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News from Barstow Memorial School: It's Red Ribbon Week across the United States during each fall with it's focus being to help young people to live drug-free lives during Red Ribbon Week (this year October 31 to November 4). Peer Leadership students will be helping out in the primary classrooms by conducting asset building activities with these younger students throughout the week. The 5th through 8th grades will have daily discussions about drug prevention and how to build positive assets. During Red Ribbon Week more information will go home about drug and alcohol prevention and education, as well as how to continue to build assets with your children.

On Monday, October 31, the focus is "Be a positive peer influence, wear red." On Tuesday, November 1, show your support to your own youth program, wear your jersey. On Wednesday, November 2 have a positive view of your personal future by putting your thinking cap on - wear a hat and/or sunglasses. On Thursday November 3 help create a caring school climate - dress alike. On Friday November 4 show your true colors and creativity - wear mis-matched clothes.

There will be NECAP testing for grades 3 through 8 during the first three weeks of October. Please remember that students will not be allowed to enter a classroom after testing has started, so please bring students to school on time as make ups will be very difficult.

Spooktacular Night! Please join us on Friday, October 28 from 6:30 pm to 7:45 pm for a pumpkin decoration contest, stories, activities, music, campfires, and refreshments for the whole family. If you have an autumn story to share, please contact Mrs. Holbrook. If you would like to bake your favorite fall treats to share, please email at

Birthday books! Celebrate your child's birthday (or another special day) with a birthday book by purchasing a book from the Barstow School Library's wish list or making a $12 donation to the library where your child may select a book from the library's birthday book collection, which includes some of the newest books to be added to the library. Checks can be made out to "Barstow Student Activities - Library." With a donation to the Barstow School Library Birthday Book Program, your child will have his/her name printed on a commemorative bookplate inside the cover of the book, be the very first one to borrow the new book, and receive a personalized bookmark. Visit or contact Mrs. Holbrook for details.

Regarding classroom snacks, please check with the classroom teacher before bringing in snacks for your child's class. We have several students with peanut and other food allergies as well as other health concerns related to food. Thank you for your help with keeping our students safe.

Regarding the recent events of tropical storm Irene: a message from the Principal- "If I had to create a list of people who should be thanked for all that was done following the impact of Irene, I would not have enough space (and I would undoubtedly miss several people who should be acknowledged), so forgive me by recognizing people in general. First, I thank the children and parents for their ability to overcome many obstacles, the numerous volunteers who kept them safe, neighborhood liaisons, town officials, road crews, the National Guard, State Police and innumerous volunteers who pulled it all together."

Important date to remember: No School on October 21 for Inservice Day.

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