Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Looking for gift ideas for the Claxton student in your life?

How 'bout a Claxton t-shirt, sweatshirt or water bottle?

Claxton merchandise makes a great gift!  Member of the PTO will be on hand on for the Holiday lunch on December 13th, and in the pickup line on December 20th to make your purchase easy.  You can also Download an order form, and send it to school with your child.  Be sure to write your child's name and teacher at the top of the form. Include payment by cash or check (Please make checks payable to: Claxton PTO).

Please return your form and payment to your child's teacher or place it in the PTO mailbox. Contact Jill Mooney with any questions about the products available.

Auction & Fundraiser

February 1, 2013, 7:00pm -11pm
Want to get involved? We would love to have you!  Now is the time for getting local businesses and individuals to donate items.  All donations are tax deductible and ALL help is needed and appreciated! 
Don't wait -- do it now! 
Contact Dawn Rentz or Keri Wilson for more info.

We are currently looking for donations to the Claxton’s Light the Night Silent Auction. You can sign up to donate something or to find donors for the auction. Think of donations we can bundle together for a “gift basket”, i.e. sports, food, get away, auto, salon, yoga, hiking, etc. 

We are still looking for volunteers to help with the auction as well. 
 If you are interested, please contact us.
The Claxton PTO appreciates all of your help. Remember, all the money raised at the auction will go back to the classrooms at Claxton. With our State budget on the cutting block, any additional funds go a long way!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

6th Annual Storytelling Festival!

For more information on supporting or becoming involved with the ongoing success of this event, contact Tom Godleski or Brooks Butler

Friday, November 30, 2012

Holiday Tree & Wreath Orders

Holiday wreaths and Christmas trees are available for pre-order now!  

The 5th grade has arranged with a local framer to have freshly cut trees and wreaths delivered to Claxton for pickup.  Trees are cut within 24 hours of delivery, so you know the tree you're getting will look (and smell) lovely throughout the holidays.

6'-7' trees are $45

7'-8' trees are $55

wreaths are $20

Order by Tuesday, December 4th.

Delivery date to Claxton is Dec. 7th.

Contact Lisa Laney if you interested in ordering.  You can also write out your order (Name, Phone, Number of wreaths or trees and the size tree you need) and send it to Adam Kendrick in Ms. Bakers 5th grade class.  Payment is made at the time of pickup, and checks can be made out to Claxton PTO.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Holiday Lunch

Plan to join your child for lunch on 
Friday, December 13th
to celebrate with classmates and friends.  

Congratulations, 5th Grade!

Congratulations to the 5th grade on a fantastic Italian Dinner on Tuesday!  More than $900 was raised to support the 5th grade trip to Atlanta in April.

4th and 5th grades will also be on hand at the Claxton Holiday Art Chow this Saturday selling food and sweets to raise money for spring field trips.

Fundraising for class field trips helps to ensure that all students who are eligible to participate have the opportunity and to reduce the final cost for everyone. Thank you for your support of these programs!

Spirit Day

Student Government 
Spirit Day
Friday, November 30th
Hat Day!!!!!

Don't miss your opportunity to wear your hat in school!

4th and 5th Grades will be selling snacks and sweets
Claxton Morning Singers will perform at 1:00

Winter Concert, Decmber 11th

Claxton Elementary 
Winter Concert 
Holiday Social

Tuesday Evening, December 11th, 2012
6:00 pm

An evening of Music by Claxton's Morning Music Groups
and Select Grade Level Classes
to Celebrate the Season!

Winter Holiday Dance

4th Grade Invites you to our 
Winter Holiday Dance 

Tuesday December 18th
3:00 - 4:15pm in the Claxton Gym

Tickets are $3 per person. 

Drinks, popcorn and baked goods will be for sale for $.50 each, and Pizza for $2 a slice.  Please come out for some good winter fun!

All proceeds support the 4th grade trip to Raleigh in the spring.   

PTO Meeting, December 4th

You are invited to attend the next
 PTO General Membership Meeting on
Tuesday, December 4
6:00-7:00 p.m.

