Schools notebook // Training supports classroom goals

Minneapolis Public Schools aims to train parents, family members and volunteers to better help district students through its Community Academic Series running through December.

Topics in the series range from strategies for math and reading tutoring to identifying the needs of special education students. The workshops, taught by district curriculum specialists, tie the content back to classroom lessons and strategies, putting students, teachers, parents and volunteers on the same page.

The sessions are also designed to emphasize the important role family and community involvement can play in boosting student achievement, the district reports.

Go to to read more about the upcoming sessions, which run at various locations through Dec. 7. Register at least one week in advance for an upcoming session online or by calling 290-8440.

Barton hosting art fair

EAST HARRIET — The third-annual Handmade Arts from the Heart art fair and fundraiser takes in November, hosted by Barton School Foundation, the nonprofit supporting students at Clara Barton Open School.

More than 20 local artists and artisans are expected at the event selling handmade and local art, jewelry, toys, clothing, photography and other items, with all vendor fees going to the foundation. Dawn White, a first- and second-grade teacher at Barton, founded the event in 2010.

Scheduled entertainment for this year’s event includes a performance by Laura Balfour Dance Company. There will also be food and henna and face painting.

The art fair runs 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Nov. 10 at Barton, 4237 Colfax Ave. S. For more information on the event, including a list of vendors, visit

Barton School Foundation is also organizing a tour of local art galleries that includes lunch at King’s Wine Bar, 4555 Grand Ave. S. For more information on the tour, contact Cindy Smedberg of the Barton Community Education Program at [email protected]

AchieveMpls luncheon tickets on sale

Author, Army veteran and education advocate Wes Moore is the keynote speaker for the AchieveMpls 10th Annual Education Partners Luncheon Nov. 16.

Moore’s best-selling book, “The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates,” contrasts the arc of his life — from his youth in a single-parent Baltimore household to military school in Pennsylvania, followed by military service in Afghanistan and a stint as an advisor to former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice — with that of another man names Wes Moore who grew also grew up in a single-parent household in Baltimore, but is now in prison serving a life sentence for murder. Moore the author argues community support and education play critical roles in setting the life course for youth.

AchieveMpls is Minneapolis Public Schools’ nonprofit strategic and fundraising partner. Best Buy and over 600 other local businesses are sponsoring this year’s luncheon.

The luncheon runs 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. Nov. 16 at The Depot event center, 225 3rd Ave. S. Tickets are $100 per person or $1,500 for a table of 10, and information on purchasing both can be found on the AchieveMpls website,

Washburn arts gala to benefit auditorium

The Washburn High School Arts Council is hosting a Fall Arts Gala Nov. 10 to benefit the school’s art programs and a renovation of the Washburn auditorium.

The program features performances by Washburn High School students followed later by alumni, including featured vocalists Ginger Commodore and Charmin Michelle. The event also features an auction, appetizers and a cash bar.

The Washburn High School Arts Council is a volunteer organization supporting music and art education at Washburn.

The gala runs 6:30 p.m.–10 p.m. at Parkway Theater, 4814 Chicago Ave. S., with performances by current Washburn students 7 p.m.–8 p.m. and alumni 8:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased online at Free childcare is available during the event at nearby McRae Park.

Silent auction 

supports Burroughs

Parents of Burroughs Community School past and present plan to gather for the fifth-annual Fall for Burroughs Silent Auction Nov. 9 in Dinkytown.

Proceeds from the event help to build the Burroughs Fund, established in 2002 to support Burroughs programming. The event at the Varsity Theater will feature food from Loring Pasta Bar, a cash bar, music and both a silent and a live auction, with many of the items donated by Burroughs families.

For more details on the event or for information on how to donate an item for the silent auction, go to

The event runs 7 p.m.–midnight at the Varsity Theater, 1308 4th St. S.E. Tickets are $40 at the door or $30 in advance and can be purchased online at