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PTO Co-Presidents Letter: Jan 2018

Dear Zervas Families,

Happy New Year! We hope you managed to have fun with family over the holidays and stay warm. What a frigid end of 2017 and beginning of 2018.  And then two snow days! Hopefully the rest of January will be more kind to us.

Our second annual Family Game Night will be held Wednesday, January 24th at 6:00 in the Zervas cafetorium. Pizza, veggies, and fruit will be served while Eureka!, a toy store in Brookline, sets up a ton of games for parents to play with their kids. They will also have games for purchase if you fall in love with one of the games you try. This is a great chance to unplug with your kids for the evening. If you have any questions, please reach out to Peter Malagodi or Ginna Martin who are helping to organize the evening.

We’d like to thank all the Zervas families who donated books to the December Library Book Drive. A total of 54 books were purchased and dedicated to various teacher and staff members! Lou Bonegio and Becky Kinney deserve a huge thank you for organizing the book drive.

Zervas families were also generous in donating to the Toys for Tots Toy drive. Amanda Zurick, our fearless leader who organized the toy drive, estimates that well over 100 toys were dropped off in the lobby. That’s amazing!

BOKS is a before school exercise program that was piloted very successfully at Zervas this Fall. If you missed the Zmail announcement about the next session, please go to our website or you can go straight to register your child here by January 19 at midnight. The winter session will begin on February 9th and will be limited to 55 students. Thank you to Aimee Sprung for her vision and leadership in making BOKS a reality.

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

Thank you,

Alicia Collins & Jenn Martin

PTO Co-Presidents

 

Co-Presidents Letter November 2017

Hi Zervas Parents,

It was an exciting October with lots going on in the Zervas community. Bear with us; Jenn and I have a lot of people to thank in this newsletter! Before I get to our gratitude, I would like to invite you to swing by the outdoor classroom at drop-off on Friday, November 3rd to grab some coffee and hang out with other parents. In the very unlikely chance you don’t get to the bottom of the newsletter, I wanted to make sure you knew about Friday’s coffee!

Amy Waksler and Cheryl Hersh organized the New Family Pizza Party in early October. Originally scheduled to be at Cheryl’s house, we needed to move it to Zervas when over 160 people rsvp’d yes! Thanks, Amy and Cheryl, for helping to welcome the new Zervas families.

Wendy Feiner, Noemy Ehrlich, and Ginna Driscoll did it again! They planned a wonderful Destination Dinner evening, giving the Zervas adults a chance to get to know each other better. Ginna, Wendy and Noemy were very grateful to have a record number of volunteer dinner hosts, who made delicious meals with creative themes. Here they are: Aimee & Eric Sprung, Lori Berkowitz & Scott Perman, Amy & Craig Waksler, Zoe & Craig Fishman, Ariel & Bram Raphael, Katie Britton & Allan Telio, Jessica & Aaron Davis, Alison & Craig Kapilow, Jessica & Will Savage, Cate & Roshen Menon, Natalya & Amr Hafez, Kim & Chris Neal, Anne Jackson & Rajiv Srinath, Toni & John Moninger, Mindy & Glenn Gomes-Casseres, Christine & Steve Klaus, Anoush Mouradian & Joe Killoran, Katie & Steve Davenport, Cheryl Hersh & Mike McFarland, Steph & Stu Berzin, Tanya & Phil Ianniello, Suzanne & Jeff Chow, Madhu & Mali Natarajan, Kate Grundy & Adam Lewis, Cara Attanucci & James Miner, Jillian Queen & John Curran, Kristin Knuuttila & Mark Scott, Kirsten Fertuck & Chris Payton, Jenn & Neil Martin. My husband Tony Abbiati and I had a lot of fun hosting the cocktail hour and a huge thanks to Jen and Matt Rhodes-Kropf for bravely hosting dessert.

Amy Behrens led families through a fun and engaging Dynamic Diversity Night. Thank you to the nearly 85 people who participated in the evening! Thanks also to those who helped Amy make the night a success particularly Harriet Howell, Chris O’Rourke, Gillian Vandelft, and Suzanne Chow. Don’t miss the next one in February! These evenings are a great way to connect families and develop our Zervas community.

