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Claxton Elementary's Newsletter for Families

What's Happening

Monday, January 29: Report Cards Issued

Tues-Thurs, Jan 30 - Feb 1: ACS Open House, Volunteers Needed for tours at Claxton

Thursday, February 1: CLX Social Justice League Workshop

Here is a link to a list of the official ACS Calendars, always up-to-date

Claxton is hosting three Open House days for new families Jan 30-Feb 1 as a part of the Magnet School Enrollment for next year. We need volunteers to welcome new families and volunteers to serve as tour guides (assisting some of our wonderful students who will also be helping out.) We still have a few spots left for tour guides - please click here and choose a time slot (or two!) as your schedule allows!

A few things to keep in mind:

  • You are exactly who we're looking for! There's no experience required to be a tour guide - other than your love for Claxton! We'll give everyone a brief outline of the main information you'll need.
  • Mr. Edwards and Mrs. Nichols will be on hand to answer any specific questions that prospective parents might have.

  • Students from the Claxton Lighthouse Team have been trained to assist with all of the tours.

Please contact Jenny Bunn at 828.551.1265 if you have any questions and THANK YOU!

Auction Tickets Available for Purchase Today!

This year’s Silent Auction goes downtown and gets funky like Bruno Mars on Friday, March 23rd, 2018. This is our PTO’s largest fundraiser. Proceeds from this event go toward many programs at Claxton such as the Playground project, LEAF in Schools and Streets, Claxton’s Storytelling Festival, teacher mini grants, field trip scholarships, books and supplies for classrooms and more. Profits from the auction greatly enhance the school’s Arts and Humanities magnet theme and generous donations from businesses, groups and individuals in our community enable us to continue these wonderful programs at our school.

Do you know of a business, group or individual that would like to participate in this incredible event? Would you like to volunteer to assist in managing this fun party with a purpose? Email the PTO Auction Chair Julie Porter Shirley at with any questions or suggestions!

Click here to purchase tickets today!

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Do You Like Food?

The Claxton PTO is looking for someone who is eager to be an integral part of our Silent Auction this year to help with the Food and Beverage portion of the evening. Asheville is filled with generous businesses who donate appetizers, desserts, drinks, etc to this amazing event and we need someone (or two!) to manage contacting these businesses to request their participation again and then delivery of the goods on Friday, March 23. Please email for more info and to sign up!

Racial Equity Workshops

This series of 2 hour racial equity workshops is designed to provide Claxton Elementary families and staff with a safe space to learn and grow, but anyone is welcome to attend. These sessions are facilitated by the Claxton Social Justice Team and Craig White and sponsored by the Claxton PTO.

Registration for each session is encouraged, but not required.
Workshop 1: Understanding Privilege:

Workshop 2: Asheville’s Hidden Racial History:

Workshop 3: Understanding and Addressing Microaggressions:

Workshop 4: Talking with Your Kids about Race:

To learn more about these workshops or our work:…/clxsoc…/parentcaregiver-workshops

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Volunteer Background Checks for Asheville City Schools

As a volunteer, you are an important part of the school community. When you become a volunteer, your work takes on special significance -- though you are not part of the staff, you share the same responsibilities that paid staff are held to while engaged with students. If you plan on volunteering at Claxton this year, THANK YOU! Please click on the link below to complete a background check. This background check is required for anyone who may work in the classroom, serve as reading and math tutors, extracurricular coaches, mentors, and overnight field trip chaperones. It only takes a couple of minutes to fill out the information, and once it is returned (usually within a week), you are all set to go.

ACS Online Background Check

If you have any questions, please email Elizabeth Callahan at

Box Tops 4 Education

Did you know that the money that Claxton receives from the Box Tops 4 Education program directly benefits Coach Swain's PE program?! Claxton is ALWAYS collecting Box Tops, and we want your help!

You can start by clipping the Box Tops off approved products you already have in your pantry. You don't need to clip the actual product UPC — just the Box Tops logo will do. From frozen foods to produce and household cleaning products, there are literally hundreds of opportunities to help, and each Box Top is worth 10 cents. Doesn't sound like a lot, but it adds up fast. Box Tops are collected in the clear plastic bears located in the front hallway and gymnatorium.

There are so many participating companies! Participating companies and product lines include General Mills, Green Giant, Totino's, Pillsbury, Old El Paso, Ziploc, Hefty, Juicy Juice, Betty Crocker and many more. Here is a link to the participating brands.

The Box Tops 4 Education program offers new discount coupons on popular brands each month and also offers benefits for online purchases! Click here to see this month's offers.

Clip those tops and lets fill those bears for Coach Swain!

Thank you to our 2017 Sponsor, Blue Ridge Pediatric Dentistry!
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