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Supply List 2013-2014
Sunday, August 18, 2013 3:15 PM

If you're looking for supplies for Mary's class, you can just use this list from last year.

PIZZA Party and Portfolio sharing
Sunday, June 02, 2013 7:20 PM

Hi Families,

I will be at school by 7 a.m. if you would like to come that early for portfolio sharing. Your child will take you through a guided tour of their work. Almost everything can go home tomorrow, except for a booklet of their best work, which will go into their longitudinal portfolios. I will have a basket for those near the easel. The easel will have instructions. Each student chose three pieces of what they consider to be their best/favorites. Then they wrote an essay on each of the three pieces, describing the work and why it deserves the award the made for it.

Our elder buddies from Walker Senior Place collected money to give the students a pizza party. I had to leave early on Friday and in haste because I wasn't feeling so good. Hence, I forgot to remind the students about the pizza party, so tomorrow they don't need lunches. They can bring their own drinks.

I am in the process of writing end-of-the-year narratives on each student. I have finished the 6th graders, but still need time to complete the 5th graders. I will mail them out next week.

Thanks again for being wonderful families to work with. I really appreciate your generosity of spirit and donations to whatever we needed in class. You were all fabulous!

Have a great summer!

Mary

ValleyFair Friday Deadline and Bike Day Pix
Wednesday, May 29, 2013 7:00 PM

Kevin has posted Bike Day Photos on the Middles' Home page. Big thanks to all of our chaperones today: Kathleen (Molly), Lara (Emerson), Judy (Mara), Kevin (Dylan), Kathy (Ed), Amy (Waverly), and Rita (Shane).

Pizza on Monday and one of Fiona's cakes! Our Elderbuddies gave us a gift of $100. We'll spend some of it on a last pizza party of 2012-13.

Please hand in all ValleyFair perm slips if your child is going on June 4th. We need to order tickets. Becky picks them up before Tuesday to avoid a long wait at the gate. Deadline is Friday if your child is going.

Thanks for your cooperation,

Mary

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ElderWisdom and Children Song DVD
Thursday, May 23, 2013 9:35 AM

Are you interested in buying a DVD of the ElderWisdom/ChildSong performance in April? They would cost about $5.  Please let your teacher know ASAP if you would be interested in purchasing one. They would be available the morning of portfolio sharing June 3rd.

2013-2014 Planning
Monday, May 20, 2013 11:00 AM

It's time to start planning for the 2013-2014 school year! Last Friday, 6th graders met with Alison to learn more about the uppers' program/experience. Each student received a pink packet that asks students to select their 7th grade elective preferences for 2013-2014. Please return the forms by Thursday, May 23, 2013.

Valley Fair permission slips due May 31st and pass information
Monday, May 20, 2013 7:00 AM

To those families who have ValleyFair passes, students should bring the pass on the day we go. Please send $7 for the bus with the permission slip by May 31st. I'll just need to know who's using passes in order to put the right count in.

Thanks,

Mary

206 Update
Monday, May 20, 2013 6:55 AM

Hi Families,

We have a busy two weeks coming up: Our middles' play on bullying will be ready to perform for families in the commons this upcoming Friday, May 24th from 8 to 9 a.m. We hope that you can make it. We will also be performing it from 10 to 11 that same day. We welcome an audience. The students have been hard at work, working with artists-in-residences in dance, singing, set design and acting. We will have two dress rehearsals on Wednesday and Thursday of this week. It will be very interesting to see it all come together.

Our Middles' Bike trip is scheduled for Wednesday, May 29th. We will plan on leaving Barton in shifts beginning around 9:15. We could use more chaperones if possible. Is there also someone who would be willing to pick up a bicycle at a student's house and deliver it to Barton? This student has a bike, but no way of getting it to Barton. The bike could be brought to Barton on any day prior to our bike trip. Please contact me if that is something you could do for us.

Lake Day is May 31st.

Portfolio Sharing is Monday, June 3rd from 7 to 9:30 a.m. Let me know if that doesn't work for you. Afterschool time is also possible that day. Everything will go home on Monday. Yearbooks will also be distributed to those students who ordered one.

