Summer Assignments & Supply Lists

2018 Summer Reading

It's that time of the year again - lazy days (at least a few) spent curled up with a great book ... or your summer reading assignment!  

Reading assignments can be found under the Student Life tab, scroll down to Summer Reading 2018 to download the reading assignment for your new grade.
 

2018-2019 Supply Lists

Avoid the fall back-to-school madness!

Supply lists for all grades for 2018/2019 are now available under the Student Life tab scroll down to Supply List 2018 to download the supply list for your new grade.

DOE Summer Meals Program Begins June 27th

As part of the DOE's commitment to ensure that all children have access to nutritious meals over the summer break, DOE Summer Meals Program will begin on June 27, 2018 - the day after the school year end. Summer Meals are available to all children 18 years old and under at hundreds of public schools, community pool centers, and other locations around the city; no registration, documentation, or ID is required to receive a free breakfast or lunch. 
 
This program will be offered weekdays from Wednesday, June 27, to Friday, August 31 (except July 4th and August 21st). Although the hours may vary by location, breakfast is typically served from 8:00 a.m. to 9:15 a.m., and lunch from 11:00 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. All DOE summer feeding sites will have posters outside indicating the hours specific to that building. We have also placed advertisements to promote the program in subways and buses citywide.
 
For additional information on feeding locations, please visit: School Food NYC Summer   
 
This list will be updated every Friday until the start of the Summer Meals Program, when the updates will be daily and the site search will be active.

Volunteering at School   

Parent volunteers offer a huge resource and support base for the school community while showing their kids the importance of participating in the larger community. Not only will the school reap the benefits of your involvement — you will, too. By interacting with teachers, administrators, and other parents on a regular basis, you'll gain a firsthand understanding of your child's daily activities. You'll also tap into trends and fads of school life that can help you communicate with your kids as they grow and change (all without intruding on their privacy or personal space).
 
Volunteering in high school is a great way to show you're interested in your teen's education.
Keep in mind, though, that while some teens like to see their parents at school or school events, others may feel embarrassed by their parents' presence. Follow your teen's cues to determine how much interaction works for both of you, and whether your volunteering should stay behind the scenes. Make it clear that you aren't there to spy — you're just trying to help out the school community. Make it clear that you aren't there to spy — you're just trying to help out the school community.
 
Below is the list of positions for 2018-2019 - find something that fits you perfectly click the associated link and give us your information (each link is different but you can sign up for more than one position).
 

5k RUN WALK Event Volunteer– Sept 22nd (20 volunteers)

  1. Prepare & Hand Out Goodie Bags
  2. Course Marshalls
  3. Check-In
  4. Time Keepers
  5. Direct Guests to the Race Entrance

If you are not running/walking volunteer or do both by taking the early or late shifts (prepping bags, check-in, distribute goodie bags)

 
Special Announcements Coordinator - (1 volunteer) 1-2 hrs per week, online only

  1. Special Announcements are sent to the Community as-needed from the Staff
  2. Special announcements promoting events are scheduled in advance
  3. Use MailChimp marketing tool but if you are familiar with other marketing tools you will be good to go.
  4. Work on own schedule

 
MerchandICE Team Member (2 or more)

  1. Sell merchandICE at an event

 
Volunteer Coordinator (1 volunteer) online only

  1. Assist committee chairpersons with obtaining volunteers for their events
  2. Maintain comprehensive and dynamic (meaning updated regularly) list of volunteers and activity.
  3. Regularly review list to ensure we have enough volunteers for each activity.
  4. Keep volunteers informed regarding the work that is required and the timeframe. 
  5. Work on own schedule

 
Teacher Staff Holiday Gift Coordinator (1 volunteer) November & December, online Organize and manage monetary gifts from parents to teachers & staff

  1. Organize Grade Reps & Advisory parents on collecting monetary gifts
  2. With the help of Grade Reps, Advisory parents & volunteers: count, divide and distribute monetary gifts; write up cards & stuff envelopes
  3. Work on own schedule except for 1 evening for counting with the team & distribution at the holiday party

