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Upcoming Events

 

Tuesday, December 10th - 5th & 6th Grade Handbells and Chorus Concerts

Wednesday, December 18th - 6th Grade Strings Concert

Friday, December 20th - Full Day of School

Monday, December 23rd - Friday, January 4th - No School, Winter Break

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

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

Thursday, January 9th - MS Curriculum Night at LBSS

Thursday, January 9th - PTA Meeting

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

 

 

Message from the Principal

Dear Sangster Community,

I am proud to work in a public school.  Public schools have been around for quite some time.  For those of you who are history buffs, we can trace America’s public schools back to the year 1640.  The Massachusetts Puritans established schools to:

  1. Teach reading, some writing and arithmetic skills and
  2. Cultivate values that serve a democratic society

The Founders of these schools assumed that families and churches bore the major responsibility for raising a child.  Gradually, some science and geography were added, but the curriculum was limited and remained focused for 260 years.  At the beginning of the 20th Century, society began to assign additional responsibilities to the schools.  Politicians and business leaders saw the schools as a logical site for both the assimilation of immigrants and the social engineering of citizens of the “Industrial Age.”  Below is a list of what was added to public schools:

FROM 1900 TO 1910 WE ADDED:

  • Nutrition
  • Immunization
  • Health to the list of school responsibilities

FROM 1910 TO 1930 WE ADDED:

  • Physical Education, including athletics
  • The practical arts
  • Vocational education, including home economics and agricultural education, and school transportation began to be mandated

IN THE 1940s WE ADDED:

  • Business education
  • Art and music
  • Speech and drama
  • Half day kindergarten
  • School lunch programs appeared (We take this for granted today.  It was however, a significant step to shift to the schools the job of feeding America’s children 1/3 of their daily meals.)

IN THE 1950s WE ADDED:

  • Expanded science and math education
  • Safety education
  • Driver’s education
  • Expanded music and art education
  • Foreign language requirements were strengthened
  • Sex education was introduced (Topics continue to escalate)

IN THE 1960s WE ADDED:

  • Advanced Placement programs
  • Head Start
  • Title I
  • Adult education
  • Consumer education
  • Peace, leisure, and recreation education

IN THE 1970s WE ADDED:

  • Special education (mandated by federal government)
  • Title IX programs (greatly expanded athletic programs for women)
  • Drug and alcohol abuse education
  • Parent education
  • Behavior adjustment classes
  • Character education
  • Environmental education
  • Women’s studies
  • African-American heritage education
  • School breakfast programs

IN THE 1980s WE ADDED:

  • Keyboarding and computer education
  • Global education
  • Ethnic education
  • Multicultural/non-sexist education
  • English-as-a-Second Language, and bilingual education
  • Teen pregnancy awareness
  • Hispanic heritage awareness
  • Early childhood education
  • Jump Start, Early Start, Prime Start
  • Full day Kindergarten
  • Pre-school programs for children at-risk
  • Alternative education in all its forms
  • Anti-smoking education
  • Sexual abuse prevention education
  • Health and psychological services expanded
  • Child abuse monitoring became a legal requirement for all teachers

IN THE 1990s WE ADDED:

  • Conflict resolution
  • HIV/AIDS education
  • Annual CPR Training
  • Bus safety, bicycle safety, gun safety, and water safety education
  • Death education and gang education
  • Expanded computer and Internet education
  • Inclusion
  • Tech Prep and school to work programs
  • Distance learning

IN THE 21ST CENTURY, WE HAVE SUPERIMPOSED UPON EVERYTHING ELSE:

  • A layer of high-stakes standardized tests.  No Child Left Behind (NCLB) approved in 2001. Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) in 2015 replaces NCLB.
  • Internet safety, texting, and social media etiquette
  • Bullying Prevention Programs
  • Suicide awareness, eating disorder, body mass index, steroid abuse prevention programs
  • Common Core
  • School safety drills increased (intruder lockdown drills added to tornado and fire drills)
  • STEAM programs
  • Media Literacy training and financial literacy development
  • On-line learning requirements
  • Race to the Top (2009)

All of these added items have merit and have ardent supporters.  Public schools are the best hope for our children and our community.   If you Google “public education” there are 5.9 billion results.  If you Google “positive about public education” there are 370 million. If you Google “negative about public education” there are currently 270 million results. 

Public education is often politicized today.  The teachers at Sangster are working hard to ensure your children are successful. 

Thank you for all you do to support Sangster and your child’s education.  As always, please feel free to contact me or your child’s teacher throughout the school year.  Take good care as the holiday season is fast approaching.

Your partner in education,

Lisa M. Reddel

Principal

 

Yearbook Sales

Yearbook sales have started!  A flyer with more information was sent home in Thursday folders today. Be sure to look for it!  You can order Sangster yearbooks online at https://ybpay.lifetouch.com using Yearbook ID code 13246520.

 

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

Thursday, January 9: Curriculum Night

Snow Date: January 13

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

We will break the night into two sessions:

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

December Monthly Updates are up on the Sangster website.

Check it out on our Features Page!

https://sangsteres.fcps.edu/features

  Positivity Project - Week of December 11th

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

 

This Coming Week’s Character Strength:     Humility

 

Next Week’s Positivity Project Focus:     Self-Control

 

 

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

http://sangster.digitalpto.com/

 

Spirit Wear:

Show your Falcon pride by wearing your Sangster spirit wear!  Youth and adult sizes available.

Baseball tee - $20

Tie dye tee - $20

Tie dye sweatshirt - $30

Cash, check and PayPal accepted.  Interested?  Contact spiritwear@sangsterpta.org.  Orders will be delivered to your child’s teacher.

Thanks for helping to support the PTA!

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11-21-19 Two Weeks at a Glance

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Sangster was among one of the FCPS schools to receive the 2019 Excellence in Equity Award for Closing the Gap and Raising the Bar. Way to go Sangster!

 

 

Happy Thanksgiving!!

 

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Upcoming Events

 

Tuesday, November 19th - Friday, November 22nd - Book Fair

Tuesday, November 19th - Friday, November 22nd - Thanksgiving Lunches

Monday, November 25th - FLE Parent Preview Night

Wednesday, November 27th - Friday, November 29th - No School

Tuesday, December 3rd - 4th Grade Field Trip - Jamestown

Tuesday, December 3rd - Advanced Academic Level IV Information Meeting

 

 

Message from the Principal

 

Dear Sangster Families,

Thanksgiving is just around the corner.   We have been enjoying the book fair and Thanksgiving lunches at school this week.  Thanks to all of you who volunteered to help make it a terrific and memorable experience.

I love the Thanksgiving holiday when family and friends get together just for the sake of being together.  It does not require the purchase of gifts, just giving thanks.   It is also a wonderful time of year to create family and generational connections that are so important to our children. 

During this Thanksgiving season, I hope that you and your family will be able to spend quality time together.   I wish for all of you a Thanksgiving where you can focus on your blessings and take joy in your family.  Thanks for all you do to make our community a wonderful place.  I am thankful for you!

Your Partner in Education,

Lisa M. Reddel

Principal

 

Sangster Elementary Advanced Academic Level IV Referral and Screening Information Meeting

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

7:00 p.m. in the Sangster Cafeteria

The Level IV Advanced Academic Program (AAP) is a highly challenging instructional program in the four core subject areas. Students qualify for this program through a county-wide screening process that considers the Gifted Behaviors Rating Scale with commentary, ability test scores, achievement test scores, report cards, work samples, and parent input on the referral and questionnaire. All second grade students are considered each year based on assessments given in first and second grade. All students in grades 2 to 6 can also be considered if a parent submits the AAP Level IV Referral Form. All parents interested in learning more about the Level IV referral and screening process should attend this meeting.

This meeting will address the following information:

  • Important dates and deadlines
  • Screening materials
  • Work samples
  • Level IV expectations and curriculum

Referrals for the Level IV Advanced Academic Program are due January 9, 2019

For more information and to view forms, please visit:

www.fcps.edu/academics/academic-overview/advanced-academic-programs

or contact Jennifer Redford, Advanced Academic Resource Teacher, at

jaredford@fcps.edu

IMPORTANT NOTE: We do not recommend parents wait to receive ability test scores before submitting a referral due to the tight timeline.  

 

Year Book Sales Coming Soon!!

Yearbook sales will be starting soon!  A flyer with more information will be sent home in Thursday folders on December 5th. Be sure to look for it!

 

 

  Positivity Project - Week of November 25th

This week’s character strength is Gratitude. Out of all 24 character strengths, gratitude is the single best predictor of individual well-being. It is correlated with increased energy, empathy, happiness and optimism. And, the great thing about gratitude is that it can be intentionally cultivated. Numerous studies have concluded that gratitude is like a muscle. The more you practice it, the stronger it gets – and the more you’re able to reap its benefits.

 

This Coming Week’s Character Strength:     Gratitude Week 2

 

Next Week’s Positivity Project Focus:     Kindness

 

 

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

http://sangster.digitalpto.com/

 

Spirit Wear:

Show your Falcon pride by wearing your Sangster spirit wear!  Youth and adult sizes available.

Baseball tee - $20

Tie dye tee - $20

Tie dye sweatshirt - $30

Cash, check and PayPal accepted.  Interested?  Contact spiritwear@sangsterpta.org.  Orders will be delivered to your child’s teacher.

Thanks for helping to support the PTA!

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

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Sangster Health Information

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Dear Sangster Parent or Guardian:

In cooperation with the Fairfax County Health Department, we are sending this health information letter home because several cases of pneumonia have been diagnosed in our school.

Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs. There are many different germs that can cause pneumonia. Symptoms of pneumonia may include cough, fever, and difficulty breathing. Pneumonia can occur in people of all ages and can be severe, requiring hospitalization.  If you suspect your child has pneumonia, please consult with your health care provider.

