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!

 

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10-15-20 Two Weeks At a Glance

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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

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Attendance: 703-644-8282 | Web | Twitter

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

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

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

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

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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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9-24-20 Two Weeks At a Glance

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Two Weeks At a Glance

Sept 27-28 - Yom Kippur

Sept 28 – Oct 1 – Student Materials Pick-Up (See details below)

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 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

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. 

Student Rights and Responsibilities (SR&R) Information – 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.  We will also be putting the survey on the Sangster school website for families to fill it out there.

Link: https://forms.gle/RAgGK3wwTZfg7UtP9

Forms to Complete On-Line – DUE ASAP

We need your assistance.  Please fill out these forms electronically and turn in asap. Forms can be accessed through WeCare, scanned and emailed to Marian Hoelscher, Registrar at mthoelscher@fcps.edu

Emergency Care Form - submit in WeCare

Health Information Form - submit in WeCare

Homeless Student Referral Form 

Identification of Military Families 

FLE Opt Out

Parent consent for digital tools 

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! 

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

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 offers grab and go meals to ALL FCPS students Monday-Friday. In addition, FNS will offer 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

Coming Soon - Fall Virtual Book Fair October 1-12

Books! Books! Books! Support your school library AND get physical books shipped safely right to your home! With Sangster's new online Bookworm Central book fair, you can browse a large, quality selection of new and popular titles from the comfort of your very own couch in your pajamas. A portion of your proceeds come right back to the Sangster library! Stay tuned for more information. 

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. 

  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 20

This week’s character strength is Curiosity. You demonstrate this strength when you like exploration and discovery. You ask lots of questions because you want to learn more about anything and everything. Curiosity is a crucial component of one's character. Our innate urge for discovery and exploration is a key element of our human desire for wisdom and knowledge. It’s what keeps us intrigued in the plotlines of movies and books. It’s what pushes us to try new activities or travel to different places.

Next week’s character strength: Teamwork Calling All String Books

If you have a Strings Instrumental Music book from last school year and you are NOT participating in Strings again this year, please return your book. There will be a box in front of the school building beginning Friday, September 18 – Friday, September 25 where you can drop off the books. Thanks!

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. 

Student Materials Pick-Up: Mon. Sept 28 – Thurs. Oct 1

Curb-side pick-up of student materials Monday, September 28, 2020 – Thursday, October 1, 2020. 

 

If you are unable to pick up your child’s materials at their designated grade-level time, the make-up date for pick-up of student materials will be Wednesday, October 7 from 4:30PM – 6:30PM

 

News from the PTA

http://sangster.digitalpto.com/

 

Reflections Contest Entries Due October 9

Reflections is a National PTA program where students can be artists and creators! Entrants should reflect on this year's theme: “I Matter Because" - and create entries in various visual, musical and digital arts categories.  Entrants fill out a google form, then receive a link to a drop box site where entries are digitally submitted.  Entries are due Friday, October 9.  Questions? Contact Cherilyn McCall at Reflections@SangsterPTA.org   Here is the link for submission:  https://sangster.digitalpto.com/student-activities/

 

PTA Fundraising

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Sangster Student Materials Pick-Up

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Dear Sangster Families,

Sangster Elementary will have a curb-side pick-up of student materials Monday, September 28, 2020 – Thursday, October 1, 2020.  The pick-up of student materials will be scheduled based on your “oldest OR only” child’s grade level.

If you have one student at Sangster, please follow the pick-up date and time of your child’s grade level listed below.  Parents with multiple children in our building should select the pick-up date and time of their oldest child’s grade level listed below. The materials of younger siblings will be ready for pick-up at this time as well.  The goal is to have families only make one trip to Sangster for the pick-up of student materials.

 

 

Please follow the protocols listed below to ensure a safe, contactless pick-up of your child’s materials:

  1. This is a rain or shine event.  You may only pick-up materials belonging to your child(ren).  Remain in your car at all times.  All staff and parents must wear a mask.
  2. All student materials will be picked-up in the bus loop, near the main entrance.  Adhere to the directions of staff members and/or signs to assist you.  There will be staff members asking you to pull your car forward, as we do not want traffic backing-up on Reservation Drive.
  3. Prior to arriving, please make a sign written in marker with the names of your child(ren) and homeroom teacher/s.  This sign should be visible to staff (passenger side of car) as you drive forward to the main entrance in the car line.
  4. Student material bags will be placed inside of your trunk.
  5. We will have several labeled boxes along the fence line near the exit of the bus loop. If you have any Sangster materials you need to return such as library books, instruments, or items belonging to teachers from the Spring of 2020,  please pull-up to this area so that a staff member can assist you.  Again, we ask that you remain in your car and open your trunk or back door so we can collect these items from you.  To help us expedite this in a safe manner for all:
  • Have all teacher materials sealed in a Ziploc bag, labeled with the teacher’s name.
  • If you are returning an instrument, please make sure your child’s name and grade is clearly marked (and secured with tape or another method) for easy identification later.
  • Library books do not need to be placed in a Ziploc bag.

If you are unable to pick up your child’s materials at their designated grade-level time, the make-up date for pick-up of student materials will be Wednesday, October 7 from 4:30PM – 6:30PM.  Please follow the same protocols as listed above.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at ALJankovich@fcps.edu

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you soon!

Allison Jankovich

Assistant Principal

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Announcement from Ms. Reddel

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Dear Sangster Families,

Six years ago, in July 2014, my husband and I moved back to Fairfax, Virginia from Denver, Colorado.   I was so excited and proud to be named Principal at Sangster Elementary, the same community where I grew up as a Lake Braddock Secondary School graduate and where my mom still lives. Therefore, it is with mixed emotions I share with you that after these memorable years as Principal at Sangster Elementary, I will become an Executive Principal for Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) Region 4, effective October 5, 2020.   I’ve served as Principal for the past 15 years in three different schools as well as previous roles in district-level leadership.   The Executive Principal position is an exciting opportunity for me to utilize my varied experiences and make a positive contribution impacting the larger FCPS community. 

Sangster has a special place in my heart.  It is more than a building.  It’s a place where your children come to think, come to learn, and come to care and build relationships.  It’s a place where lessons and experiences about community, friendship, acceptance, inclusion, exploration, discovery, and joy occur daily.  These experiences often have a far greater impact than some lessons learned for a state SOL test. 

I am proud of Sangster’s talented educators and dedicated faculty. It’s been an honor and privilege to work side by side with them. This is the staff you want for your children.  Sangster is committed to implementing the concept of Professional Learning Communities (PLC) with an emphasis on establishing a collaborative teaching culture.  Year after year they have demonstrated a “do whatever it takes” attitude by taking care of their students and each other.   As a result, the possibilities of what our Sangster students have and will continue to accomplish are limitless.  I appreciate working in this community of parents and teachers who have high expectations for quality education. 

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) has a rigorous process for selecting new principals.  Mr. Jay Pearson, FCPS Region 4 Assistant Superintendent, will be working with you to fill the principal position. I am confident that your new principal will appreciate the strong sense of community, caring culture, and rigor of instruction at Sangster Elementary. 

Thanks to all of you for your contributions big and small and for memories that will last a lifetime.   It has been an honor working with you and your children.  In the spirit of Sangster’s continuing partnership with The Positivity Project, please take good care of yourselves and each other.  #OtherPeopleMatter.

Sincerely,

Lisa M. Reddel

Principal | Sangster Elementary

Fairfax County Public Schools

ph: 703-644-8200


 

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9-17-20 Two Weeks At a Glance

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Two Weeks At a Glance

 

September 17 – Constitution Day

September 18-20 – Rosh Hashanah

September 22 – Autumnal Equinox

September 22 – FCPS School Board Work Session

September 27-28 – Yom Kippur

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

October 9 – PTA Reflections entries due

October 12 – Student Holiday

Student Rights and Responsibilities (SR&R) Information

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.  We will also be putting the survey on the Sangster school website for families to fill it out there, too.

Link: https://forms.gle/RAgGK3wwTZfg7UtP9

School Board to Discuss Health and Operational Metrics for Return to In-Person Instruction on Tuesday, September 22

At the TuesdaySeptember 22, School Board work session, Superintendent Brabrand will provide updated information on health and operational metrics to guide the decision-making process to resume in-person instruction. Information will also be provided on an updated plan to begin to offer in-person instruction by phasing in students in small cohorts when these metrics are met.

The work session can be viewed on FCPS Cable TV Channel 99 or on the FCPS website

Connecting Bluetooth headphones and home printers to FCPS computers

Good news for elementary schools as of this week!  If a student takes his/her laptop to the school’s bus loop or parking lot and reboots it twice, the student’s account will have the ability to add printer, Bluetooth, and change the displaying settings.  Access to control and settings are now enabled for student accounts.

Assessments

In the next few weeks your child will be taking a variety of assessments across content areas. The purpose of these assessments is to determine students’ areas of strength and growth. This data will help drive the teachers’ instruction and enable differentiation to best support your child this school year. These assessments will not be graded. To ensure equity, these assessments should be completed independently by the student. Below are a few suggestions on ways to encourage your student, rather than help, while they take assessments in the virtual environment.

Remind your student that the assessment is not graded and will be used by their teacher to help them learn this school year. It is okay if they do not know the answer to a question as it will tell the teacher that they need help to learn that concept.

Thank you for your continued partnership in your child's learning. We look forward to a great school year!

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. 

