Health and Wellness

  • Our philosophy prioritizes healthy minds, bodies, and spirits.

    We strive to create a culture that empowers all members of the Collage community to make life-long healthy decisions. Our wellness curriculum covers three primary areas:

    • emotional well-being
    • social well-being
    • physical well-being

     Topics discussed include values, stress, relationships, communication, peer and media influences, and nutrition. The focus is on individual wellness as well as understanding and assessing personal risks/consequences with regards to the three primary areas. Our goal is to provide an opportunity for students to practice health-promoting skills in a safe environment as they continue to develop and grow.

    Character Development and Counseling

    The classroom is typically the first opportunity children have to develop community and character values, such as equality, compassion, civic awareness, and mutual respect. At Collage Day School, students are taught to become responsible citizens through fostering honesty, dependability, generosity, and respect for others and their property. Our students come to understand rules, responsibilities, and friendship through The Incredible Years Series, which is an evidence-based program that promotes emotional, social, and academic competence. Once per week, the school psychologist facilitates lessons in Collage classrooms for children enrolled in PreK-4 and above. The content is structured to stimulate group discussions, improve problem solving, and enhance citizenship skills to foster social-emotional development. Topics covered in class include making new friends, listening skills, teamwork, balancing individual rights with community needs, accepting “no,” self-regulation skills, celebrating differences, conflict resolution, and identifying and communicating feelings. The guided acquisition of these skills through The Incredible Years program lays a solid foundation for our students’ growth into well-rounded children who demonstrate care for those around them and a strong sense of personal responsibility.

    Confidential Conversations
    Our doctoral level school psychologists are available for all students to schedule an appointment to discuss stressors, fears, challenges at school, or even problems at home. The content of the conversations remain confidential unless a child’s safety or well-being are at risk. The school psychologist is a mandated reporter – meaning that if a student expresses that someone is hurting them, they want to hurt somebody else, or they want to hurt themselves, it must be reported to law enforcement and the Department of Children and Families. The school psychologist is a strong advocate for family involvement and open communication. She will find ways to help the student and family through sensitive topics or concerns.