Literary Criticism Presentations

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 Tuesday, December 6th and Wednesday, December 14th there will be two panel sessions on EACH date:

Round 1:  3:15 – 4:15pm

Round 2:  4:20 – 5:20pm

We would love it if parents could sit in on both panels on at least one of the dates (both dates would be even better). However, any panel a parent can help with is really appreciated.

Please reply to Jeffrey Romanow at  if you can commit to sitting on either or both of the above rounds of panels. Please indicate your full name and which rounds of panels you would like to sit on.

Thanks. We look forward to seeing you there! 

Girls Who Code Club

High school Girls Who Code (GWC) will be starting up this month!  If you have a daughter who is interested and who did not sign up last week, please pass the link Girls Who Code Sign Up Form on to her

This year, Kevin from BuzzFeed returns as our instructor as we work in small groups to learn, hack, and build.  The ICE community will also be invited to check out our work at an ICE-style Maker Faire in June.  Coders at all levels are welcome!

We do not currently have a middle school Girls Who Code club, but if your 6-8th grade daughter is interested, she could complete the form too.  If we have enough interest, we may be able to start a middle school GWC club!

For those who weren’t at Town Meeting before the break, here are the links to four hysterical videos on why girls can’t/don’t/won’t code … GWC 1, GWC 2, GWC 3, GWC 4

Subway Moon Fundraiser

Join ICE students from the Songwriting Elective, ICE’s Roy Nathanson’s Sotto Voce, and students from Curtis High School in a meditation on the subway in music, word, video and song at Snug Harbor Music Hall on Staten Island (accessible via public transportation), on December 11th from 4 – 7 pm.

Your intrepid editor has attended each year she’s been a part of ICE; the talent in this group is phenomenal and far exceeds the meager price of admission!  Take a moment in the midst of the holiday hustle, hop on the Subway Moon and relax into the creative efforts of these talented musicians.

Student Talent on Display for Malaysia Trip

ICE Students are planning a diverse and incredible display of talent as they work to raise funds for their trip to Malaysia on December 15th from 6 – 8 pm in the Auditorium.  Food and snacks for nibbling during the show will be for sale.  All proceeds from ticket and food sales will support the Malaysia trip!

Students will perform everything from dramatic readings, dance, music, and theater vignettes.  This is a talented group of students – you don’t want to miss this!

Life is crazy busy, especially this time of year … take some time to actually enjoy a night of our children’s engaging performances and support a worthy cause!!

Partial to Party Planning

New to ICE?  Already embedded in ICE culture?  The Spring Fling needs you!

The Spring Fling is ICE’s premier fundraiser, but this doesn’t happen by chance and proves the adage “many hands make light work.”

This year, life has happened for many in the dedicated core who have been shepherding this event for the past several years, and most of the core has elected to step down from their role, leaving just a few veteran Spring Flingers.  It’s never too early to begin planning

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No Barriers Travel Opportunities

As many families know, ICE is in the third year of a four-year partnership with No Barriers, a non-profit organization out of Fort Collins, CO. No Barriers is offering two exciting open enrollment expeditions in July 2017 and is accepting applications from any students within the age ranges.

These open enrollment expeditions are in addition to the Costa Rica trip that No Barriers offers exclusively to ICE 10th and 11th grade students. There are 10 full scholarships available for the ICE

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ICE Parent Advocacy Committee

Important developments for public school parents on both the national and state level.

National: President-elect Trump has announced that Betsy DeVos will be his pick for federal Secretary of Education. DeVos, who donated $9.2 million to Trump's campaign, has ZERO experience in public education; she has been neither a student, a parent, a teacher, nor an administrator in public schools. What she has done, aided by her family's enormous wealth (the

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ICE Holiday Celebration

December is a month of cookies and friends and music and we want to share all of those things with the ICE community. We are so grateful for our unique school, a place dependent upon the teachers and the families sharing a view of quality, invigorating education.

Let’s celebrate the season and our school

ICE Holiday Celebration

December 15th 4:00pm – 6:00pm

2nd floor cafeteria

We look forward to sharing warmth, peace and joy


While you’re checking off the items on your holiday list, don’t forget to use the link below every time you shop at Amazon - and ICE will get 4-8% of your purchases in cash!  What an easy way to ensure extra dollars for ICE's amazing programs, extracurriculars and trips.

