Category Archives: zervas

Safe Routes to School

Safe Routes to School (SRTS) works to promote walking, biking, and taking the bus to school through encouragement, education, infrastructure improvements, and safety enforcement. Our goal is to create a healthy community for everyone. We organize activities like Walk to School Days, Bike Safety Training and Heart Health Week, and meet on a monthly basis with a representation from the City of Newton, Newton Public Schools, Mayor’s Office, City Council, School Committee, Newton Police Department, and parent representatives from each public school.

Would you like to help us with one of these events or coordinate Walking School Buses or any new initiatives? We can always use more help – please reach out to the Zervas SRTS Coordinator, Hanneke deVlaam.

Spiritwear Fundraiser: Zervas Face Masks

Restock your face mask supply while supporting Zervas! We are selling children- and adult-sized masks in a variety of Zervas-themed designs. We are working with local merchant Rafi Nova to create our unique masks, as we strongly encourage the support of our local businesses during these difficult times. 


Don’t miss your chance to donate a mask to a Zervas staff member, as well! 
Buy four (4) or more masks and receive a 20% discount when you use the code ZEBRA at checkout.  Feel free to share the link to our store with grandparents, Zervas alumni, neighbors, and anyone else who might be interested in a face mask.  


Shop now at https://zervas-pto.myshopify.com/

It’s not too late to sign up to become a Zervas Pal!

Do you remember your first year at Zervas? Do you remember meeting other new families at a playground playdate?

As a current family at Zervas, we invite you to join us as we launch the Zervas Pal or “Z-Pal” Program to help welcome incoming families to Zervas.  Our hope for this program is to help welcome new families and ensure a smooth transition to Zervas. In a year when many things are uncertain, we hope this new endeavor will help our new families feel connected to our community.

As a Z-Pal family, you will be paired with 1-2 new families that best match your child/ren’s grade, to the best of our ability. While we have new families in all grades, we expect most new families in this program will be incoming Kindergarten families.

Sign up and receive a match in early August

If you have questions or suggestions, contact us at newfamily@zervaspto.org.  This is a new program so don’t be shy if you have any ideas for the program or questions.  Thank you in advance for your help!

Upcoming Families Organizing for Racial Justice (FORJ) Events

As the summer goes on, we’d like to share some upcoming opportunities to continue to engage in conversations about race and racism hosted by our local community.

UPCOMING JULY FORJ MEETING: “How To Talk About Race With Your Children”
with Mike Feldstein and Daniel Arroyo 
Wednesday, July 29th from 7 – 8: 15 pm, with optional meeting time to further connect from 8:15-8:30pm 
RSVP HERE 

Discussing race with our children is critical.  But how do we do this in a constructive, age-appropriate way? How do we answer their questions when we aren’t sure what to say?  How do we talk about racist incidents in Newton, the news, and the METCO program? 

Mike Feldstein, beloved 5th grade teacher at Horace Mann and 25-year veteran of talking about race, and Daniel Arroyo, incredible METCO counselor at Oak Hill, Bowen, Memorial-Spaulding, and Zervas will lead us in an engaging and interactive session. They will provide insights, guidance, and opportunities to discuss specific situations. This session will be relevant for adults dealing with kids of all ages.  Please come to learn and commune with other folks in the same position.  

Mike and Daniel would love to hear your questions in advance.  Maybe you’ve had a situation you weren’t sure how to handle?  Or a question from your child that you didn’t know how to address?  Please submit your question on the RSVP form.

Stamped:Racism, Anti-Racism and You: A Remix Book Club
Wed, Aug 5, 20205:00 PM  Wed, Aug 26, 20206:30 PM
Hosted by FORJ youth and parents 

The Stamped book club came about after parents and kids from Newton to as far as Miami said that they want a place to discuss race issues and the climate of white supremacy in this country.  Madeline McNeely and Kate Carpenter got together to make this happen. Kate asked Akim Jocelyn, a rising senior at Newton South High School, to serve as our lead facilitator with a handful of other teens as small group facilitators depending on the # of registrations.


