ABS Thursday Notes- January 12, 2017

Thursday Notes                           

Published for the Arts Based School Community                                                 January 12, 2017





Mon, January 16



Community Creates!

The Community Creates! Committee has begun working on this year’s fundraising auction for the school.  Community Creates! pairs local artists and community leaders to create artwork together that will be auctioned to fund arts programming for children at Arts Based School.  We use the term “collaborate” very loosely.  Whatever is comfortable for the artist; anything from the collaborating personality, taking a tour of the artist’s studio to help select a previously executed piece, to a one-on-one brainstorm and sketching session. The only goal is to enhance rather than impede the creative process for both the artist and the community leader.

Community Creates! Components:

  • Live Auction 15 pairs of local artists and community leaders have teamed up to collaborate on an original work of art. Each of these works, as well as three works by ABS students and alumni will be auctioned, live, at the event.
  • Silent Auction

Art experiences, smaller works and pieces by artists who are not able to work in collaboration with a leader will have a place in the event this year.

  • 100 for $100 One hundred 8”x10” canvases painted by assorted local artists in the community. Each work is directed only by the word “community” and will be signed only on the back and sold for $100 on a progressive schedule throughout the evening. Patrons will purchase pieces based on their connection to the work and not the perceived value of the artist. Have they purchased a work by an artist of international standing worth 10 times the price or a piece by a budding local artist?
  • Raffle Twenty items of $50+ value donated by local people and businesses. The week prior to the event all items will be displayed with descriptions in the ABS cafeteria. Tickets are 1 for $5 or 5 for $20 and ABS parents and others will have a chance to enter all week. Ticket purchasers choose the item(s) they would like a chance to win.
  • Food, Drink and Entertainment Heavy hors d’ oeuvres, beer and wine are included in the ticket price as well as live musical entertainment.

If you would like to help with this school fundraising event, please contact Claire O’Boyle at coboyle@artsbasedschool.com.  Save the date- Saturday, May 6 for the auction!


Snow Days Cancellations

Although the inclement weather has caused us to cancel a few school days, at this point we are not required to schedule a make-up day.   The state law requires public schools to provide 1025 hours.  We will exceed this requirement even with the missed days.  If additional snow days are required, we will make them up on the make-up days noted on the school calendar.



January Jam is an after-school dance party. This year there will be only one dance for 5th -8th graders in the 7th Street building. The dance is from 2:45 to 4:00 and admission is $5. Snacks will be sold. Permission slips will be sent home in Thursday folders.  Permission slips and admission must be turned in by Thursday, January 19 to participate.  No admission or permission slips will be accepted after January 19.  We ask for parent volunteers to chaperone or help with set up/clean up.  Children will be dismissed from inside the 7th Street building. You must come inside to pick up your child/children. There will NOT be an outside pick-up line.


Read to Feed

The K-Kids are once again sponsoring the very popular  school-wide fund raiser for Heifer International called “Read to Feed.” Heifer International is an organization which contributes livestock and training to families in need around the world and helps them build sustainable businesses. See the attached letter in today’s packet.


ABS Science Fair

ABS will hold its annual science fair on January 19 and 20.  Science Fair applications are due to your teacher by Friday, January 13.


Flu Season

As you know, flu can be easily spread from person to person.  We are asking for your help in reducing the spread of flu at ABS.  The symptoms for the seasonal flu and H1N1 are the same: fever of 100 degrees or more, cough, sore throat, runny nose, body aches, headache, and feeling very tired.  Students with these symptoms will be sent home.

You can help us by taking these simple steps:

  • Teach children to wash their hands often.
  • Teach your children not to share food or drink.
  • Teach children to cough or sneeze into their elbows to avoid spreading germs.
  • Keep sick children home.

Get the flu vaccine for you and your children.


MAP Testing in January

Third through eighth grade students will complete the second round of MAP testing in January.  After the testing is complete, parents will receive an updated score report showing the progress your student has made this year.


Student Intent for 2017-2018 School Year

As we prepare for next year’s enrollment lottery (2017–2018), it is important to know how many spaces are available in each grade.  As a current student, your child has priority placement.  You should soon receive an email from Helpcounter requesting your intent for the 2017-2018 school year.  Please reply to the email as soon as possible.  Your intent must be received before February 1st so we know to hold a space for your child.


Siblings of students also receive priority, but must fill out an enrollment application. You must complete an application for the 2017-18 school year for siblings of current students in order to reserve a space before the lottery.  Deadline for receiving applications is Feb 3 @ 3pm


Winter Gear Drive

Brr….It is cold outside!  That is why from January 9th to 13th Builders Club is having a Winter Gear Drive!  Bring in new or gently used hats, gloves, scarves, jackets, or ear muffs to donate to the Salvation Army.  These will help homeless adults and children stay warm. We would really appreciate your support.



Congrats to ABS Spelling Bee winners

Orion Sledge-Ricks, Champion Speller

Maysun Marshall, Runner Up

Jeremy Rallings, Runner Up

Orion will be representing ABS at the next level of competition at the Winston Salem Journal.


Parent Council News:

No Parent Council Meeting in January- 

Next meeting will be Feb. 17th 


Inclement Weather

In the event of inclement weather, ABS will announce school closings on local TV channels, under “The Arts Based School”.  This information will also be posted on the ABS website (www.artsbasedschool.com).


Around Town…

On Friday, January 20th, local artists and students from UNC School of the Arts will present Artists Unite, a celebration of dance, music, film, spoken word, and more. The event runs for 3-9 at the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts, and will feature a silent art auction, multiple food trucks, FREE art activities at the Sawtooth School for kids, a drum circle with our own Mr. Bill, the kids’ band Big, Bang, Boom, and some special performances by ABS staff members! Contact Mr. Wilbur at pwilbur@artsbasedschool.com for more details, or visit the event page: https://www.facebook.com/Artists-Unite-843024559133670/