The PTA Carnival on Friday, September 21st, was a huge success! The PTA provided the means for kids to play on blow-up bouncy houses, obstacle courses, and other fun equipment. Teachers, parent volunteers, and volunteers from the high school also manned booths so that the students at Barnett could use their skill and luck to win prizes. One of the most popular games was Flush 'Em, a game in which students try to throw a ball at a small lever which then pours a bucketful of cold water onto the waiting person's head. The PTA also provided treats and food for the carnival--pizza, cotton candy, soda, sno cones, and nachos to name a few. This was a great and successful activity for bringing the Barnett community together. Thank you so much to our wonderful members of PTA who organized this for us!
Not many Barnett Elementary students have travelled the world, but the Rainforest Van brings a world of animals to our students! Living Planet Aquarium from Sandy, Utah provides an outreach program for schools along the Wasatch Front.
The Madagascar Hissing Cockroach and the Pac Man Frog are just two of the many creatures Barnett 2ndgraders met this month. Our students were science detectives for a day as they made observations and inferences about the animals, their environments, and adaptations.
This program is specially designed around the 2nd grade Utah Core Curriculum. Interactive and engaging, this program guided the students along an adventure around the world without leaving the classroom. The students were asked questions about geography, biology and environmental science, testing their prior knowledge and investigative skills. The Living Planet Aquarium Rainforest Van sparked an interest in the 2nd grade.
The demonstrations by the trained animal specialists fostered a desire within the students to learn about the planet. The presenters were engaging and gave our students an up close and personal experience with cockroaches, millipedes, crabs, and geckos.
157,000 students have experienced the wonder of the Rainforest Van since 1999. Barnett Elementary is grateful for the opportunity The Living Planet Aquarium provided for their inquisitive young students. Three lucky students, chosen by raffle, were given a free day-pass to The Living Planet Aquarium.
The rainforest, once 12% of the planet’s surface, has now been depleted to less than 5%, although 50% of the earth’s species are found there. What a terrific and memorable experience it was for Barnett 2nd Graders to get to know these unique animals.
The Barnett 5th grade set out to Diamond Fork Canyon on Thursday, Sept 13th for a fun-filled day in the outdoors. Sarah Flinders, the forest ranger in charge, is responsible for the creation of the Kids Discovery Area, with its paths, signs explaining information about the the local terrain, and the flora and fauna found in the area. The students love putting on the hip waders and plodding into the river to discover what invertebrates keep this water clean and ready to become the water we drink, without a lot of bleaching and chemicals. It was a great adventure for all, plus Mrs. Knudsen and her class became very familiar with some areas we hadn't explored in prior years. We are so glad we were able to go on this field trip!
On Friday, September 14, the first grade students at Barnett Elementary participated in Watermelon Day. Watermelon Day is a Fun Friday activity where the students do different activities that involve watermelons. The students really enjoyed this day and loved eating their own piece of watermelon at the end of the day.
Barnett was lucky to have more visitors come and serve our school for a second week in a row. Thursday, September 13 was Day of Caring and for the second year in a row United Way and Vivint Alarm Company teamed up to come and show Barnett just how much they care. Close to 130 volunteers spent the morning at our school working in classrooms, playing games with students, staining book cases that were given to teachers, and a whole lot of outdoor clean up like sweeping walks and gutters and pruning trees. It was amazing to hear how grateful the volunteers were for the opportunity to serve. Well Barnett is amazed, thankful, and very appreciative of the hard work. Our grounds are spotless, our students are happy, and teachers enjoy having all the help they can get. A big thank you to United Way and Vivint for the materials, time, and dedication they donated to our school!
The NED show came to Barnett last Friday. Not only were students regaled with impressive yo-yo tricks, a story about aliens, and a very enthusiastic performer--John--but students were also able to learn about how to be a champion. John and Ned shared tips on how to be a champion: Never give up, Encourage others, and Do your best. Students learned about how important it is to keep trying and never give up because as soon as we do, we won't ever be able to become a champion. They also learned about how encouraging others helps others feel good but also helps the encourager to feel good too and that it has a boomerang effect: the other person will probably encourage you back! It concluded with the admonition to always do your best because what's the point of doing something or trying something if you aren't giving it your best effort? Champions don't do that.
NED show yo-yos are on sale this week before and after school.
Friday, September 7, 2012, was a day of service from the Fishbowl Inventory company to the students and teachers at Barnett Elementary. After arriving at school an hour before it began, most volunteers spent the first hour and a half of the school day helping out in individual classrooms to interact with the students and help the teachers with small projects. The rest of the day was devoted to more large-scale projects: ripping off the decrepit picnic table tops and refurnishing them with new wood and then sanding and polishing it; moving, adding on to, and repainting the wall ball; changing broken basketball nets for new ones; and reorganizing and bagging the leveled library at the school--a huge project! The students and faculty at Barnett really appreciated the help and would like to thank the Fishbowl Inventory company not only for their countless man-hours of service, but also for donating the wood for the wall ball and picnic tables, the basketball nets, and supplies for the leveled library. The Barnett community would also like to thank Southgate Hardware for donating the paint and supplies to redo the wall ball. It was a day of service not soon to be forgotten!
You can visit the Fishbowl Inventory company at their website: http://www.fishbowlinventory.com/inventory-management