ABS Thursday Notes- July 13, 2023

Published for the Arts Based School Community

July 13, 2023

Class placement delayed

Unfortunately, we will need to delay the release of class placement lists.  We are still hiring for two of our classrooms and want to have those teachers in place before we complete class lists.  Once class list are shared with families and you know your teacher, you will be asked to complete your required forms via Enrollease as well as access supply lists, and the family portal.   Thank you for your patience!

Household Income Survey

The Household Income Survey is to determine eligibility for financial support for school lunches as well as reporting data required by the federal Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 (ESSA) for economically disadvantaged student subgroups such as ethnic origin, students with disabilities, those in poverty, and those identified as limited English proficient.  

Household Income Survey

Band Instrument Selection for Rising 6th Graders

Rising 6th Graders should all have chosen an instrument for band. If your student hasn’t chosen an instrument yet, here again is the LETTER that went out to parents in April, and here is the Instrument Choice Survey, for choosing an instrument. All 6th graders participate in band, choosing either flute, clarinet, trumpet, trombone, or percussion.

Immunizations require for school

Please check with your doctor to be sure your child is ready for school.  Here are the required immunizations for Kindergarteners and 7th graders. 

Parents of all children must present to the school acceptable medical evidence indicating that the required immunizations have been received, which are:

  1. 5 DTP doses(If the 4th dose is after the fourth birthday, a 5th is not required)
  2. 4 Polio doses (If the 3rd dose is after fourth birthday, a 4th dose is not required
  3. 1-4 Hib dose
  4. 2 Measles, Mumps, Rubella doses (On or after first birthday and before entering school)
  5. One dose of Tdap for individuals who have not previously received it and are entering 7th grade or by 12 years of age whichever comes first. 
  6. One dose of MCV for individuals entering the 7th grade or by 12 years of age whichever comes first. 

Religious and/or medical exemptions must be appropriately documented. Students not in compliance with the immunization policy will not be allowed to attend school.

ABS Family Portal Access

Access to our ABS Family Portal will be switching over to new credentials for the 2023-24 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.

ABS Bus Service 

For the 2023-24 school year, ABS will offer morning and afternoon bus service with dropoff and pickup locations of: Winston Lake YMCA, Hanes Mall, and Sherwood Plaza.  For more information see links below.  

2023-2024 Bus Information

ABS Bus Registration Form

Bus service is scheduled to begin Monday, August 21. 

After School Care Registration for 2023-24

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 ABS Aftercare Parent Handbook. Please contact Ashley Tate, Director of Operations/Student Services, with any questions.  Registration opens Monday, July 10.

School Calendar and Important Dates

The approved 2023-24 school calendar is available here,  on our website or Student Calendar 


Important dates coming up (details below):


  • July 25: ABS North Campus Playdate 
  • July 26: ABS South Campus Playdate
  • August 2: New Parent Orientation 
  • August 16: First Day of School (Staggered Entry dates for Kindergarten)

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 25 10am-12:30 
    • North Campus K Play Date- Hathaway Park 301 Anita Dr.

  • July 26 10am-12:30 
    • South Campus K -2 graders Play Date-Happy Hill Park 1230 Alder St


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 day for Special Visits is August 14.  Your child’s teacher will be contacting you to schedule a 15 minute meeting (zoom or at school) in early August.

Ways to get involved and learn more about ABS: