Category Archives: From the PTO

Buy your tickets today for the April 28 Kentucky Zerby Spring Fling!

Buy your tickets now for our first annual Spring Fling at https://www.biddingforgood.com/zervas

Saturday April 28
7:00-11:00pm
Zervas Elementary Cafetorium

There will be a Kentucky Derby inspired theme dinner, signature cocktails with an open bar, and a DJ with dancing. Bid on the amazing community events hosted by Zervas parents including dinners, parties, ladies nights, gents nights, and more. All proceeds from community event bids support our school curriculum, enrichment activities, and community events.

This is an adults-only event, so book your babysitters early. Derby hats and festive spring attire is encouraged, but completely optional. Zervas teachers and staff will be judging and awarding prizes for best derby hats/attire!

Tickets for the big event through April 23 for $50/person.
Starting on April 24, the ticket price increases to $75/person.

We’d love more community events. If you would like to host something to auction off at the Zerby this year, please contact Wendy Feiner at wfeiner@gmail.com! It is as much fun to host these events as it is to attend!

We also need some help setting up the event the afternoon of April 28. You can help even if you don’t plan to attend the Zerby. Sign up here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090f45a9a92ca1fc1-help

Tickets are available for purchase exclusively online this year. Show your support for our teachers and staff by purchasing an extra ticket or two to sponsor a teacher/staff admission. The ticket purchase will display as “Stripe” on your credit card bill. If you are unable to purchase tickets this year but would like to join us, please contact Dr. Beck who will arrange tickets for you confidentially.

Giddy Up!

Wendy Feiner, Mira Woods, Cate Menon, Noemy Ehrlich, Becky Mozaffarian, Cheryl Hersh, Tim D’Souza, Sera Miller

Spring Fling Committee

Friday, April 13: School Spirit Day and Walk, Bike or Bus to School

School Spirit Day is Friday, April 13.  The 5th grade student council has decided to have this day be “Dress in Your Favorite Color Day”.  We love to see students participate in these days, but please know that they are always optional.

Friday promises to have spring-like weather! The Zervas Walks Committee encourages students to walk, bike, or bus to school. For those who need to drive, ease congestion around the school by parking a few blocks away and walking over to Zervas. You can also park at Cold Spring Park and walk over through the woods; the entrance to the 4th/5th grade playground remains locked so follow the unmarked trail north along the fence to Beacon St. to connect with the sidewalk to the front door. Questions? Email zervaswalks@gmail.com

Shop at Modell’s to benefit the Zervas PTO!

Shop at Modell’s Sporting Goods through April 26 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.

June 25-29 girls soccer camp at Newton North

Kicks and Tricks Soccer Clinic

  • Date: Monday June 25 – Friday June 29 (9am – 12pm)
  • Who: Incoming 1st grade to 6th grade girls
  • Location: Newton North High School (457 Walnut St, Newton, MA 02460)
  • Cost: $190 = 5 days

Train with experienced Newton North High School Varsity players and develop technical and tactical soccer skills, including dribbling, passing, shooting, and juggling.

Register Today! To sign up or for more info, email kicksandtricksclinic@gmail.com

Author Allegra Goodman at the Waban Library on May 7

The Waban Library Center is honored to host author Allegra Goodman on Monday May 7 at 7:30 pm. The evening will consist of Ms. Goodman speaking to us, a book sale of “The Chalk Artist,” and other of her novels, and light refreshments.

“The Chalk Artist,”  her current novel, published in 2017, garnered very high praise nationally. Previous novels – “Kaaterskill Falls,” “The  Cookbook Author,” and others, won the Whiting Award, and have become familiar to readers far and wide.

Please join us at this exciting evening at the Waban Library Center,  1608 Beacon Street, Waban. Find us at www.wabanlibrarycenter.org, facebook and twitter.

Co-Presidents Letter April 2018

Dear Zervas Parents,

All right, who’s ready for spring?!? I can’t believe that it snowed on April 2nd. I am ready to see green instead of white. Speaking of green, we wanted to communicate some information about how the PTO raises and spends money. Please take a minute to read this as we know there are some misconceptions about the PTO’s fundraising efforts and spending.

