ABS Thursday Notes- July 21, 2016

Thursday Notes                           

Published for the Arts Based School Community                                           July 21, 2016




First Day of School –Wednesday, August 17th


Card-link Drive Fundraiser

It is time again to link your shopping rewards cards to ABS!  You can connect your Harris Teeter VIC card, your Food Lion MVP card and your Target REDCard, and a portion of your purchase amounts will be donated to the school. It’s free and easy, and makes ABS money while you shop!    Just go online to link your card, or ask at the checkout line to be linked to Arts Based School.  Here are the web addresses:


Harris Teeter


Our code at Harris Teeter is 5054.


Food Lion


Our Food Lion school code is 212359

You don’t have to have children at ABS to connect, so encourage family and friends to link their cards as well!  The connections need to be renewed every annually.


Who’s My Teacher?

Classroom teachers met with the grade level team before school was out to create the class rosters for next year.  They use all that they know about your child’s academic, social, emotional, and behavioral qualities to determine which

classroom is the best match.  To find out your classroom assignment for next year, class lists and supply lists have been posted at our website under “students”. 


Food Allergies at ABS

You’ve all read the headlines and seen the news stories: food allergies are a growing concern in schools across America. Millions of children – children who are perfectly healthy and normal in every other way – must watch every single bite they eat, or risk suffering a severe or even life threatening reaction. In fact, food allergies claim over 200 lives and are responsible for over 30,000 emergency room visits each year. A major health issue such as this one needs to be taken very seriously, and it has always been the policy of this school to make the safety and well-being of our students our top priority.  If a student in your child’s class has a life threatening food allergy you will recieve this information in a letter.  We ask that you pay careful attention to the food restriction and accommodations that the school has put in place to keep these students safe.  We work closely with parents of these students to  tailor the requirements based on the student’s 504 or medical plan.   For some students, the allergy is with ingestion only but others can suffer symptoms from contact or airborne allergens.  If you have any questions or concerns about food allergies or packing your own child’s safe lunch, please contact your classroom teacher.


Back to School Night-Save the Date!

ABS Back to School Night is scheduled for Monday, August 15.  To ease parking, we have scheduled three sessions- K-2 grade will attend 5-6pm and 3-4th grade will attend 6-7pm. Grades 5-8 will attend Back to School night 7-8pm in the 7th St building.  The first part of each session will be a presentation about school wide information.   The second part of the session will be in your child’s classroom.


K-8 Class Representatives- 

We are looking for a few more class representatives for the following classes:

K- Holland, 1-Fansler, 1- McArthur, 2-Parris (a co-rep) 3- Quintal (a co-rep) 4-Farrell, 5-Koza, 8-Dickson, 8-Boaz, and for Specialist Teachers 🙂 If you are interested then please contact Parent Co-Chairs Lindsay Deibler (lindsaydeibler@gmail.com) or Julee Nunley (julee@thenunleys.net)


Summer Packets for New Students

Summer packets were mailed out today. Please read and complete these forms before the first day of school.  You may return these to the front office during summer hours or during Back to School night.  If you do not receive your summer packet, please contact Stephanie LeFever at slefever@artsbasedschool.com


After School Options

ABS families use a variety of local after school options.  The following programs have bus service that will pick up your child from ABS and transport him/her to their facility.  To find out more about their services, please contact the program directly.


Creative Palooza 970-5102

First Baptist  723-7071

YWCA 722-0597

St. Peter’s 784-3126

Mudpies Downtown East 448-0341

Positive Image Performing Arts (PIPA) 893-6571


The YMCA operates an afterschool program on campus at ABS.   YMCA- 724-9205


New Parent Orientation

Save the Date- Tuesday, Aug 2 at 10am for the New K-4 Parent Orientation at ABS.  This program is designed specifically for new families in grades K-4th at ABS to support your transition into ABS and to answer your questions.  Please mark your calendars and join us!


Middle School Orientation

Save the Date-Tuesday, Aug 2 at 6pm for Middle School Orientation.  For new parents (grade 5-8) and also for parents new to middle school.  This program is designed to answer questions about how our middle school program works (grades 5-8) and what to expect.


Beginning of Grade Test

The State Board of Education has implemented a standardized test required for all third graders in North Carolina.  All third grade students take the Beginning of Grade (BOG) test in reading.  A student’s BOG score will be used as baseline data to measure growth as well as a screening tool to identify those students who will need remediation to pass the End of Grade test.  The 2013-14 school year was the launch of the NC Read to Achieve initiative which requires retention for students who do not pass the Reading EOG at third grade.  The test has 42 questions and takes approximately 90 minutes to complete.  It will be administered Sept 7, 2016.    Testing accommodations will be provided for students with Individualized Education Plans (IEP).  Make-up tests will be required for any student that is absent from the regular administration of the test.


Special Visits

Educational research shows that the relationship between the student and his or her teacher is one of the most important factors in a student’s academic success.  This critical relationship is enhanced by our small class size and our educators’ commitment to children.  In support of the teacher/student relationship, our teachers will be offering a Special Visit before school begins.  A Special Visit is simply an opportunity for your child to meet his or her teacher in a familiar setting, a chance to learn a bit about the class and what to expect in the coming school year.  The Special Visit can be set up to occur in your home, here at the school, or on the phone.  This year’s scheduled days for Special Visits are 11 and 12, 2016.  Your child’s teacher will be contacting you to schedule a 15-20 minutes appointment.


ABS Family/Student Directory

To be sure we have accurate contact information for the ABS family/student directory, each family should have received a confirmation email to verify the information that will be printed in the directory.  Families that do not want to be published in the ABS directory should email Principal Hollis at rhollis@artsbasedschool.com  before August 5.  If you did not receive a confirmation email, please email Principal Hollis.