The risk of pneumonia spreading to others is low and depends on the type of germ causing the illness.  Usually contacts of a person with pneumonia will have no illness or a more mild respiratory illness.  As some of the causes of pneumonia can be prevented by vaccination (e.g., influenza, pneumococcus), we encourage you to review your child’s vaccination records with your child’s health care provider to determine whether your child is fully immunized against these diseases. You may also want to consult your health care provider if your child has a chronic medical condition such as diabetes or asthma, as he or she may be more susceptible to serious disease.

The Health Department recommends the following to help prevent the spread of infection:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after coughing or sneezing. Teach your children to wash their hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds.  Be sure to set a good example by doing this yourself. If soap and water are not available, alcohol-based hand sanitizers may be used.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue and throw tissues in the trash after use.  If tissues are not available, cover coughs and sneezes with your upper sleeve.
  • If your child has a fever, he/she should stay at home at least 24 hours after fever is gone without the use of medication. We encourage you to put this information into practice to help your child stay healthy and to prevent others from getting sick. If you have questions regarding this information, please contact your health care provider or the School Public Health Nurse, Shannon Luisa, RN at sluisa1@fcps.edu or 703-388-1350.

Sincerely,

Lisa M. Reddel

Principal

 

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11-14-19 Two Weeks at a Glance

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Thank you to our Veterans!!  Please scroll to the end to see photos of our ceremony.

 

Sangster News You Choose

 

Upcoming Events

 

Friday, November 15th - Fall Picture Retakes

Tuesday, November 19th - Family Night at the Book Fair

Tuesday, November 19th - Irving MS Level IV AAP Information Night

Tuesday, November 19th - Friday, November 22nd - Book Fair

Tuesday, November 19th - Friday, November 22nd - Thanksgiving Lunches

Monday, November 25th - FLE Parent Preview Night

Wednesday, November 27th - Friday, November 29th - No School

 

 

Federal Impact Aid Forms Still Needed

Please remember that all impact aid forms should have been returned and must be signed and dated.  We need 100% participation, even if you are not military affiliated.

For each school-aged child in your household, please complete, sign, date, and return the survey to your child's homeroom teacher. If sections 1 and 2 of the survey do not apply to you, just check the box in Section 3.  All results are CONFIDENTIAL.

Please return a form for each student if you have not already done so

 

Thanksgiving Lunches and Book Fair - Volunteers Desperately Needed

 

We still need volunteers to help serve Thanksgiving Lunches.  Please consider helping out another class's lunch.  Thank you for donating your time!

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090a44a9ae2fa4ff2-2019

 

We still need volunteers for the book fair next week!! There are lots of open slots, so please consider helping out with sales, set up, or breakdown.  Thank you!

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0E4BA9AC2CAAFA7-book

 

Fall Book Fair

The Book Fair is next week!  Mark your calendars and get your shopping lists ready. The Book Fair will be open each day during the Thanksgiving Lunches. Our annual Family Night at the Book Fair is Tuesday, November 19th from 5pm - 7:30pm.  25% of our sales come back to Sangster ES so that the school can buy books and technology for our students.  We are excited to see you there!

 

Last Call - Outstanding Employee Nominations Due

The deadline has been extended to tomorrow, Friday, November 15th if you would like to nominate a Sangster employee to be recognized.

Every year Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) recognizes outstanding employees at all levels.  Once again this year, all schools in FCPS are encouraged to nominate an Outstanding Teacher, whose name will then go on to the pyramid level where a Pyramid Outstanding Teacher will be selected. Each of the five Regions will then select their Region Outstanding Teacher, who will serve as the finalists for the coveted FCPS Outstanding Teacher Award. 

Schools will also select an Outstanding New Teacher (a teacher within his or her first three years of teaching) and have the option of submitting nominees for the other school-based award categories: Outstanding Principal, Outstanding Leader (e.g. Assistant Principal), Outstanding Professional Employee (e.g. School Counselor, School-Based Technology Specialist, Social Worker, School Psychologist, Technology Support Specialist), and Outstanding Operational Employee (e.g. Office Staff, Instructional Assistant, Custodial Staff, and Food Service Staff).  Nominations for Bus Driver will be processed through the transportation department. 

We are asking you, the Sangster parent and guardian community, to help us gather names for this process. If you would like to nominate a Sangster staff member for any of the above awards, please send the name of your nominee and a short paragraph about him or her in an email to Tom Rowader, our awards liaison, at tjrowader@fcps.edu no later than Friday, November 15th.  All responses will be kept confidential.  If you are nominating a staff member for the Outstanding Teacher or Outstanding New Teacher award, please address at least two of the following award criteria in your submission to Mr. Rowader:

  • Instills in students a desire to learn and achieve • Understands the individual needs of students, encourages their talents, and fosters their self-esteem • Demonstrates a thorough knowledge of subject matter and the ability to share it effectively with students • Fosters cooperative relationships and engages with their colleagues and the community • Demonstrates outstanding leadership

We are excited that we can recognize so many outstanding employees.  If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Tom Rowader at tjrowader@fcps.edu.  We would love to hear from you!

 

Irving MS Level IV AAP Information Night

Tuesday, November 19th, Irving Middle School will host their Level IV AAP Information Night at 6 p.m. in Barker Hall.  This is an information session for all 6th grade parents to learn about the program offered for students who are eligible for Level IV AAP services.  Irving staff will provide information and be available to answer questions.  Information from the program will be shared on the Irving website after the presentation if you are unable to attend.  https://irvingms.fcps.edu/

 

Emergency Care Information 

Please take the time to update your student's emergency care information at WeCare@school using the same credentials as for ParentVue. This will have us have the most current information for your child.

Here is the link:

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

 

Monthly Web Updates

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

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

 

  Positivity Project - Week of November 18th

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

 

This Coming Week’s Character Strength:     Gratitude

 

Next Week’s Positivity Project Focus:     Gratitude Week 2

 

 

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

http://sangster.digitalpto.com/

 

Spirit Wear:

Show your Falcon pride by wearing your Sangster spirit wear!  Youth and adult sizes available.

Baseball tee - $20

Tie dye tee - $20

Tie dye sweatshirt - $30

Cash, check and PayPal accepted.  Interested?  Contact spiritwear@sangsterpta.org.  Orders will be delivered to your child’s teacher.

Thanks for helping to support the PTA!

 

PTA Fundraiser:

Nov. 19th, 5-9 pm - Chipotle.  Please mention Sangster Elementary School.

 

 

Sangster Elementary's 2019 Veterans Day celebration photos.

 

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Upcoming Events

 

Friday, November 8th - Dress as Your Favorite Book Character

Friday, November 8th - 2nd Grade Field Trip - Native American Museum

Monday, November 11th - Veterans Day School-Wide Celebration

Wednesday, November 13th - Parent Night on Anxiety Awareness

Thursday, November 14th - Outstanding Employee Nominations Due

Thursday, November 14th - Report Cards go home

Thursday, November 14th - PTA Meeting at 9:15am

Friday, November 15th - Fall Picture Retakes

Tuesday, November 19th - Friday, November 22nd - Book Fair

Tuesday, November 19th - Friday, November 22nd - Thanksgiving Lunches

 

  Message from the Principal

Dear Sangster Families,

November is a busy month with much to celebrate!  Sangster Elementary will be hosting a Veterans Day celebration on Monday, November 11, 2019 at 9:30 a.m. where all 1005 students will be participating in honoring Veterans and Active Military Personnel.  The celebration includes active military personnel from each of the five branches of the armed services as well as choral, band and handbell performances of patriotic music by students.   Weather permitting, the celebration is held in the bus loop and anyone can attend.  We are inviting military personnel to visit classrooms throughout the day.  If you are interested in visiting a classroom, please contact your child’s teacher or the main office.

Thanksgiving is also just around the corner.  I love this holiday when family and friends get together just for the sake of being together.  It does not require the purchase of gifts, just giving thanks.  It is also a wonderful time of year to create family and generational connections that are so important to our children.  During this Thanksgiving season, I hope that you and your family will be able to spend quality time together.   I wish for all of you a Thanksgiving where you can focus on your blessings and take joy in your family.  Thanks for all you do to make our community a wonderful place.  I am thankful for you!

Your Partner in Education,

Lisa M. Reddel

Principal

 

Federal Impact Aid Forms Still Needed

Please remember that all impact aid forms should have been returned and must be signed and dated.  We need 100% participation, even if you are not military affiliated.

For each school-aged child in your household, please complete, sign, date, and return the survey to your child's homeroom teacher. If sections 1 and 2 of the survey do not apply to you, just check the box in Section 3.  All results are CONFIDENTIAL.

Please return a form for each student if you have not already done so

 

Sangster Book Character Day

We are celebrating our love of reading and the upcoming Fall Book Fair!  On Friday, November 8th please dress as your favorite book character and bring the book to school with you.  Make sure that it's a book that you have either read or listened to an adult read to you.  Please check the flyer that went home for additional information.

 

Veterans Day Assembly

Join us for our 8th Annual Veterans Day Assembly

Sangster has a long tradition of celebrating Veterans Day with the community.  Please mark your calendar for Monday, November 11th, at 9:30 a.m.  Anyone is welcome, weather permitting.  Please arrive after the buses have exited the bus loop at 9:15 a.m.

Grades 4-6 will participate in the celebration outside in our bus loop by the flag pole. 

Grades K-3 will watch the celebration streamed live into their classrooms. 

Students are encouraged to wear red, white and blue.

The purpose of the celebration is to help raise awareness of our cherished values as a nation and help instill a strong sense of citizenship and patriotism in our students.  Every year Sangster holds this celebration as a reminder for our community of our country’s values, patriotism, tolerance and ability to have the freedoms we do today.

Teachers are also inviting Veterans and active military personnel to visit classrooms throughout the day.  Please contact your child’s teacher if you are interested in visiting.

