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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Please take a minute to complete this survey for Asheville City Schools

Good afternoon Asheville City Schools Families,
We value your role as a parent and supporter of our small public school district. That's why we have worked hard this past year to make our schools 'user-friendly', responsive and attentive to staying in touch with you throughout the year.
So please take just a few minutes to respond to an 11-question survey. Led by Parent/Family Engagement Coordinator Marta Alcala-Williams, we will be responsive to your feedback and ideas as we begin to plan for the 2015-16 school year.

And thanks in advance for your input.
Pamela Baldwin, Ed.D.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Order your Claxton yearbook online!

New this year: you can order and pay for your yearbook online! Here's how:

Search the pulldown menu for CLAXTON
then 'Add to Cart’.
Pay and wait for delivery on June 5th.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Request Money for Our Media Center with a few clicks!

We have a great opportunity to help the library renovation project. James Patterson is teaming with Scholastic to donate $1.25 million to school libraries! Any number of us can apply for this grant, and if a grant is awarded, we will get a matching number of scholastic points. The deadline is May 31st and it only takes about 10 minutes to complete.

Jamie Allbach has requested very nice tables and chairs for our students - below is what one parent submitted that gives all the details and costs you'll need to include. (Please feel free to re-word the submission.)
Just go to:  - and here's a sample submission to copy and paste:
We would purchase ergonomic chairs and height-adjustable tables for our students to use in the media center. Our media center has been under renovation gradually this past year to create spaces for different kinds of learning, to better integrate technology and various media, and to better serve our students. New furniture is a big expense that we are still trying to fund.
The desired chairs move so children are more comfortable, focus better, and have improved posture. The chairs are $141 each, and we need 28 for a total of $3,948. The tables we want can be raised for students to use while standing -- for example, working on robotics projects. They can also be lowered to fit the youngest kindergartners. The tables are $937.50 each, and we need 7 for a total of $6,562.50.


You will also need this info and can copy and paste into the application:
Claxton Elementary School
Kimberly Dechant
241 Merrimon Ave., Asheville 28801
460 students, K-5
Request $10,000
Expense breakdown: Ergonomic Chairs x 28 = $3900, Adjustable Group Tables x 7 = $6100 (we can only apply for $10,000 max)
Funds available by July 13th
Check should be made to Claxton Elementary School
Teacher points should go to Jamie Allbach

Spring Concert & Celebration of Learning Potluck

Please join us to celebrate another great year at Claxton! 

Dinner begins outside at 5:30 with a potluck buffet and drumming circle on the big playground (weather permitting). Music begins in the gym at 6:15 with performances 
by Claxton’s Morning Music Groups and by:

Ms. Dudley’s Kindergarten, Ms. Jones’ Kindergarten, Ms. McMillan’s Kindergarten,  
All 1st grade classes, Ms. Lemus’s 3rd grade, Ms. Well’s 3rd grade, 
Ms. Locke’s 4th grade, and Ms. Ingle’s 5th grade.

Please bring:  a picnic blanket, a drum, and a dish to share: 

Dishes by class
Kindergarten – desserts / 1st grade – main entrees / 2nd grade – salads /  3rd grade – sides / 4th grade – breads / 5th grade – drinks

We are also collecting bicycle helmets for some of our students. 
You can help by bringing children’s used or new helmets to donate!

Claxton Gardens in ACT!

Several of our classes participating in a container gardening contest held by the Men's Garden Club of Asheville, and this week they showed off for the judges. Asheville Citizen Times was on hand to capture the story.

Check out the link here!

4th grade parents! We need your help!

As a send off to the 5th graders the 4th grade provides a reception following their graduation ceremony on the last day of school. 

We expect anywhere from 300-400 students and family members to attend. Please help by donating your time or an item for this event. I have attached a google doc if you wish to sign up. Thanks so much for all your support this year!

Click here to sign up!

Monday, May 11, 2015

Book fair volunteers needed!

The Spring Book Fair is coming

Sign up with the sheet attached!

