CSS Newsletter
December 12, 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

Positivity Project - Humility/Modesty

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 Humility/Modesty.

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.

Positivity Project - Gratitude Graffiti Project

Several weeks ago, students learned about the importance of gratitude through The Positivity Project. At Clinton Elementary, a Gratitude Graffiti Project bulletin board was hung near the cafeteria. Students were told that they could write about what they are thankful for. Check out the pictures below to see the results!

Clinton Elementary students featured on WUTR

Each morning during Good Morning America, WUTR broadcasts a clip of a class from a local school reciting the Pledge of allegiance. Mrs. Abrams' and Mrs. Dawes' classes were recently featured. For more information visit https://www.cnyhomepage.com/pledgeofallegiance

Clinton Elementary Lost and Found

Misplaced items have been piling up at the Clinton Elementary Lost and Found! We would love for these lost items to find their way home. If your child is missing an item or if you recognize anything from the pictures below, please have your child take a look at the Lost and Found in the cafeteria. To help prevent missing items, please label your child's name on the tags of all gloves, jackets, boots, and hats.

CCS District Foundation Annual Donation Letter

The annual donation letter scheduled to arrive in your mailbox around November 25th was delayed due to a printing error. Some of you may have just recently received the letter and others may have received 2 copies. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Your donations will help fund the gifts that the CCSD Foundation is providing to the school district: 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 ($85,000).

Another way to donate is by PayPal or credit at https://www.ccs.edu/domain/28

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

Chamber Singers at Barnes and Noble plus Gift Wrapping (Saturday, December 14 and Sunday, December 22)

Hello friends!

Do you have a gift list? Do you like to wrap gifts? Well, here's your chance to do both!

Saturday, December 14 starting at 5 pm, the Clinton Chamber Singers will be performing from 5 to 6 pm and the Viola Trio will be performing TBD. Please come out and support our amazing talent; stroll to the beat of the music and shop at Barnes and Noble. Your gifts can be wrapped for free or for a donation to Clinton Music Parents. Even if you bought some presents on Black Friday or any other time, bring them to BN on Saturday to wrap them up beautifully between 5 pm until 9 pm. Your donation will be greatly appreciated.

Our CMP members could use 1 adult volunteer/hour to help our Clinton students wrap gifts at Barnes and Noble. If you are interested, please let me know a time spot!

Available spots:
1. 5 pm - 6 pm
2. 6 pm - 7 pm
3. 7 pm - 8 pm
4. 8 pm - 9 pm

If you can't make the December 14th day, you are in luck because CMP will be at Barnes and Noble on December 22 from 1 pm until 5 pm with the Elementary School Chorus performing for the public as well. Please join me to spread the word and watch our youngest talents bring in some cheer for the holiday season!

Again, our CMP could use 1 adult volunteer/hour to help our Clinton students wrap gifts from 1 pm to 5 pm. If you are interested, please let me know a time spot!

Available spots:
1. 1 pm - 2 pm
2. 2 pm - 3 pm
3. 3 pm - 4 pm
4. 4 pm - 5 pm

Thank you so much for your help and consideration. The money CMP raises goes directly to the music students, music scholarship awards, summer scholarship awards, helps teachers fund some activities and instruments and much more. Your help is always welcome and appreciated.

Cheers and Blessings for a beautiful holiday season!

Pascale A. Lewis
CMP Volunteer Coordinator

Holiday Gift Giving
Every year during the holiday season, the CCS faculty generously donates money as well as gift cards to a holiday gift-giving bank. The donations are distributed to families in need the week before break.

We are graciously accepting monetary donations as well as gift cards through Friday, December 18. If you would like to contribute please drop off donations to the Elementary, Middle, or High School office.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact the appropriate Counseling/Social work office for more information.

Elementary School Middle School High School
Monica Moshier
Mary Hosey-Pardi
Mary Hosey-Pardi
Rachel Grisham
Danielle Tesak
Jackie Snizek
Kelly Zegarelli

SUNY Upstate January Information Session (Friday, January 10, 2:30pm - 4:00pm)

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 20 Cozy Winter Day Wear cozy plaid
Friday, January 10 Stripes Day Anything with stripes
Friday, January 24 Hawaiian Day Hawaiian clothes

Clinton Middle School Yearbook Order Form

Farm to School News

BOCES Nutrition Notes: December 2019

Sports News

Clinton Indoor Track Results

Discus University Throws Club

Kirkland Town Library News

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

Clinton Pool's Free Kids Holiday Movie at KTL (Friday, December 13, 6pm)

"White Christmas" Movie Sing-a-Long (Monday, December 23, 2pm)

Community News

CELC January Vacation Camps

Clinton Arena Public Skating

Clinton Men's Night (Friday, December 13)

Visits from Santa


The Tradition Continues: Santa will be making his stops around the Clinton area on December 19th, starting at 5pm! Please call the Clinton Firehouse at 315-853-5031 on December 16 between the hours of 6pm-8pm to be put on the list.

