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

Updated Zmail/Znotes Policies

Please Note: As of this year, we have split Znotes into two emails distributing Zervas specific emails every Sunday night and Community notes every Thursday night. Please submit all Zervas announcements by Friday for distribution on Sunday night and Community announcements by Tuesday for distribution Thursday night.

Last Chance to Donate to Toys for Tots!

Please drop off a new, unwrapped toy for a child up though age 12 to enjoy this holiday season by Friday, December 16 in the donation bin in the main hallway at Zervas at Carr.

Or you can bring a toy to the Principal Coffee at the Waban Library on December 13th at 8:30 am.

Toys for Tots is especially in need of toys for children in the 0-2 and 9-12 range; they prefer not to accept toy weapons.

Contact Amanda Zurick at 617-233-3255 or azurick@gmail.com with any questions.

More Cookies needed for Cookie Swap!

We have far fewer cookie making volunteers this year compared to years past. Please consider baking up a batch or two of your favorite cookes to show our appreciation for our wonderful teachers and staff!

Please consider participating in the annual Holiday Cookie Swap, Tuesday December 13. Every year the staff looks forward to sampling all the delicious cookies brought by Zervas families. If you would like to contribute a batch or two of cookies, please contact Bindiya Stancampiano (bindiyaa@hotmail.com).  Cookies can be dropped off at the Principals breakfast at the Waban Library Center on 12/13 from 8:30-9:30 or at Bindiya’s house (1451 Beacon St) on Sunday 12/11 or the evening of Monday 12/12– please email to arrange.

Diabetes Awareness

On January 19, 2003, Jordan Weiss, a fourth grade student at Mason-Rice School in Newton, Massachusetts passed away in his sleep from complications of undiagnosed diabetes.

To honor Jordan’s memory, the JBW Fund was established by his family, friends and community to foster awareness and education of the warning signs of diabetes. Sometimes the signs are obvious and sometimes the signs are subtle, limited and attributed to another illness. The latter was the case for Jordan.

Become familiar with the warning signs of diabetes

Knowledge is an important weapon against this disease and its complications.

Warning Signs of Diabetes

Type 1 Diabetes:

These symptoms can occur suddenly and must receive immediate medical attention.

  • Excessive thirst
  • Frequent urination, sometimes exhibited by bedwetting (in large quantities)
  • Blurry vision
  • Sugar in the urine
  • Sweet, fruity odor on breath
  • Increased hunger
  • Weight loss
  • Fatigue
  • Drowsiness, lethargy
  • Irritability and mood changes
  • Heavy, labored breathing
  • Confusion, Stupor, Unconsciousness

Type 2 Diabetes:

These symptoms occur gradually and must receive immediate medical attention.

  • Blurred vision
  • Tingling or numbness in the legs, feet or fingers
  • Darker patches of skin usually in neck folds
  • Drowsiness
  • Slow healing sores or frequent infections
  • Any of the symptoms listed under Type 1 diabetes

Many of these symptoms can be related to illnesses that are not associated with diabetes. This should be discussed with a health care provider.

For more information, talk to your school nurse or visit:

www.cdc.gov/diabetes or www.jdrf.org

Save the Date: Annual Zervas Auction is Sat March 25th

Save the Date! Please join us for our annual Zervas Auction

Saturday March 25th 7-11:00pm 

at The Windsor Club, 1601 Beacon St, Waban MA. 

There will be Mardi-Gras inspired theme dinner and specialty cocktails, dancing, and bidding on some amazing items all to support Zervas. Stay tuned for more opportunities to donate to this great event! Online bidding will begin March 13!

Amazon Smile

The PTO is now using Amazon Smile for fundraising.

If you are an Amazon shopper, please change your Amazon page to Amazon Smile and select Zervas as your charity to donate to Zervas each time you shop! It is easy and free!

Follow the steps below for the first time only. Then bookmark the smile.amazon page and remember to go to that page instead of the regular Amazon page for future visits. If you forget and fill up a shopping cart on the regular Amazon site, you can switch to the Amazon Smile site at any point before your purchase is confirmed and Amazon Smile will recognize your shopping cart.

After following these steps once, Amazon will automatically remember your charity and donate to Zervas each time to shop using the smile.amazon page!
1. Go to www.smile.amazon.com next time you are shopping on Amazon.
2. In the “Your Account” drop down on the top right, select “Change Your Charity.”
3. Where it says “Pick Your Own Charitable Organization,” type in “Zervas.”
4. Select “Zervas School Parent-Teacher Organization.”
5. Add smile.amazon.com to your bookmark or favorites menu.
6. Always use the www.smile.amazon.com page when shopping Amazon instead of www.amazon.com

Any questions? Email us at pto@zervaspto.org.

Co-Presidents Newsletter: December 2016

Hi Zervas Parents,

We hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and are enjoying the beginning of December! It was great to see so many of you at the Turkey Trot on November 19th. Over 200 kids ran this year in either the One Mile Fun Run or the 5k, and many of them were Zervas kids. Great job, kids!

