CLX Buzz: 1/24/19

The Claxton Elementary Community Newsletter

What's the Buzz?

  • Coming Soon at Claxton
  • Register Now for After School Arts (ASA) - Registration Open Through Sun, 1/27 @ 9pm
  • Volunteers Needed for Open House Days This Week
  • Winter Dance for 3rd-5th Grades on 1/31- Donations Wanted
  • Claxton's Scholastic Book Fair in February
  • Teacher and Staff Grant Awards from PTO
  • Call for Auction Donations--It's Time!
  • CLX on Social Media
  • Quick Links
  • Thanks to Our Sponsors!

Coming Soon at Claxton....

Thursday Folders--Check your Claxton backpacks!

Sun, Jan 27 - Registration Closes for After School Arts (9pm)

Tues, 1/29; Wed, 1/30; Thurs, 1/31, 9am-2pm - Open House @ ACS Elementary Schools

Thurs, Jan 31, 3-4pm - Winter Dance (3rd-5th Grade)

Fri, Feb 1 - National Wear Red for Ed Day

Mon, Feb 4 - ACS Board Meeting 6:00 pm

Mon, Feb 4 - Thurs, Feb 7 - After School Arts Classes Begin

Tues, Feb 5, 6-7pm - PTO Meeting, Claxton Media Center

Mon, Feb 11 - Fri, Feb 15 - Book Fair

Thurs, Feb 21 - Social Justice League Parent Workshop 5:30-8pm

Claxton Elementary Online Calendar

Claxton Printable Calendar of Special Events

Asheville City Schools Calendars

After School Arts Class Registration OPEN!

Registration for Claxton's After School Arts (ASA) spring classes is open online through Sun, Jan 27 at 9pm. Don't delay--register today! Click on this LINK to access registration and class info. If you have limited access to the internet, please call 828-419-0327 or email to request help with registration. We're happy to assist and will be in touch with you as soon as possible. Scholarships are available. Spring classes begin the week of Feb 4-7. Please contact if you have any questions.

Volunteers Still Needed for Open House Days This Week!

We're looking for volunteers to help at our welcome table and to assist with giving tours for Magnet School Program Open House Days, January 29-31.Help roll out the Claxton welcome mat to new families in our community! Please click HERE and choose a time slot (or two!) as your schedule allows!

Do you remember coming to Claxton for a tour or Open House? You can help provide that positive experience for a new family! Think about what made you and your family choose Claxton - the experiences you and your children have had at our school - the things that you'd want new families to know about what makes Claxton so great! The ACS Open House event gives prospective families the opportunity to visit the magnet schools and see classrooms in action. Guiding tours is a great way to support the Claxton community, learn more about our school, share your experience, and have fun!

A few things to keep in mind:

+ You are exactly who we're looking for! There's no experience required to be a tour guide - other than your love for Claxton! We'll give everyone a brief outline of the main information you'll need.

+ Mr. Edwards and Mrs. Nichols will be on hand to answer any specific questions that prospective parents might have.

+ Our students will be the main tour guides!! Most tours are conducted by two Claxton students from the Lighthouse Team accompanied by a volunteer parent tour guide. During busy times, some open house tours may be conducted only by volunteer guides.

Please email if you have any questions.

Upcoming Winter Dance for 3rd-5th Grades - Please Sign Up to Donate Snacks!

3rd - 5th graders are cordially invited to our Winter Dance, scheduled for this Thurs, Jan 31! Join us to dance, eat treats, and have fun with friends! The Claxton school dances are lots of fun and the kids have a blast PLUS it is a fundraiser to help cover the cost of field trips! 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. Sign and return your child's permission slip. We still need donations of snack and drink items! Click THIS LINK to sign up to help by contributing snacks and/or your time!
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PTO Grant Awards to Teachers and Staff

Funds raised by the Claxton PTO go to support our students and school community in many ways throughout the year; one of these ways is through grant awards to teachers and staff. We thank our school community for your support! We also thank our teachers and staff who have submitted creative and wide-ranging grant applications. Grants were recently given to--

  • Chris Carter - Eco-friendly supplies for the Thanksgiving and Christmas lunches

  • Amy Brown - Headphones for Inquiry 20% specialist class

  • Shannon Hunt - Math curriculum materials

  • Mark Ackerman - Hood Huggers Tour for Social Justice League

  • Tom Godleski - Six hens that will lay eggs and live in the K-1 playground house

  • Haley Watts - Feeling Buddies from Conscious Discipline for use in teaching Community Resiliency Model strategies

  • Beth Kickert– Kore Wobble Chair -- STEM flexible seating

  • 3rd Grade Teachers - Working whiteboard and supplies for each 3rd grade student to practice daily phonics instruction

  • Kaeta Seimer - Over-the-ear headphones to ensure each student has access to a set

  • Kelly Hillier - Headphones for class for use during computer-based educational programs; Bouncy bands to stimulate student movement in a non-disruptive manner

  • Rachel Autrey - Copies of the book The Boy in the Striped Pajamas for Global Shake-Up Unit on Empathy

  • Molly Peeples - Copies of Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain to use in book study with 5th Grade Teachers

Call for Auction Donations!

Now is the time! The Claxton Auction is a little over two months away (March 29, mark your calendars!). Please help us gather non-cash donations for the auction! All money collected from the auction goes to fund PTO services, such as playground redesign, food and books for students in need, money for classroom supplies and books, mini grants, staff appreciation meals and gifts, and more.

  • Are you an artist willing to donate a piece of art?

  • Do you have a service to donate (yoga classes, will services, acupuncture, massages, photo sessions, etc.)?

  • Do you have a second home to donate for a weekend?

  • Can you provide lessons as a donation (dance, cooking, sailing, etc.)?

  • Would your place of work donate gift certificates or tickets?

  • Do you have a contact you might be able to ask for a donation?

For inquiries or donations, please contact Lisa Manning at and include the following information:

  • Name

  • Phone Number

  • Email Address

  • Name of Donation Item or Experience

  • Description of Item or Experience

  • Cash Value of Item or Experience

  • Any restrictions on the Item or Experience

If you were the contact person for a donation for last year’s auction, please reach out to that donor again this year. Contact Lisa Manning ( with the details of that donation once secured.

No donation is too small or too big, and every dollar we raise goes to Claxton. We appreciate any and all help! Thank you!

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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