3-25-20 Two Weeks at a Glance


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Message from the Principal


Dear Sangster Families,

I hope this email finds you and your family safe and healthy.  Monday’s announcement to close schools for the remainder of the academic year is one of those events in our lifetime we will never forget. Some may have hoped for a big snowstorm to shut us down for a few days in the past, but we always knew we would be going back to our schools.  This is different.  While a disappointment for many, this is an understandable decision for the health and safety of our students, families and the community.  There will be many questions in the days and weeks ahead.  We are in the process of gathering answers and making plans.

We miss our students already.  Our amazing staff has already been exploring what learning can look like as this situation is unfolding.  There will be more information coming both centrally as a district and from Sangster.  In the meantime, please use the following links for the most updated FCPS information:

Please continue to access the posted resources on Blackboard.  Teachers and staff will be reaching out to you next week.  I understand for many of you this is frustrating.  We are all working through this together, as a school, district and community.  FCPS will determine a plan for getting student materials home at a later date.

For the past three years, we have had a strong emphasis on character education through The Positivity Project.  The strengths of Hope/Optimism and Resiliency are at work for all of us.  I believe the students of Sangster Elementary are uniquely poised to handle the challenges facing us all right now.

Thank you for your support and understanding during this difficult time.  As additional information becomes available, we will communicate with you as quickly as possible.  Take good care and stay healthy.  Sangster Strong!


Lisa M. Reddel



Emergency Grab & Go Breakfasts and Lunches

Fairfax County Public Schools is providing emergency breakfast and lunch at more sites and is adding deliveries by school bus beginning Thursday, March 19.  Updates to locations can be found on the Food Resources page (https://www.fcps.edu/news/coronavirus-update-food-resources).

Meals will be provided to all students without charge and are the same for all children regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service.  Meals will be provided on a first come, first served basis, at the sites and times listed. The food distribution is set up outside at each site.   All meals are available at no cost to children 18 years and under.   Adult lunches are available for purchase for $2.  More information on this is available here: https://www.fcps.edu/news/coronavirus-update-food-resources.


Families Needing Internet

Effective Monday, March 16, 2020, Comcast is offering 2 months free to new Internet Essentials customers in response to recent and anticipated emergency measures associated with the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Please use this website for more information: https://www.internetessentials.com/


Counselor and Clinical Team Support

During this difficult time our clinical team continue to be here to help support our staff, students, and families.  Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have students who you are concerned about. 


Paula Augenstein

PHAugenstein@fcps.edu              School Guidance Counselor     K, 2, 4, 6


Lisa Railan                          

LTRailan@fcps.edu                       School Guidance Counselor     K, 1, 3, 5


Maggie Wilkerson           

mswilkerson@fcps.edu                 School Social Worker


Denise Mattingly             

dmattingly@fcps.edu                    School Psychologist


Student Placements for 2020-2021

While it is still early to be thinking ahead to next year, we want to give you information about class placements for the 2020-2021 school-year ahead of time.  The staff at Sangster Elementary works hard to place students in an optimal learning situation each year.  If you have some information that would help us make those decisions, please send your comments in writing to Ms. Reddel by June 1stPlease do not list teacher names.  Rather, describe the classroom academic learning environment in which your child learns best.


Kindergarten Orientation on April 1, cancelled

If you know of a kindergartener who needs to register for the 2020-21 school year, please email Marian Hoelscher, our student registrar, at mthoelscher@fcps.edu.  Please share this information with any parent of a rising Kindergarten child in your neighborhood that may not have a child currently at Sangster.  More information will be coming later about how to register.


Yearbook Orders - Nearing Final Call

You can order Sangster yearbooks online at https://ybpay.lifetouch.com using Yearbook ID code 13246520.  LAST CHANCE to place your order online is April 25, 2020.




Positivity Project - Week of March 29th

This week’s character strength is Humor.  You show this strength when you like to laugh and bring smiles to others.  For individuals, humor has important health benefits, both mental and physical.  Humor stretches the mind to look at things from different perspectives, keeping people mentally agile and alert. Making people laugh also produces positive emotions and happiness for the initiator.  And, when people are on the receiving end of humor, they also receive many benefits.  Scientists have shown that laughter reduces stress, promotes connection with other people, and can even improve focus.  Laughter is contagious and bonds us to other people.

This Upcoming Week's Character Strength:     Humor

The Week of April 12th's Character Strength:  Other People Matter Mindset with an emphasis on identifying and appreciating the good in others




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