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Barton News 2008-2009
All School Family Potluck Picnic
Wednesday, July 8, 2009 8:35 PM
Our all school Family Potluck is scheduled for Thursday, August 27 at Beard's Plaisance, from 5-7:30 PM following the Meet Your Teacher session from 3-4 PM held at school. 

The picnic event is an opportunity for parents to connect with other families that will be in the same classrooms, and for your kids to renew their friendships before school begins.

Keep Smiling, Keep Shining!
Tuesday, June 9, 2009 10:25 AM

The annual Lake Day Awards program and all-school picnic enjoyed perfect weather and was lots of fun for kids and families.  Here, the 8th grade class celebrates together on stage.  See the June 8 Special Edition Barton Bugle for more about the Lake Day Awards. 
ELL Chicks Hatch
Tuesday, June 9, 2009 9:05 AM
Karen Karis presided over the hatching of baby chicks with her students. 
The Wizard of Oz
Tuesday, June 2, 2009 3:30 PM
Dreams really did come true during last month's performances of the Uppers' musical, The Wizard of Oz.
Lake Day Permission
Saturday, May 30, 2009 9:10 AM
Be sure to sign and return the Lake Day permission form by Thursday, June 4 for all students in grades 1-8.  Lake Day will be held at Lake Harriet bandshell, awards program starting at 10:00.
Tent Camping
Saturday, May 23, 2009 7:35 AM
Five classes of Barton students experienced nature up close and personal on their class camping trips recently.  Kristin, Dawn, and Rebekah's (K-1-2) classes spent a night at Baker Park Reserve while Mark and Felicity's (3-4) classes spent two nights at Wild River State Park.
Council Endorsement Ballots
Friday, May 22, 2009 1:10 PM
Please return completed endorsement ballots by May 28 to support next year’s slate of parent council representatives. Extra copies of the endorsement ballot and candidate statements are available in the office or online if you did not receive one. 
Bulldog Playoff Baseball & Softball
Sunday, May 17, 2009 11:05 AM
The boys' baseball team finished a very successful regular season (6-1), and ended their season Friday in a loss to Seward.  The girls' softball team had a great season as well (5-2).  Their season ended on Friday in a playoff loss to Seward.  More photos are available by clicking the title.
Joint Lyndale-Ramsey-Barton Proposal for Change
Tuesday, May 12, 2009 10:45 PM
The Barton, Lyndale and Ramsey school communities, including parents, teachers and administration, have come together to develop a joint proposal to address the needs of our schools, the community in which we are located and the school district as a whole.  It was presented to the School Board on May 12th.  The leadership from these three schools are communicating with the District regarding this proposal. 
There's No Place Like Home . . .
Tuesday, May 12, 2009 9:30 PM
This year's Uppers' spring musical is The Wizard of Oz, directed by Grant Richey, Tinia Moulder, and Dawn Allan.  Performances are:
Wednesday, May 20th 2:00 AM matinee
Wednesday, May 20th 7:00 PM
     Thursday, May 21st 7:00 PM
Healthy Pasta Making with Mike Phillips
Friday, May 8, 2009 10:10 AM
Barton parent, Mike Phillips, shared his expertise and homemade pasta recipe with the third and fourth grade students.
Minneapolis Public Schools postpones Changing School Options timeline
Wednesday, May 6, 2009 6:45 PM
Please link to Minneapolis Public Schools News for a statement about alterations to the Changing Schools Options timeline, and to the Parent Info section for Barton considerations on the plans.  The May 14th Area C & MPS Town Hall meeting has been postponed.   
Congratulations Amber, Minnesota Teacher of the Year!
Tuesday, May 5, 2009 8:20 AM
Amber Damm, our 7th & 8th grade Language Arts and Social Studies teacher was chosen Minnesota Teacher of the Year by Education Minnesota.  See more from the Star Tribune and Education Minnesota, and Minnesota Public Radio.  She was also interviewed on MPR's Midday program.
May Day Morning Meeting
Saturday, May 2, 2009 2:50 PM
There were some great performances at the all school morning meeting on May 1, 2009.


In case you missed it, you can see some videos here...
Swine Influenza
Friday, May 1, 2009 10:40 AM
Please review the important information published by the Minneapolis School District on how to avoid contracting the swine influenza.
Be Well - Do Good - Go Green!
Wednesday, April 29, 2009 4:20 PM
Barton's fourth and FINAL Bike/Walk-to-School Day is THIS FRIDAY, May 1st.   Students who walk or bike to school will be met by greeters handing out cool tokens and a round of applause.  Look for Walk Leaders wearing a bright yellow sash and a blinking light - and join in!  See the attached flyer for the route maps, leader names, and route start times. 
Plant Sale
Monday, April 20, 2009 2:00 PM
Remember to pick up your plants:

Friday May 8th:  2 to 7 PM
Saturday May 9th: 9 AM to 3 PM

Also please note there will a limited number of beautiful hanging baskets, herbs, and native plants available for purchase on the plant pick-up days (just in time for Mother's Day).

