Zervas Notes -- June 23, 2017




Upcoming Events





Notes from the Principal



Notes from the Co-Presidents



Notes from Zervas

Kindergarten Soccer — fall registration now open

Do you have an incoming kindergartener next fall? Registration is now open for Newton Kindergarten Soccer, which is run by the Zervas PTO. The program is open to kindergarteners across the city with high participation from Zervas families. The games start in September and will be at Oak Hill Middle School. Kindergarten Soccer is an introduction to soccer with a focus on making friends, learning teamwork, and developing confidence.

To find out more or to register, please visit our website: http://kindergartensoccer.org/.


Zervas Library Spring Gift Book Drive

Only a few days left to support our new Zervas Library by donating a book from hundreds of expertly selected (by Ms. Kinney) titles. Each book donated will contain a bookplate with a personal dedication honoring a Zervas staff member of your choice. This is a great way of thanking our dedicated teachers and staff members for a wonderful 2016/2017 school year. Recipients of the bookplate are notified of your generous dedication and the books will be in the new Zervas library, for your children to read. Visit http://www.btsb.com/sosl/zervaselementaryschool2/ by June 21st to choose a book to donate. Thank you to all who have already donated.

Any questions please contact Ms. Kinney (rebecca_kinney@newton.k12.ma.us) or Lou Bonegio (tubons@gmail.com).


Babysitter Available

Newton native Jenny Morris is a 22-year-old recent graduate of Dickinson College who is going to work in education next year. She has been working with children her whole life, including two years at Rec Place Afterschool in Lower Falls. She has her own car and can do camp pick-ups. She is available through August 10th. Please contact her at jenny.morris13@gmail.com or via phone at (617) 820-4548.


Zervas Spring Family Picnic on Wednesday June 14

Please join us for the Zervas spring family picnic from 6:00 – 7:30 PM on Wednesday, June 14th to celebrate another wonderful school year!  The weather folks are predicting nice weather so we should be able to picnic outside near the playground at Carr. In case of rain, we will move inside to the cafeteria and kids can play in the gym. There will be pizza, juice, fruit & vegetable platters and an ICE CREAM truck, sponsored by the PTO, but feel free to bring your own dinner if you would like. Please bring the flyer (about the picnic) that was sent in your child’s folder last week to the picnic. The coupon included in the flyer will allow each family member to have an ice cream treat of their choice from the ice cream truck.

 Zervas Library Spring Gift Book Drive

Please stop by our library table and support our new Zervas Library by donating a book from hundreds of expertly selected (by Ms. Kinney) titles. Each book donated will contain a bookplate with a personal dedication honoring a Zervas staff member of your choice. Dedicating a book to a staff member is a wonderful way to show  your appreciation at the end of the school year!

 The end of the year is a very busy time, but we hope many families can join us if even for a short time!

 We need volunteers! Please sign up to help at the picnic or to assist in selling books for the book drive.

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c084eada623a1f85-spring


Bus Driver and Crossing Guard Appreciation Day on June 15

Thursday, June 15, is bus driver and crossing guard appreciation day. Please encourage your child to make a card or say a special thank you to their bus driver or the crossing guard, Ms. Dawkins. A list of bus driver names and a simple sample card went home last week in the folders and is on the Zervas Walks website: www.ZervasWalks.org. The PTO will also present each bus driver and Ms. D with a small gift card after school that day. Questions? Email ZervasWalks@gmail.com.


July Co-Presidents Letter

Dear Zervas Parents,

Last Friday I was at graduation for the high school where I teach, and the student speaker quoted her dad: “Time moves slow very quickly.” Isn’t that sort of how the school year felt? It felt slow while we were in the midst of it, but now we can’t believe it’s the end?!?

We want to thank all of you who volunteered this year for Zervas, whether it was for a half hour library class or on a committee that required a big time commitment. All of the wonderful school activities and events would not be possible without you. Diana and the teachers and staff would like to say thank you by treating you to some yummy baked goods and coffee at the Waban Library Center on Friday, June 9th from 8:15-9:15. We will also vote in new PTO Board members for next year. Please join us!

