Letter To NEST+M Students And Families From Mark Berkowitz, Week Of November 27, 2017 (repost)

Dear NEST+m Students and Families,

We are hoping that this Thanksgiving holiday weekend has provided you with the opportunity to feel rejuvenated and connected with your family, friends and loved ones.

Congratulations once again to everyone who participated in the Spelling Bee on 11/14. Here are the top results.

  • First place wiinner – Neo Yee (6th Grade)
  • 1st Runner-up – Evan Schleck (5th Grade)
  • 2nd Runner-up – Mark Tsybulski (5th Grade)
  • 3rd Runner-up –  Aaron Wang (7th Grade)

The top three School Spelling Bee finishers will advance to the Manhattan District Spelling Bee in January 2018, where they will have the opportunity to qualify for the Daily News New York Citywide Spelling Bee (a qualifier for the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. that will take place in May 2018).

Our week ahead features Open School Week as well as our November Principal’s Coffees. Both of these opportunities are intended to provide you and your family with the opportunity to learn more about your child’s courses and experience at NEST+m. For more information, please see below.

Thank you for your ongoing support and communication.


Mark Berkowitz


This year, Open School “Week” will be from Monday November 27th to Wednesday November 29th. Parents, please see the following guidelines:

Open School Week provides you with the opportunity to observe your child’s learning experience in action. It also allows us to reinforce our family-school partnership and commitment to each child’s success.

During Open School Week Please Observe the Following Norms:

  • Observe your child /children only.
  • Stay for the entire instructional period.
  • Please do not use cell phones or other electronic devices including cameras.
  • Please do not bring food or drinks into the classroom.
  • Please enter the classroom as if it’s a fishbowl, a space for you to see and enjoy but that you are outside of. This will enable classroom instruction and learning to proceed as usual.
  • Thank you in advance for honoring our request that you refrain from engaging in conversation with your child, other students or your child’s teacher. A simple wave or smile will allow your child to know that you are present. Smiles are always welcomed.

Lower Grades (K-5):

We have scheduled Family Fridays throughout the year for families to learn about the classroom curriculum. The K-5 open school week will showcase our “specials” classes.

Please sign up using this link: NEST+m Lower Grades Open School Week Sign Up

Middle Grades (6-8):

For 6th grade, please click on one of the below links to sign up for one 6th grade class.

Math: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0c4ba9af2da5fa7-open
Science: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0f4aadab2aa5f58-open
ELA: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0c4babae28a0f94-sign/31650677
Social Studies: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090a4eaca62caaf49-open1
Theater: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0c4babae28a0f85-open

For 7th and 8th grades, observations of classes are on a first come first served basis with a limit of 5 parent observers per class. No signup is necessary.

Upper Grades (9-12):

Parents have the opportunity to observe your child’s program on one instructional day between Monday November 27th and Wednesday November 29th. Observations of classes are on a first come first served basis with a limit of 5 parent observers per class. No signup is necessary.


Our Week Ahead

Wednesday November 29

  • Middle Grades Principal’s Coffee at 8:30 am in the cafeteria. All faculty and families are welcome.

 Thursday November 30

  • Lower Grades Principal’s Coffee at 8:30 am in the cafeteria. All faculty and families are welcome.

Friday December 1 

  • Upper Grades Principal’s Coffee at 8:30 am in the cafeteria. All faculty and families are welcome.


Looking Ahead

Tuesday, December 5

  • K-12 Town Hall – we will host a Town Hall from 6-7 pm in the auditorium.

Friday, December 8

  • 6th grade annual potluck dinner will be held at 5:30 in the cafeteria


Opportunities for NEST+m students

2018 STEM Research Academy
The STEM Research Academy will allow 25 high school students to take a spring pre-college science course (for H.S. credit) to introduce them to the expectations of working in a research lab environment. Upon successful completion of the course, students will be eligible to participate in a six week paid summer research experience with a Baruch College faculty member. Application deadline is December 1. Please click here for more information.

Kaplan Test Prep
Kaplan Test Prep will be running an SAT Class at NEST+M School in preparation for the March 21st SAT Test date! Class will include 2 Practice Tests and 6 three hour Classroom sessions.   Seating is limited   Register today,  by calling 1-800-527-8378 or visiting https://www.kaptest.com/college-prep/nestm .Use CodeNEST400 to get a $400 discount on the course!!   Prices go up 3 weeks prior to the class start date!

Class Code: SAIKM18005P
Discount Code: NEST400
Schedule: Wednesdays starting at 2:50.  First session is 1/10/18!

Previously announced opportunities for NEST+m students

Concerts in Motion
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!

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