Zervas Notes -- October 19, 2018




Upcoming Events





Notes from the Principal



Notes from the Co-Presidents

Co-Presidents Letter October 2018

October 2018

Hello Zervas Families,

We survived getting back to school!  We hope you all are settling into the fall routines of school, homework, fall sports, evening meetings, and making lunches.  We hope your students are adjusting well to the new school year.  A warm welcome to all of the new Zervas families.

Thank you for such strong participation in paying your Zervas PTO Dues!  We have over 60% participation and it’s not too late if you haven’t yet donated.  Donate through My School Anywhere (Our Store link) or leave a check for $30 in the PTO mailbox in the school office.  We are still collecting those green committee volunteer forms as well. Let us know how you want to get involved with the Zervas PTO.  And now some important and fun events coming up in October.

We would love to see you all at the PTO General Meeting on Wednesday, October 10th at 7:00pm at Zervas. This meeting is a great opportunity to ask questions of Dr. Beck and the PTO Board and learn more about how the PTO uses the funds it raises to support our school curriculum, staff, and community.  Join us to learn more as well as find out how you can become more involved.

Destination Dinner, our adults-only community-building event, takes place on Saturday, October 20th. Don’t miss out! The deadline to sign up is October 16th so reserve your tickets now by using this link. We kick off the night with cocktails and appetizers at the home of Becky and Dary Mozaffarian. Then we divide up into smaller groups for dinner at the homes of local Zervas families. We meet up again as a big group for dessert at a surprise home that will be revealed that evening. It is a wonderful way to get to know other Zervas parents better and make new friends!

Finally, the month ends with one of the most anticipated activities for kids, the Halloween Dance. For those of you who haven’t experienced it yet, children (and many parents) come decked out in their costumes and enjoy pizza and desserts, DJ-led dances and games in the gym, and photobooth and quieter activities in the cafeteria. Friday, October 26th from 6:30-8:00.

We have a lot of people to thank for helping us get the 2018-2019 school year up and running smoothly.

Thank you to Suzanne Afergan for reaching out to Kindergarten and new families this summer. She organized two playground playdates, which were very well-attended despite some rather wet weather. A special thanks also to Sanskriti Singh for organizing meals to welcome back the teachers and staff.

The Family Picnic was a huge success thanks to Heather Knapp! Despite more rain, we had a great gathering of families in the Zervas cafeteria and gym. We’d like to acknowledge Wegman’s for donating the fruit and veggie trays and O’Hara’s Restaurant for giving us a special PTO rate for their delicious pizzas. Heather was ably assisted by Julius Starkman, Michelle Powers, Jackie Nazoliny, Ana Barros, Eileen Imada, Elisandra Lopes, Ken Danila, Jackie Washington, Anoush Mouradian, Karina Rodriguez, Katie Davenport, Kai Shanahan, Amy Behrens, Wendy Feiner, Youxiang Wang, and Daniela Mackinnon.

Annie Ganot and Karen Kipman took the lead in running Class Photo Day like a well-oiled machine! Thanks also to the other parents who volunteered:  Jacob Eidsmoe, Ruchi Bhatnagar, Kamryn Eddy, Wendy Feiner, Justine Mikulis, Marcia Matos, Valerie Graf, Erika Pond, and Taylor Lies.

A big thank you to Julius Starkman for organizing the treats and coffee for the back to school Parent Coffees. He is pulling more than his weight as our Hospitality Team!

Kindergarten Soccer, one of our largest PTO fundraisers, has a record number of players this fall. A huge thank you to Merrill Barnes, Lee Barnes, and Tara Karyanis for coordinating the program, Matt Feiner for ordering equipment, and thanks all the Zervas kindergarten parent coaches!

Amy Behrens organized the Zervas Community Connections apple-picking on Sunday, September 23rd.  Many families came out to get to know each other better while picking apples and enjoying cider donuts on a beautiful fall afternoon. Thanks, Amy.

Thanks to Room Parent coordinator Freddy Hinck for organizing room parents this year, and Grade Parent coordinator Jungmee Youn for getting the grade social events off the ground.

Lastly, thank you Lorna Dunne for the behind-the-scenes help producing our print and online school directory. This is a big job but it makes being well connected at Zervas possible.

Jenn Martin and Maggie Schmidt
Zervas PTO Co-Presidents

jamartin77@gmail.com | maggie@maggieschmidt.com




Notes from Zervas

American Sign Language Class for Kids

EveryBody Signs is offering an ASL class for kids. We will read stories, have conversations, do skits and make art, all in American Sign Language!

Our teacher, Steve Weiner, is a Newton North EdCo graduate, a teacher at Horace Mann School for the Deaf, and a Magician!

Sundays 2-3pm at the Auburndale Community Library. Oct 7-Dec 16. It’s not too late to sign up!

Please contact Rebecca Wangh: rebeccabella@gmail.com if you’re interested.


October 10 General PTO Meeting

Thanks to everyone who came to the October 10 General PTO Meeting. The PTO budget was presented and approved. View a PDF of the presentation here.

We continue to need and welcome volunteers, whether it be half an hour or a bigger commitment.

Flu Shot Clinic (October 19)
Halloween Dance (October 26)

Online Auction Committee (November-April)
Directory/Website (ongoing)
Hospitality (bring coffee to monthly Friday PTO/Principal coffees)
Walk to School (help organize fun walk-to-school events year-round)

Library Parent Volunteer (ongoing during child’s library time)

Thanks,

Jenn Martin & Maggie Schmidt
PTO Co-Presidents
reach us at pto@zervaspto.org


Destination Dinner – deadline is today!

Destination Dinner, our adults-only community-building event, takes place THIS Saturday, October 20th. The deadline to sign up is TODAY so get your tickets: https://www.biddingforgood.com/auction/auctionhome.action?vhost=zervas


Zervas Spirit Wear – last week to order!!

Zervas Spirit Wear
Fall/Holiday Online Clothing Sale
NEW ITEMS – GREAT HOLIDAY GIFTS!
Monday Oct 8 – Saturday Oct 20

Buy Adult and Kids items to show your school spirit (this is not a fundraiser). Items can be shipped to your home or picked up at the store in Newton Upper Falls to avoid shipping fees.

Online store:  https://zervasspiritfall2018.itemorder.com/

Online store closes October 20, don’t miss it (next sale will be in the spring)!


Halloween Dance – October 26

The Halloween Dance is next Friday, October 26 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. at Zervas. DJ, Salon Capri photo booth, quiet crafts, pizza for $1/slice, costumes (kids AND adults) encouraged and welcome.

SO MANY volunteers needed, sign up for half an hour if you can.  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090f45a9a92ca1fc1-halloween

It might be a dark and stormy night 
when we come out to give Zervas kids a fright
We need volunteers for the crafts, pizza or door
Oh, the Salon Capri Picture Booth and more!

Come dressed to kill 
and get your fill 
with pizza to buy
and free dessert, they will fly

It’s a family event, you have been told
Unaccompanied children might be sold
The profits of left children will go to Zervas, of course..
Perhaps we can buy a new stripey horse!

 


Oct 19 Flu Shot Clinic – Forms due Wednesday and Volunteers Needed!

This year, the Zervas Flu Clinic will be Friday, October 19th. If you are interested, this link will connect you with the flu forms: www.newtonma.gov/flu. Forms must be returned by October 17th.

Volunteers are needed the morning of Friday, October 19 to escort students to and
from their classrooms to the cafetorium for the flu shot clinic. You will work with Zervas
School Nurse Deana Salameh to ensure the clinic runs smoothly and efficiently. Sign up
here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090f45a9a92ca1fc1-oct19flu1

In order to sign-up, your Massachusetts CORI and SORI checks must be on file with the
front office. CORI/SORI checks are valid for three years.


