Sangster News You Choose 2-29-24

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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.

Instructions - Click Here

A Message From Irving Middle School

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: 

https://insys.fcps.edu/CourseCatOnline/frontPanel/395/nocourselist/0/1/0/1

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.

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 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.

They can help families and educators of all students, including those with learning challenges, special needs, and disabilities.  Contact us at 703-204-3941 or [email protected].

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.

Looking for a Sport League? 

Check out this GIANT list of all things sports in Fairfax County

Fairfax County’s Sport League Directory

SIBSHOPS: An Exciting, In-person Workshop for Brothers and Sisters of Children with Special Needs! 

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.

Register for: SIBSHOPS: An Exciting, In-person Workshop for Brothers and Sisters of Children with Special Needs! 

Learn About Family Liaisons

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.

 

News from the Sangster PTA

 

Quick Links

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

Attendance: 703-644-8282 | Web | Twitter

Sangster News You Choose 2-22-24

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Upcoming Events March 5 - Primary Voting (No School) March 13 - Multicultural Night March 25-29 - Spring Break Order Yearbooks on ybpay.com Order Deadline: February 23, 2024 Yearbook ID Code:  13246524 School Name: Sangster Elementary School ➡  Early Bird Pricing Ends February 23rd!  ⬅ 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 dolls will go home in Thursday folders on February 22nd) and to record a greeting in a language that is meaningful to your family. 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!

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.

Instructions - Click Here

A Message From Irving Middle School

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: 

https://insys.fcps.edu/CourseCatOnline/frontPanel/395/nocourselist/0/1/0/1

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 Humility. You show this strength when you do not seek the spotlight and let your actions speak for themselves. Humble people have an accurate (not underestimated) sense of their abilities and achievements. They hold the capacity to acknowledge their mistakes and limitations, and are open to advice and new ideas. They do not show off their possessions or accomplishments. Developing humility is associated with positive developmental outcomes in individuals. It allows a person to honestly reflect on their abilities and acknowledge how and where they can improve. Humility opens them up to new ideas, advice, and (consequently) abilities that pride, arrogance, or pretentiousness often block. Therefore, humility makes them desired members of a team.

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: Love of Learning

Resources from Sangster's Family Liaison Summer Camps!

Registration is now open for several summer camps and learning opportunities offered by Fairfax County Public Schools for all students.

Career and Technical Education (CTE) camps and Institute for the Arts (IFTA) camps will be held in July at Lake Braddock Secondary School from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bus transportation will be available from select FCPS middle and high schools. 

CTE programs are available for students currently in grades K-5 to explore STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math), culinary arts, health, trades, and business and marketing; and for students currently in grades 6-11 to explore CTE program areas, develop skills, and begin career exploration.

IFTA and E-IFTA are weekly arts camps for students in grades 2-11. E-IFTA is for elementary students who love to sing, dance, act, perform, make, and create. IFTA allows older students to select from nearly 90 classes in art, dance, health and physical education, music, and theater. Visit the IFTA webpage or E-IFTA webpage to register.

Summer Learning

Programs are also available for high school students to fulfill the Economics and Personal Finance course required for graduation, earn a high school course credit through the Online Campus Program, or recover one high school course credit in the Credit Recovery Academy

A free online class for English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) provides FCPS middle and high school English Learners the opportunity to continue developing their academic, reading, and writing skills in online discussions with an ESOL teacher. 

Find session dates, registration links, and registration deadlines on the FCPS summer programs webpage.

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.

They can help families and educators of all students, including those with learning challenges, special needs, and disabilities.  Contact us at 703-204-3941 or [email protected].

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.

Looking for a Sport League? 

Check out this GIANT list of all things sports in Fairfax County

Fairfax County’s Sport League Directory

Learn About Family Liaisons

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.

Ancient China and Kites

Ms. Ushko's 3rd grade class was learning about Ancient China. In the unit students learned that kites were a contribution from Ancient China. To celebrate the end of the unit, students used their collaborator and creativity skills in groups to design their kites. Last week on a nice day, they went outside to fly them! 🪁

 

News from the Sangster PTA

 

Quick Links

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

Attendance: 703-644-8282 | Web | Twitter

Sangster News You Choose 2-15-24

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Upcoming Events Feb 19 - Holiday (No School) March 5 - Primary Voting (No School) March 25-29 - Spring Break Order Yearbooks on ybpay.com Order Deadline: February 23, 2024 Yearbook ID Code:  13246524 School Name: Sangster Elementary School ➡  Early Bird Pricing Ends February 23rd!  ⬅ Friendly Reminders! 🛑 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, SACC, or a before-school club, please do not drop your student off at school any earlier, there will be no adult supervision available. 

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. 

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 A Message from Mrs. Augenstein:

From now until February 15th Mrs. Augenstein will be providing academic advising for students who may need support selecting classes for next year. Once students’ signed course selection sheets are reviewed, Mrs. Augenstein will work in small groups to assist students in entering their course requests online in Student Vue. You may check your child’s course selections in Parent Vue. Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions. After February 15th, all course change requests must be made through the middle school.

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.

Instructions - Click Here

A Message From Irving Middle School

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:

  • Early February - Students will enter course choices electronically in SIS. Parents/guardians are able to see (but not change) the courses their child has registered for by logging into their ParentVue account in SIS. If you do not have a ParentVue login, please contact your elementary school. ParentVue is used in middle school to view your child’s grades, attendance and additional information.
  • 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: 

https://insys.fcps.edu/CourseCatOnline/frontPanel/395/nocourselist/0/1/0/1

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. You show this strength when you 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.

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: Humility

Resources from Sangster's Family Liaison Summer Camps!

Registration is now open for several summer camps and learning opportunities offered by Fairfax County Public Schools for all students.

Career and Technical Education (CTE) camps and Institute for the Arts (IFTA) camps will be held in July at Lake Braddock Secondary School from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bus transportation will be available from select FCPS middle and high schools. 

CTE programs are available for students currently in grades K-5 to explore STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math), culinary arts, health, trades, and business and marketing; and for students currently in grades 6-11 to explore CTE program areas, develop skills, and begin career exploration.

IFTA and E-IFTA are weekly arts camps for students in grades 2-11. E-IFTA is for elementary students who love to sing, dance, act, perform, make, and create. IFTA allows older students to select from nearly 90 classes in art, dance, health and physical education, music, and theater. Visit the IFTA webpage or E-IFTA webpage to register.

Summer Learning

Programs are also available for high school students to fulfill the Economics and Personal Finance course required for graduation, earn a high school course credit through the Online Campus Program, or recover one high school course credit in the Credit Recovery Academy

A free online class for English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) provides FCPS middle and high school English Learners the opportunity to continue developing their academic, reading, and writing skills in online discussions with an ESOL teacher. 

Find session dates, registration links, and registration deadlines on the FCPS summer programs webpage.

 

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.

They can help families and educators of all students, including those with learning challenges, special needs, and disabilities.  Contact us at 703-204-3941 or [email protected].

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.

Looking for a Sport League? 

Check out this GIANT list of all things sports in Fairfax County

Fairfax County’s Sport League Directory

Learn About Family Liaisons

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.

101 Days of School, Oh My!

1st Grade celebrated the 101st day of school! 101 days of hard work, and learning. They dressed in their Dalmatian best, complete with a staff member Cruella. 1st graders completed fun activities based on 101, and celebrated their collective achievement making it 101 days!

 

News from the Sangster PTA

 

Quick Links

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

Attendance: 703-644-8282 | Web | Twitter

Sangster News You Choose 2-1-24

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Upcoming Events Feb 9 - Senior Night (LBSS) Feb 19 - Holiday (No School) March 5 - Primary Voting (No School) Order Yearbooks on ybpay.com Order Deadline: February 23, 2024 Yearbook ID Code:  13246524 School Name: Sangster Elementary School ➡  Early Bird Pricing Ends February 23rd!  ⬅ Senior Night at Lake Braddock Girls Basketball Game Friday February 9th at 7:30PM

Looking for something to do Friday Night? The Lake Braddock Girls Basketball Team is taking on Fairfax High School at 7:30PM at LBSS. Sangster students wearing Sangster Spirit Wear get in free, with an accompanying adult ticket price set at $5.00.  Our very own Mrs. Pritz’s daughter,  Sarah, will be honored at the game! We are trying to get as many fans in the seats to surprise Mrs. Pritz and to support this great accomplishment of all of our former Sangster Falcons!   Hope to see you there!

Friendly Reminders! 🛑 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!

👕 Lost and Found

All lost and found items will be outside the school from 7:45am – 6:45pm February 5th through February 9th.

Stop by and find your student’s missing items. Any items not picked up by the 9th will be collected and donated.

Please help us return lost items by labeling water bottles, lunch boxes, coats, hats, etc. with your student’s name.

📋 Check-Ins

Please remember, if your child arrives after 9:10AM, you must escort them into the main office and sign them in.

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. 

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 A Message from Mrs. Augenstein:

From now until February 15th Mrs. Augenstein will be providing academic advising for students who may need support selecting classes for next year. Once students’ signed course selection sheets are reviewed, Mrs. Augenstein will work in small groups to assist students in entering their course requests online in Student Vue. You may check your child’s course selections in Parent Vue. Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions. After February 15th, all course change requests must be made through the middle school.

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.

Instructions - Click Here

A Message From Irving Middle School

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:

  • Early February - Students will enter course choices electronically in SIS. Parents/guardians are able to see (but not change) the courses their child has registered for by logging into their ParentVue account in SIS. If you do not have a ParentVue login, please contact your elementary school. ParentVue is used in middle school to view your child’s grades, attendance and additional information.
  • 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: 

https://insys.fcps.edu/CourseCatOnline/frontPanel/395/nocourselist/0/1/0/1

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

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: Love

Resources from Sangster's Family Liaison Summer Camps!

Registration is now open for several summer camps and learning opportunities offered by Fairfax County Public Schools for all students.

Career and Technical Education (CTE) camps and Institute for the Arts (IFTA) camps will be held in July at Lake Braddock Secondary School from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bus transportation will be available from select FCPS middle and high schools. 

CTE programs are available for students currently in grades K-5 to explore STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math), culinary arts, health, trades, and business and marketing; and for students currently in grades 6-11 to explore CTE program areas, develop skills, and begin career exploration.

IFTA and E-IFTA are weekly arts camps for students in grades 2-11. E-IFTA is for elementary students who love to sing, dance, act, perform, make, and create. IFTA allows older students to select from nearly 90 classes in art, dance, health and physical education, music, and theater. Visit the IFTA webpage or E-IFTA webpage to register.

