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Minnesota Helps-North Minneapolis Recovery Fund
Tuesday, May 31, 2011 10:00 PM

The Minneapolis Foundation has established the Minnesota Helps-North Minneapolis Recovery Fund to assist with short-term and long-term housing and recovery efforts. You can donate online at or send checks to The Minneapolis Foundation, 80 S. 8th St. Minneapolis, MN 55402. You can also donate to the American Red Cross by going to Checks sent to Barton for the recovery effort will be forwarded to the Minneapolis Foundation or to the American Red Cross-Twin City Area Chapter as indicated on the check.

North Minneapolis Tornado Recovery Fundraiser
Tuesday, May 31, 2011 9:55 PM

Before the school year ends, the Barton Student Council has one more thing for everyone to do. We would like to raise money for the people of North Minneapolis. Due to the damage from the tornado that took place there, many families can’t even live in their homes. If you could donate money, we could help them rebuild their homes, have food to eat, and maybe even replace some of the beautiful trees they lost from the storm. Bring donations to your homerooms and Student Council Representatives will bring the donations to Room 12. Please give generously -- Let’s help our neighbors in North Minneapolis! Thank you!

Literacy Tutors
Wednesday, May 18, 2011 2:00 PM

Barton Open School will have two full time literacy tutors next year who are members of the Minnesota Reading Corps. Through the generous support of the Target Corporation to fund this program in the Minneapolis Public Schools, Superintendent Bernadeia Johnson made the additional decision that every school will be a part of the program next year. Minnesota Reading Corps is an AmeriCorps program that targets students in grades kindergarten through third grade to help ensure that all Minnesota children are on track to read by the end of third grade.

The initial screening for the literacy tutor positions is handled through Minnesota Reading Corps but our own teaching staff will also have an opportunity to interview recommended candidates so we can determine a good fit for our school. Minnesota Reading Corp members receive a modest living stipend (roughly $1,000 a month) and can earn up to $5,350 toward tuition or student loans. If you know of someone who might be interested in being a Reading Corps literacy tutor next year, please encourage them to apply by going to the program’s website at We look forward to having the one-on-one literacy tutoring for students in kindergarten through third grade who need this additional learning support.

Used Books
Wednesday, May 11, 2011 10:00 AM

Please help Girl Scout Troop 12083 by bringing us your lightly used books. We are trying to acquire our Silver Award by remodeling the library at People Serving People, an emergency homeless shelter. We will be collecting books from May 16 – June 8. Our project is called Everyone Needs a Book and A Great Place to Read it in. Please help us accomplish this. We will have a box in the hallway at Barton. Thank you so much for your help! Questions can be emailed to Kim Lawrence; We appreciated your help with donating plastic caps to the girls two years ago for their recycled art project! The mural is inside Linden Hills Park, which you helped the troop make! Thank you!

Lake Day Volunteers
Wednesday, May 11, 2011 10:00 AM

Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls! It’s time once again for one of the greatest days of the year! Yes, that’s right LAKE DAY is just around the corner! Lake Day will be on Monday, June 6th this year. Once again we expect a day of picnics, fun activities and camaraderie. To make this day the successful event it always is, we need your help! Lake Day works because of great Barton students, staff and volunteers. That’s where you come in – we need VOLUNTEERS! It’s easy and fun. If you like to help kids play games, make crafts, enjoy Frisbee golf, relay races, drawing with sidewalk chalk, or you have played tag, jacks or jumped rope, or any other outdoor activity we need you! We will have everything you need and help get you started; we just need you to help students get involved in Lake Day activities. Please call Sue B. at 612-327-3547 or leave a note in her box in the office (with your phone number), or stop in room 12 to sign up. Mark Monday, June 6th on your calendars and sign up to help. See you at Lake Day!!!

Bake Sale/Lemonade Stand Customers!
Tuesday, May 3, 2011 12:30 PM

At the Saturday Plant Sale Pick-Up day, Barton uppers students are holding a bake sale/lemonade stand fundraiser. They will donate the proceeds to So Others May Learn (http:// or http:// So Others May Learn is a non- profit organization that helps students in Zimbabwe get scholarships so that they have the ability to go to high school. The purpose for raising this money is not only to complete a service-learning project in our math class, but to fight a cause. So come to the plant sale for cookies, cake, brownies, lemonade and ice tea.

Plant Sale Volunteers and Wagons
Tuesday, April 26, 2011 4:50 PM

Only eight more days until the Plant Sale Pick-Up Days! If you haven't yet volunteered to help, please call Julie Glass-Yares at (612) 790-8166 or There are still shifts available on Friday, May 6, 4:30-7:00 PM and Saturday, May 7, 9:00-12:00 and 12:00-3:00 PM, or if you only have a short time, come on Saturday at 2:30 to help take down tables and signs.

Another way you can help with the Plant Sale is to bring your children's wagon to the playground on Friday morning (May 6). Customers use wagons to haul their plants to their cars.

