CLX Buzz 9/26/19

The Claxton Elementary Family Newsletter

What's the Buzz?

  • Coming Soon at Claxton...
  • Leader in Me Introduction for Parents at PTO Meeting
  • Fall Carnival Flyer Contest Deadline
  • Fun Run
  • Let's Win Against the Weeds--Drop-Off Coffee & Garden Time
  • 4th Grade Families--Staff Appreciation Luncheon Sign-Up
  • Claxton Jubeelee Team is Seeking Volunteers
  • Social Justice League Newsletter
  • Join Our Own Ms. Abby & the CLAXTON BUZZ Team for Eblen's Walk, Run, or Roll!
  • Ordering School Pictures
  • Save the Date to Shop or Vend at This Year's ACS Craft Fair
  • Volunteering at Claxton
  • CLX on Social Media
  • Quick Links

Coming Soon at Claxton...

Thursday Flyers (Check your Claxton folders!) - Today

Fun Run - Fri, Sept 27 (see below for details)

Early Release - Wed, Oct 9 (Parent/Teacher Conferences & Staff Appreciation Lunch - 4th Grade hosting)

NO SCHOOL - Thurs, Oct 10 (Parent/Teacher Conferences)

Make-Up School Pictures - Tues, Oct 22

Claxton PTO Fall Carnival - Fri, Oct 25, 5:30-8:30pm

NO SCHOOL - Mon, Oct 28

Claxton Elementary Online Calendar

Claxton Family Events Calendar

Asheville City Schools Calendars

Join Us for a Leader in Me Introduction for Parents at Next Week's PTO Meeting!

SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER + PIZZA! Our next PTO meeting will be this coming Tuesday, October 1 from 6-7pm. Pizza will be provided! The majority of the time will be spent listening to special guest speaker Sophie Ferguson, a Claxton 1st grade teacher, who will share a parent introduction/overview to the Leader in Me program that is integrated within Claxton. Leader in Me (LiM) is an evidence-based, comprehensive-school improvement model—developed in partnership with educators—that empowers students with the leadership and life skills they need to thrive in the 21st century.

All are welcome! Claxton families are automatically a part of the Claxton Parent Teacher Organization (PTO). There is no membership form to fill out and there are no dues. Children are welcome to attend.

Fall Carnival Flyer Contest Deadline is Tomorrow

2019 Fall Carnival Flyer Contest entries are due tomorrow Friday, September 27. We look forward to seeing our students' wonderful artwork! Entries can be given to your teacher. Thank you for supporting the arts at Claxton!


The Fun Run is TOMORROW (Friday 9/27)!!!!

The Fun Run will take place at Memorial Stadium (32 Buchanan Place). Grades K-2 run from 9:15- 10:15 and grades 3-5 run from 10:15-11:15. You might want to arrive 5-10 minutes early to cheer on the students as they walk from the buses to the stadium- GET.THEM.FIRED.UP!!!

As of Thursday morning, we still need to raise $2000 in order to meet our goal of $27,000. Can you help us make that happen? Have you pledged your student yet? Log on to to help our school.

If you would like to volunteer for this event, we need help at the Fun Run marking laps and handing out water. Please sign up HERE to help!

Thank you and see you at the Fun Run!!!

Your Claxton PTO

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

Let's Win Against the Weeds!

This coming Tuesday morning, October 1, we invite you to help in keeping our end-of-summer weeds in check! If you have flexibility on Tuesday morning, please meet after student morning drop-off in the garden beds near Claxton's main entrance on Hillside St for an hour or two. We'll enjoy free coffee and company while tackling the weeds. No gardening experience or supplies are necessary. Email if you have any questions or are interested in helping with our gardens and grounds in the future.

4th Grade Families--Sign-Up for Staff Appreciation Luncheon

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 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 meal. Our first Staff Appreciation Luncheon hosted by 5th Grade families was a great success and we know the staff is looking forward this next one hosted by our 4th Grade Families: a TACO BAR on Wednesday, October 9th!


Please login to Sign Up Genius to select something to share:

If you have difficulties, please feel free to call / text us with what you’d like to bring and we will add


On the 9th, you may drop off your contribution in the car line from 7:15-8:00am or you may bring it to the banquet room prior to 10:00am. Don't forget to clearly label your dishes. They will be cleaned and waiting for you the next day in the the parent room on the third floor. Also, if you are sending in a crockpot, please consider using a crockpot liner. It will help with clean up!


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 select options on Sign Up Genius.

Thank you 4th Grade Families 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.

** If anyone would like to volunteer to help host and clean up, please let us know. It’s lots of fun! Thanks in advance!

Claxton Jubeelee Team is Seeking Volunteers

Planning is underway for the Claxton Jubeelee (previously known as the Claxton Auction), and the Jubeelee Team would love some help. The event will take place on Saturday, February 29, so mark your calendars! The Jubeelee is an evening event for grown-ups with food, drinks, auction, music, dancing, and more!

Do you want to help with the initial planning details? Do you want to help gather donations? Would you be willing to help with Facebook posts, the online auction, or other tech-related components of the auction?

Please contact Amy Aiken ( if you are interested and willing to pitch in for this super fun event and major fundraiser for Claxton. Thank you!

Claxton's Social Justice League News

The Social Justice League at Claxton is a group of teachers, instructional assistants, support staff, parents, administrators and an equity consultant that meet monthly to focus on social justice issues for our staff, students and families. Since 2014, the team has created and delivered professional development, family and community workshops and engagement events, resources and activities for our students in order to discuss race, equity and what it means for our school community.

The Social Justice League is in the process of developing action plans for staff, students and families for 2019-20 and will make those available when they are complete! In the meantime, please read the SJL's newsletter to see the updated mission statement and upcoming events and resources.

Join Our Own Ms. Abby & the CLAXTON BUZZ Team for Eblen's Walk, Run, or Roll!

Hello Claxton Families,

We are calling for your support of Eblen Charities’ annual WALK, RUN, and ROLL event coming up on Oct 12 at ABTECH Campus. Their services impact our school community in many positive ways each school year. EBLEN is a lifeline for so many families through their assistance with medical care and supplies, travel assistance, dental and prescription care, funding assistance for food, rent, heat and other emergency aid. We are asking for your help in making a team of walkers for our Oct 12 event! Monies raised by this important event go DIRECTLY to our children’s programs. Your participation is very important. The WALK date is Oct 12 and registration is open now.

Sign up HERE by finding and joining our "CLAXTON BUZZ" Team! We want to be the champion school this year and I know we can do it. Bring your family and friends for a fun morning and enjoy a nice non-competitive Walk or Run on a 5K/10K route with music, entertainment, kids’ zone, and a lunch provided by Outback Steakhouse! We will be joined by Kiss Country and Star 104.3 with iHeartRadio and the event organizers are putting together some awesome prize baskets for the top money raisers!

Thank you for supporting our students and their families through this event.

I hope to see you there!

Ms. Abby

Student Support Services

School Picture Orders

School pictures were sent home last week if you ordered them before picture day. If you haven't ordered, there's still time to order online with the photo proof info that was in your student's folder. Make-up school pictures will be on Tues, Oct 22.

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, Nov 9 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!

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 unless otherwise noted. No registration is required to attend the training.


Wednesday, November 6, 2019, 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 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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