ABS Thursday Notes- December 2, 2021

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December 2, 2021

ABS After School Clubs


We are happy to announce that ABS Clubs will begin again the week of January 10, 2022!  ABS typically offers free, after-school clubs, taught by ABS specialists, to provide an extension for activities that students enjoy. Enrolled students will participate from 3:00-3:35 in their choice of music, art, drama, sports, or Spanish. 


All clubs have limited enrollment and are offered on a first come, first served basis. Enrollment is online only.  At the end of each trimester, we end the clubs and open enrollment again.


The sign-up link for enrollment will be active at noon on Friday, December 10, and will be shared in next week’s Thursday Notes. Each link will close after 14 students have signed up.



Music Tech -  Wednesday and Friday for 7th and 8th grades only.

For students who have been introduced to music tech in class, and would like additional time to explore. With Mr. Court in the 7th Street Music Room: cwynter@artsbasedschool.com


Beginning Band Extension – Tuesdays, for 6th grades only. 

6th grade beginners in band will continue to grow as musicians, with extra practice time and some fun music. With Mr. Court in the 7th Street Music Room: cwynter@artsbasedschool.com


Piano - Thursdays, for 5th grade only.

5th graders who want to work on piano will have weekly group lessons and practice time with Mr. Court. With Mr. Court in the 7th Street Music Room: cwynter@artsbasedschool.com


Art Club –Tuesday and Thursday for 5th and 6th grades only.

Art Club - Wednesday and Friday for 7th and 8th grades only.

 Art Club will be a student project driven club, allowing students to gain a deeper understanding of their personal artwork, receiving guided instruction outside of their class curriculum. Students will problem-solve and grow their artistic abilities.

With Mrs. Gledhill in the 7th Street Art Studio   egledhill@artsbasedschool.com


Drama Club –Tuesday and Thursday for 5th and 6th grades only

Drama Club - Wednesday and Friday for 7th and 8th grades only

Students will work on a variety of skills, including juggling, improv, monologues and small scenes. With Mr. Brown in the 7th Street Drama Studio   jbrown@artsbasedschool.com


Sports Club - Tuesday and Thursday for Kinder and 1st grades

Sports Club - Wednesday and Friday for 2nd, 3rd and 4th grades

Sports Club students will develop skills and learn new games, mastering teamwork and positive mutual support. With Coach Bri n the 7th Street Gym  bpierce@artsbasedschool.com


Spanish Club - Tuesday and Thursday for 2nd 3rd and 4th grades

Spanish Club - Wednesday and Friday for Kinder and 1st grades

Spanish club students will learn beginning Spanish skills, and will be introduced to the culture of a variety of Spanish-speaking peoples. With Ms. Tellez in the 7th Street Spanish room. dtellez@artsbasedschool.com


Please read rules and guidelines for clubs, before planning to sign up.

Rules and Guidelines for Clubs


  • Students must be picked up on time. Pickup will be at the 7th Street entrance at 3:35 lining up just as during regular dismissal. Students who are picked up later than 3:45 ONCE will receive a reminder. Students who are picked up later than 3:45 TWICE will be dismissed from clubs. students who are enrolled in ABS Aftercare will be delivered to that program by clubs teachers.
  • Students who are disruptive, don’t follow rules and instructions, or who don’t actively participate will be dismissed from clubs.
  • Younger siblings may not wait at school unless enrolled in the ABS Aftercare program.
  • Only students who are signed up, with parent permission, are permitted to attend clubs.


Questions? Email Ms. Siebert: msiebert@artsbasedschool.com

Request for Band Instrument Donations!
We are actively seeking band instruments that can be donated to our middle school music program, especially trumpets, flutes, and clarinets. If you have an instrument to donate, please drop it off at either reception desk, and spread the word to any friends or relatives who might have one to donate. We will accept instruments in need of repair or adjustment. We can provide tax donation forms, at your request. Thank you!


Food Drive: December 13

We are happy to announce a canned food drive in partnership with our friends and neighbors at Lloyd Presbyterian Church, who will be collecting canned and non-perishable food items for the community. They will gladly accept any items you can hand out your car window in the afternoon pick-up line on Monday, December 13. This will be a super quick "drive-thru" donation scenario since we'll be keeping the car line moving as usual. If you'd like to participate, but don't come through the regular afternoon pick-up line, please email Leah Lavin. Thank you!


Yearbook Ordering

Last year we sold out of yearbooks! Make sure you have your copy by ordering today! Orders can be placed online by visiting the Strawbridge website and clicking the red “Order Pictures and Yearbooks” button at the top of the page. The price is $22 and our school code is YB106312.


If you have any photos of your student participating in an ABS event that you would like to share for the yearbook, please send them to Nicole Taylor at nspirlin@zagmail.gonzaga.edu. Please include your student’s name, grade, and teacher’s name. 

Support ABS through Amazon Smile

If you have an Amazon account, you can support ABS with every purchase simply by selecting us as your chosen non-profit. Visit Smile.Amazon and search for ABS with our EIN: 56-2160330. Thank you!



Renaissance Tales: 3rd Grade Performances

Third Graders are working hard on singing, dancing, and a special theatrical presentation to culminate their studies of the Italian Renaissance and Leonardo DaVinci. We are excited to welcome a limited, live audience to this presentation. Covid Safety Restrictions for the 3rd Grade Renaissance Tales Audience:

Each family, (including families with multiples,) is limited to two audience guests, regardless of age. This includes siblings, (even siblings who are ABS students,) grandparents, young children, babies, step parents...each person is counted as one of the two. . We will make a video of the show, which you can share with friends and relatives later, and visitors are permitted to take non-flash photos and videos as well.

Performances are:

Campbell: 12:00pm on Tuesday, December 14

Lard: 12:00pm on Wednesday, December 15

Brady: 12:00pm on Thursday, December 16



Prospective Parent Tours

School tours for prospective parents are scheduled weekly on Thursdays at 9:30am. Each tour is limited to 10 adults in an effort to limit the disruption to our students and teachers in the classrooms. Parents interested in learning more about ABS and how to enroll their child should contact the front office to sign up for a tour: 748-4116 ext 1023. Applications will be accepted beginning January 1. The lottery will be held on the second Tuesday of February.

Inclement Weather

In the event of inclement weather, ABS will announce school closings on local TV channels, under “The Arts Based School.”  This information will also be posted on the ABS website (www.artsbasedschool.com).

Traffic Concerns

We have a few very important reminders in the school parking lot that we ask you to please remember and follow.  

  • Do not use your cell phone in our parking lot unless you are parked—neither for texting or phone calls. We do not want you to be distracted when student safety is at stake.

  • Do not pass cars that are unloading. We ask that students be dropped off only at the sidewalks. Please stay in the line, not passing cars that are loading or unloading.

  • If you arrive after 8:15, the school doors are locked. Please park your car and escort your child into the school building.

If you can help us with morning traffic duty from 7:45-8:15, please contact Leah Lavin.

Around Town

ABS student Josie Blalock is in the ensemble of Elf: The Musical at Theatre Alliance. The show runs December 16-21 at their new location on 6th St!

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