3-25-20 Two Weeks at a Glance

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  Message from the Principal

 

Dear Sangster Families,

I hope this email finds you and your family safe and healthy.  Monday’s announcement to close schools for the remainder of the academic year is one of those events in our lifetime we will never forget. Some may have hoped for a big snowstorm to shut us down for a few days in the past, but we always knew we would be going back to our schools.  This is different.  While a disappointment for many, this is an understandable decision for the health and safety of our students, families and the community.  There will be many questions in the days and weeks ahead.  We are in the process of gathering answers and making plans.

We miss our students already.  Our amazing staff has already been exploring what learning can look like as this situation is unfolding.  There will be more information coming both centrally as a district and from Sangster.  In the meantime, please use the following links for the most updated FCPS information:

Please continue to access the posted resources on Blackboard.  Teachers and staff will be reaching out to you next week.  I understand for many of you this is frustrating.  We are all working through this together, as a school, district and community.  FCPS will determine a plan for getting student materials home at a later date.

For the past three years, we have had a strong emphasis on character education through The Positivity Project.  The strengths of Hope/Optimism and Resiliency are at work for all of us.  I believe the students of Sangster Elementary are uniquely poised to handle the challenges facing us all right now.

Thank you for your support and understanding during this difficult time.  As additional information becomes available, we will communicate with you as quickly as possible.  Take good care and stay healthy.  Sangster Strong!

Sincerely,

Lisa M. Reddel

Principal

 

Emergency Grab & Go Breakfasts and Lunches

Fairfax County Public Schools is providing emergency breakfast and lunch at more sites and is adding deliveries by school bus beginning Thursday, March 19.  Updates to locations can be found on the Food Resources page (https://www.fcps.edu/news/coronavirus-update-food-resources).

Meals will be provided to all students without charge and are the same for all children regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service.  Meals will be provided on a first come, first served basis, at the sites and times listed. The food distribution is set up outside at each site.   All meals are available at no cost to children 18 years and under.   Adult lunches are available for purchase for $2.  More information on this is available here: https://www.fcps.edu/news/coronavirus-update-food-resources.

 

Families Needing Internet

Effective Monday, March 16, 2020, Comcast is offering 2 months free to new Internet Essentials customers in response to recent and anticipated emergency measures associated with the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Please use this website for more information: https://www.internetessentials.com/

 

Counselor and Clinical Team Support

During this difficult time our clinical team continue to be here to help support our staff, students, and families.  Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have students who you are concerned about. 

 

Paula Augenstein

PHAugenstein@fcps.edu              School Guidance Counselor     K, 2, 4, 6

 

Lisa Railan                          

LTRailan@fcps.edu                       School Guidance Counselor     K, 1, 3, 5

 

Maggie Wilkerson           

mswilkerson@fcps.edu                 School Social Worker

 

Denise Mattingly             

dmattingly@fcps.edu                    School Psychologist

 

Student Placements for 2020-2021

While it is still early to be thinking ahead to next year, we want to give you information about class placements for the 2020-2021 school-year ahead of time.  The staff at Sangster Elementary works hard to place students in an optimal learning situation each year.  If you have some information that would help us make those decisions, please send your comments in writing to Ms. Reddel by June 1stPlease do not list teacher names.  Rather, describe the classroom academic learning environment in which your child learns best.

 

Kindergarten Orientation on April 1, cancelled

If you know of a kindergartener who needs to register for the 2020-21 school year, please email Marian Hoelscher, our student registrar, at mthoelscher@fcps.edu.  Please share this information with any parent of a rising Kindergarten child in your neighborhood that may not have a child currently at Sangster.  More information will be coming later about how to register.

 

Yearbook Orders - Nearing Final Call

You can order Sangster yearbooks online at https://ybpay.lifetouch.com using Yearbook ID code 13246520.  LAST CHANCE to place your order online is April 25, 2020.

 

  Positivity Project - Week of March 29th

This week’s character strength is Humor.  You show this strength when you like to laugh and bring smiles to others.  For individuals, humor has important health benefits, both mental and physical.  Humor stretches the mind to look at things from different perspectives, keeping people mentally agile and alert. Making people laugh also produces positive emotions and happiness for the initiator.  And, when people are on the receiving end of humor, they also receive many benefits.  Scientists have shown that laughter reduces stress, promotes connection with other people, and can even improve focus.  Laughter is contagious and bonds us to other people.

This Upcoming Week's Character Strength:     Humor

The Week of April 12th's Character Strength:  Other People Matter Mindset with an emphasis on identifying and appreciating the good in others

 

 

Our Parent Teacher Association (PTA) information is below.

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Sangster Update

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March 15, 2020 

 

Dear Sangster Families,

 

Dr. Brabrand's recent email updated the operating status for Fairfax County Public Schools.  All school buildings and central offices are CLOSED.  This means we cannot open the school for any reason over the next two weeks.  Therefore, the previously scheduled opportunity to get belongings and laptops is cancelled.  It will come as no surprise to you that as we were planning for Monday that most staff members volunteered to come in and support our families. Mr. Le, our district Technology Specialist was working hard all weekend to prepare computers for checkout for families without access. Sangster Elementary is truly a community that lives the motto #OtherPeopleMatter.

 

The Region 4 Principals are encouraging our community to practice social distancing. Interacting face-to-face with friends and neighbors through apps like FaceTime and video chats can help to practice social distancing while not falling into social isolation.  Social media may allow engagement with others as well, but we want to caution our families not to become over-reliant on apps that promote likes over personal contact. We encourage you to make phone calls, talk to friends, and keep in contact over this time. The world has pressed pause on our school year -- take this time to slow down, stay home, and support one another.

 

Information on what we will do with third quarter is still in process.  Please be patient and know that the entire county and state are dealing with this and decisions around grading and testing have many implications; therefore, this will take additional time to determine next steps.

 

I recognize this is a difficult time and you and your child(ren) may be experiencing a variety of feelings, including fear and anxiety.  Should you or a loved one be in need of mental health support, please do not hesitate to reach out to:

  • Text NEEDHELP to 85511 for the Crisis Link Hotline at or call them at 703-527-4077
  • Chat online with a specialist at CrisisChat.org or ImAlive.org
  • Call an emergency mental health center at 703 573-5679 (Merrifield Center), 703-536-2000 (Dominion Hospital), or 703-289-7560 (INOVA emergency services)

 

Please continue to direct students to the optional learning activities available on the FCPS cable channels and by subject area on FCPS 24-7 (Blackboard). Note: these learning activities are not required or graded. Teachers will not be providing work at this time. Please do not email teachers requesting work.

 

Read Dr. Brabrand's message in its entirety, including information on the expanded availability of grab and go meals, at www.fcps.edu.

 

Thank you for your support and understanding during this difficult time.  As additional information becomes available, we will continue to communicate with you as quickly as possible. We understand this is a difficult time and families may be feeling a variety of emotions around this closure. Take good care and stay healthy.

 

Sincerely,

Lisa M. Reddel

Principal

 

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Update from Sangster ES

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Dear Sangster Families,  

 

Thank you for your patience and support as FCPS is working through these challenging times. As you have heard, FCPS made the decision to close schools through April 10, 2020 for student and family health and safety. We will continue to provide you with information as it becomes available.

Here is some information to help you plan based on the Superintendent’s message Friday afternoon:

 

Monday, March 16

Sangster will be open from 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. for families to retrieve:

  • Lost and found items in the foyer
  • Musical instruments in the foyer
  • Medication pickup if needed in the clinic
  • Laptop distribution for families without access, in the foyer
  • Classrooms will not be open

 

March 17-27  (think snow days)

  • FCPS Department of Instructional Services will be sending information to students and families centrally through Blackboard and the FCPS website.   Teachers will not be working during these days.
  • FCPS cable channels with learning activities are available

New instructional videos are currently being developed and recorded and will be added to the programming shortly.

    • Channel 21 includes elementary school programming
    • Channel 25 includes middle school programming
    • Channel 99 includes high school programming
    • Content will also be available online at www.fcps.edu.
    • Some student links available online at  https://sangsteres.fcps.edu/student-links
  • SACC has not been determined at this time.

 

March 27 - April 3

  • Student holidays
  • TBD for school staff

 

April 6-10 -Spring Break

  • Holiday for teachers and students

 

Additional Information:

 

Laptops

In preparation for the school closure, we want to ensure families have technology access at home. To support distance learning opportunities and access for all students, we will offer loaner laptops on Monday, March 16 from 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.  Laptops are intended for families without access. When distance learning initiates, students would be expected to access materials at times. Parents of students must come in to sign for the laptops.  

 

Wifi Access

Information regarding the process for requesting portable wireless devices (MiFi’s) will also be available on Monday. Mifi’s will be for those families that do not have WiFi in the home. These resources are extremely limited and there is a wait for them as they will be distributed from the county stock.   In addition, Comcast is providing free internet to families in need: More information can be found here: https://www.wxyz.com/news/national/coronavirus/comcast-offering-internet-essentials-package-free-for-60-months-during-coronavirus-outbreak?fbclid=IwAR318GCjDvZO0UviyMnIML6j_adHw9hVyGq97Yd366hXtN6u7TbtEBxwPek

 

ParentVue Accounts

This weekend, IT will be pushing out emails to any parent who does not currently have a ParentVue account. Please sign up if you do not have an account, this will be important for distance learning.

 

Food Distribution

Fairfax County Public Schools is providing emergency grab and go lunches at no cost for students at five sites to students (more sites may be added), from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. School-age students are welcome to come to any of the five sites below to pick up a lunch during that time period.

  • Bailey’s Elementary School, 6111 Knollwood Drive, Falls Church
  • Hutchison Elementary School, 13209 Parcher Avenue, Herndon
  • Hybla Valley Elementary School, 3415 Lockheed Boulevard, Alexandria
  • London Towne Elementary School, 6100 Stone Road, Centreville
  • Burke Center, 9645 Burke Lake Road, Burke

All meals are available at no cost to children 18 years and under. Adult lunches are available for purchase for $2.

 

We missed having snow days this year but certainly did not anticipate Coronavirus days!  Thank you for your support and understanding during this difficult time.  As additional information becomes available, we will communicate with you as quickly as possible. We understand this is a difficult time and families may be feeling a variety of emotions around this closure. Take good care and stay healthy.

 

Sincerely,

Lisa Reddel

Principal

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3-12-20 Two Weeks at a Glance

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Fun with balloons in PE class!

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Upcoming Events

 

Monday, March 16th - No School - Teacher Workday

Thursday, March 19th - 3rd Grade Field Trip - Mount Vernon

 

Please see the PTA announcement in the PTA section below

 

 

Message from the Principal

Dear Sangster Families,

 Monday, March 16, is designated as a student holiday. This student holiday will provide an opportunity for the FCPS staff to prepare for the possibility of distance learning in the event of a school(s) closure.  We will use this day as a staff training day and all staff will report to work. 

 The health and safety of our students and employees is of utmost importance.   Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) is working collaboratively with the Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD) to prevent the spread of illness and impact upon schools.    Obviously, the coronavirus is a concern worldwide.  This is an evolving situation not isolated to Sangster and the FCPS community.   FCPS and FCHD are in constant communication around COVID-19. Information on talking to your child about Coronavirus can be found at https://www.fcps.edu/blog/talking-children-about-coronavirus.

Follow the Basics - Taking these simple steps will go a long way in prevention:

  • Wash your hands, practice good health hygiene
  • Cover your cough with your inner elbow
  • Stay home if you are sick
  • Follow guidelines from the Health Department

Sangster steps to eliminate health concerns

  • Disinfectant wipes used throughout building
  • Keeping Classrooms/Restrooms Stocked with Soap - students encouraged and given opportunities to wash hands
  • Custodians taking additional steps to ensure the building is wiped down, with direction from the FCPS facilities department

Remember COVID-19 knows no race, nationality or ancestry. We need to work together to ensure that we stay kind to one another during this time.  Our overall goal is to keep students and staff safe and at school.

Finally, we recognize the potential for anxiety in connection with the COVID-19 situation. Reliable sources of information are the Centers for Disease Control, our local health department, and our county coronavirus website. Please know that our on-site clinicians (psychologist, social workers and counselors) are here to support you. If you have specific questions, they can be addressed by the health department at 703-267-3511.

Take good care and stay healthy!

Sincerely,

Lisa Reddell

Principal

 

Student Placements for 2020-2021

While it is still early to be thinking ahead to next year, we want to give you information about class placements for the 2020-2021 school-year ahead of time.  The staff at Sangster Elementary works hard to place students in an optimal learning situation each year.  If you have some information that would help us make those decisions, please send your comments in writing to Ms. Reddel by June 1stPlease do not list teacher names.  Rather, describe the classroom learning environment in which your child learns best.

 

A Friendly Reminder

Parents, please remember to send eating utensils (spoons, forks, napkins, etc.) if you are packing your student's lunch.  The school and cafeteria do not supply these items for students who bring lunch from home. 

 

Tdap Notice for Parents of 6th Graders

Virginia Law requires that all students entering 7th grade receive a booster dose of the Tdap vaccine prior to the beginning of school. The Tdap vaccine protects against tetanus (lockjaw), diphtheria, and pertussis (whooping cough) and is usually given around the age of 11, although it can be given as early as seven years of age.

In order for your child to begin 7th grade you will need to submit a copy of your child’s immunization record showing the Tdap vaccine before the first day of school on August 25, 2020.  It is recommended that all paperwork is submitted to Sangster's office by June 12, 2020.

NOTE: After June 12th, 2020, T-dap Documentation will need to be delivered directly to Lake Braddock MS or Irving MS.

 

Kindergarten Orientation

There will be a Kindergarten Orientation for both parents and students at Sangster Elementary School on Wednesday, April 1st at 6PM.  We encourage parents to schedule a registration appointment prior to the Orientation.  Please call 703-644-8203 or email mthoelscher@fcps.edu for an appointment.  Please share this information with any parent of a rising Kindergarten child in your neighborhood that may not have a child currently at Sangster.

 

Yearbook Orders - Nearing Final Call

You can order Sangster yearbooks online at https://ybpay.lifetouch.com using Yearbook ID code 13246520.  LAST CHANCE to place your order online is April 25, 2020.

 

  Positivity Project - Week of March 16th

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.

 

This Upcoming Week's Character Strength:     Love of Learning

Next Week's Character Strength:     Fairness

 

 

Our Parent Teacher Association (PTA) meetings are usually held the second Thursday of every month.  Our next meeting is Thursday, April 16th at 7 p.m.  We hope that you can join us!

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PTA - Important Announcement

With student safety in mind, the Sangster PTA has decided to limit after school activities and events that bring adults into the school.

We are currently canceling the Reflections celebration on March 18th and exploring other options of honoring the efforts of our students achievements.

The evening portion of the March 26th Science Fair is currently canceled. If school is in session we anticipate still exhibiting the projects at school during the day for students only. Other schools in the area are moving to an online fair and we are exploring this option also.  

