Hey there!  My name is Patti Gabrick and I am the school counselor at Spirit Lake Elementary. This is my 15th year as a Timberwolf and everyday is still a joy. I received my Bachelors degree in Psychology and Communications at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan and my Masters in Counseling from Idaho State University. 

As the school counselor, I work with the teachers providing guidance lessons in the classroom. Topics include how to be a learner, empathy, emotion management, problem solving, personal safety and team building to name a few. In addition, I also facilitate small groups where students can learn from each other and practice skills in a safe environment. Topics for the small groups vary each year depending on need but may include friendship, social skills, emotion management,divorce and grief/loss. Finally, I am available to meet with students one on one to assist them with difficulties that are impacting their education.

It is my privilege to partner with families and staff  to support every child as they strive to meet their full potential. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or if you want to visit.  My door is always open.

Elementary Counseling Mission

To effectively deliver a comprehensive counseling program based on the American School Counseling model that fosters development in academic, social/emotional, and college and career readiness. Elementary counseling programs will provide all students the opportunity to lean, gain skills and to develop their unique potential to become successful in all aspects of life.

Elementary Counseling Vision

All students will be inspired to become lifelong learners who will be prepared to meet the challenges of the ever changing world.

Circle of Security Parenting Class:

9-week class with childcare provided

Date: Wednesday’s

August 21– October 23, 2019

Time: 5:30-7:00 pm

Place: First Presbyterian Church

Address: 521 E. Lakeside Ave. Cda


Week 1 Welcome to Circle of Security Parenting

Week 2 Exploring Our Children’s Needs All the Way Around the Circle

Week 3 ‘Being With’ on the Circle

Week 4 ‘Being With’ Infants on the Circle

Week 5 The Path to Security

Week 6 The Path to Security (Continued)

Week 7 Exploring our Struggles

Week 8 Rupture and Repair in Relationships

Advance sign-up required!

Space is Limited

Please call 208.676.1515 

Weekend Food

Spirit Lake Elementary and the Rathdrum's Lion's Club have been working together for the past several years to provide nutritious snacks for children over the weekend. If you are interested in this program please contact me.


Personal Safety Curriculum

Second Step Curriculum

Mental Health

National Mental Health

Helping Children Deal with Grief and Loss

Teen Mental Health

Local Resources

Local resource guide

Bonner County Resources

Other Sites

Kids Health

Love and Logic

Net Smartz - internet safety

PBS kids