Category Archives: From the PTO

Kindergarten Soccer Registration is Open!

Kindergarten Soccer – the biggest fundraiser of the Zervas PTO – is back for Spring 2021! After a year-long hiatus, we anticipate being able to successfully run our Kindergarten soccer program this spring for Current and Incoming K students. 

To our Kindergarten families, registration is open at https://kindergartensoccer.org/. The cost of the program is $90 if you register before March 14, 2021; after this date, you may still register if space is available and a $25 late fee will be applied. We hope to see you on the field!

To all Zervas families, please spread the word to friends throughout Newton that Kindergarten Soccer is on this spring! We offer a Kindergarten Division for children currently enrolled in Kindergarten for the 2020-2021 school year and a Pre-K Division for children in preschool who will enter Kindergarten for the 2021-2022 school year.

Any questions? Email our Kindergarten Soccer Coordinator Jillian Jurilla at newtonkindergartensoccer@gmail.com.

Zervas Virtual Variety Show: Wednesday, March 24

The Zervas Variety Show is a favorite annual event. Join our virtual show this year as a participant or to watch. As always, the event will be hosted (online) by Mr. Mignone. Watch for more information in the coming days to sign up and submit your act!

CAS Presentations in March

All Zervas students will participate in a Creative Arts and Sciences program during the month of March! A huge THANK YOU to Brandy Blakely, Hanneke de Vlaam, and Karen Burzdak for organizing CAS for our children. It’s been a tough year, and CAS has had to organize the presentations under complicated and constantly changing conditions.  Thank you Brandy, Hanneke, and Karen!

All CAS workshops have been organized in coordination with the Zervas teachers to enhance your student’s literacy curriculum. These programs are funded entirely by the Zervas PTO.

Live virtual presentations with students interacting with the presenters will take place by grade on the following dates. All Zervas students (hybrid and DLA) will participate with their home schools. Programming is listed below by grade: 

Kemp Harris (Kindergarten (3/3/21), 1st grade (3/24/21), and 2nd grade (3/10/21) presentations): 

Storyteller Kemp Harris brings his experience as composer, musician, children’s author, actor and teacher to the classroom. Check out his website to learn more!

David Kelly (3rd grade 3/10/21) 

David A. Kelly is a local author (West Newton) of the Ballpark Mysteries and MVP sports/mysteries chapter book series, David A. Kelly, turned his interest into a career when he began authoring children’s books. Click here for more information about this amazing local author.

Len Cabral (4th and 5th grades (3/17/21)

Mr. Cabral, an African American storyteller, has been enchanting Newton student audiences for years. He presents African, and world and original folk tales with a spellbinding style that includes audience participation, movement and dramatic flair. Learn more about Len Cabral!

Newton Girls Softball: Spring 2021 Registration Now Open

Newton Girls Softball Rec League registration is open for girls in kindergarten through 7th grade.  We are fully preparing for a spring season — April 25 through June 13 — and will, of course, be monitoring the latest pandemic-related guidance from the state of Massachusetts. 

Supportive coaches teach the fundamentals of softball and help develop confidence, determination, and resiliency. There is a place for girls of all ability levels in softball. Even if you or your daughter has not considered sports before, please look at our website.
Questions? Contact Rec League Director Jason Margolis.

Tonight – February 9 @7pm: February Zoom for Families of Color

The Zervas PTO is hosting a Zoom meeting specifically for Zervas Families of Color tonight, February 9th at 7pm. The goal of this meeting is to provide space for families of color to connect.  All parents/caregivers of color, as well as parents/caregivers of students of color are invited to join in this conversation. This space is intentionally created for people of color, people who self identify as Black, Latinx, Indigenous, Asian/Pacific Islander, multiracial, etc., recognizing the ways that racism in our country affects these communities.  Please RSVP here; a Zoom link will be sent prior to the gathering.

This Week: Zervas Winter Health Week – Walk, Roll, Yoga and Scavenger Hunt!

