CLX Buzz 3/5/20

The Claxton Elementary Family Newsletter

What's the Buzz?

  • Coming Soon at Claxton...
  • Family Math Night
  • K/1 Families Hosting Staff Appreciation Luncheon
  • Vote for Ms. Ashley Allen as NC School Hero
  • PTO Meeting Recap -- Minutes and Video
  • Thanks and Farewell to Mrs. Cherie Davis
  • Jubeelee Is A Week Away! Tickets Available + Help Needed
  • Childcare for Jubeelee
  • Join a PTO Planning Committee!
  • Claxton Flyers Running Group
  • Dress Up for CLX Career Day
  • Order Your Yearbook
  • Magnet School Enrollment Ends Monday
  • Volunteering at Claxton

  • CLX on Social Media
  • Quick Links

Coming Soon at Claxton...

Thursday Flyers (Check your Claxton folders!) - Jubeelee + Career Day Dress-Up

Student Career Day - Wed, Mar 11

Early Release - Fri, Mar 13 @ 12pm

Jubeelee Celebration + Fundraiser - Sat, Mar 14

Family Math Night - Thurs, Mar 19 (5:30-7:00pm)

NO SCHOOL - Fri, Mar 20

Family Potluck - Wed, Apr 1 (5:30-7:00pm)

Spring Break/NO SCHOOL - Mon, Apr 6 - Mon, Apr 13

Return to School - Tues, Apr 14

Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast - Thurs, Apr 23

Claxton Elementary Online Calendar

Claxton Family Events Calendar

Asheville City Schools Calendars

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K/1 Families Hosting Staff Appreciation Luncheon

Throughout the school year Claxton Families and the PTO like 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 hosting Staff Appreciation Luncheons provided by Claxton families. We have four luncheons scheduled this school year and we ask each grade to help with one luncheon. The last luncheon on Friday, March 13th and it will be hosted by Kindergarten and First Grade families. It will be an Italian theme. Please read on for more details.


Please sign up via the Google Sheet link. There are a variety of food and drink options to choose from, as well as, a cash donation to help with additional food items for the luncheon. If you have questions, please feel free to call or text with what you would like to bring.


On the 13th, you may drop off your contribution in the car line from 7:15-8:00 AM or you may bring it to the conference room prior to 10:00 am.


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. You are able to leave a note within the Google Doc sign up.

Thank you for joining in to let our Claxton Staff know how much they are appreciated!

Sarah Howell (828-817-1479) + 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 that are not on the list, please call and we are happy to accommodate.

** If you would like to help host the day of, please call and let us know!

Vote for Our NC School Hero

One of our fabulous kindergarten teachers, Ms. Ashley Allen, was nominated for NC School Hero! There are nine days left to vote and you can vote once each day! Search for Claxton, and vote on the one with the picture of Ms. Ashley Allen. Please spread the word to friends and family! Here's the link:

PTO Meeting Recap

Our March PTO Meeting was held this past Tuesday. Catch up on all that's happening with our Claxton PTO by watching the Facebook video stream HERE or reading the minutes HERE. While you're checking out the video on Facebook, be sure to like and follow Claxton Families if you haven't done so already.

Thanks and Farewell to Mrs. Cherie Davis

We send a heartfelt farewell and thank you to Mrs. Cherie Davis who left her role at Claxton last week to begin a new job closer to her home. Please see the post about Mrs. Davis on our Claxton Families' Facebook page HERE. We encourage you to leave a comment; Mrs. Davis will be able to read them.

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Jubeelee Is A Week Away! Tickets Available + Help Needed

Please plan to join us for the Claxton and Asheville Primary School Jubeelee! Come celebrate our schools and enjoy a night with friends, teachers, and staff. You will not want to miss such a fun night! Tickets are $30 in advance (and include food and drinks galore!) and can be purchased HERE.

All Claxton families are welcome! Please don’t let the ticket price prevent you from attending. Also, there is no requirement to participate in the silent or live auction. You are welcome to simply come and enjoy the community, food, drinks, and music! For financial assistance, please contact Mr. Ackerman at / 828-350-6503.

Dress is casual, dressy casual, or festive (there may even be a prize for best dressed in theme!).

Also, please follow our Jubeelee event Facebook page for more information.

Money raised from this event supports PTO services such as food and books for students in need, play equipment, money for classroom supplies and books, mini-grants for teachers, staff appreciation meals and gifts, and so much more.

Please come celebrate our amazing school community!

AND we need YOUR help to ensure the 2020 Jubeelee is a success! Please volunteer to help us with this event. We could not do it without you, and we greatly appreciate your efforts and time helping make the event possible! Sign up here:

Childcare Option for Jubeelee

Roots and Wings has offered to do a special Parent’s Night Out for APS and CLX families who are attending Jubeelee on March 14th! The teachers who are leading this are amazing and provide engaging activities for the kids. It will be held at the Roots and Wings campus on Fairview Rd. From 6-10pm. The cost is $20 per kid ($15 for siblings). Space is limited.

Financial assistance is available by request when registering. Register here:

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We Could Use a Hand!

We invite you to join a PTO Planning Committee! The following PTO teams are in need of new members, ideas, and energy! Please let Stephanie Jones ( and/or Amanda Pattanayak ( know if you’re interested!

· Yearbook Team

· Finance Review Team

· Jubeelee Team

· Fall Carnival Team

· Advocacy Liaison

· Grounds Team

· New Families Team

· Claxton Rewards (formerly known as Passive Giving)

· Fun Run Team

· Leader in Me/Lighthouse Parent Helpers

· Secretary

Claxton Flyers Running Group--Adult Volunteers Welcome

Our Claxton Flyers running group will kick off this spring after Spring Break for five weeks of practice leading up to a 5k event in May. Volunteer help is always welcome to support our group, which will be led by Mr. Ackerman and Mr. Hafke! Practices will be held twice weekly after school until 4pm. More details will be coming soon!
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Order Your Claxton 2019-2020 Yearbook Now!

Yearbooks are on sale through March 31 and are $20 per copy.

All 5th Graders get a free yearbook (no need to order). All other students can place an order online HERE or return a paper order form (extra copies available in office) with payment to Claxton. Make checks payable to Claxton PTO. Extra forms are available in the school office.

5th Grade Families - Buy an ad to celebrate your student in the Yearbook! Ads due March 15th. The ad form came home in student folders and is available here online.

Claxton yearbooks are printed in full color and feature all student portraits and many candid photos. Yearbooks will be distributed near the end of the school year.

Order yours now – supplies are limited!

Contact Jessica Hunter at for details.

Attention Families with Rising K Siblings--Enrollment Ends Mon, Mar 9

Don't forget to register your rising K student and follow the regular magnet school registration process. You can begin the enrollment process by completing the application online here or feel free to stop by Claxton and use one of the enrollment computer kiosks in the office.
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Planning to Chaperone Field Trips or Help by Serving as an EOG Proctor? Please Plan Ahead and Be Sure You've Attended Level II Training!

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, March 11, 2020, at 12:00 PM

Thursday, April 23, 2020, at 12:00 PM (NEW DATE--replaces previously scheduled training for 4/22/20)

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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