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

Zervas FORJ (Families Organizing Racial Justice)  – meeting Oct 2

Want to connect with other families to work on increasing racial justice in our schools and community?

Join Zervas FORJ (Families Organizing Racial Justice) at the first Newton Public Schools FORJ meeting of the year on October 2nd 7:30-9pm at Angier Elementary School.

You can register here: – click on “Learn More” to get on our mailing list and receive monthly updates and resources on how to talk about racism with your children and stand up for racial justice.

Also, check out our Facebook page:

We look forward to having you join us!

Zervas Community Connections (ZCC)  – upcoming events!

The Zervas Community Connections (ZCC) is a group of dedicated parents and staff who are committed to bringing together all of the families of Zervas into one community. We believe in celebrating and appreciating our differences as well as our similarities. We plan and create social and educational opportunities to build bridges and deepen understanding among all members of the community in fun and interactive ways.

This year, Amy Behrens and Kim Hermesch are the co-chairs of the ZCC and we’d love to have you join us.

Email us at and if you’d like to join our committee and/or help out with an event.

Upcoming ZCC Events and Experiences:

Kaleidoscope bags – interactive learning bags full of books and activities to help children and their families learn about different cultures, abilities, family structures and more! Each child will have an opportunity to check out a grade-level bag.

Thursday, November 29th – Dynamic Diversity Night We will offer pizza ($1/slice) and have fun doing family activities that inspire us to learn about each other’s cultures, identities, and experiences.

Wednesday, April 10th – Cultural Dinner – Co-sponsored with the Creative Arts and Sciences Committee. We invite everyone to bring a family dish to share while connecting with other families and enjoying an exciting cultural presentation.

Picture Day – Return forms by tomorrow

Picture Day is this Friday, September 28!

Order forms have been distributed at school. The easiest way to order pictures is online at If you order pictures online, please either print out the order confirmation from the website or fill out the order form with your child’s name and homeroom teacher and check the box indicating that you ordered online. You may also order pictures by filling out the order form.

**When ordering online, please click on “order central” – “school portraits” – Select “Newton, MA” and then “Zervas”.

Please return all forms to your child’s homeroom teacher by 9/26.  Each child will be photographed although you may choose not to purchase the pictures. There will be a retake day later in the fall for students who are absent on Picture Day.

If you have any questions, please e-mail Annie Ganot or Karen Kipman

Get your tickets to Destination Dinner!

Please join us for Destination Dinner 2018 on October 20, 2018.  Cocktails & Hors d’Oeuvres will begin at 6:00pm at the home of Becky & Dary Mozaffarian, 38 Gammons Road, Waban.  You will receive your dinner invitation and location at that time.  Dinners will be from 8:00-10:00pm at local Zervas parents’ homes, and dessert will follow at a 3rd location to be announced that evening.  This is an adults-only event, so book your babysitters now!

It is sure to be an amazing night, so do not miss it!  Please click on the link to purchase your tickets for this event.

Thank you,

Wendy Feiner (, Ginna Driscoll (, or Amanda Zurick (

Principal Coffee: Friday, Oct 5

The first Principal Coffee of the year is Friday, Oct 5 from 8:30-9:15 a.m. in the cafetorium. We’ll have coffee and sweet treats and Diana will lead parents in a discussion. Younger siblings welcome!

Walk to School Day is Friday, October 5

Join thousands of schools across the country and your classmates in walking to school on
Friday, October 5 for International Walk to School Day! Then stay for the Principal Coffee in the cafetorium at 8:30 a.m. Dr. Beck will be hosting a Q&A with parents.

In preparation for Walk to School Day, Zervas Walks is organizing leaf raking on the sidewalks on Beethoven along the aqueduct trail on Tuesday, October 2 at 12:35 p.m. Kids are welcome (with a grownup)! Email to sign up.

Save the date – Zervas Spirit Wear online store opens October 8!

Zervas Spirit Wear
Fall/Holiday Online Clothing Sale
Monday Oct 8 – Saturday Oct 20

Buy Adult and Kids items to show your school spirit (this is not a fundraiser). Items can be shipped to your home or picked up at the store in Newton Corner to avoid shipping fees.

Online store will only be open for the above dates- don’t miss it (next sale will be in the spring).

Newton Turkey Trot registration is open!

Registration for the 5th annual Newton Turkey Trot for the Newton Food Pantry is now open! The start and finish are at Zervas, and the race is organized by current and former Zervas parents. Register early before the prices increase and to be guaranteed an awesome T-shirt! The 5K is on Saturday, November 17th at 9am.  Kids 1 mile fun run starts at 8:30am.  Details, registration and volunteer info at


Zervas Variety Show sign up

Hello Zervas families, this week we will be sending home sign up sheets for the Zervas Variety Show. Last year we got to witness amazing acts from all the participants! There will be two shows: K-3rd grade Thursday, November 8th and 4th-5th grade Thursday, November 15th. Both performances will be held at 6:30pm in the Zervas Cafetorium. Look out for more updates regarding the Variety Show! We look forward to receiving your responses!

Sign-up flyer for K-3rd

Sign-up flyer for 4th-5th

Fundraiser to support transgender kids – Zervas families invited!

On October 4th, Ben Mahnke and Elisa Derby (parents to July Mahnke in 4W and Zervas alum Anna Mahnke) will be hosting a fundraiser for Camp Aranu’tiq, a summer camp for transgender kids that has been transformational for July and other transgender kids like them. For more information or to be added to the invitation list please email Elisa at To donate, please visit the donation page here; we have a $5k goal for camp scholarships.