The organizers of Odyssey of the Mind Regional Tournament on March 14th made the decision to cancel this weekend’s tournament. Following their lead, we are canceling the 3/16, 3/19, and 3/20 Odyssey of the Mind events currently scheduled at Sangster.

The CDC is currently recommending limiting large gatherings of people in communities and our beloved carnival falls in this category. We will make the decision to cancel in the coming days.

This is a tricky, ever-changing situation and we are all doing our best to insure the safety of our students and the community. We will update you as information becomes available.  

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FCPS News: Coronavirus FAQ & Information Link

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Dear Sangster Parents,

There has been a lot in the news lately about COVID-19. This is an evolving situation and Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) has created a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) and information page that is updated regularly as we receive more information from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). You can find that information at this link: https://www.fcps.edu/news/coronavirus-update.  

At Sangster we are following all Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD) and CDC guidelines, along with direction from our Superintendent. We are encouraging students to practice good hygiene: wash your hands, cover your cough, and stay home if you are sick.

As you finalize your Spring Break travel plans, please check the CDC website for warnings regarding traveling to different countries. You can check https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html for more information about travel.

Sincerely,

Lisa M. Reddel

Principal

Sangster Elementary

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Sangster Updates

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March 6, 2020

 

 

Dear Sangster Community,

I am writing to you with some changes occurring in the Sangster Elementary office during the month of March. I have been asked to serve as acting Executive Principal for the Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) Region 4 office from March 6- April 3, 2020. This is a short-term professional opportunity for me as I have served as principal in three different schools for 14 years in addition to previously working in a central office position.

While supporting the Region 4 office, Ms. Allison Jankovich will be Sangster Elementary’s acting Principal and Mr. Mark Merrell continues to work at Sangster as Assistant Principal.  Ms. Jennifer Redford will also be appointed as acting Assistant Principal. Many of you know Ms. Redford as Sangster’s Advanced Academic Resource Teacher (AART), administrative intern, and musical theatre director. Ms. Redford has already served as acting Assistant Principal at Sangster last school year. She is a natural fit and continues to be an asset to our school and community in this role. 

I have full confidence in this leadership team and will be in touch with them daily. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have questions. I am coordinating schedules with the Region 4 office and our administrative team so that I can be at Sangster for short times throughout the month.  

Take good care and see you soon.

 

Sincerely,

Lisa M. Reddel

Principal

Sangster Elementary

 

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3-5-20 Two Weeks at a Glance

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Upcoming Events

 

March 2nd - March 6th - National Reading Week & Spirit Week

Friday, March 6th - Wear Your Favorite PJs

Wednesday, Mary 18th - Reflections Ceremony

Thursday, March 19th - 3rd Grade Field Trip - Mount Vernon

 

 

Message from the Principal

Dear Sangster Parents,

I recently had a conversation with a student about the value of money.  I began thinking about how students learn fiscal responsibility, even as early as elementary school.   Most elementary students learn the basics of money such as identifying coins and making change but will not learn how to manage money until they are older.  In our society today, many people do not carry cash and use debit and credit cards.  However, children still need to understand the value of money and what these electronic cards mean.

One way elementary students learn the value of money over time is having an allowance.  Saving, decision-making, planning, sharing, charity, and responsibility are some of the lessons taught through an allowance. One of the benefits of an allowance is learning to develop independent thought.  As they manage their allowance, their money management skills will improve.  Expect students to do some unexpected things with their allowance but allow them to make mistakes now.  Try not to rescue them with more money and help them work through solutions, to mirror real-life. Some banks also offer children’s accounts that offer no-fee and no-minimum balance accounts.

Children frequently ask to buy new things like new games, new shoes, or going out to dinner.  Sometimes children do not understand that these items are not in the budget. Another idea includes creating a “Family Spending Journal.”  For two weeks, everyone keeps a record of what they spent money on.   Items listed include gas money, the electric bill, food at the grocery store, etc.  The children write down expenses such as school lunch, soccer cleats, field trip fees, etc.  Older children are capable of understanding concepts in these discussions such as insurance, taxes, homeowner association membership dues, and other expenses.

Like so many things in life, adults lead by example for our children.  Understanding the value of money does not occur over night and is a life-long skill that children learn through examples.  I hope some of these tips help.  

Sincerely,

Lisa M. Reddel

Principal

 

Student Placements for 2020-2021

While it is still early to be thinking ahead to next year, we want to give you information about class placements for the 2020-2021 school-year ahead of time.  The staff at Sangster Elementary works hard to place students in an optimal learning situation each year.  If you have some information that would help us make those decisions, please send your comments in writing to Ms. Reddel by June 1stPlease do not list teacher names.  Rather, describe the classroom learning environment in which your child learns best.

 

National Reading Week

Friday - Wear your Comfy PJs and Bring a Flashlight

Thank you for helping Sangster celebrate our love of reading during National Reading Week! Make sure to turn in your student bookmark design for the bookmark contest (due tomorrow, March 6th)!  

 

A Friendly Reminder

Parents, please remember to send eating utensils (spoons, forks, napkins, etc.) if you are packing your student's lunch.  The school and cafeteria do not supply these items for students who bring lunch from home. 

 

School Health Services Survey

The Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD) employs school health aides and public health nurses who provide school health services to the students in Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS). To determine the quality of these services, a survey has been developed by the FCHD to be shared with all parents or guardians and school staff members who interact with the school health rooms. This may include principals, school counselors, and main office staff members. The survey has been approved for distribution by the FCPS’ Internal Survey Advisory Committee. 

 Electronic versions of the survey forms may be accessed at:

School Health Services Survey – Parents 2020: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/K9VWCJ6 approval # 20217   

School Health Services Survey – STAFF 2020: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/KDDYRW3 approval # 20216   

The survey will take less than five minutes to complete and will provide the FCHD with valuable information.  Your participation in this important endeavor is appreciated.  

 

Tdap Notice for Parents of 6th Graders

Virginia Law requires that all students entering 7th grade receive a booster dose of the Tdap vaccine prior to the beginning of school. The Tdap vaccine protects against tetanus (lockjaw), diphtheria, and pertussis (whooping cough) and is usually given around the age of 11, although it can be given as early as seven years of age.

In order for your child to begin 7th grade you will need to submit a copy of your child’s immunization record showing the Tdap vaccine before the first day of school on August 25, 2020.  It is recommended that all paperwork is submitted to Sangster's office by June 12, 2020.

NOTE: After June 12th, 2020, T-dap Documentation will need to be delivered directly to Lake Braddock MS or Irving MS.

 

Kindergarten Orientation

There will be a Kindergarten Orientation for both parents and students at Sangster Elementary School on Wednesday, April 1st at 6PM.  We encourage parents to schedule a registration appointment prior to the Orientation.  Please call 703-644-8203 or email mthoelscher@fcps.edu for an appointment.  Please share this information with any parent of a rising Kindergarten child in your neighborhood that may not have a child currently at Sangster.

 

Yearbook Orders - Nearing Final Call

You can order Sangster yearbooks online at https://ybpay.lifetouch.com using Yearbook ID code 13246520.  LAST CHANCE to place your order online is April 25, 2020.

 

  Positivity Project - Week of March 9th

This week’s character strength is Social Intelligence. You show this strength when 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.

 

This Upcoming Week's Character Strength:     Social Intelligence

Next Week's Character Strength:     Love of Learning

 

 

Our Parent Teacher Association (PTA) meetings are usually held the second Thursday of every month.  Our next meeting is Thursday, March 12th at 9:15 a.m.  We hope that you can join us!