 
Holiday Celebration Coordinator (1 volunteer) November & December online

  1. Organize the Annual ICE Holiday Celebration
  2. Organize food donations, decorations & volunteers and music/entertainment
  3. Work on own schedule online except for day of

 
PTA Spanish Language Translator (1-3 Spanish Speakers/volunteer) online only

  1. Translate the weekly newsletter
  2. Upload translation to the Spanish page
  3. Work with a team taking turns with translation

 
Presentation Committee (1-2 volunteers) online & day of meeting

  1. Organize monthly topics & speakers for PTA meeting
  2. There are 8 meetings (no meeting in Dec & normally no presentations in June)
  3. Work along with Grade Reps & Advisory Parents to prepare room for meeting & provide snacks
  4. Each grade is assigned a month when they host (set up/clean up and provide donated snacks)
  5. Work on own schedule except day of meetings

 

Town Meeting Scribe (1-2 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. 
  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

 

 

Graphic Artists (2 volunteers) online only

  1. Help the PTA publicize events and activities by creating flyers, posters, and other visual materials
  2. Work on own schedule

 

Treasurers-in-Training (2 volunteers)

  1. Learn the ropes, little by little over the course of the coming school year. We will show you everything you need to know.
  2. This is a shared role that is why we need 2 parents. (join with a friend)
  1. These persons should have two hours a week to come to school during school hours.
  1. Everything else can happen at home, online using QuickBooks and PayPal.

 
Spring Fling Chairperson (1 volunteer) September -May
Manage, oversee, check-in on the team, not do themselves; manage timeline
 
Spring Fling Team Coordinators: work on own schedule, attend monthly meetings, attend event

  1. SF Soliciting Coordinator (1 volunteer), Sept-May, online – oversee the donations team, work with bidding for good, etc.
  2. SF Communications Coordinator (1 volunteer) Sept-May, online – communicate with community about event (monthly, weekly), work with graphic artists on graphics
    1. Outreach Coordinator (1 volunteer) April – May, online – touch base with new 6th grade families; alumni, etc.
  3. SF Wine Pull Coordinator (1 volunteer) March – May – solicit wine donations, organize wine pull raffle
  4. SF Decorating Coordinator (1 volunteer) April - May – Set up/clean up; layout space, etc.
  5. SF Entertainment Coordinator (1 volunteer) March – May – organize the entertainment, music, PA system, projector, etc.

If you have questions about volunteering EMAIL US 
 
We are looking forward to our time together – we promise it won’t be dull!

 

Immunization Requirements for 2018-2019 

The New York City Department of Health and the New York City Department of Education require that all students have the proper immunization.  Please plan ahead and talk to your pediatrician about your child and vaccines.  Please refer to the attached Parent Information Form for 2018 - 2019 School Year to be prepared for any immunizations your child may need for school in September 2018.

Immunization requirements have changed for school-age children in April, 2016 so please be mindful that some immunizations have been added and your child may require additional vaccines.

Learn more here

Family Income Inquiry Form Online


ICE is mailing out your Family Income Inquiry Form which can be completed online in the beginning of July.  Please take the time to fill out the online form beginning in July.  The Family Income Inquiry Form is a key factor in determining whether school's are eligible to receive Title 1 and other funding.  If you prefer not to complete the Family Income Inquiry Form online over the summer we will send a paper form home with your child in September.

Thank you for your help and have a great summer!
 

Announcing...The ICE Recording Studio is Amazing! 

Announcing...The ICE Recording Studio is Amazing! 

After a year and a half under construction, the ICE music department is thrilled to announce that thanks to funding from the PTA, our brand new recording studio is finished. It is fully equipped with all the necessary microphones, software, mixers, and other music geek essentials. The studio is also being used as a rehearsal space since it has a jazz drum kit, a keyboard and three amps. And importantly, it is completely sound proofed! This year it has already been used to record three albums featuring 11th and 12th grade students. 
 

