Thursday Notes – April 16th, 2015


By Amy Jones and Frances Beasley

Annual Giving Co-Chairs


I love watching you _____________.


As parents and loved ones raising the post-millennial generation how would you finish this sentence when talking to your child?  Many of you probably know the parenting advice article from which this sentiment is taken — goodness knows we are inundated with ideas on how best to champion, discipline, support and inspire independence in our children.  Yet, this easy phrase to let our kids know that we are paying attention, without insincere messages of “you’re the best!” or real, unconstructive messages that say “you’re not good enough”, has somehow resonated.  And. Then. We. Realized. The Arts Based School does this for our children everyday.


Simply: our school does its very best to love and support each child.  Reflecting on this further and contrasting our ABS school environment with other schools many ABS families have experienced, some constants surfaced:


 ABS students are more than a test score


 ABS kids are trusted to find their voice and as they do, are encouraged to share it with others


 Learning is developed as a life-long tool; ABS hopes to ignite that passion within each child


 ABS children are reminded that there is more than one way to solve a problem and more than one lens with which to view the world


 In showing respect to our children, ABS teachers and staff instill an atmosphere of respect for all


 We, as an ABS community, will help when and where we can


This is our school.  It is something to be treasured.  Please join us in supporting ABS by contributing to the annual fund.  The ability to help varies from family to family and may change from time to time depending on particular situations, but here’s the best part – supporting the annual fund – is not measured by anything other than “are we all in?”- meaning, can we reach 100% participation?  Let’s be “all in” this year!  At whatever level you can help, know that you are appreciated and valued.  Many thanks for your time, energy and consideration of financial support!


I hope that you will take the time to review the materials attached to this week’s Thursday Notes outlining our Annual Giving Campaign and give thought to how your family can help (hard copies are in today’s Thursday Packets).   I know we can reach 100% participation, but we can’t do it without YOU!  Each and every gift, no matter the size, makes a difference.


Tech Tips for Parents

As our students get older, many of them use cell phones, tablets, and other electronic devices. Here are some helpful tips for parents to consider regarding technology and children:


  1. Make sure you know what devices your child can access and what those devices can do. Many apps allow students to text, send messages, and send photos or videos without a cell phone or a cell phone plan. Kik, ooVoo, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter are some and there are many others.


  1. Set the rules. Clearly establish when and where your child may use their device. Consider whether or not he or she should have the device in their bedroom, on at night, during study time, etc.


  1. Know the ABS device policy : Cell phones and personal electronic devices are not to be used by students during the school day. Students must store unapproved electronic devices in a pocket or schoolbag for the entirety of the school day. Failure to do so will result in the device being held by a staff member until dismissal. E-readers (such as a Kindle or Nook) represent an exception to this rule, when used to read books already downloaded at home. Parents and students should recognize that loss of or damage to these devices is possible and the devices are the responsibility of the student. The Arts Based School is not responsible for lost, damaged, or stolen, phones or devices. Failure to adhere to this policy will result in a disciplinary referral to the appropriate administrator.


  1. “Follow” your child online and monitor what they post, send, and receive. Check their accounts often and consider parental controls that help monitor children’s devices.


  1. Discuss internet safety with your child. Make sure they understand how quickly information, photos, and videos can be shared with many people outside of their immediate contacts and explain that once these messages are put out there, they can exist permanently on others’ devices.


Got tickets? 

Don’t miss Community Creates!-May 2, 2015, 7-11p.m.  Tickets are available for purchase $40 per person online at or in the front office at the MLK building.  Questions?  Call or email Claire O’Boyle 336-748-4116 ext 1029,


Notes from Parent Council

Last call for pictures for the ABS yearbook! Please give your pictures to Donna Brown by Friday April 17. You can send the files to her electronically at


This month’s Garden Workday is Saturday April 18 from 9 to 1. Please contact Matt Myers ( if you can help.


Parent Council Board Elections will be held May 8. If you have any questions, please contact Michelle Lawrence ( or Shannon Wright (


Acting Out! Summer Day Camp, K-8, June 15th-19th

Younger students who get bitten by the theatre bug don’t often have many opportunities for summer training in the area. Now, after a successful inaugural season of evening acting classes, the community acting program at UNCSA, Acting Out!, is launching a week-long day camp for rising 1st-9th graders (those who just graduated Kindergarten-8th grade). Camp takes place the week after school ends, June 15th-19th, 2015. Ms. Heidi is one of the instructors and would just love to see some ABS students there! Please visit the website for more information and to register:


Around Town…

WFU Japanese Studies Club is hosting their annual Japanese Spring Festival on Sunday, April 19 from 2-4pm at Manchester Plaza on the WFU campus.  The event is free and open to the public.  It’s a family-friendly event, with elementary-middle school students from Charlotte demonstrating Japanese taiko drums, as well as many hands-on activities and lots of Japanese food. Rain date is Saturday, April 25th.