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Second Step Program

Second Step is a classroom-based program designed for Kindergarten through Grade 5.  The Second Step program promotes social emotional competence and self-regulation skills.  Students will receive various lessons throughout the year such as; skills for learning, empathy, emotion management, and problem solving skills.  If you are interested in learning more about the Second Step program, visit the website and check out Home Links to reinforce skills your student is learning in class.


What is Mako Mediators?


Mako Mediators is a conflict management program designed for students to assist their peers in non-physical disputes.  A Mako Mediator will not take sides during a dispute, but will provide disputants problem solving steps to come to a reasonable solution.  


Who can join?


In order to become a Mako Mediator, students must be in 4th or 5th grade, able to show that they are leaders among their peers, effective problem solvers, and good listeners.   Students who participate in Mako Mediators will gain confidence in their ability to help others, will learn to get along better at school and at home, and will become role models for their peers.  


Mako Mediators contribute to a positive school environment and make Vista del Mar Elementary a wonderful place to learn.  


As a Mako Mediator, you will be responsible to attend training on campus along with missing some class time to resolve conflicts. Candidates will be selected by their teacher and will need parent permission to participate.  Mediators will need to complete their work and demonstrate outstanding citizenship.


If you have any questions regarding the conflict manager program, please do not hesitate to contact Cristina Nalbach, School Counselor, at (949) 234-5950 or


Resources for Parents


The mission of Capistrano Unified School District School Counselors is to provide a comprehensive counseling program that supports the whole child. School Counselors will focus on the needs, interests and issues related to social-emotional, academic, and college/career development of all students through a multi-tiered system of support. School Counselors will advocate, collaborate and facilitate actions that promote a positive school climate, provide an opportunity for all students to access their education and achieve personal and academic success to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing world.


ASCA: Role of an Elementary School Counselor

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About Me

My name is Cristina Nalbach and I am excited to be your Vista del Mar Elementary School Counselor. My goal is to support your child's social emotional needs and academic goals.  Through out the year, students will receive Second Step lessons in their classroom, which will reinforce skills for learning, empathy, emotion management, and problem solving skills.  


If you have any questions or concerns regarding school counseling services for your child, please do not hesitate to contact me by email or phone.    


Makos are Kind, Caring, and Responsible!   

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The Capistrano Unified School District prohibits discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying in all district activities, programs, and employment based upon actual or perceived gender, gender identity, gender expression, race, ethnicity, color, religion, ancestry, nationality, national origin, ethnic group identification, sex, sexual orientation, marital or parental status, pregnancy, age, physical or mental disability or on the basis of a person’s association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. Reference: AR 1312.3, BP 1312.3 and BP 5183.

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(949) 234-9200

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