ABS Thursday Notes- September 20, 2018

Thursday Notes                           

Published for the Arts Based School Community                                  September 20, 2018




How We Do It and Why

Mary Siebert


“It is difficult to know oneself, but it isn’t easy to paint oneself either.”- Vincent van Gogh


Fourth-graders have just begun a Literacy Through Photography project, also known as “My Inside-Outside Self”, with resident artist Diana Greene. Ms. Greene is a published writer, professional photographer, and documentary film maker. Her project has been a favorite annual ABS tradition for at least twelve consecutive years. Here is her description of the program:


“Excellent writing and sharp photography are linked by the primacy of strong images.  By combining these two art forms, students draw profound connections about the power of detail, the essence of composition, and the need to plan before execution and revise for perfection.  Literacy through photography teaches students the centrality of their personal vision and shows them how to translate that vision onto the page.  Each student will compose self-portraits, setting up shots with a partner, using a digital camera. The self-portrait is then shot and printed in black and white.  Students will then write a narrative to accompany their self-portraits.  Text and portraits will be mounted and displayed.  An opening reception will be held, celebrating the work, the young artists, and the power of art in education.”


During this time, students will also create vivid mixed-media collage self-portraits in art class with Ms. Messick, focused on the challenge of expressing “I am” with oil pastels and a water color background. These three dramatic self-portraits in photography, pastel, and writing – considered precious keepsakes by ABS parents – are displayed side by side in the theater, where we celebrate with a reading and screen projection of the portraits by each child in the auditorium. Through this process, each child investigates and details the exquisite individuality of each young personality and each face, each unique point of view. When we honor both the child and the child’s self-expression through this special exhibit, we make a powerful and memorable statement of support to each student: we honor your work, and we love and celebrate you.


Art Exhibitions of My Inside-Outside Self will take place on the following dates:

Ms. Meeks: November 27, 12:00 noon

Ms. Robertson: November 28, 12:00 noon

Ms. DeJarnette: November 29, 12:00 noon


Parent Council Meeting – Tomorrow, September 21st

The Parent Council will be meeting tomorrow, September 21, at 8:15am in the MLK Cafe. All ABS families and caregivers are part of the Parent Council and invited to at these meetings. And don’t forget that attendance counts towards volunteer hours!  The agenda for this meeting is attached to the Thursday Notes e-mail.


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.



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.



Peace Day

K-Kids will celebrate the United Nations International Day of Peace this Friday, Sept. 21.  This is a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.  We encourage all peacemakers towear blue and join us in “making the world a better place in which to live” (part of our K-Kids pledge).


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…

FolksyFest is held at Reynolds Auditorium  Sept 22, and 100% of ticket and T-shirt sales go to support the Arts Magnet Program! Some of our alumni will be participating in this George Hamilton IV memorial festival. Wristbands allow you to come and go from 5:00 to 10:00pm. Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for students and senior citizens, and children 12 and under are free! There will be food trucks, and great Americana music !

For more information go to folksyfest.com