ABS Thursday Notes- March 17, 2016

Thursday Notes                           

Published for the Arts Based School Community                                                               March 17, 2016




Early Dismissal-March 25

Spring Break-March 28-April 4


How We Do It and Why

By Mary Siebert


“Appalachian storytelling isn’t a theatrical performance with sets and costumes and lighting and accents, though a good storyteller can conjure all those things in the mind of the listener.” – Dave Tabler


The 4th grade Appalachian Tales unit is not a formal performance, but a shared experience, focused on the art of story-telling and the crafts of Appalachia, as well as the history of the textile industry in the Piedmont region of North Carolina. It recalls the days before radio when we all participated: telling stories, dancing, singing, playing instruments, adapting household objects to produce percussion and melody, creating art from whatever we found around us.

Students explore the history of these regions of the state, learning about the vibrant cultural mix of native people, immigrants, slaves, and invaders who all contributed to create a powerful and unique culture in our state. We explore this culture through reading, research, maps, visiting artists, and the arts. We share it with our families in a culminating event that includes dancing, art, music, and storytelling.

Preparation for the storytelling involves extra time with “Mr. Bob” Moyer and Heidi McIver, who help students focus on the lifeblood lines of acting: simply telling the story, and truly listening. Students learn traditional tales from Mr. Bob, but they also learn about child labor in the textile mills, and unionizing efforts that followed changes in lifestyle from farming to mill work. Through the famous period photos of Lewis Hine and written memoirs of folks who were there, students imagine themselves into the mills.

Meanwhile, they have been learning to weave and sew, beginning with small, personalized projects. Along with the stories, students will perform some traditional songs from the region. The live band “Reel Shady” will lead us through delightful reels and square dances.


Community Creates!  Save the Date

Our Community Creates! fundraising auction is scheduled for May 7.  Community Creates! pairs local artists and community leaders to create artwork together that will be auctioned to fund arts programming for children at the Arts Based School.  We use the term “collaborate” very loosely- whatever is comfortable for the artist; anything from taking a tour of the
artist’s studio to helping select a previously executed piece, to a one-on-one brainstorm and sketching session. The goal is to enhance, rather than impede, the creative process for both the artist and the community leader.

Community Creates! Components:

  • Live Auction Pairs of local artists and community leaders team up to collaborate on an original work of art. The resulting unique creations vary from oils on canvas, metalwork, photography, watercolors, fibers and many other inspiring collaborations.
  • Silent Auction An eclectic mix of original works of unique finds and arts-themed experiences.
  • 100 for $100 One hundred local artists each create an original work of art on an 8×10 canvas with the only guidance being the idea of ‘community’. Each artist is encouraged to explore the theme in any way they are inspired. All works are signed and dated on the backs of the canvases.  Guests purchase pieces, all priced at $100, based on their connection to the work and not on the perceived value of the artist.
  • Food, Drink and Entertainment Heavy hors d’ oeuvres, beer, and wine are included in the ticket price as well as live musical entertainment.


Parent Council Board Nominations

Nominations are open for Parent Council Board positions for 2016-17. Descriptions of the duties for each officer can be found on the ABS website for Parent Council under the “Our Parents” Section. Elections will be held at the Parent Council Meeting in May. If you wish to nominate yourself, please contact Michelle Lawrence (mhlawrence86@gmail.com) or Lindsay Deibler (lindsaydeibler@gmail.com)


Friday Sing April 8 – IMPORTANT NOTICE!

On April 8, if the weather is fine, Friday Sing will take place in the ABS courtyard at the 7th Street courtyard, including students in the 7th Street building. If the weather is wet, Friday Sing will be CANCELLED in April.


4th Graders Singing National Anthem at Dash Stadium March 25

Mr. Wilbur will lead a group of 4th-graders in singing the Star Spangled Banner on Friday, March 25 at Dash Stadium. Singers should arrive at the stadium at 6:30 to sing at 6:55, and meet under the scoreboard. Parents must remain with their children until after the anthem is performed. The game is the 7th Annual Major Larry John Bauguess, Jr. Memorial Game. Students are welcome to stay for the game, but parents must remain to supervise them. No ABS staff will be available to supervise after the singing of the anthem. We have been invited to see the game for free. Concession stands will be open.


Annual Giving Campaign



Don’t miss the chance to show your support for our amazing school.  Next week is the last week of our 2016 Annual Giving Campaign.

There are many ways to contribute:  send in an envelope with your child, mail one in, drop by either front office OR simply click on this link to donate online quickly and easily!



Right Decisions, Right Now

Next week fifth grade students will take part in the “Right Decisions Right Now – Be Tobacco Free” program presented by Reynolds American. The presenters of this program speak to young people about making good decisions and saying “no” to tobacco.


Jump Rope for Heart

The K-Kids are sponsoring “Jump Rope for Heart” to benefit the American Heart Association. Our event will be held on Friday, March 27. This is a great opportunity to learn about heart health and help the cause of heart research.


Lost and Found

Items left in the lost and found will be hung on the playground fence to be claimed. All items remaining at 12noon on Friday, March 25 will be donated.


Garden Work Day

Saturday, March 19   9:00 to 1:00

The next outdoor work day at ABS is sponsored by the K-Kids. It’s time to get serious about spring before spring gets ahead of us! Come help weed, mulch, prune, and more. Bring snacks, hats, gloves, kids, and fun for the little ones, and rack up lots of volunteer hours all in one day. RSVP appreciated but not required. Matt Mayers (mlmayers@gmail.com or 723-7189)


Around Town…

Art in the Afternoon at Sawtooth – Saturday, March 19 from 1 to 4 PM.  Preview Camp Sawtooth, ARTeens and Summer Art Immersion at this community open house featuring hands-on art activities and live art demonstrations throughout the afternoon. The Davis Gallery will exhibit the work of Sawtooth 4th – 12th grade students while the Corridor Gallery will spotlight several of the School’s K-12 instructors, Prospective students and parents are invited to meet instructors and tour studio classrooms.  Free Sawtooth memberships (valued at $35 each) awarded to any student who registers for a summer camp or workshop during Art in the Afternoon.  Free and open to the public.  For more information visit Sawtooth.org