Letter to NEST+m Students and Families, Week of May 9, 2016


Dear NEST+m Students and Families,

For those who were able to celebrate Mother’s Day with immediate or extended family, hoping this day was filled with love. Thank you to all who made last week’s Mother’s Day flower sale so beautiful.


Upper Grades Students: As announced last week, AP Testing continues this week.


Tuesday May 10th: Parent-Teacher Conferences 4:45pm to 7:45pm

  • May conferences provide us with the opportunity to speak with families about specific ways in which children can have a strong finish to the 2015-16 school year.
  • A number of NEST+m teachers will be chaperoning the 8th grade overnight trip to Boston. Due to the scheduling conflict with conferences, please be in touch with any teacher for whom you have specific questions about your child’s course performance.


Friday May 13th: NESTFest Student Talent Show  6:00pm – 8:00pm


Other Announcements:


  • NEST+m Upper Grades tour for current NEST+m  7th grade students and families. Many NEST+m 7th grade families have asked for the opportunity to tour our Upper Grades prior to the Fall of 8th grade. We will be hosting a tour for 7th grade students and families on May 26th, 10am to 11:30am beginning in the auditorium.



Shout Out for Spanish Department Social Action: NEST+m Spanish teachers Nancy Alba and Evoly Angarita recently organized a collection of goods for people affected by the earthquake in Ecuador. Students created posters, made announcements during their lunch period and homeroom. A team of students from the AP Spanish class led a digital campaign, spreading the word in social media and designing a flyer. The PTA helped by sending a mass email to parents.

As Ms. Alba writes, “The amount of donations we received was overwhelming!”

Students also wrote letters of hope for the people of Ecuador, completely in Spanish.  Every donation item included a message written by students in class. Some of the messages were: No están solos (You are not alone), Con amor desde NY (With love from NY),  Esperanza (Hope), etc.

When the donations were dropped off, Univision News was on site. The news reporter, council of Ecuador and volunteers were so moved and impressed by the letters and messages our students were sending.

One of the letters written by ninth grader Anna Yamazawas was read on TV. The cans with messages were also featured. The news report title was “Nueva York abriga con amor las donaciones a Ecuador” (New York wraps the donations to Ecuador with love)

Here’s the link: http://www.univision.com/geografia/ecuador/nueva-york-abriga-con-amor-las-donaciones-para-ecuador-video

The official consulate office Facebook page also featured some of the letters and message by our students. And, Ms. Alba was also interviewed over the phone by a national Ecuadorian radio station the same day.

Thank you for helping our students channel their words and actions toward the service and care of others.


Thank you for your ongoing support and communication.




Mark Berkowitz