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August 2015

Nancy Coll, Principal    

 Allison Langridge, Assistant Principal

Mrs. Coll's Corner:

The Year of RESPECT
August 2015
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 2015-2016 school year. 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 an 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.
  As we begin the school year we will be using a positive behavior 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 and walker dismissal at approximately 3:42 p.m.  Bus riders will be dismissed immediately following car riders and walkers, as the buses arrive. 
     In June, Stafford County Public Schools approved a non-transportation zone for those children living on Gallery, DeWitt, Latham, and Collingsworth. This means all of these students will now be walkers, a bus will not be provided for these students.  We will have two crossing guards, one at the school sign on Gallery and, one in the parking lot near the car riders zone. Please be respectful of all children walking to school.
Photo IDs are always required when entering the building for any reason. 
All kindergarten parents are asked to come to the kindergarten PARENT ONLY meeting on Wednesday, August 26 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.8, some Sept. 9, and some Sept. 10 and stay home on the other days. All children will come on Friday, Sept. 11. Please make every attempt to attend this meeting. Your children will get to meet their teachers on Friday, Sept. 4 at Open House.   
**Special note: NO classroom assignments will be made and school admission will be denied until all required paperwork is provided to the office and clinic.
The school office will be closed ALL DAY on Thursday, Sept. 3 for training, so please make sure all paperwork is completed prior to Sept. 3.
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. Individual parent/teacher conferences will be held in November.  
Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015 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, Sept. 4, 2015 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 Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015  at 6:00 PM. Please do not ask for class changes until you give the teacher a chance to meet you and your child. We consider all of our teachers excellent!!
Elementary School Lunch Prices:
                                                Lunch:        $2.50 Child                      $3.35 Adult
                                                Breakfast:   $1.45 Child                      $1.75 Adult 
                                                Juice:             .50                                     .50 Milk
                                                Dessert:         .50
                                                Extras:           Priced on monthly menu
This year you will once again have the option of paying for your child’s meals on-line. Visit Myschoolbucks.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. 
     You may join the PTO at Open House on Thursday, Sept. 3 or Friday, Sept. 4.
It’s FREE – just sign up. The PTO will also be selling Dragon T-shirts.
     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!  
Nancy S. Coll                         
Allison Langridge
Assistant Principal                                                                            
 Anthony Burns
Anthony Burns was born a slave in Stafford around 1834.  There were 13 children in his family.  He, his father and brothers worked in the Robertson Stone Quarry, site of the present day subdivision of Austin Ridge. (Stone from this quarry went toward the construction of the U.S. Capitol.)  Anthony and his family belonged to the Suttle family.  After Mr. Suttle’s death, Mrs. Suttle sold some of “Tony’s” siblings. After Mrs. Suttle’s death, her son, Charles Suttle owned Anthony. Charles rented Anthony to a Stafford sawmill and other places in the county.  When “Tony” was about 20 years old he escaped to Richmond and stowed away on a ship which traveled to Massachusetts.  He thought he was escaping to freedom since Massachusetts was a free state. However the Fugitive Slave Act mandated runaway slaves be recaptured and returned to their owner’s state.  This law faced its first challenge when police captured Burns.  The famous Richard Henry Dana Jr., was Anthony’s attorney.  The nationally-known case put the spotlight upon this Staffordian and over 50,000 Bostonians favoring abolition rallied in the streets.  The trial decided that Burns be returned to Virginia.  Later on, Burns was sold to a North Carolina slave dealer; however, a group of Bostonians raised enough money to buy Burns’ freedom. Anthony attended Oberlin College in Ohio and later became a minister in Canada. It is thought that Anthony Burns was the first black from Stafford to get a college education. 


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

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