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Co-Presidents Letter April 2018

Dear Zervas Parents,

All right, who’s ready for spring?!? I can’t believe that it snowed on April 2nd. I am ready to see green instead of white. Speaking of green, we wanted to communicate some information about how the PTO raises and spends money. Please take a minute to read this as we know there are some misconceptions about the PTO’s fundraising efforts and spending.

We are in the fortunate financial position this school year of having a brand new school with minimal needs as well as accumulated funds from several years of successful fundraising.  So while it seems fiscally irresponsible to have a budget that allowed for spending almost twice as much as we aimed to fundraise, this will not become an on-going practice.  It was suggested and approved at the PTO General Meeting on October 11, 2017, that the financial strategy for this academic school year was to spend available PTO funds while many of the families responsible for the fundraising are still at Zervas. We are on track to meet both expenses ($122,000) and revenues ($62,000). Going forward, the PTO will budget expenditures to match fundraising goals.

Much of our funding goes to curricular support such as Creative Arts and Science, Understanding Our Differences, the CAP program, and teacher mini-grants. We were also able to fully fund monthly family events like Family Picnics, the Halloween dance, Game night, Cultural night, Movie night, and Dynamic Diversity nights — events which help make the Zervas community unique. This year we were also able to purchase classroom supplies for teachers and fund regular teacher appreciation events from meals in August, October, and December to monthly recognition for our teacher’s dedication spearheaded by Grade and Room Parents. 

The major fundraisers of the PTO are Kindergarten Soccer ($27,000), the Teacher Raffle last December (which raised $3,000), the Zervas Online Auction in March (which raised $20,000) and the Community Events auctioned off at the Spring Fling on April 28 (with a goal to raise at least $14,000). Check out these pie charts for more information.

Leading the way in raising funds for next school year was our Online Auction Team made up of Stephen Davenport, Jessica Davis, Craig Kapilow, and Justine Mikulis. They worked tirelessly to organize the logistics of the Online Auction. Helping them with soliciting donations were Kristen Beaupre, Sera Miller, Tara Karyanis and Tim D’Souza. The Zervas children, parents, and teachers send you all very sincere thanks! Amazing work.

We have another great team working to raise both funds and fun at the first annual Spring Fling, aka the 2018 Kentucky Zerby. Get your tickets here for the Saturday, April 28th  Zerby party, starting at 7 p.m. at Zervas. Usually an Auction party is the culminating event at the end of a week of online bidding. This year, that Auction party has been separated from most of the bidding and transformed into the Zerby, the themed party for this year’s Spring Fling. It will be a fabulous, adults-only party with a delicious dinner, festive drinks, a fun DJ, and opportunities to bid on Community Events like dinner parties and parents’ nights out, which are only available to the Zervas community. If you would like to offer up a Community Event for bid, please reach out to Wendy Feiner at wfeiner@gmail.com. Come reconnect with friends or make new ones. It will be a blast!

There are three terrific Zervas events planned for the next two weeks. After two snow delays, Zervas Movie Night is finally here on Wednesday, April 4th from 6:30-8:00 p.m. Bring your dinner or eat before you come; popcorn and fruit snacks will be served. We will be showing Pixar shorts.

Our next PTO Parent Coffee will be held on Friday, April 6th from 8:30-9:30 a.m. in the Zervas Cafetorium with Family Coach and Zervas parent Cindy Kaplan who will lead a discussion on What does it really mean to set clear boundaries with our children? Come learn the two essential ingredients to setting and holding effective boundaries with our kids and feeling good about it.

Family Cultural Dinner is Wednesday, April 11th from 6:15-8:00 p.m. Join us as we celebrate the many unique cultures that make up the Zervas community with friends, food, and traditional Chinese acrobatics!  Burritos will be provided by the PTO, and we hope you will also bring a side dish that represents your cultural heritage or a favorite dish for your family.  Please bring serving utensils as well as a print out of ingredients.  Water, plates, and eating utensils will be provided. Even if you can’t bring a side dish, we would love to see you!

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 March 2018

Dear Zervas Parents,

It’s an exciting week for Zervas! Our online Auction opened on Monday morning and will run through Sunday, March 11th. What does the money go towards, you ask? Well, it funds the PTO’s programming which helps to bring authors, artists, and scientists into the classroom through the Creative Arts and Sciences program. It funds teacher appreciation and professional development. It allows us to organize community events like Picnics, Game Night, Dynamic Diversity night and Movie Night. It also helps support Zervas families in need whether it’s a gift card at the holidays or financial assistance for a field trip. Please check out the wonderful items up for bid here: www.biddingforgood.com/zervas!

Speaking of Family Movie Night, come join us next Wednesday, March 14th at 6:30 p.m. in the Zervas Cafetorium for popcorn and movie shorts. We are proactively rescheduling this due to tonight’s forecast. Kick back and relax with your kids for the evening. Feel free to bring a blanket or pillow to make yourself more comfortable.

Last week was another great Dynamic Diversity night organized by Amy Behrens and Rashin Khosravibavandpouri. They worked very hard to put together an elementary age-appropriate program teaching about the experience of refugees. The kids were engaged by the speakers, games, and dancers. Thanks so much, Amy and Rashin.

At the end of January, Peter Malagodi and Ginna Martin helped bring Eureka Toys to Zervas for another fun Game Night. Approximately 180 people came, spread around the cafetorium and played some serious games! It was exciting to see so many families enjoying an evening devoid of electronics. Thanks, Peter and Ginna.

Looking ahead, book a sitter for Saturday, April 28th for the first annual Spring Fling, aka the 2018 Kentucky Zerby, starting at 7 p.m. at Zervas. Usually an Auction party is the culminating event at the end of a week of online bidding. This year, that Auction party has been separated from most of the bidding and transformed into the Zerby, the themed party for this year’s Spring Fling. It will be a fabulous, adults-only party with a delicious dinner, festive drinks, a fun DJ, and opportunities to bid on Community Events like dinner parties and playdates, events that are only available to the Zervas community. If you would like to offer up a Community Event for bid, please reach out to Wendy Feiner at wfeiner@gmail.com. Come reconnect with friends or make new ones. It should be a blast!

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or a burning desire to volunteer. We can find a position for you, even if it’s only for a couple of hours a year. pto@zervaspto.org

Thanks so much,

Alicia Collins and Jenn Martin
PTO Co-presidents

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