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Zervas Newsletter Policy

Znotes Policy: Please Note: As of 2018, we have split Znotes into two emails distributing Zervas specific emails every Tuesday morning and Community notes every Thursday morning. Please submit all Zervas announcements by Sunday for distribution on Tuesday and Community announcements by Tuesday for distribution Thursday. Email with your announcement.

Lost and Found

The lost and found collection this spring is extensive. It is presently laid out in front of the main entrance and will be there until the 3:00 p.m. ZASP pick-up today and will be out front from 10-3 on Monday. Anything left on Tuesday will be donated to Cradles to Crayons.

Ms. Hadley’s retirement

Today the school honored Ms. Hadley at the final Z-Town meeting of the year. A special thanks to Zervas art teacher Rachael Simkins and fourth grade parent Julius Starkman for creating a beautiful art work: an all-school class photo that all the children at Zervas signed. The first grade performed a special version of the Zervas school song for Ms. Hadley. Ms. Hadley, we will miss you!

Mr. Mignone’s father

As some of you know, Mr. Mignone’s father passed away earlier this month. The PTO worked with the Newton Schools Foundation to set up a way for parents who are interested to donate to the Elementary Instrumental Program in memory of John Mignone, father of Mr. Ken Mignone, to support the ensemble music program and give individualized instruction to students at Lincoln-Eliot and Horace Mann who wouldn’t otherwise have the opportunity for private lessons

To donate, send a check made out to Newton Schools Foundation with “Elementary Instrumental Music/Mignone” in the subject line to NSF P.O. Box 590020 Newton, MA 02459. You can also make a gift online with PayPal, accessing the donations page here: When filling out the PayPal form, please be sure to put “Elementary Instrumental Music/Mignone” in the Notes or Honored Teacher field and check the box to share your address with NSF so they can send an acknowledgement. NSF will send a note to Mr. Mignone letting him know about any donations in his father’s honor.

Destination Dinner 2018 – Save the Date!

Please save the date for DESTINATION DINNER 2018!  Join us on Saturday night October 20th, 2018 for this favorite Zervas social event! Book your babysitters and mark your calendars! We look forward to seeing you there!

If you would like to host a dinner at your home for this event, please contact Wendy Feiner (

Wendy Feiner, Ginna Driscoll, and Amanda Zurick

Medication at School

Medication Pick-up: Parents of students who have medication stored in the health room should pick it up by the last day of school, June 22. All medication (pills, epi-pens, inhalers, etc.) not picked up will be discarded. Please plan ahead to pick medication up so it is not wasted! Medication may not be carried home by the student — it must be picked up by an adult. School nurses will not be available after June 22 to return medication to families.

Medication Order Reminder: All medication orders expire at the end of the school year. If you are visiting your child’s health care provider during the summer, consider requesting a new medication order for your child. All medication, prescription or over-the-counter, requires an order. The Medication Permission Form and the Medication Policy are both available online at

Summer Food for Students

Backpacks filled with a few meal’s worth of nonperishable items will be available this summer for students at locations throughout Newton. The program – a collaboration between the Church of the Redeemer’s FUEL program and the city is an effort to bridge the food gap for students who may rely on school breakfast and lunch during the year. Backpacks may include bread, peanut butter, canned fish, and canned fruits and vegetables. Nut-free bags can be requested. The locations include: Health and Human Services Department, Church of the Redeemer, West Suburban YMCA, The Boys & Girls Club, Crystal Lake, Gath Pool, Newton Free Library, and many more!


What’s in Your Medicine Cabinet?

Be a part of the solution to the opioid epidemic. Misuse of prescription drugs is a common way for teens and adults to start down the road of addiction. The most typical place young people get access to prescription drugs is their home medicine cabinet. A few simple steps taken by adults can have a significant impact. Immediately and safely dispose of unused medication. Two Newton locations are available year-round: the Newton Police Station and Newton-Wellesley Hospital. Here are additional tips, and specific addresses and resources.

Smartphones and Kids

Thinking of getting your student a smartphone this summer? The letter below (and PDF here) targeted to elementary school families highlights research and resources available to help parents navigate this decision in the context of their own family’s values and circumstances. Additional information relevant to students of all ages is available on the Newton Public Schools website, including suggested guidelines from Newton-Wellesley Hospital.

Letter Regarding Smartphones
June 7, 2018

Dear Parents and Legal Guardians of Elementary School Students,

Over the past few years, the use of smartphones has grown exponentially. At the same time, there is a growing body of evidence to suggest caution when providing children with their own mobile devices.

Every family has their own values and circumstances that shape their approach to cellphone ownership and use. Based on recent research and discussion around the effects of smartphone use on youth, Newton’s Health and Human Services department would like to provide some guidance and resources around smartphones and mobile devices for children. Please consider the following:

  • Delay cell phone introduction: Elementary school students are encouraged to focus on face to face relationship building and active engagement with learning and play. Additionally, mobile devices and the associated applications can become stressors when misused and/or overused, potentially leading to bullying, low self-esteem, privacy and safety issues or concerns. Therefore, we discourage the introduction of smartphones at this developmental stage. Every child and famil situation is unique and only you know what is best for your child. However, in general, we encourage the postponement of providing young children with mobile devices until at least middle school and we encourage consideration by Newton families of waiting until 8th grade or later for smartphones.
  • Start slow: Whenever you do decide to introduce a mobile device, consider a flip phone, “light” phone, or other device with limited features that is primarily used for phone calls and text messages. These are not web-enabled or equipped with apps, games, or social media.
  • Establish clear guidelines and use limits: Start the conversation about limits, including amount of use and time of day (i.e. limit or prohibit use at night for optimal sleep). Many families choose to create “contracts” with their children to clarify expectations.
  • Utilize parental controls and monitor use: There are many devices and apps that help control access to both the Internet and specific apps. Maintain access and know passwords to all accounts. You can find additional resources and guidance on the Newton Public Schools website here including these suggested guidelines from Newton-Wellesley Hospital (PDF). We look forward to an ongoing dialogue with you as we work to ensure our children learn to use technology in healthy and responsible ways.


Deborah Youngblood
Commissioner of Health and Human Services

Spring Family Picnic at 6:15 p.m. tonight – rain or shine!

The Zervas picnic is tonight from 6:15-8:00 p.m. in the courtyard in front of the main school doors and Kindergarten and first grade playground. If the rain continues the picnic will be inside the school; use the doors between the gym and cafetorium to enter the school.

The PTO will provide pizza, fruit, veggies, drinks, and desserts. Please bring picnic blankets and/or chairs to sit on.  Pizza will be served until 7:15 p.m.

This will also be an evening to celebrate Ms. Anne Hadley who is retiring this year. We hope you can make it!

We need a bit more help setting up, handing out pizza, and with the ice cream truck. Sign up here:

Spring Family Picnic: Wednesday, June 13

Please join us at the Zervas Family Spring Picnic on Wednesday, June 13th from 6:15-8:00 p.m.. The PTO will provide pizza, fruit, veggies, drinks, and desserts. Pizza will be served until 7:15 p.m.

Please bring picnic blankets and/or chairs to sit on. We will move the event inside if it rains.

This will also be an evening to celebrate Ms. Anne Hadley who is retiring this year. We hope you can make it!

We need help setting up, handing out pizza, and with the ice cream truck. Sign up here: