Co-Presidents Letter November 2018

November 2018

Hello Zervas Families,

What an eventful October we just had with so much happening in the Zervas Community.  We are struck by all the faces we are seeing at events and delighted by the strong turnout at our community events.

We started the month with a very well-attended PTO Coffee with Dr. Beck.  We invite you to attend the next one this Friday, November 2nd in the cafeteria after morning drop-off.  We won’t have a formal Q+A with Dr. Beck, but this will be a nice opportunity to grab some coffee, chat with parents and get to know your PTO.

We have a lot of people to thank in this newsletter so bear with us.  We want to start by thanking Suzanne & Mike Afergan for hosting the Zervas new family pizza party at their house.  We had a nice turn out of new families who had a lot of fun playing in the yard and chatting with each other.

Suzanne Chow, Elisandra Lopes and Alicia Collins hosted a Zervas Buddies Play Day at the Franklin Park Playstead.  It was a fun afternoon where kids enjoyed some playtime together and parents got the opportunity to chat and get to know each other.

We can’t wait to start seeing all the new spirit wear around Zervas.  Thank you to Sera Miller for organizing the fall Zervas spirit wear on-line sale.

Wendy Feiner, Amanda Zurick and Ginna Driscoll did it again. They planned a great Destination Dinner evening, giving the Zervas adults a chance to get out. We had a record turnout of guests which made our volunteer dinner hosts up their game to feed them all.  Thank you to Katherine & Roger Kranenburg, Mira & Jeff Woods, Heather & Allen Sussman, Katie Britton & Allan Telio, Jessica & Aaron Davis, Alison & Craig Kapilow, Merrill & Lee Barnes, Justine & Kyle Mikulis, Amy & Bill Massey, Krystle & Joe Benedict, Mindy & Glenn Gomes Casseres, Christine & Steve Klaus, Maggie Schmidt & Ken Danila, Santhi Gollapalli & Jai Venkatraman, Mali Raman & Madhu Natarajan, Kate Grundy & Adam Lewis, Cara Attanucci & James Miner, Suzanne & Mike Afergan, Michelle & Matt Zisow, Kirsten Fertuck & Chris Payton, Jenn & Neil Martin, Karen Kipman & Ronen Zoran, Suzy Peled & Ori Spigelman, Daniela & Darren Abrahamson, Lee Blum & Federico Acher, Monica & Evan Richardson, and Andy & Lisa Silverman for your imaginative themes and delicious cooking. Thank you to Becky & Dari Mozaffarian for hosting the cocktail party and Jen & Matt Rhodes-Kropf for bravely hosting dessert.

The Halloween Party proved to be yet another fun night.  We are ever so grateful to our creative and hard-working coordinators Jennifer Glennon, Asa Priddis and Barbara Talvitie.  They went above and beyond transforming our cafeteria and gym into a frightfully fun party place.  They could not have pulled it off without an army of volunteers, thanks to Pisey Burgess, Rina Yosubash, Eileen Imada, Karen Burzdak, Patrick Timmons, Elisa Derby, Jackie Nazoliny, Darlene Nedeljkovic, Kelly Olesen, Lori Unver, Utku Unver, Kirsten Fertuck, Katie Davenport, Julius Starkman, Denise Langhammer, Kate Cox, Aimee Sprung, Kamryn Eddy, Cathryn Freid, Scott Friedman, Stephanie Berzin, Saumya Rao and all those who pitched in the night of.  Thank you to our SEPAC liaisons Talya Meltzer and Adi Barlev-Ehrenberg who created and organized the Quiet Room which was an important oasis to have in the middle of this crazy-fun event.  We want to thank ZASP for letting us use their spooky inflatables.  And a big thank you to Salon Capri and Amy & Nick Penna for generously sponsoring the Photo Booth.  It is nice for our kids to have a take-away photo to remember the night.

Thank you to our Social Action Committee Chairs, Jackie Washington and Tanya Ianniello, for coordinating the UNICEF trick-or-treating boxes.  We hope your kiddos were able to collect some money for UNICEF.  Don’t forget to return the money to school to give to their classroom teacher before November 8th.

Now mark your calendars for some upcoming November events that you don’t want to miss.

The Zervas Variety Shows will be held on Thursday, November 8th for Kindergarteners through third graders and on Thursday, November 15th for fourth and fifth graders. Both shows begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Zervas cafetorium. Come support our Zervas dancers, singers, musicians, actors, comedians, and more.

Lace up your sneakers for our Thanksgiving Walk-to-School Day on Friday, November 16th.

Join Zervas families for an engaging evening of stories, games and songs at Dynamic Diversity Night on Thursday, November 29th at 6:15 p.m.  Come meet new people and strengthen community connections.

As always, we welcome your questions, comments or suggestions.

Maggie Schmidt & Jenn Martin
PTO-Co Presidents

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