ABS Thursday Notes- May 18, 2017

Thursday Notes                           

Published for the Arts Based School Community                                             May 18, 2017




End of Grade Testing

It’s that time of year again. The flowers are blooming, the days are longer, and the tests are coming! ABS students in grades 3-8 will be taking the North Carolina End-of-Grade tests during the last ten days of school.

The North Carolina End-of-Grade Tests are designed to measure student performance on the goals, objectives, and grade-level competencies specified in the North Carolina Standard Course of Study. The End-of-Grade tests in reading comprehension and mathematics are administered to students in grades 3-8 as part of the statewide assessment program. End-of-grade tests in science are administered in grades 5 and 8.


Parents, please help your child do his or her best by following these guidelines:

  • Help your child get 9 hours sleep throughout the weekend and each night before the test.
  • Make sure your child eats a healthy breakfast, including more proteins and fewer carbohydrates.
  • BE ON TIME to school. Rushing around creates anxiety.  Latecomers must take a make-up test.
  • No couch potatoes, video games, or on-line junkies the week before.   Go outside and run and play.  You will rest better, think better, and feel better.
  • Help them arrive at school with a positive attitude.


Testing Schedule

May 19 EOC Math 1

May 22 EOG Reading 3rd & 4th grades

May 23 EOG Math 3rd & 4th grades

May 24 EOG Reading 5th -8th grades

May 25 EOG Math 5th -8th  grades

May 26 EOG Science 5th and 8th grades

May 30  EOG Reading Make Up Tests & RtA-3rd

May 31 EOG Math Make Up Tests

June 1 EOG Science Make Up Tests


EOG results will be shared with parents at the third trimester conferences- June 7 and 8.



Proctors Needed

We still need Proctors for EOG Testing.  The expected time frame is 8 to 12 noon.  Please email slefever@artsbasedschool.com if you can help!


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.


First Annual Summer Book Swap 

It’s not too late to send in your books for the swap. We need at least 300 books so that each child in MLK building gets one to take home to enjoy over the summer!  Join us in sharing the love of reading with all students by donating books for the ABS First Annual Summer Book Swap.

Send in book from May 15th through May 26th (collection boxes are located outside the classrooms).  Donated books will be part of the Summer Book Swap station during field day.

The more books that are donated the more books each student will get to bring home for the summer.  Please send in your books!


ABS Garden Work Day 

Saturday, May 20, 9 am to 12:00

Join us for our last workday of the school year! We have lots of spring planting to do. Bring your sun hats and garden gloves. RSVP appreciated but not required: kristen@rootsfirst.com

Field Day

Field Day will be held on June 2nd 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.


All Library Books Due

All library books are due by Friday, May 19 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!


End of Year Checklist

  • Pick up medications from the front office
  • Be sure all fees and lunch balances are paid
  • Let us know if you will not be returning to ABS next year.  If your child is transferring to another school, please let us know where to send your child’s records by emailing Stephanie LeFever – slefever@artsbasedschool.com
  • Friday, June 2nd  is the last day of school.  Early dismissal.

Upcoming Events

Math I EOC

Fri, May 19
All Library Books due

Fri, May 19

4th – Instrument Introductions

Fri, May 19, 11:30am – 2:00pm

EOG Reading- Grade 3 and 4

Mon, May 22

EOG Math-Grade 3 and 4

Tue, May 23

1st- Reynolda Gardens and House

Tue, May 23, 9:10am – 1:15pm

EOG Reading-Grade 5,6,7 and 8

Wed, May 24

K- Woosley Farm

Wed, May 24, 9:15am – 1:30pm

EOG Math-Grades 5,6,7 and 8

Thu, May 25

2nd – Piedmont Environmental Center

Thu, May 25, 8:45am – 12:45pm

EOG Science- Grade 5,8

Fri, May 26

Final Friday Sing – K-4

Fri, May 26, 1:50pm – 2:20pm


No School- Memorial Day

Mon, May 29
EOG Make up Test-Reading

Tue, May 30

RtA Reading Test-3rd

Tue, May 30

Fly-up Farrell

Tue, May 30, 9:00am – 9:30am

Fly-up McNamara

Tue, May 30, 9:30am – 10:00am
Fly-up Meeks

Tue, May 30, 11:45am – 12:15pm
EOG Make Up Test-Math

Wed, May 31

EOG Make Up Test-Science

Thu, June 1

8th-Graduation Rehearsal

Thu, June 1, 11:50am – 12:50pm

6th movie premiere

Thu, June 1, 1:50pm – 2:20pm

Field Day-Weather Permitting

Fri, June 2

Last Day of School

Fri, June 2

Early Dismissal

Fri, June 2, 11:45am – 12:00pm