Families Organizing for Racial Justice in Newton

Dear Underwood Community,

A small but growing number of Underwood parents has been attending FORJ Newton (Families Organizing for Racial Justice in Newton) meetings since September. We would love to see more people there! FORJ is a coalition of families in and around Newton, MA who believe change starts at home and in our own communities. We are a learning community educating ourselves, our children, our schools, and our communities about race, racism, culture, and identity. We strive to achieve safe and welcoming environments that enhance the well-being of all people. We promote healing and connection between individuals and communities. We speak out against injustice, support our kids to be upstanders, and take action to address bias and inequity. From lectures on race and diversity, to discussion groups, community events, Dynamic Diversity trainings and more, we follow the lead from our communities and help families like ours foster inclusion in our city and schools.

To learn about FORJ and how to educate yourself about racial justice and inclusion, please click the Read More link below...

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Transition to Middle School Panel Discussion Notes

For those who were unable to attend the gathering in February, here are some takeaways from the parents who shared their experiences with children with special needs transitioning to Middle School.

The transition to middle school can be challenging for sped kids and typical kids alike. The classes are larger with more of a lecture format; the social dynamics are more complex; parents aren't on school grounds as much as they are in elementary school.