Ready Set Go: 2021 Week 8

In a few short weeks, you and your scholar will return to school. For our 1st - 8th-grade scholars the first day will be August 23rd. For our kindergarten scholars, the first day is August 25th. Let’s talk this week about a few tips to help you prepare your scholar for a great first day of school. It is not too early to start preparing for the first day since it takes a little time to change routines from summer casual to the structure of the school year.

1. Establish a new bedtime
A few weeks before the first day, start getting into a new routine so the night before school is a lot easier. During the school year, children need to go to bed early in the evening so they get enough rest. Research tells us that children who are well-rested perform better in school. Try putting your child to bed a little earlier each evening in preparation.

2. Get organized and prepared early
In the weeks leading up to the first day of school, get everything together — and that means more than just school uniforms. Make sure you have completed registration which includes permission slips, special education services, and preferred language spoken. The calmer and more organized you are, the better your child will feel about the start of school. You can call the Office of Student Enrollment at 216-367-5720 to make sure your registration is complete.

3. Establish a school routine
Determine what time you and your child will wake up in the morning to get ready for school? Will you and your child lay out the uniform the night before? Will your child have breakfast at school? Establishing a routine helps your child to know what to expect and helps to reduce anxiety about going back to school.

4. Meet the teacher
Take advantage of opportunities to meet and build a relationship with your child’s teacher. Make them aware of the little things you notice about your child. Find out how you can be involved. Establish how you and the teacher will communicate.

5. Get ready the night before
The night before school will be full of excitement, and it’s the perfect time to start getting ready for the big day. Lay out backpacks, clothes, and anything else needed in the morning to cut down on morning chaos. When that is done, relax, have fun, and celebrate the upcoming big day.

Here is a printable checklist that will let your child take the lead with getting ready on school nights elementary-aged checklist.

6. Be on time
Once the big day has arrived, stick to the routine that you established. Being rushed out the door will make your child anxious and may impact how they feel about school.

7. The end of the first day
After the big day is over, plan some fun that you and your scholar can do together. Brainstorm ideas with your child about things to do when school ends on the first day. Knowing this plan is in place will help get you and your child through the initial stressors of that first day.




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!

Youth Eurythmics Open House
Sat, Jul 31, 9:30 AM – 3:00 PM
Cleveland Institute of Music
11021 East Blvd, Cleveland, OH 44106

You are invited to join Eurhythmics instructor, Graham Rosen, for a free exploration into the wonderful world of youth eurhythmics! Eurhythmics pairs musical concepts with intuitive movement and games.
Follow this link to register:


at Roberto Clemente Park

Sat, Jul 31, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Roberto Clemente Park Cleveland, Ohio
3690 Seymour Ave, Cleveland, OH 44113

Celebrate with the community in a FREE day full of art and creativity! This event will be a ribbon-cutting for the new mural by Angelica Pozo on the small building in Roberto Clemente Park

Summer Reading Ideas Week 8

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

Look Up! Book Cover

Look Up!

By Nathan Bryon & Dapo Adeola (2019)

Rocket loves to look up at the stars. She wants to be an astronaut after all, just like her hero Mae Jemison, the first African-American woman in space. Packed with fun facts about meteors and space to satisfy those curious minds, this charming picture book is laden with gorgeous illustrations that will convince the most phone-mad kids to get excited about the natural world, just like Rocket. Challenging traditional gender norms, Look Up! will show space-mad readers that the sky really is the limit.

3rd - 5th Grade

Jukebox Book Cover


by Nidhi Chanani

Grab some coins for the jukebox, and get ready for a colorful, time-traveling musical tale about family and courage. A mysterious jukebox, old vinyl records, and cryptic notes on music history, are Shaheen's only clues to her father's abrupt disappearance. She looks to her cousin, Tannaz, who seems just as perplexed, before they both turn to the jukebox which starts…glowing?

6th - 8th Grade

Sisters of the Neversea Cover

Sisters of the Neversea

by Cynthia Leitich Smith

In this modern take of the popular classic Peter Pan, award-winning author Cynthia Leitich Smith (Muscogee Creek) brilliantly shifts the focus from the boy who won’t grow up to Native American Lily and English Wendy—stepsisters who must face both dangers and wonders to find their way back to the family they love.

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!

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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.

Meet Breakthrough Parent, Tameisha Wilson!

"If you walk into the hallways, they're named after colleges, and that's purposeful so that students can actually see this is where you could end up. Every day, they're reminded of their potential."

Meet Breakthrough Parent and Manager of Student Enrollment, Tameisha Wilson, as she shares what she and her daughter love about our schools! Our Breakthrough Family means everything to us.