ABS Thursday Notes- February 1, 2018

Annual Giving Campaign Kickoff

In the month of hearts and Valentine’s Day, we are launching our Annual Giving Campaign to show our love for our school.  Each family will soon be receiving information about the Campaign.    You will also be hearing from your Class Campaign Representative – each class has one, some have two!  Never fear, these folks are not there to hound you but simply to serve as a resource should you have any questions.    Thank you so much for your consideration and participation in the Annual Giving Campaign.  Our goal is 100% participation and we can’t do it without YOU!


New Faces at ABS

Each year we are delighted to host student teachers and observers from area universities.   It’s such a privilege to work with the future of education and share the “ABS way”.


  • Peace Ajirotutu from Salem College is working with Mr. Wilbur in the music room.
  • Savhana Hargritt from the career center also working with Mr. Wilbur.
  • Abby Lockhart from Wake Forest University is working  with Ms.Cohen in second grade.
  • Janine Bardell from Salem College is working with the kindergarten team.
  • Eugenia Huang from Wake Forest University is interning with Principal Hollis.
  • Holli Sowers from High Point University is working with Mrs. Sankey in second grade.
  • Courtney Hedgecock from High Point University is doing her student teaching in Ms. Christian’s third grade classroom.



Welcome to our new middle school math teacher, Lisa Hendrix.   Yesterday was Ms. Boaz’s last day at ABS before she officially retires. We wish her the best of luck! I am excited to report that we have a wonderful math teacher joining us in her place. Lisa Hendrix will join the 7th and 8th grade team as our new math teacher. Ms. Hendrix is licensed in math 6-9, math 9-12, and AIG. She has experience teaching 6th, 7th, and 8th grades and is coming to us from Clemmons Middle School.


Unfortunately, the timing doesn’t work for Ms. Hendrix to start with us today. She is planning to start with us on February 26th or earlier if her position is filled by that time. Mrs. Woosley has agreed to fill in until Ms. Hendrix joins us.



Ella Parks (7th grade) took her science fair project titled “Will the Water Temperature Help Me Win the Race?” to the Region V Charter Science Fair in Greensboro last week. Ella’s project placed first in the middle school biological sciences A category. She now has the opportunity to enter her project in the Region V Science Fair at Triad Math and Science Academy on February 17th. Great job, Ella!


Snow Make Up Days

Although the inclement weather has caused us to cancel a few school days, at this point we are not required to schedule a make-up day.   The state law requires public schools to provide 1025 hours.  We will exceed this requirement even with the missed days.  If additional snow days are required, we will make them up on the make-up days noted on the school calendar.


K-Kids Sponsoring Read to Feed

The K-Kids are once again sponsoring the very popular  school-wide fund raiser for Heifer International called “Read to Feed,” from now until February 16. Heifer International is an organization which contributes livestock and training to families in need around the world and helps them build sustainable businesses. Each child who participates will ask family and friends to donate a certain amount for each book he or she reads (or, for young students, for each book read to them) from now until Feb. 26, and that amount will go toward buying cows, chicken, sheep, goats or llamas for a family.


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.


Student Intent for 2018-19 School Year

As we prepare for next year’s enrollment lottery (2018-19), it is important to know how many spaces are available in each grade.  As a current student, your child has priority placement and no additional action is required.   If your child is not returning to ABS for the 2018-19 school year, please notify Stephanie LeFever at slefever@artsbasedschool.com


Siblings of students also receive priority, but must fill out an enrollment application. You must complete an application for the 2018-19 school year for siblings of current students in order to reserve a space before the lottery.  Deadline for receiving applications is Feb 2 @ 3pm



Order online at http://www.strawbridge.net/order-online/
– our online code is 106312. The cost is $20.


If you prefer to pay by check or cash, you can order with the forms that are on the front table of the entrance to the MLK building or at Donna’s desk in 7th street building.

Orders can be turned in to Donna in the 7th St. building or Angela in the MLK building. Deadline to order is March 1st.


And, as always, please keep uploading pictures to your class Shutterfly site for possible inclusion in our 2017-18 Yearbook! The yearbook particularly needs 2nd and 5th – 8th grade candids! Thank you!


Parent Council News:

Parent Council Meeting – Friday, February 16
Please join us for the December Parent Council on Friday, February 16 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, February 9.

Class Rep Meeting in February!
We will have a brief Annual Giving training meeting for all class reps following the Parent Council meeting on Friday, February 16.  We will discuss the logistics of the campaign and your role in helping to communicate with your classroom.  Don’t worry – it’s easy and won’t take much time!  Can’t attend or have questions?  Please contact Annual Giving Co-Chairs Jennifer Bender(jensray@gmail.com) and Brandi Cleveland (clevelbb@wfu.edu).  Thank you!