Speaking of PTO board members, we are sad to say good-bye to Lisa DePalma and Bindiya Stancampiano. Lisa has been a tireless advocate for students with special needs both as a vice president of the PTO and through the Understanding our Differences program. Her daughter Angelina is graduating from Zervas this year. Bindiya and her family are moving to Rochester, NY for a great job opportunity. Bindiya has been a rock star in charge of Teacher Appreciation for the last few years. She has organized countless lunches and gifts for the teachers and staff so that they know how grateful we are for their work. We will miss Lisa and Bindiya very much.

Sandy Sloane has one more year at Zervas but will passing on the PTO Treasurer’s baton to Kai Shanahan. Sandy has done a superb job keeping tabs on all the small details of the PTO budget. I love the mix of efficiency and empathy that she brings to the role. Thanks, Sandy, for your terrific work.

I must also say a huge thank you to my co-president Jessica Davis who will cycle off after her second year in the position. Jessica is the most organized person you will ever meet! She is a true team player who does more than her share of the workload. I really appreciate all of her guidance this year as I was learning the ropes. Luckily, Jessica will stay on the PTO as its secretary next year. Thanks, Jessica, for all you have done for Zervas! And thank you to Jenn Martin for stepping into the co-president role next year.

Lastly, a big thank you to Lyla Goldstein for her tireless work as Hospitality co-chair. We send an email to Lyla asking, “Can you provide coffee and pastries for this meeting?” and Lyla says, “I’m on it!” Thanks so much, Lyla.

It says something about the Zervas community that within 24 hours of the call going out, all the volunteer spots for Color Day were filled! Thank you. Unfortunately, the rain on the 6th has bumped Color Day to next Tuesday, June 13th. Volunteer spots have been rolled over to next week, so if you can no longer make it, just delete your name on the Sign-up Genius link. We will also need a few new volunteers to fill in for those parents who can’t make the new date. Check it out if you’re available. It’s always a fun day!

We’d love to see you all at the Spring Family Picnic on Wednesday, June 14th at 6:00pm at Carr. Thanks to the generous support of Zervas families this year, we are stepping it up at the picnic to include pizza, veggies, fruit, drinks, and a special visit from an ice cream truck. Just bring a picnic blanket, and the rest will be provided.

You probably saw a flier come home about the Spring Library Gift Book Sale. Books will be on display at the picnic if you would like to choose one to donate to the new Zervas library. Your donation can be an end of the year gift to your child’s teacher as you can donate it in his or her honor. Books are also for sale online by clicking here.

Thanks for getting to the bottom of this long newsletter! Good luck with the end of the school year.

Thank you,

Alicia Collins & Jessica Davis

PTO Co-Presidents


Color Day: Rain Date Volunteer Sign-ups

As you probably saw in Dr. Beck’s school-wide notice, Color Day is postponed to Tuesday, June 13. Thank you to the volunteers who were able to commit time to the rain-date. For the parent volunteers who signed up for June 6th and cannot make it on the 13th – thank you, and you will be missed. There are a few volunteer spots open due to the schedule change.

Please sign up to run one of the Color Day stations from:

  • 9-10:30 am             TWO slots open
  • 10:30 am – noon    THREE slots open
  • 12-12.30 Cleanup  ONE slot open 

Click here to register:  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0f49a5a62a1-zervas

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 hula hooping, the limbo, and a water bucket relay.  Parents help at each of the activity stations – Color Day couldn’t happen without the parents’ help!  If you stay till the end, you even get to share in the popsicles.

Any questions?  Please email Debra Stump at debra.stump@gmail.com or Matt Goldstein at mattabgoldstein@gmail.com.


COLLECTING MURAL PHOTOS

Hi Zervas Parents,

I am collecting mural photos.  It is important that we document the creation of this mural and working on that book/slideshow/archive will be a summer project for me.

