Steppingstone Family Blast

Tuesday April 14, 2020

schools closed through rest of academic year

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Latest District Updates

April 12: Grab-and-go meal distribution at 49 School District of Philadelphia sites will move from tomorrow Monday, April 13 to Tuesday, April 14, 9 a.m. to noon. This is a one-time change. The normal Monday and Thursday schedule will resume on Thursday, April 16.

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Indoor Activities

--Ms.Lexi, Dunbar Elementary

Advice from a Philadelphia Eagle!

Check out this video!


Go Team! Coronavirus Advice for Kids from Philadelphia Eagle #55
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Podcast Recommendation

Tired of watching stories? Eyes sore from all the screen time? It's time to open your ears instead! Check out this podcast that tells the story of ancient Greek myths in a way that is fun for kids.

Easy & Healthy Breakfast Recipe!

These banana pancakes are only three ingredients and keep you full all morning! First thing you will need: Permission from your parent/guardian! Second: One banana, one egg and a tablespoon of cinnamon! Crack your egg in a bowl and put it to the side, grab a large bowl and put your peeled banana in it, and use a large spoon to mash it, add your cracked egg and stir vigorously, then add your cinnamon and continue to stir. For this next part, take a pan and put it on the stove using a medium heat setting. Add olive oil or butter to the pan to reduce sticking! Take two tablespoons of batter and put it on the pan. Wait for bubbles to appear on the pancake, then flip it over to ensure that it cooked evenly! This yields about four pancakes! :-) Enjoy.

--Ms. Mia, Dunbar Elementary

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5 Animals That Helped Change History

Find out how members of the animal kingdom have helped shape history for mankind, from paving the way for human space flight to bringing down bad people.

--Mr.Will, Bethune Elementary

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Riddles from Miss. Julia

1. What has a face and two hands but no arms or legs?

2. What has a neck but no head?

3. What gets wetter as it dries?

Answers at the bottom of the blast!

Reasoning and Art Come Together in Picross Touch

Download the app Picross Touch on iPhone or Android for a fun brain teaser game. Picross or nonagrams are a fun puzzle game that works a little like sudoku and a little like pixel art. Once you get the hang of it, the challenge becomes part of the fun!

--Ms.Naomi, Duckrey Elementary

Maze Puzzle

--Ms. Lexi, Dunbar Elementary
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Ever Wondered How Snapchat Works?

In this video from Vox, reporters explain how Snapchat puts those fun filters on your face! The programming behind them is very interesting, and it's worth getting to know the technology you interact with every day.

--Ms.Naomi, Duckrey Elementary

How Snapchat's filters work
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I Am Enough Read Aloud

--Ms.Lexi, Dunbar Elementary
I Am Enough
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No Sew Bunny Socks

--Ms.Lexi, Dunbar Elementary

Counting Money

--Ms.Lexi, Dunbar Elementary

Joke of the Day 😂

What do bus drivers put on their morning pancakes?

Answer revealed in the next blast!

Previous joke: Why are frogs always happy?

Answer: They eat what bothers them!

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

Dwayne, Soamijh, and Sanaa have been using this time to catch up on some reading, doing math on IREADY, playing games, and watching movies with the family!

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How are you staying active during the school closure? Reading a good book? Trying a new hobby? 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!

Ms. Julia's Riddle Answers

1. A clock

2. A bottle

3. A towel

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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,