Ready Set Go: 2021 Week 10

Welcome and welcome back to all of our new and returning families.  We are looking forward to an exciting, joyful, and safe year for all of our scholars.  To make sure you are off to a good start this week’s Ready Set Go is all about reminders.


  • First day of school for 1st - 8th graders is on Monday, August 23rd
  • First day of school for kindergarten scholars is on Wednesday, August 25th (Orientation is occurring on Monday, August 23rd or Tuesday, August 24th.  Please call your school for details)
  • The school day begins at 7:35 with an optional breakfast. The learning day begins at 8am and dismissal begins at 3:20pm
  • Uniforms -  We are aware that some families just completed enrollment and have not yet had a chance to order uniform shirts.  We have also heard that the uniform shirt stock is on backorder at Schoolbelles online and in stores.  Please do not let this prevent you from sending your scholar to school.  They can come to school in their uniform bottoms and a polo-style shirt. The color of the shirt they can wear will depend on the specific school. Please call the school for details. 
  • School Supplies - We’re excited to announce that we will be providing school supplies for all of our scholars this school year and you DO NOT need to purchase supplies. 

As you prepare for the first day of school if you have any questions about enrollment please feel free to call the Office of Student Enrollment at 216-367-5720 or if you have any questions about the school day please contact your school at the number listed below.




Kareemah Williams
Parent of Two Breakthrough Alum (and now college graduates!)
Managing Director of Enrollment & Engagement
(216) 367-5720 |

Neighborhood Events

This is a list of community-sponsored, family-friendly events in and around Cleveland. These are not school-sponsored events, we just wanted to share some things to do during the summer if they are interesting to you!

Science Under the Sun
August 11th -August 24th
The Great Lakes Science Center is moving the hands-on fun outside for the summer as they introduce a new series of interactive STEM programming. Outdoor tents overlooking NorthCoast Harbor will house large-scale tinkering, take-apart, and design challenges with rotating themes.

The Great Lakes Science Center 
601 Erieside Ave Cleveland, OH

Edgewater Street Fest
August 21, Noon-7P
Free admission
A unique celebration combining fine arts and live musical performances – a true street festival in an attractive and vibrant urban neighborhood setting.

Clifton Boulevard (W. 117th and W. 115th streets)

Return of the Butterflies and Hersey Children's Garden
August 21
Return of the Butterflies has more than 600 newly emerged butterflies in the Costa Rica biome, creating an experience like never before. Continue your celebration of spring in the Hershey Children’s Garden with a new moth scavenger hunt, as well as a free take-home activity packet that includes tips on how to find moths at home, seeds to plant for our native pollinators, and more.

Cleveland Botanical Garden, 11030 East Blvd.

We're Coming Back!

Last year, EVERYBODY rallied together to keep the learning going at Breakthrough Public Schools. And now, we can say with great confidence: we are coming back.

Back to our friends. Back to our teachers. Back to our school communities. Back to in-person learning, outdoor adventures, and new technology. Back to safe classrooms, safe buildings, and exciting experiences.

We can't wait to welcome scholars back for the 21/22 school year, one that is sure to be extra special as we return to in-person learning.

Summer Reading Ideas Week 10

Here are some recommended age-appropriate books for summer reading. These are not mandatory at all, we just wanted to share some summer reading ideas if you are looking for them for your child.

K - 2nd Grade


How to Code a Rollercoaster

By Josh Funk

Pearl and her trusty rust-proof robot, Pascal, are enjoying a day out at the amusement park. Spinning teacups, ice cream, and of course: roller coasters! Through the use of code, Pearl and Pascal can keep track of their ride tokens and calculate when the line is short enough to get a spot on the biggest ride of them all--the Python Coaster.

3rd - 5th Grade


A Wolf Called Wander

By Rosanne Parry

This gripping novel about survival and family is based on the real story of one wolf’s incredible journey to find a safe place to call home.

6th - 8th Grade


The Last Last-Day-of-Summer

By Lamar Giles

Otto and Sheed are the local sleuths in their zany Virginia town, masters of unraveling mischief using their unmatched powers of deduction. And as the summer winds down and the first day of school looms, the boys are craving just a little bit more time for fun, even as they bicker over what kind of fun they want to have.

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!

Village Prep Willard | Breakthrough Public Schools

Spread the Word

If you know someone you might want to enroll their child/ren in our schools, please let them know we would love to have them. We have six campuses throughout Cleveland and currently still have openings for next year in most grade levels.

Campus Phone Numbers

E Prep and V Prep Woodland Hills - 216.298.1164

E Prep and V Prep Cliffs - 216.456.2080

E Prep and V Prep Willard - 216.586.3892

Citizens Hampden - 216.791.4195

Citizens East - 216.367.9392

Citizens Southeast - 216.586.3886