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New Roots at First People's Festival and Apple Harvest Festival

on Mon, 10/03/2016 - 19:23

The Caregiver Action Committee got together at New Roots last Saturday to sell hand pies on our front porch (picture below). The committee (CAC) got together the day before to bake and discuss future fundraising events with proceeds going to NRCS student activities. There will be a Caregiver Action Committee meeting this Friday at New Roots- 7-8:30pm! Send us a message with your email if you'd like to be included in the Google Group for the Caregiver Action Committee.


Students and staff presented the Cayuga Lake Weltands Restoration Project at First People's Festival, a celebration of

Free Food Fridays

on Thu, 09/29/2016 - 16:30

Free Food Fridays was established as a subprogram of the NRCS Farm-to-School Program in order to grant students access to healthy food over the weekend, and give all a healthy snack to end the week.

Parents/Volunteers/Caregivers pick up boxes of donated food from the food pantry and deliver it to our school.  Items include fruits, vegetables, bagels, rice, etc.  Anyone in the school can take what they want!

Curriculum Night!

on Wed, 09/21/2016 - 16:11

Caregivers are encouraged to attend our first 2016-2017 Curriculum Night to meet their students' teachers and advisory leader. Reception will be held at 6:45pm on September 27th in the new lobby, located on the 2nd Floor.

Caregivers will be following a modified M-W-F schedule for their students. Caregivers with more than one student can pick and choose which classes they want to attend! Students are welcome but not required to attend.




New Roots Mention in Tompkins Weekly

on Fri, 09/09/2016 - 14:15

Tompkins Weekly's photographer Kristy Montana got a chance to pop into New Roots last week during the August 30th Orientation event and capture students doing a T-shirt screen printing activity. Pick up a copy of Tompkins Weekly this week to see it in the Tompkins County Community Calendar on page 14, or view the calendar here


Getting Oriented for the New Year

on Wed, 09/07/2016 - 15:52

Our staff have been hard at work putting together the educational content and developing the vision for the 2016-17 school year. New families and students gathered at CSMA last night to meet the staff and get their fall schedules! Teachers, administrators, and involved caregivers introduced themselves said words about the New Roots experience, and then had intimate conversation. Families and staff also brought desserts to share and New Roots gave away T-Shirts from previous years.  

New Student Orientation!

on Wed, 08/24/2016 - 13:32

September 6th! 12:30 - 4:30 p.m.  

New Roots Charter School (Clinton House, 116 N. Cayuga Street)

All Family Orientation: Tuesday, Sept. 6th 7-8:30pm at CSMA

on Mon, 08/22/2016 - 20:55

*Change in time! All Family orientation is from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. on the third floor of the Community School of Music and Art located at: 330 E State St, Ithaca, NY 14850.  Please bring a dessert to pass if you can. We look forward to seeing you there! 

Khalil Bey at New Roots for First Friday Gallery Night

on Tue, 08/16/2016 - 16:18

Gallery Night in Ithaca is a walkable tour of art openings and other special cultural events in and around the downtown area on the first Friday of every month. On September 2nd, from 5-7:30pm, Khalil Bey will be the New Roots exhibiting artist. 

Khalil Bey is an Ithaca born artist and activist, raised in Philadelphia and Baltimore. He is self-taught, best known for his colorful pastel portraits of African-American lifestyles, prominent leaders and big-eyed hopeful children.

Join us for an evening with the wetland!

on Thu, 08/11/2016 - 15:24

On Thursday, August 18th, New Roots Students inspired by the traditional ecological knowledge of the Haudenosaunee will present their work to improve water quality along the southern shore of Cayuga Lake. Students are planting native wetland species on a 50’x 50’ plot in Ithaca’s Stewart Park and thereby:


  • Demonstrating bioremediation

  • Exploring the natural and historical value of wetlands

  • Embarking on a long-term interdisciplinary project in an outdoor classroom setting

Learn about local ecology, community development, traditional knowledge and permaculture while enjoying soul food and