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Mr. Kunkel

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Dear Students and Families,

Even during this period of school closure, I wish to let you know that I’ll continue to do my best to answer questions, address concerns, and provide guidance.  Although IFES is closed, I will be working and accessible via email.

We all have numerous questions about the future.  However, please know that we will work together to gather information and resolve potential issues.

Below, please find some resources regarding COVID-19 and other immediate needs.  I will be updating this webpage with pertinent information as it becomes available.

Please do not hesitate to reach out.  We are hoping to see you soon – take care!


Mr. Kunkel




Resources on Talking With Your Kids about the Coronavirus:



Meditation Apps:

Books on Anxiety and Worry:

Grades 3-5:
*Wilma Jean the Worry Machine- Julia Cook 
*What to do When You Worry Too Much, a Kid’s Guide to Overcoming Anxiety- Dawn Huebner 
*Me and My Feelings: A Kid’s Guide to Understanding and Expressing Themselves by Vanessa Green Allen
*What to do when You’re Scared & Worried, a guide for kids by James J. Crist 

Books on Breathing/Mindfulness Practices:
Grades 3-5
*Just Breathe: Meditation, Mindfulness, Movement and More by Mallika Chopra
*The Kids Guide to Staying Awesome and in Control by Lauren Brukner
*What does it mean to be present? by Rana DiOrio and Eliza Wheeler
*A Quiet Place by Douglas Wood,
*I am Peace by Susan Verde & Peter Reynolds
*I am Yoga by Susan Verde & Peter Reynolds
*Charlotte and the Quiet Place by Debroah Sosin
*Mindful Kids: 50 Mindfulness Activities for Kindness, Focus and Calm by Whitney Stewart


Additional Resources: 


Responding to Change and Loss

National Alliance for Grieving Children 


Coping With Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Association


Keeping Your Distance to Stay Safe (The emotional impact of Social Distancing and how to cope)

American Psychological Association  emotional impact of social distancing APA


Talking to Children About COVID-19:  A Parent Resource

National Association of School Psychologists


Creative Activities to Do With Kids At Home

 Art With Heart



If you are in need of assistance with meals for your student(s) at this time, please contact the District at



Internet Access

The importance of internet access is especially apparent during this difficult time when schools and workplaces are closed due to the Coronavirus.  In response, Comcast announced that they will increase the speeds of their Internet Essentials service (from 15/2 MB to 25/3 MB) and offer the service free of charge for 60 days for new Internet Essentials customers.

Families interested in getting the service can sign up at or call 1-855-846-8376. New customers will get a free and easy to use self-install kit by mail.  Current customers don’t need to do anything to get the speed increases.  The full announcement can be found here.

If you have questions about this announcement or anything related to Comcast, please contact:

Kristen Ritchey

Manager, External Affairs

Comcast Keystone Region

4601 Smith Street

Harrisburg, PA  17109

Office: 717-298-6784

Cell: 717-443

Welcome to my webpage! My name is Aron Kunkel. I am the School Counselor at Iron Forge Elementary. As a School Counselor at IFE, I work with students, parents, school staff, and community members. My primary objective is to help each student have the best educational experience possible. With that in mind, I teach classroom guidance lessons, work with students in small groups, and one-on-one. If I can be of assistance, please let me know!


J. Aron Kunkel

Iron Forge Elementary School
4 Academy Street, Suite 200
Boiling Springs, PA 17007
717-258-6484 ext. 2129