Zervas Notes -- May 21, 2019




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Color Day Volunteer Slots are Filling Up! Don’t Miss the Fun!!

Zervas Color Day is Tuesday, June 11 and we need a few more volunteers!

Remember how fun field day was when you were a kid? Come join the fun and help to make Color Day, our annual outdoor field day in June, a success. Please sign up to help run one of the Color Day stations from:

9-10:30 am
10:30 am – noon
or stay with us all morning!

Click here to volunteer or go to
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090f45a9a92ca1fc1-2019

For those who haven’t volunteered at Color Day before:

Color Day is a fun day of silly outdoor activities for the whole school. Each class is split into three teams — red, white, and blue — and the kids participate in activities with their class, like relay races, ball toss and the human knot. Parents help at each of the activity stations. Color Day couldn’t happen without our parents’ help! If you stay till the end, you even get to share in the popsicles.

Any questions? Please email Ken Danila @ ken@kendanila.com


We’re almost a third of the way to our goal. Donate a book to the Zervas Library Gift Book Sale.

The Zervas Library Spring Gift Book Sale is underway and we’re moving towards our goal! We are hoping to have 100 new books donated to our school library before the end of the year!! Donate a book to the Zervas School Library

You can donate in honor of anyone you like: a teacher, in honor of a family member (father’s day is coming up!), or even leave a simple message for the reader, the choice is yours.

Donating is quick and easy! Simply select your book online, choose your donation plate and what you would like it to say, and order.  Books come to the library ready to check out. These books are really sturdy and guaranteed to last for years to come, and students love seeing the names of donors from years past.

Thank you all for a wonderful school year!
~Ms. Kinney kinneyr@newton.k12.ma.us


The Natural Wonders of Cold Spring Park

Zervas Cold Spring Park Week is June 3-7 with Scientist-in-Residence Sam Jaffe, naturalist and founder of the Caterpillar Lab. During the week students will explore Cold Spring Park and learn more about its natural wonders.

Adults can learn about the park, too. Sam Jaffe will present “The Natural Wonders of Cold Spring Park” on MONDAY, JUNE 3 at 7:30 p.m. in the Zervas cafetorium. The talk is open to the public and will also include information about the trail work planned for Cold Spring Park and preview Zervas Cold Spring Park week.

This event is co-sponsored by the Zervas PTO and Friends of Cold Spring Park.


PTO Reimbursement Requests: Submit by June 14th

Thank you to all our volunteers this year!

All reimbursement requests (click here to find the reimbursement form)  should be sent along with receipts to our treasurer, Kai Shanahan, no later than June 14th.

You can email them to Kai at treasurer@zervaspto.org or leave them in the PTO mailbox in the Zervas School office.


Color Day Volunteers Needed: Tuesday, June 11th

Zervas Color Day: Tuesday, June 11

Come join the fun while helping to make Color Day, our annual outdoor field day in June, a success! Please sign up to help run one of the Color Day stations from:

9-10:30 am
10:30 am – noon
or stay with us all morning!

Click here to volunteer or go to
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090f45a9a92ca1fc1-2019

For those who haven’t volunteered at Color Day before:

Color Day is a fun day of silly outdoor activities for the whole school. Each class is split into three teams — red, white, and blue — and the kids participate in activities with their class, like relay races, ball toss and the human knot. Parents help at each of the activity stations. Color Day couldn’t happen without our parents’ help! If you stay till the end, you even get to share in the popsicles.

Any questions? Please email Ken Danila @ ken@kendanila.com


Donate a Book to the Zervas Library: Gift Book Sale

The Zervas Library Spring Gift Book Sale is underway! We are hoping to have 100 new books donated to our school library before the end of the year!! Donate a book to the Zervas School Library

You can donate in honor of anyone you like: a teacher, in honor of a family member (for mother’s day or father’s day), or even leave a simple message for the reader, the choice is yours.

Donating is quick and easy! Simply select your book online, choose your donation plate and what you would like it to say, and order.  Books come to the library ready to check out. These books are really sturdy and guaranteed to last for years to come, and students love seeing the names of donors from years past.

Thank you all for a wonderful school year!
~Ms. Kinney kinneyr@newton.k12.ma.us


Newton Schools Foundation: Honor Thy Teacher

May 6-10 is Teacher Appreciation Week! This is a perfect time to recognize your child’s teacher(s), classroom aides, specialists, and school staff through Newton Schools Foundation’s Honor Thy Teacher Program.

Honor Thy Teacher is a great way to say, “Thank you!” to the amazing people who motivate, educate and inspire our kids to be the best they can be. When you recognize teachers and staff through Honor Thy Teacher, you’ll also be supporting the Newton Public Schools. 

