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.

Buy Your Tickets for the Zervas Raffle!

What could be more fun than being Principal for the day with Dr. Beck? Being chef for a day with Ms. Eakin, Ms. Methven, Ms. Foley and Ms. Aldrich? What about pizza and basketball with Mr. Bergquist, an original song written about you by Mr. O’Rourke, or a yoga class with Mr. West? These are just some of the amazing experiences Zervas teachers and staff donated for this year’s Zervas Raffle!

A complete list of all raffle items and 6 raffle tickets will be sent home with your child this week. The price of each raffle ticket is $5. This year each Zervas family will receive one complimentary ticket! Winning names for each item will be drawn during the week of February 4th. We will email you if your child’s name is drawn.

All raffle materials need to be received by Wednesday, January 30th. If you would like to purchase more tickets, please email Katie Britton (kibritton@hotmail.com) or Alison Kapilow (alison.kapilow@gmail.com).

Co-Presidents Letter: Zervas Fundraising

Hello Zervas Families,

In the upcoming weeks, you’re going to start seeing email blasts and letters home about different fundraising initiatives we have at Zervas.  In addition to running the Kindergarten Soccer program, which is our single largest fundraiser, we hold several community-based fundraisers.  We thought it might be helpful to lay them all out in one letter so you know what’s coming.

Teacher Raffle
Next week, your student will come home with a sheet filled with teacher and staff led activities, parties and lunches that your student can have the opportunity to win.  Each student is given one free ticket to enter into the raffle-style drawing.  Additional tickets can be purchased for $5 each and all money raised goes directly to the Zervas PTO.  Please read the letter closely and don’t be late turning in your ticket(s) by the January 30th deadline!  Students love winning these activities and the PTO is grateful to the staff for their generosity planning and hosting.

March Online Auction
The Zervas Online Auction committee is busy contacting restaurants, summer camps, gyms, salons, grocery stores, party venues, and many more local businesses to get donated gift cards and services for us to auction off during our annual online fundraiser.  Businesses donate to us and we sell the items to the highest bidder with the profits going to the PTO.  The online-only auction will be live on the Bidding For Good website March 4th-10th and bidding will be brisk.  Please watch for the emails announcing the start of the auction and spread the word to your non-Zervas friends too, anyone can bid.

Spring Fling
This might be our most fun fundraiser.  The Zervas school will be turned into an adults-only party on Saturday night, April 27th.  Book your babysitter early!  The festive night (theme to be revealed later) will be filled with food, drinks, dancing and fun.  There will also be a silent auction table which will have many good things to bid on:  there will be Zervas-Community items like parties and dinners at Zervas family houses, sports tickets, special packages, and more.  Tickets to the party will be sold in advance so watch for the letters and don’t be late with your RSVP.  All profits from the ticket sales and silent auction go to the Zervas PTO.  Come have a fun night with your Zervas community while supporting the PTO.

As always, we are both available to answer any questions and welcome your comments.  And if you’re looking to get involved with any of these fundraising committees or have an item you would like to donate, please email us at pto@zervaspto.org.

Maggie Schmidt & Jenn Martin
Zervas PTO Co-Presidents

Family Movie Night: Thursday, January 24

Come join us for the second annual Family Movie Night, on Thursday, January 24 at 6:15 in the Zervas Cafetorium for the newly released Pixar Animated Shorts Volume 3.

Kick back and relax with your kids for the evening. Eat dinner before you go or bring a picnic to eat during the movie. Popcorn and Fruit Snacks will be provided by the PTO. Feel free to bring a blanket or pillow to make yourself more comfortable.  And bring your water bottle for filling at the fountains.

Volunteers needed for Movie Night

Volunteers are needed to scoop popcorn, supervise the snacks table, and clean up afterwards. Shifts are 15 to 45 minutes, sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090f45a9a92ca1fc1-movie

 

 

Zervas Online Auction – Volunteers and Items needed!

Planning for the March Zervas Online Auction is underway! This year we are looking to expand this fun, efficient, established committee. Please contact us at auction@zervaspto.org if you’d like to help reach out to businesses or publicize this popular auction, which is a major fundraiser for the PTO.

Do you work for or own a business that would like to donate a few items to our March Zervas Online Auction? Do you have sports tickets or concert tickets you can donate?  Or restaurant or store connections that could lead to the donation of a gift card? Reach out to auction@zervaspto.org and someone will follow up.

