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Barton News 2010-2011
Barton Web Site Survey
Wednesday, June 8, 2011 8:35 AM

Please help us improve the Barton web site by completing our web site survey and providing feedback on the site. Whether you use the web site regularly or not, it would be helpful to get your input. It will only take a few minutes -- do it now!  Just click here to get started.

Recycle Your Plant Containers and Trays
Monday, June 6, 2011 8:00 AM

Grassroot Growers, a new start-up greenhouse growing chemical free, locally-rooted plants, co-owned by former Barton parent, Marianne Carolan, has generously offered to take back old plant containers. Simply drop them in her back driveway, off the alley at 4234 Dupont Ave S. (a block from Barton) and they will clean and reuse them. They will accept them through the fall. Thank you, Grassroot Growers!

Barton Summer Arts Workshops
Sunday, June 5, 2011 9:45 AM

Barton Community Education is proud to present our 2nd year of Summer Art Workshops! The program runs the same weeks as summer school (June 27 – August 4) AFTER summer school classes are completed @ 3:15 – 5:15 p.m. Classes are designed for grade 3-5 and 6-8 and open to anyone. The mission of the program is to have your child choose an art medium that they want to dive into a little deeper... our teachers are top notch and a good inspiration. Try musical theater, voice, rock band, and the art of fishing, ukulele, songwriting, painting, French, book making, sewing, guitar and much more. Classes are $40 per week. You may sign up for one week or all six. See the online brochure or email if you have any questions.

See the Summer Camps page for other camps in the community.

Lost & Found
Tuesday, May 31, 2011 9:55 PM

The Barton Lost and Found items will be on tables in the lower level starting on Wednesday, June 1st through Friday, June 3rd. After that all lost and found items will be packed up and given to Sabathani Community Center for people in need.

MPS Student Enrollment Meeting
Tuesday, May 31, 2011 9:55 PM

MPS student enrollment is increasing! Be part of the solution: we need your ideas and experience to plan for the future. Join us June 6, 6:00-8:00 p.m. to learn more and be part of developing solutions that may impact school communities for the 2012-13 school year. Details...

Lake Day Awards Program & Picnic
Tuesday, May 31, 2011 9:25 PM

Our end-of-the-school-year Lake Day Program and All-School Picnic for grades 1-8 is scheduled for Monday, June 6, 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. Details and permission form...

Leadership Council Endorsement Ballots Due
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 8:30 AM

Please remember to complete and return the Leadership Council endorsement ballot and return it to your child’s homeroom teacher or directly to the main office by Friday, May 27, 2011.

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.

When making a decision about which candidate to endorse, please keep in mind that it is our desire to have parent representatives to the Council who reflect our diverse student body. Ideally, we seek a mix of sexes, races, and parents of younger and older children. When more perspectives are included in our decision making, the better our ability is to make good decisions for all of our children.

Candidate Statements and Ballots are available here...


MN Renaissance Festival
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 7:00 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, or call 612-825-8070. Get ready to rumble! Check out

Take the MPS Parent/ Guardian Survey!
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 6:30 AM

Minneapolis Public Schools seeks your feedback to measure progress on engagement and satisfaction.

  • Who: Parents and guardians
  • What: Take the MPS parent/ guardian survey
  • When: The survey will arrive in the mail the week of May 16. Return the survey by Friday, June 3, in the provided postage-paid envelope.

“Parents and guardians are key stakeholders in the education of our students. Their perspectives regarding their experiences in our schools are critical. The feedback we receive helps us understand where our parents feel that we perform well and where there is room for improvement.”
--Dr. Bernadeia Johnson, Superintendent, Minneapolis Schools

Questions? MPS Research, Evaluation & Assessment Department, 807 NE Broadway St, Minneapolis, MN 55413. or 612-668-0570 or for more information, visit

Family Engineering Night
Saturday, May 21, 2011 7:50 AM

We are all born engineers -- fascinated with building, taking things apart, and messing around with how things work. Barton 3rd & 4th grade families were invited to celebrate our science residency with the Science Museum of Minnesota Family Engineering Night on May 17, 2011 in the Barton Commons. The program included an interactive presentation and hands-on activities. See slide show...

Thinking About Summer?
Friday, May 20, 2011 8:35 AM

Check out the **UPDATED** Summer Camps page for information about summer activities in the community. If you have information about other camps you'd like to share, please email

Barton Students Win Awards at Model UN Conference
Wednesday, May 18, 2011 2:10 PM

100 Barton students went to the middle school Model UN conference at Augsburg College on May 12, 2011. Before attending the conference, students researched the countries they represented and wrote position papers. The topics this year were: Climate Change and Resource Sustainability, Food Aid, and Food Crisis in Somalia.

