Counselor-s Corner

From the Counselor……

I am here to help our students with any social, emotional, or behavioral issues they may be experiencing. I make referrals to many community agencies that could also be helpful for you, your family, and/or your child.  For any questions, concerns, or additional information, you can reach me at 558-2821 or

Please continue to save Pop Tabs over the summer for
Ronald McDonald House – the house that LOVE built.
I am retiring at the end of this school year. It has been a privilege to be the Counselor here at Erskine and to be a part of your child’s life. I have found that your children often have some very important things to say.  Take the time each day to talk with them and be that listener who honors their thoughts and feelings. They look up to you…..give them the support and structure they need to be respected and respectful human beings.  Thank you for taking your parenting role seriously and trying to do your best to help your child succeed both academically and personally.                     Nancy Hayes, Erskine Counselor
It’s not what you do for your children but what you have taught them to do for themselves that will make them successful human beings.  Ann Landers


 FREE CAMP PROGRAM for Kids ages 6-11

I have Camp Tanager applications for week-long sessions for kids ages 8-11 and a 2 day mini-camp for 6 and 7 year olds. Camp is FREE, based on your monthly income.  Camp Tanager does not provide any services for campers with behavioral problems or physical disabilities.  Campers need to be able to function well with others and follow directions from college students as counseling staff. 

      If you are interested, let me know and I will send an application home with your child.  You can also apply for camp on-line (see below).  Completed forms must be returned to me (not the Camp) by April 13th. (Click the sign up button; complete Section 1 only) (for camp information/activities)               


 Our Pennies For Pets (P4P) committee is accepting donations for animal shelters.  There is a pictured container of shelter dogs and cats in each classroom where kids can put their donation.  On April 3rd we will have a bring a penny, save a pet day.  If a child brings in at least one penny, they can bring a SMALL stuffed animal to school on that early dismissal day.

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------TRANSITION to 6th grade.  We have many activities coming up: student interviews by McKinley staff, student orientation, musical performances, and guidance lessons that focus on preparing for middle school. 

 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------In Guidance the students are learning how to respond to strong emotions with the following…………

Emotional Regulation 
Name the Feeling……
Calm Down……
A STOP signal is a way students can use language to halt the escalation of emotions. Students choose what their effective stop word might be:  
Stop       Freeze         Calm down        
Hold on        Cool it       Get a grip
  Any word the child chooses that will help them start THINKING again!!
Giving the feeling a NAME can help decrease the intensity of the feeling. Angry can sometimes really be called: frustrated, overwhelmed, anxious.
They can then begin to use the rest of the CALMING DOWN STEPS to regain self-control. (belly breathing, counting, positive self-talk)


We will continue with our PARRT curriculum this year.  PARRT stands for:

  • P Personal Best
  • A Active Listening
  • R Respect
  • R Responsibility
  • T Trustworthiness

Through classroom teaching and activities, along with Guidance and the daily support of all our staff, these are constantly reinforced and practiced.

Doing our PARRT Newsletter:  Click here


Erskine is using the Second Step Curriculum for all K-5 guidance lessons this year.  The students are enjoying the activities, songs, and role plays/DVD’s.  So far we have concentrated on some good skills for learning such as: listening, focusing attention, self-talk for staying on task, and being assertive.  There is an excellent parent link you may want to check out that explains the program and also includes some home activities.  

Go to:  You can enter the activation key and your email to sign in and see all the information. 

Each grade has a separate activation key.

Kindergarten: SSPK FAMILY70                          1st grade:  SSP1 FAMILY71            

2nd grade: SSP2 FAMILY72                               3rd grade: SSP3 FAMILY73              

4th grade:  SSP4 FAMILY 74                               5th grade: SSP5 FAMILY75  


Is your child nervous, anxious or scared about coming to school? Click on the book list to the left to find stories you can read and discuss with your child to help them adjust to school.



School Supplies

If you are in need of school supplies, please contact Nancy Hayes, Counselor


FREE IN HOME PARENTING – for children up to age 6.  
Contact Linn County Home Health at 319-892-5780

“Life doesn’t require that we be the best, only that we try our best.”


Any questions/concerns, please contact me: Nancy Hayes, Erskine Counselor, at 558-2821 or

 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Thank you to the St. Luke’s Safe Touch staff who presented this program to our K-5 students.  It gives our children the information they need to be safe.