ABS Thursday Notes- April 26, 2018

Thursday Notes                           

Published for the Arts Based School Community                                           April 26, 2018




Join Us for 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!


Thank you to our Community Creates Sponsors!

Many thanks to our wonderful sponsors and event partners that are helping to make our Community Creates fundraiser spectacular!

A very special thank you goes out to:

  • Community Supporter – Teresa Blackburn with The Ginther Group/Keller Williams Realty
  • Friends of ABS –
    • Andy Scott with State Farm Insurance
    • Walt Rouse with Mountcastle Insurance
    • Abby Umlauf with The Umlauf Group/Keller Williams Realty
    • Ellen Heck with MejMej
    • Johanna Elsner with Perch & Nest
    • Nikki Byers with Imprints Cares
  • Event Partners 
    • Jon Stewart with Hauser Rental
    • Beth Spieler with The Porch & Alma Mexicana


Don’t miss this great event on Saturday, May 5th from 7-11pm.  All proceeds support the ABS Artist-in-Residence program.  Buy your tickets today at http://www.communitycreates.com!



It’s always hard to say good bye.   We have some staff changes to announce.  Although change is part of life it’s always challenging to imagine our school without these special people.  We thank each of them for their service and commitment to ABS in helping us develop in to the school that we are.


Mr. Peter Wilbur will be moving to Asheville this summer (after music camp).  We know that he will enjoy being near his family, especially his grandson.


Ms. Leigh Cohen has been teaching at ABS her whole career and is now ready to pursue opportunities outside of the field of education.  I’m sure she will be a great success at whatever she does!


Mrs. Angela Hunt will be taking a break from teaching Spanish at ABS to stay home with her own children to homeschool.


Mrs. Jaclyn Purdy will be leaving ABS to pursue her next adventure in teaching.


We wish them all the best and appreciate their time at ABS!


Welcome Back!

  We’re excited to announce Ms. Jess Broughton will be returning to teach at ABS.  Ms. Jess began her teaching career teaching second grade at ABS during our second year of operation.    She took some time off to be at home with her children, but is looking forward to being back in the classroom.   She’ll be back at ABS in the fall in the same grade (2nd), different classroom.


Help Wanted

We are currently interviewing for several open positions at ABS including music teacher, 6th grade teacher, Spanish teacher, and development director.  If you know of someone who would be a perfect match for ABS, please spread the word.  Employment applications are available on our website at ABS employment application   All resumes and applications should be sent to Principal Hollis at rhollis@artsbasedschool.com


End of Grade Testing

It’s that time of year again. The flowers are blooming, the days are longer, and the tests are coming! ABS students in grades 3-8 will be taking the North Carolina End-of-Grade tests during the last ten days of school.

The North Carolina End-of-Grade Tests are designed to measure student performance on the goals, objectives, and grade-level competencies specified in the North Carolina Standard Course of Study. The End-of-Grade tests in reading comprehension and mathematics are administered to students in grades 3-8 as part of the statewide assessment program. End-of-grade tests in science are administered in grades 5 and 8.


Parents, please help your child do his or her best by following these guidelines:

  • Help your child get 9 hours sleep throughout the weekend and each night before the test.
  • Make sure your child eats a healthy breakfast, including more proteins and fewer carbohydrates.
  • BE ON TIME to school. Rushing around creates anxiety.  Latecomers must take a make-up test.
  • No couch potatoes, video games, or on-line junkies the week before.   Go outside and run and play.  You will rest better, think better, and feel better.
  • Help them arrive at school with a positive attitude.


Testing Schedule

May 25 EOG Science 5th and 8th grades

May 29 EOG Reading 3rd & 4th grades

May 30 EOG Math 3rd & 4th grades

May 31 EOG Reading 5th -8th grades

June 1  EOG Math 5th -8th  grades & RtA-3rd

June 4  EOC Math 1

June 5  EOG Reading Make Up Tests

June 6 EOG Math Make Up Tests

June 7 EOG Science Make Up Tests


EOG results will be shared with parents at the third trimester conferences.


ABS Yearbooks

Don’t forget to get your ABS Yearbook! We have limited quantities still available at each front desk.


A Force for Good- Builder’s Club

Please join ABS Builders Club for a fundraiser at Moe’s Southwest Grill at 2021 Griffith Rd, Winston-Salem, NC 27103, Thursday, May 3, from 4:00 to 8:00. 15% of sales from participating ABS families will be donated to ABS Builders Club.  

May the Fourth Be With You

To go along with our fundraiser, we will be collecting boxes of cereal for SECU Family House on Friday, May the 4th. Please wear Star Wars themed clothes or costumes, but remember NO MASKS or WEAPONS are allowed at ABS.


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.


Garden Work Day

Saturday May 5, 9:30-11:00. Work the whole time or just a little. Even 20 minutes can make a big difference in the garden!   Bring a water bottle and garden gloves if you have them. Email kristen@rootsfirst.com if you have any questions.


Parent Council News:

May Parent Council Meeting
Please join us for the final Parent Council this school year on Friday, May 11 at 8:15 in the MLK Cafe.  All ABS parents, families, and caregivers are part of Parent Council and are welcome to attend!  Don’t forget that attendance at Parent Council meetings counts toward volunteer hours.  If you have requests for the agenda, please send them to Parent Council Co-Chairs, Joy Blaser (joy.blaser@gmail.com) and Julee Nunley (julee@thenunleys.net) by Friday, May 4.

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

Tuesday, May 8th Yummy Snack or Drink Day

Wednesday, May 9th Noteard, Picture, Painting Day

Thursday, May 10th Sweet Treat Day

Friday, May 11th Surprise Day


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


Lost and Found

Please check lost and found for items you may have forgotten.   All items not claimed by April 28 will be donated.