Thursday, October 20, 2016

Red Ribbon Week


Monday October 24th   All classroom doors in grades 3, 4, and 5 are decorated-bracelets are distributed
Tuesday October 25th Turn Your Back on Drugs and wear your shirt backwards

Wednesday October 26th Election Day-Wear Red, White, and/or  Blue. Students in grade 3, 4, and 5 will be given a ballot that reads:
I,  (student name),
Elect to Be Drug Free!

Students will bring their signed ballot to lunch with them on Wednesday for our special Red Ribbon Week Ballot Box. Staff will hang the ballots on the bulletin board outside the gymnasium for all to see.

Thursday October 27th “The Future is So Bright You Gotta Wear Shades”-or neon. Students can wear sunglasses and/or neon colors.

Friday, October 28th 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!
Take a look at last year’s doors
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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 are taught about how drugs, alcohol, and smoking, affect the human body. In guidance classes they are taught about peer pressure and ways to say no. This year Memorial’s theme for Red Ribbon Week is “I Elect to be Drug Free”.  

The PTO supplied funds for our students in grades 3, 4, and 5 to receive rubber bracelets and pencils with that phrase.  During the month of October, students in grades 3, 4, and 5 have been hard at work designing door decorations for their classrooms in Art class. (Students in grades K, 1, and 2 vote on their favorite door.)

In PE, students find ways to dance, move, and rap to reinforce that they have better things to do than drugs.  In Music, the students are singing a song that reminds them that they are “good” just the way they are.

In Technology, 5th graders will be making slides for a power point to be displayed in the main lobby.  

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.” (


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 ninth 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 senior (yikes!), and my husband has three great kids who range in ages 21-24. They are- busy finishing school, out in the working world, or away serving our country. The kids at school know me as the “frog lady” but I actually am a fan of most animals, not just frogs! Kermit, my 18 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….
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