Ready Set Go: 2021 Week 7

Hello Breakthrough family!

Over the last week I have gotten a lot of questions about uniforms and other information related to the start of school. I can tell everyone is eager to start school this year and we are excited to welcome you to Breakthrough Schools. That being the case, let me tell you about the Family & Parent Resource Center on the Breakthrough Schools website. You can find it by clicking on the word Families at the top of the website. In the Family & Parent Resource Center you can find information about the:

  • First Day of School
  • School Calendar
  • Uniforms
  • Transportation
  • Daily Start and End times
  • Health & Safety
  • and More!

Please visit the Family & Parent Resource Center often because we are always adding information that will be useful to parents and families.


Resource Center



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!

13th Annual 93.1 WZAK Family Day at the Zoo
Monday, July 26th
10 AM – 3 PM
Join Breakthrough Schools under the Palava Hut for family-friendly activities, dance party, music, food, and fun

Summer Splash
Thursday, July 22nd - Friday, July 30, 2021
11am - 2pm
Public Square | 50 Public Square Cleveland, OH, 44113

The Regional
Thursday, July 22, 2021 - Saturday, November 06, 2021
11am - 5pm
Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, "MOCA" | 11400 Euclid Avenue Cleveland, OH, 44106

Summer Reading Ideas Week 7

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

Magic Betsey Book Cover

Magic Betsey

By Malorie Blackman

This book is one of five short story collections featuring Betsey Biggalow. Betsey puts on a magic show but everyone is less than impressed with her tricks. No matter – in these four sweet and funny short stories, Betsey learns the importance of believing in yourself…

3rd - 5th Grade

Malala's Magic Pencil Cover

Malala’s Magic Pencil

By Malala Yousafzai

Nobel Peace Prize winner and New York Times bestselling author Malala Yousafzai's first picture book will inspire a younger audience to see the magic in the world around them.


6th - 8th Grade

The Red Pyramid Cover

The Red Pyramid

By Rick Riordan

Carter and Sadie Kane’s father is a famed Egyptologist; since their mother’s death, Sadie has lived with their grandparents in London whilst Carter’s travelled the world with Dr Kane. The siblings have drifted apart, but one night at the British Museum, they are drawn together by a terrifying chain of events.


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.

Summer Enrollment Events

We have a fun-filled summer planned, and we would love for you and your scholar to join us for these enrollment events over the next few months.

Our Plan for an In Person Return

Every decision we've made surrounding our in-person return to school is aligned to the best interest of our scholars, staff, and extended community’s physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing.

We’re prioritizing a safe and secure environment for our scholars so that they can learn the absolute most while also being in a joyful environment.

So, what does that look like in detail? Hear directly from our Chief Academic Officer Andrew McCrae by watching this video.

  1. A rigorous approach to unfinished learning
    Scholars will receive an excellent quality education and curriculum from well-trained teachers.
  2. Personalized support for every scholar based on their individual academic needs
    We recognize that everyone is at different places in their learning, given the circumstances of last school year, and are committed to meeting each scholar where they are by providing support and individualized instruction to accelerate their knowledge in the year ahead.
  3. Opportunities to engage in social, emotional learning.
    We will provide a space to process our collective trauma, grief, and experience of a pandemic while affirming our students' individual identity.
  4. Leveraging technology and STEM
    To empower our kids to continue their learning at home, at night, or through many of our self-directed learning programs, we'll be equipping them with the tools and skills they'll need in the future.
  5. Keeping our students and staff safe
    The health and safety of our scholars and staff is our number one priority.