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

Outdoor PTO Morning Meetup: Monday, April 5th @ 8:25am

Monday is the first day back to full-time school for our in-person students. Join the PTO for an outdoor meet-up immediately after school drop-off ! We’ll meet in the front of the school. Bring your own coffee and mask, and come to connect with some Zervas parents!

Virtual Principal Coffee with Dr. Beck on Friday, April 9th at 8:30am

The Zervas PTO is hosting a Zoom meeting with Dr. Beck on Friday, April 9 at 8:30am. Zoom info to follow.

School Photo Day is Tuesday, April 13th

School Photo day is on Tuesday, April 13th, rain or shine. There will be an option for DLA students to get school photos taken after 3pm. More information coming soon.

TASTY Takeout with O’Hara’s on Tuesday, April 27th

TASTY Takeout returns on Tuesday, April 27 for an all-day event at O’Hara’s in Newton Highlands!

Stay tuned for more information about how to participate by dining or ordering takeout. TASTY Takeout is a great way to support our local restaurants, the Zervas PTO (who will receive a portion of the evening’s profits), and take a night off of cooking. A Win-Win-Win!

Zervas Virtual Variety Show: Wednesday, 3/31

The Virtual Variety Show, hosted online by Mr. Mignone, is scheduled for on Zoom on Wednesday, March 31 at 6:30pm. Thank you for all of the talented submissions!

Zoom information:
https://newton-k12-ma-us.zoom.us/j/84199360589
Meeting ID: 841 9936 0589
Passcode: 364829

Any questions? Please contact Mr. Mignone.

Make Change Drive until Friday, April 2

Parents: Please read this message from this year’s Zervas 5th graders:

This year the Zervas 5th graders are raising money for the Newton Food Pantry.

One way that we are going to be fundraising is by placing bins in Zervas classrooms. This is called the Make Change Drive, and the 5th grade would really appreciate it if you would bring change in to your classrooms to contribute. This change can be brought in until Friday, April 2, or you can Venmo 5th grade teacher Ms. Deeks at @Rebecca-Deeks as well.

Our goal is to raise $750 school wide, but we also asked each class to set a goal. Some classes set a $50 goal, while others set a goal of $100 or more.

BRING IN CHANGE!

Thursday, March 18: Zervas Community Book Project

Raising Anti-Racist Kids – How to Use Books as Conversation Starters
Thursday, March 18 at 7pm via Zoom

Please join us for a virtual interactive workshop as part of our Zervas Community Book Project.

Research shows that racial bias begins to develop in children as young as three years old. Fortunately, parents and caregivers can disrupt the development of racial bias by talking intentionally with their children about race, racism, and difference.

Zervas FORJ and the Zervas PTO are pleased to host an interactive workshop with Ellie Axe, Director of Story Starters, who will provide participants with an overview of the research on race and children, and will teach parents and caregivers practical ways to start having conversations about race and racism with their children. Participants will walk away with concrete actions they can take in their own home to start to prepare children to navigate our diverse world.

RSVP using this form (bit.ly/zervasbookproject). Zoom links will be emailed prior to the workshop.  Please note that this workshop is for adults only.

NEW Date – Wednesday, March 31: Zervas Virtual Variety Show

The Virtual Variety Show, hosted online by Mr. Mignone, is scheduled for on Zoom on Wednesday, March 31 at 6:30pm. Thank you for all of the talented submissions! Did you miss your chance to submit? Good news – with the event pushed back one week, you still have a chance to send a video of your performance to Mr. Mignone by Friday, March 19.

Does your child want to sign up? If so please submit 2 items to Mr. Mignone by Friday, March 19:
1. This form to sign up.
2. Submit your recorded video here.

Please see this link for tips on recording.

Please note:
*Students may participate in 1 act, and there is a 4 minute limit. Please specify if it is a group act.
***Elementary school appropriate lyrics only! Parents – please review lyrics before submitting.***

Any questions? Please contact Mr. Mignone.

TASTY Takeout Returns: Save the date for O’Hara’s!

TASTY Takeout returns on Tuesday, April 27 for an all-day event at O’Hara’s in Newton Highlands!

Stay tuned for more information about how to participate by dining or ordering takeout. TASTY Takeout is a great way to support our local restaurants, the Zervas PTO (who will receive a portion of the evening’s profits), and take a night off of cooking. A Win-Win-Win!

March Virtual Tonight, Tuesday 3/9: Gathering for Zervas Families of Color

The Zervas PTO is hosting a Zoom gathering specifically for Zervas Families of Color on Tuesday, March 9 at 7pm.  The theme for this month will be talking about the intersections of race and gender.  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.