The latest announcements from the Principal and the PTO...

Please join the PTO at our General Fall Meeting on Thursday, Oct. 20

Please join Dr. Beck and the PTO Board for our annual fall meeting on Thursday, Oct. 20 at 7 pm at the Waban Library.

This meeting is a great opportunity to ask questions and learn more about:

  • How the PTO uses the funds that it raises to support our school curriculum, staff, and community.
  • The latest on the new Zervas building, including pictures.
  • The art mural our children will make for our new school.
  • Our Z notes and other parent communications
  • How you can become more involved!

Safe Routes to School: Open House

The Safe Routes to School Task Force is a group of PTO volunteers who are working to support safe and active transportation options in each of our schools. This is a critical time in Newton for our advocacy and at Zervas as we plan for our return to Waban next year.  Many important NPS and city initiatives are underway that will shape our students’ transportation options for years to come including school reconstruction, school assignment, updated health and wellness policies, high school start times, sustainability and complete streets.

Safe Routes is hosting a special Open House on Friday, October 7th at the Waban Library Center from 9:30 am to 10:30 am to you can learn more about SRTS and to ask questions of volunteers and city officials on important elements of the program including fun ways to promote walking and biking, bike & pedestrian safety training, crossing guards, school buses, addressing safety concerns in your school neighborhood.  We will be joined by city staff including the Newton Police Department, DPW and others. Zervas will have a table — look for the Zebra!

If you can’t attend but would like to be involved in the Zervas Safe Routes effort, please contact us at

Don’t Forget to Renew Your CORI Form

In order to chaperone a field trip or volunteer in the classroom or as a library parent, all parents must have an up-to-date CORI form on file.  If you have not filled out a CORI form since September 2015, your information is out dated and must be renewed this year.  Next time you are at the school to pick-up or drop-off your kids or for parent teacher conferences, please stop by the front office and ask for a CORI form to fill out.  The school also will need to make a copy of your driver’s license.

The CORI form is required by MA law and allows schools to screen volunteers for any Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI).

Newton Turkey Trot 5K: Registration Open

The 3rd annual Newton 5K Turkey Trot registration is now open at  Register by October 31st before the price increases!  Details at

Save the Date – Community Forum High School Start Time – Oct. 19th

Last year, Newton Public Schools launched a working group to examine the benefits and costs of later high school start times. To view an update from the superintendent, click here. From research and surveys, the group has developed six different scenarios for consideration by the larger Newton community. On Wednesday, October 19th at 7:00 p.m. the High School Start Time Working Group will host a community forum at Angier (1697 Beacon St.) to provide more detailed information and to hear your feedback on the potential changes. Please consider attending and sharing your thoughts. For more information,

Get Excited For Destination Dinner 2016!

Please join us for Destination Dinner 2016 on October 15, 2016.  Cocktails & Hors D’ouevres will begin at 6:00pm at the home of Lori Berkowitz & Scott Perman, 37 Ferncroft Rd.  You will receive your dinner invitation at that time.  Dinners will be from 8:00-10:00 at local Zervas parents’ homes, and dessert will follow at a 3rd location to be announced that evening.   It is sure to be an amazing night, so do not miss it!  Please click on the link to purchase your tickets for this event.  Tickets will not be sold at the door.

We are also still looking for a few more dinner hosts, so if you are interested please contact Wendy Feiner (, Ginna Driscoll (, or Noemy Ehrlich ( If you volunteer to host or co-host a dinner at your home, your ticket fee will be waived!


Help make Zervas Picture Day a success! We’re looking for volunteers to join us at school, and help to ensure picture day runs smoothly. We have two time slots available, four volunteers needed for each. Sign up link:


Order forms have been distributed at school. The easiest way to order pictures is online at If you order pictures online, please either print out the order confirmation from the website or fill out the order form with your child’s name and homeroom teacher and check the box indicating that you ordered online. You may also order pictures by filling out the order form.

**When ordering online, please click on “order central” – “school portraits” – Select “Newton” and then “Zervas”.

Please return all forms to your child’s homeroom teacher by the morning of 9/21.  Each child will be photographed although you may choose not to purchase the pictures. There will be a retake day later in the fall for students who are absent on Picture Day.

If you have any questions, please e-mail Annie Ganot or Karen Kipman



Due to possible thunderstorms, we decided to postpone our annual apple picking trip to next weekend. Please RSVP to Amy Behrens at if your family can join us NEXT weekend. 

What to include in your RSVP to Amy:

Names of adults attending

Names and ages of your children who are coming

Email and cell phone number

Sunday, September 25th  – 2pm 

Where: Carver Hill Orchards

101 Brookside Ave, Stow, MA 01775

Phone: (978) 897-6117

Amy’s phone is 617-777-2080 if you need help or want to find us at the orchard

Look for the covered picnic tables – we will meet there. We will wait til2:20pm and then go into the orchards, where you can come and find us. If you get there late, you can meet us at the tables at 3pm for cider and donuts and then go pick apples afterwards. We look forward to seeing you! You must RSVP if you want donuts and cider so that we can order ahead. The PTO is graciously sponsoring those refreshments for us. If you want to just come pick apples and be with us, feel free to join at the last minute.

 Apple bags will be available for sale inside the store (credit cards or cash) or outside at the little Pick Your Own stand – Cash only at the outside stand

If you want to join the first ZCC (Zervas Community Connections) meeting of the year, meet us in the library at CARR on Wednesday, Sept. 28th to help us plan our activities for the year. Please email Amy if you plan to come. Thank you!

Directory is Live

The Zervas MySchoolAnywhere directory is now live.  New families should have received an email welcoming them to the site and explaining how to use it.
Thank you to everyone for confirming your data in a timely fashion.  The print version will be distributed within the next few weeks.  Please contact if you have questions.