Category Archives: From the PTO

CAS AuthorFest 2019: Save the Date

OVER 25 AUTHORS & ILLUSTRATORS WILL VISIT NEWTON PUBLIC SCHOOL STUDENTS!

Newton Public Schools’ Creative Arts & Sciences* is dedicating Wednesday, November 6, 2019 to recognize and celebrate the importance of books in our children’s lives. We know that students are uniquely inspired when they’re given the opportunity to meet the authors and illustrators of books they’ve read. A wide range of authors and illustrators will be visiting schools across the district during the day to talk about the writing and illustrating process – from idea to published work. Julie Berry is coming to Zervas and will be presenting to all grades in the morning.

At the end of the afternoon, all students and parents are invited to the CAS Authorfest Book Sale and Signing Event, held at the Zervas Library from 3:15 PM – 5:30 PM.

No purchase is necessary to attend. It is the intention of Newton Public Schools that no student is denied participation in school-sponsored activities due to inability to pay. Please contact Dr. Beck at beckd@newton.k12.ma.us for financial assistance for the book sale.

*CAS AuthorFest is made possible by a grant from the Newton Schools Foundation, a contribution from The Village Bank in Auburndale, and your generous contributions to our PTO.

METCO & Zervas Buddies Program

We are excited for the Buddy Program here at Zervas! Below are some frequently asked questions about METCO and the Buddy Program.

What is the Zervas Buddy Program?
The Buddy Program matches each Student in the METCO Program (click here to learn more about METCO in NPS) with a Newton Student/Family in the same grade. Throughout the year there are a few fun events for Buddy Families to attend. For example, last year we went bowling and had a game day at Franklin Park.

What is the mission of the Zervas Buddy Program?
The mission of the Buddy Program is to foster friendships between Newton and METCO/Boston students at Zervas. The Buddy Program also strives to ensure that despite geographic barriers, all Families have a strong connection to the school and are able to attend Zervas Community Events. 

Can I still be part of the Zervas Buddy Program if I work full-time and after-school playdates are impossible for my family?
Absolutely! We understand that all families have very busy schedules. We hope that some playdates can be held ahead of evening events at Zervas and throughout the year, but if not, it can still be a successful match! If ZASP has availability, many times ZASP will allow students in the METCO Program to attend after-school before an event such as the Halloween Dance. If you can’t host many playdates, you can still maintain communication/check-in with your Buddy Family and hopefully come to some of our fun weekend events!

If you have questions or would like to be part of the Zervas Buddy Program, please contact Suzanne Chow suzannelm2000@gmail.com or Jackie Washington jackielee617@gmail.com.

Zervas’ Food Service: New Food Service Website and App

As many of you know, this year, NPS has a new Food Service Provider, Whitsons.

Whitsons just launched their FD Meal Planner website and app. It’s a great new tool for families to not only view menus, but also access nutritional information for all meals provided in the Newton Public Schools. Perhaps most importantly, it shows allergen information and allows families to “build” meals based upon their student’s needs.

There are a few things to note about the new website:

  • The FD Meal Planner is linked from the “menus” button on the district and schools homepage. However, your browser must allow “pop-ups” so that when you plug your school name into the search bar, you see the schools populate below the bar. Please make sure “pop-ups” are enabled on your selected browser.
  • The FD Meal Planner App is available for Apple and Android. Once you download and open the app, you will be prompted to create an account. You must create an account to access the menus for your school.

We are excited about this new tool offered by Whitsons. Please be sure to let your Zervas Food Service Advisory Group representative, Evan Richardson evanwrichardson@gmail.com, know if you have any questions! Or, visit this page on the district webpage to provide feedback via our Google Form: https://www.newton.k12.ma.us/Page/799

Zervas Walk and Roll to School Day: October 4th

International Walk to School Day is Friday! Zervas is participating on Friday, October 4 with hundreds of thousands of students around the world.

The Zervas Walks team could use some help handing out stickers and greeting children for the event. Email Jenn Martin (zervaswalks@gmail.com) if you or your enthusiastic 4th or 5th grader can help. If you are normally at school by 8:15 anyway, I’d love your help!

PTO Principal Coffee: October 4th

Join us for the first PTO Principal Coffee of the year with Dr. Beck at 8:30 a.m. this Friday, October 4th in the cafetorium. Dr. Beck will hold an open Q&A at this coffee. Come with your Zervas school questions and enjoy some coffee and conversation.

Please note the schedule of PTO coffees for the year:
Oct 4  PTO Principal Coffee
Nov 8  PTO Parent Coffee
Dec 3 PTO Principal Coffee
Jan 7  PTO Parent Coffee
Feb 7 PTO Principal Coffee
Mar 6  PTO Parent Coffee
Apr 7 PTO Principal Coffee
May 5  PTO Parent Coffee

Zervas STRIDE: Autism Speaks Walk on Oct 6th

“Together We Stride” at the Autism Speaks Walk this Sunday, October 6

Join the “Together We STRIDE” Zervas team for our first annual Autism Speaks Walk! Autism Speaks Walk is the world’s largest autism fundraising event, dedicated to improving the lives of people and families living with autism.

