ABS Thursday Notes- April 19, 2018

Thursday Notes                           

Published for the Arts Based School Community                                            April 19, 2018




How We Do It and Why

By Mary Siebert


“Appalachian storytelling isn’t a theatrical performance with sets and costumes and lighting and accents, though a good storyteller can conjure all those things in the mind of the listener.” – Dave Tabler


The 4th grade “Like a Family” event is not a formal performance, but a shared experience focused on the art of story-telling, arts and crafts of Appalachia, and the history of the textile industry in the Piedmont region of North Carolina. It recalls the days before radio when we all participated: telling stories, dancing, singing, playing instruments, adapting household objects to produce percussion and melody, creating art from whatever we found around us.

Students explore the history of these regions of the state, learning about the vibrant cultural mix of native people, immigrants, slaves, and invaders who all contributed to create a powerful and unique culture in our state. We explore this culture through reading, research, maps, visiting artists, and the arts. We share it with our families in a culminating event that includes dancing to the live old-time music of the Reel Shady Band, student art and sewing exhibitions, music, and storytelling.

Preparation for the storytelling involves extra time with “Mr. Bob” Moyer and Heidi McIver, who help students focus on the lifeblood lines of acting: simply telling the story, and truly listening. Students learn traditional tales from Mr. Bob, but they also learn about child labor in the textile mills, and unionizing efforts that followed changes in lifestyle from farming to millwork. Through the famous period photos of Lewis Hine and written memoires of folks who were there, students imagine themselves into the mills and act out a scene using quotes from the letters of textile workers.

Meanwhile, they have been learning to weave and sew, beginning with small, personalized projects. Along with the stories, students will perform some traditional songs from the region, and invite parents and siblings to join in the delightful reels and square dances accompanied by the live Old Timey band, Reel Shady. The event takes place at the MLK building and on Wednesday, April 25, at 6:00 p.m. 4th graders and their families should arrive at 5:45, dressed in their “country” clothes (no bare feet please!) Ya’ll come!

New Position at ABS         

The ABS Board of Directors approved a new staff position for a Development Director.  The Development Director would be responsible for generating donations to the school from individuals, business/corporations, and grant-making entities.   This involves communication of  the mission of the school to the local, regional, and national community through marketing, branding, advertising and media and public relations: developing and sustaining partnerships; implementation of fundraising events; and creation of solicitations and donor recognition strategies.  If you are interested in applying for this position, please email your resume to Principal Hollis at rhollis@artsbasedschool.com


Student Walkout

Many student groups across the country are organizing a school walkout for tomorrow, April 20, to honor the victims of the Columbine shooting.


To ensure everyone’s safety, students at ABS are not permitted to leave the school without a teacher or parent. In addition, school administrators do not know which families are supportive of their child’s participation in a walkout and  which ones are not.


If a student plans to participate in this walkout, a parent or guardian will need to come to school and sign the student out before leaving campus. Please let us know if you have any questions.


Volunteers Needed for Community Creates!:

Our big event is about three weeks away.

We need our volunteers to create a smooth-running event.  Please contact Robin Hollis (rhollis@artsbasedschool.com) to sign up for:


*Set up: Friday May 4th, 3:30-5:30pm

Parking Assistant Sat. May 5th, 6:30-8:30pm

Check-In: Sat. May 5th, 6:30-8:30pm

Table Bussing: Sat. May 5th, 7-9pm

Bartending: Sat. May 5th 6pm-11pm

100 for 100 Docents: Sat. May 5th, 7-9:30pm

Check-out Assistants: Sat. May 5th, 10:30-11:30pm

*Break-Down: Sunday, May 6th, 11am-1pm



* Both Set up and Break-down will involve some lifting.  We are in need of a few strong people.

Community Creates!  

