Thursday, March 22, 2012

2012 - 2013 Calendar is Up!

As you prepare for Spring Break, this year, have you thought about planning ahead for next year?

The ACS 2012 -2013 calendar is available here!  We've also added the dates to our blog Calendar.

Never be caught off guard by an early release day, school event or teacher workday again!
If you're a Google Calendar user, adding these dates to your calendar is just a few mouse clicks away.  Here's how:
  1. Click the Calendar tab at the top of this page.
  2. Find the event you want to copy to your personal calendar.
  3. Click the event and click the copy to my calendar link at the bottom of the event popup.
  4. The event will be copied to your calendar for you to edit, upload to your phone, etc.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Volunteers Needed -- 2012-2013 PTO Leadership Openings

The PTO is looking for volunteers to fill positions for the 2012-2013 School year. If you are interested in helping, please put your name and contact information on the form below and return it to your child’s teacher.
Please feel free to contact Molly Russell.
You can also print a copy of this form and return it to your child's teacher, marked ATTN:PTO.

PTO Board vacancies for the 2012-13 school year:
Fall Fundraiser Chairs (we are looking for 2 volunteers)—works closely with VP/s of Fundraising, coordinates the first of PTO’s two largest fundraisers.

Spring Fundraiser Chairs (we are looking for 2 volunteers)—works closely with VP/s of Fundraising, coordinates the second of PTO’s two largest fundraisers.

Spirit Nights/ Passive Giving Chair/s- coordinates quarterly restaurant nights to fundraise for PTO and Claxton (traditionally a 50/50 split), communicates passive giving opportunities (i.e. Ingles' Tools for Schools, Target's Take Charge of Education) and helps families link cards to Claxton.

After School Arts Co-chair—coordinates Claxton’s after school program, hires class teachers, works closely with administrators, and communicates class info. to families.

ARTS Parties Chair/s—provides snacks for monthly celebrations to acknowledge classrooms, buses, and individual students who demonstrate the ARTS (Attentive, Responsible, Thoughtful, and Safe).

New Families Chair/s—provides PTO presence at events for families new to Claxton (Meet the Teacher Day, Claxton 411 on Curriculum Night, Open Houses for prospective students, Kindergarten Orientation, Kindergarten Welcome Night)

4th Grade Parent Rep—works with teaching team to coordinate fundraising for field trips, coordinates 5th grade graduation reception.

5th Grade Parent Repworks with teaching team to coordinate fundraising for field trips, helps coordinate MLK, Jr. Breakfast, coordinates 5th grade Wall of Fame.

Website Coordinator—works to improve communication about what's going on at our school.
Volunteers will help to keep website content current: gathering information, writing short blog posts and updating the calendar with events in and of interest to the Claxton Community. Now experience necessary!

Newsletter volunteerworks from Thursday folder materials and website articles to compile a regular newsletter for email delivery.

In-Store and Online Bookfair at Barnes & Noble

Download the flyer with coupons to ensure your purchase counts for Clatxton HERE!

Friday, March 9, 2012

Last Chance to Spring!

Don't forget this is the last week of our stay-at-home fundraiser

Springing for Claxton!

It's not too late!

Don't Wait!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Mulch for K-1 Playground

We have a pile of mulch at the back gate for the K-1 playground. There is a wheelbarrow and a pitchfork on the K1 playground. It would be great if you could take an hour out of your week to go spread a couple of wheelbarrows of mulch.

Please try to get other Kindergarten and First Grade parents involved!

I would loved to have another work day this Friday, March 9th, when school is out of session. However, the weather forecast doesn’t look good. If it turns out to be a pretty afternoon on Friday, I will be there working.

Thanks to the following people who helped out last weekend on the grounds: David Davis and Sally, Kristin Cozza, Lockie and Zac Hunter, Graham and Pascale, and Ginger Frank. They worked really hard to try get Claxton grounds pretty for this spring.

There is still lots of work to be done, so look for more work day announcements.


Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Staff Appreciation- SPA DAY!

Spa Day for Claxton Staff
March 19, All Day!

Mrs. Dechant has arranged for the staff to receive a special treat throughout the day and has asked us to contribute to the effort by providing fruit smoothies.

We need volunteers throughout the day and donations of smoothie supplies!
Contact: Kimberly Mason
Sign-up on the

Spring Book Fair


Saturday March 24th
Barnes and Nobles at Asheville Mall

We will be fundraising and tabling while Claxton staff put on activities for families and students! Come on out for a fun-time and to show your support!

Sign-up on the

School Supply Drive!


Want to help out?
Here’s a great way!
Claxton’s PTO is collecting
Teacher Supplies and Backpacks
during the month of March.

We Specifically Need:
Glue, Kid-Safe Scissors, Electric Pencil Sharpeners, Pencil Erasers, Pencils, Loose Leaf Paper,Graph Paper, Composition Books
However, any donations are appreciated!

Look for the bin in the school lobby, and place your items there

Friday, March 2, 2012

Have You Sprung?

Please send in your donations for the Claxton Spring Fundraiser! 
Or donate online using the PayPal button below.
Every Dollar counts toward improving your child's education and overall school experience.  

We're shooting for 100% participation!
So whether you can afford a lot or a little,
please show you care by making a donation today.
Don't wait! 

Spirit Night at Zoe's Kitchen -- March 8

Our next Claxton Spirit Night will be

This will be an extra special event!

Zoe's will be exhibiting paintings recently completed by our 4th Grade students.  Based on the theme of springtime, these paintings will be for sale for $20 each.  The paintings will be on display through June 15th (they may be purchased now and picked up when the exhibit ends). 

Proceeds from the sale of the paintings and a portion of food sales for the evening will provide direct support to  the art program at Claxton.  

Come enjoy some great food, fine artwork and good times with your Claxton friends on March 8th.  See you there!

Donate Supplies

We are collecting
Teacher Supplies and Backpacks
during the month of March.

We specifically need:

  • Glue
  • Child-safe scissors
  • Electric pencil sharpeners
  • Pencil erasers
  • Pencils
  • Loose leaf paper
  • Graph paper composition books
Any donations are appreciated (even those not on the list).

Donated items can be placed in the bins located in the lobby near Ms. Kettren's desk.  

Thank you!

General Membership Meeting Tuesday, March 6th

The next meeting of the Claxton PTO will be a 

General Membership Meeting
Tuesday, March 6th
at Claxton

All Claxton families are encouraged to attend!

At this meeting, we will discuss PTO officer and committee chair nominations for the 2012-2013 school year.  We will also submit revisions of the current PTO by-laws to be voted on at our next general membership meeting. 

If you are the parent or guardian of a Claxton student, you are automatically part of the PTO general membership.  This holds true for Claxton faculty and staff as well.  Your are welcome to attend any and all of the PTO monthly meetings and get involved with any and all projects that are of interest to you.  

Claxton PTO by-laws require four general membership meetings throughout each year.  We hope to see you on March 6th!