Sangster News You Choose 1-26-23

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Have Your Say in Our Future!

 

Strategic planning Community Forums kick off on Monday, January 30, at 6:30 p.m., at Stone Middle School. Check out the schedule of Community Forums and register for one that is convenient for you. There will be one in-person event in each magisterial district and several virtual events. 

Participating in a strategic planning Community Forum will give employees, parents/caregivers, students, and community members a chance to help shape the school division’s future. At each event, participants will review student achievement, access, and perception data, and identify both strengths and challenges within the data. Input from the forums will be analyzed by our consultant, Performance Fact, Inc., and shared with the Core Planning Team for potential inclusion in FCPS’ new Strategic Plan. 

Childcare will be provided at in-person forums. Language interpretation will be provided, as available, at all events. Please register today.

We Want Your Feedback! Draft 2023-24 School Year Calendar Options

 

Your feedback is important! FCPS is seeking community input on the draft calendar options for the 2023-24, 2024-25, and 2025-26 school years. Please share your thoughts with us by filling out this form before Tuesday, January 31, 1 p.m. The form will be available in other languages soon.

School Board Meeting Thursday, January 26

The draft calendars will be presented as “new business” in the Thursday, January 26, School Board meeting. Learn more about the development of the calendar.

How to Watch School Board Meetings

Meetings can be viewed live on FCPS Cable TV Channel 99 (Verizon Channel 11), the FCPS YouTube Channel, and on the FCPS website. Recordings of School Board meetings and work sessions can be viewed on the FCPS YouTube channel. To watch meetings dubbed in Spanish, you may visit the FCPS en Español YouTube channel.

If you need language interpretation or American Sign Language support for any School Board meeting, please contact the Board clerk.

Find your School Board member and how to contact them on the School Board Members webpage.

2022-2023 Yearbook Orders

Online sales are now open!  Order your yearbook today at:

Lost and Found

All lost and found items will be outside the school from 7:45am – 6:30pm January 23rd through January 27th. Please stop by and find your student’s missing items. Any items not picked up by the 27th will be collected and donated.

 

We will be donating all lost and found items on the 1st of every month. Please help us return lost items by labeling water bottles, lunch boxes, coats, hats, etc. with your student’s name.

Positivity Project - Week of January 23, 2023

This week’s character strength is Social Intelligence. You show this strength when you are aware of other people’s thoughts and feelings and understand why they do things. Social intelligence refers to a person’s ability to understand and manage interpersonal relationships. It involves emotional intelligence and self-awareness. Social intelligence helps individuals build relationships – and is important to numerous aspects of a person’s life. It allows an individual to form friendships and alliances. And, it assists a person against being taken advantage of. People with social intelligence can “read” other people’s faces and know what motivates them. Social intelligence builds over time and as a person ages. In this sense, it is similar to the character strength of perspective.

The site P2 For Families is available for connecting P2 to your home and you can learn more about the site here. Many of the slides are password protected and the password is P2 (case-sensitive).

Next Week’s Character Strength: We will review the character strengths we have learned so far this year.  

 

News from the Sangster PTA

 

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Upcoming Events:

January 25 - End of Quarter - 2-hour early release

January 26 - Student Holiday/Professional Workday

January 27 - Student Holiday/Professional Workday

Calendar Reminder: Quarter End

 

As a reminder, Wednesday, January 25, is the last day of the quarter and a two-hour early release day for students. Schools will be closed for students on Thursday, January 26, for a staff development day and Friday, January 27, for a teacher workday. See the complete 2022-23 School Year Calendar.

School Board Reviews Draft School Year Calendar Options

 

At yesterday’s work session, the School Board discussed draft calendars that were created for the 2023-24, 2024-25, and 2025-26 school years. Draft calendars were developed using the following criteria as a framework:

  • Federal, state, and Virginia Department of Education guidance.
  • Superintendent’s priorities.
  • School Board input.
  • Student absentee data.
  • Staff absentee data.
  • Surrounding jurisdictions’ calendars.
  • Survey results.
  • Calendar Feedback Committee input.

You may view the draft calendars and other related documents in Boarddocs. The calendars will be presented as new business during the School Board meeting on Thursday, January 26. The Board is scheduled to vote on the calendars during their meeting on Thursday, February 9. 

Watch a recording of the work session. Get information on FCPS' calendar development process

2022-2023 Yearbook Orders

Online sales are now open!  Order your yearbook today at:

Lost and Found

All lost and found items will be outside the school from 7:45am – 6:30pm January 23rd through January 27th. Please stop by and find your student’s missing items. Any items not picked up by the 27th will be collected and donated.

 

We will be donating all lost and found items on the 1st of every month. Please help us return lost items by labeling water bottles, lunch boxes, coats, hats, etc. with your student’s name.

Webinars in January for Parents/Caregivers

The Parent Resource Center will present the following webinars in January:

Click on the links above for more information or to register.

FCPS Family Math Week

The Parent Resource Center will host Family Math Week January 9-13. Math Week offers families an opportunity to experience math, literacy, history, and geography in a positive way. Families can log in from home for stories, games, and math activities in English and Spanish. 

Lake Braddock Varsity Dance Team Workshop 2023 Tech Adventure Camp Positivity Project - Week of January 16, 2023 

This week’s character strength is Perseverance. You show this strength when you complete what you start despite obstacles and never give up. For individuals, persistence can be directly connected to an individual’s ability to be successful throughout their life. Those who persevere through setbacks often reap the benefits of the success gained by refusing to give up. Sometimes, this comes with the added benefit of increased knowledge and skill as a result of the work needed to achieve. Perseverance is also connected with bravery. Persisting in a task and failing, can result in depleted self-esteem. Therefore, it takes bravery to persist in a task despite the fear of failure. 

The site P2 For Families is available for connecting P2 to your home and you can learn more about the site here. Many of the slides are password protected and the password is P2 (case-sensitive).

Next Week’s Character Strength: Social Intelligence

 

News from the Sangster PTA

 

Quick Links

7420 Reservation Dr, Springfield, VA 22153  | Main Office: 703-644-8200

Attendance: 703-644-8282 | Web | Twitter

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Calendar Reminder: Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday

 

Schools and offices will be closed on Monday, January 16, for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday. Learn more about Martin Luther King Jr. 

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend of Service Opportunities

FCPS students continue to find incredible ways to serve their community while building Portrait of a Graduate skills such as becoming an ethical and global citizen. FCPS is excited to collaborate again with Volunteer Fairfax for the upcoming Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend of Service, Saturday, January 14, to Monday, January 16. This service opportunity helps empower individuals and strengthens communities while honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Volunteer Fairfax will host several ways for the community to get involved including volunteer activities for students and adults of all ages. To learn more about the MLK Jr. Weekend of Service and specific service activities, visit Volunteer Fairfax’s website.

Calendar Reminder: Quarter End

As a reminder, Wednesday, January 25, is the last day of the quarter and a two-hour early release for students. Also, schools are closed for students on Thursday, January 26, for a staff development day and Friday, January 27, for a teacher workday.

See the complete 2022-23 School Year Calendar.

Webinars in January for Parents/Caregivers

The Parent Resource Center will present the following webinars in January:

Click on the links above for more information or to register.

FCPS Family Math Week

The Parent Resource Center will host Family Math Week January 9-13. Math Week offers families an opportunity to experience math, literacy, history, and geography in a positive way. Families can log in from home for stories, games, and math activities in English and Spanish. 

Lake Braddock Varsity Dance Team Workshop 2023 Tech Adventure Camp Positivity Project - Week of January 9, 2023

This week’s character strength is prudence.  Prudence is the ability to do the right thing, at the right time, for the right reason.  It’s a future-oriented way of thinking that helps a person set goals, make plans, and have the discipline to accomplish them.  It is cognitive- more a strength of the head than of the heart. 

