Letter To NEST+M Students And Families From Mark Berkowitz, Week Of November 20, 2017

Dear NEST+m Students and Families,

Our week ahead features three full days of instruction followed by the Thanksgiving recess. Schools are closed on Thursday and Friday.

We hope that the Thanksgiving recess provides you and your family with the opportunity to pause and to connect with family, friends and other loved ones.

Thank you for your ongoing support and communication.


Mark Berkowitz

Congratulations to:

  • All of our Lower Grades Spelling Bee Participants!
  • Our Lower Grades Chess Team for this weekend’s NEST+m Chess Tournament and last week’s “Susan Polgar World Open Championship for Girls and Boys”
    • K-2 Girls
      • 2nd place team: KC and Arabella – it was their first major event, and these two ladies rocked!
    • K-2 Boys
      • 1st place individual: Dylan Kang
      • 6th place individual: Jack Faissal
      • 1st place team: Dylan Kang, Jack Faissal, and Liam Chan
    • 3rd – 5th Boys
      • 2nd place individual – Romir Mukherjee
      • 2nd place team – Romir Mukherjee and Rhys Black
    • 6th – 8th Girls
      • 2nd place individual – Margaret Stacey
    • K – 12 Blitz
      • 3rd place -Davis Zong

NEST+m Athletics
You can now follow NEST+m Athletics on Instagram, at  http://instagram.com/nestmeagles.  Go Eagles!

Our Week Ahead

Monday November 20th:

  • Regular Instructional Day, 8:20am to 2:40pm
  • Last day of UG photos

Tuesday November 21th:

  • Regular Instructional Day, 8:20am to 2:40pm
  • School Leadership Team meeting, 4pm, Library

Wednesday November 22th:

  • Regular Instructional Day, 8:20am to 2:40pm
  • K-5 “Forces in Motion” Physics Assembly
  • No After-school activities

Looking Ahead

  • Week of November 27th will be Open School Week at NEST+m. More information will be sent out tomorrow.
  • Principal’s Coffees will be Wednesday, November 29 (MG), Thursday, November 30 (LG) and and Friday, December 1 (UG).

Opportunities for NEST+m students

Attention high school students: Would you like to brighten a senior citizen’s day, practice performing your music (instrument or vocal), and earn volunteer service hours all at the same time?

If this sounds good to you, Concerts in Motion, a nonprofit that serves senior citizens who can’t leave their homes, is looking for student volunteers!  We are looking for students to sign up to visit a senior citizen in Chinatown for a minimum of one visit per month.  All visits will be supervised by an adult from Concerts in Motion.  Vocalists and instrumentalists of all levels are welcome – we just ask that you come ready to perform 2-4 pieces.

If you are interested in this wonderful service opportunity, please contact Melany at operationsmanager@concertsinmotion.org and she will send more information on how to sign up.  Students are asked to commit to one Monday per month but are welcome to sign up for additional Mondays, too!

Previously announced opportunities for NEST+m students

Ascend Educational Fund Scholarships
The  Ascend Educational Fund scholarship offers between $2500  – $20,000 to immigrant students or children of immigrants.  New York City Seniors who will attend public or private colleges or universities.  It is irregardless of ethnicity, national origin or immigration status. The requirements are to complete the application, send copy of SAT/ACT, 2 letters of recommendations and write 2 essays.  The application period began Nov 1 and closes February 2, 2018.  The winners must maintain a 2.5 GPA at college.and participate in mentoring from Ascent Educational Fund.

If you have any more questions they can be addressed to info@ascendfundny.org.

3T Writing Workshops
3T Writing Workshops hopes to offer a place for students to write freely about what is on their minds and have their words validated by actors bringing their words to life.

Students are invited to join their upcoming workshops on Nov 30, Dec 7 and Dec 14 at The New School for Drama 151 Bank St. from 4-6pm.

Please click here for an application. More information is found on their website.

SAT / ACT Test Prep
Class of 2019
FREE Hybrid Exams (11/18 & 12/16; 8:30am-1pm) – Try out a little of both SAT & ACT Exams and see which is best for you! These are the last two dates this year for the Class of 2019. (Registration closes at noon the Thursday before the event). Register Here.

March 21 SAT Prep starts by 1/27 – See all SAT prep options here
April 14 ACT Prep starts by 2/24 – See all ACT Prep options here
*Group and Small Group options attached.

Class of 2020
FREE PSAT Exam & Review Seminar (3/10; 8:30am-12:30pm) – Take a practice PSAT Exam, score it, and chat through a few tips and tricks before your PSAT exam this March! Register Here.

FREE Hybrid Exams (4/28, 5/19, & 6/2; 8:30am-1pm) – Try out a little of both SAT & ACT Exams and see which is best for you! Register Here.

All Students
Career Planning Seminar (5/12; 10am-1pm) – Explore YOU and find a career that fits! Complete an interest assessment profile and find careers that match your interests. Register Here.

Atlas offers Group ($399+), Small Group ($599+), and Private Tutoring ($999+) prep options to suit the various needs of your students. Don’t forget, we offer unlimited scholarships to our group courses for those who qualify for free or reduced price lunch (verbal confirmation from counselor is the only proof required).

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.

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