Summer Reading and Math Challenge

Congratulations to all the students who completed the Summer Reading Challenge and/or Math Bingo card!  Please inform us of your child’s accomplishment by completing this form by September 30th: Summer Challenge Google Form.  The names of all who accomplished either of these challenges will be listed on our weekly W.H.S.E. news show and will be entered in a drawing for Sangster Spirit Wear. NOTE: If your child attended a different school last year and completed a summer reading or math challenge from that school, you may also complete the form.

Forms to Complete On-Line

Please fill out these forms electronically. Forms can be accessed through WeCare, scanned and emailed to Marian Hoelscher, student registrar at mthoelscher@fcps.eduSome of the forms are explained in greater detail below.

Emergency Care Form 

Health Information Form 

Homeless Student Referral Form 

Identification of Military Families 

FLE Opt Out

Parent consent for digital tools

  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 13

This week students will continue to learn about the Other People Mindset, which is the Positivity Project motto. This way of thinking includes knowing that your words and actions affect others, cheering others’ successes, being present and giving others attention, supporting others when they struggle, and identifying and appreciating the good in others. Find out more about this mindset by watching this video by Positivity Project co-founder Mike Erwin.

Next week’s character strength: Curiosity

Attendance—Make Sure Your Child Is Logged-On Everyday

The new school year has begun for students in Fairfax County Public Schools. All students are expected to attend school virtually Monday – Friday.

In Virginia, public school students ages 5-18 are required to attend school regularly, whether they attend virtually by logging onto a computer or in-person instruction. Teachers are taking attendance every day at Sangster at 9:10 a.m.

We know this is an unusual school year for everyone. We want each child to succeed.  Please make sure your child is attending school by logging on to their online classes. If you need help, please contact your school.   More information about attendance is available online.

FCPS Virtual Mental Health and Wellness Conference

FCPS will host its seventh Annual Mental Health and Wellness Conference over a three-week period beginning today, Monday, September 14, through Saturday, October 3. The conference features multiple keynote speakers who will address social emotional learning and resiliency. Our Minds Matter will also host a student strand. Inova and Kaiser Permanente will again be sponsoring the conference.

Registration information and the complete schedule and list of speakers are now available online

Calling All String Books

If you have a Strings Instrumental Music book from last school year and you are NOT participating in Strings again this year, please return your book. There will be a box in front of the school building beginning Friday, September 18 – Friday, September 25 where you can drop off the books. Thanks!

Food Distribution

FCPS will continue to provide “grab-and-go” meals during the upcoming school year. Our goal is to provide every FCPS student daily access to a healthy breakfast and lunch during this pandemic. Visit our Food Resources for Families page for more information.

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/

 

Reflections Contest Entries Due October 9

Reflections is a National PTA program where students can be artists and creators! Entrants should reflect on this year's theme: “I Matter Because" - and create entries in various visual, musical and digital arts categories.  Entrants fill out a google form, then receive a link to a drop box site where entries are digitally submitted.  Entries are due Friday, October 9.  Questions? Contact Cherilyn McCall at Reflections@SangsterPTA.org   Here is the link for submission:  https://sangster.digitalpto.com/student-activities/

 

PTA Fundraising
  1. SANGSTER SPIRIT WEAR is now available!  Pre-order your t-shirts and masks for an October delivery date.   Click here: http://sangster.digitalpto.com/fund-raising/spirit-wear/
  2. SANGSTER FALCON YARD SIGNS available at this link: https://sangster.new.memberhub.store/store  
  3. FALCON MISSIONS to neighbors (or your own!) yard are available here:  https://forms.gle/XsvjzVdffUQBV7Gh7
  4. Questions about yard signs, email:  SangsterFalcons@gmail.com

 

PTA Fall Club Information

Sangster PTA will offer 6 student clubs this fall.  Links to all clubs are available here: https://sangster.digitalpto.com/student-activities/

 

PTA New Family Welcome Programs

The Sangster PTA New Family Welcome Website is now online! We hope that the information included is helpful to new families as you begin your journey as Sangster Falcons.  Falcon Family Friends are Sangster families volunteering to answer your community questions. New families interested in this PTA program can get more info here. The PTA will be hosting small-group virtual coffee meet-ups for new families.  Interested?  Click here.  Questions? SangsterWelcome@gmail.com

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Sangster ES News You Choose

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Message from the Principal

 

Dear Sangster Families,

Happy New School Year!  We hope you had a wonderful start to the 2020-21 school year this week.   Our teachers have been preparing and adjusting for distance learning for weeks and are so happy to finally be working with your children.   As we begin our learning journey this school year, we know your children will be building stamina as the days and weeks progress.   Our teachers are too.  Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have questions along the way.  We are partners with you.

We would love to see pictures of your children as they are learning from home virtually.  Please Tweet them to us @Sangster_ES or even send us an email.

Our PTA is hosting a virtual meeting this evening at 7:00 p.m. tonight. We hope to see you there. Details are listed below.

Please mark your calendar to attend Back to School Night (BTSN) this Tuesday, September 15, 2020 from 6:00 - 6:45 p.m. or 6:55 -7:40 p.m.   Two live sessions with the same presentation are offered to fit your schedule.  Please use your child’s secured Blackboard Collaborate Ultra (BBCU) classroom link to log-in for BTSN.  The BTSN session will be recorded and provided to you from your classroom teacher.

On behalf of the entire Sangster staff we are grateful for your patience, positivity, flexibility, and support.   We’re in this together!  Take good care and stay healthy.   

Sincerely,

Lisa M. Reddel

Principal

Back to School Message from Laura Jane Cohen, Springfield District, Fairfax County School Board

Best wishes for a successful school year in this 1-minute video from Ms. Laura Jane Cohen, Springfield District, Fairfax County School Board.    https://youtu.be/vdMRcKTi8iI

Meet the Specialists

Our super team of Sangster specialists can’t wait to work with your children this school year!  Click on this link to learn more about the specialists that will be teaching your child(ren): Meet the Sangster Specialists Flipgrid . Your homeroom teacher will provide you the names of each specialist your child(ren) will be working with throughout the school year.

 

Virtual Back to School Night (BTSN) – September 15, 2020

Sangster’s BTSN is scheduled for Tuesday, September 15 from 6:00 – 7:45 p.m. 

The schedule for BTSN is as follows:

  • 6:00 – 6:45 P.M.   Live Session I
  • 6:55 – 7:40 P.M.   Live Session II (repeat of Session I)

The link you use to sign-in for BTSN is your child’s individual Blackboard Collaborate Ultra (BBCU) classroom link. Because it is a secure individual link, multiple people in multiple locations cannot sign-in. Only one sign-in from one location. If parents are watching from two different locations, only one will be able to sign-in. Not to worry! All sessions will be recorded and made available for those unable to attend. 

The purpose of BTSN is to learn more about the year-long curriculum, grade level expectations, how the teacher will support your child, answer your questions, and much more.  The parent and school partnership we have at Sangster is key to the success of our students and has been a critical element of our school culture.  We are looking forward to the virtual evening with you.

Immunizations and Physicals

The Code of Virginia requirements for immunizations and physicals for school entry have not been waived for School Year (SY) 2020-2021.

During this public health crisis, Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) recognizes that it may be difficult for families to obtain access to timely healthcare for physicals and required immunizations. FCPS strongly encourages all families to contact their primary care physician or the Fairfax County Health Department immediately to schedule an appointment to meet these requirements.  

As SY 2020-2021 will begin virtually for all students, FCPS will allow additional time for families to obtain and to submit to FCPS the necessary documentation for the required immunizations, tuberculosis screenings, physicals and Tdap. These requirements are outlined in Section 22.1-271.2  and Section 32.1-46 of the Code of Virginia. 

For newly enrolling students not meeting the Code of Virginia requirements, FCPS will provide provisional access to virtual learning only. Students will not be permitted to access face-to-face instruction without meeting all compliance requirements and providing their school with documentation of immunizations, tuberculosis screenings and physicals and Tdap. All requirements must be met by October 8, 2020.

For students who are conditionally enrolled and have not completed the necessary immunizations as required by the Code of Virginia, FCPS will provide provisional access to virtual learning only. Schools will continue to notify families of remaining immunization requirements. Students may not participate in “in school” instruction and activities until meeting this requirement.

Physicals are required to be completed prior to admission regardless of whether a division is providing in person, hybrid or fully remote instruction. First-time public kindergarten or elementary school students will be admitted if such student can furnish, prior to admission, a comprehensive physical examination that was performed within the 12 months prior to the originally scheduled school reopening date. For students who are unable to meet this requirement, FCPS will provide provisional access to virtual learning only. Students may not participate in “in school” instruction and activities until meeting this requirement.

For questions about school entry requirements for physicals and/or immunizations for your child, please contact Sangster’s student registrar, Marian Hoelscher at mthoelscher@fcps.edu or 703-644-8200  immediately.

Forms to Complete On-Line

Please fill out these forms electronically. Forms can be accessed through WeCare, scanned and emailed to Marian Hoelscher, student registrar at mthoelscher@fcps.edu.  Some of the forms are explained in greater detail below.

Emergency Care Form 

Health Information Form 

Homeless Student Referral Form 

Identification of Military Families 

FLE Opt Out 

Parent consent for digital tools  

Online Registration for Band and Strings (Grades 4-6) – Due by September 15, 2020

Music education is important for every student. At Sangster all 4th, 5th and 6th graders are required to choose either a general or instrumental music class for the school year, even during virtual learning.

  • 4th Graders may choose either General Music or Strings.
  • 5th and 6th Graders may choose either General Music, Strings, or Band

For more information or to register your child for band or strings by September 15, please click on the following links. Otherwise, they will be placed in general music.

4th Grade Strings: 

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdXWQ0bjoOokf0nT34d9_HvOuPrst7THqkBNt4P6c-fWaPP5g/viewform?usp=sf_link

 

5th / 6th Grade Band or Strings:   

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe4Dtnht9eo-DU86NK4vNMjtss9xZu_Q9OVCzb8hlMdazc9xA/viewform?usp=sf_link

  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 6

This year, Sangster will continue implementing the Positivity Project (P2), a program 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. This week and next week students will get started with the Positivity Project by learning about the Other People Mindset, which is the motto of the program.

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

Next Week’s P2 Focus: Other People Mindset Part 2

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. 

FCPS Parent Resource Center and Supports

Friday, September 11: FCPS Parent Resource Center Free Webinar: Survive and Thrive with Virtual Learning: Practical Strategies to Make At-Home Learning Work for You (10:00-11:30 a.m. - Register Here)

Friday, September 18: FCPS Parent Resource Center Free Webinar: 10 Ways to Stop Power Struggles & Start Motivating Your Kids (10:00-11:30a.m. OR 6:30-8:30 p.m. - Register Here)

Thursday, September 24: FCPS Parent Resource Center Free Webinar: Encouraging Positive Behaviors at Home Series - Setting the Stage for Good Behavior: Routines, Procedures, & Expectations (10:00 - 11:30 a.m. OR 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. - Register Here)

Food Distribution

FCPS will continue to provide “grab-and-go” meals during the upcoming school year. Our goal is to provide every FCPS student daily access to a healthy breakfast and lunch during this pandemic. Visit our Food Resources for Families page for more information.

 

News from the PTA

http://sangster.digitalpto.com/

 

PTA Virtual Meeting

Welcome back Sangster Parents and Teachers! Please join us tonight for Sangster’s September PTA Meeting on Thursday, September 10th at 7:00pm.   Please join us on the online platform Zoom. When you open Zoom choose “Join” and you will be asked for a meeting ID.

Our PTA meeting ID is: 956 4737 9471. Our meeting password is: 369261.  

When joining our meeting please name yourself with the following format:

  • Full name - parent/teacher grade level.
  • For example:
    • Julie Green - parent 6th/2nd grade
    • John Brown - teacher art

PTA will not be live-streaming on FaceBook.  The PTA Zoom account will allow up to 500 participants.

 

PTA New Family Welcome Website

The brand-new Sangster PTA New Family Welcome Website is now online! We hope that the information included is helpful to new families as you begin your journey as Sangster Falcons. 

 

PTA Fall Club Information

Sangster PTA will offer 6 student clubs this fall.  Links to all clubs are available here: https://sangster.digitalpto.com/student-activities/

 

PTA Falcon Family Friends and Virtual Coffees Coming Soon

Our new PTA family programs will begin after Back to School Night (BTSN) on September 15th. 

Falcon Family Friends is a group of veteran Sangster families that volunteered to help answer your Sangster/Burke/Springfield/Fairfax Station community questions. New families interested in this PTA program, please get more info here. The PTA will be hosting small-group virtual coffee meet-ups for new families that will occur after BTSN is over and school is in full swing. Interested?  Click here.  If you have any questions about new family resources, please reach out to us at SangsterWelcome@gmail.com

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1st Week Technology Support

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Dear Sangster Families,

 

Happy First Day of School!  Should you need technical assistance the first week of school, we have a variety of ways to reach the technology team at Sangster ES. Debbie Tannenbaum is our School Based Technology Specialists (SBTS).

 

Available Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (Sept 8-10) from 8:00 -11:00 a.m.

 

  • Call Debbie Tannenbaum, SBTS, 703-644-8256

 

  • Email Debbie Tannenbaum, SBTS, dltannenbaum@fcps.edu

 

 

FCPS also has a Parent Technology Help Desk at  1-833-921-3277 (833-921-FCPS) which is staffed from 7a.m. – 11p.m.

 

Sangster students should log on between 9:00 - 9:10 a.m. every day, Monday - Friday. School begins at 9:10 a.m. and attendance will be taken every day. 

 

We would love to see your first day of school photos. You can Tweet them to us at  @Sangster_ES .

 

Our first school spirit day is Friday, September 11.  Wear your Sangster colors (blue and yellow) or school spirit wear.

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First day is almost here... here we go!

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Dear Sangster Families,

 

Happy New School Year! We are excited for the first day of school on Tuesday, September 8, 2020.

Should you need technical assistance the first week of school, we have a variety of ways to reach the technology team at Sangster ES. Debbie Tannenbaum is our School Based Technology Specialists (SBTS).

  • On this website link:  Blackboard Collaborate Ultra link- Available Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (Sept 8-10) from 8:00 -11:00 a.m.
  • Call Debbie Tannenbaum, SBTS, 703-644-8256
  • Email Debbie Tannenbaum, SBTS, dltannenbaum@fcps.edu
  • Having trouble with audio or video issues, try these

    Troubleshooting tips

  • FCPS also has a Parent Technology Help Desk at  1-833-921-3277 (833-921-FCPS) which is staffed from 7a.m. – 11p.m.

Sangster students should log on between 9:00 - 9:10 a.m. every day, Monday - Friday. School begins at 9:10 a.m. and attendance will be taken every day. 

We would love to see your first day of school photos. You can Tweet them to us at  @Sangster_ES .

Our first school spirit day is Friday, September 11. ear your Sangster colors (blue and yellow) or school spirit wear.

Enjoy the holiday weekend and see you on Tuesday. Here we go! 

 

Sincerely,

Lisa M. Reddel

Principal

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First day is almost here... here we go!

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Dear Sangster Families,

 

Happy New School Year! We are excited for the first day of school on Tuesday, September 8, 2020.

Should you need technical assistance the first week of school, we have a variety of ways to reach the technology team at Sangster ES. Debbie Tannenbaum is our School Based Technology Specialists (SBTS).

  • On this website link:  Blackboard Collaborate Ultra link- Available Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (Sept 8-10) from 8:00 -11:00 a.m.
  • Call Debbie Tannenbaum, SBTS, 703-644-8256
  • Email Debbie Tannenbaum, SBTS, dltannenbaum@fcps.edu
  • Having trouble with audio or video issues, try these troubleshooting tips.
  • FCPS also has a Parent Technology Help Desk at  1-833-921-3277 (833-921-FCPS) which is staffed from 7a.m. – 11p.m.

Sangster students should log on between 9:00 - 9:10 a.m. every day, Monday - Friday. School begins at 9:10 a.m. and attendance will be taken every day. 

We would love to see your first day of school photos. You can Tweet them to us at  @Sangster_ES .

Our first school spirit day is Friday, September 11. ear your Sangster colors (blue and yellow) or school spirit wear.

Enjoy the holiday weekend and see you on Tuesday. Here we go! 

 

Sincerely,

Lisa M. Reddel

Principal

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Attendance: 703-644-8282 | Web | Twitter

Sangster's Getting Ready for the First Day of School!

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Message from the Principal

 

Dear Sangster Families,

Five days until the first day of school! We are looking forward to the school year with a strong virtual start. There may be a few bumps along the way. Thank you for your patience and partnership. We are planning for a successful school year together and our teachers are eager to begin working with you and your children!

Take good care and  enjoy the holiday weekend. See you soon.

Sincerely,

Lisa M. Reddel

Principal

 

Family Resources

This handout streamlines access to important family information and resources to better support your child’s needs. Click on this link:

https://sangsteres.fcps.edu/announcements/family-resource-handbook

Meet the Specialists

Our super team of Sangster specialists can’t wait to work with your children this school year!  Click on this link to learn more about the specialists that will be teaching your child(ren): Meet the Sangster Specialists Flipgrid   Your homeroom teacher will provide you the names of each specialist your child(ren) will be working with throughout the school year.

Forms to Complete On-Line

Please fill out these forms electronically. Forms can be accessed through WeCare, scanned and emailed to Marian Hoelscher, student registrar at mthoelscher@fcps.edu.  Some of the forms are explained in greater detail below.

Emergency Care Form 

Health Information Form 

Homeless Student Referral Form 

Identification of Military Families 

FLE Opt Out 

Parent consent for digital tools  

Parental Consent for Select Digital Resources – Please complete asap

At Sangster Elementary School, our teachers will use a variety of digital resources to support student learning and promote communication and collaboration with students and families. Some of the digital resources your child may use this year will require your consent before they can be used. You can find our school’s list of the resources that require parental consent here: https://sangsteres.fcps.edu/adopteddigitalresources .

Included on this page is also a link to a form where the enrolling parent or guardian will need to indicate whether or not their student is permitted to use the list of digital resources this year. This page also provides more information about how FCPS carefully reviews digital resources for approval and why we must request your consent before using certain tools. We encourage you to complete the parental consent for digital resources form as soon as possible.  Please reach out to your child’s teacher or Debbie Tannenbaum, our School Based Technology Specialist (SBTS), at dltannenbaum@fcps.edu  if you have questions or concerns about the digital resources we’ve chosen to use this year.

