2-6-20 Two Weeks at a Glance


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Upcoming Events


Saturday, February 8th - PTA Share the Love Event

Tuesday, February 11th - PTA Science Fair Info Night

Wednesday, February 12th - PTA Valentine Bingo Night

Thursday, February 13th - 6th Grade Field Trip - American Art Museum

                                           Snow Day Make-Up

Thursday, February 13th - PTA Meeting

Monday, February 17th - No School

Tuesday, February 18th - 5th Grade Field Trip - Children's Science Center



Message from the Principal

Dear Sangster Community,

We are well into the middle of our school year.  The winter months are prime learning months. As long as we do not have too many weather interruptions, you should see great growth in your children between now and Spring Break.

Homework is a typical topic of discussion in most homes.  Homework should be a time to practice skills learned at school.  It should not make your home a battleground.  Parents can set the tone.  Here are some ideas to help with homework:

  • Start early, even in kindergarten.  Doing homework should be as inevitable as sunrise.  Children who have the homework habit will adapt as assignments become more difficult in the upper grades.
  • Try using a chart or calendar that allows each child to block in regularly scheduled times so that they can learn to balance homework, play, and chores.  Students in grades 1-3 should budget 30 minutes each day.  Upper grade students should allow for one hour per night.
  • If you have several children, experiment to determine if the children do best studying together or separately.  Remember to let your child do the homework.   They may have questions and want some guidance; however, homework belongs to them, not you. 
  • Review completed homework together and always praise your child for a diligent session.
  • Encourage your child to have a “homework buddy” from their classroom that they can call to clarify homework questions regarding assignments.
  • Keep in touch with the teacher.  If your child consistently does not understand assignments or is consistently working longer than the recommended times, please let the teacher know.

Homework should be an opportunity for your student to review skills taught in class as well as build study skills for the future.  Thanks for all you do!


Lisa M. Reddel



Now Enrolling Students for School Year '20-'21

We are now enrolling students of all grades for School Year 2020-2021.  Please call the office for a registration appointment at 703.644.8203.  


Kindergarten Orientation

There will be a Kindergarten Orientation for both parents and students at Sangster Elementary School on Wednesday, April 1st at 6PM.    We encourage parents to schedule a registration appointment prior to the Orientation.  Please call 703-644-8203 or email mthoelscher@fcps.edu for an appointment.   Please share this information with any parent of a rising Kindergarten child in your neighborhood that may not have a child currently at Sangster.


Gentle Reminder

If you are parked in a parking spot in the bus loop and buses are unloading or loading students, please do not move your vehicle.   Please do not pass loading or unloading buses.


February Monthly Updates

February Monthly Updates are up on the Sangster website’s Features Page

Don’t forget to check out all the great things going on in classrooms around the school. Click here to go to the Features page and see.




Positivity Project - Week of February 10th

This week’s character strength is Love. You show this strength when value close relationships with others and being close to people. The character strength of love represents the way we think, feel, and behave towards the people with whom we have close relationships. Love is imperative to an individual’s happiness and fulfillment in life. Love allows us to open up to another person and be vulnerable. That openness gives us the ability to learn and grow. Loving another person and sacrificing on his/her behalf produces positive emotions. And, it helps you access strengths – and feelings – you never knew you had. 


This Upcoming Week's Character Strength:     Love


Next Week's Positivity Project Focus:     Make-Up week for catching up on all of our character strengths that we have covered this year.




Our Parent Teacher Association (PTA) meetings are usually held the second Thursday of every month.  Our next meeting is next Thursday, February 13th at 7 p.m.  We hope that you can join us!



Sangster PTA's Fourth Annual Share the Love Event

Saturday, February 8th

Come help assemble over 1,000 Weekend Meal Power Packs going to FCPS students in need.  Food donations will be accepted at the event as well.  Please sign up online for food donations or a shift at the following link: https://signup.com/go/ETXyzMt

The event is being held in the Sangster ES Cafeteria and parents, faculty and students of all ages are welcome to help!  Parents are required to stay and supervise their children.  Volunteers will only be admitted if they sign-up online before the event.

For more information, please see the flyer here.


Sangster PTA Spirit Wear Online Sale


Visit: https://www.customink.com/g/txh0-00c3-wewt to place your order

  • All proceeds go directly to the Sangster PTA
  • Sizing available from youth small through adult 4XL
  • Orders can be delivered to your home or to your child’s classroom
  • Online sales close February 27, 2020
  • Items will be delivered by March 13, 2020
  • Questions? Email spiritwear@sangsterpta.org


Science Fair Information Night

Tuesday, February 11th from 5pm - 7:30pm in Sangster's lobby.

Do you need help choosing a project or have questions about the Science Fair? Stop by the lobby and receive help with any aspect of the March 26th Science Fair.  If you have any questions, please e-mail Sangsterscience2020@gmail.com



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