On June 30th 2018, Free Basement, a band formed by ICE 12G students Stella, Kenny and Marlon will release an album entirely recorded at the school and it will be available on Spotify and iTunes. In the meantime, you can listen to their single "Snow Day" here

And here is a brief primer to understand some recording studio lingo that you may now here being thrown around:

this won’t take long: gather food, blankets and toiletries 

what does this switch do?: cover your ears as quickly as possible

one more take and we’ll nail it!: start another fresh pot of coffee

i think the bass and drums should be louder: the vocalist is not attending the mix session

 

 

 


 

Summer Home for Pet Rats 

Our beloved female pet rats, Sensei Splinter and Coco Chanel, are seeking a summer sublet, beginning June 29th. 

Provided: metal cage, about 3'x2'x2', crate for playing, shredded paper for cage lining and food as needed. 

Personality: if you haven't met them yet, they have an incredible capacity for cuddling and licking their human visitors, who they just love hanging out with whenever the humans have time for them.

We need help finding a caring home for the summer (or a few summer sublets back to back), where food and fresh water can be made available consistently, and an overall rat-friendly environment (some anti-cat bias is natural).

Please contact Sammi at 646-221-8164 or in Room 521 if you or someone you know are able to help house these friendly faces for a couple of weeks or a whole summer! 

Thank you,
Sammi Weissman
8th & 10th Grade Science Teacher

 

Volunteering at ICE  

 The more we give, the happier we feel. Volunteering increases self-confidence. You are doing good for others and the community, which provides a natural sense of accomplishment. Your role as a volunteer can also give you a sense of pride and identity.
 
Below is the list of positions for 2018-2019 we are hoping to fill before we break for summer: if you see something that fits you perfectly click the respective link and give us your information (each link is different but you can sign up for more than one position).

ICE 5k RUN WALK – Sept 22nd (30 volunteers)

Prepare & Hand Out Goodie Bags; Course Marshalls; Check-In; Timing; Direct Guests to the Race Entrance


PTA Directory Coordinator - (1-2 volunteers) August, September & February, online only

  1. The person in charge of this would work with the Advisory Parents and Grade Reps to update the family contact information,
  2. Add incoming families to the directory, distribute directory to the ICE community.
  3. Work on own schedule

Special Announcements Coordinator - (1 volunteer) 1-2 hrs per week, online only

  1. Special Announcements are sent to the ICE Community as-needed from the Staff
  2. Special announcements promoting events are scheduled in advance
  3. Use MailChimp marketing tool but if you are familiar with other marketing tools you will be good to go.
  4. Work on own schedule

MerchandICE Sale Coordinator - (1 volunteer) 1-2 hrs monthly at PTA/ICE Events

  1. Maintain inventory of ICE merchandise
  2. Reorder merchandise when necessary
  3. Gather volunteers to help sell merchandise at PTA or school events

Interested in being part of the team MerchandICE Team Member

  1. Sell merchandICE at an event

Volunteer Coordinator (1 volunteer) online only

  1. Assist committee chairpersons with obtaining volunteers for their events
  2. Maintain comprehensive and dynamic (meaning updated regularly) list of volunteers and activity.
  3. Regularly review list to ensure we have enough volunteers for each activity.
  4. Keep volunteers informed regarding the work that is required and the timeframe. 
  5. Work on own schedule

Teacher Staff Holiday Gift Coordinator (1 volunteer) November - December, online Organize and manage monetary gifts from parents to teachers & staff

  1. Organize Grade Reps & Advisory parents on collecting monetary gifts
  2. With the help of Grade Reps, Advisory parents & volunteers: count, divide and distribute monetary gifts; write up cards & stuff envelopes
  3. Work on own schedule except for 1 evening for counting with the team & distribution at the holiday party

Holiday Celebration Coordinator (1 volunteer) November – December online

  1. Organize the Annual ICE Holiday Celebration
  2. Organize food donations, decorations & volunteers and music/entertainment
  3. Work on own schedule online except for day of

PTA Spanish Language Translator (1-3 Spanish Speakers/volunteer) online only

  1. Translate the weekly newsletter
  2. Upload translation to the Spanish page
  3. Work with a team taking turns with translation

Presentation Committee (1-2 volunteers) online & day of meeting

  1. Organize monthly topics & speakers for PTA meeting
  2. There are 8 meetings (no meeting in Dec & normally no presentations in June)
  3. Work along with Grade Reps & Advisory Parents to prepare room for meeting & provide snacks
  4. Each grade is assigned a month when they host (set up/clean up and provide donated snacks)
  5. Work on own schedule except day of meetings

