Important information for our first day of school!

Dear NEST+m families,

Our 2018-2019 school year begins on Wednesday, September 5th, 2018 at 8:20 AM. Unless arriving for a pre-scheduled activity, student entry begins no earlier than 7:30am. Please see below some important information and procedures for the first days of school.

Grades 6-12
Students in Grades 6-12 will be able to view their schedules by logging into their PupilPath accounts. If you have forgotten your PupilPath password, visit to have reset instructions sent to you.

If your child is entering 6th or 9th grade, or is new to NEST+m this year, a PupilPath invitation code was mailed to you via US mail on Thursday, August 30th. This code will allow you to create an account. If you are not able to access PupilPath before the start of school, 1st period classes will be posted on the 3rd floor. The first day of school for 6th grade students will be an Orientation Day, and teachers will walk their students through all the information that students will need to know.

Students should enter the building as follows:

  • Upper Grades students should enter the building via the Columbia Street entrance, and proceed to their Period 1 classrooms on the 3rd floor.
  • Middle Grades students should enter the building via the main entrance and proceed to their Period 1 classrooms on the 3rd floor.

Lunch is free for all students and will be served in the Cafeteria on the Lower floor. 9th graders have lunch on site at NEST+m; however, students in grades 10-12, with signed permission slips, may leave our campus, staying in close proximity to school grounds. Middle Grade students are not permitted to leave the building for lunch.

Metrocards will be distributed to all eligible students during the first few days of school.
Photos for student IDs will be taken within the first few days of school.

Grades 1-5
Our first day of school is a full day and lunch will be served. The school day runs from 8:20 AM – 2:40 PM.

Please arrive in the courtyard between 8:00- 8:20 AM. There will be clearly marked signs along the perimeter of the courtyard directing you to your designated line-up spot. There, your child will be met by their teacher and escorted into the building. If your child is taking the public/private bus to school on the first day, they will be welcomed into the building and escorted to the Cafeteria (Grades 1 – 2) or Auditorium (Grades 3-5). Students will then be brought to their classrooms.

On Thursday, September 6th, students in Grades 1-2 will proceed to the Cafeteria for line-up through the Columbia Street entrance.

Students in Grades 3 – 5 will proceed to the auditorium for line-up. (As always, breakfast is available for all students beginning at 7:30 AM in the cafeteria.)

Dismissal will take place at your child’s line-up spot in the courtyard at the end of the day. If your child is taking the bus home, they will be brought to their designated bus line-up spot for dismissal.

Our lower grade teams spend many hours, and put immense effort and thought into making class placements that are equitable for all of our students. Later this week, 1-5 families will be receiving a letter via US mail informing them of their child’s teacher assignment.

Kindergarten Students
Our first day of school is a half day for all kindergarten students. Later this week, K families will be receiving a letter via US mail informing them of their child’s teacher assignment. Kindergarten students will be greeted by their teachers in the courtyard and then escorted into their classrooms. Parents are invited into their child’s classroom at 10:30 AM (morning session) and 1:00 PM (afternoon session) where your child will show you around their kindergarten class. Dismissal will take place in the courtyard immediately thereafter.

  • Session I: Student last name A – L, 9:15 AM – 10:45 AM (courtyard line up beginning 9:05 AM)
  • Session II: Student last name M – Z, 11:45 AM – 1:15 PM (courtyard line up beginning 11:35 AM)

Lunch is not served on the first half day of school for Kindergarten students. Lunch service for Kindergarten students begins on Thursday, September 6. We recommend that Kindergarten students bring lunch from home on this day to alleviate potential anxiety and to ease your child’s transitions.

On Thursday, September 6th, your child will again be greeted in the courtyard by their teacher.

Beginning on Friday, September 7th, Kindergarten students will enter our building through the Columbia Street entrance and proceed to the cafeteria. NEST+m Faculty will welcome students at our Columbia Street entrance and escort students into the cafeteria.

A Note About Supply Lists

Bus transportation

  • To find out about parent-organized private bus service, visit:
  • To learn more about NYCDOE Public Bussing, please visit this webpage. You will need to stop by the Main Office once school starts and see Marcy Duran, Transportation Secretary, in order to sign up for public bus service.
  • If students have bussing listed on their IEP, they should call Office of Pupil Transportation (718) 392-8855 to check on route information.

Medical Forms

  • The Department of Health Child & Adolescent Health Examination Form, signed by your child’s doctor, can be dropped off in the Main Office during the first couple of week of school. (These are not required every year, but all students new to NEST+m must submit this form).
  • Medication authorization forms for asthmaallergiesdiabetes, or other concerns, must be signed by child’s doctor and parent, and should be dropped directly to the Medical Office in Room 257.

Registration forms
If you are new to NEST+m this year – welcome! – and you have not completed your registration documents, please come to the Main Office to see Eileen Braccia, our Pupil Accounting Secretary.

Have a great remainder of summer!