NSF celebrates teachers and staff by:

·       Notifying honorees of your gift by the end of the school year 

·       Sharing honoree names with the Superintendent and Principals

·       Listing all honored teachers and staff in an ad in the Newton TAB

Suggested donation is $25 per teacher/staff member, which will help NSF fund programs for students and professional development for staff that advance educational excellence and equity throughout Newton’s schools. Click here to learn about the programs NSF funds.

You can donate online by visiting the NSF website or by check made out to “Newton Schools Foundation,” P.O. Box 590020, Newton, MA, 02459. Be sure to include the name(s) and school(s) of those you wish to honor. 




Donate a Book to the Zervas Library: Gift Book Sale

It hardly seems possible, but the year is almost over!  A perfect way to celebrate this special time of year is to donate a book to the Zervas library. We are hoping to have 100 new books donated to our school library before the end of the year!!

You can donate in honor of anyone you like: a teacher, in honor of a family member (mother’s day or father’s day), or even leave a simple message for the reader, the choice is yours.

Donating is quick and easy! Simply select your book online, choose your donation plate and what you would like it to say, and order.  Books come to the library ready to check out. These books are really sturdy and guaranteed to last for years to come, and students love seeing the names of donors from years past.

Thank you all for a wonderful school year!
~Ms. Kinney kinneyr@newton.k12.ma.us


Last week to shop at Vinodivino to benefit our PTO, Ends May 11th

This is the last week your purchase will benefit the Zervas School. Mention Zervas when you shop in-store and online at Vinodivino (899 Walnut Street, Newton Highlands, also at Brookline, Needham and Boston locations) from April 13th-May 11th.  The more we all continue to purchase – wine, beer, spirits, and more –  the better the we do.  Once we are beyond hitting our sales target to cover our event wine bar, 10% of all sales will go directly to the Zervas PTO. And don’t forget to thank them for sponsoring our Hoedown wine bar!


Zervas Spirit Wear Spring Online Clothing Sale 4/29-5/11

SUMMER ITEMS Are Back! Order Tie Dye shirts and shorts.
Monday April 29- Saturday May 11

Buy Adult and Kids items to show your Zervas School Spirit! (Please note, this is not a fundraiser.) Items can be shipped to your home or picked up at the store in Newton to avoid shipping fees.

https://zervasspiritwearspring.itemorder.com/sale

Online store will only be open for the above dates – don’t miss it!





Notes from the Newton Public Schools



Community Notes

Green Newton Schools Connections Meeting

The last School Connections meeting of the year is coming up this week. This group is committed and dedicated to making a difference in our schools. Thank you to committee members for all the support in recent months!

It’s not too late to meet and share your ideas for next school year. More information here.

May 23rd,  3:45 pm
Newton Free Library, 330 Homer Street,  third floor arc


Come hear what Newton students are doing for the environment

Please join Green Newton as students from Newton schools show how they are contributing to the sustainability of Newton and beyond. Highlighted will be:

  • Angier Elementary School’s Cafeteria Recycling & Composting
  • Oak Hill Middle School’s Global Goals Exhibition
  • Newton South High School’s Capstone Healthy Landscaping Project
  • Newton North High School’s Student Climate March
  • SGW’s community environmental outreach

Following these presentation and the Students for a Greener World (SGW) Wild Boar Awards, Green Newton will present the 2019 Green Newton Environmental Leadership awards to the following recipients:

  • Individual: Andy Gluck
  • Local Organization: The Newton Citizens Commission on Energy
  • City Department: Newton’s Public Buildings Department and Design Review Committee
  • Green Newton Special Appreciation Award: Ira Krepchin

May 20th, 7:00 pm
Newton Free Library, 330 Homer Street


Ride for the Centre Street Food Pantry! Cyclists needed!

Want a fun way to motivate yourself to workout AND do something meaningful for your neighbors? Join this year’s Ride for Food on October 6th!

Register today to meet your team and begin recruiting sponsors.  To learn more visit  https://ride.threesquaresne.org/CentreStFoodPantry2019 or contact CSFP Team Captain Katherine Ballas at k.ballas@centrestfoodpantry.org. You can learn more about the Centre Street Food Pantry at https://www.centrestfoodpantry.org.


Newton Mustangs Charity Golf Tournament

Golfers, get your foursome ready! Sign up today for the Newton Mustangs Charity Golf Tournament. Go to https://secure.perfectgolfevent.com/eventweb/7903/

June 17th
Sandy Burr Country Club


Run the Village Day 5K

Calling all runners, joggers and walkers! Join other Newton students and parents, friends and neighbors at the Newton Highlands Village Day 5K. It’s a low-key, family-friendly, all abilities run starting and ending at the Hyde Center in Newton Highlands. Many kids run their first 5K at this event which is such a great accomplishment. (It’s also fun to watch kids trying to out sprint their parents at the finish!)

