Letter To NEST+M Students And Families From Mark Berkowitz, Week Of October 23, 2017 (repost)

Dear NEST+m Students and Families,

Please note that this is a posting of an email that originally was sent on October 22nd, 2017.


Dear NEST+m Students & Families,

Thank you to all NEST+m SLT members, PTA officials, families and Upper Grades Students who have engaged in a letter writing campaign to ensure that our building’s rear courtyard remains the vital component of our K-12 learning environment that it has been since 2001.

Please know that I have been actively advocating within Department of Education channels to ensure that this physical space is maintained for its direct connection to students’ health and well being.

Thank you for your ongoing support and communication.


Mark Berkowitz

Please join me in celebrating the many ways in which NEST+m’s Teachers & Faculty embody the core values of Intellectualism, Inclusivity, Collaboration and Exploration within and beyond our school community:

Math for America Fellows
Did you know that seven NEST+m teachers within our Math and Science Departments (Grades 6-12) are participating in a 4-year Math for America Fellowship? Kudos to those who are continuing this learning experience and to those who have been newly admitted:

  • Master Teacher Fellowships: Johanna Cinquegrana, Richard Sullivan, Margaret Tanzosh
  • MfA Fellowship: Tala Councilman
  • Early Career Fellowship: Scott Justus, Bao Nguyen, Caroline Phillips

LGBTQ Writers in Schools Program
Congratulations to Upper Grades Social Studies Teacher Halle Bauer and our Upper Grades LGBTQ+ Club students.  On behalf of NEST+m, Ms. Bauer applied to the DOE’s “LGBTQ+ Writers in Schools” Program. This past week we were accepted! This program will support us with a classroom library of LGBTQ+ literature as well as an on-site author visit.

A shout-out to Ms. O’Connor and the PINK Club who represented NEST+m in the Making Strides for Breast Cancer walk in Central Park last Sunday.

Thank you to these Fall Sport Teacher-Coaches!

  • Lower Grades: April Barabash and Theresa Anderson
  • Middle Grades Athletics (Champs) Jackie O’Connor, Richard Sullivan, Theresa Anderson, Charles Hohl and Darnel James
  • Upper Grades Athletics (PSAL)
    • Girls Soccer: Jackie O’Connor
    • Boys Soccer: April Barabash
    • Girls Volleyball: Scott Justus
    • Fencing: Carolina Barreiro Ojeda

Our Week Ahead

Monday, October 23

  • Upper Grades Town Hall Meetings
  • TCRWP: This week, Monday to Wednesday, NEST+m will be hosting a Teachers College Reading and Writing Project Reading Institute. 40 educators from across will be based in our library and in select Lower Grades classrooms as we collectively deepen our practices regarding the teaching of Reading.

Wednesday, October 25

  • 7th Grade Field Trip to Old Bethpage (Wednesday and Thursday)

Thursday, October 26

  •  Jazz at Lincoln Center, Jazz for Young People, Grades 5 & 6 Assemblies.

Friday, October 27

  • NEST+m K-12 Spirit Wear Day – show your purple!
  • Upper Grades National Honor Society Induction Ceremony

Saturday, October 28

  • Fright Night PTA Fundraiser: LG 3-6 pm, MG Dance 7-9 pm

Looking Ahead:

SPIRIT WEEK starts this Friday Oct. 27th and runs through Nov. 3rd!

  • Friday 10/27- NEST+m Spirit Wear Day
  • Monday 10/30 – Denim Day
  • Tuesday 10/31 – Halloween (Absolutely no mask, no weapons allowed)
  • Wednesday 11/01 – PJ DAy
  • Thursday 11/02 – Jersey/Sports Day
  • Friday 11/03 – Multiple Inclusive Day
    • K-8 Each class/grade picks a theme, color or pattern.
    • 9-12 Groups of multiple will be posted. Please join one of our teams! Confirmed so far… Tropical/Floral, White shirt & blue jeans, Flannel & jeans, Pink hoodie & dark jeans… more to come.

November 6

  • Morning Tour of NEST+m Middle Grades (6-8) for current NEST+m 5th grade Students and Families
  • Afternoon Tour of NEST+m Upper Grades (9-12) for current NEST+m 8th grade Students and Families

November 7

  • Election Day – Day of Learning – no school for students

November 9th and 10th

  • Save the Date for Parent Teacher Conferences, November 9th (evening) and November 10th (afternoon). More details forthcoming.

Please see below for interesting opportunities for NEST+m students

Family Resource Centers
The Family Resource Centers provide free and confidential services for parents and caregivers of children and adolescence with emotional challenges in Manhattan, Queens and The Bronx.
For info call 212-964-5253.

FREE one-on-one tutoring to children and adolescents with IEPs twice per week for a full year at Hunter College. Contact info – Carol Deere at HCLEARN@hunter.cuny.edu

Paid Intership 
The Family Art Project at Wave Hill is hiring additional 2017-2018 interns this fall for students who have an interest and enthusiasm for the arts and/or science. $9 per hour – 12 month position on weekends from 9am to 4pm. Send cover letter and resume to fapinternship@wavehill.org.

Promise Project
PROMISE at Columbia University is committed to being the most effective, all-encompassing program to help children with learning disabilities get the support they need to succeed. Children receive state-of-the-art neuropsychological assessments, clinical recommendations and the follow-up necessary to get the services they need to learn . Call Ana Garcia, at Promise Project’s main number, at 212-342-1600.

Community Service
There are community service opportunities available for 11th and 12th graders with the SONYC after-school program at NEST+m. Please email Scott Percelay at spercelay@grandsettlement.org or stop by room 257 if interested.

NYU School of Medicine STEP Program
Is your child a 10th or 11th grader interested in science education, SAT prep, or health professions? The STEP Program at the New York University School of Medicine has begun actively accepting New York State 10th and 11th grade high school students into their program.
Deadline: November 15, 2017 — click here for more information.

Halloween Teen Night at the Whitney Museum
Save the date! On Friday, October 27th from 5-7:30 pm, New York City teens are invited to Halloween Teen Night at the Whitney. Join Youth Insights Leaders and artist Ephraim Asili for a night of spooky jams, dancing, costume making, tarot card readings, snacks, and more. Refreshments and art materials are provided.
Free for teens. No RSVP required—bring a friend!
Questions? Contact Teen Programs at youthinsights@whitney.org. Learn more about teen programs at whitney.org.