Counselor's Corner


Welcome to the Castle Rock Elementary School Counselor Page!



Here you will find counseling forms, what we're learning in school-wide and grade-level school counseling core curriculum lessons, and links to helpful resources. 

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February


Personal Safety Lessons/Child Abuse Prevention

During the month of February, I will be presenting a child abuse prevention program to all students in grades PK-5 at Castle Rock Primary & Intermediate Schools. This is in compliance with Erin's Law, passed in Washington State in 2018. As parents and educators, we want to do our part to help ensure that our children grow up healthy, happy and safe. Our goal is to give students at CRPS & CRIS the knowledge and skills to help them recognize personal safety risks and to speak up about inappropriate or unsafe behaviors. Lessons will be presented during a time specified by your child’s classroom teacher. This safety program will be covered in 1-2 30-40 minute lessons. Below is an overview of what is included in these lessons:

  • Instill a strong sense of body ownership & personal boundaries.

  • Introduction or review of the body safety rules to protect students from sexual abuse.

  • Help students identify their trusted adults & emphasize the difference between safe and unsafe secrets.

  • (Grades 3-5 only) Educate students to recognize people trying to trap them into “sticky situations” and empower them to avoid and/or get out.

I have been trained to present this information. Click the links below for tips on things you can do as a parent to keep your child safe. Thank you for your support in our efforts to keep our students safe! If you have any additional questions about this program, please contact me.


Erin's Law: Tips for Parents

Safety Tips for Parents- Preventing Sexual Abuse & Molestation


Preventing Sexual Abuse (ChildWelfare.Gov)


Preventing and Identifying Child Sexual Abuse- Tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics


The National Child Traumatic Stress Network



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School Counselor Contact information:

Ms. Sonja Bruce, Ed.M.
School Counselor
Castle Rock Primary & Intermediate Schools

(360) 501-3129

sbruce@crschools.org

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FAQs


Meet the School Counselor Letter

School Counseling Program Brochure

Weekly Counseling Program Schedule- FALL 2017


1. What does a professional school counselor do? 

            Read about the Role of a Professional School Counselor here.

2. What kinds of direct services are provided for students at CRES by the school counselor? 

  • Classroom lessons related to social-emotional skills, academic success, and/or college & career readiness.
  • Weekly small groups working on specific skills starting in September or October. Groups run 1x/week for 30-40 minutes for 4-8 weeks.
    • The majority of the students meeting in these groups will be identified by teachers. Additional students can be referred by parents and other staff members
    • Additional rounds of small groups will start in January and April.
    • These groups focus on a variety of skills related to (but not limited to) the following:
      • social skills
      • emotional regulation
      • grief
      • family changes (i.e. divorce)
      • new students
      • academic skills (i.e. organization, test anxiety, setting goals, etc.)
      • attendance
      • college & career exploration
  • Individual counseling on an as-needed basis, weekly for 4-6 weeks. **Any students needing long-term counseling will be referred to community mental health agency.
3. How can my child see the school counselor?

1.  I recommend first speaking to your child’s teacher about possible strategies and interventions that can be implemented in the classroom.

2.  If needed, you can then fill out a referral form and sign the permission form. 

  •  Ask the front office (Liz in Primary, Kristina in Intermediate) for the School Counselor referral form AND permission forms. Fill out and return to front office.
  • Fill out the referral form online here. 
You can expect a follow-up phone call or e-mail from me within 1-week of me receiving the referral!

3.  You can also always simply call or e-mail me directly! Together we will determine what course of action might best support your child:

  • Strategies to implement in the classroom
  • Joining a small group to work on specific skills
  • Short-term individual counseling to work on specific skills
  • Referral to a community mental health provider
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About your school counselor:

Hi! This is my 4th year as a counselor, but my 14th year working with students in a school setting. I love the elementary grades and all the exploring, learning, and fun we get to have!

          I have a master’s degree in School Counseling, a bachelor’s in Psychology, and a minor in Early Childhood Education- I love working with inquisitive little minds and their families! I went to college in Pullman, WA at Washington State University (Go Cougs!) and moved to Honolulu, HI after graduation. I lived there for 2.5 years (where I worked as a Preschool Counselor) before moving back to the Pacific Northwest. I then taught at a Head Start program for the next 5 years in Portland, OR. I grew up in Kelso, WA and am thrilled to be back in my old stomping grounds!

            As the school counselor, I am here to serve all students. Social and Emotional wellness is key to academic success. My job is to support your child in this need, as well as in Academic Achievement & College/Career Readiness, so that they can be their best self and prepared for the future! Please explore my website for more information about the services I provide and feel free to contact me any time!

  




What we're learning in:

I teach Second Step (Social-Emotional Learning Program) lessons to each kindergarten class on a weekly basis! Click the link above to see pictures and read more about what we're learning each week!

Ms. Bruce's Schedule for Kindergarten:
Monday- Ms. Bayes
Tuesday- Mrs. Austin
Wednesday- Mrs. Fulton
Thursday- Ms. Moore
Friday- Mrs. Garbe



PBIS Character Trait of the Month 
(February):

Be Engaged!

Rockin' Rocket Award Winners for

December/January

"Responsible"


Kindergarten:

                                            PHOTOS COMING SOON!


1st Grade:




2nd Grade:




3rd Grade:




4th Grade:




5th Grade:





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Helpful links

Click the link above for information regarding parenting classes including Love & Logic, The Incredible Years, Strengthening Families, and more!


Head Start Center for Inclusion
Tips and strategies for supporting children at home and in the classroom. Includes social stories, visuals, and 15 minute online trainings.

Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning

PBIS: Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports
Castle Rock School District implements PBIS on a daily basis! Read more about it here:


Kids Health

Counseling With Heart
"Each book addresses real world problems children face on a daily basis. Through therapeutic art and writing exercises, kids can express their feelings and learn how to deal with those feelings in appropriate ways. Designed for children ages 6-12."

GRIEF RESOURCES

HELPFUL ARTICLES

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