  • The top award presented for position papers went to Barton students Paige Kipp and Nagma Abdi, representing France.
  • The second place award went to Ellie Colbert and Rachael White, representing Guatemala.
  • The top speakers' award in General Assembly I went to Conor McClun and Clare Culley, representing North Korea.
  • Raamie Ebrahim, representing Germany, received Honorable Mention for speaker points in General Assembly I.
  • In General Assembly II, Oskar Soderberg and Seth Koepke, representing Indonesia, received Honorable Mention for speaker points.

Barton students were very focused and passionate about the issues and presented many thoughtful resolutions advocating proposals. Some examples include eradication of subsidies to agribusiness that destroy local economies, ending the privatization of resources such as water, monetization of food aid, debt forgiveness and agrarian reform.

Uppers Musical: "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown"
Tuesday, May 10, 2011 8:35 AM

This year’s uppers musical is “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown,” directed by Dawn Allan and Tinia Moulder. This talented cast of 24 uppers will make you smile from ear to ear. It is a very sweet show and appropriate for all ages. Mark your calendars for

  • Wednesday, May 11 @ 3:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 12 @ 7:00 p.m.
  • Friday, May 13 @ 7:00 p.m. 

The show is almost 2 hours (with an intermission) so if your little ones go to bed early on school nights you may want to come to the 3:30 show or the Friday evening show. Tickets are $3 for students and $5 for adults at the door. Call the Community Education office if you have questions at 612-668-3585.  See poster for details...

Plant Sale Pickup This Weekend!
Tuesday, May 3, 2011 8:00 AM

Barton Plant Sale pre-ordered plants will be available for pick up this Friday, May 6th, 2:30 to 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, May 7th, 8:30 to 3:00 p.m. Please do not come early on Friday since we use this time for set-up and organization. 

Picking up your plants is easy:

  1. Stop by the main tent to pick up your your order form to use as your "pick up" list
  2. Grab a wagon and select your specified number of plants from the tables (Note: Plants on the order form are labeled A-Z and each table is labeled A-Z)
  3. Proceed to the checkout table at the northeast side of the playground
  4. Plant, Bloom and Enjoy!
  5. Share comments and upload photos of your lovely plants on the Barton Open School Plant Sale Facebook page!

(If someone is picking up your plants, please share this information with them prior to make the process easier for everyone.)

SAME DAY PLANT SALES! Mother's Day Hanging Baskets and other plants for purchase. As usual, an additional selection of wonderful plants will be available for day-of purchase, so bring your cash or check! Just in time for Mother's Day (Sunday, May 8th), we'll have beautiful hanging baskets that mothers and others will love! We will offer a variety of herbs, a selection of fruit and vegetable plants, including many gorgeous, large tomato plants, and a few new and fun surprises. Come check it out, near the main tent!

Coffee and treats Saturday morning. To enhance your plant pick up, coffee and baked goods will be available for purchase on Saturday morning. Come early, grab some java and treats, mingle a bit, shop the same-day plant sale, and pick up your pre-ordered plants.

Recycling containers. Once you've planted this year, we can help you with recycling your plastic containers and trays. Grassroot Growers, a new start-up greenhouse growing chemical free, locally-rooted plants, co-owned by former Barton parent, Marianne Carolan, has generously offered to take them for us. Simply drop them in the back driveway off the alley at 4234 Dupont Ave. S. (a block from Barton), and they will clean and reuse them. They will accept them through the fall. Go Green!

Thank you for supporting Barton School with your plant purchases, which enrich many students' educations.

An Invitation to Participate on the Leadership Council
Tuesday, April 26, 2011 4:50 PM

The Barton Leadership Council is a collaborative group of teachers and parents who meet to help develop the policies and make the budget decisions that support our school's mission. It's a unique platform where both parents and teachers are able to share their perspectives and have a very real impact upon our school‟s future. No special skills are needed to serve on the council, just a genuine interest in learning more about the school and a desire to make Barton the best it can be.

The Council meets once or twice a month during the school year. Meetings are held on Thursday evenings, starting
at either 4:30 or 6:00 PM, and concluding (without fail!) an hour and a half later. Pizza is provided for the 6:00 PM meetings and childcare is always available.

All that is required to be considered for the council is to write a brief statement about yourself, including your hopes for Barton. This "candidate statement" needs to be turned into the office, or emailed to, by Friday, May 13. All candidate statements will then be published in the Bugle on May 18, 2011, and the adult members of the Barton community will be asked to endorse those candidates they wish to have represent them. The new council members will be invited to attend our last meeting on Thursday, May 26.

If you are interested I urge you to either write a statement and submit it for next year, or talk to a member of our current council and/or attend a future council meeting to see if it is right for you (the dates and times of meetings are published in the Bugle). It‟s a wonderful opportunity to make a difference and our door is always open. Thank you.

