Dr. Alicia's Weekly Update

Updated: May 25, 2020



Dear Friends,

Are you terrified/angry/curious about the town’s proposal to close Johnson Elementary, eliminate High School & Middle School sports, theater programming, middle school language and all after school clubs? Then you’re in the right place!

Welcome to Protect Natick’s Future (PNF’s) first weekly update! We created PNF to organize a citizen’s response to the $8.5M budget shortfall Natick is facing in FY21 (which starts July 1, 2020). This weekly blast is your one-stop-shop for 1) how you can help PNF this week and 2) what we’ve been up to in the past week.

Each weekly update will contain:

  • HOW CAN I HELP - Read this section for quick, easy ways to contribute and links to town meetings.

  • LEARNING CENTER - Confused about what the h*** is going on? Us too! Check out the learning center if you want more information about town committees, budgets, and town politics.

  • WHAT’S NEXT - See what we are planning for the weeks and months to come.


How can I help in just a few clicks?

“Like” and share our facebook page (“Protect Natick’s Future”) with your Natick friends.

We hit 610 subscribers over the weekend - can we get to 1,000?

Login to Town Meetings this Week - URGENT!

We are now logging in as “NAME (PNF).” For example, I will be logged in as “Alicia Lynch (PNF)”. Even if you’re not listening to the whole meeting, just having your name on that screen sends our town’s elected and hired officials a message! Here’s a list of meetings this week. I have made a note next to the most important ones to attend:


Monday May 18 @6pm - Board of Selectmen’s Meeting


YOUR ATTENDANCE IS IMPORTANT!

Budget discussion starts around 7:45

https://zoom.us/j/97126846549?pwd=QTZwbE0rTWxIdWxOWXJDZ2xqVHY0Zz09

Meeting ID: 971 2684 6549 Password: 736028


Tuesday May 19 @7pm - School Committee Meeting

YOUR ATTENDANCE IS ESSENTIAL!

Link to agenda: https://natickschools.novusagenda.com/agendapublic/

https://zoom.us/j/2038566119?pwd=TmtsdXgxenQ0YXRLN1FIcHVpd3hEZz09

Meeting ID: 203 856 6119 Password: 987179

Tuesday May 19 @5:30p - Board of Health Meeting


The proposed Johnson closure is an agenda item on the BOH meeting this week as local healthcare experts raise concerns about closing Johnson and increasing density (adding 80 students, 3-4 per class) at Brown, Memorial, and Ben Hem during a global pandemic when social distancing is likely to be the "norm" for the foreseeable future.

Agenda link: https://www.natickma.gov/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Agenda/_05192020-3926

https://zoom.us/j/98877006164?pwd=UG5XZXpDM2dyUHZXa0hKUTd0Q1dDUT09

Wednesday May 20 - Financial Planning Committee


DETAILS NOT YET POSTED

When meeting details are available, we will post links on our FB page.

Join our E-Mail List

Sign up to be added to our e-mail list. Bad jokes included at no cost!


Send an Email!

Let the School Committee know you are deeply concerned about these budget cuts and their effects on Natick’s schools and students:

*Email: Schoolcommittee@natickps.org

Let the Board of Selectmen know that you believe elected officials need to support budget decisions that protect our schools and students during this unprecedented time.

*Email: Selectmen@natickma.org

Do you think that these devastating cuts to our schools threaten students’ physical and emotional health? We do too! Let the Board of Health know:

*Email: Jwhite@natickma.org or health@natickma.org


Register to vote!

The Town election is 6/30. Make sure you are registered to vote! We need to support elected officials who are willing to stand up to protect our town’s future.

Not registered? Register now!


How can I help in 1 hour or less?

  • Join our efforts! We have multiple initiatives moving forward rapidly and we’d love your help. Get in touch with Alicia Lynch (aliciadlynch@gmail.com) to learn more about protecting our town’s future.

  • Think this newsletter is ugly? Us too! This is what happens when a statistician creates a newsletter - can you offer your graphic design expertise to our cause? Contact Alicia Lynch (aliciadlynch@gmail.com)

  • Town Meeting Member Push! We need volunteers to help reach out to Town Meeting members in the coming weeks. Sign up for Town Meeting Member outreach!

Learning Center

Emily Grant, Natick mom, teacher, and all around fabulous person has created a series of videos to help people better understand the ins and outs of our town budget and politics.

Watch Emily Grant’s Budget 101 video. Join us on SLACK work space to read articles and discuss ideas about the finance and budget, special interests like sports, theater and Johnson school, and a general thread for us to figure out what the heck is going on!


What’s Next?

  • Protect Natick’s Future website will be launched this week!

  • We need to get our voices heard among the town’s 180 Town Meeting members! This week we will be looking for volunteers and pushing out messaging to Town Meeting members. Can you help?

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