Did you know?:
Children of parents who talk to their teens regularly about drugs are 42% less likely to use drugs than those who don't, yet only a quarter of teens report having these conversations.
ABOUT THE RED RIBBON CAMPAIGN:
The National Family Partnership organized the first Nationwide Red Ribbon Campaign. NFP provides drug awareness by sponsoring the annual National Red Ribbon Celebration. Since its beginning in 1985, the Red Ribbon has touched the lives of millions of people around the world. In response to the murder of DEA Agent Enrique Camarena, angered parents and youth in communities across the country began wearing Red Ribbons as a symbol of their commitment to raise awareness of the killing and destruction cause by drugs in America.
Enrique (Kiki) Camarena was a Drug Enforcement Administration Agent who was tortured and killed in Mexico in 1985. When he decided to join the US Drug Enforcement Administration, his mother tried to talk him out of it. "I'm only one person", he told her, "but I want to make a difference."
On Feb. 7, 1985, the 37-year-old Camarena left his office to meet his wife for lunch. Five men appeared at the agent's side and shoved him in a car. One month later, Camarena's body was found. He had been tortured to death.
In honor of Camarena's memory and his battle against illegal drugs, friends and neighbors began to wear red badges of satin. Parents, sick of the destruction of alcohol and other drugs, had begun forming coalitions. Some of these new coalitions took Camarena as their model and embraced his belief that one person can make a difference. These coalitions also adopted the symbol of Camarena's memory, the red ribbon.
In 1988, NFP sponsored the first National Red Ribbon Celebration. Today, the Red Ribbon serves as a catalyst to mobilize communities to educate youth and encourage participation in drug prevention activities. Since that time, the campaign has reached millions of U.S. children and families. The National Family Partnership (NFP) and its network of individuals and organizations continue to deliver his message of hope to millions of people every year, through the National Red Ribbon Campaign.
Here at Aspen:
1) We encourage students to say the "Drug Free Pledge" each morning with announcements
2) Students are encouraged to participate in "activities":
MONDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2015
BLUE SHIRT DAY: WORLD DAY OF BULLYING PREVENTION
STOMP Out Bullying is a national organization committed to addressing the issue to bullying and cyberbullying.
Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Both kids who are bullied and who bully others may have serious, lasting problems.
In order to be considered bullying, the behavior must be aggressive and include both:
Find ways to help prevent bullying at:
One way that we are taking a stand against bullying is by wearing blue shirts on Monday, October 5th to demonstrate our intolerance to bullying and raise awareness of the issue.
GLASSER CARING HABITS
Respect Week Challenge
Each day we will be focusing on a different aspect of respect:
R.A.R attack!! Acknowledge Random Acts of Resect! (Student and staff write down acts that they have noticed throughout the week. Random acts will be read over the intercom during morning announcements)
TUESDAY- Respect others by showing manners
Students review POWER words, such as "please", "thank you" and "may I". Throughout the day each class will earn pom-poms for using good manners. Classes who reached the "goal" will be announced during the Wednesday morning announcements.
WEDNESDAY- Respect others' ideas
Classes will view how everyone has different preferences, which add value and diversity. Student will view how to discuss differences with respect.
THURSDAY- Respect yourself
Each student will make a "respect pledge" and identify a specific way they will show respect to themselves (e.g.- getting enough sleep, eating healthy, ect...)
FRIDAY- Respect our property
We will discuss how our choices with property affect everyone around and talk about the importance of taking care of our materials.
We discussed the difference between being honest and dishonest and the reputation that can be created through repeated dishonesty.
Three types of dishonesty were examined:
1) Lies through omission
2) Exaggerations of truth
3) Stating a falsehood
There are 4 main ways to approach problem-solving:
1) Compromise- Each person gives a little and gets a little
2) I statements- Taking someone "To The Door" allows students to use I statements to express their feeling and attempt to reach and agreement in a structured approach.
3) Agree to Disagree- Sometimes two people will simply feel differently, so we can respect our differences and just agree to disagree about a particular topic.
4) Brainstorm- We can generate a whole new idea that is totally different from each of the initial ideas, but amenable to both sides.
The caring habit for the month of November is Listening.
Listening is such an important skill to have throughout our lives. It helps us communicate our ideas, avoid conflict and connect with others. As a Glasser school, Aspen value the relationships that we have established with each other, with our students and between the students themselves.
This month we will be focusing on listening. Listening is not a passive activity. We must “actively” or “reflectively” listen to others around us to ensure we understand what is being communicated and to let them know we care what they are trying to tell us.
Above the poster of “Listening Larry”. This comes from the Social Thinking curriculum by Michelle Garcia Winners which has been taught in all K-1 classrooms and is used by our social workers and speech pathologists. If your child is/was at Aspen for K-1, they should be familiar with Larry. He provides concrete descriptions of what it means to listen with your whole body. This month, we have chosen to focus specifically on listening with our eyes, body and brain.
We encourage you to talk with your child about their listening and examine your own listening skills. Remember, to be a good listener we should make eye contact, face the speaker and think about what he/she is saying. We can show that we are thinking about what they are saying by reflecting back what they have said, not interrupting them and avoiding haste criticism. This allows us to determine if we have truly understood what they are trying to communicate. You can further this by making supportive statements if appropriate ("I agree with you", "I feel the same way"), understanding statements ("You sound very angry about that", "It sounds like that made you feel disrespected"), and asking questions ("Is this the first time?", "What makes you think that way?").
Here is to a month of lots of quiet listening in your house!!!
This year, Aspen will be bringing focus to Glasser's Seven Caring Habits.
The first habit that will be highlighted will be Teamwork!
The students will participate in a whole school assembly to kick of this month's focus on Thursday, October 8th.
We are encouraging students to think about working together throughout their school environment.
For more information regarding Glasser's Seven Caring Habits, click above on "About Aspen".