CLX Buzz: 8/30/18

The Claxton Elementary Community Newsletter

What's the Buzz?

  • Coming Soon at Claxton
  • Sign Up to Have the Buzz Delivered Straight to Your Inbox
  • Thursday Folders
  • Interested in Volunteering this Year at Claxton?
  • After School Arts Program Catalog and Registration
  • A Note from Mr. Ackerman
  • PTO Meetings
  • CLX Chats
  • Auditions for Seussical Jr. the Musical
  • Join the Claxton Directory! (or renew your info for this school year)
  • CLX on Social Media
  • Quick Links
  • Thanks to Our Sponsors!

Coming Soon at Claxton....

No Classes - Mon., Sept. 3 (Labor Day Holiday)

After School Arts Class Registration OPEN - Tues, Sept. 4, 8:00am - Mon, Sept. 10, 9:00pm

CLX Chat - Tues, Sept 11, 8:00-8:30am

1st PTO Meeting of the Year - Tues, Sept 11, 6:00-7:00pm

Open House and Ice Cream Social - Thurs., Sept. 13, 5-7pm

Early Dismissal - Fri., Sept. 14, 12pm

Back to School Dance (3rd-5th Grades) - Thurs., Sept. 20 3-4pm

Mon/Tues/Wed After School Arts Fall Classes Begin - Sept 17, 18, and 19

Thurs After School Arts Classes Begin (except Bricks4Kidz) - Sept 27

Thurs Bricks4Kidz ASA Class Begins - Oct 4

Fun Run, Memorial Stadium - Thurs. Oct. 4

Fall Carnival - Fri., Oct. 26 5:30-8:30pm

Here is a link to a list of the official ACS Calendars, including the upcoming 2018-2019 school calendar.

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Thursday Folders

We send information home every Thursday in student folders. We call this communication "Thursday Folders." We hope that this helps parents know when to be on the lookout for forms, paperwork, and other communications. Our first "Thursday Folders" of the school year went home this week, so be sure to check your child's folder for information including information from the ACS district, from Claxton, and information about After School Arts registration at Claxton.

Interested in Volunteering at Claxton?

We have lots of volunteer opportunities available at Claxton! If you'd like to volunteer during the school day, help at student and family events, be involved in a PTO or school committee, or if you have other ideas of how you'd like to be involved, we invite you to complete our Volunteer Interest Google Form available online at

Please email if you have any questions about completing this form or if you'd like to discuss volunteering at Claxton.

To volunteer in most roles at Claxton, you will need to have an approved background check annually through Asheville City Schools. It takes about 5 minutes for you to start the process but sometimes it takes a couple of weeks for the check to be approved, so we encourage you to click here to start the background check as soon as possible.--

In order to work with or spend time one-on-one with students, volunteers also need to select a time to attend one brief (~20 min.) Asheville City Schools LEVEL II TRAINING SESSION that is focused on the safety of our students. Please check back here in our weekly Buzz newsletter for future training session dates or email if you have questions. Level II Volunteer training sessions are scheduled to be held this fall in the Board Room at ACS' Central Office at 85 Mountain St. in downtown Asheville on:

  • Wednesday, September 5, 2018, at 1:00 PM
  • Wednesday, September 26, 2018, at 12:00 PM
  • Wednesday, October 10, 2018, at 12:00 PM
  • Wednesday, November 7, 2018, at 12:00 PM
  • Wednesday, December 5, 2018, at 12:00 PM

After School Arts Class Catalog and Registration

Claxton's After School Arts (ASA) serves Claxton students by offering two seasons of enrichment classes each year. We are excited to share another fantastic class line-up for our Fall 2018 season. A blue paper copy of the class catalog was included in ‘Meet the Teacher’ folders. Registration info for ASA was sent home (pink copy) in this week's student "Thursday Folders." Both the ASA Catalog and the Registration Instructions are available online as PDFs here on Claxton Elementary's website. FIRST-COME-FIRST-SERVED REGISTRATION WILL BE OPEN FROM TUES, SEPT 5 AT 8:00AM UNTIL MON, SEPT 10. Registration and payment will be available online at and information about payment, scholarship requests, and registration for those with limited internet access can be found in the Registration Info that was shared in "Thursday Folders."

