10-24-19 Two Weeks at a Glance



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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!


Lisa M. Reddel


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. 



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!



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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