Stepping Stones Celebrates the Holidays

December 21st, 2020

Throughout the month of December, the students of the Stepping Stones School learned about and celebrated the holidays.  Beginning on December 10th and concluding on December 18th, each classroom learned about Hanukkah and helped light the school’s menorah. To celebrate, the children enjoyed a special snack of potato latkes and jelly donuts, danced to music, and took home chocolate gelt. 

That same week, thanks to the Roseland Department of Recreation, the students wrote letters to Santa and walked to Santa's special red mailbox located in front of Borough Hall.  They took turns creating wish lists using pictures from store circulars and placing their letters in the box.

Finally, on Friday, December 18th, each classroom hosted their own holiday party which included a surprise guest… Santa!  Each student received a gift from the man in red, played pin the gift bow on the tree, danced to holiday music, and enjoyed a pizza lunch. 

The Arc of Essex County's Stepping Stones School is a Department of Education approved private school for students with disabilities serving children ages 3-10.  Located in Roseland, NJ, the school is designed to meet the developmental and educational needs of children with cognitive impairments such as Down syndrome and other students with similar educational and developmental needs.  For more information, or to request a virtual tour and assistance with an out-of-district placement, contact Sue Brand, Director of Early Childhood and Education at (862) 210-8781 or