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The Anthony Burns

Dragon Tales

School Telephone # 658-6800†††
Fax # 658-6807
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December 2014

Nancy Coll, Principal††††

†Allison Langridge, Assistant Principal

Mrs. Coll's Corner:

Greetings and Happy Holidays!

Wow! The year 2014 is almost over!† If you think about all the things that go on in a year, it is amazing that we are able to get up and go every morning.

We go, go, and go in this community, donít we? Whether you are jumping on a train at 4:30 AM and pulling 12 hours with the commute, working two jobs to make ends meet, serving our great country in the military, doing the day to day grind in a hardworking job, or staying at home to raise your children(by far the toughest job in my opinion), you have to go non-stop to get ďitĒ all done.

†If you are like me, you struggle with the balance between work and family. Somehow we do get it all done and we do accomplish great things. And at the end of another year, you have an amazing little person (people) to show for it. The go, go, go, is worth it, for you are raising the future of America right in your home.† So you might be asking yourself: What Shall We Give The Children? Well here is a little poem I found that I thought might help you decide.



What Shall We Give The Children?
What shall we give the children? Christmas is almost here.
Toys, games, and plaything, as we do every year?
Yes, for the magic of Toyland is part of the Yuletide lore
To gladden the heart of childhood. but I shall give something more.
I shall give more patience, a more sympathetic ear,
A little more time for laughter, or tenderly dry a tear.
I shall take time to teach them the joy of doing some task.
Iíll try to find time to answer more of the questions they ask.
Time to read books together, and take long walks in the sun;
Time for a bedtime story, after the day is done.
I shall give these to my children weave a closer tie,
Knitting out lives together with gifts that money canít buy.

I grew up to a coal miner dad and a stay at home mom. I had 2 brothers and 2 sisters. We did not have a lot of money. Christmas was always special for me, but not because of the presents. The gifts I remember most are: baking cookies with my mom, going to church to hear my dad sing in the choir, and spending time with my brothers, sisters, and cousins† As I grow older I know itís not about the presents, but the gift of spending time with family.

Make It A Great Holiday! The Choice Is Yours!

Nancy Coll
Principal

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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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