ABS Thursday Notes- November 15, 2018

Thursday Notes                           

Published for the Arts Based School Community                                  November 15, 2018




November 16- Early Dismissal

                        K-4 Dismiss at 11:45

                        5-8 Dismiss at 12 noon

Nov 19-23  No School Thanksgiving Break


Dear ABS Parents and Families,

As the leaves change and the air grows crisp, we find ourselves in the middle of fall and in the season of giving. What makes this season a favorite of many is that it’s a time when we all are joyful with our hearts more open and grateful for all the good we see around us.

Among the good we see around us is our school, and we are so grateful that we are part of the Arts Based School community. ABS is a remarkable place where our students feel secure and supported in an environment that fosters creativity and exposes them to the arts in a way that builds a true love learning. Through drama, dance, visual arts, and music, our students are able to learn in an innovative way, which compliments a strong core curriculum. ABS provides a learning opportunity that invigorates students, and they simply love coming to this school.

Last spring, we asked you to feel “lucky to learn at ABS” and you stepped up in a major way. Your support led to the most successful annual giving campaign ever at ABS. You understood the importance of the campaign, you gave what you could, and you made all the difference.

Now, we are asking you again to please support our school… your school. We are asking you to be grateful for all that ABS means to your student and your family. When applying for grants and seeking community support, it is vital to first show that we support our own school. Imagine what we could accomplish as a school if we had 100% participation from our ABS families in the annual giving campaign. Imagine what it could mean for your student and those students yet to come. Imagine all that the Arts Based School could be with that kind of support. During this season of giving, let’s come together to give to our school and make that dream a reality.


Thank you for your support,

Brandi Cleveland

Annual Giving Co-Chair

Parent of ABS third grader

Jennifer Bender

Annual Giving Co-Chair

Parent of ABS kindergartener and second grader


Annual Giving!

We are one week in to this year’s Annual Giving campaign, and we are so grateful to everyone who has already made a gift to the school. Thank you! We truly do need help from each family to make a difference for ABS, and to reach our goal of 100% participation! Last year, thanks to your generosity, we had our best year ever for Annual Giving. Please take a moment to give as generously as you are able to help support the learning that happens every day at our school.


Total School Participation to Date: 6%

Total Dollars Raised to Date: $10,865


You can make your gift online: artsbasedschool.com/your-support


You can also send in your gift or your pledge in the green envelope that came home last week in the Thursday Folders.


Thank you!!


ABS Science Fair

ABS will hold its annual science fair on January 10, 2019.  All students are invited to participate.  Information packets will be sent home via Thursday packets soon.  Science Fairs give students an opportunity to think and work independently, develop and refine individual science interests, and engage in critical thinking. Please help your child choose a science fair project topic that aligns with the science standards at his or her grade level. Science standards can be found for each grade level on the ABS website under “Our Students”. Science Fair applications are due to your teacher by Friday, January 4.


Bookmarks Day to support ABS
Shop at Bookmarks on Friday, December 7th to support Arts Based School. 10% of all sales will go back to Arts Based School for books for our media centers. Shop all day (10am-9pm). This is a great opportunity to stock up on books for the holidays and help our media centers get new books!

School Pictures

Picture proofs are coming home in Thursday packets today. Please return your orders to school no later than November 30th.   Retakes are scheduled for November 28th.


Crisis Control Food Drive

K-Kids are sponsoring a canned food drive for Crisis Control Ministries, a non-profit organization which provides food for the needy in our community.. Please bring non-perishable items in cans and boxes (no class containers, please). Items will be collected in a hallway location outside each grade level. This  drive will continue until Friday, Dec. 14.


Lost and Found

Please check lost and found for items you may have forgotten.   All items not claimed by November 16 will be donated.


Around Town…

Lift every voice

Dec. 2: University Singers annual Holiday Concert by Winston-Salem State University’s Department of Music will present the Singing Rams at 4 p.m. in the K.R. Williams Auditorium on the university campus, 601 S. Martin Luther King Drive. The Grammy-nominated WSSU Choir, the Burke Singers and the Singing Madonnas (the Christmas name for the Singing Divas) — will perform holiday favorites as they tell the story of the season. The ensembles have performed nationally and internationally and recorded 11 CDs. D’Walla Simmons-Burke directs. Myron Brown will accompany. Ronald Patterson, bassist and guest percussionists will also perform.

Guest artists are “The Little Singing Divas” of First Baptist Church (East Winston-Salem).

Admission is free and donations will be accepted.

Note: Jolie Paige Douglass-Steele (ABS Grade 2) is lead sololist in two of the five selections that “The Little Singing Divas” will perform with the University Singers.


Join us for UNCSA’s Preparatory Dance Nutcracker Tea Party!  Performances at 11am and 2pm on December 1st & 2nd.  Call the Stevens Center Box Office for tickets or visit https://uncsa.secure.force.com/ticket/#details_a0S0G00000rbTqPUAU.