Wellness & Student Support

The Department of Wellness & Student Support is made up of a team of School Psychologists and Counselors dedicated to providing a range of programs and support services to the MFS community with a central focus on holistic wellness. Consultative and counseling services, learning support, proactive health & wellness programs, and on-going partnerships across the three divisional teams are key components to ensuring the social-emotional and academic growth of our school community. 

Counseling Services

Counseling Services

  • Short-term individual sessions 
  • Short-term small group sessions 
  • In-class whole-group lessons
  • Outside of school mental health referrals & partnerships
Assessment & Learning Support
  • Collaboration with the Burlington County Special Services School District (BCSSSD) and Child Study Team (CST)
    • Comprehensive CST evaluations
    • Service Plan development & Supplemental Education Support
    • Compensatory Education Support
    • ELL (English Language Learner) evaluation and support services
  • Student Accommodation Support Plans
    • 504 Accommodation Plan
    • Concussion Care Plan 
    • Medial Alerts/Plans 
  • Collaboration with the Lower School Reading Specialist
  • Learning Ally Audiobook Program 
  • Peer Tutoring 
  • Outside of school tutoring/learning support referrals & partnerships
Health & Wellness Programs

For the Students:

  • New Student Programs 
  • Peer Leadership – A mentor program between seniors and freshmen to assist the underclassman with the transition to the Upper School.  
  • Cross-divisional student programs:
    • Adopt an Upper School Sports Team – Lower School classes “adopt,” correspond with, and support and Upper School varsity team. 
    • Upper School – Lower School Buddies
    • Peer Tutoring
    • Wellness Words of the Month
    • Drug and Alcohol Prevention Week
    • Career Day (Upper School) – Juniors and Seniors have the opportunity to hear from members of the MFS community, parents and alumni about a typical day in the workforce and how to achieve their career goals.
    • College Alumni Panel (Upper School) – Seniors meet with college-age alumni to discuss the transition from MFS to a college or university setting and ask any questions about the years to come.
    • Study Skills & Executive Functioning Support 
    • Social-Emotional Learning (SEL)  – classrooms/recess mini-lessons
  • Partnership & activities with Health and Physical Ed. Department
    • Co-teaching – i.e. stress management & mental health
    • Collaboration with curriculum – needs & initiatives
  • Partnership & activities the Mental Health Affinity group
    • Wellness Words of the Month Bulletin board
    • Wellness Resource Board

Parent/Guardian Wellness Initiatives 

  • Documentaries Series with Wellness Staff 
  • Wellness E-blast communications
  • Book Group Collaboration

Faculty Wellness Initiatives

  • Fuel Up with Fruit Fridays
  • Walking/5k Training Program 
  • Wellness Toolbox & Spaces
Nurse's Office

The School Nurse’s Office is open Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day.

Medication at Moorestown Friends School must be delivered to school by the parent or guardian. It is picked up by the parent or guardian at the end of the school year or the end of the medication dispensing period. Students are only allowed to take medication at school when it is administered by the school nurse in the health office.

A Nurse accompanies all Middle School overnight trips to ensure safety and handle medications. If there is an Upper School overnight trip unaccompanied by medical personnel, a physician must sign a Self Medication Form.

Middle School and Upper School students who may require inhalers or EPI Pens may carry their emergency drugs with them if their physician completes the Self Medication Form. It is advisable to keep an extra inhaler or EPI Pen in the health office. Lower School students must keep inhalers in the health office, and will use their inhaler in the health office. EPI Pens are kept in the Lower School classrooms and are taken with students on field trips.

Current MFS families may read more about the Nurses’s Office on myMFS.

SAGE Dining Services

MFS Dining Services partner SAGE serves fresh, delicious, from-scratch food. Sage chefs design menus specifically for the MFS community. Chefs get to know food preferences and provide meals to please a variety of palates and meet a variety of dietary needs.

Exciting options include:

    • Authentic international cuisine.
    • Fun, food truck-inspired dishes.
    • Vegetarian and vegan options.
    • Build-your-own stations and display cooking.
    • Special selections for athletes.

The best ingredients are used to prepare selections:

    • House-roasted and nitrate-free deli meats.
    • Trans-fat free oils and MSG-free seasonings.
    • Antibiotic- and hormone free milk.
    • No Antibiotics Ever (NAE) chicken.
    • Cage-free, Certified Humane® eggs.
    • Sustainably sourced seafood (using guidelines from Marine Stewardship Council and Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch®).
    • House-made dressings.

Nutrition and Wellness

The SAGE Spotlight Program® guides guests to build nutrient-dense plates and develop positive habits. Guests look to the dots to make sure they’re getting balanced, Dietitian-recommended meals.

The Performance Spotlight™ program for athletes, developed by our Registered Dietitians and based on guidelines from the U.S. Olympic Committee, NCAA, and other sports associations, provides necessary nutrients and education for each performance phase ꟷ training, performance, and recovery. Your school’s teams can also enjoy our house-made sports drinks and bars.

Food Allergy Management

One in 12 students we serve has at least one diagnosed food allergy. SAGE’s approach to food allergies values both safety and inclusivity. Every ingredient, recipe, and menu is reviewed and tagged with the top 12 allergens. You and your student can use the online allergen filter and ingredient lists to plan ahead. Our Team Members follow strict food allergy protocols. You’re always welcome to visit the kitchen and ask about inventory and preparation methods.


Great food and sustainable practices go hand in hand. SAGE works to develop innovative solutions that have a positive impact on people and the planet, including sourcing from local farmers to increase the freshness and flavor of your food and reduce our carbon footprint.

SAGE is committed to:

    • Sourcing locally
    • Partnering with eco-friendly vendors who use sustainable, fair trade practices.
    • Purchasing ingredients that are humanely harvested.
    • Supporting on-campus gardens
    • Cooking in small batches,  producing less waste and fewer leftovers.
    • Purchasing organic products when possible.

Touch of SAGE™ Mobile App

SAGE’s free app gives you a direct connection to your dining program. You and your student can filter for specific eating profiles (vegetarian and vegan) and rate and comment on menu items to build a fabulous menu. Food-allergic community members can easily find safe meals by creating allergen profiles, and student athletes can find education and nutritional guidance for each performance phase.

Meet the Team

Susan Batastini, Ph.D.
Director of Wellness and Student Support
(856) 235-2900 ext. 225

Melissa McCourt
Lower and Middle School Counselor
(856) 235-2900 ext. 280

Julie Lyons, Ph.D
Upper School Psychologist
(856) 235-2900 ext. 254

Shelby Robbins
School Counseling Intern
(856) 235-2900

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