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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.

January Co-Presidents Letter

Dear Zervas Families,

Happy New Year! We hope you had time over the holidays to relax with friends and family.

We’d like to thank all the Zervas families who donated books to the Library Book Drive. A total of 75 books were purchased and dedicated to various teacher and staff members! Lou Bonegio and Becky Kinney deserve a huge thank you for organizing the book drive. What a great success!

The teachers were overwhelmed by all the delicious cookies that Zervas families provided for the Holiday Cookie Swap. In a matter of 48 hours, we went from being worried that there weren’t enough donations to receiving a record number of cookies. Thank you. Bindiya Stancampiano does a wonderful job organizing the Cookie Swap, as well as all the other Teacher Appreciation events.

Zervas generosity also showed in the Toys for Tots Toy drive. An impressive number of toys were donated in this first year that Zervas participated. Thanks to Amanda Zurick for her fantastic energy in arranging the Toy Drive.

Try to find some time this Wednesday morning, January 11th to swing by Barbara Talvitie’s house for the first Parent Coffee of 2017. Enjoy a cup of coffee, a pastry, and the opportunity to connect with other parents. It starts at 8:30, and Barbara’s address is 1446 Beacon Street in Waban.

We hope that you will plan to come to the Family Game Night on Wednesday, January 25th at 6:30 at the Carr school. Eureka, a toy store in Brookline, will bring a lot of games for parents to play with their kids. They will also have games for purchase if you fall in love with one of the games you try. The PTO will provide dessert. If you have any questions, please reach out to Matt Goldstein.

The Auction Committee is hard at work organizing the big event, which is on Saturday, March 25th. One of the only annual social events for Zervas parents, the Auction will wow you with delicious food and drink and exciting auction items. Come get your Mardi Gras on!

Speaking of the Auction, the committee would love for you to donate items! The items that raise the most money for our school are donated by Zervas families.  Ideas include themed dinners (similar to a Destination Dinner), mom’s/dad’s nights out, cocktail parties, kids’ playdates, sports or theater tickets, use of a ski condo or other vacation property, or gift certificates, especially any that you can secure through work or other connections. Please send a description of any community-related donations to Wendy Feiner and other donations to Craig Kapilow.

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

First parent coffee of 2017

Come join us at the first Parent Coffee of 2017! It will take place tomorrow, Wednesday, January, 11th, from 8:30-10am at Barbara Talvitie’s house (1446 Beacon Street). You might want to park around the corner on Upland Road. Please stop by if you’re able and catch up with friends new and old.

And mark your calendars for the upcoming Parent Coffee dates:

Tuesday March 14th hosted by Sandy Sloane

Monday April 10th hosted by Christy Nguyen

Zervas Family Game Night – January 25, 2017

Please save the date for Wednesday, January 25 for our Zervas Family Game Night from 6:30 – 8:00 pm, sponsored by the PTO.

We will have loads of fun games and puzzles brought to Carr from Eureka! in Brookline for our students and their families to enjoy together, along with special desserts.

Mark your calendar now, more details about this very special event will follow after the holiday break.

January 2017 School Health Newsletter

Coughing, sneezing, vomiting, diarrhea, oh my!

Winter illness is abounding, as is often the case during the colder months.

Here are some Stay Healthy Tips:

 Handwashing is one of the best ways to prevent the spread of illness.

  • Wash your hands often — when they are dirty, before eating, after using the restroom and after sneezing into a tissue
  • Use soap and warm water and rub your hands together for at least 20 seconds before rinsing and drying.
  • Alcohol-based hand sanitizers are ok to use when your hands aren’t visibly dirty, but hand washing is preferable
  • Make it fun with kids – sing a song and model thoroughly soaping up!
  • Vomiting and/or diarrhea — “the stomach bug” – are often transmitted via a fecal/oral route, meaning virus is shed in the stool, gets on hands, and then enters the body through the mouth. Thorough hand washing after using the bathroom helps prevent this type of illness.

 Cough Etiquette

  • Avoid coughing or sneezing into your hands – use a tissue or your elbow

Preferred Practices

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Stay away from people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.

If your child unfortunately does get sick, please follow the illness policy. A student will be excluded from school if he/she has:

  • A fever of 100° or greater in the past 24 hours
  • A communicable disease diagnosis
  • A cold in the active stages – coughing, sneezing, nasal drainage
  • A sore throat and/or swollen neck glands
  • Vomiting or diarrhea in the past 24 hours
  • Acute pain that requires relief by narcotic medication
  • An undiagnosed rash or skin eruption

Nurses monitor illness patterns so please contact the school nurse:

  • If you are uncertain if your child should come to school
  • To report illness when keeping your child home

Adapted from cdc.gov/handwashing

Save the Date and Submit Your Donations for Our 2017 Fundraising Auction

Save the date and book the babysitter! The annual Zervas Auction is on Saturday Night, March 25th, 7:00pm at the Windsor Club. This is one of our biggest fundraisers and it is a really fun, adult only event. There will be Mardi-Gras themed appetizers as well as dinner , an open bar (wine, beer and a specialty hurricane cocktail), and a DJ with dancing!

Please consider donating a dinner or an event to the Zervas Auction! Events may include a themed dinner, mom’s/dad’s night out, or cocktail hour. Please specifiy the number of people you can accommodate, and the date you want the event to take place. Another fun way you can donate is by donating a kids’ playdate, such as a Sleepunder, Basketball Game/Pizza Party, Movie/Popcorn dates, etc. You can limit it to your child’s own grade or keep it open to any grade. These are great ways to get to know more parents and support the school!

For community events, please contact Wendy Feiner (wfeiner@gmail.com) for more information or to donate.

Please also consider other donations through workplaces or other connections, such as sports tickets, events, or gift certificates. To submit one of these donations, please contact Craig Kapilow (craigkapilow10@gmail.com)

First parent coffee of 2017

Mark your calendars for the first Parent Coffee of 2017! It will take place next Wednesday, Jan. 11th, from 8:30-10am at Barbara Talvitie’s house (1446 Beacon Street). Please stop by if you’re able and catch up with friends new and old.

Zervas Family Game Night – January 25, 2017

Please save the date for Wednesday, January 25 for our Zervas Family Game Night from 6:30 – 8:00 pm, sponsored by the PTO.

We will have loads of fun games and puzzles brought to Carr from Eureka! in Brookline for our students and their families to enjoy together, along with special desserts.

Mark your calendar now, more details about this very special event will follow after the holiday break.

Zervas Library Winter Gift Book Drive

Thank you to everybody who has already donated. There is still time for those who want to 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. The Staff member will be notified of your dedication. 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).

Our progress towards our goal:

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.