Claxton Parent News 4.27

Claxton Elementary's Newsletter for Families

What's Happening

May 1 - May 5: Teacher Appreciation Week

Monday, May 1: 4th Graders Biltmore Field Trip

Monday, May 8: 5th Graders Muddy Sneakers Field Trip

Monday, May 29: Memorial Day, No School

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Claxton needs Test Proctors for the EOGs!

We need your help…

Dear Claxton Volunteers:

Claxton needs volunteer End-of-Grade (EOG) Proctors for upcoming state tests starting May 31st. Tests are given in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades. Having a volunteer proctor helps in so many ways, so if you’re available, please consider being a proctor. Proctors don’t administer the test (don’t worry!). Proctors help ensure the testing environment and testing experience follows protocol.

If you’re interested, keep reading!

1. Click here to sign up for a 45 minute training and let Mary Nichols (Claxton AP and Testing Coordinator) know when you could be available to proctor. You’ll get more information by clicking on the link.

2. Click here to start on your background check (all proctors must have a background check through Asheville City Schools!). If you already have had a background check, please check with Elizabeth Callahan ( to confirm.

Thank you!

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ACSF Celebration of Champions

Join us as we recognize Pat Hall, Claxton Elementary’s Parent Champion, at Asheville City Schools Foundation’s Celebration of Champions 2017 on May 6th by reserving your ticket today through ACSF's website.

Claxton Elementary grandparent, Ms. Pat Hall, is best known as the fearless crossing guard on busy Merrimon Avenue. The Claxton community has been fortunate to have her escorting our students safely to school for over 20 years. One parent noted that she is “loving, vigilant, and bold in effectively getting cars to notice her stop sign if they are not being attentive.” She teaches children and adults about traffic safety and has generously donated bicycles and gifts to Claxton students for over 20 years. She hands small Christmas gifts to every student that crosses at her intersection. Ms. Pat has also been a foster parent and has helped several children during times when they were in unsafe living situations. She has been crucial in helping children transition to a safe and stable living environment.

Claxton featured on WLOS - TWICE in one week!!

Check out this Never Stop Learning spot featuring Claxton's Observation Beehive and then head over to this update on NC's HB 13, a bill on proposed class size reduction. Becca Wertheim and her class represented Claxton well!
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Claxton Grounds Day is May 6!

Get a little sun on your shoulders, dirt under your nails and have a fun morning with other Claxton families on Saturday, May 6 from 10am-12pm for a grounds maintenance. Mulching playgrounds, pulling weeds, filling the sandbox and other big fun is planned. Bring a water bottle, gardening gloves if you have them (and wheelbarrows, too, more will make quick work!) Email Kristen Cozza if you have any questions.

Chaperones needed for Muddy Sneakers

Fifth Grade Families!

Want to enjoy a day with students at Bent Creek Experimental Forest? The fifth grade team needs chaperones for a Muddy Sneakers event on Monday, May 8. Only supervision is required for this trip, and you can be in the same group as your student. The group usually arrives at Bent Creek by 9am and leaves by 2pm. Not familiar with Muddy Sneakers? Claxton partners with this organization to bring their mission to our fifth grade students – “Enrich the Standard Course of Study through experiential education in an outdoor setting where students connect with the land, become more active, and gain in self-confidence while improving science aptitude.”

Please email today if you can help.

Thank you so much for the many ways you support the 5th grade team at Claxton!

Spring Scholastic Book Fair

The Spring Scholastic Book Fair will be held May 18-24, and we need parents to help staff the fair. This is a great opportunity to enjoy lunch with your child and then head over to donate a bit of your time helping with one of our biggest fundraisers. Click here to sign up.

Spanish Phrase of the Week

En la clase hay ...

In the classroom there is ...

We're starting to recognize the Spanish words for many classroom items: lápiz, libro, computadora, silla. This week, we learn an important and interesting one:

un maestro a (male) teacher

una maestra a (female) teacher

Here's a noun that works like an adjective. Its ending changes depending on whether the teacher is male or female.

We're loving this Canción del Maestro ("Teacher's Song") by Los Tres Tristes Tigres (The Three Sad Tigers)

And here's a song that includes many of the ways in which agradezco/I appreciate mi maestro, Tu Corazón Me Maestro ("You Give Me Your Heart, Teacher")

With Teacher Appreciation Week coming up, this song is worth learning!

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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.

Order your Yearbook today!

Click here to order your 2016-17 Claxton Yearbook
Here's a handy link to all of ACS's school lunch menus!