Ready Set Go: 2021 Week 9

Hello Breakthrough Family,

If you are like many families approaching the start of a new school year you may be wondering how you can best support your scholar throughout the upcoming school year. This may be even more on your mind as your child may be returning to school after a year of remote learning or may be coming to school for the first time. One of the best ways for parents and families to support their scholars is by getting involved in school.

Research shows that when families and educators work together, they reinforce the kind of behaviors and skills young people need to become successful adults. With the partnership of school and home to support student achievement, students earn higher grades, attend school more regularly, and enroll in higher level courses. Students develop key social-emotional skills, such as self-awareness, relationship building, and responsible decision-making. This collaboration also fosters more motivated students. Parents can participate at school by helping with functions and activities, or communicating with teachers. You can also be involved at home in many ways, including guiding your children to manage homework and other commitments and engaging in discussions about values and attitudes regarding education.

Here are some tips for getting involved in your child’s school:

1. Attend open houses, parent -teacher conferences, or other orientation events. Get to know your child’s teachers at the beginning of the school year. Attending these events throughout the year ensures you are on the same page.

2. Ask your teacher how they would like to communicate. For each teacher, find out whether phone calls, emails, or texts are the best way to stay up-to-date on progress and communicate information about your child.

3. Attend school events. Go to games and concerts, student exhibitions, and award events that your child is and is not involved in. Your involvement in school-wide events, even when your child is not directly involved, helps build a community at large. You’ll meet other members of the school community and show your support for ALL kids.

4. Join the PAC (Parent Advisory Council). Parents and school staff meet regularly to discuss school issues and how families can help the school.

5. Volunteer in the school. Schools often allow volunteers to chaperone trips or dances, help in classrooms, or run a school event. If your work schedule doesn’t allow you to volunteer in the school building, there are other ways to offer your time. Be on the lookout for volunteer opportunities and share your special skills!

6. Let the school know what groups, classes or guidance you would like them to provide. Schools are a great resource to improve your own learning. If you want to know more about the school’s new math curriculum, or how to talk with your child about a particular subject, let the school know! Chances are if you want to learn more about a topic, other parents do as well.




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!

2nd Annual Chalk Party
August 6th, 2021; 1-3 p.m.
Help brighten up the library at its 2nd annual chalk party. Kids, teens, and adults are all welcome to participate. Ice cream and chalk will be provided.
University Heights Branch Library
13866 Cedar Rd.

Twins Days Festival
August 6 - August 8
The world’s largest gathering of twins (and other multiples).
9825 Ravenna Road, Twinsburg

Fin Week
August 7th
Greater Cleveland Aquarium
2000 Sycamore Street Cleveland
A week-long celebration of sharks

Edgewater Street Fest
August 8th 12pm-6pm.
Free admission
Clifton Blvd. between W. 115th St. and W 117th St.
A unique celebration combining fine arts and live musical performances - a true street festival in an attractive and vibrant urban neighborhood.

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 9

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

Feathered Serpent Cover

Feathered Serpent and the Five Suns: A Mesoamerican Creation Myth

By Duncan Tonatiuh

An ancient Mesoamerican creation myth comes to life. Long ago, the gods of Mesoamerica set out to create humans. They tried many times during each sun, or age. When all their attempts failed and the gods grew tired, only one did not give up: Quetzalcóatl—the Feathered Serpent.

3rd - 5th Grade

Front Desk Cover

Front Desk

By Kelly Yang

Mia Tang has a lot of secrets. Number 1: She lives in a motel, not a big house. Every day, while her immigrant parents clean the rooms, ten-year-old Mia manages the front desk of the Calivista Motel and tends to its guests. Number 2…

6th - 8th Grade

Class Act New Kid Cover

Class Act: New Kid

By Jerry Craft

This time, it’s Jordan’s friend Drew who takes center stage in another laugh-out-loud funny, powerful, and important story about being one of the few kids of color in a prestigious private school.

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.