Sending Support to Our Extended School Community

Fri, Jan 6 3:22pm

Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a restful and joyous holiday break. As many of you  may have heard, on Jan. 3, a John Lewis Elementary School student was injured in a shooting on Georgia Avenue.   ... [More]

Please fill out the Breakthrough Family Survey!

Tue, Dec 20 1:58pm

Hello Breakthrough Families,   Happy nearly-winter break!   As you may have heard by way of communication directly from her, Emily Hedin would love to receive feedback from you on a variety of topics ... [More]

Winter Staff Gifts

Fri, Nov 18 12:37pm

Hello Families!    With next week's holiday around the corner, I'm sure you are turning your thoughts towards gift giving and appreciation for those people important in your lives.   Most of you have ... [More]

Save the Date: SHA General Meeting / Reserva la Fecha: SHA Reunión General

Mon, Oct 24 11:03am

Breakthrough Montessori School Home Association (SHA) will hold a virtual general meeting on November 2 @ 7pm! Agenda & Zoom link will be sent about week before the meeting. We're looking for agenda t ... [More]

Fall Festival Today!

Thu, Oct 6 7:35am

Families! Reminder that tomorrow is an early dismissal for ALL Breakthrough students. But instead of leaving school right away, come join the SHA and other students and families in the Green Space for ... [More]

Breakthrough Fall Festival

Fri, Sep 30 4:39pm

Breakthrough Families,  Happy Friday and welcome to Fall!  As you may have heard, the Breakthrough SHA is hosting our annual Fall Festival on the afternoon of Thursday, October 6 from dismissal at 1:3 ... [More]

Sign Up for the Fall Festival Planning Committee!

Tue, Sep 20 9:57am

The School Home Association is recruiting members for the Fall Festival Planning Committee!    Are you aware of awesome ideas for autumnal activities? Do you have dozens of doohickeys to donate? Are y ... [More]

2022-2023 Draft SHA Budget

Sat, Aug 27 6:02pm

Hello Breakthrough Families! Happy back to school.   We are thrilled to welcome familiar and new faces to our wonderful community.    In advance of the new school year, for which we have many fun and ... [More]

Proofs Online Now - Order your Self-Portrait T-Shirts and Yearbook by August 2

Tue, Jul 19 11:39am

Hello Breakthrough Families!   I hope you all are enjoying summer break and relaxing before the beginning of the school year.  Proofs for the self-portrait t-shirts are up on SHA's Square site!  The d ... [More]

Order Your Yearbooks and Self-Portrait T-Shirts Now

Fri, Jun 17 11:20am

Breakthrough Families,    We all made it through another great year together! Before we all settle into our summer rhythms, take a moment to order your 2021-2022 Yearbook and Self-Portrait Classroom T ... [More]

School Home Association Executive Committee

Mon, Jun 13 11:01pm

Dear Breakthrough Families,    Please join me in congratulating the 2022-23 School Year SHA Executive Committee!   Here is the list of 2022-23 elected officials:   President: Kendra Harpster Vice-Pres ... [More]

LATE NOTICE: Final General SHA meeting TONIGHT!

Wed, Jun 8 10:34am

Please join us THIS EVENING, June 8 at 8PM via Zoom (below) for the final General SHA meeting of the school year.   We apologize in advance for the late notice regarding this evening's General SHA mee ... [More]

Last Day for Voting for SHA Executive Committee.

Mon, Jun 6 1:38pm

 Hello Breakthrough Families!   Today is the last day to vote for the candidates for the 2022-2023 School Home Association (SHA) executive committee.     The ballot can be found HERE (or https://forms ... [More]

School Home Association (SHA) Executive Committee Elections

Fri, May 27 10:46am

Hello Breakthrough Families!   Please take a few moments to vote for the candidates for the 2022-2023 School Home Association (SHA) executive committee.     The ballot can be found HERE (or https://fo ... [More]

