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Founder and Principal Principal Emeritus  Dr. Bernida Thompson NBCDI Guardian of the Year 2016


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Roots Covid Safety Policy 2023-24

(in-person instruction)

1. Students and staff will be screened each day before entering school.

2. Failed screening or getting sick during the day will constitute non-admission until well or negative test is shown.

3. Students will be in separate cohorts, keeping intermingling to a minimum.

4. Students and staff will wear masks throughout the day except when eating.

5. Students and staff must bring a negative test result every Monday to be admitted.

6. Students and staff will wash hands frequently.

7. Disinfecting will be done throughout the day.

8. The school will has upgraded HVAC filters.

9. There are portable air filters for each class area and restroom.

10. We have water coolers and throw away cups.

11. When a student, staff, or cohort test positive they must be quarantined for five days and return on or after the sixth day with a negative test result.

12. Close contacts within the class may Test-To-Stay (TTS) if they test negative at that time and when retested two days later also test negative.

13. All staff must full vaccinated.

Important Parent Forms for 2023-2024 School Year

Admission Form - The Admission Form is for NEW students who have already been accepted by the lottery.

When completed, email the form to: rkuykendall@rootspcs.org or rashekimk@yahoo.com.  

Re-enrollment Form - The Re-enrollment Form is for RETURNING students. Click here to download the form.

When completed, email the form to: rkuykendall@rootspcs.org or rashekimk@yahoo.com


2023-2024 Calendar

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“What’s the News?”

All students must be at school for field trips by 8:30am. If your child arrives after 9:00am, when the bus leaves, there is NO acceptance of the child for that day. Children cannot be left in the office or brought on the trip after the class leaves school. Students are not to bring money on field trips.  

On Friday, November 3 – Grades KG-5 will attend a “Science” presentation on Animals

with Baba Darryl in their classroom cohorts.



Thanksgiving is a holiday celebrated by Euro-Americans commemorating their victory over the indigenous Native Americans. The first Thanksgiving, in 1637 was proclaimed by the governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. It celebrated the massacre of 700 Pequot Indians during their Green Corn Dance ceremonies (Researcher and anthropologist William Newell, Wisconsin State Journal, Nov. 24, 1977) in Mystic Fort, now called Groton, Connecticut. The gathering had no mention of God or giving thanks; merely a big party to emphasize to the Indians the military might of the Pilgrims (Teachers' Workshop Newsletter, 1982).

Native Americans on the East Coast observe Thanksgiving as a “Day of Mourning”. Africans in America should also declare a moratorium on Thanksgiving because, in 1637 we were being cruelly enslaved by the same Europeans. Roots’ position is during the day of Euro-American Thanksgiving, we fast, then after sunset the fast ends with a prayer and a feast around family unity.

Commemorating Our Heroes & Sheroes

November Newsletter (PDF)

This month we will commemorate the birthday of our historic role model, Benjamin Banneker. Our historical role model, Benjamin Banneker who was born a free man in Maryland on November 9, 1731. He invented the first clock and almanac ever made in

the United States. Among his many accomplishments, Benjamin Banneker provided major architectural and surveying assistance in the developmental plans for Washington, DC. operative farms in Mississippi.

We will also celebrate the birthday of our present-day role model, Dr. Guion S. Bluford, who was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on November 22, 1942. Colonel Guy Bluford was NASA’s First African American Astronaut. IIn 1983, as a member of the Orbiter Challenger on the Mission STS-8, (the first mission to launch and land at night). He became the first African American in Space land at night. Dr. Bluford participated in four Space Shuttle flights between 1983 &1992. On June 5, 2010, Dr. Guion Bluford was inducted into the US Astronaut Hall of Fame

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