Discover the many programs the PTO helps fund, and learn about our upcoming “Light the Night” auction to raise money for these programs.  Find out ways you can help our students and our school!

If you are a Claxton staff member or parent/guardian of a Claxton student, you automatically are part of the PTO General Membership and are invited and encouraged to attend any and all monthly PTO board meetings
(meeting dates are available on the Claxton website and PTO blog, or you can contact Amanda Van Cleve).

Claxton PTO bylaws require at least four General Membership meetings throughout the school year—we hope to see you at our next General Membership meeting on December 4!

Friday, November 16, 2012

LIGHT THE NIGHT Auction and Fundraiser

If you've never been to a Claxton PTO Auction, you're missing out on the fun!  Don't let that happen this year, SAVE THE DATE!

February 1, 2013
7:00pm -11pm
Historic Homewood

Want to get involved?  There are a variety of committees to choose from.  Whether it's as much as chairing a committee or simply helping to bring in items or decorate, ALL help is needed and appreciated!  

And, if your an artist, small business owner or just an individual with something to share, donating auction items, goods and/or financial support is a great way to get that end of year tax deduction!  Don't wait -- do it now! 

Contact info for questions:

Friday, November 9, 2012

Calling ALL new Claxton Families

...or people who like to meet new Claxton families!!
Mark your calendars for three ways to:
Meet new people
Get information
Feel more connected
Tuesday, November 13th in the Claxton
Media Center
Thursday, November 15th at Edna’s Coffee Shop in North Asheville
Saturday, November 18th at Robert Lake Park 
(next to Montreat College in Black Mnt)
Parents chat, kids play

FYI:  Although we will have specific information about ways to use your gifts and talents for Claxton, the main goal is for new parents to get together. So even if you have no time to get involved right now, no worries at all….just come to any of the three dates that fits your schedule and personality the best. The more the merrier!

E-Mail Anne Raustol at for more info about these events. Thanks!

Please join your child for lunch next Friday, November 16th.  Cost is $5.00 per person.  A schedule of which classes eat when came home with students this week.  If you didn't get it, please contact your teacher!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Claxton FLL Teams to Compete in Regional Tournament!

Please congratulate the Claxton's FLL Teams, the Wise Old Owls and Pajamma Grammas, on their success at the FLL tournament last weekend at UNCA! 

Wise Old Owls took home the presentation trophy, recognizing their enthusiastic performance, and the ability to incorporate research with seniors and practicing professionals into their fun and engaging skit.  While they were in their project judging and we were all waiting in the halls, the time keeper gave a big "Oh, wow!" when they got to the song.  GREAT JOB!

The Pajamma Grammas were recognized for being the team that consistently performed in the handful or top competitors across categories!  This goes to show that all of the hard work and practice really paid off.  GREAT TEAM EFFORT!

What does our success mean?  It means the teams are invited to one  regional tournament on December 1st.  

They were fantastic!  There were many twists and turns and, of course some highly charged moments!  The kids did fantastic -- they were smart, adaptable, and very supportive of one another (one of the hardest things for a kid to do in the midst of the ups & downs)!  Please let them know how proud we are of them!

Calling all artists! The A+ Committee is seeking professional or semi-professional or just talented painters to recreate the cover art from some of the Claxton student's favorite books on large canvases to be hung in the cafeteria. Help make Claxton look like the A+ School of the Arts that it is! Contact Melissa Cole Essig.
Can you donate a canvas? The A+ Committee is seeking donations of large (ideally 36" x 48") canvases to help us make Claxton look like the A+ School of the Arts it is. Please contact Melissa Cole Essig.

Welcome New PTO Board Members!

Kristin Hicklin will be VP of Volunteers.

Teri Reedy and Lisa Bishop will share Corporate Sponsors Chair.

We're still looking for someone willing to chair the Long Range Planning committee, so please let us know if you're interested!

Go Local NOW!

