Counselor's Corner

Counselors Newsletter


My name is Erin Goddard and I am the Elementary School Counselor at Paint Valley Local Schools. I am excited for the 2022-2023 school year. I want to welcome you to the new school year and share a little about what I will be doing at school. As your student's school counselor I will be talking to them about careers, good manners, leadership, helping others, community, empathy, kindness, healthy relationships and how to be a good friend. Students will also learn how to handle emotions ( Ex. anger, excitement, fear, joy, and sadness) and what strategies to use to help them through strong emotions. I will also provide short term individual counseling as needed and some small group counseling. As the counselor I will also help students, staff, and the community in times of crisis or as needed. I am looking forward to working with students and staff here at Paint Valley Elementary.


Erin Goddard, Elementary School Counselor

Paint Valley Local Schools

Phone 740-634-3454 Extension 14203

Fax 740-634-3459

If you need help with a coat or Christmas please contact the office and ask for the Elementary School Counselor.

Christmas programs

Bainbridge Angel Tree

Jaycees Special Santa

Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant.

Winter Coats

Adena Health System Sponsors Coats for Kids.

We also have information available to anyone in need.

Counselors Newsletter

November/December 2022

Paint Valley Elementary School Counselor Communication & News

What are we doing this month: We are learning about Stress this month. The theme of the Social Emotional Lesson is: Is the 5,4,3,2,1 method. This is when students use this tool that uses the 5 senses to help with stress or strong emotion. Students pause to recognize 5 things they can see, 4 things they can touch, 3 things they can hear, 2 things they can smell, and 1 thing they can taste. This is a coping tool that encourages students to be in the present moment. This is another tool students can add to their tool belt. This tool also helps with self regulation and understanding their body. We talk a lot about the importance of your physical and mental health at school. We discuss how both physical and mental health needs are real. We share examples for physical health such as exercise or strength training and healthy foods habits. We also talk about how to care for your mental health. Some examples are Eating healthy, getting rest, learning how to handle emotions, communicating and developing coping strategies. Together both allow you to be strong and healthy physically and mentally.

You might see students bringing home a paper where they have named and practiced the 5,4,3,2,1 tool. Ask them about this method and talk with them. The holidays can be stressful and we want to teach students how to manage stress and they can share with others the new tools they have learned.

Support/Donations Needs: If you need help with your students Christmas, warm coat and gloves or food please reach out and we can share resources and information to help.

Important upcoming dates:

  • 11/23-11/28 Thanksgiving Break

  • 12/8 Hot Chocolate Social music program begins at 6pm in the Gym followed by hot chocolate and writing letters to Santa in the cafeteria.

  • 12/12 Board Meeting

  • 12/20 Early Release

  • 12/21 -1/6 Holiday Break

Local Community Resources

General resources and resource connection


Food and Hunger assistance

  • Good Samaritan Food Pantry M-F 9am-2:45 pm 1-740-774-6303

  • United Way of Ross County Food Drop 1-740-773-3280

  • Hope Clinics Mobile Market Mondays

Housing/Utility Assistance

  • Chillicothe Metropolitan Housing Authority 1-740-775-7881

  • Ross County Community Action 1-740-702-7222

Mental Health

  • Integrated Services for Behavioral Health 1-800-273-8255 (We have Counselors on site)

  • Crisis Hotline Ross County 1-740-773-4357