Website Volunteers Needed
Sunday, April 19, 2009 2:35 PM
The Barton School website team is looking for parent volunteers.  We are wanting to expand and enrich our classroom and specialist pages and school-wide content, as well as needing help with administration and creative content.  NO EXPERIENCE is NECESSARY.  .  . 
Area C Parent Advisory Council Meeting
Tuesday, April 14, 2009 4:20 PM
Dpac_logo_2Please plan to attend the next Area C Parent Advisory Council Meeting on Thursday, April 23rd from 6:30 - 8:30 at Washburn High School.  The agenda includes a presentation by MPS administration about "Changing School Options" with emphasis on the decision making process and the guiding principles of MPS in making these changes.  No specific program or building information will be available for discussion at this time.   For more information on this meeting, click here

The link to Barton's Parent Info Page with more information about the "Changing School Options" process and time line is here

Children in Change Group Offered
Monday, April 13, 2009 7:55 AM
Barton will be offering a Children In Change group for six weeks this spring. The program is an educational and support group designed to help young people better understand their feelings surrounding recent, significant changes in their lives. Barton’s group will be for 2nd - 4th graders and will focus on children experiencing the divorce/separation of their parents.  .  .
Plant Sale Kicks Off
Tuesday, March 31, 2009 6:15 PM
Our 27th Annual Plant Sale is underway! For more information about the sale, please follow this link.
From the Leadership Council . . .
Tuesday, March 31, 2009 2:15 PM
Minneapolis Public Schools administration has presented their Changing School Options recommendations for school changes in 2010.  As part of this plan, it is recommended that attendance boundaries may change, but Barton will retain its Open magnet program. There will be town hall meetings during May and comments are being accepted online until May 22.  A School Board vote on the plan is scheduled for May 26.  Please go to the Changing School Options page on the Minneapolis Public Schools site for all the details.  An Editorial opinion from Superintendent Green about Changing School Options, race and diversity at the Minneapolis Public Schools is also available on the MPS web site.

Parent members of the Leadership Council will continue to be available for informal conversation among Barton parents regarding the Changing School Options plans.  Please join us between 7:30 and 8:30 AM on Wednesday mornings at Java Jack's (818 W. 46th Street) if you are wanting more information or would like to connect with other concerned parents. 
Blue Zones
Thursday, March 26, 2009 12:25 PM
Third and fourth grade Media students are learning to live long, happy and healthy lives through a interactive learning exhibition called Blue Zones.  Link to a Southwest Journal  article that includes our own students' writing to learn more about this exhibition.
A little book of HOPE . . ,
Tuesday, March 24, 2009 10:05 PM
HOPE is a new book written and illustrated by Cindy Smedberg, director of Barton's Community Education program.  Written in a coffee shop, Cindy was inspired as she watched people around her share a smile, hold open a door for someone, wave to a child or ride their bike.  HOPE reminds us to wallow in the old fashioned ways people have survived hard times, by reaching out and sharing love and joy in community . . .
Viva City on Cable
Tuesday, March 24, 2009 9:10 PM
Barton was represented by nine current strings students and several Barton graduates in Minneapolis Public Schools' Viva City Performing Arts Concert on March 9 at Orchestra Hall.  Viva City was initiated fifteen years ago to showcase the high-quality arts education of Minneapolis Public Schools.  .  .
Spring Options Harmony in Nature
Tuesday, March 24, 2009 11:35 AM
This is an open invitation to all Barton families to participate in this year’s Spring Options program. 
Changing School Options Update
Sunday, March 22, 2009 6:20 PM
Please look for the flyer coming home with your child on Monday March 23.  Here's more information about the process, the timing, and action you can take.
Help Explain the Value of Open Education
Sunday, March 22, 2009 12:10 PM
At various meetings regarding the upcoming changes to school choice, district employees have questioned whether parents are choosing Barton specifically because of its open education mission.   We have done our  best to explain our decisions, but we would like your help.  read on

Middles Wolf Ridge Bus will return between 4:30 and 5:00 PM today!
Wednesday, March 18, 2009 2:45 PM
Uppers Skating
Uppers Mid-Term Skating
Wednesday, March 18, 2009 8:05 AM
On the last Friday in February, uppers students skated and enjoyed the ice and snowfall. 
Barton's 3rd Walk/Bike to School Day
Wednesday, March 18, 2009 7:25 AM
is THIS FRIDAY, MARCH 20TH.   Students who walk or bike to school will be met at the school’s four corners by greeters handing out cool tokens and a round of applause.  Our final walk/bike for this school year is scheduled for May 1st, but watch the Bugle for information on the ALL SCHOOL MILEAGE PROGRAM – a follow-up to PALA – and a way to encourage you to continue walking, biking, and keeping active at school and at home each and every day.

Click on the above title for more information and a flyer with route maps, leader names, and route start times.

Spring Community Ed
Wednesday, March 11, 2009 9:45 AM
Barton Community Ed is offering many new classes for spring (Karate, Book Making, Frisbee, and Double Dutch with Glen, Hula Hooping, Fairy Houses and more).  Classes will begin the week of April 13th.  Our Uppers musical this year is  The Wizard of Oz.  Mark your calendars for May 13th and May 14th at 7:00 for the show.
MPS Changing School Options
Tuesday, March 10, 2009 10:20 AM
Please join Minneapolis Public Schools for this second phase of community input on changes being considered for magnet and community school locations, attendance areas and bus routes for 2010-2011.

