The PTO is joining forces with the METCO team to host an important conversation about cultural identity. The Open Forum will take place at the Codman Sq Health Center (637 Washington St, Dorchester). The PTO will open the forum with a concise update on Fall and Winter activities. The main topic of conversation will be facilitated by METCO Director, Marika Hamilton, in collaboration with the Student Support Team from METCO Headquarters (Director of Student Support Services – Deborah Ward; Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion – Kathy Lopes; METCO Social Worker – Lerato Vilakazi-Jackson).
Facilitators will lead the group in a conversation about how to best support all students in feeling safe and welcomed in their school community. We will spend time discussing cultural identity and why it matters, mindfulness, and how to give your children a voice when having conversations about micro-aggressions. Additionally, we will work on building stronger relationships between parents from both communities (Lincoln and Boston).
This conversation is scheduled for the evening after the Debby Irving presentation about systemic racism, sponsored by the LSF. Though both presentations will have common threads, either presentation/discussion is a stand-alone event. However, we encourage families to attend both, as there are sure to be powerful synergies. The PTO is working with school technology specialists to livestream the Debby Irving presentation on Nov 13th for those who cannot attend.
At-venue childcare: If you need to bring your children to the meeting, please let us know, as we are securing a separate space (and chaperones) for kids who want to do homework, read or play games (feel free to have them bring a favorite board game). (Childcare Google Form)
Carpooling: If you are a Lincoln-based parent and would like to carpool to the Open Forum on Nov 14th, please fill out this quick google form and we will coordinate a carpool (Carpool Google Form).