ValleyFair is Tuesday, June 4th. All work finished, library books returned and debts paid in order to go. I will let students know where they stand. Most students are in great shape. They have worked so hard this year. Their portfolios are a testament to that.

I will write an end-of-the-year narrative on each student that I will mail out in mid-June.

Thanks,

Mary

Middles Bike Day
Thursday, May 16, 2013 6:55 AM

Middles Bike Day, always dependent on good weather, is now scheduled for Wednesday, May 29. We really need parents who would be willing to bike to Lake Nokomis with small groups of maybe five to six kids. See the Information & Permission form for details.

Mississippi River Field Trip
Sunday, May 05, 2013 9:45 AM

Hi Families,

Monday is a release day, so no school for the students tomorrow. On Tuesday, we leave by 8:30 in the morning. Please complete field trip slips, ready to go on that morning. I am teaching from 7:55 until 8:25, so I won't have time to find places for the day for students who forget to bring the slips. Anyways, we want everyone to go! Field trip slips are available on the Barton website.

Student teacher MacKenzie Hill from Moorhead State University has spent the week with us. She has been a big help, jumping right in and interacting with students. She will join us full-time next fall.

Have a good Sunday,

Mary

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Leadership Team Applications for 2013-2014
Friday, May 03, 2013 10:15 AM

Applications for the new Student Leadership Team are due from 6th and 7th grade students by Wednesday, May 15, 2013.

Swimming
Monday, April 29, 2013 4:35 PM

Hi Families,

The next three days, 206 students have their last swimming. Students will also begin music as their specialist. In addition, we welcome MacKenzie Hill, a U of M student teacher, who will join us for the next seven days and then again for three months in the fall.

We, along with most of Barton, go to the Ordway this Friday to see an hour of Pilobilus, an amazing acrobatic troupe. I collected the permission slips last fall.

Mississippi River trip is next Tuesday, May 7th. Two parents have volunteered to help ( thank you Barb - Nathaniel and Kathy - Ed), but we could use more on the boat trip. If you're considering, please let me know. Thanks

Plant Sale pick-up is Friday, May 10th. 206 came out on top and earned a pizza party(waiting for a date). Thanks again!

Final performance of our play on bullying is on May 24th. One performance is from 8-9 for parents and then another for students from 10-11.

Bike Day, always dependent on good weather, is scheduled for Thursday, May 30. We really need parents who would be willing to bike to Lake Nokomis with small groups of maybe five to six kids.

Portfolio Sharing Day is Monday morning, June 3rd.

We keep the calendar on the website pretty up-to-date thanks to Kevin. Everything with the website is thanks to Kevin. I don't have time to maintain a website in addition to my teaching duties. If anyone would like to take it over, because Dylan is moving on to 7th grade, please let me know.

Enjoy the spring!

Mary

Friday and Upcoming News
Saturday, April 27, 2013 8:15 AM

Families,

We had a wonderful trip to the Horse Expo thanks to chaperones Jeanne(Lauren), Tim(Aidan), Kevin(Dylan), Rita(Shane), Amy(Waverly), Judy(Mara), Ann(Gillian), Alison(Peter) and David(Maggie) for taking small to relatively small groups around the fairgrounds. A very big thanks to these chaperones!!! The horse show Ma'Ceo was clearly the highlight for almost everyone. Kevin took several photos of that event, along with pix of his own group. He has posted them on the site below. Kevin's pix capture the amazing show we saw. Other highlights were a baby donkey, a baby mini-horse and seeing Felicity's horses who were in the Parade of Breeds. This trip opened up a whole other world. This is what we needed after two weeks of MCA tests. Our class is finished with all testing, (but not everyone else is).

We have swimming next T,W, and Th

Our next field trip is a boat trip down the Mississippi River on May 7th to learn about the science and history of the river. A full description/purpose is on the field trip slip which will be handed out to students on Monday. Kevin has also already posted it on line. We will also need many chaperones for this trip as well. If you haven't had the chance to do that this year, here is another opportunity! I am very appreciative of the commitment of 206 parents to help out.

