Important I.C.E. News


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Live Event:
Fri May 8, 2015
7PM - 10PM

 The Dumbo Spot
155 Water St. Brooklyn, NY 11201


ICE Drama Elective will be performing in NYU's Forum on Site Specific Theater on Sunday, April 26th, in "Poetry Corridor." Our 7th & 8th grade Drama students have been hard at work devising short scenes that utilize movement, music, and the poetry of William Blake. In collaboration with Dr. Nan Smithner's Advanced Directing students, this is sure to be an exciting piece of theater! Performance details here 


Thursday, May 14th at 6:00pm...Save the Date!
Qigong and Stress Relief demonstration & presentation 

Elaine Katen & Deborah Hallahan of the Traditional Chinese Medicine World Foundation will present
Self-Care Stress Relief for Modern Life
Healing is in Your Hands - The principle behind self-care is to encourage the body to use its wisdom to become balanced. When we experience muscle tension, sleepless nights, headaches it is simply the body telling us it is out of balance and needs more support. Join us to learn some techniques to help 'tune up' your body and naturally recover from discomfort and the signs of stress.  

Open to all parents, students and teachers

View previous PTA meeting minutes here or visit the Family Room on the ICE Website.


By the time you read this, spring testing season will have drawn to a close and an estimated 200,000 students will have refused the New York State tests. In New York City test refusals increased by more than 64% and that number is expected to rise when the Department of Education releases official opt out tallies. (In each of the last 2 years the official numbers, which came out months after the tests, were higher than the estimates.) 

On behalf of the Opt-Out/Waiver Committee, I'd like to thank all ICE families for your participation in meetings and email discussions about this crucial topic. ICE, along with fellow Consortium school Brooklyn School for Collaborative Studies, led the way for middle school refusals and our survey of high school admissions policies was requested and downloaded by parents all over the city. I'd like to extend a special shout out to parents Cynthia Copeland and Katharine James for taking part in Tuesday's NYC Opt Out press conference. That event drew print, radio, and TV journalists and the resultant coverage means that more families will learn how the tests link up with corporate money, teacher evaluation, curricular decisions and more--and that they can refuse them for their children. 

Currently, both the NYS Assembly and the NYS Senate have bills pending that would codify a parent's right to refuse and direct school districts to publicize that refusal is an option. Our City Council already passed a similar resolution, but it remains to be seen whether the NYC DOE will actually implement it. In fact, a recent op-ed calls on the deBlasio administration to be more vocal in condemning the state's love affair with high-stakes tests. Queens parent Danny Katch writes, "By opting out, we’re actually “opting in” to fight for a say over what happens in our schools. This is part of the democracy of public education — a democracy that Gov. Cuomo once told the Daily News was a “monopoly” that he intends to break. The record number of test refusals this spring shows that New Yorkers don’t intend to let the governor bust up our public education system without a fight. Rather than continuing to duck this difficult fight, we need de Blasio to publicly support our right to opt out — and show that he is willing to fight the powerful interests that are trying to use these tests as a battering ram against our schools."

You can read the whole, excellent op-ed
here and you can read the NYC Opt Out press release (which mentions ICE) on Diane Ravitch's blog.


Kemala, 8th grade mom


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Join the ICE PA 2015-2016 Executive Board - We are currently seeking candidates to serve on the 2015-2016 Executive Board

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­    Grade Representative for 7th, 9th and 11th grades

Become a Chairperson on one of our social committees

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­   PA Meeting and Parent Workshop Coordinator

­   Volunteers Coordinator    

Parents should contact the Nominating Committee at by May 1st


Dear Parents, Friends and Family,

This year the 10th Grade is hosting its 4th annual “Arts night extravaganza!”. The event will be held on May 13
th @ 5:30 to 7:30pm in the 3rd floor auditorium/dance room.

There will be performances by the 10
th Grade Band Electives, plays written and performed by the 10th Grade students, as well as a Silent Art Auction and Buffet.

Tickets are being sold for $20 at the door or $15 in advance. As well as a special deal of two for $30 in advance or two for $35 at the door.

We would be happy if you could come and support us to raise money for our Washington DC trip

Hope to see you there :))))

Any further questions, email ​ or


Dear ICE Community,

Well it's that time of year again when the school gets together and celebrates the teachers and staff at our wonderful school. Teacher and Staff Appreciation Day will be Friday, May 22nd.

