Counselor's Corner

Welcome to the School Counselor Page!

Here you will find counseling forms, ideas for strategies to try at home, and links to helpful resources.

Thanks for stopping by!

Ms. Sonja Bruce, Ed.M.

Go Seahawks!

Castle Rock Elementary School
(360) 501-2888
**Ask me how to text me using the Remind app!

"Bee" CRES Challenge!

I challenge YOU to accomplish at least 1 CRES-worthy action a day this summer! 

Document and show me (Ms. Bruce) in September and earn a prize!  

(Download a calendar to keep track here.)


Is your child asking for a stress ball or fidget spinner? 

"A fidget is some type of little toy or little gadget to manipulate in their hand. It calms their sensory system," Tara Yates, an occupational therapist at Advocate Children's Hospital told the Chicago Tribune.

Here are some great, cheap alternatives!

1. Dollar Tree Pool Noodles


2. Pipe Cleaners


(From the Fidget Doctor)

1. "Tools" not toys - do you truly need the fidget? It's very important that children see fidgets as "tools" and not toys. They should only use the fidget if it will help them focus and be more productive.

2. If the fidget is seen as being a distraction or is being "played" with, it will be taken away.

3. Don't distract others with your fidget.

4. Put the fidget back where you got it when you're finished.


So, what does a School Counselor do?


A School Counselor does…

  • Work with ALL students to encourage a safe school climate- We are CRES!
  • Deliver classroom lessons that align with PBIS, school-wide rules, and the ASCA (American School Counselor Association) National Model and Standards.
  • Facilitate small groups
  • Meet individually with students to to brief, solution-focused counseling.
  • Help students who are struggling to make positive behavior choices.
  • Collaborate with parents/guardians, teachers, support staff, and administration. 

  • Maintain confidentiality of students and their families, unless there is a need to know or safety concern.
  • Provide education and information about student's social-emotional needs.

A School Counselor does NOT

  • Work with only special education, general education, or "problem" students.
  • Assign grades after lessons or teach academic subjects.

  • Facilitate therapy groups.
  • Meet individually with students to do long-term mental health therapy.
  • Handle the discipline or assign consequences.

  • Collaborate with only one person. A team approach including the School Counselor works best!
  • Share information about students and their families to appease the curiosity of others.

  • Tell teachers how to teach in their classrooms or tell parents how to parent at home.


      How do I get my child to see the School Counselor?

Referral Forms:

Permission Form:

               How can I contact the School Counselor?

Phone number: (360) 501-2888

REMIND APP (like text messaging!): Ask me!

Feel free to read the "Meet the School Counselor" letter and the School Counseling Program brochure!


What we've been learning:

Rude vs. Mean vs. Bullying 
Kids Helping Kids- What is Aggression (Bullying) and How Can We Stop It?
This topic was covered in depth all the 5th grade classes. I also introduced the topic to several 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade classes. Check out the bulletin board displayed in the hallway next to the gym! I'll be adding more color pages as students complete them.

Click HERE to view the K-2 PowerPoint presentation on Rude vs. Mean vs. Bullying.
Click HERE to view the 3-5 PowerPoint presentation on Rude vs. Mean vs. Bullying.


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


We are CRES! 
Caring, Respectful, Responsible, Engaged, Safe

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