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.

Friday, December 4 at 8:30am: December PTO/Principal Virtual Coffee Chat on

Please join Dr. Beck and the PTO on Friday, December 4 at 8:30-9:15 am for our next Principal Coffee.  We will be discussing the changes to the K-2 Hybrid Schedule that will be presented at the December 2 School Committee meeting.  Parents in K-2 will have a chance to hear an update and then join grade specific break-out rooms to share questions, wonderings and ideas as we plan for these changes starting in January.  We hope you can join us on Zoom. 

Zoom Meeting: https://newton-k12-ma-us.zoom.us/j/89480896717

Meeting ID: 894 8089 6717

Passcode: 449249

Virtual Gathering for Families of Color: Tuesday, December 8 at 7pm

The Zervas PTO is hosting a December Zoom meeting specifically for Zervas Families of Color.  The goal of this meeting is to provide space families of color to connect.  All parents/caregivers of color, as well as parents/caregivers of students of color are invited to join in this conversation.  This space is intentionally created for people of color, people who self identify as Black, Latinx, Indigenous, Asian/Pacific Islander, multiracial, etc., recognizing the ways that racism in our country affects these communities.  Please RSVP here; a Zoom link will be sent prior to the gathering.

Zervas Family Trivia Night: Saturday, December 19 at 7:30pm

Family Trivia Night is back for another round of (virtual) fun with quiz master and Zervas Parent Allan Telio!

Save the date for the second edition of this yearly event that everyone is talking about. New this year are the prizes for the family who answered the most questions right (without help, we count on your honestyJ).

This event is happing on Saturday, December 19th at 7.30pm, block the date and time in your agenda for another round of fun with family and friends. There will be a broad selection of questions for young and old, a mixed team of kids and adults would be your best strategy!

Zoom information will be forthcoming.

Coming Soon: A note from your Room Parent

Coming soon to your inbox: an email from your Zervas Room Parents. Room Parents serve as a link between teachers and families.

One thing your Room Parents will request are Class Dues. Class Dues are not the same as PTO Dues which you may have contributed to already. Class dues are used for holiday and year-end gifts for teachers and teachers’ aides whereas PTO Dues are used to fund initiatives such as Creative Arts & Sciences.

Newton Public Schools allows a group gift to an individual staff member only if the gift is identified as being from the entire class, the identity of the givers and the individual amounts are not disclosed to the recipient, and the gift does not exceed $150 per school year.  

Save the Date: Virtual Destination Dinner on January 23, 2021

Save the date for the virtual version of our popular Destination Dinner the evening of January 23, 2021. Tickets sales opening in early December.

This year we’ll be gathering virtually on Zoom for a live and interactive cooking class with Create a Cook followed by dinner in smaller groups on Zoom.

You’ll have a choice of one of two cuisine options when buying a ticket. Then, you’ll receive a shopping list a couple of weeks prior to the even,t so you can buy all the ingredients for your main dish, side dish, and dessert.

Get ready to cook, eat, and have a blast with the Zervas community! This is an Adults-Only event.

For Our Teachers: Winter Snowflake Campaign

Every snowflake is special. Zervas is launching a winter snowflake campaign.  Tell your teacher or a favorite staff member what s/he does to make school special for you!  

  • We will be decorating the windows and entrances of the school with snowflakes.  Drop off any completed snowflakes in the box by the front door by December 11.  
  • We are also asking students to decorate their home learning spaces with snowflakes for teachers and all specialist teachers to see on Zoom.  Decorate your home learning spaces for the week of December 14-18.  
  • If you make a special snowflake for a special teacher or staff, email them a picture so they can see what you have created!

Below is a template to print out and decorate. You can also write how your teacher is special to you on your snowflake (don’t forget your teacher’s name!).  There is also a video with instructions on how to make your own unique snowflakes from scratch.  Use crayons, markers, glitter, or any supplies you want!  Remember that each snowflake is unique!

Decorate a snowflake: https://docs.google.com/document/d/17MZg7iA6FC86vRH8vOrEaOvpkcHNW17fLTZ0OsrPKJc/edit?usp=sharing

Make your own snowflake templates: https://www.firstpalette.com/printable/snowflake.html

No printer, no problem!  Make your own snowflakes with only paper and scissors: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zkEu2tTiXgY

Please Take a Moment to Thank a Zervas Teacher

Our Zervas teachers and staff have been working harder than ever this year. Help brighten your teacher’s day by sending a note of thanks during this Thanksgiving season.

Food and Clothing Drives at Zervas: November 30-December 18

Catie’s Closet: Access to clean and updated clothing is one of the biggest barriers to attending school. Catie’s Closet distributes clothes to local schools as well as setting up stores in school for students to shop for free. Please consider donating gently used and new clothes in sizes for children ages 5-18. Clothes that are seasonally appropriate are in greatest need, but off season clothes are also appreciated.  There will be a bin for donations at your child’s entrance door (main hallway or Beethoven entrance) for Zervas students to drop off.

Centre Street Food Pantry: This season let’s pack the pantry with these three non-perishable items: Mac N’ Cheese, Granola Bars, and Canned Soup. Students should drop off food items in the boxes near their entrance door. Please limit to the items requested above. Please check expiration dates.

Save the Date: Virtual Parent Event on January 23rd

Save the date for the virtual version of our popular Destination Dinner the evening of January 23, 2021. Tickets on sale soon.

This year we’ll be gathering virtually on Zoom for a live and interactive cooking class with Create a Cook followed by dinner in smaller groups on Zoom.

You’ll have a choice of one of two cuisine options when buying a ticket. Then, you’ll receive a shopping list a couple of weeks prior to the even,t so you can buy all the ingredients for your main dish, side dish, and dessert.

Get ready to cook, eat, and have a blast with the Zervas community! This is an Adults-Only event.

Support Zervas PTO While You Shop at Amazon

Please change your Amazon page to Amazon Smile and select Zervas as your charity to donate to Zervas each time you shop. It is easy and free! After following these steps once, Amazon will automatically remember your charity and donate to Zervas each time you shop using the smile.amazon page.
1. Go to https://smile.amazon.com/
2. In the “Your Account” drop down on the top right, select “Change Your Charity.”
3. Where it says “Pick Your Own Charitable Organization,” type in “Zervas.”
4. Select “Zervas School Parent-Teacher Organization.”
5. Add https://smile.amazon.com/ to your bookmark or favorites menu and shop there instead of www.amazon.com.