The new gym and cafetorium could barely contain all of the energy at the Halloween Dance! From the fun DJ to the photo booth to the special desserts, the organizers did an amazing job. Thank you to Barbara Talvitie, Jen Glennon, and Katie Davenport for taking the lead. They could not have done it without a ton of volunteers. Thanks to Mindy Gomes Casseres, Pisey Burgess, Jenn Martin, Krisztina Nemenyi, Jillian Jurilla, Julius Starkman, Darlene Nedeljkovic, Anoush Mouradian, Regina Koziyevskaya, Mark Jurilla, Alexandra Fuchs, Kim Neal, Chris Neal, Jon Kadish, Stephanie Berzin, Rachel Conroy, Russell Stein, Justine Mikulis, Gul Yanmaz-Karsligil, Karina Rodriguez, Lori Unver, and Debra Stump. 

 We have a few people to thank for their efforts to get our kids up and moving!  Evrim Atas, Jon Todd, Erin Grabowski, Lou Bonegio, and Sandy Sloane volunteered to help at either the A to Z Walk or Fifth Grade Bike Safety or both! We really appreciate it.

Mark your calendars for a few upcoming November events that you will not want to miss.

The Zervas Variety Shows will be held on Wednesday, November 8th for Kindergarteners through third graders and on Wednesday, November 15th for fourth and fifth graders. Both shows begin at 6:30 in the Zervas cafetorium. Come support our Zervas dancers, singers, musicians, actors, comedians, and who knows what else!

There’s still time to sign up for Newton Turkey 5K Turkey Trot, which raises money for the Newton Food Pantry, and which is organized by a group of Zervas parents. The course begins on Beethoven Avenue, and there is both a 1-mile fun run and a 5K. Even if you are not a runner, come out to cheer or volunteer! It’s an event filled with positive energy. For more details, registration, and volunteer information, check out  www.newtonturkeytrot.com.

If you have any questions or suggestions, do not hesitate to contact us.

Thank you,

Alicia Collins & Jenn Martin

PTO Co-Presidents

Co-Presidents Letter Mar 2017

Dear Zervas Parents,

We hope to see all of you at the Zervas Auction on Saturday, March 25th! The Auction is one of our only adult social events of the year, and it’s a great opportunity to catch up with friends or meet new ones. This year’s theme is Mardi Gras, so join us for a delicious dinner, open bar, and a fun DJ. There’s no need to wear a costume or to get dressed up for the party. The Bidding for Good website is now open for ticket sales. On Sunday, March 12th, the online bidding will begin! Get your bids in before the online portion closes on March 19th. Some of the most exciting items, such as community dinners and parties, will only be up for bid at the Windsor Club on Auction night. If you can’t attend but would like to bid on the dinners and parties or other event items absentee, please contact Jessica Davis. Don’t miss out on this fun evening!

Our next parent coffee will be hosted on Tuesday, March 14th at 8:30am by Sandy Sloane, fourth grader Alex Stein’s mom. Swing by 25 Avalon Road in Waban for a cup of coffee and conversation with fellow Zervas parents. Here’s a chance to connect with folks you don’t get to see at the bus stop.
Have your kids told you anything about the mural for the new Zervas? Here are some details from Maggie Schmidt who does an amazing job on the Creative Arts and Sciences Committee: In early January, muralist David Fichter came and gave overview presentations on mural making to the Zervas school body. Under the guidance of our art teacher, Ms. Simkins, as well as the grade-level teachers, the students are currently researching and drawing. Our mural theme is “Growing and Learning” and the students will be taking inspiration from each other and our school and community as well as the wetlands ecosystem that surrounds Zervas. This month, the pile of collected student drawings will be delivered to the artist. Our mural will be created using the original art from the students. Watch for emails early this spring and mark your calendars. We will need many volunteers in the art room during the weeks of the mural build April 24th – May 12th. Sunday, May 7th will be a community mural building day in conjunction with our family cultural dinner that evening. We also plan to schedule some weekday afternoon and evening hours for families to stop in after school or for an hour combined with ZASP pickup. It’s an exciting project for our Zervas community. Please connect with Maggie Schmidt of the Creative Arts and Sciences Committee if you have questions or wish to help.

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

Thank you,

Alicia Collins & Jessica Davis
PTO Co-Presidents

Feb 2017 Co-Presidents Letter

Dear Zervas Parents,

Wow! You all came out in force for Family Game night. Thank you. We could have used a bigger room! A huge thank you goes to Matt Goldstein for organizing the evening. Alas, Matt graduates from Zervas this year, along with his daughter Violet. We would love it if one or more of you would step up and organize next year’s event. It involves a few emails, a couple of Zmail announcements, and a flier to go home in the kids’ folders. A great opportunity for working parents! Feeling tempted? Email us, and we’ll give you more specifics.

