ABS Thursday Notes- December 14, 2017

Thursday Notes                           

Published for the Arts Based School Community                                                           December 7, 2017




NC School Report Card

North Carolina’s school report cards are an important resource for parents, educators, state leaders, researchers, and others, providing information about school- and district-level data in a number of areas. These include student performance and academic growth, school and student characteristics, and many other details.

Report cards are provided for all North Carolina public schools, including charter and alternative schools.

The School Report Card website has been completely redesigned for 2017. This interactive website, designed and hosted by SAS, includes printable versions of the North Carolina School Report Card snapshots. For researchers and others who want to dig into the data further, an analytical site is available here.

The release of the 2016-17 School Report Card includes two new features. The first is information related to Career and Technical Education — what courses are offered and the number of industry-recognized credentials have been earned by students. The second new feature is a student readiness indicator, which shows the percentage of students entering a school’s lowest grade who were proficient in both reading and math at the end of the previous year. The student readiness indicator, along with information about the percentage of students who are economically disadvantaged, provide context to the test scores and other information that is provided.

The new website allows for side-by-side school comparisons. Since schools are structured differently from one another in terms of size, grade levels, student populations served, and the programs offered, the Report Cards should not be used to rank schools.

Parents and others should note that the information in the School Report Card, while important, cannot tell you the entire story about a school. Other important factors — the extra hours put in by teachers preparing for class and grading assignments, the school spirit felt by families, the involvement in sports, arts, or other extracurriculars — are crucial aspects of a school community, but are not reflected on the Report Card.



Flu Season

As you know, flu can be easily spread from person to person.  We are asking for your help in reducing the spread of flu at ABS.  The symptoms for the seasonal flu and H1N1 are the same: fever of 100 degrees or more, cough, sore throat, runny nose, body aches, headache, and feeling very tired.  Students with these symptoms will be sent home.

You can help us by taking these simple steps:

  • Teach children to wash their hands often.
  • Teach your children not to share food or drink.
  • Teach children to cough or sneeze into their elbows to avoid spreading germs.
  • Keep sick children home.

Get the flu vaccine for you and your children.


Inclement Weather

In the event of inclement weather, ABS will announce school closings on local TV channels, under “The Arts Based School”.  This information will also be posted on the ABS website (www.artsbasedschool.com).


ABS Science Fair

ABS will hold its annual science fair on January 11, 2018.  All students are invited to participate.  Information packets will be sent home via Thursday packets this week.  Science Fairs give students an opportunity to think and work independently, develop and refine individual science interests, and engage in critical thinking. Please help your child choose a science fair project topic that aligns with the science standards at his or her grade level. Science standards can be found for each grade level on the ABS website under “Our Students”. Science Fair applications are due to your teacher by Friday, January 5.


ABS Spelling Bee

We will be holding our annual spelling bee for third through eighth grade students on Friday, January 5th. The top three winners from each classroom will participate in the school wide event.   For more information about word lists, check with your classroom teacher.



Crisis Control Food Drive

K-Kids are sponsoring a canned food drive for Crisis Control Ministries, a non-profit organization which provides food for the needy in our community. Please bring non-perishable items in cans and boxes (no class containers, please). Items will be collected in a hallway location outside each grade level. This drive will continue until Friday, Dec. 15.

Parent Council Meeting

Please join us for the December Parent Council on Friday, December 15 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.  The agenda for tomorrow’s meeting is attached to the Thursday Notes e-mail.


Imprints at ABS

Imprints Cares will begin offering  before and after school care onsite at ABS in January.    Registration for the program begins this week.  See attached flyer for more information about the program and registration go online to ImprintsCares.org/Expanded-Learning


MAP Testing in January

Third through eighth grade students will complete the second round of MAP testing in January.  After the testing is complete, parents will receive an updated score report showing the progress your student has made this year.


January Jam – Jan. 12th 2:30-4:00pm 

January Jam is a dance party for 5th-8th graders that the school holds as a fundraiser event. If you have any questions please contact, Ryan Leigh Runyon. (ryanleigh@gmail.com)

Volunteer opportunities available, view link below:



Casting Call

Casting Call for UNCSA film project,  LOCK STEP, a 360 video about a 10-year-old boy whose life is benefitted from his dancing experience.  Ann Guill from Dancing Classrooms and Laura McKinney, screenwriting professor at UNCSA are working together to produce this innovative narrative captured with a 360 degree camera.
They will be casting on Monday, January 8th at 3:00pm – 4:30 pm at ABS in the 7th St Drama studio and filming February 18 & 19th at the school.  Please contact Laura McKinney with any questions at mckinny13@gmail.com


Around Town…

Check out Sawtooth School for Visual Art’s new winter classes and workshops for Youth and Teens!  Sawtooth offers classes in drawing, painting, ceramics, glass, and more.  New for the winter is the Arts and Innovation Club for elementary students- engage your creative mind and explore new art forms through STEM concepts.  Scholarships are available for all classes.  www.sawtooth.org