Letter to NEST+m Students and Families, Week of January 18, 2016

Dear NEST+m Students & Families,

On this day before the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Holiday, I have been reflecting on Dr. King’s words and actions. King famously stated “We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly.”

As I consider the interdependence of our world at large, and our K-12 school in particular, I am reminded that every NEST+m student, family member, teacher and staff member contributes to all that makes our school so dynamic. And I am equally reminded of King’s assessment that “human progress never rolls in on the wheels of inevitability. It comes through the tireless efforts and the persistent work of dedicated individuals…”

Students: Thank you for striving each day to be your best self within and beyond the NEST+m community.

Families: Thank you for striving each day to ensure that NEST+m provides our students with the academic, interpersonal and enrichment experiences that enable students to pursue lives of meaning, purpose, and care within and beyond our school community.

For those who may be seeking additional resources to teach into King’s continued relevance to our day, this site may be of service:  The Martin Luther King Jr. Research and Education Institute at Stanford University: 

Middle Grades & Upper Grades Students:
Semester 1 Summative Assessments (exams and/or projects) continue this week. Monday 1/25 is the final day of Semester 1 for Upper Grades students.

Congratulations to Coach Ana Izoria and the NEST+m Chess Team.
The US Chess Federation provided a recap of the NYC Championship and listed NEST+m as Elementary Team Champions, as well as High School Co-Champions.


https://new.uschess.org/news/kasparov-chess-foundations-greater-ny-scholastics-breaks-records/   and/or   http://www.gnyscc.com

All NEST+m families are invited to attend an informational meeting regardingSpecial Education and Integrated Co-Teaching that will take place on Wednesday January 27, 2016 from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm.

This meeting’s target audience is current 5th grade families although all NEST+m families are welcome to attend. Our meeting will take place in the NEST+m cafeteria.

As always, please be sure to bring your ID so that you may sign-in at the NEST+m Courtyard Entrance school safety desk.

Our Agenda:

  • Welcome and overview of this evening’s Information session
  • An introductory reading & discussion about ICT and inclusive practices that support the academic and interpersonal success of all students. (20 min)
  • Presentation by/about current Upper Grades ICT Classrooms (presently in NEST+m Grades 9-11) (15 min)
  • Question and Answer Period (45 min)

Looking Ahead:

  • Monday 1/18: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, (schools closed)
  • Wednesday, January 20th: Upper Grades Winter Concert, 6pm.
  • Wednesday 1/27: Special Education & ICT Information Session, 6pm to 7:30pm
  • Thursday 1/28: Middle Grades Winter Art and Music Festival: The art exhibition starts at 5pm(5pm-7pm) and the concert starts at 6pm.
  • Upper Grades Students: Regents Week, 1/26-1/29. Only those students taking Regents exams will be in attendance. Students will receive individual admissions tickets for testing prior to Regents Week. http://www.p12.nysed.gov/assessment/schedules/2016/regents-116.pdf
  • Monday 2/1: High school Chancellor’s Conference Day (no students Grades 9-12).
  • Tuesday 2/2: Semester 2 begins for students in Grades 9-12.
  • K-6 report cards will be backpacked home during the first week of February.
  • Grades 7-12 Semester 1 Grades will be live on PupilPath.com during the week of February 8th.
  • Upper Grades Faculty, please save the date for April 5, 4th period. On this day we will conduct AP testing Pre-administration.

Thank you for your ongoing support and communication.


Mark Berkowitz

(IA) Principal