Dear Anthony Burns Elementary Parents and Students,
On behalf of the ABES Family & Community, it is my pleasure to extend a warm and heartfelt welcome to you as we begin the new school year at Anthony Burns Elementary. September is the time of year to reconnect with old friends and welcome new friends. We at ABES are very pleased to welcome everyone to the 2014-2015 school years. The faculty and staff look forward to teaching your child and working closely with you. We consider it a privilege to have your child at Anthony Burns Elementary, and we intend to make it a successful school year. To those students and parents who are new to ABES we extend especially warm welcome and best wishes for an exciting and productive year in your new school. We hope that you will quickly feel at home and become involved in the activities of our school through the PTO and your child’s classroom. If you know of anyone who has not registered their child for school, please encourage them to do so as quickly as possible.
POSITIVE BEHAVIOR INTERVENTION
As we begin the school year we will continue the positive behavior intervention program with all of our students. Attached to this letter is a sheet of school-wide rules and expectations. Our teachers and staff find this program to be in the best interest of every child at ABES.
School begins at 9:00 a.m. Students should not arrive at school before 8:35 a.m. In the afternoon, announcements will start at 3:40 p.m. followed by car rider dismissal at approximately 3:42 p.m. Bus riders will be dismissed immediately following car riders, as the buses arrive. Please remember that students are NOT permitted to walk to or from school for any reason.
Photo IDs are always required when entering the building for any reason.
KINDERGARTEN STAGGERED START
All kindergarten parents are asked to come to the kindergarten PARENT ONLY meeting on Wednesday, August 20 at 7:00 PM in the Activity Room to learn more about their child’s Kindergarten start. At this meeting you will learn the expectations for parents and students. We will also tell you on which day your child will start Kindergarten. Remember some children will start on Sept.2, some Sept. 3, and some Sept. 4 and stay home on the other days. All children will come on Friday, Sept. 5. Please make every attempt to attend this meeting. Your children will get to meet their teachers on Friday, August 29, 2014 at Open House.
Our Open House will be an important time for you to see our school and meet staff. We will NOT be having a Back to School Night later this month. This will be the one time your child’s teacher will give you the information you will need for their classroom. Please plan on attending, if at all possible.
Thursday, August 28, 2014 for Grades 1 – 5
All 1st and 2nd grade parents are asked to come to the Activity room at 4:00 pm for a brief meeting with the Administration and staff. You will then be dismissed to the classroom from the Activity Room.
All 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade parents are asked to come to the Activity room at 5:00 pm for a brief meeting with the Administration and staff.
If you are not able to come on Thursday evening, you may come on Friday morning from 9:00 am – 11:00 am.
Friday, August 29, 2014 for Kindergarten Students
Last Name: A – L 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. M – Z 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Please feel free to bring your child’s labeled classroom supplies to school on Open House.
CLASS ROSTERS WILL BE POSTED ON the front doors this year on Thursday, August 28 at 4:00 PM. If you want to know who your child’s teacher will be, you will need to come to the Open House meeting on August 28 at your grade level time.
Elementary School Lunch Prices:
Lunch: $2.50 Child $3.35 Adult
Breakfast: $1.45 Child $1.75 Adult
Juice: .50 .50 Milk
Extras: Priced on monthly menu
This year you will once again have the option of paying for your child’s meals on-line. Visit MyLunchMoney.com on our web page under parent resources.
The transportation department has set up a wonderful system for you to go online and check out where your bus stop will be located and the pick-up and drop-off times. All you have to do is go to the Stafford County Public Schools Website and click on Transportation and then bus routes. You will also find the “Additional Bus Assignment” form included in this mailing. If your child is going to a different location before or after school, this form must be completed. If you have any questions, please feel free to call the school or Transportation at (540) 373-6095.
The first official PTO event for the new school year; A FAMILY PICNIC will take place on Saturday, September 6 from 11:00 – 1:00 on the school playground. Watch for more information to come home about this FUN event.
You may join the PTO at Open House on Thursday, August 28 or Friday, August 29.
It’s FREE – just sign up. The PTO will also be selling Dragon T-shirts.
I would like you to know that the SCPS division has identified ABES as a Title 1 school because of the recent rise in the percentage of students qualifying for free and reduced lunches. As a result, we will receive more resources to help our students learn. We are still the same proud Dragons that we have always been and we look forward to helping every child learn and grow.
SEPTEMBER 2, 2014
As we get closer to the opening day, we are all very excited. I can’t even begin to tell you how thrilled we are. We all are looking forward to working with you and your child(ren) in every classroom, every day. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call us at (540) 658-6800. Make It A Great Rest Of The Summer, The Choice Is Yours!