Return to Headlines

CLX Family Updates

2020-2021 Family Updates

Sunday, February 28:

Claxton Families:

Here's my weekly letter with information and reminders about the weeks ahead.

  • I have updated/added to the Frequently Asked Questions linked in my letter.
  • Monday, March 1st, is an Asynchronous Learning Day. Teachers will be in training and preparing for the transition to our Hybrid Learning Model.
  • Please complete a www.lunchapplication.com to help support Claxton’s Title 1 funding. We are at 34% and need to reach 40% to receive funding for school next year. Here’s a video explaining what we’re trying to do. 228 families have not yet submitted their application.
  • We still need your Yearbook pictures! Please send to clxphoto21@gmail.com. See details in my letter. 

Have a great week, Claxton Families!

-Mary Nichols

Friday, Febrary 26:

Claxton Families:

 

I am reaching out to let you know that you'll be receiving a letter from your child's teacher about the transition to Plan B. 

Our teachers and staff have been working really hard to prepare an organized an smooth transition from Plan C (100% virtual for all students) to Plan B (Hybrid with a choice of 100% virtual). The first step was to look at our parent preference results that were due February 12th (Virtual or Hybrid), and then to use those numbers to determine an instructional model that was safe for both staff and students. 

Each grade level used their numbers to determine how to best structure hybrid and virtual learning, and they are all a bit different. We are tasked with fulfilling three roles: 100% virtual, hybrid-remote learning (which is online), and hybrid in-person. Additionally, our youngest learners in Kindergarten have much different needs than our oldest learners in 5th grade.

After we determined the instructional model, we looked at the parent preference information and selected teacher assignments for each student, and then we determined blue/green week assignment, simultaneously matching siblings and same-household students. We considered each student as an individual, and we sometimes prioritized classmates or peers rather than keeping the same teacher, or vice versa, depending on the child.

The email you will get today will communicate your child's virtual teacher and/or their hybrid-remote and hybrid-in-person teachers.  While it might seem like an overload of change right now (and we totally understand!), I want to encourage you to keep moving forward with us as we steadily inch towards the closure of a very unique school year.  Please support your child as they work through this change with us.  Either for those returning in person or for those transitioning to a new virtual teacher, our main goal is that students continue learning their grade level content AND that they feel connected to and supported by their Claxton Family. For my own children, I am encouraging them to look at this as an opportunity to grow even more peer and teacher connections at a school we already love. 

We are almost to the final nine weeks of a year like no other, and we are going to make it through this together, supporting one another, and hopefully giving a lot of grace and understanding as we transition into Plan B. Please look for the email later this afternoon from your child's teacher.

 

Have a great weekend,

Mary Nichols
Principal
Claxton Elementary School

Sunday, February 21:

Dear Claxton Families:

Here's my weekly letter with information and reminders about the weeks ahead. 

  • I have updated/added to the Frequently Asked Questions linked in my letter. 
  • Wednesday, February 24th (7-8pm) is a Virtual Caregiver Session led by Betts Conti, CLX 3rd Grade Teacher: Asheville's Hidden History. Registration and details are in my email.
  • Please complete a www.lunchapplication.com to help support Claxton’s Title 1 funding. We need 32 more families to qualify for us to receive hundreds of thousands of dollars for our school next year. Here’s a video explaining what we’re trying to do.
  • We still need your Yearbook pictures! Please send to clxphoto21@gmail.com

Have a great week, Claxton Families!

Mary Nichols
Principal
Claxton Elementary School

Sunday, February 15:

Here's my weekly letter with information and reminders about the weeks ahead.

Claxton Families, there is a lot of information to read this week. It is not lost on me how much we are communicating to you right now. Thank you for taking the time to read through the information as thoroughly as you can. Here’s a summary:

  • Review the information the district sent on Friday, 2/12/21, in regards to the transition to hybrid learning. Links to info are in my letter.
  • Read the Frequently Asked Questions linked in my letter
  • Please complete a www.lunchapplication.com to help support Claxton’s Title 1 funding. We need 32 more families to qualify for us to receive hundreds of thousands of dollars for our school next year. Here’s a video explaining what we’re trying to do.
  • Yearbook pictures are due tomorrow, Feb. 15th.
  • No school for students Monday, February 15th.
  • Parent/Teacher Conferences are Tuesday, February 16th. If you haven’t scheduled yours yet, please do so now. This is an asynchronous learning day for students, and attendance will be taken.

Have a great week, Claxton Families!

Monday, February 8:

Claxton Families:

I apologize that my Sunday letter is going out on Monday! Technical difficulties!

Here's my weekly letter with information and reminders about the weeks ahead.

