9-19-19 Two Weeks at a Glance



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!


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!



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


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