Zervas Notes -- January 24, 2018




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Notes from the Principal



Notes from the Co-Presidents

PTO Co-Presidents Letter: Jan 2018

Dear Zervas Families,

Happy New Year! We hope you managed to have fun with family over the holidays and stay warm. What a frigid end of 2017 and beginning of 2018.  And then two snow days! Hopefully the rest of January will be more kind to us.

Our second annual Family Game Night will be held Wednesday, January 24th at 6:00 in the Zervas cafetorium. Pizza, veggies, and fruit will be served while Eureka!, a toy store in Brookline, sets up a ton of games for parents to play with their kids. They will also have games for purchase if you fall in love with one of the games you try. This is a great chance to unplug with your kids for the evening. If you have any questions, please reach out to Peter Malagodi or Ginna Martin who are helping to organize the evening.

We’d like to thank all the Zervas families who donated books to the December Library Book Drive. A total of 54 books were purchased and dedicated to various teacher and staff members! Lou Bonegio and Becky Kinney deserve a huge thank you for organizing the book drive.

Zervas families were also generous in donating to the Toys for Tots Toy drive. Amanda Zurick, our fearless leader who organized the toy drive, estimates that well over 100 toys were dropped off in the lobby. That’s amazing!

BOKS is a before school exercise program that was piloted very successfully at Zervas this Fall. If you missed the Zmail announcement about the next session, please go to our website or you can go straight to register your child here by January 19 at midnight. The winter session will begin on February 9th and will be limited to 55 students. Thank you to Aimee Sprung for her vision and leadership in making BOKS a reality.

If you have any questions or suggestions, do not hesitate to contact us at pto@zervaspto.org.

Thank you,

Alicia Collins & Jenn Martin

PTO Co-Presidents

 




Notes from Zervas

TOMORROW – Zervas Family Game Night!

This Wednesday, January 24, join Zervas families for the second annual Zervas Family Game Night! Eureka, a local game store, will provide loads of family-friendly games and puzzles for all to enjoy. Eureka will also have their “pop-up” store with some of their more popular games for sale.

  • 6-6:30 p.m. Pizza, fruit, veggies and desserts will be served in the Zervas lobby while Eureka sets up. Parents, please keep your children in the lobby as the rest of the school will be off limits. At 6:30 we will stop serving food so come early enough to grab a bite to eat!
  • 6:30-7:30 p.m. Games and puzzles in the cafetorium for families to play with their children.

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

 


Zervas Family Game Night! Wednesday, January 24th, 6:00-7:30pm

The Zervas PTO would like to invite your whole family to come to Game Night, where Eureka! will provide loads of family-friendly games and puzzles for all to enjoy in the Zervas Cafetorium.  This is a perfect opportunity for families to get together!  Pizza, fruit, veggies and desserts will be provided by the PTO.  Students who attend will receive a homework pass for the evening.  Please contact Ginna Martin (ginna.martin@mac.com) or Peter Malagodi (pmagalodi@gmail.com) if you have questions about the event.  We hope to see you there!


BOKS @ Zervas is back for a Winter Session: Registration deadline extended to Jan 26

BOKS @ Zervas is back for a Winter Session – Registration deadline extended to January 26

After a successful pilot of BOKS @ Zervas in the Fall we are pleased to expand BOKS to accommodate more students and increase to two times per week (Wednesdays and Fridays).  Since the Fall session was so popular we are going to use a lottery system to determine registration.  There will be a small fee to cover the costs for the program.  Students may choose to enroll in 1 day per week or both days.

Timeline                  

January 8             Registration opens

January 26          EXTENDED: Registration closes at midnight

January 27           Confirmed registered students will be notified

February 7            BOKS @ Zervas Winter session begins

April 27                 BOKS @ Zervas Winter session concludes

 

The program, inspired by the book Spark written by Dr. John Ratey, states that “exercise is the single most powerful tool we have to optimize the function of our brains.” BOKS brings this to life by empowering and training parents, teachers and passionate community members to provide our children with more opportunities for physical activity and nutritional knowledge.

Space is limited to 55 students so register today:

https://tinyurl.com/BOKSatZervas.

Volunteers needed to greet students at the door, take photos of the group and support the lead trainer.  Email Aimee Sprung to volunteer or with any questions at azaiger@hotmail.com.

Additional information is available here: https://1drv.ms/w/s!As4ZKnHz9iieiqx2VC2h9Zuq6VDChQ.


SAVE THE DATE FOR THE KENTUCKY ZERBY PARTY!

April 28, 7:00-11:00pm

Book your babysitters, this is a parent only event.

Our new Spring Fling party has replaced the old Zervas Auction party.   The community parties will be available for bid at this event.    There will be a delicious dinner, flowing drinks, entertainment, and dancing.   Online tickets will be available soon.