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2-27-20 Two Weeks at a Glance

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Upcoming Events

 

Friday, February 28th - 4th Grade Virginia Studies Day

March 2nd - March 6th - National Reading Week & Spirit Week

Monday, March 2nd - Wear Your Favorite Color

Tuesday, March 3rd - No School for Students

Wednesday, March 4th - Wear the Name of a Place

Thursday, March 5th - Wear Something with Stars

Friday, March 6th - Wear Your Favorite PJs

 

 

National Reading Week & Spirit Week is Here!

Monday - Wear Your Favorite Color

Tuesday - No School

Wednesday - Wear the Name of a Place

Thursday - Wear Something with Stars on it

Friday - Wear your Comfy PJs and Bring a Flashlight

Help Sangster celebrate our love of reading during the week of March 2nd - 6th! Events will include a student bookmark design contest (due March 6th), book-themed spirit days, and classroom guest readers!  

 

Tdap Notice for Parents of 6th Graders

Virginia Law requires that all students entering 7th grade receive a booster dose of the Tdap vaccine prior to the beginning of school. The Tdap vaccine protects against tetanus (lockjaw), diphtheria, and pertussis (whooping cough) and is usually given around the age of 11, although it can be given as early as seven years of age.

In order for your child to begin 7th grade you will need to submit a copy of your child’s immunization record showing the Tdap vaccine before the first day of school on August 25, 2020.  It is recommended that all paperwork is submitted to Sangster's office by June 12, 2020.

NOTE: After June 12th, 2020, T-dap Documentation will need to be delivered directly to Lake Braddock MS or Irving MS.

 

Kindergarten Orientation

There will be a Kindergarten Orientation for both parents and students at Sangster Elementary School on Wednesday, April 1st at 6PM.  We encourage parents to schedule a registration appointment prior to the Orientation.  Please call 703-644-8203 or email mthoelscher@fcps.edu for an appointment.  Please share this information with any parent of a rising Kindergarten child in your neighborhood that may not have a child currently at Sangster.

 

Gentle Reminder

All students must be in their seats by the 9:10 a.m. bell.  If your child is running late, an adult must bring them into the office and sign them in.

 

  Positivity Project - Week of March 2nd

This week’s Positivity Project focus is the Other People Matter Mindset with an emphasis on cheering others’ successes. How can you cheer someone on this week?

 

This Upcoming Week's Character Strength:     Other People Matter Mindset with an emphasis on cheering others' successes

 

Next Week's Character Strength:     Social Intelligence

 

 

Our Parent Teacher Association (PTA) meetings are usually held the second Thursday of every month.  Our next meeting is Thursday, March 12th at 9:15 a.m.  We hope that you can join us!

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Upcoming Events

 

Tuesday, February 25th - 5th Grade Field Trip - Children's Science Center

Friday, February 28th - 4th Grade Virginia Studies Day

March 2nd - March 6th - National Reading Week & Spirit Week

Monday, March 2nd - Wear Your Favorite Color

Tuesday, March 3rd - No School for Students

Wednesday, March 4th - Wear the Name of a Place

Thursday, March 5th - Wear Something with Stars

Friday, March 6th - Wear Your Favorite PJs

 

 

Tdap Notice for Parents of 6th Graders

Virginia Law requires that all students entering 7th grade receive a booster dose of the Tdap vaccine prior to the beginning of school. The Tdap vaccine protects against tetanus (lockjaw), diphtheria, and pertussis (whooping cough) and is usually given around the age of 11, although it can be given as early as seven years of age.

In order for your child to begin 7th grade you will need to submit a copy of your child’s immunization record showing the Tdap vaccine before the first day of school on August 25, 2020.  It is recommended that all paperwork is submitted to the school office by June 12, 2020.

NOTE: After June 12th, 2020,  T-dap Documentation will need to be delivered directly to Lake Braddock MS or Irving MS.

  Gentle Reminder

All students must be in their seats by the 9:10 a.m. bell.  If your child is running late, an adult must bring them into the office and sign them in.

 

Kindergarten Orientation

There will be a Kindergarten Orientation for both parents and students at Sangster Elementary School on Wednesday, April 1st at 6PM.  We encourage parents to schedule a registration appointment prior to the Orientation.  Please call 703-644-8203 or email mthoelscher@fcps.edu for an appointment.  Please share this information with any parent of a rising Kindergarten child in your neighborhood that may not have a child currently at Sangster.

 

Reading Adds Color to Our Lives!

Help Sangster celebrate our love of reading during the week of March 2-6! Events will include a student bookmark design contest (due March 6th), book-themed spirit days, and classroom guest readers!  Look for more detailed information in today's Thursday Folder.

 

Yearbook Sales

You can order Sangster yearbooks online at https://ybpay.lifetouch.com using Yearbook ID code 13246520.  Please place your order by February 21, 2020.

 

February Monthly Updates

February Monthly Updates are up on the Sangster website’s Features Page

Don’t forget to check out all the great things going on in classrooms around the school. Click here to go to the Features page and see.

 

  Positivity Project - Week of February 24th

This week’s character strength is Enthusiasm. Those who possess this strength approach life with excitement and energy and energize people around them. This strength often leads to a higher level of involvement and engagement both for individuals and for groups. These people are often identified as early leaders and innovators as a result of their outward excitement about a task or project. People with enthusiasm and zest are happy, but this strength goes beyond happiness or pleasure. It is an activated positive energy, and associated with self- realization and autonomy. For individuals, zest and enthusiasm are easily identifiable and highly desirable personality traits. We feel good when we are energized by an activity or opportunity – and we like to spend time with people who are excited about life. Those who demonstrate a high level of enthusiasm are more likely to complete tasks and exceed minimum requirements as a result of their passion.

 

This Upcoming Week's Character Strength:     Zest/Enthusiasm

 

Next Week's Character Strength:     Other People Matter Mindset with an emphasis on cheering others' successes

 

 

Our Parent Teacher Association (PTA) meetings are usually held the second Thursday of every month.  Our next meeting is Thursday, March 12th at 9:15 a.m.  We hope that you can join us!

http://sangster.digitalpto.com/

 

Sangster PTA Spirit Wear Online Sale

 

Visit: https://www.customink.com/g/txh0-00c3-wewt to place your order

  • All proceeds go directly to the Sangster PTA
  • Sizing available from youth small through adult 4XL
  • Orders can be delivered to your home or to your child’s classroom
  • Online sales close February 27, 2020
  • Items will be delivered by March 13, 2020
  • Questions? Email spiritwear@sangsterpta.org

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Upcoming Events

 

Thursday, February 13th - PTA Meeting

Monday, February 17th - No School

Tuesday, February 18th - 5th Grade Field Trip - Children's Science Center

Tuesday, February 25th - 5th Grade Field Trip - Children's Science Center

Friday, February 28th - 4th Grade Virginia Studies Day

March 2nd - March 6th - National Reading Week & Spirit Week

Monday, March 2nd - Wear Your Favorite Color

Tuesday, March 3rd - No School for Students

Wednesday, March 4th - Wear the Name of a Place

Thursday, March 5th - Wear Something with Stars

Friday, March 6th - Wear Your Favorite PJs

 

 

Message from the Principal

Dear Sangster Community,

Every student at Sangster participates in lessons with the school counselor about how to be part of Sangster’s caring community, how to avoid bullies, how to recognize the signs of bullying behavior, and what you can do if you encounter this behavior. 

My generation was safe from the pressures of peer judgment once we arrived home from school.  However, in today’s world of technology, cyberspace has no boundaries.  Cyber, which includes all mobile communication devices as opposed to just the internet, is a growing trend with students, particularly adolescents.  Cyberbullying is another form of bullying which takes place in today’s world.

