Category Archives: From the PTO

Thank You From Our Librarian

This year, through book drive donations and PTO funds, 630 books were added to the Zervas Library! Our library is the BEST elementary library in the district (IMHO) because of all the support from the PTO and our families. Thank you!!

And remember to visit my website for grade-specific summer reading lists. Happy summer!

Becky Kinney
Library Teacher, Zervas Elementary School

Donate a Book to the Zervas Library: Gift Book Sale

The Zervas Library Spring Gift Book Sale is underway and we are really close to our goal! We are hoping to have 100 new books donated to our school library before the end of the school year!! Donate a book to the Zervas School Library

You can donate in honor of anyone you like: a teacher, in honor of a family member, or even leave a simple message for the reader, the choice is yours.

Donating is quick and easy! Simply select your book online, choose your donation plate and what you would like it to say, and order.  Books come to the library ready to check out. These books are really sturdy and guaranteed to last for years to come, and students love seeing the names of donors from years past.

Thank you all for a wonderful school year!
~Ms. Kinney kinneyr@newton.k12.ma.us

Important Dates for the Fall

We hope you have a great summer! But because it’s never too soon to start thinking about fall, here are some back-to-school dates to note.

Classroom Visits are Thursday, August 29th, 2:00-3:00pm
First Day of School is Tuesday, September 3rd. Join us for the first PTO coffee of the year following drop-off.
Fall Family Picnic will be Wednesday, September 11th, 6:15-7:45pm
School Photo Day is Monday, September 16th
-Zervas Community Connections (ZCC) Fall Family Apple Picking is Sunday, September 22nd, 2:00pm
Curriculum Night will be Wednesday, September 25th, 6:30-8:30pm
Early Release Day: Thursday, September 26th, 12:30pm dismissal
No School– Rosh Hashanah: Monday, September 30th

To make sure you always knows what’s coming, add our PTO Calendar to your calendar.

Summer Reminders from the School Nurse

Medication Pick-up: Parents of students who have medication stored in the health room should pick it up by the last day of school, June 18. All medication (pills, epi-pens, inhalers, etc.) not picked up will be discarded. Please plan ahead to pick medication up so it is not wasted! Medication may not be carried home by the student — it must be picked up by an adult. School nurses will not be available after June 18 to return medication to families.

Medication Order Reminder: All medication orders expire at the end of the school year. If you are visiting your child’s health care provider during the summer, consider requesting a new medication order for your child. All medication, prescription or over-the-counter, requires an order. The Medication Permission Form and the Medication Policy are both available online at  www.newtonma.gov/schoolhealth

West Nile Virus and Lyme Disease Prevention: Mosquito and tick-borne diseases like West Nile Virus and Lyme disease occur in Newton residents. Take steps to avoid getting sick!

  • Mosquito repellant not only works for mosquitoes, but helps repel ticks as well. Use a repellant with DEET, and follow label instructions for concentrations appropriate for children.
  • Avoid being outdoors during peak mosquito hours, particularly once West Nile Virus has been detected in the mosquito population.
  • Remove containers around your home (tires, kid pools, pots, tarps) that could allow mosquitoes to breed.
  • Check your body for ticks after being outdoors and remove them immediately to avoid disease transmission.

Shoo the flu! Seasonal influenza vaccine will be offered this fall during the school day to students and employees. The vaccine will be available to all students in Kindergarten through grade 12, by parental consent only. Consent and screening forms will be posted at www.newtonma.gov/flu by early September, in preparation for the fall clinics.

The flu clinic date for Zervas will be 10/24/19. Forms (available in Sept.) will be due to the school nurse two school days prior. This schedule is confirmed unless the flu vaccine supply is delayed, in which case the school nurse will notify families of an alternative date once the vaccine arrives.

Have a happy and healthy summer!

Spring Family Picnic Tomorrow: Wed, June 12th

Join us tomorrow at the Zervas Spring Family Picnic on Wednesday, June 12th from 6:15-7:45 p.m. Pizza will be sold for $1/slice (bring small bills!) The PTO will provide, fruit, veggies, water, and desserts. 

Just added, DEAFinitely will be performing at 7:15! DEAFinitely was founded in 2015 with the goal of creating an inclusive dance crew with both hearing and Deaf students who share American Sign Language (ASL) and hip-hop dance while spreading an anti-bullying message. Organized by FORJ, we hope this performance brings some extra enjoyment to our spring picnic.

