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Barton News 2015-2016
Letter to the Barton Community from Michael Thomas, August 1, 2016
Monday, August 8, 2016 5:30 PM

Please see below for a letter to the Barton community from Chief of Schools Michael Thomas.



Dear Barton families,

First, I want to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you for your engagement with the Barton School community. The courage and commitment you demonstrate when you so openly share your thoughts, ideas and concerns is respected by everyone at MPS. It’s important to me that you know you have been heard and we are taking your input into consideration as we make decisions about Barton.  Read more...

Kindergarten Play Date- Sunday, July 24th!
Wednesday, July 20, 2016 1:40 PM

Kindergarten Play Date! Incoming kindergarteners, please join us at Lyndale Farmstead Park this Sunday (7/24) from 3pm-5pm to meet other kindergarteners and their families. We'll play on the playground and enjoy some lemonade together 😀



Office Closed for Summer
Barton's Main Office Closed Till Mid-August
Friday, July 1, 2016 9:55 AM

We hope everyone is enjoying their summer! Please note that Barton's Main Office will be closed till mid-August. The office's voicemail will not be checked until that time. You can email us at and someone will get back to you as soon as possible throughout the summer though.

Thank you!

Barton Leadership Council
Announcing the Leadership Council for 2016-17
Friday, June 3, 2016 12:20 PM

Thank you to all of you who completed and returned the Endorsement Ballot for next year’s Leadership Council. We are pleased to announce that everyone was endorsed by the Barton community!

The new parent Council members for 2016-2017 include: Jeff Baird, Kirsten Hunt, Travina Leaks, Ivonne Rodriguez, Markus Silpala, Abdifatah Soyan, Arwen Wilder, and Rebecca Yuzefovich.

The parents returning to Council involvement include: Nima Abdirahman, Sheila Eldred, Hawo Hassan, Nasra Hassan, Tom Hockenberry, Anna Levine, Mel Muller, Fiona Pradhan, Yassin Qanyare, Kate Rush, Jim Scott, Tricia Silpala, Virajita Singh, Sara Stenzel, Lucia Strand, Eric Sumner, Janelle Wegner, and Marcy Zerwes.

You can get to know your new Leadership Council through the statements each parent provided for the ballot – you can get a PDF of the ballot here. And you can find all Leadership Council information on Barton’s web site, here.

THANK YOU to those who are committed to serving on the Leadership Council, and THANK YOU to all who participated in the endorsement process.

Have a great summer!

Julia Mullin, current parent co-chair

Sheila Eldred, incoming parent co-chair

Transportation Information
Wednesday, June 1, 2016 10:30 AM

If you have not already received information regarding transportation, please see the attached form.  Please fill out this form to the best of your knowledge and return it back to Barton by Tuesday, June 7th. Please either fax or drop the form off to Barton. Please turn your assignments in as soon as possible.

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Congratulations Uppers Choir!
Tuesday, May 31, 2016 12:30 PM

I am very proud to announce that at a recent Music Festival competition that the Uppers Choir participated in last Saturday, the 21st, we earned a Superior Rating with a score of 92 out of 100!  The three achievable ranks are Good, Excellent, and Superior. This was a great honor to receive the highest category. The choir worked very hard to get there!  Thanks to all the uppers teachers that allowed us to combine and rehearse 6th hour the Friday before. Thanks also to the entire Barton community, staff and parents, for being so incredibly supportive of the choir program. 

Thanks again!


Barton's Shakespeare Players
Tuesday, May 31, 2016 7:45 AM

Special thank you to all of those involved in making Barton's Shakespeare play happen! The cast and crew had great performances, and Barton students got to enjoy the play as well.


Barton Plant Sale
Thank You to All Involved with Barton's Plant Sale!
Thursday, May 19, 2016 12:25 PM

Many thanks to all the people who helped make the 2016 Barton Plant sale a success. We did it!  We surpassed our goal of $80,000. Roughly half of that total goes to the Barton Foundation!

