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FORJ CITY-WIDE MEETING: WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 27th, 7pm – 9pm

Discovery Speakers Series hosts Beverly Tatum: Talking to Kids about Race & Racism (Zoom) with FORJ Breakout Session 

We invite you to sign up to hear Beverly Tatum who will be joining the conversation at the Discovery Museum 2021 Speaker Series. FORJ will  hold a 30 minute break out session after the event. You will want to fill out two RSVP’s  to attend both parts of the program. 

Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum, president emerita of Spelman College, is a clinical psychologist widely known for both her expertise on race relations and as a thought leader in higher education. Her thirteen years as the president of Spelman College (2002-2015) were marked by innovation and growth and her visionary leadership was recognized in 2013 with the Carnegie Academic Leadership Award. 

The author of several books including the national bestseller Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? (now in a new 2017 20th anniversary edition) and Can We Talk About Race? and Other Conversations in an Era of School Resegregation (2007), Tatum is a sought-after speaker on the topics of racial identity development, race and education, strategies for creating inclusive campus environments, and higher education leadership.

A civic leader in the Atlanta community, Dr. Tatum is engaged in educational initiatives designed to expand educational opportunities for underserved students and their families.

She holds a B.A. degree in psychology from Wesleyan University, and M.A. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Michigan as well as an M.A. in Religious Studies from Hartford Seminary.

More information and REGISTER HERE if you want to attend:
https://26033.blackbaudhosting.com/26033/Discovery-Museum-Speaker-Series-2021-Featuring-Dr-Beverly-Tatum

** If you want to attend this, you NEED to RSVP with the hosts so they can manage their event with info about participant interest and send you a Zoom link.

TO sign up for the FORJ BREAKOUT SESSION, please RSVP HERE.

Zervas Tasty Takeout Night with Naco Taco Food Truck on Friday, February 5

Mark your calendars! For our second Tasty Takeout Night, Zervas PTO is partnering with Naco Taco! For one night only, the Naco Taco truck will be parked at Zervas for easy pick-up! Take a break from cooking, support a business owned by a Newton parent, and help the Zervas PTO all at the same time! 

Save The Date: Friday, February 5. Naco Taco will donate 15% of its proceeds back to the Zervas PTO!

No special code needed. Pre-ordering opening soon. Please spread the word to friends and neighbors too! You don’t have to be a Zervas family to participate.

February 6-13: Zervas Winter Health Week – Walk, Roll, Spin, Yoga and Scavenger Hunt!

Walk and Roll to School: All week, February 8-12
Walk or roll to school, a park, or around your neighborhood. You can also participate in more ways, such as decorating a paper boot to hang in your window and looking for other boots on walks, play “I Spy” or Winter Walk BINGO from Massachusetts Safe Routes to School, or practice Walking like a Penguin, https://youtu.be/LHaWGibGwyk

Zervas Neighborhood Scavenger Hunt: February 6-13.
The route is one big puzzle! Your family can participate in this activity at any time during these dates. A special snack will be available on Saturday 2/6 and Saturday 2/13. If you have found a solution, you can submit your answer to get your name on the honor roll! We will include the hunt later so you can print it out at home or read it on your phone while walking. 

Cycling Class: Saturday, February 6, 8-9am
Ready to wipe the dust of your indoor bike and sweat to 90’s hip hop with your friends from Zervas?  Join spin instructor and Zervas parent Katie Britton for an hour-long workout over Zoom to support the Zervas PTO.  We will have all of your favorite 90’s hip hop – Marky Mark, Bell Biv Devoe, Heavy D and more – to get your heart rate up and put that exercise bike to good use.  All levels of fitness are welcome to join, but some of the lyrics are for adult ears only! Registration to follow.

Yoga: Friday, February 12, 9-10am
Please join Zervas mom Sharon Dinsmore, a 250 hour CYT, for an all-level Hatha/Vinyasa-style yoga class. Class will include some breath work, traditional yoga poses and relaxation. Zoom link to follow.


