ABS Thursday Notes- October 18, 2018

Thursday Notes                           

Published for the Arts Based School Community                          October 18, 2018





How We Do It and Why

By Mary Siebert


“When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.” – Maya Angelou


Last week, we were moved and grateful to receive word of a $50,000 bequest from Alex Ewing.

Well over ten years ago, I was invited to speak about our school at a Rotary Club meeting. Afterward, a cheerful gentleman approached me and introduced himself. He was Alex Ewing, Chancellor of UNCSA. Alex was so delighted by our mission and approach that he volunteered immediately to help the school. He wanted to be a part of it, and he was, for the rest of his life.

Alex served on the board for many years.  He attended dozens of student performances with his wife, Sheila. He showed up at meetings, retreats, and parties, and his presence always elevated the joy factor in the room. He walked the hallways, openly amazed by the energetic teachers, the happy children, the abundance of art and creativity bursting from the rooms and plastered on the walls.

After his retirement from the board, we developed our raw warehouse space into a lovely black box theater with Alex’s financial help. He visited the school to see the result. 320 children, Kindergarten – 4th grade, were assembled in the Alex Ewing Theater to sing together. When Alex entered, they all burst into cheers and applause. He sat and listened to them sing for him, and wept, as he often wept in the presence of joy. That is one of our many favorite memories of Alex. He passed away in December of last year. We miss him, and are thankful to have known him. Our students had showered him with colorful illustrations and thank-you notes, and many of these remained on display in his home, right up until his death. Alex was more than a benefactor to us – he was part of the family.


5th Grade Dancing Classrooms Rescheduled

Here are the newly rescheduled times for “Dancing Classrooms” in-class demonstrations, to be shared in the 7th Street Dance/Drama Studio:

Ms. Frazier’s class : Tuesday, October 30, 10:00 a.m.

Ms. Leni’s class:  Wednesday, October 31, 10:00 a.m.

Ms. Koza’s Class : Thursday, November 1, 10:00 a.m.


Theater Dates Confirmed for 8th, 7th, and 5th Grades

The following dates are now solid for these productions. All of them will take place at First Presbyterian Church, 300 N. Cherry Street. The church has a beautiful, big theater in addition to their sanctuary where we can easily seat friends, family, and guests. There will be one evening performance for each show.


8th Grade: The Lion King. Thursday, January 17, 7:00 p.m.

7th Grade: Brundibar. Thursday, March 28, 7:00 p.m.

5th Grade: Romeo & Juliet on the Border: Thursday, February 28, 7:00 p.m.


We are still working on a new date and location for:

6th Grade: Math and Science Dances

3rd Grade: Renaissance Spectacles


Thank you for your understanding, as we negotiate space shortages in the community!


Save the Date-Fall Fest- Nov 3

Join us Saturday, Nov 3 from 12:00 to 3:00 for the ABS Fall Fest!  We will have class-sponsored games, music, food, and fun!   The games will be located in the 7th Street Courtyard and the Book Fair will be open in both school buildings. Admission for children is $5.00 and adults are free.


We still need volunteers to help make this happen!  If you can help, please contact Meagan Robinson at



Want to be an Assistant Principal for a Day?

It’s time to purchase your raffle tickets to give your child a chance to be Assistant Principal of the Day! Yes, your child (of any grade level) can serve as Principal Hollis’ Assistant for an entire day! Assistant Principals have their own desk, name tag, and list of “Principal Duties” for the day! Simply stop by either front office and purchase your raffle tickets today ($1/ticket, $5 for 6 tickets). All proceeds from the raffle support our Hospitality fund and allow us to do special things for our staff throughout the year.  Name will be drawn at the monthly Parent Council meeting.


Parent Council Meeting – Friday, October 19
Please join us for the October Parent Council on Friday, October 19 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.


MAP Results Delayed

Third through Eighth grade students will receive MAP results in Thursday Packets next Thursday.  There is a slight delay in completing all testing because of school cancellations and delays.  Please take some time to review these results.   Overall results show that ABS students in each of those grades achieve higher scores than the national norms in all areas tested: math, science, reading, and language arts.   Congratulations to our students and their teachers for a job well done.   If you have any questions regarding MAP results, please contact your child’s teacher.


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.

Our online book fairs will go live on Wednesday, Oct. 24. If you have a particular book you would like to purchase or don’t think you can make it in to school, this a wonderful way to participate. Also, feel free to share the link with grandparents, etc. All books ordered through the online fairs will be sent to the school when the fair closes.

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

The Book Fair links below (one for each building) offers:

  • Preview titles available at the fairs
  • Order books from our online fair
  • Volunteer to work at the fair
  • Set up an eWallet account so your student can shop cash-free

http://www.scholastic.com/bf/artsbasedschoolk4 (MLK building, Grades K-4)

http://www.scholastic.com/bf/artsbasedschool58 (7th Street building, Grades 5-8)


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!


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.


ABS Garden Work Day

We’ll have a garden workday from 9-12 this Saturday morning, Oct 20. Please bring tools and wheelbarrows if you have them.