Two Weeks at a Glance- 10/8/2020
A Message from Ms. Jankovich
Happy October to everyone. Hopefully you have not met your pumpkin spice quota for the year yet. During these unprecedented times, it’s important to try and safely enjoy as many sounds, sights, and smells of the season that you can. I highly recommend taking the time for a weekend road trip north, as the leaves are already starting to change in some places. I have a trip planned to my hometown of Mercer, Pennsylvania the weekend of Halloween and know that I will need to stop at least once along the way to breathe in country air. We all, students included, need to unplug and recharge. I would love to see any photos you have of fun, fall outings with your families. Feel free to email them to me.
Thank you for your continued support of virtual learning. As you know, FCPS recently shared plans for a phased, in-person cohort of learning for specific populations of students. At this time, Sangster ES does not have any students returning to in-person learning. Our goal remains closely aligned with that of FCPS - high-quality instruction in a safe learning environment. For more information, please view Dr. Brabrand’s latest message at: Superintendent Message.
During the most recent pick-up of student materials, many of you communicated your gratitude and words of encouragement to the teachers and staff at Sangster. I promise I have passed on all of that information. While our halls may be empty, our hearts certainly are not. I am so proud of the entire Sangster community and the love and support being passed around. We continue to look forward to the day where we can all be together again.
Thank you for all your time and support and please know how much we appreciate you.
Two Weeks At a Glance
October 1 - 16 – Virtual Sangster Book Fair
October 8 – PTA Virtual Meeting, 7 p.m.
ZOOM Meeting ID: 926 3981 4942//Passcode: 0zZcsJ
October 8 – Level IV Fall Referral Deadline for those new to FCPS since Jan. 1, 2020
October 9 – PTA Reflections entries due
October 12 – School Planning Day / Student Holiday
PTA MEETING Thursday, October 8 - 7:00 pm
Please join us for our October meeting where you will hear more about why "Sangster ROCKS!"
Topics for the meeting will include information about November conference dates, FCPS' Phase-In Plan for Groups 1-4, upcoming dates and details related to the Advanced Academics Program, library book check-out/Book Fair, and more. Additionally, Maggie Wilkerson, social worker, and Lisa Railan, school counselor, will provide some tips for how parents can support their children during virtual learning.
Forms to Complete On-Line - OVERDUE
Please continue to complete these forms asap. Forms may be accessed in WeCare or scanned and emailed to Marian Hoelscher, Registrar at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Emergency Care Form - complete and submit in WeCare
Health Information Form - complete and submit in WeCare
Parent consent for digital tools - click link to complete and submit
Student Rights and Responsibilities (SR&R)
FORM DUE ASAP
Parents and guardians, please review the Student Rights and Responsibilities and related resources at www.fcps.edu/srr. After reviewing the information, fill out the SR&R Parent Acknowledgement Form using the link below. This form must be filled out once for each student in your family.
The Deadline for the Book Fair has been extended! Shop the Fall Book Fair - Now through October 16th!
In collaboration with Bookworm Central, Sangster is offering our very first virtual book fair!! We are excited to offer Bookworm Central's collection of great books and games available online. Enjoy great additions to your home library or purchase gifts for others while helping to raise money for Sangster's library and literacy programs.
Find the Bookworm Central website online at www.bookwormcentral.com
Enter our school organization code at top of the web page: sangster
Need help? Watch this short How-to Video.
New features of the online book fair include:
* Teacher Wish Lists - Celebrate teachers with books for their classroom!
* FREE shipping over $30!
* Educational Games, STEM, Award Winners, Spanish books, Graphic Novels, Fun Stuff!
Advanced Academic Program (AAP) Virtual Parent Information Meetings
*If you missed the October 6th AAP Overview Parent Information Meeting and would like more information about the services offered by FCPS and Sangster, please email Mrs. Biberaj @ @email for more information.
AAP Screening and Referral Meeting – Thursday, November 5th at 7:00 p.m.
Please join the meeting via this BBCU link AAP Parent Information Meeting Link
Level IV Referral Deadlines:
- October 8, 2020 - for those new to FCPS since January 1, 2020 and seeking placement in the second semester
- December 1, 2020 - for those seeking placement in the 2021-2022 school year
Sign up for Paperless Progress Reports
The “Go Paperless” option is now available to all elementary school parents to allow parents to only receive online progress reports starting the first quarter of School Year 2020-21. Choosing this option will not impact any mailings from FCPS other than the progress reports for elementary school students and report cards for secondary students. The “Go Paperless” option will apply to all associated students, no matter what school level. If the associated parent and/or guardian selects “Go Paperless” for one of their students, the option will apply to all other siblings.