Bottles for Rocket Options
Tuesday, April 19, 2011 4:10 PM

Julie Martin’s “Bottle Rocket Option” class needs about 20 rinsed 2 liter pop bottles. Accepting donations through Friday, May 6th. Please drop off in Room 118. Thank you!

Food Drive Too!
Tuesday, April 19, 2011 4:10 PM

The Student Council realized that people are not just hungry around the winter holidays – Hunger is a problem all year long! So, Barton is having another food drive to help stock the shelves at Sabathani Community Center for people in need in our community. Please look in your cupboards and grab a can of soup, or a bag of noodles, or box of cereal. We need your help to make this food drive a success and people right here in Minneapolis need a meal today! The food drive will go until May 2, 2011. Bring in something and help feed a neighbor! (All donations can go in the main hall of Barton outside the office.) THANK YOU!

Plant Sale Volunteers Needed
Thursday, April 7, 2011 8:20 AM

Now that you have filled out your plant sale forms and collected money from friends and neighbors, the fun has only just begun! Please consider volunteering at the Plant Sale Pick-Up Days! Shifts are:

  • Thursday, May 5, 2:00 – 3:00 PM to set-up tables and signs;
  • Friday, May 6, 2:00 – 4:30 and 4:30 – 7:00 PM
  • Saturday, May 7, 9:00 – 12:00 and 12:00 – 3:00 PM
  • Saturday, May 7, 2:30 – 3:30 PM to take down tables and signs.

Volunteer tasks are:

  • Pick-up Forms, greet customers, search through files to find each customer’s plant order form.
  • Restock – keep the tables full, plants watered and help customers find their plants or a wagon.
  • Check Out Gate – review customer’s plant order as they leave to make sure they have the right plants.

To sign up for a shift call Julie Glass-Yares at 612-790-8166 or Indicate the names of volunteers, desired shift times, and preferred tasks.

Spring Options Needs Your Class
Friday, March 18, 2011 9:00 AM

Options are coming soon and this is an invitation for you to share your unique knowledge or passion with a small group of students who have expressed an interest in your topic. Barton students look forward to Options and are enthusiastic teachers and learners. Spring Options will be Tuesdays and Thursdays, May, 3, 5 and 10, 12.  Please complete and return the Spring Options Teacher’s Request form (sent home before spring break). You can ask questions or offer a class by contacting Rus Thomas at or 612-668-3580. Submissions of classes are due April 11.

Used Books
Tuesday, March 8, 2011 4:10 PM

The Student Council is sponsoring the Used Book Fair again this year so, please start bringing in all of your gently used books that you no longer have a need for. Book styles can range from children to adult and include all subjects (make sure adult books are appropriate for eyes of all ages). The book fair will be open all day on Wednesday, March 30, Thursday, March 31, and until noon on Friday, April 1. It will also be open during the Student Author’s Night event on the evening of Thursday, March 31.

To make the sale a success and get as many books as possible into students’ hands, PLEASE START BRINGING IN USED BOOKS. If a classroom reaches their goal in the number of books they collect, each student will get a free book! All proceeds will be put towards our school and everyone gets a chance for a good book to read. So, bring us books!!!

Pennies for Patients
Wednesday, February 9, 2011 8:35 AM

Clara Barton Open School will participate in collecting Pennies for Patients. You can make a difference simply by putting any spare change in the Pennies for Patients donation bucket located in the main hallway. The change will then be donated to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, helping children just like students all over the country since 1994. Just think, if every student brought one penny to school for the rest of the year, we could raise a great deal of money that would benefit people in need of support. So, student council challenges everyone to raise money and donate it to the patients that have this life-threatening condition.

Debate Meet Volunteers
Tuesday, January 25, 2011 4:20 PM

In just 3 short years Barton’s debate team has grown to the largest of any metro middle school and won the 2010 Middle School Championship! As a result of our success, Barton will be hosting its first ever debate meet on February 10th from 3-7 PM.

Whether your son or daughter is on the debate team and you want to understand what all this talk about COIN, CT, 2C, etc. actually means, or you just want to see what it’s all about, please sign up to help out. This will be an exciting event with approximately 200+ middle school students. We need 35 parent volunteers to help host the tournament. Parent volunteers will be stationed in the rooms and help students locate their debate rooms.

If you are willing to help, please contact Barbara Hahn at 612-845-8535 or Sign-up will also be available at the information meeting on February 1 at 6:30 PM in the media center.

More Options Classes Needed
Tuesday, January 25, 2011 4:10 PM

The due date for class submissions is January 31, but we can accept submissions as late as Feb 2nd. We have a few fine parent taught classes but we still need that class only you can offer. Come share your interest, knowledge and passion. Winter Options will be Wednesdays, Feb 23, March 2, March 9 and March 16 at 1:10 pm. If you would like to teach a class, you may complete and return the form sent home. It contains specific info about the program. Forms are also available in the main office or on the Options page. Or, you can also offer a class or ask questions by contacting Rus Thomas at or 612-668- 3580.