(click on title above for more information)
(click here to download printable flyer)

Barton Open School Parent/Guardian Meeting
Monday, March 9, 2009 3:50 PM

Tuesday, March 10

6:30-8:00 PM in the Barton Commons

2009 Barton basketball team
Barton Boys Basketball
Monday, March 9, 2009 11:10 AM
The Barton boys basketball team is having a great season at 6 wins - 1 loss, they are now in the playoffs.
Barton Parent Meeting on Tuesday March 10
Wednesday, March 4, 2009 2:05 PM
Barton parents are invited to a school meeting to better understand the school's position regarding our continuing school mission and how Barton Open School might support the district's goals for the School Options Planning process currently underway.  This conversation will be facilitated by parents from the Leadership Council.  Please read the FROM THE PRINCIPAL . . . comments in this week's Bugle for more information.

Tuesday,  March 10,  6:30 - 8:00 PM,  Barton Commons

Knitting Nell
Knitting Nell - The Play
Tuesday, February 24, 2009 7:10 AM
Please join the Barton Drama Club for "Knitting Nell" on Saturday, March 7, 1:00 PM. 
Barton's second Walk/Bike to School Day
Wednesday, February 18, 2009 8:00 AM
is this Friday, February 20th

Close enough to walk?  Come enjoy a beautiful wintry day and "BE WELL - DO GOOD - GO GREEN!"

Skip the car and the bus - walk the way to school instead!  Call your friends and plan a route. . . or join up with a predefined route.  Then bundle up and arrive at school to cheering greeters . . . and prizes!  (More greeters welcome to join us that morning! - gather at 7:05 at NW door)

Note:  if the temperature at 6:30 AM Friday is below 0 F in real temp or wind chill temp, the event will be automatically cancelled.  Check for info.

Click on the title above for more information.

Community Meeting on Magnet Schools
Monday, February 9, 2009 11:30 AM
February 12th 6:30-8:00pm        "Changes Ahead"

Valentines Dance
Community Education Presents: A Family Valentine's Dance
Friday, February 6, 2009 7:05 AM
Friday February 13 7:00 PM
Family Roller Skating
Family Roller Skating Thursday
Wednesday, February 4, 2009 11:00 AM
Please join the Barton School community for an evening of roller skating fun at the Roller Garden in St. Louis Park Thursday, February 5th from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. 

The Roller Garden is located one block west of Highway 100 (exiting on the Minnetonka Blvd. exit) next to the Marathon Gas station. (map)

Admission is $4.50, which includes free roller skate rental (in-line skate rental is $3.00 additional).

Completed Snowmen
Barton Snowman Works Open for Business
Wednesday, January 14, 2009 10:10 AM
The snowman factory was open for a couple of hours on Dec. 18, 2008.  See the pictures.
Winter Community Ed starts January 19
Sunday, January 11, 2009 6:00 AM
For the new schedule of after school class offerings and special events (Knitting Nell, the play (March 7) and Valentines Dance with the Melvilles (February 13) click here or follow the menus to Community Education in our new Student Activities section.
Barton Bazaar: Silent Auction and Marketplace
Tuesday, December 9, 2008 10:00 AM

Thursday, December 11  

Schedule of activities:

5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Silent Auction Bidding in the Gym and Marketplace open in the Main Floor Hallway
7:00 p.m.  Student Performance in the Commons
7:45 p.m. Winning bids posted in the Gym; Silent Auction check out

Information for Prospective Parents
Wednesday, November 19, 2008 6:10 AM
School tour information and schedule.
Barton Fund
Saturday, November 15, 2008 5:50 AM
Ready to make your annual Barton Fund donation?  Just click here to make your online donation (via PayPal).

Need to know more about the Barton Fund?  Click here.

Reminder: Wild Rumpus Book Fair - TODAY!
Wednesday, November 12, 2008 7:55 AM
Who: You, Your Family & Friends
When: Wednesday, November 12 from noon-8 PM
Where: Wild Rumpus, 2720 West 43rd Street in Linden Hills (map)
Great Books
Great Entertainment
Great Treats
Great Fun!

20% of sales will be donated to Barton in the form of a credit for book purchases. Remind your friends and family!
Marketplace After School Class
Tuesday, October 28, 2008 7:55 AM
Come create for the Barton Marketplace!  New Community Ed afterschool class - December 1st.  PLEASE NOTE THE DATE & TIME OF THIS CLASS HAS CHANGED from Nov. 20 to Dec. 1 !!  Click for more details.
Leadership Council Site
Friday, October 10, 2008 8:00 AM
Click here to go to our original site maintained by the Leadership Council: 
Big River Journey
Friday, October 3, 2008 8:25 AM
Katrina's, Mary's & Matt's 5th & 6th grade classrooms took part in science and heritage learning while traveling down the Mississippi River on a beautiful day.