Counselor's Corner

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Contact information:

Ms. Sonja Bruce, Ed.M.

Castle Rock Primary & Intermediate Schools

(360) 501-3129

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Meet the School Counselor Letter 19-20

Weekly Counseling Program Schedule- FALL/WINTER 2019-20

1. What does a professional school counselor do?

Read about the Role of a Professional Elementary School Counselor here.

2. What types of DIRECT services are provided for students at CRES by the school counselor? (80% of a school counselor's time should be spent in DIRECT services to students.) 

  • School-wide Programs
  • Parent/student conferences
  • Crisis Response & Intervention
  • Student Support
  • Classroom lessons 
  • Small group counseling 
  • Individual counseling 

*Click the link above for more details on direct services!

3. What types of indirect services are provided for students at CRES by the school counselor? (20% of a school counselor's time should be spent in INDIRECT services to students.)

  • Consultation & Collaboration with staff and parents

  • Section 504 Plan coordinator

  • System support

  • Referrals to community mental health agencies

4. 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. 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


About your school counselor:

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Hi! This is my 5th year as a school counselor (4th year at CRES), but my 15th 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!

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Helpful links

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

Mental Health and Counseling Services in Cowlitz County

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:

Children and Youth Health

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."


Emotional Regulation

Books, videos, songs, lessons to help young children become better listeners, learn important life lessons, and feel good about themselves.

Erin's Law: Tips for Parents
Child Abuse Prevention



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

How to Talk to Your Child About the Coronavirus

The Yucky Bug (written by Julia Cook)
*More tips for talking with your child

Ideas for Social-Emotional Learning At-Home:

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What we're learning in:


I teach Sanford Harmony curriculum (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- Mrs. Fulton
Tuesday- Miss Moore
Wednesday- Miss Sabo
Thursday- Ms. Bayes
Friday- Mrs. Berndt/Mrs. Austin

1st Grade

I teach Sanford Harmony curriculum (Social-Emotional Learning Program) lessons to each 1st grade class every two weeks! Click the link above to see pictures and read more about what we're learning each week!

Ms. Bruce's Schedule for 1st Grade:
Monday- Mrs. Kruckenberg
Tuesday- Mrs. Frandsen
Wednesday- Mrs. Gehring
Thursday- Miss Madsen
Friday- Miss LeMonds


PBIS Character Trait of the Month
October/November: Caring

Photos of Rockin' Rocket Award Winners