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

Thanksgiving Walk to School Day – Friday, November 16

This Friday, November 16 is the FIFTH annual Thanksgiving Walk to School Day. A feather template should have gone home in home/school folders last week. Children may decorate the feather and bring it with them to decorate the turkey when they arrive at Zervas. Extra feather templates are available on the ZervasWalks website. The event is rain/snow or shine – students are welcome to participate no matter how they arrive at school!

We need a few volunteers to help tape feathers onto the turkey. Email zervaswalks@gmail.com if you can arrive by 8:10 and help tape on feathers. Thanks!

Zervas Toys for Tots Collection

Want to give a gift to a child in need around the holidays?  Donate a toy to Toys for Tots, a holiday toy drive sponsored by the Marine Corps Reserve.  Toys for Tots accepts new, unwrapped toys for newborns through age 12.  They are especially in need of for toys for children in the 0-2 and 9-12 range; they prefer not to accept realistic looking toy weapons.  Toys are distributed to families in our community around the holidays.

There will be a donation bin outside the main office from November 16th through December 13th.  Contact Tanya Ianniello tianniello@gmail.com or Jackie Washington jackielee617@gmail.com with any questions.

 

Dynamic Diversity Night – November 29

Join us in the Zervas cafetorium for Dynamic Diversity Night on Thursday, November 29th from 6:15-8:00 p.m.

Dynamic Diversity Night is a great way to meet new people and feel more connected to the Zervas community.  During the evening, we engage in conversations about diversity among our families at Zervas in a fun and dynamic way. You’ll make new friends and deepen older friendships.  This event is open to all Zervas families, including grandparents and younger and older siblings. Adults, come prepared to participate as well.

Homework passes for 1 subject will be available for students at Zervas.

Organized by the Zervas Community Connections Committee.
Pizza, drinks, and dessert will be served at 6:15pm – Pizza $1/slice
followed by our dynamic activity.

 

Holiday Cookie Swap For the Zervas Staff – Wednesday December 5th

Mark your calendars!

Help show our appreciation for Zervas teachers and staff by participating in the annual Holiday Cookie Swap on Wednesday, December 5th. Every year the staff looks forward to sampling all the delicious cookies brought in by Zervas families! If you would like to contribute a batch or two of cookies, please contact Sanskriti Singh (s.singh90@gmail.com).

Please bring the cookies to the Staff Lounge (Room 109) the morning of Wednesday, December 5.

Newton Turkey Trot – register by Monday!

Online registration for the 5th annual Newton Turkey Trot closes on Monday, November 12th! This event kicks off at Zervas on Saturday, November 17th (the Saturday before Thanksgiving) with a 1 mile kids’ fun run at 8:30am followed by the 5K race at 9am.  www.newtonturkeytrot.org

Not a runner? Join the fun as a volunteer! Details are in the volunteer section of our website.

All proceeds benefit the Newton Food Pantry

UNICEF boxes – turn in by Thursday, November 8

Last day to turn in UNICEF boxes is November 8! Thanks to everyone who participated this year.

The Zervas PTO Social Action Committee provides opportunities for the Zervas community to take action to create positive change in the lives of others. If you would like to join the committee, please reach out to pto@zervaspto.org.

Thanksgiving Walk to School Day – Friday, November 16

This Friday, November 16 is the FIFTH annual Thanksgiving Walk to School Day. A feather template should have gone home in home/school folders last week. Children may decorate the feather and bring it with them to decorate the turkey when they arrive at Zervas. Extra feather templates are available on the ZervasWalks website. The event is rain/snow or shine.

We need a few volunteers to help tape feathers onto the turkey. Email zervaswalks@gmail.com if you can arrive by 8:10 and help tape on feathers. Thanks!

Variety Show (K-3rd) on November 8th

We are excited to be hosting part one of the Zervas Variety Show on Thursday, November 8th (Kindergarten-3rd 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!

Use Amazon Smile to Support the Zervas PTO

If you are an Amazon shopper, please change your Amazon page to Amazon Smile and select Zervas as your charity to donate to Zervas each time you shop! It is easy and free!

Follow the steps below for the first time only. Then bookmark the smile.amazon page and remember to go to that page instead of the regular Amazon page for future visits. If you forget and fill up a shopping cart on the regular Amazon site, you can switch to the Amazon Smile site at any point before your purchase is confirmed and Amazon Smile will recognize your shopping cart.

After following these steps once, Amazon will automatically remember your charity and donate to Zervas each time to shop using the smile.amazon page!
1. Go to www.smile.amazon.com next time you are shopping on Amazon.
2. In the “Your Account” drop down on the top right, select “AmazonSmile Charity Lists”
3. Where it says “Pick Your Own Charitable Organization,” type in “Zervas.”
4. Select “Zervas School Parent-Teacher Organization.”
5. Add smile.amazon.com to your bookmark or favorites menu, or start your shopping on the Zervas PTO webpage and click on the link on the Amazon Smile link on the top right.
6. Always use the www.smile.amazon.com page when shopping Amazon instead of www.amazon.com

Any questions? Email us at pto@zervaspto.org.
Thank you!

