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From the Principal
Thursday, November 20, 2014 6:40 AM


Dear Barton Community,

I would like to take the opportunity to thank all of the Barton community members that contributed to the success of the Wild Rumpus book sale last week.  Classroom students, parents, and Barton staff combined their skills and passion to organize, promote, perform, and yes purchase our way to the most successful book sale to date.  These combined, collaborative resources provided us with a unique opportunity to gather as a community to celebrate our talents and ensure quality reading materials for classroom and personal reading.

Fiona Pradhan, one of the organizers, has provided an outstanding write up that provides specific information regarding our Wild Rumpus’ success, so rather than duplicate her work, I wanted to remind us of the many opportunities that staff and extended community members have to participate in Barton’s success.

In addition to our teachers who work tirelessly to create social-emotional and academic learning opportunities for all of our students, this list includes community volunteers who work to endure our students’ academic progress,  those working behind the scenes in targeted committees such as our Barton Garden committee and our leadership council, to our devoted parents that support the academic and social-emotional of students both in their home, at Barton, and throughout Minneapolis.

So, while I look forward future endeavours - such as the upcoming Spring Plant Sale - to collaborate with Barton’s extended community, I cannot thank enough all of the people that contribute to our day-to-day successes in helping students learn essential skills, find their passions, and build their independence.

Thank you.

Paul Scanlon
Principal – Barton Open School