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Barton Open School

Clara Barton Open School is a student-centered, public K-8 magnet school fostering a community of active, socially conscious, life-long learners. 

Our values are rooted in Progressive Education

  • Instilling a love of learning.
  • Valuing each child for his or her perspectives.
  • Interdisciplinary curriculum and culturally responsive instruction.
  • Developing a community of mutual respect and equity.
  • Creative, courageous and collaborative inquiry for all.
  • Child-centered decision-making & self-directed learning.
  • Educating for a democratic society.


Leadership Council Meeting - April 16, 4:30-7:00 p.m.
Monday, April 15, 2019 3:40 PM

Leadership Council has rescheduled last week’s meeting for tomorrow, Tuesday, April 16 from 4:30-7:00 p.m., in the Media Center. Please note the meeting is extended an extra 30 minutes. Agenda for the meeting will include Foundation Budget, Parent Survey Results and Improving Leadership Council Efficacy and Structure. Please join us! Childcare for school aged children and food will be available.

Barton Plant Sale
Online Plant Sale Orders Close Sunday!
Friday, April 12, 2019 4:10 PM

There's still time to order your plants online!

Order your plants online by visiting The Barton Plant Sale online ordering website features photos and information about all our plants and merchandise. You can pay by credit card or PayPal account.

Thank You Volunteers!
Thank You Volunteers!
Friday, April 12, 2019 11:30 AM

At the end of National Volunteer Appreciation Week, we'd like to show gratitude for all Barton Open School Volunteers!  Whether you are a parent, grandparent, neighbor or whether you volunteer in the classroom, for special school programs and events, or school leadership, we appreciate your time and dedication to making Barton a great school for all children.  


Barton's Earth Day Clean-up
Earth Day Clean-up at Barton - April 20th!
Wednesday, April 10, 2019 9:45 AM

Celebrate Earth Day on Saturday, April 20th from 9-11am here at Barton Open School! Please bring your rakes, gardening gloves and enthusiasm as we clean up and beautify our school grounds as a community.

The Plourde Team (Shannon & Jennifer) from Keller Williams Realty is sponsoring the event and will be providing yard waste bags, along with coffee and doughnuts.

A great community service opportunity for the whole family - for more information or to RSVP visit:

Community Ed Adult Spring Sampler
MPS Community Ed - Adult Spring Sampler Event - April 13th
Friday, March 29, 2019 1:20 PM

Adult Spring Sampler Event is happening on Saturday April 13th at the new 800 W. Broadway Building from 9:30-1:30 pm. The event is entirely free to the public. There will be three free classes people can participate in: Personal Branding: Update Your Look for Success, Somali Dance, and Ten African American Artists You should know. A light lunch and childcare will also be provided that day. We encourage people to RSVP either by emailing, Eventbrite, or Facebook. However drop-ins are also welcome.

Here is the Eventbrite link: Eventbrite

Facebook link here: Facebook Event

Barton Plant Sale 2019
Barton Plant Sale 2019
Wednesday, March 27, 2019 9:00 AM

Our Barton Plant Sale kicked off last Friday, March 22nd! We hope students will get out and sell, sell, sell over spring break.



5th annual Junior Iron Chef Competition
6th-8th Graders Register for 5th Annual Junior Iron Chef Competition
Tuesday, March 12, 2019 10:55 AM

6th-8th Grade Students are invited to register for the 5th annual Junior Iron Chef Competition on Thursday, May 2 at Solar Arts by Chowgirls, 711 NE 15th Avenue, Minneapolis, MN. Applications are DUE by 4 p.m. on Friday, April 5th!  To learn more and apply, visit: Questions? Please contact Kate Seybold at or 612-668-2852.

K-8 Washburn Summer Soccer Camp
Registration for the 2019 K-8 Soccer Camp at Washburn High School is open!
Monday, March 11, 2019 8:10 AM

K-5 Soccer Camp

What: Soccer camp for kids in grades K-5: Skills and fun 


Lego Wall Donations
Barton's Lego Wall is UP!
Tuesday, March 5, 2019 9:25 AM

A big thank you to the Minneapolis Assistance League for funding a grant to build a vertical Lego Wall outside of the media center.  And a shout out of deep gratitude to parent volunteer Steve Gagner (Aidan Tupper, 206) for helping construct the wall.  The last detail is acquiring Lego bricks to construct on the wall.  So. . . Looking for donations of Lego bricks (any size/color).  If your family can donate 10-20 bricks to the media center, please drop them in the bucket in the media center!  Thanks!  -Angie Endo, Media Specialist

Southwest Performing Arts for Neighborhood News
Thursday, February 28, 2019 8:50 AM
FUNdraiser Tickets on Sale Now
Barton FUNdraiser Tickets on Sale NOW!
Thursday, February 28, 2019 7:40 AM

Barton FUNdraiser Tickets on sale NOW!  Click the link to purchase tickets to unique events that financially support our school.

FUNdraiser Tickets

Marker Recycling Program
Marker Recycling is happening at Barton!
Wednesday, February 27, 2019 9:20 AM

All teachers now have a box in their rooms that is designated for recycling old markers. The program, Crayola ColorCycle is sponsored by Crayola (Crayola ColorCycle FAQs | but ALL markers can be collected no matter what brand and even including highlighters and dry erase markers!


Thank You Tour Guides!
Thank You to Our 2018-19 Tour Guides!
Monday, February 25, 2019 9:55 AM

A BIG THANK YOU to the school tour guides for 2018-2019! Thank you so much to all the parents and staff who helped with school tours this season. As many of you know, it is a major investment of time and energy to lead school tours between November and February at Barton.


MPS Community Ed
Super Summer Program at Justice Page 2019
Thursday, February 21, 2019 2:30 PM

Please click the flyer below for information regarding the Super Summer Program being held at Justice Page this summer 2019!

Youth Grief Services
Grief Support Group for Children and Families
Thursday, January 10, 2019 3:20 PM

Families with children and teens who have experienced the death of a loved one are invited to participate in a free, seven-week grief support group through Fairview Health Services. We incorporate fun, healing, and age-appropriate activities to help the entire family through the grieving process. Children and teens, ages 4 through 18, are divided into groups by age. While children and teens are meeting, support is offered simultaneously for their parent(s) and/or caregivers. The grief support group is free to join, but registration is required. Please see the attached flyer for more details. 

Barton's Dine & Give Nights
Barton's Dine & Give Nights!
Tuesday, December 18, 2018 11:15 AM

Mark your calendars for our upcoming Dine & Give Nights. These amazing, neighborhood restaurants will be donating proceeds from the evening to The Barton Fund. We hope you’ll be able to join us for one or all of the dates listed! Be sure to let family and friends know too.


Washburn Tour Dates
Washburn Tour Dates for Prospective Families
Monday, December 17, 2018 11:40 AM

Please see the attached flyer for Washburn Tour dates!

Volunteer for Friday Popcorn
Volunteer for Friday Popcorn!
Monday, December 3, 2018 10:10 AM

Friday Popcorn is a LONG standing tradition that was implemented by beloved teacher, Felicity Miel-Crosby. Felicity passed away in the fall of 2015. Since then, 3/4 Teachers have worked tirelessly to keep this Barton tradition!  

Donate to Barton via AmazonSmile!
Tuesday, October 30, 2018 8:35 AM

Did you know you can give money to Barton by shopping on Amazon with AmazonSmile? Here’s more the information on how you can donate!  


State of Our School and Title I Presentation
State of Our School and Title I Presentation
Monday, October 15, 2018 1:20 PM

If you missed Barton's State of Our School and Title I Meeting last week, please find a copy of the presentation by Diane and Maria below!

State of Our Schools & Title I Meeting
State of Our Schools and Title I Meeting - Oct. 11 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, October 9, 2018 12:50 PM

Barton’s State of Our Schools and Title I Annual Meeting‚Äč will be held on Thursday, Oct. 11, from 6:30-7:30 p.m., in the Media Center following October’s Leadership Council meeting. The purpose of the meeting is to:

  • Provide information about the current state of the school
  • Provide an update on the School Improvement Plan
  • Share priorities, goals, and strategies for improvement
  • Provide ways in which families can be engaged throughout the year
  • Clarify the purpose of Title I
  • Describe the communication parents/guardians can expect to receive regarding their child’s progress

Childcare will be provided. We hope to see you there!