CLX Buzz 1/16/20

The Claxton Elementary Family Newsletter

What's the Buzz?

  • Coming Soon at Claxton...
  • Farewell to Principal Edwards and Mrs. Ornato
  • MLK Jr Day -- A Day On, Not a Day Off
  • 2nd/3rd Grade Families--Help Needed for Staff Lunch on Jan 24

  • Please Sign Up to Help with Open House Jan 28-30

  • After School Arts (ASA) Spring Class Sneak Peek

  • Career Fair--We Need You!

  • Volunteer Opportunity to Help with Girls on the Run

  • Save the Date for the Jubeelee Celebration and Fundraiser!

  • ACS Magnet School Enrollment

  • Volunteering at Claxton

  • CLX on Social Media
  • Quick Links

Coming Soon at Claxton...

Thursday Flyers (Check your Claxton folders!)

5th Grade MLK Day of Service - Fri, Jan 17

NO SCHOOL - Mon, Jan 20

Early Release Day and Staff Appreciation Lunch (Hosted by 2nd & 3rd Families) - Fri, Jan 24 (12pm Dismissal)

Registration Open for Spring After School Arts (ASA) - Sun, 1/26 @ 8pm - Sun 2/2 @ 8pm

Magnet School Open House - Tues, 1/28 - Thurs, 1/30 (9am-2pm)

PTO Meeting - Tues, Feb 4 (6-7pm) in Media Center

Spring ASA Begins - Week of Feb 10-13

Book Fair - Feb 10-14

3rd-5th Grade School Dance - Thurs, Feb 13 (3-4pm)

NO SCHOOL - Feb 20-21 (Parent/Teacher Conferences)

Classroom Group & Spring Pictures - Tues, Feb 25

Student Career Day - Wed, Mar 11

Jubeelee Celebration and Fundraiser (formerly CLX Auction) - Sat, Mar 14

Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast - Thurs, Apr 23

Claxton Elementary Online Calendar

Claxton Family Events Calendar

Asheville City Schools Calendars

Farewell to Mr. Edwards and Mrs. Ornato

We send a heartfelt farewell and thank you to both Mr. Edwards and Mrs. Ornato! Please see the two videos on our Claxton Families Facebook page -- one with Mr. Edwards and one with Mrs. Ornato. We encourage you to leave a comment below each video; Mr. Edwards and Mrs. Ornato will see them.

MLK Jr Day -- A Day On, Not a Day Off

This Monday, January 20, schools will be closed in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Please consider using the day to continue Dr. King's legacy of service for the benefit and enrichment of our communities. The Corporation for National and Community Service website offers resources for learning more about Dr. King's vision for our country. Additionally, the website will connect you to service opportunities for the day.

The MLK Association of Asheville has organized a rally beginning at 11:30 at Berry Temple United Methodist Church (34 College Pl, Asheville, NC 28801), followed by a march to City-County Plaza to hear speakers on justice and peace. This is a great opportunity to spend time with our neighbors in contemplation of Dr. King's work and the work still left for us to do. Wear your Claxton shirt and march with other community members!

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2nd & 3rd Grade Families -- Sign Up to Help with Staff Appreciation Luncheon

Every year Claxton Families and the PTO, together, make a point to thank the staff and teachers of our school for working tirelessly to ensure Claxton’s success and that our kids have a safe environment to learn and thrive.

One way we show our appreciation is by having Staff Appreciation Luncheons provided by Claxton families. We have four luncheons scheduled over the school year and we ask each grade to help with one meal. As seasoned Claxton families, the 2nd and 3rd Grade will provide dishes for a BREAKFAST BAR on Friday, January 24th.


Please sign up via the Google Sheet link HERE. If you have difficulties, please feel free to call / text us with what you’d like to bring.


On the 24th, you may drop off your contribution in the car line from 7:15-8:00 AM or you may bring it to the banquet room prior to 10:00am. If you are using a crock pot, a liner is suggested to help with clean up. Thanks!


Please tape your name and phone number on your items if you’d like them returned. The dishes will be placed in the 3rd floor PTO room to be claimed..

Thanks in advance to 2nd and 3rd Grade Families for joining in to let our Claxton Staff know how much they are appreciated!

Sarah Howell (828-817-1479) and Lindsey Kucsera (512-663-5467)

** Please feel free to contact us with any questions.

** If you have a special dish you’d like to bring, please call and we are happy to accommodate.

Volunteers Needed for Magnet School Open House!

We're looking for volunteers to help at our welcome table and to assist our student tour guides with giving tours for Open House Days on January 28-30. Do you remember visiting Claxton for a tour? You can help provide that positive experience for a new family! Think about the experiences you and your children have had at our school and 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.

Please click here to sign up as your schedule allows and help roll out the Claxton welcome mat to new families in our community!

A few things to keep in mind:

+ You are exactly who we're looking for! There's no experience required - other than your love for Claxton!

+ 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.

After School Arts (ASA) Spring Class Sneak Peek

Are your Claxton students excited for adventures in After School Arts this spring? Below is our tentative spring class schedule (with class name and grade range). Our final class catalog will be shared early next week with Claxton families. Registration will be open from Sun, 1/26 8pm until 8pm on Sun, 2/2, with classes beginning Feb 10-13. Please email if you have any questions.


Sensory Explorers (K-3)

Introduction to Tae Kwon Do (K-3)

Claxton Leaders Create! (3-5)



Yoga Games (1-4)

Board Games (2-5)

Beginning Tennis (3-5)


Meet with a Beat (K-2)

From the Mountains to the Sea: Painting NC (3-5)

Cardboard Circuits (3-5)


Creative Smorgasbord (K-2)

Birds in Spring (K-5)

Electronic Music Making (3-5)

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Career Fair -- Share Your Occupation with CLX Students!

Complete an online volunteer form here for our Career Fair. You can also print and complete the form (at right) and return it to your child's teacher. Our Career Fair is a fantastic opportunity for our students. Thanks for sharing your knowledge and interests with them!

Volunteer Opportunity to Serve as Assistant Coach for Claxton Girls on the Run

We are looking for parents and community members who are interested in serving as volunteer coaches for our 3rd-5th grade Girls on the Run (GOTR) program at Claxton this spring! Our sessions will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays from 2:30-4:00 beginning in early March and running through mid-May. You don't need to be a runner to be a coach! Any adult is welcome!

If you'd like to learn more, visit for a short video followed by written info about GOTR coaching. Contact GOTR at 828-713-3132 for info or, if you're ready to sign up, go ahead and click here to take the first steps! If you have Claxton-specific questions, please feel free to reach out to

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Magnet School Enrollment for 2020-2021

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Chaperoning and Other 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, February 12, 2020, at 12:00 PM

Wednesday, February 12, 2020, at 6:00 PM

Wednesday, March 11, 2020, at 12:00 PM

Wednesday, April 22, 2020, at 12:00 PM

Wednesday, May 6, 2020, 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 Families' Facebook page for more updates, photos, and fun! Look on Twitter to follow Claxton Elementary as well as many of our teachers and staff! Add Claxton Families to your Instagram feed too!
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