Zervas Notes -- March 22, 2019




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Notes from the Principal



Notes from the Co-Presidents



Notes from Zervas

5th Grade Make Change Drive

Make Change for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital

This year the Zervas 5th graders are raising money for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, an organization that helps to advance cures and prevention of children’s diseases through research and treatment. No child is ever denied treatment based on race, religion or a family’s ability to pay. For over 50 years, St. Jude’s has been finding cures and saving children, and their groundbreaking research has helped push the survival rate for childhood cancer from less than 20% in 1962 to more than 80% today.

One way that we are going to be fundraising is by placing bins in Zervas classrooms. This is called the Make Change Drive and the 5thgrade would really appreciate it, if you would bring change in to your classrooms to contribute. This change can be brought in anytime from March 18th  – March 29th. Our goal is to raise $750 school wide, but we also asked each class to set a goal. Some classes set a $50 goal, while others set a goal of $100 or more.

Please bring in change!


Social Action – Cradles to Crayons Family Volunteer Night

Looking for an opportunity to get your whole family involved in giving back? The Zervas Social Action Committee encourages you to sign up for Cradles to Crayons Family Pizza Night on Friday April 5th from 6:30-8:30pm in the Giving Factory. Volunteer alongside other dedicated families for a special night of service, fun and pizza—all while helping local families in need. Space is limited, RSVP by March 29th to Tiffany at troca@cradlestocrayons.org. Please note this is not a Zervas-only event. If you have any friends that may be interested in attending, you are welcome to share this invitation with them.
Product donations of gently used boys clothing sizes 5/6 and larger are currently most needed. Please check here to see what items are accepted: https://www.cradlestocrayons.org/boston/take-action/donate-goods/items-we-accept/
Can’t make it to the Giving Factory but still want to help?  The Zervas Social Action Committee will be hosting a donation drive soon. Details to follow.


Zervas Auction Items Remaining

Thanks everyone for bidding on the Zervas Auction. We exceeded our goal of raising $20,000! We have four items left. Please email pto@zervaspto.org if you would like to purchase any of them. First come first served, and we recommend calling the camp first to make sure the week you are interested in is still available.

  • The Dance Academy of Siagel Productions. $150 off registration; offer valid for NEW students only. BUY FOR $50.
  • John Smith Soccer School. One week of camp at Olin College in Needham. This half day camp (8:30-11:30 a.m.) is for 5-8 year olds and valued at $215. It cannot be used with another gift certificate and is non-transferable. BUY FOR $75
  • Dedham Country Day Camp. One Week of Dedham Country Day Camp valid Weeks 1 or 2 only, or $200 off one week of full day camp valid Weeks 3-8. Valid for sports option or traditional camp only (does not include Extended Day; new campers only). BUY for $100.
  • Get In Shape For Women. Four week intro membership at the Newton Centre location at 552 Commonwealth Ave. Membership includes 3 visits per week; period must begin before April 30, 2019. New members only. BUY for $75.

Zervas Equity Policy Meeting: March 26

The PTO and School Council are inviting all Zervas parents and families to attend the next School Council Meeting on Tuesday, March 26th from 6:00-7:00pm at the library. There are changes to the Newton Public School’s Equity Policy that will go into effect next school year. The PTO will discuss the changes and what effect they will have at Zervas.  Dr. Beck, the PTO Board, and the School Council will all be there to help present and answer questions as we talk about this new policy and the 2019-2020 school year.

The revised Equity Guidelines are available here.


5th Grade Make Change Drive

Make Change for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital

This year the Zervas 5th graders are raising money for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, an organization that helps to advance cures and prevention of children’s diseases through research and treatment. No child is ever denied treatment based on race, religion or a family’s ability to pay. For over 50 years, St. Jude’s has been finding cures and saving children, and their groundbreaking research has helped push the survival rate for childhood cancer from less than 20% in 1962 to more than 80% today.

One way that we are going to be fundraising is by placing bins in Zervas classrooms. This is called the Make Change Drive and the 5thgrade would really appreciate it, if you would bring change in to your classrooms to contribute. This change can be brought in anytime from March 18th  – March 29th. Our goal is to raise $750 school wide, but we also asked each class to set a goal. Some classes set a $50 goal, while others set a goal of $100 or more.

PLEASE BRING IN CHANGE!


Looking for Community Events at the Spring Fling

We are currently soliciting Community Events from our wonderful Zervas parents and guardians, and we hope YOU consider hosting an event!

Below are some Community Event ideas that we are seeking hosts for. 

