CLX Buzz: 10/18/18

The Claxton Elementary Community Newsletter

What's the Buzz?

  • Coming Soon at Claxton
  • Final Call to Collect Pledges for Fun Run!
  • Claxton Fall Carnival Volunteer Sign-Up
  • Mix It Up at Lunch Day!
  • The Story Pirates Are Coming to CLX!
  • Call for Auction Donations
  • Claxton Crafty -- Call for Vendors and Musicians!
  • Volunteer Background Checks and Training Needed
  • CLX on Social Media
  • Quick Links
  • Thanks to Our Sponsors!

Coming Soon at Claxton....

Thursday Folders--Check your Claxton backpacks! - Oct 18

Fall Carnival - Fri, Oct 26, 5:30-8:30pm

Early Dismissal - Mon, Oct 29, 12pm

Claxton Chat/Coffee with the Principal - Tues, Nov 6, 8-8:30am in the CLX Cafeteria

Story Pirates Visit - Tues, Nov 6, 9am

Early Dismissal - Tues, Nov 6, 12pm

PTO Meeting - Tues, Nov 6, 6-7pm

Supper with the Super at Claxton - Thurs, Nov 8, 6:30-7:30pm

Claxton Crafty - Sat, Nov 10, 10am-4pm

NO SCHOOL - Mon, Nov 12

Thanks-for-Reading Family Lunch - Wed, Nov 14

Claxton Presents 'Seussical the Musical Jr.' - Fri, Nov 16 - Sun, Nov 18

Claxton Elementary Online Calendar

Claxton Printable Calendar of Special Events

Asheville City Schools Calendars

Final Call for Pledges Due to Wrap Up Our SUCCESSFUL Fun Run!

We have $2600 left to collect. We’ve extended the final date for Pledge collections to Thursday 10/25! You can pay online at or send in cash or check to your student’s teacher.

Claxton Fall Carnival Volunteer Sign-Up & Advance Tickets

Come one, come all! Our annual Claxton Fall Carnival and Fundraiser is next Friday, Oct 26 from 5:30-8:30pm at Claxton. You're invited to an evening of fun, presented by your Claxton PTO, with bounce houses, a cake walk, food and drink, a haunted cardboard arcade, carnival games, prizes, a fear factor experience, a fortune teller, and more!

VOLUNTEERS - Please sign up at

TICKETS - Information about wristbands and tickets was on the carnival flyer that came home in Thursday folders this week. You can avoid the (sometimes long) ticket line at the carnival and pre-purchase your wristbands/tickets through our directory MySchoolAnywhere App/Website (login and go to Store). If you're not already registered, go to: Pre-purchased items will be available at the carnival "will-call" table. Financial assistance is available; please contact or call 350-6503 before October 24 for more details about financial assistance.

Please contact Kelly Yeiser at if you have any questions about advance tickets or other carnival-related questions. Thanks so much!

Mix It Up at Lunch Day!

Mix It Up at Lunch Day is an international campaign that encourages students to identify, question and cross social boundaries. While schools can register to host a Mix It Up event on any day of the year, millions of students around the world participate on the official Mix It Up at Lunch Day, held on the last Tuesday of each October. It’s October 23rd this year!

Students consistently identify the cafeteria as a place in their school where divisions are clearly—and harshly—drawn. So we ask students to move out of their comfort zones and connect with someone new over lunch. It’s a simple act with profound implications that we encourage educators to include in year-round efforts to promote healthy, welcoming school environments. Studies have shown that interactions across group lines can help reduce prejudice. When students interact with those who are different from them, biases and misperceptions can fall away.

This year we will have 4 Mix It Up events! In addition to the National Mix It Up Day event, Claxton will have Mix It Up @ Lunch on December 18th, February 27th, and April 24th! If you'd like to volunteer and help facilitate discussions during this event, please complete the form at this link.

Mix It Up @ Lunch Volunteer Form

The Story Pirates Are Coming!!!

