The latest announcements from the Principal and the PTO...

Updated Zmail/Znotes Policies

Please Note: As of this year, we have split Znotes into two emails distributing Zervas specific emails every Sunday night and Community notes every Thursday night. Please submit all Zervas announcements by Friday for distribution on Sunday night and Community announcements by Tuesday for distribution Thursday night.

The Variety Show is coming!

It’s time for your kids to begin planning their Variety Show act! If your child has a talent he or she would like to share, look for a permission slip that will be coming home next week. Performances often include singing, dancing, playing musical instruments, reciting poetry, telling jokes, etc. The K-3 kids will perform on Wednesday, November 9th, and the 4th and 5th graders will perform on Wednesday, November 16th. Both shows begin at 6:30pm.

PTO Budget for 2016-17 School Year

If you are interested in learning how the PTO uses the funds that it raises to support our school curriculum, staff, and community, please click HERE to see a breakdown of our 2016-17 school budget, which was approved at our Oct. 20 general meeting.  We are allocating more this year to the items shown in red.  Please don’t hesitate to reach out to the PTO Board at with any questions or comments or to become more involved!



 6:15-8:00pm on Wednesday, October 26th, 2016

in the Cafeteria and Gymnasium at CARR

FREE pizza, drinks, and dessert will be served at 6:15pm and the program will run from 6:45-8:00pm.  

“EXCUSE FROM HOMEWORK”PASSES available if you attend! PLEASE RSVP for Pizza to!

This evening will feature several creative and fun activities designed to stimulate sharing and discussion among the participants about how we identify ourselves and how we experience those identities in the Zervas community and beyond.

You will make new friends and deepen older friendships.

Please RSVP by the morning of Monday, October 24th to Amy Behrens at if you plan to come so that we can have the right number of pizzas and other supplies.

We look forward to seeing you on the 26th!

The Zervas Community Connections Committee 

Join the Zervas Auction Committee at Our Kick-Off Meeting Nov. 1

Interested in helping to plan Zervas’s largest fundraiser and grown-up party? Learn more by joining us at our kick-off planning meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 1 starting at 7:30 p.m where we will brainstorm together on solicitation strategies and party logistics (and start tasting samples for a specialty drink!). You do not have to commit a lot of time to help! There are many volunteer opportunities both large and small including those you can do entirely from home without attending any meetings. Please contact Jessica Davis at if you are new to the committee and available to attend the meeting or would otherwise like to be involved.

Zervas 5K Turkey Trot: One week left for early registration

Only one week left for early bird registration. Prices will increase after October 31st for the 3rd annual Newton/Zervas 5K Turkey Trot for the Newton Food Pantry! The 5K is on Saturday, November 19th at 9am. Kids 1 mile fun run at 8:30am. Details, registration and volunteer info at

Creative Arts and Sciences Presents our All-School Concert Series:


Creative Arts and Sciences Presents our All-School Concert Series: Tanglewood Marionettes “The Dragon King”

Friday, October 28th at Zervas

8:45 Grades 3-5

10:15 Grades K-2

Parents and younger siblings are welcome to attend this 50 minute presentation.

Principal Coffee on Friday, Oct. 21

Please join Dr. Beck at the Waban Library at 8:30 am on Friday, October 21 for coffee and an informal discussion about our parental vision for Zervas for the next few years.

No Longer Collecting Cereal Box Tops; Use Amazon Smile Instead

Instead of collecting cereal box tops, the PTO is now using Amazon Smile for fundraising.

If you are an Amazon shopper, 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!

Follow the steps below for the first time only. Then bookmark the page and remember to go to that page instead of the regular Amazon page for future visits. If you forget and fill up a shopping cart on the regular Amazon site, you can switch to the Amazon Smile site at any point before your purchase is confirmed and Amazon Smile will recognize your shopping cart.

After following these steps once, Amazon will automatically remember your charity and donate to Zervas each time to shop using the page!
1. Go to next time you are shopping on Amazon.
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 to your bookmark or favorites menu.
6. Always use the page when shopping Amazon instead of

Any questions? Email us at

Please join the PTO at our General Fall Meeting on Thursday, Oct. 20

Please join Dr. Beck and the PTO Board for our annual fall meeting on Thursday, Oct. 20 at 7 pm at the Waban Library.

This meeting is a great opportunity to ask questions and learn more about:

  • How the PTO uses the funds that it raises to support our school curriculum, staff, and community.
  • The latest on the new Zervas building, including pictures.
  • The art mural our children will make for our new school.
  • Our Z notes and other parent communications
  • How you can become more involved!

Don’t Forget to Renew Your CORI Form

In order to chaperone a field trip or volunteer in the classroom or as a library parent, all parents must have an up-to-date CORI form on file.  If you have not filled out a CORI form since September 2015, your information is out dated and must be renewed this year.  Next time you are at the school to pick-up or drop-off your kids or for parent teacher conferences, please stop by the front office and ask for a CORI form to fill out.  The school also will need to make a copy of your driver’s license.

The CORI form is required by MA law and allows schools to screen volunteers for any Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI).