01-14-20 Two Weeks At a Glance

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January 14:  PTA Zoom Meeting

                      Meeting ID: 991 7169 4355; Passcode: 7Nt1rm

January 18:  Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - Student Holiday

January 20:  Inauguration Day - No School

January 22:  End of 2nd Quarter - 2-Hour Early Release 1:55PM

January 25:  Teacher Workday - No School

February 1 & 8:  SAVE THE DATES - Virtual School Picture Days

A Message from Ms. Jankovich

Dear Sangster Families,

I want to take a moment and officially introduce our new Acting Assistant Principal, Cindy Agner. Mrs. Agner introduced herself to the students during the January 4 News Show and is excited to share a little bit about herself at the PTA meeting tonight. Mrs. Agner, a lifelong resident of Fairfax County, has been an educator in the county for 19 years. Mrs. Agner is coming to us from another Region 4 school, Kings Glen, where she has been the Advanced Academics Resource Teacher for many years. Mrs. Agner has been a classroom teacher and is known throughout the county for her work on social studies instruction and curriculum writing. Please join me in welcoming Mrs. Agner to our staff!

If you are able, please join the PTA meeting this evening (link at the top of today’s News You Choose). While I don’t have many new school-updates to share tonight, I am always happy to answer any questions that you may have.

Thank you for all you do.

Ms. Jankovich

Acting Principal

FCPS Meal Distribution Plan for January 18-26

 

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Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) is committed to providing all students access to meals during the week of January 18-26, where there are two school holidays and one student holiday/teacher workday. The following plan will be in place:

Monday, January 18 
• No meal service

Tuesday, January 19
• Meal Kit sites open
• Bus routes will offer 2 days of breakfast, lunch, snack and supper
• Grab & Go locations will offer 2 days of breakfast, lunch, supper, and snack

Wednesday, January 20
• No meal service

Thursday, January 21
• Bus routes will offer 2 days of breakfast, lunch, snack and supper
• Grab & Go locations will offer 2 days of breakfast, lunch, supper, and snack

Friday, January 22
• Bus routes will offer 3 days of breakfast and lunch, and one day of snack and supper.
• Grab & Go locations will offer 3 days of breakfast and lunch, and one day of snack and supper.

Monday, January 25
• No meal service.

Tuesday, January 26
• Resume regular meal service.

Meals will be distributed on a first come, first served basis.

  Positivity Project Week of January 10 Prudence

This week’s character strength is Prudence. This means that you plan for the future and achieve your goals by making careful everyday choices. Prudence is the ability to do the right thing, at the right time, for the right reason. It's a future-oriented way of thinking that helps a person set goals, make plans, and have the discipline to accomplish them. It is cognitive – more a strength of the head than of the heart.

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

School Picture Days Mondays, February 1st and 8th

Sangster ES School Picture Days are here! Please use the link below to choose an appointment time for your student(s) to have a Lifetouch portrait taken in the school gym. Portrait appointments are available on February 1st and February 8th from 9AM to 4PM. More information on procedures and safety protocols will be coming next week!

School Picture Days Sign-up Genius link

January Monthly Classroom Newsletters

January Monthly Classroom Newsletters are posted on the school’s website. You can view them at this link.

Sangster Events Calendar

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News from the PTA

 

The new Sangster PTA News You Choose announcement is sent out every Tuesday with information about PTA events and programs. 

For more information on PTA activities, please see the “Weekly Email Update” heading on our PTA website:  Sangster PTA website

 

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

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01-07-20 Two Weeks At a Glance

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January 18:  Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - Student Holiday

January 20:  Inauguration Day - No School

January 22:  End of 2nd Quarter - 2-Hour Early Release 1:55PM

January 25:  Teacher Workday - No School

February 1 & 8:  SAVE THE DATES - Virtual School Picture Days

A Message from Ms. Jankovich

Dear Sangster Families,

Hopefully you received my communication this morning that due to the high rates of community spread of COVID-19, our most recent Return-to-Learn plan (Group 5 – January 12, Group 6 – January 19, Group 7a – January 26, and Group 7b – February 2) has been placed on pause.  Dr. Brabrand will be providing the School Board an update on a new Return to Learn plan on February 2, 2021.  All students and staff will remain in the virtual setting and follow the current instructional schedule and bell schedule of 9:10AM – 3:55PM.  Monday, January 11, 2021 will remain a teacher planning day. Students will log on to their class at 9:00AM for attendance only.  The remainder of the day will be asynchronous (no small groups).  The newly proposed bell schedule change (9:45AM – 4:15PM) is on pause and will not be happening on January 12  as previously communicated.  I will continue to update you as more information becomes available. 

As promised, we are moving forward with creating a 2020 – 2021 Sangster Yearbook.  Please remember – parents and staff can add photos which may be selected to be a part of the Sangster Yearbook by first creating a Shutterfly account and then by uploading the photos to the 2020-2021 Sangster Shutterfly Share Site. Then you need to access this link to the Google sign up form to share what email is associated with your Shutterfly account so Ms. Mishael, our Yearbook Chair, can grant you access to share your photos on our Sangster Shutterfly Share Site.  Additionally, at this time we are moving forward with individual school pictures.  If interested in having your child’s picture taken at school, please Save the Dates of Monday, February 1 and Monday, February 8.  A Sign-Up Genius Link and all of the safety guidelines will be coming out in next week’s News You Choose.  School Pictures are optional.

Finally, to all Orthodox Christians celebrating Christmas Day today, January 7th, may you find comfort and joy in celebrating this day with family and friends.

Warmest Thoughts,

Ms. Jankovich

Acting Principal

Sangster’s 2020-2021 Outstanding Employee Award Recipients

Thank you to all the community members who submitted nominations for the Sangster Outstanding Employee Awards. It was a challenge to select only one recipient from each group to move forward to the Lake Braddock Pyramid Level.  Join us in congratulating Sangster’s 2020-2021 Outstanding Employee Award recipients.

FCPS Meal Delivery  Sangster Daily 10:56-11:06 AM

More information is available online or by calling the Office of Food and Nutrition Services at 703-813-4800.

Grab & Go Meals Available at 52 sites - 8:00AM - 12:30PM

Grab and Go Meal Curbside Pick Up Sites

Fairfax Meal Kits sites - 8:00AM - 12:30PM

Tuesday 12/22: will offer 14-day meal kits
Wednesday 1/6/2021: will resume 7-day meal kit distribution.

These sites will also be distributing fresh, local fruits and vegetables throughout January and February. Families that pick up no-cost meals from these sites will also be provided a whole, fresh fruit or vegetable sourced from a local farm for each child, along with an activity sheet and recipe for that item. This item will vary each week, and will be available on the following dates:

January 13, 19 (Tues), 27
February 3, 10, 17

Please wear a mask when picking up the meal kits.

The closest pickup locations to Sangster ES are: 

Keene Mill ES: 6310 Bardu Ave, West Springfield

Newington Forest ES: 8001 Newington Forest Ave, Springfield

  Positivity Project Week of January 3 Hope & Optimism

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

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

Next Week’s Character Strength: Prudence

"Zoomed Out?" Webinar - Offered by the FCPS Parent Resource Center

“Zoomed Out? 5 Strategies to Get Even the Most Reluctant Kids Focused, Engaged, and Motivated: A Webinar for Families”

Thursday, January 8, 2021

10:00AM – 11:30AM

What’s a parent to do when kids are already unfocused and unmotivated when it comes to virtual learning? Ann Dolin will help “right the ship” so that parenting doesn’t feel like a grind. In this webinar, Ann shares practical, easy-to-implement virtual learning strategies for:

  • Tackling the daily power struggle of just getting started
  • Helping children to focus during teacher-led instruction
  • Dealing with social avoidance (not wanting to be seen and heard in front of peers
  • Keeping kids engaged by encouraging them to ask questions and advocate for themselves
  • Opening the lines of communication to improve the parent/child relationship

This webinar is presented by Ann Dolin, M.Ed., educational consultant and award-winning author.  Ann is the President and Director of Educational Connections, Inc.

Register HERE for" Zoomed Out?" Webinar

Sangster Events Calendar

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News from the PTA

 

The new Sangster PTA News You Choose announcement is sent out every Tuesday with information about PTA events and programs. 

For more information on PTA activities, please see the “Weekly Email Update” heading on our PTA website:  Sangster PTA website

 

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

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12-17-20 Two Weeks At a Glance

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Snow Day fun! Sangster Falcons, have an enjoyable and restful Winter Break! Sangster News You Choose Two Weeks At a Glance

December 18: 

  • Flannel Friday & Kindness Act
  • Student Materials Pickup, Front Office, 7:45 am-2:00 pm
  • Last day of school before Winter Break

December 21 - January 1: Winter Break

 

A Message from Ms. Jankovich

Dear Sangster Families,

Happy Holidays and the warmest of winter wishes to the amazing Sangster community.  Ms. Redford and I could not have wished for anything better than to be part of such an amazing and resilient group of students, staff, and parents. 

We look forward to seeing you all soon.

Allison Jankovich, Acting Principal

Jen Redford, Assistant Principal

Student Materials Pickup Front Office Friday, December 18 7:45 AM - 2:00 PM

If you have not been able to pick up the student materials for your student, you can pick them up on Friday, December 18 from 7:45am-2:00pm.

FCPS Meal Delivery During Winter Break Dates and Timing

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) is committed to providing all students access to meals during the FCPS Winter Break.

Bus Routes Meal Distribution Delivery to Sangster at 10:56AM - 11:06AM

Friday 12/18: will offer 4 days of breakfast and lunch
Monday 12/21: will offer 4 days of breakfast and lunch
Tuesday 12/22: will offer 4 days of breakfast and lunch
Wednesday 12/23 through Friday 1/1/21: no meal service
Monday 1/4/21: will resume regular daily breakfast and lunch delivery
See bus route webpage for bus stop information

Grab & Go Meals Available at 52 sites - 8:00AM - 12:30PM

Friday 12/18: will offer 4 days of breakfast and lunch
Monday 12/21: no meal service
Tuesday 12/22: will offer 14-day meal kits
Wednesday 12/23 through Friday 1/1/21: no meal service
Tuesday 1/5/21: will resume daily meal distribution

Grab and Go Meal Curbside Pick Up Sites

Fairfax Meal Kits sites - 8:00AM - 12:30PM

Tuesday 12/22: will offer 14-day meal kits
Wednesday 1/6/2021: will resume 7-day meal kit distribution

The closest pickup locations to Sangster ES are: 

Keene Mill ES: 6310 Bardu Ave, West Springfield

Newington Forest ES: 8001 Newington Forest Ave, Springfield

More information is available online or by calling the Office of Food and Nutrition Services at 703-813-4800.

  Positivity Project Week of December 13 Self Control

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

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

Character Strength for the week of January 3: Optimism

"Zoomed Out?" Webinar - Offered by the FCPS Parent Resource Center

“Zoomed Out? 5 Strategies to Get Even the Most Reluctant Kids Focused, Engaged, and Motivated: A Webinar for Families”

January 7, 2021 6:30PM - 8:00PM

January 8, 2021 10:00AM – 11:30AM

What’s a parent to do when kids are already unfocused and unmotivated when it comes to virtual learning? Ann Dolin will help “right the ship” so that parenting doesn’t feel like a grind. In this webinar, Ann shares practical, easy-to-implement virtual learning strategies for:

  • Tackling the daily power struggle of just getting started
  • Helping children to focus during teacher-led instruction
  • Dealing with social avoidance (not wanting to be seen and heard in front of peers
  • Keeping kids engaged by encouraging them to ask questions and advocate for themselves
  • Opening the lines of communication to improve the parent/child relationship

This webinar is presented by Ann Dolin, M.Ed., educational consultant and award-winning author.  Ann is the President and Director of Educational Connections, Inc.

Register HERE for" Zoomed Out?" Webinar

Sangster Events Calendar

Subscribe to Sangster’s Events calendar to learn about all the great things happening at Sangster.  Sangster Events Calendar.

 

News from the PTA

 

The new Sangster PTA News You Choose announcement is sent out every Tuesday with information about PTA events and programs. 

For more information on PTA activities, please see the “Weekly Email Update” heading on our PTA website:  Sangster PTA website

 

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

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12-10-20 Two Weeks At a Glance

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Brenda Stuart, a Sangster Instructional Assistant, talks to Santa during materials pickup on Monday.

Sangster News You Choose Two Weeks At a Glance

December 14-18:  Wind-Up to Winter Break Virtual Spirit Week

December 14:

  • 5th-6th Grade Student Materials Curbside Pickup, 3:30PM - 5:30PM, Bus Loop
  • NO Library Book Pickup

December 15: Kindergarten Student Materials Curbside Pickup, 3:30PM - 5:30PM, Bus Loop

December 16:  2nd Quarter Interims will be emailed to parents. (Note - not all students will be receiving an interim).

December 18:  Last day of school before Winter Break

December 21 - January 1: Winter Break

January 4: First day of the 2021 school year.

