Category Archives: From the PTO

Starting April 5, 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.

Zervas Hoedown: Buy your tickets!

Saddle up, and join us for the 2nd Annual Zervas Spring Fling Hoedown…. This Ain’t Our First Rodeo!  Buy your tickets here.

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.

Zervas Equity Policy Meeting: Tonight, March 26 at 6pm

The PTO and School Council are inviting all Zervas parents and families to attend the next School Council Meeting on Tuesday, March 26th from 6:00-7:00pm at the library. There are changes to the Newton Public School’s Equity Policy that will go into effect next school year. The PTO will discuss the changes and what effect they will have at Zervas.  Dr. Beck, the PTO Board, and the School Council will all be there to help present and answer questions as we talk about this new policy and the 2019-2020 school year.

The revised Equity Guidelines and the Equity Policy are available on the School Committee website: https://www.newton.k12.ma.us/Page/2902

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

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.

Final Week: 5th Grade Make Change Drive

Make Change for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital

This year the Zervas 5th graders are raising money for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, an organization that helps to advance cures and prevention of children’s diseases through research and treatment. No child is ever denied treatment based on race, religion or a family’s ability to pay. For over 50 years, St. Jude’s has been finding cures and saving children, and their groundbreaking research has helped push the survival rate for childhood cancer from less than 20% in 1962 to more than 80% today.

One way that we are going to be fundraising is by placing bins in Zervas classrooms. This is called the Make Change Drive and the 5thgrade would really appreciate it, if you would bring change in to your classrooms to contribute. This change can be brought in anytime from March 18th  – March 29th. Our goal is to raise $750 school wide, but we also asked each class to set a goal. Some classes set a $50 goal, while others set a goal of $100 or more.

Please bring in change!

Multicultural Day Dance Performances: April 2

A message from PE Teachers Sharon Foster & Adriona Spear:
Tuesday, April 2, 2019
Please come to Zervas Elementary School to watch your child(ren) sing and dance with their grade level. During the dance unit, students will learn dances from all around the world.  Each grade level will have their own time slot to demonstrate two dances in the gymnasium. Since there is limited space in the gymnasium, we ask that only parents/family members and caretakers (of the performing students) attend during that particular time slot. If you have a child in a particular grade, please remember to sign in at the main office and then come down to the gym for their performance. Please exit the doors to the parking lot as soon as their dance(s) are over to allow for the next performers/audience to enter. See the times below.

Each grade level will perform 2 dances.
9-9:20 – 2nd GRADE                                      10:30-10:50 – 4th GRADE
9:30-9:50 – Kindergarten                                11:00-11:20 – 3rd GRADE
10:00-10:20  – 1st GRADE                               11:30-11:50 –  5th GRADE

Please note:
•feel free to videotape or photograph your child
no food or drink is allowed in the gym at any time
•please refrain from talking during the performances
•please stay behind the designated area
•please respect that learning is going on in the classrooms – noise and traffic in the halls may be distracting to the students
•please make sure your child(ren) wear sneakers for their performance.

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

Social Action – Cradles to Crayons Family Volunteer Night

Looking for an opportunity to get your whole family involved in giving back? The Zervas Social Action Committee encourages you to sign up for Cradles to Crayons Family Pizza Night on Friday April 5th from 6:30-8:30pm in the Giving Factory. Volunteer alongside other dedicated families for a special night of service, fun and pizza—all while helping local families in need. Space is limited, RSVP by March 29th to Tiffany at troca@cradlestocrayons.org. Please note this is not a Zervas-only event. If you have any friends that may be interested in attending, you are welcome to share this invitation with them.
Product donations of gently used boys clothing sizes 5/6 and larger are currently most needed. Please check here to see what items are accepted: https://www.cradlestocrayons.org/boston/take-action/donate-goods/items-we-accept/
Can’t make it to the Giving Factory but still want to help?  The Zervas Social Action Committee will be hosting a donation drive soon. Details to follow.

Zervas Auction Items Remaining

Thanks everyone for bidding on the Zervas Auction. We exceeded our goal of raising $20,000! We have four items left. Please email pto@zervaspto.org if you would like to purchase any of them. First come first served, and we recommend calling the camp first to make sure the week you are interested in is still available.

  • The Dance Academy of Siagel Productions. $150 off registration; offer valid for NEW students only. BUY FOR $50.
  • John Smith Soccer School. One week of camp at Olin College in Needham. This half day camp (8:30-11:30 a.m.) is for 5-8 year olds and valued at $215. It cannot be used with another gift certificate and is non-transferable. BUY FOR $75
  • Dedham Country Day Camp. One Week of Dedham Country Day Camp valid Weeks 1 or 2 only, or $200 off one week of full day camp valid Weeks 3-8. Valid for sports option or traditional camp only (does not include Extended Day; new campers only). BUY for $100.
  • Get In Shape For Women. Four week intro membership at the Newton Centre location at 552 Commonwealth Ave. Membership includes 3 visits per week; period must begin before April 30, 2019. New members only. BUY for $75.

Zervas Equity Policy Meeting: March 26

The PTO and School Council are inviting all Zervas parents and families to attend the next School Council Meeting on Tuesday, March 26th from 6:00-7:00pm at the library. There are changes to the Newton Public School’s Equity Policy that will go into effect next school year. The PTO will discuss the changes and what effect they will have at Zervas.  Dr. Beck, the PTO Board, and the School Council will all be there to help present and answer questions as we talk about this new policy and the 2019-2020 school year.

The revised Equity Guidelines are available here.