Thursday Notes – November 13th, 2014

The ABS Capital Campaign:

At the Intersection of Arts and Innovation


Last fall, the Board of Directors of the Arts Based School launched the “At the Intersection of Arts and Innovation Campaign” in order to complete and furnish the expansion of ABS.  The objective is simple and powerful: to provide an unsurpassed education in which students are prepared to succeed, lead, and make a difference in the world.


Campaign Priorities

The project is a nearly $500,000 campaign to outfit classroom spaces and common areas with the tools necessary to maintain the quality of instruction and care ABS’ community has come to know and expect.  A large portion of campaign funds has gone toward purchasing furnishings, technology, completing the library, science lab, art room, band room and dance/drama spaces as well as creating an outdoor courtyard/classroom for the new 7th Street building.  Remaining campaign funds will upgrade technology equipment, the performance space, and cafeteria in the K-4 building.


Community Impact

The Arts Based School plays an integral role in the continued redevelopment of downtown Winston-Salem.  As a charter school with a unique mission and a successful track record, ABS offers an appealing alternative to both public and private schools in the area. ABS’ emphasis on innovation and creativity reflect the values of the downtown business community who have already contributed generously to this campaign.

Many ABS families and friends have joined in to support the “At the Intersection of Arts and Innovation Campaign”.   By joining these supporters, you will make it possible to fulfill our mission to encourage the next generation of innovators, creative entrepreneurs, community leaders and conscientious citizens.




To date we have reached 80% of our goal, almost $400,000. It’s not too late to be a part of making it happen!  If you are new to ABS you will soon be receiving information on how you can support our campaign and our continued success.


ABS ranked in the Top 20 has released the test score rankings of 139 school districts in NC. Of the top twenty school districts in the state, charters schools claimed fourteen top spots.  The Arts Based School ranked #9 out of all charter schools in the state and #11 out of all school districts in NC.

  1. Gray Stone Day
  2. Mountain Island Charter
  3. Cape Fear Center for Inquiry
  4. Two Rivers Community
  5. Charter Day School
  6. Central Park School for Child
  7. Francine Delany New School
  8. Vance Charter School
  9. The Arts Based School
  10. Mountain Discovery Charter
  11. Millennium Charter Academy
  12. Neuse Charter School
  13. Chatham Charter School
  14. The Academy of Moore County

Although our students do many great things, it’s nice to celebrate their great accomplishments on those End-of-Grade Tests!  Congratulations to ABS on a job well done!


ABS Science Fair

ABS will hold its annual science fair on January 15, 2015.  All students are invited to participate.  Information packets will be sent home via Thursday packets this 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.




Parent’s Afternoon Off  Friday, Nov 21

Mark your calendar on Friday, November 21 for an afternoon of movie fun (How to Train Your Dragon 2 and Peabody & Mr. Sherman)!  Kids dismiss early that day (11:45am and 12:00pm).  For $5 kids can stay until 2:30pm.  Snacks will be sold as well.  Permission forms are in today’s Thursday Folders. Signed forms and payment are due by Thursday, November 20th.  Forms and payment will not be accepted after November 20.  Have questions or interested in volunteering, please contact Lindsay Beane (


Box Top Results!

We are expecting $411 from the fall Box Top collection, which is a great start for the year!  During the 2013-2014 school year ABS families, faculty, staff, and friends together raised $1200 from Box Tops for Education for ABS, exceeding our goal of $1100.  We are off to a great start this year, so please keep collecting Box Tops and sending them in on designated collection days or anytime.  Thank you!


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 me  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!


Pictures from ABS Parent

Adrian Lawrence has taken pictures of ABS events this year. There are many pictures to view. He has them up on Shutterfly for your convenience. Feel free to peruse for your child and there may be one of you! The link is


Around Town…

Acting Out!  The UNC School of the Arts is offering a new prep program beginning in January for drama and musical theater, including classes in acting and singing for students from 3rd grade through high school. To register or for more information, visit their site at: