Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Read-A-Thon a huge success!

This year's Read-A-Thon was a huge success! 

Our students read 54,000 minutes in K-5 

We raised $6,400. 

Our top reader, Wiley, read 1,843 minutes! 

Thank you to Joan Best and Julie Porter-Shirley and all our other volunteers, readers and supporting parents and caregivers!

Claxton’s First Lego League Teams bring home trophies!

Congratulations to Claxton’s FLL Teams!

Claxton’s two FLL teams really shined at the FIRST Lego League regional tournament in Flat Rock last weekend!  The Hot Shots took home the 1st place trophy for their research presentation, as well as the 1st place for the tournament high score in robot performance.  The Hurricane Hunters took home a 2nd place trophy in core values, and scored exceptionally well with the judges for robot design.  
Both teams will compete in the state tournament at NC A&T State University on January 12th.

The competition includes four judging areas:  A project in which the kids researched a real-world problem caused by natural disasters and propose a new and innovative solution; Core Values in which kids are judged of how the work as a team and their ability to demonstrate the eight Core Values of the FLL Program; Robot Design where the kids are judged on the robot they’ve built and programmed for competition; and Team Spirit which is all about strutting your stuff throughout the tournament!  In the afternoon, team-built robots compete for points in a game based on the scientific research theme.   Our fourth and fifth graders competed against 19 other teams from the region.  Kids range in age from 9-14 years old, and many of the teams we competed against were veteran teams.  This is the third year Claxton has participated in FLL, and the third year we’ve had a team progress to the state tourney! And, it was a lot of fun to see Claxton FLL alumni now competing with Asheville Middle School and ArtSpace teams. 

We are exceptionally proud of the outstanding teamwork, dedication and commitment shown by our teams!   We’re also deeply appreciative to our sponsors – Lockheed Martin, Asheville Pizza and Brewing Company and Chuck Giezentanner, a local artist who turned the kids ideas into t-shirt designs!  And, of course, we’re deeply in debt to the many parents and teachers who volunteered their time to help the team in ways large and small.  FLL is a team effort and it would not be possible for the kids to succeed without a great network of support!

PTO annual winter auction is looking for volunteers

The PTO annual winter auction is looking for volunteers!

 No amount of help is too small. No experience with an auction? No problem! 

We would love your help to support with this event which helps fund the Storytelling Festival, teacher mini grants, field trip scholarships, books, classroom supplies and more! 

Contact Meg Ragland at

GoLocal Card business liaison

GoLocal Card business liaison

We have 2 businesses (Homegrown and Rosebud Video) selling GoLocal cards on behalf of Claxton. That means that for every card they sell, our school will get $5. 
If you are interested in being a contact person for these businesses 
please contact Julie Porter-Shirley at

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

"Harvest of Love" food drive: November 18-22nd

In honor of National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week,Asheville City Schools is holding the "Harvest of Love" food drive this week. The Harvest of Love is an annual food drive held to benefit the students and families of our school system.
Most needed items?
Prepared meals and snacks, soup, canned meats/tuna, pasta and sauce, canned vegetables, fruit cups, snack packs, snack bars and cereal/oatmeal. Labeled bins are located in the main entrance of Claxton Elementary.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Claxton Holiday Craft Fair!

Claxton is hosting a Holiday Craft Fair for our talented community  to sell their wares!

Sign Up to Volunteer Here!

If you would like to volunteer your time or donate items for the 5th grade DC field trip fundraiser aspect of the craft fair sign up using the google doc below!

Come Shop the Craft Fair!

DATE:  November 16, 2013
TIME:  10 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.
PLACE:  Claxton Elementary School, Gymnatorium

Sell Your Wares!

Each artist will be charged a small table rental fee ($50 or $40 plus a donated item for us to raffle) to cover our costs of hosting the event (advertising/table rental, etc)

Teachers receive a discounted rate of $20 per table!

All proceeds from table rentals go to the PTO.
The event is not just open to Claxton parents and teachers, but open to the artist community of Asheville. Artists will need to man their own table. Space is limited and will be reserved on a first come first served basis. All items must be handmade. Help out our PTO and earn some extra money for the holidays!

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

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Claxton Elementary now on YouTube!

Did you know that Claxton Elementary is now on YouTube? With the help of the Asheville City Schools Foundation, our Digital Arts and Media Lab has been undergoing a transformation. 

Our daily morning news, as well as our new special reports, can be found on our YouTube channel:

Friday, November 1, 2013

Thank You to Our Awesome Volunteers Each Week!

Thank You to Our Awesome Volunteers Each Week!

Thanks to the 3rd grade parents who brought supplies, drinks, soups and salads for our staff appreciation lunch last Thursday! We really appreciated the home cooked meals that you worked so hard to prepare. They were mm-mm good! Soup is perfect on such a chilly fall day!

Thank a Teacher Week:November 4th-8th