ABS Thursday Notes- August 10, 2017

Thursday Notes                           

Published for the Arts Based School Community                                                             August 10, 2017




First Day of School –Wed, August 23rd



We have a few more teachers still in need of a Classroom Representative.  Serving as a Class Rep (or Co-Rep with another parent) is a fantastic way to stay involved in your child’s classroom – it’s also a great way to get to know your teacher and the other parents!  We need for volunteers for all three first grade classes, Mrs. Parris (2nd), Mrs. Campbell and Mrs. Christian (3rd), Mrs. Robertson (4th), Mrs. Frazier (5th),  Mrs. Purdy (6th) and two reps for 8th grade.  We are also looking for Specialist Reps for Ms. Cooper (Music/Choir), Ms. Hayes (Band), Mrs. Hunt (Spanish), Ms. McIver (Drama), Mrs. Messick (Art-MLK), Mrs. O’Boyle (Productions) and Mr. Zayas (Drama).  If you are interested in one of these positions, please email Heather Levinson (heatherdlevinson@gmail.com).



Calling all Class Reps, Specialist Reps, Teachers and Staff!  Please join us Monday, August 21st at 8:30am in the ABS Café for a meeting with Principal Robin Hollis, Assistant Principal Paige Raper and the Parent Council Board.  Breakfast, coffee and juice will be provided. We look forward to seeing you all there!



Fall Festival – Parent Council is looking for someone to coordinate this year’s Fall Festival on September 30. The Fall Festival is such a fun event for our students and families.  Each grade level hosts a game – we just need a coordinator to pull it all together. If you are interested in helping, please contact Julee Nunley at julee@thenunleys.net.  And be sure to mark your family’s calendar for Saturday, September 30, to come out and enjoy the festivities!

Childcare for Parent Rep & Teacher Breakfast– Looking for a fun and easy way to get a jump on your volunteer hours?  The Parent Council is looking for volunteers to provide childcare on the MLK playground while class reps and teachers are making plans for the school year.  The breakfast is on August 21 at 8:30 am.  If you can help please contact, Julee Nunley at julee@thenunleys.net.

BoxTops Committee – The BoxTops committee helps our school by coordinating collections and preparing the BoxTops for submission.  If you would like to serve on this committee, please contact BoxTops coordinator, Gwen Ashburn (gwendolyne.ashburn@gmail.com).



All parents, grandparents, and caregivers are members of the Parent Council and are invited to attend our monthly meetings.  Attending meetings is a great way to learn more about what is happening at school and how you can get involved.  Plus, attendance at meetings counts toward volunteer hours!  Parent Council meetings for the 2017-2018 school year will be held monthly on Friday mornings from 8:15 – 9:15 in the MLK Cafe.  The meetings will be held on the Friday following the ABS Board meeting (which are held the second Tuesday of each month) so that Principal Hollis can update parents on board decisions.  Meeting dates are : September 12, October 13,  November 17, December 15, February 16, March 16, April 13, and May 11. There will not be a Friday morning meeting in January.  We look forward to seeing you at our first PC meeting of the year on Friday, September 15!


August Garden Workdays

We have much work to do in the ABS garden! Come out for a mini-workday on August 5 or 12, from 9:00-11:00 or for our big back-to-school garden workday on Saturday, August 19, from 9:00-1:00. Bring gloves if you have them and plenty of water. RSVP appreciated but not required: kristen@rootsfirst.com.


**Double hours will be given for participants at the August 19th workday.**


ABS Garden Mini-Workdays

August 12



ABS Garden “Back to School” Workday

August 19



Become a Garden Guru

Do you want to fulfill your ABS volunteer hours on your own time? The ABS garden is organizing for next year! We’re looking for volunteers to steward one small part of the ABS garden when it’s convenient for you. This job can happen in one hour a week or four hours a month- you decide how to allocate your time. No experience is necessary- we will train you. If you’re interested, please plan to attend a mini workday on Saturday August 5 or 12, from 9-11. If you can’t make it or want more information, contact Kristen Haaf at kristen@rootsfirst.com.


Back to School Night-Save the Date!

ABS Back to School Night is scheduled for Monday, August 21.  Please note the corrected times for each grade level:


Kindergarten, 5th, 6th grade- 5-6pm

1st, 2nd and 7th grade- 6-7pm

3rd, 4th, and 8th grade 7-8 pm


Activity Fee

Each family is asked to pay $30.00 per year per child to help cover the costs of our extensive curriculum enhancement activities, including field trips and art trips.  Fees are payable at the start of the year and may be paid for the full year or in smaller increments, if needed.  Financial assistance is available to those families with demonstrated need per the approval of the principal.  Checks should be made out to The Arts Based School and turned into your classroom teacher or front office.


Beginning of Grade Test

The State Board of Education requires a standardized reading test  for all third graders in North Carolina.  Third grade students will take the Beginning of Grade (BOG) test in reading.  A student’s BOG score will be used as baseline data to measure growth as well as a screening tool to identify those students who will need remediation to pass the End of Grade test.  The NC Read to Achieve initiative which requires retention for students who do not pass the Reading EOG at third grade.  The test has 42 questions and takes approximately 90 minutes to complete.  It will be administered on September 12.    Testing accommodations will be provided for students with Individualized Education Plans (IEP).  Make-up tests will be required for any student that is absent from the regular administration of the test.


ABS Family/Student Directory

To be sure we have accurate contact information for the ABS family/student directory, each family should have received a confirmation email to verify their information on Friday, August 4.  Families that do not want to be published in the ABS directory should email Principal Hollis at rhollis@artsbasedschool.com  before August 11.  If you did not receive a confirmation email, please email Principal Hollis.


Special Visits

Educational research shows that the relationship between the student and his or her teacher is one of the most important factors in a student’s academic success.  This critical relationship is enhanced by our small class size and our educators’ commitment to children.  In support of the teacher/student relationship, our teachers will be offering a Special Visit before school begins.  A Special Visit is simply an opportunity for your child to meet his or her teacher in a familiar setting, a chance to learn a bit about the class and what to expect in the coming school year.  The Special Visit can be set up to occur in your home, here at the school, or on the phone.  This year’s scheduled days for Special Visits are August 17 and 18, 2017.  Your child’s teacher will be contacting you to schedule a 15-20 minute appointment.


Upcoming Events


ABS Garden Workday

Sat, August 12, 9am – 11am

ABS Garden Workday

Sat, August 19, 9am – 1pm

Special Visits

Thu, August 17 – Fri, August 18

Parent Rep/Teacher Breakfast

Mon, August 21, 8:30am – 9:30am

K,5,6 Back to School Night

Mon, August 21, 5pm – 6pm

1,2, 7th Back to School Night

Mon, August 21, 6pm – 7pm

3,4,8th Back to School Night

Mon, August 21, 7pm – 8pm

First Day of School

Wed, August 23