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3384 E. Main Street
Claremont, NC 28610
Ph: 828.459.7921
Fax: 828.459.1734
Kim K. Yancey 
(ext. 332102)

Assistant Principal:
Cory Klassett
(ext. 332103)

Audrey Gantt
(ext. 332101)
Registrar/Data Manager
Diane Hubbard
(ext. 332100)
School Hours
Doors Open 7:10
Tardy Bell 7:30
Dismissal 2:30


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Welcome to
Claremont Elementary School!
Home of the Bears! 

Claremont Elementary School 



8/5/2014 5:00 PM Summer Library 
8/19/2014 12:00 AM Teacher Workday 
8/20/2014 12:00 AM Teacher Workday 
8/21/2014 12:00 AM Teacher Workday 
8/21/2014 3:30 PM Open House - Kindergarten 
8/21/2014 4:30 PM Open House - 1st-6th 
8/21/2014 5:30 PM Open House - 1st -6th 
8/22/2014 12:00 AM Teacher Workday 
8/25/2014 12:00 AM First Day of School! 
9/1/2014 12:00 AM No School! Holiday! 
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 School News


Students Participate in Kids Marathon of Catawba County
On Saturday May 3rd, 100 students from Claremont Elementary participated in the event to promote healthy living and the fight against childhood obesity.  The Kids Marathon is not an event to select the fastest runner in the elementary schools, but one to instill positive fitness and healthy lifestyles.  Started in 2004, this year the marathon celebrated it's 10th anniversary.  Students register in March and chart their physical activity by marking off miles until they reach a total of 25.  The last 1.2 miles of the race is run together by all students at the Hickory Fairgrounds.  Designed by a Dr. Hawkins from Claremont, and sponsored by the YMCA, this marathon has contributes funds to offer elementary schools an incentive to participate.  Each child also receives a t-shirt and a medallion when they finish the last mile.  This year Mrs. Darla Peeler, Claremont's PE teacher, lead our school to a second place finish and a prize of $1500 which will be used to purchase new equipment!  Awesome job!


Claremont Staff Stands Against Child Abuse
In recognition of April being "Child Abuse Awareness Month" across the United States, the staff at Claremont Elementary wore blue each Wednesday during the month of April.  We are fortunate to work with children daily and want to show support to those who have dealt with abuse issues.  We proudly wear the color blue in honor of all children!
Student Sings With Hickory Choral Society
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On April 6th, Claremont Elementary student Zachary M. participated in the Hickory Choral Society's spring concert.  Auditions were held in January for students from Catawba County, Burke County and Alexander County to participate in this group.  50 students were chosen and then participated in 10 two hours long rehearsals during the month of March, memorizing composer John Rutter's "Mass of the Children" in preparation for the concert.  The concert was given at First Baptist Church in Hickory to a standing room only crowd of over 1,000 people.  A special thanks to Zachary for all of his hard work and representing Claremont Elementary so well.  We are very proud of him!

Dr. Brigman makes a Surprise Visit!

Dr. Brigman visited Claremont Elementary on Friday, April 4th to read with the first grade students.  First grader, Landon M. had met Dr. Brigman at a local restaurant and invited him to come read with his class at school.  The funny part, is that Landon had no idea who Dr. Brigman was!  To Landon, he was just a nice man that he met at lunch one day.  Dr. Brigman decided to keep his identity a secret to this little boy and planned the visit with school principal Kim Yancey to surprise Landon by actually taking him up on his offer to come see Claremont Elementary.  When Dr. Brigman arrived, Landon was surprised that his lunch buddy was here, but he was excited to have his "new friend" read "If I Ran the Zoo", one of Landon's favorite books.  Thanks Dr. Brigman for reading to our 1st Graders!

Buddy Bench Dedicated to Mrs. Kristi Fulbright
On Thursday April 3rd, a "Buddy Bench" was dedicated in memory of 1st grade teacher Kristi Fulbright who passed away earlier this school year.  The "Buddy Bench" idea was the dream of the Roth family, who have a child in Mrs. Fulbright's classroom.  Mrs. Roth and her daughter Kelly made red and black "Buddy Bands" and sold them for $1.00 each to students and staff at Claremont Elementary, with all the proceeds going to the purchase of this bench.  The dedication took place with the entire student body present and special guest of honor; Claremont Mayor Shawn Brown, Pastor Delbert Roth, Superintendent Dan Brigman and Mrs. Fulbright's mother, sister and niece in attendance.  The "Buddy Bench" is located on the K-2 playground where Mrs. Fulbright took her children; around a tree that she was always concerned about because of exposed roots that her children might trip over.  Now, the students are safer, and when children feel like they don't have a friend to play with, they can go and sit on the buddy bench and friends will come over and invite them to play.  Just like Mrs. Fulbright, the "Buddy Bench" will always be there for our students. 

 Claremont Kids Reach Reading Goals!
Recently, the PTO challenged students to a Read-a-Thon where they would read for 14,000 minutes during 1 month to help raise money for the school.  Our kids shattered the goal and read for 28,175 minutes and rasied $1,754.40!  Since students met this goal, as part of their reward they enjoyed watching Principal Kim Yancey and Assistant Principal Cory Klassett dress up as Ballerina Bears! The students had a great time laughing and dancing with them in the hallways!  Way to go Claremont Readers!

Scholastic Book Fair Reading Fiesta!

The Spring book fair is coming soon to Claremont Elementary!  Students and parents may stop and shop between 7:00 am -3:30 pm from Monday, May 5th until Thursday, May 8th.  Our hours on Friday will be from 7:00 am until 10:00 am ONLY!

There will be two special events this year.  The first will be a Family Night on Tuesday, May 6th from 5:00-8:00 pm.  Family may shop either before or after our Spring PTO performance! 

