Thank you!

Thu, Nov 15 2:04pm

Good afternoon  Breakthrough Family,    We (the SHA) want to thank you all who donated (time and/or money) to our Back to School Fundraiser campaign. I am happy to report that even though we did not g ... [More]

School is Open Today

Thu, Nov 15 7:39am

Hi, All--   Here's the official word from Emily:   “we do have school today at our normal time. There is no closure or delay.”   See you soon & stay warm, friends!   Jenny   ——- Here’s the official BT ... [More]

Can you give?

Sat, Nov 10 2:16pm

On behalf of Jessica Salsbury and Nick Hahn, I'd like to share this email:   Hi everyone,   Just a quick note, on the last day of the fall fundraising campaign, to share why our family decided to give ... [More]

Imagine...Donate today!

Mon, Nov 5 2:49pm

Dear Breakthrough Family,    Imagine you are at another DC charter school, and they ask you for a long list of items your child needs for school (e.g., pencils, tissue, clorox wipes, notebooks, etc). ... [More]

Email from Emily

Wed, Oct 31 1:20pm

Hello families, Happy Halloween! Emily sent us all an email that went to the google promotion folder. It's called Breakthough's School Quality Score and Tier. Please read it and if you have any questi ... [More]

SHA Meeting Update: Sojourner Truth School

Wed, Oct 31 10:54am

Good morning and Happy Halloween from the SHA!   At last night's SHA meeting, we hosted Justin Lessek.  Justin is leading the design team for The Sojourner Truth School, which will be DC's first publi ... [More]

Breakthrough SHA's Back To School Campaign Needs Your Support!

Mon, Oct 15 2:05pm

Why is the SHA raising money? This is an important building year for Breakthrough Montessori--we have two campuses and added three elementary classrooms to our school. Our generous giving will empower ... [More]


Thu, Sep 13 4:16pm

PICNIC DATE CHANGE Due to the chance of rain this weekend, the Back-to-School Potluck Picnic has been rescheduled for next Saturday, September 22nd from 11AM-2PM in the same location, Takoma Park.  Ho ... [More]

SUPPLIES REQUEST: Easel for the Takoma Campus

Mon, Sep 10 10:45am

Hi--   The Breakthrough team is looking for an easel that can be donated to the Takoma Campus to hold the announcements bulletin board in the lobby.  (We have the bulletin board.)  The easel at the Pe ... [More]

Volunteer Request for this week

Tue, Aug 28 3:47pm

Hi, All— Breakthrough has requested some help from parent volunteers today or tomorrow to assist with final preparations. Specific tasks include: - Hanging cubbies - Putting together Ikea storage, cha ... [More]

Before Care: Survey from school admin

Wed, Aug 1 11:43am

Families - The school is asking for family feedback to make a final decision about Before Care.  This is the same survey that was in the email sent today from the school and we wanted to highlight it ... [More]

Updating your profile for 2018-2019

Wed, Aug 1 11:36am

Hello all!  As we near the start of the  2018-2019 Breakthrough Montessori school year, there are a few Konstella house keeping items that we need your help with. If you are receiving this email you f ... [More]


Fri, Jun 22 1:16pm

YOUR NEW SCHOOL HOME ASSOCIATION EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE!  On Tuesday the Elections Task Force announced the results of the SHA elections and introduced the Executive Committee for the 2018-19 school year ... [More]

Today is the last day for voting!

Sun, Jun 17 7:01pm

If you haven’t voted for the SHA Executive Committee positions yet please do so by midnight tonight via this link: Voting will be closed at midnight. Thanks for ... [More]

Monday Memo 6/11/18

Mon, Jun 11 11:51pm

As Monday comes to a close and we look to the week ahead there are few reminders and info to share! It the Monday Fab Four!  1) PRIDE MONTH POTLUCK / June 14 / 6-7:30p Thanks to Ms. Leslie for taking ... [More]


Mon, Jun 4 4:04pm

A few quick updates for your Monday:  - Due to logistical roadblocks the National Arboretum field trips have been cancelled for this week. We are looking into if there is the option to reschedule for ... [More]

BREAKTHROUGH RISING 2018 – 2019 Summer Giving campaign / BREAKTHROUGH HACIA ARRIBA! 2018 – 2019 Campaña de Verano de Recaudación de Fondos

Sat, Jun 2 12:29pm

School’s almost out for the summer! Let’s show our support and help our kids get ready for a fantastic 2018-2019 school year. Breakthrough Rising is Breakthrough Montessori’s SHA-sponsored summer fund ... [More]

SHA This Week 5/28/18

Mon, May 28 12:57am

With all the community activity this newsletter is formatted in date order so you can do a quick print of this email for a reference list.  Additionally, below is an index of what you will find in thi ... [More]

SHA Elections / Task Force Introduction

Tue, May 22 10:56am

All -  It is time for the 2018-2019 SHA Executive Committee election process.  The elections task force is Alpa Patel, Katie Walls and Tom O'Brien.  Thank you to this group for handling this important ... [More]

Great Falls Park Change of Plans

Sun, May 20 11:20am

Hello, again!     Another change of plans: our Great Falls Park adventure is canceled due to limited access to the park.  We apologize for the inconvenience! But you know, that doesn't have to stop th ... [More]

Camping trip reschedule due to weather / Join in Sunday for an outdoor adventure!

Fri, May 18 1:31pm

Hi Family - I hope you're all well. As you all know, we have a camping trip planned for May 19th.  Unfortunately, due to the inclement weather, we are canceling the trip this weekend.  It is being res ... [More]

MEMO DE LUNES: Carta de SHA a las familias Breakthrough con respecto a la diversidad, la equidad y la inclusión

Mon, Apr 30 11:29pm

    Breakthrough Montessori es una escuela intencionalmente diversa. Esta intencionalidad fue escrita en el estatuto, ya que los creadores de la escuela creían entonces lo que los estudios han demostr ... [More]

MONDAY MEMO: Letter to Breakthrough Families from the SHA Regarding Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Mon, Apr 30 11:26pm

  Breakthrough Montessori is an intentionally diverse school.  This intentionality was written into the charter, as the school creators believed then what studies have consistently shown-  in diverse ... [More]

TOMORROW / Nature Walk at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens tomorrow! CAMPING / Sites are filled!

Sun, Apr 29 9:18pm

Two quick notes as we look to the last day of April and a PD at school.   1) The camping sites have all been filled for the May trip.  Details coming to those who RSVP'd.  2) Join the Nature Walk at K ... [More]

SHA Esta Semana 4/26/18

Thu, Apr 26 7:33am

Hola, familia!  Ha pasado un tiempo desde nuestra última actualización. Acéptalo a nuestras cabezas y no a nuestros corazones. Todavía estamos entrando en acción desde nuestro descanso. Sin embargo, n ... [More]

SHA This Week 4/26/18

Thu, Apr 26 7:32am

Hi, Family!  It’s been awhile since our last update.  Charge it to our heads and not our hearts.  We’re still springing into gear since our break. We haven’t forgotten about you all though.  As a matt ... [More]

SCHOOL PHOTO ORDER / Extension if needed

Sun, Apr 1 2:54pm

If you missed ordering school photos by the March 30 deadline, you can request an extention from Katie Walls. Please make that request by Tuesday @ noon and place your order by Wednesday @ midnight. Y ... [More]

SHA This Week 3/14/18

Wed, Mar 14 5:06pm

Hello Family, Thank you again for your attendance at the SHA Community Meeting yesterday!  If you were unable to physically be there, we'll count you there in spirit and thanks to those who used the c ... [More]

Monday Memo 3/12/18 - Agenda

Mon, Mar 12 11:02pm

    We look forward to seeing many of you at the SHA Community Meeting.  Please join us at 6:15 and we will cover the agenda items listed below.  Thank you! SHA Community Meeting Date:March 13, 2017   ... [More]

SHA Esta Semana 3/8/18

Thu, Mar 8 12:49pm

  Hola familia, ¡Esperamos que todos estén bien! Como muchos de ustedes saben, tendremos una reunión Comunitaria de SHA el próximo martes, 13 de marzo de 2018, a las 6:15 p.m. Esta reunión, sin embarg ... [More]

SHA This Week 3/8/18

Thu, Mar 8 12:49pm

Hi Family, We hope that you’re all doing well! As many of you know, we are having an SHA Community Meeting on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at 6:15pm.  This meeting, however, will be a bit different than on ... [More]

SHA Memo de Lunes - 3/5/18

Mon, Mar 5 10:23am

    Colecta de Cupones de Box Tops  - Ayúdenos a obtener fondos para la escuela con las cosas que ya compra.   Todos sabemos que podemos encontrar los cupones de Box Tops en las cajas de cereales y pa ... [More]

Monday Memo 3/5/18 - Box Tops

Mon, Mar 5 10:23am

    Box Tops Drive - Join In! Earn cash our for school from things you already purchase.   We all know Box Tops can be found snacks and cereals but did you know you can also collect them from many hou ... [More]

SHA Esta Semana 2/28/18

Wed, Feb 28 4:43pm

Nos reímos el viernes pasado, compartiendo historias sobre el crecimiento de nuestros hijos acompañados  de la música y la comida. Algunas cosas se sintieron  familiares, como las coles rizadas y el p ... [More]

SHA This Week 2/28/18

Wed, Feb 28 4:43pm

We laughed together last Friday, sharing stories of our children’s growth over music and food.  Some things felt familiar to me, like greens and cornbread sopping up potlikka.  Others, new -- Haitian ... [More]

SHA Esta Semana 2/21/18 - Viernes de la cena

Wed, Feb 21 1:09pm

¡Venga a disfrutar comida, música y actividades que exhiben la cultura Negra / Afroamericana este viernes, 23 de febrero, 6-8 pm! ¡Esto es lo que va a pasar durante la noche!: ¡las aulas y salones est ... [More]

SHA This Week 2/21/18 - Potluck Friday!

Wed, Feb 21 1:09pm

Come enjoy food, music and activities that showcase Black/African American culture this Friday, February 23rd, 6-8 pm!  Here is what will be going on throughout the night!  Classrooms and halls will b ... [More]

SHA Memo de Lunes - 2/12/18

Mon, Feb 12 4:33pm

  Saludos Familias Breakthrough, ¡El tema mensual de febrero se enfoca en la cultura e historia de la negritud! Esto incluye culturas africanas, afroamericanas y caribeñas. ¿Quieres involucrarte? Así ... [More]

Monday Memo 2/12/18

Mon, Feb 12 4:33pm

  Greetings Breakthrough Families, The February Monthly Theme focuses on Black Culture and History! This includes African, African American, and Caribbean cultures. Want to get involved? Here’s how: F ... [More]

SHA This Week(end) 2/9/18

Fri, Feb 9 7:19pm

Today the last class got to go on the SHA sponsored field trip  A special shout-out to all who chaperoned the past 3 weeks to The Tales of Beatrix Puppet Show.  We definitely couldn’t have pulled it o ... [More]

Update on Conference Reports from Hannah Richardson

Wed, Jan 31 10:19am

Hello - Hannah has asked us to pass on this message.  Please see below.     Dear Families,    A glitch occurred in Transparent Classroom and you may have received an email that stated that Conference ... [More]

SHA Esta Semana 1/25/18

Thu, Jan 25 2:17pm

¡El nuevo año ha tenido un comienzo activo para nuestra comunidad! A continuación, encontrará algunas cosas que los estudiantes están experimentando durante el día escolar y otros eventos comunitarios ... [More]

SHA This Week 1/25/18 - 2nd times a charm!

Thu, Jan 25 2:16pm

The new year is off to an active start for our community! Below you will find some things that students are experiencing during the school day and other community events that parents can join in on. T ... [More]


Thu, Jan 25 1:10pm

All -   Human error while formatting the newsletter/testing I hit PUBLISH.  Please delete that email and you will get the pretty version shortly :)     Thanks!  Bethany

SHA This Week 1/25/18

Thu, Jan 25 1:08pm

The new year is off to an active start for our community! Below you will find some things that students are experiencing during the school day and other community events that parents can join in on. T ... [More]

Monday Memo 1/22/18

Mon, Jan 22 2:27pm

SHA COMMUNITY MEETING TOMORROW! PLEASE JOIN US!  January 23rd @ 6:30-8:30pm Breakthrough Family Room/Main Conference Room The school sent out an email this morning with Q&As pertaining to the facility ... [More]

SHA Memo de Lunes - 1/22/18

Mon, Jan 22 2:25pm

REUNIÓN DE LA COMUNIDAD SHA MAÑANA! ¡POR FAVOR ÚNASEA NOSOTROS! El 23 de enero a las 6:30 a 8:30 p.m. Breakthrough Family Room / Main Conference Room La escuela envió un correo electrónico esta mañana ... [More]

SHA Memo de Lunes - 1/16/18

Tue, Jan 16 2:24pm

  Escuchen, escuchen: ¡únanse a nosotros en nuestra primera reunión comunitaria de SHA de 2018! Se llevará a cabo el 23 de enero a las 6:30 a 8:30 p.m. en la Sala familiar Breakthrough / Sala de confe ... [More]

SHA Monday Memo 1/16/18

Tue, Jan 16 2:23pm

  Hear ye, Hear ye: Please join us for our first SHA Community Meeting of 2018! It will be held January 23rd @ 6:30-8:30pm in the Breakthrough Family Room/Main Conference Room. Our next meeting is par ... [More]

