Claxton Parent News 1/12

Claxton Elementary's Newsletter for Families

What's Happening

Monday, January 15: Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday - No School for Staff or Students

Monday, January 22: Required Teacher Workday - No School for Students

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

'Bad Kitty' Author Nick Bruel Visited Claxton

Thanks to Spellbound Children's Bookshop, Claxton Elementary School students spent the morning of Wednesday, January 10th with Nick Bruel. Best known for his ‘Bad Kitty’ series, Bruel is as talented an author and illustrator as a presenter. Addressing students in a most engaging manner, Bruel gave concrete advice about writing, generating ideas, getting started and perseverance. His 'Bad Kitty' series contains both picture and chapter books. They've sold millions of copies since first hitting bookshops in 2005. Thank you to for the image.

ACS' Inclement Weather Procedures

Asheville City Schools was out for Inclement Weather on Monday, January 8th, 2018. Students and staff members will make up those lost hours on Monday, February 19th. According to the 2017-2018 Traditional Calendar, it was originally an Optional Teacher Workday. All students and staff members will now come to school on the 19th. It will be counted as a regular school day. If there are any additional Inclement Weather Days, Asheville City Schools will make them up on Saturdays.

Winter is far from over! Click here to read about how ACS makes it's decisions regarding school closings and delays due to inclement weather.

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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