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Barton news 2011-2012

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Letter from Patrick Duffy to Barton Community
Wednesday, June 27, 2012 11:45 AM

An introductory letter from Barton's new principal, Patrick Duffy, to the Barton community.  

Steve Welcomes Patrick as the New Principal
Tuesday, June 26, 2012 5:40 PM

Steve welcomes Patrick Duffy as Barton's new principal and gives an introduction for staff and the Leadership Council.  See Steve's letter to parents and look for more information about Patrick coming soon.

New Barton Principal Announced
Tuesday, June 5, 2012 8:10 AM

As you may know, Dr. Steven DeLapp is retiring from his position as principal of Barton. Given his retirement, we are pleased to announce that we have asked Dr. Patrick Duffy to lead the administration at Barton as principal.

If you're looking for a gift idea for Steve...
Tuesday, June 5, 2012 6:20 AM

Still thinking about doing something special for Steve but don't know what to do? You can make a donation to the Barton Foundation and designate the Steve DeLapp Fund

From the Principal...
Monday, June 4, 2012 11:00 AM

Words cannot begin to express how touched and overwhelmed I was (still am!) by the wonderful Lake Day tribute to my twenty year principalship at Barton Open School!

9th Annual Barton Family Potluck Picnic
Monday, June 4, 2012 10:20 AM

This year's picnic will be Potluck (vs. Family style) per the results of recent survey—thanks to those who responded! Thursday, August 23, 2012 5:00-7:30 PM at Beard’s Plaisance, west side of Lake Harriet. Tableware, water and lemonade are provided. 

Barton Aims to Re-Name the Commons
Monday, June 4, 2012 10:15 AM

Steve may be leaving Barton, but his contributions will live on at our school forever. In appreciation of this legacy, the Leadership Council has been working with the Minneapolis school district to officially name the Commons in honor of the man who designed it.

Lake Day Program Student Recognitions
Monday, June 4, 2012 9:00 AM

Outstanding Barton students were honored with awards for leadership, achievement, sportsmanship, humanitariansim physical fitness.

Memory Book for Steve
Monday, June 4, 2012 8:00 AM

If you’re in the school this week, stop by the office to view “A Day in the Life of a Beloved Principal,” a bound book presented to Steve at Lake Day. 

Lake Day 2012
Friday, June 1, 2012 1:45 PM

What a great Lake Day -- June 1, 2012! Click here for photos, videos, flash mob lyrics and more! 

Recycle Pots & Trays
Thursday, May 31, 2012 9:20 AM

Wonder what to do with all of those garden pots and trays after you have planted your Barton plants? Once again, you may recycle them with former Barton parent Marianne Carolan.

Summer Camps
Thursday, May 31, 2012 1:10 AM

Many Barton students have favorite summer camps that they like to attend year after year. Look in the Students section for the listing of summer camps as compiled by members of the Barton community over the past several years.

Principal Search Update
Thursday, May 31, 2012 12:35 AM

On May 30, 2012 candidates for the Barton principalship completed the finalist stage of the process. Now, Theresa Battle, associate superintendent is conducting reference checks and reviewing all finalists’ assessments completed during the process. She will be making a recommendation to Superintendent Bernadeia Johnson after this next phase is completed. It is hoped that by June 6, the new principal will be named.

From the Principal...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012 9:30 AM

Although we had hoped to have news about the new principal selection for Barton Open School by the end of the month, the district is not quite at that point yet. We are getting closer though. We have a team of Barton parents and staff interviewing principal candidates today working alongside representatives from the district’s central office. As Theresa Battle explained to us earlier in this process, interview team members serve in “an advisory role and provide input to the Associate Superintendents. The Associate Superintendents use multiple sources of data gathered during the selection process to make a recommendation to the Superintendent. Superintendent Johnson maintains responsibility for the final candidate selection.”

Our Leadership Council has focused a part of its last two meetings on ways the Council itself can help the new principal successfully transition to Barton School. Associate Superintendent Theresa Battle is also committed to giving me an opportunity to mentor and provide support to our new principal as she/he transitions to the role starting this August.

