Category Archives: From the PTO

Summer Reminders from the School Nurse

Medication Pick-up: Parents of students who have medication stored in the health room should pick it up by the last day of school, June 18. All medication (pills, epi-pens, inhalers, etc.) not picked up will be discarded. Please plan ahead to pick medication up so it is not wasted! Medication may not be carried home by the student — it must be picked up by an adult. School nurses will not be available after June 18 to return medication to families.

Medication Order Reminder: All medication orders expire at the end of the school year. If you are visiting your child’s health care provider during the summer, consider requesting a new medication order for your child. All medication, prescription or over-the-counter, requires an order. The Medication Permission Form and the Medication Policy are both available online at

West Nile Virus and Lyme Disease Prevention: Mosquito and tick-borne diseases like West Nile Virus and Lyme disease occur in Newton residents. Take steps to avoid getting sick!

  • Mosquito repellant not only works for mosquitoes, but helps repel ticks as well. Use a repellant with DEET, and follow label instructions for concentrations appropriate for children.
  • Avoid being outdoors during peak mosquito hours, particularly once West Nile Virus has been detected in the mosquito population.
  • Remove containers around your home (tires, kid pools, pots, tarps) that could allow mosquitoes to breed.
  • Check your body for ticks after being outdoors and remove them immediately to avoid disease transmission.

Shoo the flu! Seasonal influenza vaccine will be offered this fall during the school day to students and employees. The vaccine will be available to all students in Kindergarten through grade 12, by parental consent only. Consent and screening forms will be posted at by early September, in preparation for the fall clinics.

The flu clinic date for Zervas will be 10/24/19. Forms (available in Sept.) will be due to the school nurse two school days prior. This schedule is confirmed unless the flu vaccine supply is delayed, in which case the school nurse will notify families of an alternative date once the vaccine arrives.

Have a happy and healthy summer!

Donate a Book to the Zervas Library: Gift Book Sale

The Zervas Library Spring Gift Book Sale is underway and we are halfway to our goal! We are hoping to have 100 new books donated to our school library before the end of the year!! Donate a book to the Zervas School Library

You can donate in honor of anyone you like: a teacher, in honor of a family member, or even leave a simple message for the reader, the choice is yours.

Donating is quick and easy! Simply select your book online, choose your donation plate and what you would like it to say, and order.  Books come to the library ready to check out. These books are really sturdy and guaranteed to last for years to come, and students love seeing the names of donors from years past.

Thank you all for a wonderful school year!
~Ms. Kinney

PTO Reimbursement Requests: Submit by June 14th

Thank you to all our volunteers this year!

All reimbursement requests (click here to find the reimbursement form)  should be sent along with receipts to our treasurer, Kai Shanahan, no later than June 14th.

You can email them to Kai at or leave them in the PTO mailbox in the Zervas School office.

Community Survey for the Equity Working Group

Please take the time to fill out the Community Survey for the Equity Working Group.

This information has also been sent by NPS through Aspen to all families. The Equity Working Group is trying to maximize the number of participants in the community survey so they are asking PTOs to distribute this information too.  The EWG knows that PTOs are very interested in the idea of central fund and individuals want to have input. 

Any questions or comments can be sent to the EWG’s at

Save the Date: Destination Dinner

Please save the date for DESTINATION DINNER 2019!  Join us on Saturday night, October 19th, 2019 for this favorite Zervas social event. Book your babysitters and mark your calendars! We look forward to seeing you there.

Amanda Zurick, Kamryn Eddy, Noemy Ehrlich and Brooke Ueberroth

Reminder: Newton Public Schools Staff Gift Policy

The PTO would like to remind families of the Newton Public Schools Staff Gift Policy. This policy was adopted by Newton School Committee and can be found at their website using this link: Gift Policy.

Please click here for a flyer that may be helpful: Gift Policy overview.

Gifts to an individual staff member from a family should be in the form of a “sentimental token”, such as something handmade or hand-baked, and not have commercial value. Most room parents use class dues to purchase a gift or gift card for the classroom teacher(s) from the whole class in both December and June.

Other options to honor your child’s teacher or other Zervas staff include a donation in their name to the Newton Schools Foundation or donating a book in their honor through the Zervas Library Gift Book Drive.

5th Grade Social Action

The Zervas 5th Grade Social Action projects raised $2,718.02 for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital! Thank you to all the Zervas families who brought in change for the Make Change Drive and who participated in the Teacher Appreciation Flower Sale. And to the fabulous 5th grade class who did all the behind-the-scenes work!

5th Grade Teachers presenting check to St. Jude's representative
5th Grade Teachers presenting check to St. Jude’s representative

Cold Spring Park Week Events: June 3-7

June 3-7 is Cold Spring Park week at Zervas! Local naturalist Sam Jaffe is a Scientist-in-Residence at Zervas. Sam’s time with Zervas is funded by the PTO, which supports and fosters our school’s curriculum enrichment.

The Zervas PTO has some activities planned for adults so you, too, can learn more about Cold Spring Park. Join us for a walk around Cold Spring Park and then join your child on Friday to visit the Nature Museum after school.

Guided Walks/Family Events ~ Cold Spring Park

  • Monday-Thursday, June 3-6, 8:30 a.m. Morning guided walks in the park. Meet outside the main entrance to the school at 8:30 a.m. Walks will be led by Zervas parents who know the park well. (Note, no walk is planned for Friday due to the Volunteer Appreciation breakfast in the library, to which all volunteers are invited).
  • Friday, June 7, 3:00-4:00 p.m. Nature Museum open to families.  Come see artifacts and specimens from Cold Spring Park.  Meet in Room 313.

Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast & PTO Annual Meeting: June 7

You’re invited to our Annual Zervas Parent Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast.  This event will take place on Friday, June 7, 8:30 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 Annual PTO Meeting will follow the Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast in the Library.  At this meeting, PTO Board Members for the 2019-2020 school year will be nominated and elected.  We hope to see you there!

Spring Family Picnic: Wed, June 12th

Join us at the Zervas Family Spring Picnic on Wednesday, June 12th from 6:15-7:45 p.m. Pizza will be sold for $1/slice (bring small bills!) The PTO will provide, fruit, veggies, water, and desserts. 

Please bring picnic blankets and/or chairs to sit on. Bring your own dinner if you prefer. We will move the event inside if it rains.

We need help setting up and cleaning up, at the food table, and stamping hands at the ice cream truck. Sign up here to volunteer for a time slot. Or go to