Please remember to join us on December 5th at 5:30pm in the LGI room for our next PTSCO meeting. A few topics on the agenda include but are not limited to:

1. The Winter Bazaar
2. Brief announcements from the DPCC, Clubs and Parent groups are welcome to be made.
3. Updates on PTSCO Finances
4. Enhancements to IB Middle School Personal Project

Students, Teachers, Parents, Guardians are all welcome. Hope to see many of you there!

Your PTSCO Team

-For more information about happenings on The Hilltop, please be sure to check out and bookmark The CHS View, our online newsletter run by PTSCO.
-For more information about PTSCO, grade level contacts etc.visit the PTSCO webpage

A modified swim meeting will be held on Friday, December 14th from 3:15PM to 4:00PM for parents and students in grades 5-8.  The meeting will take place in the LGI Room.

Meet the coaches, find out about the competitive swimming program, fill out the registration paperwork and get answers to any questions you may have about the upcoming swim season.

The CHS modified swimming program is offered to students in grades 5-8.  It is a wonderful opportunity for swimmers to participate on a school team and improve upon their competitive swimming experience. Swimmers will work on stroke technique in each of the four swimming strokes: butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle.  They will also work on: racing starts, relay starts, flip turns and open turns.  Swimmers will have an opportunity to compete in swim meets with schools within the district.

Swimmers that are interested in participating in the program must be able to swim:

25 yards freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke or butterfly for grades 5 and 6

50 yards freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke or butterfly for grades 7 and 8

February 4th for grades 5 and 6
February 5th for grades 7 and 8

On Friday, December 14th during school lunches, PTSCO will be holding their annual Winter Bazaar.

It will be held in the school Atrium during lunch periods. Classes and clubs are invited to sell items to our student body.

This is a joyful activity for the students to do a little holiday shopping and for clubs to promote themselves while raising funds.

Message from the 8th Grade Class:

The 8th grade class will have a table at the bazaar and they will be selling baked goods and food/candy items to raise money for the Class of 2023 trip to Camp Pathfinder. They are in need of donations from the 8th grade class. If you are able to donate items, please contact Tracy King Rosenhahn. She can be reached at or you can text or call her at 716.241.2022. Please have the donated items individually wrapped and/or packaged to be sold to the students. Volunteers are also needed to help sell the items.

Questions about the winter bazaar may be directed to Maureen Chapman at

City Honors Middle School Sky Zone Jump Party Sponsored by PTSCO

Thursday, December 13th

Come anytime between 4:00-8:00 pm

Jump for a 2 hour session

425 Cayuga Road
Cheektowaga, NY 14225

$15.00 per person

Proceeds to benefit the Class of 2023 trip to Camp Pathfinder

Save time and fill out the waiver online

Click HERE  for the flyer

Ms. Moda, CHS Visual Arts Teacher, is leading high school students through a one hour Vinyasa-style yoga class. No prior experience is needed. Students are encouraged to bring a towel and a water bottle. Please wear comfortable clothes. Yoga mats will be provided. This class is for high school students only.

We will focus on slow mindful movements that are appropriate for all levels. By practicing slow thoughtful postures we will work toward reducing stress and anxiety, improve optimism, focus and encourage creativity. This is a great opportunity for students find balance in their lives and prioritize mental health when dealing with the demands of being a CHS student.

Permission slips and waivers for new students can be obtained from Ms. Moda. We will discuss how the class will work including postures, music playlists and needs of students. No student will be able to participate in the yoga class without a signed permission slip and waiver. Students are not obligated to attend every class but are encouraged to.

Where & When: Tuesdays & Thursdays for 3:10-4:10 pm in the Orchestra room (112)

Students are encouraged to come ten minutes early and relax on their mat prior to the start of class. Classes run until Mid-May.

Ms. Moda has been art teacher at CHS for the last five years. She has been practicing yoga daily for the last twelve years and will be working toward a yoga certification starting in January 2019.

If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact her at

All CHS students should have received a “Mission Possible” bag in homeroom. The CHS Key Club wants you to bring in non-perishable food items in the bag and then the bag is yours to keep. All food can be brought to homeroom. Remember, the homeroom that brings in the most food items wins a breakfast party!

Attention 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th graders interested in community service. The Fruit Belt Neighborhood Coalition, a longtime partner of CHS, is hosting an event on Saturday December 15th from 11am-3pm called “Christmas in the City” to bring holiday joy to the young children of the Fruitbelt neighborhood. If you are interested in volunteering for this holiday party please see Mrs. Bertucci in room 106 before Monday December 10th.

