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What is the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child Model?

The Whole Child Initiative was designed by the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and adopted by PGCS in September of 2016. This initiative seeks to create school and community partnerships to ensure that students and staff are healthy, safe, engaged, supported and challenged in their school, home and community environments.

Whole Child Model

The emphasis on health encompasses physical and emotional well-being and acknowledges the relationship between health and safety and learning.

Common FAQs

Looking to improve your nutrition habits? Learn more from our most recent nutrition workshop here!

Increase your daily water intake by incorporating food items such as…

  • Cooked oatmeal
  • Gelatin
  • Juice
  • Yogurt
  • Cottage cheese
  • Raw grapes, berries, peaches, watermelon
  • Cooked green beans, broccoli
  • Canned creamed corn
  • Canned peaches in juice
  • Canned tuna, drained

Add the following nutritional foods to your diet…

  • Sweet potato
  • Avocado
  • Banana
  • Nuts and nut/seed butters
  • Cheese
  • Whole milk yogurt
  • Greek yogurt
  • Oatmeal
  • Quinoa
  • Brown rice

Increase intestinal motility and add insoluble fiber to the diet such as…

  • Berries
  • Skin of apples (blended in smoothies)
  • Beans
  • Bran – oat and wheat
  • Warm prune juice

Children and women should not have more than 24 grams (6 teaspoons) of sugar per day
Hint – Foods should contain more grams of protein, than sugar for a healthier option.

Coming soon to our website the full Nutrition workshop by Monica Hansen, RD.

Meet Nurse Janet

Nurse JanetJanet Michalowski has received an RN from St. Vincent’s Hospital School of Nursing in Manhattan, NY, a BSN from Jersey City State College (presently called New Jersey City University), and a CSN from Caldwell College. Janet was also the director of Pleasant Day Nursery School for fourteen years prior to her career at P.G. Chambers School. Janet is now the director of Nursing at P.G. Chambers School, celebrating her tenth year!

To learn more about Healthy Food Standards, please click here.

To read more on School Health Guidelines, please click here.

How is this initiative funded?
Building a Culture of Health within P.G. Chambers School is generously provided by New Jersey Collaborating Center for Nursing, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.

For more information, please contact Janet Michalowski, Director of Nursing at michalowskij@chambersschool.org or call (973) 829 – 8484.

Additional Links and Resources…

Community Resource Book

Community Resource Links to Promote Health and Wellness

Community Resources

Health and Wellness Parent Survey 

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