Letter to NEST+m Students and Families, Week of January 4, 2016


Dear NEST+m Students & Families,

Happy New Year!

I hope that the Winter Break has provided you with the opportunity to rest, to play and to connect with family and friends.

We return to NEST+m on Monday January 4.

During this first week of 2016 NEST+m teachers and staff will reconnect with each of our students and provide an overview of:

  • The final weeks of Semester 1 including forthcoming assessments, projects and 2nd Semester Units of Study.
  • The ways in which each of us is an agent of change, responsible for positively contributing to NEST+m’s safe, caretaking, welcoming and intellectually rigorous school community.

Families: Please reinforce the following message at home: Our school’s academic excellence and intellectualism stand upon a foundation of Trust, Respect, Physical Safety and Emotional Safety. Students who feel safe and cared for are best positioned to engage in the intellectual risk taking that is necessary for learning. When we adults teach into and model what trusting, respectful behavior looks like our students are best positioned to emulate this expectation.

In addition, please help us to uphold NEST+m’s longstanding expectation related to attire as well as our cellphone and electronics policy:

Student Attire: Students in grades 3-8 are expected to wear a top with the NEST+m insignia and either pants or skirt and sneakers (preferably). No Jeans.

Students in Grades 9-12 are expected to dress in a manner that is respectful toward our K-12 learning environment.  Though there is not a uniform, students in grades 9-12 should dress in a way that makes them feel valued, balanced, and confident while ensuring that attire is appropriate for school.

Electronic Devices: At NEST+m, we believe that integrating technology into the school experience provides limitless opportunities for enrichment and support. With this in mind, our goal is to empower students to use their personal technology devices responsibly, and to educate students about the impact and consequences of misuse.

For students in grades K – 12, personal electronic devices may be used in the building before the school day begins at 8:20, and following its conclusion at 2:40.

For students in grades 9 – 12, personal electronic devices may also be used in the cafeteria and courtyard during their designated lunch periods only.

Additionally, personal electronic devices may be used in classes where the teacher has deemed it educationally appropriate.

Personal electronic devices that are used outside of the appropriate spaces and/or times will be confiscated and secured, and will be returned at the end of the instructional day. If you confiscate an electronic device, please notify your Assistant Principal as soon as possible so that the device can be properly secured and the student’s family contacted.

Principal’s Coffee.  Parents and families are invited to join our January Principal’s coffees. During this week’s coffees Guidance Counselor Sarah Liogys will conduct her annual presentation related to child abuse prevention. This is essential information for us all.  Following Sarah’s presentation, as is our norm, coffees provide the opportunity for parents to speak with me and members of our administrative and guidance teams about matters relating to our lower grades, middle grades and upper grades. As always, please be sure to sign-in at our school safety desk prior to joining us in the cafeteria. We look forward to seeing you at this week’s coffee:

Tuesday: Middle Grades Coffee, 8:30am to 9:30am

Wednesday: Upper Grades Coffee, 8:30am to 9:30am

Friday: Lower Grades Coffee, 8:30am to 9:30am



Mark Berkowitz

(IA) Principal