ABS Thursday Notes- February 4, 2016

Thursday Notes                           

Published for the Arts Based School Community                                                             February 4, 2016




How We Do It and Why

By Mary Siebert


Yesterday I let one butterfly out. …Just … one!” – Kindergarten student after dress rehearsal.


Here’s a Kindergarten lesson that works for adults, too. Do you ever get butterflies in your tummy before something special is about to happen? Maybe a big job interview, a presentation, a first date, a difficult conversation, or a performance of Peter and the Wolf? Raise your hand, if you’ve ever felt a few little butterflies fluttering in your tummy. (You know there aren’t really butterflies in your tummy, right? It’s just our imagination, but it feels like butterflies.)

Close your eyes. Can you see what color your butterflies are? Can you make them fly in a circle? Nice, pretty little butterflies! Open your eyes now, and raise your hand, if you’d like to share what color your butterflies are. (Some Kinder answers: sparkly rainbow, green wings with black spots, turquoise, yellow, camouflage…)

Those butterflies are helpers. They give you a little extra energy. It helps them if you close your eyes and say hello to them, and notice what color they are. They also love nice, fresh air. Let’s take a deep breath for our butterflies and give them some air. (Big sighs: “Ahhhhhh!)

Kindergarteners will be coloring their butterflies in the classroom, before they go to their performance on Thursday. While they wait in the wings for the show to begin, we will remind them to give their butterflies some breath. Lots of smiles, sighs, and color return to little faces when we do this. It will help you with your job interview, your public speaking engagement, or your important meeting, too.

This is all based on research – there is plenty of it, regarding stage fright. Everyone seems to agree that deep breathing helps calm anxiety and focus the mind. Some experts advise that the worst symptoms arise from the performer’s attempt to resist the butterflies. If you see, acknowledge, and flow with your symptoms, you can transform stress to focus. Don’t be a hard surface attempting to block the butterflies. (Think: windshield on a speeding vehicle.) Instead, become the breeze upon which they flutter. There is a synergistic enhancement that you can ride, if you flow with that extra energy. When we welcome our butterflies, they become good guys. You can even give them names. As one Kindergartener advised: “Give them some water and air, and give them time to play.”


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

Welcome to our student teachers from Salem College. They are starting their student teaching semester at ABS.  Ms. Ward is working with Mrs. Broughton.   Ms. Nelson is working with Ms. Cohen. Ms. Kreeger is working with Mrs. Sankey.   Each year we are delighted to host student teachers from area universities.  Also we have a counseling intern, Holly Young from Wake Forest University working with our counselor, Ms. Sullivan.  Tori Koch, also from Wake Forest University is interning with Liz Green, our curriculum coordinator. It’s wonderful to be influencing the next generation of educators.


World Languages Update

7th and 8th grade students have finished German and are getting ready for their second week of Italian classes. We are excited to have Maddalena Agnoli with us for six weeks of Italian. Ms. Agnoli is a native Italian speaker and is excited to bring her love of the language and life in Italy to our students.


Yearbook Photo Request

Please e-mail your 8th grader’s baby or toddler picture ASAP to sherribcarter@triad.rr.com

if you would like your child included in the “Guess Who?” portion of the 2015-16 ABS yearbook.


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!!!!!!!


Grant Awarded

Thanks to Lindsey Deibler and Matt Mayers for working on the Sustainable Green Space project.  ABS has been awarded a $1500 grant from the Westwood Garden Club.


Used i-Phones, i-Pads Needed

Mrs. Green, our curriculum coordinator, is in need of used iPhones, iPads or tablets (including chargers) for a project that will use apps to organize teacher resources. Please drop your donated device off with Mrs. Green or Ms. Nicole in the MLK front office.


ABS LEGO & Robotics After-School Club

Do you love to build, create and find solutions to interesting problems? Come join us for Spring session of Lego Club. Space is limited and will be filled on a first come, first served basis.

Who: 1st-2ndgraders

When: Thursdays 2:30-3:30

We will meet 4 times for the spring session

Starting: February 11- March 3rd

Where: MLK Building Ms. Sherell McArthur’s classroom

Price: FREE

TO Join:  email (AFTER 8 pm THURDAY February 4th) Hadera Lowrance at legohadera@gmail.com  with your child’s name, grade and teacher  information. Spots will be filled on a first come first served basis. Emails sent BEFORE 8pm WILL NOT be considered.


Around Town…

Avalon Cotillions is a social dance program directed by Ann Guill, who also brings the Dancing Classrooms program to ABS for 5th graders.  Fifth grade and middle school students are invited to attend fun and educational Avalon Cotillions classes on 5 Sundays, as well as a special dinner etiquette class and a dinner dance on March 11.  Some scholarships are available.  For further information, please call Ann Guill at 336-409-0672.



5th Annual Winter Retrospective, in collaboration with SECCA, highlights Authoring Action’s teen authors’ accomplishments through spoken word arts, music and film throughout the year! 


When: February 2016 

Where: SECCA, 750 Marguerite Drive, Winston-Salem  

Dates: *4 dates/2 Weekends:

Saturday, February 20th @ 6:00pm &Sunday, February 21st @ 3:00pmAND Saturday, February 27th @ 6:00pm & Sunday, February 28th @3:00pm 

Cost: Tickets: $10 in advance and $15 at the door! Proceeds benefit Authoring Action & SECCA. 


Purchase your tickets today at: