CSS Newsletter
February 7, 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, April 3, 2019
Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Gertrude Hawk Chocolate Sale

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
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

What's New with Rachel's Warriors

Positivity Project - Supporting Others
This school year, CCS is participating in the Positivity Project. A different character trait or topic is highlighted and discussed at school each week. Last week's topic was "Supporting Others", which is the third of five pillars of the Other People Matter mindset. According to the Positivity Project's Weekly Roundup:

On an individual level, the research is clear that when we help others we also help ourselves. Dr. Roy Baumeister found that individuals who are “givers” and help other people lead more meaningful lives – with meaning defined as “a cognitive and emotional assessment of whether one’s life has purpose and value.” This goes beyond being happy in the moment and connects your past, present, and future.

On a group level, it’s critically important that we help each other out. Everyone faces tough days needs support. And, this support leads to a chain of pro-social behavior that makes us feel good about ourselves and our group. As Sebastian Junger explains in Tribe, natural catastrophes can elicit paradoxical positive emotions, because “self-interest gets subsumed into group-interest…(creating) a social bond that many people sorely miss.”

Visit The Positivity Project's website to learn more and to sign up for the weekly newsletter.

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.

Clinton High School Presents... Seussical - March 7, 8, & 9, 7:30 pm

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.

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:

  • 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
  • Friday, March 1 - Dr. Seuss Day - Wear anything that reminds you of your favorite Dr. Seuss characters
  • Thursday, March 14 - Lucky Day - Go green or wear a rainbow!
Click here for the full list of spirit days for this school year.

** Mrs. Hall is still looking for more pet pictures for the 100th day and Valentines (Friendship) day. You can email them to her at lhall@ccs.edu.

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. Reserve your copy online at jostensyearbooks.com Prices start at $25.

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

Sports News

Clinton Indoor Track Report

Clinton Little League Registration

Clinton AYSO Registration

Kirkland Town Library News

Sailing the Atlantic with Steve Bellona - Thursday, February 7, 7 pm

Happy Tails Reading Program - Tuesday, February 12, 4 - 5:30 pm

3rd Annual Chocolate Throwdown - Thursday, February 14, 5pm

School Break Classes and Camps

CELC February Vacation Camp - February 19 - 22

MVCC School Break Kids Camps

Spring Break Adventures at The Root Farm

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.

Community News

Hamilton College Presents Albany Symphony Orchestra - Friday, February 8, 7:30 pm

Hamilton College Performing Arts presents the Albany Symphony Orchestra, with Orion Weiss, piano, on Friday, Feb. 8, at 7:30 p.m., in Wellin Hall, Schambach Center for Music and the Performing Arts.

The program includes the world premiere of Gaze by Annika Socolofsky, Frédéric Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2 (Orion Weiss, piano), and Robert Schumann’s Symphony No. 2.

One of the most sought-after soloists in his generation of young American musicians, the pianist Orion Weiss has performed with the major American orchestras, including the Chicago Symphony, Boston Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and New York Philharmonic. In 2004, he graduated from the Juilliard School, where he studied with Emanuel Ax.

Founded in 1930 in New York’s Capital Region, the Albany Symphony serves a diverse regional audience covering more than seven counties and parts of three states. Led by David Alan Miller, who celebrates his 26th season as music director, the Symphony presents a core classical series throughout the region, each featuring a world-premiere or recent composition. Grammy Award-winning conductor David Alan Miller has established a reputation as one of the leading American conductors of his generation. Music Director of the Albany Symphony since 1992, Miller has proven himself a creative and compelling orchestra builder. Through exploration of unusual repertoire, educational programming, community outreach and recording initiatives, he has reaffirmed the Albany Symphony’s reputation as the nation’s leading champion of American symphonic music and one of its most innovative orchestras.

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 hamilton.edu/performingarts.

Valentine's Kids Drop Off - Saturday, February 9, 4 - 7pm

Hannaford Helps Cause Bag - Clinton Pool

Wellin Kids: Doodle & Draw - Friday, February 22, 2 pm
Drop in for free children’s activities and treats! This project mixes pen and ink techniques with doodling fun! Kids will create amazing compositions using a series of lines, dots, zig-zags and squiggles! 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

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

Clinton Symphony Orchestra - Sunday, March 17, 2:30 pm
The Clinton Symphony Orchestra of the Mohawk Valley is a great asset to the quality of life here in our upstate region. we are the only professional orchestra in the area. We are so grateful that our concerts have been met with tremendous enthusiasm!

We have a new date!

The postponed January 20, Clinton Symphony Opera Favorites Concert, has been rescheduled for Sunday, March 17, 2019, 2:30 PM.

Box office opens at 1:00, free pre-concert lecture at 1:30, concert at 2:30.

We are so excited that due to a grant we received from the Winter Foundation, students may attend free!

Previously purchased tickets may be picked up at the will-call window.

BOCES Nutrition Notes

Eat Smart NY Harvest of the Month - Potatoes

MVCC Test Prep Courses

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

Clinton Arena Skating Schedule

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