 

Thanksgiving Lunches and Book Fair - Volunteers Needed

Thanksgiving lunches are Tuesday, November 19th - Friday, November 22nd.  If you would like to attend and did not send in money for tickets, tickets may be purchased at the door during your scheduled lunch with cash - $3.25 for Sangster students and $4.50 for adults and other children.

 

We really need your help for successful Thanksgiving Lunches.  Thank you!

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090a44a9ae2fa4ff2-2019

 

We really need your help for a successful Book Fair.  Thank you!

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0E4BA9AC2CAAFA7-book

 

The Fall Book Fair

The Book Fair is coming!  Mark your calendars and get your shopping lists ready. The Book Fair will be open each day during the Thanksgiving Lunches. Our annual Family Night at the Book Fair is Tuesday, November 19th from 5pm - 7:30pm.  25% of our sales come back to Sangster ES so that the school can buy books and technology for our students.  We are excited to see you there!

 

Outstanding Employee Nominations Due

The deadline is near.  If you would like to nominate a Sangster employee to be recognized, please do so no later than November 14th.

Every year Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) recognizes outstanding employees at all levels.  Once again this year, all schools in FCPS are encouraged to nominate an Outstanding Teacher, whose name will then go on to the pyramid level where a Pyramid Outstanding Teacher will be selected. Each of the five Regions will then select their Region Outstanding Teacher, who will serve as the finalists for the coveted FCPS Outstanding Teacher Award. 

Schools will also select an Outstanding New Teacher (a teacher within his or her first three years of teaching) and have the option of submitting nominees for the other school-based award categories: Outstanding Principal, Outstanding Leader (e.g. Assistant Principal), Outstanding Professional Employee (e.g. School Counselor, School-Based Technology Specialist, Social Worker, School Psychologist, Technology Support Specialist), and Outstanding Operational Employee (e.g. Office Staff, Instructional Assistant, Custodial Staff, and Food Service Staff).  Nominations for Bus Driver will be processed through the transportation department. 

We are asking you, the Sangster parent and guardian community, to help us gather names for this process. If you would like to nominate a Sangster staff member for any of the above awards, please send the name of your nominee and a short paragraph about him or her in an email to Tom Rowader, our awards liaison, at tjrowader@fcps.edu no later than Thursday, November 14th.  All responses will be kept confidential.  If you are nominating a staff member for the Outstanding Teacher or Outstanding New Teacher award, please address at least two of the following award criteria in your submission to Mr. Rowader:

• Instills in students a desire to learn and achieve
• Understands the individual needs of students, encourages their talents, and fosters their self-esteem
• Demonstrates a thorough knowledge of subject matter and the ability to share it effectively with students
• Fosters cooperative relationships and engages with their colleagues and the community
• Demonstrates outstanding leadership

We are excited that we can recognize so many outstanding employees.  If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Tom Rowader at tjrowader@fcps.edu.  We would love to hear from you!

 

Monthly Web Updates

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

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

 

Art Room Donations Needed

The art teachers are starting a fibers unit soon and would appreciate donations of the following items:

  • Clean cotton or felt fabric
  • Ribbons
  • Buttons
  • Clean baby food containers with lids
  • Scrap-Booking paper

Please drop them off in the office.

Thank you for your help!

  Parent Night on Anxiety Awareness

Anxiety disorders affect one in eight children. Left untreated, children with anxiety are at a higher risk to perform poorly in school, miss out on important social activities, and engage in substance abuse according to the ADAA. Learn how to help children manage their anxiety by coming to the Parent Night on Anxiety Awareness on November 13, 2019 at the West Springfield High School Auditorium. Doors open at 6:30pm with a free screening of the documentary ANGST at 7pm. An expert panel discussion follows the screening and information on school and community resources will also be available. The event is sponsored by local school counselors, school administrators, the FCPS Region 4 office and PTAs/PTSAs.

  Positivity Project - Week of November 11th

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

This Coming Week’s Character Strength:     The Other People Matter Mindset-Knowing my words and actions affect others

 

Next Week’s Positivity Project Focus:     Gratitude

 

 

Our Parent Teacher Association (PTA) meetings are usually held the second Thursday of every month.  Our next meeting is Thursday, November 14th at 9:15 a.m.  We hope that you can join us!

http://sangster.digitalpto.com/

 

Spirit Wear:

Show your Falcon pride by wearing your Sangster spirit wear!  Youth and adult sizes available.

Baseball tee - $20

Tie dye tee - $20

Tie dye sweatshirt - $30

Cash, check and PayPal accepted.  Interested?  Contact spiritwear@sangsterpta.org.  Orders will be delivered to your child’s teacher.

Thanks for helping to support the PTA!

 

PTA Fundraisers:

Nov. 19th, 5-9 pm - Chipotle.  Please mention Sangster Elementary School.

 

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

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Nominate Sangster ES Employees

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Dear Sangster,

As you may know, every year Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) recognizes outstanding employees at all levels.  Once again this year, all schools in FCPS are encouraged to nominate an Outstanding Teacher, whose name will then go on to the pyramid level where a Pyramid Outstanding Teacher will be selected. Each of the five Regions will then select their Region Outstanding Teacher, who will serve as the finalists for the coveted FCPS Outstanding Teacher Award. 

Schools will also select an Outstanding New Teacher (a teacher within his or her first three years of teaching) and have the option of submitting nominees for the other school-based award categories: Outstanding Principal, Outstanding Leader (e.g. Assistant Principal), Outstanding Professional Employee (e.g. School Counselor, School-Based Technology Specialist, Social Worker, School Psychologist, Technology Support Specialist), and Outstanding Operational Employee (e.g. Office Staff, Instructional Assistant, Custodial Staff, and Food Service Staff).  Nominations for Bus Driver will be processed through the transportation department. 

We are asking you, the Sangster parent and guardian community, to help us gather names for this process. If you would like to nominate a Sangster staff member for any of the above awards, please send the name of your nominee and a short paragraph about him or her in an email to Tom Rowader, our awards liaison, at tjrowader@fcps.edu no later than Thursday, November 14th.  All responses will be kept confidential.  If you are nominating a staff member for the Outstanding Teacher or Outstanding New Teacher award, please address at least two of the following award criteria in your submission to Mr. Rowader:

• Instills in students a desire to learn and achieve
• Understands the individual needs of students, encourages their talents, and fosters their self-esteem
• Demonstrates a thorough knowledge of subject matter and the ability to share it effectively with students
• Fosters cooperative relationships and engages with their colleagues and the community
• Demonstrates outstanding leadership

We are excited that we can recognize so many outstanding employees.  If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Tom Rowader at tjrowader@fcps.edu.  We would love to hear from you!

Sincerely,

Lisa M. Reddel

Principal

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Thank you to all who attended Family Math Night 2019!!  What a terrific time we had!

 

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Upcoming Events

 

Wednesday, October 30th - Impact Aid Forms Were Due

Monday & Tuesday, November 4th & 5th - No School for Students

Friday, November 8th - Dress as Your Favorite Book Character

Friday, November 8th - 2nd Grade Field Trip - Native American Museum

Monday, November11th - Veterans Day School-Wide Celebration

Wednesday, November 13th - Parent Night on Anxiety Awareness

Thursday, November 14th - Report Cards go home

Friday, November 15th - Fall Picture Retakes

  Superintendent's Excellence in Equity Award

We are proud to announce that Sangster has received the Superintendent’s Excellence in Equity Award.  This award is given to schools to celebrate their progress and achievement in raising the bar and closing student achievement gaps.  Based on a careful analysis of Division SOL data, Sangster has earned a Level 1 performance for each reporting group and all gap group indicators in both English and Mathematics for the 2018-2019 school year.  Congratulations to Sangster on our outstanding performance.

 

Federal Impact Aid

Federal Impact Aid forms were sent out last Thursday, October 24th.  All forms must be signed, dated, and should have been returned by October 30th.

For each school-aged child in your household, please complete, sign, date, and return the survey to your child's homeroom teacher. If sections 1 and 2 of the survey do not apply to you, just check the box in Section 3.  All results are CONFIDENTIAL.

Please return a form for each student if you have not already done so

 

Sangster Book Character Day

We are celebrating our love of reading and the upcoming Fall Book Fair!  On Friday, November 8th please dress as your favorite book character and bring the book to school with you.  Make sure that it's a book that you have either read or listened to an adult read to you.  Please check the flyer that went home last week for additional information.

 

Veterans Day Assembly

Join us for our 8th Annual Veterans Day Assembly

Sangster has a long tradition of celebrating Veteran’s Day with the community.  Please mark your calendar for Monday, November 11th, at 9:30 a.m.  Anyone is welcome, weather permitting.  Please arrive after the buses have exited the bus loop at 9:15 a.m.

Grades 4-6 will participate in the celebration outside in our bus loop by the flag pole. 

Grades K-3 will watch the celebration streamed live into their classrooms. 

Students are encouraged to wear red, white and blue.

The purpose of the celebration is to help raise awareness of our cherished values as a nation and help instill a strong sense of citizenship and patriotism in our students.  Every year Sangster holds this celebration as a reminder for our community of our country’s values, patriotism, tolerance and ability to have the freedoms we do today.

Teachers are also inviting Veterans and active military personnel to visit classrooms throughout the day.  Please contact your child’s teacher if you are interested in visiting.

 

Thanksgiving Lunches - Volunteers Needed

Thanksgiving lunch invitations went home last week. Please return your order and payment in the envelope provided by Wednesday, November 6th. Hope to see you there!

Please consider helping us with our Thanksgiving Lunches.  Thank you!

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The Fall Book Fair

The Book Fair is coming!  Mark your calendars and get your shopping lists ready. The Book Fair will be open each day during the Thanksgiving Lunches. Our annual Family Night at the Book Fair is Tuesday, November 19th.  25% of our sales come back to Sangster ES so that the school can buy books and technology for our students.  We are excited to see you there!

