Thursday Notes – November 20th, 2014

How We Do It and Why

By Mary Siebert


Wake up, Jacob, Day’s a-breakin’!

Peas in the pot and the hoecake’s bakin’.

Early in the morning, almost day;

If you don’t come soon…gonna throw it all away.”

-Cook’s Wake-Up (Traditional American)


Fifth graders lie on the ground, cowboy hats tipped over their closed eyes, imagining a time when only the sounds of nature and the occasional snoring comrade were heard at night. Suddenly, their repose is shattered by the banging of spoon on frying pan, and the Cook’s Wake-up, and with a big “yahoo!” we’re off on another day of the “Cowboys” unit that kicks off our Romeo and Juliet on the Border project.

The unit is built around historic folk songs, works of art, and frontier history of the cattle drive era of the American “Wild West”, dating from the end of the 19th century. Students learn about the direct connection from the Civil War to the cattle drives and the industry’s role in reconstruction. They explore cultural changes taking place in the west during that time, and observe how technology and over-grazing brought an end to the era. Daily “rodeo” reviews help students maintain learning about a diverse group of topics including the prairie biome and its creatures, star constellations, African American cowboys and women, influence of Mexican culture, economics, the railroads, food, transportation, and social customs.

We focus on these questions:

  • How do social factors impact economic ones?
  • How do folk songs and visual art serve as primary sources to teach us history?
  • Who were the cowboys and cowgirls of the American Wild West?

Meanwhile, 5th graders will begin learning audition techniques, and recognizing that these skills translate directly into job interview skills. How do you carry yourself when you walk into a room? Do you smile? Make eye contact? Do you deliver a strong voice and a firm handshake? Nearly each of the sixty 5th graders has already sung private auditions, and the acting auditions take place in December. When the theater and the history converge, we’ll have us a wing-ding!


ABS Science Fair

ABS will hold its annual science fair on January 15, 2015.  All students are invited to participate.  Information packets were sent home via Thursday packets last week.   Science Fairs give students an opportunity to think and work independently, develop and refine individual science interests, and engage in critical thinking. Please help your child choose a science fair project topic that aligns with the science standards at his or her grade level. Science standards can be found for each grade level on the ABS website under “Our Students”.  Science Fair applications are due to your teacher by Friday, January 9.


Be on time!

School begins at 8:15 a.m.   Students may arrive at school between 7:45 and 8:10.  Students will be counted tardy if they’re not in their classroom at 8:15am. The student entrance will be locked at 8:15 a.m. After 8:15 a.m., parents must park and escort their child(ren) to the Front office entrance and sign in. Ten tardies are considered one absence on state attendance records.


Parent’s Afternoon Off Forms & Payment Due Today!

Forms and payment are due TODAY for tomorrow’s afternoon of movie fun (How to Train Your Dragon 2 and Peabody & Mr. Sherman)!  Kids dismiss early (11:45am and 12:00pm).  For $5 kids can stay until 2:30pm. All parents must park and come inside to pick up students after movie. Snacks will be sold as well for $.50 – $1.00.   Have questions or interested in volunteering, please contact Lindsay Beane (


ABS Yearbooks

Yearbooks are now on sale.  This year our 7th and 8th graders are helping to design our yearbook during Electives. Order forms were sent home in Thursday packets or you can order online.  Online ordering is as easy as going to and clicking on the order button.  We will be offering the personalization option again this year with your child’s picture and name on the front cover.  Prices are $20.00 for the yearbook and $5.00 for personalization which is optional. If you decide to order using the envelope please make your checks out to ABS. Remember, if you want the personalization on the yearbook you will need to add the extra $5.00 to the total amount on the envelope and include it in your check.


Reserve your copy now as we have limited availability.  If you have any questions feel free to contact  Any pictures you would like for consideration into the yearbook can be emailed to me also.


School Skate Coming Up

K-Kids will sponsor a  Skate Night at  Skate Haven (120 Hood Drive, W-S, NC) on Tuesday, Dec. 2, from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. K-Kids is sponsoring this all-school event to raise money for the many charities they support. Bring $5.00 per person for entry and skate rental.  All ABS families are welcome!


Crisis Control Canned Food Challenge

The K-Kids and the Builders Club are co-sponsoring a canned food drive for Crisis Control during November and December. Further, the MLK building is challenging the 7th Street building to see who can deliver the most. Our combined goal is 2000 cans!  Cans and dried food are acceptable (please, no glass containers). Cans will be collected in the hallways outside each grade level through December 10.   Let the “No-Hunger Games” begin!


ACT Explore Test Results

Results from the ACT Explore test that our 8th grade students took last month have arrived and will be sent home today. Parents will receive an envelope containing their child’s test results, test booklet, and information on how to interpret the results. Please contact your child’s teacher if you have any questions.


High School Information Night

Lead counselors from several local high schools will be on campus to participate in a high school information night. The meeting will include information about course selection and registration as well as time for questions and answers with individual counselors. Parents of 7th and 8thgrade students are invited to attend on Monday December 8th at 6pm in the 7th St. building. Mrs. Raper will send an e-mail to families with more information.



Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Sizemore  on the birth of their baby boy.  Reed Blue was born November 18.   8 lbs 10 oz, 21.5 inches long.  Mrs. Sizemore will be returning to ABS to teach her fifth graders after her maternity leave.


Assistant Principal for the Day

Congratulations to Lauryn McCain who won the Assistant Principal for the Day raffle.  She served as the Assistant Principal today.  Each month we have a raffle for students to enter to be A.P. for the Day.  Raffle tickets are $1 and can be purchased in either office. Drawings are held each month during First Friday Sing.


Around Town…

What’s Your Story invites students (K-12) to submit an original fairy tale to Piedmont Opera. Local artists will select stories to inspire a work of art which will later be auctioned off for the opera. Selected writers will receive free tickets to “The Magic Flute” and will be invited to the gallery opening. Details and entry form here: