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Zervas PTO is Getting Social

We’re posting more things to our Facebook and Insta feeds. If that’s how you stay in the loop, like us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram.

Zervas Library Winter Gift Book Sale

Please consider participating in the Zervas Library Winter Gift Book Drive. For this drive, we are focusing on adding more diverse books to our library. We believe all students should see books with characters who are just like them on the shelves. You can purchase a title selected by librarian, Rebecca Kinney, and then donate it to the library in honor of a teacher or staff member, family member, or special person of your choice. Ms. Kinney will create a bookplate to put inside the cover acknowledging the Zervas staff member of your choice.

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Zervas Library Winter Gift Book Sale

Did you know our Zervas School Library is fully funded by the Zervas PTO and our two annual gift book sales? The PTO allocates money to the library from our Equity Budget and we have two gift book sales during the year, winter and spring. These gift books sales are a great way for our Zervas families to help support our school library!

FROM ZCC: Dec 11 City-Wide FORJ Meeting

This a family friendly meeting from 6:30pm-8pm at Angier School
The theme this month is “Know your Neighbor” in preparation for the MLK city-wide event hosted by several agencies across town. In this meeting we will have the opportunity to break up into small groups to learn about particular initiatives happening across the city by individuals passionate about social justice. Come learn about: 

  • Peacemakers’ Curriculum
  • Partnering with your PTO 
  • Furthering a sense of belonging with families involved in the ELL community
  • Responding to bias in schools 
  • Understanding the diversity of Newton
  • And more topics that pertain to our FORJ work! 

You will have the opportunity to rotate thru two different topics.  The meeting will start with a name activity that can be used at other FORJ meetings. We will also be providing activities for kids. This is a great meeting to come learn, connect and workshop ideas you might have. 

If you have questions about ZCC and FORJ at Zervas, please email Delia Cheung Hom at

Social Action: Toy Drive & Pajama Drive!

Holiday Toy Drive for Toys for Tots
Help bring a smile to a child’s face this holiday season! Bring a new, unwrapped toy and leave it in the bin located next to the office by Friday, December 13th.

Pajama Day Pajama Drive
Zervas will celebrate Pajama Day on Friday, December 20th. Bring a new pair of pajamas for a child in need. They will all be donated to Cradles to Crayons! A box will be located near the main office. (Your student does not need to donate a pair of pajamas to participate in pajama day.)

The Social Action Committee of the Zervas PTO, thanks you in advance for your collaboration in making the season brighter for children in need! Happy Holidays! 

Waban Library Center: Family Game Day Saturday December 14 from 10:30-12:00

Family Game Day Saturday December 14 from 10:30-12:00
Please come to the Waban Library Center for a morning of fun games and crafts. Family Game Day is a great way to get out of the house and catch up over board games, crafts, and free Starbucks coffee.  The event is free for all!  Please visit or call 617-244-0700. The library is located at 1608 Beacon Street in Waban.

Spirit Wear Sale Update: Items are being delivered this week

This is a note for those of you who purchased Zervas Spirit Wear during our fall sale. The items are to be delivered to our coordinator this week!

We will have a table in the school lobby at pickup on Monday for you to claim your items. Have your student pick up the goods or come on in and grab it yourself.

Spirit Wear Pickup:
Monday, Dec 16th @ 3:00pm in the Zervas Lobby

Email Alex Abramowitz with questions.

Special Education Inclusion/STRIDE Coffee: Thurs, Dec 19th

Special Education Inclusion/STRIDE Coffee

Please join us on Thursday, December 19th at 8:20am in the Cafetorium for coffee and community. The goal of this gathering will be to provide an opportunity for families to connect with each other and the school’s outstanding special education team and also to learn about the different learning experiences for our students at Zervas. 

First-ever Zervas Cardboard Challenge: Sat, Jan 4th

First-ever Zervas Cardboard Challenge
Saturday, January 4, 2:30-4:30pm 

Zervas Gymnasium

At the Cardboard Challenge participants will re-use donated cardboard boxes to brainstorm crazy ideas, build and test their creations, then play and interact with each others’ creations. Participants could make anything from marble mazes in pizza boxes to human whack-a-moles as well as robots, miniature dunk-tanks and life-size pod racers. The goal of the Cardboard Challenge is to create a fun learning experience that fosters 21st century skills like creativity, resourcefulness, perseverance, collaboration, and critical thinking.

We encourage everyone who attends to participate – kids of all ages, siblings, parents, grandparents, etc… there is no age limit on being creative!

No RSVP necessary. No cost to participate. If you can, bring some cardboard boxes for you and others to use (but still come if you don’t have any boxes.) 

More information at

The Variety Shows have been Rescheduled: Jan 22 & 29

Calling all performers, the Variety Shows are back on the calendar! Please note the new dates.

K-3 Variety Show:
Wed, January 22 @ 6:30pm in the Zervas Cafetorium
4-5 Variety Show:
Wed, January 29 @ 6:30pm in the Zervas Cafetorium

More info will follow on deadlines, volunteer needs and show specifics.

COOKIES NEEDED! Holiday Cookie Swap For the Zervas Staff: TOMORROW, Wed, Dec 4th

Looking for something to do with the kids on this snow day? Get them into the kitchen and bake some cookies for the Zervas teachers and staff!

Help show our appreciation for Zervas teachers and staff by participating in the annual Holiday Cookie Swap tomorrow, Wednesday, December 4th. We have 100+ Zervas staff that look forward to this every year so we need a lot of cookies!! You can make one of your family favorites or pick up something from your go-to bakery.

If you would like to contribute a batch or two of cookies or special treats, please contact Brandy Blakely (

Please bring the cookies to the Staff Lounge (Room 109) tomorrow morning, Wednesday, December 4th.