ABS Thursday Notes- January 26, 2017

Thursday Notes                           

Published for the Arts Based School Community                                                             January 26, 2017





How We Do It and Why

By Mary Siebert


“Acting is behaving truthfully under imaginary circumstaces.” – Sanford Meisner


The experience of performing in a movie is different from a staged production. Scenes are shot out of order. There’s no countdown to the moment of truth, when a chattering audience hushes and all eyes are on you. 6th grade actress Natalie Silver reflected on the difference as she relaxed between shots today in the 7th Street drama room.

“I’m less scared that I’m going to mess up, because you can just do it again,” she said. “And there aren’t as many people in the audience, so it’s not as nerve-wracking. I just think of it like performing in the living room when I was really little,” she said with a shrug.

The two 6th grade classes arrived at school yesterday morning with plenty of energy. It was “filming day” for their self-authored script about Eleanor of Aquitaine. 6th grade teacher Yvonne Leab said “It was very exciting from the moment they all started arriving…it’s so much fun, getting into costume, taking pictures…I’m very proud of them. All the research, the script writing…they’ve worked hard!”

Film making is a great motivator for deep research. The content is embedded as students use the same facts to: research, write and edit the script, create a storyboard, review a shot-list, rehearse, and shoot multiple takes. They again review the material when the film premieres. And they have fun doing it…much more fun than simply reading about the Crusades, for example, and answering questions afterward.

Students dressed in gowns and garlands, helmets and jester’s togs, modern office attire and “student uniforms” were all about campus in yesterday’s sunshine, shooting scenes in the field, the gardens, Lloyd Church, the music room, and in front of a green screen in the drama room. Mr. Zayas stood behind the camera in each location calling out directions: “Cut! Cut! Cut!” or “Keep acting ‘till you hear ‘cut’ and stay in the camera space!”


  Everything stops while a train passes by.


Then back to work: “OK! We’re gonna grab the shot in the garden with the maidens, Eleanor and Henry. Maidens, be sure when you ‘re walking by the camera that you don’t walk into the camera.” Every 6th grader knows that Mr. Z. refers to Henry II, Eleanor’s second husband, that she lived in the High Middle Ages, that she traveled in the unsuccessful second crusades with 300 maids, that Henry II had her imprisoned, and that she outlived him. Just ask them.

The teachers juggle time for this special day by planning learning activities that students can join and leave while the shoots are taking place. Ms. Koza pops in to rehearse choreography during her planning time. Mr. Zayas appreciates this opportunity for students to see how long it takes to capture even a few seconds of film, how critical rehearsal is, what means to “hit your marks,” look into the camera, and hold the boom. This is 3-way integration: reading/writing, social studies, and film making all combined.

“It’s really fun!” proclaimed Leah Johnson, as she and her classmates twirled together in the hallway. “And I like the dance part!”


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 Stephanie LeFever in the front office (slefever@artsbasedschool.com).


Parent Council Meeting – Feb. 17– 

Our next meeting is Friday, Feb. 17th at 8:15am in the Cafe of the MLK Building. If there is a topic you want considered for discussion, please contact 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!


Box Tops Collecton: Friday, February 17th

Please send in your Box Tops with your child this Friday morning, February 17th. Volunteers will be at the doors to both buildings to collect box tops. This is a simple way to support the school financially. There is a new Box Top App that families can download on your phone to make redeeming funds easy as well. Any questions please contact, Gwen Ashburn (gwendolyne.ashburn@gmail.comhttp://www.boxtops4education.com


Read to Feed

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.


Please Remember

Students are not allowed to carry or administer medicines at school.  This includes cold medicine and cough drops!

A Request for Medication Form must be completed and signed by a parent/guardian, and your health care provider for nonprescription medications such as vitamins/supplements, or any other over-the-counter medicine.  These must be brought to school in the original container. The date, dose and time(s) for nonprescription medication(s) to be given at school must be indicated.  No medicine will be given unless the above steps have been completed. To make sure your child receives his/her medicine safely, NO EXCEPTIONS can be made. If a Request for Nonprescription Medication Form is NOT completed, the parent/guardian will have to come to school to administer the medication personally.


All District Band

Congratulations to 8th grader Alexander Pecoraro and 7th grader Sarah Brown who auditioned for the All District Honors Band this past weekend! They placed into the Symphonic Band, and they will be attending the All District Clinic in Boone this February where they will perform with the top middle school players from Northwest North Carolina.


Student Intent for 2017-2018 School Year

As we prepare for next year’s enrollment lottery (2017–2018), it is important to know how many spaces are available in each grade.  As a current student, your child has priority placement.  We assume that your child is returning unless you let us know otherwise.  If you will not be returning to ABS please email slefever@artsbasedschool.com


Siblings of students also receive priority, but must fill out an enrollment application. You must complete an application for the 2017-18 school year for siblings of current students in order to reserve a space before the lottery.  Deadline for receiving applications is Feb 3 @ 3pm


Around Town…

AUDITIONS for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat will be held January 31st, beginning at 6:00pm, at Twin City Stage. (Arts Council Theatre.)  The show is being directed by our own drama teacher, Mr. Z and choreographed by ABS 5th grade teacher Ms. Koza! It is a family show, so parents are encouraged to audition along with their kids. Dancers are also encouraged to audition. More info athttp://twincitystage.org/auditions.html or by liking Twin City Stage on Facebook!