ABS Thursday Notes- March 8, 2018

Thursday Notes                           

Published for the Arts Based School Community                                 March 8, 2018




How We Do It and Why

By Mary Siebert


Wake up, Jacob, Day’s a-breakin’!

Peas in the pot and the hoecake’s bakin’.

Early in the morning, almost day;

If you don’t come soon…gonna throw it all away.”

-Cook’s Wake-Up (Traditional American)


Fifth graders lie on the ground, eyes closed, imagining a time when only the sounds of nature and the occasional snoring comrade were heard at night. Suddenly, their repose is shattered by the banging of spoon on frying pan, and the “Cook’s Wake-Up”, and with a big “yahoo!” we’re off on another day of the “Cowboys” unit that kicks off our Romeo and Juliet on the Border project.

The unit is built around historic folk songs, works of art, and frontier history of the cattle drive era of the American “Wild West”, dating from the end of the 19th century. Students learn about the direct connection from the Civil War to the cattle drives and the industry’s role in Reconstruction. They explore cultural changes taking place in the west during that time, how economic factors pushed the cattle onto the prairies, and how technology and over-grazing brought an end to the iconic era. Daily “rodeos” help students maintain learning about a diverse group of topics including the prairie biome and its creatures, star constellations, African American cowboys and women, influence of Mexican culture, the railroads, supply and demand, transportation, and social customs.We focus on these questions:

– How do social factors impact economic ones?

– How do folk songs and visual art serve as primary sources to teach us history?

– Who were the cowboys and cowgirls of the American Wild West?

Meanwhile, 5th graders are learning historic American cowboy and Northern Mexican folk songs for the show. They are learning about Shakespeare, and the plot of this important story that draws them directly into conversation about fear of the “other” and how negative stereotyping repeats itself in human history. Audition techniques, (which translate directly into job interview skills,) the social and dance skills they learned during “Dancing Classrooms,” years of singing together, and their understanding of the content will draw them together into one 60-kid storytelling troupe. When theater and history converge, we’ll have us a wing-ding!


Annual Giving-Week One




The 2018 Annual Giving Campaign for ABS is off to a great start!   We are ahead of where we were in the first week of the campaign last year. Thank you for your support!!!


Hopefully you have all received information

(and a green envelope!) about our Annual Giving Campaign that kicked off last week! If you haven’t already, you soon will be getting a weekly update from your Class Rep on your classroom’s participation rates.


Our goal is to achieve 100% participation from all of our ABS families – we can’t do that without YOU!   All amounts are welcomed and appreciated.   Showing we have high participation rates from our families helps our school tremendously when we are applying for grants, so your participation truly counts!


We are excited to report that 100% of our ABS Board members have donated to our campaign as well!  The majority of these folks don’t even have children attending our school but they believe in and support our mission.


Please make your donation to the Annual Giving Campaign today and feel good in knowing you have done your part to support our school.  Send in your green envelope or click here to donate online:



Sprit Week at 7th Street Building

Each year the ABS Builder Club hosts Spirit Week.  Your child has the option to dress up during the week of March 19-23. Every family is encouraged to also donate a specific item on each day of the event. All contributions will be donated to organizations like The Rescue Mission, Sunnyside Ministries, and the Battered Women’s Shelter. Below are the dress codes for each day, as well as donation categories. Thank you for your support!


Monday– Sock Day (Wear insane socks) – Bring new socks to donate to the Rescue Mission.

Tuesday– SOUPer Hero Day (Dress as your favorite superhero) – Bring canned soup to donate to Sunnyside Ministries

Wednesday– Wacky Tacky Day (Wear a crazy attire) – Bring gently used or new toys/board games to donate to S.C.A.N

Thursday– Throwback Thursday (Dress as people from the 20’s-90’s) – Bring diapers and toiletries to donate to Battered Women’s Shelter

Friday– FANatic Friday (Dress as your favorite sports player) – Bring packaged snack items to donate to Ronald McDonald House                                                           

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.)


Read to Feed Made Its Goal

The K-Kids wish to thank everyone who participated in the Read to Feed fundraiser. We made our goal by raising $1,515.00 which will be matched dollar to dollar by Heifer International, for a total contribution of $3,030.00! Kudos to our students who have improved their reading and become great advocates for those around the world who need our help!


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).


Upcoming Events…

Friday Sing

Friday, March 9

1:50pm – 2:20pm


Kinder – Kaleideum Downtown

Tuesday, March 13

9:30am – 1:30pm


ABS Board Meeting

Tuesday, March 13

5:45pm – 6:45pm


K-3 Opera: Tales From the Brothers Grimm

Thursday, March 15

9:15am – 10:15am


Parent Council Meeting

Friday, March 16

8:15am – 9:15am


Roosevelt Collier, Steel Guitar visits ABS

Friday, March 16

10:30am – 12:30pm


1st – Kaleideum Downtown

Tuesday, March 20

10:45am – 1:30pm


African Drumming with Mr. Bill

Mar 21 – 23, 2018