Counselor's Corner

Welcome to the Virtual Counseling Center!

Welcome to the Virtual Counseling Corner. Mrs. Neena Dhaliwal (pronounced Dolly-wall) and Mrs. Michele Neeb are looking forward to working with you and your family! As the District Counselors, we are grateful to work with each of the school communities in the Pleasant Ridge District serving all students in grades TK-8.

You Belong Here

October is Bullying Prevention Month

Let others know they belong by sharing kind words and doing kind things. Parents can check out this link for information on cyberbullying Parents Cyberbullying - CyberSmile Foundation


October Red Ribbon Week - Stay healthy, make good choices

Join a sport at Bear River Recreation and Parks or Fall into a good book!!

****See the links below for BRRP and the Bear River Library****

Stay Healthy in Our Community

CHECK it OUT :

Flag Football, Volleyball & Water Polo Clinics, and Basketball registration at

Bear River Recreation and Parks Fall activities: Bear River Recreation and Parks Link

Bear River Library calendar of events: Library Events Link

Counseling Services

We address the social, emotional, academic and career development of all students in the District. By using a multi-tiered system of support, we provide classroom lessons on social-emotional learning and coping skills, small group counseling on various topics and individual and crisis counseling. We advocate for all students to support their academic success and emotional well-being.

We are available to meet in person or virtually. Mrs. Dhaliwal can be found at Arete or Magnolia. Mrs. Neeb can be found at Alta Sierra and Cottage Hill. To complete an appointment request form, click on the following links:

Magnolia Monday 11:40-3:30, Tuesday, Wednesday 11:40-3:30, Friday

Cottage Hill Monday, Wednesday

Alta Sierra Tuesday and Thursday

Arete Charter Academy Monday 8:30-11:30, Wednesday 8:30-11:30, Thursday

We can also be reached by phone or text see below.

•Check out this video on the role of Elementary School Counselors

Visit my Bitmoji Classroom by clicking on the image. You can click different parts to find links to fun videos & articles, such as the mental health benefits of being in nature & smiling, how kindness can change the world, etc...

Welcome to the calm space where you can click on the image to see ways to help you cope with your feelings.

Check out the student & parent tabs for resources & information

"The opposite of depression is expression. What comes out of our bodies doesn't make us ill, what stays in does." ~Dr. Edith Eger, Holocaust Survivor & Psychologist

Drop-In Counseling at Granite Wellness Center in Grass Valley

  • A new counseling option is available through Granite Wellness Center

  • No appointment necessary, walk-ins welcome

  • Mondays and Wednesdays, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

To learn more about children's mental health, visit the CDC's website or the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).


If experiencing a mental health crisis, please use the resources below:


•Nevada County Behavioral Health 24-hour crisis line (Grass Valley): 530.265.5811

•Community Beyond (Domestic) Violence 24-hour crisis line: 530.272.3467

•Placer County 24-hour Child and Teen Help: 800.852.8336 or 310.855.4673

•Stand Up Placer County (Domestic Violence 24-hour Hotline): 530.575.5352

•National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255 (24-hour hotline)

•Crisis Text Line: Text 'HOME' to 741741 for 24/7 support



Al-Non Site

If you need help to stop drinking, vaping, smoking, etc. You can get help from those in your age group. The link will take you to the Newcomers Page which you can find a meeting over zoom or chat online with others.

You are not alone. You are Loved. You are Enough. You Matter.