ABS Thursday Notes- June 27, 2019

Congratulations to ABS!
Congratulations to our school and our teachers for our awesomeness!  ABS is ranked #1 in Forsyth County for both middle school and elementary schools both overall and for teachers! Although I completely agree, I do not know anything about this website or its criteria… Check out this link to find out more or just bask in the glory! Scroll down to the bottom of the linked page to see rankings for Forsyth County.

Staffing Updates
I am excited to announce several staffing updates.  It’s an exciting time of the year as we look for the next great teachers to join the ABS team.  We get to meet many wonderful educators during the process that are excited about the way we teach children.  Here’s the casting list so far for 2019-20…

Trish Goldberg, New Hire, Ashley Rudd

First Grade:
Kathie Fansler, Nicole Howard, Sherell McArthur

Second Grade:
Jess Broughton, Nicole Londono, Missy Warren

Third Grade:
Anne Campbell, Becca Lard, Ashley Setser

Fourth Grade:
Alex DeJarnette, Kelly Robertson, Renee Meeks

Fifth Grade:
Leni Fragakis, Laura Lynne Frazier, Becky Koza

Sixth Grade:
Alysha Christian, Courtney Hedgecock, Katie Hugus

Seventh/Eighth Grades:
Rob Rambach, Lisa Hendrix, Jennifer Lewis, Lenora McNamara, LeeAnn Farrell

The Arts:
Jan Adams, Mary Boudreault, Brian Schmoyer, Heidi McIver, Elizabeth Gledhill, Jordan Brown, Amber Engel

Hope San Filippo

Brianna Pierce

Hellos and Goodbyes…
Tiffany Parris and Christi Barnes are leaving ABS.  We will certainly miss all our friends leaving and wish them well on their journeys.

Welcome to our new friends joining the party…

Brian Schmoyer will be teaching K-4 art.  Brian has worked as an arts educator for the last fourteen years both at public schools and Sawtooth School, most recently at Cash Elementary.  He is a creative digital artist with experience in animation and graphic design.

Amber Engel will be joining ABS as the middle school music teacher.  She has a bachelor’s degree and is licensed in K-12 music.  She’s the perfect match with a background in teaching band and musical theater.  She will be teaching grades 5-8 music.  Mary Boudreault will be teaching K-4 music.

As we rebuild the second-grade team, we’re excited to announce the dynamic duo of Missy Warren and Nicole Londono will be moving up from kindergarten to second grade.

That leaves an opening in kindergarten and some assistant positions.  If you know of a great teacher who would be a match for our school, please send them our way.

Art Clubs and Music Ensembles for 6,7, 8 Grades
The art clubs and music ensembles will begin the first week of September. Students may participate from 2:45-3:35 in their choice of band, choir, and art club. The link to sign up will arrive later in the summer. (Students will not be admitted without a completed parent permission form.)

The offerings will be:

  • Intermediate or advanced band, with Ms. Engel.
  • Drama club, with Mr. Brown.
  • Art club, with Ms. Gledhill

More details will arrive in August!

Click here to view photos from the Middle School’s Field Day. They are divided by grade for easier viewing. 

Back to School Night-Save the Date!
ABS Back to School Night is scheduled for Monday, August 19, 5-8pm.  To ease parking, we will have staggered sessions. More details soon…

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.  Class placement will be sent to parents in late July.

ABS Summer Camps!
If you missed the May 31 deadline to register for summer camp, here’s your chance to enroll your child! We have a few open spots remaining in the camps below. You can register here.

Week 3 (July 8-12)
All Aboard the RMS Titanic (rising 4th-8th grade)

Week 4 (July 22-26)
Crime Scene Investigation (rising 3rd-6th grade)

New Parent Orientation
Save the Date- Wednesday, Aug 7 at 10am for the New K-4 Parent Orientation at ABS.  This program is designed specifically for new families in grades K-4th at ABS to support your transition into ABS and to answer your questions.  Please mark your calendars and join us!

Middle School Orientation
Save the Date-Wednesday, Aug 7 at 5pm for Middle School Orientation.  For new parents (grade 5-8) and also for parents new to middle school.  This program is designed to answer questions about how our middle school program works (grades 5-8) and what to expect.


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 August 15 and 16, 2019.  Your child’s teacher will be contacting you to schedule a 15-20 minute appointment.


Kaleideum’s Peppercorn Theatre presents
Stoo’s Famous Martian-American Gumbo
July 12-28
Performed at The Arts Based School (1380 N Martin Luther King Jr Drive, Winston-Salem)

An out-of-this-world new play for Young Audiences! Now that Stoo’s family lives on Earth, he can’t grow his favorite fruit from Mars. Together with his friends Kacey and Billy, Stoo is out to invent a brand new special food using delicious things from Earth! Recommended for ages 6 & up. Kaleideum Members: $10/person; Non-members: $12/person.  For showtimes and tickets, visit peppercorntheatre.org. 

Join us for a special Opening Night Party on Friday, July 12 at 5:30 pm at the Arts Based School!