Letter to NEST+m Students & Families, Week of December 29, 2019

December 29, 2019

Dear NEST+m Students & Families,

We hope you are having a joyful winter break as we prepare for the New Year.

This week schools are closed Monday through Wednesday.

We wish you and yours a very Happy New Year’s celebration.

See you Thursday!


Mark Berkowitz



For students in Grades 6-12, Thursday, January 2nd will be an A Day. Please refer to the A/B Calendar on nestmk12.net

Our Week Ahead

  • ❄️Winter Recess ❄️: Monday, December 23 – Wednesday, January 1. Return to school on Thursday, January 2, 2020.
  • Monday December 30, 2019: School Closed, Winter Recess
  • Tuesday December 31, 2019: School Closed, Winter Recess
  • Wednesday January 1, 2020: School Closed, Winter Recess
  • Thursday January 2, 2020: School Open; regular instructional day
  • Friday January 3, 2020: School Open; regular instructional day

Coming Up

  • 9th Grade Potluck: Friday, January 3, 7-9pm. Save the date – more info coming soon!
  • ➡️Mindful Parenting Workshop: By Melissa Chen, sponsored by PTA Whole Child Committee, Tuesday, January 7, 8:30-9:30am
  • 10th Grade Potluck: Tuesday, January 7, 6:30-9:30pm. More info coming soon!
  • ➡️Parent Presentation: Thursday, January 9th 5:00-6:30pm, NEST+m Auditorium: A Father’s Hard-Earned Lessons about Cyberbullying and Suicide, Presented by John P. Halligan, Author and Motivational Speaker; all are welcome!
  • Sign up for Photo Re-take: Deadline to sign up is January 10 on Cool for School website
  • NYC College Awareness Day: Friday, January 10. Follow events at #CollegeAwarenessDay #CollegeAccessforAll
  • 6th Grade potluck: Save the date: Thursday, 16th January, 6-9 pm at Poco. Let’s celebrate the new year together with a drink, a bite and a hang. Stay tuned for more details.
  • Faculty & Staff Talent Show: Thursday, January 16, 3:30-5:30pm in the Auditorium. Sponsored by the BSU – All are welcome!
  • Photo re-take day: January 17
  • Middle Grades Art & Music Festival: Thursday, January 23 Art Show @5:00pm, music concert at 6:00pm
  • Regents Exam Week: Regents week is January 21-24. There is NO SCHOOL for Upper Grades students, unless they are taking Regents exams. Students should see their Guidance Counselor if they are not sure of their Regents Exam status.
  • UPDATE: January Clerical Day: Monday, January 27: NO SCHOOL for Grades 6-12; Grades K-5 attend school.
  • PTA Online Auction: Opens February 2!
  • ➡️Parent Presentation on Implicit Bias: Tuesday, February 11 at 5:30pm-7:00pm
  • One can have it and not even know it: Implicit bias lives in surprising places! Check out these informative articles and save the date for our thought-provoking presentation right here at NEST+m by Karen Scher of Facing History & Ourselves–Mark your calendars!
  • What is implicit bias?
  • Peanut butter & jelly and racism