Zervas Notes -- May 15, 2021




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Notes from Zervas

#FreshAirFridays: Walk in Coldspring this Friday, 5/14

Join the PTO to walk around the neighborhood every other Friday immediately after morning drop off. Our next date is this Friday, May 14. Bring your coffee, wear comfortable shoes, dress for New England weather and be ready to connect with some other parents. Meet in front of the school at 8:25. Upcoming dates include: 5/28, and 6/11.


Spring Back to Zervas: Grade-Level Playdates

It’s been a long winter, and we’re ready to get back outside and greet our friends! Grade level play dates will take place the week of May 17 (rain dates one week later the week of May 24) outside at Zervas.  All play dates will take place outside on the back playground (separate from ZASP students).  All Zervas students are invited, both DLA and In-Person families. Please see below for dates and covid gathering guidelines:

Schedule
Sunday, May 16:  4:30-5:30pm K Students (rain date May 23)
Monday, May 17:  5:30-6:30pm, 1st grade (rain date May 24)
Tuesday, May 18:  5:30-6:30, 2nd grade (rain date May 25)
Wednesday, May 19:  5:30-6:30, 3rd grade (rain date May 26)
Thursday, May 20:  5:30-6:30, 4th grade (rain date May 27)
Friday, May 21:  5:30-6:30, 5th grade (rain date May 28)

COVID Guidelines
As of March 18, outdoor gathering capacity has increased to 150 outdoors.  We know all of our families have different levels of comfort around public events. We hope that all our families will feel comfortable to attend as we adhere to the state guidelines for gatherings, specifically..

1.  Face coverings required.
2.  No food.
3.  Back playground only through 6pm.  ZASP will be on the front playground.
4.  Recommended only 1 parent attend if possible.
5.  Hand sanitizer will be provided for use before and after playing on the playground.
6.  Social distancing will be enforced, students may be asked to move if an area becomes too crowded.


Cradles to Crayons Drive @ Zervas

Zervas is hosting a community drive for Cradles to Crayons through Friday, May 21st. This amazing organization provides children from birth through age 12, living in homeless or low-income situations, with the essential items they need to thrive – at home, at school and at play.

How can we help? Please donate new or gently-used clothes for children ages newborn to 12.

Some ideas that will have a direct impact on a child’s wellbeing:
– Pair of shoes (summer/winter)
– Summer outfit (shirt, pants, socks, underwear)
– Winter outfit (sweater, shirt, pants, socks, underwear)
– Winter coat – every winter there’s a shortage of these

Can’t go out to shop? Use our Amazon Zervas Wish List: https://a.co/iZzwBrn

Where should we drop off items? Look for blue bins with a yellow lid at Zervas inside the main entrance, including 1 outside at the main entrance to drop off goods outside of school hours.


Zervas After School Program-Enrollment for 2021/2022 Now Open

Enrollment for 2021/2022 is now open. All forms are on the ZASP website.

ZASP is back! 

Mondays – Hands-on Science 
Tuesdays – ZFL Flag Football 
Wednesdays – Hockey League 
Thursdays – Dance Group  
Fridays – Acrylics on Canvas 

ZASP is back to offering daily K-5 curriculum. We are still adhering to all health and safety protocols.

Contact Mike Shuley:
zervasasp@gmail.com 
zervasafterschoolprogram.org  
617-965-2655


Enroll in FREE Covid Pool Testing through NPS

As NPS prepares for a full in-person return to school for students at all levels, we STRONGLY ENCOURAGE families to enroll their student (s) in our COVID-19 testing program. Testing is one of the best ways we have to quickly identify infection and reduce the possibility of in school transmission. 

Here are 3 reasons to enroll:

  1. It’s easy! Complete the opt-in in Aspen (here’s the link!)
  2. It’s painless! This is NOT the “touch your brain” swab! This is a sample taken from the front of your nose with a Q-tip like swab. It’s super-fast and painless. 
  3. It makes a difference! The more students who participate, the better data we have on infection rates in our community. This means we can quickly identify infection, reduce the risk of in school transmission, limit quarantines, and keep our schools, athletics and other important activities open for the rest of the year!. 

