July 31, 2018

Dear returning CLA families,

It’s hard to believe that the school year will be starting in just two weeks! Enrollment is going well this summer; however, we do still have approximately 10 openings in sixth grade, so if you have any family or friends who are interested, please have them stop by the building or call me for enrollment information! All of our teachers will begin tomorrow, and I can’t wait to dive into the CLA culture and EL Education trainings with everyone.

We are *so excited* to let you know that our school has been chosen as one of only three schools in Ohio to be named a "Verizon Innovative Learning School" this year. We will be getting all sorts of amazing support for our scholars to take their tech-based learning to the next level.

The most immediate and exciting impact is this: All CLA scholars (and teachers!) will be receiving a brand-new iPad with a free data plan to use for school and learning activities. We are so excited about what this means for all of us and about the doors it will open for our scholars to learn in new ways.

The program will officially be starting in September (save the date of Wednesday, September 12, at 5 p.m.). We will be contacting you soon with more details. I just wanted to personally let you know about this exciting program and honor for our school.

Just a reminder that we are excited to review the restorative practices process and a few other CLA changes during before-school conferences on Wednesday, August 8, and Thursday, August 9, with you, your student, and their 2018-2019 crew leader. These visits will be structured similarly to student-led conferences, as you will be able to meet with your student’s crew leader to review the updated handbook, set goals for the upcoming year, and most importantly begin building relationships! During this time, you will also be able to meet our new leaders and teachers and see the returning leaders and teachers of the building.

It is essential that you call to reserve your time (if you haven’t already!) for your 20-minute before-school conference. Please call Ms. Pratt in the main office at 216-229-8185 to secure your time (she will know the name of your student’s crew leader). The time frames are below:

  • Wednesday, August 8, from 11-7 p.m.
  • Thursday, August 9, from 7:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

Lastly, just a few quick reminders:

Remind your scholar to complete his or her summer reading assignment and math stretch packet -- copies of the assignments are on our website!

If your scholar is entering seventh grade, be sure to get the needed immunization booster and return that paperwork to the main office.

As always, the school supply list is incredibly short! We are asking all students to bring the following items to homeroom on the first day of school:

  • 2 boxes of tissue
  • 2 bottles of hand sanitizer
  • 1 box of pencils
  • 1 box of pens (black or blue)
  • 1 set of ear phone buds (only bud-style headphones are permitted to be worn) (students will be responsible for their set of these on a daily basis)

As mentioned above, I am incredibly excited for the start of the upcoming year, and I am eager to share the exciting changes with you and your scholar. The final CLA calendar is included here. As always, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to give me a call.


Sydney Gruhin


CLA and CLAE staff engaged in team building activities last week. Our students can look forward to similar activities in crew this year!

CLA and CLAE staff engaged in team building activities last week. Our students can look forward to similar activities in crew this year!

CLA and CLAE staff heard from guest expert and CLAE parent Jerome White, an artist who has illustrated a book and completed murals around the city of Cleveland.