ABS Thursday Notes- July 27, 2017

Thursday Notes                           

Published for the Arts Based School Community                                                   July 27, 2017




First Day of School –Wed, August 23rd


How We Do It and Why

By Mary Siebert


 “If a man believes and expects great things of himself, it makes no odds where you put him, or what you show him … he will be surrounded by grandeur.” – Henry David Thoreau



Why integrate the arts into classroom instruction?

  • The arts channel energy into productive learning, incorporating higher-level thinking and putting application of knowledge into practice.
  • Authentic problem-solving opportunities are presented within arts endeavors.
  • Mastering the arts requires engagement, repetition, discipline, accuracy, and focused application, resulting in delight, deep recall, and increased self-esteem.
  • Integration allows other subject matter to “hitch a ride” with the energy of the arts.
  • When you use the arts, students’ brains are fully engaged.
  • Integration enables the instructor to teach several subjects simultaneously.
  • When learning through personal, artistic expression, students “own” integrated knowledge, which helps them retain it. When you create art, you care about it.
  • Integration provides an answer to the question:  “When would I ever use this math?”


Here’s when you might use this math:

  • Basketry measurement
  • Volume measurement and ratio in paint mixing
  • Counting and fractions in music and music notation
  • Measurement and scale in set design
  • Measurement in costuming
  • Geometry in graphic design and dance
  • Number patterns in choreography
  • Calculation of space, weight and balance in architecture and sculpture
  • Financial challenges of becoming an arts entrepreneur or a producer


…and finally, performances and art exhibitions provide authentic goals that inspire individual and collaborative excellence.

  • When students have a targeted performance date, they all care, and hold one another accountable for preparation and quality.
  • Students strive to offer their very best work, when they know an audience is coming.
  • Students collaborate in fresh, inventive ways, to create performances.
  • Students learn from one another and adjust standards upward when inspired by observance of excellence in others.
  • Students learn to appreciate and accept individual ideas, through performance.
  • Performances are real-world assessments, where effort and product are valued.
  •              The opportunity to have individual                expression recognized and valued builds       self-esteem, inspiring even greater efforts.


Parent Representatives for 17-18 School Year

Did you love being a class representative or want to give it a try for next year? If you are interested in a class or specialist representative position for the upcoming school year, please let our Parent Rep Coordinator Heather Levinson know!  We are starting to plan for next year and will make assignments once class assignments are posted. Heather’s email address is heatherdlevinson@gmail.com.


Back to School Night-Save the Date!

ABS Back to School Night is scheduled for Monday, August 21.  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.


Scheduled Dates for Drop off Student Medication

The Arts Based School staff is not allowed to administer any herbal, over-the-counter, or prescription medications or ointments without prior written authorization from the child’s physician.  If your child needs to take medication during school hours or your child has a life threatening allergy that requires medication to be kept at the school, please email Stephanie LeFever at slefever@artsbasedschool to obtain the necessary forms that must accompany all medications. All medications must be dropped off by a parent and kept in the school office.  If you have questions about medications at school, please email Stephanie LeFever.

Dates and times reserved for medication drop off:

Monday, August 21 or Tuesday, August 22 between the hours of 8:30 and 11:00 AM or 12:30 – 2 PM.


Summer Packets-Correction

New students should have already received summer packets.  Please note the New Parent Orientation was incorrect in the summer packet.  Correct New Parent Orientation

Wednesday, Aug 9 at 10am for the New K-4 Parent

Wednesday, Aug 9 at 6pm for Middle School Orientation


Congratulations to Ms. Farrell

Congratulations to Ms. Farrell on the arrival of her baby boy, Kyle Nolan Gilbert Dutch!  He was born July 21, 2017 at 6 lbs.9 oz., 20 inches long.

Ms. Farrell will be out on maternity leave at the beginning of the school year.  Her team teacher, Mrs. McNamara will take care of classroom responsibilities until she returns.


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- Wednesday, Aug 9 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-Wednesday, Aug 9 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.

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 August 17 and 18, 2017.  Your child’s teacher will be contacting you to schedule a 15-20 minute appointment.