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Pizza and Valleyfair
Friday, June 1, 2012 10:00 PM

Hi Families,

We had a beautiful Lake Day! Our flashmob dance for Steve was really fun. Our whole school had been practicing for days to get it right. Steve was clearly moved.

Please let me know if your child is not going to Valleyfair. We need to know by Monday, as Becky is buying tickets after school that day for our whole team. A few parents have let me know, and I appreciate that.

I also have a request for driving a student home after Valleyfair on Tuesday. It would involve taking the student to Mary's Place near downtown Minneapolis. Chance to do a good deed!

Please send $3 along on Monday for the pizza lunch. Students will need to bring their own drinks and possibly an extra one for someone who forgets.

We hope to see you all on Portfolio Day on Monday, beginning at 7:15. Please be prepared to take nearly everything home, except for three pieces of work that will go into each student's longitudinal file that they will receive back in 8th grade. Each student would probably benefit from bringing an extra bag to school on Monday to get everything in his or her bin back home.

Thanks so much for all of your critical support this year.


Monday Pizza
Thursday, May 31, 2012 3:10 PM

Hi Families,

Please return Valleyfair permission slips by tomorrow if at all possible. Please let me know if your child is remaining by checking the info about going home. If anything changes, and your child is staying after Barton leaves, please send a note to me by Monday/Tuesday.

We are ordering pizzas on Monday from Papa John's. $3 is the cost and students will bring their own drinks. If possible, please send money tomorrow, so I know how much we can order.

Don't forget portfolio sharing on Monday starting at 7:15 A.M. All projects and work will go home with you on that day.

I am also in the process of writing a summary of sorts on each student. I'll send them home in the mail by the middle of June.

Thanks again,


206 Update - May 29, 2012
Tuesday, May 29, 2012 8:25 PM

Hi Families,

Today we had a great visit (no rain) at the senior center. Every student received a participation award for his and her writing. Two students Ed and Rafa earned an honorable mention, and six students were judged to have earned a place: Aidan and Gabi took third; Karl and Klara won second; and Alexandra and Sam earned first. Several seniors spoke to the class about how important it is to write and read a lot and were so impressed by how respectful and hard-working our class is. Our students sat down after the awards ceremony and talked to seniors about their lives while sharing really good cookies. I overheard one man talking about his military service. It was a nice experience. Thank you to Colleen (Joe's mom) and dog Georgie for accompanying us.

Remember Portfolio Sharing Day is this Monday beginning at 7:15 until 7:55 and then again from 9 to 10. If these times don't work out, please e-mail me to arrange something else.

Please send ValleyFair permission slips by Friday. Lake Day is this Friday beginning at ten at Lake Harriet bandshell. Steve's last Lake Day. We all have a surprise in store for him. Come if you can.

Thanks for sending me your wonderful students.


Senior Citizen Center
Monday, May 28, 2012 11:15 PM

Hi Families,

Our trip to the senior center had to be canceled last Thursday due to torrential rain, but we were able to reschedule it for tomorrow. We'll leave at 11:20 for Lyndale Farmstead Park for lunch and recess and then continue on to the center at 36th and Bryant. Robbie, the director, can't promise as big an audience as she had planned for last Thursday, but she said she'd do her best. Tomorrow the students will find out who won the writing contest - three boys and three girls. Parents are welcome to join us at any juncture of the trip.



Important Bike Day Information
Tuesday, May 22, 2012 6:25 PM

Hi Families,

Regarding biking to Lake Nokomis: Everyone will need a helmet, a lunch, water bottle and a bike lock, or know someone who will let them lock up their bikes together.

If your child lives close to Lake Nokomis or somewhere in proximity to the bike path, and you are comfortable with them biking straight home or turning off the trail to head home, rather than returning to Barton, please write a note that gives your child permission to do that. We had some students do that with permission last year.

Parents who are chaperoning - Scott, Read, Amy, Eleanore, Colleen, Kevin, Kristine, Brian, Dave, Val and Judy: Thank you very much for joining us!!! Let Katrina lead both to Nokomis and back to Barton. Because we are all coming back at various times, our classrooms will not be open. Please stay with the students on the playground to help supervise and keep kids safe until all teachers have arrived back to school. While we are at Nokomis Beach, please help us to supervise the students. They can go up to their thighs in the water (There are no lifeguards.) and walk along the beach. There will also be a group that goes to the field for soccer or frisbee.

Kathy and Tracine are driving. We have two students who are unable to bike. Would either of you be willing to drive them to the lake and back, along with our lunches? Faduma is in the process of talking to their parents to get permission to do that. Steve's okay with that idea.

With gratitude,


206 update - May 21, 2012
Monday, May 21, 2012 2:30 PM

Hi Families,

There are still some field trip slips out: the mega one for three trips this week and the yellow one for Lake Day, which is June 1st. All are on the website thanks to Kevin Kinneavy!

Michael, the media teacher, has also put out a call for all library books. If a student has a book out currently, I handed out return requests today. Please look around the house for Barton library books, and as one student put it, "so our library doesn't disappear."

Please put Portfolio Day on your calendar: June 4th from 7:15 to 7:55 A.M. (specialist time) and 9:00 until 10:00 A.M. If those times don't work out, please let me know and we can make other arrangements.

This afternoon our staff is honoring all of our staff who are retiring this year, including the big guy, with a party in the parking lot. Fun, but very sad.

Talk soon,


206 Field Trips
Tuesday, May 15, 2012 4:40 PM

One BIG Information & Permission form for a three field trips in a row:

  • Uppers' Shakespeare play, Taming of a Shrew, Wed., May 23, 2012
  • Senior Center Vision, Thurs., May 24, 2012
  • Middles Bike Day, Fri., May 25, 2012
Monday's field trip
Friday, May 11, 2012 3:55 PM

Hi Families,

We've got a Monday field trip to the University for the energy program. There are still about ten students who haven't returned the slip. If your child hasn't brought a slip home, Kevin posted it on the Barton website, room 206. Now we don't want any panic setting in on Monday at 7:35 A.M.. The trip is free of charge and should be exciting and educational.

Have a nice weekend and Mother's Day. (In our morning circle, I asked students to say one thing they love about their moms or describe their moms as we went around the circle greeting each other. It was all very sweet.

They love you!


Julie's message to families
Friday, May 11, 2012 1:35 PM

Dear 206 Parents,

I wanted to say thank you for sharing your kids with me this school year. They are such wonderful people; it was such a privilege to learn with them this year. They are enthusiastic and excited about learning. They are kindhearted and compassionate, truly caring for their fellow classmates. They are smart and thoughtful, always surprising me with what they already know and making connections to what is newly being learned.

To say that they touched my heart is an understatement. Each one of them has so many gifts and talents that they so willingly shared throughout the year. I will always think of them as my first class (Mary so graciously shared them with me!), and hold them dear.
With heartfelt gratitude,

Julie Steege

206 update - May 9, 2012
Wednesday, May 9, 2012 9:10 PM

Hi Families,

A few quick things...

Is anyone available to listen in on some literature circle groups this Friday from 10 to 11? If you haven't had the chance, please come and help us out. Send me an email if you can join us.

University of Minnesota field trip Energy and You on May 14th, put on by chemistry professors. It's a series of educational and engaging demonstrations. It's also free. Please send the permission slip back by Friday. Monday field trips can be hard to remember!

Uppers' Shakespeare play Taming of the Shrew on May 23rd. Small fee for buses. Our own Alexandra will be in the play.

Senior Citizen Center visit on May 24th, leaving at 11:20 for lunch at Farmstead Park and then onto the center.
About five students have not brought in their final drafts yet. I take them to the center tomorrow.

Middles' Bike Day May 25th. We all ride to Lake Nokomis for a picnic. We ride down the parkway bike path.

5th graders will take the state science test next week.

Lake Day June 1st
Portfolio Sharing Day June 4th
Valleyfair June 5th

Social Studies: We are re-enacting debates that might have been held between the Loyalists and Patriots, a year prior to the Revolutionary War. The students have been preparing their actor to argue either for independence or against. (We could use some props.) Students are in the process of gathering facts and costumes.

April Book Projects: Very creative and imaginative book projects have been coming in, but we haven't heard from everyone yet. Please encourage your child if he or she has yet to bring in a project.

Lit Circles continue...some very good discussions so far.

We're in art now, followed by media to end the year.

Thanks for all of your support.


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