ABS Thursday Notes- June 22, 2017

Thursday Notes                           

Published for the Arts Based School Community                                                                  June 22, 2017




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 2017-18…



Trish Goldberg, Nicole Londono Ashley Rudd

First Grade:

Kathie Fansler, Nicole Howard, Sherell McArthur

Second Grade:

Leigh Cohen, Tiffany Parris, Keri Sankey

Third Grade:

Anne Campbell, Alysha Christian, Lauren Quintal

Fourth Grade:

Alex DeJarnette, Kelly Robertson, Renee Meeks

Fifth Grade:

Leni Fragakis, Laura Lynne Frazier, Becky Koza

Sixth Grade:

Yvonne Leab, Jaclyn Purdy

Seventh/Eighth Grades:

Kimberly Dickson, Gail Boaz, Jennifer Lewis, Lenora McNamara, LeeAnn Farrell

The Arts:

Jan Adams, Betsy Messick, Peter Wilbur, Heidi McIver, Elizabeth Gledhill, Ashleigh Cooper, Chloe Micka, Nick Zayas


Angela Hunt


Eric Smith


Welcome to ABS!

For fourth grade, we are excited to announce Alex DeJarnette has accepted one of the positions.  You may remember Ms. DeJarnette did her student teaching last fall with Mrs. Farrell and served as a teaching assistant for Mrs. Fansler in first grade. She graduated from Salem College with her Master’s in Teaching.
Kelly Robertson will join the fourth grade team.  She has been teaching for 7 years with a break in teaching while she worked in Education Publishing.  She is licensed K-6 and most recently taught fourth grade at Smith Farm Elementary.  Many of you may already know Mrs. Robertson, both her daughters, Emma and Addilynn attend ABS.


Jaclyn Purdy will be joining the ABS team to teach 6th grade.  Mrs. Purdy is licensed in K-6 and middle school ELA and Science.  She has a Master’s of Education from Salem College.  She is a veteran teacher with 12 years of experience, most recently at Flat Rock Middle School.  Her son will be joining ABS’ kindergarten.

Welcome back to Nicole Whitaker!  Nicole will be returning to ABS as a teaching assistant with Mrs. Fansler in 1st grade.


Middle School Updates

Last week, the ABS Board approved the additional social studies position for middle school. We are excited to announce that Ms. Farrell will be moving into the middle school social studies position.    Mrs. McNamara will also be moving into the middle school as the ELA teacher for 7th/8th grade.  Although the Board also approved the construction of 3 new classrooms, that space will not be available at the beginning of school.   For the 2017-18 school year, ELA and Social Studies will be taught in one classroom by the ELA/Soc Stu team.  The middle school schedule will stay the same.



Mrs. Tarmey, Mrs. Stone and Mr. Lewis Richardson will be leaving ABS.  It’s always hard to say goodbye.  We wish them the best as they embark on their next adventure.


Field Day Video

Thanks to Peter Wilbur for field day video

The password is:
ABS Dragons


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.


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.


Summer Packets

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 slefever@artsbasedschool.com


How Did We Do?

Each year we conduct a parent satisfaction survey and a student survey (grades 2-8) to gauge our success from your perspectives.  We also use these results to understand what’s working and what’s not working as well as we’d like.  Of the 384 families, 51 parents responded.  Overall, 94% of parents are satisfied with the education experience of ABS.   I’ve attached a summary of both surveys if you’re interested in the questions and the results.


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.