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Zervas Heart Health Week: Feb 11-15

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 11-15 and the PTO 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.

Zervas Hoedown: Save the Date

Saddle up, and join us for the 2nd Annual Zervas Spring Fling Hoedown…. This Ain’t Our First Rodeo!

SAVE THE DATE!
Saturday, April 27, 2019
7:00-11:00pm
Zervas Elementary School Cafetorium

Join Zervas parents, teachers and staff for a night at the Rodeo!

The night will include dinner, signature cocktails with an open bar, and dancing!  You will also have the chance to bid on amazing community events hosted by Zervas parents including dinners, parties, ladies nights, gents nights, sports tickets and more.  All proceeds from the bids support our school curriculum, enrichment activities, and community events. This is an adults-only event, so book your babysitters early.  Rodeo themed attire is encouraged, but completely optional.

Tickets and teacher sponsorship tickets are $60/person and will go on sale in a few weeks.  

Zervas Family Game Night – this Thursday

This Thursday, February 7th, join Zervas families for the third annual Family Game Night, brought to you by the Zervas PTO! Eureka, a local game store, will provide loads of family-friendly games and puzzles for all to enjoy, as well as staff members to help explain the games’ rules. 

This year, a few games will be set up in a separate, quieter space for kids who find the cafetorium to be overwhelming.

  • 6:15-6:45 p.m. Pizza will be available for $1.00 a slice in the Zervas lobby while Eureka sets up. Or feel free to bring your own picnic dinner. Parents, please keep your children in the lobby as the rest of the school will be off limits.
  • 6:45-7:45 p.m. Games and puzzles in the cafetorium for families to play with their children. 

Help is still needed for set-up, serving pizza, and the quiet room. Sign up here.

Eureka will also have some games for sale and a wish list from Zervas teachers.

Students who attend will receive a homework pass for the evening.  Please contact Ginna Martin (ginna.martin@mac.com) or Alicia Collins (aliciamaureencollins@gmail.com) if you have questions about the event.  We hope to see you there!

Zervas Raffle – Thank you!

Winning tickets from the Zervas Teacher Raffle were picked this weekend and the winners’ parents were notified by e-mail. Congrats to all the raffle prize winners! The $3,440 raised by this Raffle will support the programs of the Zervas PTO. Thanks to all the teachers, staff and families who participated and made this such a success. And thanks to Katie Britton and Alison Kapilow for organizing this fundraiser again this year.

Zervas Hoedown: Save the Date

Saddle up, and join us for the 2nd Annual Zervas Spring Fling Hoedown…. This Ain’t Our First Rodeo!

SAVE THE DATE!
Saturday, April 27, 2019
7:00-11:00pm
Zervas Elementary School Cafetorium

Join Zervas parents, teachers and staff for a night at the Rodeo!

The night will include dinner, signature cocktails with an open bar, and dancing!  You will also have the chance to bid on amazing community events hosted by Zervas parents including dinners, parties, ladies nights, gents nights, sports tickets and more.  All proceeds from the bids support our school curriculum, enrichment activities, and community events. This is an adults-only event, so book your babysitters early.  Rodeo themed attire is encouraged, but completely optional.

Tickets and teacher sponsorship tickets are $60/person and will go on sale in a few weeks.  

Co-Presidents Letter February 2019

Hello Zervas Families,

We hope you all are staying warm.  February, here we come!  We are starting off the month with a Principal Coffee on Friday, February 1st at 8:30am in the Cafetorium.  Join Dr. Beck, Sally Mazur, Lynn Chachkes and Nicole O’Reilly as they continue the discussion around the Zones of Regulation Curriculum.

We want to do a big shout out to the Green Committee:  Mindy Gomes Casseres, Ali Kalis, Kelly Dissing-Olesen and Gautam Sundaram.  Working together with the City of Newton, Zervas is piloting an elementary school composting program.  The Committee trained the 5th grade Student Council, who then trained the rest of the school to properly compost at Zervas.  The program is off to a great start and we are very excited to be reducing our trash output.

