ABS Thursday Notes- May 3, 2018

Thursday Notes                           

Published for the Arts Based School Community                                 May 3, 2018




How We Do It and Why

By Mary Siebert


“Film is incredibly democratic and accessible, it’s probably the best option if you actually want to change the world, and not just re-decorate it.” – Banksy


For six years, ABS 6th graders have tackled state-required world history social studies goals through film making and art. Some of the phrases from the Standard Course of Study that suggest the grand scope of film making as an appropriate art form at this grade level are:

 -Understand the emergence, expansion and decline of civilizations and societies from the beginning of human existence to the Age of Exploration.

-Understand the political, economic and/or social significance of historical events, issues, individuals and cultural groups.

-Explain how innovation and/or technology transformed civilizations, societies and regions over time (e.g., agricultural technology, weaponry, transportation and communication).”

-Explain how invasions, conquests and migrations affected various civilizations, societies and regions (e.g., Mongol invasion, The Crusades, … and Alexander the Great).


This is a dramatically broad swath of time and events for 10-11-year-olds to digest in a few short months, but the prospect of writing and performing in their own short films is a great motivator for research. A student interviewed for a 2016 “Nations Report Card” video said that this project was one of his favorites over his nine years at ABS, because it inspired and transformed the way he approached research; an influence that has stuck with him.


This year’s two short films, a sci-fi-documentary of Genghis Khan, and a music-theater style overview of the life of Eleanor of Aquitaine, were scripted over the course of the year, with the first glimpse of the final product shared with students yesterday.


To develop the project, Nick Zayas helps students develop the script using on line collaborative tools used by Hollywood film makers. He introduces students to the basics of filming and film acting, and directs and films the segments. Classroom teachers dig deeply into research of a select group of historic individuals, timelines, and demanding writing projects, and students use flip cameras to create mini-films as classroom presentations. Art teacher Elizabeth Gledhill, inspired by research from the classroom, helps students create portraits, clothing studies, maps, felting projects, and other works of art representative of all continents during the time period addressed. Students are introduced to several genres of film over the course of the year, and all of them learn lyrics about Eleanor of Aquitaine set to a “Singing in the Rain” sound track. Becky Koza choreographs a playful Broadway-style dance break. As is often true of historic fiction in film, only a tiny tip of the research iceberg is visible in the films, but the skills and familiarity with the process are set for life.


First Grade performances of “Three Cinderellas” Coming Up

Ms. (Sherell) McArthur: Tuesday, May 22, 12:15 – 12:45

Ms. Howard: Wednesday, May 23, 12:15 – 12:45

Ms. Fansler: Thursday, May 24, 12:15 – 12:45


Join Us for Community Creates!  

Saturday, May 5th from 7-11pm

Please join us for an evening of amazing art, cool people and funky festivities!  Our annual Community Creates art auction 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!).  Go to  http://www.communitycreates.com for more information and to purchase your tickets now! Online ticket sales close at 6pm Friday night.  Tickets can be purchased at the door for $60.


First and Last Friday Sings

First Friday sing  Friday, May 4, will be at 1:50, for all K-8 students (and parents) in the 7th Street Courtyard. If rain is predicted, we’ll have Friday Singfor K-4 only, in the MLK theater.

Final Friday Sing will be Friday, June 1 at 1:50, K-4 only, in ABS Theater


Thank you to our Community Creates Sponsors!

Many thanks to our wonderful sponsors and event partners that are helping to make our Community Creates fundraiser spectacular!

A very special thank you goes out to:

  • Community Supporter – Teresa Blackburn with The Ginther Group/Keller Williams Realty
  • Friends of ABS –
    • Andy Scott with State Farm Insurance
    • Walt Rouse with Mountcastle Insurance
    • Abby Umlauf with The Umlauf Group/Keller Williams Realty
    • Ellen Heck with MejMej
    • Johanna Elsner with Perch & Nest
    • Nikki Byers with Imprints Cares
  • Event Partners 
    • Jon Stewart with Hauser Rental
    • Beth Spieler with The Porch & Alma Mexicana


Don’t miss this great event on Saturday, May 5th from 7-11pm.  All proceeds support the ABS Artist-in-Residence program.  Buy your tickets today at http://www.communitycreates.com!


Congratulations to all of our campaigners in this year’s Builders Club 2018 election!
2018-2019 Officers:
President- Ella Parks
Vice President- Carrington Finney and Zaliyah Jamerson
Secretary- Shella Walt
Treasurer- Melyn Piper


Help Wanted

We are currently interviewing for several open positions at ABS including music teacher, 6th grade teacher, Spanish teacher, and development director.  If you know of someone who would be a perfect match for ABS, please spread the word.  Employment applications are available on our website at ABS employment application   All resumes and applications should be sent to Principal Hollis at rhollis@artsbasedschool.com


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.


Don’t Miss Spring Band and Chorus Concerts are coming up! The concerts will take place in the ABS Ewing Theater as follows:


BAND – Monday, May 7

8th Grade – 10:30-11:00

7th Grade – 12:00-12:30

5th Koza – 2:00-2:30


BAND – Tuesday, May 8

6th Grade – 12:00-12:30

5th Leni – 2:00-2:30


BAND – Wednesday, May 9

5th Frazier – 2:00-2:30


CHORUS – Thursday, May 10

8th Grade – 10:30-11:00

7th Grade – 12:00-12:30


ABS Yearbooks

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


A Force for Good- Builder’s Club

Please join ABS Builders Club for a fundraiser at Moe’s Southwest Grill at 2021 Griffith Rd, Winston-Salem, NC 27103, Thursday, May 3, from 4:00 to 8:00. 15% of sales from participating ABS families will be donated to ABS Builders Club.  

May the Fourth Be With You

To go along with our fundraiser, we will be collecting boxes of cereal for SECU Family House on Friday, May the 4th. Please wear Star Wars themed clothes or costumes, but remember NO MASKS or WEAPONS are allowed at ABS.

Garden Work Day

Saturday May 5, 9:30-11:00. Work the whole time or just a little. Even 20 minutes can make a big difference in the garden!   Bring a water bottle and garden gloves if you have them. Email kristen@rootsfirst.com if you have any questions.


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.  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 Parent Council Board Needs You!

Looking for a way to get more involved at school?  Serving on the Parent Council board is a great way to earn your volunteer hours and get involved on a broader level.  Elections will be held at the Parent Council meeting on May 11 and we still need candidates for two positions: Parent Council Co-Chair (2 year term) and Technical Support.  If you have questions about either of these positions or would like to run, please contact Parent Council Co-Chairs, Joy Blaser (joy.blaser@gmail.com) and Julee Nunley (julee@thenunleys.net).



May 7th – 11th is Teacher Appreciation Week at the Arts Based School!

May 7th-11th 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 7th Flower Day

Tuesday, May 8th Yummy Snack or Drink Day

Wednesday, May 9th Noteard, Picture, Painting Day

Thursday, May 10th Sweet Treat Day

Friday, May 11th Surprise Day


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


Parent’s Night Out

Stephanie LeFever, ABS Operations Manager and Imprints Site Director (during the school year) is offering ABS families Parent Nights Out this summer.  See attached flyer for more information or contact Stephanie at slefever@artsbasedschool.com