CSS Newsletter
March 7, 2019
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

Gertrude Hawk Chocolate Sale

Square1Art Order Deadline is Monday, March 11

The deadline for orders for Square1Art for Clinton Elementary is Monday, March 11. If you have any questions, please contact Kristen Matteson.

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

The Brain Show

The Clinton Central School PTA is proud to sponsor The Brain Show Educational Assembly for all elementary school students on March 28! The Brain Show has been seen by hundreds of thousands of people throughout the United States. The assembly will be a highly educational and interactive game show, offering authentic fun and the excitement of a real live TV game show, including colorful podiums with computerized lights and sounds!

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
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 Science Fair
This year's Elementary School Science Fair was held on March 1. Students from Kindergarten to 5th grade explored a wide variety of topics including animals, paper airplanes, our solar system, bones, electricity, and everything in between! Each student that participated created a display board and presented their findings to the judges. It was a great opportunity for students to dig deeper and learn more about topics that interest them. Congratulations to all of the students that participated! Thank you, Mrs. Landry and Mrs. Hullar for organizing another successful science fair!

Positivity Project - Cheering Others' Success
This school year, CCS is participating in the Positivity Project. A different character trait or topic is highlighted and discussed at school each week. This week, CCS is focusing on the fourth of five elements of the Other People Matter mindset: cheering others' success. The purpose of the Other People Matter Mindset weeks is to consistently remind students why they're learning to see these character strengths in themselves and others -- to build positive relationships. According to the Positivity Project's Weekly Roundup:

Being happy for other people when they succeed isn't always everyone's initial reaction. Often, it's easy to become jealous or envious of others' victories – or even to experience schadenfreude, which is deriving pleasure from witnessing (or learning about) another person's misfortune. People who have these reactions to the success or misfortune of others are colloquially known as "haters." It's important to note that these are natural emotions and in small doses can be helpful in allowing us to see what we care about – and motivate us to pursue those goals.

But making a commitment towards cheering on other people's successes can be a great way to improve our own health, happiness, and relationships. People can take active steps to be more genuinely happy for the achievements of others. Ways to do this include: telling others about the success of your modest friend; noticing when your reaction to a sibling's success is envy or jealousy – and asking yourself why that is; reminding yourself that appreciating the excellence in another is a character strength; asking your successful teammates and classmates what they do to prepare for games or tests.

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

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

Used Soccer Equipment Needed

My name is Celso Vasquez. I am a Junior at Clinton High School. I was a student in Guatemala until I was 13 years old. Many of the children in Guatemala lack equipment to play soccer and resort to playing with grocery bags rolled into a ball.

For a class project I would like to send these unfortunate children used soccer equipment that your children have outgrown. There is a drop off box located at Access Federal Credit Union in Clinton, NY and at the Clinton Elementary School and High School.

Collection will be starting on March 1st lasting through April 30th.

Items should fit students ages 6 - 11.

  • Cleats / sneakers
  • Deflated soccer balls
  • Shin guards
  • Jerseys
  • Goalie gloves
  • Shorts
  • Soccer Socks

Thank you!

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:

  • Thursday, March 14 - Lucky Day - Go green or wear a rainbow!
  • Tuesday, April 2 - Autism Awareness Day - Light up the world with blue!
  • Thursday, April 11 - Clinton Warrior Day - Wear school colors
  • Friday, April 26 - Earth Day/Arbor Day - Wear green or animal print
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. 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 Little League Registration

Clinton AYSO Registration

Kirkland Town Library News

Fairy Tale STEAM - Friday, March 15, 10:30 am

Happy Tails Reading Program - Tuesday, March 19, 4 - 5:30 pm

Introduction to Digital Services Class - Tuesday, March 19, 4 - 6 pm

First Day of Spring Celebration - Wednesday, March 20, 6 pm

School Break Classes and Camps

MVCC School Break Kids Camps

Spring Break Adventures at The Root Farm

Community News

Hannaford Helps Cause Bag - Clinton Pool

Hamilton College Spring Dance Concert - March 8 & 9
The Hamilton College Department of Dance and Movement Studies will present its annual Spring Dance Concert on Friday, March 8, and Saturday, March 9, at 7:30 p.m., in Wellin Hall, Schambach Center for Music and Performing Arts on the Hamilton campus. The performance will feature Hamilton student dancers and choreography by Hamilton faculty Elaine Heekin, Sandra Stanton-Cotter, Bruce Walczyk, Paris Wilcox, in addition to guest choreographer John Castagna.

John Castagna, a resident choreographer of The Ballet Collective in Los Angeles, Calif., joins Hamilton College for another year of new contemporary ballet. Castagna’s piece AGE of ANXIETY will be set to excerpts from Leonard Bernstein’s Symphony No. 2.

Catacombs, a piece choreographed by Professor Elaine Heekin set to The Gusla Male Choir (Old Bulgarian and Russian Orthodox chants).

Sandra Stanton-Cotter is a lecturer in dance and movement studies at Hamilton. She will present First and Last Night set by Allegretto and Vivace, Chamber music of Bernard Herrmann and Jerome Moross.

“Open House at the Stickland Academy of Filipino Martial Arts” choreographed by Professor Bruce Walczyk is presented in a “lecture/demonstration” format utilizing set patterns and structured improvisation. The use of fire hardened rattan sticks such as olisi, bangkaw, olisi palad, serrada olisi and yantok along with Richard Lloyd on percussion help to create the soundscore for this piece that blends the visual and sound output of various rompido, abaniko, sinawali and sumbrada patterns.

Hamilton alumnus Paris Wilcox is a lecturer in dance and movement studies at Hamilton. He will present Bach Be Brevis, which will include Hamilton students, Jackson Bedford, Haley Raphael and Marjorie Wang.

Tickets for this event are $5 for adults/ $3 for senior citizens and students. For more information call: (315) 859-4331 or visit: www.hamilton.edu/performingarts.

Kirkland Community Blood Drive - Saturday, March 9, 8am - 1pm

Wellin Kids: Create A Camera - Saturday, March 9, 2 pm
Drop in for free children’s activities and treats! Kids will create their own camera obscura and learn about how this object relates to modern-day photography. This project is inspired by the art featured in Theaters of Fiction, on view from February 16-June 9, 2019.

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

SkillsUSA Opioid Forum - Tuesday, March 12, 6 pm

Clinton Symphony Orchestra - Sunday, March 17, 2:30 pm

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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