Connecting with the Counselors

A Communication from Robinson Elementary's Counseling Team

May 8, 2022

Good Evening,

Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers, grandmothers, and care givers/guardians who fulfill the role of a mom for our kiddos! We celebrate you today and all you do that is seen (and unseen), as your child's first teacher. We want to say Happy FIRST Mother's Day to our very own Mrs. Sheilds-Capilla. She welcomed her first child just days ago!

Can you believe we are already in the last few weeks of the school year? We can't! This is the last counselors message of the year. We have a lot of information to share tonight, so settle in and read on (smile).

Last week Mrs. Cohen and Ms. Harris taught counseling lessons to all Robinson students on Tuesday and Wednesday. The focus of these lessons was Identity and Differences for students in Kindergarten-4th grade. See below for more information. Our 5th graders lesson was about problem solving and offered a special goodbye rock-- yes you read that right! Each 5th graders given a rock as a parting memento of being a student at Robinson. There is more information about that below as well.

Thank you for partnering with us this year. We love being a part of your student's life at Robinson each day. Whether it is in grade level lessons, small groups, at lunch and recess, or through one- on-one sessions, we feel honored to get to be a part of their skill building and life's journey.

If you missed April's communication, you can access it from this link:

Have a wonderful last 2-ish weeks and, as always, if you need to connect with one of us (except for Mrs. Sheilds-Capilla) you can find our contact information at the end of this message. With all of the transitions and changes at this time of the year, there may be a slight delay in getting back to you, but our goal is always to respond within 24 hours of your communication. If that has not been the case for any recent emails, please give us another reminder and reach out again! Thank you for understanding.


As mentioned above, Ms. Harris and Mrs. Cohen taught lessons to all 500+ students last week. For our kindergarten through 4th graders the lesson was about Identity and Differences and was tied to our No Place 4 Hate initiative. This is a 2 year plan and includes a committee of students, staff, and soon we it will include community representatives. All students learned about our committee from students on the committee. Committee members also made the pledges we signed. Other committee members will be working on a video to share our process and our why for the next school year. If you have a student in 2nd, 3rd or 4th grade, ask them if they know who Morgan Bugg is! If your student is in kindergarten, 1st or 2nd grade ask them about the Ploofers and what happens when you Shoof!


This week our 85 fifth graders were surprised by Mrs. Cohen when given a rock as a parting "gift." She also wrote them a message to go with the rock that you can read here. Well done getting those rocks home without incident 5th graders!!!

A "see you soon" from Mrs. Ampey-Elong and Mrs. Cohen

Recently Dr. OH announced that some staff that was not returning to Robinson after this year. Mrs. Ampey-Elong and Mrs. Cohen were included in that announcement. Below are messages from each of them:

From Mrs. Ampey-Elong:

Hello Robinson Families! I wanted to let you know that next year I will continue supporting multiple schools in my role as Kirkwood district social worker. Robinson will no longer be one of the schools I support, but will always have a spot in my heart. It has been an honor to serve the families and work with the students of Robinson as they learn and grow. I look forward to seeing you around the district and so this is not a goodbye so much as it is a see you around!

Mrs. Ampey-Elong

From Mrs. Cohen:

Hi Everyone! It has been my absolute honor to have been a Robinson staffer for the past 17 years-- as a teaching assistant, a secretary, and in my most recent role as a school counselor. I have learned from our amazing Robinson kiddos (and their caregivers!) in each role I have held over the years. Thank you for being a part of my time at Robinson and allowing me to learn and grow along the way. If our paths cross at some point please say "hi" and let me know how your student is doing-- I always love hearing about our kiddos!

You are in good hands with Ms. Harris and (I have no doubt) whoever joins the counseling team in my place.

Take care and be well,

Mrs. Cohen

SAVE THE DATE: Next Robinson Food Pantry: Thursday, May 19th!