We are in the fortunate financial position this school year of having a brand new school with minimal needs as well as accumulated funds from several years of successful fundraising.  So while it seems fiscally irresponsible to have a budget that allowed for spending almost twice as much as we aimed to fundraise, this will not become an on-going practice.  It was suggested and approved at the PTO General Meeting on October 11, 2017, that the financial strategy for this academic school year was to spend available PTO funds while many of the families responsible for the fundraising are still at Zervas. We are on track to meet both expenses ($122,000) and revenues ($62,000). Going forward, the PTO will budget expenditures to match fundraising goals.

Much of our funding goes to curricular support such as Creative Arts and Science, Understanding Our Differences, the CAP program, and teacher mini-grants. We were also able to fully fund monthly family events like Family Picnics, the Halloween dance, Game night, Cultural night, Movie night, and Dynamic Diversity nights — events which help make the Zervas community unique. This year we were also able to purchase classroom supplies for teachers and fund regular teacher appreciation events from meals in August, October, and December to monthly recognition for our teacher’s dedication spearheaded by Grade and Room Parents. 

The major fundraisers of the PTO are Kindergarten Soccer ($27,000), the Teacher Raffle last December (which raised $3,000), the Zervas Online Auction in March (which raised $20,000) and the Community Events auctioned off at the Spring Fling on April 28 (with a goal to raise at least $14,000). Check out these pie charts for more information.

Leading the way in raising funds for next school year was our Online Auction Team made up of Stephen Davenport, Jessica Davis, Craig Kapilow, and Justine Mikulis. They worked tirelessly to organize the logistics of the Online Auction. Helping them with soliciting donations were Kristen Beaupre, Sera Miller, Tara Karyanis and Tim D’Souza. The Zervas children, parents, and teachers send you all very sincere thanks! Amazing work.

We have another great team working to raise both funds and fun at the first annual Spring Fling, aka the 2018 Kentucky Zerby. Get your tickets here for the Saturday, April 28th  Zerby party, starting at 7 p.m. at Zervas. Usually an Auction party is the culminating event at the end of a week of online bidding. This year, that Auction party has been separated from most of the bidding and transformed into the Zerby, the themed party for this year’s Spring Fling. It will be a fabulous, adults-only party with a delicious dinner, festive drinks, a fun DJ, and opportunities to bid on Community Events like dinner parties and parents’ nights out, which are only available to the Zervas community. If you would like to offer up a Community Event for bid, please reach out to Wendy Feiner at wfeiner@gmail.com. Come reconnect with friends or make new ones. It will be a blast!

There are three terrific Zervas events planned for the next two weeks. After two snow delays, Zervas Movie Night is finally here on Wednesday, April 4th from 6:30-8:00 p.m. Bring your dinner or eat before you come; popcorn and fruit snacks will be served. We will be showing Pixar shorts.

Our next PTO Parent Coffee will be held on Friday, April 6th from 8:30-9:30 a.m. in the Zervas Cafetorium with Family Coach and Zervas parent Cindy Kaplan who will lead a discussion on What does it really mean to set clear boundaries with our children? Come learn the two essential ingredients to setting and holding effective boundaries with our kids and feeling good about it.

Family Cultural Dinner is Wednesday, April 11th from 6:15-8:00 p.m. Join us as we celebrate the many unique cultures that make up the Zervas community with friends, food, and traditional Chinese acrobatics!  Burritos will be provided by the PTO, and we hope you will also bring a side dish that represents your cultural heritage or a favorite dish for your family.  Please bring serving utensils as well as a print out of ingredients.  Water, plates, and eating utensils will be provided. Even if you can’t bring a side dish, we would love to see you!

If you have any questions or suggestions, do not hesitate to contact us at pto@zervaspto.org.

Thank you,

Alicia Collins & Jenn Martin
PTO Co-Presidents

Zervas Movie Night: Wednesday, April 4

Rescheduled several times due to the snow storms!

