Category Archives: From the PTO

Zervas Family Game Night – Feb 7

On Thursday, February 7th, join Zervas families for the third annual Zervas Family Game Night! Eureka, a local game store, will provide loads of family-friendly games and puzzles for all to enjoy. This year, a few games will be set up in a separate, quieter space for kids who find the cafetorium to be overwhelming.

  • 6:15-6:45 p.m. Pizza will be available for $1.00 a slice in the Zervas lobby while Eureka sets up. Or feel free to bring your own picnic dinner. Parents, please keep your children in the lobby as the rest of the school will be off limits.
  • 6:45-7:45 p.m. Games and puzzles in the cafetorium for families to play with their children. 

Students who attend will receive a homework pass for the evening.  Please contact Ginna Martin (ginna.martin@mac.com) or Alicia Collins (aliciamaureencollins@gmail.com) if you have questions about the event.  We hope to see you there!

Volunteers needed for family game night, Feb 7

We need volunteers to help set up and serve the pizza. The games start at 6:45 so you will still have a chance to play games with your kids. We also need someone in the Quiet Room.

Sign up here to volunteer: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090f45a9a92ca1fc1-family

Families Organization for Racial Justice – FORJ Newton

FORJ is a Newton Public Schools-supported program that provides interested families with opportunities, information, and resources to become better equipped to address issues of race, culture, and identity with their children. FORJ hosts lectures on race and diversity, holds discussion groups, family-friendly community events, Dynamic Diversity trainings and more.

Join the FORJ Mailing List here: https://forjnewton.com/contact/

The January FORJ family-friendly meeting included a community art project that is now on view at City Hall, followed by videos and discussion around “microaggressions” and how to stand up for each other at school and in the community. The January newsletter includes links to the videos, as well as some suggested children’s books.

The next meeting is February 12th for adults, and is a facilitative leadership skills training session for Racial Justice Groups. If you would like to attend, register here.


Family Movie Night: This Thursday!

First, we need many more volunteers to pull of Movie Night. Shifts are 15 to 45 minutes and your child can help you. Tasks include scooping popcorn, overseeing the snack table, and clean up afterwards. Please, please, please sign up here.

The second annual Family Movie Night is this Thursday, January 24 at 6:15 p.m. in the Zervas Cafetorium, featuring the newly-released Pixar Animated Shorts Volume 3.

Kick back and relax with your kids for the evening. Eat dinner before you go or bring a picnic to eat during the movie. Popcorn and Fruit Snacks will be provided by the PTO. Bring your water bottle for filling at the fountains.

Please encourage your student to bring anything that will make movie watching better:  blankets to get cozy under, pillows to block their view during the exciting parts, headphones if the noise will be too loud.  Stay for all or some of the shorts.  Take breaks as you need and feel free to be moving around the cafetorium.  We want our Zervas family events to feel welcoming to all.

Buy Your Tickets for the Zervas Raffle!

What could be more fun than being Principal for the day with Dr. Beck? Being chef for a day with Ms. Eakin, Ms. Methven, Ms. Foley and Ms. Aldrich? What about pizza and basketball with Mr. Bergquist, an original song written about you by Mr. O’Rourke, or a yoga class with Mr. West? These are just some of the amazing experiences Zervas teachers and staff donated for this year’s Zervas Raffle!

A complete list of all raffle items and 6 raffle tickets will be sent home with your child this week. The price of each raffle ticket is $5. This year each Zervas family will receive one complimentary ticket! Winning names for each item will be drawn during the week of February 4th. We will email you if your child’s name is drawn.

All raffle materials need to be received by Wednesday, January 30th. If you would like to purchase more tickets, please email Katie Britton (kibritton@hotmail.com) or Alison Kapilow (alison.kapilow@gmail.com).

Items needed for Zervas Online Auction

Do you work for or own a business that would like to donate a few items to our March Zervas Online Auction? Do you have sports tickets or concert tickets you can donate?  Or restaurant or store connections that could lead to the donation of a gift card? Reach out to auction@zervaspto.org and someone will follow up.

