Letter To Students & Families, Week Of January 21, 2019

January 21, 2019

Dear NEST+m Students & Families,

I am hoping you have had a meaningful King National Holiday. The following resources from the New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture have been shared with NEST+m’s teachers and faculty. We are hoping they are of service to you and your families.

From the New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.

1. Crusader (Without Violence): Martin Luther King Jr. Photography Exhibition presents an intimate travelogue of King’s pilgrimage to India, Nobel Peace Prize acceptance in Oslo, Norway, and his work as a non-violent crusader for civil rights captured by select photographers of the day. These works, taken from the Schomburg Center’s Photographs and Prints Division, reveal a side of King in travel, in rest, and in celebration, lesser-seen in popular photography of the leader at work.

2. Making Black Lives Matter in New York City Schools, Friday February 8, 2019, 6pm

3. 2019 Black Lives Matter Teen Conference, Saturday February 9, 2019 10am

4. In support of our commitment to engaging in cross-cultural dialogue, here is a wonderful model of “Courageous Conversation” between On Being host Krista Tippett and her guest, the poet, playwright and professor Claudia Rankine. How Can I Say This So That We Can Stay In This Car Together?


Thank you to all of the K-2 families who joined this past week’s K-2 Family Friday.

Thank you to all of the Upper Grades families who joined us for last week’s Upper Grades Winter Concert.

Tuesday January 22, 2019, NEST+m is honored to welcome acclaimed children’s book writer and illustrator Bryan Collier who will be reading with our K-2 students.

Bryan Collier is the author and illustrator of Uptown, winner of the Coretta Scott King Award and the Ezra Jack Keats Book Award. He is also the illustrator of Martin’s Big Words by Doreen Rappaport and Rosa by Nikki Giovanni, both of which are Caldecott Honor Books. The Chicago Sun-Times has called Collier’s art “breathtakingly beautiful.” Mr. Collier lives with his family in Harlem in New York City.

Upper Grades Regents Week, Tuesday January 22 to Friday January 25th. Upper Grades students will only be in attendance for exams and/or to work, by invitation, with teachers.

Wednesday January 23, 2019:

  • 8:30am, Middle Grades Principal’s Coffee, 8:30am, NEST+m Café
  • Girls Leadership Presentation, 6pm, NEST+m Auditorium

Thursday January 24, 2019:

  • 8:30am, Lower Grades Principal’s Coffee, NEST+m Café
  • Middle Grades Winter Concert, Thursday 1/24, 6pm

Friday January 25, 2019: 

  • 7:30am to 8:15am SOAR (Staff Organized Against Racism) Weekly Courageous Conversation. All are welcome, Room 249.
  • Friday, January 25th at 8:30am; 4-5 Grade Family Friday

Looking Ahead:

  • Chancellor’s Conference Day: Monday, January 28th: No school for Upper Grades students.
  • Upper Grades Spring Term Begins; Upper Grades Students Return: Tuesday January 29th
  • FAME jr. Middle Grades Musical: Thursday January 31st & Friday February 1st
  • 3rd Grade “Family Friday”/Native American Celebration: Wednesday, February 13th, 8:30am-9:15am

Thank you for your ongoing support and communication.


Mark Berkowitz


Important notes about our 2018-2019 📅School Calendar📅

As you plan your family’s activities, please visit our Calendar page of the school website. You will see a Google calendar of our school events as well as other important items, such as the A/B Calendar, the Department of Education Calendar as well as the January and June New York State Regents Exam Schedules.
  • During January Regents exam week January 22-25, 2019, Upper Grades students will not report to school unless they are scheduled to take a January Regents exam. Students should see their Guidance Counselor for questions about January Regents exams.
  • In addition, please note: Upper Grades students do not attend school on Monday, January 28. It is a Chancellor’s Conference Day.
  • The June Regents exam testing schedule (June 18-25, 2019)  is very late this year; some 8th grade students and Upper Grade students are going to have Regents exams during the last week of school. 12th grade and 8th grade graduation ceremonies are going to be on June 26th, the very last day of school! Please keep this schedule in mind as you make your family’s summer plans.