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

Znotes Policy

Znotes Policy: Please submit all Zervas announcements by Sunday for distribution on Tuesday. Email zmail@zervaspto.org with your announcement.

Send city-wide Community announcements to all Newton elementary schools by emailing newsletters@newtonptocouncil.org.

Online Auction Item Pickup

Thanks for bidding during our online auction! Our team is working hard to get the items delivered during this time of social distancing.

If you’ve won an item and have already paid. Thank you!

Email Dana Fernandez at dkaretny@gmail.com to arrange pickup.

If you’ve won an item and have not yet paid for it, check your email for an invoice from 32Auctions with a link to payment. You can also log into your account at 32Auctions and find the invoice there. If you can’t find your invoice and need help, email Dana Fernandez at dkaretny@gmail.com.

Spring Fling Update

Our in-person April 4th party is cancelled. The committee is still looking into hosting some virtual Zervas community event the night of the 4th. Please stay tuned…

If you have an idea of how to do this (how do we host an online party for 200 or so people??) please email springfling@zervaspto.org.

We are all looking forward to the day we can come back together to celebrate. In the mean time, we will attempt our community-building virtually.

Zervas PTO has Zoom

The Zervas PTO has a Zoom account. If your class would like to plan a virtual play date, or the class parents would all like to get virtual together, the PTO can give you access. If your committee would like to schedule a virtual meeting, please email us. Please let us know if you if you need it.

pto@zervaspto.org

We want to help our Zervas community to stay connected.

3/15 Letter from NPS

We hope you are seeing the emails from NPS. We are all getting so very many emails right now, so we want to post a few important points. Click here to read the letter in it’s entirety and find more resources on the NPS website.

March 15th SCHOOL CLOSURE UNTIL APRIL 6TH AND, NEXT STEPS
From David Fleishman

Learning During School Closure

Governor Baker has asked districts to consider what they can do to keep learning alive for students while schools are closed. As we think about learning, it is important to note that learning in schools includes academic and social and emotional experiences, all of which are challenging to replicate without face to face interaction. That said, we want to ensure that our students have opportunities to be engaged and supported while they are away from school. These opportunities will look different depending on the grade and learning needs of the student.

Our dedicated staff will be preparing appropriate enrichment activities to help students remain engaged while school is not in session. The materials will provide educational opportunities and activities at grade level for your children. These materials and activities are not intended to replace classroom instruction or to substitute for it in any way. They are supplemental and meant to be interesting and to encourage students to explore on their own. In addition, we will be working with our administrators and staff teams to plan strategies to connect with students periodically while they are away from school. More details on our plans will be shared shortly.

Social Distancing

As has been recommended by Newton Health and Human Services, and reiterated in Governor Baker’s remarks, social distancing is critical to slowing the spread of the virus in Massachusetts. We are encouraging “social distancing” (staying out of large groups and maintaining 6 feet of separation at smaller gatherings) to lower the risk of transmission of illness to others. We urge families to restrict their childrens’ play dates and in-person social interactions and to consider other ways that they can have appropriate and healthy connections with their peers.

Food Scarcity

We know school closures may significantly impact families in many ways, especially those experiencing food insecurity. Beginning on Tuesday, March 17th, Grab ‘n Go meals will be available to NPS students in need at both Newton North and Newton South High Schools. Please see details below: Time: Between 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Location at South: Front parking loop Location at North: Parking area near auditorium entrance Additional assistance locations for those experiencing food scarcity can be found on our website at: www.newton.k12.ma.us/covid19

Online Auction: THANK YOU!

It was an unusual week to hold one of our biggest PTO fundraisers… Final numbers will come out in the upcoming weeks but we are happy to report we are quite pleased with this fundraiser.

THANK YOU to all of you who bid on items. THANK YOU to our hardworking Online Auction Committee.

THANK YOU to our whole Zervas community. One of the primary goals of the Zervas PTO is community building and we are still focused on continuing our work this year and for the future.

Spring Fling: Update

Our April 4th Apres Winter party is cancelled but the Spring Fling will still be on! Save the date and watch for more details as we work out how to host our annual party and fundraiser auction online. We’re creating a new playbook for this one!

