CSS Newsletter
January 30, 2020
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

Box Tops for Education

** Traditional Box Top clips are being phased out, but it's super easy to continue to support our school by scanning receipts with the Box Tops Mobile app. See below for more information!


CCS PTA Bylaws Draft
In accordance with the regulations set forth by the New York State PTA, our unit is required to renew its bylaws every 3 years. As the current bylaws are expiring soon, a committee has met to prepare a draft copy of new bylaws to be voted on at the February 5 PTA Meeting. The bylaws draft has been posted online so that members have time to review them before the vote.

General PTA Meeting (Wednesday, February 5, 7pm)

Please join us for our Feburary PTA Meeting on Wednesday, February 5 at 7 pm in the Secondary Media Center. We will discuss recent and upcoming business and also vote on the proposed bylaws for our unit. All parents, guardians, faculty, and staff are welcome to attend! We hope to see you there!

School News

Positivity Project - Supporting Others When They Struggle

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 Supporting others when they struggle.

Supporting others while they go through tough times is a critical piece of being human. There is a Chinese saying that sums this up: “If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap. If you want happiness for a day, go fishing. If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime, help somebody.”

There are many different approaches to helping people who are struggling. These can include:

  • Listening while they describe an event and their feelings about it
  • Taking action to help people in need, or
  • Simply just being there and sitting together in silence.
Talking through a problem is a common way to help a person who is going through a tough time. When thinking about how to help them through conversation, it can be useful to:
  • Validate rather than dismissing their feelings
  • Help them reappraise the situation
  • Carefully point out logic or thinking errors that may block them from healing

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.

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 1/28/2020 Board Meeting, along with additional annotations.

Counseling Office Newsletter - Spring 2020

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. Heintz's class was featured on January 24. For more information visit https://www.cnyhomepage.com/pledgeofallegiance

National College Fairs

Clinton Elementary School Yearbook

2020 Clinton Elementary School Yearbook

The 2019 - 2020 Clinton Elementary School yearbook is on sale now at jostensyearbooks.com!

Yearbooks are $20 plus tax if ordered by 1/31/2020. Personalizations are an addional charge and must be placed by 1/31/2020. Orders placed after 1/31/2020 will start at $25 plus tax.

If you have pictures from the school that you would like to submit, please send them to smith853a@gmail.com

Air Force ROTC Shadow Day 2020 (Monday, February 17)

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, February 14 Friendship Day Red or pink
Tuesday, February 25
*Date subject to change based on snow days
100th Day Celebration Wear something with 100 things on it or dress like you are 100 years old
Monday, March 2 Dr. Seuss Day Anything that reminds you of your favorite Seuss characters or crazy hair
Tuesday, March 17 Good Luck Day Go green

Clinton Middle School Yearbook Order Form

Farm to School News

Farm to School Sample Day - Butternut Squash Queso
January's Harvest of the Month is Winter Squash! This week students sampled Butternut Squash Queso, which was selected as the winning recipe in the monthly recipe contest. The recipe was submitted by Zack Maxam. 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!

BOCES Nutrition Notes: February 2020

Sports News

Waterville Mountain Bike Club

Discus University Throws Club

Kirkland Town Library News

2020 Kirkland Town Library Kids Reading Challenge

Extended Weekend Hours

Fourth Annual Chocolate Showdown (Thursday, February 6, 6pm)

Spa for Dolls (Sunday, February 9, 1pm)

Community News

MVCC Parent/Child Classes

MVCC School Break Kids Camps

Hamilton College Presents Danan Tsan, mezzo-soprano, and Sar-Shalom Strong, piano (Friday, January 31, 7:30 pm)

The Hamilton College Department of Music presents a faculty recital for voice and piano with Danan Tsan, mezzo-soprano, and Sar-Shalom Strong, piano, on Friday, Jan. 31, at 7:30 pm in Wellin Hall, Schambach Center on the Hamilton College campus.

