Claxton Parent News 10/20

Claxton Elementary's Newsletter for Families

What's Happening

Monday, October 23: Early Dismissal, 12pm

Monday, October 23: Staff Appreciation Lunch

Friday, October 27: Fall Carnival

Saturday, November 4th: Claxton Crafty

The Fun Run pledges are due!!

Parents, just a friendly reminder: all pledges for our Fun Run program are due by Friday, October 20! Pay online at or checks can be made payable to Claxton PTO. Thanks again for all your support of Claxton!

The Claxton Directory is going DIGITAL!

Our PTO has subscribed to the MySchoolAnywhere service for our family and faculty directories. It's secure, easy to use, and free to families.

The family directory helps to build community with better communication among Claxton parents, students, and families. You can connect with a classroom peer for playdates/parties or reach out for help if you have a question about an assignment!

There are 2 ways to register: simply click on the link below or go directly to the site, enter our school code, and follow the steps to register your family.

You specify what information you'd like to appear in the directory – email, phone, address – or any combination - or choose not to appear at all. There are options to enter one or two parents and/or two households. Only current Claxton families will have access to the directory and your information is secure and never given to 3rd parties.

Click this link to begin


Register at

Invitation Code: claxton

Enter your family information today!

Data collection closes on October 20th!

Staff Appreciation Lunch Oct. 23

The PTO shows our appreciation to the teachers and staff at Claxton with a series of organized lunches provided by Claxton families. As seasoned Claxton families, the 5th Grade Families will provide our Staff Appreciation lunch on Monday, October 23rd. This lunch theme will be a Chili Bar.

All 5th Grade Families can efficiently sign up via a Google Sheets to help out. If you are having difficulties using this link, please email Michelle Gray with the item(s) you would like to bring and she will record it for you. To make it even easier we will be collecting all items in the AM drop off line from 7:15-8:00 AM on the 23rd.

There are still a few needs for this luncheon, Click here to sign up!

Calling all Artists, Makers and Musicians!

We still have space available for your craft! The Claxton Crafty is a vibrant and lively marketplace featuring inspired makers from our Claxton community and surrounding area. The Claxton Crafty is a fantastic event for showcasing your wares and talents in a beautiful river-side setting at the Smoky Park Supper Club – click here to register your booth today! Live music from our community is featured and well loved at this event, if you, your student, or anyone you know would like to participate, just sign up here.

The Fall Carnival is around the corner!

Mark your calendars! The Claxton Fall Carnival is Friday, October 27, one of our biggest fundraisers of the year (and arguably the most fun for families!). Food, games, bouncy castle and the famous Haunted Hall, all of it can be a huge success with the help of our Claxton community. It's easy to volunteer a small amount of time while your students enjoy the carnival - sign up here!
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October is Principal Appreciation Month

October is Principal Appreciation Month, and as you know, Asheville City Schools is home to the world's top school leaders. Send an email to Ashley Thublin explaining why you love your school's principal (any ACS school, but we may be partial to a certain orange-necktie-wearing leader) so much. Or, send ACS a tweet using the hashtag #TheACSWay!

Volunteer Background Checks for Asheville City Schools

As a volunteer, you are an important part of the school community. When you become a volunteer, your work takes on special significance -- though you are not part of the staff, you share the same responsibilities that paid staff are held to while engaged with students. If you plan on volunteering at Claxton this year, THANK YOU! Please click on the link below to complete a background check. This background check is required for anyone who may work in the classroom, serve as reading and math tutors, extracurricular coaches, mentors, and overnight field trip chaperones. It only takes a couple of minutes to fill out the information, and once it is returned (usually within a week), you are all set to go.

ACS Online Background Check

If you have any questions, please email Elizabeth Callahan at

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Box Tops 4 Education

Did you know that the money that Claxton receives from the Box Tops 4 Education program directly benefits Coach Swain's PE program?! Claxton is ALWAYS collecting Box Tops, and we want your help!

You can start by clipping the Box Tops off approved products you already have in your pantry. You don't need to clip the actual product UPC — just the Box Tops logo will do. From frozen foods to produce and household cleaning products, there are literally hundreds of opportunities to help, and each Box Top is worth 10 cents. Doesn't sound like a lot, but it adds up fast. Box Tops are collected in the clear plastic bears located in the front hallway and gymnatorium.

There are so many participating companies! Participating companies and product lines include General Mills, Green Giant, Totino's, Pillsbury, Old El Paso, Ziploc, Hefty, Juicy Juice, Betty Crocker and many more. Here is a link to the participating brands.

The Box Tops 4 Education program offers new discount coupons on popular brands each month and also offers benefits for online purchases! Click here to see this month's offers.

Clip those tops and lets fill those bears for Coach Swain!

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Thank you to Claxton Elementary's 2017 Corporate Sponsors!

The Claxton PTO would like to express deep appreciation and gratitude to the following businesses in our community that have donated to our school. These generous donations enable us to continue wonderful programs such as LEAF in Schools and Streets, Claxton's Storytelling festival, teacher mini grants, field trip scholarships, books and supplies for classrooms and more.

Best and Best, PLLC

Blue Ridge Pediatric Dentistry

Campbell Shatley, PLLC

Dewey Property Advisors

European Wax Center

High Five Coffee

Longview Builders

Marks Family Dentistry

Silver-Line Plastics

The Village Group of Oppenheimer & Co. Inc.

Here's a handy link to all of ACS's school lunch menus!

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