Thursday Notes – August 7th, 2014

First Day of School –Wednesday, August 20th

 Grand Openings

Our side door is the main entrance for children in both building. It is locked at 8:15 in the morning. If you arrive after 8:15, you must park your car in the lot (please do not park in the fire lane next to the school!) and walk your child to the front door. You will need to sign your child into the computer.

In order to keep our building secure, we ask that you please do not open our side doors for anyone after they are locked. If you are exiting through the side doors and someone is waiting there, ask them kindly to enter through the front. Thank you!


Parking Lot Safety

  • Please drive slowly and cautiously through school parking lot at all times.
  • Do not use cell phones while in our parking lot.
  • Watch for children and adults in parking lot, especially the first few days when many parents will be parking and walking their child into the school.
  • Please allow extra time the first week as parents and children become accustomed to the routine.
  • Please be kind and courteous to parking lot helpers.
  • Please cross on crosswalks when walking children into the building.
  • Please be responsible for explaining the drop off/pick up procedures to your afterschool daycare vans or anyone else who may be picking up your children.
  • Remember to enter only on Chestnut St. (by white church) during pick-up and drop-off.

 Pack a Lunch and a Snack!

All students must have lunch each day.  Lunches must be brought from home.  If a student does not have a lunch, we will contact a parent to provide the lunch.  On Fridays, we will offer a pizza meal fundraiser from Papa John’s that includes 2 slices of pizza, a fruit, and a milk or juice for $5.   K-4 students can order white milk, chocolate milk, or orange juice for $.75  in their classroom.  5-8 grade students have access to healthy choice vending machines.  ABS wants to promote healthy eating and good nutritious choices.  Students should bring a healthy lunch and snack each day.  Healthy snack choices include bottles of water, fruits, crackers, cheese, and granola bars.  Please do not send sodas, candy, or other high sugar snacks.

 No Backpacks

You may have noticed on the supply lists that students do not use backpacks at ABS.  We do allow students to use small canvas totes or drawstring bags.  It should be large enough to hold a notebook or folder, but small enough to fit on the hooks in the hallway or in your locker (in the new building). We do have a school rule that children should not bring toys from home.  Please be sure you are aware of what children are packing into their totes and bringing to school.  Toys often become a distraction either when children want to show them off, play with them, or worry about them being taken by another child.  Students will be bringing home important papers especially in their Thursday Packets so be sure to have them clean out and look through their tote each evening.

Activity Fee

Each family is asked to pay $30.00 per year per child to help cover the costs of our extensive curriculum enhancement activities, including field trips and art trips.  Fees are payable at the start of the year and may be paid for the full year or in smaller increments, if needed.  Financial assistance is available to those families with demonstrated need per the approval of the principal.  Checks should be made out to The Arts Based School and turned into Ms. Wise in the front office or at Back to School night.  Also payable online at


New Parent Orientation

Save the Date- Friday, Aug 1 at 10am or 6pm for the New Parent Orientation at ABS.
This program is designed specifically for new families at ABS to support your transition into ABS and to answer your questions.  Please mark your calendars and join us!


We Need YOU! Class & Specialist Rep Spots Still Available!

Thank you to all those that have already volunteered to serve as a Class Rep this year!  Now that class lists are posted, please take a look and see if your teacher still needs representation.  For those that have already contacted us, we will be getting back in touch with you soon with confirmations.  Please email Shannon Wright ( and Michelle Lawrence ( if you are available to volunteer for one of these openings.  Need more information on what it means to be a Class or Specialist Rep?  See the attachment to this week’s Thursday Notes entitled “Be a Classroom Rep!”

Teachers needing Class Reps:  Parris, Jarvis, Broughton, Campbell, Farrell, Koza, McNamara, Frazier, Meeks, Sizemore, Leab, Tarmey, 7th Grade Homeroom B, 8th Grade Homeroom B.

Specialists needing Reps:  Wilbur (Music), Messick (K-4 Art), Gledhill (5-8 Art), McIver (Drama K-4), Zayas (Drama 5-8), Adams (Dance)


Staff, Class Rep & Specialist Rep Breakfast

Volunteered to be a Class or Specialist Rep?  Please join us on Monday, August 18th at 8am in the ABS Café for a light breakfast and meeting with the ABS Staff.  We’ll review the role of Class and Specialist Reps, offer some helpful hints and give you a chance to spend some time with your teacher or specialist to plan for the coming year.


Volunteer Opportunity:  August 18th

Want to get a jump start on your volunteer hours?  We need 2 adults to supervise child-care during a staff and volunteer breakfast on Monday, August 18th from 7:50am – 10:00am.  Please email Shannon Wright ( if you can help.


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, K-8 class lists are now posted at the ABS website under “students”.  Supply lists are also available at our website under “students”.


Garden Workday

Last garden work day of the summer!

Come help get the ABS grounds spiffed up before the next school year starts. Bring the kids, your work gloves, a bottle of water and a snack.
Saturday, August 9

9:00 to 1:00 pm

Questions: Matt Mayers, or 723-7189


Back to School Night-Save the Date!

ABS Back to School Night is scheduled for Monday, August 18.  To ease parking, we have scheduled three sessions- K-2 grade will attend 5-6pm and 3-4th grade will attend 6-7pm. Grades 5-8will 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.


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.

A Child’s World 721-0105

Creative Palooza 970-5102

First Baptist  723-7071

Mt Zion 727-0117

The Salvation Army-Boys and Girls Club 788-6563

The Sunshine House 759-0514

YWCA 722-0597

The YMCA operates an afterschool program on campus at ABS.   YMCA- 724-9205