The latest announcements from the Principal and the PTO...

Family Cultural Dinner: Wed, Mar 25 @ 6:30pm

ZCC is excited to present our annual Family Cultural Dinner on Wednesday, March 25 at 6:30pm at Zervas. 

In light of the corona virus, we are going to take some smart and simple steps at this next PTO family event.  We will not be serving food at our March 25th Family Cultural Dinner but we are still planning to hold the event. 

We invite families to bring their own boxed meal for their own family and we will hold a community meal at 6:30pm.  We will have family-friendly activities, and a performance by Illstyle: Become Your Dreams: History of Hip Hop Dance

Please keep an eye out for updates about this event in future PTO announcements.

If you would like to know more about the ZCC, have questions about our annual Cultural Dinner, or wish to get involved, email Delia Cheung Hom at ZCC@zervaspto.org

Spring Fling Tickets

Tickets for the April 4th Spring Fling Apres Winter Fundraiser Party will be for sale starting tomorrow, March 11.

UNLESS WE HEAR OTHERWISE, THE PARTY IS ON! WE WILL FOLLOW NPS GUIDELINES. SO BUY YOUR TICKETS AND LET’S ALL PLAN FOR SOME FUN! REFUNDS WILL BE GIVEN IF NEEDED.

BUY YOUR TICKETS HERE

Saturday, April 4, 2020
7:00-11:00pm
Zervas Elementary School Cafetorium

Join Zervas parents, teachers and staff for a night at the Zervas Mountain Lodge!

The night will include dinner, signature cocktails and mocktails with an open bar, and dancing! You will also have the chance to bid on amazing community events hosted by Zervas parents including dinners, parties, ladies nights, gents nights, sports tickets and more. All proceeds from the bids support our school curriculum, enrichment activities, and community events. This is an adults-only event, so book your babysitters early.  Themed attire is encouraged, but completely optional. If you are wanting to wear that 80s one-piece retro ski outfit one more time…tonight is the night!!

Tickets for the big event through Sunday, March 29, 2020 are $60/person. Starting on Monday, March 30, 2020, the ticket price increases to $75/person. Tickets are available for purchase exclusively online.

Show your support for our teachers and staff by purchasing an extra ticket or two to sponsor a teacher/staff admission. If you are unable to purchase tickets this year but would like to join us, please contact Dr. Beck (diana_beck@newton.k12.ma.us) who will arrange tickets for you confidentially.

If you can’t make it to the Spring Fling but want to make a donation to the Zervas PTO, please see our GIVE BACK TO ZERVAS items at www.32auctions.com/ZervasPTOspringfling.

Questions about the Zervas Mountain Lodge Apres Winter Party?  Please read our FAQ sheet.

No Idling at Zervas: It’s a State Law

No Idling at Zervas: It’s a State Law
Look for a flyer in your child’s folder this week from Newton Police about idling in Newton. Parent volunteers will be in the Blue Zone handing out flyers to drivers about idling.

What is idling and why does it matter?
Vehicle idling is when a driver leaves a vehicle running while it is parked.

Why you should turn your engine off if you will be waiting for more than 10 seconds:

  • IT HELPS PEOPLE. Breathing exhaust fumes is linked to increases in asthma, allergies, heart and lung disease, and cancer. Children are especially vulnerable, especially as they wait to be picked up or play on the playground near the Blue Zone. 
  • IT HELPS THE PLANET. Personal-vehicle idling wastes about 3 billion gallons of fuel annually in the U.S, generating around 30 million tons of CO2.
  • IT’S BETTER FOR YOUR CAR. Idling can damage engine components by causing fuel residue to build up on cylinder walls.
  • IT’S THE LAW. It’s illegal to idle in Massachusetts. Newton Police are enforcing this law in 2020 and you could get a $105 ticket. 

For more on why you should stop idling, visit www.idlefreenewton.org

If you would like to join the Zervas Safe Routes to School committee, email zervaswalks@gmail.com

Zervas & Massachusetts Safe Routes to School Yard Sign design contest

Do you know about the new hands-free cell phone law (link to :https://malegislature.gov/laws/generallaws/parti/titlexiv/chapter90/section13b)? It is a strong step to eliminate distracted driving, especially in and around school zones.

Zervas is running a yard sign design contest as a way for students to use their creativity to help promote safe roads for cyclists and pedestrians in our community. Winning designs, as selected by a panel of Zervas volunteers, will be made into yard signs and posted along Beethoven Ave and Beacon St. All designs will also be submitted to the Massachusetts Safe Routes to School contest as well; the winning designs from the state contest will be made into yard signs for distribution to schools across Massachusetts.

Guidelines:

  • The contest is open to all Zervas students; only designs from those in grades 2-5 will be submitted to the Massachusetts contest.
  • Students may submit an 8 1⁄2 x 11 hand drawn color version of the sign and/or a digital version (email digital version to zervaswalks@gmail.com)
  • Yard signs must not include any copyrighted photos or slogans, including SRTS or MassDOT logos.
  • To apply to the state contest, a parent/guardian must also sign the form acknowledging all the contest guidelines outlined within this document. Print the form here (LINK: https://www.mass.gov/doc/yard-sign-design-contest-signups-and-guidelines-2020/download) and turn it in with the design. 
  • Firm Zervas deadline is Monday, May 23 so we can mail them to the state. Turn in at the Zervas main office. 