We want to send a big thank you to our Creative Arts and Sciences Committee:  Will Joyner, Jessica Davis, Katie Davenport and Karen Burzdak.  They have been working hard behind the scenes with our teachers organizing curriculum-enriching programming for all grades.  In December, the Voci Angelica Trio came to Zervas as part of the CAS Concert Series.  It’s a busy and dynamic program and we are grateful for this dedicated team of CAS volunteers at Zervas.

We hope you have seen the letters announcing that the newly redone Kaleidoscope Bags are in circulation.  Room Parents and teachers are ensuring that all students have the opportunity to bring a bag home for a week. They are filled with culturally diverse and age-appropriate books, games, movie suggestions and recipes as a way for students and families to see themselves and a variety of other cultures.  This project is thanks to the hard work of Zervas teachers Rebecca Deeks and Chris O’Rourke, Zervas Community Connections committee members Amy Behrens, Kim Hermesch, Elisa Derby, Chika Yano, Serena Toh, Kristin Hovis, Delia Cheung Hom, Valerie Graf and Veronica Leon, and thanks to the generous support of a Zervas family committed to these efforts.

Family Movie Night was a really nice evening at Zervas.  We hope Pixar releases another set of new shorts for next year!  Thank you to Amanda Zurick for organizing the night and for our team of volunteers who pitched in to help with the snack table and cleanup duty:  Eileen Imada, Pisey Burgess, Daniela Mackinnon, Bethany Montserrat, Katie Britton and Josh Jacobs.

Coming up, spend the evening playing games with your student at Family Game Night on Thursday, February, 7th, 6:15-7:45pm.  Eureka!, a local game store, will provide loads of family-friendly games and puzzles for all to enjoy. This year, a few games will be set up in the music room for kids who find the cafetorium to be overwhelming. Pizza will be available for $1 a slice and students who attend will receive a homework pass for the evening.

If you have any questions or suggestions, please do not hesitate to contact us at pto@zervaspto.org.

Jenn Martin & Maggie Schmidt
Zervas PTO Co-Presidents

Zervas Raffle Tickets – due Wed, Jan 30

What could be more fun than being Principal for the day with Dr. Beck? Being chef for a day with Ms. Eakin, Ms. Methven, Ms. Foley and Ms. Aldrich? What about pizza and basketball with Mr. Bergquist, an original song written about you by Mr. O’Rourke, or a yoga class with Mr. West? These are just some of the amazing experiences Zervas teachers and staff donated for this year’s Zervas Raffle!

A complete list of all raffle items and 6 raffle tickets was sent home with your child last week. The price of each raffle ticket is $5. This year each Zervas family received one complimentary ticket! Winning names for each item will be drawn during the week of February 4th. We will email you if your child’s name is drawn.

All raffle materials need to be received by Wednesday, January 30th. If you would like to purchase more tickets, please email Katie Britton (kibritton@hotmail.com) or Alison Kapilow (alison.kapilow@gmail.com).

Principal Coffee this Friday, Feb 1

Join us in the cafetorium on Friday, February 1 at 8:30-9:30 a.m. for our next Principal Coffee, where we will be focusing on our 2018-2019 Social Emotional Learning initiative: implementing the Zones of Regulation curriculum.  Sally Mazur, School Social Worker, Lynn Chachkes, School Psychologist, and Nicole O’Reilly, Behavior Interventionist, will join Dr. Beck to provide you with an overview of the curriculum, including lessons and activities that help students gain skills in the area of self regulation.

Family Cultural Dinner planning meeting – Feb 4

The next Zervas Community Connections meeting is Monday, February 4th at 3pm in the Library. We will discuss the upcoming Family Cultural Dinner on Wednesday, April 10th. We need to discuss entertainment, food, and how to make it fun and memorable and we’d love your help! 

If you cannot make the Feb 4 meeting but would like to join the ZCC committee, email Amy Behrens at amy@amybehrens.com.