PTA Meeting & Presentation 

This meeting is for all I.C.E. families, not only high school families - early planning is the key to reducing college costs and maximizing aid opportunities. 

The I.C.E. PTA is delighted to have Kalman ("Kal") A. Chany, nationally recognized expert on educational financing, back at I.C.E.  Kal will discuss Financial Planning for College, what we can do to prepare for college costs as early as middle school. 

It’s not too early or late so join us for this don't-miss event. 

PTA Meeting and Presentation, Wednesday, October 17th at 6pm, Rm 518

Spring Fling Meeting -- Next Wednesday 

Interested in joining the Committee to plan the biggest fundraising event of the school year? Here is what we need:

SF Procurement Coordinator (2 volunteer), Oct - May, online – oversee the donations team, work with bidding for good, etc. You will be trained.

SF Procurement Team  (10 volunteers)

SF Entertainment Team (5 volunteers)

SF Decoration Team (5 volunteers)

SF Catering Team (5 volunteers)

Spring Fling Meeting – Wednesday, October 10th at 6:00pm in Brooklyn 2 blocks from the Barclay Center. Please RSVP

SAVE THE DATE! - Spring Fling is Friday, May 3, 2019, 6:00pm

Spring Fling Team 2018-2019

Volunteering at ICE 

Learn all there is to know about our unique school. See the vision as it unfolds. Be amazed at the care that goes into each and every student....

Treasurers-in-Training (1 volunteer) – 2hrs/wk @school, rest online 

We are thrilled to have an awesome 6th Grade Dad join the 9-month training program for Treasurer. We do however need one more parent on the team. Let us know ASAP if you are interested.

I.C.E. PAC (Parent Action Committee)

Join I.C.E. PAC to help inform our fellow parents about progressive education policies and practices and to advocate for local, state, and federal education policies that center children's needs and the public sphere over corporate interests. Interested? Email I.C.E. PAC parent Kemala Karmen (children in 9th and 12th grades).

PTA Spanish Language Translator  (2 volunteers) online only, several parents take turn translating the weekly newsletter & special announcements for the online Spanish page

Town Meeting Scribe  (2-4 volunteers)

  1. Attend weekly Town Meeting (Wednesdays at 10:50am - 11:39am) to take minutes  

  2. Prepare the minutes for distribution to parents via MailChimp (tutorial available). 

  3. Several parents take turns attending Town Meeting. The number of times you are attending meetings depends on the amount of volunteers and their availability

For a full list with detailed descriptions of opportunities visit our website to view the "Parent Life" tab or click Volunteer Opportunities now.

Back-to-School Fundraiser  

The Party to kick-off the school year is next Saturday. Online ticket sales end Thursday, October 11th at 8:00pm. Tickets are available at the door.

Tickets are $30 for one and $50 for two - Purchase Tickets Now  

  • Cookout / BBQ

  • Raffle Tickets

  • Music

  • Cocktails

  • Mix and Mingle with fellow I.C.E. parents

B2S Food Donation sign up online.

Back to School Fundraiser Saturday, October 13th from 3:30pm – 7:00pm
Pete’s Candy Store, 709 Lorimer St, Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Annual Family Contribution 

Make your Family Contribution of $700 per child.

This week's trivia asks you to think about whether our school provides an environment that leads our kids to experiment, to develop and try out thesis.  Whether, as a small school, we are able to challenge and develop kids' love of learning as well as a large school. 

True or False -- I.C.E. has more NYSEF (New York Science and Engineering Fair) winners per capita than any other high school in NYC including Stuyvesant and Bronx Science.

Submit your Trivia Answers Week 4 by tonight.

Please, as you are mulling the answer, reach for your checkbook now, or click the link above and donate to a school that goes up against any school when it comes to prestigious academic competitions.  Your donation goes directly to support the teaching that sends our kids to NYSEF as well as many other competitions throughout the year.  We could not have a curriculum nearly as robust without the funds you provide - please, don't delay, contribute today.

Matching Contribution - Does your company offer corporate matching? If so, you may be able to double (or even triple) your contributions to I.C.E.! If you donate to the Family Contribution Drive, these donations are eligible for matching programs.  You can also check with your HR department.

Thank you and hope to see you soon at the Back to School event on October 13,

ICE Drama 

SAVE THE DATE! ICE DRAMA SHOW! The 7th & 8th Drama Elective has partnered with NYU Devised Theater students to create an original, site-specific show about Stuyvesant Square Park. Join us on Wednesday, October 24th at 4:30PM or on Friday, October 26th at 3:30PM for a journey through time in Stuyvesant Square Park! Show runs approx. 50 minutes. Stay tuned for more details in the coming weeks. 

ICE Drama is Looking for Parent Volunteers 

ICE Drama Elective (7th & 8th Grade) is looking for Costume Designers/managers! You’ll plan, purchase, fit and pull costumes (from the costume closet) for our upcoming site-specific shows on October 24th & 26th. Come and be a part of our talented ensemble as we share ICE MS Drama Elective’s first ever devised, site-specific show about Stuyvesant Square Park!

We will be performing this show along with students from NYU’s Devised Theater Graduate Course after school on October 24th & 26th. We need your talent and support in the coming weeks leading up to our shows.

ICE Senior Internships 

All ICE seniors are currently exploring their options for their spring semester internship, when they will available four days per week from January 29--June 13.

Every year, we rely on the help of the ICE community to find as many exciting new opportunities as possible for our kids. If you or someone you know would like to find out more about the possibility of mentoring an exceptionally hard-working, mature, capable senior, please check out this informational sheet for more details about our program as well as feedback from former ICE mentors and a list of former ICE internship sites, and contact Internship Coordinator Josh Torpey.

