ABS Thursday Notes- July 14, 2022

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July 14, 2022

Volunteers Needed!

If you are available to help, please consider joining us this Saturday, July 16, from 8am to 11am at the MLK campus. We will be loading furniture and supplies into a pod for delivery to the Mock Street campus. All current ABS families are welcome to come!! Please email Principal Hollis to let us know if you might be able to help! If you are not able to help this time, stay tuned for more dates soon!

More information on volunteering, including our volunteer screening process and a place to log your volunteer hours, is available here

ABS Family Portal Access

Access to our ABS Family Portal will be switching over to new credentials for the 2022-23 school year. Currently enrolled families will receive login information via email. The ABS Family Portal is your source for a great deal of information that is not publicly available on our website, including class lists, a family directory, links to videos of our past productions, and more. If you need help logging in, please let us know!

After School Care Registration for 2022-23

We are happy to offer an in-house after school care program! Our After School Care program is offered Monday-Friday, from the end of the school day until 6pm. On some days when school is not in session, full day care may be available from 8am - 5:30pm. More detailed information on After School Care is available in the Parent Handbook. Please contact Tammy Dunlap, Aftercare Registration Coordinator, with any questions. 

School Calendar and Important Dates

The approved 2022-23 school calendar is available here, and you can integrate it with your calendar by using the following ID: 

Important dates coming up (details below):

  • July 16: Parent Volunteer Workday
  • July 26: ABS Original Campus Playdate 
  • July 27: ABS Second Campus Playdate
  • August 3: New Parent Orientation 
  • August 15: Back to School Night 
  • August 17: First Day of School

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 Parent Tours

School tours for prospective parents are scheduled weekly this summer on Thursdays at 9:30am. 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!

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.

New Parent Orientation

Save the Date- Wednesday, Aug 3 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 3 at 2pm for Middle School Orientation. For new parents (grades 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. This year’s scheduled days for Special Visits are August 11 and 12, 2022. Your child’s teacher will be contacting you to schedule a 15-20 minute appointment.



Class Representatives for 2022-23 School Year

Did you love being a class representative or want to give it a try for next year? If you are interested in a class or specialist representative position for the upcoming school year, please let our Parent Rep Coordinator Aaron Wiley know! We are starting to plan for next year and will make assignments once class assignments are posted. 

Dance Workshop at ABS

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


Dynamic Dance Camps July 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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