The site P2 For Families is available for connecting P2 to your home and you can learn more about the site here. Many of the slides are password protected and the password is P2 (case-sensitive).

Next Week’s Character Strength: Perseverance

 

News from the Sangster PTA

 

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Calendar Reminder: Three Kings Day/Epiphany (“O” Day)

 

Three Kings Day (Friday, January 6), also known as the Epiphany, is a Christian celebration that commemorates the Biblical story of the three kings who followed the star of Bethlehem to bring gifts to the Christ child. This marks the official 12th day of Christmas. Learn more at National Geographic Kids

FCPS has designated Three Kings Day/Epiphany as a religious and cultural observance day (O day). There is school on these days, however, the School Board has directed that specific events that cannot be made up will not be held on these observance days. Click to edit this placeholder text.

Calendar Reminder: Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday

As a reminder, schools and offices will be closed on Monday, January 16, for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday. Learn more about Martin Luther King Jr. See the complete 2022-23 School Year Calendar.

SEL SCREENER RESULTS

Parents of students in grades 3-6 should be receiving SEL Screener report letters via US mail sometime over the next week. For more information about how to read the report and/or talk to your student about it, you may access the family resources provided on the FCPS website here. Students who were opted out or were absent during the administration window will not receive scores.

Important Information for 6th Grade Parents

Use this Sangster specific resource for both Irving and LBSS students throughout the transition process as a one stop shop for all things middle school including event dates, due dates, timeline, links to resources, presentations and more.  This document is also posted in Schoology for your reference and will be updated regularly.

 

Lake Braddock Events

  • Tuesday, January 3rd: LBSS Curriculum Fair Site

This site is designed to be accessed by both parents and students. A parent presentation will be linked that will cover: academic advising timeline, understanding course selections, tips for selecting and entering classes for your student, Lake Braddock schedules, routines and terms, Bruins Stay After Program and Lake Braddock counselor contact information. The site will be organized by department with materials and videos designed to aid in course selection. Each department will also have a Padlet linked for questions. The site will also include detailed instructions on how students and parents will enter their course selections.

*Course Requests tab becomes available in SIS for student course selection.

  • Thursday, January 5th: LBSS Curriculum Night (Flyer below)

6:30-8:00

This in-person event will allow families to visit Lake Braddock and speak with faculty members about course options. Bruin Ambassadors will be stationed throughout the building to guide visitors and also be available to offer building tours.

  • Friday, January 13th: Lake Braddock Counselor Visit

2:00-3:00pm

This is the time middle school counselors will visit the elementary school and provide students with the information they will need to complete their course selections and enter courses in SIS.  This event will take place during the school day.  Please do your best to ensure your child is in attendance that afternoon.

 

Irving Events

  • Tuesday, January 10th:  Irving Curriculum Night

This in-person event will allow families to visit Irving and speak with faculty members about course options.

  • Wednesday, January 18th: Irving Field Trip

6th Grade student living in the Irving boundary are invited to visit the middle school during the school day with their peers to take a tour, meet staff, learn about course offerings, and observe various elective classes.  Stay tuned for field trip permission forms coming home soon.  Students will be chaperoned by school staff.

Positivity Project - Week of January 2, 2023

Happy New Year! This week’s character strength is Hope/Optimism. You show this strength when you expect the best from the future and work to achieve it. Hope and optimism represent a state of hopefulness and confidence about the future (both short and long term). People with this strength are future oriented. They have a positive vision of what the future holds and maintain confidence that they will get there. They keep a positive attitude despite setbacks – and often find ways to convert what seems like an obstacle into a stepping-stone to achieve their goals.

The site P2 For Families is available for connecting P2 to your home and you can learn more about the site here. Many of the slides are password protected and the password is P2 (case-sensitive).

Next Week’s Character Strength: Prudence

 

News from the Sangster PTA

 

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Attendance: 703-644-8282 | Web | Twitter

Sangster News You Choose 12-15-2022

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Calendar Reminder: Winter Break, December 19 - January 2

 

As a reminder, winter break will be held December 19 to January 2. To help make sure school-based staff and students have a restful break, we have asked that no homework be assigned during this time. Teachers may assign long-range assignments in the weeks ahead of the break, allowing students to practice time management skills, but no assignments will be due immediately following the break. We look forward to welcoming students back in the new year. 

Classes will resume on Tuesday, January 3, 2023. See the complete 2022-23 School Year Calendar.

Congratulation to Sangster's Outstanding Employees Sangster Musical Theatre – Madagascar, Jr. Auditions

Sangster Musical Theatre will hold auditions for the 5th and 6th grade musical,  Madagascar, Jr., on Wednesday, January 4 and Thursday, January 5 on the Sangster stage from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.

If you are interested in auditioning and did not attend the Madagascar, Jr. audition workshop this past Monday and Tuesday, please email Erika Malos-Keil ([email protected]) and/or Jennifer Redford ([email protected]).

Important Information for 6th Grade Parents

Use this Sangster specific resource for both Irving and LBSS students throughout the transition process as a one stop shop for all things middle school including event dates, due dates, timeline, links to resources, presentations and more.  This document is also posted in Schoology for your reference and will be updated regularly.

 

Lake Braddock Events

  • Tuesday, January 3rd: LBSS Curriculum Fair Site

This site is designed to be accessed by both parents and students. A parent presentation will be linked that will cover: academic advising timeline, understanding course selections, tips for selecting and entering classes for your student, Lake Braddock schedules, routines and terms, Bruins Stay After Program and Lake Braddock counselor contact information. The site will be organized by department with materials and videos designed to aid in course selection. Each department will also have a Padlet linked for questions. The site will also include detailed instructions on how students and parents will enter their course selections.

*Course Requests tab becomes available in SIS for student course selection.

  • Thursday, January 5th: LBSS Curriculum Night (Flyer below)

6:30-8:00

This in-person event will allow families to visit Lake Braddock and speak with faculty members about course options. Bruin Ambassadors will be stationed throughout the building to guide visitors and also be available to offer building tours.

  • Friday, January 13th: Lake Braddock Counselor Visit

2:00-3:00pm

This is the time middle school counselors will visit the elementary school and provide students with the information they will need to complete their course selections and enter courses in SIS.  This event will take place during the school day.  Please do your best to ensure your child is in attendance that afternoon.

 

Irving Events

  • Tuesday, January 10th:  Irving Curriculum Night

This in-person event will allow families to visit Irving and speak with faculty members about course options.

  • Wednesday, January 18th: Irving Field Trip

6th Grade student living in the Irving boundary are invited to visit the middle school during the school day with their peers to take a tour, meet staff, learn about course offerings, and observe various elective classes.  Stay tuned for field trip permission forms coming home soon.  Students will be chaperoned by school staff.

Sangster Musical Theatre – 5th and 6th Grade Spring Musical Auditions

Below is the information that went out in Thursday folders regarding auditions for the PTA sponsored musical.  Please note that the callback date has been changed to Monday, January 9th.

Advanced Academic Level IV Referral Deadline

Parent referrals to be considered for the Level IV (full-time) advanced academics for the 2023-2024 school year for current students in grades 2-6 are due no later than December 15Referrals will not be accepted after the deadline. Referral forms must be submitted as an attachment via email and must include all three of the following contacts:

You will receive an email replay confirming receipt of your referral. If you do not receive the confirmation email within a few school-business days, please reach out to Mrs. Redford.

Information about the referral process may be found on the FCPS AAP website (https://www.fcps.edu/node/37056).  The referral form can be found via this link: https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/AAPLevelIVReferralForm_1.pdf

If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Redford.

Positivity Project - Week of December 12, 2022

This week’s character strength is Self-Control. Those who possess this strength have the ability to control their emotions and behaviors and think before they act. Self-control is the act of managing behavior in a way that positively influences goal attainment and living up to standards. Possessing this strength protects people from destabilizing emotional extremes. Those with self-control are able to limit impulsive behavior. They have the ability to experience and navigate difficulty while remaining poised. For individuals, self-control helps them delay the short-term gain in pursuit of a greater, long-term success.

The site P2 For Families is available for connecting P2 to your home and you can learn more about the site here. Many of the slides are password protected and the password is P2 (case-sensitive).

  Character Strength for the week of January 2, 2023: Optimism

 

News from the Sangster PTA

 

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Attendance: 703-644-8282 | Web | Twitter

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Upcoming Events:

December 12-16:  Spirit Week

December 19 - January 2:  Winter Break

Calendar Reminders: Inclusive Schools Week

Inclusive Schools Week (December 5-9) celebrates the progress that schools have made in providing a supportive and quality education to an increasingly diverse student population. This includes students who are marginalized due to disability, gender, socio-economic status, cultural heritage, language preference, and other factors. The week also provides an important opportunity for educators, students, and parents/caregivers to discuss what else needs to be done in order for schools to continue to improve their ability to successfully educate all children. This year, the Inclusive Schools Week’s theme is “Unity Within Our Community.”

 

Bodhi Day

 

Bodhi Day, Thursday, December 8, is the Buddhist holiday that commemorates the day that the historical Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama (Shakyamuni), experienced enlightenment, also known as “bodhi'' in Sanskrit and Pali. The school calendar recognizes many religious and cultural observances (O days) during the school year. There is school on these days, however, the School Board has directed that tests, quizzes, field trips, graduation, homecoming, or FCPS-scheduled athletic events will not be held on these observance days. Learn more about Bodhi Day in this video from the Miami Children’s Museum.

 

Winter Break: December 19 - January 2

As a reminder, winter break will be held December 19 to January 2. To help make sure school-based staff and students have a restful break, we have asked that no homework be assigned during this time. Teachers may assign long-range assignments in the weeks ahead of the break, allowing students to practice time management skills, but no assignments will be due immediately following the break. We look forward to welcoming students back in the new year. 

Classes will resume on Tuesday, January 3, 2023. See the complete 2022-23 School Year Calendar.

 

Spirit Week Sangster Musical Theatre – 5th and 6th Grade Spring Musical Auditions

Below is the information that went out in Thursday folders regarding auditions for the PTA sponsored musical.  Please note that the callback date has been changed to Monday, January 9th.

Advanced Academic Level IV Referral Deadline

Parent referrals to be considered for the Level IV (full-time) advanced academics for the 2023-2024 school year for current students in grades 2-6 are due no later than December 15Referrals will not be accepted after the deadline. Referral forms must be submitted as an attachment via email and must include all three of the following contacts:

You will receive an email replay confirming receipt of your referral. If you do not receive the confirmation email within a few school-business days, please reach out to Mrs. Redford.

Information about the referral process may be found on the FCPS AAP website (https://www.fcps.edu/node/37056).  The referral form can be found via this link: https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/AAPLevelIVReferralForm_1.pdf

If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Redford.

Multicultural and Language Resources for Families

During National Family Engagement Month, the Office of Family and School Partnerships would like to remind families of some of the resources available to them:

  • Bilingual community liaisons support student registrars by providing families with information about school and community services offered in Fairfax County. Liaisons are available to help families speaking Spanish, Korean, and Arabic. Once registered at a school, families can contact their family liaison for assistance. 
  • Early literacy programs are available to Fairfax County residents for parents of children up to 5 years old. These programs help prepare children for school and build confidence in parents as their child’s first teacher. They also help parents become active partners in their child’s education. Programs are available in African-Heritage, Arabic, Spanish, and Korean. 
  • Parent Information Phone Lines are available in eight languages for parents who speak languages other than English. 
  • A Multilingual Family Podcast is produced by the offices of English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), Family and School Partnerships, and Professional Learning and Equity. It covers important information for parents in English, Spanish, Arabic, and Korean.
  • ESOL services are available in Fairfax County for students as well as adults. Information on spring classes will be posted in March 2023.

Additional resources are available on the Family Engagement webpage.

Preparing for Winter Weather

 

In case you missed it last week, here’s a reminder of FCPS’ inclement weather procedures. The first five inclement weather days will be traditional “snow days” with no school activities. After those five days, we will hold virtual learning days, whenever possible, to maintain continuity of learning. Virtual learning on these days will be synchronous (live) instruction following the inclement weather virtual learning day schedule which includes a two-hour delay.

Consider bookmarking FCPS' Weather Cancellation Procedures to stay informed in case of winter weather or other emergency situations.

Help Wanted! Science Fair Judges Needed WSHS Breakfast with Santa Mental Health, Coping & Addiction

One in four Americans suffers from a mental illness. Almost 3 in 5 people with mental illness will receive no treatment or medication. In 2019, an estimated 47.6 million adults (19% of the country) had a mental illness, but only 43% received any kind of mental health care (Johns Hopkins). There are many reasons why a person may turn to drugs or alcohol initially, including using these mind-altering substances as a coping mechanism for stress, difficult emotions, physical ailments, and other issues. Drugs and alcohol can provide a temporary respite from reality and everyday life. They can enhance pleasure and decrease inhibitions and anxiety.  Drug use can be an unhealthy coping mechanism. Coping mechanisms are habits formed over time that serve to help a person manage situations or stress levels. Not all coping mechanisms are maladaptive or destructive; however, addiction is both.

Before using drugs as a coping strategy here are some recommendations for a healthier mindset. The goal is to identify the “void” or issue and work towards healing. In the meantime, experts recommend diet and exercise as great places to start. See your Primary Care Physician and a therapist if needed. Quality sleep is also a major factor in a healthy mind. Surround yourself with good people and don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it.

For general questions about the FCPS Substance Abuse Prevention Program, please contact the Office of Student Safety & Wellness at: (571) 423-4270.

For further Information & support:

Anna Teeter                                                                                          Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist                                [email protected]

Resources:

Substance Use Disorder info

FCPS Social Work

Positivity Project - Week of December 5, 2022

This week’s Positivity Project focus is the Other People Mindset with an emphasis on supporting others when they struggle. Ask your student to share their own experiences with helping others when they struggle.

The site P2 For Families is available for connecting P2 to your home and you can learn more about the site here. Many of the slides are password protected and the password is P2 (case-sensitive).

Next week’s character strength:  Self-Control

 

News from the Sangster PTA

 

Quick Links

7420 Reservation Dr, Springfield, VA 22153  | Main Office: 703-644-8200

Attendance: 703-644-8282 | Web | Twitter

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Lake Braddock Band Children's Concert Lake Braddock – Special Education Parent Night (Virtual)

Monday, December 5 @ 6:30 – Zoom Link

Parents of rising 7th grade special education students will learn about the different levels of support in the middle school, the course recommendation process and how courses are selected.

Fall Academic Screening Reports for Families

Fall score reports for reading and math screening assessments are being communicated to parents/guardians. The dates and delivery methods are different depending on the grade level of your student(s). Here is an outline of what to expect:

  • Kindergarten: VRKP reports will be sent via U.S. Mail before winter break
  • Grades 1-3: Reports were sent via U.S. Mail the week of November 21, 2022
  • Grades 4-6: Reports are posted in SIS ParentVUE
Advanced Academic Level IV Referral Deadline

Parent referrals to be considered for the Level IV (full-time) advanced academics for the 2023-2024 school year for current students in grades 2-6 are due no later than December 15Referrals will not be accepted after the deadline. Referral forms must be submitted as an attachment via email and must include all three of the following contacts:

You will receive an email replay confirming receipt of your referral. If you do not receive the confirmation email within a few school-business days, please reach out to Mrs. Redford.

