School Social Worker
Cathy Thomas is the school social worker at Big Woods and St. Michael Elementary schools. At Big Woods, Mrs. Thomas works primarily with students who have special education needs. Mrs. Thomas is dedicated to supporting the social/emotional growth of our students. She works together with staff and families to help students better manage emotions, build friendships and become independent problem solvers. Mrs. Thomas works on a 6 digital day schedule. She's at St. Michael Elementary on digital days 1 and 5, and at Big Woods on days 2, 3, 4 and 6. She accesses the same email and voicemail in both buildings. Her telephone number is 763-497-6500 ext. 6323. If you would like to meet in person, it's best to call or email to schedule an appointment. Mrs. Thomas has created a website with a list of local counseling agencies, and MANY resources; please visit her website.
Elementary School Counselor
Kristin Karlson is our new Elementary School Counselor. She shares an office with Mrs. Thomas, our School Social Worker. Ms. Karlson's goal is to promote the academic and social/emotional growth of all of our amazing students. She works in partnership with educators and parents to assist students with making positive life choices, cope with difficult life events, appreciate diversity, promote confidence and develop healthy relationships. Ms. Karlson works on a 6 digital day schedule, opposite to Mrs. Thomas. She's at Big Woods Elementary on odd digital days and at Fieldstone Elementary on even digital days. She accesses the same email and voicemail in both buildings. Her telephone number is 763-497-6500. Her extension at Big Woods is ext. 96329 and at Fieldstone is ext. 97325. If you would like to meet in person, it's best to call or email and schedule an appointment.
Wright County Social Services provides a starting point to get connected with local community resources and human services.
Mental Health Information
MACMH (Minnesota Association for Children's Mental Health) has a number of resources to help with children's mental health issues. They also provide "fact sheets" and other resources with information on a variety of mental health symptoms, classroom accommodations and other resources of interest to parents. Please see the MACMH Website.
Classes for Parents
Resource, Training, and Solutions based in St. Cloud, MN, provides classes designed for parents and resources from their media center that can be mailed directly to your home for a minimal cost.
Media Center Resources (Books, Videos, DVDs)