Buddy Bulldog's News You Can Use

March 2021

We are thrilled to have our students back in school - TOGETHER! The students are so excited to see their classmates face-to-face, most for the first time in a year. Keep in mind that this change in routine, although a very positive change, can cause an increase in one 's anxiety. Remember that as your school counselor, I am here each day and available to assist your children and help you in addressing emotional concerns your family may be experiencing. Feel free to call or email me anytime using the contact information below. I am also the contact person for referrals for the Backpack Weekend Food Program, School Based Therapy, and section 504 plans.
Virtual Book Club - A Little Spot of Anxiety
School Counseling Referral Form

for Parents and Teachers

Student Check-in Form

Students, let me know how you are doing by taking a couple of minutes to complete this form.

Buddy's Student Support Team

Ms. Beattie, school social worker mebeattie@gaston.k12.nc

Google Voice/Text 980-533-0660.

Brookside Elementary - Tuesdays / Fridays

  • 704-866-6283

York Chester Middle - Mondays / Wednesdays / Thursdays

  • 704-836-9609

Mrs. Spence, school nurse blspence@gaston.k12.nc.us

Brookside Elementary- Mondays and Thursdays

  • 704-866-6283

Lingerfeldt Elementary- Tuesdays and Fridays AM

  • 704-866-6094

McAdenville Elementary-Fridays PM

  • 704-836-9117

Mrs. James, school counselor cbjames@gaston.k12.nc.us

Brookside Elementary

  • 704-866-6283

Check the Date!

GCS 2020 - 2021 School Calendar

  • March 11 - Early Dismissal and Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • March 12 - Optional Teacher Workday
  • March 18 - Report Card Distribution
  • March 22 ~ 26 - Cog.A.T. administration for 2nd grades
  • March 22 ~ April 1 - N.C. Check-in #3 for 3rd - 5th grades
  • April 2 ~ 9 - Student Spring Holidays

March 11, 2021 is Spring Parent/Teacher Conference Day

Check this list for some good questions to ask during your conference.


10 Good Questions for Parents to Ask:

1. How well does my child get along with classmates?

2. What aspect of school does he/she appear to enjoy the most?

3. What are my child's best and worst subjects?

4. Has my child completed assignments regularly?

5. Does he/she willingly participate in class activities?

6. Do you think my child is doing his/her best?

7. Does my child follow directions?

8. Have you noticed any changes in his/her behavior during the year?

9. What tests has my child had or will my child have? What do the test scores tell about my child's progress? How does my child handle taking tests?

10. Does my child need help in any academic area or need to be referred to school specialists?


Ask your most important question first.


Source: N.C. School Counselor Association

Parent Guide to Resilience

To help families build resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic, WhyTry is providing this parent guide free of charge. Watch the video and then click here to view the online guide at WhyTry.org.

The Parent Guide to Resilience

Additional Parent Resources

Mental health is an important part of our overall well-being. Remember, we are still all in this together and support is always available.





Stay Safe and Stay Informed.

For up-to-date information and resources about COVID-19, please

go to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human

Services coronavirus webpage.

  • Gaston County Schools School Based Therapy (SBT) GCS has agreements in place with local agencies to offer SBT in schools. Access Family Services is the agency assigned to Brookside Elementary and Ms. Morgan Crosier is our school based therapist. Please contact Mrs. James if you are interested in referring your child or would like additional information about SBT. For detailed information, including questions about insurance, you may contact Access Family Services at 704-671-4487.


  • Gaston County Schools Mental Health Services webpage

* If you are experiencing an emergency and need immediate assistance, please call 911 or PARTNERS help line at 1-888-235-4673.

Good Judgement

Our character trait this month is Good judgement which means to choose worthy goals, thinking through the consequences of your actions; and basing your decisions on wisdom and good sense.


A great way to start a conversation with your child about this character trait is to watch this really short video that explains good judgement, by Kimberly Stapf and then enjoy the read-along book below.

📚 READ ALOUD//My Magical Choices By Becky Cummings
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