What is go local?
Go Local is a community-wide campaign to support the Asheville City Schools. It is unique in our community and unique across the country. Locally owned businesses have donated a discount to card holders for one year. 100% of the proceeds will benefit schools and our community by supporting you, the Asheville City Schools Foundation, and the Asheville Grown Business Alliance.

What is the Go Local card Fundraiser? 
The Go Local Card Fundraiser is a unique opportunity to pre-sell loyalty cards that provide discounts to the purchaser for over 350 local businesses all over Asheville. The cards sell for $15.  Five dollars from each card sold goes directly to your PTO.  Our schools are offered a unique pre-sale window from November 1 to December 1, 2012. This year, we are added many new business and focused on those close to our schools. 

When you purchase a Go Local card in the month of November, you can designate support the Asheville City School of your choice.

How it works:
You will recieve a marketing packet that inlcudes the Go Local cards, flyers to post and  materials to send home in backpacks. Please do not give the cards out before you receive the money for them.  
Direct people to our Facebook page so that they can keep in touch and get information on our participating businesses and deals. It is updated almost daily with new offers and discounts. The link is!/avlgolocal

Financial Management:
At the end of January 2013, you will write a check to ACSF for the total of number of cards  you've sold times $10.00.  You keep your $$$.   Individuals can purchase cards online and designate your school as well.  Many campaigns do ¬really well with an online email/facebook component. 
Contact:  Michelle Robinson,

PTO General Meeting -- All Invited!

Tuesday, November 13 from 6-7 p.m. 

This will be the second of four General Membership meetings for 2012-2013. 

We plan to hold a vote pertaining to funds remaining from the $500 allotted for staff mini grants this fall. 
Plus, there will be updates on additions to the PTO board and on coming events such as: the Winter Auction, 4th and 5th grade fundraisers, school holiday lunches, 1st Annual Arts and Crafts Show, next PVA Family Night, and more! As always, it is important that as many board members as possible attend.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Thank You Urban Burrito!

Urban Burrito was kind enough to donate the food for our first PVA Night on October 15, and we really appreciate it!  Please stop in and let them know how much if you have a chance!

Not sure what a PVA Family Night is?  Find out all about them here and come joins us at the next one, Math Night, on November 19th.  

Roots & Wings and Wild Wings!

Claxton students' painted pumpkins will be featured in Wild Wings Café's Annual Great Pumpkin Painting Pageant on Tuesday October 30th 6:00-8:00 pm.

Wild Wing Café invites local classrooms to participate in their Annual Great Pumpkin Painting Pageant. They donate pumpkins to local classrooms for the students to paint, decorate and enter into the pageant. Mr. Cassara had roots and wings classes paint pumpkins, and five were chosen to be displayed at the restaurant.  Winners will be chosen from multiple schools the night of the pagent.

Wild Wings hosts their Kids Halloween Party on Tuesday October 30th.  Painted pumpkin finalists will be judged and the winner will be announced! The winning pumpkin will win a $100 donation to the schools art department, as well as a catered lunch for the winner’s classroom. The student’s individual prize will be free Kids Meals for a year plus other prizes to be announced.

Students do not have to be present to win and all students are invited to attend the Kids Halloween Party.  Wild Wing Café will be hosting a Kids Costume Contest and will provide a free Kids meal to every child in costume (with an adult meal purchase).  So, make the most of those Halloween Costumes and come on out to see what Claxton students have created!

FIRST Lego League Tournament at UNCA November 3rd!

Come cheer on Claxton 4th adn 5th grade students as the flex their Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) education skills at the FIRST Lego League Tournament at UNCA on November 3rd!

What to expect at the tournament: Teams spend the first half of the day in closed judging sessions presenting their research, demonstrating and discussing how the Core Values informed the work they did together, and explaining how they designed and programmed the robot.  The afternoon is filled with back to back rounds of table competition.  Teams square off at back to back tables, and compete both against their own best scores and in cooperative and competitive tasks that involve the other team. Each round last only 2.5 minutes and teams keep the best score from their three opportunities to compete.   The afternoon is a fast-paced and exciting.  The competition is free and open to the public. 
The tentative tournament day schedule includes:
12:45pm Parade of Teams & Opening Ceremony
1:15pm – 3:15pm Robot Runs
3:45pm Awards Ceremony

The tournament at UNCA is a qualifying event, and the teams that score the best across all areas of competition will progress to regional competitions and then on to state-wide competitions.  Claxton had a team progress to the state level last year.  So, come on out and cheer on this year's teams as they show how their skills!