 

Art Room Donations Needed

The art teachers are starting a fibers unit soon and would appreciate donations of the following items:

  • Clean cotton or felt fabric
  • Ribbons
  • Buttons
  • Clean baby food containers with lids
  • Scrap-Booking paper

Please drop them off in the office.

Thank you for your help!

  Parent Night on Anxiety Awareness

Anxiety disorders affect one in eight children. Left untreated, children with anxiety are at a higher risk to perform poorly in school, miss out on important social activities, and engage in substance abuse according to the ADAA. Learn how to help children manage their anxiety by coming to the Parent Night on Anxiety Awareness on November 13, 2019 at the West Springfield High School Auditorium. Doors open at 6:30pm with a free screening of the documentary ANGST at 7pm. An expert panel discussion follows the screening and information on school and community resources will also be available. The event is sponsored by local school counselors, school administrators, the FCPS Region 4 office and PTAs/PTSAs.

  Positivity Project - Week of November 4th

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

This Coming Week’s Character Strength:     Bravery

 

Next Week’s Positivity Project Focus:     The Other People Matter Mindset-Knowing my words and actions affect others

 

 

Our Parent Teacher Association (PTA) meetings are usually held the second Thursday of every month.  Our next meeting is Thursday, November 14th at 9:15 a.m.  We hope that you can join us!

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PTA Fundraisers:

Nov. 19th, 5-9 pm - Chipotle.  Please mention Sangster Elementary School.

 

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Field Day and Bus Driver Appreciation Day.

 

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Upcoming Events

 

Thursday, October 24th - Math Family Night, 6:30 pm

Tuesday, October 29th - 3rd Grade Field Trip - Huntley Meadows

Wednesday, October 30th - 3rd Grade Field Trip - Huntley Meadows

Wednesday, October 30th - Impact Aid Forms Due

Monday & Tuesday, November 4th & 5th - No School for Students

Friday, November 8th - Dress as Your Favorite Book Character

Friday, November 8th - 2nd Grade Field Trip - Native American Museum

Wednesday, November 13th - Parent Night on Anxiety Awareness

 

  A Message From The Principal

Dear Sangster,

As you may know, every year Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) recognizes outstanding employees at all levels.  Once again this year, all schools in FCPS are encouraged to nominate an Outstanding Teacher, whose name will then go on to the pyramid level where a Pyramid Outstanding Teacher will be selected. Each of the five Regions will then select their Region Outstanding Teacher, who will serve as the finalists for the coveted FCPS Outstanding Teacher Award. 

Schools will also select an Outstanding New Teacher (a teacher within his or her first three years of teaching) and have the option of submitting nominees for the other school-based award categories: Outstanding Principal, Outstanding Leader (e.g. Assistant Principal), Outstanding Professional Employee (e.g. School Counselor, School-Based Technology Specialist, Social Worker, School Psychologist, Technology Support Specialist), and Outstanding Operational Employee (e.g. Office Staff, Instructional Assistant, Custodial Staff, and Food Service Staff).  Nominations for Bus Driver will be processed through the transportation department. 

We are asking you, the Sangster parent and guardian community, to help us gather names for this process. If you would like to nominate a Sangster staff member for any of the above awards, please send the name of your nominee and a short paragraph about him or her in an email to Tom Rowader, our awards liaison, at tjrowader@fcps.edu no later than Thursday, November 14th.  All responses will be kept confidential.  If you are nominating a staff member for the Outstanding Teacher or Outstanding New Teacher award, please address at least two of the following award criteria in your submission to Mr. Rowader:

• Instills in students a desire to learn and achieve
• Understands the individual needs of students, encourages their talents, and fosters their self-esteem
• Demonstrates a thorough knowledge of subject matter and the ability to share it effectively with students
• Fosters cooperative relationships and engages with their colleagues and the community
• Demonstrates outstanding leadership

We are excited that we can recognize so many outstanding employees.  If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Tom Rowader at tjrowader@fcps.edu.  We would love to hear from you!

Sincerely,

Lisa M. Reddel

Principal

Sangster Elementary

 

Federal Impact Aid

Families will receive their annual Federal Impact Aid forms today, October 24th.  All forms must be signed, dated, and returned by October 30th.

Each year, FCPS is eligible to apply for federal Impact Aid grant funds, which are designed to assist local school districts that enroll federally-connected students.  FCPS anticipates receiving $3M in funds which become part of the school system's general operating budget and are critical to maintaining high standards for educational excellence.  Federally-connected students attend ALL Fairfax County Public Schools, so it is very important to provide these additionally available federal resources. 

For each school-aged child in your household, please complete, sign, date, and return the survey to your child's homeroom teacher. If sections 1 and 2 of the survey do not apply to you, just check the box in Section 3.  All results are CONFIDENTIAL.

Please check out this short video about how YOU can be a superhero. 

https://youtu.be/uPqC3BLf3Ow

 

2nd Annual Family Math Night Tonight

There's no Nat's Game tonight, so come out and join us for Math Night!

Join us for a fun and engaging evening for the whole family as we explore the wonders of math together! Activities for students in all grade levels include: Math Games, Hands-on Activities, Problem Solving Tasks, and Take-home Games.  There will also be a chance to win prizes! If you ordered pizza through Pizza Bolis, the PTA will be serving it from 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. in the cafeteria.

Be sure to give yourself time to park so that you can take part in the whole hour of family math fun. 

It's not too late to RSVP if you plan on attending Family Math Night.  Please do so via this link: Sangster's 2019 Family Math Night RSVP.

 

Sangster Book Character Day

We are celebrating our love of reading and the upcoming Fall Book Fair!  On Friday, November 8th please dress as your favorite book character and bring the book to school with you.  Make sure that it's a book that you have either read or listened to an adult read to you.  Please check the flyer that went home last week for additional information.

 

Veterans Day Assembly

Join us for our 8th Annual Veterans Day Assembly

Sangster has a long tradition of celebrating Veteran’s Day with the community.  Please mark your calendar for Monday, November 11th, at 9:30 a.m.  Anyone is welcome, weather permitting.  Please arrive after the buses have exited the bus loop at 9:15 a.m.

Grades 4-6 will participate in the celebration outside in our bus loop by the flag pole. 

Grades K-3 will watch the celebration streamed live into their classrooms. 

Students are encouraged to wear red, white and blue.

The purpose of the celebration is to help raise awareness of our cherished values as a nation and help instill a strong sense of citizenship and patriotism in our students.  Every year Sangster holds this celebration as a reminder for our community of our country’s values, patriotism, tolerance and ability to have the freedoms we do today.

Teachers are also inviting Veterans and active military personnel to visit classrooms throughout the day.  Please contact your child’s teacher if you are interested in visiting.

 

Thanksgiving Lunches

Thanksgiving lunch invitations are coming home today in Thursday folders. Please return your order and payment in the envelope provided by Tuesday, November 5th. Hope to see you there!

 

The Fall Book Fair

The Book Fair is coming!  Mark your calendars and get your shopping lists ready. The Book Fair will be open each day during the Thanksgiving Lunches. Our annual Family Night at the Book Fair is Tuesday, November 19th.  25% of our sales come back to Sangster ES so that the school can buy books and technology for our students.  We are excited to see you there!

 

A Gentle Reminder

The bus loop is a fire lane.  Please do not park in the fire lane.  Thank you.

 

Parent Night on Anxiety Awareness

Every child experiences anxious moments or phases. Learn when children need help to manage their anxiety by coming to the Parent Night on Anxiety Awareness on November 13, 2019 at the West Springfield High School Auditorium. Doors open at 6:30pm with a free screening of the documentary ANGST at 7pm. An expert panel discussion follows the screening and information on school and community resources will also be available. The event is sponsored by local school counselors, school administrators, the FCPS Region 4 office and PTAs/PTSAs.

 

  Positivity Project - Week of October 28th

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

 

This Coming Week’s Character Strength:     Creativity

 

Next Week’s Character Strength:    Bravery

 

 

Our Parent Teacher Association (PTA) meetings are usually held the second Thursday of every month.  Our next meeting is Thursday, November 14th at 9:15 a.m.  We hope that you can join us!

http://sangster.digitalpto.com/

 

PTA Fundraisers:

Week of Oct. 21-25th, all day Monday-Friday - Chick-fil-A. Please mention Sangster Elementary School.

Nov. 19th, 5-9 pm - Chipotle.  Please mention Sangster Elementary School.

 

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Thank you to our generous PTA for re-stocking PTA provided recess equipment!!

 

Mr. Rowader's class using our wonderful outdoor classroom space!

 

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Upcoming Events

 

 

Friday, October 18th - Field Day

Saturday, October 19th - West Springfield Pyramid Fun Run

Wednesday, October 23rd - 4th Grade Field Trip - Kennedy Center

Thursday, October 24th - Math Family Night, 6:30 pm

Tuesday, October 29th - 3rd Grade Field Trip - Huntley Meadows

Wednesday, October 30th - 3rd Grade Field Trip - Huntley Meadows

Wednesday, October 30th - Impact Aid Forms Due

Wednesday, November 13th - Parent Night on Anxiety Awareness

 

  A Message From The Principal

 

Dear Sangster Community,

October is Bullying Prevention Month. Every student at Sangster participated in age-appropriate lessons with the school counselor as part of the health and counseling curriculum about how to be part of Sangster’s caring community, how to avoid bullies, how to recognize the signs of harassment and bullying behavior and what you can do if you encounter this behavior.

Bullying in the FCPS Students Rights and Responsibilities is defined as: “Any aggressive and unwanted behavior that is intended to harm, intimidate, or humiliate the victim; involves a real or perceived power imbalance between the aggressor or aggressors and victim; and is repeated over time or causes severe emotional trauma.” Bullying includes cyberbullying.

“Bullying” does not include ordinary teasing, horseplay, arguments, or peer conflict.  Part of elementary school is also learning how to navigate through normal conflict.  Our school counselors help students learn the skills needed to work through friendship challenges.  They often use mediation skills and teach students effective conflict resolution and communication skills to use with their peers when confronted with a difficult situation.

