent and open in our work. This year, the Leadership Council piloted working groups, where a small group of parent volunteers (made up of parents both on and off the Leadership Council) spent time identifying and working on specific needs and projects for our school community. We’re writing to tell you about the Communications & Outreach working group of the Council. It’s a new group, a new effort, and we’re pleased to tell you about progress made. And we’d like to invite you to help with a new project aimed at welcoming new families to Barton.  [Read More]

Agenda for the May 21, 2015 Council Meeting
Thursday, May 21, 2015 10:15 AM

The final Council meeting will take place on Thursday, May 21, from 4:30-6:30 in the Barton Media Center.  New Council members are invited to come!  Also, all parents are welcome at any Council meeting.  Click here to read the agenda...

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Announcing the Leadership Council of 2015-2016
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 10:55 AM

Thank you to all of you who completed and returned the Endorsement Ballot for next year’s Leadership Council. 253 adults cast endorsements!

The new parent Council members for 2015-2016 include: Lisa Hoon, Amanda Jackson, Anna Levine, Ali Naughton, Kate Rush, Diana Saez, Jim Scott, Lucia Strand, Eric Sumner, Janelle Wegner, and Kevin Whelan.

The parents returning to Council involvement include: Andrea Breen, Sheila Eldred, Katherine Harter, Nasra Hassan, Kori Hennessey, Tom Hockenberry, Amy Kennedy, Kristi Smith Knutson, Sarah Lahm, Mel Muller, Julia Paulsen Mullin, Fiona Pradhan, Christian Proetz, Virajita Singh, Sara Stenzel, and Rob Walstead.

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