ABS Thursday Notes- February 11, 2016

Thursday Notes                           

Published for the Arts Based School Community                                                           February 11, 2016




Snow Make Up Day

Monday, Feb. 15, 2016


How We Do It and Why

By Mary Siebert


After Tuesday’s lottery, our school has 396 students on our waiting list. The procedure for the lottery is dictated by the state, and we follow each step with care. We have no influence over who is accepted and who is not. State regulations dictate that we place siblings of ABS students, children of full-time ABS employees, and children of board members at the top of the list, but other than this, placement is by lottery. This is accomplished by assigning a number to each applicant, writing that number on an individual Bingo ball, and allowing the turning ball machine to randomly release one ball at a time. The process is continued through all 400+ applicants, until each of them is placed either in a class or on the waiting list. It’s exciting for us that our school is beloved and that so many families hope to join our community. It’s also painful that we have to turn many away.

We hope that children who are not able to attend ABS will encounter schools invigorated by the current educational reforms which lean toward the National Education Association’s “Four Cs”: critical thinking, creativity, communication, and collaboration. The arts are a natural conduit for this “21st Century” learning, so our approach is rapidly gaining attention. One organization that helps share ideas and support teachers and administrators who are striving toward arts-based instruction is the A+ Schools program of the North Carolina Arts Council, of which we are a member. From their website, this statement describes the A+ focus:

In A+ Schools, arts education is approached in three ways:

  • through arts integration – bringing together arts and non-arts objectives to create hands-on, experiential, connected and meaningful learning experiences
  • through pure arts education – developing understanding and comfort in the elements, principles, history, processes and works of  each art form
  • through arts exposure – creating opportunities for students and staff to experience artistic works and performances in both their school and their community


We are proud to be a member of the A+Schools network, which is now expanding from its Winston-Salem origins to become international, with new schools in Africa and Europe. We hope that all American schools will continue to integrate the arts into children’s learning.


ABS Lottery by the Numbers

Tuesday night, February 9, ABS held the enrollment lottery for 2016-17.  The cafeteria was filled with families excitedly waiting to hear their child’s name called.   Prospective parents will be notified of lottery results via US Post within one week of the lottery.


Total Applications                    418

Total Spots Available                 22

Time for Lottery                        1 hour 30 minutes


Annual Giving

Last week, each family received information about our Annual Giving Campaign.    This week, if you haven’t already, you will be hearing from your Class Campaign Representative.  Never fear, these folks are not there to hound you but simply to serve as a resource should you have any questions.  We’re just getting started in our first week of the campaign:





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!


Parent Council Meeting February 12

Our next meeting is Friday, February 12 at 8:15 am in the teacher resource room of the MLK Building.  Agenda is attached to this Thursday Notes.




K-Kids Sponsors Read to Feed

Have you ever owned part of a cow? How about a llama? Well, you could now! The K-Kids are once again sponsoring the very popular  school-wide fund raiser for Heifer International called “Read to Feed.” 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.

Begin gathering your sponsors. Now, let’s  READ, READ, READ!!!!!!!