Zervas Variety Show – flyers due Friday

Hello Zervas families,

We are excited to be receiving your responses for the Zervas Variety Show. Reminder this is the last week flyers are being collected! The flyers are being accepted until Friday, October 19th! Thank you to families who have already sent in their responses. There will be two shows: K-3rd grade Thursday, November 8th and 4th-5th grade Thursday, November 15th. Both performances will be held at 6:30pm in the Cafetorium. The sign up flyer is attached. Look out for more updates regarding the Variety Show! We cannot wait to see what your children have in store for our show!!


Destination Dinner – last chance to purchase tickets!

Destination Dinner, our adults-only community-building event, takes place THIS Saturday, October 20th. The deadline to sign up is TOMORROW so get your tickets today: https://www.biddingforgood.com/auction/auctionhome.action?vhost=zervas

We kick off the night at 6:00 p.m. with cocktails and appetizers at the home of Becky and Dary Mozaffarian. Then at 8 p.m. we divide into smaller groups for dinner at the homes of local Zervas families. We meet up again as a big group for dessert at a surprise home that will be revealed that evening. It is a wonderful way to get to know other Zervas parents better and make new friends!

The themes are very creative and the food is always fantastic! We make every effort to match parents up in the same grades/classes.

We look forward to seeing you all!

Again, tickets can be purchased at  https://www.biddingforgood.com/auction/auctionhome.action?auctionId=338732403

Wendy Feiner, Ginna Driscoll, and Amanda Zurick
Destination Dinner organizers


Last week to get your tickets to Destination Dinner!

Please join us for Destination Dinner 2018 on October 20, 2018.  Cocktails & Hors d’Oeuvres will begin at 6:00pm at the home of Becky & Dary Mozaffarian, 38 Gammons Road, Waban.  You will receive your dinner invitation and location at that time.  Dinners will be from 8:00-10:00pm at local Zervas parents’ homes, and dessert will follow at a 3rd location to be announced that evening.  This is an adults-only event, so book your babysitters now!

It is sure to be an amazing night, so do not miss it!  Please click on the link to purchase your tickets for this event.

https://www.biddingforgood.com/auction/auctionhome.action?auctionId=338732403

Thank you,

Wendy Feiner (wfeiner@gmail.com), Ginna Driscoll (ginna_driscoll@yahoo.com), or Amanda Zurick (azurick@gmail.com).


Zervas Spirit Wear store is open now for 12 days only!

Zervas Spirit Wear
Fall/Holiday Online Clothing Sale
NEW ITEMS – GREAT HOLIDAY GIFTS!
Monday Oct 8 – Saturday Oct 20

Buy Adult and Kids items to show your school spirit (this is not a fundraiser). Items can be shipped to your home or picked up at the store in Newton Corner to avoid shipping fees.

Online store:  https://zervasspiritfall2018.itemorder.com/

Online store closes October 20, don’t miss it (next sale will be in the spring)!




Notes from the Newton Public Schools



Community Notes

American Sign Language Class for Kids

EveryBody Signs is offering an ASL class for kids. We will read stories, have conversations, do skits and make art, all in American Sign Language!

Our teacher, Steve Weiner, is a Newton North EdCo graduate, a teacher at Horace Mann School for the Deaf, and a Magician!

Sundays 2-3pm at the Auburndale Community Library. Oct 7-Dec 16. It’s not too late to sign up!

Please contact Rebecca Wangh: rebeccabella@gmail.com if you’re interested.


Sign up for the NewtonSTEM newsletter: Science/Tech/Engineering/Math

NewtonSTEM.org publishes a weekly newsletter of announcements about Science/Tech/Engineering/Math relevant to Newton students, parents, teachers, and community volunteers.

Sign up for the weekly email here, and you can unsubscribe at any time.  Now in its eighth year, NewtonSTEM is a clearinghouse for information about STEM achievements, events, opportunities, and resources, both in and outside of school, specifically relevant to Newton.

