ABS Thursday Notes- November 10, 2016

Thursday Notes                           

Published for the Arts Based School Community                                                        November 10, 2016




Veteran’s Day-No School

Friday, November 11


How We Do It and Why

By Mary Siebert


“The art of the compromise; hold your nose and close your eyes.”  – Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda


Yesterday morning, there were many parents wondering how to explain the election results to their children. Some were striving to calm fear and confusion. Others urged that we accept the results and move on. Each of us will communicate about this painful election cycle with our children in our own way, but here is a sample of a lesson we will be teaching at 7thand 8th grade, to help students understand the perplexing challenge of supporting a candidate or political party, even when the voter disagrees with some of that candidate’s opinions or behaviors. The lesson, titled “Making Choices,” was published in Middle Level Learning.

We start with two tables set a distance apart. The teacher selects two items from a collection of groceries, let’s say a can of corn and a can of beans. She sets one can on table 1, and the other on table 2. Students “vote with their feet” by moving closest to the table with the food item they prefer. They might hover in between. They might hate beans and move close to the corn, just to stay away from the beans. (They might feel so apathetic about both beans and corn that they prefer to stay seated, but we urge them to participate.) You see where this is going.

Next, we add another item to each table; something with a little more emotional punch. Macaroni and cheese on 1, Goldfish on 2. Then perhaps Reese’s Cups on 1, and a granola bar on 2. Sardines on 1, pickles 2. Now the students might express more passionate opinions, and they shift and shift their positions. Ultimately, they find that there are some items they cannot stomach, and others they feel they can’t live without. They might consider things they never knew about each food; that sardines are stinky but packed with nutrition, for example, and decide to accept that food. Ultimately, they take their position and vote.

Political parties, we explain, are like this. There are issues taken up by each party platform, and the voters identify with the party that supports things that matter most to them. Sometimes they must practice compromise; there are issues they feel so strongly about that they “hold their nose and close their eyes” and stand with the party, even though there are other ideas with which they disagree.  Sometimes, after learning more about the issues, they change their minds.

When a child wonders aloud about a problem as enormous as racism, for example, and asks how anyone can tolerate a party or candidate who appears to be racist, we can point out that not everyone associated with that party is racist. But voters might feel passionately that certain trade policies are damaging. Maybe they blame those policies for Dad losing his job. And they determine to vote accordingly. They might hate sardines but love Reese’s Cups enough that they stick with the sardine table.

At election time, we tell them, we review our many problems. We commit ourselves once again to working for the things we think are right, working against the things we think are wrong. Win or lose, that work continues. We review how to cause change: voting is only one way. We rely on the checks and balances of our system. We publish and express opinions, learn to debate skillfully, write letters to representatives, build and volunteer for community services, protest, run for office, contribute money, organize sit-ins and boycotts, picket and lobby. These things contribute to change in our society, and we are free to do them all.


Parent Council News:

We will not have our regular Friday morning meeting in November, see you in December!! (Dec. 16th)


Clean and Green Award 

Congratulations to The Arts Based School for participating in The Clean & Green School Contest that is conducted each year during Earth week in April. ABS was awarded the Excellence Award! Representatives from Keep Winston-Salem Beautiful and the Garden Club Council judge schools on beautification and environmental education programs. Flags, certificates, plaques, and trees are awarded. There are two levels of winners, Excellence Award Winners and Campus Winners. Both levels receive a certificate and Clean & Green flag. Excellence Award Winners also receive a tree. A huge THANK YOU to Matt Mayers and all the volunteers throughout the year that help make our school a beautiful place, with also providing our students the learning opportunities of watching a garden grow.


Positive Discipline for Parents on Saturday, November 19 has been CANCELLED– 

Unfortunately, we’ve had only a few parents that have registered to attend the workshop on November 19th.  For that reason, we are cancelling the Positive Discipline Workshop.


January Jam – Jan. 20th 2:30-4:00pm 

January Jam is a dance party that the school holds as a fundraiser event and we are looking for an awesome DJ. If anyone has a contact, please contact Ryan Leigh Runyon. (ryanleigh@gmail.com) Volunteer opportunity as well, starting early recruiting volunteers:)


Roll and Stroll, for Arts for Life

The K-Kids invite you to walk, bike and wagon your way through the Festival of Lights next Thursday, November 17, at Tanglewood Park,  supporting Arts for Life in their Roll and Stroll. The doors open at 5:00 p.m. with fun, art and food trucks.The roll is at 6:30, and the stroll begins at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults, $10 for students, and are free for children under 5.


Crisis Control Can Drive

The K-Kids are sponsoring the Crisis Control Can Drive, from now until Friday, December 9. Please bring cans or dry boxed foods to help the hungry in our community. Each grade level in the MLK building will be collecting cans in a common area outside of their classrooms. Let us show the world we care!


Picture Retakes

Next Tuesday, November 15 is picture make-up and retake day. Any student who was absent on picture day, October 4, will automatically be photographed as these pictures are used for our annual yearbook. However, if you are interested in your child having his/her picture retaken, please send a note or email to your child’s homeroom teacher before November 15. Students will only be sent for a retake if the parent sends in a request.


Lost and Found

Please check lost and found for items you may have forgotten.   All items not claimed by November 18 will be donated.


Around town…

Friday, November 18 from 4:00-5:30pm – Harry Potter Party for Teens. Come dressed as your favorite character to celebrate the new movie! Snacks, crafts, and more! For ages 12-18. Kernersville Branch Library, 130 E. Mountain St.

Upcoming Events

No School-Veteran’s Day

Fri, November 11

3rd- Millis Health Education Center

Mon, November 14, 8:45am – 1:15pm

Makeup/Retake student pictures

Tue, November 15, 8am – 11am

8th- SECCA

Tue, November 15, 11:15am – 2:00pm
2nd-African Tales-Cohen

Tue, November 15, 12:15pm – 12:45pm

4th- Guilford Battleground

Wed, November 16, 8:45am – 1:45pm

2nd-African Tales-Sankey

Wed, November 16, 12:15pm – 12:45pm
2nd-African Tales-Parris

Thu, November 17, 12:15pm – 12:45pm

8th – Walking Field Trip

Fri, November 18, 8:30am – 11:00am

Early Dismissal-Conference Day

Fri, November 18, 11:45am – 12:00pm

No School-Conferences

Mon, November 21

No School- Thanksgiving Break

Tue, November 22 – Fri, November 25

Dental Screening K,3,5

Tue, November 29

1st – Quintet visit

Wed, November 30, 8:30am – 10:30am
2nd – Museum of Anthropology Speaker visits ABS

Thu, December 1, 8:45am – 10:15am

African Drumming with Tam Tam Mandingue

Mon, December 5 – Fri, December 9

7th – Mr Bob poetry

Mon, December 5, 8:20am – 10:20am

5th grade – Reynolda House Grant Woods Exhibit

Tue, December 6, 9:20am – 11:30am