And how about those snacks at Family Game night?!? Thank you, Tim D’Souza, for providing all the yummy treats. Tim would like some help with the Hospitality Committee next year as his co-leader, Lyla Goldstein, is also graduating from Zervas along with her husband Matt and their daughter Violet. Although it may seem that we try to keep volunteers in the family, we are not an exclusive group. We would love for all of you to help!

You’re probably wondering if you’ll be able to get through this paragraph without being asked to volunteer. Yes! Sort of… This paragraph asks for donations. The Auction Committee has very few community dinners and parties lined up and would love to hear your donation idea by February 17th, the last day before vacation. They are also looking for more sports, theater, and concert tickets. These types of donations raise the most money at the Auction, which is our biggest fundraiser. Please send a description of any community-related donations to Wendy Feiner and other donations to Craig Kapilow.

Hopefully you all saw the Zervas Spiritwear information that came home in your child’s folder. Go online to https://zervasschool17.itemorder.com/sale by February 10th and order some Zervas swag for you or your student. This is not a fundraiser, just an opportunity to show your Zervas pride. Thank you, Sera Miller, for working with EmbroiderMe-Newton and organizing the sale!

Lastly, if you can make it, please join Diana Beck at the Waban Library Center on Thursday, February 16th at 8:30am for a Principal’s Coffee. This is a great chance to hear what’s going on at Zervas and to ask Diana the questions that have been on your mind.

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

Thank you,

Alicia Collins & Jessica Davis

PTO Co-Presidents

January Co-Presidents Letter

Dear Zervas Families,

Happy New Year! We hope you had time over the holidays to relax with friends and family.

We’d like to thank all the Zervas families who donated books to the Library Book Drive. A total of 75 books were purchased and dedicated to various teacher and staff members! Lou Bonegio and Becky Kinney deserve a huge thank you for organizing the book drive. What a great success!

The teachers were overwhelmed by all the delicious cookies that Zervas families provided for the Holiday Cookie Swap. In a matter of 48 hours, we went from being worried that there weren’t enough donations to receiving a record number of cookies. Thank you. Bindiya Stancampiano does a wonderful job organizing the Cookie Swap, as well as all the other Teacher Appreciation events.

Zervas generosity also showed in the Toys for Tots Toy drive. An impressive number of toys were donated in this first year that Zervas participated. Thanks to Amanda Zurick for her fantastic energy in arranging the Toy Drive.

Try to find some time this Wednesday morning, January 11th to swing by Barbara Talvitie’s house for the first Parent Coffee of 2017. Enjoy a cup of coffee, a pastry, and the opportunity to connect with other parents. It starts at 8:30, and Barbara’s address is 1446 Beacon Street in Waban.

We hope that you will plan to come to the Family Game Night on Wednesday, January 25th at 6:30 at the Carr school. Eureka, a toy store in Brookline, will bring a lot of games for parents to play with their kids. They will also have games for purchase if you fall in love with one of the games you try. The PTO will provide dessert. If you have any questions, please reach out to Matt Goldstein.

The Auction Committee is hard at work organizing the big event, which is on Saturday, March 25th. One of the only annual social events for Zervas parents, the Auction will wow you with delicious food and drink and exciting auction items. Come get your Mardi Gras on!

Speaking of the Auction, the committee would love for you to donate items! The items that raise the most money for our school are donated by Zervas families.  Ideas include themed dinners (similar to a Destination Dinner), mom’s/dad’s nights out, cocktail parties, kids’ playdates, sports or theater tickets, use of a ski condo or other vacation property, or gift certificates, especially any that you can secure through work or other connections. Please send a description of any community-related donations to Wendy Feiner and other donations to Craig Kapilow.

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

Thank you,

Alicia Collins & Jessica Davis

PTO Co-Presidents

Co-Presidents Newsletter: December 2016

Hi Zervas Parents,

We hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and are enjoying the beginning of December! It was great to see so many of you at the Turkey Trot on November 19th. Over 200 kids ran this year in either the One Mile Fun Run or the 5k, and many of them were Zervas kids. Great job, kids!

