CSS Newsletter
November 8, 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

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
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

Mix It Up Day
On Tuesday, October 23, Rachel’s Warriors (an anti-bullying club co-facilitated by Aften Ford and Mary Hosey-Pardi) hosted our 8th annual Mix-It-Up day during lunch.

Mix-It-Up day is a day when our Clinton Middle School students joined more than one million other students across the country and around the world to help break down social and racial barriers. It is also a day that promoted friendship and the acceptance of others

The event, launched by the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Teaching Tolerance project in 2002, encourages students to sit with someone new in the cafeteria for one day, but to incorporate the day into year long efforts to promote a healthy school climate

Cafeterias are the focus of Mix-It-Up day because that’s where a school’s social boundaries are most obvious. Many schools plan similar barrier-busting activities throughout the day or hold multiple events throughout the school year.

Our theme for this year’s Mix-It-Up day was a “superhero day” because superheroes INCLUDE not EXCLUDE. Superheroes also form alliances and work together to reach a goal. High school student volunteered and middle school faculty mingled with our middle school students during their lunch. To encourage conversations between students, we left “topics of conversation” on the cafeteria tables. These promoted conversations about what cliques are and why they are bad, the benefits of friendship groups, defining what it meant to label someone and what alliances truly are. We had a photo booth and asked students to fill out a clique assessment to help us understand what our students know or believe to know about cliques

Both teachers and students enjoyed the event! It was a great opportunity to connect with new friends as well as reconnect with past teachers. Several students commented on how much fun the event was.
“I think it went pretty well! Kids were sitting with other kids that they don’t usually sit with.”
~Wynni Davignon
“I thought it was really fun! The questions on the tables help us to learn more about other people."
~Lauren Rey
“Mix It Up is a positive step that schools can take to help create learning environments where students see each other as individuals and not just as members of a separate group,” said Teaching Tolerance Director Maureen Costello. “When people step out of their cliques and get to know someone, they realize just how much they have in common.”

CES 3rd Annual Veterans Day Ceremony - Friday, November 9th, 2:15 pm

2018 Stuff the Bus School Challenge

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

Hat, Coat, and Mitten Drive

Clinton Elementary School Spirit Days

Below you will find the dates of several upcoming school spirit days at Clinton Elementary:

  • Friday, November 9 - Veterans Day Celebration - Wear red, white, and blue or camouflage.
  • Friday, November 30 - Clinton Warrior Day - Wear school colors.
  • Friday, December 7 - Jersey Day - Wear a jersey or shirt to support your favorite sports team.
  • Friday, December 21 - Cozy Winter Day - Wear sweaters or sweatshirts.
Click here for the full list of spirit days for this school year.

Sports News

CCS Girls Cross Country Section III Champions
Congratulations to the CCS Girls Cross Country team for their repeat as Class C-2 Champions and for their first overall Class title in 29 years! Now it's off to states as a team!

Clinton Boys Youth Basketball (Grades K-6)

Community News

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

CELC's First Annual Tiny Turkey Trot - Saturday, November 17, 9 am - 10:30 am

KTL After School Craft - Paper Bag Turkey - Monday, November 19, 3:30 pm

KTL Annual Holiday Book & Jewelry Sale - November 23 & 24

Shoppers' Stroll & Holiday Parade - November 23 & 24

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

Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser for Patty Louise - Saturday, November 24, 5 - 8 pm

OHM BOCES November Nutrition Notes

Eat Smart NY Harvest of the Month Newsletter

Fun Facts about Cauliflower

Fun Facts about Cauliflower

  • Cauliflower can be eaten raw, roasted, steamed, boiled or grilled.
  • King Louis XIV loved cauliflower and demanded it be served at all state dinners.
  • Question: What are the brown spots on cauliflower?
    Answer: You might think they’re mold, but they’re actually a sign of a soil deficiency while the plant was growing. Don’t worry- they won’t hurt you or affect the flavor!
  • Cauliflowers come in actual colors, including orange, green, and purple.
  • Raw cauliflower is a source of sulforaphane, a compound that attacks cancer cells and slows the growth of tumors.
  • Cauliflower is full of vitamins and antioxidants and a bunch of other good stuff to keep you happy and healthy.
  • Cauliflower and the Ninja Turtles have a lot in common. It's the thing that makes the Turtles able to fight and eat pizza, and makes cauliflower, well, cauliflower: a mutation. Cauliflower has a genetic mutation, which is the reason its flowers are large and edible rather than just beautiful.

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.

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