Oh!  And keep an eye on WLOS New 13's Never Stop Learning for an upcoming story on our teams!

Book Fair Going on Now!

Make sure you visit our Scholastic Book Fair and experience a celebration of reading that provides families the opportunity to get involved in a universal mission: encouraging kids to read every day so they can lead better lives.
Our Scholastic Book Fair theme – All-Star Book Fair: Every Reader Is a Star! – is part of an exciting reading event that brings to school a wonderful selection of fun, engaging, and affordable books kids want to read. Giving kids access to good books and the opportunity to choose their own books will motivate them to read more. And like most acquired skills, the more kids practice reading, the better they’ll get.
Hope to see you there!

Book Fair Dates: Friday, October 26th-Wednesday, October 31st.
Shopping Hours: 8am-3pm
Special Events: Family Shopping Night, Monday, 29th, 5pm-8pm (shop and have dinner!)
Grand-Person Breakfast, Wednesday, 31st, 7:45-8:15 am (bring a special person to shop and eat)

Thursday, October 18, 2012

In Search of the Perfect Pumpkin?

The 5th Grade is selling punpkins grown right here in Buncombe County!

Pick one up after school 2:30 - 4:30 -- Last day is Friday October 19th

Average price: $4 - $10

Proceeds reduce the cost of the 5th grade field trip for all students and help to ensure that any student who is eligible to participate will be able to do do - regardless of financial need. 

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Congratulations PTO Mini-Grant Recipients!

This Fall the PTO is proud to support two proposals from our faculty:

The first brings a Harlem Renaissance exhibit to Claxton. This exhibit features 3 large color display panels as well as posters, exhibit information and a teacher's guide. The exhibit will be in a prominent location to benefit students, parents, and visitors. 

Classroom teachers are encouraged to incorporate grade level literary components based on the poetry of Langston Hughes and other writers. Mr. Butler will incorporate lessons in the jazz movement associated with the Harlem Renaissance: Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong and others. Mr. Cassara will involve parents as docents and members of the YMI Cultural Center as resources. Goals are for students to be able to express their feelings through art, music and poetry. The project is further intended to increase pride in our rich cultural heritage. Thank you Mr. Cassara for spearheading this wonderful project!

The second grant aims to promote literacy and to integrate arts into the curriculum by creating paintings on 36x 48" canvasses depicting covers of some of the student's favorite books. These will be hung in the cafeteria. Each classroom will select and nominate books. Grades will then ultimately select one book. The A+ committee will oversee the selection of a volunteer artist.

Students gain appreciation of the visual arts as they consider book covers. This grant covers phase one and  allow 3 books to be hung in the cafeteria. Funding for the remaining three book covers is a work in progress. Placing the paintings in non-classroom areas helps to reinforce books and reading a part of life beyond classroom requirements. Thank you Ms. Powell for bringing this proposal on behalf of the A+ Committee!

Additional mini-grant opportunities will be available in the Spring.  We encourage everyone to be thinking of creative projects like these that help to enrich the experience of all students.

Save the Date -- Oct 29 Italian Dinner

Mark Your Calendars!

On October 29th, the 5th grade will host an Italian Dinner in conjunction with the Fall Book Fair.  It's a great time to join friends and classmates for a casual dinner that's fun for everyone.  Come out and enjoy an easy family dinner with no cooling and room for everyone!

Menu: Salads, Pasta & Bread
A la carte homemade desserts will be available for purchase as well.

Cost:  $3 per person - Tickets available after school in the pickup/car rider line & at the door

Proceeds of dinner sales reduce overall costs of the 5th grade field trip and help to ensure that no student who has earned the opportunity to go will miss out because of costs.  

