Steppingstone Family Blast

Tuesday April 21, 2020

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Happy After School Professionals Week

Too busy these days to remember to celebrate your after school teachers? No worries! This week is your reminder to reach out to your teachers and tell them how much you appreciate them!
After School Professionals Week

5 More Weeks! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

Can you believe there are only 5 more weeks of Steppingstone programming? For the last 5 weeks, each Family Blast will have a theme. This week's theme is SCIENCE!

Scientific Method Song

Learning Science | Scientific Method Song | Lyric Video | Kid's Songs | Jack Hartmann
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Still Need a Chromebook?

Starting Monday April 20 you may pick up a loaner Chromebook at these centers if you did not previously receive one through your childโ€™s school. Parents or guardians must bring some form(s) of identification to help us in verifying their studentโ€™s identity. High School students should bring their official School District ID badge.

Both centers will open Monday April 20 and operate Mon-Fri from 9:00 a.m. โ€“ 4 p.m., excluding holidays.

  • Education Center, Philadelphia School District
    440 N. Broad Street, 1st Floor Lobby, Philadelphia, PA 19130
  • Fitzpatrick Annex Building
    (rear of Fitzpatrick Elementary School) 4101 Chalfont Drive, Philadelphia PA 19154

Chromebook Set Up Help

We also now offer a dedicated telephone support line (215-400-4444) and email ( exclusively for parents and students to help you get your District-issued devices up and running, and to address more basic technical issues with broken or malfunctioning computers.
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Daily Virtual Clubs

Join us daily for virtual clubs! Use the link below to join!

Weather science: How to make a cloud in a jar (2 different methods!)

A cloud is formed when water vapor condenses into water droplets that attach to particles (of dust, pollen, smoke, etc.) in the air. When billions of these water droplets join together, they form a cloud.
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How to Create Your Own Rainbow Bowl

What do you get when you take ramen, veggies, and a simple homemade sauce? RAINBOW LO MEIN! This is a delicious and nutritious take on ramen, and it makes a great lunch for adults and kids alike. If you share your Rainbow Bowl on social media be sure to tag our friends at Vetri by using the hashtag #VCPVirtualCookingClub.

--Vetri Community Partnership

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Steppingstone MGA is on Instagram!

Follow us @steppingstonemga

Need Internet? See Internet Access Options for Families Below

Franklin Institute Science Recipes!

The Franklin Institute has lots of science activities you can do at home. Check them out below!

--Ms. Hannah

This one teaches engineering skills to build a balloon rocket:

If you want to try more of the Franklin Institute's activities, look here:

Finally, check out Franklin's cool videos about how things work:

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Join Us This Summer!

Going to miss us after virtual clubs are over? You don't have to! Sign up for our Summer Program!

The program is for rising 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th graders (current 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th graders).

It is unclear whether the program will be in person or online due to COVID-19 closures. A decision will be made on May 1st.

Feel free to email us at if you have any questions.

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Butterfly Life Cycle

--Ms.Lexi, Dunbar Elementary
Grow Real Butterflies!
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Skype a Scientist

Parents and guardians can fill out the form to Skype with a Scientist.

--Ms.Rasheeda, Dunbar Elementary

Science Experiment That You Can Eat

Rock Candy is a super fun way to make a great dessert while also following a scientific procedure. Watch these crystals grow and enjoy!

--Ms. Julia, Duckrey Elementary & Ms. Lexi, Dunbar Elementary

Body Part Word Puzzle

Decipher the body parts to complete the crossword puzzle.

--Ms. Lexi, Dunbar Elementary

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Experiment About Germs

Pepper represents germs and soap represents how using soap keeps germs off our hands. This may look familiar if you saw Mr. Stephen & Mr. Quincy's Virtual Science Club last week!

--Ms.Lexi, Dunbar Elementary

Underwater Volcano

--Ms.Lexi, Dunbar Elementary
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Instant Ice Experiment

Awesome Science Experiment: Make Hot Ice with Baking Soda and Vinegar

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Joke of the Day ๐Ÿ˜‚

What do you get when you cross a snowman with a vampire?

Answer revealed in the next blast!

Previous joke: What is Beethoven's favorite fruit?

Answer: Ba-na-na-na

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

Student Spotlight

Congrats to Della from Duckrey Elementary! Della won our first digital gift card during Virtual Clubs for awesome attendance in the virtual clubs!


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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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,