ABS Thursday Notes-July 5, 2018

Thursday Notes                           

Published for the Arts Based School Community                                                   July 5, 2018




Afterschool Care at ABS

ABS Before and Afterschool Care Program was created out of a need for high quality care with a flexible, convenient schedule for working parents. We look forward to providing a safe and fun filled environment where we focus our efforts on the social, emotional and physical development of your child. We’ll do this by nurturing strong relationships and offering your child choices that reflect his/her individual needs, interests and abilities.  The onsite child care will be staffed by ABS teachers and staff with Stephanie Lefever as the Afterschool Program director.  Registration will open July 9th on the ABS website.


The Grass is Always Greener…

Really, it’s true this time.  Our playfield of dust and weeds is now covered with beautiful, green grass.  We replanted the field with a durable sod to stand up to the wear and tear of recess and PE.   The sprinklers are working overtime during these hot, dry days of July.  We’ll give it a few weeks of tender love and care so it’s ready for play in August.  Thanks to Ben Gryder Landscaping.   Ben is a former student of ABES, all grown up with his own company.  He did a wonderful job and will continue to keep the field in great shape throughout the school year.


Thank you volunteers

Thanks again to last week’s parent and student volunteers who helped me weed the gardens and tidy the grounds.  If you like to get your hands dirty, feel free to stop by and pull a few weeds anytime.  You can always log your hours later.  Stayed tuned for more calls for volunteers throughout the summer!


Who’s My Teacher?

Now that we’ve hired all of our new teachers, we’re ready to put the final touches on class lists.  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.  Parent requests received before May 1st are also considered along with other information.  To protect student privacy we will be sending class assignments via email at the end of July this year instead of posting on the website.


New Parent Orientation

Save the Date- Wednesday, Aug 8 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 8 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.


Medicines at School

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 dropped off the first day of school.  All medications must be dropped off by a parent and kept in the school office.


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 16 and 17, 2018.  Your child’s teacher will be contacting you to schedule a 15-20 minute appointment.


Parent Council News:


Jennifer Bender is currently recruiting class representatives for all classrooms at ABS for the 2018-2019 school year. It’s a great way to get your volunteer hours for the year and to be more involved with our amazing school. I know we haven’t received our child’s classroom assignment, but your interest will be noted and I’ll make assignments as soon as I am able.

Thank you so much for your willingness to volunteer your time and energy.



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 receive 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.


ABS Family/Student Directory

To be sure we have accurate contact information for the ABS family/student directory, each family will soon receive 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 3.


Back to School Night-Save the Date!

ABS Back to School Night is scheduled for Monday, August 20, 5-8pm.  To ease parking, we will have staggered sessions. More details soon…


Please Donate Your Stringed Instruments!

ABS will be introducing stringed instruments to our music program this year. We would love your donated instruments! We will particularly need ½ and ¾ sized violins, but welcome all full-sized violins, violas, cellos, and double basses. As non-profit organization, we can offer tax letters for the value of the instrument. Please drop your donation off at the MLK building, or email Mary Siebert at msiebert@artsbasedschool.com with questions. Thank you!