CLX Buzz: 12/6/18

The Claxton Elementary Community Newsletter

What's the Buzz?

  • Coming Soon at Claxton
  • Claxton Family Holiday Lunch on Wed, Dec 12
  • PTO 1-2-3 Holiday Shop
  • Looking for Volunteers to Help with Coaching Claxton Flyers & Girls on the Run!
  • 2nd & 3rd Grade Families--Help is Requested for Dec 19 Staff Appreciation Lunch!
  • Call for Proposals for Spring After School Arts (ASA) Classes
  • Seeking Claxton Auction Donations
  • Go Local 2019 Cards for Sale--A Great Holiday Gift Idea!
  • Thanks to Farm Burger Asheville!
  • Inclement Weather Policy for Asheville City Schools
  • Homework and Community Resources
  • 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! - Dec 6

Fri, Dec 7 - Claxton Storytelling Fest during school

(The previously scheduled dance for Fri, Dec 7 has been rescheduled for Thurs, Jan 31.)

Wed, Dec 12 - Claxton Family Holiday Lunch (see below for details)

Thurs, Dec 13 - Holiday Shop (see below for details)

Wed, Dec 19 - 12pm Early Dismissal

Thurs, Dec 20 - Wed, Jan 2 - School Holiday

Thurs, Jan 3 - First Day of School in 2019

Claxton Elementary Online Calendar

Claxton Printable Calendar of Special Events

Asheville City Schools Calendars

You're Invited to Join Us for the Claxton Family Holiday Lunch on Wed, Dec 12!

Our Winter Holiday Lunch will be on Wed, Dec 12. You are welcome to join your Claxton students at the regular lunch times for our classrooms. Lunch is available for $5 cash per person, payable in the cafeteria.

PTO 1-2-3 Holiday Shop - Info for Students/Families & Request for Volunteers

The PTO 1-2-3 Holiday Shop is Thurs, Dec. 13. Students enjoy this Claxton event! Volunteers are needed to help students shop and purchase items and to keep the shop stocked throughout the day. Please sign up via the link below for shifts.

The Holiday Shop is an opportunity for students to shop for holiday gifts for their loved ones during the school day. Gifts are priced at $1, $2, and $3. Please send no more than $10 with your student for them to use at the shop.

If you have any questions, please email Joanna Best at

Boys' Claxton Flyers are Off and Running! Interested Adult Volunteers Are Welcome!

Our Claxton Flyers' 4th and 5th grade boys' group has kicked off their running season and is meeting twice weekly. The program is designed to inspire boys through the power of running to be themselves, to build healthy relationships, and to live an active lifestyle. Practices lead up to participation in the Hot Chocolate 5K (3 mile) event on Sat, 1/26. Volunteer help is always welcome to support our group! Please contact Tricia Johnson ( or Derek Edwards ( if you'd like to get involved as an adult volunteer!

Girls on the Run Spring 2019 & Volunteer Coach Opportunity

We are looking for parents and community members who are interested in serving as volunteer coaches for a 3rd-5th grade Girls on the Run (GOTR) program at Claxton in Spring 2019! You don't need to be a runner to be a coach! If you'd like to learn more, visit for a short video which is followed by written info about GOTR coaching. Contact Claxton's Volunteer Coordinator at if you're interested in being a part of Claxton's coaching team!

2nd & 3rd Grade Family Donations and Help Requested for Dec 19 Staff Appreciation Lunch

It's the 2nd and 3rd grades' turn to share thanks with this year's third Staff Appreciation Lunch, our Holiday Lunch, on Wed, Dec 19. WE NEED YOUR HELP! 2nd and 3rd Grade families can efficiently sign up via a Google Sheets to help out.

If you have difficulty with the sign-up sheet, please email Michelle Gray with the item(s) you would like to bring and she will record it for you. To make it even easier we will be collecting all items in the morning drop off line from 7:15-8:00 AM on the 19th. If you

would rather drop off your item inside, please have it warm (if applicable) and delivered by

10:30 AM in the Teacher Conference Room on the first floor.

Please contact our PTO Staff Appreciation Co-Chairs, Michelle Gray and Sherry Martin, by email at or, if you have any questions and most importantly, THANK YOU for making our Teacher/Staff Appreciation Lunch a successful one!

Call for Proposals for After School Arts (ASA) Spring Classes

Please see for the Call for Proposals for our Spring 2019 After School Arts (ASA) Program. Please share this information widely with anyone whom you think might be a good fit for our program.

Class catalogs and registration will be available in mid-January, and spring classes will begin the week of Feb 4.

Please contact Miriam Scott at if you have any questions or would like to discuss any ideas about the program.

Call for Claxton Auction Donations

Remember to 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!

Go Local Cards

The 2019 Go Local Cards are now available! For every card purchased ($19) $9.50 goes directly to our Asheville city schools! Now entering its eighth year, the Go Local Card program is Asheville and Buncombe County's original buy-local network. Purchasing a card qualifies you for exclusive discounts and perks - for the full calendar year of 2019 - at over 490 certified locally owned, independent businesses. Browse the business directory at You can purchase cards from our school secretary/treasurer Cherie Davis (room 101) during school hours (cash or check). Go Local Cards are a great holiday gift idea!

Thanks to Farm Burger Asheville!

Thank you to all who attended and spread the word to friends and family about the Claxton Spirit Night held at Farm Burger on November 29. We had a great turnout and 10% of the evening's proceeds went to Claxton. Farm Burger will be presenting the Claxton PTO with a check for $269.81!

Inclement Weather Policy of Asheville City Schools

(If you aren't receiving text alerts from WLOS for Asheville City Schools closures and delays, we recommend signing up for them here. After entering your contact information, you'll find the 'School Closings' notification section close to the bottom of the sign-up page.)

As we prepare for potential inclement weather conditions that could impact our school day, please understand that SHOULD a decision be made for "No Buses on Icy Roads," the roads below are automatic NO TRAVEL roads. Please remember that a bus driver may use their professional judgment on ANY ROAD they feel is unsafe to travel. We encourage you to speak to your regular bus driver to help determine available alternate bus stops when "No Buses on Icy Roads" has been issued. Historically, these roads are prone to ice, making it dangerous to safely travel in a school bus. The safety of our students and staff is always our top priority. As a reminder, when a decision is made for “No Buses on Icy Roads" the following roads will never be traveled on by Asheville City Schools bus drivers.

Spooks Branch Rd

Webb Cove Rd

Asbury Rd

Bassett Rd

Brookwood Rd

Buchanan Ave

Carroll Ave

Faircrest Rd

Pinecroft Rd

Robinhood Rd

Red Oak Dr

Alexander Dr

Town Mountain Rd

Lucerne Ave

Providence Rd

Parents are always welcome to call the Transportation Department with any questions or concerns.

Sue Tripp 828-350-6152
Amanda Rigsby 828-350-6913
Darren Barkett 828-350-6121

Homework and Community Resources

Here are some great resources available specifically to Asheville City Schools families through United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County:

  • Homework Diner: Every Tuesday 5:00-7:00 at Asheville Middle in the Cafeteria. A free family meal is provided and help with homework from teachers and volunteers. See flyer for more details.
  • Asheville Middle School Community Resource Room: Room 216, on Tuesday and Thursdays from 9 to 11 and 1 to 3. This room provides access to information on community resources, internet and computer access, and 2-1-1- service line access.

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, December 5, 2018, at 12:00 PM

Wednesday, January 9, 2019, at 12:00 PM

Wednesday, February 6, 2019, at 12:00 PM

Tuesday, February 12, 2019, at 5:30 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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