Speaking of the Newton Turkey Trot, we have many Zervas parents to thank for taking on the big task of organizing this event. All proceeds raised will be contributed to the Newton Food Pantry. Priya Wagner quarterbacks the event and has an impressive team of past and present Zervas parents to help her including Liz Beckett, Caterina Betancourt, Ken Danila, Amy Penna, Kyle Pond, and Tim O’Brien. Thanks also to all those parents and alums who volunteered to help the race run smoothly: Tony Abbiati, Kristin Knuutilla, Jillian Queen, Erin Grabowski, Barbara Talvitie, Edie Knight, Elisa D’Andrea, Kathleen Kenslea, Carla Brigham, Elaine Whalen, David Canter, Caroline Whalen, Genna Wagner, Maggie Kenslea, Maisie Brigham, Teddy Hoppe and Daniel Beckett. It takes a village to run a Turkey Trot!

Earlier in November, Peter Malagodi and Ken Mignone organized the Zervas Variety shows. Thanks to them, Kindergartners through Fifth graders were able to show off their talents and creativity in a laid-back, low-risk environment. Thank you for two great nights, Peter and Ken!

Thanks to Lisa DePalma for hosting our first parent coffee of the school year! The parent coffees are held in various homes throughout the year and are a great way to connect with each other, especially now that many of us don’t see each other at drop-off or pick-up. Mark your calendar for the next parent coffee on Wednesday, January 11th at Barbara Talvitie’s house.

Here are a few things to keep in mind for December:

Don’t miss the Principal Coffee with Diana Beck at the Waban Library Center on Tuesday the 13th at 8:30am. Diana will update you on what’s going on at Zervas. You can also drop off cookies for the Holiday Cookie Swap for the Zervas staff that morning. If you’d like to donate cookies, but can’t make it to the Principal Coffee, reach out to Bindiya Stancampiano at bindiyaa@hotmail.com to arrange a drop-off at her house.

Amanda Zurick is organizing a Toys for Tots drive of new, unwrapped toys for children newborns through age 12.  Toys for children 0-2 and 9-12 are especially needed. Toys may be dropped off at the Zervas at Carr School lobby, at the Principal Coffee on December 13 at 8:30 am at the Waban Library, or at the Parent’s Night Out at Season’s 52 on December 8 at 6:00-8:30 pm. Please contact Amanda if you have any questions at azurick@gmail.com or 617-233-3255.

Here’s a little more information about the Parents Night Out this Thursday, December 8th: Stop by the bar at Seasons 52 in Chestnut Hill between 6:00 and 8:30. Mingle with Zervas parents, have a drink, and drop off a toy or two!

Speaking of gifts, if you would like to give a holiday gift to your child’s teacher, consider donating a book to the Zervas Library Holiday Gift Drive in the teacher’s name. You will be supporting our Zervas Library by selecting from hundreds of expertly chosen (by Ms. Kinney) titles. Each book donated will contain a bookplate with a personal dedication honoring a Zervas staff member of your choice. Visit this link by December 20th to choose a book to donate.  If you have any questions please contact Ms. Kinney or Lou Bonegio.

While shopping online this month, consider using Amazon Smile and selecting the Zervas PTO as the charitable organization! See this link for more instructions.

Looking ahead to 2017, please mark your calendar for Family Game Night on Wednesday, January 25th at Carr. More details will follow. And book your sitter for the annual Zervas Auction on Saturday, March, 25th. This year’s theme will be Mardi Gras and as always, the evening will be filled with delicious food and drink, exciting auction items, and opportunities to meet and mingle with other Zervas parents.

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

Thank you,

Alicia Collins & Jessica Davis

PTO Co-Presidents

November Co-Presidents Letter

Hi Zervas Parents,

Chillier, darker days. The never ending task of raking leaves.  Cooking a Thanksgiving dinner for 25 people. What’s not to love about November!?! Well, keep reading and you will find some fun Zervas activities to lighten up the month.

First, some appreciation for the volunteers of last month’s events!

Wendy Feiner, Noemy Ehrlich, and Ginna Driscoll deserve a huge thank you for organizing a fabulous Destination Dinner night. We heard so many great stories about the evening. The descriptions of the meals were mouth-watering! Thank you also to all the families who opened their homes and served delicious dinners. A special thank you to Lori Berkowitz and Scott Perman for hosting the cocktail party and to Noemy and Dana Ehrlich for hosting dessert!

