Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page.Upcoming Events March 4-8 - Read Across America Week March 5 - Primary Voting (No School) March 13 - Multicultural Night March 15 - Spring Picture Day March 25-29 - Spring Break Read Across America Week
Sangster will celebrate Read Across America week March 4th through March 8th. Students and staff are invited to show their spirit Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday with special dress up days. Tuesday is a holiday for students and Ms. Oden would love for students to still participate at home by using the choice board above and having fun reading at home!Multicultural Night
Join us for our first ever Family Cultural Night on March 13, 2024, from 6:30pm – 8:00pm! Celebrate the unique heritages, rich cultures, and traditions of our Sangster families. In preparation for Family Cultural Night, all students are invited to create a paper doll dressed in clothing of their family’s cultural heritage (Paper Doll PDF).
Families are also invited to share their culture on the evening of March 13th by signing up to create a display with bite-sized food samples and/or participating in a student fashion show. More information to follow with the schedule and logistics for the evening including the fashion show. We hope to see you there!Record a Message!
Please take a minute to record a greeting in a language that is meaningful to your family. We would love to highlight all the wonderful languages spoke by are Sangster Falcons!Look for the Family Engagement Survey!
FCPS’ Family Engagement Survey will open Sunday, March 3. Parents/caregivers will receive the survey link via email from independent research firm K12 Insight. Please participate — your feedback is critical in helping to inform and improve practices to best support our students.
Taking this survey will also help strengthen the partnership between your family and your school. When that partnership is strong, students can experience a range of benefits including improved school readiness, higher student achievement, better social skills and behavior, and an increased likelihood of graduating high school.
The survey will take about 10-15 minutes to complete and will be available in 10 languages. Please visit the Family Engagement Survey webpage for more information. Your voice matters!Spring Picture Day
Sangster will have it's Spring Picture Day on Friday, March 15th.
Dress in your spring time best and prepare to "say cheese"! 😁Purple Up - Month of the Military Child
Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) is gearing up to honor and celebrate its military-connected youth in April, the Month of the Military Child and on Purple Up! Day!
This year, Virginia will celebrate Purple Up! Day on Wednesday, April 17. Purple Up! Day is a special day for communities to come together and wear purple as a visible gesture of support for our military-connected youth and their families. Purple symbolizes the combined colors of all branches of the military.
FCPS Purple Up! t-shirts are available for purchase now through Friday, March 8, 2024 here. The shirts highlight our gratitude and appreciation for our 14,000 military-connected students and their families. #PurpleUpFCPS!
For more information and/or to connect with FCPS resources, email us at [email protected].Friendly Reminders! 🤒 Students Sent Home from the Health Room
After being seen by the PHN or SHA in the Health Room, students sent home, due to a fever of 100.4 or greater and/or COVID-19 respiratory symptoms (cough, sore throat, runny nose), may return to school when the student is fever-free without fever reducing medication for at least 24 hours and symptoms have improved.
Refer to FCPS Attendance Guidance for more information.🛑 No U-Turns!
U-Turns on Reservation Dr. are both illegal and very, very dangerous. We continue to get reports of cars making these illegal U-Turns. The safety of our school community is compromised every time someone does this. Please take the time to use Kiss-n-Ride and/or find another route to get back up to the Parkway. Thank you!📋 Check-Ins
Please remember, if your child arrives after 9:10AM, you must escort them into the main office and sign them in.
Students are not admitted into the building until 8:45AM. Unless, you have something prearranged with a teacher, your child attends SACC or a before-school club, please do not drop your student off at school any earlier, there will be no adult supervision available.🚪Check-Outs
Please remember you must sign your student out in the main office. All student exchanges and contact must go through the office. You will need to sign them out on the "pink sheet" located in the office. Be prepared to show your photo ID when you arrive. The office works efficiently to retrieve students from wherever they are in building, so please arrive early enough to give staff enough time to locate your student so you can arrive at your next destination on time. The front office will not call for students prior to parents arrival for pickup. Thanks for your cooperation in making sure our student population is safe while at school!Attendance matters!
We want you to keep your child home when they are sick, however, we ask that you please refrain from scheduling trips and other non-essential travel during the school week.
Please remember to email or call the attendance line with any messages regarding your student's attendance. Absences and late arrivals should be reported to avoid getting a robo-call from FCPS. If you email the teacher to let them know about your student's attendance, please copy [email protected] to ensure your message reaches our attendance staff. You can also call, 703-644-8282 to report any attendance messages.
