The latest announcements from the Principal and the PTO...

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PTO Parent Coffee: Fri, Feb 7 @ 8:20am

It’s February and these cold, dark winter months can leave us all feeling a bit isolated… Join us in the cafetorium after drop off on Friday, February 7th for coffee and connection with your fellow Zervas families.

Upcoming Coffees:

  • Friday, March 6: Principal Coffee – Math Focus
  • Tuesday, April 7: Principal Coffee – visit with David and School Committee members
  • Tuesday May 5: PTO Parent Coffee
  • Friday, June 5: Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast hosted by the Zervas Staff

2020-2021 NPS Calendar is Approved

For those of you who like to plan ahead, click to view the 2020-21 Calendar NPS approved by School Committee on 12/4/2019.

The Zervas PTO has it’s own Google calendar. We’ll add all the NPS important dates as well as all of our PTO events. Visit for instructions on how to add the Zervas PTO Google Calendar to your calendar.

Fessenden Summer Camps Family Event

Join Us for the Fessenden Summer Camps Family Event

Enjoy indoor winter fun while learning about Fessenden Summer Camps on Saturday, January 25 from 10:00-12:00 p.m. at the Fessenden School, 250 Waltham Street, West Newton.

Activities include a magic show by Lon Cerel, a bouncy house, face painting, climbing wall challenge, crafts station and more. Camp tours available.

For details and more information, visit or call 617-630-2373.

New Student Z Green Team at Zervas: First Meeting, Wed Jan 22 @ 3:10

New Student Z Green Team at Zervas starts Tomorrow!!

Is your 3rd-5th grader interested in helping Zervas become a greener school? A new student environmental club will meet after school one Wednesday each month. The Z Green Team will be led by the PTO Parent Green Team in partnership with 5th grade teacher Mr. Raney and a ZASP coordinator.

Z Green Team members will brainstorm and implement ideas throughout the year to help make Zervas a more environmentally sustainable school. Kids enrolled in ZASP on Wednesdays will have the opportunity to do even more through new weekly ZASP Z Green Team activities.

The first monthly Z Green team meeting will be on January 22 from 3:10-4:00 pm. The theme for the first meeting will be “Kids Committed to Protecting Our Planet.”

If your child is interested, please sign up using this link:

If you have any questions please contact Chagit Steiner, Mindy Gomes Casseres or Gautam Sundaram of our Green Team at We hope to see your student on January 22.

Variety Shows: Weds 1/22 & 1/29 @ 6:30pm

Our Variety Shows are this week and next! Come enjoy the wonderful talents of our Zervas students.

K-3:  Wednesday, January 22 @ 6:30 in the Cafetorium
4-5: Wednesday, January 29 @ 6:30 in the Cafetorium

Staff Raffle: Packets are going home this week

Watch your student’s folders this week for the packets for our annual Staff Raffle! You student has the opportunity to enter a raffle to win a party or activity with one of our wonderful Zervas staff.

Every student is given one 1 FREE ticket, and you have the option to purchase more tickets for $5 each. Read the form closely and don’t forget to return your envelope to school by the Friday, January 31st deadline!

We thank the Zervas Staff for their support of the Zervas PTO.  All of the money raised from this raffle goes directly to the Zervas PTO to promote learning and community building among Zervas students, staff and families.  

Contact Katie Britton at or Alison Kapilow at with any questions.

Zervas Family Game Night: Wed, Feb 5, 6:15-7:45pm

Join us on Wednesday, February 5th for the fourth annual Zervas Family Game Night!

Eureka, a local game store in Brookline, will set up loads of family-friendly games and puzzles for everyone. Popular games will also be for sale, and you will even be able to purchase games off a wish list for your child’s classroom to enjoy. Last year’s event was a huge success and we are hoping to make this year’s even better!

Doors will open at 6:15pm for pizza ($1/slice while it lasts) in the lobby while Eureka sets up. Or you are welcome to bring your own picnic. Games and puzzles will be ready to play in the cafetorium at 6:45pm. Any student who attends will receive a homework pass for the evening.

Contact Michelle Zisow ( with any questions or concerns about the event. We hope to see you there!

