Steppingstone Family Blast

Thursday March 19, 2020

From the Director's Desk

Watch the video below for a message from MGA Director, Hannah Clements, regarding Steppingstone's family blasts.

From the Director's Desk


March 21st - Current 4th-7th Grade Summer Test

March 24th - Current 8th Grade UB/Summer Bride Test

Stay tuned for more information!

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Philadelphia School Learning Guides

Click on the link below to open Learning Guides provided by the Philadelphia School District. If you need a paper copy you can pick them up at any of the food sites listed below. If you need help with your Learning Guide Steppingstone is excited to help! We will be calling students this week and next week to check in and offer help with your Learning Guide.
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Cartoon Corner

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Where to Find Meals During the Week

In light of schools being closed from Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 27, the School District and City of Philadelphia announced plans to provide meal service and drop-in activity space for students over the next two weeks.

From Monday through Friday, 9 am through noon, any Philadelphia students get up to two grab-and-go meals. Below is a list of school sites that are nearby the four Steppingstone MGA Schools. If you attend but do not live near a Steppingstone School visit the Philadelphia School District website to see all 30 meal sites.

“No child should go hungry because they are not in school,” said Mayor Jim Kenney. “The City and School District will continue to do everything we can to make sure our students’ basic needs are met during this challenging time. I ask Philadelphians to continue looking out for one another by sharing resources like this with their loved ones and neighbors.”

Meal and activity sites were selected based on neighborhood needs, size of facilities, and a desire to be geographically spread throughout the city. Again, other than the sites listed above, all other Parks & Recreation sites across the City will be closed to the public effective Monday, March 16.

A full list of meal sites is available at and a map is available at

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Brain Teasers

Try these brain teasers. Click on the image to make it bigger. Answers provided in the next Family Blast!
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Where to find activities in safe spaces during the week

These recreation centers and gyms will be open to youth Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

One meal per child will be provided at 3 p.m.

A full list of activity spaces is available at and a map is available at

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School Closure FREE Resources

This google sheet has resources that have been made free for students to have educational content while they are at home. These resources are usually not free so take advantage!

-Mr. Chris

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Mental Health Tip

Routines are important for our mental health. Kids can follow this schedule Monday - Friday while schools are closed.


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How Does the Corona Virus Effect the Economy?

Read this article to learn more

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Joke of the Day

Why was the explorer bad at basketball?

-submitted by Ms.Kaitlin

Answer revealed in the next Family Blast!

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

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Student Spotlight

How are you staying active during the school closure? Completing your learning guide? Reading a good book? Trying a new hobby? Getting physical activity? Let us know! Send a picture to and a short statement about how you are staying active and you could be featured in our next Family Blast!
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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,

MGA Fellow- Kaitlin Suzuki,