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LEARN.               ACHIEVE.               SUCCEED.
Founder and Principal Dr. Bernida Thompson NBCDI Guardian of the Year 2016


Pre-K3 & Pre-K4: 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Kg - 5th Grades:  8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Thank you Wells Fargo Bank for RPC’s $1,000 Service to Community Award.

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ALL Roots Public Charter School students are expected to arrive at school daily, wearing the school uniform— NO EXCEPTIONS!!  Parents will be called to pick-up their children who are not in uniform.

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This month, we will commemorate the birthday of Booker Taliaferro Washington, an educator, author & orator. Born into slavery on April 5, 1856, he was educated at Wayland Seminary & Hampton Normal & Agricultural Institute (now Hampton University).  Washington is most noted for the “Self- Improvement” philosophy as well as building one of the greatest Black institutions in the world, Tuskegee Normal & Industrial Institute in Tuskegee, Alabama. In 1881, Tuskegee Institute (now a University) became famous as a model of Vocational Education.  At the age of 59, Washington died November 14,1915 in his home at Tuskegee Institute.

On April 4th we will commemorate the birthday of a recent ancestor & role model Dr. Maya Angelou. She was a great author, poet, historian, actress, educator Civil Rights activist, screenplay writer, producer, and director. She died May 8, 2014 at the age of 87. At the time of her death, Dr. Angelou was a   Reynolds Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University in Winston, Salem, North Carolina. In film, he produced The Color Purple which was  nominated for 7 Oscars. He is the only African–American producer to be nominated for Best Picture.

We will celebrate the birthday of our present day Shero Cathy Hughes who was born April 22, 1947 in Omaha, Neb. She is a Media Mogul, radio & TV personality, and business executive. The first African-American woman to head a publicly traded company, her Washington, DC-based Radio One has 53 radio stations in 16 urban markets. In January 2004, Radio One launched TV One, a national cable and satellite television network for African American adults.

School Trips and Assembly Presentations

IMPORTANT: All students must be at school for field trips by 8:30 am.  If your child arrives after the bus leaves, there is NO acceptance of the child for that day. Children cannot be left in the office or brought to the trip after the class leaves the school. Students are not to bring money on field trips unless parents are notified in writing: or via the newsletter.




 Friday, April 5th  - Grades K-5 - Interactive Science Program (Multi-Purpose Room)

Friday, April 12th - K-1 - PUMP IT UP!

 April 15 - Deadline for Box Tops

Thursday, April 25th -Pre-Primary- PUMP IT UP!    

 SPIRIT WEEK - April 8-12 :

         Monday - Pajamas Day

         Tuesday - Twin Day

         Wednesday- Black Panther/ Africa Forever!  Day

         Thursday-  Inside Out  Day

          Friday-   Crazy Sock/Hat Day

SPRING BREAK! School Closed. April 15 - 22

School Reopens on Tuesday, 23

PAC Meeting

Thursday, April 25

PAC Meetings are held on the last Thursday of each month at 6:30 pm.

Committee Chairpersons or designees should be present and prepared to make a report.

**Dinner  Will Be Provided **