Throughout the year, students will continue to learn additional strategies to prevent and respond to bullying as well as learn strategies to cope with other challenges such as conflict, and mean or rude behavior.   The Clinical Team has worked with our staff and students on these topics as well as strategies for social-emotional wellness.  They will be sharing more information with parents at our next PTA meeting on November 14, 2019 at 9:15 a.m. in the cafeteria.  For more information from Fairfax County on this topic please visit https://www.fcps.edu/resources/student-safety-and-wellness/bullying-prevention-and-intervention.

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

Sincerely,

Lisa M. Reddel

Principal

 

  Field Day is Tomorrow, Friday, October 18th

Volunteers Are Still Needed for 4th-6th Grades

Hello Sangster Families, Fall Field Day is tomorrow - Friday, October 18th. 

We STILL need volunteers to make this event a success

Your student does not need to be in grades 4-6 for you to help.

Please sign up at the link below.

4th – 6th grade – 9:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E054BAEA62AA7FC1-sangster

If we cancel Field Day, you will be notified through a News You Choose (NYC) e-mail.  The rain date is Friday, October 25th.

Thank you for all of your support!  The only way Field Day can be successful is through the work of our wonderful volunteers.  We appreciate all that you do!

Kindly -

Mrs. Tuebner & Ms. Hickey

  Federal Impact Aid

Each year, FCPS is eligible to apply for federal Impact Aid grant funds, which are designed to assist local school districts that enroll federally-connected students.  FCPS anticipates receiving $3M in funds which become part of the school system's general operating budget and are critical to maintaining high standards for educational excellence.  Federally-connected students attend ALL Fairfax County Public Schools, so it is very important to provide these additionally available federal resources. 

Families will receive their annual Federal Impact Aid forms on October 24th.  For each school-aged child in your household, please complete, sign, date, and return the survey to your child's school. If sections 1 and 2 of the survey do not apply to you, just check the box in Section 3.  All forms must be signed, dated, and returned by October 30th. All results are CONFIDENTIAL.

Please check out this short video about how YOU can be a superhero. 

https://youtu.be/uPqC3BLf3Ow

 

2nd Annual Family Math Night

Sangster's 2nd Annual Family Math Night is this next Thursday, October 24, 2019, from 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Join us for a fun and engaging evening for the whole family as we explore the wonders of math together! Activities for students in all grade levels include: Math Games, Hands-on Activities, Problem Solving Tasks, Presentations for parents, and Take-home Games.  There will also be a chance to win prizes! The PTA is organizing pizza delivery for those interested, and it will be served from 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. in the cafeteria. Flyers came home in last week's Thursday folder with instructions on pre-ordering your pizza pies through Pizza Bolis. 

Please RSVP if you plan on attending Family Math Night via this link: Sangster's 2019 Family Math Night RSVP.

 

A Gentle Reminder

The bus loop is a fire lane.  Please do not park in the fire lane.  Thank you.

 

Parent Night on Anxiety Awareness

Want to learn what anxious students wish their parents and teachers knew? Learn how to help children manage their anxiety by coming to the Parent Night on Anxiety Awareness on November 13, 2019 at the West Springfield High School Auditorium. Doors open at 6:30pm with a free screening of the documentary ANGST at 7pm. An expert panel discussion follows the screening and information on school and community resources will also be available. The event is sponsored by local school counselors, school administrators, the FCPS Region 4 office and PTAs/PTSAs.

 

  Positivity Project - Week of October 21

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

 

This Coming Week’s Character Strength:     Perspective

 

Next Week’s Character Strength:    Creativity

 

 

Our Parent Teacher Association (PTA) meetings are usually held the second Thursday of every month.  Our next meeting is Thursday, November 14th at 9:15 a.m.   We hope that you can join us!

http://sangster.digitalpto.com/

 

PTA Fundraisers:

Week of Oct. 21-25th, all day Monday-Friday - Chick-fil-A. Please mention Sangster Elementary School.

Nov. 19th, 5-9 pm - Chipotle.  Please mention Sangster Elementary School.

 

Pyramid Challenge "Fun Run" 2019 is THIS SATURDAY!

Saturday, October 19th, 9am-12pm

Irving Middle School

1/2 Mile Races: Kindergarten - 10AM; 1st Grade - 10:15AM; 2nd Grade - 10:30AM; 3rd Grade - 10:45AM

MASCOT RACE: 11AM - Come watch our Sangster Falcon soar!!

1 Mile Races: 4th/5th/6th Grade girls - 11:20AM; 4th/5th/6th Grade boys - 11:40AM

Please arrive one hour prior to your race start.

Suggested donation of 4 non-perishable items for ECHO (simply drop your items off at the big truck near the registration tables.) 

The forecast looks great! THERE IS race day registration! (T-shirt not guaranteed)

We are still looking for a 2020 Sangster Rep for this event.

Please contact Mary Beth Smith at jmbsmith17@aol.com for details.

 

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Upcoming Events

 

Thursday, October 10th - PTA Meeting, 7 pm

Monday, October 14th - No School for Students

Friday, October 18th - Field Day

Saturday, October 19th - West Springfield Pyramid Fun Run

Wednesday, October 23rd - 4th Grade Field Trip - Kennedy Center

Thursday, October 24th - Math Family Night, 6:30 pm

Wednesday, November 13th - Parent Night on Anxiety Awareness

 

  Field Day - Friday, October 18th

Volunteers Needed

Hello Sangster Families, Fall Field Day is next week - Friday, October 18th. 

We STILL need volunteers to make this event a success.

Please sign up at the links below.

4th – 6th grade – 9:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E054BAEA62AA7FC1-sangster

 

1st - 3rd grade - 1:15 p.m. - 3 p.m.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A044CABAE2B0-2019

 

If we cancel Field Day, you will be notified through a News You Choose (NYC) e-mail.  The rain date is Friday, October 25th.

Thank you for all of your support!  The only way Field Day can be successful is through the work of our wonderful volunteers.  We appreciate all that you do!

Kindly -

Mrs. Tuebner & Ms. Hickey

 

2nd Annual Family Math Night

2nd Annual Family Math Night on Thursday, October 24, 2019 from 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Join us for a fun and engaging evening for the whole family as we explore the wonders of math together! Activities for students in all grade levels include: Math Games, Hands-on Activities, Problem Solving Tasks, Presentations for parents, and Take-home Games.  There will also be a chance to win prizes! The PTA will be organizing pizza delivery for those interested which will be served from 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. in the cafeteria. Be on the look-out for information from the PTA about pizza pre-orders in today's Thursday folders.  Please RSVP if you plan on attending Family Math Night via this link: Sangster's 2019 Family Math Night RSVP.

 

Drop-Off Time in The Morning

Please remember that drop-off time in the morning begins at 8:50 a.m.  Thank you.

 

A Gentle Reminder

The bus loop is a fire lane.  Please do not park in the fire lane.  Thank you.

 

 

Digital Resources Permission Slip Due 10/11

Fairfax County Public Schools uses a variety of resources to support student learning. 

Some of the digital resources your child uses this year may require parental consent according to their terms of service and/or privacy policy.  FCPS takes your child’s privacy and security very seriously, and follows the guidelines set forth by federal legislation. 

Please sign the form that went home last week and return it to your child's homeroom teacher by TOMORROW, 10/11/19

  Parent Night on Anxiety Awareness

Anxiety disorders affect one in eight children. Left untreated, children with anxiety are at a higher risk to perform poorly in school, miss out on important social activities, and engage in substance abuse according to the ADAA. Learn how to help children manage their anxiety by coming to the Parent Night on Anxiety Awareness on November 13, 2019 at the West Springfield High School Auditorium. Doors open at 6:30pm with a free screening of the documentary ANGST at 7pm. An expert panel discussion follows the screening and information on school and community resources will also be available. The event is sponsored by local school counselors, school administrators, the FCPS Region 4 office and PTAs/PTSAs.

  Positivity Project - Week of October 14

This week’s character strength is Integrity. Integrity is doing the right thing when nobody is watching. People with integrity practice what they preach and maintain a consistent pattern of behavior aligned with their values. They have the courage not to follow the crowd if it means going against their beliefs. Integrity is closely aligned with the terms of honesty and authenticity. People with integrity tell the truth and have alignment in their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.

This Coming Week’s Character Strength:     Integrity

 

Next Week’s Character Strength:    Perspective

 

 

Our Parent Teacher Association (PTA) meetings are usually held the second Thursday of every month.  Our next meeting is tonight, Thursday, October 10th at 7pm.   We hope that you can join us!

http://sangster.digitalpto.com/

 

Pyramid Challenge "Fun Run" 2019 is next week!

Saturday, October 19th, 9am-12pm

Irving Middle School

1/2 Mile Races: Kindergarten - 10AM; 1st Grade - 10:15AM; 2nd Grade - 10:30AM; 3rd Grade - 10:45AM

MASCOT RACE - 11AM - Come watch our Sangster Falcon soar!!

1 Mile Races: 4th/5th/6th Grade girls - 11:20AM; 4th/5th/6th Grade boys - 11:40AM

Please arrive one hour prior to your race start.

Suggested donation of 4 non-perishable items for ECHO (simply drop your items off at the big truck near the registration tables.) 

Pre-race registration is now closed, but there is race day registration! (T-shirt not guaranteed)

We are still looking for a volunteer to be the Falcon and for a 2020 Sangster Rep for this event.

Please contact Mary Beth Smith at jmbsmith17@aol.com for details.

 

2019-2020 Reflections: "Look Within"

Entries Due: TOMORROW - Friday, October 11

PTA Reflections is a nationally acclaimed student recognition program to encourage artistic creativity in the classroom and at home.  Students of all grades and abilities may participate and explore the arts based on the student's interpretation of the 2019-2020 theme: "Look Within".  

