Letter To NEST+M Students & Families, Week Of April 9, 2018

Dear NEST+m families,

We are hoping that you and your families have had a wonderful and rejuvenating Spring Break. This week we begin the formal assessment season for students in Grades 3-8.

  • ELA state testing takes place on Wednesday April 11th and Thursday April 12th.
  • Looking ahead, the state Math exam takes place on May 1st and May 2nd.

Please join our teachers and faculty as we say thank you to a longtime member of our school’s Custodial Team, Mr. Bobby Duran, who will be retiring at the end of this week after 25 years of service to our school community.

Thank you for your ongoing support and communication.


Mark Berkowitz

This Week

  • It’s NESTFest time! On Wednesday, April 11th at noon, NESTFest Audition sign-up sheets will go live. An email will be sent to K-12 families with details. Auditions will be held on Tuesday, April 17th, Wednesday, April 18th and Thursday, April 19th. NESTFest, the annual talent show, will be on Friday, May 11th from 6-8:30pm.
  • The College Fair will be held on Thursday, April 12th at 3:00pm in the Cafeteria. All Upper Grade students are invited to attend!

Important Community Event

Dear Parents and Teachers,

On behalf of Congresswoman Velazquez and Congresswoman Maloney, I would like to invite all of you and your schools to the “Know Your Rights” event our offices are hosting with the Community Educational Council of Community School District 1. We are inviting immigration advocates and experts to help individuals and families of different immigration statuses learn about their rights, available resources, ways to protect themselves and help their friends and communities. The event will be held Wednesday, April 25 from 6:30 to 8:00 PM at PS20 Anna Silver School at 166 Essex Street during the regular time of the monthly CEC meeting. Please help us spread the word and we hope to see some of you there!

Jacqueline Hsia
Community Liaison
Office of Congresswoman Velazquez
500 Pearl Street Ste 973
New York, NY 10007

Opportunities for NEST+m students

STEM Summer in the City, a free, five week for current 2nd – 10th graders that is engaging and a fun summer program designed around STEM – science, technology, engineering and math.  Visit http://schools.nyc.gov/Academics/STEM/NYCSummerSTEM.htm for mote information.

Bronx Loaf is a free, week-long creative writing program for New York City teens. Since 2012, Bronx Loaf has provided close to 300 students from nearly 100 city schools (public, private, & charter) the opportunity to work closely with professional authors, publish in our anthology, Breaking Bread, and collaborate with fellow teen writers from New York City.
Apply Today! (Application deadline is April 15th)https://bronxloaf.org/

Sound Thinking NYC empowers young people as they explore how to turn a passion for music into a possible profession in New York City’s thriving music industry. Program participants will learn about the tools, technologies, and career paths that power songs, concerts, theaters and film. The program includes opportunities for students to visit recording studios, learn about the science and physics of sound, and meet fellow students and people in the music industry that share their passion. Applications due May4th! Visit: http://creativeartsteam.org/programs/sound-thinking-nyc