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From the School Nurse: Flu Update

Dear Zervas families,

We are writing you update you about the flu in our area.

The latest statewide flu report (Jan. 26, Massachusetts Department of Public Health) indicates flu activity is widespread in the state, which is not unexpected for this time of year. However, the rate of influenza-like illness (ILI), is higher than the past two flu seasons. ILI, which is a fever of 100 degrees or more and cough or sore throat, is how disease trackers measure the flu nationwide.

The Newton school nurses continue to monitor illness in the schools and are available for any questions or concerns.

It remains important for families to keep sick kids at home, in accordance with school policy. Students cannot return to school until they are fever-free for at least 24 hours, without medication like Tylenol, Advil or Motrin. The checklist below can help families determine when to stay home and when to return.

Flu vaccination for all people age 6 months and older continues to be recommended. It’s not too late get a flu shot. Call 617-796-1420 to make a vaccination appointment with the public health nurse in City Hall.

Newton Health and Human Services Department

Parent Coffee this Friday, Feb 2

Stop by the PTO parent coffee in the cafetorium after dropping off your child this Friday, February 2 to chat with other parents. We’ll have coffee and pastries. 8:30-9:30 a.m.

The schedule for the remaining parent and principal coffees is:

  • Friday, March 2, 8:30-9:30 a.m., Principal Coffee. Special Q&A with Dr. Beck, Superintendent Fleishman and several School Committee members.
  • Friday, April 6, 8:30-9:30 a.m., Parent Coffee. Discussion with parent coach and Zervas parent Cindy Kaplan on the art of holding and creating boundaries with our children to create more connection and intimacy between ourselves and our children.
  • Friday, May 4, 8:30-9:15 a.m., Principal Coffee. Topic TBD.
  • Friday, June 8, 8:30-9:30 a.m., Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast/PTO meeting.

Library Birthday Book Drive

Zervas has a beautiful new school and new library this year and we want to fill it with new books!  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.

Volunteer in your child’s library class

Volunteer in the library during your child’s 30-minute library time-slot. Parents help students check in, check out, re-shelve and organize the books. The library class schedule is on the Zervas library website under the “Sign-up” tab.

Zervas librarian Ms. Kinney is offering more training sessions this winter. Trainings will last approximately 20 minutes and take place at the library on the second floor. You must email Ms. Kinney at to sign up to be trained.

Monday 1/29, 2/5, 2/12 at 2:40 pm
Wednesday 1/31, 2/7 at 8:30 am

In addition to being trained, your Massachusetts CORI and SORI checks also must be on file with the front office. Please stop by to see Anne Hadley to complete the paperwork if you haven’t already done so. CORI/SORI checks are valid for three years.

From the School Nurse: January Newsletter

As you have probably heard, there is a lot of flu around this year. Both respiratory and gastrointestinal illnesses have been circulating in the schools. Remember all of these stay healthy tips:

 Handwashing is one of the best ways to prevent the spread of illness.

  • Wash your hands often — when they are dirty, before eating, after using the restroom and after sneezing into a tissue
  • Use soap and warm water and rub your hands together for at least 15 seconds before rinsing and drying.
  • Alcohol-based hand sanitizers are ok to use when your hands aren’t visibly dirty

Cough Etiquette

  • Avoid coughing or sneezing into your hands – use a tissue or your elbow

Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.

Stay away from people who are sick, and stay home when you are sick

If your child unfortunately does get sick, please follow the illness policy of the Newton Public Schools. You must keep a child at home if s/he has:

  • a fever over 100 degrees Fahrenheit during the past 24 hours (or has taken a fever reducing medication within the past 24 hours)
  • a cold in the active stages: coughing, running nose, sneezing
  • a sore throat and/or swollen neck glands
  • an undiagnosed rash or skin eruption
  • vomiting or diarrhea during the past 24 hours
  • head lice that has not been treated

If you are uncertain if your child should come to school, please contact the school nurse. Additionally, it is helpful if you report illness to the school when keeping your child home. Nurses monitor illness patterns throughout the school district.

Deana Salameh, RN               (617) -559-6755

Kick-Off for PTO Cultural Dinner Planning: Friday, 2/2/18 at 8:00 AM Zervas Library

Please come join us for the planning kick-off meeting for the Zervas PTO’s Family Cultural Dinner next Friday morning (2/2/18) at 8:00 AM in the Zervas Library! You can bring your kids with you if they can play or read quietly while we meet.

Our annual PTO Cultural Dinner on Wednesday, April 11th celebrates the many unique cultures that make up the Zervas community while bringing about a sense of unity.  The dinner will start with a potluck meal followed by lively entertainment.  We would love to hear your creative ideas about how to make this event a continued success!

We are looking for parents who would like to help out in small and big ways. Please RSVP to if you would like to participate, even if you can’t attend this first meeting. Please write “Cultural Dinner” in the subject heading. This is a great way to meet other parents while planning a fairly easy event. We will only have a few meetings, so the time commitment is low and the satisfaction you will experience is high.  🙂 Join us!

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 ( or Peter Malagodi ( 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 ( or Peter Malagodi ( 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.


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:

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

Additional information is available here:!As4ZKnHz9iieiqx2VC2h9Zuq6VDChQ.


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