CLX Buzz 9/12/19

The Claxton Elementary Family Newsletter

What's the Buzz?

  • Coming Soon at Claxton...
  • Ice Cream Social & Open House TONIGHT (Thurs 9/12, 5-7pm)!
  • Catch Up on the Happenings at Our September PTO Meeting!
  • Rock On 3rd-5th Graders! Volunteers and Donations Needed for Next Week's Back-to-School Dance
  • Fun Run Kicks Off Next Week! Sign Up to Join the Volunteer Squad!
  • Claxton's NEW Morning Music Groups
  • Claxton Specialists' Spotlight
  • Join Our Own Ms. Abby & the CLAXTON BUZZ Team for Eblen's Walk, Run, or Roll!
  • 5th Grade Families Hosting Staff Luncheon Mon, Sept 16 - Thanks for the Help!
  • Project Lit Campaign--Let's Cross the Finish Line
  • Calling All Vendors for This Year's Crafty
  • Volunteering at Claxton
  • CLX on Social Media
  • Quick Links

Coming Soon at Claxton...

Thursday Flyers (Check your Claxton backpacks!) - Today (Fun Run info)

Open House & Ice Cream Social - TONIGHT!-- 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

ACS Homework Diner & Superintendent Search Community Forum - Tues, Sept 24, 5-7pm, AVL Middle School

Fun Run - Fri, Sept 27

Make-Up School Pictures - Tues, Oct 22

Claxton Elementary Online Calendar

Claxton Family Events Calendar

Asheville City Schools Calendars

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Catch Up on the Happenings from Our September PTO Meeting--Minutes Are Here!

Our first PTO meeting of the school year happened this past Tuesday and we had a full house! If you're able, we hope you'll join us for next month's meeting on Tues, Oct 1 from 6-7pm. Our October meeting will include an introduction for families of Claxton's Leader in Me program! A recap from this month's meeting can be found in our PTO Meeting Minutes here.

Rock On 3rd-5th Graders! Volunteers and Donations Needed for Our Back-to-School Dance

Claxton's back-to-school dance is next Thursday, Sept 19! The Claxton school dances are so much fun and the kids have a blast PLUS it is a fundraiser to help cover cost of field trips! We really NEED ITEM DONATIONS & PARENT VOLUNTEERS! Click this link to see how you can help by volunteering or contributing drinks and snacks! Kids go straight from class to the dance, which lasts from 3:00-4:00. Cost is $3 for dance, $2 for pizza, and $1 for snacks and drinks. Admission or food vouchers available if needed. Be sure to sign the permission slip that your child brought home!

FUN Run Kicks Off Next Week!!!! Sign Up to Join the Volunteer Squad!

We’re only ONE WEEK AWAY from kicking off the FUN RUN!!!

On 9/17 our 2-week fundraising program will officially begin on campus, with a Pep Rally. After school your student will come home super excited about the Fun Run!!! Each night we present the students with a nightly challenge where they can win prizes as a group or individually (e.g., Popsicle party)!!!! Your family will try and gather as many pledges as you can and enter them into

This year our goal is to raise $27,000 – this money will be used to help cover the costs of our after school arts programming, playground re-design, food and books for students in need, dances, field trip scholarships, teacher appreciation, supplies for the classroom and so much more.

And don’t forget to save the Fun Run Date—9/27—on your calendar. You’re invited to come out and cheer on our students! The Fun Run will take place at Memorial Stadium (32 Buchanan Place). Grades K-2 run from 9:15- 10:15 and grades 3-5 run from 10:15-11:15. You might want to arrive 5 minutes early to cheer on the students as they walk from the buses to the stadium- it helps get them fired up!

If you would like to volunteer for this event, we need help distributing daily prizes to the classrooms and help at the Fun Run marking laps and handing out water. We need VOLUNTEERS! Please sign up HERE to help!

Thanks so much,

Your Claxton PTO

If you have questions about Volunteer jobs, please contact Sara Neidenthal ( or Wren London (

Claxton Morning Music Groups

For 3rd through 5th Grade Parents/Guardians--

We have some exciting news!!!! Mr. Butler sent flyers home with students today about the new Claxton Morning Music Groups!

