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Barton shares news of loss


October 11, 2017


Good Morning Barton Families,

It is with great sadness that I have to share with you that our beloved 3rd and 4th grade teacher, Jaci Sullivan, has passed away. Jaci has been an inspirational, passionate and fierce teacher, leader and learner here at Clara Barton Open School and Minneapolis Public Schools for decades. She was the epitome of a progressive educator and focused on the development and growth of the whole student as a lifelong learner.

With love and passion for kids, Jaci built a strong inclusive classroom and extended family community. Jaci believed that we all need to care for one another in this community and world. There is no doubt Jaci made a positive difference in the lives of our students, school and community in a variety of ways, all of which we may not fully know or understand.

We will be sharing this information with grades 3-8 today and we will have supports available for staff and students as needed for as long as needed. Diane and Rebecca, our social worker, will be in 220 today. We are also providing space for students within the building that may need time and space for processing. Please check in with your students tonight. We understand that staff and students will respond differently and Jaci’s passing will be difficult for our community. We have a strong school social work team and support professionals from MPS who will be providing support to our community.

Please call us at 612.668.3580 if you or your student need any additional support. We express our condolences to all of Jaci’s family, friends, coworkers and students. She was a positive force in our lives and taught us how amazingly ridiculous love can be.


In Peace,

Diane Bagley, Clara Barton Open School Principal

Maria Rollinger, Clara Barton Open School Assistant Principal


Here are some resources for you and your children:

Help Your Child Manage Traumatic Events.pdf

Helping Teens Cope with Loss and Grief.pdf
National Association of School Psychologists