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.