CSS PTA Newsletter - Special Edition
Produced by the CCS PTA
*Last Modified 4/15/2020 8:39 pm

Inside This Issue:

Special Edition

CCS Communication and Resources

Clinton Elementary Misses You (Video)

Clinton Middle School - We Miss You! (Video)

Faculty Misses Clinton High School Students (Video)

Latest Elementary School Morning Announcements (4/15/2020)

See below for the latest morning announcements from Clinton Elementary or click here to view the archive of morning announcements.

Attention 20-21 Kindergarten Students and Families
Due to school closure, all events for incoming Kindergarten students are cancelled and will be rescheduled. This includes Kindergarten Orientation and Kindergarten Screening. The updated schedule will be posted on our website and notifications will be disseminated to registered families. Registration packets are available online at ccs.edu.

CCS Nailed It! Challenge

CCS Nailed It! Challenge

The Nailed It challenge is ending today, but you can view the gallery of participants here!

To celebrate spring and time together, the Positivity Project is inviting students K-12 and their families to participate in a baking challenge: Nailed It! style.

WHAT: A weeklong baking challenge: pick a recipe, use whatever ingredients you have, take a picture of the finished result, and submit to our Google Form

WHEN: April 7-15, 2020

WHERE: Families will complete the challenge at home and submit their photos or videos of their masterpieces online

WHY: For fun and to build community

HOW: It’s easy!

Neighborhood Bear Hunt

Dear Boys and Girls,

Have you ever been on a Bear Hunt? While you are out walking, riding bikes/scooters and enjoying time with your families, be on the lookout for bears! You can read the book, We're Going on a Bear Hunt, by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury. If you don't have the book at home you can search for read-alouds and songs online.

We love and miss you!

Clinton Elementary Teachers, Faculty, and Staff

***Parents - please ask your neighbors to place bears in their windows and doors so children in the neighborhood can go on a Bear Hunt!!

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.

** Click here to view the full agenda from the 3/24/2020 Board Meeting, along with additional annotations.

** Click here to view the a page with the draft minutes of the board meeting, along with a video recording of the online zoom meeting.

Educational Videos
*We recommend supervision while children are on the internet and/or watching YouTube videos because it is easy for them to click on links and stray to other websites.

Educational Websites
  • Scholastic Learn From Home
    Scholastic has set up a website with free daily educational content (articles, stories, videos, challenges) for children in four different age groups.
  • National Geographic Kids
    Lots of kid-friendly content (videos, games, articles) related to animals, nature, conservation and more.
  • Bedtime Math - Cabin Fever
    The Bedtime Math website has adapted their engaging after-school math activities for your kids to enjoy at home.
  • Uti-kaZoo: Utica Zoo Kid's Academy
    Starting on 3/23/2020 at 10am, the Utica Zoo will launch Uti-kaZoo, a free online kids' academy offering engaging activity-based programs which include animals in action, stories, crafts, and do-at-home action items.
  • Amazon Audible
    For as long as schools are closed, Amazon is giving kids free access to large collection of childrens stories.
  • Khan Academy
    Khan Academy's mission is to provide a free, world-class education to anyone, anywhere. They have lots of great classes for kids of all ages.
  • Typing.com
    Free keyboarding curriculum for people of all ages!
  • Seussville
    Read, play games, and hang out with Dr. Seuss and his friends.
  • ABC Ya
    Practice math and reading skills while playing games.
  • Highlights Kids
    Lots of fun and educational content for kids including crafts, recipes, podcasts, articles about science, jokes, and games.
  • Storyline Online
    Videos of some of your favorite stories being ready by famous actors.
  • Scratch
    Learn to code with Scratch, a block-based visual programming language.
  • Ted Ed
    Engaging educational videos about a variety of topics.
  • DuoLingo
    Has there ever been a better time to start learning a new language? Choose from 36 available languages!
  • Field Museum
    Bring science learning to life through lesson plans, games, and more.
  • San Diego Zoo Kids
    Videos, activities, games, and more from the San Diego Zoo.

CCS PTA Gertrude Hawk Update

CCS PTA Gertrude Hawk Update

The current COVID-19 protocols intentionally and rightfully limit access to the school buildings, cease after school activities, and require social distancing of 6 feet. In addition, NYS's PAUSE Executive Order bans all non-essential gatherings of individuals of any size for any reason. https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/governor-cuomo-issues-guidance-essential-services-under-new-york-state-pause-executive-order

Unfortunately, this makes the distribution of Gertrude Hawk orders impossible at this time. No exceptions will be made.

We understand your disappointment and we are disappointed as well. As soon as federal, state, and local government protocols allow for safe distribution, we will work in earnest to safely distribute the orders.

We hope that our CCS families understand that these unprecedented times call for extraordinary measures. We know that everyone is anticipating the arrival of their chocolate orders; however, we need to make the safest decisions possible for our community. We need to take every step possible to protect one another.

As more information becomes available, we will communicate it directly to those who have placed orders.

Thank you for your patience, flexibility, and understanding. As always, we greatly appreciate your support.

Angela Rorick
CCS PTA President

Heidi Venero
Gertrude Hawk Chocolate Chairperson