Thursday Notes – June 4th, 2015

Here’s a snapshot of what we did this year at ABS…

Try to Say it in One Breath…

Back to School Night, 5th Dancing Classrooms, 1st Author Bob Shea visits, 4th Vulcan Quarry, , 1st Piedmont Club Visit, Swimming, 4th Diana Greene writing, 4th SECCA art opening with life-sized self-portraits, Tyra Somers harp and Diana Greene, K Dixie Classic Fair, Ms. Dawanna African dance demo, 4th Hanging Rock, Capital Campaign, 2nd African dance with Mama Oli, , Drumming with Mr. Bill, 3rd Natural Science Center, 5th Museum of Anthropology visit, Drama games with Mr. Bob and Ms. Heidi, Fall Festival, 1st wind Quintet visits, 1st Triad Farmers Market, 2nd Performance: “African Tales”, 1st Old Salem, 6th W-S Symphony,  Book Fair, 1st Museum of Anthopology visit: Native Americans, 8th David Edgar “Plasiquarium”, Glee Club at Children’s Home, 3rd Millis Health Center, 8th Alamance Battlefield, 4th Visit from WS Symphony Assistant Conductor Matt Troy, 2nd African dance with Olivia Sledge, 2nd Museum of Anthropology visit: Africa, Drama games and combat training with Heidi McIver, K-Children’s Theater “Stuart Little”, 4th Old Salem, 6th UNCSA film school visit, 7th & 8th Electives, 8th Visit to water treatment plant, Positive Discipline parent workshop, K – 2 SciWorks, 1stWoodwind Quintet, 4th Guilford Battlefield, 3rdNutcracker, 3rd Performance “Renaissance Spectacles”, Spelling Bee, Science Fair, YMCA Skate parties 2nd Audiologist visit, UNCSA “PLUCK” dancers visit Kinder, 2nd Home Moravian pipe organ, January Jam, 6th Mural Walk, 4th Petronella with Mr. Bob, 3rd storytelling with Terry Schupback-Gordon, Reynolda House visits, Movie Nights, 5th Cowboys with Ms. Siebert, 3rdOld Salem, Lego Club, 2nd Tyra Somers, harpist visit, 2nd new clay unit with demos from Ms. Cohen and Nicole Uzell, Kinder “Peter and the Wolf” performance with UNCSA PLUCK dancers at UNCSA theater on a brand new set, 8th A/perture Theater with Robert Newton, 8th visit from Javier Chacon, 4th National Anthem at the ball park, 8th visit to Unifi, Mad Science, 5th stage combat with Ms. Heidi, 8th “Manufacturing Economies” documentary film with Ms. Green and Mr. Wilbur, visits from artist Kyle T. Webster, 5th “Romeo & Juliet on the Border” at Arts Council Theater with professional musicians, Open-Air all-school FridaySing,3rd Police, Courthouse and Fire Station visits, K-2 Piedmont/Fletcher Opera “Pinocchio”, High School info night Kinder puppet shows, Visits to Tanglewood, Sports Club, K-1, 3rd Sheep Shearing with Laura Frazier, 7th book printing with Terry Schupback-Gordon and Haiku with Mr. Bob, 4th “Like a Family” Builder’s Club Talent Show, NC story-telling and dance with Reel Shady Band, Run Club, Jump Rope for Heart, C7th performance: opera “Brundibar” with professional orchestra and Maestro Perret K-Old Salem Puppets, Community Creates Fundraiser, Crazy Running, K-Woolsey Farm, 4th Pilot Mountain, 7thProximity Hotel Sustainability visit, 6th Film red-carpet Premiere short films at SECCA Theater, Winter and Spring Band concerts, 1st Piedmont Environmental Center, K Puppet Shows with Mr. Bob, K Old Salem Puppet Show, 6th & 8th visits from Chris Freeman, 1st Reynolda Gardens, 3rd Entrepreneur visits, 2nd Stonecutter, 6th Earth Fair event with canvas bags, First FridaySing.1st Grade Performance “Three Cinderellas”, 4th Band “Petting Zoo”, Field Day.



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Field Day 2015

It was a cloudy, cool day.  The air horn blew and the day began.  They spit watermelon seeds, got dizzy, had their pictures taken, ran relays, danced, completed an obstacle course, and they got wet!  We had a fantastic Field Day!  We’d like to thank April Greenwood, Tommy Priest and the classroom representatives for coordinating the event.  Thanks to the parents who ran activities, provided supplies, helped set up and clean up, we couldn’t have done it without you!  It’s so great to be a part of such a wonderful community.



It’s always hard to say good bye.  We wish all those leaving ABS the best of luck.  Thanks to each of them for their time and commitment to ABS in helping develop into the school that we are.

One of our first grade teachers, Hannah Jarvis, will not be returning to ABS.  She will be staying home with her newborn baby.



K-Kids Election Results

Our K-Kids held elections last week for next year’s officers.  Congratulations to:
Co Presidents:   Andrew Burrell, Ella Parks

Vice President:   Stuart MacMillan

Secretary:  Raven Macon

Treasurer: Malcolm Carter


Class & Specialist Reps For Next Year

Recruitment for our 2015-16 Class and Specialist Reps takes place over the summer.  We try to have all classroom representation set prior to our Class Rep Breakfast and training session with the staff in mid August.  Serving as a Class or Specialist Rep is a fantastic way to stay involved with the school and accumulate your needed volunteer hours.  These positions do not have to be overly time consuming, but are very important to help support our teachers.  You may also Co-Rep with another parent if you’d like to share the position.  Interested in volunteering?  Please contact Michelle Lawrence (  Thank you!


Work Day

Saturday, June 6

9:00 to 1:00

Join us for a work day at ABS on Saturday, June 6. There will be opportunities to take cut flowers home, and of course, Please RSVP to Matt Mayers ( or 723-7189)


Enrollment Forms for 2015-16

Enrollment information and forms (for current students) that are usually sent home in preparation for the 2015-2016 school year will be emailed to parents this year. You should have received the email on Friday, May 22.  Please fill out the emergency contact index cards and the medical history sheet and email them to by June 1.  If you do not receive an email, please email Stephanie May at and she will send you the forms.  We’re encouraging forms to be filled out electronically this year but for those who do not have easy access to the internet, paper forms will be available in the front office of both buildings.