A good new home for your gently loved (or new!) children's comfort items

Thu, May 5 12:27pm

Hi friends,   I'm not sure if you've been following the news that Texas Governor Greg Abbott is bussing migrants and asylum seekers to DC in protest of President Biden's immigration policy.  Mutual ai ... [More]

SHA Executive Board Nominations

Wed, May 4 1:51pm

Dear Breakthrough Families, The 2022-23 SHA executive board election is coming up. Nominations will be accepted until Sunday, 15 May 2022.  Self-nominations are welcome and encouraged! Please nominate ... [More]

Next General SHA Meeting: Wednesday, May 11th, 8PM

Mon, May 2 8:34pm

Join us for our penultimate General SHA meeting, Wednesday May 11 at 8 PM.  (The last meeting of the 21-22 school year will be Wednesday June 8 so save that date as well!).    Meeting link here:   Bre ... [More]

Book Fair Wrap Up

Wed, Apr 27 3:23am

 Dear Breakthrough families,   Our Spring Scholastic Book Fair was a huge success!     We loved seeing you at the fair for Family Day this past Saturday.  In addition to seeing the faces and families ... [More]

Book Fair Funds: THANK YOU!

Thu, Apr 21 9:01am

Dear Breakthrough Families,   We are SO happy to announce that our students' book fair shopping experience is now FULLY FUNDED thanks to your commitment and generosity! Each student will be able to pu ... [More]

Scholastic Book Fair through this Saturday

Wed, Apr 20 8:03pm

Hello Breakthrough Families,   More than half of our students have had the opportunity to shop the SHA Scholastic Book Fair this week. Between family donations and SHA funds, we’ve managed to give eve ... [More]

SHA Scholastic Book Fair Success!

Tue, Apr 19 2:54pm

Breakthrough families: The SHA Scholastic Book Fair is a  success! Today was the second day Breakthrough students enjoyed the book fair--and enjoy they did! If you are able, please add $ to the SHA eW ... [More]

Class photos available for viewing and purchase!

Fri, Mar 18 11:28am

Hello Breakthrough Families,   From our wonderful photographer Katie Jett Walls:   We are happy to share that your child's school photos are now available! We hope these beautiful images bring a smile ... [More]

Next General SHA Meeting

Wed, Mar 2 10:12am

Join Breakthrough families and community at the next General SHA Meeting!   Join us for a virtual SHA meeting on Wednesday, March 9 at 8 PM. Topics to be discussed included   “Show Your Love” Fundrais ... [More]

Spring Fundraiser THANK YOU

Tue, Feb 15 3:55pm

We (almost!) did it. Thank you, thank you to everyone who contributed, shared, and showed your love for our school community! We raised just over $9100 and reached 91% of our goal for this week, from  ... [More]

Spring Fundraiser: FINAL DAY Give to Grow the Love at Breakthrough

Mon, Feb 14 9:50am

The Final Day to Show Your Love Today is the day! Gift a gift, and show your love for Breakthrough Montessori. We have raised $6,700 of our $10,000 goal. With your support, engagement, and participati ... [More]


Fri, Feb 11 5:01pm

Help us get to the finish line! Thanks to your support this week, we have raised $4,100 of our $10,000 goal. We still have $6,000 to go to ensure we can host planned community building events like a f ... [More]

SHOW YOUR LOVE Fundraiser, Day #4 Warm Heads and Hands, Full Hearts!

Thu, Feb 10 5:03pm

Warm Heads & Hands, Full Hearts! The foundation of our purpose is the students at Breakthrough Montessori. The SHA works with leadership to support classrooms and students in creative ways. This year, ... [More]


Wed, Feb 9 3:25pm

High Fives for Guides! Since its founding, the SHA has provided grants to classroom teams to help them create environments that enrich the student experience. This week's Show Your Love campaign is ou ... [More]


Tue, Feb 8 3:13pm

Embrace Our Community  Day 2 of our Show Your Love campaign is about embracing the Breakthrough community.  A critical component of SHA’s mission is helping build and support the community of students ... [More]

SHOW YOUR LOVE Spring SHA Fundraising Campaign

Mon, Feb 7 3:17pm

Show your love for Breakthrough this week!  The School Home Association (SHA) works to support our school community by bringing families, guides, staff, students, and caregivers together. We host even ... [More]

TEST TO STAY announced by Breakthrough Leadership. Begins TOMORROW, February 4.

