Grades K – 5 Welcome Letter & Opening Procedures

August 2016

Dear Parents and Families:

The 2016-2017 school year begins on Thursday, September 8, at 8:20 am. The entire faculty and staff at NEST+m is hard at work getting ready to kick off another great year. This letter summarizes first day procedures and notifies you of your child’s class placement.

Kindergarten Students

Our first day of school is a half day for all kindergarten students. Kindergarten students will be greeted by their teachers in the courtyard and then escorted into their classrooms. Parents are invited into their child’s classroom at 10:15 am (morning session) and 1:45 pm (afternoon session) where your child will show you around his/her kindergarten class. Dismissal will take place in the courtyard immediately following.

  • Session I: Student last name A-L, 9:00-10:30 am (courtyard line up beginning 8:45 am)
  • Session II: Student last name M-Z, 12:30-2:00 pm (courtyard line up beginning 12:15 pm)

Lunch is not served on the half day of school for Kindergarten students. Lunch service for Kindergarten students beings on Friday, September 9. While lunch will be served, we recommend that Kindergarten students bring lunch from home on this day to alleviate some of the potential anxiety and ease transitions. Food should be healthy and children should be able to open containers themselves with minimal assistance if possible. We have designated allergy tables for students with food allergies.

First – Fifth Grade Students

Our first day of school is a full day and lunch will be served. The school day runs from 8:20-2:40 pm. Please arrive in the courtyard between 8:00 and 8:20 where your child will be greeted by his/her teacher and then escorted into the building. First and second grade teachers will be on the north side of the courtyard while third, fourth and fifth grade teachers will be on the south side of the courtyard.

All Grades

Beginning on Tuesday, September 13, students in grades K-2 will enter our building through the Columbia Street entrance and proceed to the cafeteria beginning at 8:00 am. Students in grades 3-5 will enter our building through the courtyard and proceed to the auditorium beginning at 8:00 am.

Please make sure to fill out the enclosed After-school/Dismissal Itinerary and return it to your child’s teacher via backpack mail on the first day of school.

The value placed upon shared ownership of your child’s success in school is the foundation of our work.


Looking forward to a great year!




Mark Berkowitz