Guidance Corner

June 2

Here is a little Kid President to brighten your Tuesday! In this video, Kid President helps us see how good spreads.

May 29

Here’s a visual that can help explain what teens may be experiencing in response to social distancing.

Teen COVID 19 experience .PNG

May 28

We are all missing our friends right now. We need to be apart now so that we can be together again soon! Here is a little Bruno Mars feel good moment...

June 2

Here is a little Kid President to brighten your Tuesday! In this video, Kid President helps us see how good spreads.

May 29

Here’s a visual that can help explain what teens may be experiencing in response to social distancing.

Teen COVID 19 experience .PNG

May 28

We are all missing our friends right now. We need to be apart now so that we can be together again soon! Here is a little Bruno Mars feel good moment...

May 27

Kindness is like a boomerang. Throw it out there and it will come back to you!

May 26

Some days are hard and we can’t help but feel crummy. Check out this read-aloud about Alexander’s bad day - you’ve probably read it before! It’s ok to have bad days. Tomorrow just might be better! Hope today is a great one, CCS family!

Guidance Corner for May 22

Today we are sharing a video for our littlest bulldogs that is all about feelings. Remember all feelings are OK.

Guidance Corner for May 21

This video is about the science of kindness. That’s right, there is science behind the importance of kindness! Take a couple minutes to see how one kind act can change the world!

Guidance Corner for May 20

In this video, Zac Efron and Elmo practice patience. That is an important skill for all of us to practice.

Guidance Corner for May 19

Did you know that what you’ve probably experienced/continue to experience during this period of social isolation is grief? Check out more information here.

Guidance Corner for May 18

Happy Monday! Today we're getting into our feelings by dancing them out! Dance and get emotional with Abby Cadabby.

Guidance Corner for May 15

Guidance Corner for May 14

“An Attitude of Gratitude!” Like this video mentions, sometimes it can be hard to see the good around us when many things seem to be going wrong. Maybe you’ve felt this way lately, and that is okay! But, the more we practice gratitude, the easier it becomes to think positively. Be well!

Guidance Corner for May 13

It is always a good time to practice empathy. Now, more than ever it is important to use this skill. Empathy is a skill that, like other skills, needs to be learned and needs to be practiced. In this video, Murray from Sesame Street gets from help to understand what empathy is.

Guidance Corner for May 12

Guidance Corner for May 11

A great way to practice self-care is to get up and get moving! When we exercise, our bodies release natural chemicals called endorphins. Endorphins help relieve stress and trigger positive feelings in our body. Check out one of Mrs. Matthews’ favorite Go Noodles to help get those endorphins flowing!

Guidance Corner for May 8

When it comes to kindness, small gestures can make a big difference. What can you do today to show a little kindness?

Guidance Corner for May 7

Guidance Corner for May 6

Today’s Guidance Corner resource is a brief mindfulness video from Cosmic Kids! Be well, CCS family!

Guidance Corner for May 5

We all feel angry sometimes. Join Elmo to learn some skills for handling this emotion.

Guidance Corner for May 4

Guidance Corner for May 1

Make some time for unstructured play!

Guidance Corner for April 30

CNN's Erica Hill and Dr. Sanjay Gupta partnered with Sesame Street to explain the ABC's of coronavirus in a town hall for parents and kids. Watch the full event below. The full event was 90 minutes, but this breaks it down into shorter videos on specific topics.

Guidance Corner for April 29

Guidance Corner for April 28

Hi CCS families! Check out this short video with tips on keeping a consistent sleep schedule. You can also find more information on sleep guidelines for children and teens here.

Guidance Corner for April 27

Today we are sharing a great resources that is currently available for free for all teachers, students, and healthcare workers. This free access is until July 1. The app is called down dog, and the free offer includes many types of yoga at all levels.

Guidance Corner for April 24

Guidance Corner for April 23

Have you had to take your child over the age of 2 into the community where a mask is required? This is something different and perhaps uncomfortable or frightening for children. Below you will find a brief social story that you can read with your child to help them understand why it is important to wear a mask in public.


Guidance Corner for April 22

Happy Wednesday! Today's video is a pep talk from Kid President. Just in case you need a pep talk! And even if you don't, Kid President is always great, and always brings a smile to my face. I hope this makes you smile!

Guidance Corner for April 21

Guidance Corner for April 20

Parents, this short message is from Elmo’s dad - yes, Elmo has a dad! Remember, you’re doing a great job. Check it out!

Be well.

Guidance Corner for April 17

Instructions for a Bad Day - Today we are sharing "Instructions for a Bad Day" a poem by Shane Koyczan. If you scroll down a little you can click on a video and hear the poem recited by the author. And remember, better days are coming. You can click HERE to read the poem before you hear it. I am linking the video here are well.

Guidance Corner for April 16

Guidance Corner for April 15

Guidance Corner for April 14

Today's video is a lesson on "Circle of Control" by Ms. Jones-King. This is an exercise that can be helpful in managing your worry, for both adults and children.

Guidance Corner for April 13

How Mindfulness Empowers Us.

This is an animated video featuring the work of Sharon Salzberg. She is widely recognized as a leader in the mindfulness world. She was an early adopter and was instrumental in bringing some of the mindfulness teachings to American back in the 70s before it was cool.

Guidance Corner for April 10

Hey CCS!

This one is for our older students, staff, and community members. Check out this 10ish minute TED Talk from Andy Puddicombe, the co-founder of Headspace - the resource shared with you earlier this week. I often hear that meditation or practicing mindfulness is not such an easy thing to do, or that an individual can't quite "buy-in" to these practices. That's okay! Like anything, it takes practice. In this video, Andy does a wonderful job explaining - with a fun visual - how we tend to interact with our thoughts and how taking just 10 minutes a day can make a world of difference.