Thu, Feb 3 11:49am

Hello dear Breakthrough Community,   Many of you may have seen the announcement already regarding Breakthrough's implementation of a "Test to Stay" program to help keep our students in school with les ... [More]

Dine with a purpose @ LITTLE COCO'S February Fundraiser!

Wed, Feb 2 1:11pm

For the entire month of February, Breakthrough Family Owned restaurant LITTLE COCO'S in Petworth is committed to donating a percentage of receipt-based-sales to the Breakthrough Montessori School Home ... [More]

Updated Shield T3 Website URL

Wed, Jan 26 11:25am

Hi families,   I've heard (and experienced myself) that the Shield T3 login website to check our children's PCR test results was no longer working. Shield T3 has changed their login site. Please use t ... [More]

Breakthrough Montessori General SHA meeting tonight! 8PM

Wed, Jan 12 9:39am

Please join the us TONIGHT for the first General SHA meeting of 2022! Virtual Zoom invitation below. We hope to see you there!   Your SHA Executive Committee   Kendra Harpster, President Amanda Lutz, ... [More]

January 2022 SHA Newsletter

Tue, Jan 11 12:56am

Dear Breakthrough SHA community,   After a wintry false start back to school, we have made it to the second half of the 2021-2022 school year!  We hope your holidays were healthy and happy.  Check out ... [More]

December 2021 SHA Newsletter

Fri, Dec 24 12:56am

Dear Breakthrough SHA community,    As we shift our attentions from busy work and school schedules to time spent with our children and other dear family members, we may find ourselves with a little ex ... [More]

Family appreciation coffee is still ON!

Sun, Dec 19 9:56pm

Good Evening Breakthrough families,   As many of you know, the Breakthrough Montessori Public Charter School Administration  and Staff had planned to hold a Family Appreciation Breakfast tomorrow, Mon ... [More]

Free Hay!

Mon, Nov 15 10:32am

Put your yards to bed for the winter under a cozy layer of seeded hay!    Yesterday's Fall Festival fun yielded many bags of unbaled hay that is now up for grabs outside the green space next to school ... [More]


Sun, Nov 14 11:47am

Reminder that today from 1-5 PM the BREAKTHROUGH MONTESSORI SHA is hosting a FALL FESTIVAL.   Join us in the Green Space adjacent to the school for fun, games, snacks, prizes and a raffle for gift car ... [More]

Fall Festival THIS SUNDAY, November 14, 1-5 PM

Fri, Nov 12 10:52pm

Happy beautiful fall weather, Breakthrough Montessori friends and families!   This is a reminder that THIS SUNDAY November 14 from 1-5 PM, the Breakthrough Montessori SHA is hosting a Fall Festival in ... [More]

First General School Home Association Meeting Tuesday, October 26 8 PM

Mon, Oct 25 9:23pm

Dear Breakthrough families,   Please join the School Home Association Executive Committee tomorrow, October 26 at 8:00 via Zoom for our first General SHA meeting. We will vote to pass the 2021-22 budg ... [More]

Tuesday Night, October 19, 8 PM Preliminary Budget Meeting and Discussion #2

Mon, Oct 18 11:27pm

Join the SHA Executive Committee for a discussion of the revised (attached) 2021-2022 SHA Budget! Join with the Zoom link below at 8PM on Tuesday, October 19.  Please review the attached revised budge ... [More]

Join us! Upcoming SHA meetings!

