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.

TOMORROW – Zervas Family Game Night!

This Wednesday, January 24, join Zervas families for the second annual Zervas Family Game Night! Eureka, a local game store, will provide loads of family-friendly games and puzzles for all to enjoy. Eureka will also have their “pop-up” store with some of their more popular games for sale.

  • 6-6:30 p.m. Pizza, fruit, veggies and desserts will be served in the Zervas lobby while Eureka sets up. Parents, please keep your children in the lobby as the rest of the school will be off limits. At 6:30 we will stop serving food so come early enough to grab a bite to eat!
  • 6:30-7:30 p.m. Games and puzzles in the cafetorium for families to play with their children.

Students who attend will receive a homework pass for the evening.  Please contact Ginna Martin (ginna.martin@mac.com) or Peter Malagodi (pmagalodi@gmail.com) if you have questions about the event.  We hope to see you there!

 

Zervas Family Game Night! Wednesday, January 24th, 6:00-7:30pm

The Zervas PTO would like to invite your whole family to come to Game Night, where Eureka! will provide loads of family-friendly games and puzzles for all to enjoy in the Zervas Cafetorium.  This is a perfect opportunity for families to get together!  Pizza, fruit, veggies and desserts will be provided by the PTO.  Students who attend will receive a homework pass for the evening.  Please contact Ginna Martin (ginna.martin@mac.com) or Peter Malagodi (pmagalodi@gmail.com) if you have questions about the event.  We hope to see you there!

BOKS @ Zervas is back for a Winter Session: Registration deadline extended to Jan 26

BOKS @ Zervas is back for a Winter Session – Registration deadline extended to January 26

After a successful pilot of BOKS @ Zervas in the Fall we are pleased to expand BOKS to accommodate more students and increase to two times per week (Wednesdays and Fridays).  Since the Fall session was so popular we are going to use a lottery system to determine registration.  There will be a small fee to cover the costs for the program.  Students may choose to enroll in 1 day per week or both days.

Timeline                  

January 8             Registration opens

January 26          EXTENDED: Registration closes at midnight

January 27           Confirmed registered students will be notified

February 7            BOKS @ Zervas Winter session begins

April 27                 BOKS @ Zervas Winter session concludes

 

The program, inspired by the book Spark written by Dr. John Ratey, states that “exercise is the single most powerful tool we have to optimize the function of our brains.” BOKS brings this to life by empowering and training parents, teachers and passionate community members to provide our children with more opportunities for physical activity and nutritional knowledge.

Space is limited to 55 students so register today:

https://tinyurl.com/BOKSatZervas.

Volunteers needed to greet students at the door, take photos of the group and support the lead trainer.  Email Aimee Sprung to volunteer or with any questions at azaiger@hotmail.com.

Additional information is available here: https://1drv.ms/w/s!As4ZKnHz9iieiqx2VC2h9Zuq6VDChQ.

SAVE THE DATE FOR THE KENTUCKY ZERBY PARTY!

April 28, 7:00-11:00pm

Book your babysitters, this is a parent only event.

Our new Spring Fling party has replaced the old Zervas Auction party.   The community parties will be available for bid at this event.    There will be a delicious dinner, flowing drinks, entertainment, and dancing.   Online tickets will be available soon.

Get ready for the Run for the Roses!

Mira Woods, Cate Menon, Noemy Ehrlich, and Wendy Feiner

PTO Co-Presidents Letter: Jan 2018

Dear Zervas Families,

Happy New Year! We hope you managed to have fun with family over the holidays and stay warm. What a frigid end of 2017 and beginning of 2018.  And then two snow days! Hopefully the rest of January will be more kind to us.

Our second annual Family Game Night will be held Wednesday, January 24th at 6:00 in the Zervas cafetorium. Pizza, veggies, and fruit will be served while Eureka!, a toy store in Brookline, sets up a ton 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. This is a great chance to unplug with your kids for the evening. If you have any questions, please reach out to Peter Malagodi or Ginna Martin who are helping to organize the evening.

We’d like to thank all the Zervas families who donated books to the December Library Book Drive. A total of 54 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.

Zervas families were also generous in donating to the Toys for Tots Toy drive. Amanda Zurick, our fearless leader who organized the toy drive, estimates that well over 100 toys were dropped off in the lobby. That’s amazing!

BOKS is a before school exercise program that was piloted very successfully at Zervas this Fall. If you missed the Zmail announcement about the next session, please go to our website or you can go straight to register your child here by January 19 at midnight. The winter session will begin on February 9th and will be limited to 55 students. Thank you to Aimee Sprung for her vision and leadership in making BOKS a reality.

