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

Variety Shows – Thank you

Hello Zervas families,

We were so thrilled with both Variety Shows that took place the past two weeks! Thank you to the participants, families and staff that made the event possible. There were many different and talented acts. We cannot wait to do it again next year!

Non-ZASP Skiing 2018 Permission Slip

The ZASP Ski program has ten open slots, that are first come first serve. Permission Slip for the program can be found via this link

Creative Arts and Sciences Presents our Annual Concert Series

This year we will welcome the New England Percussion Ensemble for their Language of the Ancients program.  Parents and younger siblings are welcome to attend.
Friday, November 17th
9:00-9:45am for grades 3-5
10:00-10:45am> for grades K-2

In their program, “Language of the Ancients,” the New England Percussion Ensemble will present a multicultural blend of music on percussive instruments from around the globe. With recreations of prehistoric log drums to the electric vibraphone the ensemble reaches across time and continents with a collection of rhythms and instruments from Africa, Europe, Asia, South America, and the United States.

Photo Day Retakes: Thursday, November 16th

Coffee Pond Photography will be back at Zervas on Thursday, November 16th for photo retakes.

1. If you are dissatisfied with your child’s portrait and would like to try again, you have the opportunity for a retake. Please return the entire, undamaged portrait package to the photographer on Retake Day. Please keep class photos. Write any suggestions for the photographer on a piece of paper so that it shows through the envelope window.

2. If your child was absent during photo day and you haven’t ordered photos yet, please do so via the Coffee Pond Website. Please print the order and send-in with your child.

3. If you have any questions about your order, refunds etc, please contact Coffee Pond directly: By phone: 1-800-632-2323 ext “0” or by email Lifeguards@coffeepond.com

***We’re looking for 3 volunteers to assist with picture day, 8:15 AM-10:30 AM. Please email Karen Kipman if you are interested – kkipman@gmail.com. Thanks!!

Book Drive for young children

Books help small kids get through long days in juvenile court hallways.

Bring your good quality used books for children ages 0 to 5 to the home of a board member in Waban on Tuesday, November 14 from 7:30-9:00 p.m. Stay for conversation, wine and appetizers. RSVP to Jenn@onecanhelp.org for the event address, or to make alternate drop-off arrangements.

80% of children and families in the juvenile court system live in poverty. One Can Help, a nonprofit created by a Newton mother and court-appointed attorney twelve years ago, provides critical resources to these underserved families, children or parents with disabilities, kids in foster care, and victims of abuse or neglect.

Learn more about us at www.onecanhelp.org and on Facebook

Variety Shows

We are excited to be hosting the Zervas Variety Show on November 15th (4th and 5th grade) in the cafetorium at 6:30pm!! We invite all families to come and enjoy the show! We look forward to seeing you all there

Thanksgiving Walk to School Day on November 17

Join the Zervas community in the return of the popular Thanksgiving Walk to School! A feather template was sent home in the folders this week for your child to decorate and bring to tape on the turkey when they arrive at school on Friday, November 17. This event is open to all children, regardless of how they arrive at school. You can also print the feather template from the Zervas Walks website: www.zervaswalks.org.

Photo Day Retakes

Coffee Pond Photography will be back at Zervas on Thursday, November 16th for photo retakes.

1. If you are dissatisfied with your child’s portrait and would like to try again, you have the opportunity for a retake. Please return the entire, undamaged portrait package to the photographer on Retake Day. Please keep class photos. Write any suggestions for the photographer on a piece of paper so that it shows through the envelope window.

2. If your child was absent during photo day and you haven’t ordered photos yet, please do so via the Coffee Pond Website. Please print the order and send-in with your child.

3. If you have any questions about your order, refunds etc, please contact Coffee Pond directly: By phone: 1-800-632-2323 ext “0” or by email Lifeguards@coffeepond.com

***We’re looking for 3 volunteers to assist with picture day, 8:15 AM-10:30 AM. Please email Karen Kipman if you are interested – kkipman@gmail.com. Thanks!!

Turkey Trot: Online Registration closes on Monday, November 13th!

Online registration for the 4th annual Newton Turkey Trot closes on Monday, November 13th! This event kicks off on Saturday, November 18th (the Saturdaybefore Thanksgiving) with a 1mile kids’ fun run at 8:30am followed by the 5K race at 9am. Both races start and end at Zervas!  Not a runner? Join the fun as a volunteer! Details are in the volunteer section of our website.

www.newtonturkeytrot.com

New this year – bring a nonperishable food item to bib pick up and our partners at Whole Foods Market will donate too, doubling the donation to the Newton Food Pantry! Missed the online registration? Sign up at Bib pick up on ThursdayFriday or on Saturday morning before the race.

Sign up soon, this race will sell out!

November is National Diabetes Month

November is National Diabetes Month

On January 19, 2003, Jordan Weiss, a fourth grade student at Mason-Rice School in Newton, Massachusetts passed away in his sleep from complications of undiagnosed diabetes.

To honor Jordan’s memory, the JBW Fund was established by his family, friends and community to foster awareness and education of the warning signs of diabetes.  Sometimes the signs are obvious and sometimes the signs are subtle, limited and attributed to another illness.  The latter was the case for Jordan.

Become familiar with the warning signs of diabetes

Knowledge is an important weapon against this disease and its complications.

Warning Signs of Diabetes

Type 1 Diabetes:

These symptoms can occur suddenly and must receive immediate medical attention.

  • Excessive thirst
  • Frequent urination, sometimes exhibited by bedwetting (in large quantities)
  • Blurry vision
  • Sugar in the urine
  • Sweet, fruity odor on breath
  • Increased hunger
  • Weight loss
  • Fatigue
  • Drowsiness, lethargy
  • Irritability and mood changes
  • Heavy, labored breathing
  • Confusion, Stupor, Unconsciousness

Type 2 Diabetes:

These symptoms occur gradually and must receive immediate medical attention.

  • Blurred vision
  • Tingling or numbness in the legs, feet or fingers
  • Darker patches of skin usually in neck folds
  • Drowsiness
  • Slow healing sores or frequent infections
  • Any of the symptoms listed under Type 1 diabetes

Many of these symptoms can be related to illnesses that are not associated with diabetes. This should be discussed with a health care provider.

For more information, talk to your school nurse or visit:

www.cdc.gov/diabetes or www.jdrf.org

Deana Salameh BSN, RN

Zervas Elementary School

(617) 559-6755

Fax (617) 552-5546

deana_salameh@newton.k12.ma.us