 Town Meeting Scribe (1-3 volunteers) weekly meetings

  1. Attend Town Meeting (Wednesdays at 10:50am - 11:39am) to take minutes  
  2. Prepare the minutes for distribution to parents via MailChimp. 
  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

Graphic Artists (2 volunteers) online only

  1. Help the PTA publicize events and activities by creating flyers, posters, and other visual materials
  2. Work on own schedule

 Treasurers-in-Training (2 volunteers)

  1. Learn the ropes, little by little over the course of the coming school year. We will show you everything you need to know.
  2. This is a shared role that is why we need 2 parents. (join with a friend)
  1. These persons should have two hours a week to come to school during school hours.
  2. Everything else can happen at home, online using QuickBooks and PayPal.

 Spring Fling Chairperson (1 volunteer) September -May
Manage, oversee, check-in on the team, not do themselves; manage timeline
 
Spring Fling Team Coordinators: work on own schedule, attend periodic meetings, attend event

  1. SF Soliciting Coordinator (1 volunteer), Sept-May, online – oversee the donations team, work with bidding for good, etc.
  2. SF Communications Coordinator (1 volunteer) Sept-May, online – communicate with community about event (monthly, weekly), work with graphic artists on graphics
    1. Outreach Coordinator (1 volunteer) April – May, online – touch base with new 6th grade families; alumni, etc.
  3. SF Raffle Coordinator (1 volunteer) November – May – organize raffles
  4. SF Wine Pull Coordinator (1 volunteer) March – May – solicit wine donations, organize wine pull raffle
  5. SF Food & Drink Coordinator (1 volunteer) March – May – reach out to past donors of food/drinks
  6. SF Decorating Coordinator (1 volunteer) April - May – Set up/clean up; layout space, etc.
  7. SF Entertainment Coordinator (1 volunteer) March – May – organize the entertainment, music, PA system, projector, etc.

 
If you have questions about volunteering EMAIL US or attend the June 13th PTA Meeting at 6pm Rm 518
 
We are looking forward to our time together – we promise it won’t be dull!

Support All the ICE Programs by Buying Tickets for 2 Experiential Auction Items 


Did you know that programs like our internationally recognized music program are fully funded by your donations? In fact, we were informed that only 10% of public schools have one band - we have more than 4 and students performed in over 22 concert opportunities this year alone in venues like Symphony Space and Rockwood Music Hall! 

Please consider buying into one or both of these great events to help our children sing, build, write, see and experience more wonderful things to come. 

            1.         Send 13 lucky lucky ICE kids to the Yankees vs. Tampa Bay game on June 16th with Mark and Wali! Each ticket costs $100 and will be a thrilling experience for your budding athletes. 
 
            2.         Want a chance to share your ideas and ask questions of Pete and Mark in a relaxed and enjoyable setting away from ICE? Buy tickets to a Cocktail Party with Pete & Mark hosted by Imebet and Lisa on June 16th. Not only will you enjoy a sense of camaraderie, but all the children’s educational programs will benefit financially. Tickets are $100
 

Click to PURCHASE TICKETS

On the payment page scroll down to the ONE TIME CONTRIBUTION section (include your name & your student's name; in addition to student's class add YANKEES GAME or COCKTAIL PARTY on the respective lines then click the DONATE button

Young Playwrights Summer Program

This has just come in, very last minute, but deadline is not until June 20 and it's FREE!

Apply to study playwriting this summer in TDF's Young Playwrights Summer Program. 
In working with award-winning playwright Crystal Skillman, we will be exploring political and personal beliefs in playwriting. The program will last two weeks for three hours a day, and it will also feature guest artists and a trip to a new play. Students will work individually and in teams, with a final presentation on the last day of the intensive. 

Who is eligible: HS students grade 9-12 who are interested in learning the craft of playwriting and creating their own plays. Students must have well developed writing skills, and an interest in playwriting along with a recommendation from a teaching artist or English teacher. Team spirit, commitment and enthusiasm are important qualities for this program. 

