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September 23rd

Minneapolis Public Schools

Minneapolis Public Schools




The Barton Bugle - Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Hello Barton Families,

Hoping this week's edition of the Barton Bugle is finding you well and with more technology skills than you had the week before, however our continued commitment is to support you and your children in accessing and making virtual learning a seamless part of the day.  Please see the attached documents along with the technological supports at each grade level to complement the overall technology needs.  


Material Distribution

We are also doing another round of Materials Pick-Up next week on:​​​​​​​

  • Wednesday, September 30, 2020 from 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

  • Thursday, October 1, 2020 from 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

The materials in this distribution will include: Math workbooks, Writing Workbooks, Science Kits, Art Kits, PE equipment (K-5 per family and 6-8 per student).

We look forward to seeing you all in a walk-thru outside at Barton on Colfax Ave. 

Social Justice Focused

Progressive Education Tenet: Social justice: A sense of community and responsibility for others isn’t confined to the classroom; indeed, students are helped to locate themselves in widening circles of care that extend beyond self, beyond friends, beyond their own ethnic group, and beyond their own country. Opportunities are offered not only to learn about, but also to put into action, a commitment to diversity and to improving the lives of others.


In order to decenter whiteness as a school, we need to be reflective of our own implicit biases and see our whole community. In order to de-center whiteness, we need to examine “Why we Talk About Whiteness”  Click Here for the article from Teaching Tolerance.  As we begin to examine the concept of whiteness and how it shows up in MPS and Barton, this article grounds us in beginning this conversation.

Miigwech in joining us in this journey,

Diane Bagley, Principal

Overall Technology Needs

If you have any questions logging onto or accessing either Seesaw or Google Classroom please contact Julie L. Petersen our IT Specialist at: or by phone at: 612.325.4527


If you have any technology/device needs please contact Abby or Beth at: or 

Family and Student Guides to Technology and Access​​​​​​​

Update School Day

Elementary School Day 8:30 am - 2:30 pm ( matches the school day of other MPS elementary sites)

Middle School Day 8:30 am - 3:00 pm (matches the school day of other MPS Middle School sites)

Hiring Update

MPS has our 6th grade position posted which will close tomorrow, September 24, 2020.  Candidates will be vetted by our Human Resource Specialist and forwarded to myself and Maria.  We will then take the resumes and share them with our interview team and interview candidates.  We hope to have the position filled by next week.  We would like to take the opportunity to thank all our teachers who are currently teaching and supporting the 6th grade team!!!  THANK YOU!!!, Carrie P., Amber D., Sara D-O., Jeanne L., Becky G., Tra C. and Brittany B.!!!  They are an amazing team of educators dedicated to supporting our students and families.


The Barton Social Worker Corner Beth and Annie:  

We know that Meltdowns are happening during the school day for many of you. We put together some information on how to respond when the meltdowns occur. Check it out here:

Help! How to Manage the Meltdowns

SEL Lessons for Youth:

SEL Lesson K-5th on the topic of Self Care during Distance Learning

SEL Lesson 6-8 on How to be Anti-Racist On-Line

Check out the Barton Social Work website for other resources.

If you have information you’d like shared in the Bugle, please email Josie Johnson


Updates from PTO and Leadership Council

Greetings parents! If you are interested in joining the PTO email list, please do so at this link. 

Here are the notes from the Leadership Council meeting and the PTO meeting

The PTO is looking for parent volunteers for these items:  

  • Kindergarten Dinner (parents in grades 1-8, please) please email us and we will connect you to the chair of the event! 

  • Parent reps! Still looking for reps for each class room. You can read a little about the role here, and if interested, please sign up here.  We will hold an online training next week.  We are looking for 2 reps per room. If your teacher is not listed, they have 2 reps in place. 

Thank you,

Erin and Becca

  • Upcoming Events:

    • Thursday, September 24, 2020 - Coffee with the Principal: 9:30am - 10:30am.

      • Google Meet Join Meeting using code: BartonCoffee

    • Wednesday, September 30, 2020 - Barton Open Materials Pick Up Round 2 3:00pm - 6:00 pm

      • Walk Thru outside Barton on Colfax Ave

    • Thursday, October 1, 2020 - Barton Open Materials Pick Up Round 2 3:00pm - 6:00 pm

      • Walk Thru outside Barton on Colfax Ave\

    • Wednesday, October 14, 2020 -   Coffee with the Principal: 9:30am - 10:30am.

      • Google Meet Join Meeting using code: BartonCoffee


Distance Home Learning is in effect until the end of Quarter 1.  Our Superintendent Ed Graff will make decisions about what MPS Phase we will be in going into Quarter 2 as it reflects Governor Walz’s Executive Order.

CAFE’ Information:


Barton Parent Handbook - written BY Barton parents FOR Barton parents!





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