According to a series of studies conducted by the Journal of Adolescent Health, more than 80 percent of adolescents own at least one form of new media technology, which they use to communicate with one another, present information about themselves, and share new media creations.  Electronic bullying peaks in middle school and is inflicted most often through text messaging, e-mails and chat rooms.

If your child has access to media communication tools, it’s not too early to have conversations about their safety.  Here are some topics to get you started:

  1. Don’t give out any personal information.
  2. Don’t talk to anyone you don’t know.
  3. Use a secure password and don’t give your password to anyone.
  4. Be careful what you post on-line.
  5. Don’t put pictures of yourself on-line.
  6. Tell someone if you get cyberbullied AND save the message that made you uncomfortable.
  7. Be honest with your parents.
  8. Don’t click on pop-ups.
  9. Only go to sites you know are safe.
  10. Have the device in an area of the house parents can monitor, not in student’s bedrooms.
  11. The anonymous nature of sitting behind a computer can lead to misunderstandings and bolder statements due to being separated from seeing the results.

FCPS has a digital citizenship web page with many resources: https://www.fcps.edu/resources/technology/digital-citizenship-internet-safety/digital-citizenship-families.

Common Sense Media is also another useful resource: https://www.commonsensemedia.org/social-media.

Please feel free to contact me if you have questions.  As always, I welcome your comments and feedback.  You can reach me at (703) 644-8200 or LMReddel@fcps.edu.

Your partner in education,

Lisa M. Reddel

Principal

  Gentle Reminder

All students must be in their seats by the 9:10 a.m. bell.  If your child is running late, an adult must bring them into the office and sign them in.

 

Kindergarten Orientation

There will be a Kindergarten Orientation for both parents and students at Sangster Elementary School on Wednesday, April 1st at 6PM.  We encourage parents to schedule a registration appointment prior to the Orientation.  Please call 703-644-8203 or email mthoelscher@fcps.edu for an appointment.  Please share this information with any parent of a rising Kindergarten child in your neighborhood that may not have a child currently at Sangster.

 

Reading Adds Color to Our Lives!

Help Sangster celebrate our love of reading during the week of March 2-6! Events will include a student bookmark design contest, book-themed spirit days, and classroom guest readers!  Look for more detailed information in next week's Thursday Folder.

 

Yearbook Sales

You can order Sangster yearbooks online at https://ybpay.lifetouch.com using Yearbook ID code 13246520.  Please place your order by February 21, 2020.

 

February Monthly Updates

February Monthly Updates are up on the Sangster website’s Features Page

Don’t forget to check out all the great things going on in classrooms around the school. Click here to go to the Features page and see.

 

  Positivity Project - Week of February 17th

This week we will catch up and review the character strengths that we have learned about so far this year: curiosity, teamwork, open-mindedness, integrity, perspective, creativity, bravery, gratitude, kindness, humility, self-control, optimism, prudence, perseverance, forgiveness, and love.

 

This Upcoming Week's Positivity Project Focus:     Make-Up week for catching up on all of our character strengths that we have covered this year.

 

Next Week's Character Strength:     Zest/Enthusiasm

 

 

Our Parent Teacher Association (PTA) meetings are usually held the second Thursday of every month.  Our next meeting is tonight, Thursday, February 13th at 7 p.m.  We hope that you can join us!

http://sangster.digitalpto.com/

 

Sangster PTA Spirit Wear Online Sale

 

Visit: https://www.customink.com/g/txh0-00c3-wewt to place your order

  • All proceeds go directly to the Sangster PTA
  • Sizing available from youth small through adult 4XL
  • Orders can be delivered to your home or to your child’s classroom
  • Online sales close February 27, 2020
  • Items will be delivered by March 13, 2020
  • Questions? Email spiritwear@sangsterpta.org

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Welcome back Mr. Mark Merrell

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Dear Sangster Parents,

Please join me in welcoming back Mr. Mark Merrell as a temporary Assistant Principal (AP).  Ms. Elizabeth Obester, AP, will be on leave through the end of February.

Mr. Merrell agreed to support Sangster Elementary for the next few weeks because he previously served in the role of AP at Sangster in August-September 2018 when we had an administrative vacancy.  He has also worked closely with the Sangster staff for the past five years co-leading professional trainings for our staff and attending school events. 

Mr. Merrell just completed serving as Interim Principal at Annandale High School for the past 6 months.  He retired from Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) a few years ago after serving as Principal at Madison High School and working with students and the community for 31 years.  During his tenure, Madison was regularly listed in the U.S. News and World Report and Newsweek in the top 125 high schools in the nation. Mr. Merrell has presented at numerous national conferences to teachers, principals and superintendents on topics such as Professional Learning Communities, school culture, and assessments.  He currently works with K-12 educators across the United States. 

Please let me know if you have questions.  Ms. Jankovich, Mr. Merrell and I are available to support you throughout the month and will welcome Ms. Obester back when she returns.

Sincerely,

Lisa M. Reddel

Principal

Sangster Elementary

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Upcoming Events

 

Saturday, February 8th - PTA Share the Love Event

Tuesday, February 11th - PTA Science Fair Info Night

Wednesday, February 12th - PTA Valentine Bingo Night

Thursday, February 13th - 6th Grade Field Trip - American Art Museum

                                           Snow Day Make-Up

Thursday, February 13th - PTA Meeting

Monday, February 17th - No School

Tuesday, February 18th - 5th Grade Field Trip - Children's Science Center

 

 

Message from the Principal

Dear Sangster Community,

We are well into the middle of our school year.  The winter months are prime learning months. As long as we do not have too many weather interruptions, you should see great growth in your children between now and Spring Break.

Homework is a typical topic of discussion in most homes.  Homework should be a time to practice skills learned at school.  It should not make your home a battleground.  Parents can set the tone.  Here are some ideas to help with homework:

  • Start early, even in kindergarten.  Doing homework should be as inevitable as sunrise.  Children who have the homework habit will adapt as assignments become more difficult in the upper grades.
  • Try using a chart or calendar that allows each child to block in regularly scheduled times so that they can learn to balance homework, play, and chores.  Students in grades 1-3 should budget 30 minutes each day.  Upper grade students should allow for one hour per night.
  • If you have several children, experiment to determine if the children do best studying together or separately.  Remember to let your child do the homework.   They may have questions and want some guidance; however, homework belongs to them, not you. 
  • Review completed homework together and always praise your child for a diligent session.
  • Encourage your child to have a “homework buddy” from their classroom that they can call to clarify homework questions regarding assignments.
  • Keep in touch with the teacher.  If your child consistently does not understand assignments or is consistently working longer than the recommended times, please let the teacher know.

Homework should be an opportunity for your student to review skills taught in class as well as build study skills for the future.  Thanks for all you do!

Sincerely,

Lisa M. Reddel

Principal

 

Now Enrolling Students for School Year '20-'21

We are now enrolling students of all grades for School Year 2020-2021.  Please call the office for a registration appointment at 703.644.8203.  

  Kindergarten Orientation

There will be a Kindergarten Orientation for both parents and students at Sangster Elementary School on Wednesday, April 1st at 6PM.    We encourage parents to schedule a registration appointment prior to the Orientation.  Please call 703-644-8203 or email mthoelscher@fcps.edu for an appointment.   Please share this information with any parent of a rising Kindergarten child in your neighborhood that may not have a child currently at Sangster.

 

Gentle Reminder

If you are parked in a parking spot in the bus loop and buses are unloading or loading students, please do not move your vehicle.   Please do not pass loading or unloading buses.

 

February Monthly Updates

February Monthly Updates are up on the Sangster website’s Features Page

Don’t forget to check out all the great things going on in classrooms around the school. Click here to go to the Features page and see.