Over 50 people turned out for a terrific Dynamic Diversity night sponsored by Zervas Community Connections! Amy Behrens took the lead in organizing the evening but had a lot of help from Harriet Howell (Hurworth), Chris O’Rourke, Maggie Williamson, Alexandra Harmon, Jonathon Swersey, Suzanne Chow, Julie Swersey, Joseph Lareau, Utku Unver, Amy Ly, and Jenn Martin. Don’t miss the next one! These evenings are a great way to connect families and foster our Zervas community.

The Halloween dance was as crazy and fun as ever with some neat new features including a photo booth! Thank you to Barbara Talvitie and her team Jen Glennon, Nicole Newman, Krystle Benedict, and Christine Lukacs-Lesburg. The kids had a blast.

Mark your calendars for a few upcoming November events that you will not want to miss.

The Zervas Variety Shows will be held on Wednesday, November 9th for Kindergarteners through third graders and on Wednesday, November 16th for fourth and fifth graders. Both shows begin at 6:30 in the Zervas at Carr gym. If your child is a singer, dancer, musician, actor, poet, magician, comedian, gymnast, or has any other special talent to share, make sure to turn in the form to Mr. Mignone by tomorrow, November 2nd. Permission slips went home last week or you can find a copy here.

On Thursday, November 10th at 8:30am, Lisa DePalma will host the first Parent Coffee of the year at her home at 206 Winslow Road in Waban. We began organizing these gatherings last year when everyone was taking the bus to Carr, and parents were missing out on catching up with each other at drop-off and pick-up at school. Please swing by for coffee and conversation with old friends or ones you’ve just met.

The Newton Turkey 5K Turkey Trot, which raises money for the Newton Food Pantry, is organized by a group of Zervas parents, including their fearless leader Priya Wagner. It is a wonderful event that many Zervas families train for, as running 3.1 miles is no easy task! It will take place on Saturday, November 19th, starting on Beethoven road near the new Zervas.  Kids who are not yet up for the 5K can participate in a 1-mile fun run starting at 8:30am. The 5K kicks off at 9:00 am. Even if you are not a runner, come out to cheer or volunteer! For more details, registration, and volunteer information, check out  www.newtonturkeytrot.com.

We are hoping to hold a Family Game night in January 2017 but we are looking for some folks to step up and help organize it. If you are interested in lending a hand, please reach out to the PTO at pto@zervaspto.org.

We hope to see you at one of the fun Zervas events listed above! If you have any questions or suggestions, do not hesitate to contact us.

Thank you,

Alicia Collins & Jessica Davis

PTO Co-Presidents

October Co-Presidents Letter

Hi Everyone,

We survived September! Phewww. At the end of the summer, lots of parents say that they are looking forward to getting back into a routine. But doesn’t settling into the routine of school, homework, fall sports, evening meetings, and making lunches cause your head to spin?!?

We hope your kids are all adjusting well to the new school year. A warm welcome to all of the new Zervas families. Some important events are coming up in October.

Destination Dinner, the big Zervas parent social event of the year, takes place on Saturday, October 15th. Don’t miss out! The deadline to sign up is this Saturday, October, 8th so reserve your tickets now by using this link. We kick off the night with cocktails and appetizers at the home of Lori Berkowitz and Scott Perman. Then we divide up into smaller groups for dinner at the homes of local Zervas families. We meet up again as a big group for dessert at a surprise home that will be revealed that evening. It is a wonderful way to get to know other Zervas parents better and make new friends!

We would love to see you all at the PTO General meeting on Thursday, October 20th at 7pm at the Waban Library Center. This meeting is a great opportunity to ask questions of Dr. Beck and the PTO Board and learn more about how the PTO uses the funds that it raises to support our school curriculum, staff, and community. We’ll also discuss the latest on the new Zervas building, the art mural our children will make for our new school, and our Z notes and other parent communications. Join us to find out how you can become more involved!

Please note that Dynamic Diversity Night has been rescheduled to Wednesday, October 26th at 6:15. The Zervas Community Connections group runs a fun, interactive evening aimed at helping parents and students in the Zervas community get to know each other better. Please join us.

