Letter from superintendent about Newton Family Conference on March 24, 1:00 p.m.

Dear Newton Families,

For the past two years, the Newton Public School district has hosted the Newton Family Conference – a conference for Black/African-American and Latino/Hispanic families to provide opportunities for learning, connection, and discussion. Because the event has been so informative and helpful, this year we are expanding it to invite all NPS families. 

I am pleased to invite you to the 2018 Newton Family Conference to be held on Saturday, March 24 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at Newton North High School.

The goal of the Newton Family Conference is to advance dialogue around issues of race, culture, and identity; create opportunities for families of color within NPS to meet each other; and to build relationships between families of color and white families within the district. The family conference is one way in which the Newton Public School District is seeking to create culturally responsive school communities.  

Participants of this conference will attend workshops on “Courageous Conversations About Race” facilitated by NPS trained facilitators. In addition, workshops organized by affinity groups will meet to discuss challenges and opportunities in creating culturally responsive school communities. One of the goals of the conference is to launch the Boston-Newton Connects program, which will connect Newton families with METCO families to build connections and support both within and outside of school.

To facilitate your participation, limited childcare, provided by Newton classroom aides and high school students, will be available for children in grades K-5. 

I hope you will consider attending what should be an excellent conference. To RSVP, please visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2018-newton-family-conference-tickets-42724185188

Thank you very much and I hope to see you on March 24.

Sincerely,

David Fleishman, Superintendent of Schools