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.

Social Action: Food Drive – November 6th-20th

Let’s Pack the Pantry! We are so excited for Zervas’ Annual Food Drive to support Centre Street Food Pantry, a local food pantry in Newton Center. Keep the donations coming!

We’re focused on non-perishable Hot or Hearty Breakfast items (oatmeals, granola, pancake mix, cereals etc) however you can donate just about any non-perishable food item. Please double check expiration dates before donating.

Bins will be located at the school entrance from November 6th-20th.

Thank you for your support! Visit https://www.centrestfoodpantry.org/ to learn more about Centre Street Food Pantry. Email Karen Kipman kkipman@gmail.com of our Social Action Committee with any questions.

ZCC and FORJ: 11/15 Meeting at Zervas

Interested in learning more about ZCC (Zervas Community Connections) and FORJ (Families Organizing for Racial Justice)?  Join us for an informal meeting to connect with others who are interested in exploring the diversity of our community at Zervas. We’ll talk about the things we’ve been doing and our goals for the year. We also want to hear from you about new ideas for Zervas.

Friday, November 15 at 8:00am in the Zervas Library

We encourage you to bring your student. Have them bring a book/toy/craft and they can read/play/create nearby until the 8:20 bell rings.

If you have any questions, please email Delia Cheung Hom at zcc@zervaspto.org

From ZCC/FORJ: 11/13 City-Wide Family FORJ Meeting

November 13th FAMILY City-Wide FORJ Meeting
7pm to 9pm at Angier
Featuring Anawon Weeden from First Light Foundation
Ages 10+

As we move thru the fall holidays that celebrate Europeans’ first contact with Indigenous People in the Americas, Anawon Weeden’s upcoming performance  will transport you and your family to that first contact. Engaging audiences in a heartfelt and authentic manner Anawon, alongside with the audience, will explore the impact and legacy of the first cross-cultural connection in our country. Anawon is an avid performer who works to bring awareness about his culture to both children and adults. 

Learn more at the FORJ Newton website:
https://forjnewton.com/2019/10/30/november-13th-family-friendly-meeting-at-angier-from-w-anawon-weeden-from-first-light-foundation/

If you have questions about ZCC and FORJ at Zervas, please email Delia Cheung Hom at zcc@zervaspto.org

Zervas Walks: Thanksgiving Walk & Roll to School Day & Help Needed

It’s almost time for the annual Zervas Thanksgiving Walk & Roll to School Day!  This year’s event will take place Friday, November 22 during arrival. Children decorate a paper feather and bring it to school.

The Zervas Walks committee needs help with the following:

1) Helping make the cardboard turkeys, date and time flexible. Creativity welcome! (Prior year examples herehere and here)

2) Copying and distributing the feather template into teacher mailboxes to go out in home/school folders – Zervas Main Office on Nov 12, 13 or 14, timing flexible during office hours. 

3) Helping children tape feathers to turkeys during event – Friday, November 22 from 8:15-8:30 a.m.

Email Jenn Martin at Zervaswalks@gmail.com if you can help with any of these activities. 

CAS AuthorFest 2019 is Tomorrow!

OVER 25 AUTHORS & ILLUSTRATORS WILL VISIT NEWTON PUBLIC SCHOOL STUDENTS!

Newton Public Schools’ Creative Arts & Sciences* is dedicating Wednesday, November 6, 2019 to recognize and celebrate the importance of books in our children’s lives. We know that students are uniquely inspired when they’re given the opportunity to meet the authors and illustrators of books they’ve read. A wide range of authors and illustrators will be visiting schools across the district during the day to talk about the writing and illustrating process – from idea to published work. Julie Berry is coming to Zervas and will be presenting to all grades in the morning.

At the end of the afternoon, all students and parents are invited to the CAS Authorfest Book Sale and Signing Event, held at the Zervas Library from 3:15 PM – 5:30 PM.

No purchase is necessary to attend. It is the intention of Newton Public Schools that no student is denied participation in school-sponsored activities due to inability to pay. Please contact Dr. Beck at beckd@newton.k12.ma.us for financial assistance for the book sale.

