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


More Resources


How To Talk With Your Child About Violence

When violence occurs, 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 or in our community?  


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:

Talking to Your Children About the Recent Spate of School Shootings (American Psychological Association)

Talking to Your Child About Tough Topics (Children's Hospital)

Five Ways to Talk with Your Child About Violence (Child Development Institute)



Growing Wisconsin Readers


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)


Resources for parents of children with special needs

Southeast Regional Center

Autism Society of Southeastern Wisconsin

Children's Dyslexia Center of Milwaukee - tutoring


Alcohol and Drug Prevention

The Partnership for

North Shore Health Department



County Services

Milwaukee County Resources

  • Mental Health Crisis Line (24-hour emergency information) 414-257-7222

  • Survivors Helping Survivors Support Group.  414-276-3122

  • Mobile Urgent Treatment Team (MUTT). 414-257-7621

  • National Alliance on Mental Illness  - NAMI Greater Milwaukee 414-344-0447


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



HOPELINE  - Text “HOPELINE” to 741741

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



Who Can I Contact for Assistance?

Jeff Bohacek, Guidance and Counseling

414/351-7380 x1058


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


Laura Witkov, Indian Hill Principal   
414/351-7390 x2015  


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


Indian Hill School
1101 West Brown Deer Rd., River Hills, WI, 53217


4K/JK Morning:  8:15 am - 10:50 am

4K/JK Afternoon: 12:15 pm - 2:50 pm

5K/SK - Grade 3:  8:15 am - 2:50 pm ​

Maple Dale School

8377 North Port Washington Rd., Fox Point, WI 53217 


414-351-8104 (fax)

Grades 4 - 8:  
8:25 am - 3:35 pm

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