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.

5th Grade Make Change Drive

Make Change for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital

This year the Zervas 5th graders are raising money for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, an organization that helps to advance cures and prevention of children’s diseases through research and treatment. No child is ever denied treatment based on race, religion or a family’s ability to pay. For over 50 years, St. Jude’s has been finding cures and saving children, and their groundbreaking research has helped push the survival rate for childhood cancer from less than 20% in 1962 to more than 80% today.

One way that we are going to be fundraising is by placing bins in Zervas classrooms. This is called the Make Change Drive and the 5thgrade would really appreciate it, if you would bring change in to your classrooms to contribute. This change can be brought in anytime from March 18th  – March 29th. Our goal is to raise $750 school wide, but we also asked each class to set a goal. Some classes set a $50 goal, while others set a goal of $100 or more.

Please bring in change!

Social Action – Cradles to Crayons Family Volunteer Night

Looking for an opportunity to get your whole family involved in giving back? The Zervas Social Action Committee encourages you to sign up for Cradles to Crayons Family Pizza Night on Friday April 5th from 6:30-8:30pm in the Giving Factory. Volunteer alongside other dedicated families for a special night of service, fun and pizza—all while helping local families in need. Space is limited, RSVP by March 29th to Tiffany at troca@cradlestocrayons.org. Please note this is not a Zervas-only event. If you have any friends that may be interested in attending, you are welcome to share this invitation with them.
Product donations of gently used boys clothing sizes 5/6 and larger are currently most needed. Please check here to see what items are accepted: https://www.cradlestocrayons.org/boston/take-action/donate-goods/items-we-accept/
Can’t make it to the Giving Factory but still want to help?  The Zervas Social Action Committee will be hosting a donation drive soon. Details to follow.

Zervas Auction Items Remaining

Thanks everyone for bidding on the Zervas Auction. We exceeded our goal of raising $20,000! We have four items left. Please email pto@zervaspto.org if you would like to purchase any of them. First come first served, and we recommend calling the camp first to make sure the week you are interested in is still available.

  • The Dance Academy of Siagel Productions. $150 off registration; offer valid for NEW students only. BUY FOR $50.
  • John Smith Soccer School. One week of camp at Olin College in Needham. This half day camp (8:30-11:30 a.m.) is for 5-8 year olds and valued at $215. It cannot be used with another gift certificate and is non-transferable. BUY FOR $75
  • Dedham Country Day Camp. One Week of Dedham Country Day Camp valid Weeks 1 or 2 only, or $200 off one week of full day camp valid Weeks 3-8. Valid for sports option or traditional camp only (does not include Extended Day; new campers only). BUY for $100.
  • Get In Shape For Women. Four week intro membership at the Newton Centre location at 552 Commonwealth Ave. Membership includes 3 visits per week; period must begin before April 30, 2019. New members only. BUY for $75.

Zervas Equity Policy Meeting: March 26

The PTO and School Council are inviting all Zervas parents and families to attend the next School Council Meeting on Tuesday, March 26th from 6:00-7:00pm at the library. There are changes to the Newton Public School’s Equity Policy that will go into effect next school year. The PTO will discuss the changes and what effect they will have at Zervas.  Dr. Beck, the PTO Board, and the School Council will all be there to help present and answer questions as we talk about this new policy and the 2019-2020 school year.

The revised Equity Guidelines are available here.

5th Grade Make Change Drive

Make Change for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital

This year the Zervas 5th graders are raising money for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, an organization that helps to advance cures and prevention of children’s diseases through research and treatment. No child is ever denied treatment based on race, religion or a family’s ability to pay. For over 50 years, St. Jude’s has been finding cures and saving children, and their groundbreaking research has helped push the survival rate for childhood cancer from less than 20% in 1962 to more than 80% today.

One way that we are going to be fundraising is by placing bins in Zervas classrooms. This is called the Make Change Drive and the 5thgrade would really appreciate it, if you would bring change in to your classrooms to contribute. This change can be brought in anytime from March 18th  – March 29th. Our goal is to raise $750 school wide, but we also asked each class to set a goal. Some classes set a $50 goal, while others set a goal of $100 or more.

PLEASE BRING IN CHANGE!

Looking for Community Events at the Spring Fling

We are currently soliciting Community Events from our wonderful Zervas parents and guardians, and we hope YOU consider hosting an event!

Below are some Community Event ideas that we are seeking hosts for. 

  • Parent’s Nights
  • Mom’s Nights
  • Dad’s Nights 
    A few ideas for any of these events may include: themed dinner or cocktails, wine and cheese, beer brewing, bbq, craft/paint/plant night, fondue night, poker night, game night, and so much more.
  • Family Events
    We are looking for events that include both parents and kids. For example: outdoor (or indoor) movie night, coordinate a playdate or field day at a local park or playground, cookie decorating, Color-Day themed event, game day, ice cream sundae party or hosting a bowling/game afternoon at the Windsor Club.
  • Vacation Home Donations
    We are looking for generous families to donate vacation homes for a weekend to auction off to our Zervas Community. Families would bid to stay at the vacation home on a pre-specified date set by the owners of the vacation home (for example, any weekend in the off-season when the home is typically not used).

