CSS Newsletter
October 25, 2018
Produced by the CCS PTA
Submissions for the CCS Newsletter are due by 3 PM on Mondays prior.
Email to: news@ccspta.info

Inside This Issue:

CCS District Calendar

PTA News

PTA Meeting Schedule
Below is a list of dates for the remaining PTA Meetings for this school year. All PTA Meetings are held at 7pm in the Secondary Media Center. We'd love to have you come to discuss upcoming PTA sponsored events and fundraisers, new ideas, or ask any questions you may have.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018
Wednesday, February 6, 2019
Wednesday, April 3, 2019
Wednesday, June 12, 2019

PTA Spirit Wear Sale - Order Deadline is Nov 1

Harvest of the Month Sample Schedule

The CCS PTA Farm to School Committee, working with OHM BOCES Food Service and the Mohawk Valley Farm to School Initiative, has launched a new Harvest of the Month sampling program. Harvest of the Month is a Farm to School initiative that promotes a seasonal, locally grown item each month. A day or two before the Harvest of the Month is listed on the menu each month, the elementary school kitchen staff will prepare a batch of the menu item for volunteers to serve samples to students in the cafeteria. The idea is to encourage the students to try something new and maybe even choose it for lunch later in the week. Below is our sample schedule:

Menu Item Sample Date Date Listed on Menu
Halloween Beans October 30 October 31
Roasted Cauliflower November 27 November 29
Asian Cabbage Slaw December 18 December 20
Butternut Squash Soup January 29 January 31
Mini Potatoes February 26 February 28
Honey Carrot Bar March 26 March 28
Black Bean and Corn Salsa April 23 April 25
Cheesy Kale Bake May 21 May 23
Cucumber Yogurt Dip June 4 June 6

If you would like to join the Farm to School committee, please email us at farmtoschool@ccspta.info You can also help by encouraging your child to try the samples offered! Thank you for your support!

School News

Elementary School Halloween Parade - Wednesday, October 31, 2 pm

The Elementary School Halloween parade will be held on Wednesday Octover 31 at 2:00 pm. To avoid the buses during the Middle School/High School dismissal, the parade will take place on the Walking Trail at the Elementary School playground.

Guests are welcome to park in the ES parking lot in back of the school and line the inside and outside of the Walking Trail just left of the Baseball diamond. If it is raining we will parade inside.

Metal Silverware in the CES Cafeteria
Clinton Elementary has been making great progress in reducing its carbon footprint. Starting on October 30, the Clinton Elementary cafeteria will be transitioning from using disposable plastic utensils to metal silverware! The biggest challenge will be keeping the new silverware, which was generously provided by OHM BOCES, out of the trash cans. Students will be asked to place their forks and spoons in bins located at each table before getting up to clear their lunch trays. We are hoping that the silverware will last throughout the school year so we don't have to go back to disposable products. You can help by talking with your children about the effects plastic utensils have on the environment and reminding them of the new procedure.

First Meeting of the CES Green Team
The Clinton Elementary School Green Team held our first meeting this week. This year, 38 fourth and fifth grade students joined Mrs. Moshier and Mrs. Toia-Kramer on the Green Team. The goal of our team is to learn more about recycling and composting, and to make our school community greener. The students started the meeting by brainstorming some ideas for how to make our school greener. Our first project is to help with the transition to metal silverware. Students decorated the bins which will be used to hold the silverware. Green Team members will also be helping cafeteria staff to keep the silverware out of the trash cans. For more information, contact Mrs. Toia-Kramer at dtoiakramer@ccs.edu.

Mindfulness and Moving Meditation
Last year we ran a program called TEA AND TAI CHI in both the middle school and high school during lunch. It was a very successful program with a lot of positive feedback! Due to an increased number of extracurricular activities and a change to our lunch schedule, we will be running TEA AND TAI CHI interchangeably. The times and days of the week that we meet will vary to help us accommodate as many students as possible. We will primarily use time during lunch and after school for our sessions.

Tai Chi has been practiced for over 2,000 years and it is a proven technique to help reduce stress and anxiety. Pairing movement, meditation and breathing while focusing on being in the present moment assists in the relaxation process.

We plan to begin classes the week of Monday, October 29th. Students should refer to the daily announcements for meeting times. Please contact us with any questions.

Mary Hosey-Pardi, LMSW School Social Worker
Tai Chi Certified (2018)

Cindy Smiegal, RN, BSN High School Nurse
Jennifer Mitchell, RN, BSN Middle School Nurse

New School Counselor Introduction
Hello! My name is Chelsea Martin and I am a school counselor at the elementary and middle schools this year! Students may meet with me individually or in small group counseling, typically during lunch times. Small groups focus on topics such as social skills, coping strategies, self-regulation, as well as Banana Splits. I am at the elementary school on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and at the middle school on Tuesday and Thursday. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me at cmartin@ccs.edu. I am looking forward to being back in the Central NY area and working with your student!

Sophomore Class Krispy Kreme fundraiser
The Sophomore Class is having a Krispy Kreme donut fundraiser! See a sophomore to place an order or contact Mrs. Washburn at kwashburn@ccs.edu. Orders are due by 10/30.

