December 2017 News


Dec 14th is Clay Middle day at City BBQ!  Please come support teachers, staff and students by getting delicious lunch or dinner at City BBQ located at 1356 South Rangeline Road, Carmel, IN.  Dine in, carry out, call ahead and set-up-yourself catering orders will yield 25% of sales donated to Clay Middle School.  An exciting on-site raffle will also take place (winner announced the following day).  Please join in this Clay Middle event!

Kroger Raffle for FREE $75 gift card! Simply attach your Kroger receipt dated 12/01/17-12/20/17 showing that you are supporting Clay Middle School (will appear at bottom of receipt) to this flyer.  Then you, or your student, can drop off at school front desk no later than end of day Dec 20th for a chance to win a $75 gift card to Kroger.  A nice treat to help with holiday shopping! See attached flyer for details! 

6th Annual CCS Green Team Holiday Lights Recycle Drive

The CCS Green Team and Carmel Utilities are proud to sponsor the 6th Annual Holiday Lights Recycle Drive November 27th – January 11th.  A box will be located at the school during this time to collect any discarded holiday lights. Lights will also be collected at White’s Ace Hardware 731 South Rangeline Road. Over four tons of holiday lights have been recycled by Technology Recyclers through this program which helps keep our landfill a little lighter!  


Make a tax free donation in 2017 to Champions of Clay Fundraiser: A big "Thank You" to 35% of the families that have already donated!  Please do your part and make an impact, this is a great investment in the priceless quality education your child receives in Carmel! It's not too late, please help our kids and staff at Clay have another awesome year by clicking on the link below to donate via PayPal:<wbr></wbr>.us/clm/pto/http-www1-ccs-k12-<wbr></wbr>in-us-clm-pto-fundraising   Or you can send in check to school, "attn: Clay PTO"

BOX TOPS is a year round program!  You or your student can drop off Box Tops anytime to front office.  Look for the new drop off container (bright blue with box tops on it) and help Clay Middle earn FREE money.  

New dates for 'Tuesday Treats' are available in November and December. Please take a look at link below and sign up if you can: http://www.signupgenius.c<wbr></wbr>om/go/8050e49adac23a13-clay6


Volunteering for the Clay Middle Bookstore - open during lunch hours - is a great way to get into school and see the students! We have currently have openings for the 2nd shift (12:00-1:20pm) for Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Please email at '' if you are interested in helping out!

Media Center:  If interested, please contact our volunteer coordinator Marcia Ruderman at<wbr></wbr>m or @MRruderman on Twitter.


If you are new to Clay Middle and would like to meet other new families, join the new families gathering group.  This group meets monthly to share resources and information with new families about Clay and the Carmel community.  Please email Karen Tullai ( for further details and to learn the locations of upcoming gatherings.  Next dates are: Dec 13th @9amJan 18th @ 9amFeb 13th @ 11:30amMarch 14th @ 9amApril 12th @ 9am and May 16th @ 11:30am.


Dec 12 - Tuesday Treats

Dec 13 - New Families event

Dec 14 - City BBQ event benefitting Clay Middle

Dec 20 - Kroger Raffle due date 

Dec 25-Jan 8 -  Winter Break

Jan 11 - Holiday light recycling ends


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