--Steven R. DeLapp, Principal (

Parent Representatives to the Leadership Council for 2012-2013
Wednesday, May 30, 2012 9:25 AM

Thank you to the entire Barton parent community for such strong participation in the Leadership Council endorsement process this year. We welcome three new parents to next year’s Leadership Council, Annika Fjelstad, Kevin Kinneavy and Kristi Smith Knutson. We also welcome the following returning members to the Council: Laura Balfour, Jennifer Bennett, Andrea Breen, Sheila Eldred, Katherine Harter, Nasra Hassan, Kris Johnson, Ann Journey, Sarah Lahm, Glen Larson, Nettie Magnuson, Julia Paulsen Mullin, Ellis Peterson, Steve Richter, Brenda Zehnder and Lori Zook-Stanley. Lori Zook-Stanley will serve as the parent co-chair for next year’s Leadership Council and Ann Journey will continue as the Council treasurer.

Lake Day Program & Grades 1-8 All-School Picnic
Wednesday, May 30, 2012 9:15 AM

Our end-of-the-school-year Lake Day Program and All-School Picnic for grades 1-8 is scheduled for Friday, June 1, starting at 10 AM at the Lake Harriet Bandshell. Parents are invited to join us and teachers appreciate the extra helping hands. The program at the bandshell will highlight special achievements this year and celebrate this year’s class of graduating eighth graders. See the schedule and other details...

Back-to-School Picnic August 23
Wednesday, May 30, 2012 9:10 AM

Next fall’s Back-to-School Picnic will take place on Thursday, August 23, from 5 to 7:30 PM at Beard’s Plaisance on the west side of Lake Harriet. Our “Meet Your Teacher” social takes place at school that same day from 3-4 PM. Watch for details about what to bring to the picnic in our summer newsletter mailed to all Barton families in August. If you would like to volunteer to help with the picnic, please contact Andie Thomas at Thanks. --Andie Thomas, Barton Parent and Picnic Coordinator

Wild River-Wild Weather Camping with 214 and 216
Wednesday, May 30, 2012 9:00 AM

It started raining as soon as we got there. It rained and rained.

We didn’t do all the things we usually do--we missed river day and fishing. Our tents got wet and most of our stuff in the tents got wet, too. There were lots of Tent Caterpillars. There was lots of lightning and super noisy thunder. The Hayride was awesome and the only time we were dry.

It rained and rained.

We played cards, looked at owl pellets, made friendship bracelets, and did crafts.

We planted prairie grass and had a hard time making fires. It rained some more and some moms made a visit to the laundro-mat dryers.

We had very funny skits, Dancing with the Stars, extreme rock, paper scissors, Christmas invades Easter, and Mark and Felicity go Camping, and Tannen was an excellent Dave.

It rained.

We played lots of kickball and did cooking and dishes. We had soggy tent time.

The Vanishing Forest was fun and really interesting and we saw a giant spider.

We made dream catchers and friendship bracelets and got to be with our friends a lot.

Parents in the city were really worried about us. Some grandpas came with us and said we had good attitudes. It got warm and dry on Friday and we had a strong ending. We survived 4 1⁄2 inches of rain.

It was really, really fun!

--Campers from Rooms 214 & 216

Barton Wins First Place for Position Paper at Model UN Conference in Spanish
Wednesday, May 30, 2012 8:00 AM

25 Barton students participated in the Model UN Conference in SPANISH at the University of Minnesota on Friday, May 18, 2012. That's right - the entire conference was conducted in Spanish! All students had to write a position paper in Spanish prior to the event. The topic was: Durable Solutions and Burden-Sharing regarding Refugees. For a position paper, students explain how their country is affected in detail, cite actions their country has taken nationally and internationally, and recommend solutions. At the conference, students negotiate in order to write resolutions addressing the topic.

The First Place position paper was written by Siobhan Brodek and Dana Saari, representing Guatemala. Tova Breen and Sara Edinburgh received a Speakers' Award at the Conference. Barton was the only non-immersion school attending the event, and we are very proud of our students. See the list of all students and the countries they represented...

Barton Fundraising Gap
Wednesday, May 23, 2012 1:00 PM

As we close this school year, we’d like to thank everyone who has contributed to our school’s success. Whether volunteering to work at the plant sale or other fundraisers, helping in classrooms, chaperoning field trips, ensuring your own children are at school and ready to learn, or any other number of contributions you might make to the school, your involvement ensures that all our children learn and grow positively, and we thank you.

