Important I.C.E. News


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 


 (21 days and counting!)

Friday, May 8th 

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See you May 8th!


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)


The ELA tests are over and our opt-out numbers are in: 170 ICE students refused this year's tests. 
As Juan Gonzalez wrote in the Daily News: "The entire structure of high-stakes testing in New York crumbled Tuesday, as tens of thousands of fed-up public school parents rebelled against Albany’s fixation with standardized tests and refused to allow their children to take the annual English Language Arts state exam. This “opt-out” revolt has been quietly building for years, but it reached historic levels this time. More than half the pupils at several Long Island and upstate school districts joined in — at some schools in New York City boycott percentages neared 40%." Clearly Juan did not get the memo that ICE's percentage was more than double his quoted city rate--not to mention, Brooklyn New School achieved a 95% refusal rate. But he actually recognized the importance of the story--something the Times still has yet to do in any substantive way.
Thanks to all of you for giving your serious attention to this matter and for making ICE a leader in this movement. But please note that this fight has just begun. To maintain the integrity of our school and pave the way for others like it, we must continue to demand that our government leaders shape education policy on the basis of research and best practices, not corporate profit or political donations. 
A request: I am periodically getting press queries. If you would be interested in talking to press about test refusal, please send an email to
Finally, if your child took the ELA, but you would like to refuse the math test, which starts next week, it is not too late to do so. If you already handed in an opt-out letter for the ELA, you do not need to send another one for math.
Kemala Karmen
Deputy Director, Co-Founder


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


Parents are you interested in playing a greater role in the PTA? Are you tech savvy? Interested in training with our Co-treasurers? Co-Corresponding Secretaries and Treasurers-in-training needed.

The Board of Directors aka Exec Board oversees the activities of the ICE Foundation, the members of the board are elected to fill the positions of the
President, Co-President, Vice-President(s), Treasurer, Co-Treasurer, Recording Secretary, Co-Recording Secretary, Corresponding Secretary, Co-Recording Secretary and School Leadership Team parent members.

If you are interested in nominating yourself for a position on the Board - or just want more information - please contact the Nominating Committee at by May 1st.

The names of all candidates will be presented
at the May 14th PTA meeting and elections will take place at the June 11th PTA meeting.


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

Sun, Apr 19 - Mon, Apr 27
Band Trip to Germany
Wed, Apr 22 - Fri, Apr 24
MS NYS Math Test
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
Wednesday, May 6
10th Grade Arts Extravaganza
Friday, May 8
Spring Fling
7:00 PM
Thursday, May 14
PTA Meeting
6:00 PM


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