ICE PAC (Parent Action/Education Advocacy Committee)

2017-18 TEST SCORES RELEASED--Nearly a month into this school year, NY State finally released test scores from last year's 3rd-8th grade tests. Despite a massive campaign to depress opt outs (via commercials--run by pro-business, pro-charter lobby groups, via misinformation--courtesy of the state and city, and via intimidation--reported by parents who reported being called into the principal's office to retract their test refusal letters) the rate of refusal continued to hover around the 20% mark. (The percentage has ranged from a high of 22% to this year's 18%.) New York City, as usual, lagged far behind the rest of the state, however there was a slight uptick in the number of refusals here to 4.4%. While I haven't been able to break down the stats yet, I imagine that our school would continue to have some of the highest numbers per capita, with a rate of over 80%. (I have to check with Pete for exact figures.)

As a parent involved in ICE PAC, I'd like to thank all of you who contributed to that number, and in so doing, stood up for more equitable and authentic assessments--and therefore more engaging pedagogy--for our children and the children of this city. To my great surprise, even the New York Post printed an article critical of the tests. Less surprising, but very informative, was the take Leonie Haimson (of the group Class Size Matters) posted on her blog.  

Would you like to help organize this year's opt out campaign or other pro-progressive ed policies? Contact Kemala to get on the mail list for ICE PAC!

Curriculum Night – Wednesday, September 26th

Dear ICE Families,

Please join us on Curriculum Night for a chance to meet teachers and parents while following an abbreviated version of your child's schedule! Come to ICE on Wednesday, September 26th at 5:45 pm. See the attendants at the table outside of the 15th street side elevator on the 5th floor to receive your schedule. Schedules sorted by advisory section are also attached if you would like to see your schedule before the 26th.

First period begins promptly at 6 pm and the night moves fast and always is a lot of fun. Hope to see you then!

ICE Faculty


ICE Drama Club

Welcome back, ICE Drama Club! Our first Drama Club meeting will take place in the Auditorium on Tuesday, September 18th from 3:15 - 4:30PM. This meeting is mandatory for returning members, and new members are encouraged to attend and receive more information about ICE Drama Club and what's in store for us this year.  Please feel free to reach out to Natalie or Sammi with any questions. 

Please note that the Drama Club t-shirt fundraiser is in full swing! Show your arts support and get your Drama swag here for the new school year:


Dates & Events to Remember

Parents please include these important dates on your schedule:

  • No School – Rosh Hashanah, Mon, Sept 10th & Tue, Sept 11th
  • MS After School starts Wed, Sept 12th, 3pm – 6pm
  • PTA Meeting, Wed, Sept 12th, 6pm Rm 518
  • No School – Yom Kippur, Wed, Sept 19th
  • 5k RUN WALK Event Volunteer– Sat, Sept 22nd, Randall’s Island, Check-in @10:15am, Race starts @ 11:00am
  • Grade-Wide Picnic - Sat, Sept 22nd, Randall’s Island, immediately following the 5K Run Walk
  • Curriculum Night – Wed, Sept 26, 5:30pm, 5th floor (schedule TBA)
  • Grade-Wide Meet & Greet – Wed, Sept 26, 7:30pm (designated classroom by grades – TBA)
  • Executive Board Meeting – Oct 1st
  • No School – Columbus Day – Oct 8th
  • Back to School Fundraiser – Sat, Oct 13th, 3:30 – 7:00pm
  • PTA Meeting – Wed, Oct 17th
  • Picture Day (grades 6-11) – Fri, Oct 19th
  • For a full schedule visit the ICE Website and view the calendar



Volunteering at I.C.E

Since its early days, I.C.E. has had extremely high levels of parent involvement. On a weekly basis we will feature volunteer opportunities available to you - some roles are on a one-time basis others are on-going, all vital roles that support our school and community

Click the link to the role that fits in your schedule. For detailed description review the post on the website or the weekly Eblasts or EMAIL US

Treasurers-in-Training (2 volunteers) – 2hrs/wk @school, rest online

7th Grade Representative (1-3hr/month; mostly online)

5k RUN WALK Event Volunteer– Sept 22nd 

Race Day: Course Marshall (5 volunteers)

Donations for runners would be appreciated 

Water (5 case – 24 or 48 bottles per case)

Healthy Snacks (Health Bars, Bananas, Apples, etc.)

Back To School Fundraiser – Saturday, October 13th, 3:30pm – 7:00pm

B2S Day of Volunteer (8 Volunteers) and

B2S Food Donation to find what is needed

Picture Day (Grades 6-11) – Friday, October 19th

Picture Day Volunteers (10 volunteers)

PTA Spanish Language Translator  

SF Soliciting Coordinator (1 volunteer), Sept-May

SF Entertainment Coordinator (1 volunteer) March – May

SF Wine Pull Coordinator (1 volunteer) March – May
Teacher Staff Holiday Gift Coordinator (1 volunteer) November & December

Town Meeting Scribe (1-2 volunteers)

ICE Merchandise Team Member (2-4 volunteers)

ICE and Fairway Community Partners  

Love shopping at Fairway?  Use our Fairway Market 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!

Every time you shop at any Fairway Market 3% of your total purchase will be donated to ICE.  To help us grow our donation even more, Fairway schedules a Double Day every quarter. On Double Day, every dollar that you spend counts twice.  Visit our ICE & Fairway webpage for savings opportunities. Please keep an eye out for on the website for Double Days.  Click HERE to find out if there is a Fairway Market near you. 

Fairway Cards will be available at the Sept 12th PTA Meeting as well as all other school-wide events in the coming months.