STRIDE is one of many programs and services offered by the Newton Public Schools to support students with autism and their families. Within the 22 schools that make up the Newton Public Schools, there are seven locations of STRIDE: NECP (the integrated preschool), Zervas, Cabot and Countryside (for elementary level), Brown (for middle school level), and both Newton North and Newton South (for high school level).

STRIDE provides its students with Structured Teaching through Research and Intensive Developmental Experiences. Within a substantially separated environment each unique individual can acquire skills at their own pace and join inclusion successfully, when they are ready and able.

Staff, families and friends of STRIDE Programs at all seven locations will join the Autism Speaks Walk of Greater Boston as a team: “Together We STRIDE” and would love to have your support!

Please visit the Zervas STRIDE Page at Autism Speaks Walk – Team Zervas to join the walk, donate, or simply share words of encouragement!

When? Sunday, October 6

9:00 a.m. – registration (or online, ahead of time, at Autism Speaks Walk – Team Zervas)
10:00 a.m. – opening ceremony
10:15 a.m. – The Walk

“Together We STRIDE” will meet at 9:45 a.m. and join the walk as a team!

Where? Near the Boston Common Baseball Field at the corner of Charles Street and Boylston Street in Boston,  (Google Maps – Boston Common Baseball Field)

Look for the STRIDE balloons!
What to wear?   Red!
All are welcome to join this unique, fun event!

Destination Dinner 2019: Buy Your Tickets Now

Please join us for Destination Dinner 2019 on October 19th, 2019.  Cocktails & Hors d’Oeuvres will begin at 6:00pm at the home of Monica and Evan Richardson, 4 Bradford Road, Newton.  You will receive your dinner invitation and location at the cocktail party.  Dinners will be from 8:00-10:00pm at local Zervas parents’ homes, and dessert will follow at a 3rd location to be announced that evening.  This is an adults-only event, so book your babysitters now!

Destination Dinner is a time for our community of parents to come together and have fun.  Let’s also make it a time to do some good for the Zervas School.  Please consider making a $25 donation towards the purchase of two outdoor tables for the school.  Please click on the link below to purchase your tickets for this event and/or to make a donation.  Suggested minimum donations for dinner attendees are $50 per person; however, please join us even if you cannot contribute right now. The point of the evening is community and fun.  If you would like to come, but cannot contribute the suggested amount, you can use the link to reserve tickets with no fee.  

Click here to purchase tickets.

Also, please consider hosting a dinner or co-hosting with another family!  It’s a wonderful way to meet new friends and build community,  We are still looking for a few more dinner hosts, so if you are interested please contact Amanda Zurick (azurick@gmail.com).  If you volunteer to host or co-host a dinner at your home, your ticket fee will be waived!

Thank you,
Amanda Zurick, Noemy Ehrlich, Brooke Ueberroth and Kamryn Eddy

Shop at Modell’s to Benefit Kindergarten Soccer

You will save 15% off all regular and sale merchandise. And The Zervas PTO will receive 5% back of purchases made during “Kindergarten Soccer Weeks” 9/6-10/3.

Destination Dinner 2019: Buy your Tickets Now

Please join us for Destination Dinner 2019 on October 19th, 2019.  Cocktails & Hors d’Oeuvres will begin at 6:00pm at the home of Monica and Evan Richardson, 4 Bradford Road, Newton.  You will receive your dinner invitation and location at the cocktail party.  Dinners will be from 8:00-10:00pm at local Zervas parents’ homes, and dessert will follow at a 3rd location to be announced that evening.  This is an adults-only event, so book your babysitters now!

Destination Dinner is a time for our community of parents to come together and have fun.  Let’s also make it a time to do some good for the Zervas School.  Please consider making a $25 donation towards the purchase of two outdoor tables for the school.  Please click on the link below to purchase your tickets for this event and/or to make a donation.  Suggested minimum donations for dinner attendees are $50 per person; however, please join us even if you cannot contribute right now. The point of the evening is community and fun.  If you would like to come, but cannot contribute the suggested amount, you can use the link to reserve tickets with no fee.  

Click here to purchase tickets.

Also, please consider hosting a dinner or co-hosting with another family!  It’s a wonderful way to meet new friends and build community,  We are still looking for a few more dinner hosts, so if you are interested please contact Amanda Zurick (azurick@gmail.com).  If you volunteer to host or co-host a dinner at your home, your ticket fee will be waived!

Thank you,
Amanda Zurick, Noemy Ehrlich, Brooke Ueberroth and Kamryn Eddy

PTO Principal Coffee: October 4th

Join us for the first PTO Principal Coffee of the year with Dr. Beck at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, October 4th in the cafetorium. Dr. Beck will hold an open Q&A at this coffee. Come with your Zervas school questions and enjoy some coffee and conversation.

Please note the schedule of PTO coffees for the year:
Oct 4  PTO Principal Coffee
Nov 8  PTO Parent Coffee
Dec 3 PTO Principal Coffee
Jan 7  PTO Parent Coffee
Feb 7 PTO Principal Coffee
Mar 6  PTO Parent Coffee
Apr 7 PTO Principal Coffee
May 5  PTO Parent Coffee