I created a google photos album to which you can upload any mural photos you have taken – of the students drawing, of them working on the mural, photos of any of their mural drawings that you may have, etc.  Please upload them all!  Click on the link below and then click on the small photo with the + symbol in the upper right and follow the prompts.

https://goo.gl/photos/Z27pbo2kLZFQxGST9

If the link doesn’t work for you, please email me the photos you have.
maggie@maggieschmidt.com

Maggie Schmidt


Zervas Library Spring Gift Book Drive

Please stop by our library table and support our new Zervas Library by donating a book from hundreds of expertly selected (by Ms. Kinney) titles. Each book donated will contain a bookplate with a personal dedication honoring a Zervas staff member of your choice. Dedicating a book to a staff member is a wonderful way to show your appreciation at the end of the school year!

The end of the year is a very busy time, but we hope many families can join us if even for a short time!

We need volunteers! Please sign up to help at the picnic or to assist in selling books for the book drive.
http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c084eada623a1f85-spring


Zervas Spring Family Picnic on Wednesday June 14

Please join us for the Zervas spring family picnic from 6:00 – 7:30 PM on Wednesday, June 14th to celebrate another wonderful school year! If the weather is nice, we will picnic outside near the playground at Carr. In case of rain, we will move inside to the cafeteria and kids can play in the gym. There will be pizza, juice, fruit & vegetable platters and an ICE CREAM truck, sponsored by the PTO, but feel free to bring your own dinner if you would like. Please look out for a flyer (about the picnic) in your child’s folder next week and bring that flyer to the picnic. The coupon included in the flyer will allow each family member to have an ice cream treat of their choice from the ice cream truck.




Notes from the Newton Public Schools



Community Notes

July 4th Celebration in Newton

Kids’ Morning
July 4th, 10:00 am – 12 Noon, Newton Centre Playground at Tyler Terrace.
Free event for children ages 3 – 12 years. Children and families are invited to join in the Grande Pet Parade, Decorated Doll Carriage Promenade, Teddy Bear Parade and Foot Races. Free ice cream, candy and drinks complete the morning celebration – courtesy of Cabot’s Ice Cream. Kids Morning is cancelled in the event of rain.

Afternoon/Evening Events
July 4th, 12 Noon – 10:00 pm – Albemarle Field/Halloran Sports Complex
The fun continues with kiddie amusement rides, face painting, craft vendor booths and food trucks. The free entertainment at the Gazebo is provided by Constantine the Magician, the YCCA Band and Caribbean music by D’Allegro Band from DESFOB, Inc. Then, the fun moves over to the main stage with the fabulous Bo & Bill Winiker Band for more music and dancing from 6:00 – 9:00 pm. Bring lawn chairs, try out the delicious food from the many food trucks and pick up your light-up novelties. At 9:00 pm, don’t miss the grand finale…a fantastic fireworks display! The concert and fireworks take place on July 5th in the event of rain. Visit www.newtoncommunitypride.org for details.


Summer Time for Partners

Long-running Art & Music classes for children 18 months to 3½ years (accompanied by an adult) run by the Mayor’s Office for Cultural affairs, in its summer home of Franklin Elementary School in West Newton.

Learning is FUN with music, dance, art, letters and numbers. Music classes develop physical, verbal, memory and musical skills. Art classes widen a child’s curiosity and build fine motor skills. Air conditioned classrooms in which to learn, explore and make new friends – children as well as adults!

Choose from Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays from 9:30 – 11:15 am. Tuesdays: $100 Newton Resident, $120 Non- Resident. Wednesdays & Thursdays: $120 Newton Resident, $140 Non-Resident. Register at www.activityreg.com, click on MA; click on Newton Parks & Recreation; click on Mayor’s Office for Cultural Affairs, click on Time for Partners and choose your day. For more information, call 617-796-1540.


Dinner on the Farm 2017 with Guest Chefs from Farmstead Table!

Join the annual Dinner on the Farm, a beautiful evening of fantastic food, breathtaking views of the Newton Community Farm’s fields, and the company of others who share your love of your local community farm.

And new this year…. welcome Chad and Sharon Burns of Farmstead Table, who will be preparing the meal. They are designing a special menu, highlighting fresh produce from the farm.

