Attention All Students! FREE Yoga This Summer with Your Student ID

Bring a mat and towel and attend ANY yoga class at Yoga Tribe Brooklyn for free! We offer a variety of classes including Bikram yoga (heated) and vinyasa yoga (not heated).

Check out our schedule online and see some of our teachers in action on Instagram @yogatribebrooklyn.

Email with any questions at See you soon and don’t forget your water bottle!

FYI: if you forget your mat and towel, you can rent them at the studio for $5.

Students under 18 years old will need a parent to sign The Parent Guardian Waiver

Screenagers Tech Talk Tuesday by Delaney Ruston MD

Below are the June 11th & June 18th articles, if you find it helpful consider signing up for the newsletter.

SUBJECT: Counseling for Screen Time Struggles

In some homes, managing screen time is the source of a lot of stress and tension. It can often be downright toxic.

In one of my favorite scenes in SCREENAGERS, we see Amaryllis, a grandmother raising her grandson Chris, in a counselor’s office getting help setting limits on violent video game playing for Chris who is having frequent meltdowns. The counselor gives the grandmother specific strategies to help establish and maintain screen time limits.

Finding a coach or a counselor can be hard and often is compounded by the fact that many mental health professionals do not take insurance. This is in part because insurance companies grossly undervalue mental health care and reimburse at a low rate.

But, coaching and counseling can come from many places, i.e., an insightful friend, a religious leader or congregant, a support group, or a relative, just to name a few.

For this TTT, I explore the importance of setting and maintaining boundaries and reaching out for professional help when you need it.


SUBJECT: 11 Podcasts for Family Summer Car Trips

I have been an avid podcast listener for the past 15 years. I primarily listen when I exercise or on car rides with the family. Long ago when I was in medical school, I would listen to audio tapes on medicine topics while running.

Summer is here and podcasts are perfect for road trips with the family. Who knows, maybe your family, or kids, or students will be inspired to create their own podcast this summer.

I realize that the best podcast suggestions give specific episodes, so for each of these podcast shows I have done just that.

Podcasts to Listen to with your Family

A Better World Festival and Youth Conference  

If you are looking for a way for your child to stay engaged in the ICE principles of compassion, activism, and community, a recent ICE alum is organizing the perfect solution.

A Better World Conference + Festival is a celebration of the differences that strengthen our community and common desire to work for positive change. The festival offers specific opportunities to engage with causes we care about, and will highlight arts and culture with activities and performances. This is Sunday, July 14th from 12-5 in Bliss Plaza (46th street station on the 7 train). The conference will be a group discussion on what it means to make the world a better place and how young people can make a difference. The conference is Saturday, July 13th from 10-3 at Sunnyside Community Services (43-31 39th st in Queens). Register using this link

PTA Committee Chairpersons Needed 

If you are a parent who would like to do your part in supporting the ICE community but cannot attend monthly meetings consider joining one of our Committees.

Committee Chairpersons - there are several seats available on the

  1. Fundraising Committee

    1. Co-Fundraising Chairpersons (2 volunteers needed)

    2. Family Contribution Coordinator (1 volunteer needed)

    3. Spring Fling Event Coordinators (2 volunteers needed)

    4. Spring Fling Auction Coordinators (2 volunteers needed)

  2. PT Conference Scheduler (2 volunteers)

  3. Town Meeting Scribe (4 volunteers)

Our current volunteers are graduating therefore it is vital for us to fill these roles NOW.

If you are interested in one of these roles please send an email to for more information. In your email please tell us the role you are interested in.

Screenagers Tech Talk Tuesday

Below is the May 14th article.

SUBJECT: Sharing, Not Scaring, is Key to Managing Screen Time

Scare tactics, so popular in our society, do not work. We often give information to others hoping to elicit fear with the goal of changing behavior. Think for example of schools teaching kids about cyberbullying and sexting and having police officers deliver the message. It is clear that the teens should be scared, really scared, of consequences, but does it stop them from posting mean comments or from sending compromising pictures of themselves?

Unfortunately, scare tactics for long term behavior change have proven not to be very effective. Let me give one example.  Massive public health campaigns designed to combat smoking that showed images of damaged lungs and testimonials from people who were diagnosed with lung cancer from smoking were meant to scare us into not smoking.

It turns out that those campaigns had surprisingly little impact on behavior decisions. What eventually turned the tide for cutting smoking rates were two main tactics: substantially raising the cost of cigarettes and placing strong limits on the places where people could smoke. Of course, continuing to educate about the ill effects of tobacco is important but if we had just focused on using scare tactics we would not have made the major progress we see today.

Scare tactics can work better for short term behavior change—but the main point for today is to exam a better tactic than scare tactics which I call “Share Tactics."

Learn More About SHARE TACTICS here

ICE PTA Meeting 

Wednesday, June 12
6-7pm, Rm 518
Your participation is important!
Below are the candidates for the Executive Board positions of the ICE PTA for 2019-20 as of today The deadline for Nomination is Monday, June 3. Anyone interested in filling these seats please contact Penny Chan-Jansens of the Nominating Committee by June 3rd.