Virtual Spirit Week for Students and Staff A Message from Ms. Jankovich

Dear Sangster Families,

Tis the season to be hopeful of what's to come and appreciative of the blessings we do have.  I continue to be so thankful for the entire Sangster ES community - students, parents, and staff.  It's a joy to be part of a community where we take care of each other and people matter.  While we will likely face many challenges and obstacles in days to come, please know that Ms. Redford and I plan to be there every step of the way. Please reach out if you have any questions.  We are here to help in any way we can.

Tonight, beginning at 6:00PM, the Fairfax County School Board will be meeting for a scheduled Work Session to share information/updates on several topics including COVID trends across the county, mitigation strategies (to include information about the newly organized FCPS Safety Teams), and a proposed return-to-learn plan from Dr. Brabrand and the leadership team.  A lot of important information will be shared, so please tune in if you can.

We are continuing to finalize our master schedules and class lists (and decisions about concurrent learning) and will get that information to you soon.  It is also important that you know we do anticipate a bell schedule change as we shift to in-person learning in 2021 due to social distancing constraints on the buses.  As communicated before, we expect our new bell schedule to be 10:05AM to 4:50PM.  This schedule change will impact both in-person and virtual learners.  Stay tuned for more details on this.

Sincerely, 

Allison

Acting Principal

Student Materials Curbside Pickup 5th & 6th Grade Monday, December 14 3:30PM - 5:30PM, Bus Loop

On Monday, December 14th from 3:30PM – 5:30PM, Sangster ES will have a contactless, curbside pickup of materials for 5th and 6th Grade students. This is a rain or shine event.  You may only pick up materials belonging to your child/children.  Please hold a visible sign with the names of your child/children and homeroom teacher(s).  All staff and parents must wear a mask.

Student Materials Curbside Pickup KINDERGARTEN Tuesday, December 15 3:30PM - 5:30PM, Bus Loop

On Tuesday, December 15th from 3:30PM – 5:30PM, Sangster ES will have a contactless, curbside pickup of materials for Kindergarten students. This is a rain or shine event.  You may only pick up materials belonging to your child/children.  Please hold a visible sign with the names of your child/children and homeroom teacher(s).  All staff and parents must wear a mask.

Yearbook 2020-2021 Photo Contributions

If you would like to add photos to the 2020-2021 Sangster Shutterfly Share Site, you will first need to have/make a Shutterfly account (www.Shutterfly.com). 

Then you need to access this link to the Google sign up form to share what email you use to sign in to your Shutterfly account. You will be granted access to contribute and upload photos to the Share Site within a few days. There are folders for each grade level; please upload photos into the correct folder. If you have students from multiple grades in one photo, choose the grade level folder of the oldest child. Adding photos to the Share Site does not guarantee that they will be utilized by the Yearbook.

Here is the link to the 2020-2021 Sangster Shutterfly Share Site

Email domishael@fcpsschools.net if you have any questions.
Thank you for your help in putting together an awesome yearbook!

December Monthly Classroom Newsletters

Virtual classrooms at Sangster Elementary School are hard at work in December. See all the amazing ways they are learning in this month's newsletters.  Monthly Newsletters are posted on the school’s website. 

Check them out here: Monthly Newsletters.

  Positivity Project Week of December 6 Other People Mindset

This week’s Positivity Project focus is the Other People Mindset with an emphasis on knowing that your words and actions affect others. You can ask your student about a time when they have had a positive impact on someone’s life through their words and actions.  

 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

"Zoomed Out?" Webinar - Offered by the FCPS Parent Resource Center

“Zoomed Out? 5 Strategies to Get Even the Most Reluctant Kids Focused, Engaged, and Motivated: A Webinar for Families”

January 7, 2021 6:30PM - 8:00PM

January 8, 2021 10:00AM – 11:30AM

What’s a parent to do when kids are already unfocused and unmotivated when it comes to virtual learning? Ann Dolin will help “right the ship” so that parenting doesn’t feel like a grind. In this webinar, Ann shares practical, easy-to-implement virtual learning strategies for:

  • Tackling the daily power struggle of just getting started
  • Helping children to focus during teacher-led instruction
  • Dealing with social avoidance (not wanting to be seen and heard in front of peers
  • Keeping kids engaged by encouraging them to ask questions and advocate for themselves
  • Opening the lines of communication to improve the parent/child relationship

This webinar is presented by Ann Dolin, M.Ed., educational consultant and award-winning author.  Ann is the President and Director of Educational Connections, Inc.

Register HERE for" Zoomed Out?" Webinar

  Grab & Go Meals

 

NEW December 2nd: Afternoon Snack and Dinner Meals added Delivery to Sangster at 10:56AM - 11:06AM

FCPS Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) offers grab and go meals to all FCPS students Monday-Friday; Saturday meals are included with Friday meal distribution. Adult meals are $2.00.

Changes to food distribution locations/times are posted every Friday on the FCPS website:  https://www.fcps.edu/return-school/food

Click here for a searchable map of all food resources in Fairfax County.

Fairfax Meal Kit Delivery - NEW December 2nd Wednesdays ONLY 8:00AM - 12:30PM

Fairfax Meal Kits contain seven (7) days of breakfast and lunch items packed in bulk.  Adults may purchase kits for $28.00. Meals are distributed on Wednesdays only from 8:00AM - 12:30PM, or until supplies are exhausted. 

The closest pickup locations to Sangster ES are: 

Keene Mill ES: 6310 Bardu Ave, West Springfield

Newington Forest ES: 8001 Newington Forest Ave, Springfield

More information is available online or by calling the Office of Food and Nutrition Services at 703-813-4800.

Sangster Events Calendar

Subscribe to Sangster’s Events calendar to learn about all the great things happening at Sangster.  Sangster Events Calendar.

 

News from the PTA

 

The new Sangster PTA News You Choose announcement is sent out every Tuesday with information about PTA events and programs. 

For more information on PTA activities, please see the “Weekly Email Update” heading on our PTA website:  Sangster PTA website

 

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

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12-03-20 Two Weeks At a Glance

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December 7:

  • 4th Grade Student Materials Curbside Pickup, 3:30PM - 5:30PM, Bus loop
  • Last Name L-Z Library Book Curbside Pickup, 4:00PM - 5:00PM, Bus Loop (in front of cafeteria windows)

December 9: DATE CHANGEPTA Zoom Meeting, 7:00PM.

December 14:

  • 5th-6th Grade Student Materials Curbside Pickup, 3:30PM - 5:30PM, Bus Loop
  • NO Library Book Pickup

December 15: Kindergarten Student Materials Curbside Pickup, 3:30PM - 5:00PM, Bus Loop

December 16:  2nd Quarter Interims will be emailed to parents. (Note - not all students will be receiving an interim).

December 18:  Last day of school before Winter Break

December 21 - January 1: Winter Break

January 4: First day of the 2021 school year.

Virtual Spirit Week for Students and Staff A Message from Ms. Jankovich

Dear Sangster Families,

As many of you know, every year in Fairfax County Public Schools, teams of administrators, teacher leaders, and other knowledgeable committee members develop a School Improvement and Innovation Plan (SIIP) based on a variety of data points. Teachers and staff play a crucial role in the implementation and monitoring of these school-wide goals. You can find the 2020 – 2021 Sangster SIIP At-A-Glance on our school website by clicking ABOUT in the yellow resources tab at the top and then scrolling to the bottom of the ABOUT US page. For the 2020 – 2021 school year, Sangster has identified three critical areas of need, to include providing all students more opportunities for increased rigor in the area of Language Arts, providing more access to Advanced Academic curriculum resources, and supporting students as they reflect on their strengths and growth areas as critical and creative thinkers (a Portrait of a Graduate skill). While our goals may vary in content, the desired outcome remains the same – providing all students equal opportunities to receive the support and resources they need to continue to thrive in school.

Sangster remains committed to creating an inclusive and equitable environment for all students who walk through our doors (or log on to our classes 😊). We continue to brainstorm and learn how we can achieve our goals from our FCPS colleagues as well as our students and parents. The following resource is just one of many that I will share with you in the coming months. It includes information, suggestions, and discussion prompts for parents and students of all ages (PreK-High School) in exploring concepts of identity, bias, and prejudice.

Beyond the Golden Rule: A Parents’ Guide to preventing and Responding to Prejudice

Again, we appreciate all of the love and support we continue to receive from our parent community. 

Sincerely, 

 

Allison

Acting Principal

  Student Materials Curbside Pickup 4th Grade ONLY Monday, December 7 3:30PM - 5:30PM, Bus Loop

On Monday, December 7th from 3:30PM – 5:30PM, Sangster ES will have a contactless, curbside pickup of materials for 4th Grade students. This is a rain or shine event.  You may only pick up materials belonging to your child/children.  Please hold a visible sign with the names of your child/children and homeroom teacher(s).  All staff and parents must wear a mask.

LIBRARY BOOK Curbside Pickup All Grades Last Name L-Z

 

Monday, December 7  4:00PM - 5:00PM, Bus Loop (in front of cafeteria windows)

Attention readers!! Sangster library has regular curbside pickup every other Monday, by student last name. 

Holds must be placed in the Destiny Discover online catalog in advance. Complete details and schedules should have been sent by your child's classroom teacher this week. You can also find the information HERE through your student's fcpsschools.net account. Questions?  Please reach out to Ms. Oberdick, Sangster's school librarian at neoberdick@fcps.edu.

  Grab & Go Meals

 

NEW December 2nd: Afternoon Snack and Dinner Meals added

 

Delivery to Sangster at 10:56AM - 11:06AM

FCPS Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) offers grab and go meals to all FCPS students Monday-Friday; Saturday meals are included with Friday meal distribution. Adult meals are $2.00.

Changes to food distribution locations/times are posted every Friday on the FCPS website:  https://www.fcps.edu/return-school/food

Click here for a searchable map of all food resources in Fairfax County.

Fairfax Meal Kit Delivery - NEW December 2nd Wednesdays ONLY 8:00AM - 12:30PM

Fairfax Meal Kits contain seven (7) days of breakfast and lunch items packed in bulk.  Adults may purchase kits for $28.00. Meals are distributed on Wednesdays only from 8:00AM - 12:30PM, or until supplies are exhausted. 

The closest pickup locations to Sangster ES are: 

Keene Mill ES: 6310 Bardu Ave, West Springfield

Newington Forest ES: 8001 Newington Forest Ave, Springfield

More information is available online or by calling the Office of Food and Nutrition Services at 703-813-4800.

  Positivity Project Week of November 29 Kindness

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 P2 Focus: The Other People Mindset – Knowing my words and actions affect others

Student Rights and Responsibilities (SR&R)  Due ASAP: Link is for Sangster Students ONLY

Parents and guardians, please review the Student Rights and Responsibilities and related resources at www.fcps.edu/srr.  After reviewing the information, fill out the SR&R Parent Acknowledgement Form using the link below. 

This form must be filled out once for each SANGSTER ES student.

VERY IMPORTANT NOTE:  Links are school-specific. The link below is for ONLY Sangster ES students. If you have a student in another FCPS school you must complete the link provided by that school.

Sangster ES Link: FCPS SR&R Parent Acknowledgement Form

 

News from the PTA

 

The new Sangster PTA News You Choose announcement is sent out every Tuesday with information about PTA events and programs. 

For more information on PTA activities, please see the “Weekly Email Update” heading on our PTA website:  Sangster PTA website

 

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

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Attendance: 703-644-8282 | Web | Twitter

11-24-20 Thanksgiving Edition Two Weeks At a Glance

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  Sangster News You Choose

 

Two Weeks At a Glance

November 25-27: Student Thanksgiving Holiday/Schools Closed

November 30:  A-K Library Book Curbside Pickup, Kiss & Ride lane, 4-5 pm

December 1: Spring Deadline-AAP Referral Process for 2021-22 School Year

  A Message from Ms. Jankovich  

Wishing the entire Sangster Community a Happy Thanksgiving!

