Category Archives: From the PTO

Zervas Hoedown: Why are you waiting to buy your tickets?

Even though it’s April vacation, you can still buy your tickets.  Prices are $60/person through April 22nd. On April 23rd, the price will increase to $75/person.  So don’t wait until after April Break, saddle up, and get your tickets for the 2nd Annual Zervas Spring Fling Hoedown…. This Ain’t Our First Rodeo! Buy your tickets today.

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 and mocktails 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 for the big event through April 22, 2019 are $60/person. Starting on April 23, 2019, the ticket price increases to $75/person. Tickets are available for purchase exclusively online. Show your support for our teachers and staff by purchasing an extra ticket or two to sponsor a teacher/staff admission. If you are unable to purchase tickets this year but would like to join us, please contact Dr. Beck (diana_beck@newton.k12.ma.us) who will arrange tickets for you confidentially.

Questions about the Hoedown?  Please read our Hoedown FAQ sheet.

Shop at Vinodivino to benefit our PTO & Hoedown April 13th-May 11th

Mention Zervas when you shop in-store and online at Vinodivino (899 Walnut Street, Newton Highlands, also at Brookline, Needham and Boston locations) from April 13th-May 11th.  They are sponsoring our Hoedown wine bar! The more we all purchase – wine, beer, spirits, and more –  the better the we do.  After we hit the sales target to cover our event wine bar, 10% of all following sales will go directly to the Zervas PTO.

Support for the Wang family

Shared by some Zervas alums: You may or may not have heard the very sad news that a member of our community, Ethan Wang (a Zervas alum and NSHS Class of 2016) recently suffered a serious accident while studying abroad.  Ethan broke his neck and damaged his spinal cord in the accident. After a series of very difficult surgeries and a  challenging medical evacuation to Boston, Ethan is now in a long term program at Spaulding where he is undertaking intensive treatment and physical therapy to try to overcome the paralysis which resulted from his accident. Ethan has many dear friends, one of whom described him as “a kind, caring, compassionate, diligent and genuine person who has touched the lives of so many people in our community.” Wanting to do something to help Ethan, his friends have established a GoFund Me page to raise money to help the Wang family with the very high expenses associated with Ethan’s long term treatment. We are sharing the link provided by Ethan’s friends so that Zervas, Oak Hill, and South families have an opportunity to contribute to the fundraising effort.  And of course the Zervas, Oak Hill and South communities are sending our positive thoughts and good wishes to Ethan and his family!

Family Cultural Dinner: This Wednesday, April 10

Family Cultural Night Dinner and Lively Entertainment!
This Wednesday, April 10th from 6:15-7:45 PM
Zervas Cafetorium

Celebrate the diversity of Zervas School at this special event! We will have food and dancing by a professional Indian dancer named Tara Ahmed. Enjoy a delicious dinner while learning more about your community’s unique and diverse cultural background.

We would love for you to bring food as well! Is there a dish you would like to share that represents your culture? Please bring it! With your dish please include serving utensils and a list of ingredients for people with allergies. *you are not required to bring a dish to come!

Everyone is encouraged to come share, learn, connect, and have fun through this event, which is hosted by Zervas Community Connections (ZCC) .  We look forward to seeing you and your family!

If you are able to contribute a dish to the Pot Luck (you don’t need to know what it is yet) please sign up here http://bit.ly/Zdinner or email Elisa Derby : elisaderby@gmail.com or Kim Hermesch : kimberlyhermesch@gmail.com

                          Questions? Please reach out at pto@zervaspto.org

Zervas Hoedown: Why are you waiting to buy your tickets?

Don’t wait until after April Break, saddle up, and get your tickets for the 2nd Annual Zervas Spring Fling Hoedown…. This Ain’t Our First Rodeo! Buy your tickets today. Starting April 23rd, ticket prices will jump from $60/person to $75/person.