March Online Auction: Seeking Donations/Gift Cards

Planning for the March Zervas Online Auction is underway! Our hard-working committee is already busy at work soliciting donations.

  • Do you work for or own a business that would donate an item?
  • Do you have sports tickets or concert tickets you can donate?
  • Do you have a restaurant, store or business connection that could lead to the donation of a gift card?
  • Do your kids take lessons or classes at an organization that would donate?

Please reach out to with any and all ideas or donations and someone will follow up!

The Blue Zone @ Zervas: Let’s Work to Make it Better

It’s winter and it’s cold which means our Blue Zone is busier than ever. Please re-read the rules of our Blue Zone. If we all work together, we can make our Blue Zone safer for our students and function better for our drivers!


  • The Blue Zone is a “live” drop–off/pick–up line. Drivers must stay in their cars, ready to move forward. Cars may only remain in the Blue Zone long enough for a child to enter/exit the car.
  • Children must be able to buckle/unbuckle their seatbelts and open/close car doors by themselves in the Blue Zone. If you need to get out of the car to operate the doors or seatbelts, please park in a legal spot.
  • There is no “waiting” in the Blue Zone. You must exit the Blue Zone after picking up or dropping off your child.
  • The Blue Zone isn’t for everyone. If the Blue Zone regulations don’t work for you or your child, please make plans to walk to school or to park in a legal spot and walk to the building.


  • Be sure your children have everything they need (backpack, lunch, etc.) and are ready to get out of the car before you enter the Blue Zone.
  • When you pull into the Blue Zone please pull forward as far as possible. Children may only exit the vehicle in the front three spaces of the Blue Zone.
  • Drivers MAY NOT get out of the car.
  • Children MUST use the door on the sidewalk side of the car, NEVER the traffic side.
  • After your child gets out of the car, pull forward and exit the Blue Zone. When you wait, you prevent other parents from entering and exiting the Blue Zone, making drop-off less safe and more frustrating for everyone.
  • If the Blue Zone feels too rushed please walk, bike, or park legally and walk your child to the school entrance.


  • Indicate by 11:30 a.m. in the online School Dismissal Manager that your child will be dismissed to the Blue Zone.
  • Plan to arrive at 3:05 p.m. (or 12:35 p.m.). The Blue Zone works best when cars arrive after students are dismissed. If you are late, your child will go to the office to wait for you.
  • Pull in behind the last car in line, and be ready to move forward as the line moves.
  • Children wait at the top of the large Blue Zone with Zervas staffYour child will be sent to you when your car approaches the front of the line. Do not get out of your car – they will come to you.
  • Once your child is in the car and buckled, please pull forward and exit the Blue Zone.
  • If your child is not yet outside you must pull out of the Blue Zone and circle the block.


Most Newton schools are located in residential neighborhoods that simply cannot accommodate a large number of cars. Since most students live close enough to walk to our neighborhood elementary schools, families are urged to walk whenever possible. However, some level of vehicle traffic is inevitable, and “Blue Zones” provide a safer and more efficient way for families to drop off and pick up students by car. A “Blue Zone” is an area designated by the City of Newton for the live drop-off and pick-up of students during restricted times. These areas are marked by blue curbs and signs.

City of Newton Ordinance #19-179: No person shall park a vehicle upon any street within a school drop–off zone except while engaged in dropping off or picking up passengers, which shall not be permitted for a period of time longer than one minute. Parking a motor vehicle in a restricted zone is illegal and is punishable by a fine of $25.

Drop-Off: 8:05am-8:35am
Pick-Up: 11:30am-1:00pm (Tuesdays) and 2:00pm-3:30pm (M/W/Th/F)

Visit for more information. Looking to get involved with our Safe Routes to School Committee? Email

Spring Fling Kick-Off Planning Meeting: Wed, Jan 15 @ 8:00pm

The Spring Fling kick-off planning meeting is this Wednesday, January 15th at 8:00pm at Cate Menon’s house (72 Beethoven Ave.)

We are looking for new committee members! It’s the most fun and social committee, stop by and have a cocktail with us to learn more about it! Roles include event planning (decorations, work with caterer, event set-up, invitations, etc.) and fundraising (auction tech support, donation solicitation, silent auction setup, etc.)

RSVP to if you can make it, or just show up!!