ABS Thursday Notes- June 2, 2016

Thursday Notes                           

Published for the Arts Based School Community                                                                    June 2, 2016




Here’s a snapshot of what we did this year at ABS…

Try to Say it in One Breath!

Back to School Night, 5th Dancing Classrooms, 1st Piedmont Club visit, 4th Diana Greene writing, 4th SECCA art opening with life-sized self-portraits, Tyra Somers harp and Diana Greene, K Dixie Classic Fair, 4th Hanging Rock, 6th Janna Levin “Physics dances”, 3rd Swimming, 2nd African dance with Mama Oli, , Kinder & 1st Farmer’s Market, Drumming with Mr. Bill, 3rd Natural Science Center, Drama games with Mr. Bob and Ms. Heidi, Fall Festival, 1st Triad Farmers Market, 2nd Performance: “African Tales”, 1st Old Salem, 8th visit from Maestro Bob Moody,  Book Fair, 3rd Millis Health Center, 6th Jan Detter mosaic murals with UNCSA, 8th Alamance Battlefield, 2nd Museum of Anthropology visit: Africa, Drama games and combat training with Heidi McIver, 4th Old Salem, 8th Visit to water treatment plant, Children’s Theater visits, Positive Discipline parent workshop, K – 2 SciWorks, 1stWoodwind Quintet, 4th Guilford Battlefield, 4th UNCSA Nutcracker, 3rd Performance “Renaissance Festival”, Spelling Bee, Science Fair, K-Kids Skate parties, 2nd Audiologist visit, UNCSA “PLUCK” dancers visit Kinder, 2nd Home Moravian pipe organ, January Jam, 4th Petronella with Mr. Bob, 7th bookmaking with Terry Schupback-Gordon and Mr. Bob with Wayzgoose, Reynolda House visits, Movie Night, 5th Cowboys with Ms. Siebert, 3rdOld Salem, Lego Club, 2nd clay demos from Ms. Cohen and Nicole Uzell, Kinder “Peter and the Wolf” performance with UNCSA PLUCK dancers at UNCSA theater, 8thnatural dye chemistry with Gillian Morriw, 4th National Anthem at the ball park, 8th visit to Unifi, Mad Science, 8th Manufacturing Economies red carpet premiere; documentary film with Ms. Green and Mr. Wilbur, visits from artist Kyle T. Webster, 5th Romeo & Juliet on the Border at Arts Council Theater, Open-Air all-school Friday Sing, 3rd Police and Fire Station visits, K-2 Piedmont/Fletcher Opera “Dr. Ziggy’s Fantastic Plan”, SciWorks post-flood visits, High School info night, Kinder puppet shows, Visits to Tanglewood, Writing Club, Art Club, Crazy Running, 6th River Run Film Festival, 4th“Like a Family”, NC story-telling and dance with Reel Shady Band, 8th band and chorus Carowinds, Builder’s Club Talent Show, Jump Rope for Heart, 7th performance: opera “Brundibar” with professional orchestra and Maestro Perret, 8th Dance class with Thao Nguyen, Community Creates Fundraiser, K-Woolsey Farm, 4th Pilot Mountain, 7th Proximity Hotel Sustainability visit, Spirit weeks and Pajama days, 6th Film red-carpet Premiere short films at SECCA Theater, Winter and Spring Band & Chorus concerts, K Bethabara Park, 1st Piedmont Environmental Center, 3rd Entrepreneur visits, 2nd Stonecutter, 8th Lion King, 6th Earth Fair event with canvas bags, First Friday Sings, 1st Grade Performance “Three Cinderellas”, 4th Band “Instrument Introductions”, 2nd SECCA visit, 8th Graduation, Field Day.


Builder’s Club Election

Congratulations to the new Builder’s Club officers for 2016-2017!


President-Douglas Giles

Vice President-Miguel Burgos

Treasurer-Joseph Davila

Secretary-Ella Marion


Last ABS Garden Work Day of the Year

June 4    9:00 am to 1:00 pm

Come help us put the campus in good order for the summer. We can use all the hands we can get, and you might still need to do some of your volunteer hours. Bring your hats and gloves, kids and snacks.

Questions and RSVP to Matt Mayers: mlmayers@gmail.com


Fourth Graders “Fly-up”!

Fourth grade students will get a chance to visit the 7th Street building with their teacher and Assistant Principal Raper on Friday. They will meet front office staff members, see where classrooms are located, and have a chance to ask questions about daily life in the 7th Street building. Parents of middle school students should stay tuned for information about a middle school orientation to be offered in August.

Final Friday Sing

The last Friday Sing this year will be in the 7th Street Courtyard with K – 8, from 1:50 – 2:20. If the weather is threatening, we will have K-4 Friday Sing only, in the MLK building.


K-8 Class Representatives- 

Did you love being a class representative or dream of being one for next year??!! If you are interested in a class representative position for the upcoming school year, 2016-2017, then please let your PC Co-Chairs know!  We are starting to plan for next year. Lindsay Deibler –lindsaydeibler@gmail.com or Julee Nunley – julee@thenunleys.net

Thank you for all you do for our school!


Class Pictures

We have a few extra class pictures for sale in front office for $10.  First come, first serve.



It’s always hard to say good bye.  We wish all those leaving ABS the best of luck.  Thanks to each of them for their time and commitment to ABS in helping develop into the school that we are.

Emilie Wagner (5th grade), Jess Broughton (2nd grade) and Nicole Whitaker (MLK front office) will not be returning to ABS next year.  Each is taking a break from their careers to spend more time with their families.


Middle School Math Expanding

Next year, our middle school math program will be expanding as we add an additional math teacher to work with our current math teacher, Mrs. Lewis to meet the needs of 7th grade math, 8th grade math, Math I and Math II.  We are currently looking for a full time math teacher.  Our ideal candidate will be a math lover who enjoys middle school kids. This team player will be both professional and creative. Interested teachers should send resume to Principal Hollis at rhollis@artsbasedschool.com


End of Year Checklist

  • Pick up medications from the front office
  • Be sure all fees and lunch balances are paid
  • Let us know if you will not be returning to ABS next year.  If your child is transferring to another school, please let us know where to send your child’s records by emailing Stephanie LeFever – slefever@artsbasedschool.com
  • Tuesday, June 7th is the last day of school.  Early dismissal.



Around town…


Camp Shakespeare!

Mr. Bob and Ms. Heidi would love to see rising 5th- to 9th graders at Camp Shakespeare again this summer.

Scholarships are available for eligible students.

Camp Shakespeare! will be held on the UNCSA campus July 18-22, 2016 from 9am-4pm. Campers should wear comfortable, easy-to-move-in clothing and be prepared for a very active week. Students who will be in grades 5-9 in the 2016-17 school year are invited to attend.

See the UNCSA website for more information: http://www.uncsa.edu/summer/camp-shakespeare.aspx