Elkhart Intermediate School

Counselor's Connection

My name is Kelly Smith and I am the Elementary/Intermediate School Counselor. I have been a counselor for all ages for 15 years. I graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University with a  Bachelor of Science Degree in Education and I also graduated from the University of North Texas with a Master's Degree in Education. My year is filled with classroom guidance, "Lunch Bunch" with 3rd graders, character education school wide, meeting with individual students, test coordination, and lots of other paperwork required by the state.
 
I care about each and every student and I'm blessed to serve as an advocate for all of them. Our priority is to provide a safe and secure environment for all kids to learn and reach their potential.
 
Elkhart ISD is a excellent place for kids!
I am proud to be an Elkhart Elk!
 
May 25, 2020
 
Happy Memorial Day to you all! A day to remember those who paid the ultimate price for our freedom!
This is our last Monday before the summer break! I'd like to remind you that we are still missing library books and need them to be turned in this week! You can drop them by anytime Tuesday thru Friday between 8:30 and 2:00.
Also, report cards and end of the year awards will be mailed.
 
Don't forget our "Skills for LIfe" Challenge is currently going on for your student to participate thru this Friday, May 29th. Look at the rubric for intermediate, choose 3, and complete the survey on the Elkhart website by 12:00 noon Friday! We are giving away bicycles! Can't wait to see our winners!
 
In the link section to the right, I've included a link to Summer Safety! It has some great information to help out this summer! We sure do miss our kids! Have a safe summer!
 
May 18, 2020
 
We have a special treat for your students this Thursday for the the last packet drop off. Please make sure you bring them to see their teachers! Staff will be greeting all cars! We will be giving out spring pictures to those who ordered. Also, Mrs. Rainey will have art from all students on display! Once again, we ask that you don't get out of your cars to follow the social distancing guidelines. It'll be like the last 2 drop offs...
A-L 10:00 - 11:50
M-Z  11:50 - 2:00
As before, if you cannot come during the designated time, come any time!
 
Lunches will be also be available from 11:00 - 12:30.
 
After the last packet in turned in, Elkhart ISD will ask all students to participate in a campus "Skills for Life" Challenge. There is information coming in the mail and it will be available on the EISD Website main page beginning this Thursday, May 21st. This will be a contest and there will be winners for  each campus...stay tuned!
 
May 11, 2020
 
Good morning! What a beautiful May day! Just a reminder that the last packet will be due May 21st! Drop off will be the same as last time, however, we're asking that you bring your student because all of our staff will be here to smile and wave at your students. We want to see them and I'm certain your student would like to see their teachers!
 
May 4, 2020
 
It was such a joy to seen many students today at packet drop-off! New packets were mailed last week. If you haven't received it by the end of the week, please call the office. Also, there are still many Library books that haven't been turned in, so make sure you bring them by the office!
 
Don't forget lunches are still available every day from 11:00-12:30 for all children!
 
April 27, 2020
 
Good morning! I just wanted to offer a word of encouragement during this difficult time... we understand how tough it is to work, manage kids and their schoolwork, and stay safe. Hang in there, do the best you can and lean on your teachers for assistance! Each one of them are available by email and phone. You've.got.this!
Our last packet will be mailed this Friday. Packet #3 is due next Monday, May 4th from 10-2. Don't forget any Library books you might have at home; we need them all turned in that day please! Missing all of our students!
 
April 20, 2020
 
What a beautiful day it is today! I hope you are able to get out and enjoy the sunshine and warmer temperatures!
I'm sure you've all heard that the Governor has stated that all schools are closed the rest of this school year. Please know that although we understand the decision, we are devastated we won't be able to have closure to this school year in the traditional sense. We are, however, trying to attend to all of the things we can. There will be 1 more packet after the one you already have. Packet #3, the one you have, is due May 4th. Packet drop off will be from 10-2. We ask that you please turn in all Library books your child may have.  Packet #4 will be mailed out on April 30th. We'll announce the due date as we get closer to May. 
 
I hope you've adjusted to this new "normal" and please know that if your students are having any kind of trouble, I'm available by email (ksmith@elkhartisd.org) and I can call or set up a Zoom mtg! I'm here to assist any way I can.
 
I've added a new photo at the bottom of this page on Self-Care and Support. We are in this together!
 
April 13, 2020
 
Good Afternoon,
Just a reminder that tomorrow is packet #2 drop off day!

 

The March 30th instructional materials (packet #2) due date is April 14th.

To limit hand to hand contact and to promote social distancing, this will be a self-serve model.

Parents and students can drop off the packets in the same general location where the packets were initially received. We will have staff members available monitoring the process.

On April 14th, we are asking for you to place the instructional materials (packets) in the labeled container according to the grade level of the student completing the work.

In order to minimize traffic concerns, we have identified times for you to drop off the material.

A-L 10:00 - 11:50

M-Z 11:55 - 2:00

If you can not make it during your specified time according to your last name, we are asking that you come between 10:00-2:00 if possible.

 

Instructional packets (packet #3) for April 15th – May 3rd has been mailed and will be due May 4th.

 

Also, please remember to return any Library books tomorrow! Thank you!

 

April 6, 2020
 
Good Monday morning to all! Hope everyone is settling in to somewhat of a routine! Just a few updates about packet work...there will not be any new packets this week. The packets that were picked up last week or accessed online will now be due April 14th! There will be a self-serve drop off, more details to come. 
New packet work will be mailed to you or you can access it online. If you have a new address since the beginning of the year, please email padler@elkhartisd.org to share your new address. Also, if you're able to access it online, please email and let us know.
 
Along with the activities supplied by your teachers, I want to share some At-Home Scavenger Hunt Ideas (see below). Have a little fun with your family :)
 
I've also added the April Home School Connection under the Links page! Check it out!
 
March 30, 2020
 
Take a deep breath :) I'm sure it feels as if everything has been turned upside down and in a way...it has! As educators, we are here for you, please remember to lean on us by emailing teachers and reaching out when you're confused about something. We ask you do the very best you can during this time. Our expectation if for our students to continue to read and practice work they would normally be doing in school. Thank you for all you've done and will continue to do to help your child stay engaged. 
 
As a Counselor, mental health is just as important. Each week, I'll post a new link, list, meme etc. to provide helpful tools and ways to stay positive and worry-free during this time. Please take a look at the picture below that explains how to have a "Mindset Shift During a Pandemic". Also, I've added a link to a great article about how parents can help their children during distance learning.
 
Please feel free to email me if you have any concerns or questions at ksmith@elkhartisd.org
 
 
March 23, 2020
 
As we embark on this "new normal", please be patient while we navigate together! Emotions will run high and low and during this time, support and encouragement are paramount!
 
Check out the "Links" tab to the right for some resources right now. Stay tuned for resources to help you and your child(ren) get through this season with ease :)