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.

Reminder: Submit PTO Expenses for Reimbursement

Thank you to all our parent volunteers who have purchased items for PTO events and activities this year.  Please don’t forget to seek reimbursement for any expenses that you incurred on behalf of the PTO. 

Scan or photograph a completed reimbursement form (Word document here, together with all receipts to Kai Shanahan  at treasurer@zervaspto.org.   DEADLINE: June 1, 2020.

Grocery Store Gift Card Collection for NPS Families

The Zervas PTO is encouraging those who are able to donate money to purchase grocery store gift cards for families in our school community. We are grateful for our community and want to help keep it strong. All donations are greatly appreciated. Click on the Paypal button below to donate.

All money collected will be used to purchase grocery store gift cards. Dr. Beck will distribute them in to families in our school.

The Zervas PTO is a 501(c)(3) organization. No goods or services are provided in exchange for your donation.

From ZCC: Upcoming City-Wide FORJ Events

FORJ City-Wide Meeting with Newton Neighbors Helping Neighbors: Mutual Aid in the Time of COVID
May 27th from 7:30pm- 8:30pm 
Zoom password required, please RSVP HERE

Come learn about Newton Neighbors Helping Neighbors, the mutual aid initiative that was started in March to help build solidarity and provide aid to those most vulnerable in our community during the time of COVID. How we position ourselves when we are providing or receiving aid requires insight about our own biases and getting clear about values regarding mutual respect and interconnectivity. We will be learning about NNHN from the founders, as well as providing education and breakout discussions to explore how social justice, bias, systemic racism and equity play significant roles in the ways we approach receiving and giving aid. We are in a technological era in which we can quickly move resources to those who need it most, this evening will be an opportunity for us to explore how to be intentional, while thinking about issues of race, solidarity and interconnectedness. 

Want to learn more about the topic that will be covered. Check out these resources: 
What is Mutual Aid and How Can it Help With Corona Virus 
Resource Generation: Protecting our Communities
Amid Corona Outbreak, Newton Neighbors Reach out with Aid
Understanding Unconscious Bias and Unintentional Racism

Newton Asian Community Town Hall with Mayor Fuller 
The Chinese American Association of Newton
Thursday May 21st, 7:30-8:30pm

This May is National Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. The Chinese American Association of Newton is honored to host Mayor Fuller for a  virtual  Town Hall with the Newton Asian Community at 7:30-8:30pm on the evening of May 21st. The Mayor would like to take this opportunity to thank the Newton Asian community for our contribution during this unprecedented COVID time, share updates about the COVID situation and the city’s latest planning, and have a conversation about anti-Asian zoom bombing incidents and how the city of Newton can best support the Asian community. This is the first time the Mayor has had a face-to-face Town Hall with the Newton Asian community. We cordially invite all Newton Asian community members to participate, join the dialogue and share your voice! RSVP HERE 

White Women and the Power Paradox 
Facilitated by Madeline McNeely and Brianna Boggs
Thursday, May 21st, 12:00-1:30 pm 
and Wednesday June 3rd, 5:00-6:30pm 

Do you want to speak up about racism, but you’re scared you’ll get it wrong? In what ways does our silence maintain the status quo? In this webinar for white women leaders, we will talk about racism in the workplace, unpack how internalized sexism undermines our impact, and develop an accountability plan to dismantle the power paradox. For a deep dive with other white women about our relationship to power, join Brianna and Madeline for this free webinar. Register here for May date and here for the June date.

From Social Action: Let’s Keep the Appreciation Going!

Thank you to those who helped show their appreciation to frontline healthcare workers last week.  Let’s keep the gratitude going with thanking other frontline workers in our community.  

Some examples with addresses are included below, but really just consider thanking anyone who is out there working during this time.  What a great opportunity to encourage our children to be grateful, from public safety workers to pharmacists, grocery store employees and more.

Newton Police Department
1321 Washington St
Newton, MA 02465

Newton Fire Department
Headquarters: 1164 Centre St, Newton, MA 02459
Station 7: 144 Elliot St, Newton Upper Falls, MA 02461
Station 2: 1750 Commonwealth Ave, West Newton, MA 02465

Newton Highlands Post Office
63 Lincoln St
Newton, MA 02461

Waban Post Office
83 Wyman St
Waban, MA 02468

Walgreens Pharmacy 
1101 Beacon St
Newton, MA 02461

CVS Pharmacy
978 Boylston St
Newton, MA 02461

Whole Foods Market 
916 Walnut St
Newton, MA 02461

Wegmans
200 Boylston St
Newton, MA 02467

Trader Joe’s
1121Washington St 
West Newton, MA 02465

Star Market
33 Austin St
Newton, MA 02460

Reminder: Submit PTO Expenses for Reimbursement

Thank you to all our parent volunteers who have purchased items for PTO events and activities this year.  Please don’t forget to seek reimbursement for any expenses that you incurred on behalf of the PTO. 

