ABS Thursday Notes- June 30, 2022

Published for the Arts Based School Community

June 30, 2022


Second Campus of ABS

We are getting everything ready to welcome new students into our second campus of ABS.  The playground and library books are ordered.  The teachers are hired and the renovations are underway. 

Here’s the staffing lineup so far for our second campus:


Kindergarten                                                                                 First Grade                                                

Christi Barnes/TBA                                                             Jen Fletcher/Tashina Fielding          

Kenya Heck/TBA                                                                Sharon McCrae/Taylor Payne                      


The Arts                                                                       Front Office

Music-Sherell McArthur                                              Business Mgr-Angela Garner

Dance-Robin Hollis                                                     Director of Community Relations-Leah Lavin

Visual Art-TBA Charter School Director/Principal-Robin Hollis

Asst. Principal-Sherell McArthur

Kindergarten screening for 2nd Campus

The Arts Based School is committed to providing developmentally appropriate, child-centered learning opportunities for all of our students. Children begin school with a wide range of experiences that they will build upon as they encounter new learning in the school setting.


Kindergarten Screening provides an opportunity for the teachers to meet with the children and assess pre-kindergarten skills. It is also an opportunity to discuss with parents pertinent background information that may be of assistance in planning for your child’s kindergarten year. Kindergarten screening is highly recommended but not required. 


To complete Kindergarten registration, you will need to bring with you an official copy of your child’s birth certificate, shot record, and health assessment.


Our kindergarten screening is scheduled for Thursday, July 14, 2022.  We provide appointments from 8 am to 2:30 pm. Each appointment lasts about 30 minutes.  You should have received a sign up email to make an appointment.  

New Student Playdates

We're bringing back an old tradition!  We will host a playdate for our incoming K at local parks, an informal opportunity to meet one another and play. We've reserved the shelters at the splash parks for these events.  


July 26 10am-12:30 

Original Campus K Play Date- Hathaway Park 301 Anita Dr.


July 27 10am-12:30 

New Campus K and 1st graders Play Date-Happy Hill Park 1230 Alder St


Prospective Parents’ Tours

School tours for prospective parents are scheduled weekly this summer on Thursdays at 9:30am, except July 7.   Parents interested in learning more about ABS and how to enroll their child, should contact the front office to sign up for a tour. 336-748-4116. We have a few available first-grade spots at our second campus!  Spread the word!


ABS Aftercare News

Stephanie LeFever has decided to step away from the after-school director position, effective July 15.  She will continue working in her role as ABS Operations Manager.  You'll still see most of the same faces in your afternoon interactions with aftercare staff. Updates to aftercare staffing will go out in Thursday Notes and information about registration for the upcoming school year will go out via email at the end of next week.



Class Representatives Needed

We are currently recruiting class representatives for all classrooms at ABS for the upcoming school year. It’s a great way to get your volunteer hours for the year and to be more involved with our amazing school. If you’re interested, please email  Aaron Wiley, our Parent Rep Coordinator.   We are starting to plan for next year and will make assignments once class assignments are posted.  Thank you so much for your willingness to volunteer!


Back to School Night-Save the Date!

ABS Back to School Night is scheduled for Monday, August 15, 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 lists will be sent to parents mid-July.


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.   This year’s scheduled days for Special Visits are August 11 and 12, 2022.  Your child’s teacher will be contacting you in early August to schedule a 15-20 minute appointment.


Dance Workshop at ABS

Offered by UNCSA’s Preparatory Dance Program faculty as an immersive experience for young



Dynamic Dance Camps 16th and 23rd, 2022

Faculty: Susan Brooker & Alberto Blanco

Boys and girls will experience a dynamic dance class, discover the insights and secrets about dance

costumes and shoes and find out about how a professional dancers’ day unfolds.

They will watch a preview of dance students practicing partnering work and explore with a partner

of their choice in a guided, interactive experience.


9:30 – 10:30 Dynamic Movers and Turners: Boys Dance and Exercise Class

10:30 – 11:15 Partnering, costumes and more: Lecture Demonstration

11:15 – 11:45 Partner with your Friends: Class

11:45 – 12:45 Jump, leap and Turn: Girls Dance and Exercise Class


Wear any clothing in which you can move comfortably and freely!

To register contact the UNCSA Preparatory Dance Program director, Susan Brooker:

[email protected]


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