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

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. 

Please find the Zoom link in your Tuesday, 6/9 Zmail PTO Email.

ZCC: Conversation about Race and Racism, Thurs, Jun 11 @ 7pm

Dear Zervas community,

Back in January, ZCC hosted a Dynamic Diversity night focused on the question: “How do we talk to children about race?” Right now, as the issues of racism and anti-Black violence consume our national consciousness, we understand that parents/caregivers may be looking for more support than ever on how to engage in more active anti-racist conversation and action with their children.

On Thursday June 11th at 7pm, ZCC will host a Zoom call to help parents/caregivers think about these issues and make a plan. We will be discussing two resources:

We encourage everyone to watch/listen/read these resources before the Zoom. We’ll brainstorm and discuss resources for supporting children. We will share examples of conversations we have had with children about race, and collectively strategize for more on-going conversations with children about race and racism.

Please join us by RSVPing here. This Zoom call is intended for any and all Zervas community adults.  

Please find the Zoom link in your Tuesday, 6/9 Zmail PTO Email.

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.