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 service...it 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!

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.


That Spring Fling Thing

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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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

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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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 http://www.iceschoolnyc.org/sports/.  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 Jwells1028@gmail.com.  Applications are due for both programs.

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) standards@nysed.gov. Wondering what others are thinking about these revisions? Read this http://tinyurl.com/hqtxyoq! 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.

College Courses for Juniors

There will be a meeting right after school on Monday, November 7  in the College Office for Juniors interested in taking a college course next semester.  I.C.E. has partnerships with New York University, Baruch College and Borough of Manhattan Community College.  

Students taking an NYU class must be Honors/Exceeds level students.