ABS Thursday Notes- April 28, 2016

Thursday Notes                           

Published for the Arts Based School Community                                                                 April 28, 2016



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 24 EOG Reading 3rd & 4th grades

May 25 EOG Math 3rd & 4th grades

May 26 EOG Reading 5th -8th grades

May 27 EOG Math 5th -8th  grades

May 30 No School-Memorial Day

May 31 EOC Math 1

June 1  EOG Science 5th and 8th grades

June 2  EOG Reading Make Up Tests

June 3 EOG Math Make Up Tests

June 6 EOG Science Make Up Tests


EOG results will be shared with parents at the third trimester conferences- June 10 and 11.


Parking Change at Goler Church

The Board of Trustees for Goler Church has decided to require parking permits for the Goler Church parking lot.  Beginning May 1, any cars parked in the Goler Church parking lot without permits will be towed at owner’s expense.  Signs will be posted.


Builders Club Sponsor ABS Work Day

Saturday, April 30, 2016

9:00 am to 1:00 pm

Come support the middle school Builders Club (Kiwanis-affiliated service group) as they sponsor the April garden work day at ABS. Last year, the club-sponsored work day brought the best turnout of the whole year, and it was uplifting to see so many of our kids out working hard to make their world a better place.

We’ll be re-mulching both playgrounds, so bring wheelbarrows, shovels, forks, and Bobcats if you have them. There is also plenty of other outdoor maintenance to keep up with, so plan to come for as much time as you can spare on that Saturday.

If you can’t make the work day, but would like to let us use your wheelbarrow, you can leave it in the 7th Street building large courtyard any time the week leading up to April 30. Please be sure your name is on it!


Community Creates – You’re Invited!

The Arts Based School’s 8th Annual Community Creates is happening Saturday, May 7th from 7-11pm.  Community Creates is a vital fundraiser for our school – the proceeds from the evenings’ art auctions, 100 for $100 and ticket sales fully fund our Artist-in-Residence program (think folks like Diana Greene, Mr. Bob, Mr. Bill, our awesome Lion King choreographer Thao Nguyen and many others).  These individuals enrich our curriculum and our children’s experiences in the classroom every single day.  We invite you to come out and join us for this incredibly fun evening!  Please see the attached invitation or visit www.communitycreates.com for online ticket sales and more information.  We hope to see you there!


Skate Party Tuesday Night

The K-Kids are sponsoring a skating party on Tuesday, May 3 from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. at Skate Haven, 120 Hood Drive. Admission and skate rental fee is $5.00! Grab your friends, and let’s rock and roll!


News From Parent Council

Teacher Appreciation Week is May 2-May 6 this year. Please look for news from your Class Reps.


The Last Parent Council Meeting will be Friday, May 13th at 8:15am. If you have any suggested topics please email Lindsay Deibler (lindsaydeibler@gmail.com).

Nominations still remain open for Parent Council Board. Elections will be held at the last Parent Council Meeting of the year.  All parents and guardians of ABS students are eligible to nominate themselves. If you are interested in serving on the board, please contact Lindsay Deibler (lindsaydeibler@gmail.com) or Michelle Hopkins Lawrence (mhopkins@alumni.princeton.edu).


Band and Chorus Mini-Concerts

Band and Chorus Mini-Concerts

There will be brief concerts under a big tent in the 7th Street courtyard on the following dates. Parking will be open on the grassy field.

Monday, May 9: 5th band 11:30

Monday, May 9: 6th band 12:30

Tuesday, May 10: 7th/8th band 11:30

Tuesday, May 10: 7th/8th chorus 12:30



Around Town…

Walk and Roll will be held this Sunday, May 1 from 1 to 4 PM in downtown Winston-Salem. The city of Winston-Salem will close the Street two cars along the Research Parkway from the traffic circle on Third Street south. The road will be open to bikes, tricycles, joggers and more.  The elementary or charter school with the most participants will win $400 in PE equipment for the school.   For more information, go to www.cityofws.org/bikemonth


Cowboy Songs Performance

Mary Siebert and her band will perform historic cowboy songs along with some of the Wild West history behind them, as part of the “Music That Matters” series on Sunday, May 1st at 3:00 p.m. at Parkway United Church of Christ. The concert benefits the Wentz Food Pantry. Donations are accepted for entry, with $15.00 as the suggested amount.


The Wizard of Oz opens at Twin City Stage on April 15, with a group of ABS kids in the cast, including Isabella Ellis as Dorothy. Dorothy is double-cast. Isabella plays it on:

April 28 (Thursday @ 7:30pm), and

May 1 (Sunday @ 2:00pm).

All ABS students will receive coupons for $5.00 off of the $25 for the regular shows.