CMS Presents... Bugsy Malone Jr. - November 9 & 10, 7:30 pm

Hangin' With Hamilton - Friday, November 2, 6 - 8 pm

Sports News

Clinton Boys Youth Basketball (Grades K-6)

Community News

Kirkland Art Center After School Program

Kirkland Art Center K-12 Art and Movement Camps Spring 2019!

Winter Break

February 18-22, 2019
Cost: $160 per student member / $180 non-member

Spring Break

April 15-19, 2019
Cost: $160 per student member / $180 non-member

The offerings will be divided to accommodate elementary students, junior high students and high school students with appropriately themed art and movement activities for each group. There will be two sessions each day for each group so that they have different activities and a different teacher from the morning session to the afternoon session. Students please bring sack lunches. Snacks and drinks will be provided.

The Root Farm November Vacation Camp (CELC) - Monday, November 12

CELC Half Day November Vacation Camps - November 14 & November 15

CELC Pre-Turkey Day Vacation Camp - Wednesday, November 21

MVCC College for Kids & Teens - Test Prep

MVCC School Break Kids Camps

Treats 4 Troops

Treats 4 Troops

Presented by Lincoln Davies

In honor of all troops who have served, or are currently serving in the Armed Forces.

Collecting excess Halloween candy and Thank You letters to send to troops at Fort Drum and the USO

Please bring candy donations to your elementary or middle school
October 22 - November 23


Lincoln Davies, Clinton Tractor, or Orchard Hall Restaurant
October 22 - November 23

On behalf of the staff at Lincoln Davies, thank you for your dedication and service.

8689 Summit Rd, Sauquoit, NY

(315) 839-5740

Happy Tails Reading Program - Thursday, October 25, 6pm

Explore with Me - Autumn Apples - Friday, October 26, 10:30 am

Musical Instrument Collection Drive

ABC Extravaganza - Saturday, October 27, 7 - 11 pm

Calling all Parents!

Get your babysitters lined up and grab your friends for the

3rd Annual ABC Extravaganza

Always the most fun gala of the year!
Come as you are, or be adventurous and dress for Mardi Gras

Get Your Tickets Now

Hamilton College Departments of Music and Dance Present Family Weekend Performances - October 26 - 27
The Hamilton College Departments of Music and Dance and Movement Studies will offer a full schedule of free performances in Wellin Hall, Schambach Center during the College’s Combined Family Weekend/Fallcoming Friday, Oct. 26, and Saturday, Oct. 27.

Under the direction of Danan Tsan, the Hamilton College Choral Program will perform on Friday, Oct. 26, at 7:30 p.m. This program will a variety of choral works for large and small ensemble in a shared program with the Department of Dance and Movement Studies.

The second part of the Friday evening and Saturday afternoon performances is dedicated to the Department of Dance and Movement Studies. Hamilton College faculty choreographers Bruce Walczyk, Sandra Stanton, and Paris Wilcox will present original works performed by Hamilton students.

On Saturday, Oct. 27, at 7:30 p.m., the Hamilton College Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble take to the stage. Conducted by Heather Buchman, the orchestra will present Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 1. “Winter Dreams.” In the second half of the Saturday evening performance, the Hamilton College Jazz Ensemble will perform under the direction of Michael “Doc” Woods. The Jazz Ensemble will play standards as well as new arrangements from Woods.

All Family Weekend performing arts events are free and open to the public. Seating is general admission. For more information call the box office at (315) 859-4331 or visit www.hamilton.edu/performingarts.

New York Foods Day - Wednesday, October 31

Fun Night Out - Friday, November 2, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Hamilton College Presents San Jose Taiko - Friday, November 2, 7:30 pm

Hamilton College Performing Arts presents San Jose Taiko on Friday, Nov. 2 at 7:30 pm in Wellin Hall, Schambach Center for Music and the Performing Arts.

San Jose Taiko was founded in 1973 by young Asian Americans searching for an outlet to convey their experiences as third generation Japanese Americans. Looking to Japan for inspiration, they were drawn to the empowering sounds of the taiko - the Japanese drum - an instrument that embodies the spiritual essence and heartbeat of Japan.

Known for synchronized choreography and eclectic musicality, San Jose Taiko is acknowledged as one of the premier taiko ensembles in the world. In 2010 the Foreign Minister’s office of the Japanese government awarded San Jose Taiko the Foreign Minister’s Commendation of Achievement in recognition of the group’s history and contributions to the taiko art form. San Jose Taiko is only the second North American taiko group to receive that honor. In 2011, founding directors Roy and PJ Hirabayashi were recognized as National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellows.

In addition to the Hamilton College performance, San Jose Taiko will present a free mini-concert at the Kirkland Town Library on Thursday, Nov. 1 at 3:30 pm and a school performance at Hamilton College for elementary school students in the Clinton, Utica, Waterville and Rome school districts on Friday morning.

The company’s engagement at Hamilton College is made possible through the ArtsCONNECT program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for senior citizens and $5 for students. For more information, call the box office at (315) 859-4331 or visit www.hamilton.edu/performingarts.

Music Workshop with Monk Rowe - Saturday, November 3, 1 pm

1st Annual 5K Jingle Jog - Saturday, November 24th

OHM BOCES October Nutrition Notes

Clinton Girls Varsity Hockey is teaming up with Alteri's!

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