Dianne Darbouze

Lavita McMath Turner

Kemala Karmen

Peter Kos

Amy Gropp Forbes

Astrid Lewis Reedy

Marinda van Dalen

Meibell Contreras

Rachel Pratt

SLT (5)
Emmanuelle Chiche
Miranda van Dalen
Catherines Lyons
Alexandra Reddish
Cary Sanchez

ICE Music Department Fundraiser Concert

Dear parents,

I'm thrilled to invite you to our annual ICE Music Department Fundraiser Concert at DROM, this Sunday, June 2nd at 3pm! Please don't miss this opportunity to support our department, and see students, teachers and former students perform. Peter Karp will play with his rock band (yep, the principal is a great rock drummer!), I will perform with the genius Roy Nathanson (founder of this program), Isaiah Barr (former ICE student) will play with his amazing Onyx Collective band, there will be performances by two ICE jazz ensembles, and the songwriting elective will present their most recent original compositions. 

The ICE Music Dept provides a music education to 170 students every year. We offer free instruments to all saxophone, trumpet and trombone players, and provide guitars, basses, drums, amplifiers and keyboards to the students to be able to rehearse. We purchase these instruments and we pay to repair them. We have a recording studio that is used to record albums (check out the new Free Basement album!) and as a rehearsal space. ICE also employs seven music teachers to make sure that Middle School Jazz Big Band members have free private lessons as well as group instruction, which is extremely unusual in public schools. As you can imagine, all of this costs a significant amount of money, and we depend on the generosity of parents like you to continue providing this kind of comprehensive music education to our students.

Not only do students learn to play, they also perform regularly and get to hear fantastic musicians perform at ICE. This year we organized four "Breaking the ICE" featuring two HS jazz bands and the songwriting elective class. These students had the amazing opportunity to play in some of the most renowned rock and jazz venues of the city. We also organized seven "ICE on Fire" concerts at ICE, where we brought some incredible artists to play for the students, including 4-time Grammy Award winner Arturo O'Farrill. Students also perform at Town Meeting, and in the after-school Free Jazz orchestra conducted by William Parker. Our students are also being recognized for their hard work and talent: the Middle School Jazz Band won top awards at both the Six Flags Music Competition, and NYSMA, the most important statewide music competition for students! 

Students at ICE are very fortunate to have this kind of music education, with the facilities and instruments necessary to develop their talents, skills and creativity. But all of this doesn't come cheap: the ICE Music Program is very expensive, and we need your help. 

Please join us this Sunday for a terrific concert, and help to ensure that ICE maintains this unique program and the ability to educate students, help them win competitions, expose them to world class musicians and play in incredible professional venues. 

Buy tickets in advance here.

If you can not attend the event, please consider making a donation here.  

I look forward to seeing you there!

Albert Marques
ICE Music Dept

ICE June Calendar

There are some schedule changes to the ICE Calendar for the month of June. The changes will allow teachers to better support students in completing their work, provide the time and space for students to present on panels to teachers and parents, allow 8th grade and 12th grade graduations to occur on the last days of school, and give teachers enough time to give meaningful feedback to students on their work. Please take a look at the schedule for each grade by clicking on this link. The schedule was also handed to students today in advisory.  Again, it is different than the NYCDOE School Calendar in some cases.

If you have any questions, please reach out to your child's advisor or the main office.


Disclaimer: Submitted by high school parent Kemala Karmen, as myself, not in any official PTA capacity

Finally!  NYS Senator Robert Jackson and Assembly Member Harvey Epstein have authored legislation in the State Senate (S5394) and Assembly (bill # forthcoming) that codifies and affirms parents’ right to refuse New York State grades 3-8 ELA and math assessments and requires notification to parents on behalf of their children.   

What can YOU do NOW in support of this historic opportunity? You can ask your state reps to sign onto the legislation by FILLING OUT THIS BRIEF FORM! It takes less than 2 minutes. This is the opportunity we’ve been waiting for years and there is no time to lose.

Subway Moon 

Dear Parents:

Since I "retired" from ICE (I'm still around a bit...) I've been really concentrating on the goal of developing truly inclusive music/theatre/poetry experiences with our "Subway Moon" non-profit organization.  To this end, this years program at Abrons Art Center at Henry Street is a truly magical mix of our wonderful ICE kids with equally wonderful poets and a few musicians from two schools in the south Bronx - Bronx Early College Academy and School for Violins and Dance.  In the piece, all the  various students and my Jazz Passengers band are" Stuck" together on an imagined subway bridge with the moon above and water below.  The poetic transformations that follow are a tribute to the students visionary imagination.

 Please come out May 23rd  or May 24th for the show at this beautiful theatre.  We've never before had a real theatre experience with professional lighting, direction and set.

Natalie has helped as well.  It really will be quite something...


ICE Drama Club:  Save the Date 

ICE Drama Club presents... The Magic Hour, by Jonathan Dorf, on Monday, May 20th. 