 

  Positivity Project - Week of February 10th

This week’s character strength is Love. You show this strength when value close relationships with others and being close to people. The character strength of love represents the way we think, feel, and behave towards the people with whom we have close relationships. Love is imperative to an individual’s happiness and fulfillment in life. Love allows us to open up to another person and be vulnerable. That openness gives us the ability to learn and grow. Loving another person and sacrificing on his/her behalf produces positive emotions. And, it helps you access strengths – and feelings – you never knew you had. 

 

This Upcoming Week's Character Strength:     Love

 

Next Week's Positivity Project Focus:     Make-Up week for catching up on all of our character strengths that we have covered this year.

 

 

Our Parent Teacher Association (PTA) meetings are usually held the second Thursday of every month.  Our next meeting is next Thursday, February 13th at 7 p.m.  We hope that you can join us!

http://sangster.digitalpto.com/

 

Sangster PTA's Fourth Annual Share the Love Event

Saturday, February 8th

Come help assemble over 1,000 Weekend Meal Power Packs going to FCPS students in need.  Food donations will be accepted at the event as well.  Please sign up online for food donations or a shift at the following link: https://signup.com/go/ETXyzMt

The event is being held in the Sangster ES Cafeteria and parents, faculty and students of all ages are welcome to help!  Parents are required to stay and supervise their children.  Volunteers will only be admitted if they sign-up online before the event.

For more information, please see the flyer here.

 

Sangster PTA Spirit Wear Online Sale

Visit: https://www.customink.com/g/txh0-00c3-wewt to place your order

  • All proceeds go directly to the Sangster PTA
  • Sizing available from youth small through adult 4XL
  • Orders can be delivered to your home or to your child’s classroom
  • Online sales close February 27, 2020
  • Items will be delivered by March 13, 2020
  • Questions? Email spiritwear@sangsterpta.org

 

Science Fair Information Night

Tuesday, February 11th from 5pm - 7:30pm in Sangster's lobby.

Do you need help choosing a project or have questions about the Science Fair? Stop by the lobby and receive help with any aspect of the March 26th Science Fair.  If you have any questions, please e-mail Sangsterscience2020@gmail.com

 

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Influenza-Like Illness

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                                                                               INFLUENZA-LIKE ILLNESS

 

Dear Parent or Guardian:

In cooperation with the Fairfax County Health Department, we are sending this health information letter to inform you that several cases of influenza-like illness have been reported in our school. Children with influenza-like illness have cough and congestion, and may have fever, chills, sore throat, headache, body aches, and feeling tired (fatigue). Illness may be caused by the influenza virus or by other types of viruses.

The Health Department recommends that you and your family members take the following steps to protect yourselves and others from influenza and other respiratory illnesses:

    • Vaccinate your child and yourself against influenza this year and every year. As long as influenza is circulating in our community it is not too late to get a vaccine.
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after coughing or sneezing. Teach your children to wash their hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds. Be sure to set a good example by doing this yourself. If soap and water are not available, alcohol-based hand sanitizers may be used.
    • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue and throw tissues in the trash after use. If tissues are not available, cover coughs and sneezes with your upper sleeve
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Germs spread this way.
    • Try to avoid close contact with individuals who have influenza-like symptoms.
    • Monitor your child for signs of influenza-like illness.
    • Do not send any child experiencing influenza-like symptoms to school. If your child comes to school with the symptoms described above, he or she may be sent home. Keep your child home and away from others until the child has been symptom free and without fever for at least 24 hours without the use of medication (i.e. he or she should not attend school, school functions, sporting or extracurricular activities, or leave the home except to seek medical care).
    • Consult with your child’s health care provider regarding possible use of medication that treats influenza if your child has a chronic medical condition, an illness that weakens their immunity, or who are receiving long-term aspirin therapy.

We encourage you to put this information into practice to help your child stay healthy and to prevent others from getting sick. If you have questions regarding this information, please contact your health care provider or the School Public Health Nurse, Julie Rahimi at 703-388-1383.

Sincerely,

Lisa Reddel

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1-30-20 Two Weeks at a Glance

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Upcoming Events

 

Thursday, January 30th - 6th Grade Parent Meeting - Search for

                                         Independence

Wednesday, February 5th - 6th Grade Advanced Band Winter Concert

Saturday, February 8th - PTA Share the Love Event

Tuesday, February 11th - PTA Science Fair Info Night

Wednesday, February 12th - PTA Valentine Bingo Night

Thursday, February 13th - PTA Meeting

 

 

Gentle Reminder

If you are parked in a parking spot in the bus loop and buses are unloading or loading students, please do not move your vehicle.   Please do not pass loading or unloading buses.

 

Now Enrolling Students for School Year '20-'21

We are now enrolling students of all grades for School Year 2020 - 2021.  Please call the office for a registration appointment at 703.644.8200.  

  Kindergarten Open House

Kindergarten Open House for Parents & Rising students will be Wednesday, April 1st at 6pm.  This is for both parents and students.  Please share this information with any parent of a rising kindergarten child in your neighborhood that may not have a child in our school.

 

Gentle Reminder

The bus loop is a fire lane.  Please park in our side parking lot or in our 15 minute parking spots when dropping students off or coming into the school. 

 

Updated Emergency Contact Information Needed

Parents are asked to update their emergency care/contact information including changes to cell phone numbers as soon as possible after a change is made. Correct contact information is a necessity in the event that we should have to contact you.

You can access weCare at the following link -

https://www.fcps.edu/resources/parent-communication-overview/wecareschool

 

  Positivity Project - Week of February 3rd

This week’s character strength is Forgiveness. This means that you accept that people make mistakes and forgive those who have done wrong. Forgiveness is the ability to move past being injured, and allow yourself to reconcile with the person who hurt you. Forgiveness can often be seen as a selfless act, but it also carries many benefits for those who practice it. Those who demonstrate forgiveness have the ability to move forward after someone has hurt them. Forgiveness is often rooted in the idea that all people are valuable and worthy of a second chance. Many who forgive have the ability to consider things from another’s perspective.

 

This Upcoming Week's Character Strength:     Forgiveness

 

Next Week's Positivity Project Focus:     Love

 

 

Our Parent Teacher Association (PTA) meetings are usually held the second Thursday of every month.  Our next meeting is Thursday, February 13th at 7 p.m.  We hope that you can join us!

http://sangster.digitalpto.com/

 

Sangster PTA's Fourth Annual Share the Love Event

Saturday, February 8th

Come help assemble over 1,000 Weekend Meal Power Packs going to FCPS students in need.  Food donations will be accepted at the event as well.  Please sign up online for food donations or a shift at the following link: https://signup.com/go/ETXyzMt

The event is being held in the Sangster ES Cafeteria and parents, faculty and students of all ages are welcome to help!  Parents are required to stay and supervise their children.  Volunteers will only be admitted if they sign-up online before the event.

For more information, please see the flyer here.

 

Science Fair Information Night

Tuesday, February 11th from 5pm - 7:30pm in Sangster's lobby.

Do you need help choosing a project or have questions about the Science Fair? Stop by the lobby and receive help with any aspect of the March 26th Science Fair.  If you have any questions, please e-mail Sangsterscience2020@gmail.com

 

Follow us on twitter: https://twitter.com/sangster_es

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1-23-20 Two Weeks at a Glance

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Upcoming Events

 

Monday & Tuesday, January 27th & 28th - No School for Students

Thursday, January 30th - 6th Grade Parent Meeting - Search for

                                         Independence

Wednesday, February 5th - 6th Grade Advanced Band Concert

Saturday, February 8th - PTA's Share the Love Event

 

 

Elementary Institute for the Arts - EIFTA

E-IFTA is a FCPS weekly enrichment program of the arts offered for four weeks during July.  Please click here for more information.