Santa & Characters Meet and Greet (Saturday, December 21, 4pm - 7pm)

Alteri's Restaurant and Clinton Dollars for Scholars

Alteri’s Restaurant on 7 College Street in Clinton, is again teaming up with the local chapter of Dollars for Scholars to help raise funds for graduating Clinton Central School students.

Any pizza purchased on Wednesday earns $2 for the Clinton Dollars for Scholars/Alteri’s scholarship fund. Eat in or take out! Alteri’s will donate either way!

Eat locally and support local graduates. Alteri’s Pizza + Clinton Dollars for Scholars = Success for our students!

For more information on Clinton Dollars for Scholars and ways to support our students, visit http://clinton.dollarsforscholars.org

Wellin Kids: Fabulous Foil Forms - Saturday, January 25, 2 - 3 pm

Wellin Kids: Fabulous Foil Forms

Saturday, January 25, 2 - 3 pm

Drop in for free children’s activities and treats!

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.

Kirkland Art Center hosts Small Works exhibition for holiday shopping

A new Small Works exhibition at the Kirkland Art Center in Clinton features over two dozen local and regional artists who are members of the art center and whose art ranges from fine art photography, to watercolors and abstract mixed media pieces. All the artwork is for sale for under $125, which makes this exhibition a must-see for holiday shoppers. A free reception and holiday party will be held on Sunday, December 8 from 4 pm to 6 pm and all are welcome. The exhibition runs through December 20.

Everyone is welcome to visit the Kirkland Art Center Gallery to enjoy this and other exhibitions throughout the year. The Kirkland Art Center Gallery is open Tuesdays through Fridays from 10 am to 5 pm, and all exhibitions are free. The Kirkland Art Center is located at 9½ East Park Row in Clinton, NY and further information about exhibitions, classes, music and other programs is available by calling 315-853-8871 or online at www.kacny.org.

Picture: "August 8th" No. 2 by Fiona M. O'Downey of Utica, NY

Hamilton College Department of Music Presents Winter Ensemble Concerts

The Hamilton College Department of Music presents a full schedule of year-end concerts featuring the Hamilton College Choir and College Hill Singers, Hamilton College Orchestra, Hamilton College Jazz Ensemble, Chamber Ensembles, and Student Soloists.

“Doc” Woods leads the Hamilton College Jazz Ensemble on Thursday, Dec. 5, at 9 p.m., in Café Opus. This event features new charts, jazz standards and student arrangements.

The Chamber Ensembles will present their annual musical tour of the Schambach Center on Saturday, Dec. 7, at 7:30 p.m.

Under the direction of Danan Tsan, the Hamilton College Choir and College Hill Singers perform on Wednesday, Dec. 11 at 7:30 pm. Concert highlights includes Bach’s motet Lobet den Herrn, alle Heiden with string quartet and harpsichord, and music and texts by women composers and writers such as Hildegard von Bingen, Emma Lou Diemer, Winifred Letts, and Gwyneth Walker.

Ubaldo Valli conducts the Hamilton College Orchestra on Friday, Dec. 13, at 7:30 p.m. The program includes Richard Wagner’s Prelude to Die Meistersingers, Johann Georg Albrechtsberger’s Concerto for Alto Trombone, with Heather Buchman, soloist, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 in c minor, Op. 67.

The season concludes with the Student Soloists Concert on Saturday, Dec. 14, at 6 p.m. Students selected by a faculty panel perform solo works for voice, piano, strings, woodwinds and more.

All events are free and open to the public and are in Wellin Hall, Schambach Center, unless otherwise noted. Seating is general admission. For more information call the box office at (315) 859-4331 or visit www.hamilton.edu/performingarts.

Ski / NY - Kids Passport Program

Lady & Leap Holiday Events

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