Thursday, October 19, 2017

Red Ribbon Week Reminder



Just a reminder that Red Ribbon Week starts next week

Dress up days are as follows:





For information on how to speak with your child about drugs,
check out these websites:


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Thursday, October 5, 2017

Red Ribbon Week 2017

October 23rd through the 27th


History of Red Ribbon Week  


The National Red Ribbon Campaign has been honored since 1985 when Drug Enforcement Agent Enrique (Kiki) Camarena was murdered. In honor of his memory, family members and friends began wearing red ribbons to show their support in order to continue his belief that, “one person can make a difference”.  People in communities all over the country began wearing red ribbons as a symbol of their commitment to raise awareness to the damage and destruction drugs can do. In 1988, National Family Partnership began sponsoring the annual National Red Ribbon Campaign. “Today the Red Ribbon serves as a catalyst in communities to educate youth and encourage participation in drug prevention activities.”


Awareness at Memorial

Over the course of  Memorial’s school year, students in health classes are taught safety around medicines at home, and to always have a guardian or parent administer them when necessary. As students get older they are taught about prescription medications, as well as illegal and legal drugs. They learn how drugs, alcohol, and smoking, affect the human body and they are taught how to look for good role models. This year’s theme for Red Ribbon Week was created by a student at Solon Middle School in Solon, Ohio. It is is "Your Future is Key, so Stay Drug Free."



Mr. LaPorte's class won the door decorating contest last year!
The PTO supplied funds for our students in grades 3, 4, and 5 to receive rubber bracelets and pencils with that phrase.They also supplied the building with some posters and recess equipment with drug free themes.

Throughout the month of October, students in grades 3, 4, and 5 will be working hard designing door decorations for their classrooms in Art class. (Students in grades K, 1, and 2 will vote on their favorite door.)

Our new Music teacher will be working with students on a song that encourages students to make good choices around drugs and alcohol and dance choreography will be added in PE. STEAM and Media will work together to turn the song and dance into a music video that will be shown in our lobby for all to see. In Guidance as 5th grade students start to prepare for Middle School in the Spring, we will be working on peer pressure and they will take part in a jeopardy game review of all of the information they have learned in Health class.

Monday October 23- "Turn Your Back on Drugs" and wear your shirt backwards-
All classroom doors in grades 3, 4, and 5 are decorated

Tuesday October 24- “The Future is So Bright You Gotta Wear Shades”-or neon. Students can wear sunglasses and/or neon colors.

Wednesday October 25- Wear Red Day!

Thursday October 26- Students in grades K,1 and 2 will cast their ballots for their favorite door

Friday, October 27- The winner of the door decorating contest will be announced by the end of the school day. Winner will earn a pizza party with Chief Jewett!

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Pinterest Finds and Fifth Grade




Pinterest Finds and Fifth Grade
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Inspiration Credit


Dr. Haynes shared something with the staff at the start of the year that really struck a chord with me. In a creative way she had us wonder about what we stand for and what’s important to us and whether or not that message is clear to those around us.

In response to that I put up this bulletin board outside my office and in my first guidance class I spend some time talking about what it means to me, what it means for them and what I hope for all of the students at Memorial.


Fifth Grade

First trimester, fifth graders are focusing on self-esteem in guidance class. If our children are feeling good about themselves they are happy to come to school and they are ready to learn. The project they are completing is another one I found on Pinterest.


  • Inside the head are 20 things they like about themselves
  • Surrounding the head is an uplifting quote that they chose from a list I provided or that they researched and found on their own.
  • Outside of the head are compliments that classmates wrote to them.
  • The watercolors are colors and styles of their choosing.  


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Mrs. Patkin’s class was the first class to finish this project and here are some of their finished products


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Another Pinterest find added to our discussions on kindness and self-esteem. Students wrote kind or positive things to each other on sticky notes and added it to this poster on a classroom door. The poster stayed in their room for 4 weeks and students would add to the door during free moments in their day. The poster will move with me to Mr. LaPorte’s class next week when they get started on their self-esteem projects.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Welcome to Mrs. Collins' Corner


Mrs. Collins’ Corner

Greetings Newton Friends and Family!


For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Amy Collins and I am the School Counselor at Memorial. This is my tenth year in this role, and previously I was a counselor in the BASICS Program for eight years. I have spent most of my life in New Hampshire, growing up in North Hampton after living in California, Rhode Island, and Canada as a young child. I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Syracuse University and to this day I continue to be a huge Orange fan-Go SU! I then received my Master’s Degree in Education in Counseling from the University of New Hampshire.   

Prior to coming to Memorial School I worked as a therapist at a residential home for boys in Allenstown, NH, for 5 years.  I have a wonderful son who is a freshman at Plymouth State University (go Panthers!), and my husband has three great kids who range in ages 22-25. They have finished school, and are busy out in the working world and one is also serving in the Air Force Reserves. The kids at school know me as the “frog lady” but I actually am a fan of most animals, not just frogs! Kermit, my 19 year old frog does come to school with me and the kids love to visit him when they come to my room.

The year in school counseling is off to a good start. As I make my way around to all of the classrooms, I am lucky to see both old friends and new. I look forward to letting you know more about what we are doing….
  
Look here to see what a school counselor’s role is:

https://www.schoolcounselor.org/school-counselors-members/careers-roles