 

Gentle Reminder

The bus loop is a fire lane.  Please park in our side parking lot or in our 15 minute parking spots when dropping students off or coming into the school. 

 

Updated Emergency Contact Information Needed

Parents are asked to update their emergency care/contact information including changes to cell phone numbers as soon as possible after a change is made. Correct contact information is a necessity in the event that we should have to contact you.

You can access weCare at the following link -

https://www.fcps.edu/resources/parent-communication-overview/wecareschool

 

January Monthly Updates

January Monthly Updates are up on the Sangster website’s Features Page

Don’t forget to check out all the great things going on in classrooms around the school. Click here to go to the Features page and see.

 

Yearbook Sales

You can order Sangster yearbooks online at https://ybpay.lifetouch.com using Yearbook ID code 13246520.  Please place your order by February 21, 2020.

 

  Positivity Project - Week of January 27th

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

 

This Upcoming Week's Character Strength:     Other People Matter Mindset with an emphasis on cheering others’ successes

 

Next Week's Positivity Project Focus:     Forgiveness

 

 

Our Parent Teacher Association (PTA) meetings are usually held the second Thursday of every month.  Our next meeting isThursday, February 13th at 7 p.m.  We hope that you can join us!

http://sangster.digitalpto.com/

 

Sangster PTA's Fourth Annual Share the Love Event

Saturday, February 8th

Come help assemble over 1,000 Weekend Meal Power Packs going to FCPS students in need.  Food donations will be accepted at the event as well.  Please sign up online for food donations or a shift at the following link: https://signup.com/go/ETXyzMt

The event is being held in the Sangster ES Cafeteria and parents, faculty and students of all ages are welcome to help!  Parents are required to stay and supervise their children.  Volunteers will only be admitted if they sign-up online before the event.

For more information, please see the flyer  here.

 

PTA Directory Sales

If you have purchased a PTA School Directory, you should have received it in December before break.  If you are still interested in purchasing one, please follow this link:

https://forms.gle/Uva7x5KMje4W76eEA

Any questions should be emailed to:

directory@sangsterpta.org

 

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1-16-20 Two Weeks at a Glance

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Upcoming Events

 

Monday, January 20th - No School

Wednesday, January 22nd - Panera Fundraiser (see below for details)

Wednesday, January 22nd - PTA Science Fair Information Session

Monday & Tuesday, January 27th & 28th - No School for Students

Thursday, January 30th - 6th Grade Parent Meeting - Search for

                                         Independence

 

 

Message from the Principal

Dear Sangster Community,

Happy New Year!  Hope you all had a wonderful time with family and friends over the winter holidays and our snow day last week.  We have all returned from the two-week vacation energized with a renewed sense of purpose and dedication.  It's amazing what a few days of vacation will do for us all. 

New Year’s resolutions seem like a great way to take stock of the previous year and set goals for the next one.  I hope that among your New Year's resolutions is a resolve to spend some time each day reading and/or writing with your children.  Setting aside as little as fifteen minutes per day can have a very positive effect on their academic achievement.  Reading aloud to younger children helps model reading strategies, invites them into the world of books and prepares them for their own future reading endeavors.  Reading aloud to older students helps to improve their current reading capabilities.  Setting an example of writing and reading yourself lets your children know that you value and believe these are important life-long skills.  A New Year's resolution to share literacy with your children is one that you will not regret. 

We continue to appreciate your support and all the time you spend with your children to reinforce the importance of their education.  It makes a tremendous difference to your children when they know that their progress and effort is important to you.

Happy New Year!

Sincerely,

Lisa M. Reddel

Principal

 

Gentle Reminder

The bus loop is a fire lane.  Please park in our side parking lot or in our 15 minute parking spots when dropping students off or coming into the school. 

 

Updated Emergency Contact Information Needed

Parents are asked to update their emergency care/contact information including changes to cell phone numbers as soon as possible after a change is made. Correct contact information is a necessity in the event that we should have to contact you.

You can access weCare at the following link -

https://www.fcps.edu/resources/parent-communication-overview/wecareschool

 

January Monthly Updates

January Monthly Updates are up on the Sangster website’s Features Page

Don’t forget to check out all the great things going on in classrooms around the school. Click here to go to the Features page and see.

 

Yearbook Sales

You can order Sangster yearbooks online at https://ybpay.lifetouch.com using Yearbook ID code 13246520.  Please place your order by February 21, 2020.

 

  Positivity Project - Week of January 21st

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.

 

This Upcoming Week's Character Strength:     Perseverance

 

Next Week's Positivity Project Focus:     Other People Matter Mindset with an emphasis on cheering others’ successes

 

 

Our Parent Teacher Association (PTA) meetings are usually held the second Thursday of every month.  Our next meeting isThursday, February 13th at 7 p.m.  We hope that you can join us!

http://sangster.digitalpto.com/

 

Science Fair Information Night

Wednesday, January 22nd from 5pm - 7:30pm in Sangster's lobby.

Do you need help choosing a project or have questions about the Science Fair? Stop by the lobby and receive help with any aspect of the March 26th Science Fair.  If you have any questions, please e-mail Sangsterscience2020@gmail.com

 

PTA Directory Sales

If you have purchased a PTA School Directory, you should have received it in December before break.  If you are still interested in purchasing one, please follow this link:

https://forms.gle/Uva7x5KMje4W76eEA

Any questions should be emailed to:

directory@sangsterpta.org

 

PTA Fundraisers

Jan. 22nd, 4-8 pm - Panera.  6230 W Rolling Rd.  Please mention Sangster Elementary School.

 

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Upcoming Events

 

Thursday, January 9th - PTA Meeting

Friday, January 10th - 6th Grade Field Trip - American Art Museum

Monday, January 13th - MS Curriculum Night at LBSS - Snow Date

Wednesday, January 15th - 4th Grade Winter Strings Concert

Wednesday, January 15th - Rising 7th Graders Curriculum Night at Irving MS

Monday, January 20th - No School

Wednesday, January 22nd - PTA Science Fair Information Session

Monday & Tuesday, January 27th & 28th - No School for Students

 

 

Gentle Reminder

The bus loop is a fire lane.  Please park in our side parking lot or in our 15 minute parking spots when dropping students off or coming into the school. 

 

Rising 7th Graders Curriculum Night at Irving Middle School

January 15th from 6:30-8:30 p.m.is Curriculum Night at Irving Middle School for rising 7th graders. Please click here for a list of sessions offered throughout the evening. Please select the sessions that apply to your student or visit elective classes you would like to learn more about. Students are welcome to attend!

 

Yearbook Sales

You can order Sangster yearbooks online at https://ybpay.lifetouch.com using Yearbook ID code 13246520.  Please place your order by February 21, 2020.

 

Rising 7th Graders Curriculum Night at Lake Braddock SS and Course Selection

Snow Date: January 13: Curriculum Night

 

This is the time to hear about the courses offered at Lake Braddock and have time to speak to Teachers about their classes.

We will break the night into two sessions:

  • 6:30-7:15 PM
    • Parents report to the Cafeteria for a Curriculum Presentation
    • Students report to the Little Theatre for a Class of 2026 Pep Rally
  • 7:15-8:30 PM Curriculum Fair in the Gym

Friday, January 17: Course Selection Presentation for Students

This is the time middle school counselors will visit the Sangster and provide students with the information they will need to complete their course selection sheet. This event will take place during the school day and is for students only.

