ABS Thursday Notes- March 19, 2020

Thursday Notes                       

Published for the Arts Based School Community                         March 19, 2020



Thank you! 

We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives. 

-John F. Kennedy

      Each day we find ourselves with new questions, new guidance, and new information.  It can feel overwhelming to try to anticipate all the what-ifs and what next. For a moment, it’s good to stop and appreciate the amazing people in our lives and community to give ourselves some grounding.

     How about those amazing teachers!  Each day I’m delighted by their creative activities and thoughtful ideas as they work to maintain connections they make with their students.

     Thank you to our ABS families for making the best of a tough situation.  For many of you, your work schedules and family schedules may have morphed into something unrecognizable.  As we try to get into a groove, remember children thrive on routine. Try to establish some constants in the day so everyone knows what to expect.  

     Thank you to our community for coming together following the rules to help reduce the spread of the virus, helping not only ourselves but one another.

    We will continue to keep you posted as we receive more information and guidance from the State.  Stay well and I hope to see you all soon!


Here are a few FAQ:

How long will schools be closed?

The Governor has closed all NC schools until March 30.

The federal government, the Governor’s Office, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, and the Department of Public Instruction continue to monitor this rapidly-developing public health situation.  Closures may be extended as new information becomes available.


Will we need to make up these missed days?

Only the General Assembly has the authority to waive or forgive instructional days and hours required by the state’s school calendar law. We will continue to advocate for districts’ flexibility within the calendar that best meets the needs of students.


What will happen to EOGs/EOCs?

At this time, no decision has been made about accountability. The State is working with the United States Education Dept on potential flexibilities in our ESSA plan around accountability.


How will my child keep up with learning?

Our teachers are working hard to share activities and resources with families via email.  These activities are not required at this time. We are mindful of striking a balance between those who are choosing to focus on family time and those looking for academic assignments.  


Will the shows/performances/Community Creates be postponed/canceled? 

Yes, we will need to postpone all gatherings of 50 or more for the next eight weeks as recommended by the Center for Disease Control.  We will re-evaluate the scheduling of events as new information becomes available.


Is school lunch available for those in need?

Beginning Monday, March 16, WS/FCS are providing free meals to anyone 18 and under.  The school cafeterias will be open to distribute meals between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.



If you have any photos of 7th graders, your 8th grade baby/toddler photo for the “Guess Who?” page, or any photos of Builders Club – Please e-mail by tomorrow (3/20) to sherribcarter@triad.rr.com Due to impending closures, the printer has requested schools turn in their yearbooks ASAP.



To order your yearbook – Orders can be placed by visiting the Strawbridge website at http://www.strawbridge.net/ and clicking the red “Order Pictures and Yearbooks” button at the top of the page. The price is $22 and our school code is YB106312.



Summer Camp registration is now OPEN to ABS families. Be sure to visit our website to register your child while spaces are still available.