Letter to NEST+m Students & Families, Week of April 16, 2018

Dear NEST+m Students & Families,

Thank you to the entire NEST+m community for providing such a heartfelt farewell to Mr. Bobby Durand after his decades of service to the NEST+m. This past Friday morning we had a brief but extraordinary send-off assembly for Bobby in the auditorium. What a wonderful representation of the warmth and care that each of us brings to NEST+m each day.

This past weekend NEST+m has played host to the 2nd Annual NY State Girls Chess Championship. Thank you to the NEST+m Chess Committee and PTA for coordinating this dynamic event.

Please join me in thanking NEST+m’s College Counselor Ms. Nataliya Kisina, our Guidance Team and PTA for coordinating last week’s on-site college fair. Our cafeteria was filled with college & university representatives who were thrilled to meet NEST+m’s talented and hard-working students.

Thank you for your ongoing support and communication.


Mark Berkowitz

This Week

  • NESTFest Auditions:  Auditions will be held on Tuesday, April 17thWednesday, April 18th and Thursday, April 19th. NESTFest, the annual talent show, will be on Friday, May 11th from 6-8:30pm. Questions? Email PVoorhees@schools.nyc.gov
  • SLT Meeting: Tuesday, April 17 at 4:00pm.
  • Parent Workshop: “Raising Sexually Healthy Children”
    Thursday, April 19, 2018, 8:30-9:15 NEST+m Cafeteria. Ms. Rothenberg will discuss your questions and concerns about talking with your children about sex. A list of resources will also be provided. Visit: allthingsadolescent.com for additional information. All parents are welcome!
  • K-2 Family Friday: Friday, April 20th, 8:30-10:00am
  • PTA Spring Gala & Auction:  Friday, April 20, 7:00pm – 10:30pm
    Clyde Frazier’s, 485 10th Ave, New York, NY 10018.
    Visit http://www.nestmpta.org/gala.html for more info.

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

Nominate an outstanding NEST+m student to participate in the NY Urban League Empowerment Day!
As we move into our eighth year of Empowerment days, the NYUL invites  you to nominate 10-15 young women and/or 10-15 young men to represent your school/organization as student ambassadors who would benefit from this day with the New York Urban League.  We request that organizations nominating 10-15 students provide two chaperones to participate to escort students to host sites throughout the city.

Our nomination form(s) must be submitted for each organization and/or school and each student nominated to participate. All forms must be submitted by Monday, April 16th  (May 4th Empowerment day) and Monday, April 30th (May 18th Empowerment day). Students must commit to the entire day (8am-5:00pm) to be eligible to participate. Late submissions will not be accepted. DOWNLOAD the nomination form.

Attend the CEC1 (Community Education Council for District 1) Meeting
Wednesday, April 18th, 6:00pm – 8:00pm – DOWNLOAD the flyer for more information.

Visit the New York National College Fair at Javits Center on 4/22 at Jacob Javits Center

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