Finally, the month ends with one of the most anticipated activities for kids: The Halloween Dance. For those of you who haven’t experienced it yet, children (and many parents) come decked out in their costumes and enjoy pizza and cookies, DJ-led dances and games in the gym, and quieter activities in a different room in the school. Don’t miss it on Friday, October 28th from 6:30-8:00.

We have a lot of people to thank for helping us get the 2016-2017 school year up and running smoothly.

Thank you to Amy Waksler for reaching out to Kindergarten and new families this summer. She organized two playground playdates, which were very well-attended despite the hot and steamy weather. Thanks also to Barbara Erickson and Peter Torrebiarte for bravely opening their house last Friday night to host the New Family and Kindergarten Pizza party.

The Family Picnic was a huge success thanks to Sanskriti Singh and Peter Torrebiarte! The pizza and oreos were gobbled up quickly, and the kids had a blast on the playground. Peter and Sanskriti were ably assisted by Anoush Mouradian, Greg Beaupre, Tim and Ambika D’Souza, and Catherine Caldwell-Harris.

Annie Ganot and Karen Kipman took the lead in running Class Photo Day like a well-oiled machine! Thanks also to the other parents who volunteered:  Eiffat Karp, Barbara Talvitie, Edna Correia, Erin Grabowski, Wendy Feiner, and Anoush Mouradian.

Lyla Goldstein and Tim D’Souza kept us well-fed and well-caffeinated at both Curriculum Night and the Kindergarten Parent Coffee. They do such a nice job as the Hospitality Team!

Kindergarten Soccer, one of our largest PTO fundraisers, has a record number of players this fall. A huge thank you to Merrill Barnes and Tara Karyanis for coordinating the program! Jenn Martin, who ran the program for years, is lending her support behind the scenes. Thanks also to Sera Miller, Mira Woods, Matt Feiner, and Debra Stump, who help coordinate everything from trophies to t-shirts.

Sera Miller is helping us become a greener school through the Zervas Zebra Water bottles that came home a couple of weeks ago. Thank you, Sera! We hope the kids are enjoying them. Sera also was behind the car bumper stickers distributed at the fall picnic. Look out for more information soon on how to purchase other Zervas spiritwear and swag.

Amy Behrens organized the Zervas Community Connections apple-picking on Sunday the 25th.  70 people came out to get to know each other better while picking apples and enjoying cider donuts on a beautiful fall afternoon. Thanks, Amy.

We have two AMAZING behind-the-scene technology and communication experts: Lorna Dunne and Madhu Natarajan. Lorna produces our school directory, and Madhu sends the weekly Znotes. They are so professional, and without them, we would be lost!

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

Thank you,

Alicia Collins & Jessica Davis

PTO Co-Presidents

June PTO Co-President newsletter

Dear Zervas Families:

There are only a few weeks left in the school year, but a lot is planned for June!

We kicked off the month with a wonderful Family Cultural Event yesterday evening.  Thank you to all who joined us for a wide range of delicious dishes followed by music and entertainment from parent Peter Malagodi and the Bamidele Dancers and Drummers of West Africa, Brazil, and the Caribbean.  A huge thank you to Katie Davenport and Amy Behrens for their tremendous dedication in brainstorming ideas and organizing this event, and to the entire Creative Arts and Sciences and Zervas Community Connections committees for hosting, including parents Miho Kurata-Anthony, Liz Beckett, Alicia Collins, Suzanne Chow and Elizabeth Mercado-Green and staff Alley Bartholomew, Diana Beck, Harriet Hurworth, Maggie Williamson, Chris O’Rourke, Rebecca Deeks, and Ed Boles.

Many families also participated in our Spring Library Book Sale by purchasing books at the Cultural Event to donate to our library.  It’s not too late to do so!  Please consider honoring your children’s teachers by visiting http://www.btsb.com/ sosl/zervaselementaryschool1 before June 15.  Each book donated will contain a bookplate with a personal dedication to the Zervas teacher or staff member of your choice.  Thank you to Lou Bonegio for working with Ms. Kinney to select the books and run the book sale with great enthusiasm.

Tomorrow, June 7 is Color Day.  It is not too late to sign up to help run stations at http://vols.pt/sDLCfm.  Thank you to Meryl Miller and Debra Stump for recruiting volunteers and helping Ms. Gilbert with other logistics and to all parent volunteers.  This fun day for the kids would not be possible without their help.