For more information – or to submit announcements – email info@newtonstem.org.


Local Cross-Country Ski Club

Do you want to introduce your kids to cross-country skiing and give them the opportunity to ski nearby with other kids their age? Eastern Mass Bill Koch (EMBK) Club is a local club dedicated to introducing kids to the joys of cross-country skiing and racing. The club is open to all children ages 7-13, from absolute beginners to experienced competitive skiers.

Kids train at the DCR’s Leo J. Martin Ski Track just across the Newton border in Weston. Children ski 1-3 days per week, depending on their experience from November until the last snow melts.

Check out the club’s website and registration information at http://easternmassnordic.org. Email embkskiclub@gmail.com with questions.


Sodexo Food Service App

NPS food partner, Sodexo, has launched a new App to show menu and nutritional information in Newton cafeterias. You can view the menu for the day and review all nutritional information. You can also check for allergens and review it with your child so they know what is safe for them to eat.

The App is available in the App store or Google Play. Just search “So Happy Sodexo.” It’s a great resource for you and your student.


Get involved with the Washington Street vision

Mayor Fuller is inviting all community members to attend a meeting to see the first draft of the Vision Plan and zoning recommendations for the Hello Washington Street project.

For more information and FAQs visit  www.newtonma.gov/washingtonstreetvision.  Follow the project on  Facebook!

Plan Open House
October 24th, 6:00 – 8:30 pm
Newton North High School, 457 Walnut Street

What’s happening on October 24th?

  • People will have an opportunity to view the first drafts of the vision plan and zoning recommendations for Hello Washington Street!  These are ideas for the future of Washington Street from West Newton, to Newtonville, and up to Newton Corner.
  • Images, drawings, and text will show options for what these areas on Washington Street could look like 5 years in the future. Other images and drawings will show options for these areas 20+ years in the future.
  • Starting at 6:00 pm,  enjoy food and refreshments and

view the design gallery.  Then at 6:30 pm there’ll be an overview presentation by Principle Group, with an introduction from Mayor Fuller. Next, you can rotate through the room to visit stations set up by geography, including West Newton, Newtonville, and the area near Crafts Street at Washington. Learn about Washington Street itself and options for how to make the road safer and easier to navigate. If you arrive after the event has started, they’ll provide the overview presentation you missed at the beginning and throughout the event, members of the planning team will be answering questions and listening to feedback. The event will end with a recap and Q&A.

What happens next?

  • This event will be followed by a month-long comment period, when people will be asked to go online to read the draft documents and leave their comments directly on the pdf.  Paper copies will be available too at the Newton Library with a way for people to give input.
  • In person events like topic-specific forums and drop-in office hours will be held later this year where you can ask more questions and discuss the ideas more in depth. Dates will be announced at the Plan Open House event on October 24th.
  • At the end of January, the second draft of the vision plan and zoning recommendations will be released followed by a second comment period as the planning team refines the plan into a final version for review by City Council.

What should I do?

  • Come in person, if you can, for the event!  Tell your neighbors, friends, and colleagues! After the event, please read the plan and provide your comments online.  Stay involved in the process as they move from first draft to second draft.

Dance Polio Out of Existence

Come and dance, eat, socialize, have fun and at the same time help Rotary in it’s effort to declare the world Polio Free. More information here: Purple Pinkie Day


Music lessons for all

Now that the fall is underway, a lot of students are trying instruments for the first time! It can be a tricky process but the amazing faculty at The Conservatory at Highlands is here to help!

Want to turn those squeeks and squacks into the sweet sounds of Hot Cross Buns or Star Wars? These teachers are experienced, patient, kind and supportive and can help musicians of any age reach their goals.

Try a learning an instrument along with your child in our parent/student lessons. It is an amazing and educational activity for the family.

Sign Up Here (no commitment necessary)  https://goo.gl/forms/BBkGtLxm9ONzqwpu2 call 617-903-0944 or e-mail info@highlandsconservatory.com to learn more.

