ABS Thursday Notes- May 12, 2016

Thursday Notes                           

Published for the Arts Based School Community                                                                        May 12, 2016





How We Do It and Why

By Mary Siebert


“I heard a statement attributed to the writer Mary Oliver, that the only choice we really make in our lives is the choice between despair and joy. As an artist, the choice to work at all is a move toward joy, or perhaps, at least, toward hope. In giving my own experiences visual form, I live them again, understand them anew, and give them away.” – Terry Schupbach-Gordon


Terry Schupbach-Gordon, Bob Moyer (“Mr. Bob”), Ms. Gledhill, and Ms. Stone teamed up to help 7th graders experience the wonders of the printing press. Students created books that are works of art, designing, writing, drawing, painting, printing, and stitching them by hand. The project sprang from studies of the Renaissance and the importance of the printing press. Students visited Ms. Schupbach-Gordon’s beautiful Catbird (on the Yadkin) Press, where they printed their own books with a real printing press. They learned from Ms. Schupbach-Gordon that moveable type, not the press, was invented by Gutenberg in the 1500s. Students did the dry etchings for their book covers in copper plates, each designing their own individual covers. Students voted on the fonts that were used. Mr. Bob worked with students to create haiku poems. He gave each child a fountain pen with cartridges, and they made pen & ink, water color drawings (brush and pen) which were inspired by their poems. For both the poems and the drawings, they learned to choose an idea, then pull away all of the excess, distilling until nothing but the barest structure of the idea remained.

Last week they shared a “Wayzgoose”, a traditional celebration by the printer for authors that has been done since the 15thcentury. In the Art Garden at the 7th Street building, they reviewed all of the steps that led to the completed books, received their own copies, and shared treats in celebration of having made something beautiful.


First Grade performances of “Three Cinderellas” will take place in the ABS backspace as follows:


Ms. McArthur: Tuesday, May 17, 12:15 – 12:45

Ms. Howard: Wednesday, May 18, 12:15 – 12:45

Ms. Fansler: Thursday, May 19, 12:15 – 12:45


6th Grade Film Shorts Premiere at SECCA

6th Graders and their families and friends are invited to attend the red carpet premiere of 6th Grade Film Shorts next Thursday, May 19th at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) at 750 Marguerite Drive in Winston-Salem. There will be a small reception after the movies in the theatre gallery, where artwork created by the 6th graders will also be on display. Admission is free.


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.


News From Parent Council:

Field Day will be held on the last day of school June 7th, 2016We will be discussing field day at tomorrow’s Parent Council Meeting. April Greenwood will stay after the meeting for anyone with questions.


The Last Parent Council Meeting will be Friday, May 13th at 8:15 am. The agenda is attached.  Elections for Parent Council Board will take place at this meeting so come vote.

The nominees are:


Julee Nunley

Annual Giving Coordinators

Emily Ball

Shannon Wright

Technical Support Coordinators

Betty Hastings

Joe Runyon

Kelly Turner

Hospitality Coordinators

April Greenwood

Jessica Bell


(Need one person)



Mrs. Sankey and her husband welcomed their daughter, Kaiah Marie Sankey on May 11th at 2:02 p.m. weighing 6 lbs 3 oz, 19 inches. All are happy and healthy!  Mrs. Sankey plans to return to ABS next year.


ABS Garden Work Day

Saturday, May 14

9:00 am to 1:00 pm

The next garden work day is right around the corner, on May 14. We still have half a mountain of mulch to move, so bring those wheelbarrows, shovels, and forks. Also, weeding, pruning, and more.  Questions and RSVP to Matt Mayers: mlmayers@gmail.com


Field Day

Field Day will be held on June 7th 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.


World Languages Update

Our 7th and 8th graders have begun their last language study for the school year with a series of classes on Japanese language and culture. We are excited to have Yasuko Rallings, a professor in Wake Forest University’s Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, lead these classes. She will be joined by Shannon Thornton and Emily Brown. Japanese was one of the languages that many of our students requested when they were asked for ideas in the fall and we are excited to be able to offer it now!

Around Town…

Sunday, May 22nd @ 4pm @ Watson Hall, Fundraiser for the Alex and Sheila Ewing Scholarship at UNCSA and Salem Band (reserve tickets @ http://www.salemband.org/)

Tuesday, May 24th @ 7:30pm @ Salem Square in Old Salem, Salem Band Concert featuring music from Broadway musicals directed by Drama Dean Emeritus Freedman (attendance FREE)


Open Thinking technology showcase. Thursday, May 19th from 4-7 pm. Wake Forest Biotech Place (in the Innovation Quarter at 575 N. Patterson). Come see new health care technologies that are being developed by Wake Forest University professors. Great learning opportunity for middle and high school and college students interested in science, technology, and innovation. (Note: this event includes professional networking and presentations for scientists, faculty, and innovators in addition to the open showcase.) For more information, go to