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 and mocktails 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 for the big event through April 22, 2019 are $60/person. Starting on April 23, 2019, the ticket price increases to $75/person. Tickets are available for purchase exclusively online. Show your support for our teachers and staff by purchasing an extra ticket or two to sponsor a teacher/staff admission. If you are unable to purchase tickets this year but would like to join us, please contact Dr. Beck (diana_beck@newton.k12.ma.us) who will arrange tickets for you confidentially.

Questions about the Hoedown?  Please read our Hoedown FAQ sheet.

Shop at Vinodivino to benefit our PTO

Mention Zervas and shop in-store and online at Vinodivino (899 Walnut Street, Newton Highlands, also at Brookline, Needham and Boston locations) from April 13th-May 11th.  They are sponsoring our Hoedown wine bar! The more we all purchase – wine, beer, spirits, and more –  the better the we do.  After we hit the sales target to cover our event wine bar, 10% of all following sales will go directly to the Zervas PTO.

Shop at Modell’s to benefit the Zervas PTO!

Shop at Modell’s Sporting Goods through April 5-May 2 and help the Zervas PTO! Modell’s once again offers 15% off regular-priced and sale merchandise (see coupon for list of exclusions) with an additional 5% going back to the Zervas PTO. You may access the coupon through the Kindergarten Soccer website: http://kindergartensoccer.org. Note that you must print the coupon and bring it to the store, or display it on your phone.

Principal Coffee with Superintendent and School Committee: Friday, April 5 at 8:30 a.m.

This Friday, April 5 you are invited to a special Principal Coffee from 8:30-9:30 a.m. in the cafetorium.  Dr. David Fleishman, Superintendent of Newton Public Schools, and members of the School Committee will be present for a brief presentation and Q&A.

Family Cultural Dinner: April 10

Family Cultural Night Dinner and Lively Entertainment!
Wednesday, April 10th from 6:15-7:45 PM
Zervas Cafetorium

Celebrate the diversity of Zervas School at this special event! We will have food and dancing by a professional Indian dancer named Tara Ahmed. Enjoy a delicious dinner while learning more about your community’s unique and diverse cultural background.

We would love for you to bring food as well! Is there a dish you would like to share that represents your culture? Please bring it! With your dish please include serving utensils and a list of ingredients for people with allergies. *you are not required to bring a dish to come!

Everyone is encouraged to come share, learn, connect, and have fun through this event, which is hosted by Zervas Community Connections (ZCC) .  We look forward to seeing you and your family!

If you are able to contribute a dish to the Pot Luck (you don’t need to know what it is yet) please sign up here http://bit.ly/Zdinner or email Elisa Derby : elisaderby@gmail.com or Kim Hermesch : kimberlyhermesch@gmail.com

                          Questions? Please reach out at pto@zervaspto.org

Zervas Green Team wants to help get our community composting at home!

Ask your student about how Zervas School is composting food waste. Twice a week food scraps from the cafeteria are picked up and processed into biogas (clean energy)!! You can also compost at home!

WHY? 40% of our trash is food waste. When food scraps sit in plastic bags in landfills, they decompose into methane, a potent greenhouse gas that contributes to global climate change.

How to get started:

  • Composting at Home: Newton City Hall sells compost bins at a reduced rate ($25/bin). Purchase one at City Hall Customer Service or online. Your food waste and yard clippings will make perfect soil and fertilizer for your gardens. If you don’t have an outdoor space, consider indoor vermicomposting. The resulting compost is great for indoor plants.
  • Compost Pick-Up: Black Earth Compost is now enrolling Newton residents in weekly pick up of organic waste. This includes home owners, condo owners, and renters. Costs (excluding bins and compostable bags) start at only $3.80/week. When 500 Newton households are enrolled or preregistered, the price will be reduced 40% to $2.31/week. Your waste is turned into fertile compost that is sold at local retailers.

And as always, please help us reduce non-compostable waste by packing reusable or recyclable containers for lunches and snacks at school. And familiarize yourself with what goes into Newton Recycling bins and avoid throwing any of these recyclable materials into the trash.

Do you have questions about composting at home? Email greenteam@zervaspto.org and we’ll help get you going!