The Conservatory offers music lessons on many instruments, including: piano, voice, violin, viola, cello, guitar, drums, bass, saxophone, flute, clarinet, trombone, baritone, oboe, ukulele, and even harmonica! Sign up for rock bands, which meet weekly; or record in their state-of-the-art recording studio with audio production lessons and more!For more information, visit www.highlandsconservatory.com

The Conservatory at Highlands is locally owned and operated and offers a 21st-century music education that is equally inclusive and challenging taught by the best musicians in Boston. The Conservatory is your community music school, where we can all learn and develop the craft of music together. Stop in and check out their unique space at 51 Winchester Street, Newton Highlands.


EveryBody Signs American Sign Language Class for Kids

EveryBody Signs is offering an ASL class for kids to read stories, have conversations, do skits and make art, all in American Sign Language! The teacher, Steve Weiner, is a Newton North EdCo graduate, a teacher at Horace Mann School for the Deaf, and a Magician!

Although classes have already started, contact Rebecca Wangh, rebeccabella@gmail.com if you’re interested in joining. Flyer available here: EveryBody Signs Flyer

Sundays, October 7th – December 16th, 2:00 – 3:00 pm
Auburndale Community Library


Children’s Learning and Development Research

The Cognitive Neuroscience Group at the MGH Institute of Health Professions in Boston is recruiting children, who are or are soon turning 8 or 10 years old, to participate in a research study funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

This is a longitudinal study that follows children over a period of 3 consecutive years. The goal is to improve understanding of learning in children. The study consists of 1 in-person visit (about 2.5 hours) per year for 3 years (weekdays/weekends). During this visit, children play several games on the computer and complete several language/memory tasks. The lab visit includes safe and noninvasive EEG recording. The day after the visit, kids complete a quick follow-up task from a home/library computer. Payment is $60.00 per year.

Free all day parking is provided at the Navy Yard. Please email cnglead@mghihp.edu or call 617- 643-4821 if you are interested or have any questions. More information can be found at https://clinicaltrials.partners.org/study/feedback_learning.


Newton Conservators events at Cold Spring Park on Oct 14, 20 and 21.

FALL BIRD WALK AT COLD SPRING PARK Fall is an excellent time to look for birds. Starting at 8:00 am on Sunday, October 14Newton Conservators will explore the various habitats at Cold Spring Park. Beginners, as well as experienced birders are welcome. Boots are recommended and bring binoculars if you have them. Park at the Beacon Street parking lot and meet at the circle.  If in doubt about the weather, please call trip Leader: Pete Gilmore (617-610-2477)

Saturday, Oct. 20 at 9:00 am COLD SPRING PARK BIRD PHOTOGRAPHY WALK WITH BROOKS MATHEWSON Birds make outstanding photographic subjects. Each species presents both unique challenges as well as enormous opportunities to create inspirational, visually compelling work. In this walk Brooks will discuss the basics of bird photography and the elements involved in creating an exceptional avian image. Topics covered include choosing the right lens, understanding light, creating sharp, properly exposed images, important compositional techniques, where and when to fnd diferent species of birds in Newton and beyond, and creating ecologically meaningful images. Park at the Beacon Street parking lot and meet at the circle. Beginners as well as experienced birders and photographers of all levels are welcome. Boots are recommended. If in doubt about the weather, please call. Trip Leader: Brooks Mathewson (617-851-3513)

Sunday, Oct. 21, 9:30 am – 12:00 noon Cold Spring Park Buckthorn Demonstration Project, We’re collaborating with horticulturalist Bruce Wenning and ecology professor Eric Olson to try to save the red maple forest, believed to be one of the oldest forested areas in Newton. The wetland forest is threatened by the takeover of invasive nonnative buckthorn as its understory. We will maintain the buckthorn-free demonstration areas to allow the forest to survive. Leaders are Bruce Wenning and Katherine Howard, 617-527-1796 (home) or 617-721-2571 (cell).