The dinner is made possible by the PTO and fifth grade parent volunteers.  

Questions? Interested in finding out what you can do to help?  Contact Lisa Laney or Shannon Casson for the details!

Claxton Elementary’s 6th Annual Storytelling Festival on Thursday, December 6th, 2012.

That’s right-we’re in our 6th year of this amazing experience, the brainchild of our wonderful Mr. Godleski!

Claxton Elementary School’s Storytelling Day involves professional and amateur storytellers. Students take a whole day to experience the art of storytelling in cross-grade assemblies and grade specific small group settings. Students can be involved in the telling as well as being active listeners, as precursory and follow-up classroom activities make this not just a wonderful day of entertainment, but an important educational event as well. With an emphasis on grade level themes from the N.C. State Essential Standards and Common Core Curriculum, the overall intention is to strengthen students’ connection to their learning and expose them to the culture and diversity that a wide array of storytellers can represent. Southern Appalachian, Native American, African, and African American cultures are emphasized, but storytellers of all types are welcome to volunteer or solicit for a paid performance. This year Claxton’s Storytelling Day will be Thursday, December 6.

We want to encourage parents and teachers to make students aware of this event ahead of time so it doesn’t just appear out of nowhere as a “day of entertainment.” It's something teachers can use in precursory and follow up activities to connect to the curriculum (elements of writing and stories, social studies, audience behavior, listening skills, drama, etc. etc.). 

We have had Storytellers from a variety of sources: teachers, professionals, UNCA retirement center, parents, deaf storytellers, Native American, African American, musical, dramatic, etc. etc.

We would love to have a student storytelling station this year so please consider whether you could support and encourage your student to be a storyteller!

Please contact Brooks Butler or Tom Godleski if interested in being a part of this year’s event. 

Friday, October 12, 2012


This year we are introducing a Read-A-Thon to run alongside our Scholastic bookfair.  The purpose is to encourage our children to read as much as possible and to raise money for the Claxton PTO funds which go to a variety of things all aimed at helping our students. On Friday, October 5th, your child will bring home a packet explaining how the Read-A-Thon works, along with a "reading log" and "pledge sheet". They have until October 31st (the final day of our Scholastic Book Fair) to read, read, read. Be sure to return pledge forms, reading logs, and money to their teachers no later than November 2nd!!! There will be prizes awarded!

Thanks for helping all of our children become "All Star Readers" and tune in soon for more information about the Book Fair running from October 26th-31st!

If you have any questions please email Joan Best  or Julie Porter-Shirley.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Staff Appreciation Brunch -- October 12th

The PTO would like to show the Claxton staff just how much we love them with a staff appreciation brunch.  

We need your help!

We're looking for Claxton families to share their culinary skills (or grocery shopping skills) to bring in some delicious brunch items. Contact Melissa Kledis to find out how you can help!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Join us at Barley's!

Come one, Come all!
Enjoy some great pizza with fellow Claxton families!

When?   Tuesday October 9 from 5:00 to 8:00
Why?   Because they love us and we love them!

Barley's has been a long time supporter of Claxton, and a spirit night at Barley's is about as good as it gets!  Kids have fun. Parents have fun.  Low key dinner with no need to cook.... It's a beautiful thing!

Come enjoy some fellowship with your Claxton friends and family!  10% of every lunch, dinner and take-out order from Barley's Asheville on October 9th will be donated to the PTO to support programs that benefit our students!

We send out a HUGE thank you to Barley's for the long-standing generosity and support that has meant so much to the Claxton family! 

Heroes for Hope

Eblen-Kimmel Charities provides support to our students and their families.  Each year, Eblen raises money for our students through the Heroes for Hope program.  The money is raised when you purchase a "pumpkin" in support of Eblen-Kimmel charities.  The program runs from October 1 - October 30th.

The money raised is used for a variety of things including food assistance, medication, medical supplies, heating assistance, school supplies and shelter.

There are several prizes that students, teachers and our school can earn for collecting donations.  If you would like to participate of would like more information, please contact Mark Ackerman.

