ABS Thursday Notes- July 6, 2017

  Published for the Arts Based School Community                                                                     July 6, 2017 www.artsbasedschool.com     Who’s My Teacher? Classroom teachers met with the grade level team before school was out to create the class rosters for next year.  They use all that they know about your child’s academic, social, emotional, and behavioral qualities to determine which classroom is the best match.  To find out your classroom assignment for next year, class lists and supply lists will be  posted Friday, July 7 on our website under “students”. www.artsbasedschool.com     Parent Representatives for 17-18 School Year Did you love being a class representative or want to give it a try for next year? If you are interested in a class or specialist representative position for the upcoming school year, please let our Parent Rep Coordinator Heather Levinson know!  We are starting to plan for next year and will make assignments once class assignments are posted. Heather’s email address is heatherdlevinson@gmail.com.   Back to School Night-Save the Date! ABS Back to School Night is scheduled for Monday, August 21.  To ease parking, we have scheduled three sessions- K-2 grade will attend 5-6pm and 3-4th grade will attend 6-7pm. Grades 5-8 will attend Back to School night 7-8pm in the 7th St building.  The first part of each session will be a presentation about school wide information.   The second part of the session will be in your child’s classroom.   Medicines at School The Arts Based School staff is not allowed to administer any herbal, over-the-counter, or prescription medications or ointments without prior written authorization from the child’s physician.  If your child needs to take medication during school hours or your child has a life threatening allergy that requires medication to be kept at the school, please email Stephanie LeFever at slefever@artsbasedschool to obtain the necessary forms that must accompany all medications dropped off the first day of school.  All medications must be dropped off by a parent and kept in the school office.   Summer Packets Summer packets will be mailed out later in July to new students.  Please read and complete these forms before the first day of school.  You may return these to the front office during summer hours or during Back to School night.  If you are the parent of a new student and did not receive your summer packet, please contact Stephanie LeFever at slefever@artsbasedschool.com   After School Options ABS families use a variety of local after school options.  The following programs have bus service that will pick up your child from ABS and transport him/her to their facility.  To find out more about their services, please contact the program directly.   Creative Palooza 970-5102 First Baptist  723-7071 YWCA 722-0597 St. Peter’s 784-3126 Mudpies...

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ABS Thursday Notes- June 22, 2017

Thursday Notes                            Published for the Arts Based School Community                                                                  June 22, 2017 www.artsbasedschool.com     Staffing Updates I am excited to announce several staffing updates.  It’s an exciting time of the year as we look for the next great teachers to join the ABS team.  We get to meet many wonderful educators during the process that are excited about the way we teach children.  Here’s the casting list for 2017-18…   Kindergarten: Trish Goldberg, Nicole Londono Ashley Rudd First Grade: Kathie Fansler, Nicole Howard, Sherell McArthur Second Grade: Leigh Cohen, Tiffany Parris, Keri Sankey Third Grade: Anne Campbell, Alysha Christian, Lauren Quintal Fourth Grade: Alex DeJarnette, Kelly Robertson, Renee Meeks Fifth Grade: Leni Fragakis, Laura Lynne Frazier, Becky Koza Sixth Grade: Yvonne Leab, Jaclyn Purdy Seventh/Eighth Grades: Kimberly Dickson, Gail Boaz, Jennifer Lewis, Lenora McNamara, LeeAnn Farrell The Arts: Jan Adams, Betsy Messick, Peter Wilbur, Heidi McIver, Elizabeth Gledhill, Ashleigh Cooper, Chloe Micka, Nick Zayas Spanish: Angela Hunt PE: Eric Smith   Welcome to ABS! For fourth grade, we are excited to announce Alex DeJarnette has accepted one of the positions.  You may remember Ms. DeJarnette did her student teaching last fall with Mrs. Farrell and served as a teaching assistant for Mrs. Fansler in first grade. She graduated from Salem College with her Master’s in Teaching. Kelly Robertson will join the fourth grade team.  She has been teaching for 7 years with a break in teaching while she worked in Education Publishing.  She is licensed K-6 and most recently taught fourth grade at Smith Farm Elementary.  Many of you may already know Mrs. Robertson, both her daughters, Emma and Addilynn attend ABS.   Jaclyn Purdy will be joining the ABS team to teach 6th grade.  Mrs. Purdy is licensed in K-6 and middle school ELA and Science.  She has a Master’s of Education from Salem College.  She is a veteran teacher with 12 years of experience, most recently at Flat Rock Middle School.  Her son will be joining ABS’ kindergarten. Welcome back to Nicole Whitaker!  Nicole will be returning to ABS as a teaching assistant with Mrs. Fansler in 1st grade.   Middle School Updates Last week, the ABS Board approved the additional social studies position for middle school. We are excited to announce that Ms. Farrell will be moving into the middle school social studies position.    Mrs. McNamara will also be moving into the middle school as the ELA teacher for 7th/8th grade.  Although the Board also approved the construction of 3 new classrooms, that space will not be available at the beginning of school.   For the 2017-18 school year, ELA and Social Studies will be taught in one classroom by the ELA/Soc Stu team.  The middle school...