A Conversation with Ibram X. Kendi
Wednesday, August 12th, 6:30-8pm
Hosted by the Newton Public Library
Cosponsored by FORJ, The Harmony Foundation, and the Newton Human Rights Commission

Join us for a virtual conversation with Ibram X. Kendi followed by a panel discussion about Race and Racism in Newton. We encourage you to read Dr. Kendi’s book, How to Be an Antiracist. It is part of the Overdue: Confronting Race and Racism in Newton city-wide read which will include a series of events and conversations about race and racism. The book is available from the Newton Free Library in print, eBook, and eAudiobook formats.

Register (required) here. The information on how to join the session will be sent prior to the program. 

Raising Antiracist Kids
Tuesday, August 25, 7-8pm
Hosted by the Newton Public Library
Cosponsored by FORJ, The Harmony Foundation, and the Newton Human Rights Commission


Join us for the first in a multi-part educational series on being an anti-racist. This program is part of Overdue: Confronting Race and Racism in Newton, a city-wide read and series of events and conversations on race and racism. The panelists will be:

  • Ellie Axe, Director, Story Starters
  • Michele Leong, Newton North High School Office of Human Rights 
  • Kathy Lopes, Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Newton Public Schools
  • Dr. Henry Turner, Principal, Newton North High School
  • Dr. David A. Fleishman, Superintendent of Schools will moderate

Register here. An email with a link for the webinar will be sent out prior to the event.

New PTO Directory: Membership Toolkit

This year we will be using Membership Toolkit for our Directory, PTO Dues, and Volunteer Opportunities. Our old directory platform, My School Anywhere, merged with Membership Toolkit over the summer. All families must set up a new account.

All communications from the PTO and room parents are based on the email address and settings you select within Membership Toolkit.

Look for an email from <notify@membershiptoolkit.com> to set up your specific account. Once you set up your account, download the app from the App Store or Google Play.

Questions? Email directory@zervaspto.org

New PTO Directory: Membership Toolkit

This year we will be using Membership Toolkit for our Directory, PTO Dues, and Volunteer Opportunities. Our old directory platform, My School Anywhere, merged with Membership Toolkit over the summer. All families must set up a new account.

All communications from the PTO and room parents are based on the email address and settings you select within Membership Toolkit.

Look for an email from <notify@membershiptoolkit.com> to set up your specific account. Once you set up your account, download the app from the App Store or Google Play.

Questions? Email directory@zervaspto.org

Principal Coffee with Superintendent and School Committee: Friday, April 5 at 8:30 a.m.

This Friday, April 5 you are invited to a special Principal Coffee from 8:30-9:30 a.m. in the cafetorium.  Dr. David Fleishman, Superintendent of Newton Public Schools, and members of the School Committee will be present for a brief presentation and Q&A.

Principal Coffee with Superintendent and School Committee: Friday, April 5 at 8:30 a.m.

Friday, April 5 you are invited to a special Principal Coffee from 8:30-9:30 a.m. in the cafetorium.  Dr. David Fleishman, Superintendent of Newton Public Schools, and members of the School Committee will be present for a brief presentation and Q&A.

Zervas Heart Health Week: Feb 11-15

February is American Heart Month. Help your child decorate a heart and write something they do to stay healthy, such as walked to school, ate a healthy breakfast, tried a new vegetable, played basketball, danced with friends, ice skated, etc… They can bring hearts to school any or all days the week of Feb 11-15 and the PTO will post the hearts in the lobby.

Heart templates are going home in folders this week or print one from the Zervas Walks website: http://zervaswalks.org/. Brought to you by the Zervas Walks committee and Nurse Deana.

Principal Coffee with Superintendent and School Committee: Friday March 2 at 8:30 a.m.

This Friday, March 2 you are invited to a special Principal Coffee from 8:30-9:30 a.m. in the cafetorium.  Dr. David Fleishman, Superintendent of Newton Public Schools, and members of the School Committee will be present for a brief presentation and Q&A.