Steppingstone Family Blast

Tuesday March 31, 2020

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Steppingstone Presents: The Virtual Hangout

Join us Tuesday, March 31 from 3:00 - 4:00 pm for our Virtual Hangout Live!
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Mr.Chris Explains Virtual Hangout

Watch the funny video below!
Need to download ZOOM? Click *HERE*

If you run into any issues joining the google hangout feel free to call 215-760-8167 for support!

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Garden Adventures with Ms. Love

Springtime Cherry Blossom Trees Are Here!!! Have you noticed the many trees adorned with bright, pastel-colored blossoms in various shades of pink, white, and purple that are popping up everywhere? Well, those trees are called Cherry Blossoms! Here in the city of Philadelphia, we see Cherry Blossom Trees in many neighborhoods and parks between March 21 to April 1, 2020.

History of the Cherry Blossom Trees and Festival Each year, the National Cherry Blossom Festival commemorates the gift of 3,000 cherry trees from Japan to Washington, DC in the year 1912. The National Cherry Blossom Festival has grown to become America’s greatest springtime celebration. Today, the Festival is four weekends and attracts more than 1.5 million people. The purpose was to honor the lasting friendship between the United States and Japan. The first two trees from Japan were planted on the north bank of the Tidal Basin in West Potomac Park.

Over the years, gifts have been exchanged between Japan and the USA. In 1915, the USA gave Japan a gift of blossoming dogwood trees.

--Ms.Love, McMichael Elementary

Ms. Love's Garden Adventures
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Want to keep your child engaged while they are stuck at home?

Check out these resources and ideas!

--Mr.Chris, Bethune Elementary

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Ms.Jasmine's Workout of the Week

Need to let some energy out? Are you ready to get a little sweaty? Here is a workout video with Billy Blanks who is famous for his unique workout called Tae Bo. Ms. Jasmine use to do some of his workouts as a child and they were always fun, energetic, unique, and beneficial. This is a great way to stay active indoors during social distancing!
Billy Blanks Tae Bo® Official Punch Out

Great Minds

Similar to Khan Academy, this resource posts academic videos and activities for every grade level in both math and reading. No login required!


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Learn Coding Basics From Home!

Do your children enjoy video games, phone apps, or computers in general? How would they like to learn how to make a game themselves? Scratch is a free coding language that was created by engineers at MIT for children 8-16 to learn coding basics. It will run on both desktop computers and tablets. Scratch does require a bit of time to get used to, but then it's off to the races! Middle school students with experience in coding may also want to look into robotics or engineering in clubs in their high school or Steppingstone next year.

--Ms.Naomi, Duckrey Elementary

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Music Freeze Dance

(K-2) This freeze dance game that could keep kids active and moving, especially if stuck inside the house due to bad weather. Many of my students loved listening to music while doing our activities, so this is an activity that incorporates music of any type. Also, the whole family could get involved with this!

--Ms.Lexi, Dunbar Elementary

Baby Shark Stay Safe Tips

Wash your hands doo doo doo doo doo!

--Ms.Rasheeda, Dunbar Elementary

Wash Your Hands with Baby Shark | Baby Shark Hand Wash Challenge | @Baby Shark Official
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Students report on the virus!

Do you have questions about the virus? Check out this website that has information that Philadelphia students like you have collected about the virus.

--Ms.Hannah, Steppingstone MGA Director

Drawing Word Association

This activity gives students a topic and then they can draw it. A lot of my students loved just drawing on plain paper too, so this is something that can help them academically while peaking an interest many of them share!

--Ms.Lexi, Dunbar Elementary

Fruity Lip Gloss

--Ms. Kylae, Duckrey Elementary
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3 Ingredient Moon Sand

Why shell out for kinetic sand when you can just make your own?

--Ms.Daniel, Dunbar Elementary

Brain Teasers

Can you solve these tricky word brain teasers? Answers at the bottom of Blast!
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Mr. Stephen's Goal Box

I just wanted to share goal box which is designed to help motivate me and hopefully, it'll help motivate you to keep pushing forward. The purpose of the goal box is for you do write down your daily goals or accomplishments. Whether it's reading a book, completing a math packet, learning new vocab words, or learning a new skill. Every time you complete a task write it down on a sheet of paper and put it inside the box. The goal is to try and complete a task every day. Every time you feel down or discouraged, go back and read all your accomplished goals/tasks in the box to encourage and motivate you to keep pushing forward. Lastly, "Your limitation------- IS ONLY YOUR IMAGINATION!!!"

--Mr. Stephan, McMichael Elementary

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Ms. Diana's Challenge: Can you make a haiku poem?

A haiku is a Japanese poem that consists of seventeen syllables, in three lines of five, seven, and five. The attachment is an example and also a breakdown of how the syllables should be broken down. You can submit your haiku by sending it to and we can feature it in the next Family Blast!

--Ms.Diana, Duckrey Elementary

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Rainbow Paper- Color science

Rainbows are one of the most beautiful natural wonders and can teach us so much about color science for kids. After this five-minute science activity, everyone will walk away with their own magnificent rainbow paper that can be enjoyed year-round, rain or shine.

--Mr.Quincy, McMichael Elementary

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The Four 4's

Can you find every number between 1 and 20 using only four 4’s and any operation?


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Joke of the Day 😂

What did the big flower say to the little flower?

--Ms.Lexi, Dunbar Elementary

The answer revealed in the next blast!


Previous joke: Why should you never shop at a notebook store?

Answer: There are too many lines.

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

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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Thanks for Reading!

We hope to see as many students possible at our Virtual Hangout!! Link at the top of the Blast!
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Brain Teaser Answers

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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,