ABS Thursday Notes- June 6, 2019

Thursday Notes                           

Published for the Arts Based School Community                                 June 6, 2019




How We Do It and Why

By Mary Siebert


Try to Say it in One Breath…

Back to School Night, Friday Sing, 5th Dancing Classrooms, 1st Wells Fargo sky-high Visit, 4th Diana Greene writing, 4th “My Inside-Outside Self” with John Ray bass and Diana Greene, K Dixie Classic Fair, 6th Math & Science dances with Thao Nguyen, 2nd African dance with Miss Dawanna, , Georgia Reynolda House Dorthea Lange exhibits,  Dave Pilkey and Bookmarks at the Dash Stadium, 7th Renaissance Festival, “Take the Lead” dancers at the Convention Center with Ms. Hollis, Kinder & 1st Farmer’s Market, African Drumming with Mr. Bill, 3rd Natural Science Center, Drama games with Mr. Bob and Ms. Heidi, 1st Triad Farmers Market, 8th “La Boheme” opera, 2nd “African Tales”, 1st Old Salem, 1st Caves of Lascaux, Book Fair, 3rd Millis Health Center, 4th “Legend of 2-Path” film at UNCSA,  Jazz Dads morning performances, 8thAlamance Battlefield, WFU Museum of Anthropology visits, Storytelling and combat training with Heidi McIver, 4th Old Salem, Snow storm, hurricane, 6th walks to Bailey Park concerts, Guided Math, 8th Visit to water treatment plant, Kaleidium visits, Movie Day, 5-8 January Jam, 6th NC Zoo, 4th Landform Documentaries, K – 2 SciWorks, 1st Woodwind Quintet, 5th “West Side Story” at a/perture cinema, 4thGuilford Battlefield, 4th UNCSA Nutcracker, 3rd “Renaissance Spectacles”, Spelling Bee, Science Fair, K-Kids Skate parties, 2nd Audiologist visit, UNCSA “PLUCK” dancers visit Kinder, 8th journalist Mr. Scott from the WS Journal visit, 2nd Home Moravian pipe organ, 3rd Grade WS Symphony visit, Reynolda Gardens and Stream Ecology visits, 8th Triad Stage “A Christmas Carol,” 5th Cowboys with Ms. Siebert, 3rd Old Salem, Kinder “Peter and the Wolf” with UNCSA PLUCK, Mad Science, 8th “Text + Context” photo project with Diana Greene, 4th Emerald Hollow Mine, 6th Olio Glassworks, 8th Pulitzer Center visits; 5th “Romeo & Juliet on the Border”, Open-Air all-school Friday Sing, 3rd Police, Courthouse and Fire Station visits, K-2 Piedmont/Fletcher Opera “Hansel and Gretel”, SciWorks visits, 8th Civil Rights Museum, Middle School Kre8ivU Music Technology, High School info night, Kinder puppet visits with Mr. Bob, Visits to Tanglewood, 2nd Minglewood, 8th Latta Plantation, Parent-Child Retreat with Mr. Ertl, Art Club, Crazy Running, Concert Band, Symphonic Band, beginning strings, ABS Choir, 4th “Like a Family”, with Reel Shady Band, 8thCarowinds, 7th Creek Crawl, K Mrs. Hanes Cookie Factory, 4th trip to Raleigh, Builder’s Club and K-Kids, Blues demos from Matt Kendrick and Diana Tuffin, 7th opera “Brundibar” with professional orchestra, 6thOvation Sound studio recording with Bill Stevens, 8th dance class with Thao, 4th Revolutionary War speaker, Community Creates Fundraiser, Woolsey Farm, 4th Pilot Mountain, 7th Proximity Hotel Sustainability visit, 7th Walk to Bio Tech, Spirit weeks and pajama days, 6th short films with Tyler Hickman at a/perture cinema, 7th River Run Film screening “Memory Games” at SECCA,  2nd Haiku with Mr. Bob, K Bethabara Park, Gardening Club, 1st Piedmont Environmental Center, 2nd Stonecutter, 8th “The Lion King”, 1st Grade “Great Dragon and the Laughing Baby”, SECCA visits for Sam the Dot Man and Lonnie Holley, 8thGraduation.


Staffing Changes 

It’s always hard to say goodbye.  We thank each of our teachers for their time and commitment to ABS in helping develop into the school that we are.

Angie Allen will be leaving Winston-Salem and the Arts Based School.   Although she’s only been with us a year, she’s had a great and positive impact on our music program.    We wish her the best in her next adventure!

It’s with a heavy heart I share the news of Betsy Messick‘s decision to leave ABS.  After 16 years of amazing service in the kindergarten classroom, the art studio, and as an ABS parent, Betsy will be taking a break from teaching to spend more time with her family.  Thank you to Betsy for her tireless efforts to bring joy and creativity to our school, our students, and our community.  We’ll miss her deeply.


Band and Strings

With Ms. Allen’s departure, we are searching for a new music teacher in the middle school grades. Our after-school strings and band programs and our band requirement are dependent on the skills and gifts our new teacher will bring us. Please read Thursday Notes to keep up to date on next year’s offerings!


Middle School Music and K-4 Art

If you know a licensed middle school music teacher or a licensed K-8 art teacher who would love to work with our amazing kids and colleagues, please let them know we are searching! They can visit artsbasedschool.com and visit “Our Staff,” or email Principal Hollis for more information, at rhollis@artsbasedschool.com


ABS Summer Camps!

If you missed the May 31 deadline to register for summer camp, here’s your chance to enroll your child! We have a few open spots remaining in the camps below. You can register here.


Week 1 (June 17-21) 

Kinder-ART-en (rising Kinder & 1st grade)

Around the World (rising 2nd – 5th grade)

Unicorn Camp (rising Kinder – 5th grade)

Fantastic Creatures (rising 5th – 8th grade)


Week 2 (June 24-28)

Unicorn Camp (rising Kinder – 5th grade)

Get Your STEM On! (rising Kinder – 5th grade)


Week 3 (July 8-12)

All Aboard the RMS Titanic (rising 4th-8th grade)


Week 4 (July 22-26)

Crime Scene Investigation (rising 3rd-6th grade)


Graduation Ceremony 

The 8th grade graduation ceremony takes place Thursday, June 6th at 6:00 p.m. in the ABS Ewing Theater. (1380 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr.) The exercises will last about 45 minutes. Students should dress up, (avoid jeans, sneakers, T-shirts) and arrive by 5:45. On Friday, students will do the traditional walk-through procession of both buildings, to be cheered and greeted by all K–7 students, before Field Day fun begins.



Fee Notices

Notices went home last week, in regards to any fees owed to the school, please take care of these by June 7th and feel free to  email or stop by to see Mrs. Garner to make sure your accounts are in good standing.


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
  • Friday, June 7th  is the last day of school.  Early dismissal.