Saturday, May 5th from 7-11pm

Please join us for an evening of amazing art, cool people and funky festivities!  Our annual Community Creates art auction supports our school’s artists-in-residence program – think Mr. Bill, Diana Greene, Thao Nguyen and all the other amazing artists in the community that work with our kids! Tickets are $50 in advance and $60 at the door and include hors d’oeuvres and dinner from our friends at The Porch & Alma Mexicana as well as some tasty adult beverages (yes, this party is adults only!).  Go to  http://www.communitycreates.com for more information and to purchase your tickets now!


Be The Match Walk

Be The Match Walk will be held on Saturday, April 21th from 9am – 12pm.  This is sponsored by K-Kids and Builders Club.  The walk will take place at the JDL Track in Winston-Salem. This organization helps fight leukemia and other bone marrow diseases by matching donors to patients.  Folks aged 18 – 44 are encouraged to come out and be swabbed to check if they are a match.  You can literally save a life!!  For more information, go to BeTheMatch..org


Classroom Placement                            

Your child’s current classroom teacher will meet with the grade level team to create the class rosters for the next year. They use all that they know about your child’s academic, social, emotional, and behavioral qualities to determine which classroom is the best match. Parent requests will be considered but must be received by the classroom teacher before May 1.


Parent Council News:
The Parent Council Board Needs You!

Looking for a way to get more involved at school?  Serving on the Parent Council board is a great way to earn your volunteer hours and get involved on a broader level.  Elections will be held at the Parent Council meeting on May 11 and we still need candidates for two positions: Parent Council Co-Chair (2 year term) and Technical Support.  If you have questions about either of these positions or would like to run, please contact Parent Council Co-Chairs, Joy Blaser (joy.blaser@gmail.com) and Julee Nunley (julee@thenunleys.net).


May 7th – 11th is Teacher Appreciation Week at the Arts Based School!

May 7th-11th is a special time for students and families at ABS to take a few extra minutes to give extra love and show appreciation for our amazing teachers.  Hospitality Committee is providing guidelines for each day of the week to simplify for families with students in multiple grades or classes.  Feel free to use  these ideas or go out on a creative limb to show your appreciation all week!


Monday, May 7th Flower Day

Pick a flower and give to your teacher to brighten this Monday!

*Class Reps, please consider providing a container of some kind (large jar, vase, etc) for your teacher to store these lovely surprises!


Tuesday, May 8th Yummy Snack or Favorite Drink Day  Teachers love a good snack & all have a favorite beverage!  Coffee? KIND bar?  Tangerine? Sparkling Water?  Check the Staff Favorites List to see what your teacher loves best!


Wednesday, May 9th Note, Card, or Picture, or Painting Day   Bring a homemade card, Thank You note, or original artwork for your teachers today!  *Remember that Specialists, office staff & administrators like treats too!  Offer some appreciation for these wonderful staff members today or any day this week!


Thursday, May 10th Sweet Treat Day

Everyone enjoys a sweet surprise!  Chocolate?  Cookies?  Gluten Free Brownie?  Bet your children know what their teachers love as a splurge!


Friday, May 11th Surprise Day

Whatever you think that your child’s teacher would enjoy!  Extra hugs or high-fives?  A gift card to buy a summer reading book?  A journal & new pen for writing?  So many ways to provide a happy surprise!

Thank you for helping to make this a very special week for our amazing teachers & staff at ABS!


Garden Work Days

Are you looking for an Earth Day service activity to do with your kids? We’ll be working in the ABS gardens on Saturday, 9:30-11:30. Work the whole time or just a little. Even 20 minutes of your time can make a big difference in the garden!     If you miss it on Saturday, we’ll also work on Saturday May 5, 9:30-11:00. Join us for as little or as long as you like.      Bring a water bottle and garden gloves if you have them. Email kristen@rootsfirst.com if you have any questions.


Around Town…

Piedmont Environmental Alliance is hosting their annual Earth Day Fair this coming Saturday, April 21, from 10 – 4 pm at the Winston Salem Fairgrounds.  The event is free and fun for all ages.  Enter the fair through Gate 5 on Deacon Blvd. Each Third Grade Student will have a painting display in the art contest.  For more information, visit https://www.peanc.org/EDF