CSS Newsletter
January 17, 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, 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
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

Make Clinton Middle School a Winner!

Clinton Middle School is in the running to be considered one of the most innovative schools and we need your support to win! There’s $60,000 on the line, so keep reading to learn how you can support our school.

Earlier this year, we entered the Follett Challenge, a program created by Follett to find and reward schools for their work applying technology, content and creativity in ways that engage students, foster literacy and promote critical thinking. As part of the competition, we created a short video about what makes our program unique.

Please support us by viewing our video and voting for our submission at the following link:


Twenty percent of our total score is based on how well we spread the word about our video and earn votes! You can cast one vote per day January 21 – 25, 2019, so be sure to visit often!

By casting your vote, you’ll help us to spread the word about all the exciting activities going on in our school. The Grand-Prize winner will be announced on April 24, 2019 and will receive $60,000 in Follett products and services. In addition, the winner will win a celebration at their school featuring New York Times Bestselling author and NEWBERY medal-winner, Kwame Alexander!

Thank you for your support. Your vote could make the difference in helping our school be crowned the Follett Challenge champion!

Sincerely and hopefully,
Clinton Middle School faculty and staff

Kindergarten Registration Week - March 4 - 8
Clinton Central School District Kindergarten Registration is scheduled for the week of March 4th in the Elementary School Office between the hours of 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (the child does not need to be present). You may also go to the CCS website, ccs.edu, for a copy of the registration packet, which will be available in early March. Children need to be five years old on or before December 1, 2019 to be eligible to start Kindergarten in the fall. Immunizations need to be updated before entry in the fall and an original birth certificate must be presented at the time of registration. Incoming Kindergarten Parent Information Night will be April 25th 6:30pm to 8:30pm in the Elementary School Cafeteria.

Tri-Band Festival
Clinton will be hosting our Tri-Band Festival this year on Tuesday, March 19 and Wednesday, March 20. The school calendar is marked incorrectly. Please make a note of this so that your child will be able to attend the night of their concert. The middle school Concert Band will perform at 7pm on Tuesday, March 19. The high school Symphonic Band will perform at 7pm on Wednesday, March 20.

Students will be excused from some classes during the day of their festival to rehearse with guest conductors in preparation for that evening's performance.

If your child is available, encourage them to play with the pep band at the Hamilton College basketball game on Friday, February 1 at 7pm. Please reach out to Norin Lavendar if we can count on your son/daughter to join.

Lady and Leap Toy Shop Fundraiser for High School Musical

Elementary School Lunch Menu Change for Thursday, January 24
Elementary School menu change for Thursday, January 24: The cafeteria will be serving Chili with Chips in place of the Cheesy Chicken Macaroni and Cheese listed on the menu.

LEAP Recycling For Charity
The high school's LEAP Club (Leaders in Environmental Awareness and Protection) is proud to announce a new recycling initiative for personal hygiene/beauty products and packaging. For each item that that we recycle, we will earn money towards a charity that digs wells for communities in developing nations. If everyone in our district contributes 20 items, the profits will provide 200 people with a year's worth of clean drinking water. Place your used products and empty containers in the collection boxes in the high school office, middle school office, and elementary school hallway (beside the boxtop collection box) to alleviate thirst and keep these items out of our landfill!

Accepted Used Items
  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste tubes and caps
  • Floss containers
  • Deodorant containers and caps
  • Hair product tubes and caps
  • Soap/lotion/shampoo dispensers
  • Hair spray triggers
  • Chapstick/lipstick tubes and caps
  • Bar-soap wrappers
  • Make-up tubes (mascara, concealer, etc.)
  • Make-up cases (eyeshadow, bronzer, powder, etc.)
  • Foundation packaging
  • Make-up pencils
Thank you for your participation!

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

  • Friday, January 25 - Hawaiian Day - Wear Hawaiian clothes, sunglasses, etc
  • Tuesday, February 12 - 100th day celebration - Wear something with 100 things on it or dress like you are 100 years old! (subject to change based on snow days
  • Thursday, February 14 - Friendship Day - Wear Red or Pink
Click here for the full list of spirit days for this school year.

Clinton Elementary School Yearbook

2018 - 2019 Clinton Elementary School Yearbook

Hockeyville USA special section this year!

The 2018 - 2019 Clinton Elementary School yearbook is on sale now! Hurry, don't delay, order today! We only have a select number of books to sell. Deadline for the lower price is January 31, 2019. Price will increase to $25 on February 1, 2019. Reserve your copy online at jostensyearbooks.com Prices start at $20.

We are looking for Hockeyville USA pictures from April 2018 to the time of the big game. Email yearbook@ccspta.info

Clinton Middle School Yearbook

CHS Student Council Online School Store is Now Open!

Clinton high school's student council is launching an online school store! The deadline for holiday orders has passed, but merchandise will be available year-round. Thanks for supporting the student council!! You can get to the student store by visiting studentstores.com/school/clinton_warriors/

Sports News

Waterville Jr/Sr High School Mountain Bike Club - Thursday, January 17, 7pm

Warrior's Basketball Mid Winter BBQ - Thursday, January 17, 5pm - 7:30pm

Community News

KTL Happy Tails Reading Program - Thursday, January 17, 4 pm - 5:30 pm

KTL Fairy Tale STEAM - The Three Billy Goats Gruff - Friday, January 18, 10:30 am

KTL Chili Fiesta - Thursday, January 24, 6 pm

KTL Stuffed Animal Sleepover - Friday, January 25, 6 pm

KTL Small Hands Big Art

Guest Interviewers Needed - Sunday, January 27, 1pm

Please let us know if Hamilton College seniors can count on you to help them practice their interview skills!

Sign up to be a guest interviewer for the Hamilton College Career Center's 7th Annual

Communicate 301: Interview Crash Course

This fast-paced and energetic event is your chance to help the next generation of Hamilton seniors through a series of brief practice interviews.

Sunday, January 27th
1:00 p.m. -2:45 p.m.
Hamilton College Tolles Pavilion

(Program schedule included in the RSVP form.)

Complete this survey to sign up to be an interviewer: bit.ly/HCCrashCourse19

Wellin Kids: Amazing Amulets - Saturday, January 26, 2 pm
Drop in for free children’s activities and treats! Kids will use clay to create their very own amulets (or good luck charms). This project is inspired by the art featured in the Wellin Museum’s permanent collection, on view in Archive Hall.

Ruth and Elmer Wellin Museum of Art at Hamilton College
198 College Hill Rd
Clinton, NY 13323

Clinton Symphony Orchestra of the Mohawk Valley - Sunday, January 20, 2:30 pm

Butterfly Kisses Ball - Friday, March 1 or Saturday, March 2

Dollars for Scholars Wednesdays at Alteri's
Have a pizza and help a student go to college! Every Wednesday during the winter months, when you purchase a pizza from Alteri’s Restaurant in Clinton (dine in or take out), $2 of the price will go to Clinton Dollars for Scholars to support a scholarship to honor Mr. and Mrs. Alteri. The local chapter matches up to $500 to make this a $1,000 scholarship. For more information, go to http://clinton.dollarsforscholars.org.

3rd and 4th Grade I Ski NY Free For Kids Passport

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.

Clinton Arena Skating Schedule

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