Many people also have contributed financially during the 2011-2012 school year, and we want to convey our gratitude to these Barton School Fund donors. These tax-deductible contributions provide our school with general operating funds that can be used for a range of purposes, including staff salaries for selected programs such as band and strings, computers for the classrooms, field trips and classroom supplies.

If you have not done so already, we urge you to join this list of financial contributors and make a donation to the Barton Fund today. This year it is more important than ever to give, as our donations are down by almost 25% compared to previous years. To provide the same level of support and programs for next fiscal year, we need to close the gap now. Our hope is that every family who can donate some amount, large or small, will do so. We need everyone’s help and support to continue the excellent extra-curricular programs and good work being done at Barton.

-- The Barton Fund Committee

From the Principal...
Tuesday, May 22, 2012 1:30 PM

If you haven’t already done so, we hope all Barton parents/guardians will take a few minutes will read the candidate statements and complete the Leadership Council endorsement ballot and return it to school by Friday of this week. If the paper copy is missing, the ballot can be found on our school website. As emphasized last week, broad participation in this endorsement process is important to us in assuring a fully representative council serving all our school families. Thank you.

We’d also like to encourage parents who are able to help on Friday, June 1, for our traditional Lake Day activities to please contact Sue Buettgen at 612- 327-3547 or, or stop in Room 12 and talk to her. You are also invited to simply contact your child’s teacher to see what assistance he or she might need. Please join us if you can on Friday, June 1, at Lake Harriet as we celebrate the end of the 2011-2012 school year together.
--Steven R. DeLapp, Principal (

Disney’s “Aladdin Jr.” Upper’s Musical
Tuesday, May 22, 2012 12:15 PM

THE CURTAIN GOES UP ON WEDNESDAY, THURSDAY and FRIDAY ONLY!!! THEN...the Genie goes back in her lamp!!! Don’t miss it! Thirty amazingly talented Barton 7th and 8th graders bring life to the magical, mystical world of Aladdin. This timeless tale of intrigue and wonder with its dazzling costumes, energetic dances and beautiful music make this a “not to be missed” show for the entire family. Show dates are Wednesday, May 23 @ 3pm., Thursday, May 24 @ 7pm and Friday, May 25th @7pm. Performances are held in the Commons and tickets are available at the door...$8 for adults and $5 for students/children.

Plant Sale 2012 Thanks!
Tuesday, May 22, 2012 12:10 AM

A huge thanks to the many students, staff, parents, family and community members who played a part in helping us have another very successful Plant Sale fundraiser for Barton Open School. We want to acknowledge the special coordinators’ roles as well as the myriad of volunteers at all levels who make this event happen. Our deepest thanks to: Felicity Miel Crosby – School Coordinator, and her room 216 students; Kate Mandler – Parent Coordinator (who oversees and does all of the following: collecting and tabulating orders, deposits, data entry, phone calls, troubleshooting, alphabetizing, and volunteers (except plant pick up day volunteers coordinated by Julie Glass- Yares). In addition, Judy Schwob and Julia Paulsen Mullin co-coordinated and were involved in the areas described above. Read on for more...

Shakespeare's "Taming of the Shrew" This Week
Monday, May 21, 2012 2:20 PM

Barton's production of "Taming of the Shrew" will take place on Wednesday, May 23rd, at 9:00 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. The play is being staged at the Scottish Rite Temple at the corner of Franklin and Dupont.  Please come and enjoy our young thespians. There is no charge for admittance. Details...

Leadership Council Endorsement Ballot
Tuesday, May 15, 2012 10:00 AM

The Barton Leadership Council, consisting of parents and staff members, is the primary governing body for the school. The Council is responsible for setting school policy, keeping our work aligned with our progressive school mission, identifying yearly goal areas, monitoring school improvement plans, encouraging broad participation from all members of the school community, and guiding overall staffing and program decisions. Parent representatives to the Leadership Council need to be endorsed by 50 or more votes from the adult members of the Barton School Community. Each adult in a family may vote for up to 10 candidates, but only one vote per individual candidate.

Read the Leadership Council candidate statements and complete a ballot. PLEASE RETURN THE BALLOT TO YOUR CHILD’S TEACHER NO LATER THAN Friday, MAY 25, 2012.