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

BRING YOUR FAMILY APPLE PICKING with the Zervas community!

Who: Anyone in the Zervas Community:  parents, students, teachers, staff…

What: Join other Zervas families for a fun afternoon with free donuts and cider as well as apple picking (for purchase) and socializing!

Where: Carver Hill Orchard, 101 Brookside Ave, Stow, MA 01775. (978) 897-6117

When: Sunday, September 18th 2pm.   (Rain Date Sept. 25th 2pm)

Please RSVP to Amy Behrens amycbehrens@gmail.com

Why: To get Zervas families together to have fun while strengthening old connections and making new ones.

Sign Up To Be A Room Parent

Now that teacher assignments are out, don’t miss out to be a room parent this year!

Click here now through Friday, September 16. There are two slots for each classroom.

There will be a very brief (optional) orientation meeting on Thursday, September 22 at 8:30 am at the Waban library. If you are unavailable to attend and have never volunteered as a room parent before or have any questions, please email the PTO at pto@zervaspto.org.

Room Parents serve as a link between teacher and families by:

  • Assisting teachers in communicating with families about upcoming events and recruiting volunteers for field trips, donations and other special activities.
  • Organizing a schedule for library volunteers for the class.
  • Coordinating holiday and year-end gifts for teachers and classroom aides.

Each grade also has grade parents, listed below, who will coordinate parent and family social events for the grade as well as some of the responsibilities previously assigned to room parents, including auction baskets and refreshments and decorations for Zervas staff during the grade’s assigned Teacher Appreciation Month.

Grade Parents for 2016-17 School Year:

  • K: Marie-Laure Frere and Mira Woods
  • 1st grade: Wendy Feiner and Becky Mozaffarian
  • 2nd grade: Suzanne Chow and Mindy Gomes Casseres
  • 3rd grade: Rachel Conroy and Cathy Frawley
  • 4the grade: Cara Church and Jessica Savage
  • 5th grade: Lisa DePalma

Last Day of School

Last Day of School is June 24th. Please note that both June 23 and June 24 are early days with dismissal at NOON.

Zervas School Building Committee and Design Review Committee Meeting

On Thursday, June 23 at 6:30pm, there will be a ZSBC and DRC meeting to review the site plan renderings of different options for the “blue zone” area of the new school as well as their potential impacts on traffic patterns around the school.  We would love to have parents attend this meeting to learn what the different design options are as well as to add your voice to the conversation.  Public comment is welcome at these meetings.  If you cannot make this meeting, the power point presentation will be sent out the next day for parents to send in their email comments.  For convenience, the meeting will be held at the Waban Library at 1608 Beacon Street.

Last Day of School

Last Day of School is June 24th. Please note that both June 23 and June 24 are early days with dismissal at NOON.

Spring Family Picnic on Wednesday June 15th

Please join us for the Zervas Spring family picnic tomorrowWednesday June 15th from 6-7:30 pm at the Carr playground. The weather folks are predicting nice weather so hopefully we can picnic outside. In case of rain, we will move inside to the cafeteria and gym.  The PTO will provide pizza, drinks and cookies but you are welcome to bring your own dinner if you like.

We really need volunteers to help with set up, serve food and clean up at the picnic. Please sign-up using the link below.

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c084eada623a1f85-zervas2

Coming soon: A change to how you get Zmail

The PTO is always trying to come up with ways to improve our communication with all Zervas parents. Around this time last year, we kicked off the process to split Zmail from one email per week into two emails – one for Zervas specific (Zervas Z Notes) on Tuesdays and one for Community events (Community Z Notes) on Wednesdays. Now, especially during the Zervas@Carr transition, we would like to announce the following changes which we hope will improve email readability.

Going forward (Starting date: THIS CYCLE ONWARDS):

Announcements relating to an event or activity at Zervas or organized or sponsored by the Zevas PTO will be included in the Zervas Z Notes, which will be published every Sunday evening starting June 19th. Please note: All requests to broadcast on Zervas Z Notes are appreciated by Friday evening (June 17th for next week’s emails).

Announcements relating to an event or activity in the broader Newton community, including other events or activities sponsored by other entities in the Newton School District, will be included in the Community Z Notes, which are published every Thursday evening starting June 17th. Please note: All requests to broadcast on Community Z Notes are appreciated by Tuesday evening (June 14th for this week’s email).

Finally, the mailing lists do allow us the option to be flexible about opt-in/opt-out possibilities as well as changing emails. Please email pto@zervaspto.org with any questions.

As always, please let us know how we are doing in this regard. Your feedback is invaluable in shaping how we use technology to communicate with you.

Zervas School Building Committee and Design Review Committee Meeting

On Thursday, June 23 at 6:30pm, there will be a ZSBC and DRC meeting to review the site plan renderings of different options for the “blue zone” area of the new school as well as their potential impacts on traffic patterns around the school.  We would love to have parents attend this meeting to learn what the different design options are as well as to add your voice to the conversation.  Public comment is welcome at these meetings.  If you cannot make this meeting, the power point presentation will be sent out the next day for parents to send in their email comments.  For convenience, the meeting will be held at the Waban Library at 1608 Beacon Street.

Zervas Library School Drive

Support our Zervas Library by donating a book from hundreds of expertly selected (by Ms. Kinney) titles. Each book donated will contain a bookplate with a personal dedication honoring a Zervas staff member of your choice.  Visit http://www.btsb.com/sosl/zervaselementaryschool1  to choose a book to donate.

We have extended our sale until June 19th as we still have LOTS of shelves to fill. Monitor our progress with the visual below

Thank you to all of those who have purchased already.

Any questions please contact  Ms. Kinney or Lou Bonegio.
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Zervas Bus Driver and Crossing Guard Appreciation Day: June 9

We appreciate all that the bus drivers and crossing guard do to get our children safely to school each day! On Thursday, June 9, please encourage your child to make a card or say a special thank you to their bus driver or the crossing guard, Ms. Dawkins. A list of bus driver names and a simple sample card went home last week in the folders, or find it on the Zervas Walks website: www.zervaswalks.org. The PTO will also present the bus drivers with a small gift card after school that day. Questions? Email ZervasWalks@gmail.com.