Thursday Notes – March 26th, 2015


Spring Break: March 30-April 3


How We Do It and Why

By Mary Siebert


“Appalachian storytelling isn’t a theatrical performance with sets and costumes and lighting and accents, though a good storyteller can conjure all those things in the mind of the listener.” – Dave Tabler


The 4th grade Appalachian Tales unit is not a formal performance, but a shared experience, focused on the art of story-telling and the crafts of Appalachia, as well as the history of the textile industry in the Piedmont region of North Carolina. It recalls the days before radio when we all participated: telling stories, dancing, singing, playing instruments, adapting household objects to produce percussion and melody, creating art from whatever we found around us.

Students explore the history of these regions of the state, learning about the vibrant cultural mix of native peoples, immigrants, slaves, and invaders who all contributed to create a powerful and unique culture in our state. We explore this culture through reading, research, maps, visiting artists, and the arts. We share it with our families in a culminating event that includes dancing, art, music, and storytelling.

Preparation for the storytelling involves extra time with “Mr. Bob” Moyer and Heidi McIver, who help students focus on the lifeblood lines of acting: simply telling the story, and truly listening. Students learn traditional tales from Mr. Bob, but they also learn about child labor in the textile mills, and unionizing efforts that followed changes in lifestyle from farming to millwork. Through the famous period photos of Lewis Hine and written memoires of folks who were there, students imagine themselves into the mills.

Meanwhile, they have been learning to weave and sew, beginning with small, personalized projects. Along with the stories, students will perform some traditional songs from the region. The live band “Reel Shady” will lead us through delightful reels and square dances. The event takes place at the ABS 7th Street building and courtyard on Wednesday, April 15th at 6:00 p.m. (Rain date April 16th.) 4th graders and their families should arrive at 5:45, dressed in their “country” clothes (no bare feet please!) Ya’ll come!



4th Graders Singing National Anthem at Dash Stadium April 3

Mr. Wilbur will lead a group of 4th-graders in singing the Star Spangled Banner on Friday, April 3rd at 7:00 p.m. at Dash Stadium. Singers should arrive at the stadium at 6:45 to sing at 7:00, and meet under the scoreboard. Parents must remain with their children until after the anthem is performed. The game is the 7th Annual Major Larry John Bauguess, Jr. Memorial Game. Students are welcome to stay for the game, but parents must remain to supervise them. No ABS staff will be available to supervise after the singing of the anthem. We have been invited to see the game for free. Concession stands will be open.


Friday Sing April 10 – IMPORTANT NOTICE!

On April 10, if the weather is fine, Friday Sing will take place in the ABS courtyard at the 7th Street courtyard. If the weather is wet, Friday Sing will be CANCELLED in April.


Community Creates!  Save the Date

Our Community Creates! fundraising auction is scheduled for May 2.  Community Creates! pairs local artists and community leaders to create artwork together that will be auctioned to fund arts programming for children at the Arts Based School.  We use the term “collaborate” very loosely- whatever is comfortable for the artist; anything from taking a tour of the
artist’s studio to helping 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 Pairs of local artists and community leaders team up to collaborate on an original work of art. The resulting unique creations vary from oils on canvas, metalwork, photography, watercolors, fibers and many other inspiring collaborations.
  • Silent Auction An eclectic mix of original works of unique finds and arts-themed experiences.
  • 100 for $100 One hundred local artists each create an original work of art on an 8×10 canvas with the only guidance being the idea of ‘community’. Each artist is encouraged to explore the theme in any way they are inspired. All works are signed and dated on the backs of the canvases.  Guests purchase pieces, all priced at $100, based on their connection to the work and not on the perceived value of the artist.
  • Food, Drink and Entertainment Heavy hors d’ oeuvres, beer and wine are included in the ticket price as well as live musical entertainment.


Order Boxed Lunches Now Available

In collaboration with Mudpies Daycare, ABS will now be offering parents the option of buying a boxed lunch for Mondays.  The boxed lunch is prepared by Chef Pam at Mudpies and includes a turkey/cheese sandwich, fruit, carrots, and treat (cookie, chips, etc) condiments/napkin/utensil) for $5.    Milk/juice sold separately.   If you would like to order a boxed lunch for Monday, money and order must be turned in on the Friday before.  Orders turned in Friday will be for the Monday we return from Spring Break.


Parent Satisfaction Survey

Yes, that’s you – we want to know what you think!  Please follow the link ArtsBasedSchoolsurvey  to a 20 question online survey about our school.  Your responses are completely anonymous and help us determine what’s working well and what needs more work!  Please take a few minutes to complete and submit.  Thank you!


Please volunteer to help with ABS Band Class! 

Volunteers are needed to help with some of Mr. Perret’s larger music classes. Prior music experience is NOT necessary. If you can commit to an hour once a week, please contact Ryan Leigh Runyon at


Parent Council Nominations Are Open!

Nominations are open for Parent Council Board positions for 2015-2016. Descriptions of the duties for each officer can be found on the ABS website for Parent Council under the “Our Parents” Section. Elections will be held at the Parent Council Meeting in May. If you wish to nominate yourself, please contact Michelle Lawrence ( or Shannon Wright (



Get Ready to Jump!

Friday, March 27, will be Jump Rope for Heart Day! Students all over the school will be participating in a variety of activities that promote heart health and that support the American Heart Association. In today’s Thursday packet, you will find a handout that will explain more about the activities and details how you can help raise money to fight heart disease. We are moving back our due date for all money collected to Friday, April 10.


Lost and Found

Items left in the lost and found will be hung on playground fence Friday and anything left at 3 pm will be donated.


Community Creates!

If you would like to help with this ABS fundraising event or know of an artist that would like to paint an 8 x 10 canvas, please contact Claire O’Boyle at  Save the date- Saturday, May 2 for the auction!


Around Town…

Camp Shakespeare

Mr. Bob and Ms. Heidi would love to see rising 5th- to 9th-graders at Camp Shakespeare this summer. In this week-long program, we interact with the works of the Bard as they were meant to be: on your feet and out loud! Students will learn a different play every day and will gain techniques for approaching all kinds of literature in a way that engages the heart and mind.     See flyer for more information.


Sawtooth School for Visual Arts offers Camp Sawtooth the summer. Registration is now available at


Twin City Stage presents Mary Poppins March 27-29 and April 2-5. For more information visit