Co-Presidents Letter October 2018

October 2018

Hello Zervas Families,

We survived getting back to school!  We hope you all are settling into the fall routines of school, homework, fall sports, evening meetings, and making lunches.  We hope your students are adjusting well to the new school year.  A warm welcome to all of the new Zervas families.

Thank you for such strong participation in paying your Zervas PTO Dues!  We have over 60% participation and it’s not too late if you haven’t yet donated.  Donate through My School Anywhere (Our Store link) or leave a check for $30 in the PTO mailbox in the school office.  We are still collecting those green committee volunteer forms as well. Let us know how you want to get involved with the Zervas PTO.  And now some important and fun events coming up in October.

We would love to see you all at the PTO General Meeting on Wednesday, October 10th at 7:00pm at Zervas. This meeting is a great opportunity to ask questions of Dr. Beck and the PTO Board and learn more about how the PTO uses the funds it raises to support our school curriculum, staff, and community.  Join us to learn more as well as find out how you can become more involved.

Destination Dinner, our adults-only community-building event, takes place on Saturday, October 20th. Don’t miss out! The deadline to sign up is October 16th so reserve your tickets now by using this link. We kick off the night with cocktails and appetizers at the home of Becky and Dary Mozaffarian. Then we divide up into smaller groups for dinner at the homes of local Zervas families. We meet up again as a big group for dessert at a surprise home that will be revealed that evening. It is a wonderful way to get to know other Zervas parents better and make new friends!

Finally, the month ends with one of the most anticipated activities for kids, the Halloween Dance. For those of you who haven’t experienced it yet, children (and many parents) come decked out in their costumes and enjoy pizza and desserts, DJ-led dances and games in the gym, and photobooth and quieter activities in the cafeteria. Friday, October 26th from 6:30-8:00.

We have a lot of people to thank for helping us get the 2018-2019 school year up and running smoothly.

Thank you to Suzanne Afergan for reaching out to Kindergarten and new families this summer. She organized two playground playdates, which were very well-attended despite some rather wet weather. A special thanks also to Sanskriti Singh for organizing meals to welcome back the teachers and staff.

The Family Picnic was a huge success thanks to Heather Knapp! Despite more rain, we had a great gathering of families in the Zervas cafeteria and gym. We’d like to acknowledge Wegman’s for donating the fruit and veggie trays and O’Hara’s Restaurant for giving us a special PTO rate for their delicious pizzas. Heather was ably assisted by Julius Starkman, Michelle Powers, Jackie Nazoliny, Ana Barros, Eileen Imada, Elisandra Lopes, Ken Danila, Jackie Washington, Anoush Mouradian, Karina Rodriguez, Katie Davenport, Kai Shanahan, Amy Behrens, Wendy Feiner, Youxiang Wang, and Daniela Mackinnon.

Annie Ganot and Karen Kipman took the lead in running Class Photo Day like a well-oiled machine! Thanks also to the other parents who volunteered:  Jacob Eidsmoe, Ruchi Bhatnagar, Kamryn Eddy, Wendy Feiner, Justine Mikulis, Marcia Matos, Valerie Graf, Erika Pond, and Taylor Lies.

A big thank you to Julius Starkman for organizing the treats and coffee for the back to school Parent Coffees. He is pulling more than his weight as our Hospitality Team!

Kindergarten Soccer, one of our largest PTO fundraisers, has a record number of players this fall. A huge thank you to Merrill Barnes, Lee Barnes, and Tara Karyanis for coordinating the program, Matt Feiner for ordering equipment, and thanks all the Zervas kindergarten parent coaches!

Amy Behrens organized the Zervas Community Connections apple-picking on Sunday, September 23rd.  Many families came out to get to know each other better while picking apples and enjoying cider donuts on a beautiful fall afternoon. Thanks, Amy.

Thanks to Room Parent coordinator Freddy Hinck for organizing room parents this year, and Grade Parent coordinator Jungmee Youn for getting the grade social events off the ground.

Lastly, thank you Lorna Dunne for the behind-the-scenes help producing our print and online school directory. This is a big job but it makes being well connected at Zervas possible.

Jenn Martin and Maggie Schmidt
Zervas PTO Co-Presidents |

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