Health Information and Emergency Care Forms – Please complete asap

As the school year begins virtually, it is important that Emergency Care Forms and Health Forms for your student are updated as soon as possible. These forms are critical in the early identification of students who may need healthcare support in the educational environment. Along with the development of Healthcare Plans (HCP) and Action Plans, the Public Health Nurses (PHN) utilize the information contained in the health form to develop teaching strategies for FCPS staff in order to meet the requirements of Regulation 2104 Health Services-School Health Related Needs.

Both of these forms are required for all students for SY 20-21 and are available for electronic submission by parents via their FCPS 24/7 (Blackboard) accounts within the WeCare@School (WeCare) module.

Online Registration for Band and Strings (Grades 4-6) – Due by September 15, 2020

Music education is important for every student. At Sangster all 4th, 5th and 6th graders are required to choose either a general or instrumental music class for the school year, even during virtual learning.

  • 4th Graders may choose either General Music or Strings.
  • 5th and 6th Graders may choose either General Music, Strings, or Band

For more information or to register your child for band or strings by September 15, please click on the following links. Otherwise, they will be placed in general music.

4th Grade Strings: 

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdXWQ0bjoOokf0nT34d9_HvOuPrst7THqkBNt4P6c-fWaPP5g/viewform?usp=sf_link

5th / 6th Grade Band or Strings:   

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe4Dtnht9eo-DU86NK4vNMjtss9xZu_Q9OVCzb8hlMdazc9xA/viewform?usp=sf_link

  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).

 

Virtual Back to School Night (BTSN) – September 15, 2020

Sangster’s BTSN is scheduled for Tuesday, September 15 from 6:00 – 7:45 p.m. 

The schedule for BTSN is as follows:

  • 6:00 – 6:45 P.M.   Live Session I
  • 6:55 – 7:40 P.M.   Live Session II (repeat of Session I)

The link you use to sign-in for BTSN is your child’s individual Blackboard Collaborate Ultra (BBCU) classroom link. Because it is a secure individual link, multiple people in multiple locations cannot sign-in. Only one sign-in from one location. If parents are watching from two different locations, only one will be able to sign in. Not to worry! All sessions will be recorded and made available for those unable to attend. 

The purpose of BTSN is to learn more about the year-long curriculum, grade level expectations, how the teacher will support your child, answer your questions, and much more.  The parent and school partnership we have at Sangster is key to the success of our students and has been a critical element of our school culture.  We are looking forward to the virtual evening with you.

Maps of School and COVID Activity

Virginia Department of Education has created an interactive map that illustrates how the state’s 132 school divisions are reopening in August and September. The map is updated as VDOE learns of decisions by local school boards to revisit reopening plans approved earlier in the summer.

Parent Technology Help Desk

To support families who are working with their children during distance learning, Fairfax County Public Schools has launched a new Parent Technology Help Desk. The number is 1-833-921-3277 (833-921-FCPS). It will be answered by staff 7 a.m.to 11 p.m., seven days a week. If the help desk is unable to solve the issue on the phone with the parent or guardian, they will enter a ticket on the parent’s behalf and the request for help will be transferred to the appropriate FCPS team. 

Parents or guardians who need help in a language other than English should let help desk staff know, and an interpreter will join them on the line. (FCPS also has existing parent information phone lines, available in eight different languages, that can assist with general questions about FCPS.)

FCPS has also set up an online portal to allow older students and parents and guardians to request technology help directly. 

Get more information about the new Parent Technology Help Desk

Attendance

In Virginia, public school students aged 5-18 are required to attend school regularly. Attendance will be taken for all students Monday – Friday. Every Sangster homeroom classroom will have a live morning meeting where attendance will be taken for the day at 9:10 a.m. Morning Meeting is an engaging way to start each day, build a strong sense of community, and set children up for success socially and academically. Please be sure your child is present for attendance. More information about FCPS attendance can be found here:  https://www.fcps.edu/attendance.

Recorded Lessons

Teachers will be recording whole group instructional lessons this fall. Recordings will be posted within Google Classroom to be accessed by students who would like additional review. Videos can also be viewed multiple times to help students retain new information, as needed.

Small group and individual instruction will not be recorded. More information coming from your child’s teacher at Back to School Night. 

Homework

This school year while we are in distance learning, homework will not be assigned Tuesday-Friday at Sangster. Students may have work that needs to be completed during the school day on Tuesday - Friday and on Mondays. Below is a FCPS guideline for independent work on Mondays.

  • PreK-2: 150 minutes (2.5 hours) to be completed on Mondays.
  • Grades 3-6: 180 minutes (3 hours) to be completed on Mondays.

If you have questions throughout the year, please do not hesitate to contact the teacher or encourage your child to talk with the teacher.  We are encouraging reading every night.

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. 

FCPS Return to School Information

These webpages continue to be updated as the situation for the 2020-21 school year evolves. The FAQ page includes a date by each question to identify the latest updates.   

FCPS Parent Resource Center and Support

Friday, September 11: FCPS Parent Resource Center Free Webinar: Survive and Thrive with Virtual Learning: Practical Strategies to Make At-Home Learning Work for You (10:00-11:30 a.m. - Register Here)

Friday, September 18: FCPS Parent Resource Center Free Webinar: 10 Ways to Stop Power Struggles & Start Motivating Your Kids (10:00-11:30a.m. OR 6:30-8:30 p.m. - Register Here)

Thursday, September 24: FCPS Parent Resource Center Free Webinar: Encouraging Positive Behaviors at Home Series - Setting the Stage for Good Behavior: Routines, Procedures, & Expectations (10:00 - 11:30 a.m. OR 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. - Register Here)

Food Distribution

FCPS will continue to provide “grab-and-go” meals during the upcoming school year. Our goal is to provide every FCPS student daily access to a healthy breakfast and lunch during this pandemic. Visit our Food Resources for Families page for more information.

 

News from the PTA

http://sangster.digitalpto.com/

 

  PTA Meeting

September 10 at 7:00 p.m. through ZOOM.  A ZOOM link will be sent next Thursday morning, prior to the meeting. The meeting will be streamed live on a private Sangster parent FaceBook page to accommodate overflow, if needed. This Sangster Facebook page is not an official FCPS site.

 

PTA New Family Welcome Website

The brand-new Sangster PTA New Family Welcome Website is now online! We hope that the information included is helpful to new families as you begin your journey as Sangster Falcons. 

 

PTA Fundraiser

FALCON MISSION FOR THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL!!

Make the FIRST DAY of school AMAZING for your family!  Every $1 donated to this Sangster PTA fundraiser earns you a chance for a FALCON MISSION on your lawn September 8th!  Enter more than once,  each $1 earns you an entry!  Donations accepted through September 7 at 9am.  Winner will be drawn the evening of the 7th.

Questions:   SangsterFalcons@gmail.com.    Click here to purchase your chances:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeRuwg0hNecUeCa1VUB2RgkqAk_E1KYkYt-Ucym_8M6WaD37g/viewform

You can also schedule a Falcon Mission for $20 on ANOTHER DAY by clicking here:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfolEqoI95Jba-rya2bPQTRuy05HPmNlUFwP7p3xBB3RHJdVQ/viewform?utm_name=

 

PTA Fall Club Information

Sangster PTA will offer 6 student clubs this fall.  Links to all clubs are available here :  https://sangster.digitalpto.com/student-activities/

 

PTA Falcon Family Friends and Virtual Coffees Coming Soon

Our new PTA family programs will begin after Back to School Night (BTSN) on September 15th. Falcon Family Friends is a group of veteran Sangster families that volunteered to help answer your Sangster/Burke/Springfield/Fairfax Station community questions. New families interested in this PTA program, please get more info here. The PTA will be hosting small-group virtual coffee meet-ups for new families that will occur after BTSN is over and school is in full swing. Interested?  Click here.  If you have any questions about new family resources, please reach out to us at SangsterWelcome@gmail.com.  

 

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Sangster Return to School Updates

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Message from the Principal

Dear Sangster Families,

Hope you are enjoying the last few days of summer vacation. Our teachers are busy planning and preparing for your children. While distance learning is not ideal for anyone, we are getting ready for a strong virtual opening. We have knowledgeable and talented teachers and specialists who care for your children and are in the process of creating the best possible experience for the school year.  

We are excited to begin the relationship between our families and teachers. You will receive an email directly from your child’s teacher on Monday, August 31. The same afternoon, your child will also receive an individual link to their teacher’s Blackboard Collaborate Ultra (BBCU) virtual classroom via their school Google email account. Specific directions for how to access your child’s Google email and their personal link will be attached to the email you receive on August 31. This BBCU link is the same link your child will use daily to log into the virtual classroom between 9:00 – 9:10 a.m.

Last year we had 1006 students enrolled at Sangster. As I write this letter, our enrollment is currently 910 for the 2020-21 school year. Our staffing is based on our enrollment. Please know that staffing can shift even after class assignments have been announced. Additionally, should we begin to transition students to the school building later in the school year, shifts to classroom assignments may occur. We respectfully ask that you do not make any requests for a change in teacher assignment.

We are looking forward to the first quarter of school with a strong virtual start.   September 8, the first day of school, is 12 days away - just around the corner! We are eager to begin working with your children. Take good care and see you soon.

