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.

Kindergarten Soccer — fall registration now open

Do you have an incoming kindergartener next fall? Registration is now open for Newton Kindergarten Soccer, which is run by the Zervas PTO. The program is open to kindergarteners across the city with high participation from Zervas families. The games start in September and will be at Oak Hill Middle School. Kindergarten Soccer is an introduction to soccer with a focus on making friends, learning teamwork, and developing confidence.

To find out more or to register, please visit our website: http://kindergartensoccer.org/.

Zervas Library Spring Gift Book Drive

Only a few days left to support our new 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 way of thanking our dedicated teachers and staff members for a wonderful 2016/2017 school year. Recipients of the bookplate are notified of your generous dedication and the books will be in the new Zervas library, for your children to read. Visit http://www.btsb.com/sosl/zervaselementaryschool2/ by June 21st to choose a book to donate. Thank you to all who have already donated.

Any questions please contact Ms. Kinney (rebecca_kinney@newton.k12.ma.us) or Lou Bonegio (tubons@gmail.com).

Babysitter Available

Newton native Jenny Morris is a 22-year-old recent graduate of Dickinson College who is going to work in education next year. She has been working with children her whole life, including two years at Rec Place Afterschool in Lower Falls. She has her own car and can do camp pick-ups. She is available through August 10th. Please contact her at jenny.morris13@gmail.com or via phone at (617) 820-4548.

Zervas Spring Family Picnic on Wednesday June 14

Please join us for the Zervas spring family picnic from 6:00 – 7:30 PM on Wednesday, June 14th to celebrate another wonderful school year!  The weather folks are predicting nice weather so we should be able to picnic outside near the playground at Carr. In case of rain, we will move inside to the cafeteria and kids can play in the gym. There will be pizza, juice, fruit & vegetable platters and an ICE CREAM truck, sponsored by the PTO, but feel free to bring your own dinner if you would like. Please bring the flyer (about the picnic) that was sent in your child’s folder last week to the picnic. The coupon included in the flyer will allow each family member to have an ice cream treat of their choice from the ice cream truck.

 Zervas Library Spring Gift Book Drive

Please stop by our library table and support our new 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. Dedicating a book to a staff member is a wonderful way to show  your appreciation at the end of the school year!

 The end of the year is a very busy time, but we hope many families can join us if even for a short time!

 We need volunteers! Please sign up to help at the picnic or to assist in selling books for the book drive.

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c084eada623a1f85-spring

Summer Reminders from the School Nurse

Medication Pick-up: Parents of students who have medication stored in the health room should pick it up by the last day of school, June 23. All medication (pills, epi-pens, inhalers, etc.) not picked up will be discarded. Please plan ahead to pick medication up so it is not wasted! Medication may not be carried home by the student — it must be picked up by an adult. School nurses will not be available after June 23 to return medication to families.

Medication Order Reminder: All medication orders expire at the end of the school year. If you are visiting your child’s health care provider during the summer, consider requesting a new medication order for your child. All medication, prescription or over-the-counter, requires an order. The Medication Permission Form and the Medication Policy are both available online at  www.newtonma.gov/schoolhealth

West Nile Virus and Lyme Disease Prevention: Mosquito and tick-borne diseases like West Nile Virus and Lyme disease occur in Newton residents. Take steps to avoid getting sick!

  • Mosquito repellant not only works for mosquitoes, but helps repel ticks as well. Use a repellant with DEET, and follow label instructions for concentrations appropriate for children.
  • Avoid being outdoors during peak mosquito hours, particularly once West Nile Virus has been detected in the mosquito population.
  • Remove containers around your home (tires, kid pools, pots, tarps) that could allow mosquitoes to breed.
  • Check your body for ticks after being outdoors and remove them immediately to avoid disease transmission.

Shoo the flu! Seasonal influenza vaccine will be offered this fall during the school day to students and employees. The flu shot (no FluMist again this year, based on current recommendations) will be available to all students in Kindergarten through grade 12, by parental consent only. Consent and screening forms will be posted at www.newtonma.gov/flu by early September, in preparation for the fall clinics. Insurance information will be requested, but all students are welcome to receive the vaccine at no charge.

The flu clinic date for Zervas School will be Thursday October 19th, 2017. Forms (available in Sept.) will be due to the school nurse by Tuesday 10/17. This schedule is confirmed unless the flu vaccine supply is delayed, in which case the school nurse will notify families of an alternative date once the vaccine arrives.

Have a happy and healthy summer!

Bus Driver and Crossing Guard Appreciation Day on June 15

Thursday, June 15, is bus driver and crossing guard appreciation day. Please encourage your child to make a card or say a special thank you to their bus driver or the crossing guard, Ms. Dawkins. A list of bus driver names and a simple sample card went home last week in the folders and is on the Zervas Walks website: www.ZervasWalks.org. The PTO will also present each bus driver and Ms. D with a small gift card after school that day. Questions? Email ZervasWalks@gmail.com.

July Co-Presidents Letter

Dear Zervas Parents,

Last Friday I was at graduation for the high school where I teach, and the student speaker quoted her dad: “Time moves slow very quickly.” Isn’t that sort of how the school year felt? It felt slow while we were in the midst of it, but now we can’t believe it’s the end?!?

