ABS Thursday Notes- June 28, 2018

Thursday Notes                           

Published for the Arts Based School Community                                                                  June 28, 2018



Construction in the Courtyard

In place of students playing and laughing in the courtyard, we now have the cacophony of construction.  They have begun demolition and preparation for footings in the 7th Street Courtyard.    The plans include the construction of three new classrooms and new bathrooms along a new extended hallway. These classrooms will house our 3 fifth grade classrooms once construction is complete.  As we closely watch the construction underway, we’re biting our nails, hoping it will be done in time to start school.  We are still optimistic.  Our builder, Don has always come through for us, but the task is larger and the time is shorter.  We’ll keep you posted.


More 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 are some new additions to ABS:


Sarah Scott is joining the 6th grade team.  Mrs. Scott recently moved to Winston-Salem from Nashville.    She has a master’s degree with a K-6 license and middle school math.  She has been teaching for 3 years.  We’re excited to have her join the team!


Jim Sharkey will be joining our EC team to work with EC students in our middle school.  He has a Master’s degree and has been teaching 4 years.  He had a career before teaching, including Folk Musician, Photojournalist and Navy Photographer.


Staff Restructuring

Due to budget constraints, we have had to restructure some of our staffing.  We will no longer have a production assistant position.  This position was originally created at a time when the arts director was responsible for directing and producing all student performances.  At that time, we received a grant from the Winston-Salem Foundation to add a part-time position to offset the duties of the arts director to allow time to document some of the ABS curriculum.  As middle school was added, we eventually hired drama teachers to direct productions, which has caused some job overlap. These kinds of changes for organizations are always difficult and especially so when the person in the position is such an integral and beloved part of our school community.  It gives me great sadness to report that Claire O’Boyle will be leaving ABS.  We thank her for her enduring support and kindness through the years.


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 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!


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.



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.