ABS Thursday Notes- July 6, 2017
Published for the Arts Based School Community July 6, 2017
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 will be posted Friday, July 7 on our website under “students”. www.artsbasedschool.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
Summer packets will be mailed out later in July to new students. 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 are the parent of a new student and did not receive your summer packet, please contact Stephanie LeFever at email@example.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
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org before August 4. If you did not receive a confirmation email, please email Principal Hollis.