Please bring picnic blankets and/or chairs to sit on. Bring your own dinner if you prefer. We will move the event inside if it rains.

We need more help setting up and cleaning up, at the food table, and stamping hands at the ice cream truck. Please sign up here to volunteer for a time slot. Or go to https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090f45a9a92ca1fc1-spring

Help With Our School Directory This Fall

The PTO is looking for someone to work on our online and print directory this fall. The work is all done from your computer so it’s perfect for someone with time at a screen towards the end of August and September.

It takes a few hours to complete the update from last year’s directory to this year’s in August, and then a few more hours in mid- to late-September to export the data for printing. You’ll be working with our previous directory manager so you’ll be well supported learning the system.

Email pto@zervaspto.org if you can take on this important job!

Color Day’s Move to Wednesday = We Need Volunteers! Please Help 10:15am – 12:00noon.

Because of the rain, Zervas Color Day has been moved to tomorrow morning, Wednesday, June 12th, and the date shift means we lost most of our volunteers. We especially need volunteers from 10:15-noon. If you can come for any or all of the morning, please come! Email Ken Danila at ken@kendanila.com if you can help with this fun morning.

For those who haven’t volunteered at Color Day before:

Color Day is a fun day of silly outdoor activities for the whole school. Each class is split into three teams — red, white, and blue — and the kids participate in activities with their class, like relay races, ball toss and the human knot. Parents help at each of the activity stations. Color Day couldn’t happen without our parents’ help! If you stay till the end, you even get to share in the popsicles.

Any questions? Please email Ken Danila @ ken@kendanila.com

Crossing Guard & Bus Driver Appreciation Day: Thursday, June 13

Please take a moment on Thursday, June 13 (or any day this week!!) to appreciate your bus driver or the crossing guard. We encourage children to make a card or say a special thank you to their community helper in the morning. The PTO will give each driver and the crossing guards (Ms. Dawkins and Ms. Finley) a small gift card in the afternoon. Thank you!

Summer Reminders from the School Nurse

Medication Pick-up: Parents of students who have medication stored in the health room should pick it up by the last day of school, June 18. All medication (pills, epi-pens, inhalers, etc.) not picked up will be discarded. Please plan ahead to pick medication up so it is not wasted! Medication may not be carried home by the student — it must be picked up by an adult. School nurses will not be available after June 18 to return medication to families.

Medication Order Reminder: All medication orders expire at the end of the school year. If you are visiting your child’s health care provider during the summer, consider requesting a new medication order for your child. All medication, prescription or over-the-counter, requires an order. The Medication Permission Form and the Medication Policy are both available online at  www.newtonma.gov/schoolhealth

West Nile Virus and Lyme Disease Prevention: Mosquito and tick-borne diseases like West Nile Virus and Lyme disease occur in Newton residents. Take steps to avoid getting sick!

  • Mosquito repellant not only works for mosquitoes, but helps repel ticks as well. Use a repellant with DEET, and follow label instructions for concentrations appropriate for children.
  • Avoid being outdoors during peak mosquito hours, particularly once West Nile Virus has been detected in the mosquito population.
  • Remove containers around your home (tires, kid pools, pots, tarps) that could allow mosquitoes to breed.
  • Check your body for ticks after being outdoors and remove them immediately to avoid disease transmission.

Shoo the flu! Seasonal influenza vaccine will be offered this fall during the school day to students and employees. The vaccine will be available to all students in Kindergarten through grade 12, by parental consent only. Consent and screening forms will be posted at www.newtonma.gov/flu by early September, in preparation for the fall clinics.

The flu clinic date for Zervas will be 10/24/19. Forms (available in Sept.) will be due to the school nurse two school days prior. This schedule is confirmed unless the flu vaccine supply is delayed, in which case the school nurse will notify families of an alternative date once the vaccine arrives.

Have a happy and healthy summer!

Donate a Book to the Zervas Library: Gift Book Sale

The Zervas Library Spring Gift Book Sale is underway and we are halfway to our goal! We are hoping to have 100 new books donated to our school library before the end of the year!! Donate a book to the Zervas School Library

You can donate in honor of anyone you like: a teacher, in honor of a family member, or even leave a simple message for the reader, the choice is yours.

Donating is quick and easy! Simply select your book online, choose your donation plate and what you would like it to say, and order.  Books come to the library ready to check out. These books are really sturdy and guaranteed to last for years to come, and students love seeing the names of donors from years past.

Thank you all for a wonderful school year!
~Ms. Kinney kinneyr@newton.k12.ma.us