Classroom Assignments for Next Year
Tuesday, April 26, 2011 4:45 PM

As we approach the last two months of the school year, let me review the philosophy we will bring to organizing classrooms for next year. Barton School's overarching and continuing commitment is to create classrooms that are well-balanced according to age, gender, race, ability level and student needs. The placement process involves a great deal of thoughtfulness and deliberation on the part of the teaching staff. Homeroom teachers and our specialist teachers (who know all the kids) work together, within and across grade-level teams, to balance each child's individual needs (the social, emotional and intellectual) within the broader parameters of a large group of children.

Our school placement policy stipulates that decisions about student assignments are made without input from parents regarding teacher preferences. I want to emphasize the importance of parents respecting our commitment to balanced classrooms and the thoughtful work that staff engage in advocating for individual students within the mix of larger group needs. Please do not engage teachers in conversations about specific teacher preferences for next year. Our extensive experience with class placement over many years at Barton Open School has taught us that well-balanced rooms at every grade level serve our students and our teachers in the best possible way.

Spring Options Classes
Monday, April 18, 2011 12:55 PM

The Spring Options class list is now available, and forms are due Thursday, April 21, 2011.

Summer School Applications Due Friday, April 29, 2011
Sunday, April 10, 2011 11:20 AM

Invitation letters and application forms to attend summer school have been sent home with students. The summer program is designed for students in kindergarten through eighth grade who would benefit from additional instructional time in order to catch up to their grade level. Barton students in grades K-4 will attend the summer program at Burroughs Community School; Barton students in grades 5-7 will attend the summer program at Barton this year; and Barton 8th graders who are recommended for summer school will attend a summer program at South High School. Completed applications are due on Friday, April 29. More...

K-12 Education Funding at Risk
Thursday, April 7, 2011 8:40 AM

Letter to families from MPS Superintendent Bernadeia H. Johnson:

The current K-12 education bill moving through the Minnesota Legislature would deal a harsh blow to urban school districts such as Minneapolis Public Schools. In the Senate bill, MPS would lose $17 million in aid over the next two years. In the House bill, MPS would lose $27 million over the same time period. The House bill also raises Minneapolis property taxes by $22 million over two years. Both House and Senate bills cut spending to at-risk students in order to fund only a modest increase in the general education formula.

These monumental cuts would be detrimental to our students and families. If signed into law, this legislation would greatly hamper our efforts to close the achievement gap, provide a high quality education and meet the diverse needs of all of our students.

Read on...

Family Enrichment Network Spring Conference
Thursday, April 7, 2011 8:30 AM

The Minneapolis Public Schools is holding a Family Enrichment Network spring conference with breakout sessions include the following topics: “The World of Internet and Social Media: What’s Appropriate and What’s Not,” “Healthy Kids, Focused Students,” “The Road to Kindergarten,” “Bullying: What Do Families Do When Some Children Don’t Play Nicely?” and many more. Copies of the registration form and a more complete listing of the breakout sessions will be available in the school office.  For more information Contact Ryan Brownell at 612-668-1830 or; Spanish: 612-668-3700; Somali: Said Garaad at 612-668-4134. Free childcare available.  More...

Saturday, April 16, 2011 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
South High School
3131 19th Avenue South, Minneapolis

Barton Cabaret (Talent Show) Auditions
Saturday, April 2, 2011 9:25 AM

Auditions for the Barton Cabaret (formerly known as the Talent Show) will be held April 5-8 for the Cabaret on May 13.  Students need a signed permission slip to audition for the show.  Acts will be limited to two minutes, and students are encouraged to include as many students as possible in each act since show time is limited.  Read on for details...

Spring 2011 Community Education Classes
Tuesday, March 29, 2011 7:25 PM

Barton Community Education classes begin the week of April 11, 2011 and run 6 weeks. Classes run from 2:00-3:00, unless noted. The Barton Community Education program and the Barton Wellness Committee have worked together to design opportunities for you to focus on the WHOLE CHILD and be healthy this year. For more information, call 612-668-3585 or email Click here to see the classes offered and download the registration form.

Student Author Night
Tuesday, March 29, 2011 3:00 PM

Mark your calendar for Student Author night on March 31, 2011.  This event offers all Barton students a fun and comfortable venue to share their writing in a casual, public forum.  Students should sign up with their teachers by March 17.  Details...

Get Ready for MCAs
Tuesday, March 22, 2011 4:00 PM

This year's MCA testing for grades 3-8 is scheduled for April 13 & 14 in reading and online testing in mathematics will begin April 18.  Information about the tests for parents and sample test items are available on the Minnesota Department of Education web site.

Winter Parking Restrictions end in Minneapolis
Tuesday, March 22, 2011 8:15 AM

The City of Minneapolis lifted the Winter Parking Restrictions effective March 21, 2011, and parking will now be allowed along the streets around Barton as usual.  Please continue to exercise caution and avoid dropping children off in the bus zones.

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