Important I.C.E. News



After School Information and Schedules are Posted!


Please click on our "After School Activities" tab to see the ICE MS and HS after school activities schedule for the fall (HS will be posted shortly).  Also, parents and students can see when teachers are available for tutoring and homework help on Tuesday or Thursday.

MS Parents: Please take a look at the MS after school schedule as well as the form that you can print to sign up your children (also was given to all middle-schoolers on Friday, September 12).

Please sign up and hand in the forms to advisors on Monday, September 15 or as soon as possible.  The new middle after school program will begin on Monday!

SCHOOL FORMS


Please return all forms by Monday: the Blue card Emergency Contact Form, the Residency Form, and the Meal Form.  No matter if you are taking part in the meals at school, every family MUST still sign and return the meal form. All forms were given to students on Thursday, September 4th. Students should turn them in to their advisor.


 

Jupiter Grades


Dear ICE Families,

Beginning on Monday, September 15, class attendance, homework completion, and homework assignments for all ICE classes will be available on Jupiter Grades, an online grading system that we piloted last year.  This is a shift from previous years as teachers used to post homework assignments on the ICE website (www.iceschool.net).  The ICE website will still be used for community announcements, the ICE calendar, donations and payments, and other general information regarding our school.  


On Monday all parents who have turned in the Blue Card Emergency Contact Form will receive an email from their child’s advisor, through the Jupiter Grades system.  In the email there will be a link to sign in to Jupiter Grades, instructions for creating a log-in account, and instructions on how to check homework that has been assigned, homework completion, and attendance from that week.  Teachers will be updating homework information on Mondays, so please sign in as often as you would like to check attendance and daily assignments, but understand gradebooks may not be updated until Monday of each week. The Jupiter Grades system offers other options which you can learn about through the login process, such as whether or not to receive daily attendance updates.


During our pilot last year, parents felt that using Jupiter Grades provided them with more information about their child’s academic performance. We believe that it can be a great aide in your work guiding your children towards increased success.  While there is sure to be questions and an adjustment period for all of us in the long term this tool will give teachers an ability to provide increased, and more timely feedback to our kids.


--
Peter Karp

Principal


 

PTA GENERAL MEETING – SEPTEMBER 17



Incoming 6th Grade Parents & Transfer Parents - Join us for the New Family Welcome meeting on September 17th at 5:30 p.m. then join the General PTA meeting directly following.
 
ICE Community - the first General PTA Meeting of the 2014/2015 school year is at 6:00 p.m.

  • PTA Welcome / Family Contribution & Corporate Matching Fund Campaign / 2014-2015 Budget / ICE over summer break/ Many opportunities to Volunteer 
  • Pete Karp – The Future of ICE    
  • Mark Mazzone – What happens in Afterschool                                                                
  • Athletic 5 min Film



ICE WELCOMES NEW FAMILIES!

 

Welcome to the ICE Community! I hope your students enjoyed their first week of school.
  
Help us get to know you:

  • Attend the New Families Welcome meeting on Wednesday, Sept 17th at 5:30pm in the Cafeteria, 2nd Floor.
  • If you have any questions you need answered prior to the meeting on Wednesday 6th Grade Families contact Laura Mardiks, 6th Grade Rep, at lauramardiks@gmail.com Transfer Families contact Olivia Sohmer Rosenbaum, Transfer Student Liaison, at osohrose@gmail.com
  • The PTA Newsletter is the main line of communication for the ICE Administration, the Faculty, the PTA and our Families. If you haven’t already signed up for the Newsletter click ICE PTA Newsletter to sign up now. 

Have a great academic year!



STUDENT TOUR GUIDES NEEDED FOR OPEN HOUSE



We are looking for chatty, well-spoken and responsible students from 7th grade up, to be guides at our Open Houses this fall. 

So many families who apply to ICE tell us they chose our school because they loved the enthusiasm and insights of our student guides. Your responsibility would be to lead about 20 families each around the school, talk about your experiences at ICE and answer questions. Pizza, drinks and fun will be served in return for your invaluable service. 

The Open House dates are 9/29, 10/23 and 12/4, and the time commitment is from 3:15 to 5:30 P.M. If you are interested, please kindly give your name and contacts to 8th grader Max Drury, or send an email to iceadmission@gmail.com 


CURRICULUM NIGHT & GRADE-WIDE MEETING – OCTOBER 1

Curriculum Night is Wednesday October 1st at 5:30 – 7:15pm on the 5th Floor – This is a chance for parents to follow your child's schedule for 10 minutes in each class and to hear the expectations of the class from the teachers.  More details and section schedules will be posted soon.  This is always a fun night for teachers and parents so put in on your schedule and hopefully we will see you there!
 
Grade-wide meetings will follow on October 1st at 7:30pm – this is an opportunity to focus on issues and opportunities specific to your child’s grade.


ICE VARSITY SOCCER


View the Boys & Girls practice and games schedule on the calendar: ICE Varsity Soccer Calendar. Come out and support our teams! S-C-O-R-E!


SCHOOL SUPPLY LIST 2014-2015

 

The school supply lists for grades 6 - 10 is now available, click on the “School Supply List” tab (grades 11th & 12th will arrive soon stay tuned).


MESSAGE FROM PETE

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
Principal


HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS WHO CODE CLUB

 

ICE is applying to host a Girls Who Code Club for the coming school year and is looking for interested students and possibly a parent/guardian instructor.

 

Interested instructors would need to have the equivalent of at least 3 college level courses in Computer Science, do a bit of training through GWC, and lead coding instruction for about 2 hours a week.  All curriculum materials are provided by GWC.  If this sounds like something you might be interested in, please contact JD at jenniferdahlstrom@gmail.com

 

Interested students should be young women who will be in 9-12th grades in the 2014-15 school year and who want to learn how to become masters of the technology that is around them.  If your child is interested, please have them complete this form: Girls Who Code Club Form

 

More information about Girls Who Code can be found here: http://girlswhocode.com/clubs/

Ways to Support I.C.E.

Check your employer's matching gift program to help us raise needed funds for our school
Find out if your employer matches employee donations to eligible nonprofits like the ICE Foundation. By talking with HR and completing a matching gift request, you could double your donation - a great way to make your dollars go even further for I.C.E.! If you have any questions, please contact Sarah Broach at sarah@sarahbroach.com.


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Welcome Home!


Upcoming Events

Mon, Sep 1 - Fri, Oct 31
Family Contribution Campaign
Thu, Sep 25 - Fri, Sep 26
No School: Rosh Hashanah
Wednesday, October 1
Curriculum Night
5:30 PM
Parent Grade Meeting
7:30 PM
Friday, October 3
ICE Varsity Soccer Boys vs. Mott Haven Educational Campus
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Mott Haven Educational Field
Wednesday, October 8
PTA Meeting
6:00 PM
Monday, October 13
No School: Columbus Day
Thursday, October 16
ICE Family Social
5:00 PM

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