The registration deadline is July 5th. $75.00 for Friends of the Farm, and $85.00 for non-Friends of the Farm. Your ticket covers the cost of the dinner, and an additional contribution to NCF education programs. Please visit the website for information and registration.

July 10th, 6:30 to 8:30 pm


Ride for Food! Centre Street Food Pantry is looking for riders!

Be part of the Centre Street Food Pantry team and help raise funds to provide good nutritious food to your neighbors.  Register NOW to ride on September 24th or donate to the Centre Street Food Pantry team at the organizer’s website: www.threesquaresne.org or contact CSFP’s Team Captain: m.bolstad@centrestfoodpantry.org


The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson

Join thousands and kids and families at aquatic facilities around the globe for The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson. We’re making a splash to spread the word that Swimming Lessons Save Lives!

The West Suburban YMCA is providing free swim lessons to children of all ages on June 22nd at the following times:
9:15 – 10:00 am
11:15 – 12:00 pm
12:00 – 12:45 pm
3:15 – 4:00 pm

Everyone is welcome. Please call the Y’s Welcome Center at 617-244-6050 to pre-register for one of the swim lessons.


Newton Kindergarten Soccer registration now open

Registration is now open for Newton Kindergarten Soccer. The fall program is for those children currently in kindergarten in 2017-2018. The games will be at Oak Hill Middle School beginning in September. To be eligible, children must live or attend school in Newton, including private schools. To find out more or to register, please visit http://kindergartensoccer.org/.

Newton Kindergarten Soccer, run by the Zervas PTO, is an introduction to soccer with a focus on making friends, learning teamwork, and developing confidence. Each spring, over 250 incoming kindergarteners and 200 current kindergarteners throughout Newton play in the league.

Players are grouped with other children who either live in the same neighborhood or who attend the same school for kindergarten, so that incoming kindergartners can meet future classmates.

Note that Lincoln-Eliot and Burr families generally participate in Garden City Soccer, and that Memorial Spaulding usually has its own program.


Newton Girls Soccer

Registration is open for Newton Girls Soccer Fall 2017 Juniors and City Programs

Newton Girls Soccer (NGS), the largest girls soccer club in New England, is now accepting registrations for their Juniors and City programs.

The NGS Juniors Program is for girls in grades K-2. The NGS City Program is for girls in grades 3-9. Both programs offer a recreation-focused soccer experience that emphasizes fun, health and exercise, skills development, and teamwork. Players of all skill levels are welcome to register. For detailed descriptions of our programs, visit our website and check out this handy summary.

The fall registration fee is $130.00. Juniors and City Registration is ongoing until August 1st. While you can still register after August 1, but we cannot guarantee placement on a team or friend requests and a $25 late fee will apply. For more details, go to 2017 Fall City Registration.

REGISTER TODAY Questions? Email registrar@newtongirlssoccer.org.


Nanny share

Are you still trying to sort out after school childcare for the next school year? Family with a wonderful nanny who looks after the children (3 and 1 yo) full time would love to welcome your little ones in their Franklin Elementary School area home in the afternoons.

If interested, please contact Christina Broja at christina.broja@gmx.de.


Writing tutor for students of all ages

Writing tutor for students of all ages: college essays, summer reading and enrichment. Summer is the perfect time to relax and write! If your son or daughter could benefit from some structured writing hours over the summer to work on college essays, summer assignments or the writing process, please contact Susan Gedrick. She loves working with student writers of all ages and has over fifteen years of experience as a professional writer, teacher and tutor.

Contact Susan Gedrick at 617-460-6619 or sgedrick@gmail.com. For more information, see https://www.linkedin.com/in/susan-gedrick-610180b7.


Deepen Your Child’s Understanding and Enjoyment of Math this Summer

Tutoring and math enrichment provided by a proven leader in math education, with over 20 years of elementary and middle school experience, multiple certifications to
support all learners, and master’s degrees in both math and education. Support for any student from K – 8. Contact Steve at sdayer17@comcast.net or 617- 407-4484.