Summer Learning

Programs are also available for high school students to fulfill the Economics and Personal Finance course required for graduation, earn a high school course credit through the Online Campus Program, or recover one high school course credit in the Credit Recovery Academy

A free online class for English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) provides FCPS middle and high school English Learners the opportunity to continue developing their academic, reading, and writing skills in online discussions with an ESOL teacher. 

Find session dates, registration links, and registration deadlines on the FCPS summer programs webpage.

 

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.

They can help families and educators of all students, including those with learning challenges, special needs, and disabilities.  Contact us at 703-204-3941 or [email protected].

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.

Looking for a Sport League? 

Check out this GIANT list of all things sports in Fairfax County

Fairfax County’s Sport League Directory

Learn About Family Liaisons

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.

1st Grade Architects

1st Grade, Ms. Speight's class, spent some time figuring out how to build they're own forts! Using popsicle sticks and play-doh students envisioned and created their own fort, just like colonists had to do for Jamestown. Look at all those creative designs! 

 

News from the Sangster PTA

 

Quick Links

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

Attendance: 703-644-8282 | Web | Twitter

Sangster News You Choose 2-1-24

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Upcoming Events Feb 1 - Spelling Bee (Cafe) Feb 6 - Parent Coffee (Library) Feb 6 - Advanced Band Winter Concert  Feb 7- Clubs and Candids Picture Day Feb 19 - Holiday (No School) Clubs Pictures

Please remind your student(s) which clubs they are in and have them wear their club shirt, if one was provided, for picture day next Wednesday, February 7th. All clubs will be taking pictures this day for the yearbook. Thank you for your assistance in helping every picture day be successful! 

Order Yearbooks on ybpay.com Order Deadline: February 23, 2024 Yearbook ID Code:  13246524 School Name: Sangster Elementary School Advanced Band Winter Concert

Advanced Band Winter Concert is Feb 6th at 7:00pm in the Sangster Cafeteria. Come heat the exciting work the 6th Graders have been working on!

🗺️ Dual Language Immersion Program Registration

Registration for the countywide lottery for Dual Language Immersion (DLI) programs opened on Monday, January 22. Current pre-K students may apply for the kindergarten immersion program, and current kindergarten students may apply for the first grade immersion programs for the 2024-25 school year. Programs are available in French, German, Japanese, Korean, and Spanish. 

Parents/caregivers who are interested may want to attend an informational meeting. Meetings are held at the school site. Check the FCPS events calendar for updated information. Meetings have begun. 

One virtual meeting hosted by the World Languages Office will include general program information. Access to this virtual meeting will be made available on the FCPS events calendar and the Dual Language Immersion registration site on the day of the meeting.

Get more information on the immersion program webpage and registration page.

Donate your paper towel/toilet paper tubes!

STEAM is looking for donations for their upcoming marble run project. Please send in tubes with students and they can drop them in the STEAM room or outside the library in the bin. Thank you!

Friendly Reminders! ❄️ 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’ website is generally the first place where we will announce an emergency weather closing. 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 for the winter season. Update your contact information in SIS ParentVUE, bookmark the FCPS website, and plan for childcare if needed.

👕Lost and Found

All lost and found items will be outside the school from 7:45am – 6:45pm February 5th through february 9th.

stop by and find your student’s missing items. Any items not picked up by the 9th will be collected and donated.

Please help us return lost items by labeling water bottles, lunch boxes, coats, hats, etc. with your student’s name.

💝FCPS Cares!

The FCPS CARES Program is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story, so we can all acknowledge the good work of FCPS employees at Sangster ES. We love our Sangster staff members, let's tell them how we feel!

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.

Instructions - Click Here

A Message From Irving Middle School

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:

  • Early February - Students will enter course choices electronically in SIS. Parents/guardians are able to see (but not change) the courses their child has registered for by logging into their ParentVue account in SIS. If you do not have a ParentVue login, please contact your elementary school. ParentVue is used in middle school to view your child’s grades, attendance and additional information.
  • 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: 

https://insys.fcps.edu/CourseCatOnline/frontPanel/395/nocourselist/0/1/0/1

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 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 P2 Focus: Other People Mindset – Cheering Others’ Successes 

Parent Coffee

Tuesday, Feb 6th 

9:30-10:30am in the Library

Come connect with other Sangster parents and families. Meet with our Parent Liaison, Stacy Huisman, and our registrar, Jackie Fant. 

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.

They can help families and educators of all students, including those with learning challenges, special needs, and disabilities.  Contact us at 703-204-3941 or [email protected].

Free consultations are offered by FRC’s professionals.

Meet the FRC staff

Mary Beth Harrison-Cunningham, Manager

Mary Beth Harrison-Cunningham is the manager of the Family Resource Center.  She has worked in public education for 39 years, gaining experience in special education, school administration, and family engagement. As a seasoned FCPS administrator, she is passionate about empowering families, educators, students, and community members in their advocacy for children. 

Areas of interest:  twice-exceptional (2E) students and programming; secondary education; post-secondary options and planning; special education; emotional and learning disabilities; social-emotional wellness; behavior management; autism; FCPS IEP development and processes; and FCPS and community resources.

Lisa Milman, Specialist

Lisa Milman is a specialist at the Family Resource Center. She has 29 years of experience in FCPS as an administrator and teacher.  She is passionate about helping parents advocate for their children. She strives to make FCPS transparent so all students can have equal access to opportunities offered by FCPS. 

Areas of Interest: autism; emotional disabilities; early childhood transition; FCPS continuum of special education services; FCPS systems and structures; and inclusive and accessible activities.

Amal Elsayed, Family Resource Center Liaison

Amal has worked as a Family Liaison and Arabic Interpreter in FCPS for almost 4 years. As an immigrant, she is interested in helping immigrant families understand FCPS.  She is also passionate about assisting families to be actively engaged with their children's education and the community.  Amal is fluent in Arabic and Spanish. 

Areas of interest: general parenting, social and emotional skills, special education, and community resources.

Diana Wertz, Family Resource Center Liaison

Diana Wertz is a Family Liaison at the FRC. She has worked in education for over 16 years with experience as both a classroom teacher and early childhood administrator. She is passionate about building relationships with families and ensuring that they have access to the supports and services that they need.

Areas of interest: early childhood, military-connected families, foster care and adoption, general parenting, and community resources.

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.

Looking for a Sport League? 

Check out this GIANT list of all things sports in Fairfax County

Fairfax County’s Sport League Directory

Still feeling new to the area?

Checkout this list of places to visit while stationed in Northern Virginia.

10 Things to Do - PCSGrades

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) understands that our military families may need support beyond the classroom.  The unique challenges of military service, deployments and post traumatic stress also impact our military families.  

Operated by the Department of Veterans Services, the Virginia Veteran & Family Support Program (VVFS) offers outreach, connection, and support to veterans and their families as they manage the challenges of military life.  The VVFS provides resources on a variety of topics such as mental health, leisure activities, healthcare, and military children.  Their calendar of events also offers information about upcoming opportunities to connect with community resources.  

For more information and to join the VVFS listserv, please visit the Virginia Veteran & Family Support Program.  To connect with FCPS resources, please email [email protected]

Kids and Social Media-A Workshop for Caregivers

The George Mason Center for Community Mental Health is offering a caregiver workshop. Learn more about this workshop and register here.

Learn About Family Liaisons

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.

Sangster Students are in the Groove!

3rd quarter is up and running here at Sangster! Students and staff are moving through school year. Everyone is back in the groove of things and getting the work of learning done. Over half way through this school year, can you believe it?! 

 

News from the Sangster PTA

 

Quick Links

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

Attendance: 703-644-8282 | Web | Twitter

Sangster News You Choose 1-25-24

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Upcoming Events Jan 26 - Student Holiday Feb 1 - Spelling Bee (Cafe) Feb 6 - Parent Coffee (Library) Feb 7- Clubs and Candids Picture Day Order Yearbooks on ybpay.com Order Deadline: February 23, 2024 Yearbook ID Code:  13246524 School Name: Sangster Elementary School 🗺️ Dual Language Immersion Program Registration

Registration for the countywide lottery for Dual Language Immersion (DLI) programs opened on Monday, January 22. Current pre-K students may apply for the kindergarten immersion program, and current kindergarten students may apply for the first grade immersion programs for the 2024-25 school year. Programs are available in French, German, Japanese, Korean, and Spanish. 

Parents/caregivers who are interested may want to attend an informational meeting. Meetings are held at the school site. Check the FCPS events calendar for updated information. Meetings have begun. 

One virtual meeting hosted by the World Languages Office will include general program information. Access to this virtual meeting will be made available on the FCPS events calendar and the Dual Language Immersion registration site on the day of the meeting.

Get more information on the immersion program webpage and registration page.

WSHS & Lewis Varsity Gymnastics Camp

This is a camp they are running for elementary schoolers. The camp is this Friday, January 26th from 9-12 AM, at West Springfield High School. It costs $30 per student, as they are attempting to raise funds for the team. Scan the QR code to register. 

Donate your paper towel/toilet paper tubes!

STEAM is looking for donations for their upcoming marble run project. Please send in tubes with students and they can drop them in the STEAM room or outside the library in the bin. Thank you!

Friendly Reminders! ❄️ 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’ website is generally the first place where we will announce an emergency weather closing. 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 for the winter season. Update your contact information in SIS ParentVUE, bookmark the FCPS website, and plan for childcare if needed.

🔖Labeling Student Items

Now that the weather is getting colder, please make sure student names are in jackets, sweatshirts, coats, hats, mittens, etc. When they inevitably get lost or forgotten somewhere, if we can find a name we will return the item to the student. Labeling these items helps to keep our Lost and Found collection to a minimum. Thanks for your help! 

🧼 Staying Healthy This Cold/Flu Season

Cases of RSV, the flu, and other viruses often rise this time of year. It is important for students to wash their hands regularly and cover their coughs and sneezes. Please monitor your child’s health daily and follow recommendations for when to keep them home due to illness. Visit FCPS' Health and Safety Guidance webpage for more tips.

💝FCPS Cares!

The FCPS CARES Program is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story, so we can all acknowledge the good work of FCPS employees at Sangster ES. We love our Sangster staff members, let's tell them how we feel!

Rising 7th Grader News A Message from Ms. Augenstein

The transition to middle school process is an exciting and new academic journey and we recognize it comes with many questions. Since late December, Mrs. Augenstein has been meeting with individual Sixth Grade classes to introduce them to the course selection process for Seventh Grade, including how to explore interests and select elective courses, the difference between honors and general education courses, and general differences between middle school and Sixth Grade. Lake Braddock and Irving held transition parent programs as well.  Students toured Irving Middle School and this Thursday Thembi Rudisel, one of Lake Braddock’s School counselors, will speak to all of our students going to Lake Braddock to further review the course selection process and answer their questions.