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

Thank you,

Alicia Collins & Jenn Martin

PTO Co-Presidents

 

Boks @ Zervas is BACK

BOKS @ Zervas is back for a Winter Session – Before school exercise program for students

After a successful pilot of BOKS @ Zervas in the Fall we are pleased to expand BOKS to accommodate more students and increase to two times per week (Wednesdays and Fridays). Since the Fall session was so popular we are going to use a lottery system to determine registration. There will be a small fee to cover the costs for the program. Students may choose to enroll in 1 day per week or both days.

Timeline
January 8 Registration opens
January 19 Registration closes at midnight
January 26 Confirmed registered students will be notified
February 7 BOKS @ Zervas Winter session begins
April 27 BOKS @ Zervas Winter session concludes

The program, inspired by the book Spark written by Dr. John Ratey, states that “exercise is the single most powerful tool we have to optimize the function of our brains.” BOKS brings this to life by empowering and training parents, teachers and passionate community members to provide our children with more opportunities for physical activity and nutritional knowledge.

Space is limited to 55 students so register today:
https://tinyurl.com/BOKSatZervas.

Volunteers needed to greet students at the door, take photos of the group and support the lead trainer. Email Aimee Sprung to volunteer or with any questions at azaiger@hotmail.com.

Additional information is available here: https://www.bokskids.org/.

Boks @ Zervas is BACK

BOKS @ Zervas is back for a Winter Session – Before school exercise program for students

After a successful pilot of BOKS @ Zervas in the Fall we are pleased to expand BOKS to accommodate more students and increase to two times per week (Wednesdays and Fridays). Since the Fall session was so popular we are going to use a lottery system to determine registration. There will be a small fee to cover the costs for the program. Students may choose to enroll in 1 day per week or both days.

Timeline
January 8 Registration opens
January 19 Registration closes at midnight
January 26 Confirmed registered students will be notified
February 7 BOKS @ Zervas Winter session begins
April 27 BOKS @ Zervas Winter session concludes

The program, inspired by the book Spark written by Dr. John Ratey, states that “exercise is the single most powerful tool we have to optimize the function of our brains.” BOKS brings this to life by empowering and training parents, teachers and passionate community members to provide our children with more opportunities for physical activity and nutritional knowledge.

Space is limited to 55 students so register today:
https://tinyurl.com/BOKSatZervas.

Volunteers needed to greet students at the door, take photos of the group and support the lead trainer. Email Aimee Sprung to volunteer or with any questions at azaiger@hotmail.com.

Additional information is available here: https://www.bokskids.org/.

Refugee Protection International

Dear Zervas parents,

This winter, you can improve the life of a Syrian child displaced by war by making a tax-deductible donation to Refugee Protection International, a 501(c)3 public charity located in the Greater Boston Area. Engage your child’s empathy by giving him or her the satisfaction of helping a child who has known only violence and loss.
– A $25 gift will help a Syrian child learn to read and write in Lebanon.
– A $50 gift will heat the tents of two families in Syria with eco-friendly fuel.
– A $75 gift will help a refugee afford complex medical care in Lebanon.
– A $100 gift will help purchase a neonatal incubator for the Avicenna Women and Children’s Hospital being built underground in Syria.

RPI co-designs urgent humanitarian projects with grassroots nonprofit implementing partners in the Middle East, enabling you to cost-effectively support both relief and capacity building with each donation. 97% of RPI’s expenses in 2017 will go directly toward programming. Over 17,000 refugees have benefited to date. Join us in reaching more. Learn more at: https://refugeeprotection.org/

Thank you,

Jennifer V. Hill
Founder & Executive Director
Refugee Protection International

Rashin Khosravi
RPI Volunteer & Zervas Parent

Thanks for Participating in the Zervas Raffle

Winning tickets from the Zervas Raffle tickets were picked last week and winners’ parents were notified by e-mail. Congrats to all the raffle prize winners – especially Levi B (1S) and Connor B (5S) who will be Principal for a Day later in the year! The $3,000 raised by the Raffle will support the Creative Arts and Science program at Zervas. Thanks to all the teachers, staff and families who participated and made this such a success!

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 the Zervas Library Winter book drive at www.btsb.com/sosl/zervaselementaryschool4/ by the end of the year to choose a book to donate.
For any questions please contact Ms. Kinney (rebecca_kinney@newton.k12.ma.us) or Lou Bonegio (tubons@gmail.com).