2-13-20 Two Weeks at a Glance


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Upcoming Events


Thursday, February 13th - PTA Meeting

Monday, February 17th - No School

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

Tuesday, February 25th - 5th Grade Field Trip - Children's Science Center

Friday, February 28th - 4th Grade Virginia Studies Day

March 2nd - March 6th - National Reading Week & Spirit Week

Monday, March 2nd - Wear Your Favorite Color

Tuesday, March 3rd - No School for Students

Wednesday, March 4th - Wear the Name of a Place

Thursday, March 5th - Wear Something with Stars

Friday, March 6th - Wear Your Favorite PJs



Message from the Principal

Dear Sangster Community,

Every student at Sangster participates in lessons with the school counselor about how to be part of Sangster’s caring community, how to avoid bullies, how to recognize the signs of bullying behavior, and what you can do if you encounter this behavior. 

My generation was safe from the pressures of peer judgment once we arrived home from school.  However, in today’s world of technology, cyberspace has no boundaries.  Cyber, which includes all mobile communication devices as opposed to just the internet, is a growing trend with students, particularly adolescents.  Cyberbullying is another form of bullying which takes place in today’s world.

According to a series of studies conducted by the Journal of Adolescent Health, more than 80 percent of adolescents own at least one form of new media technology, which they use to communicate with one another, present information about themselves, and share new media creations.  Electronic bullying peaks in middle school and is inflicted most often through text messaging, e-mails and chat rooms.

If your child has access to media communication tools, it’s not too early to have conversations about their safety.  Here are some topics to get you started:

  1. Don’t give out any personal information.
  2. Don’t talk to anyone you don’t know.
  3. Use a secure password and don’t give your password to anyone.
  4. Be careful what you post on-line.
  5. Don’t put pictures of yourself on-line.
  6. Tell someone if you get cyberbullied AND save the message that made you uncomfortable.
  7. Be honest with your parents.
  8. Don’t click on pop-ups.
  9. Only go to sites you know are safe.
  10. Have the device in an area of the house parents can monitor, not in student’s bedrooms.
  11. The anonymous nature of sitting behind a computer can lead to misunderstandings and bolder statements due to being separated from seeing the results.

FCPS has a digital citizenship web page with many resources: https://www.fcps.edu/resources/technology/digital-citizenship-internet-safety/digital-citizenship-families.

Common Sense Media is also another useful resource: https://www.commonsensemedia.org/social-media.

Please feel free to contact me if you have questions.  As always, I welcome your comments and feedback.  You can reach me at (703) 644-8200 or LMReddel@fcps.edu.

Your partner in education,

Lisa M. Reddel



Gentle Reminder

All students must be in their seats by the 9:10 a.m. bell.  If your child is running late, an adult must bring them into the office and sign them in.


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.


Reading Adds Color to Our Lives!

Help Sangster celebrate our love of reading during the week of March 2-6! Events will include a student bookmark design contest, book-themed spirit days, and classroom guest readers!  Look for more detailed information in next week's Thursday Folder.


Yearbook Sales

You can order Sangster yearbooks online at https://ybpay.lifetouch.com using Yearbook ID code 13246520.  Please place your order by February 21, 2020.


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 17th

This week we will catch up and review the character strengths that we have learned about so far this year: curiosity, teamwork, open-mindedness, integrity, perspective, creativity, bravery, gratitude, kindness, humility, self-control, optimism, prudence, perseverance, forgiveness, and love.


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


Next Week's Character Strength:     Zest/Enthusiasm




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



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


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