You can specify the theme, number of people you can accommodate in your home, and the date you want the event to take place. You can co-host with another family – this is usually very popular and helps alleviate the cost to you.

Finally, this year we are trying something new by scheduling Community Event dates not only in the weeks following the auction until the end of the 2019 school year, but also for early fall when everyone is back from the summer break and looking forward to connecting with folks at the start of the new school year. 

If you are interested in participating in this amazing event and donating an event, please email Becky Mozaffarian at rebecca.mozaffarian@gmail.com.

Social Action – Cradles to Crayons Family Volunteer Night

Looking for an opportunity to get your whole family involved in giving back? The Zervas Social Action Committee encourages you to sign up for Cradles to Crayons Family Pizza Night on Friday April 5th from 6:30-8:30pm in the Giving Factory. Volunteer alongside other dedicated families for a special night of service, fun and pizza—all while helping local families in need. Space is limited, RSVP by March 29th to Tiffany at troca@cradlestocrayons.org. Please note this is not a Zervas-only event. If you have any friends that may be interested in attending, you are welcome to share this invitation with them.
Product donations of gently used boys clothing sizes 5/6 and larger are currently most needed. Please check here to see what items are accepted: https://www.cradlestocrayons.org/boston/take-action/donate-goods/items-we-accept/
Can’t make it to the Giving Factory but still want to help?  The Zervas Social Action Committee will be hosting a donation drive soon. Details to follow.

Volunteers’ Night Out: March 21

Thursday, March 21st, 7:30-9:30pm
Maggie’s House: 147 Plymouth Road, Newton, MA 02461

Jenn Martin and Maggie Schmidt want to invite you to a casual night out to thank you for helping with all the things that the Zervas PTO does each year. From handing out pizza to organizing events to chairing committees, we are so grateful for all of you who volunteer your time and talents. Please come and enjoy some nibbles, drinks and good company as a way for us to say a great big thank you to all of our Zervas volunteers.

Please RSVP so we can plan for everyone.

We’d love to see you on the 21st!
—Jenn Martin & Maggie Schmidt, Your PTO Co-Presidents

Zervas Hoedown: Save the Date

Saddle up, and join us for the 2nd Annual Zervas Spring Fling Hoedown…. This Ain’t Our First Rodeo! Tickets will go on sale Monday, March 25th.

SAVE THE DATE!
Saturday, April 27, 2019
7:00-11:00pm
Zervas Elementary School Cafetorium

Join Zervas parents, teachers and staff for a night at the Rodeo!

The night will include dinner, signature cocktails and mocktails with an open bar, and dancing!  You will also have the chance to bid on amazing community events hosted by Zervas parents including dinners, parties, ladies nights, gents nights, sports tickets and more.  All proceeds from the bids support our school curriculum, enrichment activities, and community events. This is an adults-only event, so book your babysitters early.  Rodeo themed attire is encouraged, but completely optional.

Tickets and teacher sponsorship tickets are $60/person through April 22nd. Starting April 23rd, the ticket price will increase to $75/person.

Equity Policy Meeting: March 26

Dear Zervas Community,

There are letters circulating from various Newton elementary school parents and PTO members expressing frustration with the changes to the Equity Guidelines for the 2019-2020 school year.  The Zervas PTO has received these letters and requests to distribute them to our Zervas community.  While we see some of the valid points they are making, we also see misinformation and misrepresentation of information in these letters.  After review and thought, we declined to send them out. 

The Zervas PTO has been working closely with Dr. Beck and the Zervas teachers to look at these new changes to allowable PTO spending on equity-related items.  We are carefully and thoughtfully working on a budget that complies with these new guidelines and works well for Zervas.  We firmly believe this reduction in our PTO equity-related spending will not lower the educational standard at Zervas.

We invite all Zervas families to attend our scheduled PTO and School Council meeting on Tuesday, March 26th from 6:00-7:00pm in the library (details below) where we will discuss these new PTO Equity Guidelines and what effect they will have at Zervas. 

As always, we welcome your questions.

Maggie Schmidt & Jenn Martin
Zervas PTO Co-Presidents

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The PTO and School Council are inviting all Zervas parents and families to attend the next School Council Meeting on Tuesday, March 26th from 6:00-7:00pm at the library. There are changes to the Newton Public School’s Equity Policy that will go into effect next school year.  The PTO will discuss the changes and what effect they will have at Zervas.  Dr. Beck, the PTO Board, and the School Council will all be there to help present and answer questions as we talk about this new policy and the 2019-2020 school year.

The revised Equity Guidelines are available here: http://newtonptocouncil.org/wp-content/uploads/New-Equity-Guidelines-6-18-18.pdf