Hello CRS Community!

Below are some of my favorite online resources. Please peruse at your leisure and feel free to reach out to me for more! The counseling office at CRS is also home to a large and ever-growing Character Education Library, thanks to the CRS PTA and FLEF over the years. The library houses mostly children's books, but I also have several resource texts for teachers and parents. You are welcome to borrow any of these titles at any time throughout the year.

Core Values Survey 3-5

Core Values Survey K-2

Community Resources

West Bergen Mental Health - West Bergen is committed to meeting the psychological needs of our clients with sensitivity and responsive, innovative services at the highest possible standard. We strive to improve the quality of life in the communities we serve… one life at a time.

CarePlus - Care Plus NJ, Inc. (“CarePlus”) a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, provides comprehensive, recovery-focused integrated primary and mental health care and substance abuse rehabilitation services. Our outpatient services are offered on a voluntary outpatient basis to adults and children at a total of 49 sites, including three outpatient centers (located in Paramus, Fair Lawn, and Hasbrouck Heights), ten residential facilities, offices at three local hospitals, and seven community offices, all conveniently located throughout Northern New Jersey.

Division of Family Guidance - The Bergen County Division of Family Guidance provides clinical, residential, educational, correctional, case management, and monitoring services to at-risk children, adolescents, and families, particularly those who are otherwise unable to receive needed services. It is Bergen County's resource for youth and families in need.

Bergen Resource Net - BergenResourceNet is an on-line directory of Bergen County’s many valuable resources. It is for all community members to use as a way to locate local resources (events, programs, webinars, services, professional development, industry news) geared toward family wellbeing.

Bergen's Promise - Bergen County's community-based care management services for children with serious behavioral health, substance abuse, or developmental issues and their families.

Child Mind Institute — An independent nonprofit dedicated to transforming the lives of children struggling with mental health and learning disorders. Under their "For Families" tab, you will find a Symptom Checker to use should you become worried about your child's mental health. There are also interesting and informative articles about a variety of child development topics. Definitely worth a look for all parents!

Help Yourself Help Others — A quick and simple way to take an anonymous mental health screening.

Counseling & Character Education

Counseling Letter and Permission Slip

Coping Skills Toolbox - a HUGE assortment of techniques and resources for coping with ANYTHING

Teaching Tolerance — Teaching Tolerance is a wonderful website and resource for Character Education lessons and ideas on how to increase acceptance and celebration of everyone's differences.

Class Dojo — This site offers short, funny videos related to topics such as Growth Mindset, Mindfulness, Empathy and more. They are appropriate and educational for students in grades K-5 and beyond. Mrs. Ballas herself enjoys them very much! :)

Videos for Building Character - 7 videos that support teaching 7 different character traits

Digital Citizenship - Common Sense Media - Common Sense is the nation's leading nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in the 21st century.

Zones of Regulation - The Zones is a systematic, cognitive behavioral approach used to teach self-regulation by categorizing all the different ways we feel and states of alertness we experience into four concrete colored zones. The Zones framework provides strategies to teach students to become more aware of and independent in controlling their emotions and impulses, manage their sensory needs, and improve their ability to problem solve conflicts.

and more under the Character Education Tab!

Mindfulness Resources



GoNoodle - Videos to get you into the "right" state of mind for you! Move with purpose: Boost productivity. Improve behavior. Build community.

Stop, Drop & Breathe - Stop, Drop, Breathe is a social safety message. People are taught to Stop, Drop and Roll if they catch on fire outside. Stop, Drop, Breathe is what we teach if people catch on fire inside. Fire inside includes things like strong emotions, too many thoughts, and general struggles with the stressors of everyday life. We teach breathing principles, practices, and integration to make life cooler.

Mindful Kids Cards

Yoga Pretzels Cards

Mindful Games Activity Cards

Parenting Resources

How to Raise an Upstander

Experts share how parents can teach their children to stand up for others, especially bullied kids.

30 Little Things That Mean a Lot to Kids