REPEAT SHOUT OUT: A very BIG thank you to all of our families who donate items to our food pantry each month, we could not do it without you! We also could not do it without our AMAZING 5th grade BooSt leaders. In particular, Ky'len, Ian, Liam, Amori, Henry, Thomas, Addy, Miquel, and Allie. Each month you are doing something that makes a big difference in our community. You unload, carry, haul, move, stock, restock, organize, and make grocery lists with big smiles on your faces. Thank you!

If your family needs some assistance with groceries this month, please come and get what you need at our FREE Robinson Food Pantry.

Our pantry will be open from 6-7:30pm.

Keep an eye out for communication about summer pantry dates!

If you need further information or have a need but can't make it at that time, please call or email Julie, Indria or Tonya. All contact information can be found at the end of this communication.



We are so very fortunate to have such a strong PTO at Robinson. From the executive board to all committee chairs, to volunteer cooks, bakers, gift givers and gardeners! WE THANK YOU ALL!

As a counseling team we want to take this opportunity to say a special thank you to the staff appreciation committee and co-chairs Jill Krussel and Erin Triola. This past week of appreciation (and spoiling!) reminded us, once again, how lucky we are to have you.

We also offer much gratitude to PTO Robinson Cares co-chairs Kristi Conroy and Shannon Ross for their years of dedication-- especially through those first dark days/weeks of Covid. You have always risen to any occasion or need of our families. Currently this committee is working on Summer Essential Bags filling them with all things needed for a safer, healthier, and more enjoyable summer for our kiddos! We appreciate ALL of our PTO helpers and volunteers-- thank you very much!

We love these FREE RESOURCES from Sesame Street in Communities

From Sesame Street in Communities (SSIC):

As providers caring for young children, you play such an important role in that growth, and we’re here to help. This month, we’re sharing resources to support you in helping children with big changes.

Changes can be difficult for young children (and grown-ups!) to navigate. Kids may have big feelings and big questions, but there are things you can do to help. Check out our newest resource bundle on working through change.


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Missouri Medicaid Step-by Step Application Video

Check out and share this straightforward how-to video from the St. Louis Regional Health Commission! Learn who is qualified under Medicaid expansion, how to check your benefits status, and how to complete the online application for Medicaid in Missouri.

Signs of Kid Perfectionists

~ Always comparing themselves to others; can’t stand coming in second place or doing worse than others; wants to be the best and anything less not good enough

~ Migraines or headaches, stomach aches, trouble sleeping, or other physical ailments before, after, or during a performance

~ Too cautious about trying something new that may be outside of his area of expertise and mean he may not excel

~ May put others down. All in an effort to be their best and make the other person feel less perfect – or inadequate

~ May put the same high standards on others

~ Worrying it won’t be good enough; or fears failure. Avoids difficult or stressful tasks; leaves work unfinished out of fear it won’t be perfect

~ Concentrates on the mistake instead of the overall job or how well he performed

~ Way too hard on himself; can’t laugh at himself or his own mistakes

Read more here:


We learned about a free, virtual 8-week grief support group that is offered at Ranken Jordan Pediatric Bridge Hospital 3 times throughout the year (fall, spring, summer) as part of their community program.

The next session begins in June and they still have a spots open in each of the groups.

They have 3 separate grief support groups; one for adults, one for teens, and one for kids (6-12 y/o). It is inclusive to anyone grieving a death regardless of when or how it happened.

Here is the link to the kid/teen sign up:

Here is the link to the adult sign up:

Please feel free to help spread the word about this resource with your friends and reach out Katie Noll with any questions you may have. You can reach her at 314-323-2256 (cell) or 314-872-6481 (office).

Contact Information for 2021-22 School Year


Indria Harris

School Counselor, preK-2nd grade

314-213-6100, ext. 4061

Julie Cohen

School Counselor, 3rd-5th grade

314-213-6100, ext. 4470

Tonya Ampey-Elong

Social Worker, KSD

314-213-6100, ext. 4042

*At Robinson on Mondays and Wednesdays

Ana Shields-Capilla

Educational Support Counselor

314-213-6100, ext. 4065

*At Robinson all day Monday and Tuesday and Wednesday's until noon