We continue to work with a director, a dance instructor, a set designer(Victor Sanchez) and the music teacher(Lisa Roth) to put together a play on bullying. Our performance date is the morning of May 24th from 9-10. This performance is for parents! Every single student will have some role in the play, whether it be an actor, set crew, dancer or singer. The artists will work with their small theatre groups at various times throughout the upcoming weeks. At other times, when they are not working with their artist, students will work on small group projects in lit circles, social studies, science and Nat'l Geographic articles. There will be many times that our class will not be altogether over the next three weeks. I hope this makes for an exciting and engaging end of the year.

Portfolio sharing is Monday morning, June 3rd. All materials/work will go home that day.

Mary

Big River Journey
Thursday, April 25, 2013 5:35 PM

On Tuesday, May 7, rooms 106, 206 and 202 will make a journey down the Mississippi River on the Paddleford. We will depart Barton at 8:45 and return by the end of the school day. This all-day, integrated learning experience will provide students with hands-on science experiments that involve the water and its organisms. In addition, we will learn about the geological formation of the river itself and the history of the early peoples who first lived along its shore, such as the Dakota, Ojibwe and the first Europeans. This experience will bring to life our yearlong study of Minnesota history.

We will board the boat on Harriet Island and exit at Fort Snelling State Park. Students will need to bring a lunch and, of course, dress appropriately for the weather, as much of this will be outside! We know how unpredictable it has been!

Please return the Information and Permission form ASAP.

Horse Expo
Sunday, April 21, 2013 1:50 PM

The Older Primary and Middles teams will be making a trip to the Horse Expo on April 26.  We'll see a Cavalia-like horse and rider gymnastics show and many other shows and activities. We board buses at 8:15, depart at 8:30. We stay until 1:15 at the expo. 

Students should bring a lunch from home that they will carry in a backpack during the day. They will also be able to find typical concession-type foods as well. Please make sure that your student wears a good pair of shoes (horses can be messy) and is dressed for the weather. We will be walking outside at various times. Thanks to several 206 parents who are chaperoning, everyone will be in a small group, except during Ma'Ceo under the big top, when 3/4s and 5/6s will all be together for the show.

Please sign and return the Information & Permission and liability release forms.

Elders' Wisdom / Children's Song Event Photos
Friday, April 12, 2013 9:45 PM

The Elders' Wisdom / Children's Song event on April 11, 2013 was a great success. The performances by all the Middles students were terrific. See photos...

Thursday, April 11th Elder Wisdom
Tuesday, April 09, 2013 5:45 PM

Hi Families,

It looks like our class can arrive any time between 5:30 and 6:30. We'll be eating from 5:30 on, and at 6:45, the Middles' students will set up for the performance. We hope everyone can make it, but I know things come up. Our students will escort our elder Connie to the front of the commons and give her a rose. One student will read a narration of Connie's life and thank her for her participation. Then we will all sing our song.

Also, students began new lit circle groups today - so lots of excitement. Thanks again to everyone who donated books from the Wild Rumpus Book Fair, oh so long ago. Those new books infuse our program with a lot of positive energy about reading.

We're also working on a science and math engineering kit from the Science Museum. It will probably take two weeks to complete. At some point I may ask for parent help. There are eight simple machine stations to set up and facilitate!


Thanks,

Mary

ElderWisdom/ChildSong Evening Event
Monday, April 08, 2013 9:45 AM

Hi Families,

This is in regard to this Thursday, April 11th. Lisa, the music teacher, has requested that middles' students arrive by 5 o'clock for a last minute preparation. Hopefully, that is possible for your family. If not, do what you can.

Elderbuddies Last Get-Together is Monday, April 22nd. Our class will leave Barton around ten, meet with our elderbuddies one last time, and then be back at school for lunch. We have had a very positive response from many of the elders. They loved spending time with our students and doing the different activities throughout the year. Many have written letters expressing their happiness. Very Nice! It says a lot about our students.

