If you are interested in any of these committees or events, please contact the committee’s leader or any member of the PTO Board. See descriptions of each below.
Auction: This committee plans an annual fundraising auction and party, which takes place on a Saturday night in March or April at the Windsor Club. Zervas parents enjoy great food, drinks, and music while bidding on fabulous items ranging from special dinners and parties to sporting events and concerts to vacation getaways. The auction is typically the PTO’s largest fundraiser and the money raised at the party and through the related online auction supports most of the PTO’s other programming throughout the year. Volunteers solicit and organize donations and the bidding process and help plan the party menu, entertainment, and decorations.
Coffee Socials: This committee organizes morning socials every couple of months where parents have an opportunity to catch up over coffee, fruit, and pastries. Volunteers take turns hosting other parents in their homes.
Creative Arts and Sciences (CAS): This committee helps enrich the district curriculum by bringing special programming in music, dance, drama, the fine arts, and sciences to Zervas. Working closely with teachers, volunteers select and organize speakers and other activities for the entire school as well as curriculum-related activities targeted to each classroom.
Database and Directory: This committee puts together the print and online directory which includes names, addresses, and phone numbers for each student and his or her family, as well as class lists and other important information about the school. Volunteers help compile the information, update the database, and produce the directory.
Destination Dinner : This committee plans an annual school-wide fall parent social evening starting with a cocktail party for all parents, followed by dinner parties at surprise locations throughout the neighborhood, and concluding with a reunion for dessert and a nightcap. Volunteers solicit host families, get diners to sign up, and plan seating for the big night.
Family Halloween Dance: This committee plans and runs the annual family party on the Friday night before Halloween. Students attend in costume with their families for pizza, dancing, face painting, games, and arts & crafts. Volunteers help distribute food, run activities, and decorate the school.
Family Picnics: This committee plans a fall and spring family picnic each year. Students and their families come back to school on a weekday evening to play in the playground and enjoy a pizza dinner. Volunteers organize the purchasing and serving of food as well as help with the set up and clean up.
Hospitality: This committee procures and sets up coffee and pastries or other snacks at PTO meetings, curriculum night, principal coffees, and other special events throughout the year. Volunteers help purchase and set up the food.
Kindergarten Soccer: This committee runs a fall and spring soccer program for current and incoming kindergarteners. It is open to all Newton children and is an important fundraiser for Zervas. Games are played in Newton at Richardson Field on Saturday mornings. Volunteers organize and coach teams, publicize the program, and procure equipment and trophies.
Library Book Sales: This committee coordinates gift book sales to benefit the school library. The librarian selects books that parents are invited to purchase for the library in honor of a person or event. Volunteers work with the librarian to market and administer the sale.
Library Parents: This committee organizes parent volunteers to help out in the school library. Volunteers help out during their child’s classroom library period by assisting the students in selecting and signing out books, shelving and processing returned books, and preparing new books to be put on the shelves.
Room and Grade Parents: This committee solicits volunteers and coordinates room and grade parents throughout the year. Room parents serve as a link between teachers and families by assisting teachers in communicating with families about upcoming events and recruiting volunteers for field trips, donations, and other activities, organizing a schedule for library volunteers for the class, and coordinating holiday and year-end gifts for teachers and classroom aides. Grade parents coordinate parent and family social events, put together grade baskets for the fundraising auction, and organize refreshments and decorations for the grade’s assigned teacher appreciation month.
Social Action: This committee provides opportunities for students to make the school, community, and world a better place. Examples of past activities include Halloween UNICEF collections, winter coat and boot drives, and food collections for local food pantries.
Teacher Appreciation: This committee sponsors special meals, gifts, and other ways to demonstrate to teachers and staff how much they are valued by Zervas families. Volunteers help plan teacher appreciation breakfasts and luncheons and purchase gift cards and items for the staff room throughout the school year.
Turkey Trot: This committee organizes an annual 5K run and a one-mile kids fun run through Newton on the Saturday morning before Thanksgiving. Volunteers help plan the course and solicit donations from local vendors to offset race costs and from runners and their families to support the Newton Food Pantry.
Understanding Our Differences (UOD): This committee coordinates a special curriculum for 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students about what it is like to have a disability and how to be a good friend to someone who has one. Volunteers help students understand certain handicaps, provide them with opportunities to have frank discussions with people who have these handicaps, and respect the humanity of each individual regardless of differences.
Variety Show: This committee works with the music teacher to produce variety shows at which students have an opportunity to showcase special talents including singing, dancing, and performing on instruments. Volunteers organize the sign-up process and support students during the show.
Welcoming: This committee focuses on welcoming new families new to Zervas. Volunteers plan several events including playground playdates in the summer and a new family pizza party in September, and help new families become acquainted with the school and community.
Zervas Community Connections (ZCC): This community sponsors a variety of programs and activities to build bridges among all families within the Zervas community with a special emphasis on helping Zervas’ Boston families feel welcome. Volunteers organize various family events throughout the year to help families connect to each other such as apple picking, ice skating, and zoo outings. Through the ZCC buddy program, Newton families invite Boston students and families to their homes for the afternoon on days when there is an evening event at school or in the event of an early snow closing.
Zervas Notes and Website: This committee maintains and updates the PTO website and coordinates the production and distribution of the weekly Zmail and community email blasts with updates about major events happening at Zervas in upcoming weeks.