Zervas Notes -- October 24, 2017




Upcoming Events





Notes from the Principal



Notes from the Co-Presidents



Notes from Zervas

Zervas Halloween Dance Helpers Needed

Zervas Halloween Dance: 10/27/2017 (Fri.)

It’s a fiendishly fun night

but we need

DESPERATELY need volunteers to make it right.

Please sign up to decorate, hand out pizzas or scare…

It’s only a half an hour and you’ll already be there!

Thank you!

The Halloween Dance Committee


Zervas Variety Shows

Hello Zervas families,
We are excited to be receiving your responses for the variety show! For those of you who have not sent in the responses, there is still time! Two shows: Kindergarten to 3rd graders on November 8 and 4th and 5th graders on November 15. Both performances will be in the cafetorium beginning at 6:30 p.m. Forms are due back to the school by Friday, October 27th with your child’s name, grade and what they will be performing! For more information please see the flyer.


LAST CHANCE – STORE CLOSES SAT 10/21 at Midnight!

Zervas Spirit Wear
Fall/Holiday Online Clothing Sale
NEW ITEMS – GREAT HOLIDAY GIFTS!
Monday Oct 9 – Saturday Oct 21

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 fee.
https://zervasspirit2017.itemorder.com

Online store will only be open for the above dates- don’t miss it (next sale will be in the spring).


Registration for the 4th annual Newton Turkey Trot on Saturday, November 18th is open!

Registration for the 4th annual Newton Turkey Trot on SaturdayNovember 18th is open! (the Saturday before Thanksgiving)

Only 1 week left for early bird registration. Prices will increase after October 26th for the 4th annual Newton Turkey Trot! Sign up today at www.newtonturkeytrot.com to secure your spot and be guaranteed an awesome T-shirt.

This event kicks off at 8:30am with a kids’ 1 mile fun run followed by the 5K race at 9am. Not a runner? Join in the fun as a volunteer! Details are in the volunteer section of our website.

New this year – bring a nonperishable food item to bib pick up and our partners at Whole Foods Market will donate too; doubling the donation to the Newton Food Pantry!

Sign up soon, this race will sell out!

All proceeds from the race go to the Newton Food Panty. 


DYNAMIC DIVERSITY FAMILY NIGHT RSVPs needed

Come join us for our DYNAMIC DIVERSITY FAMILY NIGHT

 6:15-8:00pm on Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

in the Cafeteria at Zervas.

FREE pizza, drinks, and dessert will be served. 

“EXCUSE FROM HOMEWORK”PASSES available if you attend!

PLEASE RSVP for Pizza and the evening to

 https://goo.gl/forms/tRXhGOcNiWcgZikq1!

This evening will feature several creative and fun activities designed to stimulate sharing and discussion among the participants about how we identify ourselves and how we experience those identities in the Zervas community and beyond.

You will make new friends and deepen older friendships.

Please RSVP by Tuesday, October 17th to Amy Behrens here https://goo.gl/forms/tRXhGOcNiWcgZikq1 or at amy@amybehrens.com if you plan to come so that we can have the right number of pizzas and other supplies.

We look forward to seeing you on the 18th!

The Zervas Community Connections Committee 


DYNAMIC DIVERSITY FAMILY NIGHT RSVPs needed

Come join us for our DYNAMIC DIVERSITY FAMILY NIGHT

 6:15-8:00pm on Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

in the Cafeteria at Zervas.

FREE pizza, drinks, and dessert will be served. 

“EXCUSE FROM HOMEWORK”PASSES available if you attend!

PLEASE RSVP for Pizza and the evening to

 https://goo.gl/forms/tRXhGOcNiWcgZikq1!

This evening will feature several creative and fun activities designed to stimulate sharing and discussion among the participants about how we identify ourselves and how we experience those identities in the Zervas community and beyond.

You will make new friends and deepen older friendships.

Please RSVP by Tuesday, October 17th to Amy Behrens here https://goo.gl/forms/tRXhGOcNiWcgZikq1 or at amy@amybehrens.com if you plan to come so that we can have the right number of pizzas and other supplies.

We look forward to seeing you on the 18th!

The Zervas Community Connections Committee 


Zervas Halloween Dance Helpers Needed

Zervas Halloween Dance: 10/27/2017 (Fri.)

It’s a fiendishly fun night

but we need volunteers to make it right.

Please sign up to decorate, hand out pizzas or scare…

It’s only a half an hour and you’ll already be there!

Thank you!

The Halloween Dance Committee


Map of Cold Spring Park

Maps of cold spring park may be obtained at:
The “Old” map: http://www.newtonma.gov/gov/parks/city/coldO.asp
The “New” map: http://www.newtonma.gov/gov/parks/city/coldN.asp


NEW Zervas library birthday book program

Happy birthday to you!

Zervas has a beautiful new school and new library this year and we want to fill it with new books! From now till our December book drive you can donate a book to the Zervas library in honor of your child’s birthday or other special event. It’s simple and quick, and donations come right to the library, ready to be checked out by our Zervas readers. Click here to check it out.