Mary

206 Update
Monday, April 08, 2013 8:40 AM

Hi 206 Families,

I hope you and your children had a restful and fun spring break. A few weeks ago, Barton parents sent out a flyer about the upcoming April 11th ElderWisdom/ChildrenSong celebration. This week the middles' classes will be rehearsing our class songs for our respective elders. Our elder's name is Connie Edberg. She was a Minneapolis media specialist and is also the grandmother of two Barton students. Our class interviewed Connie back in January, and under the guidance of musician Anthony Galloway, our class wrote a song about her life. Anthony created the music to go with our lyrics. Anthony on guitar, Dylan on cello, Kieran on electric guitar and Molly on drums will be a part of the ensemble backing our song. The April 11th celebration begins at 5:30 with food brought from families of middles' students to share with everyone else. If you can bring a dish, that would be great. The musical part of the evening will follow and take about an hour. Hope to see all students and family members.

We finished the novel Three Cups of Tea awhile ago and have been working on finishing an essay, answering the question of whether each student considers author Greg Mortenson a hero or not. We watched the 60 Minutes Expose on the Mortenson scandal, and the students did additional research on him. The class is actually split; about fifty percent do not consider him a hero, while the other fifty does. Each student had to state his or her opinion and then support it with reasons and evidence. Students took their final drafts and turned them into Word newsletter documents, that included images. Many are on display in the hallway. Maybe you can catch sight of them on April 11th. This Monday morning brings new book choices for literature circle groups, which will go for the next three weeks or so.

Ten-hour projects were quite amazing - everything from astronomy to cake decorating - quite a variety. Students did some amazing things. It had a renaissance feel to it.

***MCA Testing is coming up:

  • Science test for 5th graders only on April 9th
  • Reading paper/pencil tests is on April 16th and 17th
  • Math in computer lab is April 24th and 25th

Please make notes of these dates; kids need good night sleep and breakfast. Water bottles are good to have that day.

***Horse Expo trip on Friday, April 26th. Field trip slip will come home shortly. The highlight is the Ma'Ceo horse and rider gymnastics show. Our admission is free. We'll only pay for the bus ride over, $3-4.

Youth Performance Co. is beginning their artist-n-residency with the Middles. Our focus will be on bullying. We will write a play, which will include actors, singers, dancers and scenery production. We are planning an end-of-May performance on the 30th - two performances: 9 - 10 and 1 - 1:45. The early morning will also include our end-of-the-year portfolio sharing. If you have time, you might want to come early to share your child's portfolio and see our performance at 9.

Social Studies will continue in and around testing schedule, along with National Geographic magazine reading and learning activities.

Students are in science specialist now.

Other events to make note of:

  • Last Swimming: April 30, May 1 and 2
  • Barton goes to an Ordway Performance on May 3rd
  • Room 206 goes down the Mississippi River from Harriet Island to Fort Snelling: science and history of the river learning experience on May 7th
  • Uppers' MacBeth Performance May 23rd At Scottish Rite Temple
  • Proposed Middles' bike day to Lake Nokomis on May 24th
  • Lake Day May 31st
  • Valleyfair on June 4th last day of school

Thanks,

Mary

Volunteers Needed for Barton Ethnic Festival
Thursday, March 14, 2013 8:25 AM

Please consider helping out...

Crepes
Wednesday, March 13, 2013 7:35 AM

I am reading the book titled The Crepe-Makers Bond, a book about friendship among three girls, by author Julie Crabtree. Uli, a nutritionist/teacher from the Wedge Co-op, made food from a few of the recipes from the book. Students read the recipes, cut and chopped fruits and made crepes with strawberries and mango. We also made the tortilla appetizers and cool cucumbers. The recipes are an integral part of the novel. Students were involved in all aspects of preparation and of course, eating. A book discussion was a part of each cooking experience with Uli. Here are a few sample recipes:

Minnesota Zoo Field Trip
Wednesday, March 13, 2013 7:35 AM

The Uppers team will be making a trip to the Minnesota Zoo on Monday, March 18, 2013.  See the Information and Permission form for details.

