November 2012

First Grade Indian Day

Patricia Hanson
Three first graders on Indian Day
Native American writing

The first graders enjoyed Indian Day on November 16, 2012. We learned that there were many different tribes of American Indians and each tribe spoke their own language which made it hard for the tribes to communicate with each other. So in order to understand and communicate with each other, they used sign language and picture writing. Our 1st graders were able to create their own picture writing just like the Indians. 

5th Grade Movement Activity Day

Beth Knudsen
Tia Fitzpatrick making a low angular shape to show the emotion of the people
Two groups beginning their Westward Expansion dances
Group of students (Hayden Madsen, center) showing how people worked together by going into each others' negative space

Today the Nebo District Dance Specialist, Holly Markgraf-Mayne, came to the school to share some social studies dances with the fifth graders.  With Mrs. Buys' and Mrs. Harward's class, Mrs. Markgraf-Mayne told the history of and steps to a colonial dance.  

In Mrs. Knudsen's class she did an activity to piggy-back on their learning in social studies of Westward Expansion.  Each person was in a group to research, create a class project, and then to create a dance map and dance for one of four groups: California Gold Rush, Oregon Trail, Mormon Trail, and Trail of Tears.  The students were able to use what they knew from their research to create a map with dance movements reflecting the direction and events that happened along that particular trail. It was a fun and educational experience to watch and participate in!

Author, Erik Olsen, Visits Barnett Elementary

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Jace Hancock the lucky birthday boy, answering a question
Chosen students participating in a story telling moment
Telling his part of the story
Emma Cloud reaching in to the bag trying to find the magic ring

On Friday, November 16, Erik Olsen, author of the Flin's Destiny series, visited the third through sixth graders at Barnett Elementary.  Olsen had the students' attention right away with his slideshow of drawings from his books, laser pointer light show, and telling them the story behind his stories--how he got his inspiration for the Flin's Destiny books.  As reported on his website: After having one of the world’s craziest dreams, he began writing a series of five books detailing it, called Flin’s Destiny, which is full of continuous action and adventure deep in the earth and keeps you wanting more."  

His main character, Flin, has a relatively normal life until his thirteenth birthday when, according to family tradition, he gets a ring.  As he pulls the ring from the green sack sparks emit from the bag and his life is never the same after that.  Olsen encouraged the students to read and write and told them how that will change their lives and allow them to get jobs when they grow up.  He also talked about the importance of having a really good idea and that even though it is really hard to write, if you have a good idea, you'll be so excited to write about that it that even though it takes a while and a lot of revision, it'll be fun and worth it.  

Students were able to participate in several different ways.  Two students, Jace Hancock and Maddie Bunker, were chosen to sit at the front of the lunchroom since their birthdays were that day or the next.  Also, one student from each class was chosen to help tell a story orally in response to a story start that Olsen gave.  Finally, at the end, several students were selected to come forward and try to find the "magic ring" in his green sack. If they chose the magic ring they won a free copy of his first book.  The Barnett students are grateful for the chance for a real, published author to come to our school.

Barnett Elementary enters a contest to be on TV, and needs your help.


Barnett Elementary has entered a contest to be on the TV. The school with the most facebook “likes” gets to appear on KJZZ on the December 23rd show “A Musical Christmas”. The contest runs November 10th to December 10th . If you are interested in supporting Barnett in this endevor, here is the information:On the following facebook page,, you will find a photo albumn entitled School Contest Photos. "Like" the photo submitted by Barnett. (Heres a direct link to the albumn:

Barnett Student Wins New Bike

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The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) Student Neighborhood Access Program (SNAP) is a fun and comprehensive program for walking and biking safely to school that engages and educates students, parents, school administrators, crossing guards and communities. The Barnett PTA had students participate in Walk More in Four, a program by SNAP encouraging students to walk to school or around their neighborhood for four days of the four weeks in September. One student, Andrea Plascencia, participated in the program and won a new bike from UDOT. Other Barnett Students won music CDs from SNAP for walking to school. We'd like to thank our PTA for encouraging our students to walk more and stay healthy!

Principal's 200 Club Winners

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Students at Barnett Elementary have been working hard this month to earn Brag Notes. When a student earns a brag note their name is added to the Principal’s 200 Club Board. Brag notes can be earned by making good choices, working hard in school, and being a good friend or helper just to name a few things. Once the board is full of student names we have a drawing for books and prizes. Here are the winners for the month of October. Thanks for making so many good choices Barnett Bulldogs!