Latino Parent Meeting Report – February 22 Notes

Hot topic and freezing rain, not a good combination! For our standards, we had a very small crowd at our meeting, 8 families were missing. I’m always nervous for them when they have to drive in bad weather. John and Sylla were present to welcome the brave and committed parents that showed up. Nonetheless, we had a purposeful meeting!

Saba Baig, new Immigration Attorney from Catholic Multicultural Center was invited to come introduce herself, talk about the useful services she provides, and most importantly, establish a meaningful connection with the parents. The CMC (Catholic Multicultural Center), otherwise known in the Latino community as Centro Guadalupe, is situated right at the heart of our Franklin/Randall S.Park St. neighborhood. Saba started by informing the parents on DACA’s newly released update. Her Spanish is pretty good, and throughout her presentation, Saba made sure to make the parents feel very comfortable talking about such a sensitive and stressful issue as Immigration. Parents felt right at home with Saba and openly spoke about their particular situations and asked for advice. Saba answered their questions and invited them to make an appointment with her to discuss matters further.

Afterwards parents were asked to fill out 2 surveys:
Parking Funding
Classroom Snack Policy

General announcements:
5-2-1-0 Challenge- Parents were informed and encouraged to participate. Forms in Spanish were handed out.
Dental Health – information handed out on free dental services
Super Science Saturday – flyer handed out. Parents encouraged to attend
Latino Academy – brochure of classes was handed out
Wellness – parents were invited to attend one of two MMSD parent feedback sessions
Read Out Loud! Family, Youth and Community Day – parents encouraged to attend the MMSD organized Literacy resource fair, to participate in the workshops, to take advantage of this learning opportunity, and give suggestions for next year’s event.

Meeting ended with a BIG shout out for their participation at the Franklin/Randall Winter Carnival, and their support to of our PTO and schools!