March 5 Conferences Rescheduled
Tuesday, March 05, 2013 11:50 AM

The district canceled all afterschool activities in Minneapolis Public Schools. Patrick says this includes conferences for this afternoon, so Klara, Lilli, Ted, Dylan, Ella and Emerson will not come to conferences today. We'll reschedule for Tuesday, March 12th at the exact same time as you would have had today. Any questions? Please feel free to email me. Otherwise, see you next Tuesday.

Enjoy the snow!!!

Mary

Thursday, March 7th conferences will go on as scheduled: Owen, Nathaniel, Ed, Maggie, Mara, Audrey, Sam and Karl

Conferences and Ski Trip
Thursday, February 28, 2013 5:20 PM

Hi Families,

We're back from skiing. It was a good day. If you were one of the chaperones, please send $11 for your ski pass on Monday, unless you already paid either Carrie, Becky or Katrina. Thanks again for coming and helping. Hope you had a good day. See photos...

Conferences on Friday, March 1st: Emma, Peter, Evan, Alex, Emily, Molly, Lauren, Ayan, Moufidat, Fiona, Aidan, Tess, Waverly, Kieran and Shane.

Student gargoyles are available for pick-up tomorrow, too.

February book reports due next week from March 4th to the 8th. Everyone has his or her date to present the puppet report. This is about reading, taking notes about the subject, and practicing to present to an audience. No one will be reading a paper to the class. Each student will tell about his or her subject, using notecards. The idea is to have eye contact and really know the subject.

Ten hour project rough drafts are also due next week. They do not have to be completely written, but they should have the introduction, at least part of the body of the essay and some of the conclusion. I realize that some students are still working on their ten-hour projects, so it might be hard to be done with the paper.

Thanks,
Mary

Ski trip Permission Slips Due
Monday, February 25, 2013 2:55 PM

Hi Families,

I have a big request. If you haven't already, would you please send your child's skiing permission slip by Wednesday, February 27 at the absolute latest. I teach media until 8:30, and that is when we're leaving. Unfortunately, I have no time to check in permission slips or handle money that morning and also get everyone ready and on the bus.

If your child is not going, would you please let me know by tomorrow.

WOW! Thanks to all of the parents who have volunteered to come: Tim (Aidan), Mark (Ted), Marie (Klara), Kevin (Dylan), Kathy (Ed), Beth (Lilli), Lara (Emerson), Mark (Mara), Allison/Richard (Peter). 206 parents will be very well represented. Thanks for your support.

Be sure and let me know by Wednesday at the latest, if a student is staying later with a parent.

NOTE: Afton Alps offers very good lessons to students in small groups. They also teach individually. I have found the instructors to be very kind and helpful with students who don't pick it up right away, sometimes teaching them the entire morning to help them get the hang of it. Many of the instructors are retired men and women and seem to really care about the kids. Helmets are free of charge. Kids can also choose snowboarding lessons.

Much appreciated,

Mary 

February 21st Debate and Math Masters
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 4:55 PM

Hi Families,

For those families who have students coming to Math Masters: Katrina will still hold the Math Masters class this Thursday the 21st from 2:00 to 2:50, ending slightly earlier than she will on the other days, due to the debate tournament being held at Barton on the 21st as well. We encourage all students to join Math masters. Everyone can benefit from the excitement and challenge. We are trying to break the thinking that you have to be "good" in math to be a part of the Math Masters. Students just need a desire for challenge and wanting to learn.

SKIING on February 28th - We've got several parents who can chaperone and are willing to ski or help students in other ways: Tim (Aidan), Mark (Ted), Marie (Klara), Kevin (Dylan), Kathy (Ed), Beth (Lillian). Today, students mentioned that there were other moms and dads who could possibly come. We really need adult supervision on the slopes, so if possible please join us. We usually get a few free chaperone passes. What we've done in the past is have the parents split the chaperone passes, thereby reducing everyone's cost. The teachers have always let the parents figure that out, and it has worked well. I know Marie is driving. I would recommend carpooling if possible. I also know that some students and parents stay later, not returning with the school. I'll just need to know that, so I don't get worried about someone missing. We are going to Afton Alps.

Thanks,

Mary

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