Please take time to review this document and view my video requesting each family to complete a lunch application for Title One funds. These funds help Claxton in so many ways, and we are in danger of losing them for the 21-22 school year.

Completing the application online is the easiest way to do this! Lunchapplication.com

Have a great week, Claxton Families!

-Mary Nichols

Principal

Claxton Elementary School

Sunday, January 31

Claxton Families:

Here's my weekly letter with information and reminders about the weeks ahead.

Please take time to read about our Student Information Update by February 26th as well as our effort to collect yearbook photos from all families for the Claxton 20-21 yearbook. 

Have a great week, Claxton Families!

-Mary Nichols
Principal
Claxton Elementary School

Sunday, January 24

Here's my weekly letter with information and reminders about the weeks ahead.

Please note our Virtual Parent Event coming up this Wednesday, materials pick-up for 1st and 3rd graders, and new times for exchanging broken chromebooks. 

 Have a great week, Claxton Families!

Mary Nichols
Principal
Claxton Elementary School

Tuesday, January 19

Claxton Families,

Here's my weekly letter with information and reminders about the weeks ahead.

Spring semester can be a whirlwind of information! Please know that my links to these letters stay live, and you can always go back and review them for information on our Claxton Remote Learning Website.

 I’ll do my best to keep important dates at the beginning of the email.

 Have a great week, Claxton Families!

-Mary Nichols
Principal
Claxton Elementary School

Thursday, January 14

Claxton Families:

Students will be working on “asynchronous” assignments on Friday, January 15th. Attendance will be taken based on the student’s SEL Check-in that they complete each day. Students can find this link on their SeeSaw or Google Classroom page. 

  • 9 am - 2 pm: Kindergarten, First, and Second Grades Google Meet Nickname: CLXHelp
  • 10 am - 2 pm: Third, Fourth, and Fifth Grades Google Meet Nickname: HelpCLX

For help, students can go to to meet.google.com and type in the nickname above. Assistants will be there to help students and answer questions about their work. Joining these meetings is not required; it’s only in place to help students if they need it!

Additionally, please remember that Monday, January 18th, is a holiday, and there is no school for students or staff. 

-Mary Nichols
Principal
Claxton Elementary 

Sunday, January 10

Claxton Families:

Please take a moment to read my weekly letter about an upcoming PTO Meeting, a New Parent Support Group, and details about Friday's Virtual Learning Day.

Fifth grade parents, I will be sending a separate letter about the transition timeline for 5th graders going into 6th grade. 

Report cards will be mailed home this week. 

Because of COVID rates in our area, our administration is having staff work from home. We have very limited staff in our building during the day.  Voicemails will be checked daily.  If you need to come to the building to pick something up, please do so between the hours of 8:00 and 11:00.  I know that is a very limited time, so if you need something outside of that window, please let your teacher know and they can work with our office staff to set something up.

Have a great week, Claxton Families!

Mary Nichols
Principal
Claxton Elementary School

Sunday, January 3

Happy New Year, Claxton Families! 

Please take a moment to read my letter with reminders about the weeks ahead.

We are excited to see our students back online tomorrow at 8:30 a.m. for their morning meeting.

-Mary Nichols
Principal
Claxton Elementary School

*CORRECTION* Claxton Families,

I made a mistake in my previous email from yesterday (now corrected in the document!).  Report cards will be mailed home the week of January 11th, not the 4th. I apologize for the mix-up with those dates.

Have a great afternoon,

Mary Nichols

Sunday, December 14

Good evening, Claxton Families!

Somehow my email and phone call did not go out as scheduled, so I am sending just the email and will follow up with a phone call tomorrow afternoon.

Please take time to read my weekly letter with reminders about the week, especially our Winter Drive Through Celebration from 3:30 - 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, December 15th!

There are also several important items in my letter about Go Local Cards and the Claxton Online Store with Claxton apparel for sale now! 

I hope you all had a great weekend! We can't wait to see you drive through on Tuesday!

-Mary Nichols

*Claxton Third Grade Parents:

As you know, third grade is an important year for reading. We have a few opportunities coming up that focus on helping parents understand the significance of third grade reading and our state's Read to Achieve requirements.

Please take a look at the flyer below and consider attending. Meetings are virtual, and they do not require an RSVP.

Dates:

  • Wednesday, December 16th - 6 p.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Thursday, December 17th - 9 a.m. - 10 a.m.
  • Tuesday, January 5th - 5 p.m. - 6 p.m.
    Google Meet Code: ACSReadtoAchieve

read to achieve flyer

Sunday, December 6

Claxton Families,

Please take a moment to read my letter with reminders about the coming weeks. 

Also, please mark your calendars for our Winter Drive Through Celebration! This will take place on Tuesday, December 15th, from 3:30 pm - 6:30 pm. It will work like a materials distribution, but it will also be a celebration of the completion of a semester like no other! See flyer attached for details.