Village Day in the Highlands follows at 11:00 am with all sorts of great activities — from bands to food to free inflatables and more. Registration is $30.oo per adult, $15.00 per child.

Register online here: villageday5k.racewire.com. Online registrations before May 26th are guaranteed a t-shirt in their size. Contact Maureen Oates at villageday5k@gmail.com if you have any questions! Happy running!

June 9th, 10:00 am


Newton Parks and Recreation summer camps

Now is the time to register for a Newton Parks and Recreation summer camp! Check out the programs at www.newtonma.gov/gov/parks and click on Camps. You can register online at www.activityreg.com or call 617-796-1500 for more information. These programs still have openings:

  • Kids Korner ages 3 – 5.  A great introduction to summer camp. Located at the Burr Park Community Center.
  • Albemarle Acres grades 1 – 6.  Group activities and swimming at Gath Pool. Located at the Horace Mann School.
  • Centre Acres grades 1 – 6. Group activities and swimming at Crystal Lake. Located at the Newton Centre Hut.
  • Outdoor Adventure grades 2 – 6.  Outdoor discovery and canoeing. Located at Nahanton Park on the Charles River.
  • Thundercat Sports ages 7 – 12. Learn the skills to play a variety of different sports each day. Located at Pellegrini Park.
  • Specialty Camp at Peirce School grades 2 – 8.  Specialty weeks that are still open include Ultimate Frisbee (grades 2-8), Puppet Lab (grades 3-8), Beyond Beginner Chess (grades 2-8), Mad Science (grades 2-6), or Science Robotics (grades 2-6). Located at Peirce School.
  • Acres in the Falls grades 5 – 8. Choice activities with field trips and swimming at Crystal Lake. Located at the Brigham House.
  • Counselor in Training Programs grades 8 – 11. Participate in a 2 or 3 week session to develop your camp counselor skills. Programs are available at several of our camp sites.

Boston Athletic Training Summer Programs Overview

Basketball Skills, Football Skills, Speed & Agility and S&C for boys and girls ages 7+.  Sessions available from June 30th –  August 30th. Click here to check out the Programs and to REGISTER.

For any questions, please contact Chaim Andler at 857-313-8442 or  Chaim@bostonathletictraining.com


Newton Kids PMC Bike Ride

Get your bike ready to roll for the Newton Kids PMC Bike Ride on Sunday, May 19, 2019 from 8-11 a.m. 100% of the money raised by riders goes towards cancer research and patient support at the Jimmy Fund and Dana Farber Cancer Center. Two-wheeled riders will zoom around a one-mile loop on Wells Avenue as many times as they can in 1hour, while the 3-wheeled and balance bike crowd will tear it up on a separate tot course. Be sure to stick around for the POST-RIDE PARTY starting at 10 AM. There will be food, face painting, bike decorating, raffles, and more. 

Click here to register: http://www.kids.pmc.org/newton.aspx
We are also looking for a TEAM CAPTAIN at Zervas who can organize a team and recruit riders.  Please contact Christina Perez at cperezmail@yahoo.com if you’d like to help out. It is a small time commitment for a BIG impact!


Waban Village Day – Sunday, May 19

Waban Village Day kicks off with the Family Fun Run at 10:00 am!  Racers of all ages may participate, including children, who are allowed to ride bikes and scooters along the 3-mile race course.  As always, this year’s entertainment showcases a wide variety of talent, from internationally recognized professional artists to rising youth stars.

This year’s headliner will be Mark Copeland’s Contemporary Gospel Band featuring recording artist Alexis Wright.  In addition, there will be performances from Waban’s new neighbors at the Suzuki Music School, and by local favorites the Newton Family Singers.

Village Day also offers plenty of amusement rides and games for kids of all ages, handmade crafts, jewelry, gifts and more.  Stop by the Pizza Tent for fresh slices of pizza from Stone L’Oven, and enjoy cold beverages and ice cream. Chat with members of the Waban Library Center and  Waban Area Council to learn more about these organizations, and discuss important issues with city officials, candidates, and citizens organizations.

Waban Village Day has been rained out only once in its 14 years, but if that happens, all the entertainment will move to the library, and many vendors may stay.  We look forward to seeing you there! http://wabanimprovement.org/


Newton Community Farm seedling sale – this weekend

Join us at the farm for our annual Seedling Sale. You can find your favorite summer crops including vegetables, herbs, and flowers! We will be selling Vermont Compost Company’s compost and soil this year. 

From basil to thyme, beets to zucchini, and cosmos to zinnias, the Newton Community Farm (303 Nahanton St., Newton) has got your garden needs covered at the annual Seedling Sale on Saturday, May 18 and Sunday, May 19 from 12-3pm.