Enjoy this video message: https://youtu.be/Qj9m9JgHXIo

 

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11-19-20 Two Weeks At a Glance

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November 19:  TONIGHT

  • Dr. Brabrand Return to School Town Hall, 6:00-7:00 pm
  • PTA Meeting, 7:00 pm, Meeting ID: 921 5995 4157, Passcode: M0jEHX

November 23: 

  • Student Materials Curbside Pickup-1st & 2nd Grade and Grade 4-6 Strings Students books, Bus loop, 3:30-5:00 pm
  • L-Z Library Book Curbside Pickup, Kiss & Ride lane, 4:00-5:00 pm
  • Irving MS AAP Level IV Information Night, 7:00 pm

November 25-27: Student Thanksgiving Holiday/Schools Closed

November 30:  A-K Library Book Curbside Pickup, Kiss & Ride lane, 4-5 pm

December 1: Spring Deadline-AAP Referral Process for 2021-22 School Year

A Message from Ms. Jankovich

Dear Sangster Families,

If I could create a mantra for myself it would be “All dates are subject to change.”  I find myself adding/repeating this phrase to every email I send, every phone call I have, and every virtual staff meeting I conduct. Over the last week I have heard from many of you just how frustrating it is to not have a definite plan moving forward.  By nature, many of us are planners - we have multiple calendars going at any one given time and like to check things off that we have accomplished.  The sudden shift in the return-to-learn for Group 5, our Kindergarten and select special education students, due to changing health metrics was just another hill to climb in this roller coaster of a school year.  When the news came on Monday, as Ms. Redford, the office staff, and I sat surrounded by organized boxes of PPE, spray paint cans from our weekend project of creating socially distanced dots all over the school grounds, and the most spotless main hallway in all of FCPS (Kudos to Ms. Jane and all of our custodians), I got emotional.  I thought of the teachers and staff who had been working so hard to prepare for Group 5, many of them working 60 – 70 hours a week.  I thought of you, the parents, having to receive yet another change to your child’s schedule. But most of all, I thought of the Kindergarten students who had planned to return on Tuesday, with their new backpacks waiting by the door.  Please know, Ms. Redford and I know how hard this is on our students, staff, and parents.  So, while it’s not the right time to bring back Group 5, I have full confidence that FCPS is making decisions based on data and with the health and safety of all stakeholders in mind.  As I have said, we will be ready to open our doors and welcome our students when the time is right.

Each week I communicate out the most up-to-date information I have from the county in regards to the Return-to-Learn plans for Groups 5, 6, and 7.  While I want you to have all of the current dates and information so you can plan accordingly, I also realize how frustrating it is when the dates change.  I have decided that I will continue to share-out information as it becomes available to the community, but want to caution you, all dates are subject to change based on health metrics and other factors. 

As of today, November 19, 2020:

Group 5 (Kinder/Select Special Ed Students)

  • Will not be returning for in-person learning before November 30, 2020. Health metrics will be reviewed next week, and a potential start date may be identified. No confirmed start date at this time.

Group 6 (1st/2nd Grade Students) All dates subject to change

  • First day of in-person learning for last names:
    • A – K is Tuesday, December 8
    • L – Z is Thursday, December 10
  • Asynchronous Days for 1st/2nd graders:  Monday, November 30, Thursday, December 3, Friday, December 4, Monday, December 7
  • The 1st/2nd grade Parent Information Night set for Monday, November 30th has been postponed!

 Group 7 (3rd – 6th Grade Students) All dates subject to change

  • First day of in-person learning for last names:
    • A – K is Tuesday, January 12th, 2021
    • L – Z is Thursday, January 14th, 2021.
  • Asynchronous Days for 3rd – 6th graders:  Monday, January 4, Thursday, January 7, Friday, January 8, Monday, January 11.

Asynchronous Days for 3rd – 6th graders:  Monday, January 4, Thursday, January 7, Friday, January 8, Monday, January 11.

Please join Dr. Brabrand for the most updated information during a virtual Return to School Town Hall from 6:00PM – 7:00PM TONIGHT, Thursday, November 18. Watch the event on your device or on the FCPS website.  You can submit your questions in advance to returntoschool@fcps.edu or call in during the Town Hall at 1-800-231-6359.  The November Sangster PTA Meeting will be directly after, beginning at 7:00PM.   

As we have all come to expect, nothing during this national pandemic is easy or guaranteed.  We have an opportunity with the upcoming holiday season to ground ourselves in all that’s right with the world – our families, friends, and faith.   I have learned from every single email and phone call I have received from you.  Please continue to reach out with questions or comments and I will get back to you as soon as I can.

Sincerely, 

Allison Jankovich

REMINDER: Student Materials Curbside Pickup Grades 1-2 and Grades 4-6 Strings Students Monday, November 23 - 3:30-5:00 pm, Bus Loop

On Monday, November 23rd from 3:30PM – 5:00 pm.  Sangster ES will have a contactless, curbside pickup of materials for students in 1st and 2nd Grade only.  This is a rain or shine event.  You may only pick up materials belonging to your child/children.  All staff and parents must wear a mask. 

In addition to ALL 1st and 2nd grade students, students in grades 4 – 6 who did not receive a Strings workbook last year should also come to this pickup of student materials. Ms. Harmon will be present to hand those workbooks to you. Please have your child’s name, Ms. Harmon’s name, and STRINGS printed on a sign that is visible to staff when you pull up into the bus loop.

  LIBRARY BOOKS Curbside Pickup All Grades (L-Z)

 

Monday, Nov. 23  4:00-5:00 pm, Kiss & Ride lane

Attention readers!! Sangster library is now offering regular curbside pickup every other Monday by student last name. 

Holds must be placed in the Destiny Discover online catalog in advance. Complete details and schedules should have been sent by your child's classroom teacher this week. You can also find the information HERE through your student's fcpsschools.net account. Please reach out to our librarian with any questions: Mrs. Oberdick, neoberdick@fcps.edu.     

AAP Level IV Info Night For Irving Middle School Monday, November 23, 7:00 pm

Find out more about AAP course offerings at Irving MS.  This session is open to families of Level IV AAP qualified students and those who plan to apply for qualification this school year.  The FCPS AAP website also provides information about the various levels and the process to apply. Please use the following link to join the program virtually: https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/51b12745183949a883ed84cbccc78e0b.

A recording of the session will be included on the Irving MS website here following the program. If you have any questions about this program, please contact Irving’s Director of Student Services, Meg Gollinger (magollinger@fcps.edu). 

Advanced Academic Program (AAP) Information

On Thursday, November 5th, we held an AAP Screening and Referral Meeting. If you were unable to attend the meeting, you can access the recording here: https://us.bbcollab.com/recording/8bde75d127844eb39b102d8be67b01bd  

Level IV Referrals Due by December 1, 2020: The referral window for those seeking placement in the 2020-21 school year is from September 8-December 1, 2020. Parents are reminded to submit a referral in that window if they want to be sure that their student is screened for Level IV services. We are still waiting on notification of the second grade pool.  Parents should not wait for the announcement of the second grade pool if they want to be sure their student is screened for Level IV AAP in the coming cycle. 

 For more information about the FCPS AAP Program and to access forms visit: https://www.fcps.edu/academics/academic-overview/advanced-academic-programs

Download the AAP Level IV Referral Form here

Download the Parent Guardian Questionnaire here (optional but encouraged)

Please email referral form to the Advanced Academic Resource Teacher, Linda Biberaj (lbiberaj@fcps.edu) and the Assistant Principal, Jennifer Redford (jaredford@fcps.edu) no later than December 1, 2020.

Student Rights and Responsibilities (SR&R)  Due ASAP: Link is for Sangster Students ONLY

Parents and guardians, please review the Student Rights and Responsibilities and related resources at www.fcps.edu/srr.  After reviewing the information, fill out the SR&R Parent Acknowledgement Form using the link below. 

This form must be filled out once for each SANGSTER ES student.

VERY IMPORTANT NOTE:  Links are school-specific. The link below is for ONLY Sangster ES students. If you have a student in another FCPS school you must complete the link provided by that school.

Sangster ES Link: FCPS SR&R Parent Acknowledgement Form

  Grab and Go Meals Delivery Time Change Sangster 10:55-11:05 am

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FCPS Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) offers grab and go meals to all FCPS students Monday-Friday; Saturday meals are included with Friday meal distribution. 

Changes to food distribution locations/times are posted every Friday on the FCPS website:  https://www.fcps.edu/return-school/food

New: Fairfax Meal Kits Offered at Select Locations 

Dinner and snacks are now offered at select locations. FCPS wants to provide every FCPS student daily access to free nutritious meals. Fairfax Meal Kits are offered at several sites, containing seven (7) days of breakfast and lunch items packed in bulk.  Adults may purchase kits for $28.00.  

There are many pickup locations near Sangster: Irving MS, Burke ES, and Keene Mill ES:

Keene Mill ES 6310 Bardu Ave, West Springfield, Wed., 8:00 am - 12:30 pm

More information is available online or by calling the Office of Food and Nutrition Services at 703-813-4800.

Attendance Reporting Changes 

FCPS has established new attendance reporting guidelines.  Please report your student's absence by using one of the following methods below. If the absence is an illness, please report specific illness symptoms.    

    Positivity Project Week of November 15

 

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

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

Next Week’s Character Strength: Gratitude Week 2

 

News from the PTA

 

  Sangster ES PTA launches the Sangster PTA News You Choose

The new Sangster PTA News You Choose announcement is sent out every Tuesday with information about PTA events and programs. 

For more information on PTA activities, please see the “Weekly Email Update” heading on our PTA website:  Sangster PTA website

 

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Correction of Kinder Return to Learn Dates

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Please see below for a correction of dates for Kindergarten Return to School Instruction. We apologize for any confusion. Thank you, and have a great weekend!

 

Sangster News You Choose Two Weeks At a Glance

November 17 - Day 1 of Kindergarten Return to School instruction! (A-K)

November 19 - Day 1 of Kindergarten Return to School instruction! (L-Z)

                         PTA Restaurant Fundraiser - Noodles & Co., 4:00-8:00 pm                                (7020 Old Keene Mill Road location)

November 19 - PTA Meeting, 7:00 pm

November 23 - Student Materials Pickup - Grades 1st & 2nd  - 3:30-5:00 pm

November 25-27 - Student Thanksgiving Holiday/Schools closed

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11-12-20 Two Weeks At a Glance

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  Students enjoyed learning from the military service members who visited their virtual classrooms on Veterans Day!

 

Sangster News You Choose Two Weeks At a Glance

November 17 - Day 1 of Kindergarten Return to School instruction! (A-K)

November 18 - Day 1 of Kindergarten Return to School instruction! (L-Z)

                         PTA Restaurant Fundraiser - Noodles & Co., 4:00-8:00 pm                                (7020 Old Keene Mill Road location)

November 19 - PTA Meeting, 7:00 pm

November 23 - Student Materials Pickup - Grades 1st & 2nd  - 3:30-5:00 pm

November 25-27 - Student Thanksgiving Holiday/Schools closed

A Message from Ms. Jankovich

Happy Friday!

We are continuing to prepare for the return of our Kindergarten students on Tuesday, November 17th.  Thank you to all the parents that attended our Kindergarten Parent Information Night last night.  The link to the recording as well as the presentation from last night will be sent out to you in a separate email later this evening.  We are still waiting on information regarding Kindergarten bus routes and times from the FCPS Transportation office, at which time an e-Nofify message will be sent to you.

As you know, Wednesday was our Veterans Day Virtual Celebration.  What an honor it was to be able to recognize and celebrate the brave men and women who serve and have served in our nation’s military.  Thank you to all our veterans who volunteered to share their experiences with our students.  I know that our students and staff greatly enjoyed being able to continue this important tradition in the virtual setting.  If you missed the virtual ceremony, please click here to view it: Link to Veterans Day ceremonies:

At last night’s School Board session it was decided that Group 6 (Grades 1 and 2) will now tentatively begin concurrent learning on December 7, 2020 (asynchronous learning day) with December 8 being the first day for students with last names beginning with A – K to return to the building for in-person learning.  Ms. Redford and I will be hosting a  1st/2nd Grade Parent Information Night on Monday, December 7th from 7PM – 8PM.  A link will be coming out next week along with communication regarding how the concurrent model will look in 1st and 2nd Grade. 

Also discussed at last night’s School Board session was the new return-to-learn date for Group 7 (Grades 3 – 6).  While this date is tentative, it was decided that Group 7 will return to in-person learning on Tuesday, January 12, 2021, with Monday, January 11, 2021 being an all asynchronous day for grades 3 – 6. Stay tuned for more updates.

As always, thank you for all you do to support the staff and teachers as Sangster.  I cannot tell you the amount of conversations I have had with teachers where they share how amazing the parent community has been during virtual learning.   We are a great team!

Have a wonderful weekend.

 

Sincerely,

Ms. Jankovich

Video: FCPS Bus Boarding Procedures During COVID-19

With many students now returning to in-person instruction, the procedures for boarding an FCPS bus have changed due to COVID-19. This video shows the precautions students, drivers, and bus attendants must take in order to keep everyone safe. Watch the video

LIBRARY BOOKS Curbside Pickup - All Grades

Attention readers!! Sangster library is now offering regular curbside pickup every other Monday by student last name. The first Monday curbside pickup date is November 16th from 4:00-5:00 pm. 

Holds must be placed in the Destiny Discover online catalog in advance. Complete details and schedules should have been sent by your child's classroom teacher this week. You can also find the information HERE through your student's fcpsschools.net account. Please reach out to our librarian with any questions: Mrs. Oberdick, neoberdick@fcps.edu.     