We are looking for families to donate homemade or store bought food so that all day on the 22nd there will be enough food for our teachers to feast on. Pasta salad, sandwiches, couscous salad, prosciutto and melon appetizer, stuffed jalapenoslasagna, fruit salad, chocolate mousse, banana pudding, lemon squares, brownies, cookies...what can your family contribute?  
In the past we have been amazed at how our community comes together to make this day so special.

Don't have time to cook? You can donate your time on the 22nd or give a small monetary donation, since we will need to supplement with a caterer. If you have time in the morning, and would like to help set up, let me know. We are also looking for afternoon help.

This day is usually a big success and the teachers really enjoy and appreciate it.
Please contact me as soon as possible at  to let me know what you would like to make, and you or your child can drop it off on the morning of the 22nd.

I look forward to hearing from you and greatly appreciate anything you can give.

Thank you very much,
Gianna Lemonides 
(Mom of Alex and Zoe Lemonides)



Athena Spelios will be running the ever loved Wine Pull for the Spring Fling. For $20 a ticket you get the chance to pull one bottle of wine.  A mystery wine!  But always a good one.  The more wine we get donated -- the more money we make for the school.

So, please consider digging through your wine cellar, or, the next time you head to the wine store, ask the owner if they would be willing to donate a bottle (worth $15 or more) to our amazing school.

contact Athena ( if you are interested in donating a bottle (or 2 or 3!) or in helping get wine donations from local vendors. 



We are seeking food and beverage donations for the Spring Fling.  Feel free to choose from the menu below or bring your favorite dish/specialty.  This event has always been enriched by the delicious contributions from our families!

Please email Tracy Dorman with what you would like to donate.

Items should be delivered to The Loft in Dumbo (155 Water St) on Friday, May 8th between 11-6, or you can bring with you when you arrive.  Refrigeration is available on site. 


Whole roast beef (sliced) with garnishes

Cheese platter 

Cold meat cuts- salami, palma ham, chorizo etc

Bread- baguettes/ ciabata, crackers

Cold Salmon with garnishes 


Hummus, tzatziki, babaganoush w/pita bread



Chips & guacamole



Chickpea, tomato and red onion salad

Mixed greens

Mixed bean salad

Pasta salads

Caesar salad

Mixed grain salad- couscous/quinoa with chopped tomatoes, cucumber, parsley,


Napkins- 200

Plates dinner sized- 200






Dear Parents and Guardians,

We are so excited to share the great news! We recently received funding to offer your child an AWESOME opportunity this Summer to be apart of our SONYC at ICE Summer camp program. It is extremely important to ICE to offer a program that will keep our kids engaged in enriching activities while school is out of session. It is my pleasure to present to you this wonderful news for our school to implement this free program, at no cost to your family.

Our Summer camp will be brought to you by University Settlement, the same organization that has brought SONYC after school to ICE which is funded by New York City’s Department of Youth and Community Development. Our exclusive Summer Camp will run for one month from July 6th-July 31st from 8:00am-4:00pm, Monday-Friday. Breakfast and lunch will be provided to your child daily. Our camp will offer sports, arts and crafts, time dedicated specifically for your child to complete their assigned Summer reading, and other enrichment activities, as well as free trips every Friday to fun and instructive places around the city.

Please be advised that there are limited slots; therefore I am asking that you respond with interest as soon as possible in order to hold a spot if this is an option for your child.  Please contact Ali Tekelch at if you are interested in having your child sign up for ICE Summer Camp, or with any questions that you may have. 

Please remember that spaces are limited. I hope to hear from you soon!

Warm Regards,


Alexzandria Tekelch, MSW

University Settlement

After School Site Coordinator @ ICE

345 East 15th Street

(929) 246-0498


Students received Cycle 2 Narrative Reports in Advisory on Thursday, February 26.  Reports will also be mailed to families early next week.

Based on cycle 2 grades, some students are required to attend after school tutoring and homework help on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  If they have not already, advisors will email parents of students who are required to attend.  Below are the classrooms and teachers that are available on both days (keep in mind that even students who are not required to come can work with their teachers in any classroom!):





6G & 7G HW Room: 507

Bryan / Paul C

Natalie / Josh / Daniel

8G HW Room: 508

Patty /  Katie D

Juna-Willa / Kristen

9G HW Room: 511

Rachel / Mike

Danielle / Bryan  / Mark

10G HW Room: 509

Annie / Juliana

Katie H / Marlyn

11G HW  Room: 521

Dave, Zara and Jeff

Justin, Keri and JD 


Dear ICE Families:


I hope you are all well, and getting ready to turn the corner slowly towards springtime. It seems far of, but the birds will be chirping before too long.

