February 17, 2017
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Winter Break - No School


MS Girls Who Code

Spring Fling Wants You

Screenagers - Save the Date

Mexico Trip 2017

ICE Giving

New Newsletter Links

Alumni Job Search Help

City Summer Youth Jobs
Help us find work for our kids who need it.
Donate to ICE Summer Sports Camp

We would like to send 20 students to summer sports camp in 2017
Travel is education.
DONATE to ICE Foundation and help send our students out into the world to Nepal, Mexico, Malaysia, New Mexico...

Click the icon and shop as usual. You will automatically earn money for ICE! 

Upcoming Events

Feb. 20 - Feb. 24
*  Mid-winter Break

Wed., Feb. 8th - Sun., Feb 26
*  Nepal Trip

Mon., March 6th
*  PTA Exec Board Mtg - Rm 518 - 6 pm

Wed., March 15th
*  PTA Mtg 


The I.C.E. PTA newsletter is updated weekly. The deadline is midnight Wednesday to appear in Friday’s newsletter. Send your BRIEF news item and contact info to:
and write “Newsletter Content” and the date in the subject line. Publication is subject to editorial discretion.

I.C.E. PTA Newsletter


Winter Break - No School

No school February 20th – 24th.  Time to rest, rejuvenate and hopefully get out and have some fun!

Newsletter is planning to take a break until March 4th!


ICE PTA/ICE PAC Meeting Recap

Thanks to those of you who made it out to the PTA meeting Wednesday night.  It was so jam packed with info that we didn't do justice to the last segment of the meeting, which was about actions you can take in support of public education.  We distributed a handout listing six such actions; the whole document will be archived on the ICE website.  In the meantime, consider these two actions from the list:

  • Let the governor know in no uncertain terms that his proposed budget will starve New York City's kids and that its support of charter expansion at the cost of public schools is one Betsy DeVos would be mighty proud of.  The most effective way to do this is a call (518-474-8390)--should take only a minute or two) or by plugging in to his contact form.  Or you can send an email via the Network for PublicEducation, possibly less effective than a direct appeal but easy.  Tell all your friends to do this, too.
  • While you are online, take an extra minute to sign the petition that seeks permission for teachers to be able to read the standardized tests they administer to children.  (Yes, believe it or not, this is a thing.)  This is a very small ask, but essential.

Middle School Parents
State tests start in about a month.  If you are considering whether your child should take the tests, please read the following handout from New York State Allies for Public Education; it was distributed at the PTA meeting.  ICE PAC members from your grade will be in touch with you shortly re: gradewide testing discussions.
For more info on any of the above, contact


Middle School Girls Who Code Club

ICE has the opportunity to expand our girls who code with a Middle School Girls Who Code Club this semester!  Interested students should be young women in 6-8th grades, who want to learn to master the technology that surrounds 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:


Spring Fling Wants You

There are two ways you can pitch in right now:
1) Join the committee as a Solicitor
We are looking for 5–10 parents to join the Spring Fling Committee and focus on soliciting items.  We give you plenty of guidance and point you in the direction of the venues to solicit; you just need to contact and follow up with the potential donors.

You could attend meetings if you'd like, but it's not mandatory—though you'd be missing out on good food & drink, and good company (if we do say so ourselves).  All of your soliciting can be done via phone and email.  If you can join us, please email

2) Make a donation! 
If you have an item or a service that you can donate, or have a personal connection to a business or organization that can make a donation, please send it our way!  You can email us at, or simply fill out the online donation form at  Ask your favorite restaurant to donate a dinner for two, your favorite store to donate a gift certificate, your friend or family member to donate tickets to sporting or cultural events.  If you have a weekend/vacation home, consider donating that to an ICE family for a week or weekend.

The possibilities are endless.  Think local, think simple, be creative!

Thank you and have a great week -
Spring Fling Auction Committee



Save the Date for Screenagers

Do you spend lots of time thinking/worrying about the effects of screens on your teen?  You won’t want to miss this:  public screening of the film Screenagers on Wednesday April 26th at 6 pm.  This will be followed by a discussion after the screening.
“Award-winning Screenagers probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including the director’s own, and depicts messy struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction.  Through surprising insights from authors and brain scientists, solutions emerge on how we can empower kids to best navigate the digital world.”
More info coming soon on how to buy tickets, and how to help get the word out and donate and/or organize food sales.
ContactLisa Bleyer at with any questions.


Mexico Trip 2017 - Gofundme 

Hello ICE parents and friends!
We are thrilled to announce that a group of 11th and 12th graders from our school are taking a community service trip to Mexico. It’s a really exciting way to give back to the community and environment, as well as give our students an incredible cultural experience.
The group will be doing environmental and community based work in Puerto Morelos and Nuevo Durango. They will also have many opportunities to interact with the culture and setting of Mexico.
We want to make sure that every student, regardless of financial need or socioeconomic class, is able to take advantage of this opportunity. That’s why we’re asking you to consider donating to our Go Fund Me. Even if you can only spare a dollar, it really does all add up. The link is below. Please feel free to share the link with your family and friends.

Thank you so much!a
-ICE Mexico Trip 2017



Want ICE to Get 100% of What You Give?

Want 100% of your donations or payments to go to our programs instead of to PayPal Fees?  If your answer is yes and if you can send your donations/payments by check or use your online banking Bill Pay does!  And it won’t cost you a penny more.

  • Make your donations/payments payable to ICE Foundation
  • Mailing Address - ICE PTA / ICE Foundation, PO Box 644, New York, NY 10009.
You must include:  the purpose of the payment, your child's first and last name & advisory class (your name and contact information would be superb).

Thank you for your continued support!



New Newsletter Links

We've made a couple of minor changes to the Newsletter but changes with big impact we hope!

By now you've already received the email from Pete and Mark related to ICE's efforts to help alumni with their job search.  We now have a link to make the search easy for alumni and to make posting job openings easy for those who know of openings.  (See information below regarding city summer employment opportunities.)

We have added two additional links:  to make donating to summer sports camp scholarships for twenty ICE students easy, and to provide information and donation opportunities around ICE's incredible travel programs for students!


Alumni Job Search Help

Over the last few years we have been working hard to extend our support for ICE Alumni.  One of the most common requests we receive from alumni is help in securing a job.  We are hoping the ICE Community will help us find work for our kids who need it.
If you (or someone you know) are aware of a job opening at your place of work or somewhere in your neighborhood (concessions, register, custodial, deliveries, retail... anything!), please fill out Job Listing Form.  The information, as well as the form, is posted to our new "Alumni Page" on the ICE Website; we hope this will be a solid resource for our graduates looking for employment. 
This is the first of many ways that we will work to ensure our alumni are employed, in school, and have the things that they need to be happy, safe and successful in life after ICE.  Your assistance in this is much appreciated and it will be invaluable to our graduates who need employment.
Thank you so much!
Pete and Mark


City Summer Youth Jobs


Applications are available for young New Yorkers looking for a summer job. Planning ahead for the summer could pay off. Read more here.
The Summer Youth Employment Program, which places 14 to 24 year olds in six-week entry-level positions around the city, will accept applications starting Monday until the Friday, March 17 deadline.


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