Thank you for supporting this wonderful agency and all they do on behalf of our students!

Pisgah View Family Nights

Did you know that the Claxton team provides academic and enrichment activities for our students and all of the the families living in Pisgah View Appartments?  Would you like to join us?

The Next PVA Family Night is Literacy Night on October 15th.  We would love to have you there!

Find out about what we do, how you can help and upcoming dates by clicking here!

Yearbook Pictures Wanted

Have a shutterbug in the family?

We're looking for pictures for the Claxton yearbook.  We're interested in classrooms, kids, after school activities, field trips, or whatever else you can think of that represents our kids' experience at Claxton.  So, if there's a shutterbug in your family, share the love and share your photos!
Submit your pictures to Kimberly Mason or drop them in the PTO box in an envelope with her name on it.  Please include the grade, organization, and/or activity represented in the photo.  And please remember that we turn in the completed yearbook in January so any photos received after that can't be included!

Calling All Artists/Crafters - deadline approaching!

Claxton is planning a Holiday Art Show for our talented Parents and Staff to sell their wares. Each artist will be charged a small table rental fee ($25) to cover our costs of hosting the event (advertising/table rental, etc) and a small percentage of your sales (10%) will go to the PTO. This event will take place December 1st noon - 4:00 p.m. in the gymnatorium and will be open to the public. Artists will need to man their own table. Space is limited and will be reserved on a first come first served basis. Reserve your space before October 12th to secure a spot. Any remaining space will be opened up to artists in the community after October 12th.

All items must be handmade. So help out our PTO and earn some extra money for the holidays!

Please contact Rachel Friel or 551-7391 to reserve your space or with any questions.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Join Our Team!

Claxton PTO is looking for additional members to help fill out our team!

Vice President of Volunteers
This member would be part of PTO Executive Board, share Site Supervisor responsibilities for VISTA Volunteer Coordinator, and coordinate PTO Volunteer Committees.

Long Range Planning Committee Chair
This member would be responsible for forming a committee to help set long range goals for Claxton PTO and make recommendations to the Endowment Committee (re: how endowment funding is used, etc.).

Corporate Sponsors Committee Chair
This member's responsibilities include recruiting corporate sponsors and establishing sponsor levels and benefits.

If you or someone you know might be interested in one of these opportunities, please contact Amanda Van Cleve for more information!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

PTO Board Meeting Next Week

Please join us for the October PTO Board meeting!
All are invited to attend
Tuesday, Oct. 2 from 6-7 at Claxton
We'll be voting this year's budget and discussing upcoming events

Support LEAF in Schools and Streets

Uncommon Time:  Drumming performance/informance
With Kenny Endo & Abhijit Banerjee
Tuesday, October 23 at 11 a.m. at the Orange Peel
Tickets:  $8 adults / $3 children (email for your reservation or purchase tickets through the Orange Peel)

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Thank you Health Fair Volunteers

The Health Fair at Claxton allows us to provide recommended screenings for students, all in one day. This prevents multiple disruptions of the class schedule throughout the year for various screenings. The screening help to detect health-related problems early in the school year so that they can be addressed proactively.  

The following screenings were done at Claxton's Health Fair on September 12th:
  • Dental – Grade 2 only
  • Vision – Grades 1, 3 & 5 (and individual students referred by teacher)
  • BMI (Body Mass Index) – Grades K-5

Hearing screenings are also conducted, but on a separate day by the Speech/Language Pathologists of Asheville City Schools.

It takes A LOT of people to hold a smooth and successful Health Fair. This year, we had 12 parent volunteers who helped make this one of our best Health Fairs ever. 

 Thanks so much to everyone who helped out!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Grounds Workdays -- Thank you!

Thank you to the wonder volunteers from the community and from Claxton who really out did themselves last week on Thursday's Day of Caring and again on Saturday.  Things look great!

PTO Mini Grants for Teachers

Teacher, have a great idea?  Parents, have a great teacher you want to support?

