Principal's October Message
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, 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.
Lisa M. Reddel