On Thursday, May 8th we will host a GRAND Breakfast & Books Event!  During this event, students may invite anyone who is a G=Grandparent, R=Relative, A=Aunts or Uncles, N=Neighbor, or D=Devoted Caretaker to come and shop with them.  Every student who brings a GRAND person will receive 1 raffle ticket per person attending for a chance to win a $20.00 gift card!  Look for your invitation to this event so you can RSVP for breakfast!

For more information about our Book Fair Fiesta, or to purchase books online, click here! 


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Fourth graders at Claremont Elementary recently completed a month long literature unit on the book Blue by Joyce Hostetter.  While reading this book, students learned about WWII, polio and the Miracle of Hickory hospital through many different primary source documents.  Students also wrote poetry, letters, played Jeopardy and participated in a GPS activity all centered around topics in the book.  One of the GPS stations featured artwork pieces hand carved by Mr. Max Sherrill of Catawba.  At the conclusion of the project, 3 excited students were awarded a hand carved pen and pencil set made from Hickory wood that had been donated by Mr. Sherrill.  Winners were Sawyer P., Preston W. and Ava T. Thank you Mr. Sherrill for being such a strong supporter of education in community! 


Student Attends NC Elementary Honors Chorus!
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On Nov. 10, 2013, Claremont Elementary student Bailee P.  traveled to Winston-Salem to participate in the NC Elementary Honors Chorus for the opening of the NCMEA Music Educators Conference.  The road to getting to participate in this group began in late August when students from across the state of NC learned an audition piece and made recordings to send in to the selection committee to be chosen.  There were 605 audition tapes submitted and 198 students from across the state were chosen to be a part of the group.  Bailee was one of the students chosen.  She then had to memorize six choral works in preparation for the concert.  After a full day of rehearsal on Nov. 9 with all 198 students, the concert was given at the Stephens Center on Sunday, Nov. 10.
A special thanks to Bailee for all of her hard work and representing Claremont Elementary so well.  We are very proud of her accomplishment.

Claremont Student Receives Honor from Appalachian State University

Mali T., a fifth grader in Mrs. Lisa Mateyunas' class, was honored this past Saturday at Appalachian State University during their recent football game.  Mali participated in the Mountaineer Summer Reading Program,  sponsored by the Reich College of Education, as part of Claremont Elementary's Summer Reading Program.  During the summer, she attended the school's Summer Library night each Tuesday and read a total of 83 books which qualified her as the top reader in grades 4-6 for Catawba County.  Mali and a guest travelled to Boone, NC Saturday November 2nd and were treated to a special behind the scenes tour of the locker room, players walk and ASU's trophy room.  Mali also had pictures made on the field before enjoying a catered lunch atop the mountain where there were bounce houses and slides for the winning students to enjoy.  During the half-time show, Mali was recognized on the 50 yard line along with the 1st-3rd and 7th-8th grade winners from Catawba and other surrounding counties.  Mali also had a chance to tour the campus, see the Marching Mountaineer Band perform and meet Yosef, the Mountaineers mascot!  Congratulations Mali on your wonderful honor!  We are so proud of you!   


NC Author Libby Bagby Visits Claremont Elementary!


On Wednesday, October 30th, author Libby Bagby visited with the 3rd, 4th and 5th graders at Claremont Elementary School to share her presentation of "Staying on Track with Lucky's Plott".  During this hour long meeting, Mrs. Bagby shared with students the history of our NC State Dog, the Plott Hound, and explained how this breed was chosen to represent our state.  Since only 4 breeds are known to have originated in the United States, and only the Plott Hound has originated in North Carolina, it was an easy choice!  Mrs. Babgy also explained the lawmaking process involved in nominating and officially recognizing a state symbol as well as the character traits she finds endearing to the Plott Hound.  On display, students were able to view raccoon and bear skins, a boar's skull, and pictures, articles and memorabilia from her Plott Hound Lucky who passed away earlier this year.  Mrs. Bagby took time to answer students questions, autograph books and to share her story of how she and Lucky met and how he changed the "plot" of her life!  Students had a wonderful time learning more about the NC Plott Hound and as Lucky would say..."yo, yo, yo"!


 Newton Elk's Lodge Donates Student Dictionaries
Mr. & Mrs. Wilbur Guernsey, members of the Newton Elk's Lodge, presented all 6th graders at Claremont Elementary with a student dictionary.  The Elk's Lodge, a community civic organization, currently has 138 members who chose to give dictionaries to students as one of their community activities this year.  In the coming weeks, they will distribute over 2,000 of these to students in Eastern Catawba County.  Mr. Guernsey, the Exalted Ruler of the group, met with principal Kim Yancey and assistant principal Cory Klassett to surprise students and their teachers with their new reference resource.  A BIG Claremont's Bear Hug goes to the Newton Elk's Lodge for their support of our school!  

Bethlehem United Methodist Church Loves our School!

This summer Bethlehem United Methodist church partnered with Claremont Elementary for a huge “Back to School Bash”. The church donated over 200 plus backpacks filled with school supplies for students here at Claremont Elementary. They not only donated school supplies for our students but also for our teachers! This was a wonderful way to support our students and staff here at Claremont!  A “BIG THANK YOU” goes out to Bethlehem United Methodist church and all its members for giving to the school community! 


If you are looking for a great way to help your child's classroom or know a grandparent, aunt, uncle or even a friend that wants to help....please visit the Donor's Choose website and support Claremont Elementary!  We still have many grants out there to be funded and we need your spread the word!

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Summer Hours Announced! 
by Moose, AmandaNo presence information
 6/10/2014 3:51 PM

The school will be open this summer, Monday through Friday each week from 8:00am until 4:30 pm.  If you need to contact the school, please do so during these hours.  Have a GREAT SUMMER!​

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