Category Archives: From the PTO

In the Name of Love: Newton Family Singers rock the Music of U2

Let out your inner Rock Star and come belt along with Newton Family Singers as they perform anthems of passion and justice by Irish superstars U2! Sunday, May 6th, at 4pm at the Ellsworth Theatre of Pine Manor College, 400 Heath Street, Chestnut Hill (free parking available on campus – please come early to park). To benefit the Newton Food Pantry, we’re collecting food donations and holding a raffle. This kid-friendly rock concert is the perfect way to share your love of U2 with your whole family!

Tickets for the show (Adults $10/children $8) can be purchased at Tickets for the show (Adults $10/children $8) can be purchased online at http://www.newtonfamilysingers.org/events.html.

Questions? Email us at admin@newtonfamilysingers.org.

The Newton Family Singers is an intergenerational family chorus that brings together families and friends of all ages to sing American folk music.  Family-friendly, live music!

Series in Mindfulness Meditation at the Waban Library Center

May 8, 15 and 22 at 8:00 pm
Waban Library Center 1608 Beacon Street Waban, MA

Prof. Christina Hardway leads this Mindfulness Meditation workshop at the Waban Library Center. We will practice a variety of meditation techniques and learn ways to incorporate mindfulness into daily life. Students will learn several mindfulness exercises including: Awareness of Breath, Mindfulness of Eating, Walking Meditation, and Open Awareness Meditation. The course will include practice, discussion and brief, take-home reading and writing assignments.

$140 fee includes three 75-minute sessions May 8, 15 and 22 at 8:00 pm. The course is open to any adult who would like to learn more about mindfulness and meditation. The required text book is “Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life” by Jon Kabat Zinn.

Mail checks to the Waban Library Center, P.O. Box 6, Waban, MA 02468. Or payable online at: www.wabanlibrarycenter.org, by PayPal.

Christina Hardway regularly teaches mindfulness workshops. She is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Merrimack College, and Chair of the Psychology Department. For any questions about signing up for the class please contact Alice Jacobs at: alicedjacobs@gmail.com

Find us at: www.wabanlibrarycenter.org, facebook and twitter.

Zerby is this Saturday – early bird ticket price extended!

Ladies and Gentlemen! We are coming down the home stretch… the Kentucky Zerby is only a few days away, and you can bet it will be a great time!

The Early Bird ticket price is extended through April 26, so it’s not too late and purchase your tickets today at  www.biddingforgood.com/zervas

Also, a sneak peek of our amazing community events that you can bid on at the auction are now online- check your calendars and come ready to bid! www.biddingforgood.com/zervas (left-hand side of the page under “adult parties”)

If you can’t make it to the Spring Fling but want to contribute or participate, we have options for you! Log on to  www.biddingforgood.com/zervas :

Sponsor a Teacher: Purchase a ticket to sponsor one of our wonderful teachers/Zervas staff to attend this event for free!

Absentee Bid on Community Events: Click on “Order Tickets” and select “Absentee Bidding” to place your absentee bid on one of the community events! Someone from the auction committee will check in with you before the event for your bid list.

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

There will be a Kentucky Derby inspired theme dinner, signature cocktails as well as non-boozy options at the open bar, and a DJ with dancing as well as plenty of opportunity to mix and mingle. Bid on the amazing community events hosted by Zervas parents including dinners, parties, ladies nights, gents nights, and more. All proceeds from community event bids support our school curriculum, enrichment activities, and community events.

This is an adults-only event. Derby hats and festive spring attire is encouraged, but completely optional. Zervas teachers and staff will be judging and awarding prizes for best derby hats/attire!

Giddy Up!

Have more questions? See our FAQs or email pto@zervaspto.org

Volunteer Opportunity for the Kentucky Zerby!

We are still looking for a volunteers to help set up and decorate the Zervas Cafetorium for the Kentucky Zerby Spring Fling on Saturday, April 28th. This is a great way to help out, even if you can’t attend the event. Come and meet some new people or grab a friend and help us to make this event look amazing!  Time slots are 2-4 p.m. and 4-6 p.m.

Sign up here to help.

In the Name of Love: Newton Family Singers rock the Music of U2

Let out your inner Rock Star and come belt along with Newton Family Singers as they perform anthems of passion and justice by Irish superstars U2! Sunday, May 6th, at 4pm at the Ellsworth Theatre of Pine Manor College, 400 Heath Street, Chestnut Hill (free parking available on campus – please come early to park). To benefit the Newton Food Pantry, we’re collecting food donations and holding a raffle. This kid-friendly rock concert is the perfect way to share your love of U2 with your whole family!