Thanks to those who processed, called, filed and entered data from all the paper orders. This team included Kris Mandler, Susan McKinnell, Sarah Wuendry, Julie Madge, Julia Mullin, Arwen Wilder, Sarah Kuzel-Leslie, Kris Woelber and Michelle Pryce.

Thanks to those who took care of cash and carry sales: Katherine Harter, Catherine Myers, Sarah Kuzel-Leslie, Beth Desotelle, Roberta Gibbons, and Kristi Smith-Knutsen.



Spirit Garden
Spirit Garden Update
Thursday, May 19, 2016 12:15 PM

The Spirit Garden is excited to begin our fourth growing season!  Thanks to the following people who have shared their time and talents to keep this amazing space viable:   

Erin Klug and Marnie Peichel designed and created new garden fencing with the help of Allison, John and Jane's rooms. These fences will help protect plants in the raised garden beds and ensure a bountiful harvest.




MN History Day
Barton Finished BIG at MN State History Day
Tuesday, May 17, 2016 1:10 PM

The Minnesota State History Day competition was held May 1 at the University of Minnesota. It was a super experience for our Barton students and many of them did really well. Below is a list of students that were involved and placed at the competition. Be sure to give them a high five if you see them. 

We are also very excited to announce that one of our students placed 1st and will be attending the national competition in June at the University of Maryland. Way to go Barton!


Barton Debate
Barton Debate - Spanish Division
Thursday, May 5, 2016 1:20 PM

Barton Spanish classes started preparing for the MN Urban Debate League’s Spanish Divisison on April 9th for the tournament on May 4th.   Barton competed against Anwatin Spanish Immersion, South St. Paul High School, Folwell and Andersen.

The topic is the use of drones for surveillance along the Mexican/U.S. border.

Click here to see the list of Barton Awards

6th Grade Parents - Health
From the Health Office - Parents of 6th Graders
Friday, April 29, 2016 10:40 AM


You will soon be receiving letters through the US mail that specify which immunizations, if any, your child will need in order to start school next fall.  Look at what shots are needed and, if possible, make an appointment to get them now.  Make sure you forward a copy of the document from the clinic to the school.  If you wish to conscientiously object to any immunization, that form can be found on the Health Services website under Departments on the main district webpage.   The conscientious objection form needs to be notarized by a notary public and returned to school.  If inadequate insurance is a problem for you, contact Karen Ward, the school nurse, at 612-668-3650 or for information on where to get low cost immunizations.


Leadership Council
Invitation To Participate on Barton's Leadership Council
Tuesday, April 26, 2016 2:25 PM

Parents! We invite you to consider serving on Barton’s Leadership Council next year, or to consider encouraging someone you know to serve. The Council is made up of staff, parents and students who work together to support Barton’s mission as an open magnet school. Serving on the Council gives parents the opportunity to learn more about open and progressive education, understand challenges Barton faces, and advocate for our students.

We especially seek parents who reflect the racial and cultural diversity of our school’s community. As Barton’s student body becomes increasingly more diverse, our Leadership Council needs to reflect the student body. Last fall, we added a second round of Council applications to increase racial and cultural diversity. Diversity comes in all kinds of shapes and sizes. We encourage you to reflect on what you could bring the Council.


Superintendent Selection
Minneapolis: Your Voice Matters
Tuesday, April 26, 2016 8:10 AM

Selecting a New Superintendent:

To keep families and community members informed about the Superintendent Search, we are encouraging people to go to one of the upcoming listening sessions. The following link provides times and locations of each listening session, as well as a registration link for people to sign up to participate:

Thank you for your help throughout the search process!

LGBTQ + Parent Advisory Councils (PACs)!
Tuesday, April 19, 2016 1:50 PM

Announcing Our New LGBTQ+ Parent Advisory Council 

Dedicated to addressing the needs and supports of our LGBTQ+ students, families, and staff. 

Please join us in meeting other parents and kicking of our new group.

