CAS Weekly Newsletter

Keeping us connected one message at a time!

~Welcome to Week 1~

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School is SESSION!

Hello CAS Families!

We are kicking off this week with the return of our CAS scholars. Thank you for all our families who came to our Open House last Thursday. On Monday + Tuesday, we will welcome our grades 1-8. Wednesday our Kindergarteners will start their school year! During the first couple days we will be reviewing our CAS culture expectations, class schedules and school-wide incentives/celebrations. Towards the end of the week, we will build in our ELA & Math curriculums. 4th grade will have their iReady diagnostic assessment held on Thursday 8/25 K-3 will have their iReady diagnostic assessment the following week. This assessment helps us to place scholars into target skill groups which will accelerate their learning!

Cuyahoga county is considered on level RED for covid exposure + positive cases, this means that all staff and scholars must wear a mask while in the school building.

As we enter into week 1, here is our upcoming news and a few reminders.

Upcoming news:

Curriculum begins

  • We will be launching our Ready Math & KIPP Wheatley curriculum. We have used both last year and also during our remote learning so the format of the lesson should seem familiar.
  • The curriculum taught to our scholars has been designed to be at grade level. We fundamentally believe that grade level instruction will ultimately allow proficiency and success in a competitive world.
  • We will have acceleration blocks that will provide scholars with personalized instruction based on the foundational and prerequisite skills necessary to access grade level work.
  • Stay tuned for HW with instructions on how to complete. Scholars should have little to no help to complete. If you are noticing they need a lot of help, please contact your scholar's teacher.

Differentiated School Week: *also see calendar below*

  • Monday + Tuesday grades 1-8 report to school
  • Wednesday Kindergarten report to school
  • September 5th no school: Labor Day
  • Friday, September 16th no school for scholars: Breakthrough Professional Development Day for staff

Planning Ahead: *also see calendar below*

  • Friday, September 23rd no school for scholars: Breakthrough Professional Development Day for staff

Important REMINDERS:

School day hours

  • Our doors open at 7:35am everyday
  • Breakfast is served until 7:55am
  • Instruction begins promptly at 8:00am (your scholar is marked tardy if not in class by 8:00am)
  • Dismissal is at 3:20pm
  • Your child needs to be picked no later than 3:45pm. If you need childcare, call the front office for amazing centers that our families have used for years.

Health & Safety

  • A CLEAN mask MUST be worn daily coming and staying at school.
  • If your child is sick with any symptoms they are to stay home until symptom free.
  • If you and/or your child is experiencing COVID symptoms fill out our form (see below) as soon as possible. We are helping to STOP the spread while attending in-person schooling


  • Scholars are to come to school in a clean CAS uniform daily
  • Our uniform shirts are purchased through SchoolBelles, click here to find out more:
  • Bottoms must be khaki or navy blue (pants, shorts or jumpers)
  • Belts are not required, please make sure your scholar knows how to buckle/unbuckle their belts
  • Shoes can be any style as long as they are closed toe. NO sandals, slides or flip flops allowed
  • If your uniform is on backorder, write a note to your scholar's teacher(s) and send your child in a solid yellow, navy or white shirt and khaki/navy bottoms.


  • Remember, attendance is not only counted everyday, BUT for the full day Your child's education matters! The days that your scholar has missed, or arrive tardy (8:00am or later) or leaves early (before 3:20pm) will be tracked on progress and report cards
  • Make all doctor's appointments before or after school, or try to schedule during our Friday no-school days.

How else can you help while at home?

  • Make sure they are getting plenty of rest. At they recommend that elementary students should get at least 10+hours of sleep
  • Wake up every morning at the same time to build a consistent schedule
  • Connect with your scholar's teacher to check in
  • We will be launching our family logins for Kickboard SOON! This will help you to see how your scholar's day is going in real time

~Have a great weekend and stay healthy!~

Experiencing COVID symptoms? Click Here

In order to limit exposure/spread of COVID within our school, please ensure that you keep your child home if they are experiencing illness and/or symptoms. If ill, fill out this form so we can continue to uphold scholar & staff safety & health.

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On behalf of the Citizens Academy schools and the Breakthrough Public Schools network, we would like to welcome you to the 2022-2023 school year! We appreciate your unwavering support of your child’s education.

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I know amazing families know amazing families! I could use your help. Do you know someone who is looking for a school to call home? Please let all your friends and family members know that we still have space for more scholars to experience a top-notch education. Referring a friend or family member only takes about 2 minutes to do, and it could make a huge difference for any family member looking for a new environment for their child!

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