We need many volunteers on May 21st, 22nd, 25th, 26th and 27th

Sign up by clicking Here

Claxton Family Night at Hillcrest with pizza from Asheville Pizza and Brewing!

Monday May 11th at 6:00 p.m. Hillcrest Apartments

Family Nights are an outreach program designed to foster family-school relationships with Claxton students.  Held at Pisgah View and Hillcrest Apartments, parents, children and teachers enjoy dinner together, then divide into groups.  Teachers provide academic games and fun activities for the children, while parents learn about topics such as summer camp options, A-B Tech offerings and healthy shopping and food preparation.

A big thank you to Asheville Pizza and Brewing for donating dinner!!

For more information or to volunteer, please contact Tracy Dew

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Teacher Appreciation Week

May 4th-8th

Hello Claxton Families,
Teacher Appreciation week is May 4th - May 8th.  We've come up with a few ideas to show our teachers how much we appreciate them.  Please also consider any specialist or someone else who you would like to thank. Feel free to follow the suggestions below or come up with your own way to show your appreciation. We will send out e-mail reminders throughout the week of May 4th.

MondayGift cards – a $5-$10 gift card for your teacher.  A few ideas…Starbucks, Dough, Bruegger’s, Dunkin Donuts, Grocery Stores, Lowes, etc. Please deliver to your child’s teacher.

Tuesday – Breakfast provided by PTO

WednesdayHand-Made Cards created by students and/or a thank you note from parents. Baked Goods in the Teacher’s Lounge provided by Claxton families.  Cookies, cakes, pies, etc.  Please drop off any baked goods in the teacher’s lounge on Wednesday morning and give the cards to your teachers.

ThursdaySchool Supplies to help teachers get through the end of the year.  See the back (pg 2) for grade level needs. Please deliver to your child’s teacher.
Brueggers Bagel Breakfast provided by the PTO

FridayChocolate or Flowers –Please bring in one or two flowers from your yard to create a bouquet for each teacher or bring in your teacher’s favorite candy or chocolate. Please send to school with your child on Friday.

If any questions, please e-mail or
Please see the lists below for requests from teachers in each grade level.  Feel free to touch base with your child’s teacher for other suggestions.

Kindergarten- Crayola crayons, markers, skinny dry erase markers (NOT washable), white card stock.

1st Grade-Teachers have been requesting supplies throughout the year so feel pretty set, but could use small gift cards to Target, Walmart, CVS, etc to help with end of the year celebration and any last minute needs.

2nd Grade-Pencils, tissues, hand sanitizer, coffee filters, crayons, colored pencils, construction paper, white card stock, colored card stock, ink pads.

3rd Grade-Dry Erase Markers, pencils, pencil top erasers, paper towels, kids scissors.

4th Grade-Dry Erase Markers, Dry Erase Marker erasers, Board cleaner, magic markers.

5th Grade-Pencils, 3x5 index cards and pencil top erasers.

Thank you so much for helping celebrate the Claxton teachers during Teacher Appreciation week.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Vote for Claxton in the Mountain Xpress "best of" poll!

You can vote for Claxton in the Mountain Xpress "Best of WNC'

Simply go to the Mountain Xpress link here ,  and register with your email.

Once you begin voting, there is a pull down section for "kids" 

In that section is a category titled "school (Pre-college)"

Simply write in "Claxton Elementary" and don't forget to hit "save"

Claxton Merchandise sale on Tuesday April 21st

We will be hosting a sale in the afternoon carpool line next Tues, April 21! 

We have a variety of t-shirts, stickers, and water bottles available. 

If you are interested in purchasing any Claxton merchandise please contact Jill Mooney at

4th grade Raleigh field trip a great success!

A huge Thank You to all the parents, teachers, staff, chaperones and others who gave of their time to help organize the Raleigh field trip.

It was a great time for all!

We have such a beautiful community here at Claxton!

Help needed with the Spring Play!

Thank you to everyone who has signed up and pitched in so far! 