What is the Young Playwrights Summer Program: 

  • Playwriting workshops five days a week, for two weeks, with independent and group writing done on your own
  • Attend a Broadway show—for study & inspiration 
  • Small group seminars with professional playwrights and artists about creative process and craft 
  • Write (and rewrite) a ten-minute original play 
  • Professional actors read student plays 
  • Final work given a staged reading by professional actors 
  • Snacks and Metro Cards are provided 


When is the Young Playwrights Summer Program: 

  • June 25-29, July 2,3,5,6 
  • 1-4 pm M-F (except the 4th of July), 1-7pm July 6 
  • Final presentation 5-7pm on July 6 


Where: TDF offices: 520 8th Avenue Suite 801 NY, NY 10018

Final performances presented at an off-Broadway theater TBD

How do I apply: Admission to the TDF Summer Playwriting Intensive is by application and teacher recommendation. 


PICK UP AN APPLIC ATION IN THE OFFICE AT ICE - SEE EILEEN OR LISA
or
EMAIL LISA FOR A PDF copy.

Natalie Mack has offered to help. See her if you are applying.

 

Should Schools be Closed or Turned into Charter Schools if Students Opt Out???

The State Education department has proposed new super punitive regulations to address schools who do not meet the federal 95% testing participation threshold. The regulations are flawed in a number of ways, but one of the most egregious is that they assign more penalties to Title 1 (high poverty) schools. From the NYC Public School Parents blog: These regulations violate assurances that were given parents that NYSED would continue to respect their rights to opt their children out of the state exams.  Instead the regulationss would allow the Commissioner to wrongly identify their children's schools in need of "Comprehensive Support," withhold Title One funds and even close these schools or turn them into charters if the opt out rates were judged too high.  Complete text here.

The Regents will be discussing these regs at their meeting on Monday.  Please consider contacting Commissioner Elia or your Regents member to make your voices heard.   You can also submit comments through July 9 here.   

 

11th Grade ELA Regents Exam  

On Tuesday, June 12th at 9 am (first day of Regents Week), all 11th Grade students at ICE will take the ELA Regents Exam.

Though ICE is in a consortium of schools with a waiver from the Regents Board, consortium schools have always had to administer the ELA Regents Only.

Here is some info about it:
-This is the only Regents Exam ICE students ever take (state law, even for consortium schools)
-If a student doesn't pass, s/he will have three more chances to try again at no penalty
-Our kids always do REALLY well the first time around
--If students want to study, practice exams can be found at NYS ED Regents

Panelists are needed for 10th Grade & 8th Grade Presentations Please Sign Up Below!!

Students prepare long and hard for these presentations; part of their reward is explaining the complexities of their research to an attentive audience.
 
This is where you come in! You do not need to be an expert in the field of the particular presentation: a specific rubric for evaluation will be handed to you at the start of the panel and you will be able to both record your individual input as well as hear the other panelists’ input at the end. Your feedback helps improve students’ projects!

6th Grade Roundtable - June 19
8th Grade PBATs - June 12-14 & June 18
10G Humanities Social Justice - June 11 & 12
10G Spanish Panels - June 13 (Spanish Speakers)
10G Science Soap Project - June 14
11G History Panels (Round 2 & 3) - June 18 & June 21
11G Neuroscience Presentation (Round 2) June 22

This is also a great occasion to see the teachers in action: since they participate in the evaluation panel, you get to experience the high standards that they hold our students to first-hand! Incoming parents will find the PBAT’s quite enlightening in terms of what lies ahead for their children’s education. I know I did. Attending the PBAT’s confirmed for me that the learning that happens at ICE is what I definitely want for my children.

Thank you!!
Betty, 6th Grade Parent
 

Panelist Sign-Up for I.C.E. PBATs & Presentations

ICE End-of-Year Schedule

Dear ICE Families,
  
At ICE, June is always a busy month with many schedule changes due to presentations and the culmination of our courses.  Please see the June schedule for all grades.  Please reach out to advisors with any questions.

To view and download a copy of the schedule click YEAR END SCHEDULE OR visit the ICE Website.
 

Let’s have a great end to the year!  Thanks to all.
 
ICE Staff