We want to thank all of you who volunteered this year for Zervas, whether it was for a half hour library class or on a committee that required a big time commitment. All of the wonderful school activities and events would not be possible without you. Diana and the teachers and staff would like to say thank you by treating you to some yummy baked goods and coffee at the Waban Library Center on Friday, June 9th from 8:15-9:15. We will also vote in new PTO Board members for next year. Please join us!

Speaking of PTO board members, we are sad to say good-bye to Lisa DePalma and Bindiya Stancampiano. Lisa has been a tireless advocate for students with special needs both as a vice president of the PTO and through the Understanding our Differences program. Her daughter Angelina is graduating from Zervas this year. Bindiya and her family are moving to Rochester, NY for a great job opportunity. Bindiya has been a rock star in charge of Teacher Appreciation for the last few years. She has organized countless lunches and gifts for the teachers and staff so that they know how grateful we are for their work. We will miss Lisa and Bindiya very much.

Sandy Sloane has one more year at Zervas but will passing on the PTO Treasurer’s baton to Kai Shanahan. Sandy has done a superb job keeping tabs on all the small details of the PTO budget. I love the mix of efficiency and empathy that she brings to the role. Thanks, Sandy, for your terrific work.

I must also say a huge thank you to my co-president Jessica Davis who will cycle off after her second year in the position. Jessica is the most organized person you will ever meet! She is a true team player who does more than her share of the workload. I really appreciate all of her guidance this year as I was learning the ropes. Luckily, Jessica will stay on the PTO as its secretary next year. Thanks, Jessica, for all you have done for Zervas! And thank you to Jenn Martin for stepping into the co-president role next year.

Lastly, a big thank you to Lyla Goldstein for her tireless work as Hospitality co-chair. We send an email to Lyla asking, “Can you provide coffee and pastries for this meeting?” and Lyla says, “I’m on it!” Thanks so much, Lyla.

It says something about the Zervas community that within 24 hours of the call going out, all the volunteer spots for Color Day were filled! Thank you. Unfortunately, the rain on the 6th has bumped Color Day to next Tuesday, June 13th. Volunteer spots have been rolled over to next week, so if you can no longer make it, just delete your name on the Sign-up Genius link. We will also need a few new volunteers to fill in for those parents who can’t make the new date. Check it out if you’re available. It’s always a fun day!

We’d love to see you all at the Spring Family Picnic on Wednesday, June 14th at 6:00pm at Carr. Thanks to the generous support of Zervas families this year, we are stepping it up at the picnic to include pizza, veggies, fruit, drinks, and a special visit from an ice cream truck. Just bring a picnic blanket, and the rest will be provided.

You probably saw a flier come home about the Spring Library Gift Book Sale. Books will be on display at the picnic if you would like to choose one to donate to the new Zervas library. Your donation can be an end of the year gift to your child’s teacher as you can donate it in his or her honor. Books are also for sale online by clicking here.

Thanks for getting to the bottom of this long newsletter! Good luck with the end of the school year.

Thank you,

Alicia Collins & Jessica Davis

PTO Co-Presidents

Color Day: Rain Date Volunteer Sign-ups

As you probably saw in Dr. Beck’s school-wide notice, Color Day is postponed to Tuesday, June 13. Thank you to the volunteers who were able to commit time to the rain-date. For the parent volunteers who signed up for June 6th and cannot make it on the 13th – thank you, and you will be missed. There are a few volunteer spots open due to the schedule change.

Please sign up to run one of the Color Day stations from:

  • 9-10:30 am             TWO slots open
  • 10:30 am – noon    THREE slots open
  • 12-12.30 Cleanup  ONE slot open 

Click here to register:  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0f49a5a62a1-zervas

For those who haven’t volunteered at Color Day before:

Color Day is a fun day of silly outdoor activities for the whole school.  Each class is split into three teams — red, white, and blue — and the kids participate in activities with their class, like hula hooping, the limbo, and a water bucket relay.  Parents help at each of the activity stations – Color Day couldn’t happen without the parents’ help!  If you stay till the end, you even get to share in the popsicles.

Any questions?  Please email Debra Stump at debra.stump@gmail.com or Matt Goldstein at mattabgoldstein@gmail.com.

COLLECTING MURAL PHOTOS

Hi Zervas Parents,

I am collecting mural photos.  It is important that we document the creation of this mural and working on that book/slideshow/archive will be a summer project for me.

I created a google photos album to which you can upload any mural photos you have taken – of the students drawing, of them working on the mural, photos of any of their mural drawings that you may have, etc.  Please upload them all!  Click on the link below and then click on the small photo with the + symbol in the upper right and follow the prompts.

https://goo.gl/photos/Z27pbo2kLZFQxGST9

If the link doesn’t work for you, please email me the photos you have.
maggie@maggieschmidt.com

Maggie Schmidt

Zervas Library Spring Gift Book Drive

Please stop by our library table and support our new 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. Dedicating a book to a staff member is a wonderful way to show your appreciation at the end of the school year!

The end of the year is a very busy time, but we hope many families can join us if even for a short time!

We need volunteers! Please sign up to help at the picnic or to assist in selling books for the book drive.
http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c084eada623a1f85-spring