  • Parent’s Nights
  • Mom’s Nights
  • Dad’s Nights 
    A few ideas for any of these events may include: themed dinner or cocktails, wine and cheese, beer brewing, bbq, craft/paint/plant night, fondue night, poker night, game night, and so much more.
  • Family Events
    We are looking for events that include both parents and kids. For example: outdoor (or indoor) movie night, coordinate a playdate or field day at a local park or playground, cookie decorating, Color-Day themed event, game day, ice cream sundae party or hosting a bowling/game afternoon at the Windsor Club.
  • Vacation Home Donations
    We are looking for generous families to donate vacation homes for a weekend to auction off to our Zervas Community. Families would bid to stay at the vacation home on a pre-specified date set by the owners of the vacation home (for example, any weekend in the off-season when the home is typically not used).

You can specify the theme, number of people you can accommodate in your home, and the date you want the event to take place. You can co-host with another family – this is usually very popular and helps alleviate the cost to you.

Finally, this year we are trying something new by scheduling Community Event dates not only in the weeks following the auction until the end of the 2019 school year, but also for early fall when everyone is back from the summer break and looking forward to connecting with folks at the start of the new school year. 

If you are interested in participating in this amazing event and donating an event, please email Becky Mozaffarian at rebecca.mozaffarian@gmail.com.


Social Action – Cradles to Crayons Family Volunteer Night

Looking for an opportunity to get your whole family involved in giving back? The Zervas Social Action Committee encourages you to sign up for Cradles to Crayons Family Pizza Night on Friday April 5th from 6:30-8:30pm in the Giving Factory. Volunteer alongside other dedicated families for a special night of service, fun and pizza—all while helping local families in need. Space is limited, RSVP by March 29th to Tiffany at troca@cradlestocrayons.org. Please note this is not a Zervas-only event. If you have any friends that may be interested in attending, you are welcome to share this invitation with them.
Product donations of gently used boys clothing sizes 5/6 and larger are currently most needed. Please check here to see what items are accepted: https://www.cradlestocrayons.org/boston/take-action/donate-goods/items-we-accept/
Can’t make it to the Giving Factory but still want to help?  The Zervas Social Action Committee will be hosting a donation drive soon. Details to follow.


Volunteers’ Night Out: March 21

Thursday, March 21st, 7:30-9:30pm
Maggie’s House: 147 Plymouth Road, Newton, MA 02461

Jenn Martin and Maggie Schmidt want to invite you to a casual night out to thank you for helping with all the things that the Zervas PTO does each year. From handing out pizza to organizing events to chairing committees, we are so grateful for all of you who volunteer your time and talents. Please come and enjoy some nibbles, drinks and good company as a way for us to say a great big thank you to all of our Zervas volunteers.

Please RSVP so we can plan for everyone.

We’d love to see you on the 21st!
—Jenn Martin & Maggie Schmidt, Your PTO Co-Presidents


Zervas Hoedown: Save the Date

Saddle up, and join us for the 2nd Annual Zervas Spring Fling Hoedown…. This Ain’t Our First Rodeo! Tickets will go on sale Monday, March 25th.

SAVE THE DATE!
Saturday, April 27, 2019
7:00-11:00pm
Zervas Elementary School Cafetorium

Join Zervas parents, teachers and staff for a night at the Rodeo!

The night will include dinner, signature cocktails and mocktails with an open bar, and dancing!  You will also have the chance to bid on amazing community events hosted by Zervas parents including dinners, parties, ladies nights, gents nights, sports tickets and more.  All proceeds from the bids support our school curriculum, enrichment activities, and community events. This is an adults-only event, so book your babysitters early.  Rodeo themed attire is encouraged, but completely optional.

Tickets and teacher sponsorship tickets are $60/person through April 22nd. Starting April 23rd, the ticket price will increase to $75/person.


Equity Policy Meeting: March 26

Dear Zervas Community,

There are letters circulating from various Newton elementary school parents and PTO members expressing frustration with the changes to the Equity Guidelines for the 2019-2020 school year.  The Zervas PTO has received these letters and requests to distribute them to our Zervas community.  While we see some of the valid points they are making, we also see misinformation and misrepresentation of information in these letters.  After review and thought, we declined to send them out. 

The Zervas PTO has been working closely with Dr. Beck and the Zervas teachers to look at these new changes to allowable PTO spending on equity-related items.  We are carefully and thoughtfully working on a budget that complies with these new guidelines and works well for Zervas.  We firmly believe this reduction in our PTO equity-related spending will not lower the educational standard at Zervas.

We invite all Zervas families to attend our scheduled PTO and School Council meeting on Tuesday, March 26th from 6:00-7:00pm in the library (details below) where we will discuss these new PTO Equity Guidelines and what effect they will have at Zervas. 

As always, we welcome your questions.

