Looking For Parent Volunteers  

EXECUTIVE BOARD POSITIONS:

TREASURER-IN-TRAINING
Treasurer-in-Training – This is a shared role for which we need 1 more volunteer. You will share all the treasurer stuff which includes two hours a week at school during school hours; attending monthly meetings to present reports and attending fundraisers. Everything else can happen at home using QuickBooks Online and PayPal. We will show you everything you need to know.

FUNDRAISING COMMITTEE
We are in need of a few more volunteers to join the fundraising team to help with our current fundraisers and bring in new fundraisers. Fundraising Committee Team Members  (3 volunteers)
 

VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR
Volunteer Coordinator – Call for volunteers for event as needed, update volunteer page on the website; all online work.


SPRING FLING VOLUNTEERS
Get into the Party for FREE as a VOLUNTEER

ONE HOUR SHIFTS BARTENDING (aka pouring wine)

TWO HOUR SHIFTS HELPING WITH FOOD

ONE HOUR CLEAN UP SHIFTS

Wine Pull 

                   

The Spring Fling Wine Pull STILL needs more wine!


The more wine that is donated - the more money we make for the school.

So, look through your wine cellars! Or when you're at your local wine shop, ask the owner if they would be willing to donate a bottle (worth $20 or more) for our great school fundraiser!

Email Wine Pull Donations if you're interested in donating a bottle (or more), or can help get wine donations from local vendors.


SPRING FLING DONATIONS  

Museums, Music, Art, TV shows
 
Cultural activities, whether a private museum tour or a night at a jazz club raise lots of money for our school and your kids.  Can you drum up a donation for:
 
* tickets to a musical event - any genre!
* a museum tour
* seats to a Broadway show
* tickets to a late-night show, a la Colbert Report
          

Please visit a theater, a club, a museum or gallery and ask for a donation today.  NYC cultural institutions donating to a NYC public school, how could they say no? 

Use the Online Donation Form  or the Printable Donation Formwhen asking for donations. Be sure to give your donors the Merchant Letter which includes our tax id number for those who are donating.


Family Contribution 2018-2019 

Dear ICE Families,

ICE is a unique public school, that is likely why you chose to enroll your child. 

The small classes, the individualized attention, the clubs and enrichment activities - these elements contribute to the package that educates your child, encourages him or her to be a life-long learner and lover of knowledge.

These elements come at a price, not covered by our allocation from the DOE, so we turn to families to pitch in, to help pay for a great education for all. 

If you have not made your family contribution of $700 per child (give more or less, depending on your ability) we ask you make a one-time payment or enroll in the payment plans. Click 2018-2019 Family Contribution to make a payment or visit Giving to Our School on the ICE Website.
 
Your support is greatly appreciated,
Fundraising Committee

State ELA Tests for Middle Schoolers are April 2nd

if you don't want your child to test, please communicate that to school using this link. Giving the school advance notice allows for smoother testing days–both for the kids who do take the tests and for those who don't; it's easier to figure out room configurations, proctors, etc.

In recent years we have had upward of 80% of students refuse the tests, but did you know that ICE has been at the epicenter of test refusal back since the early 2000s? This was found in the archives of the NY Times (2002!):

The best alternative schools in New York City -- like the School of the Future and the Institute for Collaborative Education -- say they cannot prepare for tests while shaping their curriculum around in-depth research projects.

If you have further questions about test refusal, check out optoutnyc.com.  Middle school parents should have received a more detailed email about what testing days look like at ICE and will receive another next week. You can also contact ICE PAC parent Kemala at kemala@nycpublic.org for more information.

SPRING FLING DONATIONS - Dining Challenge 

The Dining Challenge continues!  


The Spring Fling needs 2 restaurant donations per grade this week for a total of 14 gift certificates.  This should be easy to achieve, just 2 per grade.  Of course, we will be happy to get more.
 
The gift certificate can be:

  • dinner for two or four

  • a bottle of wine to accompany a dinner

  • complementary appetizers and/or dessert

Restaurants love impressing new diners and more likely than not, the place you approach will say "Yes!"  Let's see every grade get 2 donations this week - the income to your child's school from those donations can easily mean another $1,000.   

          

Please visit, email or call your favorite restaurant today and ask for a donation. 

---------------------------------------

Use the Online Donation Form  or the Printable Donation Form when asking for donations. Be sure to give your donors the  Merchant Letter which includes our tax id number for those who are donating.

 



Wine Pull 

The Spring Fling Wine Pull STILL needs more wine!


The more wine that is donated - the more money we make for the school.

So, look through your wine cellars! Or when you're at your local wine shop, ask the owner if they would be willing to donate a bottle (worth $20 or more) for our great school fundraiser!

Email Wine Pull Donations if you're interested in donating a bottle (or more), or can help get wine donations from local vendors.

Looking For Parent Volunteers  

TREASURER-IN-TRAINING
Treasurer-in-Training – This is a shared role for which we need 1 more volunteer. You will share all the treasurer stuff which includes two hours a week at school during school hours; attending monthly meetings to present reports and attending fundraisers. Everything else can happen at home using QuickBooks Online and PayPal. We will show you everything you need to know.

FUNDRAISING COMMITTEE
We are in need of a few more volunteers to join the fundraising team to help with our current fundraisers and bring in new fundraisers. Fundraising Committee Team Members  (3 volunteers)

VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR
Volunteer Coordinator – Call for volunteers for event as needed, update volunteer page on the website; all online work.
 
VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR
Volunteer Coordinator – Call for volunteers for event as needed, update volunteer page on the website; all online work.