Get ready for the Run for the Roses!

Mira Woods, Cate Menon, Noemy Ehrlich, and Wendy Feiner


PTO Co-Presidents Letter: Jan 2018

Dear Zervas Families,

Happy New Year! We hope you managed to have fun with family over the holidays and stay warm. What a frigid end of 2017 and beginning of 2018.  And then two snow days! Hopefully the rest of January will be more kind to us.

Our second annual Family Game Night will be held Wednesday, January 24th at 6:00 in the Zervas cafetorium. Pizza, veggies, and fruit will be served while Eureka!, a toy store in Brookline, sets up a ton of games for parents to play with their kids. They will also have games for purchase if you fall in love with one of the games you try. This is a great chance to unplug with your kids for the evening. If you have any questions, please reach out to Peter Malagodi or Ginna Martin who are helping to organize the evening.

We’d like to thank all the Zervas families who donated books to the December Library Book Drive. A total of 54 books were purchased and dedicated to various teacher and staff members! Lou Bonegio and Becky Kinney deserve a huge thank you for organizing the book drive.

Zervas families were also generous in donating to the Toys for Tots Toy drive. Amanda Zurick, our fearless leader who organized the toy drive, estimates that well over 100 toys were dropped off in the lobby. That’s amazing!

BOKS is a before school exercise program that was piloted very successfully at Zervas this Fall. If you missed the Zmail announcement about the next session, please go to our website or you can go straight to register your child here by January 19 at midnight. The winter session will begin on February 9th and will be limited to 55 students. Thank you to Aimee Sprung for her vision and leadership in making BOKS a reality.

If you have any questions or suggestions, do not hesitate to contact us at pto@zervaspto.org.

Thank you,

Alicia Collins & Jenn Martin

PTO Co-Presidents

 


Boks @ Zervas is BACK

BOKS @ Zervas is back for a Winter Session – Before school exercise program for students

After a successful pilot of BOKS @ Zervas in the Fall we are pleased to expand BOKS to accommodate more students and increase to two times per week (Wednesdays and Fridays). Since the Fall session was so popular we are going to use a lottery system to determine registration. There will be a small fee to cover the costs for the program. Students may choose to enroll in 1 day per week or both days.

Timeline
January 8 Registration opens
January 19 Registration closes at midnight
January 26 Confirmed registered students will be notified
February 7 BOKS @ Zervas Winter session begins
April 27 BOKS @ Zervas Winter session concludes

The program, inspired by the book Spark written by Dr. John Ratey, states that “exercise is the single most powerful tool we have to optimize the function of our brains.” BOKS brings this to life by empowering and training parents, teachers and passionate community members to provide our children with more opportunities for physical activity and nutritional knowledge.

Space is limited to 55 students so register today:
https://tinyurl.com/BOKSatZervas.

Volunteers needed to greet students at the door, take photos of the group and support the lead trainer. Email Aimee Sprung to volunteer or with any questions at azaiger@hotmail.com.

Additional information is available here: https://www.bokskids.org/.


Boks @ Zervas is BACK

BOKS @ Zervas is back for a Winter Session – Before school exercise program for students

After a successful pilot of BOKS @ Zervas in the Fall we are pleased to expand BOKS to accommodate more students and increase to two times per week (Wednesdays and Fridays). Since the Fall session was so popular we are going to use a lottery system to determine registration. There will be a small fee to cover the costs for the program. Students may choose to enroll in 1 day per week or both days.

Timeline
January 8 Registration opens
January 19 Registration closes at midnight
January 26 Confirmed registered students will be notified
February 7 BOKS @ Zervas Winter session begins
April 27 BOKS @ Zervas Winter session concludes

The program, inspired by the book Spark written by Dr. John Ratey, states that “exercise is the single most powerful tool we have to optimize the function of our brains.” BOKS brings this to life by empowering and training parents, teachers and passionate community members to provide our children with more opportunities for physical activity and nutritional knowledge.

Space is limited to 55 students so register today:
https://tinyurl.com/BOKSatZervas.

Volunteers needed to greet students at the door, take photos of the group and support the lead trainer. Email Aimee Sprung to volunteer or with any questions at azaiger@hotmail.com.

Additional information is available here: https://www.bokskids.org/.


Refugee Protection International

Dear Zervas parents,

This winter, you can improve the life of a Syrian child displaced by war by making a tax-deductible donation to Refugee Protection International, a 501(c)3 public charity located in the Greater Boston Area. Engage your child’s empathy by giving him or her the satisfaction of helping a child who has known only violence and loss.
– A $25 gift will help a Syrian child learn to read and write in Lebanon.
– A $50 gift will heat the tents of two families in Syria with eco-friendly fuel.
– A $75 gift will help a refugee afford complex medical care in Lebanon.
– A $100 gift will help purchase a neonatal incubator for the Avicenna Women and Children’s Hospital being built underground in Syria.