Have a wonderful week, Claxton Families. 

-Mary Nichols
Principal
Claxton Elementary School

Sunday, November 29

Claxton Families:

Please take a moment to read my letter with reminders about the coming weeks.

I hope you had a great Thanksgiving Holiday! We are ready to see our students online tomorrow morning at 8:30 a.m.

-Mary Nichols
Principal
Claxton Elementary School

Sunday, November 22

Good evening, Claxton Families!

Please take a moment to read my letter for the week of 11-23-20.

Have a great Thanksgiving Holiday!

-Mrs. Nichols

Monday, November 16

Claxton Families,

Please take a moment to read my letter to families this week.

I hope you're all having a great weekend!

Mary Nichols
Principal
Claxton Elementary School

Monday, November 9

Claxton Families:

Here's my letter for this week.  

You'll find information about our Materials Pick-up Schedule this week, as well as information about our PTO Meeting on Tuesday, November 10th, and a special video from Ms. Brittany, Claxton's Counselor.

Have a great week!

Mary Nichols
Principal
Claxton Elementary School

Tuesday, November 2

Claxton Families:

Here's our Honeycomb News for Tuesday, November 3rd:   https://youtu.be/oChXIfAuuOo
*This is a video for students to watch! We usually show in class, but we wanted to do one for our virtual learning day, too!

Please remember Tuesday November 3rd is a Virtual Learning Day. Students should complete assignments on either Seesaw or Google Classroom, and please remind your students to mark themselves present on the Student Check-in. Attendance will be taken on Tuesday. Email your child’s teacher if they do not know how to do this. 

Thanks for your support!

Mrs. Nichols
Claxton Principal

Sunday, November 1

Dear Claxton Families:

Please take a moment to read my weekly letter with some new information and important reminders. This letter includes information about Tuesday, November 3rd (Virtual Learning Day), Materials Pick-up (Week of November 9th), and our next PTO Meeting on November 10th.

Thanks for all you're doing to support our Claxton Leaders!

-Mary Nichols
Principal
Claxton Elementary School

Sunday, October 26

Claxton Families:

Please take a moment to read my letter for this week and note important dates coming up. 


Thank you, and have a great week!

-Mary Nichols
Principal
Claxton Elementary School

Sunday, October 18

Dear Claxton Families:

Here's my weekly letter for October 18th.

Thanks for all you're doing!

-Mrs. Nichols
Principal
Claxton Elementary Schoo

Sunday, October 12

Dear Claxton Families:

Here's my letter for the week with a DanceFit update as well as information about parent/teacher conferences, specialist clubs and grounds work opportunities.

Have a wonderful week, Claxton Families! 

-Mary Nichols
Principal
Claxton Elementary School

Sunday, October 4

Good evening, Claxton Families!

Here's my letter for this week, and here are some quick highlights of what's in the letter:

  • DanceFit update
  • Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • PTO Meeting this Tuesday @ 6:00pm (Link in letter)
  • Volunteer Training
  • Grounds work volunteers

Thanks for all you are doing to support our Claxton Leaders! 

 

Enlace a carta en español  

Mary Nichols
Principal
Claxton Elementary School

Friday, October 2

Happy Friday, Claxton Families!

Thanks for some amazing participation with our DanceFit fundraiser! This is a quick reminder that the classes in each grade level who get the most donations over the weekend will get a Fun Friday and Coffee for the Teacher!  Each student will also get a bonus prize in the mail. 

Here are some stats heading into the weekend:

  • So far we have had raised $4,775.  
  • So far 158 out of 407 students have registered at FunRun.com.

Our fundraising goal for the school is $16,000, and we are hoping we can reach this goal by Friday, October 9th (the day of the Dance Fit).  To get started, Go to FunRun.com and register your students (it's so easy!). There are directions, scripted emails, and idea about how to get pledging started. 

Every day we update students on the Honeycomb News (Claxton Morning Announcements).  You can watch Friday's Honeycomb News Here!

We are so grateful for your support, Claxton Families. Have a wonderful weekend.

Mary Nichols
Principal
Claxton Elementary School

Monday, September 28

Dear Claxton Families:

Please take a moment to read my letter for the week of September 27, 2020.

Enlace a carta en español

This letter has important information about our upcoming Dance-Fit which starts this week! 

Have a wonderful week, Claxton Families!

-Mary Nichols
Principal
Claxton Elementary School

Sunday, September 20

Claxton Families:

Please take a moment to read my letter about STAR testing, early release details, and lunch/breakfast pick-ups at Claxton (daily in the bus lane).

