CLX Buzz 8/29/19

The Claxton Elementary Community Newsletter

What's the Buzz?

  • Coming Soon at Claxton...
  • Picture Day Volunteers Still Needed for TOMORROW (Fri, Aug 30)
  • Registration for After School Arts Classes for Fall 2019
  • Attn 5th Grade Families! It's Time to Host the Staff Appreciation Luncheon!
  • Volunteering at Claxton
  • Fun Run Volunteer Opportunities
  • Old Marker Recycling - Crayola Color Cycle
  • 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 & Picture Day info)

Online Registration for After School Arts - Mon, Aug 26, 8am - Mon, Sept 2, 8pm

Picture Day - Fri, Aug 30 (check Thursday Flyers for ordering info)

NO SCHOOL (Labor Day Holiday) - Mon, Sept 2

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

Claxton PTO Meeting - 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

Fun Run - Fri, Sept 27

Claxton Elementary Online Calendar

Claxton Family Events Calendar

Asheville City Schools Calendars

Volunteers Needed for Picture Day TOMORROW!

We are still looking for volunteers to help tomorrow morning (Fri, 8/30) with picture day. Volunteers help kids look their best by straightening outfits, reminding kids to remove coats, smoothing hairdos and being sure that kids are in the correct line-up order for pictures. Please sign up here to help! Email if you have any questions about signing up for a slot.

Claxton is working with Lifetouch for student pictures this year. Info for picture day is in Thursday Flyers this week. Our Fall 2019 picture day is tomorrow, Fri, Aug 30. Order pictures before Picture Day on with Picture Day ID: HY619003Q0.

Register Now for Our Fall After School Classes at Claxton!

Registration is still open for our after school enrichment classes at Claxton! Classes include Yoga Games, Poetry in Action, Tae Kwon Do, LEGO Explorations, FEAST, Board Games, Prop & Set Design, Math Attack, LEGO Mindstorm Robotics, Birds, and Spanish! Class and registration info is available online HERE. We've added a second class of Prop & Set Design on Thursdays. Registration will be open online through Mon, Sept 2 at 8:00pm. Classes, which begin the week of Sept 9, are $70 for the 10-week season and start immediately after school, ending at 4:00pm with student pick-up. We invite all Claxton students to join us, regardless of ability to pay. Scholarships may be requested through the online registration payment section.

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!

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!

Fun Run

We are just 3 weeks away from the FUN RUN!!! This is one of our most important fundraisers of the year and a student favorite!!!

The Fun Run is a two-week program that kicks off with a Pep Rally on TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17. Families will then gather pledges for every lap their student runs (30-35 laps) at the CLAXTON FUN RUN, which will happen on FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 27.

Parents and families are welcome and encouraged to come to the FUN RUN and cheer your student on as they raise money for their school.

We need VOLUNTEERS! Please sign up HERE to help!

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.

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

Marker Recycling at Claxton

Last year Ms. Ferguson's 1st grade class started a project with Crayola Color Cycle to collect any dried-out markers and send them back to Crayola! Ms. Davis has a collection box in her office and once the box is full, we'll send them in and start a new box! You can bring in markers from home. These do not have to be Crayola markers. They can be highlighters, dry erase markers, and basically anything that is a plastic marker!

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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