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

Principal Coffee on Zoom on November 6 at 8:30am

Save the Date! The Zervas PTO is hosting a Zoom meeting with Dr. Beck on Friday, November 6 at 8:30am. Zoom info forthcoming.

Sign-up to be a Room Parent

Sign up to be a Room Parent. We have openings to be filled in all grades but especially in K, 4, 5, and STRIDE classrooms.

Room Parents serve as a link between teacher and families, especially this year, by:

  • Set up initial meeting with classroom teacher(s).
  • Assist teacher(s) (as they request) in communicating with families.
  • Coordinate holiday and year-end gifts for teachers and classroom aides.
  • Organize a teacher appreciation event/gesture/display for all Zervas staff during your grade’s assigned Teacher Appreciation Month. 
  • Help with Teacher Appreciation Week, May 3rd-7th. 
  • Help promote community in your class and grade.

Directory and Dues

Please go to Membership Toolkit to update your directory information and to pay PTO dues.

You may not receive some classroom or grade specific PTO emails if your information is not updated.

Thank you to the 140 families who have updated the directory and paid their PTO Dues already.

Zervas After School Program-Open Enrollment Slots Still Available!

During this time of hybrid learning, ZASP is providing families with a safe, structured, enrichment program at Zervas After School on in-school days and at the Hyde Community Center on remote learning days.

All ZASP staff follow CDC and NPS safety protocols. We have also purchased a fogger to disinfect all Legos/toys after use.

At the Hyde, students are set up in remote learning by grade. ZASP provides Wifi access, school supplies, outdoor recess breaks while keeping students on schedule. Students sit two at a table. ZASP staff will facilitate children connecting with ZOOM and reminders to complete schoolwork, though ZASP staff do not provide academic instruction/coaching/tutoring. Social distancing, frequent sanitizing, hand washing and masks are required indoors and outdoors. Also, during breaks ZASP encourages peer interactions and offscreen activities.

At Zervas, students are currently separated in pods of K,1, 2 and 3, 4, 5. Students are set-up for their afternoon school meetings and proceed through their day.

We separate pods for lunch and indoor and outdoor free time. Afternoon activities include Lego building, painting on canvas, model magic and other activities. Outdoor play is scheduled multiple times each afternoon.

Given the social distancing requirements ZASP is currently unable to offer some of the previously offered activities such as theater and field trips.

We are not currently offering ZASP on Wednesdays, but please let us know if interested in Wednesdays. If we have enough families interested, we may be able to run a program.

zervasasp@gmail.com
zervasafterschoolprogram.org
617-965-2655

Thank you to Nothing Bundt Cakes

Thank you to Nothing Bundt Cakes for dropping of individual bundt cakes for our Zervas staff. What a wonderful and delicious surprise for our teachers and staff!

Thank You: Walk & Roll to School Week

Last week was Walk & Roll to school week at Zervas. Thanks to everyone who participated and thanks for sending us some photos!

PTO General Meeting and Q&A with David Fleishman and Ruth Goldman

Please join us on Wednesday, October 14 at 7:00 PM for our Annual PTO General Meeting where we will vote on the budget and hear from Dr. Beck. Following this, at 7:30, Dr. David Fleishman, Superintendent of Schools and Ruth Goldman, School Committee Chair, will join for Q&A with the Zervas community.  We hope you can all make it.  To join, please use the following link.

Please see prior emails or PTO Calendar for Zoom link.

Raising Anti-Racist Kids

Tuesday, October 27, 7pm
Hosted by the Newton Public Library
Cosponsored by FORJ, The Harmony Foundation, and the Newton Human Rights Commission

Join us for the first in a multi-part educational series on being an anti-racist. This program is part of Overdue: Confronting Race and Racism in Newton, a city-wide read and series of events and conversations on race and racism. The panelists will be:

  • Ellie Axe, Director, Story Starters
  • Michele Leong, Newton North High School Office of Human Rights 
  • Kathy Lopes, Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Newton Public Schools
  • Dr. Henry Turner, Principal, Newton North High School
  • Dr. David A. Fleishman, Superintendent of Schools will moderate

Register here. An email with a link for the webinar will be sent out prior to the event.

Principal Coffee on Zoom

The Zervas PTO is hosting a Zoom meeting with Dr. Beck on Friday, November 6 at 8:30am. Save the Date! Zoom info forthcoming.

Directory and Dues

Please go to Membership Toolkit to update your directory information and to pay PTO dues.

You may not receive some classroom or grade specific PTO emails if your information is not updated.

For dues, we suggest $30 donation per family.  PTO dues is one of our main fundraisers this year and will go towards supporting our curriculum, teachers, and community. Our goal is 100% family participation at a level that is comfortable for your family. Please contribute what you feel is appropriate.  Click here to go to Membership Toolkit.

Thank you to all who have updated the directory and paid their PTO Dues already – over 100 families have already made their directory updates and given a donation.