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)
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.
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.***
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:
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.
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