April 20th, 6-8pm


Birthday sign
Thank You for Helping at Barton's 100th Anniversary Party!
Monday, April 18, 2016 2:25 PM

A Special Note of Thanks from Jerri to the Dear Barton Community:

On Saturday, April 16, 2016, many of us gathered to celebrate the 100th anniversary of our beautiful building. The event itself was even more astounding than I ever could have imagined back in the Fall of 2015, when the planning for this event began. Just looking out at the crowd (which looked like it may have been 1,200 people) was amazing, in and of itself, but what was even more amazing was the sense of community that we--at Barton--are so great at creating! Together, we make Barton, our community, Minneapolis, and the world a better place to be! Our community is incredibly strong and beautiful and, at our 100 year mark, what more can we celebrate than that? 


Updates for the Barton Baseball & Softball Teams! Please read!
Monday, April 18, 2016 10:45 AM

 Good Morning Families!

Here is an update regarding the Baseball/Softball schedule for the remainder of the season. Please be aware that changes to the schedule may happen as the season continues. However, when changes occur, I will send an email to families, place it on the Barton website and make an all-school announcement. Here are also a few reminders...

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8th Grade Registration
8th Grade Family Registration Nights for High School
Thursday, April 14, 2016 1:55 PM

Please find the list of 8th grade family registration nights for high school in the attachment below.

Barton Facebook
If You're on Facebook, Find Barton's New Page & Group!
Wednesday, April 13, 2016 1:40 PM

Barton has two new Facebook presences! Come check them out…

  • Page — “Clara Barton Open School Minneapolis”
    This is a public page, which can be seen by anyone. Come here to find school events and announcements. Click “like” at the top to get news from this page in your newsfeed! On any event, you can click “invite” to let your friends and family members know about Barton events, such as the 100th Anniversary celebration, team games, concerts, coffee with the principal, and more.


Barton Turns 100!
What Makes Barton Beautiful: this Saturday, April 16
Tuesday, April 12, 2016 9:50 AM

Barton Turns 100: SATURDAY!

We are so close to celebrating the momentous occasion of the Clara Barton School's 100th anniversary this, Saturday, April 16, from 3:00-5:00 p.m. We are still in need of volunteers for the day-of. Sign up here: or contact Jerri Wagner at

No matter what, please come to the event!


Barton's 100th Year
Join Us for Barton's 100th Year Celebration!
Monday, April 4, 2016 7:50 AM

Barton turned 100 this year and we are very excited to celebrate! SAVE THE DATE, SPREAD THE WORD, AND PLEASE ATTEND 100 Years of Barton in 100 Minutes: Saturday, 4/16/16 from 3:00-5:00 P.M. There will be music from the Uppers Choir, a slideshow, archived historical information, an official proclamation, and many projects throughout the building to peruse created by our very own students! Barton gear will be sold, there will be a community art project, and we will have some special guest appearances! Please come and support our school to honor this momentous occasion! Interested in volunteering for the event??? We need you! Please sign up on the attached google spreadsheet or email Jerri Wagner for questions (

Volunteer Sign-up:

Barton Book Bazaar
Thanks for another successful Barton Book Bazaar!
Friday, March 25, 2016 1:35 PM


Dear Barton Community,

The Barton Book Bazaar 2016 was a huge success!!! The numbers (and the smiles) tell the story. . .

  • 3, 641 books were donated
  • 735 students received a coupon for a free book (every student at Barton!)
  • 142 students volunteered to sort books, cut coupons, box books, carry books, run the till, organize the tables, count money, take coupons, re-organize the tables, run errands, make signs. . .
  • 28 parent volunteers gave of their time to organize books, carry books, move boxes, work the till, sort books, re-organize books, help students select a book, break down boxes, move more boxes. . .
  • $816.50 was raised and will go directly into purchasing more books for 735 students to enjoy in the Barton Media Center!  A wonderful circle supporting the love of reading for our Barton children!
  • Uncountable smiles. 


