ABS Thursday Notes- October 4, 2018

Thursday Notes                           

Published for the Arts Based School Community                               October 4, 2018




No School- Monday, Oct 8 Fall Break

Join the Conversation

Last week at ABS Parent Council meeting, we launched our community book club.  We invite ABS parents, staff, and board members to read Waking Up White by Debby Irving. Her book has been called one of the “most important books on race in recent memory” partly because her story provides a context that allows white people to quickly grasp modern racism’s inner workings and enter into conversations with new awareness and skill.  We’ll explore how this awareness might influence our thinking and conversation about race, social justice, and the role of education.

We plan to meet in November, (date to be determined), hopefully at Footnotes.  Please consider reading the book and joining the conversation….

Don’t have time for a book?  Check out Debby Irving’s website http://www.debbyirving.com/

or listen to her TED talk



2nd Grade Ms. Tiffany Performance Date Change


We need to change the date for Ms. Tiffany’s performance of “The Cow Tale Switch,” so our drummer can join us for the performance. All performances will be at Lloyd Presbyterian Church, the little white church near our school. Here’s the adjusted schedule:

12:15-12:50 Tuesday, October 16th — Ms. Jess’ class

12:15-12:50 Wednesday, October 17th — Ms. Setser’s class

12:15-12:50 Friday, October 19th — Ms. Tiffany’s class


Shutterfly Reminder

By now, each of you should have your Shutterfly site up and running for your classrooms with our yearbook coordinator, Sherri Carter (sherribcarter@triad.rr.com), added as a member. Please remember to be taking and uploading photos of your class at field trips, in the classroom, candids, etc. and please remind your parents and teachers to do the same so we will have lots of photos to choose from for our ABS Yearbook! If you have any Shutterfly questions, please refer to the Shutterfly help page (https://abssfhelp.shutterfly.com/) or contact Sherri. Thank you!


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.  If you have requests for the agenda, please send them to Parent Council Co-Chairs, Joy Blaser (joy.blaser@gmail.com) and Becky Dickson (rebeccapdickson@gmail.com) by Friday, October 5.


Volunteer Opportunities

Fall Festival – Parent Council is looking for someone to coordinate this year’s Fall Festival on November 3. The Fall Festival is such a fun event for our students and families.  Each grade level hosts a game – we just need a coordinator to pull it all together. If you are interested in helping, please contact Joy Blaser at joy.blaser@gmail.com or Becky Dickson at rebeccapdickson@gmail.com.  And be sure to mark your family’s calendar for Saturday, November 3, to come out and enjoy the festivities!

BoxTops Committee – The BoxTops committee helps our school by coordinating collections and preparing the BoxTops for submission.  If you would like to serve on this committee, please contact BoxTops coordinator, Gwen Ashburn (gwendolyne.ashburn@gmail.com). The first Box Tops collection date for this year is October 19.

Library volunteers needed
The MLK library is looking for volunteers to help out in the library- tasks include checking in books, shelving books and straightening the stacks.  After a short training, you will be able to come in anytime your schedule allows to help us keep the library neat and organized.
We will be offering a short training session (about 15 minutes) for all library volunteers NEXT Thursday (10/4) at 2pm and NEXT Friday (10/5) at 8:15am. (choose one training session)
Please email Rachel & Catie if interested: ABSMLKlibrary@gmail.com




Congratulations to our winning artists at the Dixie Classic Fair!

Grades K-4

1st Place:  Gianna Casco

2nd Place:  Caysan Thull

3rd Place:  Ari’Yanna Nivens


Grades 5-8

1st Place:  Annika Bills

2nd Place:  Hayden Wright

3rd Place:  Elijah Kimball


Congratulations to all participants!


Dental Screening

When children have dental problems, their overall health and ability to learn can be seriously compromised.  As part of our regular school preventive dental health program, the NC Oral Health Section, Division of Public Health, and Lynn Kelly, RDH, Public Health Dental Hygienist for Forsyth County, will conduct dental screenings for children in grades K, 3rd, 5th on Nov 7.  She will use gloves, mask, flashlight, and will use a new tongue depressor for each child.  The screening serves as an educational, positive dental experience and also collects information to help improve the Children’s Dental Health programs.  Children who see a dentist regularly will also benefit from the screening for the educational opportunity.  A form letter will be sent home to show your child’s results.


If you do not want your child included in this dental screening, please send a note to your child’s teacher.  If you have any questions, please call Lynn Kelly, RDH, at the Forsyth County Health Department.  (336) 703-3375


Halloween is Coming

Please do not send students to school in costumes.  We all enjoy the fun and excitement of Halloween but find that costumes and accessories make it very difficult to concentrate.  Also we do not want students to bring candy in their lunch bags for snacks.  Although it can be delicious, high sugar snacks should not replace a healthy snack.  Thanks for your help!


Chess Club

Calling all ABS chess players & aspiring chess players! Would you like to play more chess, sharpen your skills, or learn how to play?  We are interested in starting an afterschool chess club. Please let us know if your child would like to participate.  We will determine days and details once we know who would like to participate.  Email us if you are interested!   Catherine Greene cstgreene@gmail.com or  Becky Dickson rebeccapdickson@gmail.com