ABS Thursday Notes- May 10, 2018

Thursday Notes                           

Published for the Arts Based School Community                                               May 10, 2018




School Cancelled-May 16


How We Do It and Why

By Mary Siebert


“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” – Benjamin Franklin


“How we do it?” We do it with the financial support of our taxpayers, as distributed by the state legislature. Charter schools like ABS do NOT receive any funds from school bonds. We do NOT receive any funding from the “Education Lottery.” We take on multiple jobs, wear multiple hats, and add to this the time and energy we contribute to mount fundraisers like “Community Creates” or capital campaigns like the one that helped build our middle school building. Most importantly, we do it with dedicated, creative, passionate teachers. And those teachers are paid by state allocated funding.


Thousands of North Carolina teachers are taking a personal day on May 16th to be in Raleigh at the opening of the North Carolina General Assembly, to deliver messages of concern to our leaders. Because the pool of substitute teachers is insufficient to safely cover the many absences, school systems state-wide, including The Arts Based School, are canceling classes for the day.


Here are some of the points educators will emphasize, when they greet the return of the lawmakers:


Despite an economic recovery since the crash of 2008, NC state lawmakers have not increased investment in public schools. North Carolina is 43rd in the nation for per pupil spending. We are 37th in the nation for teacher pay. Nearly 7,500NC teacher assistants have been lost since 2008. Thousands of North Carolina teachers work second jobs and many public-school workers qualify for public assistance.


North Carolina public educators have been expected to “do more with less” for a decade, and this has impacted the ability of educators to successfully meet the needs of students and families. With nearly a quarter of North Carolina’s children living in poverty, underfunded schools are faced with students who are exhausted by insufficient food, sleep, or emotional security. The need for counselors increases even as counselor’s jobs are eliminated. And, of course, most schools make deep cuts in the arts, when funding is lacking.


Some teachers are abandoning their beloved professions for more secure options or are moving to other states where education is more robustly financed. Qualified math and science teachers are increasingly scarce in our state. Parents want veteran teachers in these important roles, but the legislature has not approved raises for veterans.


Like all other public schools, ABS is funded by “per pupil spending” as approved by the legislature. We are hopeful that our state’s leaders will recognize teachers’ concerns as urgent and critical to the future success of our schools, our children and our future.


Please consider joining our teachers, our parents, and our board members in Raleigh on May 16 to support our students and their education.


School Cancelled-May 16

Both Imprints and YMCA will be offering child care on May 16.  Students will not have to make up the missed day.


Imprints is offering care from 6:30am to 6pm at ABS. Please contact Stephanie LeFever with questions slefever@artsbasedschool.com


YMCA is offering care from 7am to 6pm at Fulton, Kernersville, Jerry Long, and William G White branches. They can contact Child Care Services at 336.727.4849



Many thanks to all our artists, leaders, sponsors, volunteers and attendees of this past weekend’s Community Creates!  It was an AMAZING evening, raising over $37,000 for our Artist-in-Residence program ensuring that our students will continue to enjoy a vast array of artistic talent in our community.  There are still a few 100 for $100 canvases on display in the ABS Café – pick one up today for only $25!


Calling All ABS Volunteers 

It’s that time of year again!  We need Proctors for EOG Testing. The expected time frame is 8 to 12 noon.  Please email slefever@artsbasedschool.com if you can help!


Important information to know:

-You can NOT proctor in the grade level of your own child(ren).  Be sure to volunteer for a different grade level.

-Cell Phones and electronic devices are not permitted in the testing room.  If proctors choose to bring their phone into the building, they will be required to put them in our Electronics Collection Container before entering the classroom in which they proctor.

-Training will be provided at 8 am each morning before testing begins.  You must be on time for training to participate in proctoring.

-We must have people who can stay the entire time.  You may finish early but need to be prepared to stay until students are finished testing.


Cell Phones and Testing

Just a reminder that cell phones and electronic devices are not permitted in any End-of-Grade or End-of-Course test session.  All cell phones or devices will be collected prior to each testing session.  Students may have a book or magazine, but they may not use any electronic devices.  Parents and students may choose to keep all electronic devices at home during testing to avoid any issues.


Field Day

Field Day will be held on June 8th this year. It’s a half-day and we need volunteers to help the classes run their games. Please contact your class rep if you can help. This is one of the last opportunities of the year to earn volunteer hours.


Parent Council News:
May Parent Council Meeting

Please join us for the final Parent Council this school year on Friday, May 11 at 8:15 in the MLK Cafe.  Parent Council Board elections will be held at this meeting.   All ABS parents, families, and caregivers are part of Parent Council and are welcome to attend!  Don’t forget that attendance at Parent Council meetings counts toward volunteer hours.   The agenda is attached to the Thursday Notes e-mail.


Final Box Tops Collection

The Box Tops committee will be be making a final collection at the end of this month.  Please turn in Box Tops to the front desks of either school building by May 25.


ABS Summer Book Swap Donations needed-

Everyone loves a great book to read over the summer and swapping books with friends is a great way to refresh your bookshelf. Join us in helping all students get books to read over the summer by donating books for the ABS Summer Book Swap.

Send in book from May 14th through May 25th (collection boxes will be located in the MLK cafeteria and 7th Street entryway). Donated books will be part of the Summer Book Swap station during field day.

Please bring in gently used books that are appropriate for K-8 readers (no board books please). The more books that are donated the more books each student will get to bring home for the summer.

Thank you in advance for supporting summer reading.

All Library Books Due

All library books are due by Friday, May 25 so that we can begin end-of-the-year inventory the following week. Please check bookshelves and under the beds at home to make sure all have been turned in. Thanks!