This year, Ramadan begins on Sunday, March 10th. Ramadan is marked by personal and community prayer as well as fasting from dawn to sunset. If your child will be fasting, please let your child’s teacher know. We will be offering a space for students to go instead of the cafeteria if they plan to fast and want to be prepared. Thank you!Rising 7th Grader News 2023-2024 Transition Timeline
Feeling lost in a sea of information regarding 7th grade transition? Don't worry, Ms. Augenstein is making it easier to keep up!
Click Here for a quick and easy to read timeline of events for your current 6th grader.
Ms. Augenstein will be updating it as more information and more dates become available from Lake Braddock and Irving. So, check back often!LBMS Curriculum Fair
Lake Braddock is offering a virtual Curriculum Fair! Parents and students can go to the LBSS Curriculum Fair Site to learn more about the courses we offer. The site includes a synchronous parent presentation, course descriptions, videos and Padlets for questions organized by department.
Although we are not yet to the middle of this school year, we are already beginning the registration process for next school year. Over the next few months, we will host various activities to help transition your child to Irving Middle School. If you have any questions throughout the process, please feel free to call the school. Below are important dates regarding the selection of your child’s classes for next year:
- February/March/April/May - Elementary teachers and Irving staff review course requests. If there is a concern that a class might be too easy or difficult, a staff member will reach out to parents/guardians to discuss it.
- April 3 - Transition to Middle School - Our principal, Cindy Conley, will discuss how best to support your child as they transition to middle school.
- Late May/June - Mock schedules will be mailed home. These show the classes registered for, but not the actual schedule.
- June 7 - Last day for schedule change requests.
- Summer review by Irving for support class placement
- August 5-7: Irving Academy is a transition program designed to give students a “jump start” into middle school. The program equips students with some of the skills they need to be successful in middle school, as well as gives them an opportunity to meet peers and ask questions about Irving. Enrollment is open to all WIMS rising 7th graders. Transportation is not provided, but lunch will be provided for all participants. Students will attend a one-day in-person program on EITHER August 5th, August 6th OR August 7th from 8:00 am to 12:30 pm. Information about registering will be sent in early June, but we want to provide the date range to you for planning purposes.
Our course catalog is an additional resource to help with the course selection process. Elective teachers have included videos of the course to provide more information about what happens in their classes. When you choose a specific class, there is a description of the class and the link to the video is at the bottom of the description. Our catalog can be found here:
If you are not able to attend curriculum night, we will post the presentations on our website. We look forward to getting to know you and your student over the next two years.
This week’s character strength is Love of Learning. Those with this strength enjoy learning simply for the sake of learning. They don’t need a prize or a high grade as a reward. Their reward is the process of doing the work and improving. People who love learning experience positive feelings in the process of acquiring skills, building on existing knowledge, or learning something completely new. Over time, individuals with this strength may develop deep and wide knowledge. Their knowledge enables them to make significant contributions to others’ understanding.
Next Week’s Focus: Other People Mindset - identifying and appreciating the good in others.Resources from Sangster's Family Liaison
Family Resource Center
The Family Resource Center offers free, confidential consultations by videoconference and phone for families and FCPS staff.
FRC professionals have extensive knowledge, training, and experience. They can brainstorm strategies and possible solutions to help you address your concerns. They can draw upon resources and support from FCPS, as well as community, state, and national centers.
Free consultations are offered by FRC’s professionals.
Fairfax County - Coordinated Services Planning
Coordinated Services Planning (CSP) 703-222-0880. That's the number to call for assistance with any difficulties you are facing - including food, shelter, employment, financial assistance, healthcare and more other needs.
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The Sibshop workshops are for children in grades 2-6 enrolled in Fairfax County Public Schools who have siblings with special needs to:
- Meet other siblings in a relaxed setting.
- Celebrate the many contributions made by brothers and sisters of children with special needs.
- Share sibling experiences and receive peer support.
- Play games and have fun!
March 2, 2024, 9 a.m.- noon at Providence Community Center
Presented by FCPS School Social Work Services
View the individual event page if you would like to Add to Your Calendar.
Family liaisons serve as an important link between families and schools. They represent a variety of cultures, languages, and races, and can help families access the information and assistance they need to support their children and ensure their academic success.
Find out how family liaisons can support you and your family.
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