Ready Set Go 2020: Week 4

School may be out, but Breakthrough Schools are still in session. We’ve launched Online Distance learning for K-8 scholars, are providing Chromebooks and iPads for free to families, and are doing our best to continue to give our students a top-rated education.  Like many of our families you may be helping your children to do distance learning from home and maintaining family routines may be challenging.  Our Principals shared a few simple tips to help make each day a little easier.

  1. Keep it Simple.  Encourage your scholar to read as much as possible. Any reading counts! Check out the book list in every edition of Ready Set Go.
  2. 2-3 hours of education at home is great!  2-3 hours of play is just as important.
  3. Have a phone/tablet/computer?  If you are not receiving online distance learning check out Khan Academy Kids and – amazing and free resources! 





Kareemah Williams
Parent of Two Breakthrough Alum
Former Board Member of Citizens Academy
Former Board Member of Breakthrough Schools
Current Director of Enrollment & Engagement
Office: (216) 367-5720

Activities & Resources

Virtual Open House, K-8
Saturday, May 16, 1-3PM

We are hosting a Virtual Open House for new and prospective families! You can join anytime between 1pm and 3pm.  Sign up at

  • See what it is like in our schools
  • Talk, text and chat live with our School Leaders
  • Hear from our Educational Leadership about our academic programs, expectations, and outcomes
  • Hear from Alumni about what their time was like at Breakthrough


Virtual Kindergarten Visit Day
Thursday, May 28
Session 1: 11AM / Session 2: 5:30PM

We are also hosting a Virtual Kindergarten Visit Day for new and prospective Kindergarten students and their families.  There are two sessions: one at 11am and another at 5:30pm.  Pick the one that fits your schedule!  Sign up at 

  • Hear from Kindergarten teachers
  • Talk, text and chat live with our School Leaders
  • Learn about our program and what to expect
  • Learn Kindergarten readiness strategies


Emergency Diaper & Baby Items Distribution

Pregnant with Possibilities Resource Center has partnered with The Greater Cleveland Diaper Bank, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated and Neighborhood Leadership Institute Healthy Families to distribute essential baby items to families in need. On Tuesday, May 5 from 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. Supplies are limited and all families must register at Items that will be supplied are the following: Diapers (Newborn-size 4), wipes, baby food, and formula.

Reading Ideas for Fun - eBooks

The Cuyahoga County Library and Cleveland Public Library are closed until further notice.  Fortunately for all of us both libraries are offering continued access to their digital and streaming services.  You will need a library card to access these materials.  If you do not have a library card you can apply for a library card online here for the Cuyahoga County Library or here for the Cleveland Public Library.

Grades K-2


Juneteenth for Mazie

by Floyd Cooper

Mazie is ready to celebrate liberty. She is ready to celebrate freedom. She is ready to celebrate a great day in American history — the day her ancestors were no longer slaves. Mazie remembers the struggles and the triumph, as she gets ready to celebrate Juneteenth. This beautiful story by award-winning author and illustrator Floyd Cooper will captivate both children and adults.

Grades 3-5


The Adventures of Obi and Titi: The Hidden Temple of Ogiso (Book 1)

One Crazy Summer Series, Book 2

by O.T. Begho

The Adventures of Obi and Titi is an epic African adventure series that follows the story of two brave, young children and a very naughty monkey, who set out on an unexpected journey of knowledge, hope and everlasting friendship.  Book #1 - The Adventures of Obi and Titi: The Hidden Temple of Ogiso

Deep in the heart of Africa, where civilization truly began, two young children, Obi and Titi, unwittingly find a hidden temple and a mysterious map. This discovery sets off a chain of events that will change their lives forever. For once they must settle their differences and work together, as they set off on a magical adventure to save the Benin kingdom and the ones they love.

Grades 6-7


This One Summer

by Mariko Tamaki

Every summer, Rose goes with her mom and dad to a lake house in Awago Beach. It's their getaway, their refuge. Rosie's friend Windy is always there, too, like the little sister she never had. But this summer is different. Rose's mom and dad won't stop fighting, and when Rose and Windy seek a distraction from the drama, they find themselves with a whole new set of problems. One of the local teens - just a couple of years older than Rose and Windy - is caught up in something bad... Something life-threatening.

It's a summer of secrets, and sorrow, and growing up, and it's a good thing Rose and Windy have each other.

This One Summer is a tremendously exciting new teen graphic novel from two creators with true literary clout. Cousins Mariko and Jillian Tamaki, the team behind Skim, have collaborated on this gorgeous, heartbreaking, and ultimately hopeful story about a girl on the cusp of childhood - a story of renewal and revelation.

School Spotlight

Before we moved to online learning, Z1079's Ro Digga stopped by our schools and got to know the principals, teachers, and students!

Emory and Franklin at our Citizens East Campus give Ro a tour of their schools and share what they love most!

Get Involved

If you are interested in getting involved at your school specifically, or with me at the citywide level, let me know. We always welcome parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents interested in volunteering and getting involved in several ways. Email me here or call me at 216-367-5720 and ask for Kareemah. I look forward to hearing from you!


Refer Your School!

If you know someone who might want to enroll their child/ren in our schools, please let them know we would love to have them.  We will be here for new scholars as we have space!