Letter to NEST+m Students & Families, from Mark Berkowitz, September 17, 2018

Dear NEST+m Students & Families,

Thank you to all of the PTA volunteers and students who joined together to celebrate our return to school on Friday September 7th (K-5) and Friday September 14 (Grades 6-8 and 9-12). Our courtyards were filled with festive music and celebration.

In support of our commitment to developing students’ college and career readiness, please see How to Get the Most Out of College, from New York Times columnist Frank Bruni.

Though Bruni poses recommendations to support students success in their years after high school, each of his recommendations are equally important during students NEST+m years.

We believe that a close relationship with their teachers is akin to Bruni’s recommendation that students find academic and professional mentors. Our commitment to Upper Grades Community Service is aligned with our belief that mentorship beyond the school house is equally essential.

Please note that DOE schools are closed this Wednesday. We look forward to seeing you during next Wednesday’s Curriculum Night—the schedule for this special event will be distributed later this week.

Thank you for your ongoing support and communication.


Mark Berkowitz

Coming Up:

  • Monday, September 17, 8:30am – Whole Child meeting in Cafeteria
  • Wednesday September 19, 2018 – Schools are closed for Yom Kippur.
  • Thursday, September 20 – 5:45pm – PTA Volunteer Fair, followed by PTA Meeting at 6:15pm.
  • Wednesday September 26, 2018 – Save the Date for NEST+m’s K-12 Curriculum Night. This event is for parents and will run from 4:45 – 7:45pm. Details for each grades’ events – LG, MG and UG – will be sent later in the week.


Notice to families with students who ride the DOE public yellow buses:
Please note that bus am pick-up and pm drop-off times might have changed as a result of stops being added to your child’s bus route. To check your child’s pick up or drop off time, please visit the Office of Pupil Transportation website; you will need to input your child’s OSIS number and birth date. You can also call the Office of Pupil Transportation at (718) 392-8855.

The NEST+m Ethos: 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)
  • Alvin Ailey Dance Program

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

Student Opportunities

The Expanded Horizons College Success Program at Henry Street Settlement is currently recruiting students from grades 9-12! If you know any students who may be a good match for our program, please forward them to our Best Fit Questionnaire. This can also be found on the Henry Street website at the bottom of the Expanded Horizons Webpage. Interested students should complete this form ASAP, as spots are filled on a first come, first served basis.  The questionnaire should be completed no later than September 20th, 2018 .