Counselor Corner

Mrs. Meghan Braccioforte                                                Ms. Jane Langeveld, L.C.S.W.
(973) 383-7202 ext. 1246                                                 (973) 383-7202 ext. 1121


Many parents are wondering how to bring up the Coronavirus epidemoic (COVID-19) in a way that will be reassuring and not make kids more worried than they already may be.  Here is some advice from the experts at the Child Mind Institute:      
How to talk to kids about COVID-19   

Other Helpful COVID-19 Links for Sussex County:

NPS Mental Health Resource Map

Sussex County COVID-19 Update/Information Website (Lists:Food Pantry Info and Provider Service Alerts, Updated Daily)

Sussex County Human Resource Guide 2020, updated 3/31/20

The Sussex County Division of Health COVID-19 Hotline: 973-579-9488


In the event of a State Emergency School Closing:

For Social or Emotional concerns Ms Langeveld and Mrs. Braccioforte can be contacted via phone/email:

Ms. Langeveld (973)383-7202, ext 1121 /

Mrs. Braccioforte (973) 383-7202, 1246 /     

If this is a Psychiatric Emergency: You can visit the nearest Emergency Room and/or call PerformCareNJ at 1-877-652-7624                                                                                                       


School Counseling Program

The mission of Merriam Avenue School's counseling program is to promote student growth by focusing on the "whole" child and their academic, career, and personal/social development.  Our programs are implemented by a state-credentialed school counselor and a licensed clinical social worker in collaboration with administrators, teachers, students, parents/guardians, and members of the community.  All programs are designed to foster student achievement and maximize student potential.  An emphasis is placed on the importance of learning universal skills that enable our students to lead successful and rewarding lives. 

During this school year, Merriam Avenue School will use universal screenings to determine whether your child may be eligible for additional social-emotional learning. Universal screenings are quick assessments completed by teachers of all students in the school. They are designed to identify children who may have or be at risk for problems that could affect their ability to learn and succeed in school. Screening results can help us provide these students with timely assistance if and when needed. You will be contacted if your child is selected for additional support. No additional services will be provided without parental consent.

Second Step Program

All students also participate in whole classroom Second Step Lessons (a program that promotes positive social and emotional learning) with the Guidance Counselor throughout the year. Below are the parent links that you can access to view/reinforce the skills your child is learning through the program.  Kindergarten and First grade participate weekly, while grades 2-4 participate in monthly lessons. 

Kindergarten Parent Link: English    /  Kindergarten Parent Link: Spanish

First Grade Parent Link: English      /   First Grade Parent Link: Spanish

Second Grade Parent Link: English /   Second Grade Parent Link: Spanish

Third Grade Parent Link: English     /   Third Grade Parent Link: Spanish

Fourth Grade Parent Link: English  /    Fourth Grade Parent Link: Spanish

Links to Resources/Clinicians/Agencies:

2019 Clinician Directory: The Center for Prevention and Counseling has created a 2019 Clinician Directory to serve as a resource for the community.  This provides lists of local Clinicians/Agencies, areas of specialty, contact information, and insurances accepted for each. Click on this linkj to access the directory:

Human Services Resource Directory: Sussex County also provides a website to allow individuals to search resurces directly by area of need.  To access this, click on the following link: / Support / Advice / Guidance sign

This site provides information using PDF, visit this link to download the Adobe Acrobat Reader DC software.