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ABS Thursday Notes- June 2, 2017

Thursday Notes                            Published for the Arts Based School Community                                              June 2, 2017 www.artsbasedschool.com     Here’s a snapshot of what we did this year at ABS…   Try to Say it in One Breath… New Alex Ewing Blackbox Theater, Back to School Night, 5th Dancing Classrooms, 1st Piedmont Club Visit, 4th Diana Greene writing, 4th SECCA art opening with life-sized self-portraits, John Ray bass and Diana Greene, K Dixie Classic Fair, 4th Hanging Rock, 6th Math & Science dances with Thao Nguyen and Ms. Adams, 3rd Swimming, 2nd African dance with Miss Dawanna, , Kinder & 1st Farmer’s Market, African Drumming with Mr. Bill, 3rd Natural Science Center, Drama games with Mr. Bob and Ms. Heidi, Fall Festival, 1st Triad Farmers Market, 2nd “African Tales”, 1st Old Salem, 8th visit from Maestro Bob Moody, Author Visits, 1st Caves of Lascaux, Book Fair, 3rd Millis Health Center, 6th Blacksmith Demos, 8th Alamance Battlefield, WFU Museum of Anthropology visits: Africa, Drama games and combat training with Heidi McIver, 4th Old Salem, 8th Visit to water treatment plant, Children’s Theater visits, Positive Discipline parent workshop, K – 2 SciWorks, 1stWoodwind Quintet, 4th Guilford Battlefield, 4th UNCSA Nutcracker, 3rd “Renaissance Spectacles”, Spelling Bee, Science Fair, K-Kids Skate parties, Little Theatre visits, Amanda Sheek, Native American dancer/storyteller, 2nd Audiologist visit, UNCSA “PLUCK” dancers visit Kinder, 8thwalking/photo tour of downtown, 2nd Home Moravian pipe organ, 7th bookmaking with Terry Schupback-Gordon and Mr. Bob with Wayzgoose, Reynolda House visits, Reynolda Gardens visits, 5th Cowboys with Ms. Siebert, 3rd Old Salem, 2nd clay demos from Ms. Cohen and Nicole Uzell, Kinder “Peter and the Wolf” with UNCSA PLUCK, 8th natural dye chemistry with Gillian Morrow, Mad Science, 8th “Text + Context” with Diana Greene and the Pulizter Center; visits from artist Kyle T. Webster, 5th“Romeo & Juliet on the Border”, Open-Air all-school Friday Sing, 3rd Police, Courthouse and Fire Station visits, K-2 Piedmont/Fletcher Opera “Jack & the Beanstalk”, SciWorks visits, High School info night, Kinder puppet shows, Visits to Tanglewood, Writing Club, Art Club, Crazy Running, 4th “Like a Family”, with Reel Shady Band, 8th band and chorus Carowinds, Builder’s Club and K-Kids, Jump Rope for Heart, 7th opera “Brundibar” with professional orchestra and Maestro Perret, 8thdance class with Thao, Community Creates Fundraiser, K-Woolsey Farm, 4th Pilot Mountain, 7th Proximity Hotel Sustainability visit, Spirit weeks and pajama days, 6th short films, 2nd Haiku with Mr. Bob, Winter and Spring Band & Chorus concerts, K Bethabara Park, 1st Piedmont Environmental Center, 3rd Entrepreneur visits, 2nd Stonecutter, 8th “The Lion King”, 6th Earth Fair canvas bags, First Friday Sings.1st Grade “Three Cinderellas”, Kinder puppets with Mr. Bob, 4th Band “Instrument Introductions”, 2nd SECCA visit, 8th Graduation, Field Day.   Graduation Tonight! The 8th grade graduation ceremony will be this evening at 6:00, in the new Ewing Black Box Theater at the back of the MLK building. Students should arrive between 5:30 and 5:45, dressed...

