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Barton Open School

Clara Barton Open School is a student-centered, public K-8 magnet school fostering a community of active, socially conscious, life-long learners. 

Our values are rooted in Progressive Education

  • Instilling a love of learning.
  • Valuing each child for his or her perspectives.
  • Interdisciplinary curriculum and culturally responsive instruction.
  • Developing a community of mutual respect and equity.
  • Creative, courageous and collaborative inquiry for all.
  • Child-centered decision-making & self-directed learning.
  • Educating for a democratic society.


Host A FUNdraiser!
Interested in Hosting a FUNdraiser?
Tuesday, January 15, 2019 11:40 AM

It’s time to begin planning one of Barton’s three major annual fundraisers. 

FUNdraisers ( are social gatherings Barton community members host in their homes or elsewhere. Gatherings can occur March-December, 2019. Check out the website for ideas and information.


Youth Grief Services
Grief Support Group for Children and Families
Thursday, January 10, 2019 3:20 PM

Families with children and teens who have experienced the death of a loved one are invited to participate in a free, seven-week grief support group through Fairview Health Services. We incorporate fun, healing, and age-appropriate activities to help the entire family through the grieving process. Children and teens, ages 4 through 18, are divided into groups by age. While children and teens are meeting, support is offered simultaneously for their parent(s) and/or caregivers. The grief support group is free to join, but registration is required. Please see the attached flyer for more details. 

Spots Still Available for 5/6 GEMS & GISE After School!
Thursday, January 10, 2019 10:45 AM

We still have some spots available in our after school 5th and 6th grade GEMS & GISE! Please see the attached registration form for information about the class! Forms should be returned to Dawn Sjoquist.

Equity Forum
Equity Forum - Jan. 10, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, January 09, 2019 3:30 PM

Leadership Council in collaboration with Barton school and Community Education will be hosting an Equity forum Thursday, January 10, 2019 at 4:30-6:30PM.  This will be in replacement of Leadership Council regular meeting that will be rescheduled 1/31/19. This is an opportunity for us as a community to reflect on what equity looks like, share our experiences to help shape next steps in making Barton more equitable.  We hope you can join us.

Barton's Family Skating Night
Barton's Family Skating Fundraiser Night - Thursday, Jan. 17
Tuesday, January 08, 2019 7:50 AM

Barton's Family Skating Fundraiser Night ​is coming up on Thursday, January 17 from 5:30-8:00 p.m., at the Roller Garden in St. Louis Park! Cost is $6 per person. This includes the skate rental, if needed. Everyone will need an admission ticket. The Roller Garden accepts Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and cash only. The Barton Foundation receives a portion of the proceeds from the evening. We hope to see you there!

Transportation Assistance: we want all families to be able to join the fun! If you need transportation assistance, please contact Elizabeth Christensen ( We are arranging carpools for the evening.

Southwest Performing Arts for Neighborhood News
Monday, January 07, 2019 8:50 AM
MPD's Media Release - Dec. 11
MPD's Media Release on Dec. 11th Incident
Wednesday, December 19, 2018 2:20 PM

Please find MPD's Media Release regarding the Dec. 11th incident.

Barton's Dine & Give Nights
Barton's Dine & Give Nights!
Tuesday, December 18, 2018 11:15 AM

Mark your calendars for our upcoming Dine & Give Nights. These amazing, neighborhood restaurants will be donating proceeds from the evening to The Barton Fund. We hope you’ll be able to join us for one or all of the dates listed! Be sure to let family and friends know too.


Washburn Tour Dates
Washburn Tour Dates for Prospective Families
Monday, December 17, 2018 11:40 AM

Please see the attached flyer for Washburn Tour dates!

Safety Update
Safety Update
Thursday, December 13, 2018 2:20 PM

We want to continue to share that the safety of our students is our top priority here at Barton Open School.  We also know the importance of partnership and collaboration with our amazing community.  It is in this fashion that we wanted to take a moment to highlight the value of conversations with our children, especially around safety as we continue to educate the whole child.  We ask that you partner with us in highlighting and continuing the conversations at home of the importance of safety and safe practices.  We wanted to share some resources with you to support your conversations around safety.


Barton Community Ed & After School
Barton Community Education/After School Activities
Wednesday, December 12, 2018 1:00 PM

Fall Session: Please keep in mind that the fall session of after school Community Education classes wrapped up on December 13th


Winter Session Now Open
Registration for Community Ed Winter Session Open!
Tuesday, December 04, 2018 10:55 AM

Registration for our winter session is now open!  Notice that we have several new classes,  two new family nights and release day programming available this session.  Classes will begin on Monday, January 14th and our deadline to register is Wednesday, January 8th.  Please note that new after school transportation requests must be submitted by December 21st (before break) in order to ensure availability. 


Volunteer for Friday Popcorn
Volunteer for Friday Popcorn!
Monday, December 03, 2018 10:10 AM

Friday Popcorn is a LONG standing tradition that was implemented by beloved teacher, Felicity Miel-Crosby. Felicity passed away in the fall of 2015. Since then, 3/4 Teachers have worked tirelessly to keep this Barton tradition!  

Donate to Barton via AmazonSmile!
Tuesday, October 30, 2018 8:35 AM

Did you know you can give money to Barton by shopping on Amazon with AmazonSmile? Here’s more the information on how you can donate!  


State of Our School and Title I Presentation
State of Our School and Title I Presentation
Monday, October 15, 2018 1:20 PM

If you missed Barton's State of Our School and Title I Meeting last week, please find a copy of the presentation by Diane and Maria below!

State of Our Schools & Title I Meeting
State of Our Schools and Title I Meeting - Oct. 11 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, October 09, 2018 12:50 PM

Barton’s State of Our Schools and Title I Annual Meeting​ will be held on Thursday, Oct. 11, from 6:30-7:30 p.m., in the Media Center following October’s Leadership Council meeting. The purpose of the meeting is to:

  • Provide information about the current state of the school
  • Provide an update on the School Improvement Plan
  • Share priorities, goals, and strategies for improvement
  • Provide ways in which families can be engaged throughout the year
  • Clarify the purpose of Title I
  • Describe the communication parents/guardians can expect to receive regarding their child’s progress

Childcare will be provided. We hope to see you there!