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

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!

To all of our Zervas families, teachers, staff and community members, thank you for a great first half of this school year! There are so many ways this year is different, and we are so impressed by the dedication of the teachers and staff, the commitment of parents and the resiliency of the students.

We hope you all have a safe, happy and HEALTHY vacation, and we will see you all in 2021!

Thank you for your donations to Centre Street Food Pantry and Catie’s Closet

Thank you to all who brought in donations of granola bars, soup cans and macaroni and cheese for Centre Street Food Pantry, and for clothing donations to Catie’s Closet. The drives have now ended, and the items will be distributed to the organizations in the coming weeks. We appreciate all of you who took the time to help others in need within our communities.

Reminder: Newton Public Schools Staff Gift Policy

This December, the PTO would like to remind families of the Newton Public Schools Staff Gift Policy. This policy was adopted by Newton School Committee and can be found at their website here, or an overview on this flyer.

Thank you to all of our Room Parents for collecting funds and purchasing gifts for Zervas teachers!

Gifts to an individual staff member from a family should be in the form of a “sentimental token”, such as something handmade, and not have commercial value. Most room parents use class dues to purchase a gift or gift card for the classroom teacher(s) from the whole class in both December and June.

Other options to honor your child’s teacher or other Zervas staff include a donation in their name to the Newton Schools Foundation.

Virtual Destination Dinner 2021: Purchase Your Tickets Today!

Join the Zervas PTO on Saturday, January 23 for the virtual version of our popular Destination Dinner. This year we’ll be gathering virtually on Zoom for a live and interactive cooking class with Create a Cook, followed by dinner in smaller groups on Zoom.

Choose between American and Italian cuisine, and a couple weeks prior to the event, you will receive a grocery shopping list to buy all the ingredients for your meal.

Get ready to cook, eat, and have a blast with the Zervas community! This is an Adults-Only event. Buy a ticket online today!

Now through Friday, December 18: Food and Clothing Drives at Zervas

Through December 18, please bring donations to Zervas and place in bins near front entrance.

Catie’s Closet: Access to clean and updated clothing is one of the biggest barriers to attending school. Catie’s Closet distributes clothes to local schools as well as setting up stores in school for students to shop for free. Please consider donating gently used and new clothes in sizes for children ages 5-18. Clothes that are seasonally appropriate are in greatest need, but off season clothes are also appreciated. 

Centre Street Food Pantry: This season let’s pack the pantry with these three non-perishable items: Mac N’ Cheese, Granola Bars, and Canned Soup. Please limit to the items requested above. Please check expiration dates.

Reminder: Newton Public Schools Staff Gift Policy

This December, the PTO would like to remind families of the Newton Public Schools Staff Gift Policy. This policy was adopted by Newton School Committee and can be found at their website here, or an overview on this flyer.

By now, you should have heard from your class room parents about collecting funds for classroom dues/gifts. If you have not, please email our Room Parent Coordinator to connect with your room parent.

Gifts to an individual staff member from a family should be in the form of a “sentimental token”, such as something handmade or hand-baked, and not have commercial value. Most room parents use class dues to purchase a gift or gift card for the classroom teacher(s) from the whole class in both December and June.

Other options to honor your child’s teacher or other Zervas staff include a donation in their name to the Newton Schools Foundation.

Zervas Family Trivia Night: Saturday, December 19 at 7:30pm

Family Trivia Night is back for another round of (virtual) fun with quiz master and Zervas Parent Allan Telio! New this year are the prizes for the family who answered the most questions right (without help, we count on your honesty).

This event is happing on Saturday, December 19th at 7.30pm, block the date and time in your agenda for another round of fun with family and friends. There will be a broad selection of questions for young and old, a mixed team of kids and adults would be your best strategy!

Zoom Information
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87296931027?pwd=cGVFb1VQZ1VFWmVmVUNEajAveldxZz09

Meeting ID: 872 9693 1027
Passcode: Tpr79F

Ticket Sales Open for Virtual Destination Dinner: Saturday, January 23, 2021

Join the Zervas PTO for the virtual version of our popular Destination Dinner. This year we’ll be gathering virtually on Zoom for a live and interactive cooking class with Create a Cook followed by dinner in smaller groups on Zoom.

You’ll have a choice of one of two cuisine options when buying a ticket. A couple weeks prior to the event, you will receive a grocery shopping list so that you can buy all the ingredients for your main dish, side dish, and dessert.

Get ready to cook, eat, and have a blast with the Zervas community! This is an Adults-Only event. Buy a ticket online today!

TONIGHT – Dec. 8 at 7pm: Virtual Gathering for Families of Color

The Zervas PTO is hosting a December Zoom meeting specifically for Zervas Families of Color.  The goal of this meeting is to provide space families of color to connect.  All parents/caregivers of color, as well as parents/caregivers of students of color are invited to join in this conversation.  This space is intentionally created for people of color, people who self identify as Black, Latinx, Indigenous, Asian/Pacific Islander, multiracial, etc., recognizing the ways that racism in our country affects these communities.  Please RSVP here; a Zoom link will be sent prior to the gathering.

Now through Dec. 18: Food and Clothing Drives at Zervas

Through December 18, hybrid students can drop off items at their entrance door, and DLA families can drop off items for donation during the next pick up in December.

Catie’s Closet: Access to clean and updated clothing is one of the biggest barriers to attending school. Catie’s Closet distributes clothes to local schools as well as setting up stores in school for students to shop for free. Please consider donating gently used and new clothes in sizes for children ages 5-18. Clothes that are seasonally appropriate are in greatest need, but off season clothes are also appreciated. 

Centre Street Food Pantry: This season let’s pack the pantry with these three non-perishable items: Mac N’ Cheese, Granola Bars, and Canned Soup. Please limit to the items requested above. Please check expiration dates.