ABS Thursday Notes- September 29, 2016

Thursday Notes                           

Published for the Arts Based School Community                                        September 29, 2016




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 Thursday, November 10 at noon, Fourth Graders present an art opening at SECCA (Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art;) the result of an extended study with resident artist Diana Greene. Ms. Greene is a published writer and professional photographer. You may be familiar with her personal commentaries, which were often heard on WFDD’s “Voices and Viewpoints”. The Literacy Through Photography residency, also known as “My Inside-Outside Self,” has become a favorite tradition for ABS 4th graders. Ms. Green began her 12th consecutive year with our students this 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, focused on the challenging task of shading with oil pastels. These three dramatic self-portraits in photography, pastel, and writing (considered precious keepsakes by ABS parents,) are displayed side by side at SECCA where we celebrate with a reading and screen projection of the portraits by each child in the auditorium. This is followed by an art opening reception in the museum gallery. 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 a formal reception, we make a powerful and memorable statement of support to each student: we honor your work, and we love and celebrate you. The art will remain on exhibition. Entry to the museum is free, and you can visit the astonishing “Dispatches” exhibit at SECCA (for free, as always,) when you drop by to see the work of our students.


Parent Council News:

Box Tops Collecton: Friday, October 14th

Please send in your Box Tops with your child on Friday morning, October 14th. Volunteers will be at the doors to both buildings to collect box tops. This is a simple way to support the school financially. Labels for Education are no longer continuing their program. There is a new Box Top App that families can download on your phone to make redeeming funds easy as well. Any questions please contact, Gwen Ashburn (gwendolyne.ashburn@gmail.comhttp://www.boxtops4education.com


Special Parent Council Workshop

We would like to get your feedback on which topics would most interest you.  Please take this short survey to let us know what you think: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TQX59QR  We would like to have all responses by Monday, October 3.   Here is a brief summary of the topics we are considering

Positive Discipline for Parents:  Positive Discipline is for parents who are looking for long-term parenting skills that will encourage their children to think for themselves, become more responsible and have a greater respect for themselves and others.  The teachings on Positive Discipline are filled with non-punitive, respectful methods that will incorporate kindness and firmness into parenting, help parents get to the core of their child’s misbehavior, bring more joy into the home and give parents a sense of accomplishment.

Math Workshop:  Mathematics, more than any other subject, has the power to crush students’ confidence.  The reasons are related both to the teaching methods that prevail in US math classrooms and the fixed ideas about mathematics held by the majority of the US population and passed on to our children from birth.  – Jo Boaler, Professor of Mathematics Education, Stanford University

This math workshop for parents is designed to help parents understand the approach to teaching mathematics that can transform students’ math experiences, including classroom approaches, essentials strategies for students, and advice for parents for supporting their child math thinking.

Cyber Bullying:  Cyberbullying is the use of digital-communication tools (such as the Internet and cell phones) to make another person feel angry, sad, or scared. Examples of cyberbullying include sending hurtful texts or instant messages, posting embarrassing photos or video on social media, and spreading mean rumors online or with cell phones.


ABS Scholastic Book Fair

The Scholastic Book Fair is in full swing in both buildings! Be sure to check out your child’s wish list and check when their class will be purchasing this week. If you haven’t had a chance to stop by and shop, don’t worry! We are open today and tomorrow until 3:30and will be open during Fall Fest in the 7th St building on Saturday 12:00-3:00. We will also have some crafts, fun pirate photo ops and a raffle on Saturday so be sure to come by!  Please note, we will only be open in the 7th Street building during Fall Fest- we will have some of the MLK inventory available, but not everything- if you have your eye on something, get it while you can!

This just in: brand new inventory of Scholastic Readers/Leveled Readers and “early chapter books” is arriving today- if you have an emerging reader or newly independent reader, please stop by and check out this new inventory!


Fall Festival- October 1st

The Fall Festival is this weekend-Saturday, Oct. 1 from 12:00-3:00.  With the help of so many parents, we will have games, crafts, music, several food trucks (so come hungry), and the book fair!  Family and Friends are always welcome!  Admission is Free for adults and just $5/child.  Cash is appreciated.  Send any questions to Emily Ball at emilynball@gmail.com.


Picture Day-Oct 4

Smile!  October 4 is Picture Day!  All students will be photographed to be included in the school’s yearbook.  Proofs will be sent home along with information if you would like to order.


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: Exzavior Archer, River Russell, Josephine Rose, Brandie Davis, Josie Blalock, Evie Soriano, Gabriela Morris, Giovanni Griffin, Cami Powell, Paxton Broome, Giada Cagle, Austin Pitassi, Julian Pecoraro, Ellie Turner, Cassia Massenburg, Maddie Priest, Zoe Marazita, Jacob Messick, Marley Preist, Sky Sullivan, Lauren Smith, Sophie Severs, Joseph Davila,, Miguel Burgos, Nicolas Mayers, McCullough Bulluck, Mikela Irving, Jeremy Rallings, and Alex Scribner.


Time to Order Yearbooks!

Don’t miss out on all of the memories…get yours today!  Simply order online via the link below – our online code is 106312. The cost is $20.


If you prefer to send pay by check, you can order with the forms that were sent home in Thursday packets (Extra forms are on the front table of the entrance to the MLK building or at Donna’s desk in 7th street building) Forms can be turned in to Donna in the 7th st. building or Angela in the MLK building. Deadline to order is May 1st.


Clean Sweep Cancelled

Due to construction  at Salem Lake and safety concerns, the K-Kids and Builders Clubs will not be participating in Clean Sweep this year. We will look forward to helping them out next year.


Around Town…


The Salem Bach Festival offers free, one-hour concerts this weekend: Tomorrow 8:00, organ concert at Salem College Fine Arts Center.Saturday, 7:30, Brandenburg Concerto #5, Home Moravian Church in Old Salem. Sunday, 3:00, double-choir motets and audience chorale sing-along, Old Salem Visitors Center.