ABS Thursday Notes- May 23, 2019

Thursday Notes                           

Published for the Arts Based School Community                                May 23, 2019




ABS Summer Camps!

ABS is excited to offer Summer Camps this June and July! Join ABS staff on adventures that explore science, arts, movement, magic, and more! All summer camps will run from 9am to 2pm Monday to Friday. Campers should bring a lunch to camp each day. Camps will be filled on a first come, first served basis. Payment is due at the time of registration.   Camp registration is currently open to ABS students only.  Registration deadline is May 31. See more information and registration at ABS Summer Camps



It’s always hard to say good bye.   We have some staff changes to announce.  Although change is part of life it’s always challenging to imagine our school without these special people.  We thank each of them for their service and commitment to ABS in helping us develop in to the school that we are.

Miss Lauren Quintal will be taking a break from teaching next year in search of new adventures!

Mrs.  Sarah Scott will be staying home next year with new baby and big sister James.

Tired of his long commute from Salisbury, Mr. Sharkey will be leaving ABS at the end of the school year.



Mrs. Katie Hugus will be joining the ABS faculty as a sixth grade teacher, teaming with Alysha and Courtney.   Ms. Hugus is relocating to Winston-Salem from Raleigh.    She has a bachelor’s degree with a K-6 license.  She has been teaching for 3 years at Franklin Academy, a charter school in Wake Forest, NC.


Mrs. (Setser) Tate will be moving up from second grade to teach third grade with Mrs. Campbell and Ms. Lard.


Mrs. Ashley DeStasio will be joining the EC team.  Mrs. DeStasio has taught both middle school and elementary school EC students most recently in Lexington.  She has  been teaching for more than ten years with a bachelor’s degree and license in Exceptional Children.


We will continue interviewing for PE position and a second grade teacher.


Graduation Ceremony 

The 8th grade graduation ceremony takes place Thursday, June 6th at 6:00 p.m. in the ABS Ewing Theater. (1380 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr.) The exercises will last about 45 minutes. Students should dress up, (avoid jeans, sneakers, T-shirts) and arrive by 5:45. On Friday, students will do the traditional walk-through procession of both buildings, to be cheered and greeted by all K–7 students, before Field Day fun begins.


Fourth Graders “Fly-up”!

Fourth grade students will get a chance to visit the 7th Street building with their teacher and Assistant Principal Raper the last week of school. They will meet front office staff members, see where classrooms are located, and have a chance to ask questions about daily life in the 7th Street building. Parents of middle school students should stay tuned for information about a middle school orientation to be offered in August.


Library Books Due

All library books are due TOMORROW Friday, May 24 so that we can begin end-of-the-year inventory the following week.  Please help us get our library books back to school.  Thanks!


Book Swap Donations

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.

We still need books-  starting next week, 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, when students will be able to choose a book (or more) to take home for summer reading.

Please bring in gently used books that are appropriate for K-8 readers (no board books please). Our students especially love chapter books!

Thank you in advance for supporting summer reading.


End of Grade Testing begins Friday, May 24

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.  Late-comers 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.

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.


Testing Schedule

May 24 EOG Science 5th and 8th grades

May 27 No School-Memorial Day

May 28 EOG Reading 3rd & 4th grades

May 29 EOG Math 3rd & 4th grades

May 30 EOG Reading 5th -8th grades

May 31 EOG Math 5th -8th  grades

June 3 EOC Math 1

June 4  EOG Reading Make Up Tests

June 5 EOG Math Make Up Tests

June 6 EOG Science Make Up Tests


EOG reading and science results will be shared with parents at the third trimester conferences- June 10 and 11.  The State will delay the release of the EOG Math Scores as it sets the scales score for the new test.  Math scores are expected in Fall 2019.



Congratulations to Ashley Setser (2nd grade teacher) and Adam Tate (Afterschool Teacher) on their recent wedding!  We wish you many happy days ahead!


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 31.


Field Day

Field Day will occur in both buildings on the last day of school, June 7. Please reach out to your childs’ Class Rep if you are able to volunteer your time for this fun event.  We need lots of parents to help make this final event of the year one to remember!


Library books due- please return all library books to our school libraries by next Friday May 24th for end of year inventory.


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 7th  is the last day of school.  Early dismissal.


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


Last Friday Sing

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.