Sincerely,

Lisa M. Reddel

Principal

 

Grade Level Schedules

Grade level schedules are posted on our website: https://sangsteres.fcps.edu/announcements/sangster-virtual-grade-level-tentative-schedules . These are close to being finalized and may be tweaked before the beginning of the year. Each grade level will have different staggered times for Language Arts, Math, Science/Social Studies, Specials and lunch.  This is necessary since resource teachers such as Special Education teachers, English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) teachers, Specialist teachers, and Instructional Assistants work in all grade levels.  More detailed information will be coming to you from your child’s teacher at the Virtual Orientation on September 2, 2020 and at Back-to-School Night on September 15, 2020.

Class Placement Lists/ Teacher Assignments

Sangster families will receive teacher placement assignments on Monday August 31, 2020 through email. Included in this email communication will be information about Sangster’s Virtual Orientation on Wednesday, September 2, 2020.

Virtual Orientation - September 2, 2020

Virtual Orientation is a time your child’s teacher will introduce themselves to students and parents and ensure everyone in the class can connect to the platforms used for distance learning in preparation for the first day of school on September 8, 2020.  For families returning to FCPS, we will continue primarily using Blackboard Collaborate Ultra (BBCU). Teachers will also use Google Classroom to communicate and organize daily announcements and assignments.

  9:00  –  Kindergarten

10:00  –  1st grade

11:00  –  2nd grade

12:00  –  3rd grade

  1:00  –  4th grade

  2:00  –  5th grade

  3:00  –  6th grade

Staggered times are scheduled to accommodate families with children in multiple grade levels. All sessions will be recorded and made available for those unable to attend.  We look forward to seeing you soon!

Attendance

Attendance is required for all students Monday – Friday.  Every homeroom classroom will have a live morning meeting each day where attendance will be taken for the day at 9:10 a.m.  Morning Meeting is an engaging way to start each day, build a strong sense of community, and set children up for success socially and academically.  Please be sure your child is present for attendance.

Recorded Lessons

Teachers will be recording whole group instructional lessons this fall.  Recordings will be posted within Google Classroom to be accessed by students who would like additional review.  Small group and individual instruction will not be recorded.  More information coming from your child’s teacher at Back to School Night.

New Student Pending Registration Documents for 2020-2021 School Year

All pending registration documents including Physicals and Immunizations must be turned in before the first day of school on Tuesday, September 8, 2020. If you have a questions about a pending document, please contact Marian Hoelscher at mthoelscher@fcps.edu.

School offices remain closed except by appointment.  

 

Virtual Back to School Night (BTSN)

Please mark September 15, 2020 on your calendar for Back to School Night from 6:00 – 7:45 p.m.  More information and virtual links coming in future weeks.  The schedule for BTSN is as follows:

6:00 – 6:45 P.M.   Live Session I

6:55 – 7:40 P.M.   Live Session II (repeat of Session I)

The purpose of BTSN is to learn more about the year-long curriculum, grade level expectations, how the teacher will support your child, and much more.  The parent and school partnership we have at Sangster is key to the success of our students and has been a critical element of our school culture.  We are looking forward to the virtual evening with you.

Homework

This school year while we are in distance learning, homework will not be assigned Tuesday - Friday at Sangster. Students may have work that needs to be completed during the school day on Tuesday - Friday and on Mondays. We are encouraging reading every night.

Virtual School Supply Lists

Each grade level has developed a virtual school supply list. They are posted on our website at https://sangsteres.fcps.edu/academics/school-supply-lists . This will help your child with virtual instructional through 1st quarter at home.  There may be additional materials throughout the school year teachers will need for students to access.  More information coming soon after school begins.

New Parent Technology Help Desk

To support families who are working with their children during distance learning, Fairfax County Public Schools is launching a new Parent Technology Help Desk, starting, Monday, August 24. The number is 1-833-921-3277 (833-921-FCPS). It will be answered by staff 7 a.m.to 11 p.m., seven days a week. If the help desk is unable to solve the issue on the phone with the parent or guardian, they will enter a ticket on the parent’s behalf and the request for help will be transferred to the appropriate FCPS team. 

Parents or guardians who need help in a language other than English should let help desk staff know, and an interpreter will join them on the line. (FCPS also has existing parent information phone lines, available in eight different languages, that can assist with general questions about FCPS.)

FCPS has also set up an online portal to allow older students and parents and guardians to request technology help directly. 

Get more information about the new Parent Technology Help Desk

Technology Supports for Parents and Students

FCPS is working to support families and students with technology. Supports include:

  • Providing technology access to students and families.
  • Launching a help desk for parents.
  • Developing a portal to allow students to request technology help directly.
  • Developing methods for students to manage their Blackboard Collaborate/Google Meet class links in their Google Calendar.
Community Use

Due to COVID-19, all FCPS school buildings and grounds are closed for community use until further notice.  This includes any organized group or event for PTAs, PTOs, Booster Clubs, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Cultural and Civic groups, as well as, others who may use our facilities during a normal school year.

Please continue to visit the Community Use webpage for updates.

Health Information & Emergency Care Forms

As the school year begins virtually, it is important that Emergency Care Forms and Health Forms for your student are updated as soon as possible. These forms are critical in the early identification of students who may need healthcare support in the educational environment. Along with the development of Healthcare Plans (HCP) and Action Plans, the Public Health Nurses (PHN) utilize the information contained in the health form to develop teaching strategies for FCPS staff in order to meet the requirements of Regulation 2104 Health Services-School Health Related Needs.

Both of these forms are required for all students for SY 20-21 and are available for electronic submission by parents via their FCPS 24/7 (Blackboard) accounts within the WeCare@School (WeCare) module.

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. 

Need Internet Connectivity?

Cox Communication has announced new customers that qualify will receive Connect2Compete, the company's low-cost internet, for two months at no cost.  New customers must sign up between July 21 and September 30 for free service, which also includes free technical support.  

A summary of enhancements and benefits of Cox's Connect2Compete program include: 

  • 2 months of free Connect2Compete service and remote desktop and phone support through Cox Complete Care for eligible new customers who apply between July 21 and September 30, $9.95/month thereafter
  • Easy referral for discounted, refurbished equipment through PCs for People
  • Student and family access to the Cox Digital Academy, which provides computer literacy training and educational resources for students
  • Free WiFi modem rental
  • Access to over 3M+ Cox Hotspots nationwide

This summer, Cox announced a new digital learning platform available to Connect2Compete customers to keep kids engaged in academics this summer.  

The Cox Connect2Compete program is available to families who:

  • Have at least one child that is a K-12 student at home
  • Participate in one of these government subsidies programs: The National School Lunch Program, SNAP, TANF, Head Start, WIC, LIHEAP, or Public Housing 

Families can qualify for Connect2Compete easily from anywhere whether on their mobile device or desktop by visiting  www.cox.com/c2c.  More information is also available here:

https://www.cox.com/residential/internet/connect2compete/covid-19-response.html

FCPS Return to School Information

These webpages are continuing to be updated as the situation for the 2020-21 school year evolves. The FAQ page includes a date by each question to identify the latest updates.   

Required Immunizations Remain Mandatory for School

To help parents whose children need immunizations required for enrollment in school for the 2020-21 school year, the Fairfax County Health Department is offering community childhood vaccination clinics plus expanded hours to provide the Tdap vaccine at three clinics. Vaccines are still required to enroll in Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) even though all students will start the year with virtual learning.

Vaccination clinics will be held:

  • Saturday, August 29, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Mount Vernon District Office, 8350 Richmond Hwy, #233, Alexandria.
  • Thursday, September 3, 2 to 6 p.m., First Baptist Church of Springfield, 7300 Gary St., Springfield.
  • Saturday, September 5, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., location to be announced.

Tdap vaccines will be administered at clinics through August 28 at one of three locations. More information is available online.

Childhood vaccines protect children against potentially life-threatening illnesses such as polio, measles, whooping cough, and chicken pox. Students entering seventh grade and transfer students need a booster dose of the Tdap vaccine. 

The Health Department follows strict safety protocols in its community vaccination clinics to limit exposure to patients.  Only a select number of appointments per site will be available to protect families. Visitors age 2 and older are required to wear face coverings that cover the nose and mouth; temperature checks will be conducted at entrances; visitors will be required to stay 6 feet apart, and partitions will separate vaccination stations. Parents can schedule an appointment by calling 703-246-6010, TTY 711. Complete information is available on the Health Department website

FCPS Resources

FCPS website for Mental Health Resources and information for emergency mental health services:

FCPS Resources and Supports

Tuesday, September 1: FCPS Parent Resource Center Free Webinar: Survive and Thrive with Virtual Learning: Practical Strategies to Make At-Home Learning Work for You (6:30 - 8:30 p.m. - Register Here)

Friday, September 11: FCPS Parent Resource Center Free Webinar: Survive and Thrive with Virtual Learning: Practical Strategies to Make At-Home Learning Work for You (10:00-11:30 a.m. - Register Here)

Friday, September 18: FCPS Parent Resource Center Free Webinar: 10 Ways to Stop Power Struggles & Start Motivating Your Kids (10:00-11:30a.m. OR 6:30-8:30 p.m. - Register Here)

Thursday, September 24: FCPS Parent Resource Center Free Webinar: Encouraging Positive Behaviors at Home Series - Setting the Stage for Good Behavior: Routines, Procedures, & Expectations (10:00 - 11:30 a.m. OR 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. - Register Here)

Public Library Equity Access Pass

As part of the One Fairfax initiative, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, Fairfax County Public Library (FCPL), and FCPS Library Information Services have partnered in the Library Equity Access Pass (LEAP) pilot program.

On October 1, 2020 the LEAP program will go division-wide, providing FCPS PreK-12 students with public library checkout privileges for books automatically, without the need to register for a physical library card.  Student names and ID numbers will be provided to FCPL through an automated data download.  Families who do not wish to participate shall select the opt-out for LEAP in the 2020-21 SR&R document.

Participating in the LEAP program provides: 

  • The ability to checkout up to three public library books at a time.  At any FCPL library branch, students or parents simply share their name and indicated they are an FCPS student.  A virtual account exists and identification is not required. 
  • Lost or overdue books will not be charged a fine or replacement fee.  However, only three books can be on a virtual account at a time.
  • Checkouts are limited to physical books.  eBooks and public library digital resources cannot be accessed through this account.  Students are welcome to establish a standard public library card for full access.

The Fairfax County Public Library is open for Express services and offers curbside checkout.   FCPL has provided this flyer (as seen below) to share with families.

Library Resources in FCPS

FCPS provides access to many print and digital products for all of our students, PreK-12 and their families, to support research, learning, and recreational reading. Browse our collection of online databases and eBooks by visiting https://www.fcps.edu/resources/library. Log in information is available from our school librarian, Nicole Oberdick, neoberdick@fcps.edu.

Other resources include:

  • eBook Highlight - MackinVIA: MackinVIA is the FCPS eBook and audiobook platform. Users can download the MackinVIA app from the iOS and android app stores to read or listen on their mobile devices, or log in to fairfax.mackinvia.com using their FCPS network username and password. Also, users on a school-issued computer can search for the MackinVIA app shortcut. In all cases, be sure to log in to the FCPS blue bar with your network credential, NOT the Follett account.
  • How to Navigate MackinVIA: Take a look at a four minute video demonstrating the features of MackinVIA.

Digital Book Licenses: Most FCPS purchases are limited to single-user licenses by publishers. That means that if a copy of a book is checked out, other users can make a request to place it on hold, but only one person may engage with the book at a time.

2019 – 2020 Yearbook Pick-Up

As a result of the COVID-19 national pandemic, the distribution of the 2019 – 2020 yearbooks from Lifetouch is delayed. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience and flexibility. We will let you know as soon as they are available.

 

News from the PTA

http://sangster.digitalpto.com/

 

  PTA Meeting

September 10 at 7:00 p.m. through ZOOM.  A ZOOM link will be sent later. The meeting will be streamed live on a private parent FaceBook page to accommodate overflow if needed.

 

PTA New Family Welcome Website

Welcome to our Nest! Sangster PTA New Family Welcome Website. We hope that the information included is helpful to new families as they begin their journey as Sangster Falcons. 

 

PTA Fundraiser: FALCON MISSION FOR THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL!!

Make the FIRST DAY of school AMAZING for your family!  Every $1 donated to this Sangster PTA fundraiser earns you a chance for a FALCON MISSION on your lawn September 8th!  Enter more than once,  each $1 earns you an entry!  Donations accepted through September 7 at 9am.  Winner will be drawn the evening of the 7th.

Questions:   SangsterFalcons@gmail.com.    Click here to purchase your chances:

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You can also schedule a Falcon Mission for $20 on ANOTHER DAY by clicking here:

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Sangster Return to School Updates

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Kindergarten Virtual Orientation Tomorrow at 9:00 a.m.

A kindergarten parent orientation will be held tomorrow, Friday August 21, 2020 at 9:00 a.m.  Registered parents were emailed a link today, Thursday, August 20.  If you have not received the link, please contact Lisa Reddel, Principal or Marian Hoelscher, Student Registrar.

Tips for Online Learning Success

Looking for tips for online learning success?  Click this link.

Grade Level Schedules

We have posted updated grade level schedules on our website since last week. https://sangsteres.fcps.edu/announcements/sangster-virtual-grade-level-tentative-schedules . These are still in draft form and subject to be tweaked before the beginning of the year. Each grade level will have different staggered times for Language Arts, Math, Science/Social Studies, Specials and lunch.  This is necessary since resource teachers such as Special Education teachers, English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) teachers, Specialist teachers, and Instructional Assistants work in all grade levels.  More detailed information will be coming to you from your child’s teacher in late August.

2019 – 2020 Yearbooks

As a result of the COVID-19 national pandemic, distribution of 2019 – 2020 yearbooks is delayed. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience and flexibility. We will let you know as soon as they are available.

Pick-Up of Lost and Found

Lost and Found items from the 2019-2020 school year will be on display Monday, August 17, 2020 – Friday, August 21, 2020 and Tuesday, August 25, 2020 – Wednesday, August 26, 2020, weather permitting.  Items will be located along the playground fence line, near the Kiss-n-Ride lane.  Parents should wear a mask and practice social distancing when looking at the Lost and Found items.

Library Books Return

Library books borrowed in the 2019-20 school year may be returned to the school beginning Friday, August 21. Please place library books in the box located outside the front entrance of the school, Monday thru Friday from 8AM to 3PM.

Class Placement Lists / Teacher Assignments

Families will receive teacher placement assignments on Monday August 31, 2020 through email. Included in this email communication will be information about Sangster’s Virtual Orientation on Wednesday, September 2, 2020.

Virtual Orientation

Please mark your calendar for September 2, 2020.   Virtual Orientation is a time your child’s teacher will introduce themselves to students and parents and ensure everyone in the class can connect to the platforms used for distance learning in preparation for the first day September 8, 2020.  For families returning to FCPS, we will continue primarily using Blackboard Collaborate Ultra (BBCU). Teachers will use Google Classroom to communication and organize daily announcements and assignments.

  9:00  –  Kindergarten

10:00  –  1st grade

11:00  –  2nd grade

12:00  –  3rd grade

  1:00  –  4th grade

  2:00  –  5th grade

  3:00  –  6th grade

Staggered times are scheduled to accommodate for families with children in multiple grade levels. All sessions will be recorded and made available for those unable to attend.  We look forward to seeing you soon!

Attendance

Attendance is required for all students Monday – Friday.  Every homeroom classroom will have a live morning meeting each day where attendance will be taken for the day at 9:10 a.m.  Morning Meeting is an engaging way to start each day, build a strong sense of community, and set children up for success socially and academically.  Please be sure your child is present for attendance.

Recorded Lessons

Teachers will be recording whole group instructional lessons this fall.  Recordings will be posted within Google Classroom to be accessed by students who would like additional review.  Small group and individual instruction will not be recorded.   More information coming from your child’s teacher at Back to School Night.

 

Virtual Back to School Night (BTSN)

Please mark September 15, 2020 on your calendar for Back to School Night from 6:00 – 7:45 p.m.  More information and virtual links coming in future weeks.  The schedule for BTSN is as follows:

6:00 – 6:45 P.M.   Live Session I

6:55 – 7:40 P.M.   Live Session II (repeat of Session I)

The purpose of BTSN is to learn more about the year-long curriculum, grade level expectations, how the teacher will support your child, and much more.  The parent/school partnership we have at Sangster is key to the success of our students and has been a critical element of our school culture.  We are looking forward to the virtual evening with you.

Homework

This school year while we are in distance learning, homework will not be assigned Tuesday-Friday at Sangster.  Students may have work that needs to be completed on Mondays. We are encouraging reading every night.

Virtual School Supply Lists

Each grade level has developed a virtual school supply list. They are posted on our website at https://sangsteres.fcps.edu/academics/school-supply-lists . This will help your child with virtual instructional through 1st quarter at home.  There may be additional materials throughout the school year teachers will need for students to access.  More information coming soon after school begins.

Technology Supports for Parents and Students

FCPS is working to support families and students with technology. Supports include:

  • Providing technology access to students and families.
  • Launching a help desk for parents.
  • Developing a portal to allow students to request technology help directly.
  • Developing methods for students to manage their Blackboard Collaborate/Google Meet class links in their Google Calendar.
New Student Registration for School Year 2020-2021

Parents who have not yet completed the In-Person Registration Appointment should please complete the following link:

https://sangsteres.fcps.edu/new-student-registration-2020-21. Our registrar Marian Hoelscher will be in contact with you.

If you know of a new student that needs to register for the 2020-21 school year, please refer them to the Sangster website or contact Marian Hoelscher at mthoelscher@fcps.edu for more information.

School offices remain closed except by appointment.

Laptop Insurance

FCPS does not currently offer an option for families to purchase laptop insurance. For any damaged or lost School Board property, families are responsible for reimbursement in accordance with the SR&R and School Board regulations. Families may wish to check their homeowner’s or renter’s insurance policies for coverage options or search online for insurance companies which offer insurance policies exclusively for student laptops.

How to Stay In-Touch at Sangster

Please stay in touch with us throughout the year by:

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

Need Internet Connectivity?

Cox Communication has announced new customers that qualify will receive Connect2Compete, the company's low-cost internet, for two months at no cost.  New customers must sign up between July 21 and September 30 for free service, which also includes free technical support.  

A summary of enhancements and benefits of Cox's Connect2Compete program include: 

  • 2 months of free Connect2Compete service and remote desktop and phone support through Cox Complete Care for eligible new customers who apply between July 21 and September 30, $9.95/month thereafter
  • Easy referral for discounted, refurbished equipment through PCs for People
  • Student and family access to the Cox Digital Academy, which provides computer literacy training and educational resources for students
  • Free WiFi modem rental
  • Access to over 3M+ Cox Hotspots nationwide

This summer, Cox announced a new digital learning platform available to Connect2Compete customers to keep kids engaged in academics this summer.  

The Cox Connect2Compete program is available to families who:

  • Have at least one child that is a K-12 student at home
  • Participate in one of these government subsidies programs: The National School Lunch Program, SNAP, TANF, Head Start, WIC, LIHEAP, or Public Housing 

Families can qualify for Connect2Compete easily from anywhere whether on their mobile device or desktop by visiting  www.cox.com/c2c.  More information is also available here:

https://www.cox.com/residential/internet/connect2compete/covid-19-response.html

FCPS Return to School Information

These webpages are continuing to be updated as the situation for the 2020-21 school year evolves.  The FAQ page includes a date by each question to identify the latest updates.   

Required Immunizations Remain Mandatory for School

To help parents whose children need immunizations required for enrollment in school for the 2020-21 school year, the Fairfax County Health Department is offering community childhood vaccination clinics plus expanded hours to provide the Tdap vaccine at three clinics. Vaccines are still required to enroll in Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) even though all students will start the year with virtual learning.

Vaccination clinics will be held:

  • Thursday, August 20, 2 to 6 p.m., Annandale District Office, 7611 Little River Tnpk, #400E, Annandale.
  • Saturday, August 29, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Mount Vernon District Office, 8350 Richmond Hwy, #233, Alexandria.
  • Thursday, September 3, 2 to 6 p.m., First Baptist Church of Springfield, 7300 Gary St., Springfield.
  • Saturday, September 5, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., location to be announced.

Tdap vaccines will be administered at clinics through August 28 at one of three locations. More information is available online.

Childhood vaccines protect children against potentially life-threatening illnesses such as polio, measles, whooping cough, and chicken pox. Students entering seventh grade and transfer students need a booster dose of the Tdap vaccine. 

The Health Department follows strict safety protocols in its community vaccination clinics to limit exposure to patients.  Only a select number of appointments per site will be available to protect families. Visitors age 2 and older are required to wear face coverings that cover the nose and mouth; temperature checks will be conducted at entrances; visitors will be required to stay 6 feet apart, and partitions will separate vaccination stations. Parents can schedule an appointment by calling 703-246-6010, TTY 711. Complete information is available on the Health Department website

FCPS Resources

FCPS website for Mental Health Resources and information for emergency mental health services:

 

 

News from the Sangster PTA

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Hello, new Sangster Elementary families! We are so happy you’re here. We want you to know we’re thinking about you, and about how to help you settle into a new school community, especially this year which may feel especially overwhelming. To help make your transition easier, the PTA is introducing resources and programs for new families. 

  Welcome to Our Nest

The brand-new Sangster PTA New Family Welcome Website is now online! The site includes Sangster facts, social media links, common terminology, PTA contacts and more. We hope that the information included is helpful to new families as they begin their journey as Sangster Falcons. 

 

Falcon Family Friends 

Do you have questions about your new school that you'd love to run by another parent? Falcon Family Friends is a group of veteran Sangster families that volunteered to help answer your school and community questions. New families interested in this PTA program, please sign up here.

 

Virtual Coffee Meet-Ups

The PTA will be hosting small-group virtual coffee meet-ups for new families soon. The hosts will be Karen Horvath, the PTA president and other long time Sangster parents. Let’s get to know each other and how the PTA can help as you transition into Sangster! Let us know if you are interested by signing up here.  

 

We hope to start Virtual Coffees and Falcon Friends during the first week of September.  If you have any questions about new family resources, please reach out to us at SangsterWelcome@gmail.com. We look forward to meeting you!

 

First PTA Meeting

September 10th at 7pm by ZOOM. More information and a ZOOM link will be sent later. The meeting will be streamed live on FaceBook to accommodate overflow if needed.

 

Sangster Falcons are Flying!

Be sure to jump in on the PTA fundraising fun and send the Sangster Falcons flying to your neighbor’s yard!  Complete the form below to sign up.  

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Sangster Laptop Pick-up This Week and Password Reset

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Dear Sangster Families,

This is a reminder about Sangster’s laptop distribution schedule this week and updated information about student passwords.

Although families are not required to take an FCPS device and can opt-out, we strongly recommend you accept an FCPS device for the ease of use it will provide your child and the access to programs that will not be available on personal devices.

 

Laptop Distribution Schedule

Sangster’s laptop distribution will take place Monday, August 17, 2020 – Thursday, August 20, 2020.  The pick-up of student laptops will be scheduled based on your “oldest OR only” child’s grade level for the 2020-2021 school year.

If you have only one child at Sangster, please follow the pick-up date/time of your child’s grade level and the first initial of your child's last name below. Parents with multiple children should select the laptop pick-up date/time of their oldest child’s grade level listed below. The laptops for younger siblings will be ready for pick-up at this time as well.  The goal is to have families make only one trip to Sangster for the pick-up of student laptops. The bus loop will be closed.  Please park in the staff parking lot or on Reservation Drive.

Link to email our School Based Technology Specialist (SBTS):    dltannenbaum@fcps.edu   

 

Please follow the protocols listed below to ensure a safe and efficient pick-up of student laptops:

  1. Prior to arrival, please fill out and print the Sangster ES Student Computer/Device Program form for each child you have at Sangster ES.  If you have three (3) children at Sangster ES, you will need to bring three (3) forms with you when you come to pick-up laptops.  The form can be located Here.
  2. This is a rain or shine event.  Laptop covers/cases are not provided. Laptop chargers are provided.  If it is raining, please plan to bring a bag or umbrella.  You may only pick-up laptops belonging to your child/children. Only one (1) parent per family. Students and/or younger children are not permitted.
  3. All staff and parents must wear a mask. Parents must practice social distancing of at least 6 feet while waiting in line.  Please bring your own pen.
  4. Please arrive at Sangster during your designated window based on the oldest or only schedule above.  Please park on Reservation Dr. or in the Sangster staff parking lot, not the Sangster bus loop.
  5. Upon arrival, there will be 5 stations of Sangster staff members waiting to assist you near the front entrance of the school. 
Student Password Reset Clarification

At the last PTA meeting, it was shared that FCPS would be able to extend student passwords for the 2020-21 school year.  However, with the anticipation of quickly and safely distributing more than 925 laptops during our Sangster student laptop pick-up scheduled over four days, all Sangster students have had their passwords reset to allow for a safer, more efficient distribution for parents and staff. Our laptop distribution schedule is robust and requires a quick and efficient system in place to be successful.   You can always reset your password to one of your choosing once you receive this year’s update.

  • If you are picking up a laptop at Sangster this week, your child(ren)’s password will be reset at that time. 
  • If you already have an FCPS laptop at home from last spring’s distribution, you will need to bring your computer back to school to have your password reset.
  • If you are not picking-up a laptop and electing to use your own device for distance learning, please email Ms. Jankovich at ALJankovich@fcps.edu, beginning Friday, August 21 so she can assist you in resetting your child’s password. 

All students should have and know their passwords by Wednesday, September 2 for our Virtual Orientation and be ready for the first day of school on September 8, 2020.   Our School-Based Technology Specialist (SBTS), Debbie Tannenbaum is also available throughout the school year to assist you with technical questions at dltannenbaum@fcps.edu.

Laptop Insurance

FCPS does not currently offer an option for families to purchase laptop insurance. For any damaged or lost School Board property, families are responsible for reimbursement in accordance with the SR&R and School Board regulations. Families may wish to check their homeowner’s or renter’s insurance policies for coverage options or search online for insurance companies which offer insurance policies exclusively for student laptops.

2019 – 2020 Yearbook Pick-Up

As a result of the COVID-19 national pandemic, the distribution of the 2019 – 2020 yearbooks from Lifetouch is delayed. We had hoped yearbooks would be available to pass out during laptop distribution, however Lifetouch has informed us it will be a few more weeks. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience and flexibility. We will let you know as soon as they are available.

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Sangster Laptop Distribution schedule, Updated Grade Level Schedules and Virtual Orientation Schedules

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Message from the Principal

 

Dear Sangster Families,

Sangster Elementary will have an outdoor distribution for student laptops next week.  Please read through the schedule and all procedures listed below carefully.

Sangster’s laptop distribution will take place Monday, August 17, 2020 – Thursday, August 20, 2020.  The pick-up of student laptops will be scheduled based on your “oldest OR only” child’s grade level(s) for the 2020-2021 school year.

If you have only one child at Sangster, please follow the pick-up date/time of your child’s grade level and the first initial of your child's last name below.  Parents with multiple children should select the laptop pick-up date/time of their oldest child’s grade level listed below.  The laptops for younger siblings will be ready for pick-up at this time as well.  The goal is to only have families make one trip to Sangster for the pick-up of student laptops.