SHA Esta Semana 1/12/18

Fri, Jan 12 10:42am

  Feliz Año Nuevo familia! Estamos muy contentos de comenzar el 2018 con cada uno de ustedes! Estamos listos para continuar a ofrecer programas de enriquecimiento y divertidos para nuestros niños y fa ... [More]

SHA This Week 1/12/18

Fri, Jan 12 10:39am

Happy New Year, Family! We are so pleased to start 2018 with each of you!  We are looking forward to again providing enriching and enjoyable programs for our children and families of Breakthrough.  Be ... [More]


Mon, Jan 8 2:55pm



Thu, Jan 4 7:28am

This is a copy of the email that was sent by the school.  Please see below.     SCHOOL CLOSED DUE TO WEATHER THURSDAY, JANUARY 4 Breakthrough Montessori Public Charter School will be closed on Thursda ... [More]

SHA Esta Semana 12/10/17

Sun, Dec 10 10:13pm

    CELEBRACIÓN DE VÍDEO DE VACACIONES / ENCUESTA DE LA COMUNIDAD SHA CELEBREMOS CON NUESTRA COMUNIDAD: ¡dirígete a la Biblioteca Petworth después de la salida temprano para el almuerzo, palomitas de ... [More]

SHA This Week 12/10/17

Sun, Dec 10 10:13pm

    HOLIDAY MOVIE CELEBRATION / SHA COMMUNITY SURVEY Friday, December 15 / 12-3p / Petworth Library Main Meeting Room (Lower Level) LET'S CELEBRATE WITH OUR COMMUNITY:  Head the Petworth Library after ... [More]

SHA Memo de Lunes (a veces martes)

Tue, Dec 5 10:25am

      A veces los lunes pasan tan rápido ... ¡así que Feliz Martes!     Solo un recordatorio rápido de que hoy es el último día para contribuir con regalos navideños para guías y asistentes de clase. ... [More]

SHA Monday (Sometimes Tuesday) Memo

Tue, Dec 5 10:24am

      Sometimes Monday goes by so Happy Tuesday!    Just a quick reminder that today is the last day to contribute for holiday gifts for guides and classroom assistants.  Thank you to all ... [More]

SHA Esta Semana 11/29/17

Wed, Nov 29 10:57am

    RINCÓN DEL COMITÉS   ENCUENTRO DE DIVERSIDAD E INCLUSIÓN: Jueves noviembre 30 de 6-8p / Petworth Library - Study Room B Planificación de los temas y actividades mensuales de diciembre y enero. Pue ... [More]

SHA This Week 11/29/17

Wed, Nov 29 10:55am

  COMMITTEE CORNER   DIVERSITY & INCLUSION MEETING: Th November 30 6-8p / Petworth Library - Study Room B Planning for December and January Monthly Themes and activities. You can dial-in to participat ... [More]

AmazonSmile - How to Shop and Support Breakthrough SHA!

Tue, Nov 28 3:09pm

If you do any shopping at Amazon, take a moment to add Breakthrough Montessori SHA to your charities. AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of eligible purchases to our SHA. You will need to login to your regu ... [More]

SHA Esta Semana 11/22/17

Wed, Nov 22 7:51pm

  GRACIAS POR: Dándose a ti mismo cada semana. Fútbol los lunes. Guiando a los niños a través de las lecciones. Martes camina en el bosque. Conversación y café con liderazgo. Just Rock, miércoles. Pla ... [More]

SHA This Week 11/22/17

Wed, Nov 22 7:50pm

  THANK YOU FOR:  Giving of yourself every week. Soccer on Mondays. Guiding children through lessons. Tuesday walks in the woods.Conversation and coffee with leadership. Just Rock, Wednesday. Planning ... [More]

SHA This Week / SHA Esta Semana 11/15/17

Wed, Nov 15 2:54pm

NOTE: If you are on the SHA Listserv you also received this update via that email.  This is the last week it is being sent from the Listserv.  All future newsletters will come like this one via Konste ... [More]

URGENT - School Closing today 11/3 @ 11:45 AM

Fri, Nov 3 9:47am

The below was just sent out by the school.  Please read!   November 2, 2017 Dear Breakthrough Families, Please pick up your child(ren) as soon as possible, at the very latest by 11:45, as the building ... [More]

Monthly Celebrations / Created by Breakthrough Teachers/Staff and supported by the SHA

Mon, Oct 16 5:18am

At Breakthrough Montessori, we value diversity and want to instill this same value in our children. The school leadership, guides, assistants, and the School Home Association (SHA) are eager to celebr ... [More]