Important I.C.E. News

NYS STANDARDIZED TESTS IMPACT CHILDREN TEACHERS AND SCHOOLS



Schools across the city and state are urging their families to attend PTA meetings in the coming weeks. Why? Because Governor Cuomo has proposed sweeping education policy changes—and, in an unexpected move, linked the April 1st approval of the state budget to these changes. IF PASSED, THESE POLICY CHANGES WILL AFFECT EVERY SCHOOL IN THE STATE. EVERY PRINCIPAL. EVERY TEACHER. EVERY STUDENT.
 
Parents, teachers, students*, community members, please come to our own PTA meeting tomorrow (Thursday) to learn more about what Cuomo has proposed; about the very real impact these proposals could have on our school, specifically; and about the broader implications for the entire notion of public education. And, of course, we will explore concrete ways that we can respond to the Governor, from signing letters to refusing the tests upon which his entire edifice of ‘reform’ rests. 
 
*Students who attend can receive extra credit or 2 homework passes. It is your education, after all; learn what is in store.
 
Special thanks to 8th grader Asha Karmen-Chan for making our poster!

Thursday Feb 26 at 6 PM in the small auditorium (Rm. 321) 
 
All welcome--tell your friends at other schools!

VOLUNTEERS AND DONATIONS NEEDED

 

The ICE Spring Fling Fundraising Auction is looking for donations and volunteers! Contact the team at:icespringfling@gmail.com
 
 
The ICE Golf Tournament fundraising committee needs volunteers to help plan and organize this event. Contact us at iceschool345@gmail.com to join the team.


PTA MEETING / EDUCATIONAL SERIES


The PTA’s Opt-out / Waiver Committee presents a discussion on

Topic: NYS Standardized Tests Impact Children Teachers and Schools
 
Date: Thursday, February 26
Time: 6:00 PM 
Location:
 Room 321 (small auditorium)
 
Guest Speakers include Ann Cook of the New York Performance Assessment Consortium and ICE teachers


Come hear how standardized testing affects the ICE Community.



SPRING FLING AUCTION



Dear ICE Community:

We are seeking your help as we prepare for our 2015 Spring Fling. A flyer will be sent to your email account in the next few days. We urge you to review its contents and support the event.

Our students are at ICE for specific reasons. Many of us are disappointed in the  public school system and its generalities; but ICE is an exception (and exceptional). Despite the many obstacles, our public school continues to adapt, thrive, and prepare our children for their futures. We are so very lucky to be part of this community.

But, as you know, we are still a small school; and this small, but very special place, needs your support.  

Help us, in any capacity, to prepare for this spring event and let's celebrate our good fortune together.

Areas of Opportunity - auction (donations), food (food donations - restaurant owners, etc.), alcohol, music, decorations, set-up and break-down, to name a few.


All our best,
Spring Fling Co-Chairs:
   Monique McClure (Tristan's mother, 7th grade)
   Brian Philip Katz, (Aleda's father, 7th grade)  
Auction Committee:
   Michael Lehr (Liberty's father, 7th grade)
   Elizabeth Downer (Leila's mother, 7th grade)
   Maria Rosenblum (Aleda's mother, 7th grade)




RESTAURANTEURS FOODIES PARENTS WHO LOVE TO COOK

To the I.C.E. Community:

We need food donations for our annual Spring Fling auction on May 8th. As you are all aware, this is our biggest fundraiser of the year and we need everyone's support - whatever you can do!  If you own a restaurant or know someone who does or you love to cook, we need your help.  Each year the school tries to make the Spring Fling fun and exciting, just a really great time!  We really want this year to be especially tasty and along with great food, one must have great drink.  So if you are someone who can donate alcohol for the event, please let us know.  Or, if you know folks who might be willing to do so, please let them know about our wonderful event and steer them in our direction.

So, if you can help with the Food and Drink donations, contact icespringfling@gmail.com, forward your email address, and let us know how you want to support the Food/Drink subcommittee and our ICE Community!


Thanks
Spring Fling Co-Chairs:
Monique McClure (Tristan's mother, 7th grade)
Brian Philip Katz, (Aleda's father, 7th grade)  


LETTER TO ICE FAMILIES


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 PKarpICE@gmail.com 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

Principal





LETTER FROM PETE



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



PASSENGER VAN NEEDED  


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 AzulAnnette@gmail.com  Thanks.  

MESSAGE FROM PETE

 

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,


Pete


MESSAGE FROM PETE



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,

Pete


JUPITER GRADES 


Check the Jupiter Grades and Course Work tab for instructions on Jupiter Grades.  If you have not yet received an email from your advisor from Jupiter Grades, please email the advisor and let him or her know to add your correct email to our Jupiter Grades database.  Updated staff email addresses are available by clicking on the ICE Staff Contact Info tab.


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

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Upcoming Events

Wednesday, March 4
PTA Exec Board Meeting
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Small Auditorium, Rm 321
Wednesday, March 25
Parent Teacher Conference
5:00 PM
Friday, March 27
Half Day for Students
Parent Teacher Conference
1:30 PM
Tuesday, March 31
PTA Exec Board Meeting
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Small Auditorium, Rm 321
Fri, Apr 3 - Fri, Apr 10
No School: Spring Break
Wednesday, April 15
PTA Meeting
6:00 PM

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