Tsan and Strong will perform a set of art songs by French composer Gabriel Fauré, a set of leider by German composer Hugo Wolf, and a set of classic modern musical theater pieces that includes “When You’re Good to Mama” fom Chicago and “She Used to Be Mine” from Waitress, The Musical, among other work.

Danan Tsan is the interim director of choral activities and directs the College Choir and College Hill Singers at Hamilton College. She earned her bachelor's degree in vocal performance at Southern Methodist University and master’s and performer’s certificate in vocal performance and literature at The Eastman School of Music. Danan studied conducting under Constantina Tsolainou (SMU) and William Weinert (Eastman), after which she spent five years as an alto in the U.S. Army Field Band Soldiers’ Chorus. Subsequently, Danan has performed around the world, spanning the genres of classical music, musical theater, and rock and roll. She has been the featured soloist for Symphoria’s Holiday Pops and the alto/mezzo soprano soloist for many oratorio, including Handel’s Messiah, Bach’s Mass in B Minor, and Lily Boulanger’s Psalm 80 (with the Hamilton College and Community Masterworks Chorale). She also plays the title role in Pushed Aside: Reclaiming Gage, an opera about the life of women’s suffragist Matilda Joslyn Gage.

Sar-Shalom Strong is a lecturer in music (piano) and coordinator of staff pianists at Hamilton College. He performs extensively as both a soloist and a collaborative musician, averaging around 30 concerts per year. He is core pianist for The Society for New Music and has premiered many new compositions in that capacity, some of which are available on Innova Records. He holds degrees from Knox College and Syracuse University,

This concert is free and open to the public. Visit www.hamilton.edu/performingarts or call the box office at (315) 859-4331 for more information.

Hamilton College Presents Tessa Lark, Violin (Friday, February 7, 7:30 pm)

Hamilton College Performing Arts presents Tessa Lark, violin on Friday, Feb. 7 at 7:30 pm in Wellin Hall, Schambach Center on the Hamilton College campus.

Lark, accompanied by Andrew Armstrong, piano, will perform a varied program for violin and piano that includes Bartok’s Romanian Folk Dances, Schubert’s Fantasy in C minor, Grieg’s Sonata No. 3, and Ravel’s Tzigane.

Violinist Tessa Lark, recipient of a 2018 Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship and a 2016 Avery Fisher Career Grant, is both a budding superstar in the classical realm and a highly acclaimed fiddler in the tradition of her native Kentucky. Since making her concerto debut with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra at sixteen, Lark has appeared with dozens of orchestras, festivals, and recital venues including Carnegie Hall, Ravinia, San Francisco Performances, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, the Buffalo Philharmonic, and Marlboro Music. In 2019, she premiered “Sky,” a bluegrass-inspired concerto written by Michael Torke for Lark with the Albany (NY) Symphony Orchestra. The recording of “Sky” has been has been nominated for Grammy in the Best Classical Instrumental Solo category. Lark is a graduate of New England Conservatory with an artist diploma from The Juilliard School. She plays a ca. 1600 G.P. Maggini violin on loan from an anonymous donor through the Stradivari Society of Chicago.

Andrew Armstrong, piano, performs as a soloist, accompanist, and chamber musician. He has played in Asia, Europe, Latin America, Canada, and the United States, including performances at Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, and Warsaw’s National Philharmonic. As a chamber musician he has appeared with the Elias, Alexander, American and Manhattan string quartets, and as a member of the Caramoor Virtuosi, Boston Chamber Music Society, Seattle Chamber Music Society, and Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players. This season, Armstrong and violinist James Ehnes teamed up to release recordings of Beethoven’s violin sonatas in celebration of the master’s 250th birthday in 2020. The duo will perform the cycle in cities around the world.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for senior citizens and $5 for students. Visit www.hamilton.edu/performingarts or call the box office at (315) 859-4331 for more information.

Clinton Arena Public Skating

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: Creative Community Collages - Friday, February 21, 2 - 3 pm

Wellin Kids: Creative Community Collages

Friday, February 21, 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.

Ski / NY - Kids Passport Program