PTA/ICE PAC Meeting Update

Thanks to those of you who made it out to the PTA meeting Wednesday night.  It was so jam packed with info that we didn't do justice to the last segment of the meeting, which was about actions you can take in support of public education.  We distributed a handout listing six such actions; the whole document will be archived on the ICE website.  In the meantime, consider these two actions from the list:

  • Let the governor know in no uncertain terms that his proposed budget will
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Middle School Girls Who Code Club

ICE has the opportunity to expand our girls who code with a Middle School Girls Who Code Club this semester!  Interested students should be young women in 6-8th grades, who want to learn to master the technology that surrounds them.  If your child is interested, please have them complete this form:  Girls Who Code Club Form

More information about Girls Who Code can be found here:

Spring Fling Wants You!

There are two ways you can pitch in right now:

1) Join the committee as a Solicitor

We are looking for 5–10 parents to join the Spring Fling Committee and focus on soliciting items.  We give you plenty of guidance and point you in the direction of the venues to solicit; you just need to contact and follow up with the potential donors.  You could attend meetings if you'd like, but it's not mandatory—though you'd be missing out on good food & drink, and good company (if we do say so ourselves).  All of your soliciting can be done via

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Save the Date for Screenagers

Do you spend lots of time thinking/worrying about the effects of screens on your teen? You won’t want to miss this:  public screening of the film Screenagers on Wednesday April 26th at 6 pm.  This will be followed by a discussion after the screening.

“Award-winning Screenagers probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including

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Mexico Trip 2017 - GoFundMe

We are thrilled to announce that a group of 11th and 12th graders from our school are taking a community service trip to Mexico. It’s a really exciting way to give back to the community and environment, as well as give our students an incredible cultural experience.

The group will be doing environmental and community based work in Puerto Morelos and Nuevo Durango. They will also have many opportunities to interact with the culture and setting of Mexico.

We want to make sure that every student, regardless of financial need or socioeconomic class, is able to take advantage of this opportunity. That’s why we’re asking you to consider donating to our Go Fund Me campaign.  Even if you can only spare a dollar, it really does all add up. The link is below. Please feel free to share the link with your family and friends.

Muchas gracias!

-ICE Mexico Trip 2017


Want ICE to Get 100% of What You Give

Want 100% of your donations or payments to go to our programs instead of to PayPal Fees?  If your answer is yes and if you can send your donations/payments by check or use your online banking Bill Pay does!  And it won’t cost you a penny more.

  • Make your donations/payments payable to ICE Foundation
  • Mailing Address - ICE PTA / ICE Foundation, PO Box 644, New York, NY 10009.

You must include:  the purpose of the payment, your child's first and last name & advisory class (your name and contact information would be superb).

Thank you for your continued support!


New Newsletter Links

We've made a couple of minor changes to the Newsletter but changes with big impact we hope!

By now you've already received the email from Pete and Mark related to ICE's efforts to help alumni with their job search.  We now have a link to make the search easy for alumni and to make posting job openings easy for those who know of openings.  (See information below regarding city summer employment opportunities.)

We have added two additional links:  to make donating to summer sports camp scholarships for twenty ICE students easy, and to provide information and donation opportunities around ICE's incredible travel programs for students!

City Summer Youth Jobs

Applications are available for young New Yorkers looking for a summer job. Planning ahead for the summer could pay off. Read more here.

The Summer Youth Employment Program, which places 14 to 24 year olds in six-week entry-level positions around the city, will accept applications starting Monday until the Friday, March 17 deadline.

ICE PAC Action



If you have been writing or calling the HELP committee re Betsy DeVos, THANK YOU!  The Senate has had to move back her confirmation hearing, which we suspect is a result of the massive outpouring against her.  The hearing is now scheduled for Tuesday January 17.  If you didn’t get to call or write the last time around, you have a reprieve.  Try again, even if you did squeeze in some calls before.  For details on numbers to call and

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DOE Opt-out Letter

The Department of Education offers an HIV/AIDS prevention program as part of an ongoing comprehensive health education program.

In addition, all high school students in grades 9-12 are permitted to request free condoms at their school.  As a parent or guardian, you may ask the school not to give your child condoms.  This is referred to as a parent opt-out.

If you would like an opt-out letter, please see the attachment.


Last Call for Atlanta Sweatshirts

Last Call

Seniors are going on the first history field trip Monday, January 30th to study the Civil Rights Movement!  So this is the last call for sweatshirts.  In order to raise money for the trip, students hosted a very successful Chipotle fundraiser.  Additionally, a group of seniors designed an ICE sweatshirt to sell to the ICE community.

If you would like to place an order for the sweatshirt, please fill out the order form attached.  The price of each sweatshirt is $25.  Jehan will accept orders for sweatshirts until February 10th and they will not be available again until next year!  Please note that Jehan will be out of the office all next week because of the trip. She will return February 6th.

Thank you to all who have supported the seniors in their fundraising efforts.

Avoiding Student Loan Traps

Whether or not you believe the allegations, the jaw-dropping dossier of sins that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau accuses the nation’s largest student loan servicer of committing is useful for two crucial reasons.

First, it’s a reminder of just how much can go wrong when we force inexperienced young adults, especially, to navigate a complex financial services offering.  We shouldn’t be surprised, but we should be ashamed:  elected representatives cut support for higher education; sticker prices rose; teenagers and others applied for admission, signed up for debt and, in many cases, finished their degrees.  Then came the bombardment of confusing loan and repayment options.

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As reported previously in this newsletter, President-elect Trump has chosen Betsy DeVos as his pick for federal Secretary of Education. DeVos's pro-privatization, anti-public-education views have sparked growing resistance to her nomination. Just this week the Buffalo PTA wrote a letter condemning her and a Board of Education on Long Island passed a resolution--expected to be copied by other districts--opposing her confirmation. We need all hands on deck for this one. You too can speak up to protect public education. Here's what you

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12th Grade Literature Panels Thanks Volunteers

It is that time of year again when our seniors complete their final graduation requirement in Literature.  You are invited to join teachers and students as panelists for student comparative literary criticism thesis presentations.  Your participation in these milestone events is one reason why they are so pivotal for our graduating students.

On Wednesday, December 14th there will be two panel sessions:

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Malaysia Talent Show

In what promises to be an annual tradition, the inaugural ICE Talent Show benefitting the Malaysia trip was well-attended and a resounding success.

Drama, magic, bands, a cappella singers, gymnastics, dancing, standup comedy, lip syncing, and lots of singers … who knew the depth and range of ICE student talent?   Performers’ ability to work through some technical issues without loss of composure demonstrated the confidence our students possess.

Ashley and Tatiana did a fine job of emceeing, as did Athena and Tatiana in an impromptu song from their Subway Moon work.  Proceeds benefit the Malaysia trip.

ICE Fairway Partnership

‘Tis the season to eat!  Planning your holiday meal?  Use your discount cards!  Share with family and friends and earn money for ICE.  Consider shopping at Fairway when bringing and donating food to future ICE events!

Don’t have a discount card yet? Cards will be available at PTA Meetings as well as all other school-wide events in the coming months.

For more information see ICE-Fairway Partners.