Family Movie Night: Thursday, January 24

Come join us for the second annual Family Movie Night, on Thursday, January 24 at 6:15 in the Zervas Cafetorium for the newly released Pixar Animated Shorts Volume 3.

Kick back and relax with your kids for the evening. Eat dinner before you go or bring a picnic to eat during the movie. Popcorn and Fruit Snacks will be provided by the PTO. Feel free to bring a blanket or pillow to make yourself more comfortable.  And bring your water bottle for filling at the fountains.

FORJ meeting January 17

January 17th – FORJ All Schools Family Friendly Meeting 6:30-8:30pm
Angier Elementary Family Pizza dinner and socializing

  • Art Activity focused on Martin Luther King, Jr. inspired themes
  • Video and Small Group Discussions on Microaggressions and Standing Up Against Racism and Bias at our Schools

Sign up HERE: https://goo.gl/forms/WN67i9Bb1eTLzyvp2

Want to receive FORJ Newsletters? Sign up on our website: www.forjnewton.com and make sure the forjnewton@gmail.com is in your contacts. Hope to see you soon!

FAMILIES ORGANIZING FOR RACIAL JUSTICE

Families Organizing for Racial Justice (FORJ) is a group of diverse Newton families helping our children learn about issues of power and inequality and how to stand up for racial justice. We seek to generate understanding and curiosity about differences in our society, and to work together towards racial equity.

 

Co-Presidents Letter January 2019

Dear Zervas Families,

Happy New Year! We hope you had fun with family over winter break. Catch up with other parents this Friday, January 4 at 8:30 a.m. in the cafetorium at the first PTO Parent Social Coffee of 2019.

We’d like to thank all the Zervas families who donated books to the December Library Book Drive. A total of 49 books have been purchased and dedicated to various teacher and staff members. Chris Detjen and Becky Kinney deserve a big thank you for organizing the book drive which runs through January 5th so it’s not too late to donate a book!

A huge thanks to all the Zervas families who donated a toy to the Zervas Toys for Tots campaign. Thank you to Jackie Washington and Tanya Ianniello for running the drive.

The teachers thank the 40+ families who baked cookies for the Zervas Teacher Cookie Swap. The swap was preceded by the PTO-hosted Inclusive Schools Week Lunch.  Thanks to Sanskriti Singh for organizing both, and Dana Fernandez, Suzanne Afergan, Lori Unver, and Adi Barlev-Ehrenberg for their event help.

Understanding Our Differences is a Newton-wide interactive disability awareness curriculum for grades 3-5. Thank you to Cheryl Hersh for coordinating the program at Zervas.  And thank you to Katherine Kranenburg, Amy Massey, Erika Pond, and Roysin Younkin for coordinating each grade.  We also want to thank the many parents who volunteer their time in the classroom and teach children to see the whole person and better understand the disability.

Planning for the March Zervas Online Auction is underway! This year we are looking to expand this fun, efficient, established committee. Please contact us at auction@zervaspto.org if you’d like to help reach out to businesses or publicize this popular auction, which is a major fundraiser for the PTO.

Do you work for or own a business that would like to donate a few items to our March Zervas Online Auction? Do you have sports tickets or concert tickets you can donate?  Or restaurant or store connections that could lead to the donation of a gift card? Reach out to auction@zervaspto.org and someone will follow up.

Come join us for the second annual Family Movie Night, on Thursday, January 24 at 6:15 in the Zervas Cafetorium for the newly released Pixar Animated Shorts Volume 3. Kick back and relax with your kids for the evening. Eat dinner before you go or bring a picnic to eat during the movie. Popcorn and Fruit Snacks will be provided by the PTO. Feel free to bring a blanket or pillow to make yourself more comfortable.  And bring your water bottle for filling at the fountains.

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

Thank you,

Maggie Schmidt & Jenn Martin
PTO Co-Presidents

Parent Social Coffee Friday, January 4

Join the PTO for a parent social coffee at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, January 4 in the cafetorium. Stop by to say hello!

Library Gift Book Drive

The Zervas Library Winter Gift Book Drive is open through 12/31!  Please consider donating a book in honor of a teacher, staff, family member, friend.  Each book donated will contain a bookplate with a personal dedication honoring the person of your choice.  If you would like to see one of your favorite books added to the wishlist, please reach out to Becky Kinney (rebecca_kinney@newton.k12.ma.us) or Chris Detjen (cmdetjen@yahoo.com).

Click here to donate a book: https://www.btsb.com/sosl/zervaselementaryschool7