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School Gear Is Here!!!

27 Jan


You’ve been asking for it and now it’s here; Stepping Stones School Gear.  We’re offering many ways to look fashionable and support the school at the same time.  To view the PDF Catalog and Order Form just click on this link: Stepping Stones Apparel Catalog.  Just choose the items you want, fill out the order form and return it with a check made out to the Candle Lighters.  If you have a child in the school you can send the order form and check in the child’s backpack.  If you are an alumnus, parent of a graduate or just a friend of the school please mail the order form to:

Stepping Stones School
19 Harrison Avenue
Roseland, NJ  07068
Attn: Apparel Fundraiser

All orders must be received by Friday, March 2nd, 2012.  Happy Shopping!


Dr. Patricia White Flatley

28 Mar

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011, Dr. Patricia White Flatley will be addressing the North Jersey Parent Support Group at Stepping Stones School.  The support group will start at 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm in the school gym at 343 East Cedar St., Livingston, NJ 07039.

Dr. White Flatley is co-founder of Research Down Syndrome with funds research into improving cognitive functioning in individuals with Down syndrome.  She is also a former Board Chair of Down Syndrome Research and Treatment Foundation (DSRTF).  Her son is a graduate of Stepping Stones.  Dr. White Flatley will be discussing the latest in research.

Please let us know if you will be attending.  Stepping Stones parents can put a note in your child’s communications book.  All others can submit the form below.

The Arc’s New Look

7 Mar

This is taken from the Arc of Essex County press release dated March 3rd, 2011.  To see the logo in action you can go to the Candle Lighters Cafe Press Store.

Livingston, NJ, March 3, 2011 – The Arc of Essex County has unveiled a dynamic new logo as part of a nationwide campaign to heighten public awareness of the work done by The Arc to provide opportunities and supports for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD).

The logo design, which incorporates the phrase, “Achieve With Us,” reflects the determination of The Arc to support and embrace people with I/DD and their families across their lifetimes and across diagnoses, among them Down syndrome, autism, and cerebral palsy.

“Our new brand identity represents a new day for The Arc of Essex County and the mission of The Arc.  The new logo is bringing the efforts of a strong and energetic organization front and center and is a bright reminder that we provide opportunity: opportunity for hope, opportunity for growth and opportunity for change,” said Bruce Bird, Ph.D., The Arc of Essex County president.

The color combination of orange and yellow is a standout among nonprofit organizations and its vibrancy will be closely associated with The Arc, just as pink is associated with awareness of breast cancer.

The Arc is the nation’s largest and leading organization for people with I/DD and their families. It has been an effective agent of change, forcefully advocating for legislation to improve the lives of people with I/DD in health care, education, employment, housing and other areas of life.

The Arc of Essex County, which was established in 1948, is a service provider as well as an advocate, and has the distinction of being one of the oldest of more than 700 Arc chapters in the United States. There are 20 chapters of The Arc in New Jersey, and The Arc of New Jersey is extremely active at the state level.

“We are proud and excited to introduce our new look to the community. The Arc of Essex County is a very important part of literally thousands of children and adults, and it’s because of the supports and services of The Arc that they are able to achieve individual goals and determine their life’s path,” said Linda Lucas, executive director of The Arc of Essex County. “The new logo eloquently expresses our deep, ongoing commitment to build on our 63-year legacy of making a meaningful difference every day.”

Do You Have Nutrition Questions?

30 Nov

This month’s North Jersey Parent Support Group is Wednesday, December 1st and welcomes Jill Perlmutter, a certified nutrition counselor.  Jill is a former Stepping Stones mom and is coming to discuss ways to discuss making positive nutritional choices for the whole family.  If you plan on attending, write a note in your child’s communication book or call Donna Ruberto at 973-992-9830.

Help with Signing

1 Nov

Are there words you wish you had signs for? There is a fantastic American Sign Language video dictionary called Signing Savvy. You type in a word and get a video showing the sign.  It’s a free way to improve your signing vocabulary and help your child with his or her communication!

Signing Savvy

October 16th is a Super Saturday!

14 Oct

Special Olympics Young Athlete ProgramThis Saturday another Special Olympics Young Athletes program is scheduled in the Stepping Stones gym from 9:30 am to 11:00 am.  Donna needs at least 3 children to run the program so if you would like your child to participate, please note it in your child’s communications book or call Donna at 973-992-9830.  The gym is located in the Trinity Covenant Church, 343 East Cedar St., Livingston, NJ.

God’s Plan

7 Oct
Lee-Ellen, whose son Sam attended Stepping Stones Early Intervention program, has written and performed this song as a tribute to her son.