Stepping Stones School Celebrates the Fall Season

November 2nd, 2021

With pumpkin crafts, football games, Halloween costumes, and more, the students at Stepping Stones School have been immersed in autumn activities. 

The annual Fall Festival, held on October 15, was not as expansive as during non-Covid times, but the students still had a day packed with fun. They picked pumpkins, gave a jack-o-lantern some “hair,” danced in falling leaves, read autumn stories together, had a football relay outdoors, and more, on what turned out to be a summer-like day of sunshine. The giggles and smiles lasted throughout the activities. 

The Halloween Party on October 29 was also full of great times, as the students dressed in their Halloween costumes and paraded through the school, collected snacks and prizes while trick-or-treating to staff members, and enjoyed spooky Halloween activities in their classrooms. 

In between, the children have completed a variety of fall activities, such as examining the parts of pumpkins and apples, pumpkin painting, and participating in Halloween-themed sensory and fine-motor activities. They even wrapped themselves up as mummies and created a spooky potion in a witch's cauldron.

For Down Syndrome Awareness Month, the students in Transitional Kindergarten made special gifts for their parents, using blue and yellow paint on their feet to make butterfly prints on canvas.

It’s been a season of fun and learning for our Stepping Stones students! 

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