Yoga for Parents
Friday, February 12, 9-10am
Please join Zervas mom, Sharon Dinsmore, a 250 hour CYT, for an all-level Hatha/Vinyasa-style yoga class. Class will include some breath work, traditional yoga poses and relaxation. 

Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86971434700?pwd=RFpQb1U5T252bW8xZ1k2Z2lDOFllZz09
Meeting ID: 869 7143 4700
Passcode: 98h7E5

Walk and Roll to School: All week, February 8-12
Walk or roll to school, a park, or around your neighborhood. You can also participate in more ways, such as decorating a paper boot to hang in your window and looking for other boots on walks, play “I Spy” or Winter Walk BINGO from Massachusetts Safe Routes to School, or practice Walking like a Penguin, https://youtu.be/LHaWGibGwyk

Zervas Neighborhood Scavenger Hunt: February 6-13
The route is one big puzzle! Your family can participate in this activity at any time during these dates. A special snack will be available on Saturday, 2/6 and Saturday, 2/13. If you have found a solution, you can submit your answer to get your name on the honor roll! Click here for the scavenger hunt – you can print it out or follow along on your phone while walking. 

Naco Taco Food Truck to Return in March

Thanks to everyone who participated in Tasty Takeout Night with Naco Taco on February 5!

Due to high demand and overwhelming positive feedback, we have invited Naco Taco back for another Zervas Tasty Takeout Night in March with increased hours and capacity. We’ll let you know when the date is set. Also, we are looking for a dessert truck to join Naco Taco. Stay tuned for more info!

Virtual Principal Coffee with Dr. Beck on February 5 at 8:30am

The Zervas PTO is hosting a Zoom meeting with Dr. Beck on Friday, February 5 at 8:30am. We hope to see you there!

Zoom Meeting:
https://newton-k12-ma-us.zoom.us/j/89480896717

Meeting ID: 894 8089 6717
Passcode: 449249

February 6-13: Zervas Winter Health Week – Walk, Roll, Spin, Yoga and Scavenger Hunt!

Walk and Roll to School: All week, February 8-12
Walk or roll to school, a park, or around your neighborhood. You can also participate in more ways, such as decorating a paper boot to hang in your window and looking for other boots on walks, play “I Spy” or Winter Walk BINGO from Massachusetts Safe Routes to School, or practice Walking like a Penguin, https://youtu.be/LHaWGibGwyk

Zervas Neighborhood Scavenger Hunt: February 6-13
The route is one big puzzle! Your family can participate in this activity at any time during these dates. A special snack will be available on Saturday, 2/6 and Saturday, 2/13. If you have found a solution, you can submit your answer to get your name on the honor roll! We will include the hunt later so you can print it out at home or read it on your phone while walking. 

Cycling Class: Saturday, February 6, 8-9am
Ready to wipe the dust of your indoor bike and sweat to 90’s hip hop with your friends from Zervas?  Join spin instructor and Zervas parent Katie Britton for an hour-long workout over Zoom to support the Zervas PTO.  We will have all of your favorite 90’s hip hop – Marky Mark, Bell Biv Devoe, Heavy D and more – to get your heart rate up and put that exercise bike to good use.  All levels of fitness are welcome to join, but some of the lyrics are for adult ears only! Registration to follow.

Yoga: Friday, February 12, 9-10am
Please join Zervas mom, Sharon Dinsmore, a 250 hour CYT, for an all-level Hatha/Vinyasa-style yoga class. Class will include some breath work, traditional yoga poses and relaxation. Zoom link to follow.


February Zoom for Families of Color on February 9 at 7pm

The Zervas PTO is hosting a Zoom meeting specifically for Zervas Families of Color on February 9th at 7pm. The goal of this meeting is to provide space for families of color to connect.  All parents/caregivers of color, as well as parents/caregivers of students of color are invited to join in this conversation. This space is intentionally created for people of color, people who self identify as Black, Latinx, Indigenous, Asian/Pacific Islander, multiracial, etc., recognizing the ways that racism in our country affects these communities.  Please RSVP here; a Zoom link will be sent prior to the gathering.