ABS Thursday Notes-June 23, 2016

Thursday Notes                           

Published for the Arts Based School Community                                                                        June 23, 2016




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 list so far…



Martha Holland, Brittany Ravestein, Ashely 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:

LeeAnn Farrell, Lenora McNamara, Renee Meeks

Fifth Grade:

Leni Fragakis, Laura Lynne Frazier, Becky Koza

Sixth Grade:

Yvonne Leab, Danielle Tarmey

Seventh/Eighth Grades:

Kimberly Dickson, Jennifer Lewis, Paula Stone

The Arts:

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


Angela Hunt


Eric Smith


Dramatic Changes

We are thrilled to announce that a generous gift from ABS friend and former board member Alex Ewing has allowed us to transform our back space into a modern black box theater!  We will also be trading some spaces to create a dedicated dance studio, giving us school-wide access to the theater without disrupting dance classes.


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!


Back to School Night-Save the Date!

ABS Back to School Night is scheduled for Monday, August 15.  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 when all teachers have been hired.


Summer Packets

Summer packets will be mailed out 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, 146 parents responded.  Overall, 93% 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- Tuesday, Aug 2 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-Tuesday, Aug 2 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 11 and 12, 2016.  Your child’s teacher will be contacting you to schedule a 15-20 minute appointment.