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Contact Information:

For additional information regarding Special Education and Student Services please contact:


Deb Cook Westfahl
Student Services Coordinator 
and School Psychologist

414/351-7380 x1061


Sue Berndt 

Student Services Assistant

414/351-7380 x1010

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Alcohol and Drug Prevention

The Partnership for

North Shore Health Department


County Services

Milwaukee County Resources

SEL Resources

  • Family Resources:

    • CASEL CARES "So Now What?  Supporting Social Emotional Learning (SEL) at Home"

    • Triple P - Children's Hospital of Wisconsin - Free parenting classes and consultation

    • Virtual Calming Room - Sometimes life can be overwhelming and it can be hard to work through difficult times. This Virtual Calming Room was designed by District 196 in Minnesota to assist in identifying different strategies for managing emotions. We hope these tools will provide helpful outlets and practices for when life gets tough.

  • Mental Health

    • HeartMath - Emotional Understanding and Management is a (temporarily) free online, fun learning experience resource for Social Emotional Learning (SEL) activities for kids. The program is structured around six thematic adventures or units of instruction

      • ​Adventure 1: The Physical Heart

      • Adventure 2: Healthy Heart Habits

      • Adventure 3: Investigating Emotions

      • Adventure 4: Emotions and the Heart

      • Adventure 5: Getting Unstuck

      • Adventure 6: Sending Love and Care

    • Free SEL learning and support for adults

    • Crisis Intervention and Emotional Support:

      • Crisis and Suicide Prevention - Call 800/273-8255 or chat here

      • Hopeline - Text "HOPELINE"  to 741741 - from anywhere, anytime, about ANY type of challenge or struggle. Help and hope is just a text away.  HOPELINE™’s purpose is to offer emotional support and resources before situations rise to crisis level. Texts received reflect struggles with breakups, relationship issues, job loss, bullying, LGBTQ issues, parental issues, school, friends, or any struggle a person is experiencing.  A live, trained specialist receives the text and responds quickly.  Each person that texts is important to us and we care about what they are dealing with.

    • Emotional Support 

      • COPE HOTLINE - 24-hour emotional support and crisis intervention from trained volunteers. Serving MKE, Ozaukee, Waukesha, Washington and Sheboygan counties. All calls are anonymous and confidential.    Spanish Support available 9:00 PM – 9:00 AM; 262/377-COPE (262/377-2673)

      • WARMLINE (Peer-run) - A non-crisis, peer run, support line for people with mental illness. Volunteer staff are available from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. most evenings; 414/777-4729 “Call us. We’ve been there.” 

How To Talk With Your Child About Violence

It’s always difficult to understand why such terrible things happen. Children might feel confused or worried. These are normal responses. So when/how do we talk to our children about the tragic events throughout the world?  Please trust your gut as to whether or not there is a need for a conversation with your child about such events. Monitor their behavior for any “out of the ordinary” behaviors.


When to have a conversation:

  • depends on the age of the child or their awareness of a situation 

  • monitor a child's behavior for any “out of the ordinary” behaviors


Children may worry:

  • that the event could happen to themselves or a loved one;

  • that they could be separated from someone they love or be left alone;

  • about their safety or that of their loved ones.


The Child Development Institute suggests five ways to talk about
violence with children:

  1. Let your child know that they are safe.

  2. Allow your child to ask questions.

  3. Turn off the news around your child.

  4. Explain that violence is never a solution.

  5. Tell your child ways they are safe.




Additional Resources:


HOPELINE  - Text “HOPELINE” to 741741

800/273-TALK (8255)   National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 

Mental Health Resources

NASP Families

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry  Facts for Families

North Shore Health Department

REDgen (local community action group, promoting balance and resiliency in the lives of youth and families)

National Alliance on Mental Illness  - NAMI Greater Milwaukee (414/344-0447)


Growing Wisconsin Readers

Resources for parents of children with special needs


School Safety

  • One of our district objectives is to provide a learning environment that is safe, supports learning, and attends to the social and emotional development of students.  We are deeply committed to examining the steps we need to take for student safety.  We have worked together to build strong practices and we remain committed to looking at areas for continuous improvement. Please reach out to us if you have questions or concerns so we can keep an open line of dialogue around school safety.  Click here to learn more about some specific measures we take as a district to provide safe, secure environments for our students, staff, families, and community.

Social-Emotional Development:

Social Emotional Learning: Parent Toolkit

Suicide Awareness and Prevention Information:

DPI-WI Youth Suicide facts

NASP - Preventing Youth Suicide: Parents and Educators

REDgen (local community action group, promoting balance and resiliency in the lives of youth and families)

Suicide Prevention Resource Center

Prevent Suicide Wisconsin

American Association of Suicidology

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention




Who Can I Contact for Assistance?

Jeff Bohacek, Guidance and Counseling

414/351-7380 x1058

Claire Lehmann, Guidance and Counseling

414/351-7380 1017


Deb Cook Westfahl, Student Services Coordinator
414/351-7380 x1061


Beth Fairchild, Indian Hill Principal   
414/351-7390 x2015  


Tom Holtgreive, Maple Dale Principal
414/351-7380 x1013 


School Violence
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