In the last few days now leading up to the play, we are still in need of some help with
- Ironing/Steaming costumes
- Running Sound/mics
- Taking and filling photo orders
- Operating a second video camera and editing the video

Sign up here,  or contact Ms, Baldwin directly at 

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Spirit Night April 14th at Wild Wing Cafe.

The next Claxton Spirit Night will be April 14th at Wild Wing Cafe. 

10% of proceeds goes to the Claxton PTO, and a music group from Claxton will be performing. 

Go have an awesome dinner and support our school!

Proctors needed for Asheville City Schools!

We are in need of 40-60 proctors a day from May 22-29. If you all could please ask your family members, friends, church community, other groups, etc. to help us out for even just one day! 

The following link gives a description of proctoring and allows people to sign up for a training date:

If you are available please contact Anna Colburn
Volunteer and Parent Outreach Coordinator, ACSF VISTA AmeriCorps
IRL Volunteer Coordinator
Asheville Middle School
197 S. Frenchbroad Ave.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Join Claxton in honoring Will Hornaday at ACSF event on March 21st!

Will Hornaday recognized as Claxton Elementary’s Parent Champion Volunteer March 21st!

Will Hornaday exemplifies an exemplary male parent at Claxton who has connected other fathers to the volunteer network with the development of the “Bear Pack”. Will has gladly volunteered to serve on the PTO as Chair of Yearbook for 2 years, offered his graphic design services “pro bono”, and served as a room representative in his son’s classroom. He always signs up to volunteer for school events, organizes the efforts of the Bear Pack, and delivers the MANNA food bags to our students in need EVERY WEEK! He is overall a great guy, with a passion for public education.

The Asheville City Schools Foundation will honor exceptional leaders of the Asheville City Schools district at the annual Celebration for Champions, to be held at The Venue on March 21st, in downtown Asheville at 6:00 pm. Celebration for Champions is the Asheville City Schools Foundation's signature annual event that raises money for the Foundation's cornerstone programs. The Celebration of Champions award encourages individuals and organizations to engage with city schools and recognize the value a thriving public school system provides for the whole community.

And a huge thank you to our Auction's food and beverage sponsors!

A big Auction thank you!

ThaNK You!

Claxton PTO thanks you for your
support of this fantastic fundraiser!
It was a huge success and our largest one yet.
We raised over $30,000!!!
These funds go to support teacher supplies,
teacher mini grants, After School Arts,
field trip scholarships, cultural events, assemblies,
visiting artists, school celebrations,
and much more.

Want to help next year??
We need a new chairperson and many volunteers for this
exciting and fun event. Please contact:

Special thanks to the following:
Kevin and Darcy Sisson
Ben Martin
Celeste Sandridge
United by Love Design
Allegra Printing
Classic Event Rentals
The Millroom
Barleys Taproom and Pizzeria

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

PTO Meeting: Tuesday April 7th: All Claxton family welcome!

Please join us at our
Claxton General Parent Meeting on
Tuesday, April 7th at 6:00 pm
in the Claxton Media Center (1st floor). 

Why come to a PTO meeting?

« PTO meetings are a great opportunity to meet other Claxton parents. 
« You can be the first to hear about important news and upcoming events at school.
« You can learn how your child and Claxton benefit from the work of the PTO.
« You can learn how to volunteer your time, on campus or off, to positively impact the learning experience of all students at Claxton Elementary School. 
« PTO meetings bring together the home and the school so that parents and teachers may cooperate in the education of our children.

***EASY and changed menu ***CLX Staff Appreciation Luncheon

Hosted by Kindergarten Families, March 13th

We will now have salads and a potato bar.  Please sign up to bring potatoes, toppings, a salad, dessert or drinks.

Kelly Pippinger-Clark and Lisa Patton will be in the drop off line next Friday, March 13th, so you don't even have to get out of your car. 
Since this is an early release day, you may also drop off the food items 
around 11:30.
How easy is that?

Please help us show the teachers and staff how much we appreciate them.  

