Robert Down Elementary School Counseling Website
Dear Robert Down Families,
Welcome to the 2020/21 school year. Covid-19 has changed much in our lives. I hope this newsletter provides helpful information during this difficult time. I am providing services for students and families by utilizing our Google online platform and posting information for students in my Google Classroom. You can schedule an online session with me through this link:
Access my Google Classroom with this class code: sma5dh5
Please take a look at the attached articles below. I hope you find this information helpful as we are all trying to navigate some uncharted waters. I am also updating our social emotional learning library below. There are books on various topics for both children and parents. Most notably is the New York City Library's free books for children on the coronavirus. Many of the other books listed can be found at our local library branch or purchased online.
I work at both Robert Down and Pacific Grove Middle Schools. Please email if you have questions about the school counseling program or set up an appointment through my online calendar.
Sonda Frudden, School Counselor
Robert Down Elementary
Tuesday - Friday
Pacific Grove Middle School
Coronavirus Resources to Support Families
Social Emotional Learning Library
FREE ONLINE BOOKS FOR CHILDREN ABOUT COVID-19
Supporting Resilience Through Changing Times
I Can Do Hard Things: Mindful Affirmations for Kids
By: Gabi Garcia
Illustrated by: Charity Russell
Just Ask! Be Different, Be Brave, Be You
By: Sonia Sotomayor
Illustrated by: Rafael Lopez
By Mary Nhin
The Hugging Tree: A Story About Resilience
By Jill Neimark
Illustrated by: Nicole Wong
Master of Mindfulness: How to Be Your Own Superhero in Times of Stress
Foreward by: Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD
Mr. Musumeci's 5th Grade Class
What do You do With a Problem?
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
Books On Grief for Children
Websites On Grief
GoodTherapy.com's Top Ten Grief Websites
Acknowledgment of the profound effects of grief and loss isn’t enough, of course. More must be done to point grieving people toward resources that can help them cope and heal. According to the National Institute for Mental Health, only 10% of grieving people will ever seek professional help.
While GoodTherapy.org is at its core a directory of therapists committed to treating issues such as grief and loss, it is also a comprehensive resource for people seeking mental health treatment and information. It is with that in mind that we selected the 10 best resources on the Internet in 2012—GoodTherapy.org excluded—for people experiencing grief and loss. Among the criteria we used to select our top 10 websites are quality and depth of content, presentation, and functionality.
- The Compassionate Friends: A nationwide nonprofit organization, The Compassionate Friends is designed to support and give resources to families who are coping with the death of a child. In addition to its wealth of information about healing grief, TCF holds national and regional conferences, facilitates online and in-person support groups for grieving families, and broadcasts a weekly web-radio series.
- Grieving.com: Grieving.com is a forum resource for people to connect with others and share stories of loss and healing. The forum has more than 45,000 active members and features topics ranging from terminal illness and sudden death to the loss of a pet.
- MISS Foundation: The MISS Foundation is a volunteer-run nonprofit organization that supports people of all ages through the process of grieving the death of a child. Among the offerings are discussion forums, educational resources, biannual conferences, and local support groups, and grieving visitors can connect with a HOPE (Helping Other Parents Endure) mentor for individualized support.
- Recover From Grief: Recover From Grief provides valuable information about the grieving process as well as coping strategies. Site visitors can view a comprehensive “grief guidebook” and participate in a seven-part grief work e-course. Recover From Grief also provides a space to create memorials for loved ones or tell personal stories, and offers a “grief relief” audio program.
- The Grief Toolbox: The Grief Toolbox is a comprehensive resource for people experiencing grief. Articles, other resources, and an online art gallery help support individuals in the grieving process. The Grief Toolbox also provides a support group locator.
- National Alliance for Grieving Children: The National Alliance for Grieving Children is a nationwide platform that connects professionals, consumers, and volunteers whose mission is to support children and teens through the grieving process. NAGC offers online education, a searchable support group database, and hosts an annual symposium about child grief.
- Navigating Grief: Navigating Grief is an online community established by Joan Hitchens, author of Storybooks for Healing and A Caregiver’s Blog. Hitchens is a member of the Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC) and National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHCPO). Navigating Grief provides educational tools and insight into the grieving process from Hitchens’ personal experiences as a hospice volunteer, widow, and caregiver. Site visitors can also find teleseminars, webinars, and blog posts by professionals to support grieving individuals.
- Bereaved Parents of the USA: Bereaved Parents of the USA connects grieving parents with other bereaved parents, grandparents, and siblings for one-on-one support. The site offers a newsletter, articles and poems, and many resources and links for grieving families to guide them through the grieving process. It also hosts an annual gathering where bereaved parents can share their stories with others and participate in grief workshops.
- Losing Your Parents: Losing Your Parents is a personal blog by Lisa A. Snyder, who lost both of her parents by the age of 27. Snyder connects grieving children through blog posts, a free e-book titled The Last Words Ever Spoken, and many other online resources. Losing Your Parents also accepts guest posts for others to share stories of grief and healing.
- FriendGrief: FriendGrief is a personal blog, operated by author Victoria Noe, specifically designed to support people who have lost friends. Noe writes extensively about the differences between losing a friend and a family member, and provides space for guest bloggers to share their experiences of mourning the loss of a friend.
Books On Kindness & Empathy
If You Plant a Seed
What Does It Mean To Be Kind?
Stephane Jorisch and Rana DiOrio
Have You Filled a Bucket Today?
Book about thinking about others.
I Am Enough
Accepting who you are and learning of your unique place in the world.
I Walk With Vanessa
A sweet and simple book with a big message. For younger children.
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
Local Community Mental Health Resources
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
Resources on Cybersafety & Technology
Counseling Program Calendar 2020/21
*Movin' & Groovin' DL Lunch Group:
Movin' & Groovin' is for all 1st through 5th grade students who are new to our school. There will be two groups meeting one time per week for four weeks. Flyers will be sent out soon. These group sessions will all meet online.
Introducing: *'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!
Caring Circles are counselor facilitated groups offered online. The Caring Circle groups are a core 'TOOLBOX' practice. These groups give students the opportunity to feel connected to their school community, to learn about how to build empathy for others, and to practice many of the Toolbox tools all at once.
Caring Circles will also be offered weekly online.
'Let's Talk' online book group for students and families. Books will focus on inclusion, equality, diversity, social and emotional learning and building family and community engagement. This group will begin in September and take place monthly.