Grades K-5 Welcome Letter and Opening Procedures, 2017-2018

August 2017

Dear Parents & Families:

The 2017-2018 school year begins on Thursday September 7, at 8:20AM. The entire faculty and staff at NEST+m is hard at work getting ready to kick off another great year! This letter contains important information regarding arrival and dismissal procedures for the first days of school.

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 10:30 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, 9:15 – 10:45 AM (courtyard line up beginning 9:00 AM)
  • Session II: Student last name M – Z, 12:30 – 2:00 PM (courtyard line up beginning 12:15PM)

Lunch is not served on the first half day of school for Kindergarten students. Lunch service for Kindergarten students begins on Friday, September 8. We recommend that Kindergarten students bring lunch from home on this day to alleviate some of the potential anxiety and ease transitions.

On Friday, September 8th, your child will again be greeted in the courtyard by their teacher. Beginning on Monday, September 11 Kindergarten students will enter our building through the Columbia Street entrance and proceed to the cafeteria. There will be school staff at the door to escort students into the cafeteria.


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 AM – 2:40 PM. Please arrive in the courtyard between 8:00 and 8:20 AM. There will be clearly marked signs along the perimeter of the courtyard directing you to your designated line-up spot. There, your child will be met by their teacher and then escorted into the building. If your child is taking the public/private bus to school on the first day, they will be welcomed into the building and escorted to the cafeteria (1 – 2)/Auditorium (3-5). Students will then be brought to their classrooms.

On Friday, September 8th, grades 1 -2 will proceed to the cafeteria for line-up through the Columbia Street entrance and grades 3 – 5 will proceed to the auditorium for line-up. (As always breakfast is available for all students beginning at 7:30 AM in the cafeteria.)

DISMISSAL: Please fill out this dismissal form and bring to school the first day so that your child’s teacher knows how each student will be dismissed during the first week, Thursday-Friday. Also please fill out this September-January dismissal form, for Monday-Friday. On Thursday, dismissal will take place at your child’s line-up spot in the courtyard at the end of the day. If your child is taking the bus home, they will be brought to their designated bus line-up spot for dismissal. If your child is taking the private bus, we encourage you to add a tag to their backpack with the name and number of the private bus.

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, Principal