ABS Thursday Notes- May 2, 2019

Thursday Notes                           

Published for the Arts Based School Community                                                May 2, 2019




Teacher Appreciation Week at The Arts Based School!


May 6th-10th is a special time for students and families at ABS to take a few extra minutes to give extra love and show appreciation for our amazing teachers.  Hospitality Committee is providing guidelines for each day of the week to simplify for families with students in multiple grades or classes.

Feel free to use  these ideas or go out on a creative limb to show your appreciation all week!



Monday, May 6th Plant or Flower Day

Pick a flower and give to your teacher to brighten this Monday!

*Class Reps, please consider providing a container of some kind (large jar, vase, etc.) for your teacher to store these lovely surprises!


Tuesday, May 7th Favorite Snack & Drink Day

Teachers love a good snack & all have a favorite beverage!  Coffee? KIND bar?  Tangerine? Chips? Sparkling Water?  Check the Staff Favorites List to see what your teacher loves best!


Wednesday, May 8th Note, Card, Picture, or Painting Day

Bring a homemade card, Thank You note, or original artwork for your teachers today!  *Remember that Specialists, office staff & administrators like treats too!  Offer some appreciation for these wonderful staff members today or any day this week!


Thursday, May 9th Sweet Treat Day

Everyone enjoys a sweet surprise!  Chocolate?  Cookies?  Gluten Free Brownie?  Ask the children!  They know what their teachers love as a splurge!


Friday, May 10th Surprise Day

Whatever you think that your child’s teacher would enjoy!  Extra hugs or high-fives?  A gift card to buy a summer reading book?  A journal & new pen for writing?  So many ways to provide a happy surprise!


Thank you for helping to make this a very special week for our amazing teachers & staff at ABS!


Please Join Us for Community Creates!  

Saturday, May 4th from 7-11pm

Whether you come every year, or you’ve never been at all, we hope you will join us for this year’s Community Creates art auction! This event supports our school’s artists-in-residence program – think Mr. Bill, Diana Greene, Thao Nguyen and all the other amazing artists in the community that work with our kids! Tickets are $50 in advance and $60 at the door and include hors d’oeuvres and dinner from our friends at The Porch & Alma Mexicana as well as some tasty adult beverages (yes, this party is adults only!). Online ticket sales close at 6pm Friday night, but tickets can be purchased at the door on Saturday. Visit bit.ly/CommunityCreates to purchase your tickets today. If you can’t join us on Saturday, but you’d still like to make a donation to support our artist in residence program, please visit: http://artsbasedschool.com/your-support/ Thank you, and we hope to see you there!


Volunteers Still Needed

Our big event is almost here. Community Creates May 4th!

We’ve almost got it covered, but we still need some help for Break-Down: Sunday, May 5th, 11am-1pm.  Volunteers get half priced tickets!

Please email rhollis@artsbasedschool.com if you can help!



May Parent Council Meeting

We will host our final Parent Council this school year on Friday, May 17 at 8:15 in the MLK Cafe.  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.  If you have requests for the agenda, please send them to Parent Council Co-Chairs, Joy Blaser (joy.blaser@gmail.com) and Becky Dickson (rebeccapdickson@gmail.com) by Friday, May 10.



Field Day

The end of the school year is rapidly approaching, and we still need a volunteer to coordinate Field Day for the 5th-8th grades. Responsibilities include emailing class reps to choose and coordinate games, determining best location for games, and keeping classes moving on Field Day. If you can help coordinate, please email Joy Blaser (joy.blaser@gmail.com) and Becky Dickson (rebeccapdickson@gmail.com).


Garden Workdays!

Join us for a Garden Workday on Saturday, May 11 from 9-12. We will be focused on weeding and preparing garden beds. Bring garden gloves, water bottles, and garden tools if you have them! Future garden workdays:

Every Tuesday, 2:00-3:00

Saturday, May 11, 9-12

Saturday, June 1, 9-12


Skate Night Coming Up

Join us for our final skate night on Tuesday, May 7, from 6:30 – 8:00 pm at Skate Haven, 120 Hood Drive.The charge is $5.00 for entry and skate rental. This is one of the biggest fund raisers for the K-Kids to use in their charitable missions. So grab your family, friends and neighbors and GET ROLLING!


Classroom Placement

Our goal at ABS is to create classrooms that are balanced across all demographic categories. Grade level teams know their students well, spend a lot of time thinking about the best way to group students and teachers, and can be trusted to accomplish this goal. Occasionally, there may be a situation where a parent has input to give about his or her child’s placement. Administrators will consider these extenuating circumstances along with all of the other considerations already given to class placement. There is no guarantee that the input given will determine your child’s placement.


We have extended the deadline to June 1st.   If you do have extenuating circumstances that we may not be aware of, please complete this form to provide information even if you have already submitted a request.  Student Class Placement Form


ABS Yearbooks

Don’t forget to get your ABS Yearbook! We have limited quantities still available at each front desk.


First and Last Friday Sings

First Friday Sing this month is Friday, May 2, will be at 1:50, in the ABS Ewing Theater.

Final Friday Sing of the year will be Tuesday, June 4 at 10:00am, for all K-8 students (and parents) in the 7th Street Courtyard. If rain is predicted, we will have to cancel.


7th and 8th Grade Math Classes

Parents of rising 7th and 8th graders may be wondering about math classes for next year. All students are required to learn 7th grade math in 7th grade and 8th grade math in 8th grade.  Most students will take these required classes as their only math instruction. Some students who have demonstrated advanced skills in math will be eligible for advanced math instruction in addition to the math they are required to learn for their grade level. We offer Math I for 7th graders and 8th graders who qualify, and Math II for 8th graders who qualify.  Mrs. Raper will send letters home after school ends letting parents know their child’s math placement.


ABS  Summer Camp

Join us for a week of suspenseful fun! Camp registration is currently open to ABS students only and filling up quickly.   See more information and registration at ABS Summer Camps


Extended Day Program

ABS will offer an extended day program from 2:00-5:30 PM for parents who need care beyond the summer camp hours of 9-2. The cost is an additional $15 per day. Space is limited! Those who are interested should contact slefever@artsbasedschool.com