CLX Buzz 8/12/19

The Claxton Elementary Community Newsletter

What's the Buzz?

  • Coming Soon at Claxton...
  • Meet the Teacher Events This Week
  • Join Us for Our Garden and Grounds Workday This Saturday
  • Volunteering at Claxton
  • Mrs. Hillier's Project Lit Funding Campaign
  • After School Arts this Fall at Claxton
  • ACS Bus Transportation
  • School Supply Lists
  • Claxton Rewards Programs
  • CLX on Social Media
  • Quick Links
  • Thanks to Our Sponsors!

Coming Soon at Claxton...

Kinder Meet the Teacher & New Family Orientation - Mon, Aug 12, 5:30-7pm

1st-5th Grades Meet the Teacher - Fri, Aug 16, 9-11am

Garden and Grounds Workday - Sat, Aug 17, 9am-1pm

First Day of School (Full Day) - Mon, Aug 19

Kinder Staggered Start & Kinder Parent Welcome - Mon, Aug 19 & Tues, Aug 20

Online Registration for After School Arts - Mon, Aug 26, 8am - Mon, Sept 2, 8pm

CLX Chat with Mr. Edwards - Tues, Aug 27, 8-8:30am in the Cafeteria

NO SCHOOL (Labor Day Holiday) - Mon, Sept 2

After School Arts Classes Begin (see individual class schedules) - Mon, Sept 9

Claxton PTO Meeting - Tues, Sept 10, 6-7pm in the Media Center

Open House & Ice Cream Social - Thurs, Sept 12, 5-7pm

Early Dismissal - Mon, Sept 16, 12pm (Staff Appreciation Lunch - 5th Grade hosting)

3rd-5th Grade Dance - Thurs, Sept 19, 3-4pm

Fun Run - Fri, Sept 27

Claxton Elementary Online Calendar

Claxton Family Events Calendar

Asheville City Schools Calendars

Meet the Teacher!

Welcome back! We're excited for a terrific year! Drop by to meet your child's teacher and connect with other students and families. Please join us for--

Kindergarten Meet the Teacher & New Family Orientation - Mon, Aug 12, 5:30-7pm

1st-5th Grades Meet the Teacher - Fri, Aug 16, 9-11am

Join Us for Our Claxton Outdoor Workday!

Join us at Claxton for our back-to-school outdoor workday this coming Saturday, August 17! All are welcome! Come out for any or all of the time between 9-1. We'll spend time working and weeding in our garden beds and taking care of a few other tasks around our beautiful campus. We have plenty of garden tools, but if you have any favorites, feel free to bring them. No experience or green thumb is necessary. Just come out and have fun! Please email our Claxton PTO Grounds Chair, Tricia Johnson, at if you have any questions.

Volunteering at Claxton

We welcome and appreciate our volunteers! If you wish to volunteer at any time, there are a couple of requirements that need to be completed in advance.

1) Whether you're a new or returning Claxton volunteer, an online background check is needed each year to volunteer in any capacity with students at school or as a supervising chaperone on field trips. It takes about 5 minutes to start your background check but can sometimes take 2-3 weeks for checks to be approved. You cannot volunteer until your background check has been approved, so jump over to this link to get yours started.

2) Also, all volunteers need to attend a brief Level II volunteer training with Asheville City Schools before you can volunteer at Claxton. The training is a one-time requirement (not needed each year) and this year's schedule is set so you can go ahead and check the calendar. Please see below for the next training sessions or check this year's full calendar HERE. Trainings take place in the Boardroom at Asheville City Schools' Central Office at 85 Mountain Street. No registration is required to attend the training.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019 at 12:00 PM

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 at 12:00 PM

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 at 6:00 PM

Please contact if you have any questions or are interested in exploring volunteer opportunities at Claxton!

Support Project Lit at Claxton

One of Claxton's amazing teachers, Mrs. Hillier, is bringing Project Lit to Claxton this year! Project Lit is about empowering students as leaders and readers. Support is needed to provide student access to copies of the first four novels that the group will study. Please click here to donate or to learn more about Project Lit!

After School Arts (ASA) Classes at Claxton This Fall!

We're gearing up for our fall season of After School Arts (ASA)! As in the past, classes will run from immediately after school until the pick-up time of 4:00pm. Join us for adventures in Yoga Games, Poetry in Action, Tae Kwon Do, LEGO Explorations, FEAST, Wood Carving, Math Attack, LEGO Mindstorm Robotics, Birds, and Spanish! Classes will begin the week of Sept 9-12. Online registration will be available Mon, Aug 26 starting at 8:00am through Mon, Sept 2 at 8:00pm. Watch for registration info in next week's Buzz and in student folders!

Message from ACS Bus Transportation

Hello Asheville City School Families,

To prepare for our students return on Monday, August 19th, our Transportation Department is diligently working on school bus assignments.

If your student rode a bus last year and has not changed schools or home addresses, no action is needed. They will ride the same bus as last year.

If you are new to the district, your bus assignment was completed based on your enrollment information. No additional action is needed.

Please note, if you changed addresses, regardless of what grade your student is entered, please contact your school before completing a new bus request form.

Rising 6th and 9th Graders do not need to contact their school before completing a new bus request form. However, please know that a new bus request form must be completed before August 12th to be eligible to ride a bus on the first day of school.

You can access the online bus request form on the district’s Transportation webpage. If you’d prefer to fill out a paper copy, please stop by your child’s school.

Elementary and middle school bus assignments will be assigned during back to school Open Houses and Meet the Teacher events. High school bus assignments will be available by contacting Asheville High School or SILSA beginning Thursday, August 15th.

If you have any additional questions about the process or student bus assignments, please contact your child’s school.

Thank you for your continued support.

Dr. Mark Dickerson, Assistant Superintendent of Administration

School Supply Lists

Grade level school supply lists for this year can be found HERE.

Claxton Rewards - Support Our School through Your Regular Shopping!

YOU can easily help our Claxton kids by shopping as you normally do! It all adds up! Please share with your friends and family! Funds go directly to our students in the form of books, field trips, classroom supplies and enrichment programs.

Harris Teeter:

Every August (must be done each year) link your VIC card to choose Claxton as your school. Can do at a store or online:


Every August (must be done each year) link your Ingles Advantage card to choose Claxton as your school. Can be done at a store or online:

Amazon Smile:

Shop at Amazon? Choose Claxton PTO as your charity and Amazon will donate 0.5% of your purchase to Claxton. Cannot use the app but you can put items in your cart from the app and then go to to make the final purchase.

How to: 1. Sign in to on your desktop or mobile phone brows- er. 2. From your desktop, go to Your Account from the navigation at the top of any page, and then select the option to Change your Charity. Or, from your mo- bile browser, select Change your Charity from the options at the bottom of the page. 3. Select a new charitable organization to support.


For every purchase you make at Staples thru 9/15/19, 5% will go directly to the educators you choose in their rewards check.

Parents visit the website, select a teacher (if you don’t see your teacher just choose another Claxton teacher) and enter a Staples receipt number and purchase amount.

Box Tops:

Box Tops are worth 10¢ each for our school. This is THE way that Claxton purchases new types of PE equipment and replenish what is worn out.

Look for the Box Tops 4 Education logo on hundreds of everyday grocery and household products. Clip and save the box tops and place them in container in hallway by office. Eventually the Box Tops program will become digital-only. Use the new Box Tops app to scan your receipts.

CLX on Social Media

Follow Claxton Elementary on Facebook and the Claxton Parent Team's page for more updates, photos, and fun! Look on Twitter to follow Claxton Elementary as well as many of our teachers and staff!
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