Zervas Notes -- February 21, 2019




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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 went home in folders last week or print one from the Zervas Walks website: http://zervaswalks.org/. Brought to you by the Zervas Walks committee and Nurse Deana.


Zervas Hoedown: Save the Date

Saddle up, and join us for the 2nd Annual Zervas Spring Fling Hoedown…. This Ain’t Our First Rodeo!

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 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 and will go on sale in a few weeks.  


Zervas Family Game Night – this Thursday

This Thursday, February 7th, join Zervas families for the third annual Family Game Night, brought to you by the Zervas PTO! Eureka, a local game store, will provide loads of family-friendly games and puzzles for all to enjoy, as well as staff members to help explain the games’ rules. 

This year, a few games will be set up in a separate, quieter space for kids who find the cafetorium to be overwhelming.

  • 6:15-6:45 p.m. Pizza will be available for $1.00 a slice in the Zervas lobby while Eureka sets up. Or feel free to bring your own picnic dinner. Parents, please keep your children in the lobby as the rest of the school will be off limits.
  • 6:45-7:45 p.m. Games and puzzles in the cafetorium for families to play with their children. 

Help is still needed for set-up, serving pizza, and the quiet room. Sign up here.

Eureka will also have some games for sale and a wish list from Zervas teachers.

Students who attend will receive a homework pass for the evening.  Please contact Ginna Martin (ginna.martin@mac.com) or Alicia Collins (aliciamaureencollins@gmail.com) if you have questions about the event.  We hope to see you there!


Zervas Raffle – Thank you!

Winning tickets from the Zervas Teacher Raffle were picked this weekend and the winners’ parents were notified by e-mail. Congrats to all the raffle prize winners! The $3,440 raised by this Raffle will support the programs of the Zervas PTO. Thanks to all the teachers, staff and families who participated and made this such a success. And thanks to Katie Britton and Alison Kapilow for organizing this fundraiser again this year.


Zervas Hoedown: Save the Date

Saddle up, and join us for the 2nd Annual Zervas Spring Fling Hoedown…. This Ain’t Our First Rodeo!

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 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 and will go on sale in a few weeks.  




Notes from the Newton Public Schools



Community Notes

ArtsEmerson performance of Mr. Joy

Newton Public Schools was selected by METCO, Inc. as a host for this year’s ArtsEmerson performance of Mr. Joy. For the last three years, through a partnership with METCO, Inc., the statewide METCO organization, ArtsEmerson has taken the play on the road to select communities.

Mr. Joy is a one-person play that explores issues of race and class in America. All performances are free and open to the public. The play is recommended for adults and students 10 and older. Ticket reservations are highly recommended as space is limited. Reserve your ticket here.

Play Synopsis: Mr. Joy explores issues of race and class in America to help us find our common humanity. It is a poignant, funny and stirring solo piece that invites us to consider how we respond to violence as individuals and as a community, and the power of the invisible ties that bind us all.

February 26th and 27th, 7:30 pm (1.5 hour show running time, 0.5 hour discussion) Newton North Little Theatre


Learn about issues related to fair elections and more

Join members of the League of Women Voters of Newton (LWVN) to hear the latest on issues related to fair elections, including voter suppression, gerrymandering, absentee ballots, automatic voter registration and more, when LWVN hosts Lisa Danetz at their next topic meeting.

Newton resident Lisa Danetz, a public policy consultant for philanthropic foundations, has worked in the voting rights, money in politics, and democracy field as an expert, advocate, and lawyer for over 15 years. Her work has focused on improving election administration and increasing the political participation of disfranchised groups within our society through public policy research, litigation, executive and legislative advocacy, and public education. Ms. Danetz is the former legal director of Demos, a New York-based public policy center, and also worked at National Voting Rights Institute.

A question and answer session and open discussion will follow after Ms. Danetz’s presentation. RSVPs to info@lwvnewton.org are appreciated!

February 28th, 7:30 – 9:00 pm
Durant Kenrick House, 286 Waverly Avenue, Newton


Girls Empowerment Program

Artemis Girls – Stand Strong, Stand Tall guides girls to seek their own true voice with yoga, mindfulness, breathwork, creative expression and self-reflection.

When girls feel confident about their bodies, their self-worth and their intelligence and they have practiced how to handle self-doubt and adolescent stresses, they have an opportunity to go into the world and fully express themselves — as girls, as women, as humans.

Artemis Girls Stand Strong, Stand Tall creates a safe space for girls ages 10-13 to build strength of body, mind and spirit while developing the skills of communication and self-respect to empower and inspire girls. Classes include weekly yoga and mindfulness, group collaboration and games and independent thinking coupled with an art, journal or other creative activity centered on themes such as:

· Body Confidence and Self-Respect
· Stress & Self-Care
· Emotional Awareness
· Identity & Labels
· Honest, Healthy Friendships & Social Stamina

The program meets weekly in a 90 minute session on Friday afternoons co-taught by Amy Hrobak and Tracy Affonso, both experienced school educators and youth yoga and mindfulness instructors. Fee: $150 Please email liz@artemisyoga.com if you have any questions or call 617-393-3590.

March 1st – April 5th, 4:00 – 5:30 pm
Artemis Yoga, 639 Mt. Auburn Street, Watertown

To learn more or to register, CLICK HERE.


The Alexander Technique Workshop offered

Newton Parks and Rec is hosting a workshop with Cecile Raynor. It is designed for a wide audience including yogis – but not limited to them. Anyone with neck, back or joint tension would benefit. Also, anyone with posture issues.

To view the flyer with more information, please click here: Alexander technique


FORJ (Families Organizing for Racial Justice ) City-wide Meeting – March 12th

Everyone is invited to the next FORJ City-wide Meeting to explore the relationship between housing, equity, and race. There will be 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.

RSVP HERE for March 12th
March 12th, 7:30 pm
Angier Elementary


Join NFP’s Walk for Hunger Team!

The Newton Food Pantry is proud to be participating in Project Bread’s 51st Walk for Hunger & 5K Run on May 5th. The pantry team’s fundraising efforts will directly support the Newton Food Pantry. Any adults and teens (ages 13+) are welcome to join the team.

The money raised by Walk participants like the Newton Food Pantry will provide grants to hundreds of community-based programs that rely on support—food pantries, hot meal programs, summer meals for kids, farm and garden initiatives, health center programs and more. Last year, the Walk supported 315 local programs in nearly 100 Massachusetts communities.

Please visit NFP’s Walk for Hunger Team page to join the team, make a donation, and for more information about how the Newton Food Pantry supports our community.


Opportunity to join the board at the Centre Street Food Pantry

The Centre Street Food Pantry board is looking for two energetic new board members; one who has strong connections in the business community in Newton and another with experience managing events. This is a working board and in addition to managing programs, they ask our members to help out at pantry-related events and host work days at the pantry. You’ll meet monthly on Monday or Tuesday evening. If you are interested in being part of this fun and meaningful non-profit board, please send a resume and letter of introduction to info@centrestfoodpantry.org


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Summer Camp at the John M. Barry Boys & Girls Club of Newton

Camp Boys & Girls Club focuses on the WHOLE experience of Camp, which allows them to fully implement quality programming that is unique and fun.

There are five sessions each summer and each session has a unique theme and field trips. During the days, campers will be engaged with sports, arts & crafts, project-based learning activities, service learning, creative projects that are site specific at the Club, sports Clinics and much more.

Visit newtonbgc.com for more information and camp registration.