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

Volunteers needed for Movie Night

Volunteers are needed to scoop popcorn, supervise the snacks table, and clean up afterwards. Shifts are 15 to 45 minutes, sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090f45a9a92ca1fc1-movie

 

 

Zervas Online Auction – Volunteers and Items needed!

Planning for the March Zervas Online Auction is underway! This year we are looking to expand this fun, efficient, established committee. Please contact us at auction@zervaspto.org if you’d like to help reach out to businesses or publicize this popular auction, which is a major fundraiser for the PTO.

Do you work for or own a business that would like to donate a few items to our March Zervas Online Auction? Do you have sports tickets or concert tickets you can donate?  Or restaurant or store connections that could lead to the donation of a gift card? Reach out to auction@zervaspto.org and someone will follow up.

Family Movie Night: Thursday, January 24

Come join us for the second annual Family Movie Night, on Thursday, January 24 at 6:15 in the Zervas Cafetorium for the newly released Pixar Animated Shorts Volume 3.

Kick back and relax with your kids for the evening. Eat dinner before you go or bring a picnic to eat during the movie. Popcorn and Fruit Snacks will be provided by the PTO. Feel free to bring a blanket or pillow to make yourself more comfortable.  And bring your water bottle for filling at the fountains.

FORJ meeting January 17

January 17th – FORJ All Schools Family Friendly Meeting 6:30-8:30pm
Angier Elementary Family Pizza dinner and socializing

  • Art Activity focused on Martin Luther King, Jr. inspired themes
  • Video and Small Group Discussions on Microaggressions and Standing Up Against Racism and Bias at our Schools

Sign up HERE: https://goo.gl/forms/WN67i9Bb1eTLzyvp2

Want to receive FORJ Newsletters? Sign up on our website: www.forjnewton.com and make sure the forjnewton@gmail.com is in your contacts. Hope to see you soon!

FAMILIES ORGANIZING FOR RACIAL JUSTICE

Families Organizing for Racial Justice (FORJ) is a group of diverse Newton families helping our children learn about issues of power and inequality and how to stand up for racial justice. We seek to generate understanding and curiosity about differences in our society, and to work together towards racial equity.

 

Co-Presidents Letter January 2019

Dear Zervas Families,

Happy New Year! We hope you had fun with family over winter break. Catch up with other parents this Friday, January 4 at 8:30 a.m. in the cafetorium at the first PTO Parent Social Coffee of 2019.

We’d like to thank all the Zervas families who donated books to the December Library Book Drive. A total of 49 books have been purchased and dedicated to various teacher and staff members. Chris Detjen and Becky Kinney deserve a big thank you for organizing the book drive which runs through January 5th so it’s not too late to donate a book!

A huge thanks to all the Zervas families who donated a toy to the Zervas Toys for Tots campaign. Thank you to Jackie Washington and Tanya Ianniello for running the drive.

The teachers thank the 40+ families who baked cookies for the Zervas Teacher Cookie Swap. The swap was preceded by the PTO-hosted Inclusive Schools Week Lunch.  Thanks to Sanskriti Singh for organizing both, and Dana Fernandez, Suzanne Afergan, Lori Unver, and Adi Barlev-Ehrenberg for their event help.

Understanding Our Differences is a Newton-wide interactive disability awareness curriculum for grades 3-5. Thank you to Cheryl Hersh for coordinating the program at Zervas.  And thank you to Katherine Kranenburg, Amy Massey, Erika Pond, and Roysin Younkin for coordinating each grade.  We also want to thank the many parents who volunteer their time in the classroom and teach children to see the whole person and better understand the disability.

Planning for the March Zervas Online Auction is underway! This year we are looking to expand this fun, efficient, established committee. Please contact us at auction@zervaspto.org if you’d like to help reach out to businesses or publicize this popular auction, which is a major fundraiser for the PTO.

Do you work for or own a business that would like to donate a few items to our March Zervas Online Auction? Do you have sports tickets or concert tickets you can donate?  Or restaurant or store connections that could lead to the donation of a gift card? Reach out to auction@zervaspto.org and someone will follow up.

Come join us for the second annual Family Movie Night, on Thursday, January 24 at 6:15 in the Zervas Cafetorium for the newly released Pixar Animated Shorts Volume 3. Kick back and relax with your kids for the evening. Eat dinner before you go or bring a picnic to eat during the movie. Popcorn and Fruit Snacks will be provided by the PTO. Feel free to bring a blanket or pillow to make yourself more comfortable.  And bring your water bottle for filling at the fountains.

If you have any questions or suggestions, do not hesitate to contact us at pto@zervaspto.org.

Thank you,

Maggie Schmidt & Jenn Martin
PTO Co-Presidents

Parent Social Coffee Friday, January 4

Join the PTO for a parent social coffee at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, January 4 in the cafetorium. Stop by to say hello!

Library Gift Book Drive

The Zervas Library Winter Gift Book Drive is open through 12/31!  Please consider donating a book in honor of a teacher, staff, family member, friend.  Each book donated will contain a bookplate with a personal dedication honoring the person of your choice.  If you would like to see one of your favorite books added to the wishlist, please reach out to Becky Kinney (rebecca_kinney@newton.k12.ma.us) or Chris Detjen (cmdetjen@yahoo.com).

Click here to donate a book: https://www.btsb.com/sosl/zervaselementaryschool7

 

Library Gift Book Drive

The Zervas Library Winter Gift Book Drive is open through December!  Please consider donating a book in honor of a teacher, staff, family member, friend.  Each book donated will contain a bookplate with a personal dedication honoring the person of your choice.  If you would like to see one of your favorite books added to the wishlist, please reach out to Becky Kinney (rebecca_kinney@newton.k12.ma.us) or Chris Detjen (cmdetjen@yahoo.com).

Click here to donate a book: https://www.btsb.com/sosl/zervaselementaryschool7

 

School Spirit Day: Dec 21

From Dr. Beck’s latest principal newsletter:

The 5th grade student council has elected that this month’s School Spirit Day will be pajama/cozy clothes day!  On Friday, December 21, we invite all students and staff to wear their comfiest, coziest clothes or pjs.  We will also celebrate this day with an all school (mini) movie in the afternoon.  We hope this will be a fun way to celebrate the day prior to our December break!

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 using this link: Gift Policy.

Please click here for a flyer that may be helpful: Gift Policy overview.

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 or donating a book in their honor through the Zervas Library Gift Book Drive.