 

Advanced Academic Program Level IV Referral Deadline – January 9, 2020

This is a friendly reminder that the deadline for referring students in Grades 2-7 for AAP full-time Level IV consideration is due no later than January 9, 2020.  Parents are welcome to submit early, but no late referrals will be accepted.  We advise parents not to wait for pending abilities test scores if they would like their student screened. While the Grade 2 screening pool casts a starting point for screening some students, test scores are only one factor in the eligibility decision. If you would like more information about Level IV AAP services or the screening process for Level IV, there are two parent presentations available on the AAP public website  that have the same information that was shared at our local school information meetings. The Level IV Referral Form and Parent Questionnaire can be also be found on the AAP public website. Referrals can be submitted to the Advanced Academic Resource Teacher, Jennifer Redford, at any time up through January 9.  Referrals can be dropped off at the front office by 4 PM (Attn: Jennifer Redford) or sent via email (jaredford@fcps.edu).

 

  Positivity Project - Week of January 13th

This week’s character strength is Prudence. This means that you plan for the future and achieve your goals by making careful everyday choices. 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.

 

This Upcoming Week's Character Strength:     Prudence

 

Next Week's Positivity Project Focus:     Perseverance

 

 

Our Parent Teacher Association (PTA) meetings are usually held the second Thursday of every month.  Our next meeting is tonight, Thursday, January 9th at 7 p.m.  We hope that you can join us!

http://sangster.digitalpto.com/

 

Science Fair Information Night

Wednesday, January 22nd from 5pm - 7:30pm in Sangster's lobby.

Do you need help choosing a project or have questions about the Science Fair? Stop by the lobby and receive help with any aspect of the March 26th Science Fair.  If you have any questions, please e-mail Sangsterscience2020@gmail.com

 

PTA Directory Sales

If you have purchased a PTA School Directory, you should have received it in December before break.  If you are still interested in purchasing one, please follow this link:

https://forms.gle/Uva7x5KMje4W76eEA

Any questions should be emailed to:

directory@sangsterpta.org

 

PTA Fundraisers

Jan. 22nd, 4-8 pm - Panera.  6230 W Rolling Rd.  Please mention Sangster Elementary School.

 

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Sangster ES 2 Hour Early Release at 1:55 PM

Good Morning.

Fairfax County Public Schools has announced a 2 Hour Early Release today due to the anticipated snow and possible hazardous driving conditions later today. Because of this early release, Sangster ES will dismiss at 1:55 PM this afternoon. More information about the early release procedures including details about SACC and after-school activities can be found here.

Please anticipate that your students will be walking home or arriving at their bus stop two hours earlier than the regular schedule. All other regular dismissal procedures will remain in place at Sangster ES.

Our staff will be working hard this afternoon to ensure a safe trip home from school for all of our students. We will reach out to you throughout the day if there are any additional updates. 

- Sangster ES

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Upcoming Events

 

Friday, December 20th - Full Day of School

Monday, December 23rd - Friday, January 3rd - No School, Winter Break

Wednesday, January 8th - 6th Grade Field Trip- American Art Museum

Thursday, January 9th - 6th Grade Field Trip - American Art Museum

Thursday, January 9th - MS Curriculum Night at LBSS

Thursday, January 9th - PTA Meeting

Friday, January 10th - 6th Grade Field Trip - American Art Museum

Wednesday, January 15th - 4th Grade Winter Strings Concert

 

 

Message from the Principal

Dear Sangster Community,

As the holiday season quickly approaches, I wish all of you the gift of health, happiness, and time with family and friends this holiday season.  I am thankful and honored to be working with dedicated educators, supportive parents and community members, and talented students.  Each of you help make Sangster such a wonderful place to learn and grow.  Please take time to unplug, rejuvenate and rest over the two week break.  I also wish for everyone the gift of resilience as we recover from the excitement and stress of the holidays to face the winter months.

Take good care and Happy New Year!  See you back at school on Monday, January 6, 2020.

Sincerely,

Lisa M. Reddel

Principal

 

Attendance

As we begin the 2020 year, please remember that FCPS has a policy in place for how schools document student attendance in order to fulfill requirements set in place by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE).  Students are expected to attend school regularly.  The FCPS attendance policy requires schools to contact parents when there are five or more unexcused absences.

Please remember to call the attendance line at 703 644-8282 or online at

https://sangsteres.fcps.edu/index.php/attendance-form

to report all absences. If the school is not notified of the reason for the absence within 48 hours, it will automatically be recorded as an unexcused absence. When contacting the school, please include the child’s name, teacher, and specific reason for the absence.  Family vacations and travel are not considered excused absences.  We want children in school as much as possible on a consistent basis when they are healthy.  If there is additional medical information you need to share with us, please contact the school at 703-644-8200.

Thank you for helping to make daily attendance a priority for your child during the remainder of the school year.

 

Yearbook Sales

You can order Sangster yearbooks online at https://ybpay.lifetouch.com using Yearbook ID code 13246520.  The deadline is January 3rd, 2020.

 

A Friendly Reminder

Parents, please remember to send eating utensils (spoons, forks, napkins, etc.) if you are packing your student's lunch.  The school and cafeteria do not supply these items for students who bring lunch from home. 

 

Rising 7th Graders Curriculum Night at Lake Braddock SS and Course Selection

Thursday, January 9: Curriculum Night

Snow Date: January 13

This is the time to hear about the courses offered at Lake Braddock and have time to speak to Teachers about their classes.

We will break the night into two sessions:

  • 6:30-7:15 PM
    • Parents report to the Cafeteria for a Curriculum Presentation
    • Students report to the Little Theatre for a Class of 2026 Pep Rally
  • 7:15-8:30 PM Curriculum Fair in the Gym

Friday, January 17: Course Selection Presentation for Students

This is the time middle school counselors will visit the Sangster and provide students with the information they will need to complete their course selection sheet. This event will take place during the school day and is for students only.

 

Advanced Academic Program Level IV Referral Deadline – January 9, 2020

This is a friendly reminder that the deadline for referring students in Grades 2-7 for AAP full-time Level IV consideration is due no later than January 9, 2020.  Parents are welcome to submit early, but no late referrals will be accepted.  We advise parents not to wait for pending abilities test scores if they would like their student screened. While the Grade 2 screening pool casts a starting point for screening some students, test scores are only one factor in the eligibility decision. If you would like more information about Level IV AAP services or the screening process for Level IV, there are two parent presentations available on the AAP public website  that have the same information that was shared at our local school information meetings. The Level IV Referral Form and Parent Questionnaire can be also be found on the AAP public website. Referrals can be submitted to the Advanced Academic Resource Teacher, Jennifer Redford, at any time up through January 9.  Referrals can be dropped off at the front office by 4 PM (Attn: Jennifer Redford) or sent via email (jaredford@fcps.edu).

 

  Positivity Project - Week of January 6th

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.

 

This Next Character Strength:     Optimism

 

Week of January 13th's Positivity Project Focus:     Prudence

 

 

Our Parent Teacher Association (PTA) meetings are usually held the second Thursday of every month.  Our next meeting is Thursday, January 9th at 7 p.m.  We hope that you can join us!

http://sangster.digitalpto.com/

 

PTA Directory Sales

If you have purchased a PTA School Directory, they will be coming home in today's Thursday folders.  If you are still interested in purchasing one, please follow this link:

https://forms.gle/Uva7x5KMje4W76eEA

Any questions should be emailed to:

directory@sangsterpta.org

 

PTA Fundraisers

Jan. 22nd, 4-8 pm - Panera.  6230 W Rolling Rd.  Please mention Sangster Elementary School.

 

Follow us on twitter: https://twitter.com/sangster_es

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

Attendance: 703-644-8282 | Web | Twitter

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