Thank you for supporting our school library!
Ms. Kinney


Zervas Variety Shows

Hello Zervas families,
We are excited to be receiving your responses for the variety show! For those of you who have not sent in the responses, there is still time! Two shows: Kindergarten to 3rd graders on November 8 and 4th and 5th graders on November 15. Both performances will be in the cafetorium beginning at 6:30 p.m. Forms are due back to the school by Friday, October 27th with your child’s name, grade and what they will be performing! For more information please see the flyer.




Notes from the Newton Public Schools



Community Notes

Dr. Susan Swick explores parenting skills in talk on resiliency

Raising Resilient Teenagers
About 200 parents/guardians joined the Newton North PTSO for a presentation by Dr. Susan Swick on managing vulnerability and fostering resilience in teens on October 11th. Special thanks to Dr. Swick for a great session and to all those who attended!

See Dr. Swick’s presentation here, courtesy of Newton North TV.


Forum on Cultural Diversity and Inclusion in the Newton Schools

Join a forum on Cultural Diversity and Inclusion in the Newton Schools. School Committee candidates will participate in a moderated discussion on:
• Recognizing and valuing differences
• Teaching and learning about differences
• Embracing cultural diversity
• Inclusion

Organized by the Affirmative Action and Outreach Committee of the Newton Democratic City Committee. This event is free and open to the public.

October 26th, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Newton Senior Center, 345 Walnut Street, Newton


Halloween Math Hunt and Open House

The Magic of Math

– Play Math Hunt and win prizes!
– Solve challenging and unusual problems and riddles, play logical and strategy games, 3D modeling and engineering.
– For kids 4 – 14
– Meet the directors and teachers and learn about the engaging curriculum.
– more information at https://www.facebook.com/events/1737587396544073/ 617-903-3168 or www.engagingmath.com

October 29th,  10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Studio of Engaging Math
320 Washington St, Brighton


Newton Boards and Commissions Openings

Newton residents participate in local government as members of more than fifty boards, commissions, committees and advisory councils serving the City. Such broad citizen involvement helps our government remain open and responsive. Residents play a critical role in the work required to address the wide variety of needs in our city.

Appointments to the City’s boards and commissions are made most frequently by the Mayor with the approval of the City Council, but some are made directly by the City Council or the School Committee. The following boards and commissions are some of the key groups with openings that the City of Newton is looking to fill:

Commission on Disability Community Preservation Committee
Human Rights Commission

If you have an interest in one of these areas and would like to volunteer to serve, please apply on line at http://www.newtonma.gov/gov/featured/boards.asp.

The webpage also has a list of all openings, and applications to any of these groups are welcomed as well.


Family ACCESS “Giving Thanks Brunch!”

Family Access of Newton will be honoring longtime Rotarian Tony Bibbo as he receives their Lifetime Achievement Award. For more information please see the flyer: Tony Bibbo. Open to all,  for tickets click HERE.

Co-sponsored by the Rotary Club of Newton and The Village Bank!

November 5th, 11:00 am
Crowne Plaza Hotel, Newton


12th annual Bill’s 5K registration is open

Please join the 12th annual Bill’s 5K. This fun, family event benefits the Travis Roy Foundation. TRF provides equipment to people with spinal cord injuries to support their independence.

The 5K is on October 30th, 9:00 am at Mason Rice Elementary School following the Free spooky sprint for little kids at 8:30 am.

Halloween costumes welcome! Register at bills5k.com or on day of the run.


4th annual Newton Turkey Trot’s registration is open

Registration for the 4th annual Newton Turkey Trot on Saturday, November 18th is open!

Only 1 week left for early bird registration. Prices will increase after October 26th for the 4th annual Newton Turkey Trot! Sign up today at www.newtonturkeytrot.com to secure your spot and be guaranteed an awesome T-shirt.

This event kicks off at 8:30 am with a kids’ 1 mile fun run followed by the 5K race at 9:00 am. Not a runner? Join in the fun as a volunteer! Details are in the volunteer section of our website.

New this year – bring a nonperishable food item to bib pick up and our partners at Whole Foods Market will donate too; doubling the donation to the Newton Food Pantry!

Sign up soon, this race will sell out! All proceeds from the race go to the Newton Food Panty.


Hannah’s Heroes raises money for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

Friends, are you clearing out closets with the change of season? Recycle your style for a cause by donating items to Hannah’s Heroes partnership with Plato’s Closet.

Hannah’s Heroes raises money for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) in honor of Hannah Gonzalez, a Newton South Senior who has been living with Type 1 for almost 6 years. JDRF is the leading non-profit organization working towards finding a cure for Type 1 Diabetes.

Plato’s Closet buys and sells current styles for both teens and adults…guys too! They buy all seasons, year-round with a focus on casual trends (from the past 1-2 years) in great condition. In addition to clothing, Plato’s purchases shoes, handbags, jewelry, hats and other accessories.

All proceeds from clothing purchased by Plato’s Closet will be donated to Hannah’s Heroes. Please bring items to Plato’s Closet in Waltham and mention Hannah’s Heroes. If it’s easier, you can drop the items off at the Gonzalez home. Contact Leslie for more information at cubish1@verizon.net.


In-home tutoring

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Reserve your tutor today! Contact dbrooks@activemindstutoring.com, call 617-227-2225 or visit  www.activemindstutoring.com for additional information.


FREE Preschool Fair

Don’t forget…the Newton Health and Human Services Department is hosting a FREE Preschool Fair.

For more information, please click here: Preschool.