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CUSD Family Resource Center

Minnie Cho Amundson

Dear Oak Grove Elementary Parents and Families, 


          My name is Minnie Cho Amundson, and I am the School Counselor at Oak Grove Elementary School. I've had the privilege of helping students work through challenges and support their growth in the past 3 years. It's been rewarding to see the progress and achievements in many of our students today. As a CUSD school counselor I am committed in supporting the growth of every student in the areas of academic, socio-emotional, and college/career. I provide counseling support in the following services: 


Short Term Individual Counseling

Short Term Group Counseling


Lunch Bunch

In-Class Second Step Counseling Curriculum

College/Career lessons

Conflict Mediations

Recess Support

Crisis Intervention


Referrals and Resources


When a student is referred for counseling services, I will follow up with parent/teacher and depending on the services needed for the student, I will send home a Counseling Permission Slip for parents to sign. If the referred student does not need short term counseling services and only need a check-in, permission slips will not be needed. My aim is to work with parents and teacher who's student is receiving counseling support, while also respecting the students' confidentiality. If you have any further questions or concerns please feel free to contact me via email.


Conversations between student and counselor are considered confidential. Unless the student shares that someone is harming them, they are harming themselves, or they are harming someone else.

Importance of Attendance

Encouraging regular school attendance is one of the most powerful ways you can prepare your child for success, both in school and in life. When you make school attendance a priority, you help your child get better grades, develop healthy life habits, avoid dangerous behavior, and have a better chance of graduating from high school.



Attendance Data (English)

Attendance Data (Spanish)

Attendance Brochure (English)

Attendance Brochure (Spanish)

When is sick too sick for school? (English)

When is sick too sick for school? (Spanish)

10 Facts About School Attendance


CUSD Counselor Vision and Mission Statement



The School Counseling Program strives to provide opportunities so that every student will acquire the social-emotional, academic, and career skills to reach their fullest educational potential and successfully manage their lives as healthy, responsible, competent and productive citizens who respect themselves and others.




The mission of Capistrano Unified School District School Counselors is to provide a comprehensive counseling program that supports the whole child. School Counselors will focus on the needs, interests, and issues related to social-emotional, academic, and college/career development of all students through a multi-tiered system of support. School Counselors will advocate, collaborate and facilitate actions that promote a positive school climate, provide an opportunity for all students to access their education and achieve personal and academic success to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing world.



The School Counselor believes that ALL students...

  • Are uniquely individual, valuable, and capable of achieving their highest potential.
  • Should be treated with dignity and respect.
  • Should feel safe, supported, and encouraged at school. 


The School Counseling Program…

  • Is an integral part of the school program.
  • Equips students with the necessary skills in academic, socio-emotional, and college/career.
  • Is child centered, developmentally appropriate, and preventative.
  • Is available to all students to assist them with academic, socio-emotional, and college/career counseling needs.
  • Conducts activities that contribute to the development of positive school climate.

  • Helps students develop a healthy self-concept and an acceptance of individual differences.

  • Fosters a positive relationship between home and school.

  • Is continuously refined and improved through systematic review and evaluation.


The School Counselor…

  • Is an advocate for all students and for the school counseling program.
  • Utilizes data to manage and evaluate the school counseling program to refine and improve counseling services.
  • Works with stakeholders within the district, as well as in the community, to provide a high-quality school counseling program.
  • Provides parents with community resources, links, etc. for help and support.
  • Strives for professional excellence through continued study and participation in professional development.

Meet The School Counselor!

Mrs. Minnie Cho Amundson


University of California, Irvine

B.S Social Ecology 2007


University of La Verne

M.S Educational Counseling, Pupil Personnel Services Credential 2012


CA Board of Behavioral Sciences

Associate Professional Clinical Counselor 2013

Counselor Information

Mrs. Minnie Cho Amundson



Phone: 949-360-9001

Fax: 949-360-7372

Days on campus: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday


Parent Referrals click HERE

Staff Referrals click HERE

Kids Explain Mindfulness


Second Step Program

Capistrano Unified School District uses the Second Step program for all elementary and middle schools throughout the district. To learn more about SEL (Social Emotional Learning) click HERE. The evidence based Second Step SEL K-5 curriculum covers 4 main topics:


Skills for Learning


Emotional Management

Problem Solving


If you would like to reinforce the lessons at home please feel free to access the Second Step Website and use the free Activation Keys for each grade level:


Kinder: SSPK FAMI LY70

1st Grade: SSP1 FAMI LY71

2nd Grade: SSP2 FAMI LY72

3rd Grade: SSP3 FAMI LY73

4th Grade: SSP4 FAMI LY74

5th Grade: SSP5 FAMI LY75