Steppingstone Family Blast

Tuesday April 7, 2020

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Join Us Daily for Virtual Clubs!

  1. Go to
  2. Go to login in the top right-hand corner
  3. Click MGA Virtual Academy
  4. Password: step12345 (all lowercase)
  5. On left-hand side of the screen click “after school clubs”
  6. Click the button for the desired day at the bottom to join zoom

**no program Friday due to Good Friday**

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Chromebook Distribution Information

Dunbar- Monday, April 13, 9am-3pm

McMichael-April 13th and 14th. Students with a last name beginning with A-K, their pickup time is 9am-12pm. Students with a last name that begins with L-Z, their pickup time is 1pm-3pm. A parent or caregiver MUST come to sign out the Chromebook. We are asking that only 1 person, per family, comes for the pickup.

Bethune-April 14 and 15th, 9am-3pm . Parents will have to pick them up. They will be placed in a bag with information on how to use them.

Duckrey- Tuesday April 14 and Wednesday April 15 - More details coming!

Internet Access Options for Families

Restaurant Relief Fund

Thank you to Sharif's mom for sharing this resource! The Restaurant Employee Relief Fund (“Fund”) was created to help restaurant industry employees experiencing extraordinary hardship in the wake of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak. Through this Fund, grants will be made to restaurant industry employees who have been impacted by COVID-19, including a decrease in wages or loss of employment. Click here to learn more:
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Ms. Jasmine's Workout of the Week

If you are looking for ways to get your legs stronger, this video is for you. Enjoy and challenge yourself to new limits with the muscles that help you walk, jump, twist, bend, and more. If you have weights at home, feel free to use some but if not, no worries, your body weight is more than enough to have for these exercises.
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Ms. Jasmine's Women in STEM highlight

It feels like Women's History Month was cut short due to everything happening in the world in March. I want to continue to highlight amazing women specifically in STEM and Medicine for the rest of April to make aware their amazing accomplishments. Take a moment to read this article on Tierra Guin, a MIT graduate who was working with NASA before graduating college and it an amazing woman. She is a Rocket Structural Design and Analysis Engineer.

--Ms Jasmine, Duckrey Elementary

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You Cubed Activities

Check out these fun math activities suggested by Ms Katie!
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Weird But True

Check out these Weird But True! Videos, fun facts, and more.

---Ms. Lexi, Dunbar Elementary

Spring Flower Art Collage

Draw a basic flower with 5 petals, stem, and grass. Make sure your flower is large and fills the paper top to bottom. Fill in the petals with torn or cut pieces from magazine pages. Stay with one color for each petal area (shades of red for one flower petal). Use green cut-out pieces for the stem, and you can add your own drawings of flowers to either side of this large flower. MAKE IT COLORFUL. Put it on your refrigerator for all to see!

--Ms.Daniel, Dunbar Elementary

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TED-Ed is one of the best channels out there for both teenagers and adults. This playlist contains over 40 puzzles that test your math and reasoning skills. If you're looking for some high quality, engaging material for both parents and students to enjoy, have a pencil and some paper handy, and try some of these!

--Ms.Naomi, Duckrey Elementary

Can you solve the famously difficult green-eyed logic puzzle? - Alex Gendler
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Who's Who In History - Malia and Sasha Obama Through the Years

Weekly Informational Text - telling the story of America through its leaders, revolutionaries, visionaries, inventors, entertainers—and even its most notorious villains.

--Mr. WIlliams, Bethune Elementary
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1. Billy’s mother had five children. The first was named Lala, the second was named Lele, the third was named Lili, the fourth was named Lolo. What was the fifth child named?

2. Three men were in a boat. It capsized, but only two of the men got their hair wet. Why?

3. How can you throw a ball as hard as you can only to have it come back to you, even if it doesn’t bounce off anything?

4. Which word in the dictionary is spelled incorrectly?

--Ms. Diana & Ms. Julia, Duckrey Elementary

Answers at the bottom of the blast!

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Planet Cookies!

Are you hungry for food, art, and science? Then you've come to the right place! Follow this recipe for planet sugar cookies. After you've put in the hard work to make them, send Ms. Kylae a picture and tell her what you think!

--Ms.Kyale, Duckrey Elementary

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Find the Spy!

Using you knowledge on coordinate grids, complete this activity to see who can find the spy first!
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Song: Rise Up - Andra Day

A beautiful and inspiring song about overcoming, togetherness, and love. This song gives me chills every time I hear it!


Andra Day - Rise Up [Official Music Video] [Inspiration Version]

Write Your Name in Egyptian Hieroglyphs

Children can learn how to write their names in ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs, in a step-by-step guide from the Royal Ontario Museum in Canada.
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Reading can take you many places!

Enjoy this Dr. Seuss quote!

--Ms.Lexi, Dunbar

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Squishy Egg

All you need is an egg and vinegar for this fun experiment!

--Ms.Lexi, Dunbar Elementary

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Joke of the Day 😂

Why are frogs always happy?

--submitted by Ms.Lexi, Dunbar Elementary

Answer revealed in the next blast!

Previous joke: When do people start using their trampoline?

Answer: In the spring time!

Do you have a joke suggestion? Email it to and you might see your joke featured in the newsletter!

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Student Spotlight

Kendall Bessellieu, a second grade student at Dunbar Elementary, is keeping herself busy with her amazing artwork. Check it out below!


How are you staying active during the school closure? Reading a good book? Trying a new hobby? Working on your homework? Getting physical activity? Let us know! Submit a picture and a short statement about how you are staying active and you could be featured in our next newsletter!

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1. The 5th child's name is Billy!

2. One was bald! 3. Throw the ball straight up in the air. 4.. Incorrectly

Steppingstone Scholars Inc.

Please feel free to reach out to us with any questions you may have!

Director -Hannah Clements,

Bethune Coordinator - Chris Bulman,

Duckrey Coordinator- Jhanae Mahoney,

Dunbar Coordinator- Rasheeda Williams,

McMichael Coordinator- Robin Eli,