Claxton Parent News 5.4

Claxton Elementary's Newsletter for Families

What's Happening

Saturday, May 6: Claxton Grounds Day, 10am

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

Week of May 8-12: Last week for most ASA classes (Thursday classes end week of 5.22)

May 17-22: Scholastic Book Fair

Monday, May 29: Memorial Day, No School

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Claxton needs Test Proctors for the EOGs!

We need your help…

EOG Test Proctors Needed!
Proctors are the "silent monitors" who will alert the test administrator (the teacher) of anything that deviates from the testing procedures. Test proctors are vital resources for helping our school ensure the integrity of the testing process.

Please click below to sign up, this volunteer time is crucial to our students' success!

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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Tomorrow (Thursday, May 4) for Teacher Appreciation Week, please have your student bring a handmade note and a sweet treat. Friday the PTO is providing our teachers with a fun snack and if you are able, please bring your teacher a few flowers (the peonies are in bloom!) - imagine how beautiful a collection of flowers from a whole classroom will be!

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.

Poppy Handcrafted Popcorn Fundraiser has begun!

Asheville's very own Poppy Handcrafted Popcorn is offering their handmade, gourmet popcorn for Claxton family and friends, and 40% of all sales benefit the Claxton PTO!

Your student was given an order form on Monday, May 1. Be sure to mention this fundraiser to family and neighborhood friends, Poppy Popcorn makes a great gift!

  • Each child should fill out the form with student name, grade level and teacher name.
  • Be careful to pay attention to prices when ordering, as they differ with flavors.
  • Orders and money due Friday, May 12.
  • Any checks are to be made out to Claxton PTO.
  • Popcorn can be picked up by families on May 22 in the gym at dismissal.
  • If needed, additional order forms are located in the front office.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Ginger Frank at or Southard Nowak

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.

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!

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.

Spanish Phrase of the Week

¿Como se llama el maestro/la maestra en tu clase?

¿What is the name of the teacher in your classroom?

Now that we're familiar with

el maestro

la maestra

the teacher

it's time to find out her/his name ... and to learn a useful question in Spanish:

¿Como se llama?

What is her/his name?

(The literal translation is "What does s/he call her/himself?")

A student would ask her/his teacher

And we can all sing about names, so we get better and better and asking and answering the question!

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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!