ABS Thursday Notes- February 9, 2017

Thursday Notes                           

Published for the Arts Based School Community                                                             February 9, 2017





How We Do It and Why

By Mary Siebert


Next Tuesday’s lottery will fill 26 open spaces, placing over 400 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 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.


Parent Council Meeting – Feb. 17- 

Our next meeting is Friday, Feb. 17th at 8:15am in the Cafe of the MLK Building. Lindsay Deibler (lindsaydeibler@gmail.com) or Julee Nunley (julee@thenunleys.net)



Class Rep Meeting in February!

Please join us on Friday, February 17th immediately following the Parent Council meeting for a brief Annual Giving training session.  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 Emily Ball (emilynball@gmail.com) or Shannon Wright (thewrights@triad.rr.com).  Thank you!


Read to Feed

$50 will buy a goat! $20 will buy 2 rabbits! You have only 2 more weeks to get your books read and sponsors signed up for the Heifer International “Read to Feed” program. Money is due by Friday, February 24, and checks can be made out to Heifer International.​


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 10.  Some scholarships are available.   See attached flyer for more information or call Ann Guill at 336-409-0672.


Upcoming Events

2nd-Twin City Stage

Thu, February 9, 9:30am – 11:15am

Lion King attended Dress

Thu, February 9, 12pm – 1pm

5th-Twin City Stage

Fri, February 10, 9:30am – 11:15am

Lion King attended Dress

Fri, February 10, 12pm – 1pm

8th – Lion King

Fri, February 10, 6pm – 7pm, 8-9pm

8th – Lion King

Sat, February 11, 6pm – 7pm, 8-9pm

ABS Board Meeting

Tue, February 14, 4:45pm – 5:45pm

ABS Board Meeting and Lottery

Tue, February 14, 5:45pm – 7:45pm

3rd- Old Salem

Thu, February 16, 9:15am – 12:15pm

5th-Freedom Train-Reynolds Auditorium

Thu, February 16, 11:15am – 12:30pm
Parent Council meeting

Fri, February 17, 8:15am – 9:15am

No School- President’s Day

Mon, February 20
K-3 opera “Jack and the Beanstalk” Fletcher Opera

Wed, February 22, 9:15am – 10:00am

ABS Garden Workday

Sat, February 25, 9am – 1pm

Early Dismissal- Conference Day

Fri, March 3, 11:45am – 12:00pm