Ready Set Go 2019: Summer Week 5


We are a little less than a month away from the start of school.  As we get closer to the start of school I want to make you aware of some of the ways you can be involved in your child’s educational journey.

  1. Get involved in the PAC – The PAC or Parent Advisory Committee holds regular meetings throughout the school year. At these meetings parents learn about upcoming school events, identify ways parents and guardians can support the school and their children, and learn about topics impacting the school.
  2. Attend a Parent Orientation meeting - The Parent Orientation meetings are an opportunity for parents and guardians to gain a better understanding of the school culture, what to expect during the upcoming school year, and meet school staff before the start of the school year.
  3. Communicate and partner with your child’s teacher – Whether it’s by email, phone, notes, or in person, make an ongoing effort to stay in touch with your child’s teachers. The communication helps to ensure that important information including homework and project assignments are known.  Having ongoing communication with the teacher is a positive way of finding out how your child is doing in class. For example, find out what they are studying in science or history. Then talk over the homework with your child each night.  Email allows you to communicate with the teacher at times that are good for both of you, with time to ask and answer questions.
  4. Attend school events - Our schools and campuses are scheduling parent orientations, ice cream socials, and Back to School events. These events are a great way to meet other new families as well as connect with families that have been in the Breakthrough family for years.  These connections can be really helpful when you have questions, need to get another parent’s perspective, or need to know the homework assignment for the night.  Please check your Welcome Packet for the upcoming dates at your campus.
  5. Get to know the Student Family Coordinator or Dean of Culture in your building – These individuals are good points of contact and are often a bridge between home and school. They help to coordinate events to get parents and guardians more involved in the life of the school and create opportunities for families to get to know each other socially.  Look for next week’s edition of Ready Set Go where I will detail who these individuals are in each building.



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

New Scholar Enrollment Night – July 18th
This Thursday all Breakthrough Schools campuses will be open from 5:30 – 6:30 for New Scholar Enrollment. If you have any family or friends that need to enroll their Kindergarten through 8th grade scholars in school for the upcoming school year please tell them to attend this event. They can complete enrollment, meet school staff, tour the school, and drop off required documents.

Family & Unity Day In The Park - Friday, July 19, 2019 to Saturday, July 20, 2019
The Mt. Pleasant NOW Development Corporation and Union Miles Development Corporation present the 14th anniversary of Family Unity In The Park.
The popular event skipped a year in 2018, but IT IS BACK WITH A SLAMMING LINE UP.
Family Unity Day in the Park is a FREE family event that will take place on two dates: Friday, July 19th, 2019 from 3:00pm-7:30pm and Saturday, July 20th, 2019 from Noon – Dusk in beautiful Luke Easter Park, the largest urban park in the state of Ohio.

Braids & Fades! With Z107.9

Sunday July 28th, 2pm - 5pm
1417 E 36th St & Superior Ave

Park in the Back Lot, Enter in the Gym
Come to our E Prep & Village Prep Cliffs Campus for free braiding, haircuts, along with a ton of free family fun: food, games, school supplies, backpacks, and more!

Summer Story Time Saturdays (ages 5 & under)
Story times for pre-school children (ages 5 & under) and their families/caregivers foster the early literacy skills kids need to learn to read and to succeed in school and help build social skills. Parents/caregivers and siblings can also learn easy, fun ways to foster literacy at home. Brooklyn Branch

Summer Reading Ideas Week 5

Ages 5 – 8


Ada Twist, Scientist

by Andrea Beaty

Inspired by real-life makers such as Ada Lovelace and Marie Curie, Ada Twist, Scientist champions girl power and women scientists, and brings welcome diversity to picture books about girls in science. Touching on themes of never giving up and problem solving, Ada comes to learn that her questions might not always lead to answers, but rather to more questions. She may never find the source of the stink, but with a supportive family and the space to figure it out, she’ll be able to feed her curiosity in the ways a young scientist should.

Ages 8 – 10



by Gary Soto

Marisol Luna is a lively 10-year-old girl who was born to dance. She's a fourth-grader who lives with her loving parents in a busy and largely Hispanic neighborhood in the heart of Chicago. Marisol goes to school (where she is a Two-Square champion) takes care of her cat, plays with the kids in her neighborhood, and takes dance lessons. Ballet folkl--rico (Mexican folkdance) is her favorite type of dance--and where she really shines--but she's been exposed to some jazz and a little tap. She's also taking ballet, but she's new to it and a little impatient with its rigors. Her attitude towards ballet changes only slightly when she meets a wonderful new neighbor. Miss Mendoza is a former Rockette who gently reminds Marisol that ballet is worth working hard at, because it's the basis for all serious dance. The upsetting news that her family is moving out to the suburbs is made worse when Marisol learns that the dance studio in her new neighborhood has closed. No tap, no ballet folkl--rico--not even ballet. She may have to take karate lessons! Instead, with the help of new friends, resourceful Marisol finds a way to keep dancing.

Ages 11-13


100 Most Awesome Things on the Planet

by Anna Claybourne

If your reader devours Guinness record books, this compendium of “awesome” places is for him/her. Each page highlights a natural or manmade phenomenon with full color photographs and a short description. Additional facts are highlighted in insets on the page, breaking up the already minimal text into short, easily tolerated amounts for reluctant readers.

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

Meet Vaniya, a rising 7th grader at E Prep & Village Prep Woodland Hills Campus and a future world traveler and who is currently studying two languages! Hear why she wants to see the world and her plan on making it happen.