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.

Kindergarten Soccer is Back!

Kindergarten Soccer – the biggest fundraiser of the Zervas PTO – is back for Spring 2021! After a year-long hiatus, we anticipate being able to successfully run our K soccer program this spring for Current and Incoming K students.  But this program can only run with more volunteer help from Zervas parents like you!

In order to execute this wonderful program we are looking for volunteers to help manage the field on game days.  Location and timing TBD. You can sign up for 1 session or all! If you are interested in learning more or signing up to volunteer, please send an email to our Kindergarten Soccer Coordinator Jillian Jurilla at newtonkindergartensoccer@gmail.com.

Do you want more events with the Zervas community?

While we have not been able to host many of our traditional events this year, we would love to put some fun, new ideas on the calendar, especially as we are all spending so much time inside this winter.

Do you have a talent or skill to share with the Zervas community? Zoom yoga. Craft beer/wine tasting. Trivia night. Family game night. Bingo. Cooking/baking.

Email us to share your idea or to join the committee.

TONIGHT: Zervas Families of Color Zoom

The Zervas PTO is hosting a Zoom meeting specifically for Zervas Families of Color. The goal of this meeting is to provide space for 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.

Virtual Destination Dinner January 23: Sign up Today!

Destination Dinner is typically our favorite fall community building event for Zervas parents. This event is always a chance for us to reconnect and get to know one another as a parent community. We need to reconnect now more than ever!

Since we cannot be together in person, we have organized the first (and hopefully last!) Virtual Destination Dinner, taking place Saturday, January 23. Choose a cuisine and be guided through Zoom by professional chefs from Create-a-Cook, right here in Newton Highlands. Once you are finished cooking, you will be placed in to a breakout room with other Zervas parents with whom you can dine and enjoy your meal. 

For those of you who have not been part of this event in person in the past, parents start at one Zervas home for cocktails, receive an invitation to another Zervas home for dinner, and then reconvene later that evening at a surprise home for dessert and drinks.

While this does not fully take the place of us gathering together, we hope that you will consider joining us. We know there may be a few barriers: 

  • One more Zoom: No one wants another Zoom, but we all want connection. We promise the cooking demo will not disappoint, and you will have the chance to dine with someone outside your household!
  • Childcare: We know it is not possible for most of us to have babysitters for the evening during these times. We encourage you to be creative – if you have a partner, trade off for who cooks which course; let your kids watch that movie they’ve been asking about. Yes this event is Adult-only, but we all know our kids are still home with us!
  • Cost: Every parent who would like to attend to be able to, without cost as a barrier. If you would like assistance, please confidentially reach out at pto@zervaspto.org.

Get ready to cook, eat, and have a blast with the Zervas community! This is an Adults-Only event. Buy a ticket online by Thursday, January 14. You won’t want to miss out!

Kindergarten Soccer is Back!

Kindergarten Soccer – the biggest fundraiser of the Zervas PTO – is back for Spring 2021! We anticipate being able to successfully run our K soccer program this spring for Current and Incoming K students. 

In order to execute this wonderful program we are looking for volunteers to help manage the field on game days.  Location and timing TBD. If you are interested in volunteering, please send an email to newtonkindergartensoccer@gmail.com.

THIS FRIDAY: Virtual Principal Coffee on January 8 at 8:30am

The Zervas PTO is hosting a Zoom meeting with Dr. Beck on Friday, January 8 at 8:30am. We hope to see you there!

Join Zoom Meeting
https://newton-k12-ma-us.zoom.us/j/89480896717
Meeting ID: 894 8089 6717
Passcode: 449249

Virtual Destination Dinner on January 23: Register by January 14

Join the Zervas PTO on Saturday, January 23 for the virtual version of our popular Destination Dinner. 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.

Choose between American and Italian cuisine. Register soon so that you receive your grocery shopping list in enough time to go shopping for your ingredients.

Get ready to cook, eat, and have a blast with the Zervas community! This is an Adults-Only event. Buy a ticket online by Thursday, January 14. You won’t want to miss out!

Tonight, January 5 at 7pm: Newton Schools Foundation Presents Sonja Spears

Social Justice Warrior and Head of Newton Police Task Force Sonja Spears Headlines Newton Inspires Speakers Series in January.

On Tuesday, January 5, Newton Police Task Force Chair Sonja Spears will give an on-line talk exploring how her own experiences inform her work as a social justice advocate and give her hope in the restorative powers of justice. To register for the free presentation, visit www.newtonschoolsfoundation.org/newton-inspires.

Spears’ 7 p.m. talk is part of the 10th annual Newton Inspires: A Celebration of Ideas and Community, a fundraiser for Newton Schools Foundation. Once a month Newtonians —  present and former —  share their interests and passions via Zoom. 

While a judge in New Orleans, Spears was wrongfully targeted for criminal prosecution. After two years of investigation, no wrongdoing was discovered so she was cleared and never charged, but the impact of this experience was devastating personally and professionally. After retiring from the bench, she re-dedicated her life to issues of racial justice and equity and now works as the chief equity and inclusion officer at Boston Health Care of the Homeless Program and teaches part time at Tufts University. 

RSVP HERE 

Virtual Destination Dinner 2021: Purchase Your Tickets Today!

Join the Zervas PTO on Saturday, January 23 for the virtual version of our popular Destination Dinner. 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.

Choose between American and Italian cuisine. Register soon so that you receive your grocery shopping list in enough time to go shopping for your ingredients.

Get ready to cook, eat, and have a blast with the Zervas community! This is an Adults-Only event. Buy a ticket online today. You won’t want to miss out!

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!

To all of our Zervas families, teachers, staff and community members, thank you for a great first half of this school year! There are so many ways this year is different, and we are so impressed by the dedication of the teachers and staff, the commitment of parents and the resiliency of the students.

We hope you all have a safe, happy and HEALTHY vacation, and we will see you all in 2021!