H.H.Beam Elementary School News

Home of the Bulldogs ~ Fall Issue 2015

From the Principal.....Laura Paulk

We are off to a great start at H.H.Beam Elementary and want to thank our parents, students and staff for all your hard work and patience as we have kicked off a new school year! Please remember our instructional day begins at 8:00 am and we need to have our students in their classrooms ready to learn.

We are so excited about our school exceeding growth at the end of the year last year! It takes everyone working together at school and home to reach this accomplishment and move our students towards being college and career ready. Parent conferences are coming up on November 5 and report cards will be distributed at the same time. This is an early dismissal day so that we have time to meet with you. Please sign up for a time with your child's teacher. Thank you for your support and we look forward to seeing you!

Eating Breakfast at School

If your child is a car rider in the morning, please have them here by 7:45 am if you want them to be able to eat breakfast at school.

Afternoon Dismissal for Car Riders

Car riders are dismissed at 2:30 pm. The car rider/ parent pickup line has begun to move along much more efficiently. We really appreciate parents staying in the cars and having those yellow car tags visible so that we can send your child out quickly and safely to you. If you need a car tag, and have never been assigned one, please come into the office with your ID and we will provide you with one. If you do not have one on the day you are picking up your child, plan to park your car and come into the office with your ID to sign them out. This is for your child's safety. Students should be picked up by 2:45 since no one is available to supervise after this time. Late pick ups will be in the office for you to come in and sign them out.

Making Changes in Afternoon Dismissal

  • Please send a note with your child if you need to change their transportation home in the afternoon (and tell them to give it to their teacher in the morning). This allows us time to notify appropriate staff of the change.
  • We are asking that you do not sign out or change your child’s dismissal after 2 pm in order to keep safety as our top priority, unless there is an emergency.

Important Dates


9: Kindergarten Olympics

13: 4th Grade Trip to Kings Mtn. Battleground

13: K-1 Curriculum Night @ 6pm

15: Early Dismissal at 11:30 am

16: No School for students

20: 1st Grade Trip to Lewis Farm

22: Pre-K Trip to Stowe Dairy Farm

22: 2nd Grade Curriculum Night @ 6pm

26: Fall Make Up Pictures

27: 4th Grade Curriculum Night @ 7pm


1: Daylight Savings TIme Adjust clocks back 1 hour

4: 3rd Grade Gaston Pride Trip

5: Early Dismissal; Parent/Teacher Conferences

6: No School for students

11: No School; Veterans' Day

12: Kindergarten Trip to Schiele Museum

12: SIT Team Meeting @ 3pm

19: 2nd & 3rd Grades Thanksgiving Parent Lunch

25-27: No School; Thanksgiving Holiday


3: SIT Team Meeting @ 3pm

17: 1st & 3rd Grades Holiday Program

21-January 1: No School; Winter Break

Book Fair

Our Book Fair will be the week of November 30 - December 4. Please plan to come in and support reading and our children's love for books!

From the Counselor.....Mary Warner

The Salvation Army is taking applications for Christmas assistance during the week of October 19-23. Information was sent home last week regarding this opportunity, and a reminder is forthcoming!

Food Drive Our annual food drive will be held October 26-November 5 to collect non-perishable items for the Salvation Army to use in our community. Once again the food drive will be conducted as a good-hearted contest among classrooms!

The Girls on the Run is a FUN after school activity and the girls will have their first 5K on October 31. The end of season 5K will be December 5. Boys, listen up! Information will be coming soon about Let Me Run to begin again in the winter! Boys in grades 4 and 5 are eligible to register for this after school activity.

School based therapy is a service provided through Gaston County schools and at our school through Access Family Services. A licensed professional counselor or clinical social worker can meet with your child at school during normal school hours. During this time different types of issues can be addressed based on your family’s needs. Access accepts Medicaid and several other insurance carriers, but do not let the lack of insurance or money keep you and your child from getting needed mental health services. Contact Ms. Warner for more information.

Kindergarten's Nursery Rhyme Olympics 2015

Thanks to all who came out and supported our annual field event! Students are able to build language as they learn new words and sequence the nursery rhymes. Acting them out helps with coordination and gross motor skills! See more pictures from our Nursery Rhyme Olympics at the Gaston County Website or click here: http://www.gaston.k12.nc.us/cms/lib8/NC01911153/Centricity/ModuleInstance/10563/large/IMG_4954.jpg?rnd=0.889328793571018

Name our Bulldog

What would be a good name for our mascot? Please help us name our Bulldog! Click on the link below to submit your idea for a name:


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