Zervas Family Game Night – Feb 7

On Thursday, February 7th, join Zervas families for the third annual Zervas Family Game Night! Eureka, a local game store, will provide loads of family-friendly games and puzzles for all to enjoy. This year, a few games will be set up in a separate, quieter space for kids who find the cafetorium to be overwhelming.

  • 6:15-6:45 p.m. Pizza will be available for $1.00 a slice in the Zervas lobby while Eureka sets up. Or feel free to bring your own picnic dinner. Parents, please keep your children in the lobby as the rest of the school will be off limits.
  • 6:45-7:45 p.m. Games and puzzles in the cafetorium for families to play with their children. 

Students who attend will receive a homework pass for the evening.  Please contact Ginna Martin (ginna.martin@mac.com) or Alicia Collins (aliciamaureencollins@gmail.com) if you have questions about the event.  We hope to see you there!

Co-Presidents Letter: Zervas Fundraising

Hello Zervas Families,

In the upcoming weeks, you’re going to start seeing email blasts and letters home about different fundraising initiatives we have at Zervas.  In addition to running the Kindergarten Soccer program, which is our single largest fundraiser, we hold several community-based fundraisers.  We thought it might be helpful to lay them all out in one letter so you know what’s coming.

Teacher Raffle
Next week, your student will come home with a sheet filled with teacher and staff led activities, parties and lunches that your student can have the opportunity to win.  Each student is given one free ticket to enter into the raffle-style drawing.  Additional tickets can be purchased for $5 each and all money raised goes directly to the Zervas PTO.  Please read the letter closely and don’t be late turning in your ticket(s) by the January 30th deadline!  Students love winning these activities and the PTO is grateful to the staff for their generosity planning and hosting.

March Online Auction
The Zervas Online Auction committee is busy contacting restaurants, summer camps, gyms, salons, grocery stores, party venues, and many more local businesses to get donated gift cards and services for us to auction off during our annual online fundraiser.  Businesses donate to us and we sell the items to the highest bidder with the profits going to the PTO.  The online-only auction will be live on the Bidding For Good website March 4th-10th and bidding will be brisk.  Please watch for the emails announcing the start of the auction and spread the word to your non-Zervas friends too, anyone can bid.

Spring Fling
This might be our most fun fundraiser.  The Zervas school will be turned into an adults-only party on Saturday night, April 27th.  Book your babysitter early!  The festive night (theme to be revealed later) will be filled with food, drinks, dancing and fun.  There will also be a silent auction table which will have many good things to bid on:  there will be Zervas-Community items like parties and dinners at Zervas family houses, sports tickets, special packages, and more.  Tickets to the party will be sold in advance so watch for the letters and don’t be late with your RSVP.  All profits from the ticket sales and silent auction go to the Zervas PTO.  Come have a fun night with your Zervas community while supporting the PTO.

As always, we are both available to answer any questions and welcome your comments.  And if you’re looking to get involved with any of these fundraising committees or have an item you would like to donate, please email us at pto@zervaspto.org.

Maggie Schmidt & Jenn Martin
Zervas PTO Co-Presidents

Family Movie Night: Thursday, January 24

Come join us for the second annual Family Movie Night, on Thursday, January 24 at 6:15 in the Zervas Cafetorium for the newly released Pixar Animated Shorts Volume 3.

Kick back and relax with your kids for the evening. Eat dinner before you go or bring a picnic to eat during the movie. Popcorn and Fruit Snacks will be provided by the PTO. Feel free to bring a blanket or pillow to make yourself more comfortable.  And bring your water bottle for filling at the fountains.

Volunteers needed for Movie Night

Volunteers are needed to scoop popcorn, supervise the snacks table, and clean up afterwards. Shifts are 15 to 45 minutes, sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090f45a9a92ca1fc1-movie