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Forest Grove Elementary School


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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.

Our office hours are below. Please do not hesitate to call or email if you have questions about the school counseling program at Forest Grove.


Zoe Roach, School Counselor

Office Hours: Monday -Thursday

Forest Grove Elementary (831)646-6560 X126

Sonda Frudden, School Counselor

Robert Down Elementary: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday (1/2 day), Friday

Robert Down (831) 646-6540 X139

About Us


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'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:

Counseling Program Calendar 2019/2020

August 2019

* Classroom guidance visits & introductions to new students.

*Begin individual and small group counseling.

*Movin' & Groovin' Lunch Group:

Tuesday during lunch beginning mid-August. Movin' & Groovin' is for all 3rd, 4th, and 5th-grade students who are new to our school.

September 2019

Character Counts Falcon Assembly: Empathy

October 2019

November 2019

School wide Service Project: Canned Food Drive

Screenagers: NEXT CHAPTER


Thursday, Nov. 7th, 6:30pm


PGMS Performing Arts Center, 835 Forest Avenue, PG


PGMS is happy to announce PGUSD’s screening of the new Screenagers movie, Screenagers: NEXT CHAPTER

Film Synopsis:

From the director of SCREENAGERS: Growing Up in the Digital Age comes Screenagers NEXT CHAPTER: Uncovering Skills for Stress Resilience and is about helping young people thrive in our screen and stress-filled world.

Filmmaker and physician Delaney Ruston uses a personal lens and professional eye to help parents flip the script on stress, anxiety, and depression. We follow Delaney as she finds herself at a loss on how to help her own teens as they struggle with their e

motional wellbeing. Ruston sets out to understand these challenges in our current screen-filled society, and how we as parents and schools empower teens to overcome mental health challenges and build emotional agility, communication savvy, and stress resilience.

December 2019

Falcon Assembly Focus: TOOLBOX SuperStars

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 2020

Character Trait of the Month: Caring

*Empowering Parenting Connections: Friday Jan 24

PTA's Family Game Night and EPC join together for a Family Reading: Books That Build Empathy and Kindness. Reading scheduled at 7:00. Stop by the library for a reading while enjoying Family Game Night in the Multi.

*Great Kindness Challenge: Tuesday, January 21-24

A week of student-organized kindness stations and activities. Please come and join us for some of these events.

Bully Free FG Presentations for 3rd, 4th and 5th grade PE classes

*Are you new to FG? Contact your school counselor about a new student Movin' and Groovin' group

February 2020

Character Counts Falcon Assembly: Responsibility

Ability Awareness Day February 12th

ABILITY/DISABILITY AWARENESS DAY @FG! Educating & giving our students knowledge and awareness! Decreases bullying and helps students with empathy and compassion.

Stations will be set up for our 2nd-5th graders where they will be able to experience what it is like to have a visual impairment, autism, cerebral palsy/motor impairment, speech impediment, or, dyslexia/learning disability.

March 2020

*Character Counts Falcon Assembly: Creativity

April & May 2020

*5th grade Career Unit: Career discovery activity presentation to all 5th grade students

*April Character Counts Falcon Assembly: Fairness

* May Falcon Assembly Focus: TOOLBOX SuperStar

Community Mental Health Resources

For searchable lists of area therapists and specializations:

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

YWCA Monterey County - 831-422-8602

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

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.

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Resources for Friendships

Resources on Growth Mindset

Learning to Love the Challenge


Resources on Cybersafety and technology

For More Info

ConnectSafely: Promoting Safety, Privacy & Security

Common Sense Education Digital Citizenship Curriculum & EdTech Reviews

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