Students will bring home paper course selection sheets this week for Lake Braddock and Irving. Please complete, sign, and return to Mrs. Augenstein at Sangster by January 30th. Academic advising will take place to ensure the forms are filled out accurately. Parents will be contacted if a change needs to be made or a course difficulty level discussed, etc. Next, Mrs. Augenstein will meet with small groups of students to add their course selections into SIS by February 15th. It is important that you are registered for your SIS ParentVue account.  You will need to have your account activated to review your child’s courses once we input them into SIS.  As always, please reach out with any questions to [email protected] or call 703-644-8200.

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.

Instructions - Click Here

A Message From Irving Middle School

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:

  • Mid to Late January - After course selection sheets are returned to your child’s elementary school, teachers and counselors will review the selections and reach out to families if they have questions or concerns with a selection.
  • January 30 - Transition to Middle School - This presentation will be conducted fully in Spanish. Our principal, Cindy Conley, will discuss how best to support your child as they transition to middle school. (The English version of this program will happen on April 3).
  • Early February - Students will enter course choices electronically in SIS. Parents/guardians are able to see (but not change) the courses their child has registered for by logging into their ParentVue account in SIS. If you do not have a ParentVue login, please contact your elementary school. ParentVue is used in middle school to view your child’s grades, attendance and additional information.
  • 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: 

https://insys.fcps.edu/CourseCatOnline/frontPanel/395/nocourselist/0/1/0/1

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 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.  

Parent Coffee

Tuesday, Feb 6th 

9:30-10:30am in the Library

Come connect with other Sangster parents and families. Meet with our Parent Liaison, Stacy Huisman, and our registrar, Jackie Fant. 

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.

They can help families and educators of all students, including those with learning challenges, special needs, and disabilities.  Contact us at 703-204-3941 or [email protected].

Free consultations are offered by FRC’s professionals.

Meet the FRC staff

Mary Beth Harrison-Cunningham, Manager

Mary Beth Harrison-Cunningham is the manager of the Family Resource Center.  She has worked in public education for 39 years, gaining experience in special education, school administration, and family engagement. As a seasoned FCPS administrator, she is passionate about empowering families, educators, students, and community members in their advocacy for children. 

Areas of interest:  twice-exceptional (2E) students and programming; secondary education; post-secondary options and planning; special education; emotional and learning disabilities; social-emotional wellness; behavior management; autism; FCPS IEP development and processes; and FCPS and community resources.

Lisa Milman, Specialist

Lisa Milman is a specialist at the Family Resource Center. She has 29 years of experience in FCPS as an administrator and teacher.  She is passionate about helping parents advocate for their children. She strives to make FCPS transparent so all students can have equal access to opportunities offered by FCPS. 

Areas of Interest: autism; emotional disabilities; early childhood transition; FCPS continuum of special education services; FCPS systems and structures; and inclusive and accessible activities.

Amal Elsayed, Family Resource Center Liaison

Amal has worked as a Family Liaison and Arabic Interpreter in FCPS for almost 4 years. As an immigrant, she is interested in helping immigrant families understand FCPS.  She is also passionate about assisting families to be actively engaged with their children's education and the community.  Amal is fluent in Arabic and Spanish. 

Areas of interest: general parenting, social and emotional skills, special education, and community resources.

Diana Wertz, Family Resource Center Liaison

Diana Wertz is a Family Liaison at the FRC. She has worked in education for over 16 years with experience as both a classroom teacher and early childhood administrator. She is passionate about building relationships with families and ensuring that they have access to the supports and services that they need.

Areas of interest: early childhood, military-connected families, foster care and adoption, general parenting, and community resources.

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.

Looking for a Sport League? 

Check out this GIANT list of all things sports in Fairfax County

Fairfax County’s Sport League Directory

Still feeling new to the area?

Checkout this list of places to visit while stationed in Northern Virginia.

10 Things to Do - PCSGrades

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) understands that our military families may need support beyond the classroom.  The unique challenges of military service, deployments and post traumatic stress also impact our military families.  

Operated by the Department of Veterans Services, the Virginia Veteran & Family Support Program (VVFS) offers outreach, connection, and support to veterans and their families as they manage the challenges of military life.  The VVFS provides resources on a variety of topics such as mental health, leisure activities, healthcare, and military children.  Their calendar of events also offers information about upcoming opportunities to connect with community resources.  

For more information and to join the VVFS listserv, please visit the Virginia Veteran & Family Support Program.  To connect with FCPS resources, please email [email protected]

Learn About Family Liaisons

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.

Decades Day was a hit!

Sangster's SCA sponsored spirit day was so totally rad! Students and staff dressed up and had a wicked good time. Everyone was looking so bodacious! 

Catch you on the flip side!

 

News from the Sangster PTA

 

Quick Links

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Upcoming Events Jan 19 - Decades Day! Jan 24 - Strings Winter Concert (LBSS) Jan 25 - Two Hour Early Release Jan 26 - Student Holiday Feb 7- Clubs and Candids Picture Day Decades Day!

Sangster's Student Council is sponsoring a spirit day, Decades Day!

This Friday, January 19th share in the fun and wear an outfit from your favorite decade. 

Order Yearbooks on ybpay.com Order Deadline: February 23, 2024 Yearbook ID Code:  13246524 School Name: Sangster Elementary School 🗺️ Dual Language Immersion Program Registration

Registration for the countywide lottery for Dual Language Immersion (DLI) programs will open on Monday, January 22. Current pre-K students may apply for the kindergarten immersion program, and current kindergarten students may apply for the first grade immersion programs for the 2024-25 school year. Programs are available in French, German, Japanese, Korean, and Spanish. 

Parents/caregivers who are interested may want to attend an informational meeting. Meetings are held at the school site. Check the FCPS events calendar for updated information. Meetings will begin on Tuesday, January 16

One virtual meeting hosted by the World Languages Office will include general program information. Access to this virtual meeting will be made available on the FCPS events calendar and the Dual Language Immersion registration site on the day of the meeting.

Get more information on the immersion program webpage and registration page.

Donate your paper towel/toilet paper tubes!

STEAM is looking for donations for their upcoming marble run project. Please send in tubes with students and they can drop them in the STEAM room or outside the library in the bin. Thank you!

Strings Winter Concert

Strings will have their winter concert next week January 24th, 7:00p - 8:00p at Lake Braddock in the Little Theatre. 

Please remind your strings students to bring their instruments and folders to school Monday the 22nd. They will need them for rehearsals Tuesday and Wednesday in preparation for the concert Wednesday night. 

Thank you!

Friendly Reminders! ❄️ 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’ website is generally the first place where we will announce an emergency weather closing. 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 for the winter season. Update your contact information in SIS ParentVUE, bookmark the FCPS website, and plan for childcare if needed.

🔖Labeling Student Items

Now that the weather is getting colder, please make sure student names are in jackets, sweatshirts, coats, hats, mittens, etc. When they inevitably get lost or forgotten somewhere, if we can find a name we will return the item to the student. Labeling these items helps to keep our Lost and Found collection to a minimum. Thanks for your help! 

🧼 Staying Healthy This Cold/Flu Season

Cases of RSV, the flu, and other viruses often rise this time of year. It is important for students to wash their hands regularly and cover their coughs and sneezes. Please monitor your child’s health daily and follow recommendations for when to keep them home due to illness. Visit FCPS' Health and Safety Guidance webpage for more tips.

💝FCPS Cares!

The FCPS CARES Program is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story, so we can all acknowledge the good work of FCPS employees at Sangster ES. We love our Sangster staff members, let's tell them how we feel!

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.

Instructions - Click Here

A Message From Irving Middle School

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:

  • Mid to Late January - After course selection sheets are returned to your child’s elementary school, teachers and counselors will review the selections and reach out to families if they have questions or concerns with a selection.
  • January 30 - Transition to Middle School - This presentation will be conducted fully in Spanish. Our principal, Cindy Conley, will discuss how best to support your child as they transition to middle school. (The English version of this program will happen on April 3).
  • Early February - Students will enter course choices electronically in SIS. Parents/guardians are able to see (but not change) the courses their child has registered for by logging into their ParentVue account in SIS. If you do not have a ParentVue login, please contact your elementary school. ParentVue is used in middle school to view your child’s grades, attendance and additional information.
  • 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: 

https://insys.fcps.edu/CourseCatOnline/frontPanel/395/nocourselist/0/1/0/1

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 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

Parent Coffee

Tuesday, Feb 6th 

9:30-10:30am in the Library

Come connect with other Sangster parents and families. Meet with our Parent Liaison, Stacy Huisman, and our registrar, Jackie Fant. 

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.

They can help families and educators of all students, including those with learning challenges, special needs, and disabilities.  Contact us at 703-204-3941 or [email protected].

Free consultations are offered by FRC’s professionals.

Meet the FRC staff

Mary Beth Harrison-Cunningham, Manager

Mary Beth Harrison-Cunningham is the manager of the Family Resource Center.  She has worked in public education for 39 years, gaining experience in special education, school administration, and family engagement. As a seasoned FCPS administrator, she is passionate about empowering families, educators, students, and community members in their advocacy for children. 

Areas of interest:  twice-exceptional (2E) students and programming; secondary education; post-secondary options and planning; special education; emotional and learning disabilities; social-emotional wellness; behavior management; autism; FCPS IEP development and processes; and FCPS and community resources.

Lisa Milman, Specialist

Lisa Milman is a specialist at the Family Resource Center. She has 29 years of experience in FCPS as an administrator and teacher.  She is passionate about helping parents advocate for their children. She strives to make FCPS transparent so all students can have equal access to opportunities offered by FCPS. 

Areas of Interest: autism; emotional disabilities; early childhood transition; FCPS continuum of special education services; FCPS systems and structures; and inclusive and accessible activities.

Amal Elsayed, Family Resource Center Liaison

Amal has worked as a Family Liaison and Arabic Interpreter in FCPS for almost 4 years. As an immigrant, she is interested in helping immigrant families understand FCPS.  She is also passionate about assisting families to be actively engaged with their children's education and the community.  Amal is fluent in Arabic and Spanish. 

Areas of interest: general parenting, social and emotional skills, special education, and community resources.

Diana Wertz, Family Resource Center Liaison

Diana Wertz is a Family Liaison at the FRC. She has worked in education for over 16 years with experience as both a classroom teacher and early childhood administrator. She is passionate about building relationships with families and ensuring that they have access to the supports and services that they need.

Areas of interest: early childhood, military-connected families, foster care and adoption, general parenting, and community resources.

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.

Looking for a Sport League? 

Check out this GIANT list of all things sports in Fairfax County

Fairfax County’s Sport League Directory

Still feeling new to the area?

Checkout this list of places to visit while stationed in Northern Virginia.

10 Things to Do - PCSGrades

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) understands that our military families may need support beyond the classroom.  The unique challenges of military service, deployments and post traumatic stress also impact our military families.  

Operated by the Department of Veterans Services, the Virginia Veteran & Family Support Program (VVFS) offers outreach, connection, and support to veterans and their families as they manage the challenges of military life.  The VVFS provides resources on a variety of topics such as mental health, leisure activities, healthcare, and military children.  Their calendar of events also offers information about upcoming opportunities to connect with community resources.  

For more information and to join the VVFS listserv, please visit the Virginia Veteran & Family Support Program.  To connect with FCPS resources, please email [email protected]

 

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 Jan 15 - School Holiday Jan 17 - Winter Concert Jan 25 - Two Hour Early Release Jan 26 - Student Holiday Feb 7- Clubs and Candids Picture Day Order Yearbooks on ybpay.com Order Deadline: February 23, 2024 Yearbook ID Code:  13246524 School Name: Sangster Elementary School FCPS Math Week

Come together as a community for students in K-8 for 5 nights the week of January 8, 2024, with delightful math games and stories - all on your own time and from the comfort of your own home. All content will be available for free directly to all families in English and Spanish. 

Through rich story-based mathematics experiences, math week offers families  an opportunity to experience  math, literacy, history, and geography in a positive way. The games and stories feature several countries including Lesotho, Madagascar, Ghana, and China. 

All content will be available completely free on the website starting January 8, 2024. To access the games, families will be able to simply click on the day of the week and find their child's grade and language. View the website at anytime for explanations and videos.

🗺️ Dual Language Immersion Program Registration

Registration for the countywide lottery for Dual Language Immersion (DLI) programs will open on Monday, January 22. Current pre-K students may apply for the kindergarten immersion program, and current kindergarten students may apply for the first grade immersion programs for the 2024-25 school year. Programs are available in French, German, Japanese, Korean, and Spanish. 

Parents/caregivers who are interested may want to attend an informational meeting. Meetings are held at the school site. Check the FCPS events calendar for updated information. Meetings will begin on Tuesday, January 16

One virtual meeting hosted by the World Languages Office will include general program information. Access to this virtual meeting will be made available on the FCPS events calendar and the Dual Language Immersion registration site on the day of the meeting.

Get more information on the immersion program webpage and registration page.

Friendly Reminders! 🗓️ Calendar Reminder: Martin Luther King Jr. Day Holiday

FCPS schools and offices will be closed on Monday, January 15, for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday. The holiday marks the birthday of King, who was the chief spokesperson for nonviolent activism in the Civil Rights Movement. The movement protested racial discrimination in federal and state law. Learn more about Martin Luther King Jr.

❄️ 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’ website is generally the first place where we will announce an emergency weather closing. 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 for the winter season. Update your contact information in SIS ParentVUE, bookmark the FCPS website, and plan for childcare if needed.

🔖Labeling Student Items

Now that the weather is getting colder, please make sure student names are in jackets, sweatshirts, coats, hats, mittens, etc. When they inevitably get lost or forgotten somewhere, if we can find a name we will return the item to the student. Labeling these items helps to keep our Lost and Found collection to a minimum. Thanks for your help! 

🧼 Staying Healthy This Cold/Flu Season

Cases of RSV, the flu, and other viruses often rise this time of year. It is important for students to wash their hands regularly and cover their coughs and sneezes. Please monitor your child’s health daily and follow recommendations for when to keep them home due to illness. Visit FCPS' Health and Safety Guidance webpage for more tips.

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.

Instructions - Click Here

A Message From Irving Middle School

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:

  • Mid to Late January - After course selection sheets are returned to your child’s elementary school, teachers and counselors will review the selections and reach out to families if they have questions or concerns with a selection.
  • January 30 - Transition to Middle School - This presentation will be conducted fully in Spanish. Our principal, Cindy Conley, will discuss how best to support your child as they transition to middle school. (The English version of this program will happen on April 3).
  • Early February - Students will enter course choices electronically in SIS. Parents/guardians are able to see (but not change) the courses their child has registered for by logging into their ParentVue account in SIS. If you do not have a ParentVue login, please contact your elementary school. ParentVue is used in middle school to view your child’s grades, attendance and additional information.
  • 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: 

https://insys.fcps.edu/CourseCatOnline/frontPanel/395/nocourselist/0/1/0/1

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 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

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.

They can help families and educators of all students, including those with learning challenges, special needs, and disabilities.  Contact us at 703-204-3941 or [email protected].

Free consultations are offered by FRC’s professionals.

Meet the FRC staff

Mary Beth Harrison-Cunningham, Manager

Mary Beth Harrison-Cunningham is the manager of the Family Resource Center.  She has worked in public education for 39 years, gaining experience in special education, school administration, and family engagement. As a seasoned FCPS administrator, she is passionate about empowering families, educators, students, and community members in their advocacy for children. 

Areas of interest:  twice-exceptional (2E) students and programming; secondary education; post-secondary options and planning; special education; emotional and learning disabilities; social-emotional wellness; behavior management; autism; FCPS IEP development and processes; and FCPS and community resources.

Lisa Milman, Specialist

Lisa Milman is a specialist at the Family Resource Center. She has 29 years of experience in FCPS as an administrator and teacher.  She is passionate about helping parents advocate for their children. She strives to make FCPS transparent so all students can have equal access to opportunities offered by FCPS. 

Areas of Interest: autism; emotional disabilities; early childhood transition; FCPS continuum of special education services; FCPS systems and structures; and inclusive and accessible activities.

Amal Elsayed, Family Resource Center Liaison

Amal has worked as a Family Liaison and Arabic Interpreter in FCPS for almost 4 years. As an immigrant, she is interested in helping immigrant families understand FCPS.  She is also passionate about assisting families to be actively engaged with their children's education and the community.  Amal is fluent in Arabic and Spanish. 

Areas of interest: general parenting, social and emotional skills, special education, and community resources.

Diana Wertz, Family Resource Center Liaison

Diana Wertz is a Family Liaison at the FRC. She has worked in education for over 16 years with experience as both a classroom teacher and early childhood administrator. She is passionate about building relationships with families and ensuring that they have access to the supports and services that they need.

Areas of interest: early childhood, military-connected families, foster care and adoption, general parenting, and community resources.

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.

Looking for a Sport League? 

Check out this GIANT list of all things sports in Fairfax County

Fairfax County’s Sport League Directory

Still feeling new to the area?

Checkout this list of places to visit while stationed in Northern Virginia.

10 Things to Do - PCSGrades

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) understands that our military families may need support beyond the classroom.  The unique challenges of military service, deployments and post traumatic stress also impact our military families.  

Operated by the Department of Veterans Services, the Virginia Veteran & Family Support Program (VVFS) offers outreach, connection, and support to veterans and their families as they manage the challenges of military life.  The VVFS provides resources on a variety of topics such as mental health, leisure activities, healthcare, and military children.  Their calendar of events also offers information about upcoming opportunities to connect with community resources.  

For more information and to join the VVFS listserv, please visit the Virginia Veteran & Family Support Program.  To connect with FCPS resources, please email [email protected]

FCPS Family Resource Center – Upcoming Webinars

Register for Free Webinars

The Transition from Elementary to Middle School and from Middle School to High School for Twice Exceptional (2e) students

Transitioning into middle and high school can be challenging for many children and their families, especially for twice-exceptional students.

Join Dr. Nonye Oladimeji, FCPS Educational Specialist for AAP twice exceptional (2e) children, as she shares ideas for families and schools on how to ease the transition for students.

Webinar Highlights:

  • Learn about the tools and strategies to help your child navigate this period of change successfully.
  • Learn about how to help your child establish and maintain a strong support system.
  • Learn how to help your student balance the increased academic responsibility while trying to expand their horizons into clubs and extracurricular activities.
  • Learn how parents and families can stay involved and keep the lines of communication open.

January 12, 2024, 10-11:30 a.m.

Braving the Storm Thank you to all our families for your support and patience at dismissal in the rainstorm on Tuesday!

 

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 Jan 11 - PTA Virtual Meeting Jan 15 - School Holiday Jan 25 - Two Hour Early Release Jan 26 - Student Holiday   Look for the Sangster Yearbook Order Form in Thursday Folders TODAY! Order Yearbooks on ybpay.com

Order Deadline: February 23, 2024

Yearbook ID Code:  13246524

School Name: Sangter Elementary School

Testing Schedule for the Week of January 8th
  • Monday, January 8: 6th Grade Math VGA
  • Tuesday, January 9:  5th Grade Math VGA
  • Wednesday, January 10:  4th Grade Math VGA
FCPS Math Week

Come together as a community for students in K-8 for 5 nights the week of January 8, 2024, with delightful math games and stories - all on your own time and from the comfort of your own home. All content will be available for free directly to all families in English and Spanish. 

Through rich story-based mathematics experiences, math week offers families  an opportunity to experience  math, literacy, history, and geography in a positive way. The games and stories feature several countries including Lesotho, Madagascar, Ghana, and China. 

All content will be available completely free on the website starting January 8, 2024. To access the games, families will be able to simply click on the day of the week and find their child's grade and language. View the website at anytime for explanations and videos.

Friendly Reminders!   ❄️ 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’ website is generally the first place where we will announce an emergency weather closing. 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 for the winter season. Update your contact information in SIS ParentVUE, bookmark the FCPS website, and plan for childcare if needed.

  🔖Labeling Student Items

Now that the weather is getting colder, please make sure student names are in jackets, sweatshirts, coats, hats, mittens, etc. When they inevitably get lost or forgotten somewhere, if we can find a name we will return the item to the student. Labeling these items helps to keep our Lost and Found collection to a minimum. Thanks for your help! 

  🧼 Staying Healthy This Cold/Flu Season

Cases of RSV, the flu, and other viruses often rise this time of year. It is important for students to wash their hands regularly and cover their coughs and sneezes. Please monitor your child’s health daily and follow recommendations for when to keep them home due to illness. Visit FCPS' Health and Safety Guidance webpage for more tips.

 

Rising 7th Grader News 23-24 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.