Please see the Google Doc below and sign up! If you have any problems with the document, please email Lisa or Kelly and we can sign you up for whatever you’d like to bring.  Please be sure to include your e-mail address on the google doc so that we can email you directly, if needed.

click here to sign up!
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NO PROBLEM, we completely understand.

 Please consider donating the amount that you would have paid for the ticket(s) or make a donation of any amount you choose. You will be there in spirit and your contribution will be ever so appreciated!   

To make a donation in your absence send in a check made payable to the Claxton Elementary School PTO with your student or to the schools address directly.  Or simply follow the link to donate:

THANK YOU TO ALL for your time and Support of Claxton Elementary School!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Auction is this Friday night! Get your tickets now or donate if you can't attend!

On March 6th, 2015, we will celebrate another successful year of Claxton Elementary at our biggest fundraiser and biggest party of the year. We will do our best to raise money to benefit EVERY student in the CLX community. Public school funding is at a minimum. It is the goal of the Claxton Elementary School PTO to enhance the experience of EVERY single student by raising money for artists in the school, field trips, assemblies, teacher supplies, teacher grants, equipment, and the big one…a new playground.

 Help give the kids what they have come to know and love from Claxton Elementary School by joining the parents, the teachers, the staff, and the administration of the Claxton community at this event. Tickets available at

CAN’T MAKE THE AUCTION?  NO PROBLEM, we completely understand.
 Please consider donating the amount that you would have paid for the ticket(s) or make a donation of any amount you choose. You will be there in spirit and your contribution will be ever so appreciated!   
To make a donation in your absence send in a check made payable to the Claxton Elementary School PTO with your student or to the schools address directly.  Or simply follow the link to donate:

THANK YOU TO ALL for your time and Support of Claxton Elementary School!

Another great auction item at Claxton Light the Night Auction Fundraiser!

Are you a hobby guitarist? Maybe a songwriter? Does your family play music together?

Here is another great auction item you'll find at Claxton PTO's Light the Night Auction Fundraiser

3 hours of studio time at Echo Mountain Recording Studios in downtown Asheville, one of the premier destination recording facilities in North America and "right in your backyard".
You'll get to record in the same room, with the same gear, that the bands including the Avett Brothers, Widespread Panic, Band of Horses, and the Zach Brown Band have recorded. 
Musician, producer, and proud Claxton parent, Gar Ragland will serve as your producer and mixer, and help you prepare your song(s) for the session. (And as a multi-instrumentalist, he'll even play on your songs as well if you'd like.) 

Event is THIS FRIDAY, March 6th at 6:30 at the Millroom in downtown Asheville. Tickets available on this site or at the door.

Monday, March 2, 2015

More Auction Goodness! Food and Beverage Donors: See you all Friday!

Light the Night Auction Excitement! A Huge List of Items to bid on!

Bee Sieburg 18 x 24 framed oil painting, “My Donkey”
Beer City Festival VIP tickets
Blind Pig Supper Club tickets
Brewgrass Festival VIP tickets
Camp Rockmont one week co-ed day camp (new families only)
Claxton Reserved Parking Space for one year
Coach Swain for a Day (for 2nd-5th grade student)
Disney World four 1-day Park Hopper passes
Echo Mountain Studio three hours studio recording time
Hangout Music Festival tickets
Jewish Community Center summer family pool membership
Oceanfront Condo One Week Vacation at 3 bedroom, 3 bath condo in Garden City, SC
Principal for the Day (for 2nd-5th grade student)
Rhubarb “Sunday Supper” for 8
Rock Creek Vacation Getaway one week for up to 20 people with log cabin, loft, bunk house on 400 acre private preserve
Vice Principal for a day (for 2nd-5th grade student)

