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From the Principal:

Hello Everyone!

This is Jonas Beugen with your weekly Bugle update.


  • Join Barton's Leadership Council - submissions are due by Thursday, May 5 by 3:00 p.m. to the school office, or email them by 5:00 p.m. to Julia Mullin at Please visit for additional information on who we are seeking, what's involved with volunteering, the process for selecting members, and frequently asked questions.
  • Plant Sale numbers are in and we are at $75,100! We've done a great job so far. If you remember, our original goal was $80,000 in order for Jonas to shave his head. We're hoping to make a last push to reach that at plant sale pick-up when some people buy extras and through donations. Please encourage family, friends, and the community to donate on behalf of the sale. Donations can be made online at, or by check or cash to the main office. 
  • Remember Plant Sale Pick-Up Days are coming up next Friday, May 6, 2:30-7:00 p.m. and Saturday, May 7, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Plants that are not picked up by 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 7th will be donated to Barton. There will be no Sunday or Monday pick up. 
  • Kindergarten registration starts next week on Monday, May 2 and runs until Thursday, May 12. Parents can stop in anytime between 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., Monday-Friday in the main office. 
  • Lastly, congratulations to our students involved in the Spanish Model UN conference! The students did a great job and we had a couple of award winners after the event concluded. Way to represent Barton everyone! 

Thank you,



6th Grade Parents - Health
From the Health Office - Parents of 6th Graders
Friday, April 29, 2016 10:40 AM


You will soon be receiving letters through the US mail that specify which immunizations, if any, your child will need in order to start school next fall.  Look at what shots are needed and, if possible, make an appointment to get them now.  Make sure you forward a copy of the document from the clinic to the school.  If you wish to conscientiously object to any immunization, that form can be found on the Health Services website under Departments on the main district webpage.   The conscientious objection form needs to be notarized by a notary public and returned to school.  If inadequate insurance is a problem for you, contact Karen Ward, the school nurse, at 612-668-3650 or for information on where to get low cost immunizations.


Due to the weather, the Softball game and practice is CANCELLED for today!
Thursday, April 28, 2016 12:40 PM

Due to the weather, the Softball game and practice is CANCELLED for today!

Barton Plant Sale
Barton's Plant Sale Pick-up Dates
Thursday, April 28, 2016 10:10 AM

Plant Sale Pick-Up Days are coming up next Friday, May 6, 2:30-7:00 p.m. and Saturday, May 7, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Plants that are not picked up by 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 7th will be donated to Barton. There will be no Sunday or Monday pick up. 

Leadership Council
Invitation To Participate on Barton's Leadership Council
Tuesday, April 26, 2016 2:25 PM

Parents! We invite you to consider serving on Barton’s Leadership Council next year, or to consider encouraging someone you know to serve. The Council is made up of staff, parents and students who work together to support Barton’s mission as an open magnet school. Serving on the Council gives parents the opportunity to learn more about open and progressive education, understand challenges Barton faces, and advocate for our students.

We especially seek parents who reflect the racial and cultural diversity of our school’s community. As Barton’s student body becomes increasingly more diverse, our Leadership Council needs to reflect the student body. Last fall, we added a second round of Council applications to increase racial and cultural diversity. Diversity comes in all kinds of shapes and sizes. We encourage you to reflect on what you could bring the Council.


Superintendent Selection
Minneapolis: Your Voice Matters
Tuesday, April 26, 2016 8:10 AM

Selecting a New Superintendent:

To keep families and community members informed about the Superintendent Search, we are encouraging people to go to one of the upcoming listening sessions. The following link provides times and locations of each listening session, as well as a registration link for people to sign up to participate:

Thank you for your help throughout the search process!

Baseball/Softball Game CANCELLED due to weather!
Monday, April 25, 2016 12:25 PM

Hi Families! Due to the weather and unplayable fields, both games have been cancelled. However, the BASEBALL team will still conduct practice in the Barton gym directly after school. As we understand the frustration with the season and cancellations, we are working hard to get our cancelled games rescheduled. Please stay tuned for details.


Plant Sale
Volunteers Needed for Plant Sale Distribution
Friday, April 22, 2016 9:30 AM

Volunteer positions for the Plant Sale distribution are still open for May 6 and 7! Thanks to all of you who have already signed up to volunteer at the Barton plant sale!  For those of you who haven't had a chance to sign up, fear not. There is still room for you!  We'd love to have you join us!

Please visit and then click again on the bright green "Volunteer here" link.  It will take you right to a chart where you can easily see the various shifts and choose the one that will work best for you: Fri. May 6: 2-4:30pm, 4:30-7pm Sat. May 7: 8:30-11am, 11am-1pm, 1-3pm. Our biggest need at this point is for more volunteers on Sat., May 7.


Kindergarten Time!
It's Kindergarten Time!
Friday, April 22, 2016 9:25 AM

Barton’s annual Kindergarten Round-Up is fast approaching and we’re in need of 4 volunteers. If you can spare an hour of your time to help greet these sweet kids and their families please consider volunteering!


When: Thursday May12th - 8:45a.m.-9:45a.m.


Please contact coordinator Carolyn Ramberg at, if interested. Thanks!


Leadership Council Meeting Notes ~ 4/21/16
Tuesday, April 26, 2016 9:15 PM

Click here to read the notes from the latest Council meeting...All parents are welcome to attend the next Council meeting on Thursday, May 19 from 4:30-6:30pm in the Barton Media Center.  

Council Meeting Agenda ~ 4/21/16
Wednesday, April 20, 2016 9:40 PM

The next Leadership Council meeting will be on Thursday, April 21, 2016 from 4:30-6:30pm in the Barton Media Center.  All parents are welcom and encouraged to attend.  Click here to read the agenda...