Several months ago I was approached by two groups of students about providing sex education at ICE, and each group presented me with thoughtful proposals. Since then a small group of interested students and teachers have met to discuss the idea of a comprehensive approach to health education that can be implemented on all grade levels and provide a platform for inquiry into and discussion of personal and community well-being. 

I have reached out to seek your expertise about these matters and to solicit your time and information. We would love to hear from people who work in health related fields (specifically medicine, mental health, public health, health education) and ask you to join us in developing an approach to health education that meets our approach to instruction, personal growth, and community development. There will be opportunities to meet with students, propose approaches to the content, design curriculum or special projects, and so forth.

Please respond to me with information about what you think you can offer to the process (your time, expertise; contacts and referrals, etc). Eventually we hope to meet and talk with you face to face when the time is right.

This promises to be a challenging and invigorating project for any who want to take part. I hope you will join us in planning for what I hope will be an important part of ICE's future.


Peter Karp



Dear ICE families,


Happy New Year and a belated Happy Holidays in general to all of you. My life got very busy as the break approached, and I wanted to introduce you to the newest member of the Karp Family: Naomi Alexandra Karp. She was finally born on Christmas Eve, making the holiday season a truly magical one for me and my family. I hope that you all enjoyed some rest and quality time with people that you care about.


On behalf of the staff here I also want to thank you all for the generous, thoughtful gifts and notes that you sent our way. Everybody here truly appreciates being thought of - and the efforts you made collectively were noticed. I for one am grateful for all of the kind words and messages of support for me and Cathy as we embark on our new journey. 


As for our ICE: In today's current climate of education reform it is more important than ever for us to note how the approach to instruction that we practice yields results that make us proud, and deepen our commitment on a daily basis. We have always used the Inquiry approach to instruction, a Project driven method of assessment and through those projects we develop ways to engage your children in developing the skills that are authentic to the disciplines in which they work. In striving to connect your children to "real world" problem solving we sustain an internship program for our 12th grade students that brings the kids in contact with the issues and processes that trained, professional adults grapple with. 


This past week I received a copy of the first professional scientific paper in the history of ICE that was co-authored by one of our students. The result of a collaboration between ICE and CUNY graduate students, this student completed his internship in a Neuroscience lab at Hunter College where he was a research assistant. He completed laboratory procedures, collected and analyzed data for this Ph.D. candidate, and wrote and edited several sections of the paper. If there is a more authentic way to learn science, I have yet to learn about it. We are immensely proud, and I want you to know that your children are in an environment where their hard work and determination can yield amazing results.


We continue to get acceptance letters for our students from competitive public and private universities this year, including Barnard College, Brandeis University, University of Vermont, SUNY Binghamton, Bard College, The New School and a host of other great places. We share the joy as kids make decisions about their futures, and we know that through the program we continue to redesign that each child has a chance to do something great with their future.


My best to all of you in the New Year. I hope to see you all soon, and I thank you for every way that you support your children and the whole ICE community.


Please take a look at the enclosed scientific paper, and little Naomi!


Peter Karp



Dear ICE families,

As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, I'm reminded of how vital family support structures are to the well being of our children. You all struggle every day to be present for your children, to provide them with material needs and to give them a secure base from which to explore the world. I have so much admiration and respect for the work it takes to raise a child, and as you know I'm nervous with the excitement that comes with expecting my own.

At this special time in our calendar I want to wish all of you the strength of body and mind to get through the holiday with a feeling of connection and belonging to your own family and to other communities. I hope you will find the time to enjoy your families as you prepare food, travel during busy hours, and find ways to make room for everyone at the table. I'm thankful to have the ICE community in my life, and to play a special role in it's health. I am thankful for your smiling, thoughtful children, the dedicated teachers and staff who work to make each day meaningful for us, and I am always thankful to have parents like you who give what you can to make ICE great.

Happy thanksgiving to all of you - enjoy this special time the best way you are able. If you are experiencing challenges at this time, I wish you some peace and rest so that you can come back to meet them with greater strength. 

