Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Auction Sponsors

We'd like to give a
HUGE round of thanks
to our Light the Night Fundraiser sponsors!

This is our biggest fundraiser of the year, and it couldn't happen without them!
Their support is a huge part of successfully funding programs to support 
our students, our teachers and our school
 so that all Claxton students have the opportunity to succeed!  

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Pack Tavern Supports PVA Family Night!

Packs Tavern was kind enough to donate the food for our PVA Night in November, 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!.

Friday, February 1st, 7-11 at Homewood, 19 Zillicoa Street in Montford. 

Music by DJ Deft Touch Food and beverages by Asheville Pizza, Avenue M,
Clingman Café, Empire Distributing, Fresh Market, Greenlife, Luella’s,
Moe’s BBQ, Oskar Blues Brewery and more. 

Tons of great auction items to bid on.  Some highlights:

  • Musicians Workshop- Fender Electric Guitar
  • Brewgrass Festival tickets
  • Beer City Festival tickets
  • Disney World- 4- One Day Hopper Passes
  • Bonnaroo Music Festival Passes
  • Hangout Music Festival Passes
  • Asheville Racquet Club-Free 3- Month Family Membership
  • YMCA – 3 month family membership
  • Marks Family Dentistry – teeth whitening
  • Wild Wing Café – weekly wings for a year
  • Blind Pig - Two tickets for dinner at “One Pit” barbecue event in May 
  • Beaufort House Inn - One Night Stay at the Beaufort House Inn 
  • Ballet Conservatory - One week summer ballet workshop 
  • Martin Family Dentistry - Teeth whitening 
  • City Mac - Two hours of one-on-one training 
  • NC Stage - Two tickets 
  • Blue Ridge Pediatric Dentistry - Childs teeth cleaning and x-ray 
  • Roots & Wings School of Art - One week summer art camp 
  • Gift certificates to Asheville Pizza, Chestnut, Fig Bistro, Pomodoros, Scully’s, and The French Broad Chocolate Lounge. 
  • BB Barns landscaping consultation
  • One Yoga Center- 6 week series
  • White Oak Martial Arts – I month free
  • Firkin Festival Tickets
  • Asheville Brews Cruise tickets
  • Fusion Pilates – 1 hour private session
  • Dawn Rentz painting
  • Magnetic Theater tickets
Stay Tuned Each Week to Get a List of More Auction Items in Thursday Folders!

Don't have your tickets yet?  Click here to buy them now!

A+ Program Information Updates

Ever wonder what it means to your child that Claxton is an A+ school?  How is what our students experience and what our teachers do different than what happens at other schools?

With report cards that are coming home this week, parents should also expect to receive the State of the Arts newsletter for January.  The A+ committee has been very busy this year.  The newsletter will bring you up to speed!

We also have a new A+ flyer that gives a great overview of the program as it's implemented at our school.

And for overall program information, you can check out the A+ program website.

Want to get involved?  Contact Mr. Butler or Mr. Cassara.

Online Donations for 4th & 5th Grade Field Trips

Dear Friends and Families of Claxton Elementary students:


As many of you know, we are raising funds for the 4th and 5th grade overnight fieldtrips in the spring.  We have coordinated a website to ask grandparents, relatives, neighbors and friends of these students to consider making an on line donation of any $5 increment.

Please click on this link to get started:

If this is your first time on the website for Claxton Elementary there are a few extra steps, but I hope to make it as easy as possible for you to donate on line.

No matter who you are, you have to register as a new user (even if this is the one and only time you plan to do this.)  Sorry!

  1. Please click on new user and put your first and last name (no spaces) as the user name:
    ie:    Johndoe
  2. Your email adress
  3. First and last name separately
  4. A password
  5. A hint to that password 
  6. The answer to that password

After you enter that, it will ask you for payment information.  Then there is a request for the name of the student you are donating in the name of.  If you are donating on my behalf as friend or relative, it is  Lily Sullivan, it also asks for an identifying phone number.  If you know their home phone that works best, if not just put (828)-350-6500, which is Claxton Elementarys phone number.

If you have any questions or need technical assistance, please contact Rosanna Sullivan or by phone at 828-273-5356.
Thank you,
Rosana Sullivan
4th grade Fundraising Coordinator

Light the Night on February 1st with Silent Auction for Claxton Elementary

On Friday, February 1, the Homewood at 19 Zillicoa Street in Montford will host a silent auction benefitting local Claxton Elementary, an Arts and Humanities magnet school serving a diverse community of learners in downtown Asheville.  Claxton’s mission is to provide for all students successful learning experiences which prepare them to be productive, responsible citizens and lifelong learners.

The event will be an opportunity for the larger community to support this Title 1 downtown city school. The arts serve as a critical component to a complete education and are proven to increase student academic achievement.  Community support will fund programs that may help bridge the gap for many learners. Proceeds from this event will go toward programs such as Claxton’s Storytelling Festival, LEAF in Schools and Streets, field trip scholarships, books and supplies in the classroom, and more. 

