ABS Thursday Notes- August 30, 2018

Thursday Notes                           

Published for the Arts Based School Community                    August 30, 2018



No School- Monday, Sept 3


How We Do It and Why

By Mary Siebert


Music changes, and I’m gonna change right along with it.” – Aretha Franklin


Art Clubs and Music Ensembles for 5,6,7, 8 Grades

The new art clubs and music ensembles begin next Tuesday, September 4 and Wednesday, September 5. Students may participate from 2:45-3:35 in their choice of band, strings, choir, and art club. Fill in the Permission Form, to enroll your student. (Students will not be admitted without a completed parent permission form.)

Here’s what’s happening!


Intermediate Band – 6th Grade: Tuesday and Thursday

Advanced Band – 7/8 GradesWednesday and Friday

With Mrs. Boudreault in the 7th Street Band Room:  mboudreault@artsbasedschool.com 

Instrumentalists:What to Bring

In band, students will continue to grow as musicians and learn to play challenging and fun music of different styles, that fits our development. We’ll grow like crazy and have fun together. Auditions to move from Intermediate to Advanced band will take place after several classes, during band time, for students who feel ready to move up. If Advanced kids feel they’d be more comfortable in Intermediate, that may also be allowed after we’ve given it a try.


Beginning Strings – 6/7/8 Grades: Tuesday and Thursday

Strings Chamber Group – Experienced Players and 6/7/8 Grades: Wednesday and Friday

With Ms. Allen in the 7th Street Dance/Drama Studio:  aallen@artsbasedschool.com  

Instrumentalists: What to Bring

In Beginning Strings, students will learn how to play violin, viola, cello, or bass!  We will learn different styles of music, make great progress, and have lots of fun.

In the Strings Chamber Group, students will be able to perform with other experienced violin, viola, cello, or bass players, including Ms. Allen.  We will perform different styles of music based on your interest, grow together musically, and also have lots of fun!


Choir – 5/6/7/8 Grade Combined: Tuesday and Thursday

With Ms. Siebert and Mr. Brown in the MLK Music Room:   jbrown@artsbasedschool.com

 In choir, we will try out several styles of music, from glee to a capella to traditional chorus, and find out what works best for our group, and what we like best! We’ll learn how to sound better, strengthen our voices, and support each other. If we want to, we’ll add some simple choreography.


Art Clubs – 5/6 Tuesday or Wednesday (choose one.)

Art Clubs – 7/8 Thursday or Friday (choose one.)

With Mrs. Gledhill in the 7th Street Art Studio   egledhill@artsbasedschool.com

Art Club will be a student project driven club, allowing students to gain a deeper understanding of their personal artwork by creating an opportunity for them to receive guided instruction outside of their class curriculum. Students will problem-solve and grow their art artistic abilities.


Guidelines: Please read them all!

  • It’s OK to do more than one thing.
  • Music ensembles meet twice weekly, and students attend both.
  • Art club meets once weekly, and students choose one.
  • Grade 5 may not sign up for band yet. (Individuals may be invited in, when ready.)
  • Students must be picked up on time. Pickup will be at dismissal tents at 3:35.
  • Students must participate and practice to be in music groups.
  • Younger siblings must be picked up at the regular dismissal time or enroll in the after-school program with Stephanie LeFever: slefever@artsbasedschool.com
  • Band or strings, see attached document for supply list.
  • If you need to leave early for another activity, we’ll work it out!
  • If you want to play but need an instrument, email the teacher.
  • This is a new experiment. Have fun and share your questions and feedback! We’re learning and growing. We want this to work for as many students as possible.
  • Questions? Email Ms.Siebert: msiebert@artsbasedschool.com


Bookmarks Presents: Author Dav Pilkey

ABS students in grades 2, 3, and 4 will travel to the BB&T stadium Friday, September 7, to join hundreds of other local students for a visit from Dav Pilkey, the award-winning author best known for the Captain Underpants series. The visit is part of Bookmarks’ 2018 Festival of Books! Don’t miss the festival Sept 6-9, 2018 in downtown Winston-Salem! It’s a fantastic family-friendly festival.


mClass Reading

The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction requires a kindergarten through third grade reading assessment called mCLASS:Reading 3D to help teachers assess, track and support each student’s reading skills.  Each student will be assessed every trimester using the online assessment program.  mCLASS:Reading 3D will instantly analyze your child’s development in grade-appropriate foundational reading skills. Teachers will use this data to focus their instruction around your child’s specific needs, in areas that may include:

  • Hearing and using sounds in spoken words (Phonemic Awareness)
  • Knowing sounds of letters and sounding out written words (Alphabetic Principle)
  • Reading words in stories easily, quickly, and correctly (Accuracy and Fluency)
  • Understanding what they read (Reading Comprehension).