Bonus reason: This testing program is FREE to all families! We ask you to strongly consider enrolling your student today. Thanks in advance for doing your part to keep our schools safer.


Sale ENDS TODAY: Teacher Appreciation and 5th Grade Social Action Bracelet Sale

Visit https://zervaspto.membershiptoolkit.com/form/m/139326 to make a donation which will help provide each Zervas staff member with a custom made Zervas bracelet and support the Newton Food Pantry. Bracelet sales ends TODAY.

Your $4 donation will help to provide each Zervas staff member with one Zervas bracelet, custom made by our very own 5th graders!  Zervas staff members will receive their bracelets during Teacher Appreciation Week, May 3-7, 2021 accompanied by a poem of thanks. If you would like to donate more than $4, you can do so by submitting appreciation notes for multiple Zervas staff members.

All proceeds from donations will be given to the Newton Food Pantry as a part of the 5th Grade Social Action Project.


Virtual Principal Coffee with Dr. Beck on Friday, May 7th at 8:30am

The Zervas PTO is hosting a Zoom meeting with Dr. Beck on Friday, May 7 at 8:30am. Dr. Beck will share some updates and then open the floor for Q&A.

Join Zoom Meeting

https://newton-k12-ma-us.zoom.us/j/89480896717

Meeting ID: 894 8089 6717

Passcode: 449249


Teacher Appreciation Week on May 3-7

There are many ways to show your appreciation for Zervas teachers. Here are some things you can still participate in. In addition to what is listed below, teachers will be treated to lunch on Wednesday along with some other surprises.

  1. Write your teacher a thank you note!

Attached is a form that your student can fill out for their teacher!  Print out the form and give it to your teacher, or fill out the form and email it anytime during the week of May 3-May 7!  

2. Wear your teacher’s favorite color!

Bring a smile to your teacher’s face by wearing their favorite color on Thursday, May 6!

5. Participate in the Zervas Teacher Appreciation Bracelet SaleEnding TODAY!

Visit https://zervaspto.membershiptoolkit.com/form/m/139326 to make a donation which will help provide each Zervas staff member with a custom made Zervas bracelet and support the Newton Food Pantry.


Cradles to Crayons Drive @ Zervas: Starting Today

Zervas is hosting a community drive for Cradles to Crayons, starting today through Friday, May 21st. Cradles to Crayons provides children from birth through age 12, living in homeless or low-income situations, with the essential items they need to thrive – at home, at school and at play.

How can we help? Please donate new or gently-used clothes for children ages newborn to 12.

Here are some ideas that will have a direct impact on a child’s wellbeing:
– Pair of shoes (summer/winter)
– Summer outfit (shirt, pants, socks, underwear)
– Winter outfit (sweater, shirt, pants, socks, underwear)
– Winter coat – every winter there’s a shortage of these

Can’t go out to shop? Use our Amazon Zervas Wish List: https://a.co/iZzwBrn

Where should we drop off items? Look for blue bins with a yellow lid at Zervas inside the main entrance, including 1 outside at the main entrance to drop off goods outside of school hours.

Let’s fill them all in the coming 3 weeks!


Zervas After School Program-Enrollment for 2021/2022 Now Open

Enrollment for 2021/2022 is now open. All forms are on the ZASP website.

ZASP is back! 

Mondays – Hands-on Science 

Tuesdays – ZFL Flag Football 

Wednesdays – Hockey League 

Thursdays – Dance Group  

Fridays – Acrylics on Canvas 

ZASP is back to offering daily K-5 curriculum. We are still adhering to all health and safety protocols.

zervasasp@gmail.com 

zervasafterschoolprogram.org  

617-965-2655




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