ABS Thursday Notes- June 7, 2018

Thursday Notes                           

Published for the Arts Based School Community                                                                    June 7, 2018




How We Do it and Why?

-Mary Siebert


The Year in Review…

Try to Say it in One Breath…

Back to School Night, Friday Sing, 5th Dancing Classrooms, 1st BB&T 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 and Ms. Adams, 2nd African dance with Miss Dawanna, , Georgia O’Keeffe exhibits at Reynolda House,  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, 6th Olio Glass Blowing demo, 5th “A Wrinkle in Time” at The Little Theatre, 2nd “African Tales”, 1st Old Salem, 1st Caves of Lascaux, Book Fair, 3rd Millis Health Center, 6th Blacksmith Demos, 4th “Legend of 2-Path” film at UNCSA,  Jazz Dads morning performances, 8th Alamance Battlefield, WFU Museum of Anthropology visits: Africa, Drama games and combat training with Heidi McIver, 4th Old Salem, Snow days, Introduction to Guided Math, 8th Visit to water treatment plant, Kaleidium visits, Movie Day, 8th Winston Cup Museum math project, 5-8 January Jam, Positive Discipline parent workshop, 4th Landform Documentaries, K – 2 SciWorks, 1stWoodwind Quintet, 4thGuilford Battlefield, 4th UNCSA Nutcracker, 3rd “Renaissance Spectacles”, 8th Bowling at Northside Lanes, Spelling Bee, Science Fair, K-Kids Skate parties, 2nd Audiologist visit, UNCSA “PLUCK” dancers visit Kinder, 8th John Railey journalist visit, 2nd Home Moravian pipe organ, 7th bookmaking with Terry Schupback-Gordon and Mr. Bob with Wayzgoose, Reynolda House visits, 3rd Grade “The Orchestra Sings” Carnegie Hall/WS Symphony, Reynolda Gardens visits, 5th and 8th Triad Stage “South Pacific,” 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 and the Pulizter Center; 5th “Romeo & Juliet on the Border”, Open-Air all-school Friday Sing, 3rd Police, Courthouse and Fire Station visits, K-2 Piedmont/Fletcher Opera “Tales of the Brothers Grimm”, SciWorks visits, High School info night, Kinder puppet visits with Mr. Bob, Visits to Tanglewood, Art Club, Crazy Running, 4th “Like a Family”, with Reel Shady Band, 8th band and chorus Carowinds, 7th Creek Crawl, K Mrs. Hanes Cookie Factory, 4th trip to Raleigh, Builder’s Club and K-Kids, 7th and 8th band-John Ray improv demos, Jump Rope for Heart, 7th opera “Brundibar” with professional orchestra and Maestro Perret, 8th dance class with Thao, Community Creates Fundraiser, K-Woolsey Farm, 4th Pilot Mountain, 7th Proximity Hotel Sustainability visit, Spirit weeks and pajama days, 6th short films, 2nd Haiku with Mr. Bob, Winter and Spring Band & Chorus concerts, K Bethabara Park, 1st Piedmont Environmental Center, 2nd Stonecutter, 8th“The Lion King”, 1st Grade “Great Dragon and the Laughing Baby”, 4th Band “Instrument Introductions”, SECCA visits, 8th Graduation, Field Day.


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 8  is the last day of school.  Early dismissal.
  • Yearbooks still available for $20
  • Class pictures available for $10


Staffing Changes for 2018-19

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.

Yvonne Leab will be leaving ABS to begin her administrator’s career.  We are so sad to see her go, but hope her future brings her back to ABS.

Tonya Craver, our EC teacher in middle school, will be leaving ABS to work with her husband developing land they own into a new neighborhood.

Both Mrs. Cooper and Mrs. Micka will be moving on as well.  With the overhaul of our K-8 music program, the part time middle school music positions have been replaced with a full-time K-8 music position.  Mrs. Cooper will be staying home with her baby, James.  Mrs. Micka will be taking her talents to her next adventure in teaching.


Rebuilding the 6th grade team

Alysha Christian will be moving up to 6th grade to anchor the new team.  She will be partnered with Courtney Hedgecock.  Courtney did her student teaching this year with Ms. Christian in third grade.  Both are excited to be working with older students and creating the next chapter in 6th grade.


New Music Programming

This fall we will be launching a new ABS music program.  The two new K-8 music teachers will cross over grade levels, capitalizing on their multiple skills. Some initial highlights:


  • Music technology classes, exploring musical elements across many musical genres
  • Electronic composition and improvisation in pop/jazz styles
  • Project-based visits to local musical events from classical to pop
  • Leveled bands and beginning strings
  • Intro to stringed instruments at younger grades


Summer Reading Countdown Continues

As you are looking for books to read this summer, don’t forget about local independent used book stores.  
Piedmont Books
 (in Old Town Shopping Center) has a large children’s section and has an easy summer reading program.  Just read 1-2 books a week to receive a $2 store credit (you can get a variety of chapter books for just $2).  Their program runs June 11th– September 30th.

Grades K-4: Read 1 book a week to receive $2 store credit

Grades 5+: Read 2 books a week to receive $2 store credit

Write down book’s title, author, and a short summary and bring to store

Summer Reading Recap:  We have attached a master list of the Summer Reading programs we have highlighted over the past month. (We will also hand these out at the Book Swap tomorrow.)

Encourage your child to have fun reading this summer by choosing books that appeal to them and to try new genres: realistic, fantasy, sci-fi, adventure, historical, biography, non-fiction, poetry, or graphic novel.

Book Swap is tomorrow

We are excited about the second annual Book Swap that will take place at Field Day tomorrow.  Be sure to ask your child what books they chose to bring home to read this summer!

Around Town…

New Production at Kaleideum’s Peppercorn Theater – Learn to Speak Doll is a new play for audiences ages 7 & up and caregivers about the importance of speaking from the heart. Inspired by the legacy of Dr. Maya Angelou. The play runsJuly 7-15 at the Hanesbrands Theatre.


Arts & Culture Summer Camps with Mama Oli (African Dance teacher & ABS parent, Olivia Sledge) Choose from Art and World Cultures, Jewelry Making, or Rhythm/Music/Movement camps. For more information: Contact Olivia Sledge –osledge@summitmail.org Link to Register: https://www.summitschool.com/our-community/summer