Zervas Notes -- March 5, 2021

Upcoming Events

Notes from the Principal

Notes from the Co-Presidents

Notes from Zervas

Zervas Family BINGO Night: Wednesday 3/3 @6:30pm

Here are the details for Bingo on Wednesday, March 3 at 6:30pm:

  • One device in the house needs to be connected to the Zoom so you can hear the caller.
  • You can choose to play online or print out your cards. Everyone playing online needs their own device (phone, tablet, Chromebook, anything!). Click on this link to access your cards (if you are going to print, click on this and print in advance). There are 4 cards per player.(if using your child’s Chromebook/iPad you will probably just need to type in the URL mfbc.us/v/ef94vtp)
  • We’ll play four rounds and there will be prizes.

Zoom information:
Meeting ID: 846 9118 1739
Passcode: nJK3qd

Virtual Coffee with Dr. Beck and Special Guest on Friday, March 5th at 8:30am

Join Dr. Beck and the PTO for our monthly virtual coffee chat. This month we will be joined by Kathy Lopes, our new Director of Diversity and Inclusion, and will share some of the work the district and our school is engaged in around deepening our anti-racism practices. Resources for families will also be shared. 

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 894 8089 6717
Passcode: 449249

Zervas Tasty Takeout Night with Naco Taco and Frozen Hoagies: Friday 3/5

Pre-ordering is open at www.zervaspto.org/foodtrucks

Naco Taco will join us again with increased supply to meet the Zervas demand! Frozen Hoagies, offering hand-crafted ice cream sandwiches, will also join us.

Both trucks will be parked at Zervas for easy pick-up from 4-8pm and will donate 15% of proceeds back to the Zervas PTO.

No special code needed. Please spread the word to friends and neighbors too especially given Naco Taco’s increased capacity! You don’t have to be a Zervas family to participate.

Calling all Student Performers: Submissions for the Zervas Virtual Variety Show Due by Monday, March 8th

The Zervas Variety Show is a favorite annual event. Join our virtual show this year as a participant or to watch. As always, the event will be hosted (online) by Mr. Mignone.

The Virtual Variety Show will be shown on Zoom on Wednesday, March 24 at 6:30pm. Zoom link to be provided. *Please note, this is a different time than previously published.

Please see this link for tips on recording.

Does your child want to sign up? If so please submit 2 items to Mr. Mignone by Monday, March 8:
1. This form to sign up.
2. Submit your recorded video here.

Please note:
*Students may participate in 1 act, and there is a 4 minute limit. Please specify if it is a group act.
***Elementary school appropriate lyrics only! Parents – please review lyrics before submitting.***

Any questions? Please contact Mr. Mignone.

March Virtual Gathering for Zervas Families of Color: Tuesday, 3/9 @ 7pm

The Zervas PTO is hosting a Zoom gathering specifically for Zervas Families of Color on Tuesday, March 9 at 7pm.  The theme for this month will be talking about the intersections of race and gender.  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.

CAS Presentations in March: Beginning this Week!

All Zervas students will participate in a Creative Arts and Sciences program during the month of March! A huge THANK YOU to Brandy Blakely, Hanneke de Vlaam, and Karen Burzdak for organizing CAS for our children. It’s been a tough year, and CAS has had to organize the presentations under complicated and constantly changing conditions.  Thank you Brandy, Hanneke, and Karen!

All CAS workshops have been organized in coordination with the Zervas teachers to enhance your student’s literacy curriculum. These programs are funded entirely by the Zervas PTO.

Live virtual presentations with students interacting with the presenters will take place by grade on the following dates. All Zervas students (hybrid and DLA) will participate with their home schools. Programming is listed below by grade: 

Kemp Harris (Kindergarten (3/3/21), 1st grade (3/24/21), and 2nd grade (3/10/21) presentations): 

Storyteller Kemp Harris brings his experience as composer, musician, children’s author, actor and teacher to the classroom. Check out his website to learn more!

David Kelly (3rd grade 3/10/21) 

David A. Kelly is a local author (West Newton) of the Ballpark Mysteries and MVP sports/mysteries chapter book series, David A. Kelly, turned his interest into a career when he began authoring children’s books. Click here for more information about this amazing local author.

Len Cabral (4th and 5th grades (3/17/21)

Mr. Cabral, an African American storyteller, has been enchanting Newton student audiences for years. He presents African, and world and original folk tales with a spellbinding style that includes audience participation, movement and dramatic flair. Learn more about Len Cabral!

Coming Soon: The Zervas Community Book Project!!

In collaboration with FORJ (Families Organized for Racial Justice) and our PTO, we are pleased to bring to you our first Zervas Community Book Project, where families and classrooms will join together around one story. Our goal for this project is to engage the Zervas community in conversations around themes of race and racial justice. Through this project, our community will be supported in engaging in conversations about racism and have the opportunity to explore stories that are often untold. Please save the date for a parent/caregiver workshop on Thursday, March 18 at 7pm. 

Kindergarten Soccer Registration is Open

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 Kindergarten soccer program this spring for Current and Incoming K students. 

To our Kindergarten families, registration is open at https://kindergartensoccer.org/. The cost of the program is $90 if you register before March 14, 2021; after this date, you may still register if space is available and a $25 late fee will be applied. We hope to see you on the field!

To all Zervas families, please spread the word to friends throughout Newton that Kindergarten Soccer is on this spring! We offer a Kindergarten Division for children currently enrolled in Kindergarten for the 2020-2021 school year and a Pre-K Division for children in preschool who will enter Kindergarten for the 2021-2022 school year.

Any questions? Email our Kindergarten Soccer Coordinator Jillian Jurilla at newtonkindergartensoccer@gmail.com.

Notes from the Newton Public Schools

Community Notes

Centre Street Food Pantry – Bubble Drive

Looking for a fun & meaningful way to give back? Please consider participating in our Food Pantry’s Bubble Drive. Did you know, 58% of low-income individuals reported cutting-back on food to buy hygiene products? Heartbreaking.

There’s a way for you to help! 

Grab a 1 gallon Ziplock bag and fill with the following 5 items (full sized, gender neutral. No travel-sized products please):

– 1 shampoo bottle1 soap (bar or liquid)
– 1 box of toothpaste1 toothbrush
– 1 dental floss

Drop-off at our Food Pantry (outdoors):
March 8th, March 22nd, April 12th, April 26th
10AM – 11AM
11 Homer Street, Newton Center (Entrance on Furber Lane) 
Questions? Email Cathy B: c.boskey@centrestfoodpantry.org