ABS Thursday Notes- September 21, 2017

Thursday Notes                           

Published for the Arts Based School Community                        September 21, 2017




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


Diana Greene’s Residency with 4th Grade

On Wednesday, October 25th at noon, Fourth Graders present an art opening at the ABS Ewing Blackbox Theater, the result of an extended study with resident artist Diana Greene. Ms. Greene is a published writer and professional photographer and film maker. You may be familiar with her personal commentaries, which were often heard on WFDD’s “Voices and Viewpoints.” TheLiteracy Through Photography residency, also known as “My Inside-Outside Self,” has become a favorite tradition for ABS 4th graders. Ms. Green began her 13th consecutive year with our students last week. 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 are also creating vivid self-portraits in art class with Ms. Messick. These three dramatic self-portraits in photography, drawing, and writing (considered precious keepsakes by ABS parents,) are displayed side by side, and we celebrate with a reading and screen projection of the portraits by each child in the theater. 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 formal reception, we make a powerful and memorable statement of support to each student: we honor your work, and we love and celebrate 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.

BOG Results

Congratulations to our Third Grade students for completing the Beginning of Grade test in reading last week. The state does not expect that all students will demonstrate proficiency on the BOG test because the content on the BOG is the same as what is measured on the EOG reading test administered at the end of the year.  On average, third grade students in North Carolina had a scale score of 432.  Third grade students at ABS averaged a scale score of 438.  A scale score of 438 indicates the student is “on-track” to demonstrate proficiency on the End of Grade Reading Test. Your child’s results are coming home today in Thursday packets in a sealed yellow envelope.  If you have any question about your child’s results, please contact your classroom teacher.


Parking Reminder

Please be aware that Goler Church requires parking permits for the Goler Church parking lot.  We’ve received a complaint that some of our parents have been parking in their lot.   Any cars parked in the Goler Church parking lot without permits may be towed at owner’s expense.


Fall Festival- Saturday, September 30th
Mark your calendars for family fun at the ABS Fall Fest on Saturday, September 30th from 12:00 to 3:00! There will be games, food trucks, and music at the 7th Street Building and the Book Fair will be open in both buildings.  If you have any questions about the event, contact Shannon Shearburn at shannon621w@aol.com.


Photographers Needed

Do you love taking photos?  If so, the yearbook needs your contributions! We love having photos of all school performances, field trips, special events, and other candid shots of school activities.  If you have photos to share, simply load them on to your class Shutterfly site and our Yearbook Coordinator, Sherri Carter, will be able to access them from there.


Parent Council Meeting

Thanks to everyone who attended our first Parent Council Meeting last Friday!  In addition to our regular meeting, Mrs. Hollis shared a thought-provoking program on implicit bias.  We hope to include a special topic at each meeting this year.  As a reminder, all ABS parents and caregivers are welcome at these meetings and attendance counts towards volunteer hours. Minutes from last week’s meeting are attached to the Thursday Notes e-mail.


ABS Scholastic Bookfair

The WILD WEST Scholastic Book Fair is coming to our school NEXT WEEK!!  We will have more books than ever this year, 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.


Next week, students will enjoy browsing the fair and creating wish lists with their classes which they will then bring home and will have the opportunity to return later in the week to purchase. Parents are also encouraged to shop all week long! Scholastic matches every dollar of purchases with credit for the school to use to supply teachers and libraries with more books.

Our online book fairs is now live. 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!  We have many shifts that still need to be covered in both buildings! Follow the links below to sign up to help during the fair.


The Book Fair links below (one for each building) offers a chance to preview titles available at the fairs, order books from our online fair, volunteer to work the fair, and download a Book Fair App.

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

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



Music Class Informances

Mr. Wilbur is offering “Informances” in the music room for first grade next week! These are not prepared performances, but are opportunities to take a peek at how your child is learning music on a weekly basis. Parents are welcome to visit and observe music class at their regularly scheduled times  Howard: Monday at 8:30.

Fansler: Monday at 10:00. McArthur: Tuesday at 10:00.

Around town
Sowing Seeds Children’s Festival & Food Drive

Sunday, September 24th  1-4pm at Bailey Park

FREE!  (come sing, dance and make some noise with Ms. Melissa @1:15pm!)


Upcoming Events

4th – Piedmont Environmental Center

Fri, September 22, 8:45am – 12:30pm
Scholastic Book Fair

Mon, September 25 – Fri, September 29

6th Leab Reynolda House, O’Keeffe

Tue, September 26, 12:00pm – 2:15pm

6th Purdy-Reynolda House O’Keeffe

Wed, September 27, 11:00am – 1:15pm

3rd – Reynolda House, O’Keeffe exhibit

Fri, September 29, 9am – 12pm

ABS Fall Fest

Sat, September 30, 12pm – 3pm

Fall Fest- Rain Date

Sun, October 1, 1pm – 4pm

Kinder – Dixie Classic Fair

Mon, October 2, 8:30am – 2:00pm

1st – Triad Farmers Market

Tue, October 3, 10:50am – 1:45pm

2nd-African Tales-Cohen

Tue, October 3, 12:15pm – 12:45pm

7th Reynolda House – Georgia O’Keeffe

Wed, October 4, 9:00am – 11:30am

2nd-African Tales-Sankey

Wed, October 4, 12:15pm – 12:45pm

5th and 8th – “South Pacific” Triad Stage

Thu, October 5, 10am – 12pm
2nd-African Tales-Parris

Thu, October 5, 12:15pm – 12:45pm

6th-Olio Glassblowing Studio

Fri, October 6, 8:45am – 10:15am

6th-Purdy-Olio Glassblowing Studio

Fri, October 6, 9:45am – 11:15am

Friday Sing

Fri, October 6, 1:50pm – 2:20pm