Instructions - Click Here

A Message From Irving Middle School

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:

  • January 10, 11 and 17 - Field trip from your child’s elementary school to Irving to visit elective classes and learn about the school. If your child does not attend one of our feeder elementary schools (Cardinal Forest, Hunt Valley, Keene Mill, Orange Hunt, Rolling Valley, Sangster or West Springfield) and you would like to participate in our tour, please reach out to Suzy Kiefaber at [email protected]
    • Just after the tour - Students will receive a paper course selection sheet. Please discuss the classes with your child and return the form to your child’s elementary school. 
  • January 10 - Curriculum Night from 6:00-8:00pm. Please click here for a list of sessions offered throughout the evening. Please plan to attend the sessions that apply to your child or visit elective classes you would like to learn more about. Students are welcome to attend.
  • Mid to Late January - After course selection sheets are returned to your child’s elementary school, teachers and counselors will review the selections and reach out to families if they have questions or concerns with a selection.
  • January 30 - Transition to Middle School - This presentation will be conducted fully in Spanish. Our principal, Cindy Conley, will discuss how best to support your child as they transition to middle school. (The English version of this program will happen on April 3).
  • Early February - Students will enter course choices electronically in SIS. Parents/guardians are able to see (but not change) the courses their child has registered for by logging into their ParentVue account in SIS. If you do not have a ParentVue login, please contact your elementary school. ParentVue is used in middle school to view your child’s grades, attendance and additional information.
  • 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: 

https://insys.fcps.edu/CourseCatOnline/frontPanel/395/nocourselist/0/1/0/1

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 and we hope to see you on January 10th.

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).

Resources from Sangster's Family Liaison

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.

Interested in 4-H in Fairfax County?

Fairfax County 4-H offers many exciting activities for our youth ages 5 – 18 and is proud to have a strong 4-H Program! 4-H is America's largest youth development organization. With abilities to empower its members in key areas of citizenship, leadership, and provide many life skills to last a lifetime. There are several ways for youth to participate in the Fairfax County 4-H Program.  Youth can join any of the clubs established in Fairfax County; participate in County Camp; partake in a workshop or contest; exhibit at the 4-H Fair; enjoy programs offered through our local schools; and so much more. Fairfax County 4-H offers many ways to become involved. Including joining a 4-H club, 4-H Camp, Workshops or Contests, County Fair, and so much more.

Check out Fairfax County 4-H Program

Therapeutic Recreation – FANtastic FUN Nights

Family Autism Night is a program offered by Therapeutic Recreation Services – a branch of the Department of Neighborhood and Community Services. It is a FREE drop-in program for individuals with disabilities ages 2 to 22 years old and their families. Planned activities provide an opportunity for the community to come together and have fun playing, socializing, and interacting with other families. Activities are held once a month during September through May.

Fairfax County Therapeutic Recreation

Looking for a Sport League? 

Check out this GIANT list of all things sports in Fairfax County

Fairfax County’s Sport League Directory

Still feeling new to the area?

Checkout this list of places to visit while stationed in Northern Virginia.

10 Things to Do - PCSGrades

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) understands that our military families may need support beyond the classroom.  The unique challenges of military service, deployments and post traumatic stress also impact our military families.  

Operated by the Department of Veterans Services, the Virginia Veteran & Family Support Program (VVFS) offers outreach, connection, and support to veterans and their families as they manage the challenges of military life.  The VVFS provides resources on a variety of topics such as mental health, leisure activities, healthcare, and military children.  Their calendar of events also offers information about upcoming opportunities to connect with community resources.  

For more information and to join the VVFS listserv, please visit the Virginia Veteran & Family Support Program.  To connect with FCPS resources, please email [email protected]

 

FCPS Family Resource Center – Upcoming Webinars

Register for Free Webinars

Meet the Author Series: Raising a Kid that Can

Why are kids today struggling? And based on all that modern science has to offer, what are the most important things I can do in raising my kid? Learn from a child psychiatrist, a parent psychologist, and a child therapist, who have reinvented the parenting book. Organized in a novel “guidebook” style that’s illustrated, skimmable, and fun to read, it’s easy to find immediately useful strategies that you can apply to your specific kid. Usable at any stage in your child’s life, this book helps parents get right to the information they need, when they need it. It’s time to parent smarter, not harder!

The authors have created a playbook that arms families with the tools needed to navigate a complex world and help children move from an age of anxiety into an age of adaptability.

Join authors Catherine McCarthy, M.D.; Heather Tedesco, PhD.; & Jennifer Weaver, LCSW as they discuss their book and take your questions.

1/5/24 10-11:30 a.m.

 

The Transition from Elementary to Middle School and from Middle School to High School for Twice Exceptional (2e) students

Transitioning into middle and high school can be challenging for many children and their families, especially for twice-exceptional students.

Join Dr. Nonye Oladimeji, FCPS Educational Specialist for AAP twice exceptional (2e) children, as she shares ideas for families and schools on how to ease the transition for students.

Webinar Highlights:

  • Learn about the tools and strategies to help your child navigate this period of change successfully.
  • Learn about how to help your child establish and maintain a strong support system.
  • Learn how to help your student balance the increased academic responsibility while trying to expand their horizons into clubs and extracurricular activities.
  • Learn how parents and families can stay involved and keep the lines of communication open.

January 12, 2024, 10-11:30 a.m.

 

News from the Sangster PTA

 

Quick Links

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

Attendance: 703-644-8282 | Web | Twitter

Sangster News You Choose 12-14-23

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Upcoming Events Dec 11 - 15: Spirit Week Dec 18 - 29: Winter Break Jan 2: First Day Back from Break Federal Impact Aid Survey: Now Online!

Sangster is missing many impact aid forms - please take the time to check to make sure you have submitted yours. Thank you!

FCPS is asking all families to fill out the Federal Impact Aid Survey. To make it easier, the form is available online in SIS ParentVUE this year. After you log-in to your account, look to the upper right-hand corner for the "Online Packets" tab, click Impact Aid to complete. Families are to complete the online form for each school-aged child in every household.

This 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 more information, visit the Federal Impact Aid Survey page.

Sangster Spirit Week! Advanced Academic Program Information

Full-Time (Level IV) AAP Services

Some advanced learners need a full-time advanced academic program with differentiated instruction in all four core content areas (Language Arts, mathematics, social studies, and science).  Students eligible for full-time AAP services are cluster grouped on a full-time basis and receive:

  • Full-time use of materials from the AAP Curriculum Framework in Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies, and
  • Curriculum that is differentiated through acceleration, depth, and complexity of content.

Full-time services continue through Grade 8. Students do not need to be evaluated each year.

Full-Time (Level IV) AAP Referral and Deadline

Parent referrals to be considered for Full Time AAP (Level IV) services for the 2024-2025 school year for current students in grades 2-6 are due no later than December 15

Link to Full-Time (Level IV) AAP Referral: https://www.fcps.edu/system/files/forms/2023-08/aap-fulltimeservicesreferralform-english.pdf

Referrals will not be accepted after the deadline. Referral forms must be submitted as an attachment via email and must include both of the following contacts:

You will receive an email reply confirming receipt of your referral. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Biberaj.

Looking for something to do during winter break? Start your Science Fair Project! 

The Sangster PTA will host its 2024 Science Fair on February 27-29. Participation is optional and is open to all students (K-6). Projects should be worked on at home, under parental supervision, and may be completed independently, or with siblings or other partners. 

Find more information, including display guidelines, FAQs, and the link to register, visit https://bit.ly/4adYuCT

🙋‍♂️ Attend Today, Achieve Tomorrow!


The weeks surrounding winter break often see more empty seats in classrooms. This year, let's nurture a rock-solid attendance habit. Every hour of every school day is a unique opportunity for students to learn, connect, and grow. 

A big thank you to:

🌟 Students who show up every day and the parents/caregivers supporting them.
👩‍🏫 Teachers who create a welcoming environment for learning.
👨‍💼 Administrators who provide a safe and engaging place to grow.
👏 Bus drivers, support staff, and volunteers who help our learners. 

If you or your child need support, please reach out to a school counselor, social worker, or family liaison.

If your child is not feeling well, please refer to our When Should I Keep My Child Home? resource for guidance.

Visit our website for more attendance resources.

Rising 7th Grader News 23-24 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, which will go live on January 2nd and will allow parents and students to learn more about the courses we offer. The site will include a synchronous parent presentation, course descriptions, videos and Padlets for questions organized by department.

Instructions - Click Here

LBMS Curriculum Night Friendly Reminders 🧥Lost and Found Items

All lost and found items will be outside the school from 7:45am – 6:45pm December 11th through December 15th.

Stop by and find your student’s missing items. Any items not picked up by the 15th will be collected and donated.

🔖Labeling Student Items

Now that the weather is getting colder, please make sure student names are in jackets, sweatshirts, coats, hats, mittens, etc. When they inevitably get lost or forgotten somewhere, if we can find a name we will return the item to the student. Labeling these items helps to keep our Lost and Found collection to a minimum. Thanks for your help! 

🧼 Staying Healthy This Cold/Flu Season

Cases of RSV, the flu, and other viruses often rise this time of year. It is important for students to wash their hands regularly and cover their coughs and sneezes. Please monitor your child’s health daily and follow recommendations for when to keep them home due to illness. Visit FCPS' Health and Safety Guidance webpage for more tips.

❄ Winter Break As a reminder, there will be no school from Monday, December 18, to Monday, January 1, 2024, for winter break.

To help make sure you and your children have a restful break, no homework will 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 2, 2024. See the complete school year calendar.

❄️ 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’ website is generally the first place where we will announce an emergency weather closing. 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 for the winter season. Update your contact information in SIS ParentVUE, bookmark the FCPS website, and plan for childcare if needed.

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).

Resources from Sangster's Family Liaison

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.

Interested in 4-H in Fairfax County?

Fairfax County 4-H offers many exciting activities for our youth ages 5 – 18 and is proud to have a strong 4-H Program! 4-H is America's largest youth development organization. With abilities to empower its members in key areas of citizenship, leadership, and provide many life skills to last a lifetime. There are several ways for youth to participate in the Fairfax County 4-H Program.  Youth can join any of the clubs established in Fairfax County; participate in County Camp; partake in a workshop or contest; exhibit at the 4-H Fair; enjoy programs offered through our local schools; and so much more. Fairfax County 4-H offers many ways to become involved. Including joining a 4-H club, 4-H Camp, Workshops or Contests, County Fair, and so much more.

Check out Fairfax County 4-H Program

Therapeutic Recreation – FANtastic FUN Nights

Family Autism Night is a program offered by Therapeutic Recreation Services – a branch of the Department of Neighborhood and Community Services. It is a FREE drop-in program for individuals with disabilities ages 2 to 22 years old and their families. Planned activities provide an opportunity for the community to come together and have fun playing, socializing, and interacting with other families. Activities are held once a month during September through May.

Fairfax County Therapeutic Recreation

Looking for a Sport League? 

Check out this GIANT list of all things sports in Fairfax County

Fairfax County’s Sport League Directory

Military Families

Military-Connected Youth Process Action Team (MCY PAT) Family Member Application

The charge of the Fairfax County Public Schools Military-Connected Youth Process Action Team is to identify the unique academic, behavioral, and social/emotional needs of military-connected youth and families and ensure faculty and staff are informed and prepared to meet the identified needs; partnering with stakeholders as appropriate.

The MCY PAT would like to include military-connected family members on our team. We encourage you to apply to be a part of our team by completing the application by Friday, December 15, 2023. 

The MCY PAT meets virtually once a month.

Questions? Contact: Meredith Ayala, Family Partnerships Specialist at [email protected]. We look forward to partnering with you to support our military families! 

Still feeling new to the area?

Checkout this list of places to visit while stationed in Northern Virginia.

10 Things to Do - PCSGrades

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) understands that our military families may need support beyond the classroom.  The unique challenges of military service, deployments and post traumatic stress also impact our military families.  

Operated by the Department of Veterans Services, the Virginia Veteran & Family Support Program (VVFS) offers outreach, connection, and support to veterans and their families as they manage the challenges of military life.  The VVFS provides resources on a variety of topics such as mental health, leisure activities, healthcare, and military children.  Their calendar of events also offers information about upcoming opportunities to connect with community resources.  

For more information and to join the VVFS listserv, please visit the Virginia Veteran & Family Support Program.  To connect with FCPS resources, please email [email protected]

FCPS Family Resource Center – Upcoming Webinars

Register for Free Webinars

January

Meet the Author Series: Raising a Kid that Can

Why are kids today struggling? And based on all that modern science has to offer, what are the most important things I can do in raising my kid? Learn from a child psychiatrist, a parent psychologist, and a child therapist, who have reinvented the parenting book. Organized in a novel “guidebook” style that’s illustrated, skimmable, and fun to read, it’s easy to find immediately useful strategies that you can apply to your specific kid. Usable at any stage in your child’s life, this book helps parents get right to the information they need, when they need it. It’s time to parent smarter, not harder!

The authors have created a playbook that arms families with the tools needed to navigate a complex world and help children move from an age of anxiety into an age of adaptability.

Join authors Catherine McCarthy, M.D.; Heather Tedesco, PhD.; & Jennifer Weaver, LCSW as they discuss their book and take your questions.

1/5/24 10-11:30 a.m. Share this event with others.

Spirit Week! It's Sangster's wind up to Winter Break Spirit Week, and spirits are high! Staff and students alike have been getting into the fun by participating in the day's theme. One more day... can't wait to see all the festive PJs tomorrow! ❄️

 

News from the Sangster PTA

 

Quick Links

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

Attendance: 703-644-8282 | Web | Twitter

Sangster News You Choose 12-07-23

GovDelivery2 months 3 weeks ago

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page.

Upcoming Events Dec 11 - 15: Spirit Week Dec 18 - 29: Winter Break Jan 2: First Day Back from Break Federal Impact Aid Survey: Now Online!

Sangster is missing many impact aid forms - please take the time to check to make sure you have submitted yours. Thank you!

FCPS is asking all families to fill out the Federal Impact Aid Survey. To make it easier, the form is available online in SIS ParentVUE this year. After you log-in to your account, look to the upper right-hand corner for the "Online Packets" tab, click Impact Aid to complete. Families are to complete the online form for each school-aged child in every household.

This 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 more information, visit the Federal Impact Aid Survey page.

Sangster Spirit Week! Advanced Academic Program Information

Full-Time (Level IV) AAP Services

Some advanced learners need a full-time advanced academic program with differentiated instruction in all four core content areas (Language Arts, mathematics, social studies, and science).  Students eligible for full-time AAP services are cluster grouped on a full-time basis and receive:

  • Full-time use of materials from the AAP Curriculum Framework in Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies, and
  • Curriculum that is differentiated through acceleration, depth, and complexity of content.

Full-time services continue through Grade 8. Students do not need to be evaluated each year.

Full-Time (Level IV) AAP Referral and Deadline

Parent referrals to be considered for Full Time AAP (Level IV) services for the 2024-2025 school year for current students in grades 2-6 are due no later than December 15

Link to Full-Time (Level IV) AAP Referral: https://www.fcps.edu/system/files/forms/2023-08/aap-fulltimeservicesreferralform-english.pdf

Referrals will not be accepted after the deadline. Referral forms must be submitted as an attachment via email and must include both of the following contacts:

You will receive an email reply confirming receipt of your referral. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Biberaj.

Social and Emotional Learning Screener - Results Coming Soon

One of the ways FCPS supports the mental wellness of all students is the SEL Screener.

Students in grades 3-12 took the SEL Screener during the month of October, providing information on their skills like achieving goals, understanding and managing emotions, establishing and maintaining relationships with adults and peers, and making responsible decisions. 

The SEL Screener also helps students evaluate their school community’s efforts to make them feel valued, included, and supported. Screener data is used to create the learning, experiences, and environments students need to be successful.

Beginning in early December, individual student SEL Screener results will be available to families in SIS ParentVUE. For families who do not have an active ParentVUE account, results will be sent via postal mail.

For more information about the screener please visit the Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) Screener webpage. For support in understanding your individual student’s results or for ideas on how to support them at home, please review the Family Guide or contact your student’s school. 

🌏 World Languages Offerings in Elementary Schools Survey

Fairfax County Public Schools is considering expanding our Dual Language Immersion programs to include new languages and school sites, and new languages for our Foreign Language in the Elementary Schools program.

Parents/caregivers with elementary school students, please check your email for a link to our survey and let us know your thoughts about World Languages offered in elementary schools. The survey is available in English, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Urdu, and Vietnamese. Please complete the survey by Friday, December 8.

🙋‍♂️ Attend Today, Achieve Tomorrow!


The weeks surrounding winter break often see more empty seats in classrooms. This year, let's nurture a rock-solid attendance habit. Every hour of every school day is a unique opportunity for students to learn, connect, and grow. 

A big thank you to:

🌟 Students who show up every day and the parents/caregivers supporting them.
👩‍🏫 Teachers who create a welcoming environment for learning.
👨‍💼 Administrators who provide a safe and engaging place to grow.
👏 Bus drivers, support staff, and volunteers who help our learners. 

If you or your child need support, please reach out to a school counselor, social worker, or family liaison.

If your child is not feeling well, please refer to our When Should I Keep My Child Home? resource for guidance.

Visit our website for more attendance resources.

Rising 7th Grader News LBMS Curriculum Fair

Lake Braddock is offering a virtual Curriculum Fair!  Parents and students can go to the LBSS Curriculum Fair Site, which will go live on January 2nd and will allow parents and students to learn more about the courses we offer. The site will include a synchronous parent presentation, course descriptions, videos and Padlets for questions organized by department.

Instructions - Click Here

LBMS Curriculum Night Friendly Reminders 🧥Lost and Found Items

All lost and found items will be outside the school from 7:45am – 6:45pm December 11th through December 15th.

Stop by and find your student’s missing items. Any items not picked up by the 15th will be collected and donated.

🔖Labeling Student Items

Now that the weather is getting colder, please make sure student names are in jackets, sweatshirts, coats, hats, mittens, etc. When they inevitably get lost or forgotten somewhere, if we can find a name we will return the item to the student. Labeling these items helps to keep our Lost and Found collection to a minimum. Thanks for your help! 

🧼 Staying Healthy This Cold/Flu Season

Cases of RSV, the flu, and other viruses often rise this time of year. It is important for students to wash their hands regularly and cover their coughs and sneezes. Please monitor your child’s health daily and follow recommendations for when to keep them home due to illness. Visit FCPS' Health and Safety Guidance webpage for more tips.

❄ Winter Break As a reminder, there will be no school from Monday, December 18, to Monday, January 1, 2024, for winter break.

To help make sure you and your children have a restful break, no homework will 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 2, 2024. See the complete school year calendar.

❄️ 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’ website is generally the first place where we will announce an emergency weather closing. 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 for the winter season. Update your contact information in SIS ParentVUE, bookmark the FCPS website, and plan for childcare if needed.

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 

Resources from Sangster's Family Liaison Fairfax County Winter Break Camps

Sign your child up for an exciting, fun-filled day at camp during winter break or an upcoming Teacher Workday this winter season! Children can learn the arts, cooking, sports, STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and more. Don’t miss the opportunity to secure a spot today:

Winter Break Camp:

  • December 18-22
  • December 26-29

Winter Teacher Workdays:

  • Monday, January 15
  • Friday, January 26
  • Monday, February 19

REGISTER FOR WINTER CAMPS

Westminster School Winter Camp

3819 Gallows Rd. Annandale, VA, 22003

P: 703-340-7268

Winter Camp at Westminster

SportRock Winter Camps

Registration for Sportrock's rock climbing Winter No-School Day Camps in Northern Virginia

SportRock

The ST James Camps

The STJ Schools Out Camps

During this year's school holidays, The St. James has you covered with Ultimate Adventure Camp for students ages 6-13. This popular program will keep them entertained so you don't have to! Camp runs 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM or sign up for extended hours, 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM.

My Gym Winter Break Camp

3yrs to 8yrs 11mos - Winter Break Camp

Children move and stay active for three hours of non-stop fun including gymnastics, sports, games, music and crafts! Using structured activities that focus on movement, play, and imagination, our amazing staff create a safe and fun environment for all campers!

My Gym Winter Camps Burke

FCPS Family Resource Center – Upcoming Webinars

Register for Free Webinars

December

Coping Strategies for Anxiety, Depression, and Stress: A Two-Part Series

Join Dr. Erin Berman, a Clinical Psychologist at the National Institute of Mental Health in Bethesda, Maryland for these important sessions to help children cope with anxiety, depression, and stress.

Part 2 Highlights:

Identify stress in children of all ages

Explain common sources of stress

Provide strategies for lowering stress levels so that all caregivers can benefit

NEW DATE Part 2: 12/12/23 10-11:30 a.m Share this event with others.

