CLX Buzz: 1/13/19

The Claxton Elementary Community Newsletter

What's the Buzz?

  • Coming Soon at Claxton
  • Spirit Night @ Salvage Station TONIGHT!
  • MLK Day of Service for CLX 5th Grade
  • After School Arts (ASA) Program Registration for Spring
  • MLK Peace Rally and March
  • Volunteer CLX Ambassadors Needed for Open House Days
  • Seeking Auction Donations
  • Social Justice League Workshops Announced
  • Updated School Calendar
  • Volunteer Background Checks and Training Needed
  • CLX on Social Media
  • Quick Links
  • Thanks to Our Sponsors!

Coming Soon at Claxton....

Thursday Folders--Check your Claxton backpacks!

Sun, Jan 13, 5:30-7:30pm - Spirit Night at Salvage Station

Wed, Jan 16 - ACS Magnet School Info Night @ Asheville Middle School, 6-8pm

Fri, Jan 18 - MLK Day of Service for 5th Grade

Mon, Jan 21 & Tues, Jan 22 - NO SCHOOL (District Holiday & Teacher Workday)

Tues, 1/29; Wed, 1/30; Thurs, 1/31 - Open House for ACS Elementary Magnet Schools

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

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

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

Claxton Elementary Online Calendar

Claxton Printable Calendar of Special Events

Asheville City Schools Calendars

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Claxton 5th Grade MLK Day of Service

We are excited about our annual 5th grade MLK Day of Service on Friday, January 18. On this day, fifth grade students will go out into our community and complete service projects in honor of Dr. King's vision for our world. Thank you to all who have signed up to help! We are still in need of volunteers, especially chaperones on-site at each of our locations. There will also be Claxton faculty and staff chaperones at each service project. Sign up to volunteer by clicking here.

We are looking for adult volunteers to help with the following:

1. Chaperoning 5th graders on the service projects. These will be at about 5-6 locations that are currently being confirmed, such as Haywood Street Congregation and Asheville Greenworks. Every site will have faculty/staff chaperones, but we will also need parent chaperones to support them. Timing would be 8:45am-11:45am (chaperones will get their site assignments, and buses will load around 9am).

2. Donating food/drinks for the meal component. We will have a breakfast with a guest speaker and the breakfast will be catered by J&S Cafeteria for hot food items, but we’ll need your help for supplementing these items.

Please let us know if you are interested in participating in this important event or if you have any questions. You can reach us by email at and

We appreciate your help!

Many thanks!

Kelly Lytle and Amanda Van Cleve

After School Arts Class Line-Up and Registration

Our After School Arts (ASA) spring class line-up is loaded with opportunities for our students to explore interests and develop talents! Class descriptions and additional info about our online registration will soon be available on the ASA website and will also be sent home in student folders early this week. Online pre-registration will open Thursday, Jan 17 at 6pm with online first-come-first-served REGISTRATION open Sun, Jan 20 at 6pm through Sun, Jan 27 at 9pm. Pre-registration DOES NOT GUARANTEE space in a class but allows you to browse and add classes to your shopping cart so that you can register easily once registration opens. Scholarships are available and can be requested through online registration. Spring classes will begin the week of Feb 4. Please contact if you have any questions.

Here's a quick look at our spring classes!


Make Mine Music (Grades K-5) Instructor: Joanna Best

Beginning Tennis (Grades 1-3) Instructor: Mary Ann Myers

‘Everyone Has a Story’ Creative Writing (Grades 1-4) Instructor: Tom Godleski

AMOS Tinkers (Grades 3-5) Instructors are Educators with the Asheville Museum of Science.

Marionettes (Grade 5; Grade 4 with instructor approval/prior class or experience) Instructor: Rachelle Vachon


Introduction to Tae Kwon Do (Grades K-2) Instructors are from Asheville Sun Soo Martial Arts.

Measure My Song (Grades K-2) Instructors: Joanna Best and Rachel Bradley

Math Attack (Grades 2-5) Instructor: Dr. Leslie Hayes

Board (Not Bored) Games (Grades 3-5) Instructor: Chad Dickenson

These Fifty States (Grades 3-5) Instructors: Joanna Best and Rachel Bradley


Dulce Sweet Spanish (Grades K-2) Instructor: Carmen Ybarra

FEAST (Grades K-2) Instructors are Educators with the FEAST Project of Bountiful Cities.

Poetry in Action (Grades K-5) Instructor: Shannon Morgan

All about Honeybees (Grades 3-5) Instructors: Tricia Johnson and Amy Brown

Beginning Tennis (Grades 4-5) Instructor: Mary Ann Myers


AMOS LEGO Exploration (Grades K-2) Instructors are Educators with the Asheville Museum of Science.

Meet with a Beat (Grades K-2) Instructor: Brooks Butler

Drawing in Pen & Ink (Grades 3-5) Instructor: James Cassara

Dulce Sweet Spanish (Grades 3-5) Instructor: Carmen Ybarra

Junk Drawer Robotics (Grades 3-5) Instructor: Jeff Hampton

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CLX Ambassadors Needed for Magnet School Open House!

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. 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. Please click here and choose a time slot (or two!) as your schedule allows! Help roll out the Claxton welcome mat to new families in our community! 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.

We Need 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!

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Updated School Calendar - Make-Up Days

Due to winter weather that affected our district in November and December, Asheville City Schools' 2018-2019 Calendar has been amended. To make-up lost instructional time, all students and staff should now attend school on Monday, February 18th, Tuesday, February 19th and Monday, April 22nd. Each will now be counted as a regular school day. A link to the calendar can be found here.

Serving as a Volunteer in the Classroom or as a Field Trip Chaperone This Year

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 chaperone on field trips. It takes about 5 minutes to start your background check but can sometimes take 2-3 weeks for them to be approved. You cannot volunteer until your background check has been approved, so jump over to this link to act now. You don't want to miss a chance to help out as a volunteer!

Also, if you haven't already done so, you'll need to attend a 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 go ahead and make plans to attend one of these brief (~20 min) trainings. Please see below for the schedule.

All trainings are held at the Central Office of Asheville City Schools at 85 Mountain Street. No registration is required to attend the training.

The full ACS Volunteer Training Schedule for 2018-2019 is linked here. Dates coming soon include--

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

Tuesday, February 12, 2019, at 5:30 PM

If you have any questions about volunteer requirements for Claxton and Asheville City Schools, please contact

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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