Ready Set Go: 2021 Week 1

Hello Breakthrough family!

Thank you so much for enrolling your child/ren’s in a Breakthrough School for next year. We are so excited to welcome another class of scholars to our schools in August. 

As you begin your journey with Breakthrough Schools you will receive our summer communication, called Ready Set GoReady Set Go is a weekly message with grade-level appropriate book ideas that you and your scholar can enjoy together, tips on getting ready for the upcoming school year, and family friendly event ideas that you can take part in.

This week I want to let you know about the resources we have available for you on the Breakthrough Schools website  In the Families section you will find information about transportation, uniforms, the school calendar for next year, and much more. 

For example, did you know that there is free shipping on uniform orders placed online through 7/31/21! 

Did you know that the sign-up for yellow bus transportation is now open? 

Did you know that the first day of school for 1st-8th grade scholars is Monday, August 23rd and the first day for kindergarten scholars is Wednesday, August 25th? 

All of this information is on the website in the Family Resource section.  I encourage you to visit the website throughout the summer for updates, event details, and helpful information. 

If you ever have a question, if I can help in any way, or if you want me to talk about a particular subject in Ready Set Go, please send me an email or give me a call.




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!

Summer Dance Party
June 10th 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Cleveland Public Library Fulton Branch

Start your summer off on the right foot with an outdoor dance party! Show off your line dance moves, learn some new ones, and sign up for the Summer Lit League. For more information visit

Saturday Morning Stroll Iron Springs
June 12th 10:00am
Cleveland Metroparks Garfield Park Reservation

Stretch your legs and enjoy Garfield Park Reservation. Walk through the forest, over creeks, past the old iron spring, and along the location of the old boating pond. Look for birds and other wildlife along the way. Meet in the Garfield Park Center parking lot. For more information visit

DaddYoga: FREE Virtual Yoga Class for Dads & Kids
June 13 & 27 at 10 a.m. on Zoom.

DaddYoga is yoga for dads and kids to do together. It’s a unique, fun, and free opportunity for fathers and their young children to learn and practice yoga. And best of all, it can be done from the comfort of your own home.

Summer Reading Ideas Week 1

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

Clean Up!

by Nathan Bryon & Dapo Adeola (2020)

Rocket is back and this time she sets off on a mission to save a Caribbean island from plastic pollution! When Rocket goes for a holiday to visit her grandparents, she's shocked by the pollution that is spoiling their island home and putting the local sea life at risk. Can she think of a way to save the day?

3rd - 5th Grade

Blackberry Blue and Other Fairy Tales

by Jamila Gavin (2013)

This collection of original stories – stunningly illustrated by Richard Collingridge – will lead you into a captivating world. You’ll encounter talking animals and wicked witches, magicians, and enchanted forests as you watch Blackberry Blue rise from the bramble patch, follow Emeka the pathfinder on his mission to save a lost king, and join Princess Desire as she gallops across the Milky Way on her jet-black horse. Perfect for readers of all ages.

6th - 8th Grade

Paola Santiago and the River of Tears

by: Tehlor Kay Mejia

12-year-old Paola is embarrassed by her mother's warning to stay away from the Gila River, where she says La Llorona lurks; the space-loving girl believes in science, not superstition. Except when she arranges to meet her friends Dante and Emma near the river to try out her new telescope, Emma never arrives... and Pao sees a figure hiding in the reeds. To rescue her friend, Pao has to enter a world full of nightmares and folk tales, where she'll discover that legends — and her own conflicting feelings — have a power of their own.

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.

Student Spotlight

Hear from Samaje, a scholar at Citizens Academy. He was nominated as the Citizen of the Month by his school for living the virtue of Courage. Hear -- and see -- his story here. You'll see what we mean.

Citizens Academy
Breakthrough Schools Alumnus