Claxton Elementary Letter to Families - 9/20/20

Enlace a carta en español

We are also asking families to complete the Free/Reduced Meal Application. Complete an application online. More information is in my email.

Have a great week, Claxton Families!

-Mary Nichols
Claxton Elementary Schoo

Sunday, September 13

Dear Claxton Families:

Here's my letter for this week of 9-13-20. 

This letter has information about materials pick-up times, STAR assessments, and Dance-Fit (the new Fun Run).

Have a great week!

-----

Estimadas familias de Claxton:

 

Aquí está mi carta para esta semana del 13/9/20.  

Esta carta tiene información sobre los horarios de recogida de materiales, las evaluaciones STAR, Dance-Fit (la nueva Fun Run).

¡Que tengas una buena semana!

Monday, September 8

Dear Claxton Families:

We hope you've had a wonderful three-day weekend! We are ready for another great week learning with your children.

Please take a moment to read my letter for the week of 9-7-20.

Have a great week!

----

Estimadas familias de Claxton:

¡Esperamos que haya tenido un maravilloso fin de semana de tres días! ¡Estamos listos para otra gran semana de aprendizaje con sus hijos!

 

Tómese un momento para leer mi carta para la semana del 9-7-20.  

¡Que tengas una buena semana!

Mary Nichols
Principal
Claxton Elementary School

Wednesday, September 2

Dear Claxton Families:

I am emailing with some information about the upcoming STAR assessment that all Claxton students will take during the month of September. 

Please take a moment to read by letter here. In the letter is a very informative video from Mrs. Peeples, our Instructional Facilitator. She will walk you through what you, as parents, need to know about the assessment and what you can expect on your end as you help your child get set up remotely.

You can also share the video with caregivers who might be helping your child/ren during the day.  

Thank you for taking the time to read the information. If you have questions about the assessment, please reach out to your child's teacher. They will be contacting you with more information in the coming weeks. 

Sincerely,

Mary Nichols
Principal
Claxton Elementary School

Sunday, August 30

Claxton Families:

We are ready for Week #3 at Claxton! Please take time to read my weekly letter about attendance, specialist clubs, exchanging devices (if they are broken), announcements, and synchronous lessons.

Have a wonderful evening!

Mary Nichols
Principal
Claxton Elementary School

 

Sunday, August 23

Good evening, Claxton Families! Here's my letter with updates about the coming week.

I hope you've had a restful weekend, and we can't wait to start week 2 with your children!

Mary Nichols
Principal
Claxton Elementary School

Friday, August 21

Happy Friday!


I am so proud of our Claxton Community! We made it through our first week!  I know we still have a lot to learn and do, but I have a lot of hope after seeing our teachers and students back together again.

I wanted to send you this letter from our Claxton PTO.  We are so grateful for the work our PTO does to support our school community. From community engagement, field trips, and scholarships to teacher grants and supply money, our PTO volunteers ensure our students and teachers have what they need. 

Thanks for taking the time to read what PTO will look like for the coming year. We would love to see new families get involved as well!

Mary Nichols
Principal, Claxton Elementary School

Wednesday, August 19

Good Evening!

We have some more updates for you! In this evening's letter I’m going to share about specialists during remote learning, share our WELCOME BACK flipgrid, and tell you more about current 6th graders (last year’s 5th graders) pick-up times for personal items.

Have a great evening! 

Mary Nichols
Principal
Claxton Elementary School

Sunday, August 16

Claxton Families:

Happy First Day of School Eve! I'm sending this message to you earlier than my normal time of 6:00 p.m. on Sundays so that you can be as prepared as possible for tomorrow and the week. Also, there's a really sweet "Welcome Back" video from our staff that you'll want to watch with your child!

Claxton Families Update - 8-16-20

In my letter I'll give you information about getting ready for your child's first class meeting, device pick-up reminders, the content available on our Claxton Remote Learning Website.

Monday's going to BEE a lovely day, Claxton Families! We can do this:)

Mary Nichols
Principal
Claxton Elementary School

Friday, August 14

Claxton Families,

We have more information to share with you! Please take time to read my letter that has information about attendance, school supplies, device pick-up, and where to find all things related to Claxton Remote Learning.


Have a wonderful weekend, and I'll have more information for you on Friday!

Mary Nichols
Claxton Principal

Sunday, August 9

Dear Claxton Families, 

Please take a moment to read my letter about the schedule for remote learning. Within the letter is a video where I present the schedule and explain the reasoning behind our decisions.  Thought it is a lengthy video, I hope it will help you prepare for remote learning for the first nine weeks of school.  Additionally, there is a google form where you can comment or ask questions. 

Claxton Families Email - 8-9-20

 

Parent Video on Remote Learning  

 

Thank you,

Mary Nichols
Principal, Claxton Elementary School