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Web Site Volunteers for 2012-2013
Wednesday, May 30, 2012 3:35 PM

This year isn't over yet, but it's time to start planning ahead for next year! Parent volunteers are needed to work with teachers and staff to expand and enrich the Barton web site. All you need is access to the Internet and a desire to contribute to your child's classroom. NO EXPERIENCE is NECESSARY. If you're interested in joining our team -- or just learning more about it -- contact Kevin Kinneavy at kevin@kinneavy.com.

MN Renaissance Festival
Wednesday, May 30, 2012 9:55 AM

Join us for a day of fun Barton fundraising at King of the Log from mid August to the first weekend in October. Volunteer half the day and enjoy the fest half the day. To sign-up contact Char Thomasson, charbt@juno.com or call 612-825-8070. Get ready to rumble! Check out www.kingofthelog.com.

Web Site Feedback
Wednesday, May 16, 2012 10:40 AM

Please let us know what we could do to make the Barton web site more useful for you. Just send an email with your thoughts to barton@mpls.k12.mn.us.

Lake Day Volunteers
Tuesday, May 15, 2012 10:20 AM

Get ready for the one, the only, Barton Lake Day!!! Yes, that’s right, it’s time for our great community event and we need your help. Lake Day will be on Friday, June 1st, 2012. We need adult volunteers to help with transporting lunches, set-up, clean-up, and activities at the Lake Harriet band shell. The activities will include things like beanbag toss, obstacle course, face painting, chess, kickball, relay races, jump ropes, and sidewalk chalk. The activities are easy and everything that is needed will be provided. You just have to jump in and play with kids! For more information or to volunteer, please call or email Sue B. (612-327-3547 or susan.buettgen@mpls.k12.mn.us), stop in Room 12 and let her know, or leave a note in her box in the Barton office. Teachers will need some extra adults to walk with classes to the park, so please check with them individually to see if they need your help, too. Lake Day is always a wonderful, safe day because we have lots of great volunteers willing to help make it fabulous! Join in the fun this year!

Barton Picnic Feedback
Friday, May 11, 2012 3:20 PM

There were mixed reviews regarding the format of last year’s back-to-school picnic. Previous years were a potluck. While last year, every family brought dinner for themselves and a dessert to share. The change last year was in the hopes of cutting down on the amount of time people stood in line. However, there were many who felt it was not as community oriented as the potluck.

As I plan this summer’s back-to-school picnic, I would appreciate some feedback on the format. Please respond to this ONE QUESTION SURVEY with your favorite of the following two options:

  • Potluck Style Picnic in which families bring dessert, salad or side dish, or main course according to their children’s last name.
    OR
  • Family Style Picnic in which each family is responsible for their own picnic meal, as well as a small dessert to share.


FYI, The picnic this year will be held at Beard’s Plaisance—if construction is complete. As always, volunteers are needed and welcome! Please contact Andie Thomas andrienthomas@gmail.com to volunteer. Look for more news about the picnic date and time in the Barton Bugle. 

Volunteer for the Plant Pick-Up Days
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 9:50 AM

 

Even though the deadline for selling plants is past, the deadline to volunteer for the Pick-Up Days is still ahead.
Sign up to help customers find their order form or plants, restock and water plants or review customer‟s orders at the check-out gate.

Shifts are available on Friday, May 10, after school and in the evening. On Saturday, May 11, there are morning and afternoon shifts. To sign-up call Julie Glass-Yares at (612) 790-8166 or email JulieGY@tche.biz.

If you really want to look supportive, consider purchasing an apron, T-shirt or cap with the Barton Plant Sale‟s new logo from Cafepress (www.cafepress.com/bartonopenschool). 

Parents Night Out Feedback
Tuesday, April 17, 2012 10:15 AM

Parents Night Out 2012 was a great success. We raised $18,000 for Barton! The planning committee has already started thinking about next year’s PNO. Do you have feedback for us? What did you like? How can we get more Barton parents to attend? What could we do better? We’d love to hear any info from you to make next year’s event even more successful and fun! Please submit your comments to this email address: PNOFeedback@gmail.com. Thank you!

Recruiting for Minnesota Math and Minnesota Reading Corps
Thursday, March 22, 2012 11:25 AM

Become a member of Minnesota Math Corps or Minnesota Reading Corps at Barton Open School! We are now recruiting members for the 2012-2013 school year.

  • Serve as a full time literacy tutor as a Minnesota Reading Corps member working with students in grades K-3.
  • Serve as a full time math enrichment tutor as a Minnesota Math Corp members working with students in grades 4-8.
  • Make a difference for Barton students by helping them become proficient readers and proficient mathematicians.

Minnesota Reading and Math Corps members receive a living allowance of about $500 biweekly, an education award of up to $5,550, and may be eligible to receive health insurance. All necessary training is provided and no licensure is necessary.

Please pass the word to a friend or family member. You may learn more and apply at www.MinnesotaReadingCorps.org or www.MinnesotaMathCorps.org. Send questions to recruitment@mnedc.org.

You are invited to talk with this year’s Reading Corps members, Kris Potter and Sari Rosenfield. Kris will be continuing as a literacy tutor next year and Sari will be going back to school, to become a teacher! Kris can be reached at krisandmikepotter@msn.com or 612-790-0823, and Sari can be reached at Sari.Rosenfield@gmail.com or 612-578-2865. You are also welcome to contact Carrie Proetz, Internal Coach for Minnesota Reading Corps at Carrie.Proetz@mpls.k12.mn.us or Steven DeLapp, Barton Principal, at steven.delapp@mpls.k12.mn.us.

Volunteer for the Plant Sale Pick-Up Days!
Wednesday, March 21, 2012 6:10 PM

Are you interested in a volunteer project that involves being outside in our lovely spring weather working with colorful flowers? Consider helping with the Plant Sale Pick-Up Days! To sign up, call Julie Glass-Yares at (612) 790-8166 or e-mail julieGY@tche.biz. Include the names of the volunteers and desired shift time. Shifts are:

  • Thursday, May 10, 2:00- 3:00 PM to help set up tables and signs
  • Friday, May 11, 2:00-4:00 and 4:30-7:00 PM
  • Saturday, May 12, 8:30-11:00 AM, 11:00-1:00 PM, 1:00-3:00 PM and 2:30-3:30 PM to take down tables and signs.

Tasks are:

  1. PICK-UP FORMS - greet customers as they arrive and pull each customer’s plant order form from the file boxes.
  2. RESTOCK - keep tables filled and looking neat, water plants and help customers find their plants or a wagon.
  3. CHECK-OUT GATE – review customer’s order as they leave to make sure they have all the right plants.
Seeking Volunteer Coordinator for Kindergarten Round-Up
Monday, March 19, 2012 8:20 PM

Remember that exciting morning when you brought your child to Barton for Kindergarten Round-up? You were all excited to become a part of the school community and you had trouble separating from your child who attended a mini class with kindergarten teachers. Well now you are a seasoned Barton parent and are interested in a volunteer position at school. Here is your chance to become the Kindergarten Round-up Coordinator. I would love to help you learn the ropes and pass this fun event on to you. Giddy-up, Yeehaw.
Please contact Karla Hill-Donsich, 612-823-7841 or hillco@natn.net.

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