My warmest regards,



Dear ICE Families,

A 2-part message:

I wanted to take the time while many of you are meeting with teachers and fellow parents to emphasize how helpful it is for us to know about your child’s struggles, whether new and related to ICE or issues that arise outside of the daily experience of school. ICE is a community built on the strength of the relationships we have with each other, and the communication we have about how to make your child’s experience as successful as possible. I am available to you to discuss what happens at school, and at home. I welcome your concerns about your child’s social and emotional development, and I will always respond to your questions. I invite you all to come and meet with me, and anyone on the staff that you feel plays an important role in your child’s education. Together, we strive to meet our students’ short and long-term needs. However, as I say to students and teachers alike, I am unable to solve problems If I am not aware of them. So, please take time to reach out to me, Mark, Danya or any of the dedicated teachers here who are always glad to learn more about their students. We welcome any and all information, and we invite you to be even more a part of the collaborative process of educating all of the children here at ICE.


Part 2:

IT is with GREAT pleasure that I tell you all that my wife Cathy and I are expecting our first child! Cathy’s due date is December 15th, so if all goes well we will be parents before the New Year arrives. I’m letting you know that I plan to be out of the building for the first 2-3 weeks of January. While I am on paternity leave, Mark Mazzone will take care of ICE, leading it with the skill and experience I know he has.  I will be available to work with Mark as needed, but I know that ICE will be stable and all will operate smoothly in his hands. I am so excited to meet my daughter – and I look forward to joining you all in parenthood!

All the best,



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Dear ICE Families,
As we move past the halfway mark of summer I'm reaching out to say hello, to wish you a restful two weeks before labor day, and fill you in on some important new programs starting here at ICE. We have been working over the summer to organize and plan a school year that will provide ICE students with new opportunities and new programs, and we are excited to start the school year and get things rolling. 
For all of ICE: At the end of last school year ICE staff proposed to extend the school day on Mondays in order to provide more academic guidance to our students. The added advisory period on Monday 7th period will be used to set specific goals with each child and start the week off with added purpose and direction. We will continue to have the same advisory periods during the week, but we will now have added flexibility to use those periods for enrichment and programming. The school days will now end at 3 pm on all days except for Friday which will end at 2:09 as in the past. 
Welcome!! This year we add two more teachers to our staff, and a brand new position to ICE: School Social Worker. Please welcome Annie Scavelli and Juliana Garofolo to our teaching staff. Danya Bader-Natal was our social work intern last year, and after a great year at ICE we decided to bring her on full-time to work with our students. 
For all middle school families: This year marks the beginning of a new after school program at ICE which will bring new programs, added supervision, and more opportunities for your children to engage in learning, play and other enrichment during the after school hours. ICE has partnered with University Settlement, an organization well-versed in the operation of quality after school programming and other support services for children and families. In a letter to follow I will send out the complete list of programs and a schedule for you to choose from. To get started, we are sending you an enrollment form so that you can sign your children up for this great, FREE program. All of our previous programs, including tutoring, etc are now incorporated into this new initiative so it is imperative that all middle school students are enrolled. Please complete the form as soon as possible (click to download ENGLISH DYCD Common Enrollment COMPASS OR SPANISH DYCD Common Enrollment COMPASS. We will serve the ICE kids from the end of school until 6 o'clock every day starting on Monday, September 15th. After-school supervision and programs will be available for those who need supervision on September 8th.
For current and future 9th grade students: ICE has decided to partner with a wonderful organization dedicated to supporting students through travel and reflective experiences designed to help students push themselves beyond their perceived limits. No Barriers organizes international service learning trips for all kinds of students, and we are partnering with them in order to bring annual team-building overnight trips and future travel experiences for the kids when they reach the 11th grade. This year the 9th graders will be engaging in this program which will feature a 2 day overnight trip in the fall, and some team building activities throughout the year. The program coordinator for ICE will be our own Joey Zannino who will be the team leader, and supervise these activities. Our partnership will very likely include the same programming for all of our current 6th, 7th and 8th grade students when they reach the 9th grade.
As always, I am excited to start the school year and welcome back all of the wonderful kids who make up the ICE community. In coming weeks we will have opportunity to meet and talk about school, and I look forward to hearing from you all as the school year moves forward.
Take Care for now
Peter Karp

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Upcoming Events

Sunday, April 26
ICE Drama Elective Performance at NYU
11:30 AM
Education Building 
Monday, May 4
PTA Exec Board Meeting
6:00 PM
Wed, May 6 - Fri, May 8
7th Grade Overnight Trip to Sharp Valley
Friday, May 8
Spring Fling
7:00 PM
Wednesday, May 13
10th Grade Arts Extravaganza
Thursday, May 14
PTA Meeting
6:00 PM
Friday, May 15
Music Competition Great Adventures
Tue, May 19 - Thu, May 21
10th Grade DC Trip


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