To ensure all your purchases benefit ICE, be sure your Amazon shopping cart is empty before using the link below.

On your first visit to AMAZON SMILE

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ICE Fairway Partnership

Love shopping at Fairway?  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

Kids Speak Out March

No matter your political stripe or color, we have near universal agreement that this election was one for the history books.

On Sunday December 11th in Central Park, march with your children in a city-wide response to the election!

Gather at the Children's Gate at east 64th Street at 12:30pm, and then march to the bandshell where a "speak out" will start at 1pm.  Here is an opportunity for children to speak up and out about the election and where they see our nation heading.

You can find more information on Facebook at Kid's Speak Out Event

Happy Thanksgiving

No school on Thursday and Friday as we take some time to reflect on all that we have to be thankful for.

This will be my third – and last – Thanksgiving at ICE and I have much for which to be grateful:  the incredible people who have taught, and loved my children; Pete, Mark, and Justin (they know why); the amazing PTA Executive Board whom I witness over and over pouring their hearts and souls into ICE; all of the parents I’ve met through my children and through various volunteering opportunities; the incredible students with whom I’ve crossed paths, through Isaac or Isabel or through panels; Meibell Contreras, my partner-in-secretarial duties, and her incredible technical skills; Imebet, our fearless co-PTA President and Annette (you both know why). 

I am particularly grateful for the opportunity to serve weekly as your editor.  At times, it’s been a bit of burden trying to squeeze in the newsletter and website deadlines as life insists on happening, but mostly, it’s been an incredible honor.  Thank you for allowing me to sneak in some happy words and maybe even wit along with all the information.

Blessings to all of our ICE community!

David Beats Goliath in Girls' PSAL Soccer Championship

David DID beat Goliath!  ICE's impenetrable defense held off MLK for a full 96 minutes before junior Jolene Lower scored the winning golden goal off of a corner kick rebound!  The 2nd seeded Polar Bears defeated a top seeded Knights squad from MLK 1 to 0 and brought home the first ever soccer championship for ICE.  If you want to watch the game, you can catch it at PSAL Championship; the winning goal starts at 2:10!

If you’d like to see photos from the big win, you can see them at  The password to see the photos is "jenniferdahlstrom" without spaces and all lowercase.

9th and 10th grade girls should keep their eyes open for JV soccer in the spring!


College Courses for Juniors

Baruch & BMCC offer college credit courses free of charge to ICE students.  Students may take a class twice a week after school at Baruch/ or take a 3 hour class once a week on Saturday at BMCC.

If you missed the meeting with Jennifer Wells on Friday, and are interested in applying for a college class at Baruch or BMCC, contact her at  Applications are due for both programs.

PTA Meeting Recap

The PTA hosted a very informative meeting hosted by Pete and Planned Parenthood.  If you are interested in looking at the Definition of Sexuality Pie Chart Handout that we worked with, you can access it here (page 222 from PP ARM (Adult Role Models Program).  You can find this and other resources are available at

ICE Alumni Day

In what has become an annual tradition, ICE Alumni come home to ICE on Wednesday, November 23rd, to speak to 11th graders about their early experiences in college and the wider world as ICE grads.

Alumni answer questions about what it’s really like to be in college (vs. the college reps’ version), and talk about the impact of ICE’s internship program on their post-ICE lives.

Reports from your editor’s daughter are that last year it was in Natalie Mack’s room and “there was food or something.”  I make no warranties, express or implied, but it’s good fun to see the alumni!

ICE Parent Action/Education Advocacy Committee

Just a few more days left to tell NY State Ed Department what you think about the (allegedly) revised Common Core learning standards. Public comment period ends Nov 14. Comment on individual standards or email (for more general feedback) Wondering what others are thinking about these revisions? Read this! And here is a letter signed by hundreds of early childhood educators regarding the K-2 standards.

How will a Trump presidency affect public schools? Expect more funds to be diverted to vouchers and charters and maybe Ben Carson or Chris Christie (!) as Secretary of Education. More in this Politico article.