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. Email zmail@zervaspto.org with your announcement.

Zervas Online Auction: March 5-11

Looking for a good deal on summer camp? Or fun date nights, birthday parties or fitness classes? Mark your calendar for the Zervas Online Auction March 5-11. 

Proceeds will benefit the programs paid for the by the Zervas PTO, including classroom activities like Creative Arts and Science and Understanding Our Differences, and community-building activities like family game night and the family picnics.

Principal Coffee on March 2 with Superintendent and School Committee

On Friday, March 2 you are invited to a special Principal Coffee from 8:30-9:30 a.m. in the cafetorium.  Dr. David Fleishman, Superintendent of Newton Public Schools, and members of the School Committee will be present for a brief presentation and Q&A.

Dynamic Diversity Night is Thursday, March 1

Join us in the Zervas cafetorium for a special age-appropriate refugee-focused evening with stories, games and songs. The PTO will provide pizza at 6:15 p.m. and the event goes until 7:45 p.m. This event is open to all Zervas families, including grandparents and younger and older siblings.

Save the date for the Kentucky Zerby Spring Fling!

Save the date! Please join us for the Kentucky Zerby Spring Fling

Saturday April 28th
7:00-11:00pm
Zervas Elementary Cafetorium

The Spring Fling is one of our only adult social events of the year, and it’s a great opportunity to catch up with friends and meet new ones. This year’s theme is the Kentucky Zerby! Join us for a Derby-inspired dinner, appetizers, open bar (including 2 specialty cocktails), and a DJ with dancing. Also come ready to bid on some amazing community events hosted by Zervas parents including dinners, parties, mom’s and dad’s nights, and more.  All proceeds from ticket sales and community event bids support our Zervas school curriculum, enrichment activities and community events. Book your babysitters early!

Ticket sales will be available on the Bidding for Good Website in late March, so stay tuned for more information. Giddy Up!

Screening for incoming Zervas Kindergarteners

Do you have a child who will start Kindergarten in Fall 2018? If so, please call the main office at 617-559-6760 to set up your child’s Kindergarten Screening appointment in early March.

Zervas Heart Health Week: Feb 12-16

February is American Heart Month. Help your child decorate a heart and write something they do to stay healthy, such as walked to school, ate a healthy breakfast, tried a new vegetable, played basketball, danced with friends, ice skated, etc… They can bring hearts to school any or all days the week of Feb 12-16 and we will post the hearts in the lobby.

Heart templates went home in folders last week or print one from the Zervas Walks website: http://zervaswalks.org/. Brought to you by the Zervas Walks committee and Nurse Deana.

From the Zervas Nurse: Flu Facts

Hello Zervas Families,

This year seems to be an extra tough flu season. To help combat this, the Newton Health Department has put together an information sheet, which I share with you below.

Thanks,

Deana Salameh BSN, RN
Zervas Elementary School 

Flu Facts: February School Health Newsletter

Local rates of influenza-like illness (ILI) continue to rise. They’re already higher than in the past few years with weeks of flu season still expected. We understand many families are concerned, so here are a few flu facts to keep you in the loop.

ILI, which is a fever of 100 degrees or more and cough or sore throat, is how disease trackers measure the flu nationwide. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health posts a weekly flu update on their blog most Fridays with the latest information about how ILI rates are looking in the state. http://blog.mass.gov/publichealth/

It remains important for families to keep sick kids at home, in accordance with school policy. Students cannot return to school until they are fever-free for at least 24 hours, without medication like Tylenol, Advil or Motrin. These guidelines are also good common sense for adults in the workplace. The checklist below can help families determine when to stay home and when to return to school or work.

https://www.mass.gov/files/documents/2016/07/xb/flu-symptom-check-list.pdf

The Newton school nurses continue to monitor illness in the schools and are available for any questions or concerns. It may seem elementary, but in conjunction with a flu vaccine, thorough handwashing is the best way to prevent all kinds of illness including the flu.

How to wash your hands:

  • Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
  • Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Be sure to lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
  • Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
  • Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
  • Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them

If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers can quickly reduce the number of germs on hands in some situations, but sanitizers do not eliminate all types of germs and might not remove harmful chemicals.

Flu vaccination for all people age 6 months and older continues to be recommended. It’s not too late get a flu shot. Visit www.newtonma.gov/flu or call 617-796-1420 to find out when the next flu shot opportunity is with the public health nurse at City Hall.

Some information adapted from www.CDC.gov/handwashing and www.mass.gov/dph/flu

“Reducing Anxiety in Kids” talk

Former Zervas staff member  Jessica Minahan, M.Ed, BCBA, will speak on Reducing Anxiety in Kids Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at 7:00PM in Newton North High School Auditorium. Sponsored by Newton SEPAC and Newton Public Schools; the event is free of charge.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) reports that one in four thirteen-eighteen year olds has had an anxiety disorder in their lifetime. Without intervention, these children are at risk for poor performance, diminished learning, and social/behavior problems in school. Understanding the role anxiety plays in a student’s behavior is crucial and using preventive strategies are key to successful intervention. Effective behavior plans for these students must avoid the reward and punishment-based consequences from traditional behavior methods and focus instead on the use of preventive strategies and on explicitly teaching coping skills, self-monitoring, and alternative responses. Easy to implement preventive tools, strategies, and interventions for reducing anxiety, increasing self-regulation, executive functioning, and self-monitoring will be discussed.

Bio: Jessica Minahan, MEd, BCBA, is a board-certified behavior analyst and special educator and a consultant to schools nationwide (www.jessicaminahan.com). Jessica has over seventeen years of experience supporting students who exhibit challenging behavior in urban public school systems. She is a blogger on The Huffington Post, as well as the author of The Behavior Code: A Practical Guide to Understanding and Teaching the Most Challenging Students, with Nancy Rappaport (Harvard Education Press, 2012) and author of The Behavior Code Companion: Strategies, Tools, and Interventions for Supporting Students with Anxiety-Related or Oppositional Behaviors (Harvard Education Press, 2014).

Dynamic Diversity Night: Date Change!

Date Change: Dynamic Diversity Night has moved to Thursday, March 1! Join us for a special age-appropriate refugee-focused evening with stories, games and songs. The PTO will provide pizza at 6:15 p.m. and the event goes to 7:45 p.m. This event is open to all Zervas families, including grandparents and both younger and older siblings.

Zervas Heart Health Week: Feb 12-16

February is American Heart Month. Help your child decorate a heart and write something they do to stay healthy, such as walked to school, ate a healthy breakfast, tried a new vegetable, played basketball, danced with friends, ice skated, etc… They can bring hearts to school any or all days the week of Feb 12-16 and we will post the hearts in the lobby.

Heart templates will go home in the folders this week or print one from the Zervas Walks website: http://zervaswalks.org/. Brought to you by the Zervas Walks committee and Nurse Deana.