Information about the referral process may be found on the FCPS AAP website (https://www.fcps.edu/node/37056).  The referral form can be found via this link: https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/AAPLevelIVReferralForm_1.pdf

If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Redford.

Multicultural and Language Resources for Families

During National Family Engagement Month, the Office of Family and School Partnerships would like to remind families of some of the resources available to them:

  • Bilingual community liaisons support student registrars by providing families with information about school and community services offered in Fairfax County. Liaisons are available to help families speaking Spanish, Korean, and Arabic. Once registered at a school, families can contact their family liaison for assistance. 
  • Early literacy programs are available to Fairfax County residents for parents of children up to 5 years old. These programs help prepare children for school and build confidence in parents as their child’s first teacher. They also help parents become active partners in their child’s education. Programs are available in African-Heritage, Arabic, Spanish, and Korean. 
  • Parent Information Phone Lines are available in eight languages for parents who speak languages other than English. 
  • A Multilingual Family Podcast is produced by the offices of English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), Family and School Partnerships, and Professional Learning and Equity. It covers important information for parents in English, Spanish, Arabic, and Korean.
  • ESOL services are available in Fairfax County for students as well as adults. Information on spring classes will be posted in March 2023.

Additional resources are available on the Family Engagement webpage.

Preparing for Winter Weather

Winter weather will be here before you know it! Watch this video to see how weather-related closing decisions are made

FCPS’ inclement weather procedures will remain the same as last year. The first five inclement weather days will be traditional “snow days” with no school activities. After those five days, we will use the flexibility provided by the Virginia General Assembly to have unscheduled virtual learning days, whenever possible, to maintain the continuity of learning. Virtual learning on these days will be synchronous/live instruction, following the inclement weather virtual learning day schedule (includes a two-hour delay).

FCPS’ website is generally the first mode of communication during emergency weather closings. Other communication channels will be used as quickly as possible including email, text, social media, and news stations. Learn more about how schedule changes are communicated

Be sure to plan ahead for the winter season. Make sure your contact information is up-to-date in [email protected], bookmark the FCPS website, plan for childcare, if appropriate, and know what items your child may need to take home before a weather event.

Help Your Child Have Good Attendance

 

Just a few missed days here and there, even if they’re excused absences, can add up to too much lost learning time and put your child behind in school. This is as true in kindergarten as it is in high school. How can you help your child attend school regularly?

  • Talk about the importance of showing up to school every day—make that the expectation. 
  • Help your child maintain routines such as finishing homework and getting a good night’s  sleep.
  • Find out if your child feels safe at school and engaged by their classes. Make sure they are not missing class because of behavioral issues and school discipline policies. If these are problems, please work with your school.
  • Stay on top of academic progress and seek help from teachers or tutors if necessary. Make sure teachers know how to contact you.
  • Be aware of your child’s social contacts. Peer pressure can lead to skipping school, while students without many friends can feel isolated.
  • Encourage meaningful after-school activities including sports and clubs.

Looking ahead to the holiday season, if missing school is unavoidable, talk to your child’s teachers in advance to create a plan for making up missed work. But remember, a homework packet cannot make up for the interaction and learning that happens in the classroom.

Visit our website for more attendance resources.

Positivity Project - Week of November 28, 2022

This week’s character strength is Kindness. Kind people think about the needs and feelings of other people, and then act to help those people. Kind people are selfless. That is why a true act of kindness is distinct from helping another person in order to simply gain something for yourself. An individual with the strength of kindness helps others because it’s the right thing to do, not because they expect any reciprocal treatment or gain in reputation.

The site P2 For Families is available for connecting P2 to your home and you can learn more about the site here. Many of the slides are password protected and the password is P2 (case-sensitive).

Next week’s character strength:  Other People Matter- Supporting Others When They Struggle

 

News from the Sangster PTA

 

Quick Links

7420 Reservation Dr, Springfield, VA 22153  | Main Office: 703-644-8200

Attendance: 703-644-8282 | Web | Twitter

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Upcoming Events
  • November 23-25 - Thanksgiving Holiday
  • November 30    -    Winter Strings Concert at Lake Braddock 
Calendar Reminder

 

Schools and offices will be closed November 23-25. Have a safe and healthy Thanksgiving! Classes will resume on Monday, November 28. Learn more about the first Thanksgiving.

See the complete 2022-23 School Year Calendar.

Lost and Found

 

All lost and found items will be outside the school from 7:30am – 6:30pm on November 18th, November 21st, and November 22nd. Please stop by and find your student’s missing items. Any items not picked up by the 22nd will be collected and donated.

Starting in January, we will be collecting and donating all lost and found items on the 1st of every month. We will place the lost and found outside before the of the month for you to look for items.

If you have any questions, please contact Jackie Fant in the office, [email protected].

Thank you for your cooperation!

Winter Strings Concert
  • Wednesday, November 30
  • 4th, 5th, 6th Grade Strings
  • 7:00PM at Lake Braddock Secondary School           (Door 14)
Calendar Survey: Make Your Voice Heard!

 

FCPS parents/caregivers, employees, and students in grades 7-12 were emailed an invitation to take the 2023-24 School Year Calendar Survey. This survey is part of an annual process to gather input from the community to help develop the school year calendar for the following year. Please complete the survey by Thursday, December 1, and make your voice heard! For more information or help filling out the survey, please visit our website.

Help Your Child Have Good Attendance

 

Just a few missed days here and there, even if they’re excused absences, can add up to too much lost learning time and put your child behind in school. This is as true in kindergarten as it is in high school. How can you help your child attend school regularly?

  • Talk about the importance of showing up to school every day—make that the expectation. 
  • Help your child maintain routines such as finishing homework and getting a good night’s  sleep.
  • Find out if your child feels safe at school and engaged by their classes. Make sure they are not missing class because of behavioral issues and school discipline policies. If these are problems, please work with your school.
  • Stay on top of academic progress and seek help from teachers or tutors if necessary. Make sure teachers know how to contact you.
  • Be aware of your child’s social contacts. Peer pressure can lead to skipping school, while students without many friends can feel isolated.
  • Encourage meaningful after-school activities including sports and clubs.

Looking ahead to the holiday season, if missing school is unavoidable, talk to your child’s teachers in advance to create a plan for making up missed work. But remember, a homework packet cannot make up for the interaction and learning that happens in the classroom.

Visit our website for more attendance resources.

Advanced Academic Level IV Referral Deadline

Parent referrals to be considered for the Level IV (full-time) advanced academics for the 2023-2024 school year for current students in grades 2-6 are due no later than December 15Referrals will not be accepted after the deadline. Referral forms must be submitted as an attachment via email and must include all three of the following contacts:

You will receive an email replay confirming receipt of your referral. If you do not receive the confirmation email within a few school-business days, please reach out to Mrs. Redford.

Information about the referral process may be found on the FCPS AAP website (https://www.fcps.edu/node/37056).  The referral form can be found via this link: https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/AAPLevelIVReferralForm_1.pdf

If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Redford.

Help Wanted West Springfield Pyramid Challenge Gratitude from the Health Room

Thank you so much to our awesome parent volunteers for helping with Vision and Hearing Screenings for Kindergarten and 3rd grade. You made the process run smoothly and efficiently. We couldn't have done it without you! 

Positivity Project - Week of November 14, 2022

 This week’s character strength is Gratitude. Gratitude is the quality of feeling and expressing thankfulness and appreciation. It is an affirmation that there is goodness in other people and the world, and that we have received that goodness. People with the strength of gratitude have a readiness to show appreciation for kindness and also to return kindness.

The site P2 For Families is available for connecting P2 to your home and you can learn more about the site here. Many of the slides are password protected and the password is P2 (case-sensitive).

