Principal’s Letter: April 2014

Dear Zervas Families,

Happy April!  We are all looking forward to the increasingly warmer weather and the hopes of spring.  Last weekend, I had the pleasure of attending the annual Zervas School Auction.  What a wonderful event this was!  I was so impressed with the high level of community engagement, (spirit of fun!) and support that this event showcased.  I know that it took many, many hours of work to make this happen and I would like to thank each and every one of you who organized, volunteered at and participated in the Auction.  We truly appreciate your support!

Zervas High Five Value of the Month: Work Hard

This month, our students have been focusing on the 4th of the Zervas High 5 Values: Work Hard.  Students have been discussing what this value means, what it looks like in the classroom, and how we can practice it throughout our day.  At March’s Z-Town Meeting, the First Graders presented to the school what this value means to them.  They did a great job!  In May and June, we will focus on our last High 5 Value: Aim High!

Zervas School Building Project Update

The Zervas School Building Committee (ZSBC) and Design Review Committee (DRC) met on April 3, 2014 to review and evaluate feasibility site options on the Zervas site and an expanded site being explored by the City. These options were prepared by the Design Partnership of Cambridge, the project’s architects. The options include the existing site and an expanded site. The meeting was open to the public and flyers announcing the meeting were distributed to the parent community. The meeting was also televised live on NewTV. Members of the public attended the meeting and were invited to ask questions and to provide input on the site options. The public comments and the input from members of the School Building Committee and Design Review Committee yielded a variety of helpful questions and suggestions, in particular about the placement of the proposed building on the site, the need for a gathering space, and the best mix of parking, play and green space. The educational program is fully met in all the initial site options. In the next few weeks more work will be completed on the site options with the goal of having a preferred site option selected in May 2014. Plans are being made for updates to various committees and boards in the weeks ahead.  For more information, including materials such as the educational program, feasibility site options and selection matrix, please use the following link to access the project page:

Reminder about our Dog Policy

As the weather gets warmer, I would like to remind you about our dog policy.  Thank you for your cooperation with adhering to this important safety policy:

  • Dogs are not permitted on school grounds during the school day.  This refers to all grassy areas around the school as well as the pathways, playgrounds and parking lots surrounding the building.  It does not refer to the public sidewalks.
  • Dogs should not be left unattended.  Dog owners should remain with their dogs at all times.  Please do not tie up your dog along the soccer field fence or on a tree along the sidewalk.  This can cause a barrier for a child trying to walk along the sidewalk.
  • Keep the “T” area in front of the school clear of any dogs.  This is the area where the front door path and the sidewalk meet.  Keeping this area clear of dogs will allow those who need to enter or exit a safe area to do so.

Important Upcoming Dates

April 18 – Good Friday – No School

April 21-25 – Vacation

May 1 – Early Release – 12:30 dismissal for all students

May 5 and 6 – Grade 5 Math MCAS

May 7 – Walk to School Day

May 8 and 9 – Grade 4 Math MCAS

May 9 – Principal Coffee – 8:30-9:30 am

May 12 and 13 – Grade 5 Science MCAS

May 14 and 15 – Grade 3 MCAS

May 17 – Zervas Fair

May 21 – School Council meeting – 6:30-8:00 pm

May 26 – Memorial Day – No School


Enjoy the beautiful spring weather.

All my best,


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