Wild Wings “Wings for Year 10 wings or 8 nuggets every week for a year

ABYSA 1/2 price one week Fundamentals Summer Camp
Ace Hardware science bucket
Alchemy Salon haircut with Lalena
Ashevillain hybrid pool deck skateboard
Asheville Cleaners gift certificate
Asheville Community Theater tickets
Asheville Pinball Museum day passes
Asheville Tourists tickets
Asheville Treetop Adventures Kid Zip and Adventure Park passes
Asheville Yoga Center one month of yoga
AVL Wood & Steel Decor handmade console table with local wood and welded steel base
Blue Ridge Food Vendors gift boxes
Blue Ridge Pediatric Dentistry new patient exam 
Boutique LP gift card and Rewined candle
Cantina at Biltmore Village gift certificate
Carolina Hurricanes Original Practice Puck signed by #14, Nathan Gerbe
Carolina Pet Company pet beds and dog toys
Chop Shop gift certificate
Cinnamon Bun Print by Barbara Baker/Tom Godleski
Claxton 1st grade teachers trip to Asheville Pizza Company and game room for 4 students
Claxton 2nd grade teachers trip to the Hop for 6 students
Claxton 5th grade graduation reserved front row seats
Claxton Kindergarten graduation reserved front row seats
Claxton Play “Romeo & Harriet reserved front row seats
Clean Green house cleaning gift certificate
Corner Kitchen gift certificate
Curio Toy Store gift certificate and stuffed animal
Maui Jim sunglasses
Tory Burch sunglasses
d.rentz designs hand printed 18x18 “Zinnia” pillow
Dancing Bear Toys block printing kit
Dawn Rentz limited edition print “Feels Like Summer”
Dollywood two 1-day tickets
Eagles Nest Outfitters single and double hammocks
Fine Arts Theater movie tickets
Grovewood Gallery enamel platter
Hip Replacements gift certificate
HipRemix upcycled skirt
Indigenous Design Landscape 1-hour consultation
James Cassara original painting
Karen Hall original artwork
Laureys “Dinner To Go for Two”
LaZoom tickets
Limones gift certificate
Magnetic Theater tickets
Martin Family Dentistry teeth whitening
Mast General Store gift bag
Motion Makers Bicycle Shop gift certificates
Mrs. Dechant gingerbread house party for 8 students
Ms. Ferguson’s class made bar stool
NC Arboretum one year household membership
NC Stage Company tickets
NOC rafting tickets for Nantahala River fully guided raft trip
Odyssey Center for Ceramic Arts one week summer camp
Omni Grove Park Inn dinner for two at Edison
Plum Print gift certificate
Poppy Popcorn birthday party package for 10
Push Skate Shop one week summer camp
RS Frue Design raglan sleeve knit top
Sierra Nevada Brewing swag bucket
Ski Country Sports gift certificate
Smoking J’s Fiery Foods Smokin’ Sauce
Spellbound Books signed “Bad Kitty” sketch on canvas by author, Nick Bruel
Sports Clips on Merrimon gift certificate
Sprinkle Creek Landscaping five applications of All Natural Turf Fertilizer
Super Cuts Arden gift certificate
Sweetwater Brewing swag bucket
The Love Snack basket of gourmet dog snacks
The Toy Box physics set
Thirsty Orange Brew Extravaganza tickets in Johnson City, TN
Tom Godleski original folk art
Ultimate Ice Cream gift certificate
Union Boutique gift certificate
Westside Fest at Urban Orchard Cider Company 2 tickets
Wicked Weed Brewing gift certificate with bottle of Bad Angel Brew
Wolf Ridge Ski Resort two 1-day lift tickets
Yamaha “guitalele plus 2 half-hour adult lessons with Mr. Butler

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Can't attend our auction, but still wish to donate?

You are in luck!!!

Click the below link to help support our school, even if you cannot attend the event on March 6th!

Click here to donate!

and thanks for all that you do for our school!

Moe's BBQ and Playground Design Meeting RESCHEDULED



March 5th at 5:30 in the GYM!!!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Community Resiliency Workshop

After School Arts update

School closing have made us miss our first week of After School Arts. 

All classes will have an additional day added at the end of the session. 

ASA classes will extend an extra week, through the first week of May.