Tue, Oct 12 4:52pm

Dear Breakthrough community, We are writing to share the dates for two exciting meetings upcoming the next few weeks. 
On Tuesday, October 19 at 8 PM, we will hold the second of our preliminary budget ... [More]

Laundromat Help Needed Tomorrow (Oct. 7) & New Groups to Join

Wed, Oct 6 10:04pm

Hello SHA,    Thank you to the people who have already signed up to work on SHA committees, groups, and to wash the school's lunch mats at the end of the week!  It's wonderful to get working together ... [More]

Ways to Connect and Engage in the SHA

Tue, Sep 28 9:09pm

Hello SHA!   We have many ways to get involved in the SHA and benefit our students and the school.  Several sign-ups (through Konstella) are available with a variety of ways you can get involved, and ... [More]

SHA Fall Survey Ends Tonight (Wed, Sept. 22)

Wed, Sep 22 1:02pm

Hello Breakthrough SHA community! Thank you to everyone who already completed the SHA Fall Survey. The survey closes tonight (Wednesday, September 22), so please take a few minutes to fill it out. SHA ... [More]

SHA Budget

Sun, Sep 12 12:51am

Dear Breakthrough School Home Association Members,   Whether you know it or not, if you have a child attending Breakthrough Montessori Public Charter School, you are an SHA member! We want to hear fro ... [More]

September 2021 Breakthrough SHA Newsletter

Tue, Sep 7 11:12pm

Read the September 2021 Breakthrough SHA Newsletter!

SHA Family Survey!

Fri, Sep 3 3:15pm

Happy long weekend, families! We hope the first two weeks of school are off to a great start for your children. Please take the time over the long weekend to fill out the Breakthrough School Home Asso ... [More]

Family Yoga Night !!

Wed, Jul 14 12:05pm

Friday, July 16 from 6:30-7:30pm Takoma Campus lawn (Willow Street) Join us on Friday, July 16, 6:30-7:30pm for Family Yoga! This will be a playful, yoga based class for all ages that encourages bondi ... [More]

Announcing next SHA President and Vice-President

Tue, May 18 10:55am

  We are happy to announce the results of our SHA election!   Kendra Harpster will be our next SHA President. Amanda Lutz will serve as our next SHA Vice-President.   You can learn more about our next ... [More]

Family Interest Survey on Busing

Sun, May 2 7:00pm

Family Interest Survey on Busing As Breakthrough prepares to consolidate our community in Takoma, families and staff have expressed an interest in a busing service to keep our school accessible.   We ... [More]

SHA General Meeting

Fri, Apr 23 8:27pm

  Join us for our SHA General Meeting on Tuesday, April 27 at 6:30pm!   During our meeting, we'll hear about the important work that has been happening in the SHA committees. We'll also hear from cand ... [More]

Q4 Backpack and Materials Pick Up for Virtual Students

Thu, Apr 22 8:33am

  Attention all Breakthrough families with virtual students!    Q4 materials are ready for pick up.  Each virtual student has a backpack jam packed with materials coming directly from the guides’ sugg ... [More]

Distance Learning Volunteers Still Needed

Sun, Apr 11 8:41am

To the Breakthrough families who already volunteered or bought items from our Amazon List, thank you!    We still need volunteers!! The sign-up has several small tasks that need to be completed to mak ... [More]

Breakthrough community, the Distance Learning Committee needs your help!

Mon, Apr 5 10:00pm

Breakthrough community, the Distance Learning Committee needs your help!    We asked the guides how our community can help improve virtual learning.  The guides said materials in virtual students’ han ... [More]

Time to Nominate SHA Officers!

Wed, Mar 24 9:40am

  Dear Breakthrough Families,   The 2021-22 School Home Association executive board election is coming up. Nominations will be accepted until Wednesday, April 7, 2021.  Self-nominations are welcome an ... [More]

Join the SHA Elections Task Force!

Mon, Mar 22 10:49pm

Are you interested in becoming more involved in the SHA but aren't sure if running for an office is your calling? Do you want to have a voice in the SHA next year? Help us find talented parents and gu ... [More]

Photo Make Up Zoom Sessions

Mon, Mar 22 11:17am

Hello everyone! Thanks to your children for sharing their smiles via Zoom so we can put together a yearbook for this very different year! There are two items below that we are in need of parent help. ... [More]

We've been virtual for a year.