We hope to see many of you at the PTO Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast on Friday, June 10 at Mary-Sheila Leese‘s home.  Thank you to Mary-Sheila for hosting and to the Zervas teachers and staff for the delicious breakfast treats that they have planned for us.  All parents are welcome!  At the breakfast, we’ll also be presenting and voting on our PTO Board members for the 2016-17 school year.  The proposed slate is:

Co-Presidents:  Jessica Davis and Alicia Collins

VPs:  Lisa DePalma, Tim D’Souza, Wendy Feiner, Bindiya Stancampiano and Amy Waksler

Treasurer:  Sandy Sloane

Secretary:  Jenn Martin

Legal Advisor:  Craig Waksler

On Tuesday, June 14, the PTO will be sponsoring a special speaker event featuring clinician and parenting coach Joani Geltman, who will address many of the tough issues facing teens and tweens, including cell phone use, social media, navigating changing friendships and being exposed to alcohol, drugs and physical relationships.  Thank you to 5th grade parents Amy Behrens, Rachel Conroy and Kim Neal for bringing Joani to Zervas.

We also hope that you can join us for our Spring Family Picnic, which will be on Wednesday, June 15 from 6-7:30 pm at Carr (rain or shine).  Please consider helping to distribute pizza and drinks at the event; you can sign up at http://www.signupgenius.com/ go/10c084eada623a1f85-zervas2.  Thank you to Sanskriti Singh and Peter Torrebiarte for coordinating what promises to be another wonderful opportunity to connect with Zervas families before the summer.

Finally, it’s not too late to seek a spot on the Zervas School Council, which is a great way to help Dr. Beck make important program, operation, and budget decisions affecting our children.  Parents are elected for a three-year term and there are two spots open for the term beginning this fall.  If interested, please send Dr. Beck a short description of your background and how you would make a difference to Zervas by Friday, June 10.

Have a great summer!

Jessica Davis & Lori Berkowitz, PTO Co-Presidents

Co-President’s Newsletter: May 2016

Dear Zervas Families:

With only two months left of school this year, we are busy planning for next year and would love your help! Our goal is to find the right fit for each of you in view of your schedule and interests — whether it is as a committee chair, grade or room parent, board member or committee volunteer. Please reach out to us at pto@zervaspto.org or approach any Board member to let us know that you are interested in getting more involved. We really need your help to keep doing what we do!

In addition to a very successful fundraising auction, we kicked off another successful season of our kindergarten soccer program in April.  The money we raise from the auction and kindergarten soccer program accounts for most of our budget and this year’s revenue puts us in great financial shape for the 2016-17 school year. We would like to call out a special recognition to Jenn Martin, who has done an outstanding job running the program for the past two years, and especially for her tireless efforts this past year addressing where the teams will play this spring and next year while we are at the Carr School. We are thrilled that Merrill Barnes has volunteered to be one of the main coordinators for the program next fall and we are actively seeking another main coordinator to work with Merrill. We also are seeking volunteers to assist with web administration and publicity, which are great roles for parents who work outside the home as the responsibilities are all managed electronically and at limited times during the school year. Please let us know if you are interested or know of any incoming kindergarten families who may be interested. Our thank yous to this year’s committee extend to Matt Feiner for managing equipment orders, Lorna Dunne for forming the teams, Kai Shanahan for publicizing the program throughout Newton, Natascha Gundersen for coordinating equipment logistics, Mira Woods for awarding trophies, and Debra Stump for ordering tee shirts. And to the entire kindergarten soccer committee, with guidance from Alicia CollinsMatt Goldstein, and Meryl Miller, in assisting Jenn in exploring where the teams will play and all of the related logistics.

This week is Teacher Appreciation Week, and we plan to recognize our incredible staff with a breakfast in their honor this week and a special end-of-year luncheon in June. We’d love to hear other suggestions from you on ways to show our appreciation.

Looking ahead to other events in June, please mark your calendars for our Family Cultural Event at Carr on Sunday, June 5 from 5-7 pm, Color Day on Tuesday, June 7, our PTO Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast and General Meeting during which we will elect next year’s Board on Friday, June 10, and our Spring Family Picnic at Carr on Wednesday, June 15.

We also hope to see many of you at the parent coffee hosted by Lori on Wednesday, May 11 at 11:30 am.

Stay dry during this rainy week,

Jessica Davis & Lori Berkowitz, PTO Co-Presidents