Ready Set Go: Summer Week 5

Hello families!

Last week I attended the National Family Engagement Conference here in Cleveland. One of the interesting discussions I attended was about how parent engagement can help to build a life-long love of reading by parents/guardians helping their child to improve their comprehension of what they read.

I thought I would share with you some of the suggested ways we as parent/guardians can be engaged in our child’s reading, improve their comprehension, and love of reading (By the way I hope you have enjoyed the list of book recommendations so far!).

The simple thing to do is ask questions. This shows our children that we are interested in what they are reading. You have to ask at a good time. You don’t want to be interrupted during the 4th quarter of the Superbowl to explain the game of football and your child may not want to be interrupted during their reading to explain the book.

A good time to ask may be in the morning while you are getting ready for school or at night on your way home from school. Some ideas of what to ask:

  1. Where does the story take place?
  2. What’s your favorite part of the story?
  3. What do you like about the main character?
  4. What about the main character is most like you? Which character is most like you?

I hope this sparks a conversation between you and your student and a love of reading.




Kareemah Williams
Parent of Two Breakthrough Alum (now in college!)
Former Board Member of Citizens Academy
Former Board Member of Breakthrough Schools
Current 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 Dancing Series: Urban Line Dance
7/18 & 7/25 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
at Euclid Beach
Get your heart beating as you move to the rhythm of the night. Enjoy FREE urban line dance instruction as we party in the park.

Happy Birthday, Cleveland
7/21/2018 3:00pm - 5:00pm
at Cleveland Public Library - Main Library, Eastman Reading Room
Celebrate the 222nd anniversary of the founding of our great city with activities, food, music, and entertainment for the whole family, including a live variety show by Pinch and Squeal: “An Awful Lot of Vaudeville. "

Headlands BeachFest
7/21/2018 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Headlands Beach State Park
Experience this unique outdoor celebration where the arts meet wind, water, and sand! Don’t miss the Ohio Master Sand Sculpting Competition featuring some of the most talented sand sculptors in the U.S. Fly a kite, build a sand castle, kayak, make a craft, play games, enjoy continuous live music and strolling entertainment. Free!


If you live in Cleveland, have a student in K- 6th grade, and are interested in learning more about yellow bus service please contact the CMSD Transportation office at 216-838-7953 or 216-838-7955 by July 20th and let them know you are calling to ask about transportation for Breakthrough Schools. Please be aware that expressing interest is not a guarantee that your student will receive bus service. Final eligibility and routes will be determined by CMSD policy and communicated to families before the start of school. Read the full details about transportation at

This Week's Summer Reading Ideas

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


Dear Dragon

by Josh Funk
Illustrated by Rodolfo Montalvo

3rd - 5th Grade


A Full Moon is Rising

by Marilyn Singer
Illustrated by Julia Cairns

6th - 8th Grade


The Fantastic Secret of Owen Jester

by Barbara O’Conner

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.

Next Enrollment Events

Our enrollment events are a great way to visit our schools and complete your application at the same time.

Our Campuses

E Prep & Village Prep Cliffs
E Prep & Village Prep Woodland Hills
E Prep & Village Prep Willard
Citizens Academy
Citizens Leadership Academy
Citizens Academy East
Citizens Leadership Academy East
Citizens Academy Southeast

Families can also schedule a personal tour anytime. Please share this link below with any interested parents/families.

Student Spotlight

This week meet Anyia, 8th Grade graduate of Citizens Leadership Academy. Her graduation speech focuses on Change. We were all inspired by her words that day.

Citizens Leadership Academy
Graduate Class of 2018