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


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.

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:


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

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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