Next week’s character strength:  Gratitude- Week 2

 

News from the Sangster PTA

 

Quick Links

7420 Reservation Dr, Springfield, VA 22153  | Main Office: 703-644-8200

Attendance: 703-644-8282 | Web | Twitter

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Upcoming Events
  • November 11      -  Veterans Day 
  • November 15      -  Picture Retake Day
  • November 23-25 - Thanksgiving Holiday
Calendar Reminder   Veterans Day

As a reminder, Friday, November 11, is a student holiday/school planning day for the Veterans Day holiday. Veterans Day is a time to pause, reflect, and recognize the extraordinary sacrifices our veterans and their families have made on our behalf. We thank them for their service. Learn about the history of Veterans Day

See the complete 2022-23 School Year Calendar.

Sangster Food Drive- November 14-18

 

The Sangster Student Council Association (SCA), our student government made up of 6th grade students, is collecting donations of non-perishable food items next week, November 14 – 18. The food will be donated to the Fairfax Salvation Army to support local families. Boxes to collect the food donations will be available in each pod and in the Sangster lobby. Items needed include: canned soups and stews, grain breakfast, canned vegetables, canned fish/meats, dry pasta, and peanut or other nut butters.

Advanced Academic Level IV Referral Deadline

Parent referrals to be considered for the Level IV (full-time) advanced academics for the 2023-2024 school year for current students in grades 2-6 are due no later than December 15Referrals will not be accepted after the deadline. Referral forms must be submitted as an attachment via email and must include all three of the following contacts:

You will receive an email replay confirming receipt of your referral. If you do not receive the confirmation email within a few school-business days, please reach out to Mrs. Redford.

Information about the referral process may be found on the FCPS AAP website (https://www.fcps.edu/node/37056).  The referral form can be found via this link: https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/AAPLevelIVReferralForm_1.pdf

If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Redford.

Nominate a Sangster Staff Member for the Outstanding Employee Awards

 

Nominations are now open for the Outstanding Employee Awards! To submit a nomination for a Sangster Elementary Outstanding Employee in one of the categories below, please complete the nomination through this Google form link.  You may nominate one employee at our school or multiple employees (one individual may only nominate one employee per category).

All that is required for a preliminary nomination is a paragraph or two about how this employee demonstrates exceptional work in the criteria for that category. The google form link has more information regarding the criteria for each of these awards and the eligibility requirements are below.

Outstanding Teacher  

Eligibility: Has at least three years of experience as a teacher (in any school/school district); librarians are included in this category

Outstanding New Teacher

Eligibility: Has up to three years of experience as a teacher (in any school/school district); librarians are included in this category

Outstanding Principal

Eligibility: Has at least three years of experience as a building principal (in any school/school district)

Outstanding New Principal

Eligibility: Has up to three years of experience as a building principal (in any school/school district)

Outstanding Leader 

Eligibility: At least one year of experience in their current position as a Schedule-C or School-Based Administrator scale employee (that is not the building principal):

Common positions in this category: Assistant and Associate Principals, Director of Student Activities, Director of Student Services

Outstanding Professional Employee 

Eligibility: At least one year experience in current position as a Schedule-B employee or other non-instructional employee in a school that supports school leadership

Common positions in this category: School-Based Technology Specialist, Technology Support Specialist, Assessment Coach, Career Center Specialist, Instructional Coach, Psychologist, Social Worker, School Counselor, Safety and Security Specialist, Resource Teachers that serve in an administrative role in a school

Outstanding Operational Employee

Eligibility: At least one year of experience in current position as Schedule-A or Classroom Instructional Support Scale employee

Common positions in this category: Administrative and Office Staff, Safety and Security Assistant, Custodial Staff, Food Service Staff, IA, PHA, PHTA, All Parent Liaisons (regardless of how they are paid)   

This process has several rounds. If your nomination is chosen to continue to the next round, the committee may reach back out to you to help prepare the final submission. 

The deadline to submit a nomination is Friday, November 11th. 

If you have any questions, please contact Meghan Buckles at [email protected] .

Picture Retake Day

Picture Retake Day is Tuesday, November 15.

Visit mylifetouch.com and use Picture Day ID:  EVTHJ2H7J to order pictures.  

Help Wanted! Sub and Save the Day! Bonus Opportunities! 

FCPS is always looking for kind and caring substitute teachers and substitute instructional assistants to ensure our students continue to thrive when teachers and instructional assistants need to be out of the classroom. Substitute teaching is a great opportunity for future teachers, stay-at-home parents, retirees, college students, part-time employees, and anyone who wants to make a difference. 

FCPS has started offering bonuses for substitutes who are available to teach on high volume days. Additionally, substitutes who work more, will earn extra bonuses when they reach 50, 100, or 150 days worked in a school year.   

Substitute Teacher and Substitute Instructional Assistant information sessions are held virtually on Wednesdays from 1 to 2 p.m. Candidates will receive an email link to the virtual information session the Monday before the session. Sign up for an information session.

Positivity Project - Week of November 7, 2022

This week’s character strength is Bravery. You show this strength when you act with mental, moral, or physical strength even when you know things are difficult or scary. Bravery refers to voluntary (not coerced) action in the face of a dangerous circumstance. This strength involves judgment; the brave person must have an understanding of the risks and consequences involved in acting. According to Socrates and Plato, forethought separates acts of valor from acts of rashness. This means that bravery isn’t simply fearlessness, but instead the overcoming of fear.

The site P2 For Families is available for connecting P2 to your home and you can learn more about the site here. Many of the slides are password protected and the password is P2 (case-sensitive).

Next week’s character strength:  Gratitude

 

News from the Sangster PTA

 

Quick Links

7420 Reservation Dr, Springfield, VA 22153  | Main Office: 703-644-8200

Attendance: 703-644-8282 | Web | Twitter

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Upcoming Events
  • November 1-4 -  Book Fair
  • November 3    -  Math Night 6:00 - 7:30 (A-L Families)
  • November 4    -  Math Night 6:00 - 7:30 (M-Z Families)
  • November 8    -  Election Day 
  • November 11  -  Veterans Day 
  • November 15  -  Picture Retake Day
Calendar Reminder

 

Election Day

Don’t forget to get out and vote on Tuesday, November 8! The day will be observed as a holiday for students and teachers. For more information, visit the Virginia Department of Elections website. 

 

Veterans Day

As a reminder, Friday, November 11, is a student holiday/school planning day for the Veterans Day holiday. Veterans Day is a time to pause, reflect, and recognize the extraordinary sacrifices our veterans and their families have made on our behalf. We thank them for their service. Learn about the history of Veterans Day

See the complete 2022-23 School Year Calendar.

Staying Healthy This Cold/Flu Season

 

Although the community level of COVID-19 in Fairfax County is currently low, cases of RSV, the flu, and other viruses are on the rise. It is still important for students to wash their hands regularly and cover their coughs and sneezes. Please monitor your child’s health daily and keep them at home if they are sick. Visit FCPS' Health and Safety Guidance webpage for more tips.

Help Wanted! Advanced Academic Level IV Referral Deadline

Parent referrals to be considered for the Level IV (full-time) advanced academics for the 2023-2024 school year for current students in grades 2-6 are due no later than December 15Referrals will not be accepted after the deadline. Referral forms must be submitted as an attachment via email and must include all three of the following contacts:

You will receive an email replay confirming receipt of your referral. If you do not receive the confirmation email within a few school-business days, please reach out to Mrs. Redford.

Information about the referral process may be found on the FCPS AAP website (https://www.fcps.edu/node/37056).  The referral form can be found via this link: https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/AAPLevelIVReferralForm_1.pdf

If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Redford.

Shop the Sangster Fall Book Fair!!

In collaboration with Bookworm Central, Sangster is offering both in-person and online book fair options. We are pleased to offer Bookworm Central's diverse collection of popular books and games. Shop for new additions to your home library and/or purchase gifts for others - all while helping to raise money for Sangster's library and literacy programs! 

