ABS Thursday Notes- May 30, 2019

Thursday Notes                           

Published for the Arts Based School Community                        May 30, 2019




How We Do It and Why

By Mary Siebert


One thing I’ve learned is that I’m not the owner of my talent; I’m the manager of it.” – Madonna


Watching a class of twenty 4th graders demonstrate their freshly learned violin skills for parents last week, the uniformly good sound quality was striking. The typical squeaks and squawks associated with beginning strings were strangely absent. Students sat in the theater, well-spaced to allow freedom for the bow arm, each of them demonstrating excellent posture, a firm, straight left wrist, an elegantly lifted right elbow. Ms. Allen led them through a step-by-step demonstration, allowing volunteers to play solos and coaching them fluidly and effectively when something needed correction. She emphasized to parents that beautiful tone is the result of attention to skill, not raw talent. They all had the ability to learn these basics. It was a great example of the discipline required of an artist, right from the start.


Something mysteriously similar happened in band informances, where 5th graders had been playing for only a year, only twice weekly for 45 minutes, with multiple interruptions for Romeo & Juliet rehearsals. One of the bands had missed many Monday rehearsals due to snow and hurricanes and holidays. In spite of these limitations, the enthusiasm and skills demonstrated on a variety of instruments were remarkable, and so again was the disciplined approach.


The common mystery factor is, of course, great teaching. Ms. Allen and Ms. Boudreault were both able to lay solid groundwork in limited time. In their new positions, they valiantly and successfully introduced our new projects and also sustained a mix of experiments and traditions: general music, Friday Sing, piano lab, basic note reading, music tech, musicals, operas, conducting, music for dance productions, after school band and strings, recorder, trips to local performances, African Drumming, integration …it is a very broad, dynamic program, and they aced it. For more about next year’s music and performance opportunities, read on.


Music Ensembles and Art Clubs Next Year

Our after-school music and art clubs will again be offered next year, for 6th – 8th graders. Watch for a sign-up form in email later in the summer.


Band for Rising 5th Graders

All 5th graders at ABS are required to take band. Next year we will be trying a unique approach to beginning band, so please do not buy or rent an instrument for your student yet! Instrument rental information and more details about this program will be sent home next week.


Performance Schedule for 2019-2020

Next year’s performances have been set, with 6th grade and Kindergarten still in need of confirmation from partners or theaters. Here’s a link to the schedule so far.


ABS Students in the Winston-Salem Journal

Check the Winston Salem Journal for 8th grade guest columns! Some of Ms. McNamara’s students submitted articles, and Chloe Rivera’s work will be published this Saturday. There may be more to come!


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


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.



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, collection boxes are 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.


Testing Continues…

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 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.



Bookmarks Summer Reading Challenge-
To participate, read any three (3) books based on the criteria stated on the form (examples include: makes you laugh, takes place in the future, has a beautiful cover), then return your completed form to Bookmarks. Participants will be entered to win a Festival of Books & Authors Prize Pack! Multiple entries per person accepted until August 10, 2019. Winners will be announced on August 15th.

*Visit Bookmarks store and website for book recommendations/summer reading lists by grade.

More information: https://www.bookmarksnc.org/summer

Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Journal-
This summer, earn a free book through the Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Program for kids in Grades 1-6.

1. Read any eight books this summer and record them in this Summer Reading Journal.  Tell us which part of the book is your favorite, and why.
2. Bring your completed journal to a Barnes & Noble store between August 1st and August 31st, 2019.
3. Choose your free reading adventure from the books listed on form.

More information:https://www.barnesandnoble.com/blog/kids/get-ready-for-bns-summer-reading-triathlon/

Forsyth County Public Library’s Summer Reading Program
Summer Reading 2019 is scheduled to run June 7- July 27.
All Summer Reading programs are FREE and open to the public, but some require registration.

Log your reading times and get entered into a drawing!
Thanks to our Friends of the Library organizations and Bookmarks for donating gift card prizes this year. All locations will host drawings for prizes on August 9, 2019. Be sure to register by reading 480 minutes
(children) or by reading 3 titles (teens and adults). To be included in the drawings, all paper and online reading logs must be completed and turned in by Saturday, July 27, 2019. Complete multiple reading logs
and enter as many times as you like. Good luck and happy Summer Reading.

More information:https://www.forsyth.cc/Library/summerreading