*CAS AuthorFest is made possible by a grant from the Newton Schools Foundation, a contribution from The Village Bank in Auburndale, and your generous contributions to our PTO.

Social Action: UNICEF Boxes & Candy Donation

Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF
The Zervas PTO Social Action Committee is excited to partner again with Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF.  Your child should have come home with a box to collect money for UNICEF while they are out trick-or-treating Thursday. You can make a donation to UNICEF by collecting change and small bills OR by sending a donation via Venmo to @TanyaIanniello (who will then compile all sources of donation and send to UNICEF from the Zervas community).  Children can return the UNICEF boxes to school in the office through November 8th.  Visit trickortreatforunicef.org to learn more.

Candy Donation
After Halloween, send your child’s Halloween candy to school for donation! We’ll collect the candy in the office from November 1st – 5th and deliver it to Newton Pediatric Dentistry in Newton Highlands who’ll pass the candy on to our troops through Operation American Soldier every year.  

Social Action: Food Drive – November 6th-20th

Let’s Pack the Pantry! We are so excited for Zervas’ Annual Food Drive to support Centre Street Food Pantry, a local food pantry in Newton Center.

We’re focused on non-perishable Hot or Hearty Breakfast items (oatmeals, granola, pancake mix, cereals etc) however you can donate just about any non-perishable food item. Please double check expiration dates before donating.

Bins will be located at the school entrance from November 6th-20th.

Thank you for your support! Visit https://www.centrestfoodpantry.org/ to learn more about Centre Street Food Pantry. Email Karen Kipman kkipman@gmail.com of our Social Action Committee with any questions.

Photo Retake Day: Fri. Nov 8, Volunteer Needed

Coffee Pond Photography will be back at Zervas, on Friday, November 8th for photo retakes. 

We could use a little help at the school day-of. If you are available to volunteer, please email Serena Toh at ens1973@yahoo.com.

  • If you’re not satisfied with your child’s portrait and would like to try again, you have the opportunity for a retake. Please return the entire, undamaged portrait package to the photographer on retake day. Please keep the class photos. Write any suggestions for the photographer on a piece of paper so that it shows through the envelope window.
  • If your child was absent during the photo day and you haven’t ordered photos yet, please do so via Coffee Pond website. Select Newton, MA > Zervas School.
  • If you have questions about your order, refunds etc, please contact Coffee Pond directly. 

Logistics at Zervas:
-There is no signup for retakes, kids just need to bring their individual portraits and give it to their respective teachers. 
-They can still get a retake if they forget to bring their portraits on retake day. The child or parent just need to let the their teacher know. And parents will just need to mail original package back to Coffee Pond.
-Parents do not have to show up with the kids, the teachers will know to send the kids who wants a retake to the photographer.

Richardson Playground Rebuild, Looking for Community Input

Zervas Parents – Richardson Playground will be rebuilt in 2020!

This is the playground mid-block between Beethoven and Allen near the baseball field. Newton Parks & Recreation works with a committee on design and other decisions. This is a great opportunity to provide input on what you would like to see built! Whether you have young children or are interested in the aesthetic piece, community involvement is essential to ensuring we build something that can be enjoyed by all.

Kristin Jonash, a Zervas Kindergarten parent, is spearheading the committee. If you are interested in joining, please email her at k.dutcher1@gmail.com so the process can begin since the structures will be installed early next fall. 

11/8 PTO Parent Coffee: How to Pack a Healthy Lunch (that your kid will eat!)

We’re trying something new for our November coffee! Join us this Friday for our first PTO Parent Coffee Learning Forum.

How to Pack a Healthy Lunch (that your kid will eat!)
Fri, Nov 8, 8:30-9:30am @ Zervas Cafeteria

Stuck in a rut when it comes to balancing nutrition and what your child is willing to eat? Join Zervas mom and Registered Dietitian, Megan Boitano for a collaborative discussion. You’ll walk away with a framework for building a nutritious lunch and ideas to shake up you routine.