Robert Down Elementary School
Welcome to the Robert Down Counseling Website!
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
*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.
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.
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.
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.
April & May 2019
Mindset: The New Psychology of Success
By Carol S. Dweck Ph.D.
Your Fantastic Elastic Brain
By JoAnne Deak, Ph.D.
A Walk in the Rain with a Brain
By Edward M. Hallowell, M.D.
Learning to Love the Challenge
Book On Kindness
If You Plant a Seed
What Does It Mean To Be Kind?
Stephane Jorisch and Rana DiOrio
Books On Cliques
Queen Bees Wannabes
Helping your daughter survive cliques, gossip, boys and the new realities of girl world.
By Rosalind Wiseman
Cliques Just Don't Make Cents
By Julia Cook
Cliques, Phonies & Other Baloney
By Trevor Romain
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