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The success of Roots is demonstrated in several

ways. In 1999, the community asked Dr. Thompson to open another Roots as a charter school. Therefore, Roots Public Charter School was born as a protégé of the Roots Activity Learning Center. RALC alumni have successfully graduated from many of the finest area high schools, historically black colleges and universities, as well as from Harvard, Duke, Princeton, etc. RALC teachers and staff have received National teacher and principal of the year honors, and former students have achieved high on standardized tests and placed well in Spelling Bees and other academic competitions.



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This month we will commemorate the birthday of Benjamin Banneker (Born 1731 - Died
1806). Without Benjamin Banneker, our nation's capital would not exist as we know it.
After a year of work, the Frenchman hired by George Washington to design the capital,
L'Enfant, stormed off the job, taking all the plans. Banneker placed on the planning committee at Thomas Jefferson's request, saved the project by reproducing from memory, in two days, a complete layout of the streets, parks, and major buildings. Thus
Washington, D.C. itself can be considered a monument to the genius of this great man.

Banneker created his own clock, made entirely of wood (1753). Famous as the first clock built in the New World, it kept perfect time for forty years. From 1792 to 1802, Banneker published an annual Farmer's Almanac, for which he did all the calculations himself. The         Almanac won Banneker fame as far away as England and France. He used his reputation to promote social change: namely, to eliminate racism and war. But Banneker's reputation was never in doubt. He spent his last years as an internationally known polymath: farmer, engineer, surveyor, city planner, astronomer, mathematician, inventor, author, and social critic.

In Memory of Queen Mother

Virginia (Aziza) Jones.

Nov. 1, 1935 - Aug. 31st, 2017

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November’s Events



Pre-K three & four- Thursday, 9th -Pet Store (buying new fish)


 School closings

VETERAN’S DAY - School will be closed to Students -Friday, Nov. 1oth in observation of Veteran’s Day.

THANKSGIVING - School will be closed -   Thursday & Friday, Nov. 23 rd. & 24th Remember, Roots is closed on all Federal Holidays.  


 Wednesday, November 22nd  at 6 pm.


Pre-K three & four- Thursday, 9th -Pet Store (buying new fish)

Washington National ZOO- Friday 8th


Friday, September 29th – 3:30 PM

We will also commemorate Queen Mother Virginia (Aziza) Jones. Mama Jones was born November 1, 1935 in Canton, MI. Mama Jones attended the Mississippi Industrial College in Holly Springs, MI and Omaha University in Omaha, NE. She was awarded a Bachelor of Science in Special Education from D.C. Teachers College. After teaching at Houston Elementary School, Mama Jones joined Roots Activity Learning Center to open the Primary Division in 1978. As a skilled and seasoned educator, Mama Jones served as a mentor teacher, Head of the Primary Division, and Principal and Treasurer of the Board of Directors of Roots A.L.C. Transitioned August 31st, 2017.

Queen Mother Virginia (Aziza) Jones. Mama Jones was chosen by the National Association of Secondary Principals as DC Middle Level Principal of the Year 2010

Dominique Margaux Dawes-Thompson (born November 20, 1976) is a retired American artistic gymnast. Known in the gymnastics community as 'Awesome Dawesome,' she was a 10-year member of the U.S. national gymnastics team, the 1994 U.S. all-around senior National Champion, a three-time Olympian, a World Championship silver and bronze medalist, and a member of the gold-medal-winning team "Magnificent Seven" at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. Dawes is also notable as being the first African-American woman to win an individual Olympic medal in artistic gymnastics, and the first black person of any nationality or gender to win an Olympic-gold-medal in gymnastics.