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Room 209 Announcements
Please attend the debut of the Barton Literary Society Tuesday, June 1, 7:30am - 8:30am

An opportunity to sit with your favorite writer and and enjoy a personal reading of his/her most recent work.  Flyer here.

Camp Pepin cabin camping - June 2-3

Camp Pepin is nestled in the wooded bluffs of the Mississippi River on the 28 mile-long Lake Pepin (a widening in the Mississippi River). It is located between Stockholm and Pepin, WI -- the birthplace of Laura Ingalls Wilder. This camp is part of the Red Wing Family YMCA of Minnesota, and has been in operation since 1935. 

We will be leaving Barton on Wednesday, June 2nd at 7:45am and returning the next afternoon, Thursday, June 3rd, in time to catch the bus home. YMCA camp leaders will be organizing and running a number of classes, including archery, orienteering, survival skills and others.  Details and permission form.  IF YOU ARE A CHAPERONE this info was sent to you but is here for good measure.

Gibbs Farm field trip - May 17

The Gibbs Museum of Pioneer and Dakotah Life will be the culmination of our Minnesota history study.  There's an interesting story behind this one, so if you're not familiar with it ask your student and check out the website.  Sunscreen would be good!  Permission slip here.  Please send a BAG lunch - all disposable items.  (Thanks!)

Homework comes home Wednesdays

We're back on track with homework now that the human body projects are done.  Homework comes home on Wednesday and is due the following Wednesday.  

Historic Fort Snelling Field trip

Tuesday, May 4, 8:45 am.  Permission slip here.

Rollerskating - Friday, April 23

Roller Gardens, 8:00am - 10:15am. Permission slip.  Wear comfortable clothes!

Macbeth - Barton Uppers at Scottish Rite
On May 12 we will attend the Uppers' presentation of Macbeth at the Scottish Rite.  In preparation we will be reading a biography about William Shakespeare's life, and a version of the story written for children.  I have ordered class sets of three titles and want to say thank you to each family that contributed to this project.  If you still want to send a couple of dollars for the book fund that would be greatly appreciated.  -Penny
Earth Day, April 22, Disneynature's OCEANS at Southdale Theaters

From the Disneynature website:
Nearly three-quarters of the Earth's surface is covered by water and OCEANS boldly chronicles the mysteries that lie beneath.  Directors Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud dive deep into the very waters that sustain all of mankind - exploring the harsh reality and the amazing creatures that live within.  Narrated by Pierce Brosnan and featuring spectacular never-before-seen imagery captured with the latest underwater technologies, OCEANS offers an unprecedented look beneath the sea in a powerful motion picture that unfolds on April 22, 2010.      Permission slip.

Iditarod winner pulls into Nome, Alaska

Lance Mackey won the 1,770-kilometre Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Tuesday to become the first musher in the event's 38-year history to win four consecutive races.  Read the details in the Winnipeg Free Press.

Stepping into Art

From the December 2, 2009 Barton Bugle:

Stepping Inside Van Gogh’s Starry Night
Students in Room 209 used their powers of observation and imagination to describe the experience of stepping inside a piece of artwork, Vincent Van Gogh’s Starry Night. Here are three examples of stepping inside:

Stamp Club kickoff

Stamp Club met for the first time last Thursday. New members were introduced to this weekly event with a skit created by 4th graders. Following the presentation and a question and answer session, the stamp buckets were brought out and the search was on.

Art + Biography = Artist Study Expert Projects

The Room 209 Gallery will be open on Thursday, December 17 from 7:30 - 8:30 am.  Join us and appreciate our art and learning.  Stay for 15 minutes on your way to work, or stay the entire hour.  See you there!  Details.

The Bad Boys of Dance - student poems

This Ordway field trip was something to see.  Read some student impressions.

Magic Treehouse Research Presentations

Please join us November 17 from 6:00 - 7:00 pm.  Invitations were sent home Wednesday, October 28.  Read project summary.

Gallery 209 - Artist Study Expert Projects

Gallery 209 is the place to be Thursday, December 17, 7:30 - 8:30 am!  Spend 15 minutes on your way to work, or stay for the hour to learn what makes a Monet a Monet and how to spot a Cassatt.  

Each student selected an artist and worked independently to learn about the artist’s life and art. This project includes a short biography and an analysis of the artist’s style.  Bonus: Each child has created a work of art in the style of their artist!