10-17-19 Two Weeks at a Glance


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



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


Sangster News You Choose


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


Lisa M. Reddel





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.


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. 



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!



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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