The Story Pirates are coming to Claxton! The Story Pirates is a self-proclaimed “kid-centric media company and leading arts education advocate” whose actors travel the country to perform at schools. The Story Pirates also put on an acclaimed children’s podcast series where they turn kids’ original stories into “wild sketch comedy musicals”.

Thanks to our own local bookseller, Malaprops Bookstore and Cafe, our students will be treated to a live performance by this traveling two-person troupe on Tuesday November 6th at 9 am. What’s even more exciting is that their theatrical performance will be based on the popular Mr. Lemoncello’s Library chapter book series by Chris Grabenstein! Much of the show will be improvised based on suggestions and ideas from kids in the audience and will include a series of interactive games and challenges.

Claxton students are invited to purchase paperback copies of the wonderful Mr. Lemoncello’s book series by visiting this link: Here you can order copies of:

Book One: Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library

Book Two: Mr. Lemoncello’s Library Olympics

Book Three: Mr. Lemoncello’s Great Library Race

A representative from Malaprops will be here at school the day of the performance to give out the books our students purchase. On top of helping bring this wonderful troupe to Claxton, Malaprops is graciously donating 20% of the total sales of the books back to the Claxton Elementary School media center! We thank Malaprops for thinking WIN-WIN-WIN: promoting reading, fundraising for our media center and offering an amazing presentation opportunity for our students!

Call for Auction Donations

Mark your calendars for the Claxton Auction on March 29, 2019. Although it’s a little ways away, we need to start gathering non-cash donations for the auction now. All money collected from the auction goes to fund PTO services, such as playground redesign, food and books for students in need, money for classroom supplies and books, mini grants, staff appreciation meals and gifts, and more.

  • Are you an artist willing to donate a piece of art?

  • Do you have a service to donate (yoga classes, will services, acupuncture, massages, photo sessions, etc.)?

  • Do you have a second home to donate for a weekend?

  • Can you provide lessons as a donation (dance, cooking, sailing, etc.)?

  • Would your place of work donate gift certificates or tickets?

  • Do you have a contact you might be able to ask for a donation?

For inquiries or donations, please contact Lisa Manning at and include the following information:

  • Name

  • Phone Number

  • Email Address

  • Name of Donation Item or Experience

  • Description of Item or Experience

  • Cash Value of Item or Experience

  • Any restrictions on the Item or Experience

No donation is too small or too big, and every dollar we raise goes to Claxton. We appreciate any and all help! Thank you!

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Claxton Crafty -- Save the Date and Call for Vendors and Musicians

Mark your calendars for Sat, Nov 10 for the Claxton Crafty at the Salvage Station from 10am-5pm! We invite vendors and musicians to join in this great event. Proceeds from booth rental fees go directly to support Claxton Elementary School (and vendors keep 100% of their own sales). We're planning to host the event outside but our backup plan in case of rain or cold is to use the inside space at Salvage Station. The link to the application is below. Please complete the application and we'll be in touch with further details and vendor booth rental payment information. We are planning on having live music, again provided by talented members of our Claxton family and other community members. Mr. Butler, our music teacher, is helping to coordinate this. If you know anyone else (adult, child, professional, or novice) who may be interested in performing, please let us know. Thank you for your interest!

For more information, please contact Tricia Johnson at or 828-231-4078.

Application for Claxton Crafty Vendor Booth --

Serving as a Volunteer in the Classroom or as a Field Trip Chaperone This Year

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 chaperone on field trips. It takes about 5 minutes to start your background check but can sometimes take 2-3 weeks for them to be approved. You cannot volunteer until your background check has been approved, so jump over to this link to act now. You don't want to miss a chance to help out as a volunteer!

Also, if you haven't already done so, you'll need to attend a 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 go ahead and make plans to attend one of these brief (~20 min) trainings. Please see below for the schedule.

All trainings are held at the Central Office of Asheville City Schools at 85 Mountain Street. No registration is required to attend the training.

The full ACS Volunteer Training Schedule for 2018-2019 is linked here. Dates coming soon include--

Wednesday, November 7, 2018, at 12:00 PM

Wednesday, December 5, 2018, at 12:00 PM

If you have any questions about volunteer requirements for Claxton and Asheville City Schools, please contact

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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