  • In-person for students from Tuesday, Nov. 1 - Friday, Nov. 4 (12:30 - 4:30)
  • Open both evenings during Math Night on Nov. 3 & 4 (6:00 - 7:30) 
  • Online 24/7 NOW through Friday, Nov. 11 

Shop online: tinyurl.com/sangsterbooks :

  • Choose SHIP TO SCHOOL for faster delivery and free shipping OR receive delivery right to your home (free shipping over $40)! 
  • Send the link to family and friends ANYWHERE. Anything bought through our bookfair site, regardless of location, supports Sangster! 

Shop in person: (STUDENTS ONLY during the school day

  • Payment options for student purchases: eWallet preferred (flyer sent home Thursday, Oct. 25), checks made out to Sangster Elementary, or cash in an envelope
  • Sangster library staff, volunteers, and teachers cannot be held responsible for any money sent with a child
Nominate a Sangster Staff Member for the Outstanding Employee Awards

 

Nominations are now open for the Outstanding Employee Awards! To submit a nomination for a Sangster Elementary Outstanding Employee in one of the categories below, please complete the nomination through this Google form link.  You may nominate one employee at our school or multiple employees (one individual may only nominate one employee per category).

All that is required for a preliminary nomination is a paragraph or two about how this employee demonstrates exceptional work in the criteria for that category. The google form link has more information regarding the criteria for each of these awards and the eligibility requirements are below.

Outstanding Teacher  

Eligibility: Has at least three years of experience as a teacher (in any school/school district); librarians are included in this category

Outstanding New Teacher

Eligibility: Has up to three years of experience as a teacher (in any school/school district); librarians are included in this category

Outstanding Principal

Eligibility: Has at least three years of experience as a building principal (in any school/school district)

Outstanding New Principal

Eligibility: Has up to three years of experience as a building principal (in any school/school district)

Outstanding Leader 

Eligibility: At least one year of experience in their current position as a Schedule-C or School-Based Administrator scale employee (that is not the building principal):

Common positions in this category: Assistant and Associate Principals, Director of Student Activities, Director of Student Services

Outstanding Professional Employee 

Eligibility: At least one year experience in current position as a Schedule-B employee or other non-instructional employee in a school that supports school leadership

Common positions in this category: School-Based Technology Specialist, Technology Support Specialist, Assessment Coach, Career Center Specialist, Instructional Coach, Psychologist, Social Worker, School Counselor, Safety and Security Specialist, Resource Teachers that serve in an administrative role in a school

Outstanding Operational Employee

Eligibility: At least one year of experience in current position as Schedule-A or Classroom Instructional Support Scale employee

Common positions in this category: Administrative and Office Staff, Safety and Security Assistant, Custodial Staff, Food Service Staff, IA, PHA, PHTA, All Parent Liaisons (regardless of how they are paid)   

This process has several rounds. If your nomination is chosen to continue to the next round, the committee may reach back out to you to help prepare the final submission. 

The deadline to submit a nomination is Friday, November 11th. 

If you have any questions, please contact Meghan Buckles at [email protected] .

Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid

 

Beginning October 18, FCPS will be asking all families to fill out a Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid. 

Returning this form is important, because information from this survey results in an additional $3 million in grants each year from the U.S. Department of Education. These funds are used to support all Fairfax County public schools and centers.

For each school-aged child in your household, please complete, sign, date, and return the survey to your child's school. If Sections 1 and 2 of the survey do not apply to you, just check the box in Section 3. All forms must be signed, dated, and returned by November 4. All responses are confidential. 

Watch the video to learn more about this process.

Family Math Night  6th Grade Parents Youth Survey Information

The Fairfax County School Board and the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors work together to administer the Fairfax County Youth Survey. The results of this survey are published each year on the FCPS website and are used by school officials, youth leadership classes, youth-serving county agencies, and local non-profits to determine the effectiveness of prevention and intervention programs offered in schools and communities. It is also used to identify changing trends and areas of need.  Online responses will not be traced back to your child's personal information or linked to a computer, email address, or other electronic identifiers. No personally identifiable information or IP addresses will be recorded.  

Sangster 6th graders will participate the Youth Survey sometime between November 7-22.

If you would like to opt your child out of the Youth Survey please do so before November 7th by filling out the opt out form found here or sending an email to [email protected] stating that you would like to opt out your child.  

Information Night about AAP Level IV Services at Irving Middle School:

Irving staff will provide a program on Wednesday, November 9 at 7PM in Barker Hall at Irving to talk about the Advanced Academic Programs (AAP) they offer for students who have qualified for Level IV services as they differ from what students experience in elementary schools.

  1. Irving staff will discuss the classes offered for students who have qualified for Level IV services and the process to apply should families want their child to participate in these classes.
  2. The FCPS AAP website also provides information about the various levels and the process to apply.
  3. If you have any questions about this program or the classes for AAP Level IV students at Irving, please contact Irving’s Advanced Academics Resource Teacher, Dana Gorman, at [email protected]. Please include “Irving AAP Level IV question” in your email’s subject line.
Picture Retake Day

Picture Retake Day is Tuesday, November 15.

Visit mylifetouch.com and use Picture Day ID:  EVTHJ2H7J to order pictures.  

Positivity Project - Week of October October 31, 2022

This week’s focus is on noticing how our words and actions can affect others in a positive or a negative way.  What are some things that we can do improve the world around us?  What are some things we can say that can have a positive impact on the people around us? 

The site P2 For Families is available for connecting P2 to your home and you can learn more about the site here. Many of the slides are password protected and the password is P2 (case-sensitive).

Next week’s character strength:  Bravery

 

News from the Sangster PTA

 

Quick Links

7420 Reservation Dr, Springfield, VA 22153  | Main Office: 703-644-8200

Attendance: 703-644-8282 | Web | Twitter

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Upcoming Events
  • October 28       -  End of First Quarter (2 Hour Early Release)
  • October 31       -  Teacher Workday 
  • November 1-4  -  Book Fair
  • November 3     -  Math Night 6:00 - 7:30 (A-L Families)
  • November 4     -  Math Night 6:00 - 7:30 (M-Z Families)
  • November 8     -  Election Day 
  • November 11   -  Veterans Day 
Calendar Reminder:  End of the First Quarter

As a reminder, Friday, October 28, is the last day of the first quarter, and a two-hour early release for students. Also, schools are closed for students on Monday, October 31, for a teacher workday.

All Saints Day/Dia de Los Muertos

 

Dia de los Muertos is an opportunity to remember and celebrate the lives of departed loved ones. Tuesday, November 1, and Wednesday, November 2, are “O” Days, religious and cultural observances noted in the school calendar. To learn more about Dia de los Muertos, watch this video.

While Dia de los Muertos is largely celebrated in Mexico and Latin America, it also coincides with All Saints Day (November 1) and All Souls Day (November 2). These days are celebrated by Catholics, Anglicans, and some Protestants worldwide to honor those who have died and gone to heaven (All Saints Day) and those who may still be in purgatory (All Souls Day).

The school calendar recognizes many O days during the school year. Classes are held on these days, however, the School Board has directed that tests, quizzes, field trips, graduation, homecoming, or FCPS-scheduled athletic events not be held on these observance days. Read Regulation 2234.12 for details.

Election Day

Don’t forget to get out and vote on Tuesday, November 8! The day will be observed as a holiday for students and teachers. For more information, visit the Virginia Department of Elections website. 

See the complete 2022-23 School Year Calendar.

Shop the Sangster Fall Book Fair!!

In collaboration with Bookworm Central, Sangster is offering both in-person and online book fair options. We are pleased to offer Bookworm Central's diverse collection of popular books and games. Shop for new additions to your home library and/or purchase gifts for others - all while helping to raise money for Sangster's library and literacy programs! 

