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From the Principal
Wednesday, April 09, 2014 11:00 AM

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Dear families,

Mark your calendars for this Thursday, April 10th - it is the second annual Barton Ethnic Festival and Elder's Celebration from 5:30 - 8:00 PM in the Barton Gym and DeLapp Commons.  This celebration will have two main components.  One of the main events will be the culminating community celebration for the Elder's Wisdom, Children's Song program that all Middles students have been doing since December. 

Five elders, representing the diversity of our community, will be honored through presentations of art and song in the Commons from 7:00 - 8:00 pm.  Middles students and teachers have been working in Meri's art class and Lisa's music class incollaboration with artists and community activists Larry Long and Anthony Galloway to identify elders, interview them, and write songs about the wisdom they have learned.

Prior to the program, we will be hosting an ethnic food celebration in the gym that will include food from as many of the cultures represented in our Barton community, as possible.  Over the next three weeks, we will be rolling out more and more details to families and students to have a rich cultural experience. 

We hope to have many "tastes" of food that evening from various cultures in our community.  This is not a potluck, but rather, an opportunity for your family to share and serve a food that represents your ethnicity and tell others in the community some of the personal stories behind it.  We will be asking for volunteers to tell us in advance if they will be able to bring food that night. 

The opportunity to honor elders and share food that has meaning to us can be a truly authentic form of community building and integration across the various groups in our school.  Coupled with student, parent, and staff participation and musical performance - this night should also be a fun manifestation of our open school values!

Karla Hill-Donisch and Nasra Hassan are working to coordinate this event.  If you are interested in helping or if you are willing to bring food, please contact them by Thursday morning at:

Nasra:  668-3580 or nasra.hassan@mpls.k12.mn.us

Karla: 462-0907 or hillco@natn.net

Save the date for this amazing opportunity to share food, honor our elders, and celebrate diversity at Barton!

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