Ready Set Go 2019: Summer Week 3

Hello families!

This week I want to share some ideas from about fun activities that you and your scholar can do over the summer to get ready for the upcoming school year and have some fun with your scholar.

Read a bedtime story (every night if you can)

Snuggle time with a loved one is special. Make reading together a reward at the end of a busy day. Read different books each night or the same book over and over, and talk about the story, the setting, the characters, or what might happen the next day, after the story ends.

Take a tour of your local library

Visit the children’s area and meet the librarian. Get your child’s first library card and open up a world of reading and fun. Ask about summer activities, such as story times or a read-a-book campaign with prizes. Ask the librarian if there are events for kids or families. Visit every week, if possible, and encourage your child to check out a pile of books that look interesting. Keep the library books visible and within reach at home. Make sure there’s screen-free time when books are an appealing option. Each week in this Ready Set Go communication we share an event held at the Cleveland Public Library. These events offer a great opportunity to visit your local library.

Run, jump, play

Running around outside is good for more than just tiring out energetic kids. It’s important for children’s brains. Vigorous exercise helps kids build their brains’ super highways. Research has shown that exercise helps improve a child’s memory, concentration, and overall ability to learn. Any activity will do, from an organized sport to playing tag.

Get the fingers working, too

Your child probably made a lot of progress this year with her fine motor skills — things like cutting with scissors and holding a pencil. Keep those skills sharp over the summer with fun activities. Have your child use scissors to snip bits of colorful scrap paper to make confetti for a party. Or have your scholar trace letters in wet sand. They can also mix cookie dough by hand or make a necklace by threading uncooked pasta tubes on string.

Describe a word

The more you can develop your child’s vocabulary, the stronger their reading and writing skills will be. Have your child tell you how many different words they can think of to describe how their mouth feels after a sip of lemon juice? How many different words can they think of that mean “angry?” How about “beautiful?”

Tell a story with puppets

Have your child draw favorite characters from a book or a show. Cut out the characters and tape each one to a popsicle stick or a coffee stirrer. Now your child can crouch below a table or behind a sofa and act out a story by holding the puppets up at table-level. Film it with your phone so both of you can watch it later.




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

Upcoming Summer Events

Cat in the Hat Craft
Thursday, June 27th 1pm – 2pm
Cleveland Public Library, Mount Pleasant Branch
Make and take a colorful craft project based on Dr. Seuss' Cat in the Hat.

Thursday, June 27th
2pm – 5pm
Cudell Fine Art’s
10013 Detroit Ave Cleveland
This annual event will be held on Thursday June 27th from 2 to 5pm. It's a celebration of insects and their relatives, and designed for children of all ages. The festival will include face painting, music and snow cones for participants.

Ward 5 Community Family Festival
Saturday, June 29th
12pm – 1pm (Parade)
10am – 6pm (Festival)
7230 Kinsman Rd
Join the Breakthrough Schools Enrollment team at this family friendly event and enjoy music, entertainment, food, and fun activities.

Community Celebration
Saturday, June 29th
930am – 1pm
Join the Breakthrough Schools Enrollment team at this event on Saturday, June 29th from 9:30am to 1pm. The event will feature resourceful information regarding various services that are available as well as refreshments.

Summer Reading Ideas Week 3

Ages 2-5


Llama Destroys the World

by Jonathan Stutzman

Meet Llama, the next great picture-book megastar, who has most definitely driven a bus and who loves tacos way more than you.

Ages 2-8


What Can You Do with a Paleta?

by Carmen Tafolla

A paleta is a Mexican Popsicle and this gorgeously illustrated picture book portrays the glorious wonders of the paleta as well as life in their barrio (neighborhood).

Ages 8-10


Some Places More Than Others

by Renée Watson

From Newbery Honor- and Coretta Scott King Author Award-winning, New York Times bestselling author Renée Watson comes a heartwarming and inspiring middle-grade novel about finding deep roots and exploring the past, the present, and the places that make us who we are.

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!


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 seven campuses throughout Cleveland and currently still have openings for next year in most grade levels.

July 18th, 5:30pm - 6:30pm
at all schools!

Please share this link below with any interested parents/families.

Scholar Spotlight

This week’s scholar spotlight is Teon Smith! He is a Citizens Academy graduate, Citizens Leadership Academy graduate, and St Edward’s graduate who is now on his way to Boston College! Teon has been with us since the early days, and is a total inspiration to us all. He was recently named MAN OF THE YEAR by St Ed’s and featured on the news!