December 2012

First Grade Christmas Carnival

Patty Hanson
Showing their mice and candy canes
Playing Marshmallow Toss
Whispering to Santa what he wants for Christmas

 On December 21st the first grade had their Christmas Carnival. There were many different activities to choose from. The children were able to play Find the Elf, Don't Eat Santa, Christmas Bingo, make Swirl Art Ornaments and a big favorite- The Marshmallow Toss game, just to name a few. The first graders even had a surprise special visit from Santa! The first grade teachers want to THANK  their fantastic room parents who helped and planned the carnival and also a special thanks to Mrs. Reynaud and the Salem Hill High School helpers who helped run the games. First Grade Rocks!

Polar Express in Kindergarten

Lisa Draper
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Kindergarteners showing their Polar Express trains.JPG
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Talking with Santa and Elf helper.JPG

We were lucky to have  doughnuts and hot chocolate provided by parents. We made polar express trains and had a special visit from Santa and his elf where each child was presented with a letter and silver bell!

2nd Grade Christmas Program

Don Applegate
2nd Grade Singers
Reading their Christmas selections
Small group performance

A big holiday cheer to Barnett Elementary’s 2nd Grade students for performing a fun, delightful program for families on Monday, Dec. 17. Second grade students had a blast dressed up in their reindeer antlers and Santa hats as they sang a variety of Christmas melodies, including Feliz Navidad and Jingle Bells. It truly is “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year!” Merry Christmas!

All Mixed Up: Barnett Choir Concert

Don Applegate
Kaelie Low before the concert
Christine Muniz directing the choir
Choir at school assembly
Aubrey Ramirez, Kaelie Low, and Ashton Gardner singing
Jaida Oliphant singing her solo
Lindy Maccauley singing her solo
Nadia Evans singing her solo

Thursday night, Dec. 13, Barnett’s School Choir, directed by Christine Muniz, presented an outstandingconcert “All Mixed Up.” Families were entertained by song and dance as the choir sang a variety ofsongs that touched hearts and filled our lives with Christmas cheer. Barnett Elementary knows how to enjoy the holiday season and wishes a Merry Christmas to all.

Sing Around the Christmas Tree Assembly Part Two

Beth Knudsen
Choir singing Winter Wonderland
2nd Grade singing I'm Getting Nuttin' for Christmas

Round two of the Christmas sing along assembly was this morning.  The choir sang; some songs included, "Christmas Shoes" and "Winter Wonderland."  The school sang along to "Jingle Bells," "Jingle Bell Rock," and "Dreaming of a White Christmas." The 2nd graders sang, "I'm Getting Nuttin' for Christmas" from their annual Christmas program.

Sing Around the Christmas Tree Assembly

Beth Knudsen
Choir singing a Christmas song
Words for everyone to sing along
French Club singing a French Christmas song

Friday was the first of two annual Sing Around the Christmas tree assemblies held at Barnett.  During this assembly, the choir, directed by Mrs. Christine Muniz, entertained the audience with a few Christmas songs they had prepared.  The audience was able to join in when the words were projected and sang along to songs such as "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" and "Frosty the Snow Man."  

The French Club also sang a number with Mr. Don Applegate leading them on guitar.  The song is entitled, "Il Est Née le Divin Enfant."  The students enjoyed learning the song and performing for the school. Michelle Spencer and Isaac Barnum accompanied with the bongos and tamborine.

Twelve on 12/12/12

Beth Knudsen
Adam Call sits for a portrait at his home in Payson on Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012. Call will celebrate his 12th birthday on Dec. 12, 2012. JAMES ROH/Daily Herald

Adam Call, a sixth grader, turned twelve on 12/12/2012.  As he told the Daily Herald, 12 has always been one of his favorite numbers and turning twelve in the date of 12/12/12 was really special and fun.  Knowing how important this birthday was for their song, Mr. and Mrs. Call came to the school just before noon when Adam was at lunch to surprise him and have the whole lunchroom sing happy birthday to him when it was noon--turning 12 on 12/12/12 at 12:00.  It was a fun surprise for Adam.

6th Grade attends Christmas Around the World

Lindsey Laudato
Aeriel and Kaelie enjoying the show
Students waiting to watch the show

Barnett’s 6th grade attended their annual trip to Brigham Young University’s production “Christmas Around the World.” Part of the 6th grade curriculum is to learn about different countries around the world where each student has to research a country, write a research report and present about their country either through art/drama, PowerPoint or Poster form. This field trip to BYU was a culminating activity for students to see different dancing and cultures from around the world. Several of the students commented on how fun and entertaining it was to see their country perform their dances from such places as India, Russia, the Philippines and many other countries of the world. They were then able to attend BYU’s Museum of People and Cultures and learn more about the Ancient Mayan culture in their exclusive exhibit. What a wonderful opportunity these students have to learn about different cultures of the world right in their backyards.   


GayLynn Buys Wins Crystal Apple Award

Marlayne Harward & Beth Knudsen
Mrs. GayLynn Buys receiving her award
Mrs. GayLynn Buys with the Horace Mann representative, holding her Crystal Apple award

Every year the Crystal Apple Award is given to a hard-working, deserving teacher. This year, Mrs. GayLynn Buys received the award.  Mrs. Buys teaches fifth grade at Barnett Elementary and has taught for seven years. 

Mrs. Buys received this award because she cares deeply about her students and wants them to succeed. She has a love of learning and has continued her education beyond her master’s with additional graduate courses.  She has a recognizable giggle that brings a smile to everyone nearby.  Her enthusiasm for education and life are contagious.  She loves looking for the positive in others and pointing it out to them.  She has a knack for helping individual students and helping them gain the confidence they need to try new things. We love having Mrs. GayLynn Buys on our team!