Co-Presidents Letter November 2018

November 2018

Hello Zervas Families,

What an eventful October we just had with so much happening in the Zervas Community.  We are struck by all the faces we are seeing at events and delighted by the strong turnout at our community events.

We started the month with a very well-attended PTO Coffee with Dr. Beck.  We invite you to attend the next one this Friday, November 2nd in the cafeteria after morning drop-off.  We won’t have a formal Q+A with Dr. Beck, but this will be a nice opportunity to grab some coffee, chat with parents and get to know your PTO.

We have a lot of people to thank in this newsletter so bear with us.  We want to start by thanking Suzanne & Mike Afergan for hosting the Zervas new family pizza party at their house.  We had a nice turn out of new families who had a lot of fun playing in the yard and chatting with each other.

Suzanne Chow, Elisandra Lopes and Alicia Collins hosted a Zervas Buddies Play Day at the Franklin Park Playstead.  It was a fun afternoon where kids enjoyed some playtime together and parents got the opportunity to chat and get to know each other.

We can’t wait to start seeing all the new spirit wear around Zervas.  Thank you to Sera Miller for organizing the fall Zervas spirit wear on-line sale.

Wendy Feiner, Amanda Zurick and Ginna Driscoll did it again. They planned a great Destination Dinner evening, giving the Zervas adults a chance to get out. We had a record turnout of guests which made our volunteer dinner hosts up their game to feed them all.  Thank you to Katherine & Roger Kranenburg, Mira & Jeff Woods, Heather & Allen Sussman, Katie Britton & Allan Telio, Jessica & Aaron Davis, Alison & Craig Kapilow, Merrill & Lee Barnes, Justine & Kyle Mikulis, Amy & Bill Massey, Krystle & Joe Benedict, Mindy & Glenn Gomes Casseres, Christine & Steve Klaus, Maggie Schmidt & Ken Danila, Santhi Gollapalli & Jai Venkatraman, Mali Raman & Madhu Natarajan, Kate Grundy & Adam Lewis, Cara Attanucci & James Miner, Suzanne & Mike Afergan, Michelle & Matt Zisow, Kirsten Fertuck & Chris Payton, Jenn & Neil Martin, Karen Kipman & Ronen Zoran, Suzy Peled & Ori Spigelman, Daniela & Darren Abrahamson, Lee Blum & Federico Acher, Monica & Evan Richardson, and Andy & Lisa Silverman for your imaginative themes and delicious cooking. Thank you to Becky & Dari Mozaffarian for hosting the cocktail party and Jen & Matt Rhodes-Kropf for bravely hosting dessert.

The Halloween Party proved to be yet another fun night.  We are ever so grateful to our creative and hard-working coordinators Jennifer Glennon, Asa Priddis and Barbara Talvitie.  They went above and beyond transforming our cafeteria and gym into a frightfully fun party place.  They could not have pulled it off without an army of volunteers, thanks to Pisey Burgess, Rina Yosubash, Eileen Imada, Karen Burzdak, Patrick Timmons, Elisa Derby, Jackie Nazoliny, Darlene Nedeljkovic, Kelly Olesen, Lori Unver, Utku Unver, Kirsten Fertuck, Katie Davenport, Julius Starkman, Denise Langhammer, Kate Cox, Aimee Sprung, Kamryn Eddy, Cathryn Freid, Scott Friedman, Stephanie Berzin, Saumya Rao and all those who pitched in the night of.  Thank you to our SEPAC liaisons Talya Meltzer and Adi Barlev-Ehrenberg who created and organized the Quiet Room which was an important oasis to have in the middle of this crazy-fun event.  We want to thank ZASP for letting us use their spooky inflatables.  And a big thank you to Salon Capri and Amy & Nick Penna for generously sponsoring the Photo Booth.  It is nice for our kids to have a take-away photo to remember the night.

Thank you to our Social Action Committee Chairs, Jackie Washington and Tanya Ianniello, for coordinating the UNICEF trick-or-treating boxes.  We hope your kiddos were able to collect some money for UNICEF.  Don’t forget to return the money to school to give to their classroom teacher before November 8th.

Now mark your calendars for some upcoming November events that you don’t want to miss.

The Zervas Variety Shows will be held on Thursday, November 8th for Kindergarteners through third graders and on Thursday, November 15th for fourth and fifth graders. Both shows begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Zervas cafetorium. Come support our Zervas dancers, singers, musicians, actors, comedians, and more.

Lace up your sneakers for our Thanksgiving Walk-to-School Day on Friday, November 16th.

Join Zervas families for an engaging evening of stories, games and songs at Dynamic Diversity Night on Thursday, November 29th at 6:15 p.m.  Come meet new people and strengthen community connections.

As always, we welcome your questions, comments or suggestions.

Maggie Schmidt & Jenn Martin
PTO-Co Presidents