Mon, Mar 8 8:49pm

Our next SHA meeting will be a drop in to acknowledge one year of being virtual.  ASL interpretation will be provided. We're inviting folks to drop in anytime on Friday 3/12 from 6-8pm to acknowledge ... [More]

Tell the Distance Learning Committee How to Make Virtual Learning Better

Fri, Feb 26 11:12am

Tell the Distance Learning Committee How to Make Virtual Learning Better   The SHA Distance Learning Committee wants to hear how your child’s virtual learning could be better! Would you like different ... [More]

Join the School Reopening Meeting TODAY at 4pm

Wed, Feb 17 10:06am

Hello all! This message went out from Emily Hedin yesterday. Please join the family meeting today at 4pm to discuss reopening plans. Zoom link can be found below. Best, SHA Executive Committee   Dear ... [More]

SHA General Meeting Notes and Save the Date

Sat, Jan 30 9:43pm

Please find the meeting notes and recording from the January 13, 2021 SHA General Meeting via the links.   Also, please save the date for our next SHA General Meeting on Tuesday, February 23 at 7pm.

What do you think about school reopening? Answer the survey soon!

Thu, Jan 21 11:54am

Good morning families and welcome back!   The family survey on reopening is still open, and we encourage you to share your feedback:   Let the school admin and the ... [More]

CORRECTION: Update on COVID-19 & Reopening Plans meeting will be on Thursday, January 14

Tue, Jan 12 7:03pm

Dear Families, As we move into the new year, I would like to provide an update on Breakthrough’s response to COVID-19 and approach to resuming in-person learning.  Please mark your calendars for Thurs ... [More]

Join us WEDNESDAY 12/16 for a Training with Stewards of Children

Tue, Dec 15 9:15pm

Stewards of Children helps parents and guardians learn how to recognize, prevent, and respond to child sexual abuse.   The training will take place from 4-6:15pm, and families can register here: https ... [More]

Tell your friends about EdFest on 12/12!

Fri, Dec 4 5:34am

EdFest is coming up! There will be a virtual event on Saturday, December 12 for families to get to know Breakthrough. Each year, the school is contacted by prospective families who found the school be ... [More]

SHA Forming a Distance Learning Committee

Mon, Nov 30 7:13pm

In an effort to enhance the virtual learning experience for all children in our community, we are forming a Distance Learning Committee within the SHA. All are invited to join. Sarah Wyss has voluntee ... [More]

Materials Survey Due by Wed. 11/18

Mon, Nov 16 9:07pm

Breakthrough is preparing supplies and Montessori materials for students to use at home. To help staff prepare the accurate amount, we ask that families complete the survey linked below by Wednesday, ... [More]

Give now to help our students and our community!

Fri, Oct 30 10:04am

This year, we've set an ambitious goal to raise $15,000 to ensure students have what they need to be the best virtual learners they can be! Since kicking off our campaign yesterday, we have already ra ... [More]

Announcement from Emily Hedin: Virtual Learning for Quarter 2

Mon, Oct 26 4:29pm

From Emily Hedin:   Dear Breakthrough Families, I’m writing to share an important update about the second quarter. After careful consideration, Breakthrough will remain fully virtual for the second qu ... [More]

SHA Mtg Minutes and Recording Now Available on Konstella

Thu, Oct 22 9:02pm

The School Home Association held our October General Meeting on October 19. Full minutes and a recording of the meeting can now be found on Konstella. We've created a folder for School Year 2020/2021 ... [More]

T-Shirt Pickup Monday and Notes from SHA Meeting

Sun, Sep 13 4:25pm

    T-Shirts have arrived and can be picked up at the Takoma Campus from 10am-4pm on Monday, September 14th. We will mail orders that can't be picked up. Thank you for your patience and support!   We ... [More]

Connecting with Class and Cohort Members

Wed, Jul 29 6:24pm

Good evening!   Emily Hedin just sent out an email message detailing the class and cohort your child(ren) have been assigned.  Some families have expressed interest in socializing (virtually or in per ... [More]