Looking for a Few Good Zervas Volunteers

  1. Kindergarten Soccer: We are looking for a few parents to help manage the field on game days. If you are interested in learning more or signing up to volunteer, please send an email to our Kindergarten Soccer Coordinator Jillian Jurilla at newtonkindergartensoccer@gmail.com. This is a great option if you are a current Kindergarten parent and/or have a child starting Kindergarten next fall. For those who don’t know, Kindergarten Soccer is by far our biggest fundraiser and we need a few more hands to make it possible to run again this year after taking a hiatus due to Covid-19.
  2. Virtual Variety Show: We will be moving our Zervas Variety Show online this year. We are looking for a parent to coordinate with Mr. Mignone for what is sure to be an entertaining evening for one and all. This is a great volunteer option for any parent who loves music and entertainment and/or has a child who plans to participate. Email zervaspto@gmail.com to learn more about this opportunity.

Kindergarten Soccer is Back!

Kindergarten Soccer – the biggest fundraiser of the Zervas PTO – is back for Spring 2021! After a year-long hiatus, we anticipate being able to successfully run our K soccer program this spring for Current and Incoming K students.  But this program can only run with more volunteer help from Zervas parents like you!

In order to execute this wonderful program we are looking for volunteers to help manage the field on game days.  Location and timing TBD. You can sign up for 1 session or all! If you are interested in learning more or signing up to volunteer, please send an email to our Kindergarten Soccer Coordinator Jillian Jurilla at newtonkindergartensoccer@gmail.com.

Do you want more events with the Zervas community?

While we have not been able to host many of our traditional events this year, we would love to put some fun, new ideas on the calendar, especially as we are all spending so much time inside this winter.

Do you have a talent or skill to share with the Zervas community? Zoom yoga. Craft beer/wine tasting. Trivia night. Family game night. Bingo. Cooking/baking.

Email us to share your idea or to join the committee.

TONIGHT: Zervas Families of Color Zoom

The Zervas PTO is hosting a Zoom meeting specifically for Zervas Families of Color. The goal of this meeting is to provide space for families of color to connect.  All parents/caregivers of color, as well as parents/caregivers of students of color are invited to join in this conversation. This space is intentionally created for people of color, people who self identify as Black, Latinx, Indigenous, Asian/Pacific Islander, multiracial, etc., recognizing the ways that racism in our country affects these communities.  Please RSVP here; a Zoom link will be sent prior to the gathering.

Virtual Destination Dinner January 23: Sign up Today!

Destination Dinner is typically our favorite fall community building event for Zervas parents. This event is always a chance for us to reconnect and get to know one another as a parent community. We need to reconnect now more than ever!

Since we cannot be together in person, we have organized the first (and hopefully last!) Virtual Destination Dinner, taking place Saturday, January 23. Choose a cuisine and be guided through Zoom by professional chefs from Create-a-Cook, right here in Newton Highlands. Once you are finished cooking, you will be placed in to a breakout room with other Zervas parents with whom you can dine and enjoy your meal. 

For those of you who have not been part of this event in person in the past, parents start at one Zervas home for cocktails, receive an invitation to another Zervas home for dinner, and then reconvene later that evening at a surprise home for dessert and drinks.

While this does not fully take the place of us gathering together, we hope that you will consider joining us. We know there may be a few barriers: 

  • One more Zoom: No one wants another Zoom, but we all want connection. We promise the cooking demo will not disappoint, and you will have the chance to dine with someone outside your household!
  • Childcare: We know it is not possible for most of us to have babysitters for the evening during these times. We encourage you to be creative – if you have a partner, trade off for who cooks which course; let your kids watch that movie they’ve been asking about. Yes this event is Adult-only, but we all know our kids are still home with us!
  • Cost: Every parent who would like to attend to be able to, without cost as a barrier. If you would like assistance, please confidentially reach out at pto@zervaspto.org.

Get ready to cook, eat, and have a blast with the Zervas community! This is an Adults-Only event. Buy a ticket online by Thursday, January 14. You won’t want to miss out!

Kindergarten Soccer is Back!

Kindergarten Soccer – the biggest fundraiser of the Zervas PTO – is back for Spring 2021! We anticipate being able to successfully run our K soccer program this spring for Current and Incoming K students. 

In order to execute this wonderful program we are looking for volunteers to help manage the field on game days.  Location and timing TBD. If you are interested in volunteering, please send an email to newtonkindergartensoccer@gmail.com.

THIS FRIDAY: Virtual Principal Coffee on January 8 at 8:30am

The Zervas PTO is hosting a Zoom meeting with Dr. Beck on Friday, January 8 at 8:30am. We hope to see you there!

Join Zoom Meeting
https://newton-k12-ma-us.zoom.us/j/89480896717
Meeting ID: 894 8089 6717
Passcode: 449249