The PTO wants to help fund teacher projects.  We are now accepting applications for Fall mini-grants.  Applications are available now (teachers should have gotten them in your boxes, or you can download one here.  The PTO grant committee will review the applications, and recommendations will be voted on at Oct.'s PTO meeting.

Completed applications are due in the PTO box by 2:30 p.m. on the dates listed below.

For questions about your application, please contact Lockie Hunter (

Fall 2012 deadline:  Thursday, September 27 (Grants awarded Tuesday, October 2)
Spring 2013 deadline:  Monday, February 25 (Grants awarded Tuesday, March 5)

$500 grant money available per application period, $200 max. per grant.  Max. 1 grant per staff.

Check out these pictures from Tuesday's International Dinner!

Countries represented include:  Italy, England, Spain, Mexico, El Salvador, Colombia, Guatemala, Liberia, Ethiopia, United States, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Canada, Ireland, United Kingdom, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Germany, Ukraine, France, Gambia, The Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, and Peru.

We at Claxton are again participating in the wonderful Art to Remember fundraising program.  This is an opportunity for your child’s artwork to be printed on a variety of well made (and reasonably priced) keepsakes -- from mouse pads and paper weights to coffee mugs and potholders. You can view the catalog of what's available now, so you know just what to order when the time comes.  

Each child brings home a “preview” magnet with your child’s artwork printed on it. If you wish to purchase the magnet you may do so. If not we ask that you please return it. You'll also get a letter explaining how the program works (including deadline dates) and a brochure featuring other items and prices.  

These items make great holiday gifts!  And this fundraiser has always been wildly popular with parents.  Art to Remember is the single largest means of funding the art program at Claxton.  Your past support has been nothing short of amazing, and I look forward to another successful year.  

For more information you may go to their website at  Thanks as always for all you do for Claxton!

James Cassara 
Art teacher

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Claxton Health Fair -- Volunteers Needed!

We need volunteers to help students get their BMI checked and their teeth and vision checked as part of the Claxton Health Fair on September 12th! A special Monday morning training is required for volunteers helping with vision screening, please sign up as soon as possible! 

Sign up here or contact Dee Dee Allan or Elizabeth Sager for more information.

Claxton Girl Scouts

Claxton has Daisies (K-1), Brownies (2-3) and Juniors! 

Daisies and Brownies meet every other Wednesday from 3:45 - 5:00 in the art room.  The first troop meeting will be help on Wednesday, Sept 12th.  Amy Sheeler, Shelly Powell and Kim Sprouse, Co-leaders.

Juniors meet every Thursday from 2:30 - 4:00.  First Troop meeting will be held on Thursday, Sept. 13th. Contact Yetta Williams. 

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Curriculum Night -- September 6th

Please join us for Curriculum Night!  Thursday, September 6th from 5:30 to 7:00pm.

5:30-5:45  PTO Meeting
This will be a brief General Membership meeting-- Claxton families and staff are encouraged to attend this and all monthly PTO meetings (see school website for meeting dates)!  Meet this year’s PTO Board and the school’s new VISTA Volunteer Coordinator and find out how you can be involved at Claxton!

5:45-6:00  Principal’s Title I Meeting
Please join us as Claxton’s principal, Kim Dechant, gives a brief and informative presentation about school performance as it relates to Title I data.

6:00-7:00  Classroom Visits 
Visit your childrens’ classrooms and hear from their teachers about all of the exciting things they are learning this year!

Hope to see everyone there!

Day of Caring -- September 6th & 8th!

The Claxton Diggers Grounds Committee is partnering with the United Way and the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce to bring a Day of Caring to Claxton!

From 9:00am to 1:00pm on September 6th and again on September 8th, volunteers from our matched partner, the Chamber, will be in attendance to work at Claxton. We will be weeding and mulching the school grounds and constructing compost bins for the school.  We're also working on plans to have other community volunteers on hand.  Can you join us?

This will be a great opportunity to bring resources from the larger community to Claxton to see the wonderful things we have going on as we continue to make our school a greener, more beautiful place!