Steppingstone Family Blast

Tuesday March 24, 2020

Change in District Meal Sites!!

Philadelphia School District food sites are now open only Mondays & Thursdays! You can pick up 6 meals at a time (3 breakfast & 3 lunch). New learning guides will also be available starting this Thursday.

Duckrey has been added to the list of meal sites!

Ms.Kaitlin Reads Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs

Read along to her favorite childhood book Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs. Think about it how it relates to right now! If you enjoy the book check out the animated movie. It makes Ms.Kaitlin cry laughing every time she watches it!
Ms.Kaitlin Reads Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
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Check out these helpful resources!

Steppingstone Resource Guide

This guide has resources in all categories from food, transportation, education, learning, and employment.

- Alexis Pugh, Workforce Director

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Free Internet Service

Comcast is offering free internet service for 60 Days. Call this number to see if you qualify: 1-855-846-8376
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Corona Virus Helpline

Philadelphia has set up a Helpline that can be reached by calling 1800-722-7112. The Helpline, free and available 24/7, is a resource that anyone in the Greater Philadelphia area, including the public and healthcare providers, are encouraged to use to help answer all of their questions about the COVID-19 coronavirus. Staffed by medical experts, the helpline will help answer questions, including:

  • Symptoms and risk factors for the coronavirus
  • What to do if you think you may have been exposed
  • Testing resources
  • Recommendations for social distancing
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Current Essential Jobs Hiring in Philadelphia

During to COVID-19 all Non-Life Sustaining jobs have bee orders to shut down. Here is a list of Essential Businesses hiring in the Philadelphia Area!

-Mr. Wilson, McMichael Elementary

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Mental Health Tip

This is a great yoga video for pre-teens and teens. You do not need a yoga mat, a towel would work as well or just use the floor and you can do this inside or outside. Give it a try! You will feel so strong and calm afterwards. Namaste!


Yoga For Kids | Play In The Park | Yoga With Adriene

Ms.Rasheeda's Brain Pop Party

Math Challenge Multiplication Game

Virtual Field Trips

You can travel to The San Diego Zoo, Children's Museums (including the Louvre in Paris, France!), Mars, Yellowstone National Park ,and to visit your favorite animals:

Interactive Constitution

Learn about the text, history, and meaning of the U.S. Constitution from leading scholars of diverse legal and philosophical perspectives.

Cartoon Corner

Enjoy this sweet cartoon about lending a hand/being a good friend.

-Ms.Lexi, Dunbar Elementary

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3 Ingredient DIY Puffy Sidewalk Paint

Check out this fun and simple DIY art activity!

-Ms.Daniel, Dunbar Elementary

Can you solve the bridge riddle?

Use your reasoning skills to answer the bridge riddle in the video. The answer is at the end of the video, don't cheat by skipping ahead!

-Ms.Robin, McMichael Elementary

Can you solve the bridge riddle? - Alex Gendler

Rainbow Experiment

Check out this simple and colorful science experiment!

--Ms.Lexi, Dunbar Elementary

Walking Water Science Experiments for Kids!!!

Spring Word Scramble

Appreciate all things Spring with this word scramble! Compete with a friend or sibling to see who can unscramble the words the quickest!

-Ms.Ava, Duckrey Elementary

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Ms. Julia's International Myth

The people of Ancient Greece were incredible storytellers! They loved passing on their traditions and religion through mythology. While you are reading, try to think of what lessons you can learn from the king's mistakes, and then write a similar story of your own! -Ms.Julia, Duckrey Elementary

The Story of King Midas and the Golden Touch

Once upon a time, a long time ago in ancient Greece, there lived a king named Midas. King Midas loved three things more than anything else in the world - his little daughter, his rose garden, and gold. Nothing gave him more pleasure than seeing his little daughter picking roses in the garden, roses she placed in a golden vase to decorate the castle.

One night, while strolling through his rose garden, the king stumbled over a satyr. A satyr was half man, half goat. This satyr looked half-starved and very ill. King Midas brought the satyr into his castle. He made sure the satyr was washed and fed and tucked into bed for a good night's sleep. When the satyr woke up the next morning, his fever was gone. The king and the satyr had quite a nice chat over breakfast. King Midas was surprised to hear that the satyr belonged to the powerful god Dionysus, the god of wine and truth. That very day, the king personally took the satyr home in his very best chariot. The satyr might only be a servant, but he was the servant of a god, and deserved the very best treatment, which is something the king would have done anyway, because the king had a very kind heart.

As it turned out, the satyr was more than a servant. To Dionysus, the satyr was his teacher and a good friend. Dionysus told the king he would grant any one wish the king made to thank him for taking such good care of his friend. The king did not wish anything for his daughter because he had given her everything she wanted and a whole bunch more besides. He did not wish anything for his rose garden because everyone knew he grew the finest roses in all the world. That left gold. King Midas wished that everything he touched would turn to gold.

The king did not have much hope that his wish had been granted, because if it had been granted, his chariot would have turned to gold when he climbed aboard to go home, and it had not. Still, he was happy he had helped the satyr, and not just because the satyr was the servant of a god. Satyrs were not always treated kindly in the ancient greek world because they looked rather different, being half man and half goat. When the king arrived back at his castle, he pulled out a chair to sit down at his table. The minute he touched it, the chair turned to gold. He touched the table. He touched a vase. As soon as he touched them, they turned to gold. King Midas raced through his castle. Everything he touched turned to gold! He was so happy. He shouted to his servants to cook him a feast in celebration!

His servants were very fond of King Midas. They knew he was foolish, but he was rather a dear. So they cooked and cooked and served him a feast. That's when the trouble started. Everything looked and smelled so good that King Midas did not wait for his daughter to show up for lunch. He reached out and grabbed a fistful of food. The food made quite a clatter when he dropped it back on the table in shock. It had turned to gold in his fist. He touched other food. Whatever he touched turned to gold. He tried leaning over and ripping a piece of meat with his teeth, but that did not help. The meat turned to gold in his mouth. The king's eyes filled with fear. He knew if he could not eat, he would starve. This was terrible. The king did not know what to do.

King Midas wandered sadly out to his rose garden. His little daughter was in the garden, picking roses. When she saw her father, she ran into his arms for a hug and turned to gold. King Midas hung his head and cried. As his tears fell on his precious roses they turned to gold, but the king did not care. He did not care about his roses or his gold or himself. Dionysus, hear my prayer, the king begged. Take my wish back! Please, take my wish back and save my daughter!

One last time, the king's wish was granted.

Joke of the Day ๐Ÿ˜‚

Why did the stone cross the road?

-joke submitted by Mr.Chris

Answer revealed in next Blast!

Last Blasts Joke: Why was the explorer so bad at basketball?

Answer: Because they were always traveling!

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

Creative Musical Instruments

Make a straw whistle in three steps!

--Ms.Lexi, Dunbar Elementary
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Student Spotlight

Aniyah, Naeem, and Saniyah, from Duckrey Elementary, have started using Khan Academy to keep up with their learning. Khan has videos and practice problems for every subject area. They made a daily schedule for each grade level HERE:


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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Philadelphia School Learning Guides

Click on the link below to open Learning Guides provided by the Philadelphia School District. The District will add new Learning Guides to their website on Thursday and printed copies will be available at their food sites. If you need help with your Learning Guide Steppingstone is happy to help!
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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,