Pelion Garden Update/Volunteer Needs
If it seems like we are always fundraising, it’s because we are! Pelion needs to raise at least $10,000 a year to keep the garden growing and our garden programming (including weekly science lessons for all fifth and sixth graders in the spring and fall months) going. We are not supported by the Buffalo Public Schools; instead, all of our funding comes from corporate and private donations, grants and sponsorships, including the support of the City Honors/Fosdick-Masten Park Foundation. If anyone has fundraising ideas to share with us we would love to hear them. Donations can be made easily online here.

New Pelion Garden Parent Committee Forming: We invite all parents interested in joining a committee to help plan garden activities, events and fundraising efforts to attend our first Pelion Parent Committee meeting on Monday, January 7, at 6:30 PM. The meeting will be held at the home of current lead parent volunteer Molly Hutton, 81 Highland Ave., Buffalo 14222. We are excited about putting together a committed group of parents who believe in outdoor education, organic food growing, and environmental stewardship. Please join us on January 7!

Pelion Garden at the CHS Winter Bazaar: We will be selling handmade holiday ornaments crafted from natural materials at this year’s Winter Bazaar on Dec. 14. All items will be priced from $2-$5 each. Our ornaments have been popular sellers at the past two bazaars! Be sure to get yours this year! We will also have garden-grown seeds on sale.

Crafters Needed for Final Pelion Crafternoon Session! We have one more “crafternoon” scheduled to finish up the ornaments that we will sell at the Winter Bazaar. Kids and adults are invited to help! The last “crafternoon” will be held onWednesday, Dec. 12, from 2:45-5:00 PM at the home of garden manager Caesandra Seawell, 279 Northampton St. just a few blocks from CHS.

Snowflake Sing-a-long, Wednesday, December 19, 4-6:30 PM: Join us as we celebrate winter and the survival of our tiny evergreen tree that was planted in Pelion this past Earth Day.  We will sing carols, drink cocoa, and adorn our tiny tree with solar-powered lights and decorations. Please dress for the weather; this event is snow or shine! Let us know you’re coming through our Facebook event page.

Box Tops for Education Homeroom Contest!: Don’t forget to clip, save and send in Box Tops. All homerooms are competing for a spring garden party that will be awarded to the class who collects the most Box Tops. Please remember to write the teacher/homeroom # on your submissions. The deadline for submission is February 15, 2019 but you can submit multiple times until then. Thanks in advance for clipping and saving! Each Box Top is worth 10 cents and the dimes really add up!

Please follow us on Facebook and Instagram (@pelionchs).

The Ralph C. Wilson Foundation has put together a survey for all students in grades 7-12 in Western New York to take part in.  The survey is meant to promote student voices in the Foundation’s efforts for investments in after-school activities.  The RCW Teen Survey is a 2 step process, with Step 1 being completed in homerooms on Tuesday, December 11th.

On Tuesday, students will complete a 3-5 minute survey at where they are asked three demographic questions and then complete a quick brainstorming activity.  The brainstorming activity asks students to think of ideas of activities they would like to take part in outside of school.  Please see the Ralph C Wilson Foundation Survey Fact Sheet for Students by clicking HERE, which further explains the survey for students and families. We will send out further information when we are ready to perform Step 2 of the survey in the next couple months.

It’s time for our Biennial Broadway revue: “The City On Stage” Musical Scenes!!  A CHS tradition, this performance of songs and scenes from musicals both old and new features a cast and crew of students from middle through high school, including student directors and choreographers.  The students of the Music Department have been hard at work rehearsing!  We are proud to present this show for you on Friday, November 30th and Saturday, December 1st at 7:00 pm in the CHS Auditorium.  Tickets are $6.00 for adults and $4.00 for students 17 and under and can be purchased at the door or your child can purchase them in Room #114.  All proceed benefit our Spring musical.  Please don’t miss this fun show!!

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  • Events at a Glance

    Dec 11: Gr 7-12 Teen Survey
    Dec 13: Skyzone, 4-8p
    Dec 13: Middle School Dance, 6-8p
    Dec 14: Winter Bazaar, during lunch periods
    Dec 14: Swim Program Info Session, 3:15-4p
    Dec 21: Last Day of Classes
    Jan 2: Classes Resume
    Jan 7: Pelion Committee Mtg, 6:30p
    Jan 15: CHS Winter Vocal Concert, 6:30p
    Jan 21: No School
    Jan 22-25: Regents Week – Only Gr 5-8 Report


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