Letter to NEST+m Students & Families, September 12, 2018

Dear NEST+m Students & Families,

We are hoping that you have been experiencing a warm, caretaking start to our 2018-19 school year.

This week, school resumes with our fourth day of instruction on Wednesday September 12th.

Each week I will send an email similar to this one that will provide key information related to our schoolwide calendar and/or learning resources to support you, NEST+m’s students and families.

Together we create NEST+m each day.

Thank you for your ongoing support and communication.


Mark Berkowitz

The NEST+m Ethos: Thank you Parent Coordinator Lisa Seale Cruz for graphically representing core-values within NEST+m’s K-12 school community. DOWNLOAD POSTER.

K-12 Partnerships for 2018-19: Here is a sampling of some of our new and continuing partnerships for 2018-19. Additional details will be provided during Curriculum Night.

Lower Grades (K-5)

  • Teachers College Reading & Writing Partnership
  • Jazz at Lincoln Center (5th and 6th Grade)
  • Dancing Classrooms (5th Grade)

Middle Grades (6-8)

  • Teachers College Reading & Writing Partnership
  • Wildlife Conservation Society: Inquiry-based partnerships that will provide hands-on learning experiences at NYC’s Zoos
  • Code Speaks Lab
  • College Access For All (NYC DOE program)

Upper Grades (9-12)

  • Late September 2018: We are honored to announce that William Kamkwamba, whose autobiographical story, The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity & Hope, was our schoolwide Summer Reading Text, will be visiting NEST+m’s Upper Grades & Middle Grades students in late September. For more information about William Kumkwamba, see the brief film, Moving Windmills
  • Gradewide bonding day trips will be happening in Fall 2018.  Details forthcoming.
  • College Access For All (NYC DOE program): To deepen our commitment to developing students’ college & career readiness, NEST+m’s Middle Grades and Upper Grades have formally joined the NYC Department of Education’s College Access For All program. Building upon our strong instructional core and wonderful college office, this partnership will allow us to develop additional systems and structures to support students’ post-secondary goals.

Student Safety


  • Schools are closed next Wednesday September 19th, 2018 for Yom Kippur.  For those who observed Rosh Hashanah, wishing you a Happy & Healthy New Year.
  • Save the Date:  NEST+m’s K-12 Curriculum Night is Wednesday September 26, 2018. Details forthcoming.