To take advantage of the paperless options, parents and/or guardians must log into ParentVUE, then go to “My Account” and select "Go Paperless". All parents and/or guardians who live with the student and share the same address must have a SIS ParentVUE account and must select the paperless option to prevent mailing of the printed progress reports.
If you do not have a ParentVue Account, please contact our Registrar, Marian Hoelscher, at @email.
Important Information about Grab and Go Meals
FCPS Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) offers grab and go meals to ALL FCPS students Monday-Friday. In addition, FNS offers breakfast and lunch meals for Saturday during distribution on Fridays. Food distribution locations and times are posted and updated frequently on the FCPS website: https://www.fcps.edu/return-school/food
Sangster is a new stop location for Grab and Go Meals! A bus arrives every morning from 7:10-7:20 a.m.
This year, Sangster will continue implementing the Positivity Project (P2). P2 is dedicated to empowering America’s youth to build strong relationships and to understand, appreciate, and exemplify the character strengths in us all. Every 1-2 weeks, students learn about a new character strength.
It is easier than ever for Sangster families to access P2 resources this year! The site P2 For Families is available for connecting P2 to your home and you can learn more about the site here. Many of the slides are password protected and the password is P2 (case-sensitive).
Positivity Project - Week of October 4
This week’s character strength is Open-Mindedness. You show this strength when you like to consider new ideas and try new things. You examine things from all sides and don’t jump to conclusions. Open-minded individuals are often good listeners and called upon to provide a balanced viewpoint. Both listening and the ability to deliver reasonable and practical advice are marks of good friends and confidantes. This strength helps individuals form meaningful and lasting relationships.
Next Week’s Positivity Project Focus: The Other People Mindset – being present and giving others my attention
Sangster Library e-Books
Did you know that Sangster students can access over a thousand new and popular e-Book titles? Students simply log in to MackinVIA through their computer or other personal device using the website/app. The weblink and video tutorials can be found on our Sangster Library homepage, which will require an FCPS Google login: https://tinyurl.com/sangsterlibrary. All links can also be found on our public Sangster site under the "Library" tab.
Please contact our librarian, Nicole Oberdick at @email with any questions. Happy reading!
Fairfax County Public Library - LEAP Program
Effective October 1, all FCPS students (preK-12) can check out materials from the Fairfax County Public Library (FCPL), even if they don’t have a traditional library card or a card has been blocked due to fines.
Under the Library Equity Access Pass program (LEAP), a partnership with FCPS and FCPL, students need only their name, not a physical library card, to check out three items at a time for six weeks each (no renewals). LEAP accounts are never charged fines or fees.
A student can have a LEAP account in addition to a standard library account. Standard accounts allow users to place holds on materials and access FCPL’s digital resources, such as eBooks and databases.
The FCPS Cares Program is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story so we can acknowledge our Sangster staff members.
You may report your student's absence by using one of the following methods:
- By Email: SangsterElem.Attendance@fcps.edu
- By Phone: Call 703-644-8282 and leave a detailed message.
- By Form: Sangster ES Attendance Form
How to Stay In-Touch at Sangster
Please stay in touch throughout the year through these official FCPS and Sangster sites:
- Keep your contact information up-to-date throughout the year
- Visit Sangster’s website: https://sangsteres.fcps.edu/
- Follow us on Twitter: @Sangster_ES
- Sign up for News You Choose
- Monitor your student's attendance / progress with SIS Parent Account
Sangster sends a weekly News You Choose with the latest school updates.
News from the PTA
PTA Reflections Contest Entries Due Friday, October 9
Entrants should reflect on this year's theme: “I Matter Because". Questions? Contact Cherilyn McCall at Reflections@SangsterPTA.org Here is the link for submission: https://sangster.digitalpto.com/student-activities/
Honoring Mrs. Reddel
If you have any last minute photo submissions for Ms Reddel’s album, please email them to @email by COB on Friday Oct 9th. Thank you for your contributions!
PTA MEMBERSHIP is Now On Sale!
A digital PTA member/student directory is included in the price and will be compiled and available in the coming weeks. Various donation levels available, single membership $35, family $45. Link: Sangster PTA Membership Thank you for your support!!
PTA AUCTION is coming!! 10/25/2020 - 11/1/2020
SPORTS FANS: autographed sports memorabilia and National Championship items up for grabs!!! Many wonderful baskets, gift certificates and other items available. We are still taking AUCTION donations! Own a small business or vacation rental? Offer a service or have a crafty hobby? Work for a generous company? For more information, Email Jacquelyn at @email.
PTA New Family Welcome Programs
Please visit “Welcome To Our Nest”, the PTA newcomers website Click here: Sangster PTA New Family Welcome Website for the site.
Need help? @email