ABS Thursday Notes- October 11, 2018

Thursday Notes                           

Published for the Arts Based School Community                          October 11, 2018





Construction Update

Unfortunately, we are facing an additional delay in our construction timeline. The best estimate we have for construction completion is mid-November. The issue is with water entering the building through the existing walls during heavy rains. This was unexpected and needs to be fixed before interior construction continues. That coupled with the two hurricanes coming through this fall makes the timeline tentative.   These delays will require some additional adjustments to our performance schedules and other school events, including Fall Fest.  We are working on solutions to these challenges and will keep you posted as we know more.



Lion King Performance Date and Location Confirmed


The 8th Grade production of Lion King, Jr. will be performed at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 17, at First Presbyterian Church, 300 N. Cherry Street in downtown Winston-Salem. First Presbyterian has a large theater in addition to their sanctuary, and it is ideally suited to our large-scale productions. Some parents have asked about multiple performances, but since we will be able to seat our entire parent and family population plus guests in this beautiful venue, one public performance is sufficient. (The cast will have the opportunity to perform for exclusively student audiences as well.)


mClass Reading Results Sent Home

The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction requires a kindergarten through third grade reading assessment called mCLASS:Reading 3D to help teachers assess, track and support each student’s reading skills.  Each student will be assessed every trimester using the online assessment program.  mCLASS:Reading 3D will instantly analyze your child’s development in grade-appropriate foundational reading skills. Teachers will use this data to focus their instruction around your child’s specific needs, in areas that may include:

  • Hearing and using sounds in spoken words (Phonemic Awareness)
  • Knowing sounds of letters and sounding out written words (Alphabetic Principle)
  • Reading words in stories easily, quickly, and correctly (Accuracy and Fluency)
  • Understanding what they read (Reading Comprehension).


In this week’s Thursday Packet, you will receive a letter outlining your child’s specific assessment results and progress as a reader. The letter will also include learning activities you and your child can do together at home to reinforce skills learned at school.  Parent support and reading at home are a vital part of your child’s education. The teacher’s efforts, combined with your support, will help your child read with mastery and confidence.  If you have any questions about the assessment, the activities, or your child’s classroom work and progress, please talk to your child’s teacher.


Flu Season

As you know, flu can be easily spread from person to person.  We are asking for your help in reducing the spread of flu at ABS.  The symptoms for the seasonal flu and H1N1 are the same: fever of 100 degrees or more, cough, sore throat, runny nose, body aches, headache, and feeling very tired.  Students with these symptoms will be sent home.

You can help us by taking these simple steps:

  • Teach children to wash their hands often.
  • Teach your children not to share food or drink.
  • Teach children to cough or sneeze into their elbows to avoid spreading germs.
  • Keep sick children home.
  • Children must be fever-free for 24 hrs before returning to school.
  • Get the flu vaccine for you and your children.


Parent Council Meeting – Friday, October 12
Please join us for the October Parent Council on Friday, October 12 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.


Traffic Volunteers needed.  We are always looking for help, but are especially in need on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings.  Please email Donna Brown dbrown@artsbasedschool.com if you are able to help!


ABS Scholastic Book Fair

The Enchanted Forest Scholastic Book Fair is coming to ABS October 30- November 3 (open during Fall Fest!).  Be sure to check out the book fairs in both buildings for a variety of titles for all ages.  Students always get very excited about the book fair, it is a great time to stock up on books and support our school.

We need lots of volunteers to make the book fair a success!  Follow the links below to sign up to help during the fair.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0c4ba4ac22a1f85-mlkbook (MLK building, Grades K-4)

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0d4baaac29a46-7thstenchanted (7th Street building, Grades 5-8)

Bookmarks Summer Reading Recap

We are thrilled to announce that our school had the most participants of all the local schools for the Bookmarks Summer Reading program.  Thank you to everyone who participated and helped us win!  For our prize, Bookmarks will give our school libraries $500 worth of books by festival authors!


Hurricane Relief Fund

The K-Kids are sponsoring a “Nickels for North Carolinians – Hurricane Florence Relief Drive”. They have donated $150 and challenge YOU to match it! In each classroom, K – 5, there is a piggy bank for coins and cash  Please help us help North Carolinians in need!


Salem Academy Visit

A representative from Salem Academy will be on campus on October 24th. All girls in 7th and 8th grade are invited to attend a meeting during lunch where they will learn more about the school and have a chance to ask questions. This meeting is optional and a great way to learn about Salem Academy!