Important I.C.E. News


Hello ICE Families,

We hope everyone stayed warm, dry, and safe during the Snow Day today.  Due to the day off, there are some midterm exams that must be rescheduled for HS and MS:

High School: All 9G, 10G, 11G students come to ICE first period on Friday morning and take the midterm that would have been given on Tuesday.  All HS students will be dismissed when they complete the exam on Friday.  Schedules for Wednesday and Thursday will remain unchanged.

Middle School: It will be at the discretion of the teacher when the Tuesday midterm will be made up during regular class time this week.  This is a regularly scheduled week for MS students at ICE.

Thanks to All.

Pete and Mark


- Middle school students will have a normal schedule, though many midterm exams are scheduled for this week.  

- High school students take midterm exams during 1st and 2nd period Monday through Thursday, and then many will be dismissed from school at 10:00am after the exam.  If a high school student has outstanding projects or homework assignments from cycle 2, he/she must stay and work in a designated room with grade level teachers to complete the work.  Senior make-up Graduation Requirement Panels will also take place in the late morning and afternoon on these days.

Look out for an email from advisors indicating if you child needs to stay to complete work after the midterm exams. 

Unless a High school student has to come in to complete a Graduation Requirement Panel, high school students will not be in the building on Friday, January 30.


No school for high school AND middle school students on Monday, February 2nd  

ICE teachers will be attending Professional Development all day for the Consortium as well as at ICE in the afternoon.


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In his State of the State address this week, Governor Cuomo announced his intention to give state standardized tests even higher stakes (in teacher evaluation), the U.S. Senate held hearings on the re-authorization of No Child Left Behind (the Bush-era law that inaugurated yearly testing in grades 3-8), and local elementary school PS 3 held a 'working strategy' meeting focused on a 'testing obsessed culture' that drew hundreds of parents and teachers from NY and beyond. What does all of this mean for us at ICE? For our teachers, our principal, our students? Come to the February 11 PTA meeting to find out, ask questions, and arm yourself with what you need to make an informed decision about whether your child should take or refuse this spring's tests.


To the I.C.E. Community:

We are about to seek donations for our annual Spring Fling auction on May 8th. This is our biggest fundraiser of the year and we need your help for this grassroots effort. We are a small school and your support is necessary.

Want to join our auction subcommittee? Contact, forward your email address, and express your interest in helping us to build this vital event.

In the next two weeks, we will have our own little fun-a-thon over wine and cheese to plot our approach.

We need parents from ALL grade levels.

Our best,

Michael Lehr, Liberty’s dad (7th grade)

Brian P. Katz, Aleda’s dad (also 7th grade)


Sadie Nash Leadership Project (SNLP), a successful educational and leadership program for young women in New York City public high schools. We believe that every young woman is a leader and offer free programs and classes to further develop that leadership.


We are currently recruiting for Making Wavesa spring semester Saturday class. Class will run February through May 2015, once a week from 1-4pm. Participants will receive an end of year stipend of $200 based on participation and attendance. Participants are eligible for other SNLP internships, fellowships, trips and more!


Making Waves focuses on social justice, activism, and social change.  During the class, young women examine social justice issues in their lives and communities, explore historical and contemporary women leaders, and learn about social justice movements.  They will explore theories of leadership development and social change; and through guest speakers, field trips, and project based work, will also become familiar with local government, local leaders, and relevant social justice campaigns in our city.


Participants will also develop practical leadership and activist skills such as communication, research, interview, and organizational skills.  As a culminating project, participants will design and execute a small social justice youth project to educate and mobilize their peers and community around issues of concern to them. Making Waves will meet Saturdays from 1:00 – 4:00pm in midtown Manhattan at our office near Bryant Park.

To apply:

1. Please complete and turn in the enclosed application or APPLY ONLINE TODAY by Friday, January 30, 2015.
2. Attend a mandatory group interview on Saturday, February 7, 2015 at 1:30pm.
3. Notifications of acceptance will be sent Tuesday, February 10, 2015 via email.
4. If accepted, the first Making Waves class will start Saturday, February 14, 2015!

The class and interviews will take place at 4 West 43rd Street, 5th floor, between 5th and 6th Avenue, in midtown Manhattan.You can take the 1/2/3/N/Q/R/A/C/E to Times Square, the B/D/F/M/7 to Bryant Park, or the 4/5/6/S to Grand Central.


Brand new free Y Scholars program for High School Juniors and Seniors which will begin on Thursday, January 15. The program is a college prep and career development program and will also provide FAFSA application assistance, college application nights, SAT Prep on Saturdays, various workshops on college life, college fairs and college tours. All of this and free strong Kids card access to the West Side YMCA Tuesday - Fridays 3pm to 7pm and Saturdays 12pm to 7pm.  
Thank you
Alberto Cruz

Alberto Cruz | Senior Director of Youth & Family 
West Side YMCA/Grosvenor House YMCA
5 West 63rd Street New York, NY 10023
PH: (212) 912-2640 | Fax:(212)580-0441 |!/WSYYouthandFamily


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


Parents, do you have any contacts in the Passenger Van world?  We are trying to track down a 15 person passenger VAN donation for ICE student events:  debate team, sports team, small class outings!   So if you or a friend are in the auto sales industry, please contact The Van Committee at  Thanks.  



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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