ABS Thursday Notes- January 24, 2019

Thursday Notes                           

Published for the Arts Based School Community                                           January 24, 2019




How We Do It and Why

By Mary Siebert

  “We left feeling that we had just visited the best school in the nation…a  belief  I am sure we are not alone in having!  The joy of teaching was so apparent in your teachers and staff.  And the students were all so engaged!  We applaud your commitment to respecting the individuality of each child, and to the positive/creative/nurturing way that you help them grow. 

   We saw beauty everywhere.  Not obligatory displays of a talented few, but a celebration of the imaginations of all.  You truly are building healthy, confident, aware and participatory citizens.  Your school stands for the things that we as educators ourselves have committed our lives to.

   We are trying to remain hopeful that (our daughter) will be lucky, that her number might be called to attend ABS, if not this year perhaps the next.”

 – Sean Sullivan, UNCSA Contemporary Dance Faculty, after a school tour.

     Next Tuesday, February 12, at 5:45 p.m. the annual ABS lottery will take place here in the ABS café. The public is welcome to attend, but prospective parents are not required to attend the drawing. The procedure for the lottery is dictated by the state, and we follow each step with care. 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. There is no advantage to turning an application in early – the lottery is entirely by chance.

     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 of North Carolina, part of the NC Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, 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. We hope that all American schools will continue to integrate the arts into children’s learning, and that all parents who seek this kind of instruction for their children will find it.

Peter and the Wolf – Helpers Needed

At 8:00 a.m. this Monday, January 28, volunteers are needed to load the Peter and the Wolf set into a U-Haul at ABS and then help load it into the DeMille Theatre on the UNCSA campus at 10:00.

We will also need volunteer assistance at about 1:00 p.m after the Thursday performance on January 31, returning the set from DeMille to ABS. If you can help with any of these opportunities, please email Mary Siebert at msiebert@artsbasedschool.com


All District Band

Congratulations to Josie Scott, 7th Grade Flutist, for placing in the Northwest All-District Band! We are proud of our ABS musicians who participated in all-district auditions.


Science Fair Success!

Fourth Grader Addy Greene and Fifth Grader Sofie Barnes are taking their science fair projects to Greensboro on Saturday for the Region V Charter School Science Fair. We know they will do a great job representing ABS!


Community Creates!

The Community Creates! Committee has begun working on this year’s fundraising auction for the school.  Community Creates! pairs local artists and community leaders to create artwork together that will be auctioned to fund arts programming for children at Arts Based School.  We use the term “collaborate” very loosely.  Whatever is comfortable for the artist; anything from the collaborating personality, taking a tour of the artist’s studio to help select a previously executed piece, to a one-on-one brainstorm and sketching session. The only goal is to enhance rather than impede the creative process for both the artist and the community leader.

Community Creates! Components:

  • Live Auction 15 pairs of local artists and community leaders have teamed up to collaborate on an original work of art. Each of these works will be auctioned, live, at the event.
  • Silent Auction

Art experiences, smaller works and pieces by artists who are not able to work in collaboration with a leader will have a place in the event this year.

  • 100 for $100 One hundred 8”x10” canvases painted by assorted local artists in the community. Each work is directed only by the word “community” and will be signed only on the back and sold for $100 on a progressive schedule throughout the evening. Patrons will purchase pieces based on their connection to the work and not the perceived value of the artist. Have they purchased a work by an artist of international standing worth 10 times the price or a piece by a budding local artist?
  • Food, Drink and Entertainment Heavy hors d’ oeuvres, beer and wine are included in the ticket price as well as live musical entertainment.

If you would like to help with this school fundraising event, please contact Principal Hollis at rhollis@artsbasedschool.com Save the date- Saturday, May 4 for the auction!


Volunteer Hours

We are over halfway through our approximate 40 weeks of school!  Our volunteer policy requires one hour of volunteer time/child/week (40 hours for the school year).  Now is a great time to review your volunteer hours by logging onto HelpCounter.  Need assistance with your account?  Contact Donna Brown in the front office (dbrown@artsbasedschool.com).


Parent Council News:

Box Top Collection

The next Box Top collection date is February 15. Please send all Box Tops that you would like to donate at that time. If you are interested in assisting with Box Tops, please email Gwen Ashburn (gwendolyne.ashburn@gmail.com).


January Parent Council Meeting

Please join us for Parent Council meeting on Friday, January 25 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. This month’s PC meeting will include a discussion with Amanda Sullivan and Scott Ertl about the counseling program at ABS.


Summer Camps at ABS

The Arts Based School will be offering ABS Summer Camps for Summer 2019.     Stayed tuned for more information about dates, programming and registration!