Students may enter one or more categories.  The categories are:

      • Dance Choreography
      • Film Production
      • Literature
      • Music Composition
      • Photography
      • Visual Arts  

Deadline for entries is at the end of the school day TOMORROW, October 11, 2019.  Entries may be dropped off in a box located in the front office.  

For rules and guidelines: https://vapta.org/programs/arts-and-education/reflections-top

Email Cherilyn at Reflections@Sangsterpta.org for further information.

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Sangster participated in National Walk to School Day on 10-2-19.  Please see additional photos below.

 

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Upcoming Events

 

Thursday, October 10th - PTA Meeting, 7 pm

Monday, October 14th - No School for Students

Friday, October 18th - Field Day

Saturday, October 19th - West Springfield Pyramid Fun Run

Thursday, October 24th - Math Family Night, 6:30 pm

Wednesday, November 13th - Parent Night on Anxiety Awareness

 

  Field Day - Friday, October 18th

Hello Sangster Families, Fall Field Day is on Friday, October 18 and we need volunteers. Please sign up at the links below.

4th – 6th grade – 9:45 am – 11:30 am

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E054BAEA62AA7FC1-sangster

 

1st - 3rd grade - 1:15 pm - 3 pm

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A044CABAE2B0-2019

 

If we cancel Field Day, you will be notified through a News You Choose (NYC) e-mail.  The rain date is Friday, October 25th.

Thank you for all of your support!  The only way Field Day can be successful is through the work of our wonderful volunteers.  We appreciate all that you do!

Kindly-

Mrs. Tuebner & Ms. Hickey

 

 

Parent Night on Anxiety Awareness

Every child experiences anxious moments or phases. Learn when children need help to manage their anxiety by coming to the Parent Night on Anxiety Awareness on November 13, 2019 at the West Springfield High School Auditorium. Doors open at 6:30pm with a free screening of the documentary ANGST at 7pm. An expert panel discussion follows the screening and information on school and community resources will also be available. The event is sponsored by local school counselors, school administrators, the FCPS Region 4 office and PTAs/PTSAs.

 

Be On The Look Out For This Form

Fairfax County Public Schools uses a variety of resources to support student learning. 

Some of the digital resources your child uses this year may require parental consent according to their terms of service and/or privacy policy.  FCPS takes your child’s privacy and security very seriously, and follows the guidelines set forth by federal legislation. 

Please sign the form and return to your child's homeroom teacher by 10/11/19

 

 

Advanced Academic Program Information

If you were unable to attend the Advanced Academic Program Information meeting on September 26th, you may view the narrated PowerPoint via this link: Advanced Academic Information Narrated PowerPoint. Sangster will host another Advanced Academic Information meeting about the screening and referral process on Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Redford, Advanced Academic Resource Teacher, at jaredford@fcps.edu.

 

 

  Positivity Project - Week of October 7

This week’s Positivity Project focus is the Other People Matter 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.

 

This Coming Week’s Character Strength:     The Other People Matter Mindset – being present and giving others my attention

 

Next Week’s Character Strength:    Integrity

 

 

Our Parent Teacher Association (PTA) meetings are usually held the second Thursday of every month.  Our next meeting is Thursday, October 10th at 7pm.   We hope that you can join us!

http://sangster.digitalpto.com/

 

2019-2020 Reflections: "Look Within"

Entries Due: Friday, October 11

PTA Reflections is a nationally acclaimed student recognition program to encourage artistic creativity in the classroom and at home.  Students of all grades and abilities may participate and explore the arts based on the student's interpretation of the 2019-2020 theme: "Look Within".  

Students may enter one or more categories.  The categories are:

      • Dance Choreography
      • Film Production
      • Literature
      • Music Composition
      • Photography
      • Visual Arts  

Deadline for entries is at the end of the school day on October 11, 2019.  Entries may be dropped off in a box located in the front office.  

For rules and guidelines: https://vapta.org/programs/arts-and-education/reflections-top

Email Cherilyn at Reflections@Sangsterpta.org for further information.

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Upcoming Events

 

Thursday, September 26th - Advanced Academic Information Meeting, 7 pm

Wednesday, October 2nd - Walk to School Day

Thursday, October 3rd - 6th Grade Field Trip - Hemlock

Thursday, October 3rd - 1st Grade Field Trip - Cox Farms

Thursday, October 10th - PTA Meeting, 7 pm

Friday, October 18th - Field Day

Thursday, October 24th - Math Family Night, 6:30 pm

 

  Walk to School Day

Walk to School Day is Wednesday, October 2, 2019.  This is the day for any regular walkers to walk to school.  Regular walkers will receive a flyer in today's Thursday Folder with more information.

  Field Day - Friday, October 18th

Hello Sangster Families, Fall Field Day is on Friday, October 18 and we will need volunteers. Signup genius information will be coming next week.

 

4th – 6th grade – 9:45 am – 11:30 am

1st – 3rd grade – 1:15 pm – 3:00 pm

 

If we cancel Field Day, you will be notified through a News You Choose (NYC) e-mail.  The rain date is Friday, October 25th.

Thank you for all of your support!  The only way Field Day can be successful is through the work of our wonderful volunteers.  We appreciate all that you do!

Kindly-

Mrs. Tuebner & Ms. Hickey

 

Student Safety in the Morning and at Dismissal

Please help us with morning and afternoon traffic and student safety.  We have noticed speeding cars on Reservation Drive, cars making U-Turns in the middle of the street, adults on cell phones in the Kiss and Ride lane, and some drivers who are ignoring the adults outside trying to keep students safe.  Families who live in the neighborhood have voiced concerns as well.   Please obey all traffic safety laws.

All students at Sangster are considered a bus rider or a walker. 

If students walk to or from school, please remind students to cross Reservation Drive at the crosswalk with the crossing guard, not in the middle of the street.  

If you choose to drive your child to school or pick them up using Kiss and Ride, please help us with our traffic flow. 

Below are also some tips to help make Kiss and Ride a smoother and more efficient process:

  • If you are turning onto Reservation Drive from school property, please make a right turn.  When parents make a left on Reservation Drive, it backs up traffic in the Kiss and Ride lane. 
  • Please do not park on Reservation Drive between the No Parking signs or block driveways.
  • Our student safety patrols open car doors to assist students getting out of vehicles at Kiss and Ride.  The Kiss and Ride lane is only one lane, so please be patient and do not pass other cars.  This is for everyone’s safety.   
  • Parents should not get out of their cars in the Kiss and Ride lane.
  • Students should exit the right side of the car, closest to the sidewalk.
  • If you are driving your student to school, please do not drop your child off on Reservation Drive and have them run across the street.  Please use the Kiss and Ride lane, or walk your child to the school using the cross walk.  This is for everyone’s safety.     

Thank you for your assistance and patience when driving.

 

Advanced Academic Information Meeting

 

Advanced Academic Information Meeting – Thursday, September 26, 2019 at 7:00PM in the Sangster Cafeteria  

This session will provide further information on the continuum of services offered by the Advanced Academic Program as well as the screening and referral process. For more information contact Jennifer Redford, Advanced Academic Resource Teacher, at jaredford@fcps.edu.

 

  Positivity Project - Week of September 30

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.

 

This Coming Week’s Character Strength:     Open-Mindedness

 

Next Week’s Character Strength:    The Other People Matter Mindset – being present and giving others my attention

 

 

Our Parent Teacher Association (PTA) meetings are usually held the second Thursday of every month.  Our next meeting is Thursday, October 10th at 7pm.   We hope that you can join us!

http://sangster.digitalpto.com/

 

Pyramid Challenge "Fun Run" 2019 Registration is due NOW

REGISTRATION DEADLINE is OCTOBER 1st to guarantee a t-shirt.

Paper registrations will be accepted until October 1st.

Online registration is available until October 1st at: https://potomac.enmotive.com/events/register/2019-pyramid-challenge?fbclid=IwAR0p6IAF6puLYQGomxvJd04p_PRdnngUshjCaWqcgcFw-nt3WHlKlSWAag4

YOU ONLY NEED TO REGISTER ONCE (either paper or online.)

Saturday, October 19th, 9am-12pm

Irving Middle School

1/2 Mile Races: 10AM - Kindergarten; 10:15AM - 1st Grade; 10:30 - 2nd Grade; 10:45- 3rd Grade

MASCOT RACE - 11AM - Come watch our Sangster Falcon soar!!

1 Mile Races: 4th/5th/6th Grade girls - 11:20AM; 4th/5th/6th Grade boys - 11:40AM

Please arrive one hour prior to your race start.

This is a FREE event with a suggested canned good donation. Please see registration form for additional information. 

Please contact Mary Beth Smith 703-455-0375 for details.

 

PTA Membership  & Directory -

Remember to join the PTA and order your school directory. This year’s directory will have email addresses for your student’s classmates so that you can plan playdates, ask homework questions, and send out birthday invitations. Don’t miss out!

The directory is our only major fall fundraiser. These funds are used throughout the year for recess supplies, classroom materials, teacher training, technology expenses and more.

Follow this link to join PTA and/or order your directory. https://forms.gle/EkCAHsRXixiR6ZzW8

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Upcoming Events

 

Friday, September 20th - Fall Pictures

Wednesday, September 25th - 1st Grade Apple Festival - Liberatore & Tenney

Thursday, September 26th - 1st Grade Apple Festival - Volpe & Buckles

Thursday, September 26th - Advanced Academic Information Meeting 7 pm

Wednesday, October 2nd - Walk to School Day - more information to come

Thursday, October 3rd - 6th Grade Field Trip - Hemlock

Thursday, October 3rd - 1st Grade Field Trip - Cox Farms

Friday, October 18th - Field Day

Thursday, October 24th - Math Family Night, 6:30 pm

 

Sangster News You Choose

 

Dr. Branbrand visits Sangster

Dr. Brabrand visited Sangster last Friday, September 13, 2019.  Check out the video below to watch part of his visit with staff and students.

