Thursday Notes – August 14th, 2014

First Day of School –Wednesday, August 20th


Board approves new policies

Cell Phones and Personal Electronic Devices Policy

Our middle school students have access to our computer network, laptops, and tablets for academic purposes. As a result, the following policy is in place regarding cell phones and personal electronics.

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), with teacher permission, 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.

Grading Scale for Grades 6th-8th

The Arts Based School will use a 7 point grading scale as follows:

A   93 – 100

B   85 – 92

C   77 – 84

D   70 – 76

F   69 and below

This is consistent with state public school policy and will provide an easier transition into public high school after 8th grade.


Schedule Changes

Beginning in 2014-15, all students in the MLK building will be dismissed at 2:30. Students in the 7th St building will be dismissed at 2:45.   Younger students that have siblings in the 7th St building will remain in sibling gallery until 2:45 and be dismissed with their older sibling. This change will help equalize the number of students being picked up and facilitate an efficient and safe afternoon dismissal.   Procedures in the car line will remain the same.


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


Sports Club coming soon

The Sports Club is an after-school club for students in grades 5-8.  Instead of focusing on one sport, the club will offer a variety of non-competitive sports/activities. The club will focus on the importance of fitness, hard work, teamwork, and sportsmanship. It will provide an opportunity for all students, regardless of grade, gender or athletic ability, to explore different sports and activities, while having fun. Some of the sports will include soccer, zumba, martial arts, and running.  We will also be participating in three of the 5Ks in Winston-Salem throughout the year. The Sports Club will meet on Thursdays at 3PM until 4PM. If you have any questions regarding the club, please contact Danielle Tarmey (6th grade teacher) at


Calling all volunteers for the Sports Club:

The Sports Club needs volunteers to lead activities. If you are interested in teaching classes once a week, for 2-4 weeks, in our club please contact Danielle Tarmey (6th grade teacher) at So far we have Mr. Giles who will be leading the soccer and Ms. Leni will be teaching zumba. I look forward to hearing from you.


7th and 8th Grade Schedule Notes

We’re putting the final touches on the elective schedule and menu of options for 7th and 8th grade students. Elective information will be sent out soon via email for your review and your opportunity to sign up for your top 3 choices. Each 7th or 8th grade student will have 5 electives to choose from that they will attend 2 days a week for six weeks. New electives will be offered 4 times a year. Band assignments will be posted on the website by Monday, August 18th.


Classroom Reps – Only A Few Spots Left!

Please check the list below to see if your child’s classroom is still in need of a Class Rep.  If so, please email Shannon Wright ( and Michelle Lawrence ( if you are available to volunteer for one of these openings.


Teachers Needing Class RepsBroughton (2nd), Farrell (4th), Frazier (5th), 8th Grade Homeroom B.


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.  Child care will be available so feel free to bring the kids!


ABS Back to School Party at Whole Foods!

Join us at Whole Foods on Miller Street from 1-4pm on Saturday, August 16th for crafts, music, food and fun while we “Stuff the ABS Bus” with donations for art supplies. Interested in helping?  Contact Donna Brown ( to sign up!


Kindergarten Coffee & Kleenex

Need a shoulder to lean on or someone to “high five” after you drop your little one off for their first day of kindergarten?  Parent Council will offer coffee, juice, kleenex and a friendly face each morning next week as our kindergarten students begin their journey at ABS!  Stop by Wednesday, Thursday or Friday morning during drop-off in the ABS Café!


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.



Alexis Long will be doing an internship at ABS for the 2014-15 school year with our school counselor, Amanda Sullivan. She is completing her Masters of Education Degree in School Counseling at Salem College.   Ms. Long is also a parent of an incoming kindergarten student.


Farm Wagon at ABS

Pick up some #WSNC Homegrown Produce from the Farm at the Children’s Home produce wagon in the 7th street courtyard at the ABS Back to School Night! All proceeds benefit the Farm as a community of volunteers resurrect a 105 year old Farm in the middle of Winston-Salem! Watermelons, Cucumbers, Squash, Tomatoes and maybe a few surprises.  Goodness Grows in the midst of this City!


Around Town…

The Winston-Salem Symphony Youth Orchestra fall auditions will be held Saturday, August 23rd beginning at 10:00am at R.J Reynolds High School in the Fine Arts Building. Those wishing to audition can visit the website to sign up for an audition time and to view audition requirements (


Upcoming Events

Back to School Night

Mon, August 18, 5pm – 8pm


First Day of School

Wed, August 20


No School- Labor Day

Monday, September 1