Letter to NEST+m Students & Families from Mark Berkowitz, Week of March 13, 2017


Dear NEST+m Students & Families,
Thank you to all who were able to join last week’s monthly Principal’s Coffee.  A summary of discussion points from those meetings will be sent in our week ahead. This Friday, Grades 3-5 parents are invited to join Family Friday, 8:30am.
As Previously Announced:
·      NYC School Survey: Every year, parents, teachers, and students in grades 6-12 take the NYC School Survey. This is a vital feedback opportunity. Specific information about how to complete your survey has been sent separately. Look for the green envelope. Your voice matters! For more information: http://schools.nyc.gov/Accountability/tools/survey/default
·      Parent Teacher Conferences: Will be held in the evening of Thursday March 23rd  (4:45pm – 7:45pm) and in the afternoon, Friday March 24, 12:40pm – 2:40pm.  Please save the date. Electronic sign-up for Grades K-8 conferences will be sent separately.
·      Grades 3-8 State Testing: The NYC DOE will administer the New York State (NYS) grades 3–8 English Language Arts (ELA) and mathematics exams on March 28–30 and May 2–4, respectively. For more information, please see the attached Parent Guide: Frequently Asked Questions.
Looking Ahead:
Monday, March 20th: Monthly Safety Meeting (Public), 9:15am to 10:00am in the NEST+m Cafeteria. Each year schools across NYC Department of Education conduct monthly safety meetings. One time per year these meetings are conducted publicly.
Tuesday, March 21: School Leadership Team Meeting (Public), 4pm, in the NEST+m Library.

Friday, March 17: Celebration for NEST+m 8th Grade Students matched to NEST+m Upper Grades during the Round 1 Admissions Process. We are excited to celebrate your opportunity to attend the Upper Grades at NEST+m and are inviting you to a celebration with 9th Grade Faculty and students.
Come to room 336 (3:15 – 4:30pm) for the informal meet and greet, and share in some delicious pizza, cake, and conversation.

Wednesday, March 22:
Upper Grades Open House for current NEST+m 8th Grade students and families– 9:30am – 10:45am (Auditorium). Event will include presentations, a student panel, and classroom visits.

–Upper Grades Evening Open House: 5:30pm – 6:30pm (Auditorium)

Thursday, March 30 and Friday, March 31: Upper Grades School Play: Peter and the Starcatcher (Auditorium)
Thursday Performance: 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Friday Performance: 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Wednesday, April 5: SAT School Day. All 11th Grade students are registered to take the SAT at NEST+m. More details are forthcoming.

SAT School Day Flyer

Thank you for your ongoing support and communication.
Mark Berkowitz