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Clarksville Elementary School Clarksville Captions

June 12, 2009

e-newsletter heading

Dorothy McDonald,


Upcoming Events heading

    6/18/09: Kindergarten Family Celebration, 10:30 a.m.

    6/18/09: 5th Grade Pit Party at MS, 6:00  p.m.

    6/19/09:  Clarksville Family Picnic, 6:30 p.m.

    6/22/09:  Field Day

    6/22/09: 5th Grade Moving On Ceremony, 6:30 p.m.

    6/23/09: Closing Assembly, 10:15 a.m. 

    6/23/09: Last Day of School Grades K-5

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Principal's Message heading

Hello! I am writing to you on “R” day and that means we are eight school days away from “zooming” out of school. So much to do, so little time! This week we have enjoyed several end of the year traditions and on Tuesday evening all were treated to a 5th Grade Learning Fair that was just off the charts!

As I am sure you know Sunday is Flag Day, a wonderful celebration of our flag, its history and its meaning. On Friday morning we held our annual Clarksville Flag Day Celebration, gathering at the flag pole in our Peace Garden, singing patriotic songs, saying the pledge, raising our flag and marching back into school to “It’s a Grand Old Flag!”  Like our Patriot’s Day [MORE]

Photo of the Week heading
The 1st graders released their butterflies this week. This Painted Lady says goodbye before fluttering off.

Clarksville News heading

Clarksville Web Site Features Page Devoted to "Enrollment and 2009-10 Planning"

This week, Superintendent Michael Tebbano and members of the Board of Education met with Clarksville parents to discuss 2009-10 planning and enrollment, including the particular issue of multiage classrooms. While there are varied views on this issue and 2009-10 planning and enrollment projections at Clarksville are still taking shape, the district is committed to providing parents information about this process. The Clarksville Web site now features an Enrollment and 2009-10 Planning page. Parents are encouraged to use this page as a resource as the 2009-10 year approaches. Answers to frequently asked questions will be posted here, as well as more final enrollment data and class section information in early August. Click HERE to visit this Web page, or use the "Clarksville Enrollment" link on the left hand side of the school's home page.


Food Services Announces Availability of New Online Payment System

The district is pleased to announce the availability of a convenient, easy and secure online pre-payment service to deposit money into your child's school meal account at any time. This service also provides parents the ability to view your child's account balance through a Web site called Click HERE to read more.


A Message From the Kitchen

Lunches cannot be charged after June 10th. Pre-paying for meals will remain in effect. Please send any outstanding money in to school by June 16th. Any student funds remaining will be carried over to the 2009-2010 school year. Please prepay or bring a bag lunch. Thank you.

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PTA End of Year Family Picnic

Please join us for our End of Year, Family Picnic on Friday, June 19th. We'll enjoy good company, food & fun as well as, Clarksville's traditional Cake Walk! Click HERE for the PDF flyer.

Community Information heading

Spaces Still Available for the One-Week summer Tech Camp at BCMS

The Tech Camp will be held from July 13-17th, 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. and is open to students entering grades 5-8 next fall. The camp, run by Hudson Valley Community College at BCMS, will give students a chance to discover their interests and talents through hands-on, activity-packed learning sessions. Students will be given the opportunity to explore several dynamic areas as making a short movie, converting sunlight and wind into useful forms of energy, energizing your balance with gravity, designing your personal web page, exploring the science behind sports, and creating your own advertisement and promotional t-shirt. Space is limited, but there are some slots still available. For additional information and enrollment forms, click HERE to visit the Hudson Valley Kids Camps Page. If you have any questions, please call Karen Olewnick, CTE Supervisor, or 439-4921 x22056.


Clarksville Historical Society Annual Heritage Day & Car Show

The Clarksville Historical Society annual Clarksville Heritage Day & Car Show will be Saturday, August 1st from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. at the Clarksville Community Church on Route 443 in Clarksville, NY. There will be many artisans demonstrating their skills in crafts of yesteryear, Dutch Bar Preservation, a Child ID program and many more educational displays and demonstrations.  There will be something for everyone - car show, crafts, exhibits, town wide garage sale, children's activities, raffle (click HERE for raffle prize PDF flyer) and door prizes, music, lunch, a chicken BBQ dinner and much more. Volunteers are needed for the day of the event.  If anyone is interested in helping out or if they have any questions, call Janice Crookes at 758-8133. If you ant to get on the free garage sale list and map, call Joan Plunkett at 768-2282.


Parents for Excellence Presents "Excellence in Wellness"

Come and discuss the district's direction of the Wellness Programs. Representing the district's various departments will be: Superintendent Mike Tebbano, Director of Child Nutrition - Paul Franchini, Director of P.E. and Health - Fred Powers and the Nurse Coordinator for the district - Joann Menrath.  Come ask questions and let your thoughts be heard! Monday, June 15th at BCMS Library, 7:30 p.m. All are welcome!