RPI co-designs urgent humanitarian projects with grassroots nonprofit implementing partners in the Middle East, enabling you to cost-effectively support both relief and capacity building with each donation. 97% of RPI’s expenses in 2017 will go directly toward programming. Over 17,000 refugees have benefited to date. Join us in reaching more. Learn more at: https://refugeeprotection.org/

Thank you,

Jennifer V. Hill
Founder & Executive Director
Refugee Protection International

Rashin Khosravi
RPI Volunteer & Zervas Parent




Notes from the Newton Public Schools



Community Notes

Mason-Rice Online Auction

The Mason-Rice Elementary School PTO’s annual online auction is now open for bidding! The auction will run through January 30th, with proceeds going to the Mason-Rice PTO in order to support the over 500 students at Newton’s largest elementary school.

Go to www.biddingforgood.com/masonrice!

The auction truly has something for everyone…

  • Summer Camps! Camp Cody, WSYMCA, BC Basketball Camp, Chestnut Hill School, BSC Wellesley, Grossman, Tenacre, Fessenden, Meadowbrook, Babson…
  • Fitness classes (rock climbing, rowing, bootcamp, yoga, etc.), Life Time Athletic passes, Beaver Day School pool membership, Orangetheory Fitness passes, pilates for teens, gymnastics birthday parties…
  • Hotel Indigo overnight stay, museum passes (ICA, Peabody Essex, deCordova, etc.), theater tickets, boat tours, opera tickets, Newton Police Department tour, Wachusett ski lift tickets…
  • Gift cards to many local stores and restaurants…and SO MUCH MORE!

Let the bidding begin!


Newton CPC January 23rd public hearings

The Newton CPC’s January 23rd agenda includes public hearings and possible CPC funding votes on two new proposals: Jackson Road/Haywood House new senior housing, $2,500,000 requested; and Crescent Street (affordable housing and community playground/park), $2,575,000 requested.

The final agenda, packet, and full text of both proposals are available from the program website www.newtonma.gov/cpa. For assistance, contact Alice Ingerson at aingerson@newtonma.gov or 617-796-1144.


Legal Planning for Children with Special Needs

Are you searching for solutions to ensure the comfort and safety of children and adult children who have special needs? This workshop will cover the fundamentals of establishing a special needs trust, guardianship/conservatorship, and a financial plan that can safeguard your and your children’s legal and financial future. They’ll teach you about various legal tools to ensure that your child—whether a minor or an adult—will always have a surrogate decision-maker and protection into the future and also discuss the various types of special needs trusts and fiduciary appointments and nominations so you will have enough knowledge to make wise choices for yourself and your children.

Program offered by Newton Community Education. For quesions, please email Ursula at ursula_steele@newton.k12.ma.us. Admission:  $29.00 or $39.00 for two people.

February 7th, 7:00 – 8:30pm
Newton North High School


Author reading

Karen Day, Newton author, has a new book out! It’s her first adult novel and she’s doing a book launch at Newtonville Books. All are welcome. For more information, please visit http://ilovenewton.com/karen-day-adult-book-launch-event-newtonville-books/

February 8th,  7:00 pm
10 Langley Rd, Newton


Events at Historic Newton

Ongoing through February 28th : DAUGHTERS OF THE SHTETL EXHIBIT

Meet notable early 20th century women from Newton’s Jewish community in Nonantum and beyond in this exhibit about how Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe adapted to life in the Boston area. The exhibit goes with a free talk, “Daughters of the Shtetl,” as part of the Newton History Series. Admission: Free

February 22nd,  7:00 pm
Newton Free Library, 330 Homer Street


February 3rd and 4th: FREE WEEKEND AT HISTORIC NEWTON

Everyone is invited to enjoy free admission to the museums. Information: 617-796-1450.

February 3rd and 4th, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Jackson Homestead and Museum, 527 Washington Street, and the Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds, 286 Waverley Avenue


February 11th: TUPELO JUNCTION IN CONCERT

Tupelo Junction is a modern folk and bluegrass quartet that also dabbles in roots and country. Featuring Conor Fortin, Sarah Gordon (who grew up in Newton and graduated from Newton North High School), Whit Hall, and Corey Fein, the band plays everything from jigs to hoedowns, bringing their own style to classic folk and bluegrass songs from America’s early settlers as well as contemporary folk tunes. Their three-part harmonies and fiddle breakdowns will inspire you to laugh, cry, and maybe dance, too.

