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.

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. Arkin, Ms. Eakin and Ms. Methven? What about a Harry Potter discussion and culinary adventure with Ms. Deeks, Ms. Hayward, Mr. Raney and Mr. Stern? These are just some of the amazing experiences Zervas teachers and staff have 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 December 11th. We will email you if your child’s name is drawn.
All raffle materials need to be received by Wednesday, December 6th. If you would like to purchase more tickets, please email Katie Britton ( or Alison Kapilow (

Holiday Cookie Swap For the Zervas Staff – Thursday December 7th

Help show our appreciation for Zervas teachers and staff
by participating in the annual Holiday Cookie Swap on Thursday, December 7th.
Every year the staff looks forward to sampling all the delicious cookies brought in by Zervas families as part of the Staff Holiday Luncheon. If you would like to contribute a batch or two of cookies, please contact SANSKRITI SINGH (

Turkey Trot Thank you!

Thank you to all of the Zervas families that came out on Saturday to participate and cheer on the runners in the 4th annual Turkey Trot. We had over 900 registrants this year and had tons of food, music and fun all morning! Congratulations to all of the first time runners! No worries if you missed this years race, we are already starting to plan for next years event. Together we were able to raised $6000 for the Newton Food Pantry and donated 300 food items! Please send along any photos from race day to
Happy Thanksgiving!
The Turkey Trot Team

Variety Shows – Thank you

Hello Zervas families,

We were so thrilled with both Variety Shows that took place the past two weeks! Thank you to the participants, families and staff that made the event possible. There were many different and talented acts. We cannot wait to do it again next year!

Non-ZASP Skiing 2018 Permission Slip

The ZASP Ski program has ten open slots, that are first come first serve. Permission Slip for the program can be found via this link

Creative Arts and Sciences Presents our Annual Concert Series

This year we will welcome the New England Percussion Ensemble for their Language of the Ancients program.  Parents and younger siblings are welcome to attend.
Friday, November 17th
9:00-9:45am for grades 3-5
10:00-10:45am> for grades K-2

In their program, “Language of the Ancients,” the New England Percussion Ensemble will present a multicultural blend of music on percussive instruments from around the globe. With recreations of prehistoric log drums to the electric vibraphone the ensemble reaches across time and continents with a collection of rhythms and instruments from Africa, Europe, Asia, South America, and the United States.

Photo Day Retakes: Thursday, November 16th

Coffee Pond Photography will be back at Zervas on Thursday, November 16th for photo retakes.

1. If you are dissatisfied with your child’s portrait and would like to try again, you have the opportunity for a retake. Please return the entire, undamaged portrait package to the photographer on Retake Day. Please keep class photos. Write any suggestions for the photographer on a piece of paper so that it shows through the envelope window.

2. If your child was absent during photo day and you haven’t ordered photos yet, please do so via the Coffee Pond Website. Please print the order and send-in with your child.

3. If you have any questions about your order, refunds etc, please contact Coffee Pond directly: By phone: 1-800-632-2323 ext “0” or by email

***We’re looking for 3 volunteers to assist with picture day, 8:15 AM-10:30 AM. Please email Karen Kipman if you are interested – Thanks!!

Book Drive for young children

Books help small kids get through long days in juvenile court hallways.

Bring your good quality used books for children ages 0 to 5 to the home of a board member in Waban on Tuesday, November 14 from 7:30-9:00 p.m. Stay for conversation, wine and appetizers. RSVP to for the event address, or to make alternate drop-off arrangements.

80% of children and families in the juvenile court system live in poverty. One Can Help, a nonprofit created by a Newton mother and court-appointed attorney twelve years ago, provides critical resources to these underserved families, children or parents with disabilities, kids in foster care, and victims of abuse or neglect.

Learn more about us at and on Facebook

Variety Shows

We are excited to be hosting the Zervas Variety Show on November 15th (4th and 5th grade) in the cafetorium at 6:30pm!! We invite all families to come and enjoy the show! We look forward to seeing you all there

Thanksgiving Walk to School Day on November 17

Join the Zervas community in the return of the popular Thanksgiving Walk to School! A feather template was sent home in the folders this week for your child to decorate and bring to tape on the turkey when they arrive at school on Friday, November 17. This event is open to all children, regardless of how they arrive at school. You can also print the feather template from the Zervas Walks website: