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.


Become a Subscriber

18 Mar

Did you know that you can subscribe to our website?  It’s super easy.  Fill out the email subscription form on the right side of the page and then all our new posts will be sent to your email box.  Talk about being kept in the loop!

So Much Happening!

17 Mar

We had our March Candle Lighters meeting last night and there is so much going on!  Here’s how you can participate –

  • Thank You! – Our treasurer reported that because of your generosity The Candle Lighters were able to write a check to The Arc of Essex County for $35,000.  This money will be used for the underfunded programs at the Arc like Stepping Stones Early Intervention and Camp Hope.

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.”

I Love My School Sweepstakes

7 Feb

I love my school sweepstakesBox Tops 4 Education is running a sweepstakes for February.  For 28 days they will be awarding 1000 box top points to the winner’s school.  If you would like to enter to win box top points for Stepping Stones, click here.

If you are not registered with Box Tops for Education you can find instructions here.

Every Day Needs

7 Jan

Even though Christmas is over, you can still shop through our Amazon Store.  Maybe you have gift certificates to use or every day items to buy.  Perhaps you need a sled or some ice skates.  Maybe a baby is on the way.  And don’t forget that Valentines Day is right around the corner.


Kitchen & Dining


Kindle Store

Outdoor Gear


Valentine's Gifts

New Officers

5 Jan

In addition to a wrap night on Monday, January 10th, we will be having a brief Candle Lighters meeting to elect officers for 2011.  If you would like to participate in the election we welcome you to attend.  Both the meeting and the wrap night will be in the Stepping Stones gym in the Trinity Covenant Church, 343 East Cedar St., Livingston, NJ.

More Great Amazon Links

19 Dec

Just in case the other links didn’t fit your needs, here are some more links with the Candle Lighters code embedded in them.

Great Amazon Links

15 Dec

Each link takes you to a different location and our code is embedded in the link so we get the credit for any purchase you make!

Stepping Stones Santa Party

14 Dec

Parents and siblings are invited to Stepping Stones Santa Party, this Thursday, December 16th from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.  There will be music and refreshments and of course, Santa.  If you have not already RSVP’d put a note in your child’s communications book.