The benefit silent auction will begin at 7 p.m. and will feature Music by DJ Deft Touch, food and beverages by Asheville Pizza, Avenue M, Clingman Café, Empire Distributing, Fresh Market, Greenlife, Luella’s, Moe’s BBQ, Oskar Blues Brewery and more.  Ticket purchases cost $25 in advance through the Claxton Blog at Http:// Tickets can also be purchased at the door at 19 Zillicoa Street in Montford.  

The silent auction will be held throughout the evening featuring items including 4- One Day Hopper Passes At Disney World, a one night stay at the Beaufort House Inn, a Fender Electric Guitar from Musicians Workshop, a one week summer ballet workshop at the Ballet Conservatory, teeth whitening from a Martin Family Dentistry, a 3-Month Family Membership at the Asheville Racquet Club, Bonnaroo Music Festival and Hangout Music Festival Passes, and Brewgrass and Beer City Festival tickets!

Any individual or business interested in providing donations should Contact Dawn Rentz or by phone at 828-242-2650.  All monetary donations are eligible for tax deduction.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Staff Appreciation Crock Pot-Luck, Feb 1st

Friday, February 1st is an early release day
to allow time for staff professional development training. 
What better way to show Claxton's staff how much we appreciate them
than with some warm, slow cooked goodness?

If you would like to contribute a dish for this staff appreciation event,
contact Melissa Kledis or Katey McDonald!

Claxton Spirit Night - January 15th

Check out the News from Claxton

If you're not in the habit of checking the school website, you should be!  There is always so much going on at our school and Ms. Eggett does a great job of making sure the highlights get posted for all to enjoy.

Mayor Terry Bellamy awards certificates to students who successfully completed the Winter Reading Challenge.

Claxton Morning Singers took the show on the road, performing at the ACS Central Offices.

Updates on Student Government Activities

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Krispy Kreme Certificate Sales to Fund 4th and 5th Grade Field Trips

January 7 - 30, 
Krispy Kreme certificates for sale!

"What's a 'certificate'?" you ask.  "I've never heard of that kind doughnut!"

The certificate are a hot-and-fresh-when-you-want-them alternative to picking up a box of doughnuts at school.  Instead, you buy the certificate and you can swing in to pick them up next time your sweet tooth attacks.  Buy a handful -- take them to the office, take them to Grandma, take them to church on Sunday morning, take them along to the park or a party, use them to bribe your kids to clean their rooms!  Each certificate is $7.00, and can be redeemed for a dozen glazed doughnuts at any Krispy Creme location.

Proceeds of the doughnuts sales support the 5th and 5th grade field trips this spring.  Order forms came home with students last week.  Simply fill out the order form, collect the payment and the certificates will be sent home on Monday February 4th. 

The top seller in K-1st, 2nd-3rd & 4th-5th will each receive a dozen free dough nuts!

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Magnet School Forum - January 8th

Greetings ACS Elementary/Preschool Families and Staff,

Next Tuesday (Jan 8th) we will be hosting our annual Magnet School Forum here in our boardroom at Central Services. The event is designed for the families of the new kindergarten class that will begin school on or about August 21, 2013 and for newcomers to our community with elementary-age children.

Help us spread the word! This is an important event, as is the Open House process at our five elementary schools on January 28-30, so if you have friends and/or family who would benefit by learning more about our terrific magnet school offerings, please share the information below.

Thanks, and Happy New Year.

Charlie Glazener

  1. Asheville City Schools will host a Magnet School Forum on Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at 6:30 PM at the ACS Central Office Board Room at 85 Mountain Street. Principals of each of Asheville City Schools’ five elementary schools will be there to highlight the unique programs and approaches at their school as well as to answer questions. All interested parents/guardians are cordially invited to attend.
  2. Asheville City Schools will also host an open house at each of its five magnet elementary schools on Monday, January 28, Tuesday, January 29 and Wednesday, January 30 from 9:00 AM until 2:00 PM. Parents whose children will enter kindergarten in August, newcomers to the community and others interested in learning about their neighborhood school(s) are encouraged and welcome to visit.
  3. The magnet school application period runs from February 4 until March 15 for enrolling kindergarten students, for new families who are interested in attending an ACS magnet elementary school or for parents who would like to request a transfer within the five schools. Letters of assignment will go out in late April.
Claxton/Arts and Humanities – 241 Merrimon Avenue (North Asheville) – Phone: 350-6500
Hall Fletcher/Science, Math and Technologies – 60 Ridgelawn Avenue (West Asheville) – Phone: 350-6400
Isaac Dickson/Experiential Learning – 125 Hill Street (Downtown Asheville) – Phone: 350-6800
Ira B. Jones/Global Scholars – 544 Kimberly Avenue (North Asheville) – Phone: 350-6700
Vance/Human Diversity and Ecology – 98 Sulphur Springs Road (West Asheville) – Phone: 350-6600
For more information call the school(s) or Charlie Glazener at the ACS Central Office (350-6120)

PTO Meeting January 8th

Our next PTO Board meeting will be Tuesday, January 8 from 6-7 p.m.
Much of it will be devoted to the upcoming auction.  

We'll discuss other items of business in addition the auction,
so please join us!