A Note from Mr. Ackerman

Hello Claxton Families!

My name is Mark Ackerman and I am the school counselor. This year our school will be focusing on more social/emotional learning in the classroom. We will also have a character trait that students will practice and build on each month. For the month of September, students will begin focusing in their classrooms on The Leader in Me and the 7 Habits. Then, for the month of October, we will be learning about courage. In November we will learn about loyalty.

I wanted ask if you could check your home libraries. Maybe you have a copy of some books that I need for our weekly lessons. If you have a copy, I would be very grateful if you would allow us to borrow the book. I promise to take really good care of it. Here are some of the books that I am looking for:

Flower Girl Butterflies by Elizabeth Howard

Margaret and Margarita by Lynn Reiser

Miss Tizzy by Libba Gray

Con Mi Hermano/With My Brother by Eileen Roe

Dogger by Shirley Hughes

The Boy Who Held Back the Sea by Lenny Hurt

The Cello of Mr. O by Jane Culter

Wilma Unlimited by Kathleen Krull

Thank you! I am looking forward to a fabulous school year.

You're Invited to Claxton's Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) Meetings!

Once a month the Claxton PTO meets in the Claxton media center to review the status and progress of initiatives the PTO supports and manages, and to hear updates from Claxton staff. These meetings are open to ALL and attending is a great way to learn about PTO activities, school updates and whether you would be interested in taking on a role within the PTO. This year we’re trying a new approach. The first 30 minutes (6pm-6:30pm) will be when we “conduct business,” such as reporting on budget and upcoming event needs (for example, our upcoming Fun Run and Fall Carnival). The second 30 minutes (6:30pm-7pm) will be dedicated to updates provided by Principal Edwards and teachers, as well as time for Open Comment should anyone want to ask questions and / or voice ideas. Everyone is welcome to attend the full hour, but for those looking to only hear from school staff and participate in Open Comment, this gives 30 minutes back to busy schedules. Below are upcoming meeting dates. We’d love to see your face! If you have any questions, please email

Tuesday, Sept. 11

Tuesday, Oct. 2

Tuesday, Nov. 6

Tuesday, Dec. 4

CLX Chats

Claxton introduces our new CLX Chats, a monthly series of morning gatherings for parents to join Claxton administration, staff, and PTO leaders to share updates and discuss Claxton happenings while enjoying coffee and light breakfast snacks. Our first CLX Chat will take place on Tues., Sept. 11 from 8:00-8:30am at Claxton. We hope to see you!

Seussical Jr. the Musical

Announcing Claxton's School Musical!! Seussical Jr. will appear onstage at Claxton with performances November 16th-18th! That's right--Claxton's musical is happening in the fall and not in the spring this school year. Horton the Elephant, the Cat in the Hat and all of your favorite Dr. Seuss characters spring to life onstage in Seussical Jr., a fantastical musical extravaganza from Tony award winners, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty. Transporting audiences from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus, the Cat in the Hat narrates the story of Horton the Elephant, who discovers a speck of dust containing tiny people called the Whos. Horton must protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, and he must also guard an abandoned egg that's been left in his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird. Although Horton faces ridicule, danger and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him. Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family and community are challenged and emerge triumphant! Auditions are open to all 4th and 5th grade students. All students who audition and attend rehearsals will be in the Seussical Jr. cast and crew. Ms. Rigsby and Mr. Butler will use auditions to help in assigning parts and creating ensemble groups. Auditions will be held on September 13th and 14th. The participation fee is $50.00 per student. Scholarships are available upon request. Please make your payment online. The registration form can be downloaded here.

Join the CLX Directory!

Be a part of the Claxton DIRECTORY!

Our Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) subscribes to the MySchoolAnywhere service for our family and faculty directory and email communications. It's secure, easy to use, and free to all Claxton families.

The directory portion can help parents in need of homework assistance, setting up play dates with new friends and many other social needs.

If you haven't registered, please go to the site below, enter our school's code and follow the steps to register your family. You can specify what information you'd like to appear in the directory - or choose not to appear at all.

Returning Families - If you're already registered, you should have received an email recently asking you to update your family information and display preferences for the new school year. You do not need to register again unless you did not receive that email.

Register at

Once we've had a chance to verify your family information, you'll receive an email with login credentials and instructions to access the system.

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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