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The Anthony Burns

Dragon Tales

School Telephone # 658-6800†††
Fax # 658-6807
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May 2015

Nancy Coll, Principal††††

†Allison Langridge, Assistant Principal

Mrs. Coll's Corner:


†††† I love the month of May. †Maybe itís because of Motherís Day, Teacher Appreciation Week, Nurseís Day, or the month of SOLs. †Mostly itís because I love recognizing those who truly put their heart and soul into creating one of the BEST schools in Stafford County. The staff at Anthony Burns Elementary is second to none. Our teachers, paraprofessionals, and support staff are dedicated individuals who are committed to providing our children with the best learning opportunities possible. They spend an inordinate amount of time and energy searching for the best methods and techniques to help all kids learn and be successful. Their dedication speaks volumes of their commitment to the profession and all children. It continues to be a privilege for me to work with such an outstanding group of individuals! There are so many outstanding individuals at Anthony Burns Elementary. Please remember our teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week, May 4-8.

† †††As you know, SOL assessments are coming up in May for all third, fourth, and fifth grade students. And, while we do not believe these assessments drive who we are or what we do at ABES, they are still very important to us. They are the measure that the federal government, state government, Superintendent, and our community use to determine how we are doing our job as a school and as teachers. It is also very important that we teach our children how to take a standardized test for their future. In eighth grade, these assessments determine whether they get high school credit for a course. And in life, almost every profession requires a standardized test to get a license for their respective job/trade. We are not just talking about third through fifth grade. We are talking about life skills and that is why we can justify putting so much emphasis on getting our students ready for these assessments. We believe there is so much more to Anthony Burns than our SOL test scores, but it is the reality we have to face each year.

†††† We are beginning to implement plans for the end of school.† We are also in the process of preparing for summer and the grouping of classes for next year.† We are most fortunate at Anthony Burns that we have such a hardworking, professional, and dedicated staff.† There is nothing as important to your childís education as the right teacher.† Here at Anthony Burns we are very lucky to have a school full of excellent teachers.

†††† When we begin the planning for next year, we will be seeking input from our teachers about class groupings for 2015-2016.† As always we welcome parent input as well, but we will not be accepting parent requests for specific teachers by name. †Please note that we do not allow parents to visit classrooms of the next year teachers.† If you have concerns about your childís placement, please make sure that your childís teacher is aware of your concerns. Parents please trust our professional judgment when placing your child with their new teacher.

†††† We are dedicated to making the best placement for every child but we must keep sight of the overall big picture.† Please feel free to come talk to your childís teacher, but donít expect the impossible.† We have a responsibility to every child and keep in mind that staff changes occur every year.†

Respectfully,
Nancy S. Coll


For our 5th grade parents just a reminder that DARE Day is June 9 at Pratt Park and our 5th grade promotion ceremony will be held on June 11 at approximately 9:30.

Remember to Make It a Great Day ~ The Choice Is Yours!


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ANTHONY BURNS MISSION STATEMENT:
"We are committed to building a safe and nurturing society of life-long learners who develop intellectual curiosity.†We will strive to build a strong relationship between home and school to instill a desire for our students to develop strong character and skills that will help them be successful in the future."

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