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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, Wednesday and Thursday (1/2 day), Friday

Forest Grove Elementary (831)646-6560 X126

Tuesday, Thursday (1/2 day)

Counseling Program Calendar 2019/20

August 2019

* Welcoming Our New Students & It's All About 'TOOLBOX' Guidance Lessons :

*Movin' & Groovin' Lunch Group:

Movin' & Groovin' is for all 3rd, 4th, and 5th-grade students who are new to our school. This group begins at lunch on Wednesday, August 28th. This group meets for four weeks. New students will come home with a parent permission slip. Please return this slip so your child can participate in this wonderful group for new students.

*'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!

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September 2019

* Empowering Parenting Connections: Introducing 'TOOLBOX' to our parents. There will be two opportunities to learn about 'TOOLBOX', our social-emotional curriculum.

See pdf flyer above.

*Fall Classroom Guidance Lessons begin on September 2 - October 11th (six-week session)

*Circle of Friends Lunch Group begins Wednesday, September 25th: 'Circle of Friends' is a counselor facilitated group offered during the lunch hour one time per week. Students can choose to drop in during their recess. The 'Circle of Friends' group is a core 'TOOLBOX' practice focusing on empathy for others and gives students the opportunity to feel connected to their school community.

*5th Grade Service Leadership Program members are chosen - The Service Leadership program promotes young leaders, public speaking skills and an opportunity to mentor our younger students. Service leaders work to promote kind acts of service for those less fortunate. Students are chosen in the fall and spring of each school year to represent each 5th-grade class and will help organize and present our service projects for the first half of the school year. The second group of student leaders will be chosen to represent their class in January.


* 1st Service Leader Presentation & Fundraising project is launched

Date TBA

* Fall Break October 14-18

* Small group counseling sessions begin on Monday, October 21st

November 2019

* Small group counseling sessions continue

*Service leaders organize a local food drive

December 2019

* Small group counseling sessions end on Friday, December 13

* Service leaders organize 'One Warm Coat' drive

*Kindness Books Announced

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

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 2020

*Empowering Parenting Connections:

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Robert Down Library 6-7 pm

A Book Discussion Group for Parents and Children Celebrating Kindness.

PJ's welcomed. Facilitated by the School Counselor.

*Great Kindness Challenge: January 27-31

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

*Spring Session Service Leaders Chosen

*Second session of classroom guidance lessons begin Monday, January 13

February 2020

*Spring Session of RD Service Leaders Meeting: Wednesday, February 5th (lunch)

MARCH 2020

*Classroom guidance lesson sessions end Friday, March 6th

*Spring Conferences March 9-13th

*Spring small group counseling sessions begin Monday, March 23

APRIL 2020

*Spring Service Leadership Project presentation

Date TBA

May 2020

*Small Group counseling sessions end Friday, May 8th

*Last day of school Friday, May 29th

*Have a fabulous summer!!!


Growth Mindset

Sesame Street do Growth Mindset

Learning to Love the Challenge

Books 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