Speaking of the Newton Turkey Trot, we have many Zervas parents to thank for taking on the big task of organizing this event. All proceeds raised will be contributed to the Newton Food Pantry. Priya Wagner quarterbacks the event and has an impressive team of past and present Zervas parents to help her including Liz Beckett, Caterina Betancourt, Ken Danila, Amy Penna, Kyle Pond, and Tim O’Brien. Thanks also to all those parents and alums who volunteered to help the race run smoothly: Tony Abbiati, Kristin Knuutilla, Jillian Queen, Erin Grabowski, Barbara Talvitie, Edie Knight, Elisa D’Andrea, Kathleen Kenslea, Carla Brigham, Elaine Whalen, David Canter, Caroline Whalen, Genna Wagner, Maggie Kenslea, Maisie Brigham, Teddy Hoppe and Daniel Beckett. It takes a village to run a Turkey Trot!

Earlier in November, Peter Malagodi and Ken Mignone organized the Zervas Variety shows. Thanks to them, Kindergartners through Fifth graders were able to show off their talents and creativity in a laid-back, low-risk environment. Thank you for two great nights, Peter and Ken!

Thanks to Lisa DePalma for hosting our first parent coffee of the school year! The parent coffees are held in various homes throughout the year and are a great way to connect with each other, especially now that many of us don’t see each other at drop-off or pick-up. Mark your calendar for the next parent coffee on Wednesday, January 11th at Barbara Talvitie’s house.

Here are a few things to keep in mind for December:

Don’t miss the Principal Coffee with Diana Beck at the Waban Library Center on Tuesday the 13th at 8:30am. Diana will update you on what’s going on at Zervas. You can also drop off cookies for the Holiday Cookie Swap for the Zervas staff that morning. If you’d like to donate cookies, but can’t make it to the Principal Coffee, reach out to Bindiya Stancampiano at bindiyaa@hotmail.com to arrange a drop-off at her house.

Amanda Zurick is organizing a Toys for Tots drive of new, unwrapped toys for children newborns through age 12.  Toys for children 0-2 and 9-12 are especially needed. Toys may be dropped off at the Zervas at Carr School lobby, at the Principal Coffee on December 13 at 8:30 am at the Waban Library, or at the Parent’s Night Out at Season’s 52 on December 8 at 6:00-8:30 pm. Please contact Amanda if you have any questions at azurick@gmail.com or 617-233-3255.

Here’s a little more information about the Parents Night Out this Thursday, December 8th: Stop by the bar at Seasons 52 in Chestnut Hill between 6:00 and 8:30. Mingle with Zervas parents, have a drink, and drop off a toy or two!

Speaking of gifts, if you would like to give a holiday gift to your child’s teacher, consider donating a book to the Zervas Library Holiday Gift Drive in the teacher’s name. You will be supporting our Zervas Library by selecting from hundreds of expertly chosen (by Ms. Kinney) titles. Each book donated will contain a bookplate with a personal dedication honoring a Zervas staff member of your choice. Visit this link by December 20th to choose a book to donate.  If you have any questions please contact Ms. Kinney or Lou Bonegio.

While shopping online this month, consider using Amazon Smile and selecting the Zervas PTO as the charitable organization! See this link for more instructions.

Looking ahead to 2017, please mark your calendar for Family Game Night on Wednesday, January 25th at Carr. More details will follow. And book your sitter for the annual Zervas Auction on Saturday, March, 25th. This year’s theme will be Mardi Gras and as always, the evening will be filled with delicious food and drink, exciting auction items, and opportunities to meet and mingle with other Zervas parents.

If you have any questions or suggestions, do not hesitate to contact us at pto@zervaspto.org.

Thank you,

Alicia Collins & Jessica Davis

PTO Co-Presidents

Zervas Is Running A Toys for Tots Drive!

Please consider donating a new, unwrapped toy for a child up though age 12 to enjoy this holiday season. There are three easy ways to donate!

  • Donation Bin at Zervas at Carr: There will a Toys for Tots donation bin in the main hallway until December 16th
  • Principal Coffee: Bring a toy to the Principal Coffee at the Waban Library on December 13th at 8:30am
  • Adult Night Out at Seasons 52 in Chestnut Hill: Stop by the bar at Seasons 52 on Thursday, December 8th from 6:00pm to 8:30pm. Mingle, have a drink and drop off a toy or two. Parents, teachers and staff are welcome!
  • Toys for Tots is especially in need of toys for children in the 0-2 and 9-12 range; they prefer not to accept toy weapons.

Contact Amanda Zurick at 617-233-3255 or azurick@gmail.com with any questions.

Ad-hoc email update

Due to server maintenance over Thanksgiving break, the regularly scheduled Zervas and Community Notes were interrupted. For this week alone, a consolidated ad-hoc email is being sent out. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Zervas Library Winter Gift Book 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. This is a great idea for the holidays and a way of thanking our dedicated teachers and staff members. Visit http://www.btsb.com/sosl/zervaselementaryschool/books/ by December 20th to choose a book to donate.

Any questions please contact Ms. Kinney(rebecca_kinney@newton.k12.ma.us) or Lou Bonegio (tubons@gmail.com).
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Holiday Cookie Swap for Zervas staff- Tuesday December 13

Help show your appreciation for the Zervas staff by participating in the annual Holiday Cookie Swap, Tuesday December 13. Every year the staff looks forward to sampling all the delicious cookies brought by Zervas families. If you would like to contribute a batch or two of cookies, please contact Bindiya Stancampiano (bindiyaa@hotmail.com). Cookies can be dropped off at the Principals breakfast at the Waban Library Center on 12/13 from 8:30-9:30 or at Bindiya’s house (1451 Beacon St) on Sunday 12/11 or the evening of Monday 12/12- please email to arrange.