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Forest Grove Elementary School

GO FALCONS!

Welcome Back to School

Dear Falcon Families,


The school counseling program at Forest Grove works to serve all students and the larger school community through both individuals, group and classroom guidance counseling. As student advocates, we recognize the uniqueness and personal worth of each child. Our job is to support the social and emotional growth of our students so that they feel connected to their school community and confident in their ability to learn.


During this ever changing climate we are now living in due to the coronavirus, I am providing services for students and families by utilizing Google online platform. You can schedule an online session with me through this link:


https://calendly.com/mrsroach-counselor-meetings


Even though I miss seeing our PGUSD students, I'm taking advantage of modern technology to connect with students and families through my Google Classroom.


Students can access my Google Classroom with this class code: xillk3w


I am also updating our social emotional learning library below. There are books on various topics for both children and parents. I am planning on reading books over the coming weeks in my GOOGLE classroom so don't forget to join.


I work at both Forest Grove and Pacific Grove Middle Schools. Please email if you have questions about the school counseling program.


Sincerely,

Zoe Roach, School Counselor

zroach@pgusd.org


To schedule a meeting:

https://calendly.com/mrsroach-counselor-meetings

Parent Connections

We may be distanced, but we are still connected!


This year PGUSD will be providing different ways for families to connect, share ideas, and learn.

Opportunities will include informal "Virtual Coffee with the Counselor", Guest Speakers, Parent Education Topics, and New Peninsula Family groups. Check back as dates are scheduled. I look forward to getting to know our PGUSD families!


Next Virtual Coffee with the Counselor:

Join us for our October Coffee with the Counselor where we will discuss supporter self-care, if it is possible, and share ideas


October Coffee with the Counselor

Topic:Supporter Self-Care,

Wednesday Oct 7th 3:00-3:00


https://meet.google.com/vfg-ufwx-iqp

Social Emotional at Home

COVID and Distance Learning have turned many of us upside down. IF you are looking for some extra social emotional learning for your child, here is a list...a BIG list of feelings, mindfulness and activities.


Do not get overwhelmed, this is a big list, so go slow:)

Take your time and have fun with your child!


https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ppehp5iFHVzuMkSGGfGnnz7XGNGoj-Oo9KGGyx_LrVE/edit

Counseling Program Calendar 2020/2021

August 2020

Meet The Counselor Classroom Presentations


Character Trait: Respect

Tool of the Month: Breathing Tool, Quiet Space


*Begin individual and small group counseling.


*Movin' & Groovin' Group:

Movin' & Groovin' is for all 3rd, 4th, and 5th-grade students who are new to our school. Please contact Mrs. Roach or your student's teacher for more info.

September 2020

Character Trait: Empathy

Tool of the Month: Listening Tool and Empathy Tool


September 15-October 15th is Hispanic Heritage Month. Download this pdf with links to books and read-alongs about Hispanic Culture.

file:///C:/Users/ZRoach/Pictures/_Hispanic%20Heritage%20Library-ZR.pdf

October 2020

Character Trait: Trust

Tool of the Month: Personal Space


October is Bullying Prevention Month-see the Bullying Prevention Library below for books and read alongs!


October is also Filipino American History Month-Learn about Filipino culture with the following books and videos

November 2020

Character Trait: Citizenship

Tool of the Month: Using our words

December 2020

Falcon Assembly Focus: TOOLBOX SuperStars


Tool of the Month: Garbage Can Tool


School wide Service Project: SPCA Donations

*'Empowering Parenting Connections' parent and child book club event in January. Date to be decided. Keep posted!


*Happy Holidays!

January 2021

Character Trait of the Month: Caring

Tool of the Month: Taking Time Tool




Kindness Week: Date TBD

A week of student-organized kindness stations and activities.



Kindness Week Spirit Days

Tuesday-

Wednesday-

Thursday -

Friday-

February 2021

Character Trait: Fairness

Tool of the Month: Please and Thank you Tool, Apology and Forgiveness Tool

March 2021


*Character Trait: Creativity

Tool of the Month: Patience Tool

April & May 2021



*April Character : Responsibility

Tool of the Month: Courage Tool


* May Falcon Assembly Focus: TOOLBOX SuperStar

TOOLBOX

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TOOLBOX

'TOOLBOX' is our SEL (social, emotional learning) program. Toolbox builds resilience, self-mastery, and empathy for ourselves and others. TOOLBOX enables us to use the inner "Tools" that already exist inside us. When we as teachers, parents, and/or caregivers use and model TOOLBOX in our daily lives, we foster children's abilities to manage their own emotional, social, and academic success. Please join us in September for two TOOLBOX parent events. I look forward to sharing this wonderful social and emotional learning curriculum with you!

Back to school jitters

Is your child nervous about starting or returning to school after a relaxing summer at home? Check out some great books to read with your child in preparation:


https://www.scholastic.com/parents/books-and-reading/raise-a-reader-blog/top-11-books-to-ease-back-to-school-jitters.html

Community Mental Health Resources

For searchable lists of area therapists and specializations:


https://mccamft.org/find-therapist


https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/therapists


Sam's Guide to Monterey County Family Resources - provides a comprehensive list of area resources from Mental Health, Wellness, Caregiving, Food and Shelters

http://mcdss.co.monterey.ca.us/docs/SAMs_01_2017.pdf


YWCA Monterey County - 831-422-8602

provides counseling for families, couples, children, and individuals experiencing domestic violence, human trafficking or other crimes.


https://www.ywcamc.org/our-programs/mentalhealthcounseling/


Community Human Services- 831-394-4622

CHS’ Family Service Centers offer a variety of professional, affordable mental health programs for low-income individuals and families.


https://chservices.org/mental-health/

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COUNSELOR LIBRARY

BOOKS ON KINDNESS

Resources for Friendships

Resources on Growth Mindset

https://youtu.be/SnrHZ_uvtxk

Learning to Love the Challenge

ARTICLES THAT INSPIRE

Resources on Cybersafety and technology

For More Info

GuardingKids.com
https://www.guardingkids.com/

ConnectSafely: Promoting Safety, Privacy & Security
www.connectsafely.org/

Common Sense Education Digital Citizenship Curriculum & EdTech Reviews
www.commonsense.org

Handout from parent Engagement Events

Permission Slip for Counseling Services