Join Lake Braddock Area All Virtual Chorus!  4th- 6th Graders - November 16 Rehearsal

We are happy to announce we have an invitation for our students. The Lake Braddock Pyramid is resuming its Area Chorus program virtually!  Lake Braddock Secondary Chorus teachers are looking for AWESOME 4th-6th grade singers for the Lake Braddock Area Virtual Chorus! Students who participate get to rehearse alongside middle and high school students and be featured in a performance with them!

The first official rehearsal will be Monday, November 16 from 3:00-3:30 pm, and rehearsals will continue every Monday until December 14. The $15 participation fee includes a T-shirt, music/tracks, and sound engineer. 

Any questions can be directed to Mr. McClay, LBSS at ccmcclay@fcps.edu

Register here: Lake Braddock Area Chorus registration form

Student Materials Curbside Pickup Grades 1-2 November 23 - 3:30-5:00 pm

On Monday, November 23rd from 3:30PM – 5:00PM Sangster ES will have a contactless, curbside pickup of materials for students in 1st and 2nd Grade only.  This is a rain or shine event.  You may only pick up materials belonging to your child/children.  All staff and parents must wear a mask.  Pickup is in the bus loop, and parents must remain in their car at all times.  Please make a sign (written in marker) with the names of your child/children and homeroom teacher(s) that is visible to staff (passenger side of car) as you pull up to the main entrance in the car line.  Student material bags will be placed inside of your trunk by a staff member.

If you are unable to pick up your child’s materials on Monday, November 23rd, you may come to the school at any point during regular school hours starting Tuesday, November 24th between 8:30AM – 3:00PM. Please keep in mind that we will have students in the building at this point so the bus loop will be closed from 8:45AM – 9:15AM.  When you arrive, please ring the doorbell and you will be directed on how to pick-up your child’s materials bag.

Advanced Academic Program (AAP) Information

On Thursday, November 5th, we held an AAP Screening and Referral Meeting. If you were unable to attend the meeting, you can access the recording here: https://us.bbcollab.com/recording/8bde75d127844eb39b102d8be67b01bd  

Level IV Referrals Due by December 1, 2020: The referral window for those seeking placement in the 2020-21 school year is from September 8-December 1, 2020. Parents are reminded to submit a referral in that window if they want to be sure that their student is screened for Level IV services. We are still waiting on notification of the second grade pool.  Parents should not wait for the announcement of the second grade pool if they want to be sure their student is screened for Level IV AAP in the coming cycle. 

 For more information about the FCPS AAP Program and to access forms visit: https://www.fcps.edu/academics/academic-overview/advanced-academic-programs

Download the AAP Level IV Referral Form here

Download the Parent Guardian Questionnaire here (optional but encouraged)

Please email referral form to the Advanced Academic Resource Teacher, Linda Biberaj (lbiberaj@fcps.edu) and the Assistant Principal, Jennifer Redford (jaredford@fcps.edu) no later than December 1, 2020.

Classroom Monitors -  New employment opportunity in FCPS!

FCPS schools and centers will be hiring classroom monitors to provide in-person classroom assistance for students when a staff member remains virtual.  If you would like more information about the position, please review the job description and qualifications online and apply if interested. Please feel free to share information about this opportunity with anyone else you think may be interested.

November Monthly Classroom Newsletters

Virtual classrooms at Sangster Elementary School are already hard at work in November. See all the amazing ways they are learning in this month's newsletters by checking them out on our Sangster website!

Report Card Access in SIS ParentVue

Students grades can be accessed through SIS ParentVue accounts. After entering your student(s) SIS ParentVue account, click on your student’s name/picture, then click on “Report Card”, which is in the vertical menu on the left side of the screen. Grades will appear on the screen to scroll through. 

If you do not have SIS ParentVue account, contact our school registrar, Marian Hoelscher, at mthoelscher@fcps.edu.

  Grab and Go Meals Delivery Time Changes

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Grab and Go meal delivery schedules have changed as of Monday, Nov. 9th. 

New time 10:55-11:05 am for Sangster stop for Grab and Go Meals Breakfast, lunch, dinner and a snack are available for pickup.

FCPS Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) offers grab and go meals to all FCPS students Monday-Friday; Saturday meals are included with Friday meal distribution. Food distribution locations/times are posted and updated frequently on the FCPS website:  https://www.fcps.edu/return-school/food

New: Fairfax Meal Kits Offered at Select Locations 

Dinner and snacks are now offered at select locations. FCPS wants to provide every FCPS student daily access to free nutritious meals. Fairfax Meal Kits are offered at several sites, containing seven (7) days of breakfast and lunch items packed in bulk.  Adults may purchase kits for $28.00.  

There are many pickup locations near Sangster: Irving MS, Burke ES, and Keene Mill ES:

Keene Mill ES 6310 Bardu Ave, West Springfield, Wed., 8:00 am - 12:30 pm

More information is available online or by calling the Office of Food and Nutrition Services at 703-813-4800.

Attendance Reporting Changes 

FCPS has established new attendance reporting guidelines.  Please report your student's absence by using one of the following methods below. If the absence is an illness, please report specific illness symptoms.    

Virtual Family Nights with Sangster Clinical Team

The Clinical Team at Sangster would like to provide families with information sessions in the form of Virtual Family Nights to support parents and guardians at home. Please consider responding to the Google Survey Form below to let the Clinical Team know what topics may be of interest to you.  

We look forward to hearing from you and receiving your feedback!

Virtual Family Night Google form

  Positivity Project Week of November 8

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

Next Week’s Character Strength: Gratitude

It is easier than ever for Sangster families to access P2 resources this year! 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).

 

News from the PTA

 

  Sangster ES PTA launches the Sangster PTA News You Choose

The new Sangster PTA News You Choose announcement is sent out every Tuesday with information about PTA events and programs. 

For more information on PTA activities, please see the “Weekly Email Update” heading on our PTA website:  Sangster PTA website

 

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

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11-05-20 Two Weeks At a Glance

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November 5 - TONIGHT AAP Screening & Referral Virtual Meeting, 7:00 pm

                       (link below)

November 11 - Veterans Day Virtual Celebration 9:00 am-12:00 pm

                         2-hour Early Release

November 12  - Kindergarten Parent Virtual Information Meeting, 7:00-8:00 pm

November 17 - Day 1 of Kindergarten Return to School instruction!

November 19 - PTA Meeting, 7:00 pm

A Message from Ms. Jankovich

Good evening Sangster families!  I hope this message finds you well.

We are busy preparing the building for the return of our youngest Falcons on November 17th!  Mrs. Redford, the teachers and I are continuing to plan for the concurrent model of instruction for Grades 1-6.  Please stay tuned for specific information regarding the Return to School plan for your student(s). 

In the meantime, please make sure to review the A Family Guide for Return to School.

Please reach out to me with any questions.

Sincerely,

Ms. Jankovich

- TONIGHT - Thursday, November 5th, 7:00pm

 

Advanced Academic Program (AAP) Parent Information Virtual Meeting AAP Screening and Referrals

 

Please join the meeting via this Blackboard Collaborate (BBCU) link: (open in Chrome)

https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/e2d8e2016de445399a56a12e1fddae17

 

*If you missed the October 6th AAP Overview Parent Information Meeting and would like more information about the services offered by FCPS and Sangster, please email Mrs. Biberaj @ lbiberaj@fcps.edu.

Level IV Referral Deadlines:

December 1, 2020 - for those seeking placement in the 2021-2022 school year

Download the AAP Level IV Referral Form here

Download the Parent Guardian Questionnaire here (optional but encouraged)

Classroom Monitors -  New employment opportunity in Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS)!

FCPS schools and centers will be hiring classroom monitors to provide in-person classroom assistance for students when a staff member remains virtual.  If you would like more information about the position, please review the job description and qualifications online and apply if interested. Please feel free to share information about this opportunity with anyone else you think may be interested.

  Veterans Day Virtual Celebration

 

Veterans Day is Wednesday, November 11, 2020.  It is a day to recognize and honor the brave men and women, both at home and abroad, who have served and continue to serve in our Armed Forces.  For almost a decade Sangster ES has proudly hosted a Veteran’s Day ceremony, to not only reflect upon the sacrifices of all service members, but to show our love and support to the hundreds of military families and students in our community.  This ceremony, originally started by the Military Spouses’ Club, has evolved over the years to become one of the most beloved events at Sangster. 

We are thrilled to share that this year, the tradition carries on!  Our Veterans Day Virtual Celebration will be shown to all students in their BBCU classes on November 11 (times TBD) from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm.  I will also send out the link to view the celebration in the November 12 News You Choose.  

As part of our Veterans Day Celebration every year, teachers invite veterans into their classes to share their experiences and knowledge with our students. Stay tuned for more information!

We are still collecting pictures of our military families for our Veterans Day Celebration.  No later than Sunday, November 8th, please send pictures and/or any images that include Sangster students and families with the American flag to Jennifer Redford at jaredford@fcps.edu .  We plan to use these in a picture slideshow during our Veterans Day Virtual Celebration for students.

Attendance Reporting Changes 

FCPS has established new attendance reporting guidelines.  Please report your student's absence by using one of the following methods below. If the absence is an illness, please report specific illness symptoms.    

Virtual Family Nights with Sangster Clinical Team

The Clinical Team at Sangster would like to provide families with information sessions in the form of Virtual Family Nights to support parents and guardians at home. Please consider responding to the Google Survey Form below to let the Clinical Team know what topics may be of interest to you.  

We look forward to hearing from you and receiving your feedback!

Virtual Family Night Google form

  Grab and Go Meals

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FCPS Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) offers grab and go meals to all FCPS students Monday-Friday; Saturday meals are included with Friday meal distribution. Food distribution locations/times are posted and updated frequently on the FCPS website:  https://www.fcps.edu/return-school/food

Sangster is a new stop location for Grab and Go Meals!  A bus arrives every morning from 7:10-7:20 a.m.  

 

New: Fairfax Meal Kits Offered at Select Locations 

Dinner and snacks are now offered at select locations. FCPS wants to provide every FCPS student daily access to free nutritious meals. Fairfax Meal Kits are offered at several sites, containing seven (7) days of breakfast and lunch items packed in bulk.  Adults may purchase kits for $28.00.  

The closest Fairfax Meal Kit location to Sangster ES is at:

More information is available online or by calling the Office of Food and Nutrition Services at 703-813-4800.

  Positivity Project

This year, Sangster will continue implementing the Positivity Project (P2). P2 is dedicated to empowering America’s youth to build strong relationships and to understand, appreciate, and exemplify the character strengths in us all. Every 1-2 weeks, students learn about a new character strength.

It is easier than ever for Sangster families to access P2 resources this year! 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).

Positivity Project - Week of November 1

This week’s character strength is Perspective. This means you appreciate when people see things in different ways. You have the ability to understand the world from multiple points of view. Perspective is also referred to as wisdom and is distinct from intelligence. People with this strength are sought out for advice because they see the big picture and can make sense of the world’s complexity. This strength of perspective gives individuals the ability to see to the heart of difficult matters and achieve clarity. Most importantly, they are honest and behave in an ethically consistent manner.

Next Week’s Character Strength:  Bravery

Eating Disorders in Adolescents - November 10 Virtual Presentation 7:00pm

West Springfield Pyramid is hosting a virtual program on the subject of Eating Disorders in Adolescents: What to Look For and How to Get Help.  This virtual presentation will be led by speaker, Ashley Steelman, MA, LCSW, the Clincial Director at Clementine Twin Lakes. 

The two link options for the meeting are: BBCU Meeting link.

https://us.bbcollab.com/collab/ui/session/guest/6b64102cdcd046e3a9a7e7a96d1a8da3

 

News from the PTA

 

  Sangster ES PTA launches the Sangster PTA News You Choose

The new Sangster PTA News You Choose announcement is sent out every Tuesday with information about PTA events and programs. 

For more information on PTA activities, please see the “Weekly Email Update” heading on our PTA website:  Sangster PTA website

 

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

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10-29-20 Two Weeks At a Glance

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Sangster News You Choose Two Weeks At a Glance

October 30 - 

  • End of 1st Quarter/2-Hour Early Release
  • Final day to inform administration about preferred Return to School learning model
  • Last date for 3rd and 4th grade students to put books on hold
  • Last call to drop off painted rocks for the Sangster Rocks ROCKTOBER

November 1 - Daylight Savings Time

November 2-3 - Student Holidays/Teacher Workdays

November 3 - Election Day

November 4 - Library Book Pick Up - 3rd and 4th Grades, 4:00-5:30 p.m.

November 5 - Virtual AAP Screening & Referral Meeting, 7:00 p.m. (link below)

November 9  - Virtual Kindergarten Parent Information Meeting, 7:00-8:00pm

A Message from Ms. Jankovich

Good evening Sangster families!  I hope this message finds you well.

Thank you to those who attended our parent information meeting last night.  Mrs. Redford and I apologize for any difficulty you had with the BBCU link.  We are looking into possible reasons the link worked for some, but not for others.  If you were unable to attend, you may listen to the recording at Sangster Parent Information Session 10-28-20 Recording.