Maggie Schmidt & Jenn Martin
Zervas PTO Co-Presidents

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The PTO and School Council are inviting all Zervas parents and families to attend the next School Council Meeting on Tuesday, March 26th from 6:00-7:00pm at the library. There are changes to the Newton Public School’s Equity Policy that will go into effect next school year.  The PTO will discuss the changes and what effect they will have at Zervas.  Dr. Beck, the PTO Board, and the School Council will all be there to help present and answer questions as we talk about this new policy and the 2019-2020 school year.

The revised Equity Guidelines are available here: http://newtonptocouncil.org/wp-content/uploads/New-Equity-Guidelines-6-18-18.pdf




Notes from the Newton Public Schools



Community Notes

InHome Jams Summer Camps

Schools Out. Rock Out. From 4 year old air guitarists to 16 year-old Fender shredders, our music camps will have your cool kids rockin’ the summer away! Weekly Sessions start in June and run through August!

Kidzrock Camp (Ages 4-7, Half-Day Camp):Kidzrock is a nationally recognized “jam-focused” program that has young kids living out their rock‘n’roll fantasy and playing together quickly! Band members rotate on drums, electric guitar, and keyboards, and each camp week culminates with a concert by the bands!Weeks of: June 24, July 1, July 22 (9am-12pm) / (12pm-3pm)

Jr Rockerz Camp (Ages 8-11, Full-Day Camp): Jr. Rockerz Camp is all about rockin’ out, writing songs, and playing tons of musical games! Instruments offered are: guitar, keyboards, bass, drums, and vocals. Each week long session ends with a concert performance for your friends and family!Weeks of: June 17, June 24, July 8, July 29, Aug 19, Aug 26 (9am-3pm)

Teen Bandz Camp (Ages 12-16, Full-Day Camp): Teenbandz Camp is where teens come to play, meet others, join a band, write a song, and get comfortable making music in a group. A great respite from a busy summer or sleep-away camps. Now offering DJ/production classes, and uke groups too! Each band also gets to perform at a concert at the end of their session!Weeks of: June 17, June 24, July 8, July 29, Aug 19, Aug 26 (9am-3pm)

  1. Register Here
  2. Learn More @ http://www.inhomejams.com/summercamps/
  3. Call Us @ 857.234.1935.

Newton PorchFest 2019: Signups are now open

Signups for Newton PorchFest 2019, scheduled for June 1st (raindate June 2nd) are now open. PorchFest is an afternoon of free music performed outside of people’s homes. Last year’s inaugural event included 60+ bands. You can participate by signing up to play (all musicians of all types are welcome), host (residents of Auburndale, Lower Falls or Waban), or volunteer.

For more information and to signup, see https://newton.porchfest.info/.


Newton Cantonese School Open House

The Newton Cantonese School will be having an OPEN HOUSE.  Come talk to the staff and tour the school while you learn more about these unique Cantonese Chinese programs.  Light refreshments will be served.

NCS is located at the Bigelow Middle School, 42 Vernon Street, Newton. To learn more, please go to www.newtoncantoneseschool.org.

March 23rd,  9:45 am to 12:00 pm
Bigelow Middle School


Facilitative Leadership Training – ideal for FORJ teams

Join an interactive evening with Madeline McNeely, founder of Conditioning Leaders. She is a facilitator, trainer, coach and consultant who will share practices gleaned from her most popular trainings on good group leadership practices to ensure your FORJ team is operating at its best.

This is a special opportunity for your FORJ team to reflect on your experiences and learn helpful tools for sustainability and success!

Please RSVP here:RSVP

March 26th, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Mason Rice Elementary School, 149 Pleasant St, Newton Centre


Save the date: Upcoming FORJ event – April 9th

A Cross-Racial Conversation with Debby Irving, racial justice educator and author of Waking Up White and Shay Stewart-Bouley, Executive Director, Community Change, Inc. and blogger of Black Girl In Maine.

Time and location TBA.


Newton Destination Imagination Creativity Day – May 4th

2019 NEWTON CREATIVITY DAY
Join in on Newton’s newest family-friendly, brain-tickling extravaganza! Newton DI Creativity Day is for all kids in grades K-12.

Participants will be placed into small groups that will work as a team to solve each exciting challenge. Challenges span areas including structural engineering, science, math, performance and improv. Kids will have a blast while learning valuable teamwork, project management and STEAM-based skills.

Please CLICK HERE to register and spread the word!
It’s going to be a blast!!!!

May 4th, 9:00 – 11:30 am OR 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
250 Brookline Street, Newton


Newton Mustangs Skills and Drills Clinic

Click for the flyer about the Newton Mustangs April Clinic: April 7th


What’s Happening at the Y

Try the Y
Mondays in March are free! Present a valid ID at the welcome desk and they’ll waive the guest fee.

March Membership Promotion
March is National Nutrition Month! Sign up for a membership at the West Suburban YMCA during the month of March and receive a free healthy recipe book and three guest passes.

