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

Zervas Walks: Tues, Jun 16 Bike Safety Zoom

We invite Zervas 3rd-5th graders to a (virtual) bike safety training session hosted by Newton Free Library and Massachusetts Safe Routes to School. It’s wonderful to see so many kids and families on bikes and this is a good time to review helmet fit and bike safety. You will learn some tips to make sure you and your bike are ready for a full summer of biking in your neighborhood. Kids should bring their helmets to the session if they can, and family members of all ages are welcome to watch

Pre-registration is necessary for this event.  One registration per zoom account.  The day before the program you will receive a reminder email with the zoom link along with any further instructions. Here’s the direct link to register: https://newtonfreelibrary.libcal.com/event/6788542along. 

Bike Safety Session@ Newton Free Library via Zoom Tuesday, June 16, 2020, 4:30-5:15pm

Do you want to help promote safe biking and walking in Newton and the Zervas neighborhood?? The Zervas Walks/Safe Routes to School Committee is always looking for new members. Email zervaswalks@gmail.com if you are interested in helping for this coming year. There are many roles –  organizing walk/bike to school days, helping with bike and pedestrian safety training, and working with the Newton Safe Routes to School Task Force on safety improvements on routes to Zervas.  

K Soccer & Zervas PTO Donation to Newton Centre Food Pantry

When our spring Kindergarten Soccer season was cancelled, we decided we wanted to try to do some good for our community. K Soccer gave registered families several options on what to do with their refund: you could receive a full refund, you could donate your registration fee to K Soccer to help offset our operational costs, you could donate your fee to the Centre Street Food Pantry, or some combination of the above.

Thanks to the generosity of our K soccer families, we collected $5,552 in refunded fees that families wanted to redirect to the food pantry. The PTO contributed an additional $448. We are proud to have delivered a check for $6,000 to the Centre Street Food Pantry to help with food insecurity in Newton and the surrounding communities they serve.

Thank you to our K Soccer Committee and to our generous K Soccer families!

Zervas Grocery Store Gift Card Collection for NPS Families

The Zervas PTO is encouraging those who are able to donate money to purchase grocery store gift cards for families in our school community. We are grateful for our community and want to help keep it strong. All donations are greatly appreciated. Click here to donate. (Apologies for issues with this button and links!!) Thank you to our families who have already contributed!

All money collected will be used to purchase grocery store gift cards. Dr. Beck will distribute them in to families in our school. The Zervas PTO is a 501(c)(3) organization. No goods or services are provided in exchange for your donation.

ZCC: Opportunities to Learn and Engage

Zervas Community Connections wants to share some upcoming programs and resources that you may find meaningful and helpful at the moment.

Jennifer Harvey, author of Raising White Kids: Bringing up Children in a Racially Unjust America, recently published a piece entitled: “How do I make sure I’m not raising the next Amy Cooper?” EmbraceRace will be hosting a webinar with Jennifer Harvey on Tuesday, June 2 at 8:30pm.  If you are interested in registering for this webinar, you can do so here.

Another recent meaningful article is Roxane Gay’s essay: “Remember, No One Is Coming to Save Us.”

If you are looking additional resources for yourself or your students, this Anti-Racism Resource Guide has a fairly extensive list of books, articles, podcasts and films.

ZCC is hoping to plan a time soon to discuss Jennifer Harvey’s webinar, and connect with each other during this time of crisis.

Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions or ideas. Email Delia Cheung Hom at zcc@zervaspto.org.

Annual PTO Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast: Fri, Jun 5 @ 8:30am

Please join us on Friday, June 5 at 8:30 am for our Annual PTO Volunteer Appreciation “Breakfast” and Annual PTO Meeting. 

This event is a time where the educators take time to thank and recognize all the PTO volunteers that make our school community the amazing place that it is.  The PTO also takes the floor to thank our retiring board members and announce the new PTO board for next year.

While this year we cannot share coffee and breakfast items in person, we can still gather virtually and share our appreciation.  We hope to see you all there! 

Please see your Tuesday 6/2 zmail for the Zoom link.

Social Action: Food and Grocery Bag Collections for Newton Food Pantries Jun 8 & 9

Social Action is encouraging our Zervas community to help 2 of our local food pantries.

Kids Club Fill-A-Bag for the Centre Street Food Pantry
Print out the shopping list below and add the items to your cart. Zervas will collect these bags Monday, June 8 and Tuesday, June 9 during the student belongings pickup days. Non-perishable food only, please. Have your bag ready in the back of your car with the list stapled to the outside for an easy socially-distanced handoff.