Handmade Arts from the Heart Artists
Tuesday, January 18, 2011 4:20 PM

On Saturday, February 12, from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, we are having a “HANDMADE ART FROM THE HEART” event. If you are a local artist and would like to have a booth please contact either Cindy Smedberg at ( or Dawn White at ( for more information. We have so many talented artists in our neighborhood and want to bring our crafting community together (Application Form). The day will be full of art, music, wholesome food and friends (and open to the public). Our goal is to raise money to support our new tutoring program after school for Barton students.  More information is available at

Magazines Needed
Tuesday, January 18, 2011 2:20 PM

The Middles team (5th and 6th grade students) are working with Emily Isenberg, visual artist, to create collages. We need many, many magazines to cut and glue layers for each student‟s artwork. The students will study a social skills curriculum with CLIMB, Youth Performance Company, and classroom teachers and then use the collage to reflect on their learning. This connection between visual art and social skills curriculum is funded through Arts for Academic Achievement, a Minneapolis Public Schools program. If you have magazines you are willing to donate for this project, please bring them to Barton's art room by Friday, January 28th. Thank you.

Vision Screening Volunteers
Tuesday, January 18, 2011 2:20 PM

Parent volunteers are needed on Monday and Tuesday, January 31 and February 1, and Monday, February 7 to help with vision screening. Screening will take place from 8:30 1:40 p.m.. Volunteers will be escorting students between classrooms and the screening area, and also supervising students while they wait to be screened. If you are able to help, please leave a message on the attendance line for Karen Ward, School Nurse at 612-668-3588.

Please Help Support Our Tutoring Program!
Tuesday, January 11, 2011 4:20 PM

We are starting a tutoring program after school for students teachers have recommended. Some of these students are in need of rides home Mondays and Wednesdays @ 4:30. This program begins Monday, January 31 and will run 13 sessions. If you can help carpool once, a few times or weekly to make this program happen, please contact Cindy Smedberg in the Community Education Office or Steve DeLapp. Families must sign a waiver for liability purposes, drivers must have working seat belts, proof of insurance coverage and volunteers must be adults 25+. Another way to volunteer is to help Jaci Sullivan and Rebecca Till during instruction time from 2:30–4:30 PM. What a good way to volunteer and support the Barton community by making it possible for a child who needs a little extra help with homework to receive 26 hours of tutoring.

Teach a Winter Options Class
Tuesday, January 11, 2011 1:30 PM

Barton students look forward to Options and are enthusiastic teachers and learners. For parents who offer a class, it is a time to share their unique knowledge or passion to a small group of students who have an expressed interest in the topic. Winter Options will be Wednesdays, February 23, and March 2, 9, 16 at 1:10 PM. If you are interested in teaching a class, please complete and return the form sent home this week or download the form here. You can offer a class, ask questions, or get help planning a class by contacting Rus Thomas at or 612-668-3580. Submissions of classes are due no later than January 31, 2011.

Glasses for Kids From Kids
Tuesday, January 4, 2011 1:15 PM

Please bring your used kids eye glasses to the office and put in the “glasses” box. The Kol Balfour’s (Annabel in Becky’s room and Mimi in Jaci’s room) will donate them to kids who need them in Sinaloa, Mexico! Thank you for helping kids see better everywhere!

Parent Volunteers to help with Debate Tournament
Sunday, December 12, 2010 12:15 PM

The debate tournament on February 10, 2010 will be AT BARTON. We really need parent volunteers - about 35 of them - to host this tournament. We are the only competing school hosting a tournament. They asked us to host due to our size. In order to host the tournament, we need to use every room available at Barton. Parent volunteers would be stationed in the rooms or helping students locate the rooms where their debate will take place.  Email Flory Sommers ( if you can help out.  Read more about the Barton Debate Team...

Pennies for Patients with Leukemia
Tuesday, November 30, 2010 4:20 PM

Barton will be collecting pennies for patients with leukemia. The patients will then be able to buy wigs for their hair loss after treatments like chemotherapy. They can also use the money to go on field trips and brighten their spirits.

Winter Clothing
Tuesday, November 30, 2010 4:20 PM

While we enjoy the winter warmth, there are others who can’t afford a coat, boots or even a warm meal. Let’s give back this year! From now until December 17th, Barton will be having a “Warm Hands, Warm Heart, Winter Clothing /Food Drive”. You can donate coats, hats, boots, scarves, snow pants, mittens or gloves. If you donate food, bring non- perishable items like canned, boxed or bag-sealed foods. We would appreciate your help!!!

Box Tops
Tuesday, November 30, 2010 4:15 PM

Room 209 is counting Box Tops for Education! Each box top is worth 10 cents. We are counting box tops for printer ink and new books. So far, we have 14,220 but we need more fast! We know you have them, so send them in! Thanks!

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