ABS Thursday Notes- Sept 27, 2018

Thursday Notes                           

Published for the Arts Based School Community                         September 27, 2018




How We Do It and Why

By Mary Siebert


“The world is but a canvas to our imagination.” – Henry David Thoreau


ABS “Masterpieces of the Month” provide teachers with mini-bites of curriculum that can serve as jumping-off points for writing, discussion, transitioning, centering, or any number of activities. They are art posters which are each paired with music, selected via input from ABS grade level teachers, professional artists and musicians, the curriculum coordinator, and the arts director. They are often, though not always, intended to align directly with grade level curriculum.

This unique collection of art and music provides:

–  Works that we want all students to be familiar with when they graduate.

–  A teacher-requested opportunity for arts integration

–  A reminder that art isn’t limited to the studio, it’s everywhere!

–  Materials that are appropriate at grade level

–  Development of habits of thinking about and responding to art and music

–  Opportunities to revisit or preview material from other grades

–  Reinforcement of school-wide practice of observation

–  Makes students feel that, as world citizens, these works belong to them.

To use them, teachers create a space in the classroom where the poster may be “unveiled” and will remain in place for a month, so that students become familiar and comfortable with it. When the art is first revealed to the students, they are directed first to:

–  Sit silently and look

–  Share what you see

This activity alone will inspire ideas and conversation. When all reflections are equally considered, with no “right” or “wrong” answer, even the teacher will often be surprised by a new interpretation. The music is introduced in a similar fashion, with students considering why that music was paired with that visual art.

The connection between art and music could be something as obvious as Ansel Adams’ photograph of the Grand Teton Mountains, paired with Grieg’s In the Hall of the Mountain King while students are studying landforms. The artist Henri Matisse was heavily influenced by blues and jazz. His Blue Nude is paired with blues master B.B. King playing Hawkins and Darnell’s The Thrill is Gone, while 8th grade students are studying expressionism in art and considering the sweep of U.S. History. Tanner’s The Banjo Lesson with Earl Skruggs’ Foggy Mountain Breakdown, as students prepare to study the impact of North Carolina’s artists and music on our culture. Each pairing is accompanied by a suggested activity for teachers, and teachers add their own great ideas to the list, to share next time.


Help Wanted

Our fabulous lunch monitor, Miss Denise will be leaving ABS next week.  We are looking the perfect person to monitor our students while they’re eating lunch in the cafeteria.   This part-time position requires patience, organization, humor, and reliability.  Please contact Stephanie at slefever@artsbasedschool.com  if you are interested in applying.



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!


BOG results sent home

North Carolina Beginning-of-Grade 3 English Language Arts/Reading Test The North Carolina Beginning-of-Grade 3 (BOG3) English Language Arts (ELA)/Reading Test is linked to the Read to Achieve Program and is aligned to the NC Standard Course of Study (NCSCS). Students read authentic selections comprised of literary and informational selections and then answer related questions. The test serves several purposes:

  • The BOG3 ELA/Reading Test establishes a baseline measure of beginning third-grade students’ ELA/reading skills.
  • Students who score achievement level 3 or higher on the BOG3 ELA/Reading Test demonstrate reading proficiency appropriate for third-grade students, which satisfies the requirements of the Read to Achieve legislation.
  • Based on demonstrated student outcomes in reading proficiency, the BOG3 ELA/Reading Test serves as a teacher-growth tool for determining those teachers who are well-suited to teach reading camps (G.S.§115C83.3[4a]).
  • Data from the administration of the BOG3 ELA/Reading Test and the administration of the End-of-Grade 3 (EOG3) ELA/Reading Assessment are used for school accountability growth and student growth for teachers and administrators.
  • Students in grade 3 who are not proficient on the EOG3 ELA/Reading Assessment but were proficient on the BOG3 ELA/Reading Test (i.e., score achievement level 3 or higher) count as proficient in the performance composite and school performance grades.


Third grade students will receive BOG results in his/her Thursday Packets today.  Please take some time to review these results.   Congratulations to our students and their teachers for a job well done.   If you have any questions regarding BOG results, please contact 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.


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


Donation Drive 
The ABS Builders’ Club is holding a Hurricane Florence drive to donate to people affected in our state. This will take place from Monday, September 25th to October 5th. Our donations wish list is provided below:

Diapers, any size

Baby/Body Wipes

Toilet Paper


Donations can be dropped off in the 7th Street building. Thank you so much for your participation in our school’s drive!

Art Supplies 

Mrs. Gledhill is looking for empty and rinsed out laundry bottles for an 8th grade art project. Please bring bottles to the 7th street art room by October 12th. Thank you!


Fun at the Fair!

Check out the beautiful artwork created by ABS students at the Dixie Classic Fair!  ABS Art Teachers Betsy Messick and Elizabeth Gledhill selected from among works produced last school year, and hung the student display in the Education Building at the fairgrounds.  The fair opens tomorrow.  Artwork by the following students is represented:

K – Roi Moss

1st – Helen Girard-Krebs, Ari’Yanna Nivens, Ellery McGowan, Caysan Thull, Peyton Long, Anna Hill and Elena Madan

2nd – Robert Heartwell, Gianna Casco, William Morris, Satie Stevens

3rd – Tegan Smith, Jocelyn Blalock, Addy Greene, Elizabeth Clark

4th – Evelyn Radney

6th- Jack Barnes, Parker Rachenburg, Kerith Bell

7th- Will Tuttle, Eliah Kimball, Hayden Wright,

8th- Ella Parks, Lucy Martin, Annika Bills


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


Around Town…

Business 40 Closing

The NC Dept of Transportation will host a small business forum and two open house public meetings to discuss the Business 40 Closing in November and the impact on the downtown area.


Tues. Oct 2-8:30-10am at The Enrichment Center 1006 S Marshall Street (small business forum)

Tues. Oct 9 11am-2pm at BB&T Ball Park, 951 Ballpark Way (open house public mtg)

Tues. Oct 16 4:30-7:30pm at Milton Rhodes Art Center, 251 Spruce Street (open house public mtg)