Category Archives: From the PTO

Library Parent – sign up to help in your child’s library session

Volunteer in the library during your child’s weekly library time slot. Parents help students check in, check out, and reshelve and organize the books. In order to sign-up, your Massachusetts CORI and SORI checks MUST be on file with the front office. Please stop by to see Joanne Minassian to complete the paperwork if you haven’t already done so. CORI/SORI checks are valid for three years.

If you were trained last year, sign up to help: https://elemlibraries.newton.k12.ma.us/zervas/home/volunteers “Sign up” tab.

If you have not been trained, stop by the library any Wednesday right after drop off for a quick 20 minute training session. Email Ms. Kinney in advance to let her know you will  attend: kinneyr@newton.k12.ma.us

Volunteers needed for Oct 19 flu shot clinic

Volunteers are needed the morning of Thursday, October 19 to escort students to and
from their classrooms to the cafetorium for the flu shot clinic. You will work with Zervas
School Nurse Deana Salameh to ensure the clinic runs smoothly and efficiently. Sign up
here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090f45a9a92ca1fc1-oct19flu1

In order to sign-up, your Massachusetts CORI and SORI checks must be on file with the
front office. CORI/SORI checks are valid for three years.

A reminder that flu forms are due back by October 17 and are at www.newtonma.gov/flu

From the School Nurse: Flu Shots and Hearing/Vision Screenings for Kindergarten

This year, the Zervas Flu Clinic will be Friday, October 19th. If you are interested, this link will connect you with the flu forms: www.newtonma.gov/flu. Forms must be returned by October 17th.

Also, October is hearing and vision screenings time for kindergartens. If any parent would like their child to opt out of the hearing or vision screening, or has questions, I can be contacted at 617-559-6755 and my email is: deana_salameh@newton.k12.ma.us

Thank you,

Deana Salameh BSN, RN, NCSN
Zervas Elementary School

Zervas Variety Show sign up – due Oct 19

Hello Zervas families, Zervas Variety Show flyers are being accepted until October 19th. Thank you to families who have already sent in their responses. There will be two shows: K-3rd grade Thursday, November 8th and 4th-5th grade Thursday, November 15th. Both performances will be held at 6:30pm in the Cafetorium. The sign up flyer is attached. Look out for more updates regarding the Variety Show! We cannot wait to see what your children have in store for our show!!

Sign-up flyer for K-3rd

Sign-up flyer for 4th-5th

Walk to School Day is Friday, October 5

Join thousands of schools across the country and your classmates in walking to school on
Friday, October 5 for International Walk to School Day! Then stay for the Principal Coffee in the cafetorium at 8:30 a.m. Dr. Beck will be hosting a Q&A with parents.

Interested in being a Buddy family?

The Boston Newton connections program pairs families of Zervas Boston students with Zervas Newton students. Newton families often host their Boston buddies on the afternoons before school-wide events and find that friendships grow between both the students and their parents. We are seeking more Newton buddy families, particularly in the kindergarten and first grades. If you are interested in learning more, please reach out to Suzanne Chow, or Alicia Collins.

 

Co-Presidents Letter October 2018

October 2018

Hello Zervas Families,

We survived getting back to school!  We hope you all are settling into the fall routines of school, homework, fall sports, evening meetings, and making lunches.  We hope your students are adjusting well to the new school year.  A warm welcome to all of the new Zervas families.

Thank you for such strong participation in paying your Zervas PTO Dues!  We have over 60% participation and it’s not too late if you haven’t yet donated.  Donate through My School Anywhere (Our Store link) or leave a check for $30 in the PTO mailbox in the school office.  We are still collecting those green committee volunteer forms as well. Let us know how you want to get involved with the Zervas PTO.  And now some important and fun events coming up in October.

We would love to see you all at the PTO General Meeting on Wednesday, October 10th at 7:00pm at Zervas. This meeting is a great opportunity to ask questions of Dr. Beck and the PTO Board and learn more about how the PTO uses the funds it raises to support our school curriculum, staff, and community.  Join us to learn more as well as find out how you can become more involved.

Destination Dinner, our adults-only community-building event, takes place on Saturday, October 20th. Don’t miss out! The deadline to sign up is October 16th so reserve your tickets now by using this link. We kick off the night with cocktails and appetizers at the home of Becky and Dary Mozaffarian. Then we divide up into smaller groups for dinner at the homes of local Zervas families. We meet up again as a big group for dessert at a surprise home that will be revealed that evening. It is a wonderful way to get to know other Zervas parents better and make new friends!

