Kristin Altobello - School Counselor - Grades 1st, 3rd and 5th

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  • Updates Due To School Closure

    Please click on and view the Guidance PowerPoint below for contact and other important information.  

    During this time, I will answer emails between 7:45-2:05 Monday - Friday.  My email address is:

    This is my preferred method of communication.  

    I am also available to return phone calls from 9:00 am -10:00 am as well as 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm Monday - Friday.  The phone number to reach me is 352-405-1385.  You may also text and leave voicemail messages to this number.  

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  • Guidance Powerpoint

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    Parents have met and overcome many challenges during the last few weeks.  Below is a video from Louie, Elmo's father, on Sesame Street. This video is especially for're never too old for Sesame Street!  Enjoy!

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  • First Aid for Feelings: A Workbook to Help Kids Cope During the Coronavirus Pandemic is a free workbook from the Yale Child Study Center–Scholastic Collaborative, written by child development expert Denise Daniels. This comforting resource is designed to help children alleviate stress and anxiety and to provide a sense of control during changing times. This workbook will encourage children to express their thoughts and feelings while providing families with simple strategies to help kids handle emotions.


    The workbook is available for download in both English and Spanish.


    First Aid for Feelings

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  • Below is a sample schedule that may help your family during this time of distance learning.

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  • Helpful Resources During School Closure

    • Sanford Harmony
    • Second Step 
    • Child Mind Institute: Resources for Parents
    • Parent Resource for Talking to Kids About COVID-19
    • Parent Resource for Talking to Kids About COVID-19 – Students with Special Needs
    • For helpful information and tips for stress, click here Stress Management
    • For those in need, food will be distributed at:Frank DeLuca YMCA, 3200 SE 17th St

       Food Distribution dates and times:

      Wednesday, May 20th from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon

      Thursday, May 28th from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon

    • Interfaith and the Marion County Homeless Council recently received grant money from United Way to help people in Marion County that have been totally laid off or had their hours reduced by 50% or more - due to COVID-19. Eligible applicants can apply for up to $1,000 for rent, mortgage and/or utilities assistance. Required documentation includes a verification letter from employer, pay stubs, lease, recent statement (and more). For more information contact Interfaith at (352) 629-8868 x200 or the Marion County Homeless Council at (352) 732-1369. Please note, this funding is ONLY for those that can verify their employer laid them off or reduced their hours by 50% or more. PLEASE CALL FIRST for details. We appreciate your patience, as we are trying to assist as many people as we can. Special thanks to United Way of Marion County for their assistance with this grant. It is a blessing for so many!
    • Please refer to this website for information about a new program involving SNAP recipients and online  grocery shopping
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