Admission: $15 for adults; $10 for seniors, students, and Historic Newton members. Children 12 and under are free. Purchase tickets through historicnewton.org or call 617-641-9142.

February 11th, 2:30 pm
Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds, 286 Waverley Avenue


 

February 22nd: NEWTON HISTORY SERIES – DAUGHTERS OF THE SHTETL

Between 1882 and 1924 over one million Jewish women emigrated from Eastern Europe to America. With them they brought the rigid role of women inherent in shtetl life; their lives had been confined to the kitchen, marriage and motherhood. When these Jewish women and their daughters arrived in America, there was a clash between the patriarchal culture of Europe and the new freedoms that America offered. Historian Herb Belkin will talk about this culture clash in a lecture that describes how Jewish girls and women adapted to life in America and went on to become leaders in the labor, suffragette and feminist movements while preserving the traditions of Jewish life. Admission: Free

February 22nd, 7:00 pm
Newton Free Library, 330 Homer Street

February 23rd: MEET & GREET WITH MAYOR FULLER

Drop by the Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds for a special family meet and greet with Mayor Ruthanne Fuller. Chat with the Mayor, and also visit our museum exhibits (we’re offering free admission during this time) to meet the three families who lived in the home. A Historic Newton educator will lead a drop-in family activity to explore the places and spaces a city needs, then design your own Newton! Look at genuine atlases to understand how Newton has changed over time, play a sorting game, and draw your own plans for Newton’s development. Admission: Free.  Information: 617-796-1450

February 23rd, 10:00 – 11:30 am
Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds, 286 Waverley Avenue


Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Celebration

The public is invited to attend a citywide celebration of Dr. King’s legacy at the 50th Annual City of Newton Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Celebration.

Newton Mayor Ruthanne Fuller, former Mayor Setti Warren, and School Superintendent David Fleishman will be honored guests at the event which this year is being hosted by Pastor Sean Witty of the Frist Baptist Church of Newton. There will be student performances by The Monologue Project: Voices of Color, Newton All City Treble Singers, Newton All City Troubadours, and Newton North Jubilee Singers, and the Myrtle Baptist Church’s The Love Tones will also perform.

Members of Rotary Club of Newton will be collecting donations of toiletries to be distributed to Newton’s Food Pantries. The event’s major community sponsor is The Village Bank.

January 15th, 9:30 am
First Baptist Church, 848 Beacon Street, Newton Centre


Opportunity to join the board at the Centre Street Food Pantry

The Centre Street Food Pantry board is looking for an energetic new board member with a background in marketing and advertising. We are a working board and in addition to managing programs, we ask our members to help out at pantry-related events and host work days at the pantry. We meet monthly on Tuesday evenings. 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.


“Future Chef” Recipe Contest

Newton Public Schools Food Service will once again host the Future Chef Competition for students in grades 3-5.

This year, they’re looking for your favorite Healthy Asian Fusion recipe! One winner from each elementary school will be chosen to compete at a chef’s event at Newton North High School on March 20th.

Entries are due by February 5th. Visit the website www.newton.k12.ma.us/futurechef to download the recipe card entry form and to find out more details about the competition. Good luck!


Newton Youth Players expands

Due to overwhelming demand, the Newton Youth Players are delighted to announce a fourth day! Starting on March 26th, “Bye Bye Birdie” will have another cast: Monday! The location is the same: Newton City Hall, the time is a little different: 6:30 – 8:00 pm. Another exciting new addition to the Newton Youth Players family is the exceptionally talented team of Co-Directors: *Hannah Rosenberg and Linda Goetz.

Registration is live now at www.newtonyouthplayers.com. Please contact the Mayor’s Office for Cultural Affairs at 617-796-1540 with any questions. They look forward to seeing more Newton Youth Players for the next show!

*Hannah Rosenberg is thrilled to join Newton Youth Players as a director for “Bye Bye Birdie”! Hannah has been involved in theatre since a young child and recently became a part of Newton Theatre Company as an actor and Development Director.

Linda Goetz is a professional actress, writer and director; and one of the founders of the Newton Nomadic Theater. In recent years she was nominated for Best Actress by the Independent Reviewers of New England for her role as Lady Macbeth with the FUDGE Theatre.


Fessenden Summer Camps Family Event

Free Indoor Winter Fun! Come join a fun morning that includes a magic show by Tommy James, bouncy house, climbing wall challenge, crafts station, face painting, and more. Camp tours available. All families are welcome.

For questions, please email summer@fessenden.org, call 617-630-2373 or visit fessendensummercamps.org

January 27th,  10:00 am – 12:00pm
Fessenden Summer Camps
250 Waltham Street, West Newton​​