ABS Thursday Notes- June 21, 2018

Thursday Notes                           

Published for the Arts Based School Community                                       June 21, 2018




Staffing Updates

I am excited to announce several staffing updates.  It’s an exciting time of the year as we look for the next great teachers to join the ABS team.  We get to meet many wonderful educators during the process that are excited about the way we teach children.  Here’s the casting list for 2018-19…



Trish Goldberg, Nicole Londono Ashley Rudd

First Grade:

Kathie Fansler, Nicole Howard, Sherell McArthur

Second Grade:

Jess Broughton, Tiffany Parris, Ashley Setser

Third Grade:

Anne Campbell, Becca Lard , Lauren Quintal

Fourth Grade:

Alex DeJarnette, Kelly Robertson, Renee Meeks

Fifth Grade:

Leni Fragakis, Laura Lynne Frazier, Becky Koza

Sixth Grade:

Alysha Christian, Courtney Hedgecock, New Hire

Seventh/Eighth Grades:

Kimberly Dickson, Lisa Hendrix, Jennifer Lewis, Lenora McNamara, LeeAnn Farrell

The Arts:

Jan Adams, Angela Allen, Mary Boudreault, Betsy Messick, , Heidi McIver, Elizabeth Gledhill, Nick Zayas

Spanish: New Hire

PE: Whit Holcomb-Faye


Hellos and Goodbyes…

Ashley Setser will be teaching second grade with Jess and Tiffany at ABS.  Ashley comes to us from Raleigh, NC where she taught at a Creative Arts and Science Magnet School.  She has a Master’s degree with a K-6 license.  She has been teaching for 3 years.

Becca Lard will be joining the third grade team.  Becca comes to ABS from Kimmel Farm.  She has a bachelor’s degree with a K-6 license.  She has been teaching for 3 years.


Whit Holcomb-Faye will be joining the ABS team teaching PE.  You may remember Whit from his days subbing at ABS.  He played professional basketball for ten years in Europe and coaches high school basketball after school at Parkland High School.    Last year, he served as a long term sub at QEA Charter teaching PE, Health,and Science to middle school and high school students.

Eric Smith is leaving ABS.  We appreciate the four years he spent with our school, building relationships with students, and making PE fun for kids.  We wish him the best in his next adventure.


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 a 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!


Rising 5th Grade Band

All 5th graders will play in beginning band, beginning the first week of school. A welcome letter from our band director, Ms. Boudreault, will be sent to 5th grade parents via email soon.


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…


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.  Parent requests received before May 1st are also considered along with other information.  To find out your classroom assignment for next year, class lists will be posted on the ABS website in July.


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.


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.



Thank you!

Big thanks to our parent volunteers for help with the gardens last weekend.

Tanner Broughton

Bryan Flynn

Zoraida Downs

Bill Stanfield

Peter Chanas

Leah Lavin

Katie Bills

Luke & Dee Dee Johnston

Kristin Haaf

Stephanie LeFever

Robin Hollis


Parent Workday in the Garden

Join us for the next day in the garden!  Please meet Principal Hollis on Saturday morning, June 30, 8-10am at ABS to trim, weed, and beautify the grounds.