----------------------------------


SPRING FLING VOLUNTEERS
Get into the Party for FREE as a VOLUNTEER

ONE HOUR SHIFTS BARTENDING (aka pouring wine)

TWO HOUR SHIFTS HELPING WITH FOOD

ONE HOUR CLEAN UP SHIFTS

Family Contribution 2018-2019 

Dear ICE Families,

ICE is a unique public school, that is likely why you chose to enroll your child. 

At our last PTA Exec Board Meeting it was reported that we have fallen behind in our Family Contributions (95% of the PTA budget comes from family contributions). The PTA rely on your contributions to pay for all the extra programs that support ALL ICE STUDENTS. The extras: the small classes, the individualized attention, the clubs and enrichment activities - those elements contribute to the package that educates your child, encourages him or her to be a life-long learner and lover of knowledge.

The extras comes at a price, not covered by our allocation from the DOE, so we turn to families to pitch in, to help pay for a great education for all. 

If you have not made your family contribution of $700 per child (give more or less, depending on your ability) we ask you make a one-time payment or enroll in the payment plans that are available for the 2018-2019 Family Contribution.

Your support is greatly appreciated,
Fundraising Committee

The Bella Abzug Leadership Institute (BALI)

BALI curricula is created to benefit young women and girls enrolled in middle school, high school and colleges throughout New York City and around the country. BALI is founded on the principles and vision of Bella Abzug, a leading feminist and the first Jewish Congresswoman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. BALI provides the very best skills based leadership and policy and public forum debate training, which would be otherwise unavailable to our trainees if we did not provide it free of any tuition cost.  

July 8 - 20 
9:30 am to 4:30 pm

To learn more, visit the website.  The application form is hereDeadline to apply: March 22

Free IDNYC (City ID Card)

Do you want to go to the Bronx Zoo for free this summer? How about the Museum of Natural History? MoMA? The aquarium? 

The City of New York is currently offering photo ID cards free of charge. City residents can gain entrance into a wide variety of cultural institutions for free as well as get discounts at businesses around the city.  Cardholders have access to one-year free membership all of these incredible places! For more information on how to apply, please visit the website here. Anyone over ten years old can get a card - including adults! 


To make an appointment at an enrollment center and learn more - click here

 

Paid Leadership Training for Rising 11th and 12 Graders

Coro's Participatory Budgeting Youth Fellowship (PBYF) program is recruiting! This is an exciting opportunity for our future youth leaders. 

What is the Participatory Budgeting Youth Fellowship program?
PBYF builds the leadership skills of young New Yorkers who are committed to lifting up youth voices and leading change. This paid program offers high school students intensive leadership training, hands-on work experience, and ongoing support to promote greater youth involvement in New York City’s Participatory Budgeting (PB) process, in which City Council members dedicate at least $1 million for local residents as young as eleven to decide how it is spent. Youth Fellows serve as ambassadors and advocates, working to promote PB and engage other youth and underrepresented groups throughout the process. By preparing a growing cadre of young civic change leaders, PBYF aims to make a lasting impact in communities throughout New York City.

We're looking for young people who are:

  • Entering 11th or 12th grade next school year (10th graders will be considered on case by case basis)

  • Passionate about issues relevant to their community 

  • Live and/or learn in one of the participating City Council Districts 

  • Be able to commit to a rigorous program schedule from July 2019-May 2020:

Summer

    • Three-week Leadership Institute (July 29 - August 16, 2019) 

    • 20 PB service hours in City Council district (August 19 - August 30, 2019)

  • School Year

    • 10-15 hours of PB service per month (after school, evenings, some weekends)

    • Monthly full-day training sessions on Saturdays or non-instructional days

    • Other projects and activities as assigned


Ultimately, the Youth Fellow's goal is to educate and engage more young people in PB, especially underrepresented populations, throughout the program. Through the process they'll also gain knowledge about local government and democracy, build a network with their fellow Coro PB participants, and establish themselves as key figures in their own community. Participants will also receive a stipend of up to $1000 upon successful completion of the program.
 

Applications for the 2019-20 program are online and will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Interested individuals can browse through our program brochure, youth friendly flyer, and mid-year newsletter

Send an email to Isabel Luciano for questions about the program.


ICE Summer Camp Fund

Dear ICE families, last summer the ICE Summer Camp Fund raised close to $8,000 and sent 16 kids to sleep away camp. It's that time of the year again and we want to do as much or more this year. Please help us by reaching out to your families, friends and communities. 

Here is a sample letter you can send out to everyone you know, to solicit donations for our Go Fund Me page for the ICE Summer Camp Fund. 

Many people have great memories from summer camp and would gladly help make that possible for others. You can also share the page through Facebook or other social media. 

Thanks! Lisa
lisableyer@iceeducate.org

Dear ---,

Summer is coming!

Last summer, my child's school [or insert child's name], the Institute for Collaborative Education, sent 16 kids to sleep away camp. Some went to wilderness camps where they swam, played sports, did arts and crafts, and sang songs in the firelight. Others went to sports camp to improve their game. They all had amazing, life changing experiences in the way that only summer camp can do. 

In order to keep this going for Year 2, we need lots of help, in the form of MONEY! 

We have established a Go Fund Me page to raise money for the ICE Summer Camp Fund. 

Won't you please donate to support ICE kids! We love our school and appreciate your consideration. No amount is too small. 

https://www.gofundme.com/ice-summer-camp-fund


Thank you [OR hugs and kisses OR You owe me! OR ...]