Thursday Notes – July17th, 2014

Staffing Updates

I am excited to announce additional staffing updates.

Kimberly Dickson will be teaching 7th/8th grade Science at ABS. Mrs. Dickson is a veteran teacher with 11 years experience.   She has a Master’s Degree in Education and is certified K-6, Middle School Science/Math and Academically Gifted.

Elizabeth Gledhill will be joining the ABS staff to teach visual art for 5th-8th graders. She recently completed her Master’s degree at Salem College and is licensed in K-12 Art.


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!


Special Visits

Educational research shows that the relationship between the student and his or her teacher is one of the most important factors in a student’s academic success. This critical relationship is enhanced by our small class size and our educators’ commitment to children. In support of the teacher/student relationship, our teachers will be offering a Special Visit before school begins. A Special Visit is simply an opportunity for your child to meet his or her teacher in a familiar setting, a chance to learn a bit about the class and what to expect in the coming school year. The Special Visit can be set up to occur in your home, here at the school, or on the phone. This year’s scheduled days for Special Visits are 14 and 15, 2014. Your child’s teacher will be contacting you to schedule a 15-20 minutes appointment.


Help Wanted

It usually starts with a husky voice and hacking cough on an early morning call.   It’s a teacher calling to say that she can’t make it to school today. That’s when we call in a super sub! Many of our greatest subs are parents of our students who have a background in teaching or experience working with young children. If you have these special qualities and would enjoy spending the day with twenty joyful, exuberant, and sometimes surprising students, please email Stephanie May at with your contact information to be included on the sub list! Teaching experience is required. Training sessions begin in August.



Interested in being a Class Rep or Specialist Rep next year?  Recruitment for Class & Specialist Reps generally takes place over the summer once Class Lists are finalized.  Being a Class Rep is a great way to stay involved with your child’s classroom teacher and parents as well as stay on top of your volunteer hours!  Think you might be interested in being a Rep or Co-Rep next year?  See the attached “Be A Classroom Rep!” document for more details and please contact Shannon Wright ( or Michelle Lawrence ( if you are interested.  Thank you!


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 will be posted by next Thursday, July 24 on the ABS website.


Summer Packets

Summer packets were mailed out today 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 did not receive your summer packet and classroom assignment, please contact Stephanie May at 748-4116.


Beginning of Grade Test

The State Board of Education has implemented a standardized test required for all third graders in North Carolina. Beginning last fall, third grade students take the Beginning of Grade (BOG) test in reading. A student’s BOG score will be used as baseline data to measure growth as well as a screening tool to identify those students who will need remediation to pass the End of Grade test. The 2013-14 school year was the launch of the NC Read to Achieve initiative which requires retention for students who do not pass the Reading EOG at third grade. The test has 42 questions and takes approximately 90 minutes to complete. It will be administered during the week of September 9.   Testing accommodations will be provided for students with Individualized Education Plans (IEP). Make-up tests will be required for any student that is absent from the regular administration of the test.


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


Upcoming Events

New Parent Orientation

Fri, August 1, 10am and 6pm

ABS Board Meeting

Tue, August 12, 5:45pm – 7:45pm


Back to School Night

Mon, August 18, 5pm – 8pm


First Day of School

Wed, August 20