I know many of you are still struggling to decide if the instructional setting you selected on the July Return-to-Learn survey is still the right choice for your child and family.  If you chose in-person instruction in July, we will assume your child will return to in-person instruction when their group is scheduled to return.  If you chose all-virtual instruction, we will assume your child will continue in that format.  You DO NOT need to contact me if your decision has not changed.  

If your circumstances have changed, and you would like to change your child’s instructional setting, please email me no later than the close of business on Friday, October 30 at ALJankovich@fcps.edu.  Please include the following information:  student’s name, grade level, current teacher, and desired instructional setting (virtual or in-person).   The teachers and I will begin meeting next week to review any changes to the July survey  and to formulate a plan for moving forward.  As I shared last night,  while we will do our very best to keep students with their current teachers and will strive to minimize the impact of this transition, some students may experience a change in schedule or class assignment as we work to accommodate everyone’s preferences. 

While the health and safety of our students and staff will remain our top priority, please know there are a plethora of additional factors that must be considered as we transition to a concurrent model including: consistency for all students, continuation of services for special education and ESOL students, staffing demands, space issues in the building, and master schedule adjustments. 

I hope that the message you are hearing from Mrs. Redford and me is that we care about our students, we care about our staff, and we care about you.  Please know I will continue to work with you, as none of us can predict what the future holds.  I can’t promise that I will be able to grant every request, but I promise to listen and to be fair.

To quote Mrs. Reddel, Sangster is a community where “Rigor, Relevance, and Relationships” makes us who we are.   I believe in this more now than ever and hope that you do too.

For more information, please go to A Family Guide for Return to School. Have a wonderful weekend and I will be in touch soon.

Sincerely,

Ms. Jankovich

  Sangster Library Book Checkout is Here for Grades 4 and 3 Only October 30th Hold deadline

 

3rd and 4th Grade students now have an opportunity to "check out" books from the Sangster Library! 

Classroom teachers shared the information with their classes this week and explained the process by which they can use the Destiny Discover system to place holds on library books they want to check-out (physical copies, not e-books). 

Holds must be placed no later than Friday, October 30th.  During the curbside pick-up, each student will receive up to three books based on their placed holds. Our librarian, Mrs. Oberdick, will make every attempt to provide each student with at least one (if not all) of their requested books.

Curbside pick-up will be Wednesday, November 4th between 4:00-5:30PM.  Just as with the pick-up of student materials, parents are asked to pull into the Sangster bus loop, remain in their cars, and hold up a sign with their child's name and grade. Staff will be there to assist you. Masks are required.

If you cannot make the scheduled pick-up time, you can pick up your child's library books any time after November 4th between the hours of 8:30AM - 3:30PM, Monday - Friday. You do not need to call ahead, just ring the doorbell and announce you are there to pick up library books.

Want to return a Sangster Library book? No problem!  We always have a labeled box outside - just drive-up and drop-off anytime during school hours.

Thank you for being patient with us as we navigate this new system of library book check-out.

Sock Drive - Drop off deadline - October 30

For the second year in a row the Lake Braddock Athletic Sports Leadership Class is holding a sock drive to collect new socks to distribute to local families in need.  Sock Drive drop boxes are outside Sangster and at the Springfield Glory Days Grill from 8:30AM - 3:30PM.  Thank you!

Advanced Academic Program (AAP) Virtual Parent Information Meetings Thurs., Nov 5th, 7:00pm - AAP Screening and Referral Meeting

Please join the meeting via this BBCU link  AAP Parent Information Meeting Link

*If you missed the October 6th AAP Overview Parent Information Meeting and would like more information about the services offered by FCPS and Sangster, please email Mrs. Biberaj @ lbiberaj@fcps.edu for more information.

Level IV Referral Deadlines:

December 1, 2020 - for those seeking placement in the 2021-2022 school year

Download the AAP Level IV Referral Form here

Download the Parent Guardian Questionnaire here (optional but encouraged)d

  Veterans Day Virtual Celebration

 

Veterans Day is Wednesday, November 11, 2020.  It is a day to recognize and honor the brave men and women, both at home and abroad, who have served and continue to serve in our Armed Forces.  For almost a decade Sangster ES has proudly hosted a Veteran’s Day ceremony, to not only reflect upon the sacrifices of all service members, but to show our love and support to the hundreds of military families and students in our community.  This ceremony, originally started by the Military Spouses’ Club, has evolved over the years to become one of the most beloved events at Sangster. 

We are thrilled to share that this year, the tradition carries on!  Our Virtual Veterans Day Celebration will be shown to all students in their BBCU classes on November 11 (times TBD).  I will also send out the link to view the celebration in the November 12 News You Choose.  

As part of our Veterans Day Celebration every year, teachers invite veterans into their classes to share their experiences and knowledge with our students. Stay tuned for more information!

Finally, over the next week, we will be collecting pictures of our military families for our Veterans Day Celebration.  Please send those pictures and/or any images that include Sangster students and families with the American flag to Jennifer Redford at jaredford@fcps.edu.  We plan to use these in a picture slideshow during our Virtual Veterans Day Celebration for students.

October Monthly Classroom Newsletters are Up!

Virtual classrooms at Sangster Elementary School have been are hard at work in October. See all the amazing ways they are learning in this month's newsletters by checking them out on our Sangster website!

Attendance Reporting Changes

FCPS has established new attendance reporting guidelines.  Please report your student's absence by using one of the following methods:

Virtual Family Nights with Sangster Clinical Team

The Clinical Team at Sangster would like to provide families with information sessions in the form of Virtual Family Nights to support parents and guardians  at home. Please consider responding to the Google Survey Form below to let the Clinical Team know what topics may be of interest to you.  

We look forward to hearing from you and receiving your feedback!

Virtual Family Night Google form

Student Rights and Responsibilities (SR&R)  Due ASAP: Link is for Sangster Students ONLY

Parents and guardians, please review the Student Rights and Responsibilities and related resources at www.fcps.edu/srr.  After reviewing the information, fill out the SR&R Parent Acknowledgement Form using the link below.  This form must be filled out once for each SANGSTER ES student.

VERY IMPORTANT NOTE:  Links are school-specific. The link below is for ONLY Sangster ES students. If you have a student in another FCPS school you must complete the link provided by that school.

Sangster ES Link: FCPS SR&R Parent Acknowledgement Form

  Grab and Go Meals

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FCPS Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) offers grab and go meals to ALL FCPS students Monday-Friday. In addition, FNS offers breakfast and lunch meals for Saturday during distribution on Fridays. Food distribution locations and times are posted and updated frequently on the FCPS website:  https://www.fcps.edu/return-school/food

Sangster is a new stop location for Grab and Go Meals!  A bus arrives every morning from 7:10-7:20 a.m.    Other stops serving Sangster ES: New: Fairfax Meal Kits Offered at Select Locations 

Dinner and snacks are now offered at select locations. FCPS wants to provide every FCPS student daily access to nutritious meals. Fairfax Meal Kits are offered at several sites, containing seven (7) days of breakfast and lunch items packed in bulk.  Meals can be picked up 8:00am-12:30 pm., or until supplies are exhausted.  

The closest Fairfax Meal Kit location to Sangster ES is at:

Meals are available at no-cost to FCPS students and children 18 years of age and under.  Parents/caregivers may pick up for children, and adults may purchase kits for $28.00.

More information is available online or by calling the Office of Food and Nutrition Services at 703-813-4800.

  Positivity Project

This year, Sangster will continue implementing the Positivity Project (P2). P2 is dedicated to empowering America’s youth to build strong relationships and to understand, appreciate, and exemplify the character strengths in us all. Every 1-2 weeks, students learn about a new character strength.

It is easier than ever for Sangster families to access P2 resources this year! 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).

Positivity Project - Week of October 25

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

Next Week’s Character Strength: Perspective

Eating Disorders in Adolescents - November 10 Virtual Presentation 7:00pm

West Springfield Pyramid is hosting a virtual program on the subject of Eating Disorders in Adolescents: What to Look For and How to Get Help.  This virtual presentation will be led by speaker, Ashley Steelman, MA, LCSW, the Clincial Director at Clementine Twin Lakes. 

See flyer for program details and the BBCU Meeting link.

Fairfax County Public Library - LEAP Program

FCPS students (Pre-K-12) can check out materials from the Fairfax County Public Library (FCPL) under the Library Equity Access Pass Program (LEAP), a partnership with FCPS and FCPL.  Students only need their name, not a physical library card, to check out three items at a time for six weeks each (no renewals). LEAP accounts are never charged fines or fees. 

For more information about the LEAP Program

 

News from the PTA

 

  Sangster ES PTA launches the Sangster PTA News You Choose

The all new Sangster PTA News You Choose announcement will be sent out every Tuesday (starting October 27th) with info about PTA events and programs. 

Sangster Rocks ROCKTOBER! - Rock drop off - Friday, October 30 

Drop off your finished painted rocks for Sangster’s new rock garden in the grey pots at the back of school, directly behind the library. Pots are labeled by grade near the garden bench.  Watch for pictures of the finished rock garden!

PTA Fall Auction - October 25 - November 1

Check out our Fall Auction items up for sale:  PTA Fall Auction

 

For more information on PTA activities, please see the “Weekly Email Update” heading on our PTA website:  Sangster PTA website

 

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10-22-20 Two Weeks At a Glance

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  Sangster News You Choose Two Weeks At a Glance

October 25 - November 1 - PTA Fall Auction

October 26-27 - PTA "Boo! You're it!" Bag Pickup, 4:30-6:30pm, Sangster Bus Loop

October 25-26 – Sangster Rocks ROCKTOBER! – Rock pickup 11am-4pm

October 30 - PTA Sangster Rocks ROCKTOBER! - Rock drop off deadline

October 30 - End of 1st Quarter/2-Hour Early Release

November 2-3 - Student Holidays/Teacher Workdays

November 3 - Election Day

A Message from Ms. Jankovich

Dear Sangster Families -

I hope that everyone had a good week and has something fun planned for the weekend.  As I have said many times, find as many opportunities as you can to put the technology away and get outside! It’s almost hard to believe that it’s time to get out the rake and lawn bags, but I must practice what I preach.  😊

I know that you have many questions about the instructional delivery model for in-person teaching and learning at Sangster. We can now share that FCPS will begin implementing a concurrent model of instruction beginning with our Kindergarten students on November 16, 2020, followed by grades 1 & 2 on November 30, 2020, and grades 3 – 6 on January 4, 2021.  I will be scheduling evening Office Hours soon where more information will be shared with you about the concurrent model.  Stay tuned for those links, dates, and times.

In July, you were asked to select a preference of virtual or in-person learning for your child.  If your July preference remains the same, there is nothing further you need to do.  If your family situation has changed since July, you will have the opportunity to communicate that change with us.  More general information regarding the concurrent model and directions on how to change your child’s preference will be sent out in an e-notify message on Monday, October 26. 

Please know that the staff, Ms. Redford, and I know what a challenging year this has been for our students as well as you.  While we know another transition is on the horizon, please know that we are going to continue to support you and do everything we can to make this next step as easy as possible for our students.

Thank you again for all you do.

Sincerely,

Ms. Jankovich

PTA "Boo! You're it!" Bag Pickup - Oct 26-27

Let's spread some seasonal fun! Purchase your "Boo! You're it!" bags this week. Includes lots of candy, glow sticks, stickers, brain erasers, pens and the instructions on how it works, all ready to go in a festive bag!  Each bag is $10. All the proceeds go to Sangster PTA.  You can pick up your bags in the Sangster loop on Monday, October 26th and Tuesday, October 27th from 4:30-6:30pm.  Available while supplies last!   Please go to this link on Member Hub to purchase your bags! Sangster PTA Store.

Sock Drive - Drop off deadline - October 30

For the second year in a row the Lake Braddock Athletic Sports Leadership Class is holding a sock drive to collect new socks to distribute to local families in need.  The committee has placed a box where you can drop off new socks (any sizes) at the Springfield Glory Days Grill. We will also place a box outside of Sangster where socks can be dropped off Monday - Friday from 8:30AM - 3:30PM.  The drive will begin October 19th and last until Friday, October 30th.

Thank you!

October Monthly Classroom Newsletters are Up!

Virtual classrooms at Sangster Elementary School are hard at work in October. See all the amazing ways they are learning in this month's newsletters by checking them out on our Sangster website!

Attendance Reporting Changes

FCPS has established new attendance reporting guidelines.  Please report your student's absence by using one of the following methods:

Virtual Family Nights with Sangster Clinical Team

The Clinical Team at Sangster would like to provide families with information sessions in the form of Virtual Family Nights to support parents and guardians  at home. Please consider responding to the Google Survey Form below to let the Clinical Team know what topics may be of interest to you.  

We look forward to hearing from you and receiving your feedback!

