ABS Thursday Notes- November 3, 2016

Thursday Notes                           

Published for the Arts Based School Community                                     November 3, 2016





Veteran’s Day-No School

Friday, November 11


Conference Time is Coming

Soon your child’s teacher will be setting up conferences to discuss your child’s progress.  Students attending the Arts Based School are assessed using a portfolio system in place of the traditional report card.  The portfolio is designed to illustrate a student’s academic growth and successes as well as guide the teacher in planning appropriate instruction.  Teachers at ABS do not issue letter grades.  Teachers use observation, interviews, analysis of student work and performance tasks to assess student understanding.  Examples of student work, as well as other objective standards of assessments are incorporated into the student’s portfolio to give an enhanced portrait of the student’s progress.  These portfolios will be discussed and presented to parents during the Student-Teacher-Parent conferences.  Please be sure you schedule and attend your conference so that you can support your child’s learning. 

Conference Days- November 18- Early Dismissal

                        K-4 Dismiss at 11:45

                        5-8 Dismiss at 12 noon



Parent Council News:

Our faculty very much appreciates the wonderful snacks many parents have provided for our meetings this year.  We have quite a collection of platters, coolers, plates, etc at the 7th Street Building.  Please stop in and pick up any of these items that may have been left behind.  Our Hospitality committee will be taking anything left after Thanksgiving Break to Goodwill.


Special Parent Council Meetings Scheduled for November

We will not have our regular Friday morning meeting in November, but will host two other meetings in its place.


Math Workshop on November 3rd has been CANCELLEDUnfortunately, we’ve had only a few parents that have registered or are able to attend the workshop on November 3.  For that reason, we are cancelling the Parent Math Workshop.  It is my hope that we can reschedule the workshop in the Spring and get more participation.  In the meantime, I highly recommend the book “What’s Math Got To Do With it?” by Jo Boaler.    –Mrs. Hollis


Positive Discipline for Parents on Saturday, November 19, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Positive Discipline is for parents who are looking for long-term parenting skills that will encourage their children to think for themselves, become more responsible and have a greater respect for themselves and others.  The teachings on Positive Discipline are filled with non-punitive, respectful methods that will incorporate kindness and firmness into parenting, help parents get to the core of their child’s misbehavior, bring more joy into the home and give parents a sense of accomplishment.  There will be a $10 charge per family to attend the workshop and childcare will be provided.  See attached flyer to sign up, or pick up one in the front office.


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:)


Raffle at First Friday Sing

Don’t forget to buy your tickets for the assistant principal raffle on Friday. The proceeds fund the hospitality budget for Parent Council.


Prospective Parents’ Tours

School tours for prospective parents are scheduled weekly on Thursdays at 9:30am.  Each tour is limited to 10 adults in an effort to limit the disruption to our students and teachers in the classrooms.  Parents interested in learning more about ABS and how to enroll their child, should contact the front office to sign up for a tour. 748-4116 ext 1023.  Applications will be accepted beginning January 1.  The lottery will be held the second Tuesday of February.


Picture Orders

Friday MORNING, Nov 4 is the last day for students to turn in picture orders.  After that, you will need to order directly from Strawbridge.  Thank you!


Activity Fee Due

Each family is asked to pay $15.00 per semester per child to help cover the costs of our extensive curriculum enhancement activities. If you have not paid the first semester fees you will be receiving a reminder notice in your child’s Thursday Packet today. Please make checks payable to ABS and turn into Ms. Wise in the front office.


Lost and Found

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

ABS Garden Work Day

Saturday, November 5

9:00 am to 1:00

Fall is upon us, along with cool pleasant weather for doing outdoor work. Come help keep the campus looking beautiful on Nov. 5 from 9:00 to 1:00. As always, bring your kids and your tools, snacks and water, and enjoy the company of your fellow ABS families.  Questions and RSVP to Matt Mayers: mlmayers@gmail.com

Around town…

The Winston-Salem Symphony’s Salute to Superheros concert for kids is also a toy drive. This Sunday, November 6, 3:00 at Reynolds Auditorium. Ticket info and other symphony news here.


Fourth Graders’ exhibition of multiple self-portraits through photography, writing, and pastel shading is next Thursday, November 10 at 12:00 noon, at SECCA, 750 Marguerite Dr., W-S, 27106. The event lasts about 45 minutes.


Upcoming Events

Friday Sing

Fri, November 4, 1:50pm – 2:20pm


ABS Garden Workday

Sat, November 5, 9am – 1pm


4th – SECCA My Inside / Outside Self with John Ray

Thu, November 10, 12pm – 1pm


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