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.

TONIGHT: Raising Anti-Racist Kids Event on October 27 at 7pm

Tuesday, October 27, 7pm
Hosted by the Newton Public Library
Cosponsored by FORJ, The Harmony Foundation, and the Newton Human Rights Commission

Join us for the first in a multi-part educational series on being an anti-racist. This program is part of Overdue: Confronting Race and Racism in Newton, a city-wide read and series of events and conversations on race and racism. The panelists will be:

  • Ellie Axe, Director, Story Starters
  • Michele Leong, Newton North High School Office of Human Rights 
  • Kathy Lopes, Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Newton Public Schools
  • Dr. Henry Turner, Principal, Newton North High School
  • Dr. David A. Fleishman, Superintendent of Schools will moderate

Register here. An email with a link for the webinar will be sent out prior to the event.

Room Parents: Sign up today!

Sign up to be a Room Parent. We have openings to be filled in all grades but especially in K, 4, 5, and STRIDE classrooms.

Room Parents serve as a link between teacher and families, especially this year, by:

  • Set up initial meeting with classroom teacher(s).
  • Assist teacher(s) (as they request) in communicating with families.
  • Coordinate holiday and year-end gifts for teachers and classroom aides.
  • Organize a teacher appreciation event/gesture/display for all Zervas staff during your grade’s assigned Teacher Appreciation Month. 
  • Help with Teacher Appreciation Week, May 3rd-7th. 
  • Help promote community in your class and grade.

PTO Dues: Can we get 100% participation?

Please go to Membership Toolkit to update your directory information and to pay PTO dues.

You may not receive some classroom or grade specific PTO emails if your information is not updated.

Thank you to those families who have updated the directory and paid their PTO Dues already.

Do you have a great fundraising idea? We’d love to hear it!

Last night we had our first ever Zervas PTO Fundraising Brainstorming session. This year we have the opportunity to think different as we create new ways to create community and connection, as well as to raise funds to support our PTO and its mission. We are excited about some new ideas to bring to you this year, but we’d love to hear more if you have something to share! Please email pto@zervaspto.org if you have an idea or are interested to learn more.

Principal Coffee on Zoom on November 6 at 8:30am

Save the Date! The Zervas PTO is hosting a Zoom meeting with Dr. Beck on Friday, November 6 at 8:30am. Zoom info forthcoming.

Happening TODAY: Principal Meeting for Zervas Families of Color on October 20 at 7:30pm

The Zervas PTO is hosting a Zoom meeting with Dr. Beck specifically for Zervas Families of Color on Tuesday, October 20 at 7:30pm. 

The goal of this meeting is to provide space for the experiences and questions of families of color to be heard and addressed, as well as a means for these families to connect.  All parents/caregivers of color, as well as parents/caregivers of students of color are invited to join in this conversation.  This space is intentionally created for people of color, people who self identify as Black, Latinx, Indigenous, Asian/Pacific Islander, multiracial, etc., recognizing the ways that racism in our country affects these communities.

To RSVP, please click here

Happening TODAY: Police Reform Task Force: Listen, Learn, Reflect, Share Event on October 20 at 5pm


On Tuesday, October 20 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., join the Newton Police Reform Task Force to learn from Dr. Mahzarin R. Banaji, author of Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People.  Dr. Banaji will give a presentation on implicit bias and be accompanied by Task Force members Judge Sonja Spears and City of Cambridge Police Department Deputy Superintendent Robert Lowe. Register here for the program, a part of the Overdue: Confronting Race & Racism in Newton series. 

Happening THIS WEEKEND: Zervas Halloween Haunted Woods on Saturday, October 24

Check out the sign up today and reserve your spot now!  Saturday, October 24th 1-4pm (Rain Date Sunday, October 25th)

Notes from The Halloween Team:

  1. Everyone that wants to attend MUST sign up. Sign up today. Don’t forget to wear masks and keep social distancing rules. 
  2. If you have signed up but your plans have changed , please take your name off sign up sheet to free up room for other families. 
  3. Keep your eyes open for an email with more details on Friday. 
  4. Each child should bring FROM HOME: 1 rubber band, 1 small ball (tennis ball size), and 1 pencil/pen. If you don’t have a ball handy you can easily make one with scrunched up tin foil. 
  5. Due to Covid restrictions we will not be able to hand out and candy or  food or drink items. 
  6. Please bring a pantry item to donate. 
  7. Please consider volunteering. We especially need help with clean up.

Fundraising Brainstorm on October 26 at 8pm. We need YOU!

All are welcome and encouraged to attend. Help us brainstorm some new fundraising ideas for the year. As we are/were unable to run some of our biggest fundraisers last year and this year, we are looking for fresh fundraising ideas to support the PTO budget. RSVP to pto@zervaspto.org if you can attend or are interested to learn more. Otherwise, please feel free to jump on Zoom the night of without an RSVP.

Topic: Fundraising Brainstorm
Time: Oct 26, 2020 08:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84093683472?pwd=cTRTUHJ2NXZGeURteitUK0NZS0dIZz09

Meeting ID: 840 9368 3472
Passcode: iztAb9

Raising Anti-Racist Kids Event on October 27 at 7pm

Tuesday, October 27, 7pm
Hosted by the Newton Public Library
Cosponsored by FORJ, The Harmony Foundation, and the Newton Human Rights Commission

Join us for the first in a multi-part educational series on being an anti-racist. This program is part of Overdue: Confronting Race and Racism in Newton, a city-wide read and series of events and conversations on race and racism. The panelists will be:

  • Ellie Axe, Director, Story Starters
  • Michele Leong, Newton North High School Office of Human Rights 
  • Kathy Lopes, Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Newton Public Schools
  • Dr. Henry Turner, Principal, Newton North High School
  • Dr. David A. Fleishman, Superintendent of Schools will moderate

Register here. An email with a link for the webinar will be sent out prior to the event.