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ABS Thursday Notes- May 25, 2017

Thursday Notes                            Published for the Arts Based School Community                                       May 25, 2017 www.artsbasedschool.com     How We Do It and Why By Mary Siebert   “…if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world.”  – Neil Gaiman   The culture of our school is so positive that visiting artists, who travel from school-to-school around the community and the state, report being struck immediately by the elevating atmosphere. Students and staff are noticeably relaxed, high-spirited, cheerful, and full of creative ideas. When the visitor asks for input, many hands shoot up and children are excited to share. Teachers have built this culture by requesting student input for everything from social problem-solving in the classroom to problems that our world leaders struggle to solve. Our students appear confident that their opinions will be respected and heard, and they offer many solutions, understanding that failure is the road to discovery. These are the skills that create successful entrepreneurs, artists, and citizens. In making art, you will make mistakes. They might lead to new, better ideas. If you examine your mistake with curiosity instead of harsh judgment, that slip-up may lead to a lateral slide, instead of a fall. When we make an unexpected mark in a drawing, it might lead to a new, more exciting shape. When we rehearse attentively and playfully, we become supple and responsive, not rigid. Improvisation is a key to both success and delight. Even parents on the other side of the world seek this kind of learning environment for their children. Eighty percent of EB-5 Visas, which grant permanent U.S. residency to foreigners who invest half a million dollars in U.S. based development projects, are given to Chinese citizens. When NPR reporter Ari Shapiro investigated who these citizens were, he met applicants who are middle-class families, cobbling together the investment to give their children educational opportunities in the U.S. He quoted a mother who said of her son’s education: “He is in a good local school, but all they do is study for tests. The Chinese education system turns everyone into the same type of person.” She said that she and other EB-5 applicants want their children to think more creatively and analytically. This parent can see that her child will have the best chances for a rich, rewarding life, both emotionally and financially, if he is both well-trained and innovative. We take testing very seriously at ABS, and we are intentional about the mood we create for our students. We make it clear that there...

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ABS Thursday Notes- May 18, 2017