Fall 2019 Preschool and After-school Enrollment – Opens March 15th
Enrollment in the West Suburban YMCA’s Preschool Center for Youth Development and “Out-of-School Time” program for the 2019-2020 school year opens on March 15th. Limited spots are still available for the current school year. Financial aid is available and state child care vouchers are accepted for both programs:

Preschool Center for Youth Development
· Early education for ages 2 years 9 months to 5 years
· Year-round, full-day program (7am-6pm)
· Large, bright and open classroom with secure entrance
· 30-minute weekly YMCA Swim Lesson included

Out-of-School Time
· After school program for children in grades K-8
· School-year program follows the Newton Public School calendar, including extended hours on Early Release Days
· Transportation to the Y is available from most elementary and middle schools in Newton
· Daily activity choices include recreation, homework assistance, physical fitness and creative expression

Bloomingdale’s Shop for a Cause – March 23d
Give back with style! Join the West Suburban YMCA at Bloomingdale’s Chestnut Hill for a day of fashion and philanthropy. Bloomingdale’s will donate 10% of all tracked sales from their women’s, men’s and home stores on March 23rd. To ensure a sale is tracked, present the Y’s personal barcode upon check out, which can be obtained at the Bloomingdale’s gift wrap desk.

Blue Waves Swim Team Spring Try-Outs – March 25th, 28th & April 1st
The Blue Waves Swim Team at the West Suburban YMCA is a nationally ranked competitive swim team for ages 6-17. All new swimmers looking to join the Blue Waves Swim Team for the Spring/Summer Long Course Season are required to try out. Swimmers must pre-register for a try-out slot ($5 for members / $10 for community). Try-outs slots are available between 5:30-7:00pm. Try-out registration is available online at wsymca.org or by calling 617-244-6050.

Late Spring Program Registration opens March 25th
The West Suburban YMCA’s next program session opens for registration beginning March 25th for Y members and April 1st for non-members. Sign up for adult fitness classes, youth sports programs and leagues, music lessons, swim lessons, and more! Late spring program session will run April 22nd – June 16th.

Register for Summer Camp, Win Celtics Tickets!
The West Suburban YMCA offers three summer camps: Camp Pikati at the Y, Camp Chickami in Wayland, MA and Camp Frank A. Day in East Brookfield, MA. Each camp offers children a unique and engaging summer experience. Register for summer camp during the month of March and you’ll be entered into a raffle to win tickets to the Celtics home game versus the Orlando Magic on April 7th.

Kids Night Out –  April 5th from 6:00-10:00 pm
Parents, drop off your kids for a fun Friday night with the Y’s staff. They’ll order pizza for dinner and keep the children entertained with games, swimming, movies and sports. $25 per child for Y members and $30 for the community. A 20% discount is offered per child for those with two or more children. Go out for the night and take advantage of this low-cost alternative to hiring a babysitter.

Poetry Night – April 5 from 7:00-9:00 pm
Celebrate National Poetry Night at the Y! Organized by Barbara Helfogtt-Hyett of Poemworks, the event features readings by two local poets, then guests are invited to participate in the open mic portion of evening to share their own written work. This event is free and open to the public.

Work at the Y: The West Suburban YMCA is hiring for a variety of full-time and part-time positions in child care and youth development, aquatics, fitness and more. Great benefits, FREE membership and professional development opportunities. Please contact Laura Snow at lauras@wsymca.org or visit wsymca.org/careers.

Financial Assistance is always available for Y Memberships and Programs
The West Suburban YMCA is a non-profit charitable organization whose mission is to never turn anyone away due to an inability to pay. Please contact the Membership Department at 617-244-6050 x3653 for financial assistance with membership or program participation.


Horace Mann auction – ends March 17

Didn’t get what you wanted in the Zervas online auction? Then check out the Horace Mann auction, which runs through March 17. Get great deals on entertainment, kids activities, restaurants, and local shops.

Bid early and often! https://www.biddingowl.com/Auction/home.cfm?auctionID=10491


City-wide FORJ meeting on Affordable Housing, Equity and Race in Newton

Join in to explore the relationship between housing, equity, and race. There will be pizza, a discussion, short video, and an interactive small group activity that could work for kids 2nd grade and above. Younger kids are welcome to be in the room to color or sit with their parents but they might not follow all the content. Hope to see you there! Feel free to bring interested friends.

For more information about FORJ, Families Organizing for Racial Justice, visit https://forjnewton.com/

Please RSVP: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScd-nEpwu7NpBYYnIrz8iepPRU3E1qJSro9Gwy2H6pgRHeD2A/viewform?usp=sf_link

March 12th, 6:30 – 8:15 pm
Angier Elementary