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Robert Down Elementary School


Welcome to the Robert Down Counseling Website!

The school counseling program at Robert Down works to serve all students and the larger school community through both individual, group and classroom guidance counseling. As a student advocate, I recognize the uniqueness and personal worth of each child. My 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.

Listed below is this year's school counseling calendar of events. For those of you who are new to our school, 'Empowering Parenting Connections' is a counseling-based program that brings our school community together to discuss different topics that pertain to parenting. These events are personal favorites of mine because I love meeting our parents, talking about parenting and being a part of a community that supports one another. Raising kids is hard but supporting one another is easy and gives us the boost to keep moving forward despite the obstacles we might face on this great parenting adventure.

In addition, please enjoy our counselor library below. There are books on various topics for both children and parents. I am updating this library often and always open to suggestions from parents as well. Let me know what books have been instrumental for you or your child and I will add them to our library.

My office hours are below. I work at both Robert Down and Forest Grove elementary schools. Please do not hesitate to call or email if you have questions about the school counseling program at Robert Down.


Sonda Frudden, School Counselor

Robert Down Elementary (831) 646-6540 X139

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (1/2 day)

Forest Grove Elementary (831)646-6560 X126

Thursday (1/2 day) and Friday

Counseling Program Calendar 2018/19

August 2018

* Classroom guidance visits & introductions to new students.

*Begin individual and small group counseling.

*Movin' & Groovin' Lunch Group:

Wednesday during lunch beginning Tuesday, August 28. Movin' & Groovin' is for all 3rd, 4th, and 5th-grade students who are new to our school. KG-2 grades can join 'Ready-Set-Go' or a 'Friendship Group.' Please call or email to learn more about these groups.

September 2018

*Empowering Parenting Connections:

Welcoming Picnic for New Students & Families.

Saturday, September 15th from 11:30am-1:30pm

Lovers Point, Pacific Grove.

Stop by after 'Walk With Pride' and help welcome new families to our district.

Flyers will be sent home. If you would like another one, please email me.

October 2018

*Bully Prevention Month - guidance lessons in classrooms will be offered to all grades.

November 2018

December 2018

*Kindness Books Announced

In January there will be a family book club event. Two wonderful books on kindness will be shared.

You can also view other great books on kindness to read to your children in our counseling library. We hope you will take this opportunity to read these books with your children over the holiday season and then join us in January for our book club event.

*Happy Holidays!

January 2019

*Empowering Parenting Connections:

Wednesday, January 16th from 6-7pm.

A Book Discussion Group for Parents and Children Celebrating Kindness.

PJ's welcomed. Facilitated by the School Counselor.

*Great Kindness Challenge: Tuesday, January 22-25, 2019

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

March 2019

* Fifth Grade Service Leaders present to our 3rd, 4th, & 5th-grade. Students will be discussing social and peer-related concerns around our school climate and will make suggestions about how to handle these social situations when they arise.
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April & May 2019

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


Growth Mindset

Sesame Street do Growth Mindset

Learning to Love the Challenge

Book On Kindness

Books On Cliques

Social Skills

Community Mental Health Resrouces

Check out the links for a list of therapists in our local area:

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

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Resources on Cybersafety & Technology

ConnectSafely: Promoting Safety, Privacy & Security

Common Sense Education Digital Citizenship Curriculum & EdTech Reviews

Articles that Inspire

Robert Down Counseling Permission Slip