Questions? Email Zervaswalks@gmail.com

Girls on the Run is Starting at Zervas

Girls On The Run is an after school program like no other! Twice per week for ten weeks, girls will have fun, make friends, and increase their physical activity levels and learn important life skills. Trained and caring coaches lead the girls through interactive lessons and running activities. The season ends with a non-competitive 5k. 

Registration Opens: March 6th
Girls in Grades: 3rd, 4th and 5th 
Program Days: Mondays & Thursdays 3:15-4:45pm
Program Starts: March 23rd
Program Location: Zervas Elementary School
Program Fee: $225 (Financial Assistance is Available)
Contact: Kara Doiron at doironk@newton.k12.ma.us

Learn more and register today at www.girlsontherunboston.org

Thanks!
Kara Doiron
Special Education Teacher
Zervas Elementary School

Zervas Girl Scout Troop Thank You

The third grade Girl Scout troop would like to extend a BIG thank you to everyone who supported our pet supply donation drive!  We gratefully received a whole cart-full of donations to take with us to our tour of the MSPCA-Angell (Boston) animal shelter over break, and your donations helped warm and feed the pets there awaiting adoption.  Thank you for being part of what makes this community so wonderful.  

For more info on Girl Scouts at Zervas, contact Kim Hokanson at kimberlyhokanson@gmail.com

From the ZCC: City Wide FORJ Meeting Wed, Mar 4

March City Wide FORJ Meeting
Wednesday, March 4 at Angier School from 7-8:30pm
Presenting Josephine Bolling McCall

Josephine Bolling McCall is the author of The Penalty for Success: My Father was Lynched in Lowndes County, Alabama. The intended focus of her presentation is twofold: the story of how her father’s success as a businessman in Alabama led to his lynching, and how that impacts his descendants and the community even today. She will also provide updates on the Equal Justice Initiative’s Legacy Museum and Lynching Memorial in Montgomery, both of which honor her father as one of many victims. McCall challenges her audience to rethink the reality of life for blacks in the mid-20th-century rural South, and to consider how prospects for children living in Lowndes County now might be improved, particularly through the promotion of literacy. 

This is a family event, recommended for children ages 12 and older.

If you have questions or wish to learn more about the ZCC at Zervas, contact Delia Cheung Hom at ZCC@zervaspto.org.

From the Zervas Green Team: Green Wednesdays

The Z Green Team at Zervas has been working hard on promoting environmentally friendly initiatives and awareness at Zervas. We are now launching a new initiative to celebrate positive environmental actions called GREEN WEDNESDAYS.

Parents: If your child would like to participate in this voluntary action starting this Wednesday March 4th!

WEAR BLUE or GREEN clothes
WALK, BIKE or take the BUS to school
Bring/Use REUSABLE snack/lunch and water containers that are clearly labeled.

Also, it’s not too late to sign up for the Z Green Team. If your 3rd-5th grader is interested in joining the after school club and get to work on some of these exciting environmental/sustainability projects; the next meeting is on March 25th and you can still sign up using this link (more info below)
https://forms.gle/oAL9BfiEScsFDcqZ6

The Z Green Team is a new student environmental club meets after school one Wednesday each month. The Z Green Team is led by the PTO Parent Green Team in partnership with 5th grade teacher Mr. Raney and a ZASP coordinator. Z Green Team members have been brainstorming and implement ideas throughout the year to help make Zervas a more environmentally sustainable school. Kids enrolled in ZASP on Wednesdays will have the opportunity to do even more through new weekly ZASP Z Green Team activities. The next meeting is Wednesday March 25th from 3:10-4:00 pm. If your child is interested, please sign up using the link above.

Questions? Email the Zervas Green Team @ GreenTeam@zervaspto.org

Family Movie Night: Thurs, Mar 5 @ 6:30pm

The third annual Family Movie Night is Thursday, March 5th at 6:30 p.m. in the Zervas Cafetorium, featuring Secret Life of Pets 2!

Please note the movie will start promptly at 6:30 so we don’t run too late.

Kick back and relax with your kids for the evening. Eat dinner before you go or bring a picnic to eat during the movie. Popcorn and Fruit Snacks will be provided by the PTO. Bring your water bottle for filling at the fountains.

Please encourage your student to bring anything that will make movie watching better:  blankets to get cozy under, pillows to block their view during the exciting parts, headphones if the noise will be too loud.  Take breaks as you need and feel free to be moving around the cafetorium. Stay for all or just some if you need to get home early. We want our Zervas family events to feel welcoming to all.

If you would like to volunteer to help with this event, please signup here. Your time is greatly appreciated!

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090F45A9A92CA1FC1-movie

Principal Coffee: Fri, Mar 6 @ 8:30am

Please join us for the next Principal Coffee this Friday, March 6th at 8:30am.

Join Dr. Beck and Zervas Math Coach Ms. Vaswani for a discussion on the math curriculum at Zervas.

Coffee and nibbles will be provided. And feel free to bring younger siblings.

Upcoming Coffees:

  • Tuesday, April 7: Principal Coffee – Visit with David and School Committee members
  • Tuesday May 5: PTO Parent Coffee
  • Friday, June 5: Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast hosted by the Zervas Staff