Ready Set Go: Summer Week 8

With the start of school next week (the week of August 13th), I have been reading several articles about getting students off to a good start.  I recently read an article titled 7 things to tell the teacher about your child.  The article focused on the valuable insights a parent/guardian can give a teacher to help influence a scholar’s experience in school.  Establishing this connection between home and school helps to build a lasting partnership that helps the scholar develop as a learner.

Health conditions

If your child has allergies, or any other health condition, the teacher should know. It’s also helpful to let the teacher know whether your child has been diagnosed with conditions that may affect behavior and concentration.

Family issues

Fill in the teacher if your family is going through a major change that could affect your child, such as a divorce, a death in the family, or a move as these changes may impact a student’s behavior.

Personality traits or behavior issues

Let your scholar’s teacher know that your child is painfully shy and is worried about making friends at a new school. Or perhaps has been having tantrums at home and you’re concerned she’ll do the same at school. Letting the teacher know about your concerns will help the teacher address them at school.

Strengths and weaknesses

Your daughter is a star student in math but is embarrassed to read aloud. Your son loves language arts but struggles with science.  Let the teacher know your student’s interests.

Learning style

You’ve spent years teaching your children so you have a good idea of their learning styles. If your child learns better through hands-on activities than through listening to explanations, mention that to the teacher. Also, share any teaching strategies that you’ve found work well with your child.

Study habits

Does your son speed through math homework but labor over reading assignments? Tell teachers about your children’s study habits and any issues they face in completing the work. Teachers often can offer suggestions to make homework time go more smoothly.

Special interests

Knowing more about your child’s hobbies or interests can help the teacher forge connections in the classroom. Let the teacher know that your child loves a particular superhero or loves the arts.




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 |

Refer Family/Friends

We have had several families refer a friend or family member using our "Share Your School" referral form. If you know anyone who would might want to enroll their child / children, please let them know. We are rapidly approaching wait lists in many grades, so if they do want to secure a spot now is the time!

Things to Do

Walkabout Tremont Friday, August 10th 5pm – 9pm Professor, Jefferson, & College Avenues Cleveland OH 44113 Free Admission! Historic Tremont is a diverse, walkable neighborhood brimming with art, architecture, food, fashion, fitness, festivals, boutique retail, churches and parks. Walkabout Tremont showcases the best of Tremont's creative side on the second Friday of every month, with extended hours at galleries and shops, restaurant and bar specials, street performers, pop-up art, neighborhood walking tours, and much more. You can even make a weekend of it.

Front Porch Concert Series Friday, August 10, 2018, 7 – 9pm LakewoodAlive’s Front Porch Concert Series returns to the front steps of Lakewood Public Library 15425 Detroit Ave. The 2018 edition of the Front Porch Concert Series will offer something for every musical taste. From folk to rock to jazz, each weekly concert remains family-friendly while delving into diverse musical genres. Like a crowd-pleasing encore performance, this Lakewood summer tradition is sure to delight its audience.

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


Madre Goose: Nursery Rhymes for Los Niños

by Susan Middleton Elya
illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal

3rd - 5th Grade


Be Careful What You Sniff For

by Nancy Krulik

6th - 8th Grade


The Greenglass House

by Kate Milford

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

Next week is Enrollment Week! If you know anyone who would like to enroll our schools will be open during the following times to start and complete applications!

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 we feature a video on courage that was filmed last year by Creative Filmmakers and focused on one of our Citizens Leadership scholars. Enjoy this thoughtful and emotional piece.