Be well!

Guidance Corner for April 9, 2020

At this time, we are all taking precautions to help protect our health and the health of our loved ones. As we know, staying at home and practicing social distancing are the most effective means of doing this. But all of this alone time along with a constant stream of bad news from around the world can take a toll on our emotional well-being. We are sharing this video, because it gives some very practical tips for combating some of the anxiety that we are all feeling.

We would also like to share ways that you can reach out for help if needed:

  • North Star Crisis Center is open 24/7 518-481-8160

  • The National Suicide Help Line 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

  • The National Suicide Text Line 741741

Community Connections of Franklin County has an outreach service. They can make regular phone calls to you during this time. In order to request this service, email Community Connections can also help with basic needs such as food, hygiene items, diapers, etc. To request any of these services, you can reach out to Loretta Fowler at 497-6611, ext 2300, and leave a message. Or you can reach out to any member of the Counseling Department by email:, or

Please know that we are here to help. Reach out to any of us with any needs you might have.

Guidance Corner for April 7, 2020

Hey CCS family! Check out this quick video from Headspace - a wonderful resource filled with science-backed mindfulness practices. I think you'll enjoy it!

NYS has partnered with Headspace to offer a host of FREE meditation and mindfulness resources. Check them out here:

And for our educators: Headspace is offering free access to even more of their content through the end of 2020! There is a wide variety of topics - I highly suggest checking it out! Sign up at:

Be well!

Guidance Corner for April 2, 2020

While at first glance, this may not seem like a mental health resource, it is important to remember there are many ways we can address children's concerns. It is important to openly acknowledge and talk about any fears or concerns they may have surrounding COVID-19 and approach the conversation with honesty and accuracy.

For older children, they can understand more about a contagious disease like COVID-19 and may feel empowered and less anxious when exposed to developmentally appropriate facts and resources. This particular video from BrainPOP is appropriate for our students in grades 3-6. In addition to the mini science lesson, it highlights how students can be better consumers of information for their own mental well-being. Bonus: there are also additional educational materials that supplement the video to keep kiddos' minds and pens sharp!

Guidance Corner for March 30, 2020

This 7-minute progressive muscle relaxation video is appropriate for all ages. With this practice, focus on tensing, or tightening, one muscle group followed by relaxing those same muscles. This technique has been shown to help calm the body’s physical response to stress.

Guidance Corner for March 31, 2020

Guidance Corner for April 1, 2020

Today we are sharing a Cosmic Kids Yoga video. Many of our students know and love the fun yoga videos that Jamie from Cosmic Kids makes. This one is dog themed for all of you dog lovers out there!

School Closing - Mental Health and Stress -Take Care of your WHOLE Self Please

With the current closing of Chateaugay Central School, we want to make sure that all members of our community are being taken care of. These are stressful times for all of us. We have all heard the things that we need to do to keep ourselves physically healthy. We would like to offer some tips for helping to stay emotionally healthy as well.
Things you can do to support yourself
Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.
Take care of your body. Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep, and avoid alcohol and drugs.
Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities you enjoy.
Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.
There are many things you can do to support your child
Take time to talk with your child or teen about the COVID-19 outbreak. Answer questions and share facts about COVID-19 in a way that your child or teen can understand.
Reassure your child or teen that they are safe. Let them know it is ok if they feel upset. Share with them how you deal with your own stress so that they can learn how to cope from you.
Limit your family’s exposure to news coverage of the event, including social media. Children may misinterpret what they hear and can be frightened about something they do not understand.
Try to keep up with regular routines. If schools are closed, create a schedule for learning activities and relaxing or fun activities.
Be a role model. Take breaks, get plenty of sleep, exercise, and eat well. Connect with your friends and family members.
Try to keep a regular schedule, as this can be reassuring and promotes physical health.
Here are some resources you may want to take advantage of if you feel you need some support for yourself or your child(ren):Community Connections of Franklin County will offer assistance and information. If they are unable to help they will connect you with an agency who can. Call 518-521-3507North Star Crisis Center is available for mental health needs, 24 hours a day. Call 518-481-8160

Guidance Corner for March 26, 2020

-- Hidden stressors from the change in circumstances can sneak up on kids and parents alike. Start and end your day with this short 1 minute breathing exercise. Also when you find your reaction taking over your brain or your child's reactions taking over their brain, pause with them and run through this 1 minute breathing exercise.--

Guidance Corner Video for March 27

Guidance Corner for March 24, 2020

Today we are sharing a video by Counselor Keri called Worry Warriors: What Exactly is Worry?" This is the first in a series of five videos made by Counselor Keri, all about what worry is and isn't, how worry can affect us, and how to deal with worry. If you find this video helpful, the rest of the series can be found on Youtube by searching "Counselor Keri worry."

Guidance Corner for March 25, 2020

Today's resource is for our littlest bulldogs and their parents. If you follow the link below, you'll find a wonderful article about how to talk with your kiddos about COVID-19 in an age-appropriate manner. Within the article, you will also find links to several video clips, games, apps, and other activities to help teach children about healthy habits.

Guidance Corner

Dear Parents/Guardians/Caretakers

The Counseling Department will be sharing items related to social emotional learning, mindfulness, and general wellbeing. We have included links to videos, mindfulness exercises, and kid's yoga videos. One of the best tips we can give is to set a schedule. We have posted a sample one. Though there may be temptation to treat these days off like a regular emergency closing, sleeping in and binge watching (some of my favorite things to do on a snow day) but,this is no regular closing! Keeping your children on a regular schedule will give them a better sense of security. We have shared an article about this.

Take care of yourselves and your loved ones. We will continue to update these items.