Category Archives: From the PTO

Volunteers needed for Picnic!

Volunteers desperately needed for the Spring Family Picnic on Wednesday, June 13! We need help with the ice cream truck, serving pizza, and set-up and clean-up.

Sign up here:

Zervas Library Book Sale

Support our new Zervas Library by donating a book from hundreds of expertly selected (by Ms. Kinney) titles. Each book donated will contain a bookplate with a personal dedication honoring a Zervas staff member of your choice.   This is a great way of thanking our dedicated teachers and staff members for a wonderful 2017/2018 school year.  Recipients of the bookplate are notified of your generous dedication and the books will be in the new Zervas library, for your children to read.

Visit by June 20th to choose a book to donate.  If you are attending the Zervas school picnic on June 13th, please stop by our library table, where you can choose some books and make your dedications.

Any questions please contact  Ms. Kinney ( or Lou Bonegio (

Save the Date: Destination Dinner!

Please save the date for DESTINATION DINNER 2018!  Join us on Saturday night October 20th, 2018 for this favorite Zervas social event! Book your babysitters and mark your calendars! We look forward to seeing you there!

Wendy Feiner, Ginna Driscoll, and Amanda Zurick

Submit all PTO receipts due by THIS FRIDAY June 15

Thank you to all our parent volunteers who have purchased items for PTO events and activities this year.  Please don’t forget to seek reimbursement for any expenses that you incurred on behalf of the PTO.

Please send a completed reimbursement form (Word document here: and all receipts in an envelope marked for the PTO mailbox in the main office by June 15 Contact Kai Shanahan with any questions at Thank you!

Co-Presidents Letter June 2018

Dear Zervas Parents,

We have gotten a little behind on our Co-president letters. You know how that is, right? Anyway,  we hope that you were able to attend at least one of the great events back in April. We have  many volunteers to thank for all their hard work.

Amanda Zurick helped kick off the month by organizing our first annual Family Movie Night. Families brought blankets to sit on in the cafetorium while snacking on popcorn and laughing at short films by Pixar. Thanks, Amanda, for persevering with this event after two snowstorms postponed it!

In the same week, Cindy Kaplan, who is a Zervas parent as well as a Family Coach, led an insightful discussion at a Parent Coffee about setting boundaries with our children. I think we all came away with some great suggestions. Thanks, Cindy!

Next up was Family Cultural Night, spearheaded by Amy Behrens and Katie Davenport. Chinese acrobat Li Liu wowed the audience, and families had a lot of fun mixing and mingling. Thank you also to Suzanne Chow, who organized the food and to all the families who brought side dishes to share. It was one of the most successful events of the year!

The culminating event of the month was the Spring Fling, aka the Kentucky Zerby. A tremendous effort by Wendy Feiner, Mira Woods, Noemy Ehrlich, Cate Menon, Sera Miller, Becky Mozaffarian and Cheryl Hersh resulted in a fabulous night! The food and drinks were delicious, the decorations were beautiful, and the dancing was a blast. It was a great opportunity for the adults in the Zervas community to don some festive Derby gear and to get to know each other better. Thanks, Ladies, for all the work you did to throw a fantastic party. Thanks also to all the Zervas families who donated Community events, which raised approximately $16,000 for things like Creatives Arts and Sciences, Teacher Appreciation, and future family events.

Looking ahead, this Friday, June 8th is the Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast put on by the teachers to thank all the Zervas parents for helping out this year. We invite everyone to come and be celebrated whether you cleaned up at one event or if you ran an entire committee. The Breakfast will run from 8:30-9:15 in the library followed by the PTO General Meeting, when we will nominate and elect Board members for next year. We hope to see you there.

This year’s Family Picnic on June 13th will be a special one. As many of you have heard, our much loved Ms. Hadley, Administrative Assistant Extraordinaire, is retiring this year. We will take some time at the June picnic to thank her for all she has done for the students, parents, and teachers of Zervas over the years. Sign-up here if you can help at the event, which starts at 6:15.

Lastly, we have several roles for next year that need to be filled. Here they are:

  • Understanding Our Differences, 3rd grade coordinator
  • Creative Arts and Science Committee, grade coordinators
  • Hospitality Co-Chair
  • Zervas Community Connections Co-Chair
  • Zervas Community Notes Editor

Please reach out to us to find out more about what the positions entail. Volunteering at Zervas is a wonderful way to really feel embedded in the community. I made some of my closest Zervas parent friends while working side by side with them at various events and on different committees.

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

Thank you,

Alicia Collins & Jenn Martin
PTO Co-Presidents

Zervas Color Day: Tuesday, June 12 – Volunteers Needed!

New date – Color Day is  Tuesday, June 12

Come join the fun while helping to make Color Day a success once again this year.  Please sign up to run one of the Color Day stations from:

  • 9-10:30 am
  • 10:30 am – noon 
  • or stay with us all morning!

Click here to register:

For those who haven’t volunteered at Color Day before:

Color Day is a fun day of silly outdoor activities for the whole school.  Each class is split into three teams — red, white, and blue — and the kids participate in activities with their class, like hula hooping, the limbo, and a water bucket relay.  Parents help at each of the activity stations – Color Day couldn’t happen without the parents’ help!  If you stay till the end, you even get to share in the popsicles.

Any questions?  Please email Debra Stump at

Spring Family Picnic: Wednesday, June 13

Please join us at the Zervas Family Spring Picnic on Wednesday, June 13th from 6:15-8:00. The PTO will provide pizza, fruit, veggies, drinks, and desserts. Please bring picnic blankets and/or chairs to sit on. We will move the event inside if it rains. This will also be an evening to celebrate Ms. Anne Hadley who is retiring this year. We hope you can make it!

We need help setting up, handing out pizza, and with the ice cream truck. Sign up here:

This Friday – Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast & Annual PTO Meeting

You’re invited to our Annual Zervas Parent Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast.  This event will take place on Friday, June 8, 8:30-9:15 am in the Library.  Hosted by the Zervas teachers, this tradition allows us to show our appreciation to all the volunteers who have supported our school this year. Please feel free to stop by, even for just a few minutes!

The General PTO Meeting will follow the Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast and will be held 9:15-10:00 am in the Library.  At this meeting, PTO Board Members for the 2018-2019 school year will be nominated and elected.  We hope to see you there!

RSVP by Wednesday! June 10 Workshop on Screen Time

Sunday, June 10, 7-8:30 p.m.
at the home of a Zervas parent
RSVP for the address to Cindy Kaplan at or text to 617-869-3305

Avoid Screen Time Battles-Move from Contention to Connection
*Are you concerned that your kids will just want more screen time?
*Is it hard for you to set limits around the screen?
*Is screen time one of the biggest triggers between you and your kids?
*Curious as to why they just can’t put them down?

By attending this discussion you will
1. Set limits around screens without a fight
2. Learn 6 things you can do NOW as a parent to model living well in the
media age
3. Set your summer up for digital success!

Join Parent/Family coach and Zervas parent, Cindy Kaplan MA in a meaningful lively
conversation around the success of our kids and our relationships with them.

Submit all PTO receipts by June 15

Thank you to all our parent volunteers who have purchased items for PTO events and activities this year.  Please don’t forget to seek reimbursement for any expenses that you incurred on behalf of the PTO.

Please send a completed reimbursement form (Word document here: and all receipts in an envelope marked for the PTO mailbox in the main office by June 15.  Contact Kai Shanahan with any questions at Thank you!