Thursday Notes                            Published for the Arts Based School Community                                             May 18, 2017 www.artsbasedschool.com     End of Grade Testing It’s that time of year again. The flowers are blooming, the days are longer, and the tests are coming! ABS students in grades 3-8 will be taking the North Carolina End-of-Grade tests during the last ten days of school. The North Carolina End-of-Grade Tests are designed to measure student performance on the goals, objectives, and grade-level competencies specified in the North Carolina Standard Course of Study. The End-of-Grade tests in reading comprehension and mathematics are administered to students in grades 3-8 as part of the statewide assessment program. End-of-grade tests in science are administered in grades 5 and 8.   Parents, please help your child do his or her best by following these guidelines: Help your child get 9 hours sleep throughout the weekend and each night before the test. Make sure your child eats a healthy breakfast, including more proteins and fewer carbohydrates. BE ON TIME to school. Rushing around creates anxiety.  Latecomers must take a make-up test. No couch potatoes, video games, or on-line junkies the week before.   Go outside and run and play.  You will rest better, think better, and feel better. Help them arrive at school with a positive attitude.   Testing Schedule May 19 EOC Math 1 May 22 EOG Reading 3rd & 4th grades May 23 EOG Math 3rd & 4th grades May 24 EOG Reading 5th -8th grades May 25 EOG Math 5th -8th  grades May 26 EOG Science 5th and 8th grades May 30  EOG Reading Make Up Tests & RtA-3rd May 31 EOG Math Make Up Tests June 1 EOG Science Make Up Tests   EOG results will be shared with parents at the third trimester conferences- June 7 and 8.     Proctors Needed We still need Proctors for EOG Testing.  The expected time frame is 8 to 12 noon.  Please email slefever@artsbasedschool.com if you can help!   Cell Phones and Testing Just a reminder that cell phones and electronic devices are not permitted in any End-of-Grade or End-of-Course test session.  All cell phones or devices will be collected prior to each testing session.  Students may have a book or magazine, but they may not use any electronic devices.  Parents and students may choose to keep all electronic devices at home during testing to avoid any issues.   First Annual Summer Book Swap  It’s not too late to send in your books for the swap. We need at least 300 books so that each child in MLK building gets one to take home...

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ABS Thursday Notes- May 11, 2017

Thursday Notes                            Published for the Arts Based School Community                                          May 11, 2017 www.artsbasedschool.com     How We Do It and Why By Mary Siebert   “Film is incredibly democratic and accessible, it’s probably the best option if you actually want to change the world, and not just re-decorate it.” – Banksy   For five years, ABS 6th graders have tackled state-required world history social studies goals through film making. Some of the phrases from the Standard Course of Study that suggest the grand scope of film making as an appropriate art form at this grade level are: -Understand the emergence, expansion and decline of civilizations and societies from the beginning of human existence to the Age of Exploration. -Understand the political, economic and/or social significance of historical events, issues, individuals and cultural groups. -Explain how innovation and/or technology transformed civilizations, societies and regions over time (e.g., agricultural technology, weaponry, transportation and communication).” -Explain how invasions, conquests and migrations affected various civilizations, societies and regions (e.g., Mongol invasion, The Crusades, … and Alexander the Great). This is a dramatically broad swath of time and events for 10-11-year-olds to digest in a few short months, but the prospect of writing and performing in their own short films is a great motivator for research. 8th grader Nick Mayers, when interviewed recently for the “Nations Report Card” video, said that this project was one of his favorites over the past nine years, because it inspired and transformed the way he approached research; an influence that has stuck with him. This year’s two short films, a documentary of Genghis Khan, and a music-theater style overview of the life of Eleanor of Aquitaine, were scripted over the course of the year, with the most recent “shoot day” occurring yesterday. The teachers coach research and script writing, Nick Zayas directs and films the segments, Elizabeth Gledhill helps students create painted portraits, clothing studies and maps for still shots, Ashleigh Cooper introduces potential sound track music and teaches sung segments, Becky Koza choreographs a playful Broadway-style dance break, Claire O’Boyle assists with shoot management. The singing for “Eleanor” was recorded at Ovation Sound, with professional engineer Bill Stevens earlier in the year, and the film has been edited to fit the soundtrack by Mr. Zayas. Process Pictures, a local editing company, will tackle the Genghis footage. The films will be premiered for students at the ABS theater on June 1st at ABS, and then released to families via Vimeo.   First Annual Summer Book Swap (MLK building) Everyone loves a great book to read over the summer and swapping books with friends...

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