What's Uppers All About? – Thurs. April 21 6:30-7:30pm
Wednesday, March 23, 2016 8:20 AM

Mark your calendars for this Uppers 101 class!  This meeting is especially designed for parents and guardians of current 6thgraders (but anyone is welcome). Uppers Coordinator and math and dance teacher, Allison Rubin, will explain what the Uppers experience will be like for your children in the fall and give you information about specialist classes, courses and the elective sign-up process.  

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MPS Nutrition Services has extended the application deadline for the MPS Jr Iron Chef Competition to Friday, April 8th
Wednesday, March 23, 2016 7:30 AM

Extended deadline! MPS Culinary & Nutrition Services is still accepting applications from middle school (6-8th grade) students interested in participating in the 2nd Annual MPS Jr Iron Chef Competition on Monday, May 2nd. Student participants will team up with True Food Chef Council chefs to compete top-chef style for a panel of judges (which will include Rep. Keith Ellison!). No cooking experience is required to apply! Applications are now due Friday, April 8th at 9pm.  Students can learn more and apply at

Volunteer for the Plant Sale – May 6th or 7th!
Tuesday, March 22, 2016 9:15 AM

It’s that time of year again: you’re getting ready for spring break, digging out t-shirts and shorts from long forgotten bins, and you’re marking down your shift to volunteer at the Barton plant sale!! That’s right, we need YOU to ensure that Barton’s biggest fundraiser is a success.  Please visit and then click again on the bright green "Volunteer here" link.  It will take you right to a chart where you can easily see the various shifts and choose the one that will work best for you: Fri. May 6: 2-4:30pm, 4:30-7pm Sat. May 7: 8:30-11am, 11am-1pm, 1-3pm

Thanks for giving of your valuable time to ensure that this important fundraiser is a success.  Any questions, contact me at Thank you!

Update on Barton Facebook 20.0
Friday, March 18, 2016 10:35 AM

We are in the process of re-envisioning and creating a new Barton Open School Facebook page/group.  

On Wednesday night, a group of parents met to brainstorm the ins and outs of this opportunity to intentionally and thoughtfully recreate our community’s communication via Facebook.  This update reflects parents’ input from our meeting and many emails received:

There is a wide range of perspectives/viewpoints on a new Barton FB presence:


Orange Theory Exercise FUNdraiser!
Wednesday, March 16, 2016 9:30 AM

We have 13 spots to fill for the April 23 Orange Theory Exercise FUNdraiser. If we don't get 20 total the class cannot happen for space rental issues. PLEASE consider signing up in the office so the $175 collected so far can stay in the Barton FUND (money will be refunded if we don't fill the class), not to mention the potential of $325 MORE dollars raised for our school. There are openings in several more FUNdraiser events. Check and purchase your tickets with check or cash in the Barton office!

MPS School Garden Resource Fair!
Tuesday, March 8, 2016 12:15 PM

MPS Nutrition Services is hosting the MPS School Garden Resource Fair on March 16th from 3:30pm-6pm. This event is open to any MPS teachers, staff, parents, or volunteers interested or involved in school gardens. Help us spread the word! Register at by Friday, March 11th. Email with any questions.

Nurse Message
Influenza Season
Tuesday, March 8, 2016 6:45 AM


We are having lots of students absent with fever, cough and sore throat—classic influenza symptoms.  Please review basic hygiene with you children—good handwashing, covering coughs, and throwing used tissues away.  If your children are not feeling well, please keep them home.  If you are unsure, consult the influenza screening tool on the school website.  Students can return to school 24 hours after a fever has returned to normal without Tylenol or ibuprofen, and 24 hours after vomiting has stopped.  If your child is diagnosed with influenza, please let us know.  Thank you!

Karen Ward, RN                                                                                                                               

School Nurse

Stay tuned for Spring Sports information!
Friday, March 4, 2016 11:35 AM

Hi Families! Our Baseball and Softball season is starting soon! Please stay tuned for Spring Sport information! Once I receive the information regarding game schedules and practice times, I will send home information with the students and update our website. If you have further questions, please contact Brittany Alexander at (612)668-3580 or Looking forward to the season!

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