Welcome to Ms. Kruzel's Counselor's Corner webpage for South Maple Elementary School!


A note from Ms. Kruzel, South Maple Elementary School Counselor. I want you to know that during this uncertain time, I and the staff at SME are here for you and miss you! Below you will find some links to some important information and resources to help you. The first is a link to a form to request virtual counseling assistance with me. Next, you will find several links to resources to help you with mental health and social/emotional needs. I hope to provide more lessons and resources through your Google Classroom in the near future! 


  • Blue Devil Wellness Center: 989 732-6890 or email b.steffes@nwhealth.org
  • 24 hour mental health crisis line: 1-877 470-4668 (North Country Community Mental Health-www.norcocmh.org) - Crisis counselor text line (24/7, national service): text HOME to 741741
  • National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255
  • OK2SAY: External Linkhttps://www.michigan.gov/ok2say/ - For medical or safety emergencies, families should continue to call 9-1-1.
  • Trails to Wellness: https://trailstowellness.org/
  • Coronavirus Anxiety- Helpful Expert Tips and Resources: https://adaa.org/finding-help/coronavirus-anxiety-helpful-resources
  • Michigan Centralized Intake for Abuse and Neglect toll-free hotline: 855-444-3911
  • United Way (For general community resource inquiries): 2-1-1 or https://www.211nemichigan.org/
  • Gaylord Youth Support Program (Alcona Health therapist Rachael Wilhelm): 231-412-6457 or email rwilhelm@alconahc.org.
  • Health Department of Northwest Michigan: 989-732-6865 or 231-330-4693 www.nwhealth.org    

Family Resources

Many families may have parents/caregivers that are laid off and may have lost their health insurance.  Here is information we can share with them, to help them get health care coverage for their children.

  • Free or low cost health coverage for children under the age of 19 or pregnant women of any age. Go to MIBridges at www.mibridges.michigan.gov/access or call the MI Child and Healthy Kids number: 888.988.6300.   
  • Michigan Model for Health Family Resource Sheets on germs, stopping spread, and stress management https://drive.google.com/open?id=1SkB86btzegxYAzN13DPw1sTkbdUu9i22 (you will need to download)
  • Coping Infographic Helping Children Cope with Stress During COVID-19 Infographic
  • HealthyHomes Action for Healthy Kids-Healthy Activities to do at home  It includes ideas from nutrition to relaxation techniques, yoga, etc...
  • Resilience Sounds True - Resilience in Challenging Times Free access t daily video sessions sharing practical guidance and empowering insights from our recent online summits
    • Community connection—"Physical distancing" does not have to mean "social distancing," so we'll be offering opportunities to come together online for group meditations and Facebook Live meetings. Let's gather, learn, and support each other!
    • Free webinars addressing hw to stay strong and centered with some of our most popular authors, including Michael Singer, Caroline Myss, and others
  • Parent/Caregiver Webinar Series (April Dates):
    • "Caring for the Education Community During COVID-19: How Families Can Partner With Schools During Distance Learning" webinar, April 8, 1pm CST: This live, interactive session will provide parents and caregivers with concrete ways to connect and build relationships with educators during distance learning to support student health and academic success. Presented in partnership by Kaiser Permanente and Action for Healthy Kids.
    • "Caring for the Education Community During COVID-19: How Schools Can Partner With Families During Distance Learning" webinar, April 15, 1pm CST: This live, interactive session will provide educators with concrete ways for family engagement during distance learning to support student health and academic success. Presented in partnership by Kaiser Permanente and Action for Healthy Kids.
    • "Your Child's Brain: What's Going on in There? Building Resilience at Home and at School" virtual workshop, April 22, 3pm CST: This free virtual parent workshop will explore how our children’s brains work and think during their educational years and provide tips on how to help kids learn, build resiliency and keep the brain working most efficiently. Hosted by Action for Healthy Kids and Colorado PTA in partnership with Wellness Training Specialists.
  • Every Kid Healthy Week, April 20-24: Participate at home! You can find activity ideas on our Every Kid Healthy Week resource page, in our Game On Activity Library, and in this curated list of at-home activities. Be sure to follow us on social media for activities, videos, and more ideas each day of Every Kid Healthy Week.
  • Parent Toolkit around social emotional health: http://www.parenttoolkit.com/topics/social-and-emotional
  • Mindfulness Activities for Families (provided by MAISD Mindfulness trainers) Activities that teach coping skills that families can do together to increase healthy and safe conversations and feelings around the current state we are in right now. This will include printable handouts and links to free mindfulness activities, This will be updated with a new online folder each week that can be accessed by clicking on the link. https://drive.google.com/open?id=1PLb4xzisJ6664mKT5GR-g3qz2wNjLcB0