Ready Set Go 2019: Summer Week 8

Hello families!

It is that time of year again. Classrooms are decorated, teachers are excitedly waiting, we are ready to open our doors to a new year of learning! And (maybe for the first time in several weeks? :D) our scholars will have to wake up bright and early to start their day (I know this can be a job all by itself!). To help things go more smoothly for you I am laying out the first day of school at each of our schools.

Citizens Academy

First Day:
Grades 1-5: 8/12/19
KG (Last Name A-L): 8/12/19
KG (Last Name M-Z): 8/13/2019

Arrival: 7:30 AM
Dismissal: 3:00 PM

Citizens Academy East

First Day:
Grades 1-5: 8/12/19
A-L K: 8/12/19
M-Z K: 8/13/19

Arrival: 7:35-7:55 AM
Dismissal: 3:20-3:40 PM

Citizens Academy Southeast

First day:
Grades 1-5: 8/12/19
KG (Last Name A-L) 8/12/19
KG (Last Name M-Z) 8/13/2019

Arrival: 7:35 AM
Dismissal: 3:20 PM

Citizens Leadership Academy

First Day:

Arrival: 7:15 AM
Dismissal: Mon-Thurs 3:30pm; Fri 1pm

Citizens Leadership Academy East

First Day:
Grades 6-8: 8/12/19

Arrival: 7:15:00 AM
Dismissal: Mon-Thurs 3:30pm; Fri 1pm

Citizens Leadership Academy Southeast

First Day:

Arrival: 7:15 AM
Dismissal: 4:10 PM

E Prep & Village Prep Cliffs

First Day:
Grades 1-8: 8/12/19
Kindergarten A-L: 8/12/19
Kindergarten M-Z:  8/13/19

Arrival: 7:15 AM
Dismissal: 3:15 PM

E Prep & Village Prep Woodland Hills

First Day:
Grades 1-8: 8/12/19
Kindergarten: A-H: 8/12/19;
Kindergarten: I-Z: 8/13/19

Arrival: 7:35 AM
Dismissal: 3:00 PM

E Prep & Village Prep Willard

First Day:
Grades 1-8: 8/12/19
Kindergarten Last names A-L 8/12/19
Kindergarten Last names M-Z 8/13/19

Arrival: 7:35 AM
Dismissal: 3:10 PM




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

August 10th
Paper Making at the Cleveland Public Library Main Branch Downtown from 1pm – 2pm

Come learn about papermaking. Create pulp and use frames and decorative elements to make paper together.

August 17th
Raising Readers Family Story Time at the Cleveland Public Library Jefferson Branch from 11:30am – 12:30pm

Family story time incorporating stories, songs and crafts: drop in and join the fun!

Summer Reading Ideas Week 5

To Read Together


The King of Kindergarten

 by Derrick Barnes, Vanessa Brantley-Newton (Illustrator)

A confident little boy takes pride in his first day of kindergarten.  Starting kindergarten is a big milestone--and the hero of this story is ready to make his mark! He's dressed himself, eaten a pile of pancakes, and can't wait to be part of a whole new kingdom of kids. The day will be jam-packed, but he's up to the challenge, taking new experiences in stride with his infectious enthusiasm! And afterward, he can't wait to tell his proud parents all about his achievements--and then wake up to start another day.

Emerging Readers


The Dam Keeper

by Robert Kondo, Dice Tsutsumi

Life in Sunrise Valley is tranquil, but beyond its borders lies certain death. A dangerous black fog looms outside the village, but its inhabitants are kept safe by an ingenious machine known as the dam. Pig’s father built the dam and taught him how to maintain it. And then this brilliant inventor did the unthinkable: he walked into the fog and was never seen again.

Now Pig is the dam keeper. Except for his best friend, Fox, and the town bully, Hippo, few are aware of his tireless efforts. But a new threat is on the horizon—a tidal wave of black fog is descending on Sunrise Valley. Now Pig, Fox, and Hippo must face the greatest danger imaginable: the world on the other side of the dam.

Ages 11 +


Where the River Runs Gold

Shifa and her brother, Themba, live in Kairos City with their father, Nabil. The few live in luxury, whilst the millions like them crowd together in compounds, surviving on meagre rations and governed by Freedom Fields - the organisation that looks after you, as long as you opt in.

The bees have long disappeared; instead children must labour on farms, pollinating crops so that the nation can eat. But Nabil remembers Before and he knows that the soul needs to be nourished as much as the body so, despite the risk, he teaches his children how to grow flowers on a secret piece of land hidden beneath the train tracks.

The farm Shifa and Themba are sent to is hard and cruel. Themba won't survive there and Shifa comes up with a plan to break them out. But they have no idea where they are - their only guide is a map drawn from the ramblings of a stranger.

The journey ahead is fraught with danger, but Shifa is strong and knows to listen to her instincts - to let hope guide them home. The freedom of a nation depends on it

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!


Refer Your School!

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. School may be just starting, but we will keep our doors open to new scholars as we have space!

Please use the link below to refer your school to a friend or family member!

Video Spotlight

This video is from a few years ago, but we like to share it at the beginning of each year. This short film follows four of our students for TEN YEARS! They all attended our schools and are now college graduates doing some amazing things around the country. We hope you enjoy this -- we'd love to feature your young scholar in a video like this in 10 years!!