With good faith that we will all be coming together again, we will be holding our annual Zervas Community Party Silent Auction online this year. Please stay tuned…

From the ZCC: Community-Wide FORJ Zoom Meeting

Connection during Uncertain Times – Zoom Discussion Group

Purpose: We are creating on-line communities to increase confidence, clarity, and self-awareness during times of uncertainty. 

Process: We will host a Zoom Call every Wednesday at 10 am-11am, facilitated by Elisa Rodriguez and Amy Behrens each week for up to 10 people.  We encourage you to organize your own Zoom Calls with others. You are welcome to copy this program or create your own! We will distribute a new program each week for you to use.

RSVP HERE 

Please click here to view this program.  And share widely, we hope it can provide support to anyone interested in starting their own group. 

Please email ZCC@zervasPTO.org is you have questions about this program or would like to start one at Zervas. 

Zervas & Massachusetts Safe Routes to School Yard Sign design contest

Do you know about the new hands-free cell phone law (link to :https://malegislature.gov/laws/generallaws/parti/titlexiv/chapter90/section13b)? It is a strong step to eliminate distracted driving, especially in and around school zones.

Zervas is running a yard sign design contest as a way for students to use their creativity to help promote safe roads for cyclists and pedestrians in our community. Winning designs, as selected by a panel of Zervas volunteers, will be made into yard signs and posted along Beethoven Ave and Beacon St. All designs will also be submitted to the Massachusetts Safe Routes to School contest as well; the winning designs from the state contest will be made into yard signs for distribution to schools across Massachusetts.

Guidelines:

  • The contest is open to all Zervas students; only designs from those in grades 2-5 will be submitted to the Massachusetts contest.
  • Students may submit an 8 1⁄2 x 11 hand drawn color version of the sign and/or a digital version (email digital version to zervaswalks@gmail.com)
  • Yard signs must not include any copyrighted photos or slogans, including SRTS or MassDOT logos.
  • To apply to the state contest, a parent/guardian must also sign the form acknowledging all the contest guidelines outlined within this document. Print the form here (LINK: https://www.mass.gov/doc/yard-sign-design-contest-signups-and-guidelines-2020/download) and turn it in with the design. 
  • Firm Zervas deadline is Monday, May 23 so we can mail them to the state. Turn in at the Zervas main office. 

Questions? Email Zervaswalks@gmail.com

Our Online AUCTON IS LIVE! Go Bid!!

The Zervas PTO Online Auction is live! Click here to bid!!
Monday, March 6 @ 9:00am – Sunday, March 15 @ 9:00pm

32auctions.com/zervas

We have collected gift cards from restaurants, gyms, camps, salons, grocery stores, tickets and more. Bid on items and maybe score some good deals. All of the money raised goes to your Zervas PTO.

https://www.32auctions.com/zervas

From the Zervas Green Team: Green Wednesdays

The Z Green Team at Zervas has been working hard on promoting environmentally friendly initiatives and awareness at Zervas. We are now launching a new initiative to celebrate positive environmental actions called GREEN WEDNESDAYS.

Every Wednesday:
WEAR BLUE or GREEN clothes
WALK, BIKE or take the BUS to school
Bring/Use REUSABLE snack/lunch and water containers that are clearly labeled.

Also, it’s not too late to sign up for the Z Green Team. If your 3rd-5th grader is interested in joining the after school club and get to work on some of these exciting environmental/sustainability projects; the next meeting is on March 25th and you can still sign up using this link (more info below)
https://forms.gle/oAL9BfiEScsFDcqZ6

The Z Green Team is a new student environmental club meets after school one Wednesday each month. The Z Green Team is led by the PTO Parent Green Team in partnership with 5th grade teacher Mr. Raney and a ZASP coordinator. Z Green Team members have been brainstorming 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 next meeting is Wednesday March 25th from 3:10-4:00 pm. If your child is interested, please sign up using the link above.

Questions? Email the Zervas Green Team @ GreenTeam@zervaspto.org