Scan or photograph a completed reimbursement form (Word document here, together with all receipts to Kai Shanahan  at treasurer@zervaspto.org.   DEADLINE: June 1, 2020.

From Social Action: Let’s Spread More Appreciation

Let’s continue showing our appreciation this week by thanking our frontline healthcare workers!  

Please consider helping your child/children send a note or card to those working in our local hospitals.  In addition to doctors and nurses, let’s not forget about all of the other staff that help hospitals function including, but not limited to: Environmental Services Staff, Materials Management Staff, Food & Nutrition Staff, Medical Technicians Administrative Staff, Medical Transport Team, Physical, Occupational & Speech Therapists, Social Workers.  

Please consider sending a positive message of encouragement and thank you, we’ve included addresses with specific contacts for a few hospitals below.  

Newton Wellesley Hospital
Volunteer Services ℅ Lauren Lele
2014 Washington St
Newton, MA 02462

Boston Medical Center
c/o Kyndall White re: Thank You Note
801 Mass Ave, Floor 1
Boston, MA 02118

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Volunteer Services, c/o Caroline Moore
330 Brookline Ave, Gryzmish 218
Boston, MA 02215

Massachusetts General Hospital
TPHETSADA@mgh.harvard.edu

Reminder: Submit PTO Expenses for Reimbursement

Thank you to all our parent volunteers who have purchased items for PTO events and activities this year.  Please don’t forget to seek reimbursement for any expenses that you incurred on behalf of the PTO. 

Scan or photograph a completed reimbursement form (Word document here, together with all receipts to Kai Shanahan  at treasurer@zervaspto.org.   DEADLINE: June 1, 2020.

Celebrate Your Teacher: NSF Honor Thy Teacher

Looking for another way to celebrate your teacher? Consider donating in their name to Newton Schools Foundation’s Honor Thy Teacher program.

2020 Newton Schools Foundation Honor Thy Teacher

Over these past weeks, many parents have developed a deep appreciation for the job that our teachers do each day. If you are looking for a way to express that appreciation during Teacher Appreciation Week or after, here is a way to say thank you.

By donating to Newton Schools Foundation’s Honor Thy Teacher program in the name of one or more of your children’s teachers, you can show your appreciation for them AND support your children’s schools. NSF will notify each teacher honored of your gift and share their names with Principals and the Superintendent. A list of honored teachers will appear on the NSF website and in the Newton TAB.

Your tax-deductible donation will go towards funding NSF grants for promising educational initiatives, professional development, and programs that close gaps in opportunity and achievement.  In furtherance of those goals, in recent weeks NSF directed its resources toward the challenges of COVID-19 with a $85,500 grant for the Newton Public Schools to purchase 300 Chromebooks for students needing access to online learning during school closures. 

It’s easy to donate online (http://www.newtonschoolsfoundation.org/honor-thy-teacher), or  you can mail your donation  to Newton Schools Foundation, P.O. Box 590020, Newton Centre, MA 02459. Please be sure to include the names of the teachers and/or staff that you are honoring. 

To find out more about the programs NSF funds, visit our website at (http://www.newtonschoolsfoundation.org/programs-we-fund).

Zervas Family Friendly Virtual Trivia Night: Fri, May 8 @ 7pm

Bored? Still stuck in your house? Well have no fear, it’s time to rip off that face mask and join us for an evening of family-friendly trivia.  Starting at 7 PM on May 8th, the PTO will be bringing you the first-ever virtual trivia night!  

There will be at least three rounds of questions (you can join at any point) with questions for people of all ages.  We recommend that the entire family plays together as there are some questions that old people (anyone over 18) probably won’t know the answer to. To join the fun, grab a tasty beverage, log into the Zoom meeting, bring a pencil and paper to keep track of your answers, and enjoy yourself.  It’s that easy.

Please find the Zoom login info in your Tuesday 5/5 PTO Zmail

It’s Teacher Appreciation Week! Let’s send some love!

This week, May 4-8, is Teacher Appreciation Week and we all can’t express our thanks enough for our teachers! Let’s flood their inboxes with letters of appreciation and gratitude.

Please write to your student’s teachers and tell them thank you. Have your students to write to their teachers and tell them thank you. And don’t forget the aids, our specialists, and all the others that help our kiddos at the Zervas school.

Looking for email address? Contact your room parents for help connecting.