January

Meet the Author Series: Raising a Kid that Can

Why are kids today struggling? And based on all that modern science has to offer, what are the most important things I can do in raising my kid? Learn from a child psychiatrist, a parent psychologist, and a child therapist, who have reinvented the parenting book. Organized in a novel “guidebook” style that’s illustrated, skimmable, and fun to read, it’s easy to find immediately useful strategies that you can apply to your specific kid. Usable at any stage in your child’s life, this book helps parents get right to the information they need, when they need it. It’s time to parent smarter, not harder!

The authors have created a playbook that arms families with the tools needed to navigate a complex world and help children move from an age of anxiety into an age of adaptability.

Join authors Catherine McCarthy, M.D.; Heather Tedesco, PhD.; & Jennifer Weaver, LCSW as they discuss their book and take your questions.

1/5/24 10-11:30 a.m. Share this event with others.

Military Families

Winterfest and Tree Lighting Ceremony at Fort Belvoir

Kick off the winter season with holiday cheer, snowball fights, loveable characters, and a tree full of sparkles to carry you into the New Year! 

Dec 2 2023, 1:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Come celebrate the holiday season with us at our annual Winterfest and Tree Lighting Ceremony. Visit with Santa and holiday characters for a fun photo op experience. Throughout this holiday celebration, you can enjoy train rides, s'mores by the fire pit, food and beverages, and so much more. To culminate the festivities, join us as we light the 19-foot holiday tree. Some activities will be ticketed. See below for details.

Winterfest Schedule of Events | 1:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Garrison Headquarters Parade Field, 9820 Flagler Rd.

1:30 – 5:30 p.m. | Santa and Mrs. Claus photo opportunity (with breaks).

1:30 – 6 p.m Character meet and greet (with breaks) The “Ice Queen” and her adventurous sidekicks

Food and beverage for purchase

Birria y Mas (Tacos) 

AAFES dessert truck (mini donuts)

Firehouse Subs

Kids crafts (while supplies last)

Gingerbread House Contest

1:30 - 4 p.m. | Entry period

4:15 p.m. | Judging begins

4:45 p.m. | Winners announced

Submissions will be judged in the following categories:

Adult Cateory - 18+ entering as a single entrant or team.

Teen Category - 13 - 17 years of age entering as a single entrant or team.

Youth Category - 9 - 12 years of age entering as a single entrant or team.

Child Category - 8 and under entering as a single entrant or team.

Tree Lighting Ceremony | 5:30 - 6:30p.m.

* In case of inclement weather, some activities may be cancelled.

Free admission!

Installation Access Information

This event is open to all DoD ID card holders, their guests and installation visitors. Non-Military/DoD ID holders must request a visitor's pass prior to entering Fort Belvoir. To learn more about visitor passes and additional gate operations, visit the Installations Access Page on the Garrison's website.

Hat Day! Sangster had a Spirit Day last Friday, Hat Day! Many students and staff were sporting their favorite hat. It was fun to see all the interesting hats. Thanks for participating! 👒

 

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Upcoming Events Dec 1: Hat Day Dec 4: Rising 7th Grade SpEd Meeting Dec 18 - 29: Winter Break

The Student Council Association (SCA) is sponsoring a spirit day on Friday, December 1st—it’s hat day! Everyone is encouraged to wear a hat to show their Sangster spirit.  Students should be able to participate in all aspects of their day while wearing their hat. If a hat becomes distracting, the student can be asked to remove it.  Please let your students know!    

Rising 7th Grade Special Education Parent Meeting December 4 6:30 - 7:30 PM

Zoom - Click here to join

Lake Braddock MS will be hosting a parent information session for our rising 7th grade families whose students currently receive special education services. The presentation will be shared via Zoom and is scheduled for Monday, December 4th from 6:30-7:30 pm. The information provided will include class size options and how they relate to student needs/goals and an overview of the support classes available.

Federal Impact Aid Survey: Now Online!

Sangster is missing many impact aid forms - please take the time to check to make sure you have submitted yours. Thank you!

FCPS is asking all families to fill out the Federal Impact Aid Survey. To make it easier, the form is available online in SIS ParentVUE this year. After you log-in to your account, look to the upper right-hand corner for the "Online Packets" tab, click Impact Aid to complete. Families are to complete the online form for each school-aged child in every household.

This 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 more information, visit the Federal Impact Aid Survey page.

Advanced Academic Program Information

Full-Time (Level IV) AAP Services

Some advanced learners need a full-time advanced academic program with differentiated instruction in all four core content areas (Language Arts, mathematics, social studies, and science).  Students eligible for full-time AAP services are cluster grouped on a full-time basis and receive:

  • Full-time use of materials from the AAP Curriculum Framework in Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies, and
  • Curriculum that is differentiated through acceleration, depth, and complexity of content.

Full-time services continue through Grade 8. Students do not need to be evaluated each year.

Full-Time (Level IV) AAP Referral and Deadline

Parent referrals to be considered for Full Time AAP (Level IV) services for the 2023-2024 school year for current students in grades 2-6 are due no later than December 15

Link to Full-Time (Level IV) AAP Referral: https://www.fcps.edu/system/files/forms/2023-08/aap-fulltimeservicesreferralform-english.pdf

Referrals will not be accepted after the deadline. Referral forms must be submitted as an attachment via email and must include both of the following contacts:

You will receive an email reply confirming receipt of your referral. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Biberaj.

Social and Emotional Learning Screener Results Coming Soon

One of the ways FCPS supports the mental wellness of all students is the SEL Screener.

Students in grades 3-12 took the SEL Screener during the month of October, providing information on their skills like achieving goals, understanding and managing emotions, establishing and maintaining relationships with adults and peers, and making responsible decisions. 

The SEL Screener also helps students evaluate their school community’s efforts to make them feel valued, included, and supported. Screener data is used to create the learning, experiences, and environments students need to be successful.

Beginning in early December, individual student SEL Screener results will be available to families in SIS ParentVUE. For families who do not have an active ParentVUE account, results will be sent via postal mail.

For more information about the screener please visit the Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) Screener webpage. For support in understanding your individual student’s results or for ideas on how to support them at home, please review the Family Guide or contact your student’s school. 

🌏 World Languages Offerings in Elementary Schools Survey

Fairfax County Public Schools is considering expanding our Dual Language Immersion programs to include new languages and school sites, and new languages for our Foreign Language in the Elementary Schools program.

Parents/caregivers with elementary school students, please check your email for a link to our survey and let us know your thoughts about World Languages offered in elementary schools. The survey is available in English, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Urdu, and Vietnamese. Please complete the survey by Friday, December 8.

Friendly Reminders 🔖Labeling Student Items

Now that the weather is getting colder, please make sure student names are in jackets, sweatshirts, coats, hats, mittens, etc. When they inevitably get lost or forgotten somewhere, if we can find a name we will return the item to the student. Labeling these items helps to keep our Lost and Found collection to a minimum. Thanks for your help! 

🧼 Staying Healthy This Cold/Flu Season

Cases of RSV, the flu, and other viruses often rise this time of year. It is important for students to wash their hands regularly and cover their coughs and sneezes. Please monitor your child’s health daily and follow recommendations for when to keep them home due to illness. Visit FCPS' Health and Safety Guidance webpage for more tips.

❄️ 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’ website is generally the first place where we will announce an emergency weather closing. 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 for the winter season. Update your contact information in SIS ParentVUE, bookmark the FCPS website, and plan for childcare if needed.

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

Resources from Sangster's Family Liaison Fairfax County Winter Break Camps

Sign your child up for an exciting, fun-filled day at camp during winter break or an upcoming Teacher Workday this winter season! Children can learn the arts, cooking, sports, STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and more. Don’t miss the opportunity to secure a spot today:

Winter Break Camp:

  • December 18-22
  • December 26-29

Winter Teacher Workdays:

  • Monday, January 15
  • Friday, January 26
  • Monday, February 19

REGISTER FOR WINTER CAMPS

Westminster School Winter Camp

3819 Gallows Rd. Annandale, VA, 22003

P: 703-340-7268

Winter Camp at Westminster

SportRock Winter Camps

Registration for Sportrock's rock climbing Winter No-School Day Camps in Northern Virginia

SportRock

The ST James Camps

The STJ Schools Out Camps

During this year's school holidays, The St. James has you covered with Ultimate Adventure Camp for students ages 6-13. This popular program will keep them entertained so you don't have to! Camp runs 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM or sign up for extended hours, 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM.

My Gym Winter Break Camp

3yrs to 8yrs 11mos - Winter Break Camp

Children move and stay active for three hours of non-stop fun including gymnastics, sports, games, music and crafts! Using structured activities that focus on movement, play, and imagination, our amazing staff create a safe and fun environment for all campers!

My Gym Winter Camps Burke

FCPS Family Resource Center – Upcoming Webinars

Register for Free Webinars

December

Coping Strategies for Anxiety, Depression, and Stress: A Two-Part Series

Join Dr. Erin Berman, a Clinical Psychologist at the National Institute of Mental Health in Bethesda, Maryland for these important sessions to help children cope with anxiety, depression, and stress.

Part 2 Highlights:

Identify stress in children of all ages

Explain common sources of stress

Provide strategies for lowering stress levels so that all caregivers can benefit

NEW DATE Part 2: 12/12/23 10-11:30 a.m Share this event with others.

January

Meet the Author Series: Raising a Kid that Can

Why are kids today struggling? And based on all that modern science has to offer, what are the most important things I can do in raising my kid? Learn from a child psychiatrist, a parent psychologist, and a child therapist, who have reinvented the parenting book. Organized in a novel “guidebook” style that’s illustrated, skimmable, and fun to read, it’s easy to find immediately useful strategies that you can apply to your specific kid. Usable at any stage in your child’s life, this book helps parents get right to the information they need, when they need it. It’s time to parent smarter, not harder!

The authors have created a playbook that arms families with the tools needed to navigate a complex world and help children move from an age of anxiety into an age of adaptability.

Join authors Catherine McCarthy, M.D.; Heather Tedesco, PhD.; & Jennifer Weaver, LCSW as they discuss their book and take your questions.

1/5/24 10-11:30 a.m. Share this event with others.

Military Families

Winterfest and Tree Lighting Ceremony at Fort Belvoir

Kick off the winter season with holiday cheer, snowball fights, loveable characters, and a tree full of sparkles to carry you into the New Year! 

Dec 2 2023, 1:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Come celebrate the holiday season with us at our annual Winterfest and Tree Lighting Ceremony. Visit with Santa and holiday characters for a fun photo op experience. Throughout this holiday celebration, you can enjoy train rides, s'mores by the fire pit, food and beverages, and so much more. To culminate the festivities, join us as we light the 19-foot holiday tree. Some activities will be ticketed. See below for details.

