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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!


Sincerely,

Mr. Kunkel

 

 

 

Resources on Talking With Your Kids about the Coronavirus:

*https://www.pbs.org/parents/thrive/how-to-talk-to-your-kids-about-coronavirus

*https://www.commonsensemedia.org/blog/teaching-kids-media-smarts-during-breaking-news?j=7698356&sfmc_sub=197721681&l=2048712_HTML&u=143332602&mid=6409703&jb=2538&utm_source=covid19_resources_jim&utm_medium=email
*
https://parenting.nytimes.com/childrens-health/coronavirus-kids-talk


Meditation Apps:
*https://www.commonsensemedia.org/lists/meditation-apps-for-kids?j=7698356&sfmc_sub=197721681&l=2048712_HTML&u=143332603&mid=6409703&jb=2538&utm_source=covid19_resources_jim&utm_medium=email


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

https://indd.adobe.com/view/924b5436-fca0-4a15-901a-9233134766e4 

 

Coping With Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Association

https://store.samhsa.gov/system/files/sma14-4885.pdf

 

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

American Psychological Association

https://www.apa.org/practice/programs/dmhi/research-information/social-distancing  emotional impact of social distancing APA

 

Talking to Children About COVID-19:  A Parent Resource

National Association of School Psychologists

https://www.nasponline.org/resources-and-publications/resources-and-podcasts/school-climate-safety-and-crisis/health-crisis-resources/talking-to-children-about-covid-19-(coronavirus)-a-parent-resource?fbclid=IwAR1GQl4pxVlvpupqRNEYaZOc0kZXSBRM05kDAB5c4hoUcZWfPcbCthTE3Kw

 

Creative Activities to Do With Kids At Home

 Art With Heart

https://mailchi.mp/artwithheart.org/creative-activities-to-do-with-kids-at-home?fbclid=IwAR2sjjq-zGVGGhdB0zeZHBvefzDkF730pqMJOi8Nys5oJvNxbE_SZUXvUAk

 

 

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


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 www.internetessentials.com 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

· Unemployment Benefits-It is recommended you apply online for fastest results and processing      https://www.uc.pa.gov/Pages/covid19.aspx  

· SNAP Benefits/Food Stamps-Online or via phone https://www.compass.state.pa.us/compass.web/Public/CMPHome
Help Line- 1-800-692-7462

· Central Pennsylvania Food Bank-717.564.1700
3908 Corey Road, Harrisburg, PA 17109
http://www.centralpafoodbank.org/  

· Utility Assistance-If you are struggling to pay your utility bills, contact your service provider right away. Many utility service providers offer emergency assistance programs at this time. Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)  https://liheappm.acf.hhs.gov/navigator  
1-866-452-6152

· Health Care/Medical Assistance-1-866-550-4355 (may not be available at this time)
County Assistance Office’s across the state are closed, but the link provides access info to residents.  
https://www.media.pa.gov/pages/DHS_details.aspx?newsid=498  

· 2-1-1 United Way-Call: 2-1-1 
http://www.pa211.org/

· PA Coronavirus Health Website https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/coronavirus/Pages/Coronavirus.aspx

If you have seen a reduction in pay due to COVID-19 and are struggling to make your rent, mortgage, credit card, or loan payments, contact your lender right away. Explain your situation and ask about hardship programs that may be available. Regulatory agencies have encouraged financial institutions to work with customers impacted by the coronavirus.


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
jak2@smsd.us