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  • Counselor's Corner

    Ms. Eby  

     Mrs. Eby


    Manatee Elementary School Counseling

    Welcome back! I’m excited be here at Manatee as the school counselor! It is my hope that I can be of assistance to all of our students, families, teachers, and staff as needed. Please feel free to contact me at any time during the school year.

    What is a school counselor?

    ·         School counselors are educators certified to address all students’ academic, career, and personal/social development needs. This is done through individual and group counseling, classroom lessons, teacher/staff/parent consultation, school wide PBIS, and crisis intervention.

    What can students talk about and /or work on with Mrs. Eby?

    ·         Mrs. Eby can help with many important topics and concerns such as new student transitions, friendship issues, study skills, anxiety, self-esteem, academic struggles, family change, grief, stress and coping skills, as well as a variety of other needs.

    How can students request to see Mrs. Eby?

    ·         Students can request to talk with Mrs. Eby through their parents and teachers. They may also fill out a self-referral form (available from their teacher) or by asking Mrs. Eby directly. Parent referral forms will be available at the front office by request.

    If my student talks to Mrs. Eby, will I know?

    ·         Mrs. Eby always encourages the students to talk to their parents about any problems or struggles they are having. Often problems are not BIG problems, rather they seem big to the student. Sometimes students just need someone to listen so they can move forward with their day. That being said, if a student ever comes to the counselor with a major struggle/problem or if anyone is ever being hurt, parents/guardians will always be contacted. Working as a team with families is a priority here at Manatee Elementary!

    What are some school wide programs we will see this school year?

    ·         Red Ribbon Week

    ·         Health/Vision Screenings

    ·         Random Acts of Kindness Week

    ·         Kiwanis Terrific Kids

    ·         National School Counseling Week

    ·         Teacher Appreciation Week

    Contact Mrs. Eby: ebyd@collierschools.com  / 239-377-7606

    Five easy ways to help your family keep school priorities on track:
    • Have one large family calendar for all your school children to utilize. Keep it in a convenient place. Record school notices and important meeting dates. Pencil in when all assignments are due. Write the day of the week for PE class, so your child will be sure to wear her sneakers. Get her in the habit of checking the calendar before starting homework and before leaving for school each morning.
    • Together, agree on a specific homework spot. It should be a clean, flat surface, with adequate lighting and free of distractions. Do all homework assignments there each afternoon or night. On nights where there is no homework, have your child read, or read to your child at least 15 minutes before bed.
    • Keep homework supplies together in a convenient spot, such as a shelf in the kitchen, or near the homework spot. You can use an empty shoe box or small basket to store pencils, a sharpener, crayons, scissors, and glue sticks.
    • Keep backpacks and lunch boxes in a designated place, and help your child remember to store them properly, right after school. Empty and inspect backpacks together at the same time each day, such as right off the bus, or right after supper. 
    • Help your child remember to put completed homework into their backpack each night before going to bed, so they will get credit for work well done!

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