 

Professional Learning Communities at Sangster ES    

I joined a Collaborative Learning Team (CLT) to see how teamwork impacts student success.

Sangster ES is doing tremendous work around the Professional Learning Communities component of our Theory of Action. You'll recall that we rolled out the Theory of Action at this summer's Leadership Conference as a guide for how we will achieve Student Success and a Caring Culture.

Sangster has seen a 15 percent gain in the pass rates for students with special needs - an amazing accomplishment! Principal Lisa Reddel attributes much of that success to their CLTs. I sat down with the fifth grade CLT to hear how they work together to create a successful learning environment.

Please enjoy this short video and have a great week.

  Field Day - Friday, October 18th

Hello Sangster Families, Fall Field Day is on Friday, October 18 and we will need volunteers. Signup genius information will be forthcoming.

 

4th – 6th grade – 9:45 – 11:30

1st – 3rd grade – 1:15 – 3:00

 

If we cancel Field Day, you will be notified through a News You Choose (NYC) e-mail.  The rain date is Friday, October 25th.

Thank you for all of your support!  The only way Field Day can be successful is through the work of our wonderful volunteers.  We appreciate all that you do!

Kindly-

Mrs. Tuebner & Ms. Hickey

 

Student Safety in the Morning and at Dismissal

Please help us with morning and afternoon traffic and student safety.  We have noticed speeding cars on Reservation Drive, cars making U-Turns in the middle of the street, adults on cell phones in the Kiss and Ride lane, and some drivers who are ignoring the adults outside trying to keep students safe.  Families who live in the neighborhood have voiced concerns as well.   Please obey all traffic safety laws.

All students at Sangster are considered a bus rider or a walker. 

If students walk to or from school, please remind students to cross Reservation Drive at the crosswalk with the crossing guard, not in the middle of the street.  

If you choose to drive your child to school or pick them up using Kiss and Ride, please help us with our traffic flow. 

Below are also some tips to help make Kiss and Ride a smoother and more efficient process:

  • If you are turning onto Reservation Drive from school property, please make a right turn.  When parents make a left on Reservation Drive, it backs up traffic in the Kiss and Ride lane. 
  • Please do not park on Reservation Drive between the No Parking signs or block driveways.
  • Our student safety patrols open car doors to assist students getting out of vehicles at Kiss and Ride.  The Kiss and Ride lane is only one lane, so please be patient and do not pass other cars.  This is for everyone’s safety.   
  • Parents should not get out of their cars in the Kiss and Ride lane.
  • Students should exit the right side of the car, closest to the sidewalk.
  • If you are driving your student to school, please do not drop your child off on Reservation Drive and have them run across the street.  Please use the Kiss and Ride lane, or walk your child to the school using the cross walk.  This is for everyone’s safety.     

Thank you for your assistance and patience when driving.

 

Advanced Academic Information Meeting

 

Advanced Academic Information Meeting – Thursday, September 26, 2019 at 7:00PM in the Sangster Cafeteria  

This session will provide further information on the continuum of services offered by the Advanced Academic Program as well as the screening and referral process. For more information contact Jennifer Redford, Advanced Academic Resource Teacher, at jaredford@fcps.edu.

 

  Positivity Project - Week of September 23

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.

 

This Coming Week’s Character Strength:     Teamwork

 

Next Week’s Character Strength:    Open-Mindedness

 

 

Our Parent Teacher Association (PTA) meetings are usually held the second Thursday of every month.  Our next meeting is Thursday, October 10th at 7pm.   We hope that you can join us!

http://sangster.digitalpto.com/

 

Pyramid Challenge "Fun Run" 2019 -

Save the date! Pyramid Challenge "Fun Run" 2019 is coming up! 

Saturday, October 19th, 9am-12pm

Irving Middle School

1/2 Mile Races: 10AM - Kindergarten; 10:15AM - 1st Grade; 10:30 - 2nd Grade; 10:45- 3rd Grade

MASCOT RACE - 11AM - Come watch our Sangster Falcon soar!!

1 Mile Races: 4th/5th/6th Grade girls - 11:20AM; 4th/5th/6th Grade boys - 11:40AM

Please arrive one hour prior to your race start.

Look for the registration form in today’s Thursday folders! REGISTRATION DEADLINE is OCTOBER 1st to guarantee a t-shirt. This is a FREE event with a suggested canned good donation. Please see registration form for additional information. 

Please contact Mary Beth Smith 703-455-0375 for details.

 

PTA Fundraisers -

Wednesday, September 25th - Squisito 4-9 pm

Wednesday, September 25th - Sweet Frog 11:30 am - 9 pm

Please help the Sangster PTA raise some dough!  Wednesday, September, 25th from 4-9 pm Squisito will be donating up to 30% of sales, after dinner head on over to Sweet Frog for some froyo!  They are conveniently located right next door to Squisito!  Sweet Frog will donate 15% of sales all day!! 

Please remember to mention Sangster PTA fundraiser when purchasing at both restaurants.  We hope to see everyone there!  Look for our flyers in next week's Thursday folder.

 

PTA Membership  & Directory -

Remember to join the PTA and order your school directory. This year’s directory will have email addresses for your student’s classmates so that you can plan playdates, ask homework questions, and send out birthday invitations. Don’t miss out!

The directory is our only major fall fundraiser. These funds are used throughout the year for recess supplies, classroom materials, teacher training, technology expenses and more.

Follow this link to join PTA and/or order your directory. https://forms.gle/EkCAHsRXixiR6ZzW8

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

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Upcoming Events

 

Thursday, September 12th - PTA Meeting 7 pm

Friday, September 13th - Spirit Day every Friday! 

Friday, September 20th - Fall Pictures

Wednesday, September 25th - 1st Grade Apple Festival

Thursday, September 26th - 1st Grade Apple Festival

Thursday, September 26th - Advanced Academic Information Meeting 7 pm

Thursday, October 24th - Math Family Night, 6:30 pm

 

Sangster News You Choose

 

Advanced Academic Information Meeting

 

Advanced Academic Information Meeting – Thursday, September 26, 2019 at 7:00PM in the Sangster Cafeteria  

This session will provide further information on the continuum of services offered by the Advanced Academic Program as well as the screening and referral process. For more information contact Jennifer Redford, Advanced Academic Resource Teacher, at jaredford@fcps.edu.

 

  Positivity Project - Week of September 16

This week students are learning about Curiosity.  Curiosity: You like exploration and discovery. You ask lots of questions because you want to learn more about anything and everything. You come up with new and original ways to think about and do things.

What is a way that you show your curiosity? Please be sure to ask your student what they are learning about. Next week the students will be participating in lessons regarding the Character Strength Teamwork.

 

This Coming Week’s Character Strength:     Curiosity

 

Next Week’s Character Strength:    Teamwork

 

 

Our Parent Teacher Association (PTA) meetings are usually held the second Thursday of every month.  Our next meeting is tonight, Thursday, September 12th at 7pm.   We hope that you can join us!

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PTA Membership  & Directory -

Remember to join the PTA and order your school directory. This year’s directory will have email addresses for your student’s classmates so that you can plan playdates, ask homework questions, and send out birthday invitations. Don’t miss out!

The directory is our only major fall fundraiser. These funds are used throughout the year for recess supplies, classroom materials, teacher training, technology expenses and more.

Follow this link to join PTA and/or order your directory. https://forms.gle/EkCAHsRXixiR6ZzW8

 

PTA Fundraisers -

Wednesday, September 25th - Squisito 4-9 pm

Wednesday, September 25th - Sweet Frog 11:30 am - 9 pm

Please help the Sangster PTA raise some dough!  Wednesday, September, 25th from 4-9 Squisito will be donating up to 30% of sales, after dinner head on over to Sweet Frog for some froyo!  They are conveniently located right next door to Squisito!  Sweet Frog will donate 15% of sales all day!! 

Please remember to mention Sangster PTA fundraiser when purchasing at both restaurants.  We hope to see everyone there!  Look for our flyers in next week's Thursday folder.

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

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Upcoming Events

 

Tuesday, September 10th - Back to School Night Grades 4-6, 6-7:45 pm

Friday, September 20th - Fall Pictures

Thursday, October 24th - Math Family Night, 6:30 pm

Sangster News You Choose

 

A message from the Principal

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Day 7!  We are off to a smooth beginning of the school year. 

 

Absences

Please call the Sangster Attendance Line at 703-644-8282 to notify the school if your child is going to be absent or tardy.  The instructional day begins at 9:10 AM.  FCPS School Board regulations require verification of school absence.  Thank you for your assistance.

 

Free and Reduced Meals:  The Free and Reduced Meals Application is now online.  Families must re-apply every year to receive this service.  More information and a link to the application can be found at: https://www.myschoolapps.com/Application    If families do not re-apply their number will be inactivated in early October.

 

Student Rights and Responsibilities (SR&R)

Booklets were sent home last week in Thursday folders.  The SR&R lays out the rules and expectations for students in Fairfax County Public Schools. Please take time to read and review the material in the SR&R with your child. Ms. Reddel met with all grade levels last week to review this information as well.  Please sign and return the signature page inside the front cover. The page specifies a return date of October 25th. We ask that you return the signature page by September 9th. We believe the sooner families and students read and understand their rights and responsibilities, the more successful they will be in school.

 

Lockdown Drills

In order to meet the requirements of the Amended Code of Virginia 22.1-137.2, lockdown drills must be conducted at least four times each school year.  On Friday, September 13, at 2:45 p.m. our students and staff will take part in the first of the four annual lockdown drills for this school year.  A real lockdown procedure is initiated in the rare event a high-risk incident (involving weapons, stranger intrusion, etc.) occurs in the school, on school property or in the vicinity of the school that could endanger the safety of the students and staff. Future lockdown drills will be unannounced. 

