CSS Newsletter
November 21, 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

School News

CCS Bright Spots

At each school board meeting, CCS Superintendent Dr. Stephen Grimm presents "Bright Spots", highlighting activites at each of the schools and important information throughout the district. Below are the Bright Spots that were presented at this week's BOE meeting. The public is welcome to attend school board meetings to learn more.

** Click here to view the full agenda from the 11/19/19 Board Meeting, along with additional annotations.

Positivity Project - Gratitude

CCS is participating in the Positivity Project. A different character trait or topic is highlighted and discussed at school each week. Families are encouraged to follow along with the weekly themes at home to further emphasize each topic. This week's topic is gratitude.

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

Click here to view the complete list of topics for the 2019 - 2020 school year.

Rachel’s Warriors Club News

Rachel’s Warriors implemented our first mix-it- up day at lunch Tuesday, October 22nd. The participation among students and staff was great! Students were encouraged to sit with someone they do not typically sit with and spark conversations with new friends. Conversation starter cards were placed on the tables along with mix-it-up day coloring sheets. Many teachers came down to participate as well. Overall, it was an awesome event and really got the kids thinking about the importance of including others and being kind. We will hold two more mix-it-up days throughout the year.

In an effort to spread kindness and awareness about our club among our younger middle school students, Rachel’s Warriors recently held a “cool to be kind challenge with the 6th graders. Students were encouraged to complete specific acts of kindness and if a teacher or another adult noticed them doing these acts the teacher colored in a slice on the class kindness pizza chart. We are happy to announce that Mrs. Ford’s class won the challenge with 5 out of 6 slices colored in! They were awarded with a pizza party on Tuesday, November 19th. At the celebration we discussed the importance of being kind to others and made kindness quote posters to display around the school. It was amazing to see all of the acts of kindness taking place and the active discussion about how important it is to spread kindness to others every single day.

4th Graders Collecting Food Waste for Food2Energy

Fourth Graders at CES have started separating their food scraps in the cafeteria several days a week. CNY Green Bucket Project, a local residential food waste collection service, has donated its services so that all of the collected food waste will be brought directly to the Food2Energy facility in Utica. At the Food2Energy site, an anaerobic digester turns the food scraps into energy.

Sam Brown from OHSWA visited the fourth graders in their classrooms to talk about the anaerobic digestion process and the materials that can be included. The students were very eager to participate! On their first day of using the green buckets, the fourth graders collected 11.7 pounds of food waste that would have otherwise gone in the trash and eventually to a landfill.

Stuff the Bus School Challenge

Clinton Elementary Pajama Drive

Clinton Elementary School Spirit Days

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

Date Spirit Day What to Wear
Friday, December 6 Jersey Day Wear a jersey or shirt to support your favorite sports team
Friday, December 20 Cozy Winter Day Wear cozy plaid

CCS District Foundation

Your child may already be seeing some wonderful gifts that the CCSD Foundation is providing through parent, alumni and community donations: a new K-5 reading program ($134,000), updated kitchen equipment for the Family and Consumer Science program ($8,000), and equipment upgrades to the fitness center serving students in grades 6-12 ($83,000).

Be on the look-out for the annual donation letter to arrive in your mailbox early in the week of November 25th. In that letter, you will find more information about the CCSD Foundation and how you can help.

LIKE the Clinton Central School District Foundation on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ClintonCSDFoundation/ . Invite your friends to like us, as well.

Clinton Middle School Yearbook Order Form

Farm to School News

OHM BOCES Nutrition Notes: November 2019

Farm to School Sample Day - Parmesan Roasted Broccoli
November's Harvest of the Month is Brassicas! This week students sampled Parmesan Roasted Broccoli, which was the winning recipe in the monthly recipe contest. The recipe was submitted by first grader, Chase Gogola. Thank you so much to our volunteers that served samples, the kitchen staff for preparing the food, and to the students for being such great taste testers!

Sports News

Discus University Throws Club

Kirkland Town Library News

Annual Jewelry & Holiday Book Sale (Friday, November 29 & Saturday, November 30)

Holiday Puppet Show (December 4 - December 7)

Holiday Cookie Throwdown (Thursday, December 12, 7pm)

Community News

Thank You from Cub Scout Pack 9

A big thank you to the people of the greater Clinton area from Cub Scout Pack 9 of the VFW Post 9591, Schilling-Burns-Young Post for your support of Scouting for Food! The Cub Scouts from Pack 9 collected over 1,400 food items this month with your generosity. These items were given to The Country Pantry to help members of our communities. Additionally, your support helps to reinforce the connections of the Scout Oath and Law in action with good deeds such as Scouting for Food.

A special thank you to Laura Wileczka for organizing the effort this year and a thank you to Bill Rudge for all of his efforts in the previous years at the helm. Scouting for Food is a community effort, however it would not have happened without individuals organizing the odds and ends of this undertaking. This year, this amounted to coordinating over 100 hours of service of the scouts and their families.

The pack looks forward to enabling the youth of our community to continue growing through scouting program adventures. New members, including adult leaders, are welcome throughout the year. No experience is necessary. Training is offered at introductory to advanced levels. Families are welcome to pick their level of involvement. Interested individuals should e-mail clintonnycubscouts@gmail.com.

Thank you to all,
Pack 9, A 2018 Silver Journey to Excellence Unit

ICAN Adopt a Family Program

Ski / NY - Kids Passport Program

A Better Chance Wreath and Poinsettia Sale

It's time to order your wreaths and poinsettias! All proceeds support the A Better Chance of Clinton & the Mohawk Valley. The order deadline is November 26.

Click here to order.

New Hartford Shopping Center's Holiday Stroll (Friday, November 22)

Clinton Shoppers' Stroll & Holiday Parade (November 29 & 30)

5K Jingle Jog (Saturday, November 30, 8 am)

Wellin Kids: Great Greek Vase Design - Saturday, December 7, 2 - 3 pm

Wellin Kids: Great Greek Vase Design

Saturday, December 7, 2 - 3 pm

Drop in for free children’s activities and treats! Kids will create their own Greek vases through collage. This project is inspired by works of art in the Wellin Museum’s permanent collection, on view in Archive Hall.

Families and children ages 5 - 10.

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


Click here for a list of the Wellin Kids activities scheduled for the 2019 - 2020 school year.

Lady & Leap Holiday Events

Hamilton College and Community Masterworks Chorale with Symphoria Present Winter Concert (Tuesday, December 3, 7:30pm)

The Hamilton College and Community Masterworks Chorale with Symphoria will perform on Tuesday, December 3 at 7:30 pm in Wellin Hall, Schambach Center for Music and the Performing Arts on the campus of Hamilton College.

G. Roberts Kolb conducts Felix Mendelssohn’s celebrated oratorio Elijah, with soloists Julia Ebner, soprano; Danan Tsan, mezzo-soprano; David Parks, tenor; David Kolb, baritone (as Elijah); and Giada Sedge, child soprano.

Elijah is a dramatic account of significant events in the life of the Hebrew prophet, including his contest with the priests of Baal, his encounter with Ahab and Jezebel, and his apotheosis, as “there came a fiery chariot, with fiery horses, and he went by a whirlwind to heaven.”

Tickets for this performance are $10 for adults and $8 for senior citizens and students. It is free for Hamilton College students. For more information call the box office at 315-859-4331 or visit www.hamilton.edu/performingarts.

Wreaths Across America (Saturday, December 14, 12pm)