Winterfest Schedule of Events | 1:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Garrison Headquarters Parade Field, 9820 Flagler Rd.

1:30 – 5:30 p.m. | Santa and Mrs. Claus photo opportunity (with breaks).

1:30 – 6 p.m Character meet and greet (with breaks) The “Ice Queen” and her adventurous sidekicks

Food and beverage for purchase

Birria y Mas (Tacos) 

AAFES dessert truck (mini donuts)

Firehouse Subs

Kids crafts (while supplies last)

Gingerbread House Contest

1:30 - 4 p.m. | Entry period

4:15 p.m. | Judging begins

4:45 p.m. | Winners announced

Submissions will be judged in the following categories:

Adult Cateory - 18+ entering as a single entrant or team.

Teen Category - 13 - 17 years of age entering as a single entrant or team.

Youth Category - 9 - 12 years of age entering as a single entrant or team.

Child Category - 8 and under entering as a single entrant or team.

Tree Lighting Ceremony | 5:30 - 6:30p.m.

* In case of inclement weather, some activities may be cancelled.

Free admission!

Installation Access Information

This event is open to all DoD ID card holders, their guests and installation visitors. Non-Military/DoD ID holders must request a visitor's pass prior to entering Fort Belvoir. To learn more about visitor passes and additional gate operations, visit the Installations Access Page on the Garrison's website.

4th Grade Scavenger Hunt

4th grade students in the quad went on a scavenger hunt adventure around all 4 classrooms. They solved multiplication problems to uncover clues about their next VA studies unit: Jamestown.

 

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Upcoming Events November 22-24: Thanksgiving Break November 28: FLE Parent Preview (4-6) Return Your Federal Impact Aid Survey!

FCPS is asking all families to fill out a Federal Impact Aid Survey. The form is available online in SIS ParentVUE.  Please be sure to return paper forms by Friday, November 17. The electronic form will continue to be available in SIS ParentVUE until January 2024. 

Completing this form for each school-aged child in every household 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 more information, watch this video and visit the Federal Impact Aid Survey page. 

Need to Register for ParentVUE?

Learn how to activate your SISParentVUE account, so you can easily submit your survey.  

Technical support for using ParentVUE or completing the survey online is available by submitting a Parent Support Request ticket. Select SISParent in the Application dropdown menu and enter Federal Impact Aid Survey under Issue Description. Or, call the Parent Technology Help Desk at 833-921-3277 (833-921-FCPS).

FLE Parent Preview Night: Grades 4-6

Dear Parents/Guardians of Students in Grades 4-6:

Students in grades 4-6 participate in Family Life Education (FLE) instruction through their classroom teacher.   Students in grades 4-6 receive instruction in a human growth and development unit and an emotional and social health unit.  For more information about the FCPS Family Life Education program, please see the detailed grade-level program descriptions at https://www.fcps.edu/academics/elementary-family-life-education-fle.

In addition, grade level-specific curriculum lessons are available for review in multiple locations.

  • Online in Schoology - includes lessons and media titles that FCPS has streaming rights for. Any additional media or book titles that are not streamed are available at your child’s school library.
    • Parents/guardians login to Schoology using the same username and password as their Student Information System (SIS) Parent account.
  • Your child’s school. Please contact the school to schedule a time to review lessons and/or media.
  • City of Fairfax Regional Library – lessons only. Media is not available.

You are invited to attend a virtual evening opportunity to preview the Family Life Education media and lessons and to talk with school staff about the FLE curriculum pertaining to your child’s grade level. Sangster’s FLE Grades 4 – 6 Parent Preview Night will be held on Tuesday, November 28th at 6:30PM.

Parents/guardians who do not wish to have their child participate in FLE instruction may choose to opt their child out of any or all of the lessons. If you would like to opt your child out of one or more lessons, you may access and print the opt out forms online at https://www.fcps.edu/academics/elementary-family-life-education-fle. If you have already indicated your desire to opt your child out of FLE lessons by using the form provided earlier in the school year, you do not need to complete another form.

An alternative non-FLE health instructional program is provided for students who do not take part in FLE instruction, and every effort is made to foster understanding and respect for family choices and to avoid peer pressure for or against participation in the program.

This year, students in Grades 5 and 6 will participate five (5) different Human Growth and Development (HGD) lessons, daily, from December 11th – December 15th, 2023.  The one day 4th Grade HGD lesson will occur on Tuesday, December 12, 2023. Your child’s teacher will be in touch prior to the Emotional and Social Health lessons, which will all be administered in the Spring of 2024.

Please contact your child’s teacher if you have any questions.

Sincerely,

Ms. Jankovich

Rising 7th Grade Special Education Parent Meeting December 4 6:30 - 7:30 PM

Zoom - Click here to join

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.

Friendly Reminders 🔖Labeling Student Items

Now that the weather is getting colder, please make sure student names are in jackets, sweatshirts, coats, hats, mittens, etc. When they inevitably get lost or forgotten somewhere, if we can find a name we will return the item to the student. Labeling these items helps to keep our Lost and Found collection to a minimum. Thanks for your help! 

🧼 Staying Healthy This Cold/Flu Season

Cases of RSV, the flu, and other viruses often rise this time of year. It is important for students to wash their hands regularly and cover their coughs and sneezes. Please monitor your child’s health daily and follow recommendations for when to keep them home due to illness. Visit FCPS' Health and Safety Guidance webpage for more tips.

🦃 Thanksgiving Holiday

Schools and offices will be closed Wednesday, November 22, through Friday, November 24. Classes will resume on Monday, November 27. See the complete school year calendar.

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 P2 Focus: Gratitude- Week 2

Resources from Sangster's Family Liaison

Fairfax County Winter Break Camps

Sign your child up for an exciting, fun-filled day at camp during winter break or an upcoming Teacher Workday this winter season! Children can learn the arts, cooking, sports, STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and more. Don’t miss the opportunity to secure a spot today:

Winter Break Camp:

  • December 18-22
  • December 26-29

Winter Teacher Workdays:

  • Monday, January 15
  • Friday, January 26
  • Monday, February 19

REGISTER FOR WINTER CAMPS

Westminster School Winter Camp

3819 Gallows Rd. Annandale, VA, 22003

P: 703-340-7268

Winter Camp at Westminster

SportRock Winter Camps

Registration for Sportrock's rock climbing Winter No-School Day Camps in Northern Virginia

SportRock

The ST James Camps

The STJ Schools Out Camps

During this year's school holidays, The St. James has you covered with Ultimate Adventure Camp for students ages 6-13. This popular program will keep them entertained so you don't have to! Camp runs 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM or sign up for extended hours, 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM.

My Gym Winter Break Camp

3yrs to 8yrs 11mos - Winter Break Camp

Children move and stay active for three hours of non-stop fun including gymnastics, sports, games, music and crafts! Using structured activities that focus on movement, play, and imagination, our amazing staff create a safe and fun environment for all campers!

My Gym Winter Camps Burke

 

FCPS Family Resource Center – Upcoming Webinars

Register for Free Webinars

December

Coping Strategies for Anxiety, Depression, and Stress: A Two-Part Series

Join Dr. Erin Berman, a Clinical Psychologist at the National Institute of Mental Health in Bethesda, Maryland for these important sessions to help children cope with anxiety, depression, and stress.

Part 2 Highlights:

Identify stress in children of all ages

Explain common sources of stress

Provide strategies for lowering stress levels so that all caregivers can benefit

NEW DATE Part 2: 12/12/23 10-11:30 a.m Share this event with others.

January

Meet the Author Series: Raising a Kid that Can

Why are kids today struggling? And based on all that modern science has to offer, what are the most important things I can do in raising my kid? Learn from a child psychiatrist, a parent psychologist, and a child therapist, who have reinvented the parenting book. Organized in a novel “guidebook” style that’s illustrated, skimmable, and fun to read, it’s easy to find immediately useful strategies that you can apply to your specific kid. Usable at any stage in your child’s life, this book helps parents get right to the information they need, when they need it. It’s time to parent smarter, not harder!

The authors have created a playbook that arms families with the tools needed to navigate a complex world and help children move from an age of anxiety into an age of adaptability.

Join authors Catherine McCarthy, M.D.; Heather Tedesco, PhD.; & Jennifer Weaver, LCSW as they discuss their book and take your questions.

1/5/24 10-11:30 a.m. Share this event with others.

 

Military Families

Winterfest and Tree Lighting Ceremony at Fort Belvoir

Kick off the winter season with holiday cheer, snowball fights, loveable characters, and a tree full of sparkles to carry you into the New Year! 

Dec 2 2023, 1:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Come celebrate the holiday season with us at our annual Winterfest and Tree Lighting Ceremony. Visit with Santa and holiday characters for a fun photo op experience. Throughout this holiday celebration, you can enjoy train rides, s'mores by the fire pit, food and beverages, and so much more. To culminate the festivities, join us as we light the 19-foot holiday tree. Some activities will be ticketed. See below for details.

Winterfest Schedule of Events | 1:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Garrison Headquarters Parade Field, 9820 Flagler Rd.

1:30 – 5:30 p.m. | Santa and Mrs. Claus photo opportunity (with breaks).

1:30 – 6 p.m Character meet and greet (with breaks) The “Ice Queen” and her adventurous sidekicks

Food and beverage for purchase

Birria y Mas (Tacos) 

AAFES dessert truck (mini donuts)

Firehouse Subs

Kids crafts (while supplies last)

Gingerbread House Contest

1:30 - 4 p.m. | Entry period

4:15 p.m. | Judging begins

4:45 p.m. | Winners announced

Submissions will be judged in the following categories:

Adult Cateory - 18+ entering as a single entrant or team.

Teen Category - 13 - 17 years of age entering as a single entrant or team.

Youth Category - 9 - 12 years of age entering as a single entrant or team.

Child Category - 8 and under entering as a single entrant or team.

Tree Lighting Ceremony | 5:30 - 6:30p.m.

* In case of inclement weather, some activities may be cancelled.

Free admission!

Installation Access Information

This event is open to all DoD ID card holders, their guests and installation visitors. Non-Military/DoD ID holders must request a visitor's pass prior to entering Fort Belvoir. To learn more about visitor passes and additional gate operations, visit the Installations Access Page on the Garrison's website.

Math Night

Sangster had it annual Math Night on Tuesday and Wednesday. It's always a fun night filled with the magic of math and thought provoking activities. Many of our Sangster families came out to enjoy the festivities. Thank you to all Sangster teachers and staff who made Math Night a success! 

 

News from the Sangster PTA

 

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Attendance: 703-644-8282 | Web | Twitter

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