  • In-person for students from Tuesday, Nov. 1 - Friday, Nov. 4 (12:30 - 4:30)
  • Open both evenings during Math Night on Nov. 3 & 4 (6:00 - 7:30) 
  • Online 24/7 NOW through Friday, Nov. 11 

Shop online: tinyurl.com/sangsterbooks :

  • Choose SHIP TO SCHOOL for faster delivery and free shipping OR receive delivery right to your home (free shipping over $40)! 
  • Send the link to family and friends ANYWHERE. Anything bought through our bookfair site, regardless of location, supports Sangster! 

Shop in person: (STUDENTS ONLY during the school day

  • Payment options for student purchases: eWallet preferred (flyer sent home Thursday, Oct. 25), checks made out to Sangster Elementary, or cash in an envelope
  • Sangster library staff, volunteers, and teachers cannot be held responsible for any money sent with a child
A Message from the Clinic

Vision and Hearing Screening will be held November 1 – 4 for all 3rd Grade students. If your child wears eyeglasses, please be sure he/she has them at school on these screening days. The purpose of screening is to identify students who need further evaluation because they have difficulty seeing the screening chart or hearing the screening tones. Parents will be notified by letter if screening results indicate that further testing is needed. Vision and hearing difficulties can interfere with learning. Prompt follow-up of a referral is recommended.  Please contact Sangster School Health Aide, Amy Friedman, at 703-644-8210 with any questions.

Nominate a Sangster Staff Member for the Outstanding Employee Awards

 

Nominations are now open for the Outstanding Employee Awards! To submit a nomination for a Sangster Elementary Outstanding Employee in one of the categories below, please complete the nomination through this Google form link.  You may nominate one employee at our school or multiple employees (one individual may only nominate one employee per category).

All that is required for a preliminary nomination is a paragraph or two about how this employee demonstrates exceptional work in the criteria for that category. The google form link has more information regarding the criteria for each of these awards and the eligibility requirements are below.

Outstanding Teacher  

Eligibility: Has at least three years of experience as a teacher (in any school/school district); librarians are included in this category

Outstanding New Teacher

Eligibility: Has up to three years of experience as a teacher (in any school/school district); librarians are included in this category

Outstanding Principal

Eligibility: Has at least three years of experience as a building principal (in any school/school district)

Outstanding New Principal

Eligibility: Has up to three years of experience as a building principal (in any school/school district)

Outstanding Leader 

Eligibility: At least one year of experience in their current position as a Schedule-C or School-Based Administrator scale employee (that is not the building principal):

Common positions in this category: Assistant and Associate Principals, Director of Student Activities, Director of Student Services

Outstanding Professional Employee 

Eligibility: At least one year experience in current position as a Schedule-B employee or other non-instructional employee in a school that supports school leadership

Common positions in this category: School-Based Technology Specialist, Technology Support Specialist, Assessment Coach, Career Center Specialist, Instructional Coach, Psychologist, Social Worker, School Counselor, Safety and Security Specialist, Resource Teachers that serve in an administrative role in a school

Outstanding Operational Employee

Eligibility: At least one year of experience in current position as Schedule-A or Classroom Instructional Support Scale employee

Common positions in this category: Administrative and Office Staff, Safety and Security Assistant, Custodial Staff, Food Service Staff, IA, PHA, PHTA, All Parent Liaisons (regardless of how they are paid)   

This process has several rounds. If your nomination is chosen to continue to the next round, the committee may reach back out to you to help prepare the final submission. 

The deadline to submit a nomination is Friday, November 11th. 

If you have any questions, please contact Meghan Buckles at [email protected] .

Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid

 

Beginning October 18, FCPS will be asking all families to fill out a Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid. 

Returning this form is important, because information from this survey results in an additional $3 million in grants each year from the U.S. Department of Education. These funds are used to support all Fairfax County public schools and centers.

For each school-aged child in your household, please complete, sign, date, and return the survey to your child's school. If Sections 1 and 2 of the survey do not apply to you, just check the box in Section 3. All forms must be signed, dated, and returned by November 4. All responses are confidential. 

Watch the video to learn more about this process.

Family Math Night  6th Grade Parents Youth Survey Information

The Fairfax County School Board and the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors work together to administer the Fairfax County Youth Survey. The results of this survey are published each year on the FCPS website and are used by school officials, youth leadership classes, youth-serving county agencies, and local non-profits to determine the effectiveness of prevention and intervention programs offered in schools and communities. It is also used to identify changing trends and areas of need.  Online responses will not be traced back to your child's personal information or linked to a computer, email address, or other electronic identifiers. No personally identifiable information or IP addresses will be recorded.  

Sangster 6th graders will participate the Youth Survey sometime between November 7-22.

If you would like to opt your child out of the Youth Survey please do so before November 7th by filling out the opt out form found here or sending an email to [email protected] stating that you would like to opt out your child.  

Information Night about AAP Level IV Services at Irving Middle School:

Irving staff will provide a program on Wednesday, November 9 at 7PM in Barker Hall at Irving to talk about the Advanced Academic Programs (AAP) they offer for students who have qualified for Level IV services as they differ from what students experience in elementary schools.

  1. Irving staff will discuss the classes offered for students who have qualified for Level IV services and the process to apply should families want their child to participate in these classes.
  2. The FCPS AAP website also provides information about the various levels and the process to apply.
  3. If you have any questions about this program or the classes for AAP Level IV students at Irving, please contact Irving’s Advanced Academics Resource Teacher, Dana Gorman, at [email protected]. Please include “Irving AAP Level IV question” in your email’s subject line.
West Springfield Pyramid Event Positivity Project - Week of October October 24, 2022

This week’s character strength is Creativity. You show this strength when you come up with new and original ways to think about and do things. Creative people can look at the world in original ways. They are open to new experiences, and have an imaginative and independent thought process. They generate lots of different ideas and can pursue them with energy and enthusiasm. Creativity is a process that takes courage.

The site P2 For Families is available for connecting P2 to your home and you can learn more about the site here. Many of the slides are password protected and the password is P2 (case-sensitive).

Next week’s character strength:  Other People Mindset- Knowing my words and actions affect others

 

News from the Sangster PTA

 

Quick Links

7420 Reservation Dr, Springfield, VA 22153  | Main Office: 703-644-8200

Attendance: 703-644-8282 | Web | Twitter

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Upcoming Events
  • October 21 - PTA Movie Night 6-9:30
  • October 24 - Student Holiday (Diwali)
  • October 28 - End of First Quarter (2 Hour Early Release)
  • October 31 - Teacher Workday 
Calendar Reminder: Diwali and Quarter End

 

Happy Diwali to all those who celebrate this day and the victory of light over darkness. Monday, October 24, is a holiday for teachers and students (only 12-month employees report). Learn more about Diwali. 

As a reminder, Friday, October 28, is the last day of the first quarter, and a two-hour early release for students. Also, schools are closed for students on Monday, October 31, for a teacher workday.

See the complete 2022-23 School Year Calendar.

Sangster Falcons having a fantastic Fall Field Day!

A HUGE Thank you goes out to each of our Field Day Volunteers.  No bones about it,  you braved the chilly, windy weather to create a Spooktacular Fall Field Day for our students.  We truly appreciate you!

First Grade Fun at Cox Farms Lost and Found Pick-up

All lost and found items will be put outside the school October 17th – 21st.

The rack with the items will be out from 7:45am – 4:30pm.

Please come look through the items to find ones that may belong to your student.

There are plenty of jackets, water bottles, and lunch boxes.

Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid

 

Beginning October 18, FCPS will be asking all families to fill out a Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid. 

Returning this form is important, because information from this survey results in an additional $3 million in grants each year from the U.S. Department of Education. These funds are used to support all Fairfax County public schools and centers.