 

Link to email our School Based Technology Specialist (SBTS):    dltannenbaum@fcps.edu   

 

Please follow the protocols listed below to ensure a safe and efficient pick-up of student laptops:

  1. Prior to arrival, please fill out and print the Sangster ES Student Computer/Device Program form for each child you have at Sangster ES.  If you have three (3) children at Sangster ES, you will need to bring three (3) forms with you when you come to pick-up laptops.  The form can be located Here.
  2. This is a rain or shine event.  Laptop covers/cases are not provided. Laptop chargers are provided.  If it is raining, please plan to bring a bag or umbrella.  You may only pick-up laptops belonging to your child/children. Only one (1) parent per family. Students and/or younger children are not permitted.
  3. All staff and parents must wear a mask. Parents must practice social distancing of at least 6 feet while waiting in line.  Please bring your own pen.
  4. Please arrive at Sangster during your designated window based on the oldest or only schedule above.  Please park on Reservation Dr. or in the Sangster staff parking lot, not the Sangster bus loop.
  5. Upon arrival, there will be 5 stations of Sangster staff members waiting to assist you near the front entrance of the school. 
Laptop Insurance

FCPS does not currently offer an option for families to purchase laptop insurance. For any damaged or lost School Board property, families are responsible for reimbursement in accordance with the SR&R and School Board regulations. Families may wish to check their homeowner’s or renter’s insurance policies for coverage options or search online for insurance companies which offer insurance policies exclusively for student laptops.

Families with FCPS Laptops

Families who already have a FCPS laptop at home should do the following once per week beginning in August:

  • Plug the device into an outlet.
  • Turn the device on and let it boot up.
  • Ensure it is connected to the internet at that location.
  • Let the device sit for 30 minutes. No additional logins or activities are required.
Grade Level Schedules

We have posted updated grade level schedules on our website since last week. https://sangsteres.fcps.edu/announcements/sangster-virtual-grade-level-tentative-schedules . These are still in draft form and subject to be tweaked before the beginning of the year. Each grade level will have different staggered times for Language Arts, Math, Science/Social Studies, Specials and lunch.  This is necessary since resource teachers such as Special Education teachers, English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) teachers, Specialist teachers, and Instructional Assistants work in all grade levels.  More detailed information will be coming to you from your child’s teacher in late August.

2019 – 2020 Yearbook Pick-Up

As a result of the COVID-19 national pandemic, the distribution of the 2019 – 2020 yearbooks is delayed. If yearbooks are not available for pick-up during laptop distribution we will let you know as soon as they are available, as well as how you can retrieve your child’s yearbook. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience and flexibility.

Pick-Up of Lost and Found

Lost and Found items from the 2019-2020 school year will be on display Monday, August 17, 2020 – Friday, August 21, 2020 and Tuesday, August 25, 2020 – Wednesday, August 26, 2020, weather permitting.  Items will be located along the playground fence line, near the Kiss-n-Ride lane.  Parents should wear a mask and practice social distancing when looking at the Lost and Found items.

Class Placement Lists/ Teacher Assignments

We are working diligently on student class placements and teacher assignments.  Since we are not beginning the year in-person with the alphabetical split, we are continuing to place students in classrooms just as we would during a traditional school opening based on instructional groups, teacher input and the family input you provided last spring.  Families will receive teacher placement assignments by Monday August 31, 2020.

Attendance

Attendance is required for all students Monday – Friday.  Classroom will have a live morning meeting each day where attendance will be taken for the day.  Morning Meeting is an engaging way to start each day, build a strong sense of community, and set children up for success socially and academically.

Recorded Lessons

Teachers will be recording whole group lessons this fall.  Recordings will be posted within Google Classroom to be accessed by students who would like additional review.  Small group and individual instruction will not be recorded.   More information coming from your child’s teacher at the beginning of the school year.

Virtual Orientation

Please mark your calendar for September 2. A virtual orientation is a time our teachers will introduce themselves to their students and ensure everyone in the class can connect to the platforms we will be using for distance learning in preparation for the first day September 8, 2020.  For families returning to FCPS, we will continue primarily using Blackboard Collaborate Ultra (BBCU). Teachers will use Google Classroom to communication and organize daily announcements and assignments.

  9:00  –  Kindergarten

10:00  –  1st grade

11:00  –  2nd grade

12:00  –  3rd grade

  1:00  –  4th grade

  2:00  –  5th grade

  3:00  –  6th grade

Staggered times are scheduled to accommodate for families with children in multiple grade levels.

Virtual Back to School Night (BTSN)

Please mark September 15 on your calendar for Back to School Night.  More information coming in future weeks.

Virtual School Supply Lists

Each grade level has developed a virtual school supply list. They are posted on our website at https://sangsteres.fcps.edu/academics/school-supply-lists . This will help your child with virtual instructional through 1st quarter at home.  There may be additional materials throughout the school year teachers will need for students to access.  More information coming soon after school begins.

Technology Supports for Parents and Students

FCPS is working to support families and students with technology. Supports include:

  • Providing technology access to students and families.
  • Launching a help desk for parents.
  • Developing a portal to allow students to request technology help directly.
  • Developing methods for students to manage their Blackboard Collaborate/Google Meet class links in their Google Calendar.
New Student Registration for School Year 2020-2021

Parents who have not yet completed the In-Person Registration Appointment should please complete the following link:

https://sangsteres.fcps.edu/new-student-registration-2020-21. Our registrar Marian Hoelscher will be in contact with you.

If you know of a new student that needs to register for the 2020-21 school year, please refer them to the Sangster website or contact Marian Hoelscher at mthoelscher@fcps.edu for more information.

School offices remain closed except by appointment.

How to Stay In-Touch at Sangster

Please stay in touch with us throughout the year by:

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

Need Internet Connectivity?

Cox Communication has announced new customers that qualify will receive Connect2Compete, the company's low-cost internet, for two months at no cost.  New customers must sign up between July 21 and September 30 for free service, which also includes free technical support.  

A summary of enhancements and benefits of Cox's Connect2Compete program include: 

  • 2 months of free Connect2Compete service and remote desktop and phone support through Cox Complete Care for eligible new customers who apply between July 21 and September 30, $9.95/month thereafter
  • Easy referral for discounted, refurbished equipment through PCs for People
  • Student and family access to the Cox Digital Academy, which provides computer literacy training and educational resources for students
  • Free WiFi modem rental
  • Access to over 3M+ Cox Hotspots nationwide

This summer, Cox announced a new digital learning platform available to Connect2Compete customers to keep kids engaged in academics this summer.  

The Cox Connect2Compete program is available to families who:

  • Have at least one child that is a K-12 student at home
  • Participate in one of these government subsidies programs: The National School Lunch Program, SNAP, TANF, Head Start, WIC, LIHEAP, or Public Housing 

Families can qualify for Connect2Compete easily from anywhere whether on their mobile device or desktop by visiting  www.cox.com/c2c.  More information is also available here:

https://www.cox.com/residential/internet/connect2compete/covid-19-response.html

FCPS Return to School Information

These webpages are continuing to be updated as the situation for the 2020-21 school year evolves.  The FAQ page includes a date by each question to identify the latest updates.   

FCPS Resources

FCPS website for Mental Health Resources and information for emergency mental health services:

 

Information from our Sangster Parent Teacher Association (PTA)

http://sangster.digitalpto.com/

 

Be sure to jump in on the PTA fundraising fun and send the Sangster Falcons flying to your neighbor’s yard! Complete the form below to sign up.  

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/17UK3GVn9lmeIi_6SMjmZzxOABRkNpUZKzm_IXEqAtj8/viewform?edit_requested=true

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Sangster PTA Zoom Meeting - Tonight!

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Sangster PTA Zoom Meeting -  Tonight!

 

Sangster PTA is inviting you to a scheduled virtual Zoom meeting tonight, Monday, August 10, 2020 from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.    

Topic: Return to Learn- Sangster Edition

Time: Aug 10, 2020 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

 

Join Zoom Meeting

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Meeting ID: 835 2953 3921

Passcode: 719686

 

 

Our Parent Teacher Association (PTA) information is below.

http://sangster.digitalpto.com/

 

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Sangster Virtual Grade Level Schedules

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Dear Sangster Parents,

Happy Friday. We promised you that grade level schedules would be published the week of August 17. We have been working around the clock to plan for a successful virtual opening. Today, we posted our tentative grade level schedules on our Sangster website for your family planning. https://sangsteres.fcps.edu/announcements/sangster-virtual-grade-level-tentative-schedules  These are the tentative schedules, and are subject to be tweaked before the first day of school on September 8, 2020, a month away.  Each grade level will have different staggered times for Language Arts, Math, Science/Social Studies, Specials and lunch. This is necessary for our Resource teachers, Specialist teachers, and Instructional Assistants who work in all grade levels. Screen breaks and family choice/recess time is built in for every grade level. More detailed information will be coming to you from your child’s teacher at the end of the month, including information about specials.  All students will be receiving PE, Music and Art along with other specials.  We wanted to publish this information as soon as possible to help families plan for their family systems. Sangster’s bell schedule is 9:10 – 3:55. Attendance is taken Monday-Friday.

It is our goal to publish Sangster’s laptop distribution schedule next Thursday in our weekly News You Choose. Laptops will be available for all students in grades K-6. Sangster is diligently planning and preparing the equipment for distribution, which will occur in a format similar to our pick-up of student belongings in June. Laptop distribution will take place August 17-20. We are planning for a distribution of 950 laptops in a safe and organized manner following all social distancing guidelines. You will be receiving a link to the computer loaner acceptance form soon that each family will need to sign. The week of August 31, before school begins, we will schedule a time for you and your child to test their machines with your child’s teacher to ensure they are connected to the platforms that we will be using for distance learning. Our School Based Technology Specialists (SBTS), Debbie Tannenbaum will be the contact person if you have questions at dltannenbaum@fcps.edu after picking up your child’s laptop.

Take good care and have a wonderful weekend.

 

Sincerely,

Lisa M. Reddel

Principal

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