Virtual Family Night Google form

Forms to Complete On-Line - DUE NOW

Please continue to complete these forms asap.  Forms may be accessed in WeCare or scanned and emailed to Marian Hoelscher, Registrar at mthoelscher@fcps.edu

Emergency Care Form - complete and submit in WeCare

Health Information Form - complete and submit in WeCare

Homeless Student Referral Form 

Identification of Military Families 

FLE Opt Out

Parent consent for digital tools   - click link to complete and submit

Student Rights and Responsibilities (SR&R)  Due ASAP: Link is for Sangster Students ONLY

Parents and guardians, please review the Student Rights and Responsibilities and related resources at www.fcps.edu/srr.  After reviewing the information, fill out the SR&R Parent Acknowledgement Form using the link below.  This form must be filled out once for each SANGSTER ES student.

VERY IMPORTANT NOTE:  Links are school-specific. The link below is for ONLY Sangster ES students. If you have a student in another FCPS school you must complete the link provided by that school.

 

Sangster ES Link: FCPS SR&R Parent Acknowledgement Form

  Grab and Go Meals

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FCPS Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) offers grab and go meals to ALL FCPS students Monday-Friday. In addition, FNS offers breakfast and lunch meals for Saturday during distribution on Fridays. Food distribution locations and times are posted and updated frequently on the FCPS website:  https://www.fcps.edu/return-school/food

Sangster is a new stop location for Grab and Go Meals!  A bus arrives every morning from 7:10-7:20 a.m     New: Fairfax Meal Kits Offered at Select Locations 

Dinner and snacks are now offered at select locations. FCPS wants to provide every FCPS student daily access to nutritious meals. Fairfax Meal Kits are offered at several sites, containing seven (7) days of breakfast and lunch items packed in bulk.   

Meal kits will be available for pick up from 8:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., or until supplies are exhausted.  All meals are available at no-cost to FCPS students and children eighteen (18) years of age and under.  Parents/caregivers may pick up for children and adults may purchase kits for $28.00.

More information is available online or by calling the Office of Food and Nutrition Services at 703-813-4800.

Sign up for Paperless Progress Reports

The “Go Paperless” option is now available to all elementary school parents to allow parents to only receive online progress reports starting the first quarter of School Year 2020-21. Choosing this option will not impact any mailings from FCPS other than the progress reports for elementary school students and report cards for secondary students.  The “Go Paperless” option will apply to all associated students, no matter what school level. If the associated parent and/or guardian selects “Go Paperless” for one of their students, the option will apply to all other siblings.

To take advantage of the paperless options, parents and/or guardians must log into ParentVUE, then go to “My Account” and select "Go Paperless".  All parents and/or guardians who live with the student and share the same address must have a SIS ParentVUE account and must select the paperless option to prevent mailing of the printed progress reports.

If you do not have a ParentVue Account, please contact our Registrar, Marian Hoelscher, at mthoelscher@fcps.edu.

  Positivity Project

This year, Sangster will continue implementing the Positivity Project (P2). P2 is dedicated to empowering America’s youth to build strong relationships and to understand, appreciate, and exemplify the character strengths in us all. Every 1-2 weeks, students learn about a new character strength.

It is easier than ever for Sangster families to access P2 resources this year! 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).

Positivity Project - Week of October 18

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

Next Week’s Character Strength: Creativity

Advanced Academic Program (AAP) Virtual Parent Information Meetings

*If you missed the October 6th AAP Overview Parent Information Meeting and would like more information about the services offered by FCPS and Sangster, please email Mrs. Biberaj @ lbiberaj@fcps.edu for more information.

AAP Screening and Referral Meeting – Thursday, November 5th at 7:00 p.m.

Please join the meeting via this BBCU link  AAP Parent Information Meeting Link

Level IV Referral Deadlines:

December 1, 2020 - for those seeking placement in the 2021-2022 school year

Download the AAP Level IV Referral Form here

Download the Parent Guardian Questionnaire here (optional but encouraged)

Eating Disorders in Adolescents - November 10 Virtual Presentation 7:00pm

West Springfield Pyramid is hosting a virtual program on the subject of Eating Disorders in Adolescents: What to Look For and How to Get Help.  This virtual presentation will be led by speaker, Ashley Steelman, MA, LCSW, the Clincial Director at Clementine Twin Lakes.  See flyer for program details and the BBCU link to the virtual presentation. 

Sangster Library e-Books

Did you know that Sangster students can access over a thousand new and popular e-Book titles?  Students simply log in to MackinVIA through their computer or other personal device using the website/app.  The weblink and video tutorials can be found on our Sangster Library homepage, which will require an FCPS Google login: https://tinyurl.com/sangsterlibrary.  All links can also be found on our public Sangster site under the "Library" tab.

Please contact our librarian, Nicole Oberdick at neoberdick@fcps.edu with any questions. Happy reading! 

Fairfax County Public Library - LEAP Program

Effective October 1, all FCPS students (preK-12) can check out materials from the Fairfax County Public Library (FCPL), even if they don’t have a traditional library card or a card has been blocked due to fines. 

Under the Library Equity Access Pass program (LEAP), a partnership with FCPS and FCPL, students need only their name, not a physical library card, to check out three items at a time for six weeks each (no renewals). LEAP accounts are never charged fines or fees. 

A student can have a LEAP account in addition to a standard library account. Standard accounts allow users to place holds on materials and access FCPL’s digital resources, such as eBooks and databases. 

Families can apply for a standard account online and in library branches

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 acknowledge our Sangster staff members. 

How to Stay In-Touch at Sangster

Please stay in touch throughout the year through these official FCPS and Sangster sites:

Sangster sends a weekly News You Choose with the latest school updates. 

 

News from the PTA

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  Sangster ES PTA launches the Sangster PTA News You Choose

We are so excited to be able to communicate with the entire Sangster community, including our PTA members, about the events and programs sponsored by the Sangster PTA in the year ahead! 

The all new Sangster PTA News You Choose announcement will be sent out every Tuesday (starting October 27th) with info about PTA events and programs. 

 

PTA Fall Auction - October 25 - November 1

Check out our Fall Auction items up for sale:  PTA Fall Auction

 

For more information on PTA activities, please see the “Weekly Email Update” heading on our PTA website:  Sangster PTA website

 

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

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Sangster News You Choose: Digital Citizenship Week & Classroom Newsletters

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Sangster News You Choose A Message from Ms. Jankovich

Dear Sangster Families –

This a special edition of News You Choose in order to tell you about the exciting plans Debbie Tannenbaum, our Technical Specialist, has organized for Digital Citizenship next week.

More details about Digital Citizenship Week can be found in the bottom of the Sangster home page.

Have a great weekend!

Sincerely,

Allison Jankovich

 

Celebrate Digital Citizenship Week October 19–23, next week! 

 

How am I being a digital citizen today? Each day has a different focus. Check out all the amazing digital citizenship activities you and your families can do at home on  Wide Open School. Activities are provided there by day and grade level.

Monday, October 19th How can I create Media Balance in my life? Tuesday, October 20

How can I keep my private information safe?

Wednesday, October 21 How can I build a digital footprint I’m Proud of? Thursday, October 22

How can I communicate kindly, build relationships and stand up to hate?

Friday, October 23

How can I think critically about the things I see, create and share?

   

Find activities for your student by choosing a link below. 

Grades K-2

Grades 3-5

Grades 6-8

  October Monthly Classroom Newsletters are Up!

Virtual classrooms at Sangster Elementary School are hard at work in October. See all the amazing ways they are learning in this month's newsletters by checking them out on our Sangster website!

 

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

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10-15-20 Two Weeks At a Glance

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  Sangster News You Choose

 

Two Weeks At a Glance

October 16 – Final Day of Sangster Book Fair

October 17 - 19 - PTA Sangster Rocktober, Rock pick up (see below for details)

October 20 - PTA Paisano’s Pizza Fundraiser Night, 4:00-9:00pm

October 21 - Library Book Curbside Pickup for 5th and 6th Grade, 4:00-5:30pm

Oct 25 - Nov 1 - PTA Fall Auction

A Message from Ms. Jankovich

Dear Sangster Families –

I hope everyone is having a good week. 

For those of you who were not able to attend the October PTA meeting, two members of our clinical team shared strategies for helping to make distance learning a better experience for both students and parents.

Here is a summary of what was shared:

Create an optimal learning space

It is important that your child has an optimal learning space, or spaces, in order to focus on their school day. It may help to have fidgets easily accessible, such as putty, stress balls, or a tangle toy. If your child is having trouble staying seated, explore different seating options, such as a stool, standing up, an exercise ball, or sitting/laying on the floor.

Individualize Your Child’s Day

Pay attention to patterns with your child. Are they getting restless around the same time every day? Try to build in extra movement breaks as needed and use a visual timer to let them know how long they have until they return to the computer.

For K-2 students, try a daily sticker chart to reinforce positive behavior. Choose one specific behavior to target (i.e. staying in your learning space, actively participating), and reinforce those behaviors.

For 3rd-6th, you can use a checklist to help them keep focused on what they need to do. You can link their completed checklist to a chosen reward (i.e. preferred screen time or family activity such as a weekend outing or a movie night).

If you have any questions or would like to have a brief consultation, please contact any member of the clinical staff:

Paula Augenstein, School Counselor (odd grades and Mrs. Belcher and Mrs. Bryan)

Lisa Railan, School Counselor (even grades and Ms. Lazcano and Ms. Phillips)

Maggie Wilkerson, School Social Worker

Becky Harris, School Psychologist

Thank you again for all you do. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you need anything.

Sincerely,

Allison Jankovich

Fall Book Fair - Final Day - Friday, October 16th! 

In collaboration with Bookworm Central, Sangster is offering our very first virtual book fair!! We are excited to offer Bookworm Central's collection of great books and games available online. Enjoy great additions to your home library or purchase gifts for others while helping to raise money for Sangster's library and literacy programs.  

Find the Bookworm Central website online at www.bookwormcentral.com

Enter our school organization code at top of the web page: sangster

Need help? Watch this short How-to Video.

New features of the online book fair include: 

* Teacher Wish Lists - Celebrate teachers with books for their classroom! 

* FREE shipping over $30! 

* Educational Games, STEM, Award Winners, Spanish books, Graphic Novels, Fun Stuff! 

Sock Drive

For the second year in a row the Lake Braddock Athletic Sports Leadership Class is holding a sock drive to collect new socks to distribute to local families in need.  The committee has placed a box where you can drop off new socks (any sizes) at the Springfield Glory Days Grill. We will also place a box outside of Sangster where socks can be dropped off Monday - Friday from 8:30AM - 3:30PM.  The drive will begin October 19th and last until Friday, October 30th.

Thank you!

Forms to Complete On-Line - DUE NOW

Please continue to complete these forms asap.  Forms may be accessed in WeCare or scanned and emailed to Marian Hoelscher, Registrar at mthoelscher@fcps.edu

Emergency Care Form - complete and submit in WeCare

Health Information Form - complete and submit in WeCare

Homeless Student Referral Form 

Identification of Military Families 

FLE Opt Out

Parent consent for digital tools   - click link to complete and submit

Sangster Library Book Checkout is Here for Grades 5 and 6 Only

Beginning October 14th, 5th and 6th Grade students will have the opportunity to "check out" books from the Sangster Library! 

Mrs. Oberdick, school librarian, met with interested students today to explain the process by which they can use the Destiny Discover system to place holds on library books (physical copies, not e-books) they want to check-out.  Holds must be placed no later than Friday, October 16th. Each student will receive two books based on their placed holds during the curbside pick-up, and she will make every attempt to provide each student at least one (if not both) of their requested books.

Curbside pick-up will be Wednesday, October 21st between 4:00PM - 5:30PM.  Just as with the pick-up of student materials, parents are asked to pull into the Sangster bus loop, remain in their cars, and hold up a sign with their child's name and teacher.  Staff will be there to assist you.  Masks are required.

If you cannot make the scheduled pick-up time, you can pick up your child's library books up any time after October 21st in the main lobby between the hours of 8:30AM - 3:30PM, Monday - Friday. You do not need to call ahead, just ring the doorbell and announce you are there to pick up a library book.

Want to return a Sangster Library book? No problem!  We always have a labeled box outside - just drive-up and drop-off anytime during school hours.

Thank you for being patient with us as we navigate this new system of library book check-out.  After October 21st, stay tuned for how students in grades K - 4 can also check out their books from the Sangster Library!

Student Rights and Responsibilities (SR&R)  Due ASAP: Link is for Sangster Students ONLY

Parents and guardians, please review the Student Rights and Responsibilities and related resources at www.fcps.edu/srr.  After reviewing the information, fill out the SR&R Parent Acknowledgement Form using the link below.  This form must be filled out once for each SANGSTER ES student.

VERY IMPORTANT NOTE:  Links are school-specific. The link below is for ONLY Sangster ES students. If you have a student in another FCPS school you must complete the link provided by that school.