Newton Food Pantry is Collecting Empty Paper Grocery Bags
The Newton Food Pantry at City Hall is in need of grocery-sized paper bags for their curbside and bulk delivery food distribution program. Regular-sized paper bags only, plastic bags and smaller paper bags are not needed. If you have bags to donate, please drop them off Monday, June 8 and Tuesday, June 9 during the student belongings pickup days. Have your empty bags ready in the back of your car for an easy socially-distanced handoff.

Zervas Adult Virtual Trivia Night: Wed, June 10 @ 9pm

Did you enjoy the first-ever Zervas Family Trivia Night?  Did you think it would be even better if your kids were in bed sleeping? Well, you’re in luck! Quizmaster Allan Telio has agreed to put together the first-ever Zervas After Dark Trivia night for adults. It will be like the first trivia night but with fewer questions about Legos and a chance to interact with other adults. 

When: Wednesday, June 10th, 9 PM

Why? Because you deserve a night of fun 

Where: A Zoom meeting. It will be like work but fun. Details to be released next week.

Zervas Grocery Store Gift Card Collection for NPS Families

The Zervas PTO is encouraging those who are able to donate money to purchase grocery store gift cards for families in our school community. We are grateful for our community and want to help keep it strong. All donations are greatly appreciated. Click on the Paypal button below to donate. Another link option here. (Apologies for issues with this button and links!!)

All money collected will be used to purchase grocery store gift cards. Dr. Beck will distribute them in to families in our school. The Zervas PTO is a 501(c)(3) organization. No goods or services are provided in exchange for your donation.

Newton COVID-19 Care Fund: Final Deadline for Applications Friday, June 5

Newton COVID-19 Care Fund Final: Deadline for Applications Friday, June 5. This fund serves all families enrolled in NPS, not just residents of Newton.

A wonderful partnership established the Newton COVID-19 Care Fund on March 20th as a short-term emergency fund to help families and individuals who have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

After weeks of closely monitoring the fundraising, application submissions, and distribution of funds to people in need, the Fund has decided to close the application process for seeking assistance at the end of the day on Friday, June 5, 2020.

Need assistance? To apply to the fund, click here. All applications received by the deadline of Friday, June 5 will be considered. (If you have already applied and you have questions about your application status, please contact your individual Family ACCESS case worker or email NCFreferrals@familyaccess.org.)

Through a special partnership between a dedicated group of Newton community members, United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley, and Family ACCESS, the Newton COVID-19 Care Fund has raised over $700,000 to date. Thanks for this generosity goes to over 1,000 individuals, businesses, nonprofit organizations, and philanthropic foundations.

In the eight weeks since the application for the fund went live on Friday, April 3, Family ACCESS case workers and administrators have worked with dedication, care and kindness to support the many individuals and families seeking assistance:

·     232 households or individuals have received financial support to date

·     $447,326 has been paid out on behalf of applicants to pay bills for basic necessities such as utilities, rent/mortgage, childcare, health care, and other critical needs

·     105 applications are currently still in process with the team at Family ACCESS 

The website for the Fund will remain active through June 30 to continue to accept donations to meet the needs of the final round of eligible applicants. Those involved with the Fund remain committed to monitoring closely the current crisis and are prepared to spring back into action if needed.

2020 Newton Schools Foundation Honor Thy Teacher

If you are looking for a way to say “Thank You!” to your child’s teacher or other school support person as this extremely unusual school year comes to a close, please consider Newton Schools Foundations’ Honor Thy Teacher campaign. This program provides an opportunity for families to thank school personnel by giving a gift to the Newton Schools Foundation in their honor, while also complying with the Newton Public Schools’ teacher gift policy.

Newton Schools Foundation (NSF) is a non-profit organization that raises funds to enhance educational excellence throughout Newton’s public schools. Your gift will support NSF grants that go towards promising educational initiatives, professional development, and programs that close gaps in opportunity and achievement.

After receiving each donation, NSF will notify the honored teachers and staff of your gift, share the honoree names with the Superintendent and Principals, and list each of those honored on the NSF website and in the Newton TAB.

Look for a postcard arriving in your mail for NSF donation information. You can also always make your tax-deductible donation on-line at www.newtonschoolsfoundation.org, or mail it to Newton Schools Foundation, P.O. Box 590020, Newton Centre, MA 02459. Please be sure to include the names of the teachers and/or staff that you are honoring.