Finally, the month ends with one of the most anticipated activities for kids, the Halloween Dance. For those of you who haven’t experienced it yet, children (and many parents) come decked out in their costumes and enjoy pizza and desserts, DJ-led dances and games in the gym, and photobooth and quieter activities in the cafeteria. Friday, October 26th from 6:30-8:00.

We have a lot of people to thank for helping us get the 2018-2019 school year up and running smoothly.

Thank you to Suzanne Afergan for reaching out to Kindergarten and new families this summer. She organized two playground playdates, which were very well-attended despite some rather wet weather. A special thanks also to Sanskriti Singh for organizing meals to welcome back the teachers and staff.

The Family Picnic was a huge success thanks to Heather Knapp! Despite more rain, we had a great gathering of families in the Zervas cafeteria and gym. We’d like to acknowledge Wegman’s for donating the fruit and veggie trays and O’Hara’s Restaurant for giving us a special PTO rate for their delicious pizzas. Heather was ably assisted by Julius Starkman, Michelle Powers, Jackie Nazoliny, Ana Barros, Eileen Imada, Elisandra Lopes, Ken Danila, Jackie Washington, Anoush Mouradian, Karina Rodriguez, Katie Davenport, Kai Shanahan, Amy Behrens, Wendy Feiner, Youxiang Wang, and Daniela Mackinnon.

Annie Ganot and Karen Kipman took the lead in running Class Photo Day like a well-oiled machine! Thanks also to the other parents who volunteered:  Jacob Eidsmoe, Ruchi Bhatnagar, Kamryn Eddy, Wendy Feiner, Justine Mikulis, Marcia Matos, Valerie Graf, Erika Pond, and Taylor Lies.

A big thank you to Julius Starkman for organizing the treats and coffee for the back to school Parent Coffees. He is pulling more than his weight as our Hospitality Team!

Kindergarten Soccer, one of our largest PTO fundraisers, has a record number of players this fall. A huge thank you to Merrill Barnes, Lee Barnes, and Tara Karyanis for coordinating the program, Matt Feiner for ordering equipment, and thanks all the Zervas kindergarten parent coaches!

Amy Behrens organized the Zervas Community Connections apple-picking on Sunday, September 23rd.  Many families came out to get to know each other better while picking apples and enjoying cider donuts on a beautiful fall afternoon. Thanks, Amy.

Thanks to Room Parent coordinator Freddy Hinck for organizing room parents this year, and Grade Parent coordinator Jungmee Youn for getting the grade social events off the ground.

Lastly, thank you Lorna Dunne for the behind-the-scenes help producing our print and online school directory. This is a big job but it makes being well connected at Zervas possible.

Jenn Martin and Maggie Schmidt
Zervas PTO Co-Presidents

jamartin77@gmail.com | maggie@maggieschmidt.com

Get your tickets to Destination Dinner!

Please join us for Destination Dinner 2018 on October 20, 2018.  Cocktails & Hors d’Oeuvres will begin at 6:00pm at the home of Becky & Dary Mozaffarian, 38 Gammons Road, Waban.  You will receive your dinner invitation and location at that time.  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!

It is sure to be an amazing night, so do not miss it!  Please click on the link to purchase your tickets for this event.

https://www.biddingforgood.com/auction/auctionhome.action?auctionId=338732403

Thank you,

Wendy Feiner (wfeiner@gmail.com), Ginna Driscoll (ginna_driscoll@yahoo.com), or Amanda Zurick (azurick@gmail.com).

Zervas Variety Show sign up

Hello Zervas families, last week we sent home sign up sheets for the Zervas Variety Show. Last year we got to witness amazing acts from all the participants! There will be two shows: K-3rd grade Thursday, November 8th and 4th-5th grade Thursday, November 15th. Both performances will be held at 6:30pm in the Zervas Cafetorium. Look out for more updates regarding the Variety Show! We look forward to receiving your responses!

Sign-up flyer for K-3rd

Sign-up flyer for 4th-5th

Principal Coffee: Friday, Oct 5

The first Principal Coffee of the year is Friday, Oct 5 from 8:30-9:15 a.m. in the cafetorium. We’ll have coffee and sweet treats and Diana will lead parents in a discussion. Younger siblings welcome!