February 2021
Snowflakes, snowflakes
Falling everywhere
They stick to my nose,
They stick to my hair,
When one falls upon my hand,
I look at it carefully,
And I see that each one is unique
Just like you and me.
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OPTIONS Apartment Program
The Wednesday students enjoyed using our S'mores maker.
Media Apartment students planting indoor gardens-- herbs and tea.
Learning to bake COVID style-- one at a time!
There's always the domestic responsibilities that need to be done too -- packing up holiday decorations in our storage unit and laundry. 
Sweet Potato Cake in a Mug- it was a hit! You can make just about anything in a mug. Perfect for our Friday Meaningful Day crowd! Perfect for COVID times!
Sweet Potato Mug Cake For Two
This microwave Sweet Potato Mug Cake is ready in minutes and perfect for a quick dessert or snack!
  • Author: Lindsay L
  •  Prep Time: 1 min 
  • Cook Time: 2 min
  •  Total Time: 3 min
  •  Yield: serves 2 
  • 1/3 cup cooked, mashed sweet potato
  • 2 Tbsp peanut butter (or your favorite nut butter)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp vanila extract
  • optional sweetener: up to 1 Tbsp maple syrup
  • handful of chocolate chips
  • ice cream or yogurt for topping
  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well.
  2. Pour into two greased coffee mugs, ramekins or mason jars.
  3. Microwave (one at a time) for 1 min 45 sec.
  4. Eat straight out of the jar or let cool slighty and transfer to a plate.
  5. Top with ice cream or yogurt (and an extra drizzle of peanut butter) and eat!
Team presentations on physical fitness
Chris Hawkins and Jamie Caratello presented on cardiovascular endurance. Alison Keenan and Mike Feeney spoke about muscular strength and muscular endurance. Cara Lebano and Quinn Dougherty offered information about flexibility.

Special Needs Planning News at Noon!

I am sure you are as zoom-meeting'ed-out as we are so we want to make this presentation about YOU! Please send us your questions, areas of concern, things that keep you up at night, topics that cause confusion, etc so we can get you the information you want since you are taking the time to listen in.

Families with children and other dependents with special needs, no matter what the age or disability, face many serious questions about how to best prepare for the future well-being of their loved ones. 

It is important to be aware of how special needs financial & estate planning is different than traditional financial & estate planning. Our goal is to make sure attendees learn the importance of integrating all the necessary pieces into one cohesive plan, so the vision they have for their child’s life can become a reality, whether they are here or not.

We will certainly cover the Common Covid Concerns to Consider (like what I did there?):

SECURE Act and it’s tax-planning ramifications
Roth Conversions - why to not let Covid create a diversion on a potentially timely conversion!
Estate Planning in a virtual world - yes you can!
What will insurance planning look like on the other side of Coronavirus?
Let 2020 be a learning lesson on how to navigate this again when it matters - IN retirement.
Grandparents - the do’s the don’ts to Multigenerational Legacy Planning
Plus more!
You can choose to attend one or more of the following sessions.
Feb 3, 2021 12:00 PM
Feb 10, 2021 12:00 PM
Feb 17, 2021 12:00 PM
Feb 24, 2021 12:00 PM
Mar 3, 2021 12:00 PM
Mar 10, 2021 12:00 PM
Mar 17, 2021 12:00 PM
Mar 24, 2021 12:00 PM
Mar 31, 2021 12:00 PM
Apr 7, 2021 12:00 PM
Apr 14, 2021 12:00 PM
Apr 21, 2021 12:00 PM
Apr 28, 2021 12:00 PM
May 5, 2021 12:00 PM
May 12, 2021 12:00 PM
May 19, 2021 12:00 PM
May 26, 2021 12:00 PM
Jun 2, 2021 12:00 PM
Jun 9, 2021 12:00 PM
Jun 16, 2021 12:00 PM
Time shows in Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Special Needs Team Brochure

Opportunities for those who want to attend a summer camp program in Avalon New Jersey (potential to be virtual)
The Helen L. Diller Vacation Home for Blind Children has been providing blind and visually impaired children an all-expense paid week of summer camp since 1972. Over the course of eight weeks each summer, between mid-June and mid-August, the Home operates a camp that offers many of the campers their first experience of feeling sand in their toes or tasting salt water on their lips. The campers’ range in age from seven years in age to fifteen years in age and the Home can accommodate twenty campers each week. We are located in a residential community, two blocks from the Atlantic Ocean, in Avalon, New Jersey.
Updated guidance from the Pennsylvania Department of Health states that healthcare related personnel in schools such as school counselors, school psychologists, social workers and other in-person health services providers (in direct contact with low incidence students), are able to receive COVID-19 vaccination within Phase 1A.