The two images below are the front and back of Mr. Butler's flyer, so please read all of this info for details about what the morning clubs have to offer and what the commitment is for students and families!

Upon reaching 3rd grade, all Claxton students are welcomed and encouraged to participate in The Morning Singers, The Morning Band, and The Morning Drums. Students who have achieved at least a ‘purple belt’ in the Claxton Music Program Recorder Karate approach can join The Advanced Recorder Ensemble, as well as any students who can demonstrate similar basic proficiency on recorder flute.

The first two weeks of Morning Music will be open to any who would like to experience what we do before making the commitment to become a member for the year. Again, please check your child's folder for more info or read the two flyers linked below for the same information in digital form.

Claxton Specialists' Spotlight

Check out what how our Claxton Specialist Teachers (Music, Drama, Physical Education, Library, and Art) are kicking off the year with Claxton's students! Visit their website HERE for the latest updates about building ensemble in Drama, singing songs in Music, developing portfolios in Art, and much more!

Join Our Own Ms. Abby & the CLAXTON BUZZ Team for Eblen's Walk, Run, or Roll!

Hello Claxton Families,

We are calling for your support of Eblen Charities’ annual WALK, RUN, and ROLL event coming up on October 12, 2019 at ABTECH Campus. Their services impact our school community in many positive ways each school year. EBLEN is a lifeline for so many families through their assistance with medical care and supplies, travel assistance, dental and prescription care, funding assistance for food, rent, heat and other emergency aid. We are asking for your help in making a team of walkers for our Oct.12 event! Monies raised by this important event go DIRECTLY to our children’s programs. Your participation is very important. The WALK date is Oct. 12th and registration is open now.

Sign up HERE by finding and joining our "CLAXTON BUZZ" Team! We want to be the champion school this year and I know we can do it. Bring your family and friends for a fun morning and enjoy a nice non-competitive Walk or Run on a 5K/10K route with music, entertainment, kids’ zone, and a lunch provided by Outback Steakhouse! We will be joined by Kiss Country and Star 104.3 with iHeartRadio and the event organizers are putting together some awesome prize baskets for the top money raisers!

Thank you for supporting our students and their families through this event.

I hope to see you there!

Ms. Abby

Student Support Services

5th Grade Families Hosting Staff Luncheon Mon, Sept 16

5th Grader Families have filled up every dish for our Staff Appreciation lunch this Monday. Thank you to everyone who is participating to let our staff know how much we value their hard work and time with our kids! Don't forget to bring your items to the car line on Monday or to drop them off before 10am at the conference room (across from the office). Here's the sign-up sheet if you need a reminder of what you're bringing.


Any questions, please call:

Lindsey Kucsera: 512-663-5467

Sarah Howell 828-817-1479

Project Lit Campaign--Let's Cross the Finish Line!

One of our 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! Please share with friends and family!

Calling All Vendors for the ACS Crafty (formerly The Claxton Crafty)

This year, our awesome handmade art and craft event, formerly known as The Claxton Crafty, will include additional schools from the ACS district. The name of the event is still TBD, but you can save the date for Saturday, November 9, 2019 from 10am-5pm at the Salvage Station on Riverside Dr.

We invite teachers, staff, students, family members, and community members to apply as vendors. Vendor booth fees go directly to support participating Asheville City Schools. Vendors pay a registration fee but then keep all of their profits made at the event.

The Salvage Station has enough indoor room for approximately 25 vendors. We are also welcomed to use their awesome outdoor space if you have a tent and would like to set up outside. Indoor vendor fees are $100 for community vendors, and $50 for ACS teachers, staff and students. Outside vendor fees are $75 for community vendors and $37 for ACS teachers, staff and students.

Contact information: Tricia Johnson or 828-231-4078

Please fill out the quick application form HERE and Tricia will be in contact with further details. Thank you for your support!

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 (~30min) 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 unless otherwise noted. No registration is required to attend the training.


Wednesday, November 6, 2019, at 12:00 PM

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

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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