After each assessment period you will receive a letter outlining your child’s specific assessment results and progress as a reader. The letter will also include learning activities you and your child can do together at home to reinforce skills learned at school.  Parent support and reading at home are a vital part of your child’s education. The teacher’s efforts, combined with your support, will help your child read with mastery and confidence.  If you have any questions about the assessment, the activities, or your child’s classroom work and progress, please talk to your child’s teacher.


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Our code at Harris Teeter is 5054.


Parking Lot News

Thanks to each of you for being so careful and patient as we master the drop off and pick up routines in the parking lot.  A few more notes…

  • Please have students ready to quickly exit the vehicle during morning drop off once you are in the drop off zone.  If you’re student needs extra time, you may need to park and escort your child inside.
  • Our students are still playing at recess until 2:05 so we do not allow cars to queue in our parking lot.  Please time your arrival to campus between 2:05 and 2:20 for first dismissal.  We begin loading and moving the cars at 2:25.  After 2:40 we take the younger students inside.
  • The second dismissal is 2:45-2:55.  Although some cars can queue on the left, it creates great congestion on Chestnut.  Please plan your arrival for second dismissal between 2:40-2:50.
  • As we train parents and students, our dismissal line will begin to move more efficiently.   Please be patient and follow the rules to help us get there.
  • Please do not pass cars that are unloading or loading. Stay in one lane until you exit 7th Street.
  • Although we love creativity, please do not “get creative” in the drop off and pick up lines.  Review the map on the back of your name card and the rules and follow them!  Thanks!

If you have any questions, please let me know.  I’m happy to help. rhollis@artsbasedschool.com


Bookmarks Summer Reading
Have your kids been reading from the Bookmarks Summer Reading Passport? It’s not too late to participate! You’ve got one more week to finish your 3 books and 5 activities from the Bookmarks Summer Reading Passport. (They have made the activities much simpler this year- Have you checked out a book at the library this summer? Read a book outside? Been to a museum?- these all count as activities in this year’s passport!)

Upon completion, the Summer Reading Program Passport may be turned in on Saturday, September 8 at the Bookmarks’ Festival for a book of the student’s choice. In addition, all participants will be entered into a contest where four winners will receive a $50 gift card to Bookmarks.

The school with the most participants will win $500 worth of books for their school library. Help us win books for our school library by participating!

Even if you cannot attend the Festival on September 8th, you can still participate. Turn in your completed passport to Hannah or Donna in the front office and we will turn it in for you.  For more information, visit: https://www.bookmarksnc.org/summer-reading-2018


Before and Afterschool Hiring

Most of the Before and After School staff  are ABS teachers and staff.  However, we need a few extra who can begin at 2:30 to cover the time that teachers are not available.  If you have an interest in working for the ABS Before & After School Care Program, please fill out the application.  Contact Stephanie LeFever  –  slefever@artsbasedschool.com – with any questions.


Around Town…

Auditions for Moscow Ballet’s “The Nutcracker”

Reynolds High School is hosting members of the Moscow Ballet (for the 2nd year) to stage a community performance of “The Nutcracker.” There  will be an audition on Tuesday, September 4 for students from 6 – 18 years old. Registration is 4:00 p.m. for a 4:30 open audition. You can register online at Nutcracker.com/auditions. For more information, please contact Amelia Hailey, Dance Educator, from Reynolds High School, ANHailey@wsfcs.k12.nc.us.

Waking Up White

Debby Irving will discuss her popular book, Waking Up White, on September 16th in Winston-Salem. Her book has been called one of the “most important books on race in recent memory” partly because her story provides a context that allows white people to quickly grasp modern racism’s inner workings and enter into conversations with new awareness and skill.

Please join us to learn more about Debby’s journey and discover your own relationship with race.

September 16 from 4:00-6:30 pm at the Central Library. Free. Seating Limited so please reserve a ticket. Click here to make free Reservations