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Counselors' Corner
Instructor: Wendy Gaffigan    

Welcome to the School Counselors' Corner! 
Thanks for visiting!

Our Vision Statement

The School Counseling Program at West Marion Elementary is designed to provide individual, small group and classroom guidance services. Our desire is to meet the developmental needs of our students through a comprehensive counseling program.  We strive to be student advocates who work cooperatively with parents, teachers and our community to support and promote educational, personal and social development within both the school and home family.  We want the relationship between home and school to be positive in order for our students to set and reach goals and learn more about themselves, each other and the world in which they live.  Our goal is to meet the unique needs of our school by offering a variety of programs and activities.  Please be sure to contact us with any questions or concerns and we thank you for your support.

School Counseling Services

  • Character Education-classroom lessons
  • Family Involvement-events throughout the year
  • Individual Counseling & Group Support for students
  • Standout Star Student Recognitions
  • PAW groups (Positive Attitudes Work)
  • 504 Coordination
  • Mental Health Referrals/Liaisons
  • Participate in parent conferences as needed   
  • Consultation with families, teachers & staff
  • Social Work Referrals
  • CUB House Activities
  • Support with School Supplies, Food for Families & Clothing Closet
  • Participate in Child & Family Team Meetings & IEP Meetings as needed
  • New Student Tea & Cake
  • Project Christmas
  • Food & Coat Drives
  • Make a Difference Day
  • Homeless Services Referrals
  • Red Ribbon Week
  • Support with Transition to Junior High
  • “Why Try?” Program for 6th grade
  • 5th Grade Career Fair
  • Volunteer Coordination & Spring Volunteer Luncheon
  • Kindergarten Registration Support
  • More to come….

                                             
Online Resources
A Little About your Counselors...
Red Ribbon Week 2013
 Good morning! Next week is Red Ribbon Week, a week to encourage healthy choices and being drug free. As always, each day will have a special emphasis to wear something to show a commitment to a healthy lifestlye. Please look for a letter coming home later in the week with more information. 
Here are our daily themes this year: 
Monday: Red Ribbon Rally Day!
Kick off the week by wearing Red clothing. 

Tuesday: Follow your Dreams & Stay Drug Free!
Wear pajamas.

Wednesday: Be A Team Player--Stay Away from Drugs! 
Wear your favorite team's colors or shirt. 

Thursday: I am a "JEAN-ous"-I don't let drugs sneak up on me! 
Wear Jeans and Sneakers today. 

Friday: Camouflage Day--Be all you can be...drug free! 
Wear your camo clothes today! 
We are looking forward to another wonderful Red Ribbon Week here at West Marion! 
Moving On Up! WMES 6th graders prepare for 7th grade!
The past 5 weeks have been full of preparing our current 6th graders for their next step in their educational journey--moving to 7th grade! Our students will visit West Junior on May 15th. Students who will be attending East Junior had a wonderful visit last week. We are excited for the upcoming changes and are here to support students and families with any questions or concerns along the way!
WMES students volunteer with Manna Food Bank!
WMES is proud of a group of 5th and 6th grade students who recenlty volunteered with Manna Food Bank in Asheville. Our students packs over 700 bags of food for local school children in need of food for the weekends. Our students smiled from ear to ear when they saw all of their hard work at the end of our volunteer time. Way to go, WMES students, for giving back to the larger community and seeing that we can each make a difference !
Cub House Updates!

Our West Marion students are so fortunate to have the support of families and community members to facilitate the ongoing sustainability of the WME Cub House. The West Marion Elementary Cub House is a place for all students and families to unite for small groups, clubs, and to gather needed resources. We have a clothes closet which is primarily supported through the kindness of our community and students’ families who donate clothes that their children have outgrown. With these donations, we are able to provide for some of the basic clothing needs of our students. The Cub House is also the home to our Food Pantry which is largely supplied through our work with Manna Food Bank. Each week we have many students take Food Back packs home for the weekend in order to meet some of their nutritional needs while away from school. We also have a rotating group of students who help to pack and deliver our snack bags each week to our classrooms.  Thank you to all of our families, community members, volunteers, and staff members who help us keep the Cub House thriving for our students and families!

This year we have raised funds in our community in various ways to keep the Cub House thriving! Thanks for your support!

~Valentine’s Day: I “Mustache” you to be Mine! Students could wear felt mustaches for the day to show their love for the Cub House.

~Basket Fundraiser: Community members and families can purchase tickets to win one of several baskets with various themes including: Chocolate Lovers, Coffee Lovers, Kitchen, Baking, Baby, Holiday and Spa. Baskets will be on display at the Parent Conferences this month and tickets are available through the school. All winners will be announced at the end of the month.

~ Earning for Learning Nights at Wendy’s. Our next night is March 26th from 5:00 to 8:00 PM. Please be sure to tell Wendy’s that you are there to support West Marion Elementary!


Volunteer Appreciation

Volunteer Appreciation Week: 2014 Dates will be announced soon! 

Our West Marion Elementary Volunteers are so wonderful! Our school could not be as amazing as it is without all of our volunteers!

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!


Mrs. Kristin Bearden

Dear students, families and community of West Marion Elementary,
           
Hello! I wanted to take a moment to welcome you to our counseling website and introduce myself as one of the counselors here at WME. I truly enjoy working and learning together with our awesome students, families, and our community members. My previous experiences have been at as a counselor at the middle school level in Buncombe County Schools and at an all girls boarding school. I am a proud graduate of Appalachian State University and the University of Delaware. As the school counselor, I strive to offer support to our students in order to help them feel and be successful.  My goals this year are getting to know our students and families and developing the counseling program in order to support our students in their academic, social, and emotional development. We strive to meet the needs of our students through school wide programs, classroom lessons, small group counseling, and as needed, short-term individual counseling.  In addition to these services, I also  coordinate referrals for our school based therapists that work with students during the school day. If you are interested in this service for your child, please let me know! 
I strongly believe that together we make a difference. Please feel free to contact me at the school or via email if I can be of assistance. Please be sure to check out our counseling website throughout the year for updates.
 
Kristin Bearden, NCC
School Counselor
Kristin.bearden@mcdowell.k12.nc.us                                               
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+ Gaffigan, Wendy
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Counselors Corner Calendar
Monthly Character Traits

September:   Respect
October:    Caring
November:   Cooperation
December:   Peacefulness
January:    Responsibility
February:   Creativity
March:    Leadership
April:    Endurance & Strength
May:    Courage
June:    Wisdom


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