ABS Thursday Notes- March 5, 2020

Thursday Notes                       

Published for the Arts Based School Community                         March 5, 2020


Conference Days- March 6- Early Dismissal,

                     K-4 Dismiss at 11:45

                     5-8 Dismiss at 12 noon

                       March 9 No School

Updates on COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

As the world continues to learn about and adapt to concerns regarding COVID-19, ABS is actively taking steps to help ensure the health and safety of our school community.

ABS is following the guidance of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS). 

We are aware that a single case of COVID-19 has been identified in North Carolina, and CDC confirmation is pending. There have not been any confirmed cases in Winston-Salem, Forsyth County or surrounding areas.

Our school staff and custodial staff are paying special attention to cleaning doorknobs, handrails and other high-touch surfaces, consistent with seasonal flu prevention. Additionally, the CDC recommends the following preventative actions to reduce the risk of developing COVID-19, influenza, and other respiratory illnesses:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.


As you support your children through this challenging time, please keep in mind these tips from the National Association of School Psychologists. For the full article visit Parent’s Guide for Talking to Children about COVID-19

Remain calm and reassuring Children will react to and follow your verbal and nonverbal reactions.

Make yourself available Children may need extra attention from you and may want to talk about their concerns, fears, and questions.

Monitor television viewing and social media

-Be honest and accurate.

-Review and model basic hygiene for prevention.  

-Communicate with your school 


Sports Club starting soon

Sports Club with our PE teacher, Coach Pierce, on the field, will start again for Spring Trimester. 2nd and 3rd graders on Tuesday/Thursday (you must commit to both days,) and for 4th and 5th graders Fridays only, beginning the week of March 16. The last day of clubs will be May 15.  Sports Clubs will be canceled for inclement weather. Sports Club students will develop skills and learn new games, mastering teamwork and positive mutual support. bpierce@artsbasedschool.com

Click HERE to enroll in Sports Club. Clubs are limited to 20 students, maximum. 


Parent Council Meeting

Parent Council meeting Friday, March 13 at 8:15. If anyone has topics or questions please send them to  Becky Dickson rebeccapdickson@gmail.com or Sam Pearce sampearce@triad.rr.com



Last year we sold out of yearbooks AND sold out of our reprint! Make sure you have your copy by ordering today! 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.


Builders Club is teaming up with H.O.P.E. of Winston-Salem for Pi Day!

Winston-Salem is one of the top cities in the entire United States for hunger in families with children. One of every four children in North Carolina has insufficient food to meet nutritional needs! Each week, HOPE of Winston-Salem prepares and distributes over 1,000 nutritious meals to children and nearly 1,500 pounds of fresh produce to their families. 

Help us collect pie supplies to donate on 3/14, Pi Day.

How can you help? 

Please donate the following items:

  • Canned Pumpkin 
  • Apple Pie Filling (no processed sugar)
  • All-Purpose Flour

(Collection bins are located in the 7th street lobby)

In addition to collecting, ABS Builders Club will be volunteering at H.O.P.E. to prepare lunches and pack groceries for those in need. 

Thank you for your support!

Around Town…

National Day of Unplugging


JOIN US FOR NATIONAL DAY OF UNPLUGGING 2020 FROM SUNDOWN TO SUNDOWN, MARCH 6 – 7. https://www.nationaldayofunplugging.com/unplug-youth