For each school-aged child in your household, please complete, sign, date, and return the survey to your child's school. If Sections 1 and 2 of the survey do not apply to you, just check the box in Section 3. All forms must be signed, dated, and returned by November 4. All responses are confidential. 

Watch the video to learn more about this process.

West Springfield Pyramid Event 6th Grade Parents Youth Survey Information

The Fairfax County School Board and the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors work together to administer the Fairfax County Youth Survey. The results of this survey are published each year on the FCPS website and are used by school officials, youth leadership classes, youth-serving county agencies, and local non-profits to determine the effectiveness of prevention and intervention programs offered in schools and communities. It is also used to identify changing trends and areas of need.  Online responses will not be traced back to your child's personal information or linked to a computer, email address, or other electronic identifiers. No personally identifiable information or IP addresses will be recorded.  

Sangster 6th graders will participate the Youth Survey sometime between November 7-22.

If you would like to opt your child out of the Youth Survey please do so before November 7th by filling out the opt out form found here or sending an email to [email protected] stating that you would like to opt out your child.  

Social and Emotional Learning Activities and Screener

Students in grades K-2 will no longer participate in the Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) screener. Instead, the Child Behavior Rating Scale administered in kindergarten, existing attendance, and behavior data will be used to determine necessary social emotional instruction and supports. School teams will use these measures alongside family input, as they develop their understanding of students’ needs and strategies to support them. Students in grades 3-12 will be able to participate in the SEL screener. School teams and families use this information to develop positive school cultures and support students academically and personally. This year, students will participate in the screener in the fall (October/November) and spring (March). Parents are able to opt their child out of taking the SEL screener. Read more about SEL and signature practices online.

Family Math Night  Positivity Project - Week of October 17, 2022

This week’s character strength is Integrity. Integrity is doing the right thing when nobody is watching. People with integrity practice what they preach and maintain a consistent pattern of behavior aligned with their values. They have the courage not to follow the crowd if it means going against their beliefs. Integrity is closely aligned with the terms of honesty and authenticity. People with integrity tell the truth and have alignment in their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.

The site P2 For Families is available for connecting P2 to your home and you can learn more about the site here. Many of the slides are password protected and the password is P2 (case-sensitive).

Next week’s character strength:  Creativity

 

News from the Sangster PTA

 

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Upcoming Events
  • October 18 - Field Day
  • October 21 - PTA Movie Night 6-9:30
  • October 24 - Student Holiday (Diwali)
  • October 28 - End of First Quarter (2 Hour Early Release)
  • October 31 - Teacher Workday 
A Message from the Clinic

Vision and Hearing Screening will be held October 12 – 14 for all Kindergarten students, and November 1 – 4 for all 3rd Grade students. If your child wears eyeglasses, please be sure he/she has them at school on these screening days. The purpose of screening is to identify students who need further evaluation because they have difficulty seeing the screening chart or hearing the screening tones. Parents will be notified by letter if screening results indicate that further testing is needed. Vision and hearing difficulties can interfere with learning. Prompt follow-up of a referral is recommended.  Please contact Sangster School Health Aide, Amy Friedman, at 703-644-8210 with any questions.

Lost and Found Pick-up

All lost and found items will be put outside the school October 17th – 21st.

The rack with the items will be out from 7:45am – 4:30pm.

Please come look through the items to find ones that may belong to your student.

There are plenty of jackets, water bottles, and lunch boxes.

Volunteers Needed!

Fall Field Day 2022 is Tuesday, October 18th.  Please help us create a fun filled event by signing up to volunteer HERE. Volunteer opportunities are separated by grade level.  When you arrive, please check/sign in outside of door 7 to collect the volunteer information. 

2nd grade 9:20 - 10:20 (check in 9:00) 

3rd grade 10:20 - 11:20 (check in 10:00) 

1st grade 11:20 – 12:20 (check in 11:00) 

6th grade 12:50 - 1:50 (check in 12:30)

5th grade 1:50 - 2:50 (check in 1:30)

4th grade 2:50 – 3:50 (check in 2:30)

We really appreciate your help - thank you so much!  

Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid

 

Beginning October 18, FCPS will be asking all families to fill out a Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid. 

Returning this form is important, because information from this survey results in an additional $3 million in grants each year from the U.S. Department of Education. These funds are used to support all Fairfax County public schools and centers.

For each school-aged child in your household, please complete, sign, date, and return the survey to your child's school. If Sections 1 and 2 of the survey do not apply to you, just check the box in Section 3. All forms must be signed, dated, and returned by November 4. All responses are confidential. 

Watch the video to learn more about this process.

6th Grade Parents Youth Survey Information

The Fairfax County School Board and the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors work together to administer the Fairfax County Youth Survey. The results of this survey are published each year on the FCPS website and are used by school officials, youth leadership classes, youth-serving county agencies, and local non-profits to determine the effectiveness of prevention and intervention programs offered in schools and communities. It is also used to identify changing trends and areas of need.  Online responses will not be traced back to your child's personal information or linked to a computer, email address, or other electronic identifiers. No personally identifiable information or IP addresses will be recorded.  

Sangster 6th graders will participate the Youth Survey sometime between November 7-22.

If you would like to opt your child out of the Youth Survey please do so before November 7th by filling out the opt out form found here or sending an email to [email protected] stating that you would like to opt out your child.  

Social and Emotional Learning Activities and Screener

Students in grades K-2 will no longer participate in the Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) screener. Instead, the Child Behavior Rating Scale administered in kindergarten, existing attendance, and behavior data will be used to determine necessary social emotional instruction and supports. School teams will use these measures alongside family input, as they develop their understanding of students’ needs and strategies to support them. Students in grades 3-12 will be able to participate in the SEL screener. School teams and families use this information to develop positive school cultures and support students academically and personally. This year, students will participate in the screener in the fall (October/November) and spring (March). Parents are able to opt their child out of taking the SEL screener. Read more about SEL and signature practices online.

LBSS SOCKTOBER Charity Event

 

Sangster students who would like to participate in the annual LBSS SOCKTOBER Charity event may place their donation in the box located in the main lobby at Sangster ES. The SOCKTOBER Charity Event runs October 4th through October 21st.

Promoting Digital Wellness

Access to technology provides limitless opportunities to connect with others, explore diverse perspectives, share and build upon ideas, get involved in the community, and find opportunities.  However, many kids are online almost constantly, which poses a number of challenges that impact youth wellness.  

Highlights will include:

  • How the attention economy makes technology irresistible 
  • How adolescent development impacts youth technology use 
  • How schools and families can build the skills needed to navigate the complexity of online life

Presented by Tammi Sisk, FCPS Educational Specialist, Educational Technology, and Bethany Demers, FCPS Educational Specialist, Mental Wellness. Click here to register.

October 14, 2022 10-11:30 a.m.

Calendar Reminder: Diwali

 

Happy Diwali to all those who celebrate this day and the victory of light over darkness. Monday, October 24, is a holiday for teachers and students (only 12-month employees report). Learn more about Diwali. 

See the complete 2022-23 School Year Calendar.

Family Math Night  Newsletter for Military-Connected Families

 

Did you know that the Office of Family and School Partnerships sends out a newsletter around the 15th of each month for military-connected families? Sign up for that newsletter (under “Division Administration News and Updates” then “Professional Learning & Family Engagement”) or other topics on our website.

Positivity Project - Week of October 10, 2022

This week we will review the different character strengths from this year so far. 

The site P2 For Families is available for connecting P2 to your home and you can learn more about the site here. Many of the slides are password protected and the password is P2 (case-sensitive).

Next week’s character strength:  Integrity

 

News from the Sangster PTA

 

Quick Links

7420 Reservation Dr, Springfield, VA 22153  | Main Office: 703-644-8200

Attendance: 703-644-8282 | Web | Twitter

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