Tickets for the show (Adults $10/children $8) can be purchased at Tickets for the show (Adults $10/children $8) can be purchased online at http://www.newtonfamilysingers.org/events.html.

Questions? Email us at admin@newtonfamilysingers.org.

The Newton Family Singers is an intergenerational family chorus that brings together families and friends of all ages to sing American folk music.  Family-friendly, live music!

Series in Mindfulness Meditation at the Waban Library Center

May 8, 15 and 22 at 8:00 pm
Waban Library Center 1608 Beacon Street Waban, MA

Prof. Christina Hardway leads this Mindfulness Meditation workshop at the Waban Library Center. We will practice a variety of meditation techniques and learn ways to incorporate mindfulness into daily life. Students will learn several mindfulness exercises including: Awareness of Breath, Mindfulness of Eating, Walking Meditation, and Open Awareness Meditation. The course will include practice, discussion and brief, take-home reading and writing assignments.

$140 fee includes three 75-minute sessions May 8, 15 and 22 at 8:00 pm. The course is open to any adult who would like to learn more about mindfulness and meditation. The required text book is “Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life” by Jon Kabat Zinn.

Mail checks to the Waban Library Center, P.O. Box 6, Waban, MA 02468. Or payable online at: www.wabanlibrarycenter.org, by PayPal.

Christina Hardway regularly teaches mindfulness workshops. She is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Merrimack College, and Chair of the Psychology Department. For any questions about signing up for the class please contact Alice Jacobs at: alicedjacobs@gmail.com

Find us at: www.wabanlibrarycenter.org, facebook and twitter.

Tutor Available

My name is Maya and I am available to tutor on weekdays after school. I am a soon to be graduate from Lesley University with a Master’s in Elementary Education (1-6) and Moderate Disabilities (K-8). I work at Angier Elementary School as a Teaching Assistant in second grade and have worked in the Newton Public Schools for the past three years. My experience working with children in schools ranges from preschool through 8th grade. I have strong reading, writing, and math skills as well as a keen ability to adapt to individual student needs. I also have experience working with students who need support with executive functioning type skills. I believe in using a multi-sensory approach that involves games and other engaging activities. Please feel free to contact me by email at maya_swartz@newton.k12.ma.us to learn more about how I can support your child.

Walk and Bike to School Day – Friday, May 4

Join students across the city, state, and country for Walk/Bike to School Day on Friday, May 4. If you need to drive, park a few blocks away and walk over to the school, or park at Cold Spring Park and walk over. All students will get stickers as they arrive.

Volunteer Opportunity for the Kentucky Zerby!

We are looking for a volunteers to help set up and decorate the Zervas Cafetorium for the Kentucky Zerby Spring Fling on Saturday, April 28th. This is a great way to help out, even if you can’t attend the event. Come and meet some new people or grab a friend and help us to make this event look amazing! Sign up here to help.

Family Cultural Night: Wednesday, April 11

Family Cultural Night: Dinner and Lively Entertainment!
Wednesday, April 11th from 6:15-8:00 PM
Zervas Cafetorium

It’s here! You won’t want to miss Family Cultural Night this Wednesday. Celebrate the many unique cultures that make up the Zervas community with friends, food, and traditional Chinese acrobatics!  We will eat dinner together and then witness astounding feats by Li Liu including hand balancing, plate spinning, artistic cycling, foot juggling, and ribbon dancing. Students will get a glimpse of Chinese culture and learn phrases in Li Liu’s native Mandarin during this interactive performance.

The PTO will provide burritos for dinner and we encourage you to bring side dishes that represent your cultural heritage or a favorite dish for your family. Please bring serving utensils as well as a print-out of ingredients in case of allergies. NOTE: Bringing a dish is not a requirement! We would love to see you there no matter what. Also, feel free to represent your cultural heritage through dress or accessories.  Your cultural heritage may reflect your religious, ethnic, national or regional (within U.S.) identity.  Water, plates, and eating utensils will be provided.

Everyone is encouraged to come share, learn, connect, and have fun through this event, which is hosted by the Zervas Community Connections (ZCC) Committee.  We look forward to seeing you and your family! Questions? Email pto@zervaspto.org.