CLX Buzz 9/5/19

The Claxton Elementary Family Newsletter

What's the Buzz?

  • Coming Soon at Claxton...
  • The Leader in Me Low-Down
  • (Most) After School Arts Classes Begin Next Week
  • Ice Cream Social Next Thurs, Sept 12
  • Attn 5th Grade Families--It's Time to Host the Staff Luncheon
  • Join the Volunteer Squad for the Fun Run--Sign Up Now!
  • Project Lit Campaign--Let's Cross the Finish Line
  • Volunteering at Claxton
  • Back-to-School Dance Coming Soon!!! - Looking for Volunteers
  • School Picture Orders
  • Calling All Vendors for ACS Craft Fair (formerly The Claxton Crafty)
  • Claxton Rewards Shopping Programs
  • CLX on Social Media
  • Quick Links

Coming Soon at Claxton...

Thursday Flyers (Check your Claxton backpacks!) - Today (Fun Run info)

After School Arts Classes Begin (see individual class schedules) - Mon, Sept 9

Claxton PTO 1st Meeting of the Year - Tues, Sept 10, 6-7pm in the Media Center

Open House & Ice Cream Social - Thurs, Sept 12, 5-7pm

Early Dismissal - Mon, Sept 16, 12pm (Staff Appreciation Lunch - 5th Grade hosting)

3rd-5th Grade Dance - Thurs, Sept 19, 3-4pm

ACS Homework Diner & Superintendent Search Community Forum - Tues, Sept 24, 5-7pm, AVL Middle School

Fun Run - Fri, Sept 27

Claxton Elementary Online Calendar

Claxton Family Events Calendar

Asheville City Schools Calendars

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(Most) After School Arts Classes Begin Next Week!

If your Claxton student is registered for After School Arts, you should have received class information emails within the last couple of days. If you have any questions, please email All classes (except for Yoga Games) begin this coming week!
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5th Grade Families -- Donations and Volunteers Requested for Staff Appreciation Luncheon

Greetings Claxton 5th Grade Families,

As you know, 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 this school year and we ask each grade to help with one meal. As seasoned Claxton families, the 5th Grade will provide our first lunch on Monday, September 16th.


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 16th, 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 10:30am.


Please tape your name and phone number on your items if you’d like them returned. We will either send items home with children, or the dishes will be placed in the 3rd floor PTO room to be claimed. You are able to select options on Google Doc.

Thank you 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.

** This year we have asked for a volunteer to help with break down; this will include serving, replenishing dishes, washing dishes and other light cleaning. Thanks in advance!

Join the Volunteer Squad for the FUN Run!!!!

Student favorite fundraiser of the year- the FUN RUN- is just two weeks away! This year our goal is to raise $27,000 – this money will be used to help fund our cultural enrichment programming, playground re-design, dances, field trip scholarships, teacher appreciation, books and supplies for the classroom and so much more. We need VOLUNTEERS! Please sign up HERE to help!

If you have questions about Volunteer jobs, please contact Sara Neidenthal ( or Wren London (

Project Lit Campaign--Let's Cross the Finish Line!

One of our teachers, Mrs. Hillier, is bringing Project Lit to Claxton this year! Project Lit is about empowering students as leaders and readers. Support is needed to provide student access to copies of the first four novels that the group will study. Please click here to donate or to learn more about Project Lit! Please share with friends and family!

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. No registration is required to attend the training.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 at 12:00 PM

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 at 6:00 PM

Please contact if you have any questions or are interested in exploring volunteer opportunities at Claxton!


Rock on 3rd - 5th graders! Back-to-school dance is Thursday Sept 19! The Claxton school dances are so much fun and the kids have a blast PLUS it is a fundraiser to help cover cost of field trips! Kids go straight from class to the dance, which lasts from 3:00-4:00. Cost is $3 for dance, $2 for pizza, and $1 for snacks and drinks. Admission or food vouchers available if needed. Look for permission slip coming home with your child. We do NEED PARENT VOLUNTEERS! Click this link to see how you can help by volunteering or contributing drinks and snacks!

School Pictures

If you didn't order school pictures yet, watch for your child's photo proof and order sheet to come home in the next few weeks. You can then place an order online.

Calling All Vendors for the ACS Craft Fair (formerly The Claxton Crafty)

This year, our awesome handmade art and craft event, formerly known as The Claxton Crafty, will include additional schools from the ACS district The name of the event is still TBD, but you can save the date for Saturday, November 9, 2019 from 10am-5pm at the Salvage Station on Riverside Dr.

We invite teachers, staff, students, family members, and community members to apply as vendors. Vendor booth fees go directly to support participating Asheville City Schools. Vendors pay a registration fee but then keep all of their profits made at the event.

The Salvage Station has enough indoor room for approximately 25 vendors. We are also welcomed to use their awesome outdoor space if you have a tent and would like to set up outside. Indoor vendor fees are $100 for community vendors, and $50 for ACS teachers, staff and students. Outside vendor fees are $75 for community vendors and $37 for ACS teachers, staff and students.

Contact information: Tricia Johnson or 828-231-4078

Please fill out the quick application form HERE and Tricia will be in contact with further details. Thank you for your support!

Claxton Rewards - Support Our School through Your Regular Shopping!

YOU can easily help our Claxton kids by shopping as you normally do! It all adds up! Please share with your friends and family! Funds go directly to our students in the form of books, field trips, classroom supplies and enrichment programs.

Harris Teeter:

Every August (must be done each year) link your VIC card to choose Claxton as your school. Can do at a store or online:


Every August (must be done each year) link your Ingles Advantage card to choose Claxton as your school. Can be done at a store or online:

Amazon Smile:

Shop at Amazon? Choose Claxton PTO as your charity and Amazon will donate 0.5% of your purchase to Claxton. Cannot use the app but you can put items in your cart from the app and then go to to make the final purchase.

How to: 1. Sign in to on your desktop or mobile phone brows- er. 2. From your desktop, go to Your Account from the navigation at the top of any page, and then select the option to Change your Charity. Or, from your mo- bile browser, select Change your Charity from the options at the bottom of the page. 3. Select a new charitable organization to support.


For every purchase you make at Staples thru 9/15/19, 5% will go directly to the educators you choose in their rewards check.

Parents visit the website, select a teacher (if you don’t see your teacher just choose another Claxton teacher) and enter a Staples receipt number and purchase amount.

Box Tops:

Box Tops are worth 10¢ each for our school. This is THE way that Claxton purchases new types of PE equipment and replenish what is worn out.

Look for the Box Tops 4 Education logo on hundreds of everyday grocery and household products. Clip and save the box tops and place them in container in hallway by office. Eventually the Box Tops program will become digital-only. Use the new Box Tops app to scan your receipts.

CLX on Social Media

Follow Claxton Elementary on Facebook and the Claxton Parent Team's page for more updates, photos, and fun! Look on Twitter to follow Claxton Elementary as well as many of our teachers and staff!
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