 

A lockdown requires that all students and staff remain in classrooms or other designated secure locations that are away from danger and that minimize access and visibility.  During the drill, signs will be posted on the entrance doors indicating the school is in lockdown.  No one will be allowed into the school at this time.  Similar procedures would be followed in a real situation.  Please take this into consideration if your child has an appointment scheduled for Friday afternoon on September 13.  The safety of our students and staff is a top priority, and the drill will help ensure that we are able to successfully manage crisis situations at the school.  Please note that this drill is for practice purposes only. 

 

Early Pick Up

If you are picking your child up from school before the end of the school day, please arrive in the main office by 3:30 PM.  It’s a busy time of day both in the classrooms and the main office.  Thanks for your assistance.

 

Birthday Treats

Parents may send special snacks to school to celebrate their child’s birthday with class members.  Please be aware of food allergies in your child’s classroom.  Please keep the following in mind:

  • Deliver the birthday treats to the main office, not the classroom.
  • Snacks should be small items that are individually packaged and prearranged with the teacher.
  • Please bring healthy snacks.
  • Glass containers should not to be used.

 

Questions about Transportation?

Call FCPS Transportation 703-446-2050

 

Parking in the Neighborhood

If you need to park in the neighborhood, please be kind to our school neighbors, park legally and do not block their private mailboxes and driveways.  Thank you.

 

Spirit Days Every Friday

Every Friday this school year is a “Sangster Spirit Day.”  Wear your school colors or school spirit wear to show your Sangster Pride.  Our school colors are blue and gold.

 

 

  Positivity Project - Week of September 9

This week students will continue to learn about the Other People Matter 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.

This Coming Week’s Character Strength:     Other People Matter Mindset

Next Week’s Character Strength:    Curiosity

 

 

Our Parent Teacher Association (PTA) meetings are usually held the second Thursday of every month.  Our next meeting is Thursday, September 12th at 7pm.   We hope that you can join us!

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Upcoming Events

 

Friday, August 30th - No School, Labor Day Weekend Holiday

Monday, September 2nd - No School, Labor Day Weekend Holiday

Tuesday, September 3rd - Back to School Night Grades K-3, 6-7:45 pm

Tuesday, September 10th - Back to School Night Grades 4-6, 6-7:45 pm

Friday, September 20th - Fall Pictures

Thursday, October 24th - Math Family Night, 6:30 pm

Sangster News You Choose

 

A message from the Principal

 

Dear Sangster Parents,

Happy New School Year!  We are off to a great start.

This year we will continue to send a News You Choose message every Thursday with school updates.  We’ll keep our emails to a minimum and will not send emails on other days schoolwide unless needed for essential purposes.

Below are a few announcements and gentle reminders at the beginning of the school year:

Emergency Care Cards & Health Forms

Thank you for returning your completed emergency care card and health form.  If you have not done so yet, please do so ASAP.

 

No School on Friday, August 30 and Monday, September 2 – Labor Day is a holiday weekend.  See you on Tuesday, September 3

 

PTA Meeting

Our first Parent Teacher Association (PTA) meeting is scheduled for Thursday, September 12 at 7:00 PM in the Sangster cafeteria

 

Visitor Sign-In

If you are entering the school building, please check-in at the main office with government issued identification.  This is for your safety as well as the safety of all students.

 

Evacuation Drills

We will have a fire drill every week during the first month of school and once a month for the remainder of the school year.  We also practice tornado and lock down drills throughout the year.

 

Morning Arrival and Afternoon Dismissal

Thanks in advance for your patience and assistance helping to make morning arrival and afternoon dismissal a smooth and safe process for everyone. If parents are walking students to school this week, students should be walking to classrooms by themselves.  They can do it! This helps foster their independence, even in kindergarten.  Our staff members and safety patrols are available to assist students throughout the morning arrival and dismissal process.

 

Kiss and Ride

All students at Sangster are considered a bus rider or a walker.  If you choose to drive your child to school or pick them up using the Kiss and Ride, please help us with our traffic flow.  Our crossing guard may only cross students at the cross walk. The following things will help us make Kiss and Ride a smoother and more efficient process:

  • If you are turning onto Reservation Drive from school property, please make a right turn. When parents make a left on Reservation Drive, it backs up traffic in the Kiss and Ride lane.
  • Please do not park on Reservation Drive between the No Parking signs.
  • Our student safety patrols open car doors to assist students getting out of vehicles in the Kiss and Ride. The Kiss and Ride lane is only one lane, so please be patient and do not pass other cars.  This is for everyone’s safety. 
  • Student should exit the right side of the car, closest to the sidewalk.
  • The Sangster crossing guard cannot provide traffic control for cars entering or exiting Kiss and Ride. Please call West Springfield Police Station at (703) 644-7377, dial 0 and ask for Supervisor, Lt. Krull if you have any questions.

 

Bus Loop

Please be mindful that the bus loop is also a fire lane.  Please do not park in the fire lane in case first responders are needed.

 

Parking in the Neighborhood

Please be kind to our school neighbors and do not block their private mailboxes and driveways.  Thank you.

 

Absences

Please call the Sangster Attendance Line at 703-644-8282 to notify the school if your child is going to be absent or tardy.  The instructional day begins at 9:10 AM.  FCPS School Board regulations require verification of school absence.  Thank you for your assistance.

 

Positivity Project

Sangster Elementary is a partner with the Positivity Project.  #OtherPeopleMatter.  More information coming throughout the year.   https://posproject.org/

 

Back to School Night (BTSN)

Grade K-3 will take place on Tuesday, September 3 from 6:00 – 7:45 P.M.

Grade 4-6 will take place on Tuesday, September 10 from 6:00 – 7:45 P.M.

Please remember that parking is always difficult, so leave plenty of time to park or walk.  At BTSN you will find out what your child will learn this year, what the teacher expects from your child, how the teacher will support your child and how you can contact your child’s teacher.  The parent partnership we have at Sangster is one key to the success of our students and has been an essential element of our school culture. 

The schedule for BTSN is as follows:

  • 6:00 – 6:45 P.M. Session I
  • 6:45 - 7:00 P.M.   Switch Sessions-Visit specialists, PTA clubs, and purchase spirit wear
  • 7:00 – 7:45 P.M. Session II (repeat of session I)

 

Sangster is a terrific school!  Thanks for all you do to support our students and teachers.  See you soon.

 

Superintendent's Welcome Back to School Videos


FCPS Superintendent Brabrand’s video message is available at the links below:
Spanish:
https://youtu.be/0wfkJITqNV8
English:
https://youtu.be/cdTHU4Cu0I4

 

Family Life Education Instructional Program Information

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) provides a comprehensive, sequential Family Life Education (FLE) program for students in grades kindergarten through grade twelve.  Instruction is seen as a partnership among parents and guardians, the school, and the community in supporting the learning essential to the development of strong families, positive relationships, and a healthy community.

Parents/guardians may choose to opt their child out of all or part of the Family Life Education program.  Students who are opted out are provided with age-appropriate, nonpunitive alternative health instruction, and every effort is made to foster respect for family choices.  If you wish to opt your child out of all or part of FLE for this school year, opt out forms will be included in your child’s back-to-school/orientation packets and are available online for Elementary (K-6) https://www.fcps.edu/academics/elementary-school-academics-k-6/elementary-family-life-education , Middle School (7-8) https://www.fcps.edu/academics/middle-school-academics-7-8/family-life-education-fle, and High School (9-12) https://www.fcps.edu/academics/high-school-academics-9-12/family-life-education-fle.  Please fill in the opt-out form and return it to your child’s school prior to Family Life Education instruction.

Detailed grade-level program descriptions are available online at Elementary (K-6) , Middle School (7-8) , and High School (9-12). FLE grade level-specific lessons and media that FCPS has streaming rights for are available for parents online in FCPS 24-7 (Blackboard) Parent View https://fcps.blackboard.com/.  Account information is available at your local school or online at http://www.fcps.edu/is/instructionaltechnology/247help/parents.shtml.  Grade level-specific lessons are also available at the Fairfax County Regional Library in the City of Fairfax (this location does not have media).  Grade level-specific lessons and media that is not streamed online are available for review at your child’s school library.  Due to copyright permissions, we are unable to stream all media online.

Program questions may be addressed at your child’s school or by contacting Instructional Services at 571-423-4550 or by contacting Elizabeth Payne, Health and Physical Education Coordinator at etpayne@fcps.edu.

  Positivity Project - Week of September 2

This year, Sangster will continue implementing the Positivity Project, 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 Matter Mindset, which is the motto of the program. Learn more about the Positivity Project and the Other People Matter Mindset here.

This Week’s Character Strength:     Other People Matter Mindset

Next Week’s Character Strength:    Other People Matter Mindset

 

 

Our Parent Teacher Association (PTA) meetings are usually held the second Thursday of every month.  Our next meeting is Thursday, September 12th at 7pm.   We hope that you can join us!

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Happy New School Year!

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Dear Sangster Parents,

 

Happy New School Year! 

 

We are looking forward to seeing you today, Friday August 23, 2019 at Open House from 12:00 – 2:00 P.M. to meet your teacher, drop off school supplies, open a lunch account, and drop off medication if needed.   If you are unable to attend, don’t worry.  Open House is optional and an opportunity for you to informally meet your child’s teacher.  You will have an opportunity to meet your child’s teacher at Back to School Night (BTSN) and hear about the school year.

 

The first day of school is Monday, August 26.  School begins at 9:10 AM.  Supervision begins and doors open for students at 8:50 AM.

 

Please be sure that your child knows how they are going home each day (e.g. correct bus number, Kiss and Ride, walking home, or a specific meeting spot on school grounds to walk home together.)  Your child’s classroom teacher will be confirming this information with you at Open House.

 

Kindergarten parents – there will be a short information meeting on Monday, August 26 at 9:15 A.M. in the library.

 

We are looking forward to a fabulous school year!  

 

Our Parent Teacher Association (PTA) meetings are held the first Thursday of every month.  We hope that you can join us!

http://sangster.digitalpto.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

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