ABS Thursday Notes- March 1, 2018

Thursday Notes                           

Published for the Arts Based School Community                                                                 March 1, 2018




Conference Days- March 2- Early Dismissal,

                        K-4 Dismiss at 11:45

                       5-8 Dismiss at 12 noon

                              March 5 No School


Dear Fellow ABS Families,


We’re sure you remember the feeling well. The date was circled on the calendar and you waited with anticipation until it was time…the Arts Based School lottery. The evening where we all gathered into the building surrounded by a little tension and whole lot of optimism. Parents, families, and hopeful future ABS students piled into, what we all know now as the Cafe, picked a lucky seat and held their breath, while looking around at the other families doing the cruel math in our heads: number of families – available spots= miracle! So, we waited and all chanted the same phrases in our mind over and over…please let them pull our number! Please let us get into ABS!


Then it was time. Number by number the newest students were announced and the Arts Based School filled for another year. The excitement of those students heading to ABS the following year, sadly was mixed with the disappointment of parents who wanted nothing more than their students to attend this school. There might have even been some tears…both of joy and sadness. Indeed, it was an emotional event and it now seems like kind of a blur since we’ve been at ABS for several years, but I do remember walking away from that experience with one strong feeling…luck. I clearly remember feeling so fortunate that my family was going to get the opportunity to join the Arts Based School community. The feeling that we were so lucky to learn at ABS!


It’s human nature to forget over time that euphoric feeling you got when your number was pulled at the lottery that night and you officially became an ABS family. It’s like anything new and exciting, it becomes part of your daily routine and you can even take it for granted, but we are asking you to remember. Remember how it felt to hear your number called and know you were going to give your student the opportunity to attend a school like none other in our city. A school based on a custom-made, arts-based curriculum crafted by passionate faculty and staff, where every student feels safe and receives a phenomenal education. It’s impossible to place a value on the kind of education ABS provides to our children and, at the same time, difficult to believe that it all happens on a very limited budget.  As ABS families and friends, we are invited to experience the magic of ABS for ourselves as volunteers, but we’re also invited to contribute financially to ensure that our school and our students receive the resources needed to be successful.


Our children are not asked to sell coupon books or wrapping paper and this is not an oversight; it’s intentional.  In turn, we ask our parent community, once a year, to donate to the Annual Giving Campaign.  We ask you to open your hearts and think about what this school means to your family.  We ask you to remember how lucky you are to have a place in the ABS community. No matter what you are able to give – $5 or $5,000 – every dollar counts toward our goal of 100% participation.


We know we can reach 100% participation, but we can’t do it without YOU!  Every donation is important!  More information about the Annual Giving Campaign will be sent home today in your child’s Thursday packet.


Many thanks for your support of the 2018 ABS Annual Giving Campaign.


Jennifer Bender                               Brandi Cleveland

ABS Parent of 1st Grader           ABS Parent of 2nd Grader

2018 Annual Giving Co-Chair            2018 Annual Giving Co-Chair                                                                              

Parent Council Meeting – March 16th

The next Parent Council meeting will be held on Friday, March 16, at 8:15am in the MLK Cafe. All ABS families and caregivers are part of the Parent Council and invited to at these meetings. And don’t forget that attendance counts towards volunteer hours!  If you would like to submit an agenda topic, please contact Parent Council Co-Chairs Joy Blaser (joy.blaser@gmail.com) and Julee Nunley (julee@thenunleys.net) by Friday, March 9.


Nominations for Parent Council Board

We will be accepting nominations for the Parent Council Board positions at the March Parent Council Meeting.  Serving on the Parent Council Board is a great way to get more involved at ABS and to earn volunteer hours.  Elections will be held at the May meeting. Following are the positions that make up the Parent Council Board:

Co-Chairs (one position is open for election; 2 year term)

Parent Representative Coordinator (1 year term)

Secretary (1 year term)

Hospitality Coordinators (2 positions; 1 year term)

Technical Support Coordinators (2 positions; 1 year term)

Annual Giving Coordinators (2 year term, Both positions are filled for next year, but we would love to find a parent of a rising 5-8 grade students to work with this team.)


Ordering online is EASY! Go to http://www.strawbridge.net/order-online/
– our online code is 106312. The cost is $20.

If you prefer to pay by check or cash, you can order with the forms that are on the front table of the entrance to the MLK building or at Donna’s desk in 7th street building. Turn in orders to Angela or Donna.


Interested in Promoting Your Business?

We’re looking for sponsors for this year’s Community Creates art auction!  Sponsoring this fantastic event is a great way to reach fellow parents, ABS alumni and countless members of the arts community with your message!  Information about the event and various sponsorship levels is attached to this week’s Thursday Notes.  Interested in participating or have further questions on how your business would like to get involved?  Contact Shannon Wright (thewrights@triad.rr.com) or Julee Nunley (julee@thenunleys.net).



Summer Camps at ABS

Several of our ABS teachers offer independent summer camp programs for ABS students at our school.  Here’s a snapshot of what’s available.  See attached flyers for more information.  If you have questions, please contact the teacher directly.



Peter Wilbur      Music July 9-20 K-5
Nick Zayas Stage Production of Peter and the Starcatcher July 9-29 6-8
Nick Zayas    Film June 11-15

June 18-22

Kimberly Dickson   Robotics, Art, and Volleyball June 18-22 6-8
Tiffany Parris  


Art and Literature


June 18-22

Tiffany Parris Multicultural Arts July 9-13 3-5
Betsy Messick Art Lit Camp  

July 23 – 27.  8:30 – 1:30



Summer Fun June 18-23

9:00 am-1:00