 

Sangster ES Link: FCPS SR&R Parent Acknowledgement Form

  Grab and Go Meals

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FCPS Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) offers grab and go meals to ALL FCPS students Monday-Friday. In addition, FNS offers breakfast and lunch meals for Saturday during distribution on Fridays. Food distribution locations and times are posted and updated frequently on the FCPS website:  https://www.fcps.edu/return-school/food

Sangster is a new stop location for Grab and Go Meals!  A bus arrives every morning from 7:10-7:20 a.m     New: Fairfax Meal Kits Offered at Select Locations 

Dinner and snacks are now offered at select locations. FCPS wants to provide every FCPS student daily access to nutritious meals. Fairfax Meal Kits are offered at several sites, containing seven (7) days of breakfast and lunch items packed in bulk.   

Meal kits will be available for pick up from 8:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., or until supplies are exhausted.  All meals are available at no-cost to FCPS students and children eighteen (18) years of age and under.  Parents/caregivers may pick up for children and adults may purchase kits for $28.00.

More information is available online or by calling the Office of Food and Nutrition Services at 703-813-4800.

Sign up for Paperless Progress Reports

The “Go Paperless” option is now available to all elementary school parents to allow parents to only receive online progress reports starting the first quarter of School Year 2020-21. Choosing this option will not impact any mailings from FCPS other than the progress reports for elementary school students and report cards for secondary students.  The “Go Paperless” option will apply to all associated students, no matter what school level. If the associated parent and/or guardian selects “Go Paperless” for one of their students, the option will apply to all other siblings.

To take advantage of the paperless options, parents and/or guardians must log into ParentVUE, then go to “My Account” and select "Go Paperless".  All parents and/or guardians who live with the student and share the same address must have a SIS ParentVUE account and must select the paperless option to prevent mailing of the printed progress reports.

If you do not have a ParentVue Account, please contact our Registrar, Marian Hoelscher, at mthoelscher@fcps.edu.

  Positivity Project

This year, Sangster will continue implementing the Positivity Project (P2). P2 is dedicated to empowering America’s youth to build strong relationships and to understand, appreciate, and exemplify the character strengths in us all. Every 1-2 weeks, students learn about a new character strength.

It is easier than ever for Sangster families to access P2 resources this year! 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).

Positivity Project - Week of October 11

This week’s Positivity Project focus is the Other People Mindset with an emphasis on being present and giving others your attention. This is a great week to talk with your child about those who have been present in their lives and how they have made a difference for them.

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: Forgiveness

Advanced Academic Program (AAP) Virtual Parent Information Meetings

*If you missed the October 6th AAP Overview Parent Information Meeting and would like more information about the services offered by FCPS and Sangster, please email Mrs. Biberaj @ lbiberaj@fcps.edu for more information.

AAP Screening and Referral Meeting – Thursday, November 5th at 7:00 p.m.

Please join the meeting via this BBCU link  AAP Parent Information Meeting Link

Level IV Referral Deadlines:
  • December 1, 2020 - for those seeking placement in the 2021-2022 school year
Sangster Library e-Books

Did you know that Sangster students can access over a thousand new and popular e-Book titles?  Students simply log in to MackinVIA through their computer or other personal device using the website/app.  The weblink and video tutorials can be found on our Sangster Library homepage, which will require an FCPS Google login: https://tinyurl.com/sangsterlibrary.  All links can also be found on our public Sangster site under the "Library" tab.

Please contact our librarian, Nicole Oberdick at neoberdick@fcps.edu with any questions. Happy reading! 

Fairfax County Public Library - LEAP Program

Effective October 1, all FCPS students (preK-12) can check out materials from the Fairfax County Public Library (FCPL), even if they don’t have a traditional library card or a card has been blocked due to fines. 

Under the Library Equity Access Pass program (LEAP), a partnership with FCPS and FCPL, students need only their name, not a physical library card, to check out three items at a time for six weeks each (no renewals). LEAP accounts are never charged fines or fees. 

A student can have a LEAP account in addition to a standard library account. Standard accounts allow users to place holds on materials and access FCPL’s digital resources, such as eBooks and databases. 

Families can apply for a standard account online and in library branches

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 acknowledge our Sangster staff members. 

Attendance Reporting

You may report your student's absence by using one of the following methods:

  • By Email: SangsterElem.Attendance@fcps.edu
  • By Phone: Call 703-644-8282 and leave a detailed message.
  • By Form: Sangster ES Attendance Form
How to Stay In-Touch at Sangster

Please stay in touch throughout the year through these official FCPS and Sangster sites:

Sangster sends a weekly News You Choose with the latest school updates. 

 

News from the PTA

http://sangster.digitalpto.com/

 

Sangster Rocks ROCKTOBER!

Get creative and paint some rocks for Sangster’s new rock garden in back of the school!

Choose up to 3 rocks to paint from the grey plastic pots in front of Sangster.  Rock pickup hours: Sat 10/17 and Sun 10/18 from 10am - 4pm, Mon 10/19 1pm- 6pm.  Finished rocks can be placed in grey pots at the back of school directly behind the library by 10/30.  Pots will be labeled by grade and placed near the garden bench.  Watch for pictures of the finished rock garden!

PTA Restaurant Night is Back

Paisano’s Pizza - Tuesday, Oct 20th 4:00-9:00pm -  5765 Burke Center PKWY. Mention Sangster when ordering!!

PTA MEMBERSHIP is Now On Sale!

A digital PTA member/student directory is included in the price and will be compiled and available in the coming weeks.  Various donation levels available, single membership $35, family $45.  Link: Sangster PTA Membership  Thank you for your support!!

PTA AUCTION is coming!!  10/25/2020 - 11/1/2020

SPORTS FANS: autographed sports memorabilia and National Championship items up for grabs!!!  An Astronaut American Girl Doll, many wonderful baskets, gift certificates and other items available. We are still taking AUCTION donations!  Own a small business or vacation rental?  Offer a service or have a crafty hobby? Work for a generous company? Link to PTA Fall Auction.  Email Jacquelyn at SangsterAuction@gmail.com.

PTA New Family Welcome Programs

Please visit “Welcome To Our Nest”, the PTA newcomers website  Click here: Sangster PTA New Family Welcome Website for the site. 

Need help?  SangsterWelcome@gmail.com

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

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10-08-20 Two Weeks At a Glance

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A Message from Ms. Jankovich

Hello Sangster!

Happy October to everyone.  Hopefully you have not met your pumpkin spice quota for the year yet.  During these unprecedented times, it’s important to try and safely enjoy as many sounds, sights, and smells of the season that you can.  I highly recommend taking the time for a weekend road trip north, as the leaves are already starting to change in some places.  I have a trip planned to my hometown of Mercer, Pennsylvania the weekend of Halloween and know that I will need to stop at least once along the way to breathe in country air.  We all, students included, need to unplug and recharge. I would love to see any photos you have of fun, fall outings with your families.  Feel free to email them to me. 

Thank you for your continued support of virtual learning. As you know, FCPS recently shared plans for a phased, in-person cohort of learning for specific populations of students.  At this time, Sangster ES does not have any students returning to in-person learning.  Our goal remains closely aligned with that of FCPS - high-quality instruction in a safe learning environment.  For more information, please view Dr. Brabrand’s latest message at: Superintendent Message.

During the most recent pick-up of student materials, many of you communicated your gratitude and words of encouragement to the teachers and staff at Sangster.  I promise I have passed on all of that information. While our halls may be empty, our hearts certainly are not.  I am so proud of the entire Sangster community and the love and support being passed around.  We continue to look forward to the day where we can all be together again.

Thank you for all your time and support and please know how much we appreciate you.

Sincerely,

Allison Jankovich

Two Weeks At a Glance

 

October 1 - 16 – Virtual Sangster Book Fair

October 8 – PTA Virtual Meeting, 7 p.m.

                    ZOOM Meeting ID: 926 3981 4942//Passcode: 0zZcsJ

October 8 – Level IV Fall Referral Deadline for those new to FCPS since Jan. 1, 2020

October 9 – PTA Reflections entries due

October 12 – School Planning Day / Student Holiday

PTA MEETING Thursday, October 8 -  7:00 pm 

Please join us for our October meeting where you will hear more about why "Sangster ROCKS!"

Topics for the meeting will include information about November conference dates, FCPS' Phase-In Plan for Groups 1-4, upcoming dates and details related to the Advanced Academics Program, library book check-out/Book Fair, and more.  Additionally, Maggie Wilkerson, social worker, and Lisa Railan, school counselor, will provide some tips for how parents can support their children during virtual learning. 

To join the ZOOM meeting, go to the ZOOM site and enter the following:                      

Meeting ID: 926 3981 4942

Passcode: 0zZcsJ

Forms to Complete On-Line - OVERDUE

Please continue to complete these forms asap.  Forms may be accessed in WeCare or scanned and emailed to Marian Hoelscher, Registrar at mthoelscher@fcps.edu

Emergency Care Form - complete and submit in WeCare

Health Information Form - complete and submit in WeCare

Homeless Student Referral Form 

Identification of Military Families 

FLE Opt Out

Parent consent for digital tools   - click link to complete and submit

  Student Rights and Responsibilities (SR&R)  FORM DUE ASAP

Parents and guardians, please review the Student Rights and Responsibilities and related resources at www.fcps.edu/srr.  After reviewing the information, fill out the SR&R Parent Acknowledgement Form using the link below.  This form must be filled out once for each student in your family.  

Link: FCPS SR&R Parent Acknowledgement Form

The Deadline for the Book Fair has been extended!  Shop the Fall Book Fair - Now through October 16th! 

In collaboration with Bookworm Central, Sangster is offering our very first virtual book fair!! We are excited to offer Bookworm Central's collection of great books and games available online. Enjoy great additions to your home library or purchase gifts for others while helping to raise money for Sangster's library and literacy programs.  

Find the Bookworm Central website online at www.bookwormcentral.com

Enter our school organization code at top of the web page: sangster

Need help? Watch this short How-to Video.

New features of the online book fair include: 

* Teacher Wish Lists - Celebrate teachers with books for their classroom! 

* FREE shipping over $30! 

* Educational Games, STEM, Award Winners, Spanish books, Graphic Novels, Fun Stuff! 

Advanced Academic Program (AAP) Virtual Parent Information Meetings

*If you missed the October 6th AAP Overview Parent Information Meeting and would like more information about the services offered by FCPS and Sangster, please email Mrs. Biberaj @ lbiberaj@fcps.edu for more information.

AAP Screening and Referral Meeting – Thursday, November 5th at 7:00 p.m.

Please join the meeting via this BBCU link  AAP Parent Information Meeting Link

Level IV Referral Deadlines:
  • October 8, 2020 - for those new to FCPS since January 1, 2020 and seeking placement in the second semester
  • December 1, 2020 - for those seeking placement in the 2021-2022 school year
Sign up for Paperless Progress Reports

The “Go Paperless” option is now available to all elementary school parents to allow parents to only receive online progress reports starting the first quarter of School Year 2020-21. Choosing this option will not impact any mailings from FCPS other than the progress reports for elementary school students and report cards for secondary students.  The “Go Paperless” option will apply to all associated students, no matter what school level. If the associated parent and/or guardian selects “Go Paperless” for one of their students, the option will apply to all other siblings.

To take advantage of the paperless options, parents and/or guardians must log into ParentVUE, then go to “My Account” and select "Go Paperless".  All parents and/or guardians who live with the student and share the same address must have a SIS ParentVUE account and must select the paperless option to prevent mailing of the printed progress reports.

If you do not have a ParentVue Account, please contact our Registrar, Marian Hoelscher, at mthoelscher@fcps.edu.

Important Information about Grab and Go Meals

FCPS Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) offers grab and go meals to ALL FCPS students Monday-Friday. In addition, FNS offers breakfast and lunch meals for Saturday during distribution on Fridays. Food distribution locations and times are posted and updated frequently on the FCPS website:  https://www.fcps.edu/return-school/food

Sangster is a new stop location for Grab and Go Meals!  A bus arrives every morning from 7:10-7:20 a.m.        Positivity Project

This year, Sangster will continue implementing the Positivity Project (P2). P2 is dedicated to empowering America’s youth to build strong relationships and to understand, appreciate, and exemplify the character strengths in us all. Every 1-2 weeks, students learn about a new character strength.

It is easier than ever for Sangster families to access P2 resources this year! 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).

Positivity Project - Week of October 4

This week’s character strength is Open-Mindedness. You show this strength when you like to consider new ideas and try new things. You examine things from all sides and don’t jump to conclusions. Open-minded individuals are often good listeners and called upon to provide a balanced viewpoint. Both listening and the ability to deliver reasonable and practical advice are marks of good friends and confidantes. This strength helps individuals form meaningful and lasting relationships.

Next Week’s Positivity Project Focus: The Other People Mindset – being present and giving others my attention

Sangster Library e-Books

Did you know that Sangster students can access over a thousand new and popular e-Book titles?  Students simply log in to MackinVIA through their computer or other personal device using the website/app.  The weblink and video tutorials can be found on our Sangster Library homepage, which will require an FCPS Google login: https://tinyurl.com/sangsterlibrary.  All links can also be found on our public Sangster site under the "Library" tab.

