It has been our sincere pleasure to work with your family in providing Health Care Services this school year. We overwhelmingly appreciate your confidence and warmly recognize your support as we strive to make sure that each and every student has the brightest future and utmost success.
I recently received a card and on the back was this beautiful saying brought to us by Papyrus cards:
“LEGENDS SAY THAT HUMMINGBIRDS FLOAT FREE OF TIME, CARRYING OUR HOPES FOR LOVE, JOY AND CELEBRATION. HUMMINGBIRDS OPEN OUR EYES TO THE WONDER OF THE WORLD AND INSPIRE US TO OPEN OUR HEARS TO LOVED ONES AND FRIENDS. LIKE A HUMMINGBIRD, WE ASPIRE TO HOVER AND TO SAVOR EACH MOMENT AS IT PASSES, EMBRACE ALL THAT LIFE HAS TO OFFER AND TO CELEBRATE THE JOY OF EVERYDAY. THE HUMMINGBIRD’S DELICATE GRACE REMINDS US THAT LIFE IS RICH, BEAUTY IS EVERYWHERE, EVERY PERSONAL CONNECTION HAS MEANING AND THAT LAUGHTER IS LIFES SWEETEST CREATION.”
We wish you a happy, healthy and safe summer!
Join us for our “Adjusting to Change” Community Circles on Tuesday mornings at 10:00 am for all Paterson families from June 23rd until July 14th. Topics discussed include Stress and Trauma due to COVID-19 and Social Injustice. Please feel free to join our group with any other concerns you would like to share.
To join, please go to zoom.us/join and enter the meeting ID and password.
Meeting ID: 613 684 0507
Banana bread is a classic, all American, comfort food that just about everyone loves! Usually it’s packed with butter and lots of refined sugar. But this recipe is great because we swapped out the bad stuff for some more nutrient dense options like coconut oil, honey, unsweetened almond milk and whole wheat flour instead of refined white flour!
- 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
- 1/2 cup honey OR maple syrup
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup mashed ripe bananas (about 2 large bananas)
- 1/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
- Optional: add in 1/2 cup chocolate chips, raisins, nuts, craisins, etc.
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit and grease a 9 x 5 inch loaf pan
- In a large bowl, beat the coconut oil & honey (or maple syrup) together with a whisk.
- Add in the eggs and beat well, then whisk in the mashed bananas and almond milk. (If your coconut oil starts to solidify on contact with cold ingredients, simply let the bowl rest in a warm place for a few minutes.)
- Add in the baking soda, vanilla extract, salt and ground cinnamon. Whisk to blend.
- Switch over to a large spoon and stir in the whole wheat flour until combined. If you are adding in any additional mix ins, gently fold them in now.
- Pour the batter into your greased loaf pan and sprinkle lightly with cinnamon.
- Bake for 55 – 60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
As I held my phone and watched the horrifying video of George Floyd, I like most, found uncontrollable tears run down my face. My mind immediately raced back to when I was a little girl, so very affected and frightened by the race riots. Then, I thought about the poem I wrote that same year for a contest for principal-of-the-day. It was entitled “Brotherhood”:
Something sought and talked about but seldom understood
To love, to need, to understand
A word called Brotherhood
A rather large word, with a larger meaning of course!
A communicating, heart bonding, hand holding force
Now take this word and pass it to another
And truly say ‘my brother’.
Almost 50 years from writing this poem…another black man has died for absolutely no reason. I want real change. We can no longer stand by while the world is burning with hatred, racism, religious persecution, lack of charity, failure to HONOR EACH HUMAN LIFE, and silently watch the homeless, the sick, the hungry, the unaccepted, the most vulnerable.
I am proud to work with the most loving, supportive members of the Paterson Bd. Of Ed who to date have provided over 500,00 meals at our distribution sites not to mention all our Community partners; St. Paul’s Community Development, Oasis, The Boys and Girls Club, Community Development Corp (NJCDC), New Destiny Family Success Center, they are family who care for our community and embrace their needs with open hearts. They inspire me each and every day to support my staff at our Full Service Community School Health Centers. Our team of Treatment Coordinators and Mental Health Providers have been working endless hours reaching out to families. I want this to become the contagious virus that will overthrow all the pain of COVID-19 and the unthinkable murder of George Floyd.
We are here to continue to support our community and invite each of you who read this post to join our ‘Virtual Community Circles’ next week. Please refer to our posting of scheduled times on this site. It is a safe space led by our therapists.
Do not let the life of George Floyd be remembered as a horrific video display, but may his life inspire us to make real change. Not accept the injustice, but work toward the healing peacefulness of brotherhood. I pray his life not be in vain. His life mattered. Black Lives Matter.
Denise Hajjar, MS
Health N’ Wellness Services, LLC
Our Health & Wellness Educator, Taylor Weber, MS and our Nutrition Intern, Ahjahta McDuffie presented workshops and an assembly on vaping electronic cigarettes. The presentation was called, “Don’t Get Vaped In!” which was created by Tobacco Free NJ, which Taylor was trained on presenting. The workshops were presented to 5th through 8th grade middle school students at School #2, Napier Academy, and New Roberto Clemente Middle School. They also presented this workshop to ten parents at School #2 at their monthly, Wednesday Workshops in collaboration with Oasis. These workshops reached over 430 middle school students explaining in detail the concerns and health risks associated with vaping and smoking electronic cigarettes.