Zervas Family Movie Night: Wednesday, April 4, from 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Bring a blanket and come to the cafetorium to watch Pixar animated shorts and enjoy popcorn and gummy fruit snacks. Shorts are appropriate for all ages and include “Presto”, “La Luna”, “Air Mater” and “Partly Cloudy” among others. You can eat dinner before you arrive or bring a picnic dinner with you. Parents, feel free to join your kids in the cafetorium or catch up with other parents in the lobby.

We’re looking for some volunteers to help scoop popcorn and help with set-up and clean-up. Volunteer here.

Questions? Email pto@zervaspto.org.

PTO Coffee on setting boundaries with our children: Friday, April 6

Join us for a special PTO Parent Coffee on Friday, April 6 in the cafetorium. 8:30-9:30 a.m. 

What does it really mean to set clear boundaries with our children? 

If, when setting and holding a boundary with your child, you end up in power struggles, yell, and you both end up frustrated, two essential ingredients may be missing. When we shift the paradigm of boundaries from what we have grown up knowing, we can master the art of boundaries in a way that not only fosters the connection between us and our children but creates cooperation as well. Come learn and discuss the two essential ingredients to setting and holding effective boundaries with our kids and feeling good about it. Led by Family Coach and Zervas parent, Cindy Kaplan MA.

Questions? Email pto@zervaspto.org.

Family Cultural Night: Wednesday, April 11

Family Cultural Night: Dinner and Lively Entertainment!
Wednesday, April 11th from 6:15-8:00 PM
Zervas Cafetorium

Celebrate the many unique cultures that make up the Zervas community with friends, food, and traditional Chinese acrobatics!  We will eat dinner together and then witness astounding feats by Li Liu including hand balancing, plate spinning, artistic cycling, foot juggling, and ribbon dancing. Students will get a glimpse of Chinese culture and learn phrases in Li Liu’s native Mandarin during this interactive performance.

The PTO will provide burritos for dinner and we encourage you to bring side dishes that represent your cultural heritage or a favorite dish for your family. Please bring serving utensils as well as a print-out of ingredients in case of allergies. NOTE: Bringing a dish is not a requirement! We would love to see you there no matter what. Also, feel free to represent your cultural heritage through dress or accessories.  Your cultural heritage may reflect your religious, ethnic, national or regional (within U.S.) identity.  Water, plates, and eating utensils will be provided.

Everyone is encouraged to come share, learn, connect, and have fun through this event, which is hosted by the Zervas Community Connections (ZCC) Committee.  We look forward to seeing you and your family! Questions? Email pto@zervaspto.org.

Tickets Now On Sale for the Kentucky Zerby Spring Fling!

Buy your tickets now for our first annual Spring Fling at https://www.biddingforgood.com/zervas

Saturday April 28
7:00-11:00pm
Zervas Elementary Cafetorium

There will be a Kentucky Derby inspired theme dinner, signature cocktails with an open bar, and a DJ with dancing. Bid on the amazing community events hosted by Zervas parents including dinners, parties, ladies nights, gents nights, and more. All proceeds from community event bids support our school curriculum, enrichment activities, and community events.

This is an adults-only event, so book your babysitters early. Derby hats and festive spring attire is encouraged, but completely optional. Zervas teachers and staff will be judging and awarding prizes for best derby hats/attire! We will be posting the amazing community events available for auction on biddingforgood.com/zervas just before the Zerby Spring Fling so you can check your calendars and figure out which ones you can bid on! Stay tuned!

Tickets for the big event through April 23 for $50/person.

Starting on April 24, the ticket price increases to $75/person.

Tickets are available for purchase exclusively online this year. Show your support for our teachers and staff by purchasing an extra ticket or two to sponsor a teacher/staff admission. The ticket purchase will display as “Stripe” on your credit card bill. If you are unable to purchase tickets this year but would like to join us, please contact Dr. Beck who will arrange tickets for you confidentially.

Giddy Up!