News from the Creative Arts & Sciences Committee (CASC)

News from the CASC, a part of the enrichment programs funded entirely by your Zervas PTO. Zervas students have been thoroughly engaged by the presentations so far this year:

  • 5th graders were visited by a Peregrine Falcon and several types of owls. What a great chance to see these shy birds up close, brought in by Wingmasters’ Jim Parks, a wildlife rehabilitator.
  • 4th graders studied plate tectonics with Brandeis Professor and former Zervas parent, Dan Perlman.
  • 3rd Graders met author/ illustrator Brian Lies, whose books include Bats at the Library, Bats at the Beach, & Bats at the Ball Game among other favorites.
  • Recently, the 2nd Graders were treated to a tour of their local night sky by presenter Mike Francis who transported his 20′ diameter inflatable space dome into our Zervas gym.
  • This past week, the 1st Graders were marine biologists for a morning, “our one rule: touch EVERYTHING” – live deep sea animals as well as rare whale and shark bones, vertebrae, and teeth, and other unusual shells were available for hands-on learning to the kids’ delight.

Coming up: March 29th, Joe & Vida Galeota from Ghana, Africa, take our 2nd Graders through a ‘Day in Ghana’. In April, American Folk Musician Jeff Davis will visit 4th graders who will join him on a journey across the US following the story and roots of American folk music and also in April, the 5th graders will take part in a hands-on workshop of simple machines with Henry Massar.

If you have any questions regarding the Zervas Creative Arts and Sciences Committee, please contact Liz Beckett at or Elizabeth Graham at See next week’s report for details on CASC programs coming up the rest of the year.

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