Mrs. Tax's Kindergarten Class

Week of January 10, 2016

January Birthdays

Asa Fortner- Sunday, January 10

News and Events

  • Tuesday, January 12- Spirit Night at Barley's
  • Monday, January 18- MLK Holiday
  • Tuesday, January 19- Optional Teacher Workday
  • Monday, January 25 through Wednesday, January 27- Open House at Claxton
  • Tuesday, January 26- Report Cards go home

Center for Diversity Education

The week before Holiday Break we had an in-house field trip with the Center for Diversity Education and learned about Ramadan, Diwali, and Kwanzaa. We looked at different items associated with these traditions and also sampled traditional food and drink. It was very fun and we learned so much about these unique celebrations.

Volunteer Opportunities

Consider teaching an After-School Arts class!

The Claxton After School Arts program wants to be sure that we are exploring all opportunities offered by the depth of talent that Asheville offers. If you can recommend a program/artist that you would like to see featured in our After School Arts program, please let us know! Candidates would need strong classroom management skills and a passion for inspiring the arts in children. The ten week semester begins in February, and instructors are compensated. Please email Elizabeth Callahan, with ideas and suggestions.

Help out with the MLK Day of Service!

Fifth graders will be doing community service around town on Friday, Jan. 15th, and we need chaperones and food donations for breakfast. See the signup sheet here:

Exceptional Children's Teachers in Our Classroom

During the day, Ms. Turner and Ms. Jones, Claxton's exceptional children's teachers are in and out of our classroom lending support to students. They have each written a little about themselves for you:

  • My name is Ann Turner. I have been teaching in Asheville City Schools for 8 years. I earned my Literature, Language, and Creative Writing from UNCA, and I earned my Master of Arts in Teaching from Western Carolina University. Throughout my master’s program, I participated in coursework that covered the standard course of study, standards based content and delivery, and positive behavior supports. As an Exceptional Children's teacher, my expertise lies in modifying content and supporting delivery of lessons so that all students benefit based on their strengths, needs, and learning styles. My teaching philosophy draws heavily from my love of stories, making connections, and facilitating discussion and questioning. I have always been amazed at how unique and talented the students are at Claxton. It is a joy to teach here with fabulous staff and amazing students!

  • My name is Rebecca Jones, and I am proud to be an Exceptional Children’s teacher who is able to witness, participate in and provide an excellent education for our students with disabilities in the Least Restrictive Environment, for which is predominantly the regular education classroom. I am proud to be a part of so many wonderful classrooms where I am able to collaborate, teach, facilitate learning, differentiate instruction, and help students with disabilities access the general education instruction. Collaboration with regular education teachers in the classroom allows students to participate in rich, authentic learning experiences that are directly related to the Core Standards. My background in specialized instruction provides me with 14 years of experience in providing academic instruction. I have a Degree in Special Education from the College of Charleston and a Master’s Degree from Western Carolina University. I am excited to be a part of the Claxton Family, and I have enjoyed getting to know all of the wonderful students and staff.

Classroom News

  • We are running low on snacks in the classroom. Thank you in advance for sending in yummy things for the students!

  • We visit the library every Thursday afternoon. Our previous Media Specialist, Ms. Albach recently left Claxton to travel with her husband in his new job as a National Park Ranger! Ms. Brown started last week as our new Media Specialist. She's great!

  • This is the last week of the second quarter. As we wind down our learning, we will be assessing the students in different areas.

  • MClass assessments begin Thursday, January 21. These assessments help us to determine each child's growth in reading skills. Please continue to read with your child each night and review sight words to help your child do their best on these assessments.