Please contact our librarian, Nicole Oberdick at neoberdick@fcps.edu with any questions. Happy reading! 

Fairfax County Public Library - LEAP Program

Effective October 1, all FCPS students (preK-12) can check out materials from the Fairfax County Public Library (FCPL), even if they don’t have a traditional library card or a card has been blocked due to fines. 

Under the Library Equity Access Pass program (LEAP), a partnership with FCPS and FCPL, students need only their name, not a physical library card, to check out three items at a time for six weeks each (no renewals). LEAP accounts are never charged fines or fees. 

A student can have a LEAP account in addition to a standard library account. Standard accounts allow users to place holds on materials and access FCPL’s digital resources, such as eBooks and databases. 

Families can apply for a standard account online and in library branches

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 acknowledge our Sangster staff members. 

Attendance Reporting

You may report your student's absence by using one of the following methods:

  • By Email: SangsterElem.Attendance@fcps.edu
  • By Phone: Call 703-644-8282 and leave a detailed message.
  • By Form: Sangster ES Attendance Form
How to Stay In-Touch at Sangster

Please stay in touch throughout the year through these official FCPS and Sangster sites:

Sangster sends a weekly News You Choose with the latest school updates. 

 

News from the PTA

http://sangster.digitalpto.com/

 

PTA Reflections Contest Entries Due Friday, October 9

Entrants should reflect on this year's theme: “I Matter Because".   Questions? Contact Cherilyn McCall at Reflections@SangsterPTA.org   Here is the link for submission:  https://sangster.digitalpto.com/student-activities/

Honoring Mrs. Reddel

If you have any last minute photo submissions for Ms Reddel’s album, please email them to SangsterMemories@gmail.com by COB on Friday Oct 9th. Thank you for your contributions!

PTA MEMBERSHIP is Now On Sale!

A digital PTA member/student directory is included in the price and will be compiled and available in the coming weeks.  Various donation levels available, single membership $35, family $45.  Link: Sangster PTA Membership  Thank you for your support!!

PTA AUCTION is coming!!  10/25/2020 - 11/1/2020

SPORTS FANS: autographed sports memorabilia and National Championship items up for grabs!!!  Many wonderful baskets, gift certificates and other items available. We are still taking AUCTION donations!  Own a small business or vacation rental?  Offer a service or have a crafty hobby? Work for a generous company?  For more information, Email Jacquelyn at SangsterAuction@gmail.com.

PTA New Family Welcome Programs

Please visit “Welcome To Our Nest”, the PTA newcomers website  Click here: Sangster PTA New Family Welcome Website for the site. 

Need help?  SangsterWelcome@gmail.com

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

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Attendance: 703-644-8282 | Web | Twitter

Student Materials Pick-Up Make-Up Date

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Student Materials Pick-Up Make-Up Date

REMINDER:  Tomorrow, Wednesday, October 7th, is the make-up date for the pick-up of student materials. If you have not yet picked up your child’s September/October materials (during the September 28th – October 1st pick-up) please do so tomorrow between 4:30PM and 6:30PM.  Pull into the main bus loop, remain in your car, and a staff member will assist you!  Please do not forget to make a sign with your oldest (or only) child’s name/teacher listed first and younger siblings/teachers underneath.

If you are not able to make this curb-side make-up date, please call the main office  Monday – Friday between 9:00AM – 3:00PM to let them know when you will be arriving. Bags will be waiting in the main lobby.

Thank you.

 

Allison Jankovich

Acting Principal

Sangster ES

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10-1-20 Two Weeks At a Glance

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A Message from Ms. Jankovich

Greetings Sangster!  By now you have heard the news that Mrs. Reddel, our Sangster principal, has been promoted to Executive Principal of Region 4.  While we are excited for her as she begins this new chapter, we are going to miss her dearly.  Over the next several weeks I am thrilled to carry on her leadership and dedication to the Sangster community in my role as Acting Principal of Sangster ES. I often say that “Sangster is like a second home to me” for good reason. 

While I have been a classroom teacher in both my home state of Pennsylvania and Maryland, I have proudly spent the last 18 years of my educational career at Sangster as a classroom teacher and as an Assistant Principal.  Jen Redford, Assistant Principal, and I both know the Sangster students and community well and are dedicated to working alongside you every step of the way.   Our teachers and staff are committed to building virtual relationships with students while continuing the planning and delivery of strong virtual lessons.  We are truly all in this together!

The virtual setting is challenging.  We hear you and know how hard every student, teacher, and parent are working. Please remember to set realistic goals for yourself and your child.  We know that everyone in your household has likely felt and experienced the effects COVID-19 has had on our nation, as well as our school system.  Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns.

Sincerely,

Allison Jankovich

Two Weeks At a Glance

 

October 1 - 12 – Virtual Sangster Book Fair

October 2 – All forms due  (See details below)

October 2 – Ms. Reddel’s last day at Sangster

October 6 - AAP Overview Meeting, 7 p.m.

October 7 - Student Materials Pick-Up Make-Up, 4:30-6:30 p.m.

October 8 – PTA Virtual Meeting, 7 p.m.

October 8 – Level IV Fall Referral Deadline for those new to FCPS since Jan. 1, 2020

October 9 – PTA Reflections entries due

October 12 – School Planning Day / Student Holiday

Forms to Complete On-Line: Due October 2

Please complete these forms asap.  Forms may be accessed in WeCare or scanned and emailed to Marian Hoelscher, Registrar at mthoelscher@fcps.edu

 

Emergency Care Form - complete and submit in WeCare

Health Information Form - complete and submit in WeCare

Homeless Student Referral Form 

Identification of Military Families 

FLE Opt Out

Parent consent for digital tools   - click link to complete and submit

  Student Rights and Responsibilities (SR&R)  FORM DUE ASAP

Parents and guardians, please review the Student Rights and Responsibilities and related resources at www.fcps.edu/srr.  After reviewing the information, fill out the SR&R Parent Acknowledgement Form using the link below.  This form must be filled out once for each student in your family.  

Link: FCPS SR&R Parent Acknowledgement Form

Teacher-Parent Check-In Phone Calls

Since we are beginning the school year 100% virtually, Sangster teachers are beginning to make short (5-10 minute) check-in phone calls with parents every two weeks.  The purpose is to have a quick and personal conversation about your child as we are building relationships with you and your child(ren).   Many of our teachers are beginning to schedule the calls.  Since teachers are making these calls to every parent, you will not be receiving interim reports this quarter. 

Advanced Academic Program (AAP) Virtual Parent Information Meetings AAP Overview Meeting – Tuesday, October 6th at 7:00 p.m.

This session will provide further information about the continuum of services offered by the Advanced Academic Program.

AAP Screening and Referral Meeting – Thursday, November 5th at 7:00 p.m.

This session will provide specific information about the screening and referral process.

Level IV Referral Deadlines:
  • October 8, 2020 - for those new to FCPS since January 1, 2020 and seeking placement in the second semester
  • December 1, 2020 - for those seeking placement in the 2021-2022 school year
Please join the meeting(s) via this BBCU link

(be sure to open in Google Chrome)  

AAP Parent Information Meeting Link

Shop the Fall Book Fair - Now through October 12th! 

In collaboration with Bookworm Central, Sangster is offering our very first virtual book fair!! We are excited to offer Bookworm Central's collection of great books and games available online. Enjoy great additions to your home library or purchase gifts for others while helping to raise money for Sangster's library and literacy programs.  

Find the Bookworm Central website online at www.bookwormcentral.com

Enter our school organization code at top of the web page: sangster

Need help? Watch this short How-to Video.

New features of the online book fair include: 

* Teacher Wish Lists - Celebrate teachers with books for their classroom! 

* FREE shipping over $30! 

* Educational Games, STEM, Award Winners, Spanish books, Graphic Novels, Fun Stuff! 

Elementary Progress Reports - Go Paperless

The “Go Paperless” option is now available to all elementary school parents to allow parents to only receive online progress reports starting the first quarter of School Year 2020-21. Choosing this option will not impact any mailings from FCPS other than the progress reports for elementary school students and report cards for secondary students.

To take advantage of the paperless options, parents and/or guardians must log into ParentVUE, then go to “My Account” and select "Go Paperless".  All parents and/or guardians who live with the student and share the same address must have a SIS ParentVUE account and must select the paperless option to prevent mailing of the printed progress reports.

The “Go Paperless” option will apply to all associated students, no matter what school level. If the associated parent and/or guardian has already selected “Go Paperless” for their secondary student, the option will now apply to any elementary school siblings as well.

If you do not have a ParentVue Account, please contact our Registrar, Marian Hoelscher, at mthoelscher@fcps.edu

Important Information about Grab and Go Meals

FCPS Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) offers grab and go meals to ALL FCPS students Monday-Friday. In addition, FNS offers breakfast and lunch meals for Saturday during distribution on Fridays. Food distribution locations and times are posted and updated frequently on the FCPS website:  https://www.fcps.edu/return-school/food

Sangster is a new stop location for Grab and Go Meals! A bus arrives every morning from 7:10-7:20 a.m.     

  Positivity Project

This year, Sangster will continue implementing the Positivity Project (P2). P2 is dedicated to empowering America’s youth to build strong relationships and to understand, appreciate, and exemplify the character strengths in us all. Every 1-2 weeks, students learn about a new character strength.

It is easier than ever for Sangster families to access P2 resources this year! 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).

  Positivity Project - Week of September 27

This week’s character strength is Teamwork. Teamwork is the ability and willingness to place overall group success as a higher priority than individual achievement. Citizenship is a willingness to work towards the common good as opposed to one’s own self-interest. Those with strengths in teamwork and citizenship often work to help all group members find success. These individuals are willing to commit time and resources to further group goals and help move toward the greater good.

Next week’s character strength: Open-Mindedness Attendance Reporting

You may report your student's absence by using one of the following methods:

  • By Email: SangsterElem.Attendance@fcps.edu
  • By Phone: Call 703-644-8282 and leave a detailed message.
  • By Form: Sangster ES Attendance Form
Sangster Library e-Books 

Did you know that Sangster students can access a carefully curated library of free e-Books through the school library? Students simply log in to MackinVIA through their computer or other personal device using the website or app and browse over a thousand new and popular titles! The weblink and video tutorials can be found on our Sangster Library homepage, which will require an FCPS Google login: https://tinyurl.com/sangsterlibrary The link can also be found on our public Sangster site under the library tab.

Please contact our librarian, Nicole Oberdick at neoberdick@fcps.edu with any questions. Happy reading! 

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 acknowledge our Sangster staff members. 

How to Stay In-Touch at Sangster

Please stay in touch throughout the year through these official FCPS and Sangster sites:

Sangster sends a weekly News You Choose with the latest school updates. 

 

News from the PTA

http://sangster.digitalpto.com/

 

PTA SPIRITWEAR SALE:  Saturday October 3, 3pm - 5pm 

Cottontail Swim & Racquet Club is hosting a Sangster PTA Spiritwear Sale!

Sangster YARD SIGNS, T-shirts, sweatshirts, etc. will be on sale.  Limited in-stock items, orders can be made for some items.  

Address: 7000 Cottontail Court.  Check/Credit Card only, NO CASH.   Please follow social distancing protocols and use a mask when making purchases.  

  PTA MEETING Thursday, October 8 -  7:00 pm 

Maggie Wilkerson and the clinical team would like to share some quick easy tips for parents to support kids during virtual learning.  A ZOOM link will be sent during the day on Thursday.  Our theme for October is “SANGSTER ROCKS!”  Come find out what its all about!

  PTA Reflections Contest Entries Due Friday, October 9

Entrants should reflect on this year's theme: “I Matter Because".   Questions? Contact Cherilyn McCall at Reflections@SangsterPTA.org   Here is the link for submission:  https://sangster.digitalpto.com/student-activities/

  PTA MEMBERSHIP is Now On Sale!

Your PTA dollars go to help fund DREAMBOX,  supplemental staff training, teacher grants, class learning tools and other programs. A digital PTA member/student directory is included in the price and will be compiled and available in the coming weeks.

Register now!  Various donation levels available, single membership $35, family $45.  Link: Sangster PTA Membership  Thank you for your support!!

  PTA AUCTION is coming!!  10/25/2020 - 11/1/2020

We are still taking AUCTION donations! Do you or someone you know have something to donate to the Auction? Own a small business or vacation rental?  Offer a service or have a crafty hobby? Work for a generous company?  Email Jacquelyn at SangsterAuction@gmail.com.

 

PTA New Family Welcome Programs

Please visit “Welcome To Our Nest”, the PTA newcomers website for tips, tricks and links to Sangster information and PTA new family programs.  Click here: Sangster PTA New Family Welcome Website for the site. 

Need help?  SangsterWelcome@gmail.com

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