Three friends at a sleepover, one goes missing. Modern day Romeo & Juliet texting in the middle of the night. A girl writes 370 letters to someone she's never met. A beat-poet style radio announcer broadcasts her rhymes out to who knows who at 4am...come check out what happens to these characters on Monday, May 20th  at 4:30PM at WOW Cafe Theater Collective (59-61 E 4th St.). Doors at 4:15.Tickets free for ICE students, all others suggested donation $10. Run-time approx. 50 minutes. 

We hope you'll join us for The Magic Hour! 

Letter from ICE Student 

Below is a request made by ICE student Leila Riker who is representing the entire group of ICE students who went to Nepal this year. Leila is asking for those who would like to sponsor an orphan at Tri-Ratna Cooperative School (TRCS), the school we worked with while in Nepal. She has written an "open letter" of sorts. See below and please reach out to Jeffrey Romanow if you want to know more.

Dear ICE Parents,
This past February, myself and 13 other ICE students spent almost 17 days working with the Youth, Arts, Writing, and Photography Program in Nepal where we did a variety of community service projects. Our work included teaching photography to 12-14 year-old Nepali students in Bungamati, helping them find artistic ways to voice the way they see their lives, their community, and the world around them. We also helped refurbish and build parts of their school.

During our visit at the school, we met a handful of orphans who lived in the school. These children are also students at the school. In order to attend the school, they work there as well. Tuition for children to attend the school, receive school supplies, room and board, clothing, and medical coverage is $1,000 dollars a year. In order for these orphaned students to attend school, they wake up early before school starts to work in the kitchen, they do laundry, run errands, clean the facilities, etc. In return they attend classes, are given school supplies, room and board at the school. These are amazing young people.

While there, we learned that, with the help of a local non profit organization, others can help these kids by sponsoring their time at the school. We would like to find sponsors for these children so they could receive all the aforementioned support without having to spend all their time just working to go to school. If any families are interested in contributing, email Jeffrey Romanow, ICE teacher and the Nepal trip advisor/coordinator, to learn more .

 Thanks so much for listening,
 Leila Riker
11G student at I.C.E.

Important Message From Pete and Mark

Dear ICE Families,

We have made schedule changes to the ICE Calendar for the month of June.  The changes will allow teachers to better support students in completing their work, provide the time and space for students to present on panels to teachers and parents, allow 8th grade and 12th grade graduations to occur on the last days of school, and give teachers enough time to give meaningful feedback to students on their work.  Please take a look at the schedule for each grade by clicking on this link. The schedule was also handed to students today in advisory.  Again, it is different than the NYCDOE School Calendar in some cases.

If you have any questions, please reach out to your child's advisor or the main office.

Another email will go out inviting you all to sit on 6G, 8G, 9G, 10G, and/or 11G presentations.  But if you want a head start, the link to sign up is also on the document above.  Last year we had over 115 ICE families sit on at least one panel! 

Thanks all.  Hope to see you all at some of the many celebrations and presentations in the next month and a half.

Pete and Mark

Please Help the ICE Summer Camp Fund!

Money raised goes towards sending ICE students to sleep away camp for a life changing experience. But don't take my word for it:

"The biggest plus of camp is that camps help young people discover and explore their talents, interests, and values. Most schools don't satisfy all these needs. Kids who have had these kinds of (camp) experiences end up being healthier and have less problems which concern us all."
Peter Scales, Ph.D., noted author/educator, and Senior Fellow, The Search Institute 

"The building blocks of self-esteem are belonging, learning, and contributing. Camps offer unique opportunities for children to succeed in these three vital areas and even beyond home and school."
Michael Popkin, Ph.D., family therapist and founder of Active Parenting 

Share our Go Fund Me campaign with extended family, co-workers and colleagues! Share it widely on social media, help us get the word out.

Thank you!

ICE Community Lunches

Dear Families, 

To bring to a close the 2018-2019 Community Lunches, we plan to have one final meal together on Tuesday May 14th. 

For those of you who have generously contributed your time, cooking, and schlepping food across the city, we sincerely THANK YOU! Thank you for helping us begin this beautiful tradition, and filling the hearts and bellies of many! We think something very special happens when we gather together for meals. 

For those of you who haven't contributed, but would still like to, please consider filing out the form and helping us make this final lunch of the year a special one! 

Please feel free to email Marlyn or Danya if you have any questions. Please know that all contributions are greatly appreciated -- homemade or store bought, big or small. (Please just label ingredients and deliver by 10:00am.)

Keep seeing these reminders but not quite sure what we're talking about? Here's a quick overview:
We have started planning regular Community Lunches this year in an effort to bring middle school and high school students together -- to enjoy home cooked meals, have new groups of kids in new spaces, and to sit and talk and enjoy music. (Below are a few photos by Sam Ullman in case you want to see what's been happening in 518). 

Lastly, if you'd like to join us for the final Community Lunch of the year, we'll be in room 518 between 11:45-12:30. Come on over! Families welcome!