Letter To NEST+M Students And Families From Mark Berkowitz, Week Of October 30, 2017

Dear NEST+m Students & Families,

Thank you to all who created or joined this weekend’s annual PTA-coordinated celebration, Fright Night 2017. This NEST+m tradition demonstrates the NEST+m community’s collaborative spirit, creative energy and can-do work ethic.

  • Special thanks to this year’s Fright Night Co-Chairpersons: Lower Grades Event Chairs Deb Kreisman-Title, Eiko Sakai, and Amelia Murphy; MG Dance Chair Michelle Barber-Perry; and Haunted House Creator Julie Longmuir.
  • Special shout out to Willi Yusah and the NEST+m Upper Grades Theater students for bringing to life a truly frightening Haunted House!
  • Special thank you to our School Safety Team and the NEST+m Custodial Team for supporting this enormous event.

This past week we had the pleasure of inducting almost 50 new members into the NEST+m chapter of The National Honor Society. Our Induction Ceremony featured a candle lighting ceremony, musical performances by members of our Upper Grades Jazz Ensemble, and a reception for students and families afterward.

Thank you to NHS Advisor Ruby Mercure, the NHS Faculty Council, Music Teacher Craig McGorry, our generous PTA, and all Upper Grades teachers that have supported and challenged our students over the past years.

Please Join me in congratulating NEST+m’s Upper Grades AP Physics Teacher Hyungmin Park. He has been selected to receive a 2017 Sloan Award for Excellence in Teaching Science and Mathematics in New York City Public High Schools. This honor from the Fund for the City of New York and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation will be formally presented at the Great Hall of the Cooper Union in early December. Congratulations Mr. Park!

Congratulations to Coach Jackie O’Connor and NEST+m’s PSAL Girls Varsity Soccer team on finishing their regular PSAL season undefeated!  They won their first playoff game on Saturday and have their next game Monday at 3:30. Go Eagles!

Congratulations to NEST+m Upper Grades student, Emma Shapiro, on being named a semifinalist in the Foundation for Letters 2017 NYC Writing Competition!

It is a true honor to celebrate the many ways in which our students, faculty and families embody intellectualism, inclusivity, collaboration and exploration within and beyond our school community.

Thank you for your ongoing support and communication.


Mark Berkowitz

Our Week Ahead

It’s Spirit Week, all week long!
Please click here for Spirit Week’s schedule of activities. 

Tuesday October 31, 2017

  • Halloween—This is a regular instructional day. Students are expected to behave with an academic seriousness and kindness toward others. As always: No masks, “fake” weapons, sunglasses or objects/attire that would otherwise be prohibited by the DOE Bill of Student Rights & Discipline Code.

Looking Ahead

November 6

  • Tour of NEST+m Middle Grades (6-8) for current NEST+m 5th grade Students and Families – Begins at 8:30 am.
  • Tour of NEST+m Upper Grades (9-12) for current NEST+m 8th grade Students and Families – Open House will begin at 10:49 am. Classroom tours will begin at 11:32 am.

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). Signup links will be sent this week

Please see below for interesting opportunities for NEST+m students

The ALA prepares high-achieving 10th and 11th graders for professional careers in Medical Science, Biomedical Engineering & Technology, and Applied Mathematics over 3 weekends of interactive workshops at Princeton University. Students will explore new STEM content with group activities, lectures, hands-on demonstrations and real world applications taught by experienced scientists. Please click here for more information.

College is Possible
An Evening of Answers for High School Students with Individualized Education Programs (IEPS) and their Families.
Thursday, November 2, 2017 6-8pm
CUNY- Borough of Manhattan Community College
199 Chambers Street
New York, NY 10007
Click here for more information.

Pathways to An Inclusive Future
Hear a panel of professionals, youth advocates, parents and educators with different perspectives tackle the complexities of inclusion- what it is, why it is, and what it could look like in the future.
Monday, November 6, 2017 6-8pm
Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
West 46th Street and 12th Avenue
New York, NY 10036
Click here for more information.

Shape Up NYC
Shape Up NYC is a free citywide fitness program operated by NYC Parks that provides more than 350 free group exercise classes each week at 200 locations across the five boroughs.  Please see our website for a class near you: https://www.nycgovparks.org/programs/recreation/shape-up-nyc

Parent Center Information Workshops
Free Winter 2018 Parenting Groups!  Structured parent and parent/child groups and activities provide parents the education, support and resources needed to strengthen their families.
All groups are held at:  The Parent Center @ Henry Street Settlement 281 East Broadway, New York, NY 10002. Registration is required. Please click here for the Winter Schedule and registration information.

Previously announced opportunities

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.