SuperKids Camp Registration

Representative from Parks and People will be here tomorrow after school to talk about SuperKids Camp and to assist with the registration process. SuperKids is a six week literacy enrichment program sponsored by the Parks & People Foundation and funded by grants from MSDE and the 21st CCLC Program. Rising 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade students are eligible to attend. The camp will be open from June 26th through August 4th from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. This summer Roots & Branches will be a site for this amazing opportunity.

Students will be engaged in environmental education, literacy instructions, the 100 Book Challenge, math activities, and Powered by Playworks. Enrichment activities will include the YMCA, Port Discovery, The Music Workshop, and more.

Because we are a Title I school, registration for this six week program is only $100. Financial assistance is offered for families that are eligible. Application for financial aid requires paycheck/direct deposit stubs, Aid to Dependent Children (ADC), Social Security, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), SNAP benefits, stipends, or foster care payments.

Teacher Appreciation Week

May 1st through May 5th is designated as National Teacher Appreciation Week! Our teachers and staff work tirelessly day in and day out to create a positive learning environment for our children. In addition to the hours you see them at school, they spend a considerable amount of time planning lessons, meeting with teams, consulting colleagues, talking with parents and taking courses to improve their professional practice.

Our teachers encourage our children to do their best work academically and foster positive relationships that support students socially. They wipe runny noses, dry tears, and send scraped knees to the health suite. They always have an ear for the child who has hurt feelings and the parent looking for advice for supporting learning at home.

Last weekend The Mission Continues left little goodie bags for the teachers and put up posters in the main hallway. If you have the opportunity, take a minute this week to thank a teacher for all he or she does for our children.

Registration for 2017-2018

We are currently recruiting families to join Roots & Branches School for the upcoming school year. As we plan for next year and beyond, we need to make sure we enroll students whose families support our mission. We will continue to accept applications for new students for all grades. We expect to enroll sixty kindergarten students and twenty first graders. We anticipate some limited availability for transfer students in other grades. We currently have a waiting list for grades two through five. We will accept names from the waiting list if parents of accepted students decide to enroll somewhere else or if current families move away.

We encourage our families to spread the word about our school to friends and families who embrace our progressive approach to education. Interested families are invited to call and schedule a personal tour and to participate in upcoming family events.

If you have made other plans for next year, please let us know as soon as possible so that we can effectively plan classes and staff.

Boy Scouts

We are excited to announce the formation of a Cub Scout Pack at Roots & Branches School. Registration was held last week. The first meeting is planned for the Friday after Spring Break. If you’d like more information, you can contact Mr. Lou McCoy at 443-573-2528 or lmccoy@baltimorebsa.org.

Two students in white lab coats working at lab table.

Baltimore Sun features Roots and Branches School

The Baltimore Sun highlighted the science work our Oaks Grove has been doing with Mr. Keith Young of Ecotek. Our students have been focusing on a different area of science each week, culminating in an informational display of units and measures, biology, chemistry, and many areas of science. Check out the photo gallery at http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/education/k-12/bal-stem-olympics-gallery-20170328-photogallery.html.

We Are Still Growing!

Last year, Roots & Branches families rallied to make sure the city knew how important this school is to the children of Baltimore. This school year we have continued to offer small classes and an arts integrated instructional program. Our students participate in music, art, and movement classes weekly. Each class also has a theater experience every year. We have added a new partnership with Ecotek Labs to enhance our science program.

We are now planning for next year. As schools face considerable financial challenges, we remain committed to keeping small class size and offering a broad array of arts activities. Applications are available in the office and on-line for students entering kindergarten and first grade. We hope to have a full Orchard and plan to enroll up to 60 kindergarten students in order to grow our program for the future.

We are accepting applications for other grades as well but are concentrating our recruiting on the youngest students. Students who wish to transfer to Roots & Branches from other city schools are encouraged to visit to make sure our expectations meet their needs.

If you know families seeking a quality school for the young children, suggest they take a look at Roots & Branches School.

Future Roots & Branches Chemists

Congratulations to some of our Oaks who participated in the Baltimore-area You Be The Chemist Challenge this weekend. Held at Towson University, students were tested on their chemistry knowledge through several rounds of multiple choice questions. Our children answered questions about scientific notation, elements on the periodic tables, physical properties of chemical compounds, and much […]

SY18 Budget

You may have heard that the Baltimore City School System is facing a huge budget deficit. This financial situation  impacts all schools including charter schools. Roots and Branches is facing a reduction to our funding that will certainly affect how we program for our children.

The board discussed the implication of these cuts on our staff at last night’s board meeting. We invite feedback from our families. Please look for a survey to come home on Monday of next week. We will hold a town hall meeting on Thursday at 5:00 (before the trip to the Walters Art Gallery) to give our community the opportunity to voice their opinions about where the cuts should take place.

In addition to carefully considering how to adjust our spending, families can also join with the Baltimore Education Coalition (BEC) in demanding that Governor Hogan and Mayor Pugh work together to release $130,000,000 to fund the budget shortfall facing Baltimore City Schools.

There will be a press rally and a march on Saturday, March 4th at 10:00 at Rash Field in the Inner Harbor. You are encouraged to make the point to the Governor that Baltimore’s kids are all Maryland kids!