Bethlehem Soccer Club

Bethlehem Soccer Club registration for the Fall 2009 recreation season begins on June 15th. Please visit for more details and link to the club's automated registration system. Registration is $70 if completed by July 15th. Payment can be made via check or
Mastercard/Visa. The program is open to any child born before December 1, 2005. The program accepts kids through eighth grade. Any further
questions can be e-mailed to


Bethlehem Pop Warner Cheer Clinic

The Bethlehem Pop Warner will be sponsoring a Cheer Clinic with instruction of BC coaches and cheerleaders, July 6th-10th, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at BC High School. Click HERE for PDF registration form.


The School's Out Inc.

The School's Out Inc. Board of Directors is please to announce the opening of a new site at Clarksville Elementary School. We are registering now for Fall 2009. To register online, click HERE.


School Food Survey Preliminary Results are Reviewed:

During Healthy Kids Week in March, BCSD in partnership with the Healthy Kids Committee, launched a parent survey to better understand the satisfaction level of parents and students in the district with regard to school food and snacks. Thank you to those of you who responded! A preliminary review of the 109 respondents indicates several areas for continued attention including investigating ways to make lunch time more efficient so students feel they have enough time to eat, continuing to improve the nutritional quality of lunches, and continuing to evaluate and adjust the kinds of snacks being sold at school. In general, it seems that parents have noticed the many improvements in the lunch program made by new Childhood Nutrition Director, Paul Franchini such as an increase whole grains, more variety and vegetarian options daily. Many parents do, however, want to see further improvements that would include "more healthy choices", "less empty calories", and more fruits and veggies every day. The Healthy Kids Committee will continue to work in partnership with Paul Franchini, Mike Tebbano and many of Bethlehem's dedicated parents to make these improvements throughout the coming years. For more information or to become involved with the Healthy Kids Committee, please email Karen Shaw or Colleen Carol-Barbuto at and visit the committee's website.


Try Something New and Student-Inspired for Lunch

Student-inspired meals will appear on our lunch menus on June 16 and 18. These winning recipes were chosen from many submitted by BCSD students in the Bethlehem Healthy Kids Recipe Contest. Buy lunch on these days and say 'YES' to healthy school food!
A highlight of the winning recipes:

Pizza Pasta, June 16, from Elsmere student Maggie Barnes
Curried Chickpeas, June 18, from Elsmere student Cadao Rain


Broadway Bound Musical Theatre Workshops

Broadway Bound Musical Theatre Workshops provide a general introduction to musical theatre. Students will explore dancing, acting, and singing through daily activities and scene work. They will learn songs and dances from the traditional Broadway repertoire. For more information click HERE (PDF), or contact Director, Jason Dashew @ 368-1173 or e-mail

Workshop directors: Lindsay Packard-Dashew and Jason Dashew


Summer Recreation Opportunities from the Town of Bethlehem

The Town of Bethlehem's Recreation Department has mailed its summer brochure "The Park Playbook" to residents. Click HERE to view online. Registration is underway for all residents and nonresident registration began April 29th. Please note a change in the Play Factory program. One of the drop-in sites, Becker, is now canceled. In lieu of this site being open, the Department has made the Glenmont site a full day. Click HERE to view  the PDF for complete changes.


Renew Your 2008 Elm Avenue Park Pool Pass by Mail

The Town of Bethlehem Parks and Recreation Department would like to encourage residents to take advantage of its new “renew by Mail” opportunity if you have a 2008 pass (with a bar code)! It’s easy and you can avoid waiting in line. Town of Bethlehem residency will be verified using 2009 property tax rolls. If you are not a Bethlehem property owner, you must provide proof of residency. Download the form [PDF version] by clicking HERE.



Youth Employment Service

Are you looking for part-time help?  Youth Employment Service (YES) is a free referral program through the Town of Bethlehem that helps community residents find reliable workers throughout the year. YES has a large database of enthusiastic youth (ages 14-21) who are interested and available for part-time work.


Yard Work - Babysitting - Pet Sitting - Party Helpers - Housework

-Tutoring - Handyman - Snow Shoveling


Teens interested in part time work can call or stop by the Parks and Recreation office at Elm Avenue Park on Mondays and Thursdays between 12:30-4:30pm. For more information call Julie Sasso at 439-4955 or log onto


Children's Law Project

The Children's Law Project of the Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New

York, Inc. provides free civil (not criminal), legal services to low-income children in Albany, Rensselaer, Schenectady, Fulton, Montgomery, Schoharie, Warren, Washington and Saratoga. We can help with a range of legal issues, including denial of benefits such as SSI or public assistance, school discipline issues, special education issues, and other civil legal problems. The Project has open intake throughout the day, but the best times to call are 11:00-12:00, and 1:00-5:00. For more information or to determine if you qualify for our services, please call the Legal Aid Society at (518) 462-6765 or toll-free at (800) 462-2922.